The Morning Show has a few “Neckline Celebrities”: listeners who call the Mosho “Neckline” (844-805-6325) frequently…and memorably…enough that other listeners know who they are and EXPECT their calls to be part of the mix.

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One of the notable Neckline celebrities is Okie-Dokie Guy. ODG, as he is also known, made what I thought was an excellent point about the Will Smith/Chris Rock Oscars slap.

Okie-Dokie Guy makes plenty of dumb statements, too. But I thought this one was very good and very true…

“(Will) should have kept his cool. Now EVERY comedian is going to make fun of Jada. Will just put a target on Jada for all comedians to shoot at.”

 ---Okie Dokie Guy, March 29, 2022

 Whether he knows it or not, ODG is giving a very good example of “The Streisand Effect” when an attempt to hide or squash information has the unintended consequence of BRINGING MORE ATTENTION.

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In 2002, Barbara Streisand tried to suppress photos of her ocean-side mansion…from the California Coastal Records Project’s study of coastal erosion. Bab’s tried to sue the photographer (he had taken over 12,000 photos of the California Coast) to keep the one pic of her property out of the records project. Hardly anyone would have noticed if Streisand had said nothing. But her lawsuit resulted in the photo being shared online thousands and thousands of times.

I was actually tuned into the Oscars when it happened (I know, I’m one of the few faithful viewers the sad husk of what once was the Academy Awards still has).  Before the slap, I didn’t notice anything noteworthy about Jada’s hair. She’s a beautiful person and her hair looked…like a non-issue to me. And, I thought HER reaction to Chris Rock’s “joke” was perfect: a weary, disappointed eye-roll at a hacky crack.  Absolutely classy.  In fact, I’m not even sure I GOT the G.I Jane reference before I rewound and watched it a couple of times.

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As he often does, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar had the most insightful, thoughtful analysis.

“This patronizing, paternal attitude infantilizes women and reduces them to helpless damsels…If he was really doing it for his wife, and not his own need to prove himself, he might have thought about the negative attention this brought on them, much harsher than the benign joke. THAT would have been truly defending and respecting her.”

----Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 

Kareem makes a LOT of good points in his Op-ed, which you should definitely read, here.

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