Get With the Program #4 - Stalking Coco, South Park Censorship, Runway Reactions and a Request

Another Friday which means that Get with the Program is all new!

Celeb Stalking Stories

I was never one that much understood the purpose of autographs (having a celeb's name on a piece of paper, big deal...) AND I often wondered if I had the opportunity to meet a favorite celeb, what would I even say?

But, go figure, the second I read Conan O'Brien's tweet that he was AT Twitter Headquarters in San Francisco (which, incidentally, is mere blocks away from the SideReel office, I threw all of these beliefs out of the window and attempted to stalk him.

This story has a sad ending, as I sat inside a Subway for 30 minutes staring at the entrance to the Twitter bldg hoping to get even just a glimpse of Conan's ginger mane - to no avail. Sadface. But it was still fun to try...

Any exciting celeb stalking stories that had better outcomes for you? Share in comments!

Solved Mystery: What the [CENSORED] happened with South Park?

For any of you other South Park fans out there that watched this week's conclusion to the show's 200th episode (the follow up to a cliffhanger from last Wednesday) and were left scratching your head as to why every instance of the words "Prophet Muhammad" were bleeped out (as well as Muhammad's portrayal in a bear costume - which had already appeared last week), here's the lowdown:

These words and images were censored entirely by Comedy Central, as a result of threats received by a NY-based radical Muslim website - South Park creators Trey Park and Matt Stone released a statement which confirmed this:

"In the 14 years we've been doing South Park we have never done a show that we couldn't stand behind. We delivered our version of the show to Comedy Central and they made a determination to alter the episode. Comedy Central added the bleeps. In fact, Kyle's customary final speech was about intimidation and fear. It didn't mention Muhammad at all but it got bleeped too. We'll be back next week with a whole new show about something completely different and we'll see what happens to it."

Kind of disappointed that Comedy Central opted to edit it - as ironically - the entire point of the episode was that nothing and nobody should be free from criticism. And, as this LA Times piece points out, won't this reaction only further encourage these radical groups to raise threats against other content that they don't like - since their actions resulted in their goal of getting the content pulled?

So...kudos to Trey and Matt for standing behind their work (and their right to freedom of expression, no less) and shame on you, Comedy Central!

Runway Reactions

Last night was the finale of Project Runway. What did we all think of the winner? Also, not to knock on spoiler Seth Aaron's gorgeous former model Valeria, but...hope that other modeling job was worth it, because you could have had 25,000 dollars and a modeling spread in Marie Claire had you hedged your bets on Seth Aaron.

I was rooting for Seth Aaron to win out of the 3 (I was shocked that the judges loved Emilio's collection; I thought it was fug as hell and would have sooner seen Jay AND Mila in the final 3 over Emilio), so I was happy with the result, though I was also pleasantly surprised by Mila's collection.

Also, though this was by no means my favorite season of runway, it might have been the strongest batch of Fashion Week collections ever (though I personally disliked Emilio's, I suppose it had its fashion merits...). Normally at least one out of the three (or four) is a total dud.

Whose collection did you like the most? Did the right person win?

Rachel's Request

Watch Party Down! Premiere is tonight on Starz, though you can already watch it on SideReel! This is for your own good. Guys, it's so funny. Do it!

And speaking of things you should do...

Follow Me on Twitter sidereelRachel

And that's it for this week!




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Apr 23, 2010 8:43PM EDT

Yet again, I feel so with the program! I'll definitely be watching Party Down on SideReel tonight or tomorrow! I'm excited to see what Megan Mullally brings to the show.
It's tragic you didn't get your Conan sighting today, but it was a valiant effort! It's only creepy stalking if you don't really love the celebrity... right?? I may have a slight recollection of stalking an ABC Family reality star... but just because he lived by me in the Chicago area - it was really more like he was stalking me for living there. I have also stalked the Trauma set here in SF, but iI wasn't dying to see anyone in particular there. If there were a better show filmed in the area, I'd have no problem unashamedly finding a way to get those autographs!

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Apr 23, 2010 9:09PM EDT

Shoot! I keep meaning to watch Party Down and then I forget/get busy watching other things.

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Apr 26, 2010 1:26PM EDT

Oops, that anonymous person is actually me^^ .. Though I guess I shouldn't have exposed myself as someone who waited an hour for the Jonas Brothers.

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