…We are so much more handsy in this country and in 2014 about fame and sports, and Puig radiates a kind of get-your-hands-the-hell-off-me that doesn’t go over so well in the cathedrals ballplayers have made of their playpens. So everyone from the media to his manager have worked to get him in line already, damn it.
Even gentleman poet Vin Scully, voice of baseball, calls Puig “a wild horse,” an animal that must be tamed or broken, and the media clucks in agreement, calling a very proud human being an animal. Funny, Puig is supposed to be the one with the language problem….
…and there have been precious few illuminating profiles written about this sports star, the American media machine still somehow having trouble climbing over the language barrier even as our country browns like a pie crust…"
In early December, Dan Chamberlain and I shot a Christmas music video for Funny or Die starring R. Kelly. No. Really. While we sat in holding for hours and hours (“Hey, guys. Thanks for sitting tight. R. Kelly was supposed to be here at 4. Now apparently he’ll be here at 6, but when he gets here, he’ll be having a lobster dinner first.”), we got a little loopy and started singing “I’m Like A Bird”, except with real bird specifics in the chorus. Like idiots. After shooting the video, we pitched it to our Maude Team, Legs for Days. Matt Starr wrote it up. So even though the R. Kelly video will apparently never see the light of day, it wasn’t for nothing.