What a Creep: Larry Nassar (USA Gymnastics Creep)

What a Creep: Larry Nassar (USA Gymnastics)

Larry Nassar, John Geddert, and Steve Penny (Gymnastics Creeps)

Season 10, Episode 5

Larry Nassar is one of the biggest creeps we have ever covered—which is really saying something. There have been a few times in the last 20 years where the media has talked about sexual abuse against young athletes—specifically in gymnastics which has competitors who begin the sport in their elementary school years.

Most people first learned of Dr. Larry Nassar in 2016 when he was publicly charged for possessing child pornography & tampering with evidence.  (Those are the formal charges.)

But the sport has several times in the past several decades was made aware of the problem of trainers, advisors, and doctors sexually assaulting participants as young as 6 years old. To say nothing was done would be an understatement.

Why did Larry Nassar finally come to justice? And who else was punished because of cruelty, abuse, and/or just turning a blind eye? That is our story today.

Our sources for this episode:

NBC News

John Geddert Wikipedia

Netflix Athlete A

HBO: At the Heart of Gold

Larry Nassar Wikipedia

Time magazine

Indianapolis Star

Esquire

Sports Illustrated (SI.com)

CNN: Letter from Larry Nassar to Judge Aquilina

Bustle

ESPN

“The Girls” by Abigail Pesta

“The Crimes of Lawrence Nassar, John Geddert” by Amber Drew

Trigger Warnings: Sexual Assault, Grooming by Predators, Gaslighting, Eating Disorders, suicide and physical assault.

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Book Vs Movie: “Cabaret” (1972) Directed by Bob Fosse

Book Vs Movie: “Cabaret”

The Backstory Behind One of the Most Popular Musicals of All Time

“Musicals in March”

The Margos are adhering to the motto “life is a cabaret!” this week with our deep dive into a musical that is based on a book about Berlin’s underground night scene in the 1930s by Christopher Isherwood (Goodbye to Berlin.) 

From there it became a Broadway play by John van DrutenI Am a Camera in the early 1950s with a movie starring Julie Harris that gives new meaning to the word dull! 

In the mid-1960s Broadway legends, John Kander and Fred Ebb (Chicago) created the book and music for Cabaret with a book by Joe Masteroff which was set in 1929-1930 Berlin when the Nazis were gaining power and the bon vivant lifestyle was being ostracized. (And Jewish people were basically deemed “illegal” and lost their right to own property or their own businesses.) 

Sally Bowles is one of the theater’s most interesting creations. Based on a friend of Isherwood’s, Jean Ross, Sally is a terrible singer who somehow makes a living at the “Kit Kat Club” in Berlin. Perpetually broke, she lives with American writer Cliff Bradshaw. 

They have something of a romance (in between them both having affairs with men.) When Sally becomes pregnant and Hitler is rising in power–she realizes that the party is over and she needs to flee. 

Throughout the musical, there are several memorable tunes and (depending on the choreographer) sexy “jazz babies” who backup Sally on stage. 

The Harold Prince-directed show premiered in November 1966 and swept the Tonys the following year. There have been several revivals on Broadway and on the London stage throughout the years with an array of Sally’s including Judi Dench, Michelle Williams, Jane Horrocks, Natasha Richardson, and Emma Stone

The part of the emcee was originally played by Joel Grey as an asexual character with rouged cheeks. Later, Alan Cumming would create a highly sexual version in a production directed by Sam Mendes and still plays the character to this day!

In this episode, we will focus on the 1972 film directed by Bob Fosse (with uncredited assistance by Gwen Verdon) and stars Liza Minelli. It is the basis for all of the sexier versions that have been produced since. It would go on to win several Academy Awards including Best Director and Actress. 

So between the original book/play and the film–which did we prefer? Have a listen and find out! 

In this ep the Margos discuss:

  • The story of Christopher Isherwood and Jean Ross
  • The Broadway play which won a few Tonys and was the basis of the very tepid film adaptation
  • Bob Fosse & Gwen Verdon–how they changed musicals forever
  • The cast: Liza Minelli (Sally Bowles,) Michel York (Brian Roberts,) Helmut Griem (Maxmillian von Huene,) Joel Grey (Emcee,) Fritz Weppe (Fritz Wendel,) Marissa Berenson (Natalia Landauer,) Elisabeth Neumann-Vietel (Fraulin Schneider,) and Helen Vita (Fraulein Mayr.) 

Clips used:

  • Brain and Sally meet for the first time
  • I Am a Camera trailer
  • Cabaret trailer 
  • “Mein Herr” (Sally)
  • Jill Holloway as Sally Bowles 1967 Grammy Awards
  • Liza sings Cabaret in the 1972 film
  • Jane Horrocks as Sally Bowles (Sam Mendes production in 1993)
  • Natasha Richardson (1998 Broadway revival)
  • “Willkommen” (Emcee)
  • Outro Music: “Wilkommen”Alan Cumming

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The Witches of East Brunswick: Karens Gotta Karen – Ep. #228

The Best Neighbors Podcast Ep 228
“The Witches of East Brunswick: Karens Gotta Karen”

Let’s get right to it, Neighbors. This week, we visit with the inebriated ladies of RHOD; the grizzled gals of RHONJ; we also saw Minari; The Last Blockbuster; My Octopus Teacher; Justice League; Stars in the House, & a couple of book/podcast recs for you. 

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What a Creep: Piers Morgan Update & a Bit of Sharon Osbourne (TV Creeps)

What A Creep: Piers Morgan (Updated!)

(With some Sharon Osbourne thrown in!)

Season 10, Episode 4

Our special replay episode features Britain’s Piers Morgan who was a subject in our first season. From phone-hacking scandals and fat-shaming to racism and sexism, TV host Piers Morgan is a professional troll, who got his creepy career started working for Rupert Murdoch at News Of The World yet still somehow found a way to sink even lower. 

Due to his leaving his cushy job Good Morning Britain and calling Meghan Markle a liar–we needed to revisit this Creep! 

Now Sharon Osbourne is in a full PR nightmare due to her argument with fellow The Talk co-host Sheryl Underwood over Piers’s actions. Turns out Sharon has some accusations from former co-hosts like Leah Remini and Holly Robinson Peete who both say she used racial slurs off stage from the talk show.  

This is put together with a little help from our friends at:

Wikipedia

New York Magazine

Huffington Post

Buzzfeed

Hollywood Reporter

Sharon Osbourne sources:

The Independent

Vulture

CNN

Hollywood Reporter

Sharon Osbourne Extreme

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Book Vs Movie “West Side Story” (1961) “Romeo and Juliet”

Book Vs Movie: “West Side Story” Vs “Romeo and Juliet”

The Shakespeare Classic & the 1961 Musical Which Swept the Academy Awards

“March Musicals!”

Oh, Book Vs Movie fans–where art thou?

The Margos are kickin’ it with “Musicals in March” and for this episode, we decided to use one of the most adapted Shakespeare tales (which is really saying something!) and match it with one of the most ambitious films of the early 1960s. 

William Shakespeare uses poetry, metaphors, comedy, tragedy, and a story about doomed young lovers which has entranced (or annoyed) audiences and high school students who had “Romeo & Juliet” on their reading curriculum for decades now. Originally published in the 1590s, there have been several direct adaptations for stage and screen. 

Romeo & Juliet are teens in love who are thwarted by the prejudice of their feuding clans and are a symbol for starcrossed lovers who are fated to be together. It’s not the feel-good hit of the summer–but it is beautiful and it’s hard not to feel something when ultimately their love has them make desperate choices (spoiler!)

In the 1950s, Arthur Laurents wrote the book for the musical West Side Story which had Jermone Robbins create the choreography and the music in part by future songwriting superstar Stephen Sondheim. It became a smash on Broadway in 1957 and there have been several revivals since. Oh, and Leonard Bernstein’s score is one of his best. 

The setting is now in late 1950s New York City where two different gangs The Jets (who are caucasian) and The Sharks (who are Puerto Rican) fight over their “turf.” Former Jet Tony falls in love with Maria whose brother is the leader of The Sharks.

The movie stars Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, and Rita Moreno. The vocals for Wood are once again provided by Marni Nixon (we talked about her when we discussed My Fair Lady previously. 

So between the original play and the 1961 film–which did we prefer? Have a listen and find out! 

In this ep the Margos discuss:

  • The story of Romeo & Juliet
  • The creative team behind the musical adaptation
  • The cast: Natalie Wood (Maria,) Richard Beymer (Tony,) Russ Tamblyn (Riff,) Rita Moreno (Anita,) George Chakiris (Bernardo,) and Tucker Smith (Ice.) 

Clips used:

  • Romeo and Juliet (1968) “balcony scene”
  • West Side Story (1961) trailer 
  • Tony & Maria “balcony scene”
  • America with Tina & the Shark Girls
  • “The Dance at the Gym/Mambo”
  • “I Feel Pretty” Maria
  • “Mambo”
  • Outro Music: “Mambo” by Leonard Bernstein

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Two-Two-Seven! Episode #227

The Best Neighbors Podcast Ep 227

“Two-Two-Seven!”

 

Spring has sprung, Neighbors–sort of. This week, in addition to our Housewives chats (RHOD/RHONJ), we also talk Harry/Megan/Oprah; Netflix’s Behind Her Eyes; Marriage or Mortgage; Hulu’s doc, Kid90; Disney+’s Wandavision; Real World Reunion; plus podcast & book recs. Come & have a listen! 

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What a Creep: Dan White (Creep that killed SF Mayor George Moscone & Harvey Milk)

What a Creep: Dan White

“The Creep That Killed SF Mayor George Moscone & SF Supervisor Harvey Milk”

Season 10, Episode 3

Dan White was a city supervisor in San Francisco in 1978. After a disagreement with the mayor and his fellow supervisors, he brought a gun into City Hall and murdered two people: Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk, the country’s first openly gay man ever elected to office and a famous figure in the national gay rights movement.

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Book Vs Movie: “Cats” (2019) Starring Taylor Swift & Jennifer Hudson

Book Vs Movie: “Cats”

The Poems of T.S. Eliot, the Andrew Lloyd Webber Musical & the 2019 Tom Hooper-Directed Movie

“March Musicals Month!” 

We are deep into “Musicals in March and this episode is an offbeat delight on how some of the best musicals can come from such an unusual source. 

Poet T.S. Eliot (1888-1965) wrote poetry about cats to amuse his nieces, nephews, and godchildren with the collection Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats. These poems talked about how to name a cat, why cats love the moonlight, and “Jellicle Cats” and held a particular fascination with Andrew Lloyd Webber who wanted to write music that matched the words of Eliot. 

The musical Cats was considered a big risk as in the early 1980s London was dealing with high unemployment and a lack of funds from the government for artistic projects. Somehow Weber managed to get just enough funds to open in London in 1981 (the investment would return 3.500 times over) and became a sensation. 

In London, the show ran for 21 years (8,949 shows) and the Broadway run was for 18 years and changed the way shows are promoted and marketed. Weber would go on to create the all-time biggest hit on Broadway with the Phantom of the Opera. 

The 2019 film features stars like Judi Dench, Idris Alba, Rebel Wilson, Jennifer Hudson, and Ian McKellan and directed by Tom Hooper (Chicago) in what can be described as an acid flashback meets CGI. (We do get a new Taylor Swift song so–yay?) 

So between the original play (musical) and the 2019 adaptation–which did we prefer? Have a listen and find out! 

In this ep the Margos discuss:

  • The life of T.S. Eliot
  • The incredible path of a book of poems to the London stage
  • The cast: Judi Dench (Old Deuteronomy,) Jennifer Hudson (Grizabella the Glamour Cat,) Rebel Wilson (Jennanydots,) James Cordon (Bustopher Jones,) Taylor Swift (Bombalurina,) Ian McKellen (Gus,) and Idris Alba (Macavity the Mystery Cat.)

Clips used:

  • Cats trailer 
  • Rebel Wilson & James Corden at the Oscars
  • Taylor Swift Macavity the Mystery Cat
  • Rebel Wilson & Jason Derulo “The Rum Tum Tugger”
  • Rebel Wilson “Jennyadots”
  • Outro Music: “The Ad-Dressing of Cats” Judi Dench

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You Put it Out There, We’ll Put it in There! Episode #226

The Best Neighbors Podcast Ep 226

“You Put it Out There, We’ll Put it in There!”

Hi ya, Neighbors! Can you feel it? Spring is in the air—even if only a little. We have so much stuff to discuss this week. We have our usual helping of Housewives, RHONJ; RHOD, & a special nod to the Bolo ep. of RHOA. There’s also Coming 2 America; The Sound of Metal, Hulu’s In & Of Itself, & so much more. 

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What a Creep: Johnny Carson (Talk Show Creep Hey Yooooooo!)

What a Creep: Johnny Carson

“King of Late Night Creep”

Season 10, Episode 2

Johnny Carson was known as the King of Late Night with NBC’s The Tonight Show which he hosted between 1962-1992. He was so popular that the phrase “going to bed with Johnny Carson” was part of the vernacular.

In his lifetime, he won 6 Emmy Awards, the Peabody Award in 1985, The Presidential Freedom Award in 1992, and the Kennedy Center Honor in 1993.

When Johnny retired from show business on May 22, 1992, it was such a big media news story that some outlets refused to run new episodes so that he could have as large of an audience as possible.

The Tonight Show was considered key in the careers of comedians like Joan Rivers, David Letterman, Jay Leno, Roseanne Barr, Ellen DeGeneres, and Jay Leno.

Having a set on the Tonight Show was considered quite the coup—but it was even better when Johnny invited you to the couch afterward. People like Drew Carey, Tim Allen, and Ray Romano had television deals after appearing on the Tonight Show. He had power!

He was flirtatious with women (a habit David Letterman picked up from him) and a famous story from the 1960s had actress Ava Gabor as a guest who brought her Persian cat sitting on her lap. She supposedly asked Johnny “Would you like to pet my pussy?”

Johnny said, “Sure if you move that damn cat out of the way!”

Turns out, that is not true. But what is true is that Johnny challenged her to a game of Twister in 1966, and the popularity of the game skyrocketed.

Johnny was famous for being suave, handsome, married a few times, liking a drink in the evenings, and having feuds with random people. He was a man who could talk in front of 20 million a night but if he had to have a conversation with ten people—he was so awkward that it would make the experience uncomfortable for everyone.

When he left the Tonight Show he basically disappeared except for one appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman.

There is a whole story about the Tonight Show, David Letterman, and Jay Leno that we will talk about on our next Patreon bonus ep.

Anyway, mainly due to his decades-long addiction to cigarettes, Johnny Carson died of respiratory failure on January 23, 2005, at the age of 79. He was survived by his 4th wife, Alexis Maas, 2 sons, and his younger brother. A nonreligious person who was quietly a part of the Skeptics movement—he had his body cremated with no public service or memorial.

His legacy is he was one of the best television performers of all time. He kept his act (mostly) fresh with the changing times and was a big believer in promoting new talent. Behind the scenes, he was known for being shy and awkward and could carry a grudge that lasted for decades. Some of that behavior puts him in the Creep category which is why he is the subject of our show today.

Sources:

Johnny Carson Wikipedia

The Life & Times of Hollywood

New York Post

Johnny Carson by Henry Bushkin

Vulture

“American Masters” Johnny Carson (2012)

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