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Somehow, it seems like a metaphor.

Reports are that the Statue of Liberty will close at the end of October for a year’s worth of renovations that will make the building safer, more accessible, and up to code.

Which just sort of seems appropriate in terms of the entire debate that the country is having right now.

Forgive me for this, but I am so tired of people turning every little thing into an opportunity to make a political point.

This week, it seems to be folks on the internet calling for Bert and Ernie to get married on “Sesame Street.”


The cries for gay nuptials to take place on “Sesame Street” reached the point this week where the Children’s Television Workshop (CTW) actually had to post a response on its Facebook page:

Bert and Ernie are best friends. They were created to teach preschoolers that people can be good friends with those who are very different from themselves.

Even though they are identified as male characters and possess many human traits and  characteristics (as most Sesame Street Muppets do), they remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation.

One would hope that this would put an end to it. But it probably won’t.

They are puppets, for heaven’s sake. Can’t people just leave them alone and let them do what they’ve done for decades - educate and entertain kids?

I was really looking forward to The Change Up, mostly because I’ve become a big Jason Bateman fan. I’ve grown tired of movies in the Big and Freaky Friday mold, but I was willing to give this one a shot, especially because it looked like it was going to be a little edgy and irreverent.

But to be honest, it went way over the line, at least for my tastes. It’s rude, dirty, vulgar and labored.

That’s not to say I didn’t laugh. I did. Plenty of times. Often in spite of myself. So I won’t argue that this story about a lothario and suburban father switching bodies isn’t funny.

(I’ll also say this. In the past few weeks I’ve seen actress Olivia Wilde in two movies - The Change-Up and Cowboys & Aliens. I’m willing to go on the record right now that as far as I am concerned, Hollywood can put her in every movie it produces. Wow.)

It seems to me, though, that the filmmakers, whenever faced with a choice between plot/character development and a gross-out joke, went with the gross-out joke. And that’s too bad, because it ends up wasting good performances and a tried-and-true premise.

I’ve always been an enormous When Harry Met Sally fan. (By the way, when seen next to The Change-Up, it is almost impossible to believe that When Harry Met Sally was rated R when it first came out.) And so it was with great delight that I learned just yesterday that a sequel is in the works:

Click here for a preview that is laugh-out-loud funny.

My wine of the week: the 2010 Honig Sauvignon Blanc, which struck me as having a nice fruity thing going for it with just a hint of vanilla. Loved it.

That’s it for this week. Have a great weekend, and I’ll see you Monday.

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