FOTI #8: Fifty Shades of Red, White and Blue

Hey y’all! FOTI is back with another episode. (For fans of our non-podcast posts, don’t fret, there are some gems in the pipeline.)

In this episode, we talk Fifty Shades of Grey with our guest Carrie (the genius behind As You Like Like It), critique an online campaign to “exile” the rapper Pitbull to a Walmart in Alaska, and of course, discuss the viral video of bus monitor Karen Klein being persecuted by evil tweens and the massive online fundraising campaign in her honor. With dancehall jams by Vybz Kartel from his absurdly great album Kingston Story. Get fired up!

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To the links! The tweets we posted this afternoon are below — plus bonus links.

Alison’s story of swift justice in LA Superior Court is an inspiration to all citizens. We profile the poor twentysomething CNN reporter hung out to dry on the courthouse steps as a veteran producer fed bogus information in her ear about the health care ruling; plus, our favorite meme from the whole mess.

On a whim, we pick patriotic jams for a pop quiz, including this masterpiece:

 Report Card

What do you think, folks: Is this a loving tribute to the man who brought us “You can’t handle the truth!” or a bitchy takedown of a self-plagiarist? We offer our opinions, and discuss whether editor Kevin Porter needs to watch his back.

After learning about a contest whereby the Walmart with the most Likes gets a visit from rapper Pitbull, the dudes from Something Awful have started the #ExilePitbull movement, with the goal of making the Walmart in Kodiak, Alaska, the winner. But is Alaska really the worst place you can send a person in the sweltering summertime heat?

On the plus side, the staff IS really fired up about it.

Thanks again to our contributor Jeni Sue, who discovered this gem and posted it to the Facebook page. We don’t totally understand what the hell’s going on, but we like it. Click here for more from our favorite performer, GloZell.


We definitely had to address the biggest story to hit the internet over the past fortnight, first breaking around the time we taped our last episode. Here’s the best take on the Karen the Bus Monitor situation we know of, written by the inimitable Michael K of Dlisted. The current fundraising total to give Karen a break from evil bus-riding tweens now stands at over two-thirds of a million dollars, all in tax-free individual gifts, as Alison points out. And the bus monitor bullies? A one-year suspension from school and re-assignation to what Alpine calls “a re-education camp for fuckups.” Swift justice!

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