Hi everyone! I hope you are having a wonderful evening. Today has been a very strange day here in Northwestern New Jersey. Brownouts, no heat, no stove or microwave. I'm freezing! But worst yet, we've been having intermittent internet outages. Yikes! I don't do well without my internet connection! LOL!
Well, I must say that ever since John Roberts gave us "Cooperman" as The Shot, I've been quite perplexed. Ms. Phebe and Ms. PT assured me that the Krewe of Muses were just poking fun at Anderson in a harmless way. That's what Mardi Gras is all about. Hearing from some of our NOLA residents that the float was all in good fun also made me feel better.
Then, the other day, a good friend of ours at ATA asked me my thoughts about the float and I told her that since I'd never been to Mardi Gras, I wasn't the best person to ask. I told her that I would put the question to my husband since he would know better than I. My DH told me satire and black humor are often used to depict current events but since there is an underlying feeling from some residents that Anderson has done nothing more in the past year for NOLA than make money off Katrina, he couldn't be sure if the Muses were just poking fun or not. He suggested that I email the Krewe to see what their thoughts were in designing their concept. Dang, I love that man! He has the best ideas, doesn't he?
Well, yesterday I did just that. I must say that the Krewe leader, Staci Rosenberg got back to me in swift fashion! I wanted you all to read her response in full so that you will know that the Muses really do admire Anderson Cooper and respect the work he has done for New Orleans residents!
I am the captain of the Krewe of Muses, an all-female krewe with over 1,200 members. In keeping with the 150-year-old Mardi Gras tradition of social and political satire, we make fun of everyone and everything - local and national politicians, celebrities, and most importantly, ourselves.
This year's theme was Super Muses, which chronicled the adventures of our heroine, Super Muse, as she strove to rebuild New Orleans. Because Anderson Cooper is so good looking and because he has been so high profile here, we depicted him as a super hero, saving New Orleans one photo-op at a time. This was a joke, and not meant to be taken seriously.
We try to maintain a witty, irreverent tone, but we certainly don't intend to offend. We have the utmost respect and admiration for Anderson Cooper, and we greatly appreciate what he has done to keep our City's plight in the national eye. In addition to Anderson Cooper, this year we spoofed Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, and Spike Lee, all of whom we admire immensely. With 24 floats, we poked fun at many public figures, but it is all in the spirit of fun.
Thanks for your interest in Muses.
I'd like to thank Staci for allowing me to share her response with you today. She truly wanted to make sure that everyone knew how much the Muses respected Anderson Cooper.
Okay, Ms. Phebe and Ms. Pt, I apologize for doubting you! But in my defense, this picture sums up why I couldn't be sure "Cooperman" was all in good fun. I have to say, if this guy is all in good fun, I'll eat my keyboard! (I hate this picture so much, I refuse to credit the guy. I'll just tell you that you can search on Anderson Cooper in Flickr to find the original.) I will however thank my friend Xtina for forwarding this on to me!
Okay, that's all from me today! I don't know if we'll be seeing Anderson tonight on AC360. With the weekend coming and the fact that he probably won't be on Monday, I think I'm definitely going to have to break out my Mole DVD!
Alright, Of course I'm wrong! Good News! Anderson's on right now! If you are reading this thinking he's not, RUN to your TV! LOL!
Have a great weekend all!