10 Times Jimmy Kimmel Found Out Interviewing People on the Street Can Be Disappointing

Jimmy Kimmel has continued to dominate the late-night scene with powerful opening monologues and hilarious mean tweets, he has also managed to turn random interviews with people on the street into somewhat of an art form.

With the help of his Lie Witness News team, Kimmel has repeatedly gotten unsuspecting passerby to reveal that they may not be as informed on a variety of topics as they think—not that that stops them from sharing their opinions.

When asked for their takes on subjects such as Martin Luther King Jr., Coachella and North Korea, interviewees have typically offered hilarious—and frequently cringeworthy—responses to the Live! crew’s questions.

Here are the top 10 times Jimmy Kimmel discovered people on the street can be disappointing.

MLK Day

To commemorate President Donald Trump’s first Martin Luther King Jr. Day in office, Kimmel sent his team out to find out which side people were on in the completely fabricated Trump-MLK Twitter war. Unfortunately, the fact that the feud was fake wasn’t so obvious to some.

Coachella

Back in 2013, Kimmel trolled Coachella attendees by quizzing them on bands that weren’t only not playing the music festival, but didn’t even exist. Nevertheless, people had a lot to say about The Obesity Epidemic, Get the F—k Out of My Pool, The Chelsea Clintons and several other make-believe groups.

North Korea

Amid heightened U.S. tensions with North Korea over its nuclear program in August 2017, the Lie Witness News team took to the streets to find out if anyone strolling Hollywood Boulevard could pinpoint the country on a map. Spoiler alert: They couldn’t.

Fashion Week

In a special NYFW 2014 edition of the segment, some of fashion’s best and brightest took their turn under Kimmel’s microscope—and they did not disappoint. When asked for their thoughts on “designers” such as Chandler Bing, Betsy Ross and Antonin Scalia, the style mavens were quick to elaborate on their favorite aspects of the so-called brands.

The 4th of July

Faced with the prospect of the Governor of California supposedly rescheduling the 4th of July to February, interviewees made it clear how strongly they felt about maintaining the traditions of Independence Day.

Trump’s White House Renovations

In the wake of President Donald Trump’s 2016 election victory, the Live! team took to the street to inquire about his “planned renovations” for the White House, including installing a champagne fountain, constructing a food court and replacing the current building with a 50-story penthouse. Of course, hilarity ensued.

Wakanda

Following the February 2018 release of the massively successful Black Panther, Kimmel gave passerby a chance to prove that they could recognize Wakanda as the fictitious African nation from the movie. Instead, people took the opportunity to weigh in on the crisis in T’Challa’s home country. “I think we need a strong presence there,” one man concluded when asked if it was time to bring the U.S. troops home from Wakanda. “I definitely support our troops. So if they’re in Wakanda, I think they have a reason to be there.”

Awards Shows

Are you a fan of the Outstanding Celebrity Excellence Awards? Despite the fact that they don’t exist, these people certainly aren’t—especially the supposed moment at the 2018 show when Alicia Keys killed a ladybug that landed on her arm during her acceptance speech.

Beauty Products

After Christian Louboutin released a $675 nail polish in the shade of his famous red-soled shoes, the Lie Witness crew set out to to discover whether people could tell the difference between that and a $5 bottle. “It definitely looks like the bottom of a Louboutin heel,” said one woman of the drug store polish. “This is their signature red color.”

Trump’s Tax Returns

Trump may have never actually released his tax returns, but that didn’t stop the Lie Witness News team from asking for people’s thoughts on a few of the “revelations” in the documents. From writing off his marriages as “entertainment” to donating $100,000 to the legal defense fund of the dentist that killed Cecil the lion, the news was a lot for everyone to unpack.


More GOP politicians have been arrested for sexual misconduct in bathrooms than trans people – DeadState

Update, 2/24/17: This Wednesday, President Trump revoked landmark protections that allowed transgender students to use the bathrooms they identify with, reversing work of the previous Obama administration that many celebrated as a victory for LGBT civil rights.

As reported by Reuters, last May then-President Barack Obama ordered schools to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms matching their preferred gender identity. Schools that did not comply risked having their funds withheld.

Read Reuters’ full report here.

Original story below:

As GOP lawmakers push their draconian anti-LGBT legislation across the South, the transgender community is now assuming the role of religious conservatives’ new favorite target, namely through what the Internet is calling “bathroom laws,” a tactic used to keep trans people from using the bathroom they associate with their gender identities.

But as Dan Avery of NewNowNext pointed out in late March, in all the entire history of the earth, more Republican lawmakers have been arrested for lewd conduct in bathrooms than trans people. Republicans – 3, (that we know of off-hand) trans people – 0.

“Obviously we need laws against senators using bathrooms, not trans people!” Avery writes.

Here are the three he dug up:

Jon Hinson

Hinson, a Mississippi congressman, was arrested in 1981 for having oral sex in the House of Representatives’ bathroom with a government staffer. In 1976, he was also arrested for exposing himself to an undercover agent but still managed to get himself reelected in 1980 after saying the incident was a result of his alcoholism. After the bathroom incident in 1981, he resigned from office.

Hinson came out as gay shortly after and lived out the rest of his life as an LGBT activist. He passed away from AIDS in 1995.

Larry Craig

Craig, an Idaho Republican senator, was arrested for lewd conduct in a men’s room at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport in 2007. Craig’s claim that he simply had a “wide stance” after an undercover officer accused him of trying to initiate a sexual transaction between bathroom stalls was bandied about on headlines and late-night talk shows.

Craig pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of disorderly conduct, but two months later tried to withdraw the plea. even reversing his decision to resign from the Senate. Craig finished out his term and did not run for re-election in 2008.

Bob Allen

Around the same time as the Craig scandal, Florida state Representative Bob Allen was arrested for allegedly agreeing to pay $20 to perform a sex act an undercover cop in the bathroom at a public park. Although he resigned later that year, he maintained that the only reason he was in the bathroom was because he was hiding out from the scary African American men hanging around.

According to Avery, “It just goes to show that for Republican politicians, it’s better to be thought of as a racist than as wanting to suck another man’s d*ck.”

Another line of rationale that anti-LGBT politicians use to justify bathroom laws is the hypothetical notion that men might ‘pretend’ to be trans just to gain access to women’s bathrooms. A March 2014 piece from Media Matters shot that down handily, pointing out that no such cases exist.

“It’s a lie that is unsupported by even a shred of evidence and contradicted by years of experience in states that already have non-discrimination laws on the books.”

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Good People Don’t Defend A Bad Man

At times in this life it can be a challenge to figure out who the bad people are, but sometimes they help you.

Sometimes they do the work for you.

Sometimes with their every vulgar, bitter word from their mouth, they testify to their personal malignancy and they make it easy to identify them.

Generally speaking, there are things that good people do and things good people don’t do.

Good people don’t refer to entire countries as “shitholes”—most notably countries that have given birth to our very humanity; ones that for hundreds of years have been colonized and poached and mined of their riches by powerful white men; countries whose people have been enslaved and sold and forced to come and build your country. 

Good people by any measurement we might use—simply don’t say such things.

Of course good people also don’t say they could grab women by the genitalia, either.
They don’t defend racists and nazis and call them “fine people,” days after murdering a young girl and terrorizing an American city.
They don’t brag about their penis size during debates, or suggest protestors at campaign rallies should be roughed up, or crack jokes about captured war heroes, or make fun of the physically disabled.
They don’t.

Good people don’t tweet anti-Muslim rhetoric in the moments immediately following a bombing in order to bolster a position.
They don’t leave American territories filled with brown skinned people without power for months upon months, after publicly ridiculing their public servants and questioning their people’s resolve.
They don’t erase protections for the water and the air, for the elderly, the terminally ill, the LGBTQ.
They don’t take away healthcare from the sick and the poor without an alternative.
They don’t gouge the working poor and shelter the wealthy.
They don’t abuse their unrivaled platform to Twitter-bait world leaders and to taunt private citizens.

Good people don’t prey upon the vulnerable, they don’t leverage their power to bully dissenters, and they don’t campaign for sexual predators.

But this President is not a good human being, and there’s simply no way around this truth.

He is the ugliest personification of the Ugly American, which is why, as long as he is here and as long as he represents this nation, we will be a fractured mess and a global embarrassment. He will be the ever lowering bar of our legacy in the world.

And what is painfully obvious in these moments, isn’t simply that the person alleging to lead this country is a terrible human being—it is that anyone left still defending him, applauding him, justifying him, amening him, probably is too.

At this point, the only reason left to support this President, is that he reflects your hateful heart; he shares your contempt of people of color, your hostility toward outsiders, your ignorant bigotry, your feeling of supremacy.

A white President calling countries filled with people of color shitholes, is so far beyond the pale, so beneath decency, and so blatantly racist that it shouldn’t merit conversation. It should be universally condemned. Humanity should be in agreement in abhorring it.

And yet today (like so many other seemingly rock bottom days in the past twelve months) they will be out there: white people claiming to be good people and Christian people, who will make excuses for him or debate his motives or diminish the damage.

They will dig their heels in to explain away or to defend, what at the end of the day is simply a bad human being saying the things that bad human beings say because their hearts harbor very bad things.

No, good people don’t call countries filled with beautiful, creative, loving men and women shitholes.

And good people don’t defend people who do.

You’re going to have to make a choice here.

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Introverts Don’t Hate People, They Hate Shallow Socializing

I like to make jokes about how much I hate people. As an introvert, it’s easy to do. The stereotype of the misanthropic introvert is backed by countless Facebook memes and pop culture references. Think of the animated character Daria with her oversized glasses and a book in her hand, or that catchy quote from Charles Bukowski, “I don’t hate people, I just feel better when they aren’t around.”

These memes and quotes exist for a reason. They’re funny and relatable, and I’ve enjoyed sharing them just as much as anyone else. But there’s a darker side to them. They can also serve as a coping mechanism for those who need an excuse to hide behind. Let me explain.

It’s the whole “I’m too school for cool” persona. It’s easy for me to say I spent the majority of the party playing with the host’s cat because the people there weren’t half as interesting as the books I have at home. It’s harder for me to admit that getting past the barrier of small talk ranges from somewhat daunting to downright terrifying. So I oversimplify and say I don’t like people, when what I actually dislike are the surface-level interactions of most social gatherings.

We’ve all been to those parties where the sole purpose of the event is for everyone to break into small groups where they talk about sports, the weather, or where the host’s second cousin got her hair done. It’s moments like these where it suddenly becomes very important to find out if there’s a pet you can play with, or when all else fails, perhaps a large potted plant to hide behind. If there’s a drink to be fetched or a bowl of chips to be refilled, this task will instantly become the sole purpose of my existence, because literally anything is better than small talk.

However, despite appearances, I don’t hate people. I just hate shallow socializing.

And therein lies the problem that has kept thousands of introverts awake until all hours of the night. Because the time. But unfortunately, in order to meet people to share your inner world with, it’s necessary to go out and socialize. In order to get to those coveted discussions about life goals, creative passions, and the existence of the universe, you sometimes have to start with some small talk — no matter how painful it might be.

Sometimes You Have to Go Out to Appreciate Staying In

As an introvert, I view socializing much like I view other aspects of my life that I know are good for me in the long run, but really aren’t very enjoyable in the moment. Do I really want to go to the gym when I could just go home and watch Netflix? No. Do I really want a salad for lunch when I could have a hamburger? No. Do I really want to go to a party when I could curl up in bed with a book and a cup of tea? It’s a no-brainer.

However, to reap the rewards, you have to put in the work.

It’s all about balance. Just like I might treat myself to a piece of chocolate cake as a reward for all those days at the gym last week, I’ll spend a quiet Saturday night at home because I know I already put in a night of socializing and interacting with people outside of my comfort zone on Friday.

The reward of staying in is so much sweeter when it’s saved as its own unique event to look forward to — whereas staying home with a book feels a whole lot less special when you’re doing it for the tenth night in a row. Sometimes you have to go out to fully appreciate staying in, and vice versa.

I never would’ve met some of my closest friends if I chose to stay home and read all the time. Those relationships I have now were worth the anxiety and apprehension I felt upon venturing out of my comfort zone to establish them.

Unfortunately, finding those kinds of relationships is rare, because socializing doesn’t always have tangible rewards. Sometimes I leave an event feeling drained and wishing I’d never left the house. Other times, I might feel that it went okay, but I know the surface-level conversations I held all evening probably won’t lead to any life-altering friendships. But that’s okay, because not every conversation or evening out has to be life-altering.

For the Introvert, Socializing Isn’t Just a Way to Pass the Time

As an introvert, it’s my natural tendency to always want every interaction to be about establishing a life-long deep connection, but I’ve learned that can put too much pressure on the average casual conversation. Sometimes it’s just about staying in practice with my (albeit limited) people skills until the day when someone suddenly wants to talk about their dreams and goals and all the things that makes them tick. It’s impossible to know where a conversation will lead unless you try.

I’m aware of just how ridiculous my socializing philosophy will sound to extroverts. To them, socializing itself is the end goal. My extroverted friends are always looking for something to do on the weekend, during the holidays, and even on work nights. They pursue socializing for the in-the-moment excitement that it brings. For me, attempting to socialize is a long-term goal, one that I carefully craft and balance so I don’t get mentally or emotionally overwhelmed.

“Going out” is rarely exciting for me in the moment. But I always have hope when attending a party or trying a new networking event that I’ll make a friend who is also dying for a quiet cup of coffee while chatting about life, or who wants to take a trip to the beach just so we can lay side by side and read in complete silence.

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When I socialize, I’m not looking for a way just to pass the time. I already have a full list of hobbies and interests and not enough hours in the day to enjoy them all. But I’m always looking for a new person with whom I can share my passions and my world. Sometimes meeting that one new person can be worth the agony of socializing. I like to think I’m the kind of person worth socializing for, and I know I’m not the only one of my kind.

So, my fellow introverts, please occasionally put down your books, go out, and search for the people who make socializing worth it — because I’m out there looking for you.


Green Bay Packers – Official Blog | Eddie Lacy honored as NFLPA Community MVP

Eddie Lacy honored as NFLPA Community MVP

161014-lacy-950GREEN BAY — Packers RB Eddie Lacy has been honored as the NFLPA Community MVP for Week 5 after hosting a bowling fundraiser for Freedom House on Monday night.

The event, which was held at the Gutter in Suamico, Wis., raised money for the Brown County chapter of organization that provides emergency services for families in need.

Lacy holds Freedom House’s cause close to his heart after his own family was displaced by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. He later fulfilled a promise to his parents of buying them a new home shortly after the Packers drafted him in 2013.

“I feel really close to this because I went through Hurricane Katrina,” said Lacy earlier this week. “Although I didn’t have to live in a shelter, me and a bunch of my family members had to move into one of my aunt’s. We all crammed in this three-bedroom, one-bedroom house for months. So to be able to be in this position, I’m blessed enough to give back.”

Several Green Bay companies purchased lanes to support Lacy with guests bowling for prizes, partaking in a raffle and getting a chance to meet Lacy, WRs Randall Cobb and Davante Adams, S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, LT David Bakhtiari, CB Damarious Randall, and DL Mike Pennel.

The fundraiser came after the work Lacy started with Freedom House last year, when he helped organize a food and clothing drive throughout the state of Wisconsin.

Lacy then took the items and donated them, along with $5,000, during a surprise visit to the local Freedom House. He now serves as an honorary board member for the organization.

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