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August 17, 2009 | GREGORY RODRIGUEZ
Don't get too outraged, those of you who are looking down your noses at those unreasonable, misinformed anti-healthcare-reform town hallers. No matter what particular clan, tribe or party you belong to, you can't really disown them any more than you can your own grandmother. You may not agree with them, but their brand of hotheaded, self-righteous, obnoxious, stick-it-to-the-manism is as American as apple pie. Earlier this summer, I decided to reread Alexis de Tocqueville's 19th century classic, "Democracy in America."
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Seth Rogen has thrown in his lot with the Bieber bashers.  The "Neighbors" star, 31, stopped by Andy Cohen's "Watch What Happens Live" on Wednesday, and the host asked him about a tweet he'd posted in January following Justin Bieber's arrest on suspicion of DUI in Miami. Sorry, guys, we can't republish the tweet here, but it involved Rogen calling the pop star "a piece of" something. The 20-year-old "Beauty and a Beat" singer's latest antics have further sullied his name.
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NEWS
April 16, 1989
I beg to differ with Kevin Thomas' too kind words for "Beverly Hills Cop" (Movies on TV, April 2). I avoid all movies with the totally obnoxious Eddie Murphy. Fredric Cooper, Torrance
OPINION
August 17, 2009 | GREGORY RODRIGUEZ
Don't get too outraged, those of you who are looking down your noses at those unreasonable, misinformed anti-healthcare-reform town hallers. No matter what particular clan, tribe or party you belong to, you can't really disown them any more than you can your own grandmother. You may not agree with them, but their brand of hotheaded, self-righteous, obnoxious, stick-it-to-the-manism is as American as apple pie. Earlier this summer, I decided to reread Alexis de Tocqueville's 19th century classic, "Democracy in America."
SPORTS
November 3, 2001
Let me get this straight. The winning bid to sit next to Spike Lee at a Knick game was $101,300. I'm sorry. It's going to have to be more than that to be forced to sit next to the obnoxious little runt. Reggie Boyle Thousand Oaks
MAGAZINE
March 26, 1989
I'm sorry Littwin had a run-in with a rude dude. She probably should have hit him. But she should keep a perspective and try not to be a silly, obnoxious broad toward the rest of us. BEN ROSOW Los Angeles
ENTERTAINMENT
August 14, 1988
Hopefully, the next time Fresh Prince, Ready Rock-C and D.J. Jazzy Jeff are interviewed, they will leave manager Russell Simmons behind or put a gag on his mouth (Faces, July 24,). The man is definitely obnoxious and his remarks about Luther Vandross, Diana Ross and Freddie Jackson were crass. IVAN COHEN Los Angeles
SPORTS
November 13, 2004
Heavens to Betsy! T.J. Simers has written something nice about someone, Shaun Livingston, the 19-year-old rising star of the Clippers [Nov. 9]. Simers is getting soft or he has forgotten his long journalistic practice of knocking or denigrating virtually everyone in sports. Let's hope Simers has the good sense to return to his normal Page 2 nasty, obnoxious Scrooge-like image. Joe Lyou Santa Paula
ENTERTAINMENT
June 24, 1989
Serrano's position about his controversial Christ image is reported as being a protest against exploitation of religious values. The picture in question is, to me, very moving and effective. But, to give it the obnoxious title the artist has chosen, "Piss Christ," smacks of blatant exploitation. With a title like that, what sort of reaction did he expect? JOHN DEGATINA Studio City
NEWS
August 18, 1985
By hiring the loud and unamusing Alan Fawcett as host, the producers of "Puttin' On the Hits" must think that their viewers are either deaf or stupid. Instead of getting people to continue watching this program, Fawcett actually drives them away with his fake smile, fashion-show outfits, obnoxious remarks and rapid introductions. The show itself is very entertaining, but its host has got to go! Melanie Santos, Encino
SPORTS
October 11, 2008
I am a Cubs fan who was at Dodger Stadium for the final game of the drubbing. The Dodgers were clearly the better team and deserved to advance in the playoffs. Enduring the loss was disappointing enough, but seeing the Raider-like behavior of quite a few fans was just shameful. There were plenty of Cubs fans who were just plain abused for doing nothing more than standing in a concession line wearing Cubs gear. The obnoxious offenders were not only tolerated but encouraged by others in the crowd.
NEWS
September 27, 2007 | Mary McNamara, Times Staff Writer
Jon Harmon Feldman wrote ABC's new drama "Big Shots" because he wanted to explore what it means to be a man in 2007. It says so, right on ABC's website. If what he has discovered is even remotely accurate, we may be mere minutes away from the apocalypse. Because Feldman has created a quartet of rich guys so insufferable, self-centered and whiny that they make the men of feminist masterwork "The Golden Notebook," or even "The Nanny Diaries," look positively heroic.
NEWS
August 16, 2007 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
NEW YORK-based indie filmmaker Tom DiCillo has never been personally pursued by paparazzi. But he's been deluged with such photographers while making his offbeat comedies such as "The Real Blonde" on the streets of the Big Apple. "I have kicked this one guy off the set of all my movies," DiCillo says with a sigh. Yet he turned around and spent two months with the annoying shutterbug as research for his latest film, "Delirious," which opens Friday.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 8, 2007 | Jan Stuart, Newsday
And we thought we were going to see a summer recreation comedy. "Daddy Day Camp," the recast follow-up to the 2003 hit "Daddy Day Care," confronts two of the gravest issues currently facing Americans: war and foreclosure. Granted, the enemy is a rich kids' camp in a better neck of the woods and the bank threatening to yank the poor slob's property is remarkably negotiable in times of crisis.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 28, 2006 | Jessica Reaves, Chicago Tribune
The vengeance in the bloodthirsty title for "John Tucker Must Die" refers to social "death," or extreme embarrassment, rather than physical demise. In high school, of course, they can feel essentially the same. As the antihero, the aforementioned John Tucker (played by Jesse Metcalfe, the underage gardener from "Desperate Housewives") is targeted for social annihilation after each of his three girlfriends discovers she's not alone in falling for the basketball star's considerable charms.
AUTOS
April 12, 2006 | DAN NEIL
THE problem with the new Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder -- a 512-hp, 190-mph exercise in visual villainy, a brutal cubist collage of wings and scoops and louvers to which environmentally sensitive people react like roaches sprayed with Raid -- is, of course, it's too subtle. Why else would Lambo paint such a car the color of our tester?
MAGAZINE
October 5, 1986
I have been a smoker for more than 60 years and I thoroughly enjoy it. I have never had a "cigarette cough" nor any other so-called reactions from smoking. We smokers are being backed into a corner by some arrogant, self-important people who do not know the answers. I ask them to please let us live our lives as we think best. We don't intend to be obnoxious and deliberately rude, but they are free to go wherever they would like to go to be away from smoke. Apparently we are no longer free.
NEWS
July 19, 1992
Is there any way on this green planet that we, the viewers, can beg, cajole, threaten or plead the television stations to stop cutting movies and series just so they can squeeze in a commercial, obnoxious or otherwise? I can't watch "MASH" anymore because KFMB-Channel 8 has cut it so badly that there is only a skeleton of a series left. I know because I have seen the originals ... and they are butchered now. S.L. Zuckerman, Fallbrook
ENTERTAINMENT
November 16, 2004 | Paul Brownfield, Times Staff Writer
The Boston Red Sox gave Fox a good story line for its World Series coverage, but now the network is rolling out its delayed fall season and confusion reigns. The elaborately staged prank show "My Big Fat Obnoxious Boss" and "The Rebel Billionaire" opened to lower-than-expected ratings. Plan B appears to be continuing to give "Arrested Development" the gifted-child treatment, perhaps calling another telephone news conference to talk about the show's continuing genius.
SPORTS
November 13, 2004
Heavens to Betsy! T.J. Simers has written something nice about someone, Shaun Livingston, the 19-year-old rising star of the Clippers [Nov. 9]. Simers is getting soft or he has forgotten his long journalistic practice of knocking or denigrating virtually everyone in sports. Let's hope Simers has the good sense to return to his normal Page 2 nasty, obnoxious Scrooge-like image. Joe Lyou Santa Paula
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