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At some point in time, I imagine we’ve all had at least one “Say it ain’t so” moment where we found ourselves genuinely disappointed by something a celebrity did or said. It’s practically an inevitable part of growing up, as when you idolize people you don’t actually know, you’re all but guaranteed to be let down at some point along the way. One day you’re singing along to their latest party anthem, the next they’re getting arrested for assault. One day they’re co-starring in the greatest comedic film trilogy of all time, the next they’re leading a low-speed police chase…

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Hello and welcome to Great Moments in Singing the Same Thing Over and Over Again, where we take a minute to examine and appreciate some of history’s finest and most lyrically efficient songs. Like the Fonz preparing to run a comb through his magnificent head of hair, a true artist recognizes when they’ve already reached perfection, and instead of doing something different, simply decides to do the same thing all over again.

Our journey begins with arguably the most popular title in the Sisqo library, none other than “Thong Song.”

The second single off of his solo debut Unleash the…

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Billy —

Look, I tried being nice. I tried being distant. I tried dropping hints, but nothing ever worked. I never meant to hurt your feelings, but after your latest outburst, you’ve clearly demonstrated that there’s no point in subtlety, so I’m just going to come out and say it:

No. I do not love you, now that you can dance.

Honestly, how am I even supposed to feel about that kind of question? While I do commend you for adding the mashed potato and the twist to your repertoire, let’s be honest here: Those incredibly common dances aren’t all…

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On February 10, 1989, World Wrestling Federation president Vince McMahon altered the course of human history in a manner that could never be reversed. Trying to avoid paying the fees that sporting events typically have to pay their state athletic commissions, McMahon pulled back his industry’s veil of secrecy during a New Jersey senate hearing, officially clarifying that professional wrestling wasn’t so much a legitimate sporting event, but a form of entertainment, right down to the predetermined outcomes. Sure, some had their doubts prior to this moment, but at that point, the secret was finally out: Pro wrestling wasn’t completely…

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Hey gang, let’s talk about Papa John. But only for a minute, because we really need to talk about the idea of “Papa John” and his place in society.

As you might remember, John “Papa John” Schnatter got in a bit of trouble back in 2018, capping off a negative PR streak with some questionable race-related behavior in a meeting with a client, including, but not limited to, using the N-word during the call.

As was likely suggested by more than a few of his co-workers, friends, people he saw at the grocery store, etc., Schnatter stepped down as CEO…

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On March 18, 2020, a man named Derrick Jones set up some DJ equipment in his kitchen, went live on Instagram, and almost immediately began to change the world.

(That feels like a bit of an exaggeration, but I also don’t think it’s 100% false, so just put it in your back pocket and we’ll get back to it at the end.)

Jones grabbed some wine, started playing music, and, just like that, the “Homeschoolin’: Social Distancing Dance Party” was born. …

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Since the onset of the pandemic, many of us have been living like the bright-eyed young soldier in the war movie with his whole life ahead of him, making his way through the treacherous jungle and saying things like “I’ve got a girl back home, and as soon as I get out of here next week, I’m gonna give her my class ring” (right before he takes a poison dart to the neck or gets mauled by a tiger or something): Day after day, we find ourselves carried by hopes of a brighter future, even when that future just means…

There comes a time in everyone’s life where they find themselves looking back on what might have been. Things they should or shouldn’t have done, things they should or shouldn’t have said. Opportunities that passed us by, and sadly, never returned.

Of course, when I say this, the first thing that comes to mind is the Coming Out of Their Shells tour, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles live-action concert experience that traveled throughout North America in 1990 and 1991. …

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I’m not proud to admit this, but the percentage of my life I’ve devoted to thinking about going back in time is truly staggering. I don’t anticipate it ever happening, mind you, and honestly my fingers are crossed that it never does, as being a time traveler of color, going back any significant period of time means things really start getting exponentially worse in a hurry (I once told a White friend that I often wondered what I could do, if I went back in time, that would impress everyone I saw. He responded “If you went back in time?”…

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While most of my interests have waxed and waned in intensity throughout the years (I assume that’s generally the way people’s interests go), my love of music is one that has remained strong since childhood. Whether I’m reading the stories behind my favorite songs or racking my brain to create the perfect playlist, the countless forms of music appreciation permanently reside at the front of my mind.

These days, my music consumption is largely reserved for times I’m driving somewhere, and try as Spotify might to help me stay in tune with emerging artists, I’m comfortable admitting that my tastes…

Chris Rosenthall

You may know me as Joe the policeman in the What's Going Down episode of That's My Momma.

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