Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Revisiting WHHSH

I thought you all got sick of my ranting over misuses and overuses of WHHSH (that's What Happens Here Stays Here for new readers), so I laid off it for a while. Now I'm back with a vengeance because people keep sending me stuff and I keep meaning to post it.

To wit, here are the three worst offenders:

WHHSH: The Movie. No, really. Amy of the Grits To Glitz Podcast pointed this one out today. Ashton Kutcher and Cameron Diaz will star in "What Happens in Vegas," described by the Hollywood Reporter thus: "Following a night of debauchery in Vegas, two strangers (Diaz and Kutcher) discover they have gotten married and one of them wins a huge jackpot with the other's quarter. In trying to determine the rightful beneficiary of the winnings, the duo embarks on a series of plots to undermine the other, falling in love along the way." Isn't Diaz a little young for Ashton?

WHHSH: The Lawsuit. Miles caught this one. A girl and her grandparents are suing the Chicago Board of Ed because a substitute teacher showed "Brokeback Mountain" in an 8th grade class and knew she shouldn't and now the little girl is afraid of camping with Jake Gyllenhaal, I think. How do we know the teacher knew better? According to the lawsuit, she told a student to shut the door and said, "What happens in Ms. Buford's class stays in Ms. Buford's class." Ms. Buford should be sued just for saying such a thing. Oh, wait. She kinda was. Justice!

WHHSH, The Hack's Crutch. Gregory of the Anything SF podcast pointed out this one. The sheriff and undersheriff in San Mateo, Calif., were arrested in a prostitution sting in Las Vegas in late April. It's a sensationally tawdry tale and the cops' denials are painful and silly, but San Francisco Chronicle scribe John Cote deserves to be jailed, too, for beginning his juicy story with: "What happens in Vegas doesn't necessarily stay in Vegas after all."

Any others out there?


BG said...

Although I agree that in this case, showing that movie to young kids might not be the appropriate without context, what always get me in these stories is the reason for the lawsuit.

"Richardson said his granddaughter was traumatized by the movie and had to undergo psychological treatment and counseling."

I always wonder from where, exactly, does the trauma really come from? The event itself or the over reaction of really narrow minded people around the child?

Anonymous said...

She was traumatized by watching gay people doing their thing in a tent. It traumatized me, too. Just like this blog does.

Anonymous said...

Reba McEntire, the host of the Academy of Country Music Awards, led the evening with a "what happens in Las Vegas, stays in Las Vegas..." statement.