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Blue room

I’ve never wondered before why the lights are blue on Radio City Music Hall.

Tonight they could have served as a signal —

Craig Ferguson is in the house…and things are gonna get dirty.

They actually went blue before Craig made it on stage.  His warm-up act, Josh Robert Thompson — the voice of Geoff Peterson, the gay robot skeleton on The Late Late Show — did 20 minutes of impressions.  His take on Morgan Freeman, Matthew McConaughey, Regis Philban and Liam Neeson had a common theme…

They were all talking while having sex.

(Josh did apologize to his mother, who was in the audience.)

But of course, Craig never says he’s sorry.  He made fun of Nazis, Canadians and his beloved Shark Week.  He spent a lot of time visiting and revisiting his favorite parts of the female anatomy.  His set had energy and profanity and, as always, at least one joke.

So glad I was in on it.

Weak offense

Well, CNN, I hope it was worth it.

You knew it was coming, and you let it happen.  Probably hoped it would.  Thought the prospect of Kathy Griffin misbehaving would improve your ratings against the mega-tradition of “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” with Dick Clark and Ryan Seacrest.  (I mean, they put J Lo in a see-through bodysuit, for goodness sakes.)

So, you let Kathy co-host with poor, defenseless Anderson Cooper, even after she all but promised to let the profanity fly during the broadcast.  I’ll admit I was interested in hearing the outcome, even though I didn’t end up watching.

She did use the F-word, as expected….but in a very pedestrian way.  And only once.  Anderson’s reply?  “You’re terrible.  Really terrible.”  And then he went on with the show.

Boring, Kathy.  Bor-ing.  And very beneath your usual spectacle.  In fact, it kinda looked like an A-lister pretending to be a D-lister.

Uh oh.  Looks like Kathy has gotten too big…to act small.

Foot-in-mouth disease

The whole world has been in an uproar lately about the H1N1 virus.  It’s a legitimate worry.  We need to be aware and prepared and safe.

But there is another virus that has already infected millions of people.  And thanks to the wide variety of media available today, when this virus erupts, we can witness it instantaneously.

The dread disease?  A horrendous, offensive, egregious lack of manners.

Call me old-fashioned — and I’m not — but lately it seems like people — men and women of all ages —  are treating each other like crap…and we get to see it immediately, courtesy of the closest media outlet.

Exhibit A:  South Carolina Representative Joe Wilson. His now infamous “You lie!” shoutout during President Barack Obama’s address to a joint session of Congress was an unheard of breach of decorum.  He quickly apologized, but his slip became the evening’s news story, not healthcare.

Exhibit B: Serena Williams. She not only verbally abused a teeny-tiny lines woman at the US Open, she also repeatedly shoved her tennis racket in the official’s face and threw the F-bomb around 5+ times in front of an international audience.  She managed to be threatening, tasteless and classless — all at the same time — and only issued an apology after her publicist reminded her that her book was ” in stores now.”

Exhibit C: Kayne West. Less than 24 hours after Serena’s meltdown, West walked on the VMA Awards Show stage and took the microphone away from Taylor Swift — who was accepting an award for her music video  — to tell her that Beyonce’s video was “better.”   To the audience’s credit, he got boo’ed…big time.  And Beyonce — ever classy — brought Swift back up on stage later in the evening for a second chance to speak.

What up, world?  Have we all forgotten the basic rules of civility?  I hate to be old school here — ’cause I’m not — but treating people with common courtesy and respect is still expected, even in a world where we interact with each other more and more via email, instant messenger, facebook, tweets, and pings.

Thank you for reading.  Have a great day.

(See?  That wasn’t so hard.)