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Mike Reyes, aka Mr. Controversy, has considered himself a writer ever since he was a child. He wrote for various school publications from about 1995 until 2006, and currently runs both The Bookish Kind and Mr. Controversy, which is an offshoot of the regular column he wrote in High School. He's also authored several short stories such as "The Devil's Comedian", "The Devil v. George W. Bush", and most recently "Wait Until Tomorrow". He resides in New Jersey. Any inquiries for reprinting, writing services, or general contact, should be forwarded to: michaelreyes72@hotmail.com

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Monday, August 11, 2008

Goodbye Bernie Mac and Issac Hayes

This isn't fucking fair. Both Bernie Mac and Issac Hayes were taken from us this weekend, and it just isn't fair at all. Both talented African American figures in the entertainment industry, they made America laugh and smile at everything from the clitoris to milk and cookies.

For me, my first exposure to Bernie Mac was when I saw The Original Kings of Comedy. I had taped the movie off of Pay Per View (thanks to an illegal "hot box") and decided to watch it one weekend afternoon. It was no surprise that his segment was the last one, because that's where the biggest laughs were to be had. The Big Momma riff was the funniest of them all, because it was something even a white teenager could relate to...the old school authority figure who would whoop your ass in a second if you toed the line. Of course, I never had a "big momma", but I could still laugh at the concept because Bernie Mac explained it so well, right down to the humming church hymns and swaying back and forth. His role as Frank Catton in the Oceans trilogy was one of the best parts about the whole damn trilogy. The incident with the Used Car Salesman will always be one of my favorite bits from the first film, and the push for his Dominoes to be installed into Al Pacino's casino in the third is a scene stealer. I was really hoping he'd get some sort of cameo in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, and it's a shame we'll never get to see him crack wise live again.

Issac Hayes was introduced to me, of course, through South Park. When the show was first airing, during it "sci fi plotline" phase, my parents forbade me to watch it. Of course, this was very much like when I was forbidden to watch Ren and Stimpy...I'd watch it when they weren't looking. In the case of South Park, my cousin has the first VHS they released of the first three episodes, and he lent it to me to watch. Sure enough, Chef was always one of the go-to guys for comic relief, 9 times out of 10 with a sexy song he wanted to sing. (At least, that's how he was during the first couple of seasons.) Most importantly, he gave Stan the best advice you can give someone on how to get a woman to like you..."You've just gotta find the clitoris". Wise words from a wise man. The theme from Shaft should be retired so no pretenders to the throne try and outdo the only performance worth a damn of said theme, because it just ain't Shaft without Issac Hayes.

Goodbye gentlemen, keep 'em laughing in the hereafter.


Dave B. said...

For as much as I love his music, I don't feel very much loss over Isaac Hayes.

In my estimation, the more Scientologists that die, the better.

Shame about ol' Bernie though. I rather liked him.

Mr. Controversy said...

It's just a shame with Bernie, because he was so hard working and had so much more he was going to do.

I have to disagree with Issac Hayes though. The South Park controversy aside, at least he wasn't a super public scientologist like Tom Cruise. In fact, I thought it was refreshing that he didn't say anything about it until he quit.

Seresecros said...

RIP to both of them. The first time I saw Isaac Hayes was on Blues Brothers 200, and I remember feeling short-changed he only gets one line in the final song. Why did he only get one song?

Makes no sense.

Mr. Controversy said...

I didn't even remember him in the final song...but that is a bit of a short change. Why couldn't they let him join in on Funky Maison with Erika Badu?

Is it wrong for me to enjoy the film, even if it has one giant, glaring flaw built into it? (The KID!! THE FUCKING KID!)

Seresecros said...

You're Mr Controversy! If you like the film, then the WORLD WILL BOW TO YOUR WILL!

I like the film too, far as I remember.

Mr. Controversy said...

But the kid did have to go.

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