Posts Tagged ‘South Africa’

Kiran: Me So Horny

June 17, 2010

Kiran: from Nepal’s “ray of light” to U.S.’s way of delight? American Morning co-host Kiran Chetry heated things up this morning with her horn blowing. In fact, after her lusty rendition, FIFA may never ban South Africa’s celebrated vuvuzela from the World Cup (regardless of how crazy the plastic “mad-hornet” trumpets drive the uninitiated ear).

In an AM report on FIFA’s decision not to prohibit the vuvuzela from the Johannesburg World Cup, CNN correspondent Richard Roth ineptly tried to master the “art” of blowing the cacophonous instrument. When his story had run, an in-studio Richard handed the vuvuzela to Kiran and remarked, “If you’d like to try, Kiran.”* After asking for some hand sanitizer first from Roth and not getting any, Kiran bravely replied, “Alright, they’re yelling in my ear, ‘Blow on it. If I get sick!”

After Kiran gamely blew the vuvuzela, Roth declared, “That is very good for the first time because one of the women at the restaurant said she had to take lessons and you could say I was pretty weak.” In response, Kiran exclaimed, “Lessons?!” Then, she suddenly seized the horn anew and zestfully blew a playful rift.” Grinning goatishly at Kiran, Roth queried, “Why are you so good at that?”

As the floor crew erupted in laughter and her co-host Drew Griffin beamed broadly, Kiran ignored Roth’s racy question, laid her trumpet on the desk, and glanced at Drew. As Drew chuckled and avoided her gaze, Kiran rolled her eyes and hid the trumpet behind her chair. Feigning offense, Kiran “icily” commented, “Always a pleasure to have Richard Roth with us. Thank you, Richard.”

CNN/US prez Jonathan Klein is right. Kiran definitely “light[s] up the screen” and “brings a delight” to American Morning and to its audience. Kiran, you lived up to your name today!

American Morning – 06/17/10 @7:57 a.m. ET)

Romans: World Cup “Golf”

June 11, 2010

World Cup: un-American (Morning). Or, at least, un-Christine. In the first hour of the show, American Morning co-anchor Kiran Chetry declared that the World Cup was the “biggest sporting event in the world…although it might not seem like it here in the U.S.” Subsequently, CNN correspondent and now three-time World Cup attendee Pedro Pinto asserted that he had “never seen anything like” the festivities attendant to Africa’s first World Cup held in Johannesburg, South Africa. Nevertheless, like many Americans, AM‘s biz babe Christine Romans did not seem impressed.

Later, Christine discussed the adverse effect of the “world’s most popular sport” on productivity in the United States. After stressing that soccer (or non-American “football”) was the fourth worst offender after the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, NFL Fantasy football, and the Super Bowl (Monday thereafter), she showed AM co-host Kiran Chetry a voluminous bankers’ analysis of who would win the World Cup. When Kiran asked why bankers were so interested, Christine responded, “Because there’s nothing more global than banking and the people who work at these banks [have] usually worked at a lot of different places around the world: They are golf, uh…no, they are World Cup nuts.”

Trying to give her colleague Christine some cover, Kiran kindly nodded her head and offered, “They’re golfers, too.” However, after Christine’s story had run, her producer was somewhat less sweet. Christine Tweeted, “and there i am on air with @kiranchetry cnn talking world cup and i accidentally call it “golf”. my producer razzing me mercilessly!!”

Golf vis-a-vis soccer? As the author replied to Christine, at least, she lives in the United States where many may have not noticed. However, had she lived in Brazil, she may not have returned to work the next business day. Vive la difference!

*American Morning – 6/11/10 (@8:23 a.m. ET)

Ainsley: Poor Thing

September 12, 2009

She did not just say that! “Poor thing”: Intended double entendre or merely mistimed Southern colloquialism? Either way, today Ainsley Earhardt, America’s News HQ co-host, made viewers grit their teeth and roll their eyes when she uttered those words.

Initially, Ainsley introduced a segment on South African runner Caster Semenya, a purported hermaphrodite in danger of being stripped of her women’s 800 meter medal in theĀ  world championships. When it was over, co-anchor Rick Folbaum repeatedly referred to Semenya as a female and expressed deep sympathy with her plight. Ainsley concurred, “I know. I know. Poor thing! Hopefully, they’ll figure it all out.”* [Italics added for emphasis.]

Ouch! Assuredly, one would not think that Ainsley was being intentionally hurtful. However, her choice of words was most regrettable. Obviously, no human is a thing whether male, female, or otherwise classified.

*America’s News HQ – 09/12/09 (@6:26 p.m. ET)