I have a love-hate relationship with This Show Stinks podcast with Tony Kornheiser. He the former star sports writer for the Washington Post. He leveraged that into a sweet ESPN deal starring in the daily Pardon the Interruption show with his pal from the Post, Michael Wilbon.
Kornheiser recycles much of the sports commentary into his podcast. But it’s the pop culture chat that keeps me coming back.
Recently he equated the kiss by the Spanish soccer head, Luis Rubiales, to the V-J Day kiss.
He said the V-J Day kiss was just as inappropriate .
He is dead wrong.
He posited that if social media existed during the VJ Day kiss, the world would have be as up in arms as they are today with the soccer celebration kiss.
The soccer celebration kiss was inappropriate and the guy should be fired.
But the VJ Day kiss was celebrating the end of a long bloody deadly war. Everybody was kissing everybody. Life Magazine documented the whole thing.
Even Eisenstaedt, the photographer who took the famous photo, kisses a reporter, his camera slung over his shoulder, in a pose not unlike that of the famous kiss he photographed that day.
But the two ladies in the background don’t seem to approve. At any rate, the #MeToo movement exposed the sexual assault that happened in Times Square that day.
We live and learn.
Except for the Spanish dud who grabbed the player and full on mouth kissed her. Latin men and women greet each other with a “kiss.” More like a touching of cheeks and an air kiss. It was one of the fun things when I lived in Costa Rica.
This was more than a celebration kiss, it was assault.
Rubiales needs kiss his job good bye.