ComPost: Epic Failures

Posted at 02:52 PM ET, 03/02/2011

John Galliano, Mel Gibson, Charlie Sheen -- poison and poetry

Oscar Wilde once said that "The fact of a man's being a poisoner is nothing against his poetry." But watching the fallout from John Galliano's pro-Hitler, anti-Semitic rant, I have to wonder whether that's still the case. One of the...

By Alexandra Petri  |  02:52 PM ET, 03/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Epic Failures, Petri | Tags:  Galliano, art, oops

Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 03/01/2011

Gov. Rick Perry blocks journalists on Twitter -- really?

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is blocking journalists on Twitter. But not all journalists? Does Gov. Perry not grasp that anyone can still read his account? @GovernorPerry is not locked! It's visible to everyone! So this seems like a particularly inane...

By Alexandra Petri  |  12:24 PM ET, 03/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Epic Failures, Only on the Internet, Petri | Tags:  America, oops, technology, twitter

Posted at 08:09 PM ET, 02/28/2011

Kirk Douglas, the Oscars and the power of age

Maybe our youth-obsessed culture is like Samson -- lost its power when Justin Bieber cut his hair. I enjoyed the Oscars. Disclosure: My college roommate and bosom companion wrote jokes for the telecast, so I'd been programmed to enjoy them...

By Alexandra Petri  |  08:09 PM ET, 02/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Bad Advice, Epic Failures, Petri | Tags:  America, Oscars, age, kids these days

Posted at 05:54 PM ET, 01/18/2011

Regis Philbin, Ricky Gervais, and the lost art of hosting

Regis Philbin announced today that he was retiring from Live with Regis and Kelly. (By John Paul Filo -- Cbs) There are so few good hosts left nowadays. I recently read a letter to Ask Amy inquiring if it was...

By Alexandra Petri  |  05:54 PM ET, 01/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Epic Failures, Epic Failures, Epic Failures | Tags:  art, hosts, kids these days

Posted at 09:18 AM ET, 01/11/2011


Everyone is shouting. It starts innocently enough. You see someone else shouting. "Stop shouting!" you say. He doesn't stop. "Stop shouting!" you insist, more loudly. "You need to stop shouting and be quiet!" Suddenly you find that you are shouting,...

By Alexandra Petri  |  09:18 AM ET, 01/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Epic Failures, Epic Failures, Epic Failures, Epic Failures | Tags:  America, Glenn Beck, Keith Olbermann, Sarah Palin, censorship, media, the power of myth