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The 411 Douchebag of the Week: Laura Ingraham

August 13, 2018 | Posted by Bryan Kristopowitz
Laura Ingraham

The 411mania Douchebag of the Week

Hello, everyone, and welcome to the latest edition of The 411 Douchebag of the Week. I’m Bryan Kristopowitz.

So how many of you out there plan on getting the new Fangoria when it comes out this October? And how many of you still buy movie magazines?


I still enjoy reading the various magazines that are still out there and continue to buy as many as I can. I don’t buy Empire or Starburst with any regularity (if there’s something cool on the cover I’ll pick both up) but stuff like Rue Morgue, Shock Cinema, and Phantom of the Movies Videoscope I buy all of the time. I’m several months behind with all of them, but when I see them on the shelves at my local Barnes and Noble (or comic book shop. Some of them do show up there) I get them. The only one I don’t get is Scary Monsters Magazine because its layout is often incomprehensible (just like Empire, if there’s something cool on the cover I’ll get a Scary Monsters issue, but otherwise I stay away). But the ones I do get:

Rue Morgue
Shock Cinema
Phantom of the Movies Videoscope
Horror Hound
Filmfax Plus

And I recently picked up a magazine called Dark Side that is going to have an article in the next issue about Kolchak: The Night Stalker that I will definitely want to check out.

I love the internets. I write for it. But there’s still something cool about having a magazine in your hands and reading something that doesn’t come out of a glowing screen. And, as long as the magazines are published and I can afford to buy them I’ll continue to get them.


So how many of you out there still buy movie magazines? And how many of you are excited/curious about the new and upcoming Fangoria?

And now onto this week’s Douchebag of the Week.



This week, the 411 Douchebag of the Week goes to right wing commentator and personality Laura Ingraham, for complaining that some people thought she was espousing racist beliefs last Wednesday night on her Fox News Channel show The Ingraham Angle when it sure as heck sounded like she was doing just that. Last Wednesday night, Ingraham started out her TV show with a monologue that included the following remarks:

“In some parts of the country, it does seem like the America that we know and love doesn’t exist anymore. Massive demographic changes have been foisted upon the American people, and they are changes that none of us ever voted for, and most of us don’t like. From Virginia to California, we see stark examples of how radically, in some ways, the country’s changed. Much of this is related to both illegal and- and in some cases- legal immigration that, of course, progressives love.”

Now, it’s true that Ingraham did say, later on, that she wasn’t talking about race or ethnicity, but instead was upset that “something is slipping away in this country” and that “It’s what was once a common understanding by both parties that American citizenship is a privilege, and one that, at a minimum, requires respect for the rule of law and loyalty to our constitution,” but by that time the cat was out of the bag. In fact, former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, David Duke, endorsed Ingraham’s remarks and said they were “One of the most important (truthful) monologues in the history of the MSM.” Because, really, what the hell else was she talking about?

Well, Ingraham attempted to explain herself the following day on her show and failed miserably. If she wasn’t explicitly talking about immigrants, both legal and illegal, entering the country and “changing it for the worse,” then what the hell was she talking about? What are these “demographic changes” she’s so upset about if they aren’t what they sound like?

Ingraham, as Media Matters has shown, has a history of making racist/sure as hell sounds racist remarks for quite some time and has documented 52 instances where she said something you could call, well, awful. And when you look at what she’s said in the past and what she just said on her TV show, it sure as hell looks like Laura Ingraham is a racist, or at least engages in racist language because that’s what her audience expects from her. I don’t know what else to call it.

Perhaps she should explain, in detail, what “demographic changes” mean to her so this controversy can end. Or she can just announce that she’s a racist and move on with her life. She may end up losing her TV show and her radio show in the aftermath of that announcement, but at least she would be honest with herself and the world. Let go of that burden.

Is any of that going to happen? Doubtful. I would suspect that it’s more likely Ingraham will use this controversy as a rallying cry for her fan base/audience/whatever the hell you want to call it. She’ll tell everyone willing to listen that she’s the one being discriminated against and people will believe it wholeheartedly. What better way to keep your resentful audience hanging around? Fight the “real” persecution!

Jesus Christ. Could this situation be any more disgraceful?


And now for this week’s honorable mentions…

The people on the internets complaining about Ruby Rose playing Batwoman, for complaining about Ruby Rose playing Batwoman. The crapola, which came from multiple angles according to the story at the link, caused Rose to quit Twitter. Why has fandom in general become so awful that it causes people to quit social media? It just makes no sense.

-Douchebag Hall of Famer and professional conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, for everything that happened to him last week. I know Jones thinks he’s a First Amendment martyr now and that there’s a massive conspiracy against him, but the last time I checked the social media outlets he was banned from all claimed that he violated their rules and, since they’re all private companies, can essentially make up their own rules. Unless Jones has some sort of agreement with all of them that states otherwise, none of them did anything they weren’t allowed to do. So what is he complaining about?

-Right wing political commentator and political consultant Ed Rollins, for his recent claim that the current NFL kneeling protests are somehow a political strategy by the Congressional Black Caucus. Why is everything a conspiracy? And should we proud of Ed for not saying “soul brothers always stick together”? What the fuck is he talking about here?

-Left wing political journal/magazine The Nation, for apologizing for publishing a poem that some people thought was “racist” and “ablest.” And this is why so many people can’t fucking stand “the Left.” Just go ahead and read the story at the link and ask yourself what the hell the magazine is actually apologizing for? Katha Pollitt’s response to the apology is about as spot on as you can get.


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