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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Gov. Bobby Jindal to guest star on season premiere of Duck Dynasty

Posted By on Wed, May 14, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Gov. Bobby Jindal isn't the only Louisiana politician who likes to be seen with the Robertson family of the A&E "reality" show Duck Dynasty (Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne and U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister both like to tout their Duck-y bona fides), but Jindal is going a step farther than either of them: He's appearing on the Season 6 premiere of the show to present Willie Robertson with "a Commerce Award."

Jndal met with the Robertsons in February to present them with a new state laurel. In a press release at the time, Jindal's office said, "The Governor’s Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence will be periodically awarded by the Governor to homegrown Louisiana businesses that grow and provide more opportunity, more jobs, and more commerce for the State of Louisiana." 

So what happened at the award presentation? A&E says "In preparation for the big occasion, John Luke volunteers to give the introduction speech but can't avoid Willie and Uncle Si's public speaking tips, unwanted as they may be. Meanwhile, Miss Kay enlists Korie and Sadie to pick out an outfit for the event and solicits Phil's reluctant opinion on her final look."

In 2012, Lauren LaBorde interviewed Willie Robertson for a Gambit cover story about Louisiana reality TV; you can read that interview here and the cover story here.

Season 6 of Duck Dynasty will air June 11 at 9 p.m. on A&E. Under the jump: A&E's press release about the Robertsons and the governor.

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Here's a teaser for the second season of Big Freedia's Queen of Bounce

Posted By on Wed, May 7, 2014 at 12:34 PM

You already know Big Freedia. The recent recipient of the Big Easy Award for Entertainer of the Year, the queen diva and star of the reality series Queen of Bounce premieres the second season June 11 on the Fuse network. Billboard has a first look, which you can watch below. Read Gambit's 2013 cover story about the bounce artist, and check out a new track, "Explode," from Freedia's upcoming album Just Be Free, out June 17 on Freedia's label Queen Diva Music.

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Monday, February 3, 2014

Y@ Speak: New Orleans On Ice

Posted By on Mon, Feb 3, 2014 at 1:00 PM



Ah, winter in New Orleans. An Ice Capades of children making snowmen with sleet, icicles dangling from shotgun porches and hot toddies. Also: panic over road closures, Drew Brees accidentally stabbing former mayors, the same former mayor going on trial, Mackels wearing scrunchies, and election day meltdowns. We have all that and more in this week's Y@ Speak: ON ICE.

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Monday, December 23, 2013

A Very Y@ Speak Christmas

Posted By on Mon, Dec 23, 2013 at 10:45 AM

'Twas the week before Christmas, and through many tweets, Phil Robertson got fired and Garrett Hartley returned his cleats... Wait. Sorry, folks: Y@ Speak regrets to inform our readers that Fletcher Mackel has canceled Christmas. See you next week.

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Jindal on Duck Dynasty: "a messed up situation"

Posted By on Thu, Dec 19, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Phil Robertson

A&E, the network that runs the hyper-popular Louisiana reality show Duck Dynasty, suspended its star Phil Robertson following comments he made in a GQ profile. Writer Drew Magary talked to an off-camera Robertson, who made self-described "Bible-thumping" and "controversial" statements including: "a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man’s anus," black people "were happy" during Jim Crow, and being gay is sin similar to bestiality.

In a statement, A&E representatives said they are "extremely disappointed" in Robertson's comments, adding, "His personal views in no way reflect those of A&E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely."

Today, Gov. Bobby Jindal weighed in:

“Phil Robertson and his family are great citizens of the State of Louisiana. The politically correct crowd is tolerant of all viewpoints, except those they disagree with. I don’t agree with quite a bit of stuff I read in magazine interviews or see on TV. In fact, come to think of it, I find a good bit of it offensive. But I also acknowledge that this is a free country and everyone is entitled to express their views. In fact, I remember when TV networks believed in the First Amendment. It is a messed up situation when Miley Cyrus gets a laugh, and Phil Robertson gets suspended."

Duck Dynasty's fifth season airs 9 p.m. Jan. 15.

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Monday, December 2, 2013

Y@ Speak: ate too much

Posted By on Mon, Dec 2, 2013 at 1:21 PM

Burgers and #vendingmachinecat previewed our gluttony. From there, a downward spiral of cream of mushroom soup, Duck Dynasty sugar cookies and yelling, then Anthony Davis broke his hand — weakened from the continuous up and down motion of lifting a turkey leg.

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Monday, October 28, 2013

Y@ Speak: mostly tricks, some treats

Posted By on Mon, Oct 28, 2013 at 1:00 PM

It's the spookiest time of year, boils and ghouls. Treats abound: Anthony Davis ate a pizza, Chef Justin Devillier delivered pho, Sissy Nobby found sobriety, and Lance Moore learned a new dance. Just watch out for tricks — it's whimsical hat hunting season. You can rest assured, however, that "it’s OK to carpet your bathroom." Here's your pre-Weenie Y@ Speak.

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Review: The Governor's Wife

Posted By on Sun, Oct 27, 2013 at 10:25 AM

(L-R) Victoria and Anna Edwards, daughters of former Gov. Edwin Edwards, with the governor's new wife Trina Scott Edwards in A&E's "The Governor's Wife." - A&E NETWORK
  • (L-R) Victoria and Anna Edwards, daughters of former Gov. Edwin Edwards, with the governor's new wife Trina Scott Edwards in A&E's "The Governor's Wife."

Your interest in — or tolerance for — A&E's new "reality" series The Governor's Wife will be tested in the opening minutes of the first episode, at the very point where thirtyish Trina Scott Edwards, the bride of former Gov. Edwin Edwards, talks about her desire to have a child with him and mentions harvesting the 85-year-old's previously frozen "baby gravy."

That may be the show's high point. The editors do their best to contrive scenes of tension between Trina Edwards and her new stepdaughters — Edwin's sixtyish daughters Victoria and Anna, as well as with Trina's two teenage sons, who don't seem to be entrusted with any dialogue.

So what does happen? Edwin can't get his laptop to work with a router. Trina plans a birthday party. The stepdaughters "babysit" Trina's teenagers. Trina does a dance for charity while wearing a sailor outfit. Victoria smokes an electronic cigarette. Trina and Edwin tell his daughters about their plan to have a child. At Edwin's 85th birthday party, Trina attempts to pop out of a cake, but can't manage to do it correctly.

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Monday, October 7, 2013

Y@ Speak: shut it down

Posted By on Mon, Oct 7, 2013 at 11:25 AM

We pulled the plug, you guys. No more Karen, no more horrific D, no more government. The Saints have thrown opponents out of their own territories, enrapturing even David Vitter from resuming his duties. Twitter shut down gumbo-flavored Top Chef, and New Orleans dropkicked Tropical Something Karen into gorgeous fall-like weather. We still don't have a functioning governmental body but, well, the Pelicans look good. In today's Y@ Speak, we give a collective bird.

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Monday, September 23, 2013

At last, at last: The Governor's Wife to premiere on A&E Oct. 27

Posted By on Mon, Sep 23, 2013 at 3:42 PM

It's been delayed and delayed, but at last it's (almost) here: The Edwin and Trina Scott Edwards "reality" show The Governor's Wife will premiere on A&E Oct. 27, so mark your calendars, tell Siri to remind you, schedule a babysitter, whatever.

Let's hope the network — unlike Louisiana State University — has properly estimated the continuing appeal of Louisiana's former governor. (By the way, Trina Scott Edwards has exhibited some Facebook pique with The Advocate's tart editorial about the money-wasting Larry King-Edwin Edwards "fiasco.") 

The TV show will no doubt be far more successful, and, from the look of it, less expensive. Here's the trailer. 

A&E: The Governors Wife from StunCreative on Vimeo.

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