Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood Mock Obamacare at CMAs

Last night at the Country Music Awards, singers Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood performed a skit poking fun at Obamacare. Country music–both fans and performers–tends to skew towards the right (well, okay not the Dixie Chicks), but not everyone in the crowd laughed. Until the mention of hemorrhoids, because those are funny. Unless you have them.

As the Underwood and Paisley hit their last line

Obamacare by morning, over six people served

the audience applauded and whooped. Except for one of the night’s winners, Taylor Swift, who looked really confused.

(And what was Carrie Underwood wearing? Was that a chiffon mini-robe with metal farthingales over a black spandex  skirt or maybe those are bike shorts?–yuck!)

George Strait won entertainer of the year. Swift, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw and Florida Georgia Line, all won two awards each, with Florida Georgia Line the  winning single of the year for their crossover hit “Cruise,” featuring rapper Nelly.

 

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FINALLY! Gulf Benefit Tonight, CNN: Justin Beiber, Sting, Cameron Diaz

It’s about time! Finally there’s large scale national benefit for the Gulf region. The spill may not have injured orphans and displaced families like earlier telethons, but the BP spill’s impact  affects hundreds of thousands of people–oil workers, fishermen, shrimpers, support workers, the tourism industry–in at least four states, as well as millions of non-human life forms: Coral, crabs, fish, dolphins, manatees,  sea birds, plants. And all our oceans are connected…this could flow across the globe. Buh bye, world.

So Larry King is devoting two hours tonight, beginning at 8pm Eastern time for a telethon/concert/fundraiser for humans and the environment devastated by the BP Deepwater Horizon spill. Sting has signed on, along with teen sensation Justin Beiber, Cameron Diaz, Ryan Seacrest, and Robert Redford, Deepak Chopra, Philippe Cousteau, Ted Danson, Kathy Griffin, Chelsea Handler, Randy Jackson, Kerry Kennedy, Lenny Kravitz, Jenny McCarthy, Tim McGraw, Alyssa Milano, Aaron Neville, Edward James Olmos, Victoria Principal, Gloria Reuben, Tyson Ritter, Richard Simmons, Ian Somerhalder, Sam Trammell, Melania and Ivanka Trump, Pete Wentz, Herbie Hancock and India.Arie.

CNN states that the event will benefit

United Way, The National Wildlife Federation and The Nature Conservancy, organizations working directly with the families, individuals and wildlife affected by the Gulf oil spill.

The Nature Conservancy lists BP as a member of its International Leadership Council.

(shoop: commentary/fair use/creative commons by K.Baird)


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