Today on Alphabet City: Jon Paul sounds an alarm regarding preparations for The Spit List.
Confused by the kooky controversy surrounding TSA pat-downs? Bored by the bogus buzz around Black Friday? Then turn your attention to that imminently more critical consideration—the question that gets everyone gobbling at Thanksgiving gatherings: Who’s on your Spit List?
For those of you who don’t have time to read an excerpt from Alphabet City about The Spit List origin that includes Chloe Sevigny and the Condé Nast cafeteria, let me lay the ground rules:
- Your Spit List nominees should be folks you so dislike that if you saw them, you would spit on them. It is a guttural response based upon a visceral reaction, which means there’s really is no rhyme or reason.
- You can only spit on famous people—someone that you might see on a red carpet. It can’t be Bob in accounting.
- Your Spit List doesn’t have to be long; people can move on and off the list over time. Scarlett Johansson was on my very first list, but has since moved off. Although the recent appearance of her lips on Saturday Night Live has me reconsidering.
Friends have tried exporting The Spit List to overseas celebrations with varying degrees of success. Last I heard, my friend Aimee was debating the delicacies of introducing The Spit List to Kabul based on her limited success with it in Liberia. At last year’s Spit List 10th Anniversary Celebration, favorite choices included Lou Dobbs and Rihanna, the latter nominated because of a bad haircut that just seems to be getting worse.
WORD OF CAUTION: In a post-election daze, it’s easy to go wild with political appointees to your Spit List. Believe me, I am all for a full on TSA pat down of the Tea Party baggers.
But from experience, the game is far more fun when there’s a Spit List balance of party officials and pop-culture wackos. So, for every John Boehner there should be a Gwyneth Paltrow—damn, her Glee appearance is throwing a curve ball at my Spit List.
Good luck, guttural speed, and may your Spit List be thoughtful and controversial.
And by all means, let me know whom made your Spit List.