But as soon as Bannon was appointed, it was clear that all our worst fears about [white nationalism within] this government were well founded.I needed to be able to speak out about that in no uncertain terms, which meant I had to quit.: I literally pulled my hair out trying to toe the line of responsible journalist and political activist.Everyone I know — from people who are deeply involved in covering this political moment to those who are not particularly politically engaged — are having conversations about how to find moments of peace and respite.People saw Trump as “crazy” in part because he was villainous. his administration is actively harming people with mental illness in so many ways, and they’re able to get away with it because we still believe those illnesses are personal failings. So, growing up, I got into the habit of narrating everything: trips to the zoo, the animals at the zoo, my pop's footage, everything. You seem particularly interested in vicious animals ... I think it must have something to do with our fascination of shocking viciousness--both in humans and animals. Just think, if Kermit weren't on The Muppet Show, he might've been some bullfrog's lunch! Why do you think the honey badger has resonated so well with people? That wonderful Nat Geo footage perfectly paints this, wild painting of the honey badger; it is so well-edited, in fact, we left it as is. I believe this is what one does when unexpectedly meeting a Cobra...right? Maybe I'd pretend I was playing a flute and whistle at it? Then he switches to pitch for Grasshopper, a virtual phone system. I've always loved buffalo, but just don't know, simply, if I could ever be one... I have to impersonate people when I go to a drive-through for example. I get him to do so much work for me because he knows he owes me one--it's as stupid as that! I started all that craziness at around seven? I think we get caught up in everything being so cute and friendly. I think it goes back to society's obsession with nasty lil' things. It's the reason those Real Housewives shows do so well. Then, I sprinkled my narration magic dust on it and I think it resonates so well because of the combination of that footage with my narration. You know, most wildlife narrators sugarcoat things. So I think people enjoy the "realness" of the video and ultimately, the honey badger itself. It's interesting to see the reaction to the video, including some claims of sell-out. The things they do and their gross diets, are just what makes them "vicious." But, I think you'll find these animals, deep down, still need their mamas like we do; they need food and oxygen just like us. To me, there's no dif between any of these vicious animals and say Bernie Madoff. I think I may have to go with a "whale." At least I'd be able to sing all day and remain a mammal! x-id=ca7dd4db-6552-48b7-84a5-8c0518fbfb50" alt="" / How has your life changed since you posted that video -- does 5.2 million views on You Tube make things better or worse? Sometimes, I'll forget what I've done and when I get to the window, I say, "thank you, doll," and they're all, "Randall? " Yeah, when I'm out with pals, I'll usually have them do all the talkin'. But I’m in no position to put anyone on the couch, even if I do find myself thinking about Trump’s mental state. I hate that there is way more discourse about Trump’s mental state than the state of mental health care in this country.
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Gordon then conducted the interview and sent back these answers. My father was always traveling and filming all of these outrageous animals and seeing so many beautiful cultures and people; he'd come home, set up the projector and show us all of this incredible footage! As well, my grandmother and her friends (whom all, truly raised me) would take me to the zoo, like, twice a week without fail.
So, growing up, I got into the habit of narrating everything: trips to the zoo, the animals at the zoo, my pop's footage, everything.
But the honey badger rules -- crossing the 5 million view mark since uploading in mid January. Glee's Sue Sylvester referenced the "honey badger" in the latest episode ... it's a clinic in being badass that you can pair with a Merlot. Tell me how you came up with the idea of narrating these videos of animals. I think we get caught up in everything being so cute and friendly. I think it goes back to society's obsession with nasty lil' things. It's the reason those Real Housewives shows do so well. Then, I sprinkled my narration magic dust on it and I think it resonates so well because of the combination of that footage with my narration. You know, most wildlife narrators sugarcoat things. So I think people enjoy the "realness" of the video and ultimately, the honey badger itself.
So I wrote Randall and he asked me to send questions to Christopher Gordon, a comedian, actor, writer and rapper. Well, my papa was an assistant cameraman on Marlon Perkins' Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom, and later, promoted to cameraman-cameraman. You seem particularly interested in vicious animals ... Everything's just sort of supposed to be okay and part of nature, but it's like, wait--nature is f***ing scary as s**t! I mean, I watched the footage a few times and every time, it just grossed me out.