WBEZ | JC Aevaliotis http://www.wbez.org/tags/jc-aevaliotis Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Who will show up on election day, and will they look like America? http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-10/who-will-show-election-day-and-will-they-look-america-103030 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/presidential%20debate%201.jpg" style="float: right; height: 148px; width: 300px; " title="Governor Romney and President Obama at their first debate in Denver (Screenshot via WSJLive)" />In a month of weekly presidential debates, Thursday evening brings two fresh faces to the mix, as Republican Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan and incumbent Vice President Joe Biden go head to head.</p><p>But lurking behind these two men is the memory of last week&#39;s first presidential debate. Writer J.C. Aevaliotis argues that evening revealed the true difference between Gov. Romney and President Obama, and that it comes down to what they think America looks like. &quot;100% of America, Republicans are saying. Mitt Romney&rsquo;s electoral fate, and maybe the GOP&rsquo;s future, depend on how well they understand what that means,&quot; said Aevaliotis. Read an excerpt below or listen above:</p><p><em>...On the eve of the first presidential debate of the election season, Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson spent a full day hyping an exclusive video they described as &ldquo;explosive,&rdquo; promising that the newly unearthed video of Obama speaking about race would change the dynamics of the election. The video, a 5-year-old public speech at a university in Virginia, was greeted with a collective &ldquo;meh.&rdquo;</em></p><p><em>Carlson and Hannity insisted that the video contained excerpts removed in other reporting, that the coverage of the speech in 2007 was incomplete and biased in favor of Obama. Here&rsquo;s Carlson: &quot;People say &#39;this has already been reported.&#39; Well, actually, it hasn&#39;t been reported, and I know because I reported on it the first time.&quot;</em></p><p><em>And what Hannity and Carlson claim is that the video shows is a radically racial Obama, fomenting discord with intentionally incendiary rhetoric delivered in a blacker-sounding voice than Obama&rsquo;s normal voice. The &ldquo;news&rdquo; was quickly drowned out by the hype of the first debate, though a handful of prominent conservatives claim that the video shows us a &ldquo;true&rdquo; Obama, ignored by most media. A simultaneously racist and racially-divisive Obama.</em></p><p><em>On the conservative blog </em><a href="http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2012/10/obama-slandered-american-as-racist-using-dishonest-claims-about-the-response-to-hurricane-katrina.php">PowerLine</a><em><a href="http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2012/10/obama-slandered-american-as-racist-using-dishonest-claims-about-the-response-to-hurricane-katrina.php">, Paul Mirengoff said </a>that the speech isn&rsquo;t &ldquo;ancient history,&rdquo; but a &ldquo;sincere&rdquo; statement of how Obama sees America. Mirengoff summarizes Obama&rsquo;s view this way: &quot;America needs to redistribute wealth from whites to blacks in order to offset, as best it can, the nation&rsquo;s basic racism.&rdquo; Mirengoff goes on to say that &ldquo;the redistribution of wealth from middle class suburbs to the inner city constitutes the core of Obama&rsquo;s domestic agenda for his second term,&rdquo; and that &ldquo;Obama will aggressively pursue that agenda through executive orders, regulations, and coercion if America makes the grave mistake of re-electing him.&rdquo;</em></p><p><em>The chord Mirengoff, Hannity, and Carlson attempted to strike is a resonant one for conservatives, many of whom believe that Obama&rsquo;s not-so-secret electoral strategy is to dole out free goodies from the public coffers to ensure that welfare recipients turn out in droves to re-elect him.</em></p><div><a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/" target="_blank">The Paper Machete</a><em>&nbsp;is a weekly live magazine at the Horseshoe in North Center. It&#39;s always at 3 pm., it&#39;s always on Saturday, and it&#39;s always free. Get all your</em>&nbsp;The Paper Machete Radio Magazine&nbsp;<em>needs filled&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/paper-machete" target="_blank">here</a>, or download the podcast from iTunes&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-paper-machete-radio-magazine/id450280345" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></div></p> Thu, 11 Oct 2012 08:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-10/who-will-show-election-day-and-will-they-look-america-103030 JC Aevaliotis on Jeremy Lin and how sports reflect everything good and bad about America http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-02-24/jc-aevaliotis-jeremy-lin-and-how-sports-reflect-everything-good-and <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2012-February/2012-02-24/6859212477_b264cdddf8.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-February/2012-02-24/6859212477_b264cdddf8.jpg" style="margin-left: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: right; width: 300px; height: 300px;" title="(Flickr/Jay Santiago)">After a few impressive games Jeremy Lin has become a national sensation. The New York Knicks player wowed even non-basketball fans during a February 10th game against the Lakers when he scored 38 points and had seven assists; the Knicks won that game 92 to 85.</p><p>But the backlash against all this "Lin-sanity" started almost immediately, according to teacher, director, actor, writer and general man about town JC Aevaliotis. He's "here&nbsp;to rescue us from a Lin-sane aslyum of stupid puns and stupider cultural analysis," says<em> Paper Machete</em> host Christopher Piatt. Read an excerpt or listen below:&nbsp;</p><p><em>Boxer Floyd Mayweather Tweeted directly from our national id with <a href="https://twitter.com/#%21/FloydMayweather/status/169170084739289089">this post</a>&nbsp;on Tuesday [February 12]: 'Jeremy Lin is a good player, but all the hype is because he's Asian. Black players do what he does every night and don't get the same praise.' </em></p><p><em>This sparked indignant protests that Lin's explosion into our national consciousness had nothing to do with race, and everything to do with basketball. 'Oh, Jeremy Lin's Asian?' our national ego got to say. 'I hadn't really noticed, what with me being busy paying attention to the content of his character and all that.'</em></p><p><em>Mayweather's an a**hole, but he's also probably at least a little bit right. That's what id's are for. Race seems to find its way into a lot of our conversations about sports, or sport seems to find its way into a lot of our conversations about race. Either way, Jeremy Lin stepped right off the Knick's bench and onto the sports and race mobius strip this week.</em></p><p><em>And whether you think sport reflects everything good about America, or everything bad about America, Jeremy Lin, this Taiwanese-American kid from Palo Alto, Calif. proves you right.</em></p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332739983-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/jc Aevaliotis.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p><a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/" target="_blank">The Paper Machete</a>&nbsp;<em>is a weekly live magazine at the Horseshoe in North Center. It's always at 3 p.m., it's always on Saturday, and it's always free. Get all your&nbsp;</em>The Paper Machete Radio Magazine&nbsp;<em>needs filled&nbsp;<a href="http://wbez.org/thepapermachete" target="_blank">here</a>, or download the podcast from iTunes&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-paper-machete-radio-magazine/id450280345" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p></p> Fri, 24 Feb 2012 14:39:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-02-24/jc-aevaliotis-jeremy-lin-and-how-sports-reflect-everything-good-and