Friday, April 4th, 2008

I was watching The Today Show on NBC this morning while waiting for my coffee to finish brewing (mmmm, Caffè Verona…). They were doing stories on Martin Luther King, Jr., of course. As I was listening to clips of his impassioned speeches and wondering where my copy of U2’s The Unforgettable Fire is, they cut to the Today Show Plaza in New York, which was packed with screaming, crying, sign-waving 30-something women.

“Hm. Not what I was expecting for MLK, but alright…”, I thought as turned it up, wondering what was coming next.  When I saw the tell-tale silhouette of a signature hat on some woman’s t-shirt and noticed the glitter puff-paint sweatshirts declaring, “I’ve Got The Right Stuff!” I knew Al Sharpton wasn’t coming out from behind that blue curtain.

Ladies and gentlemen… I bring you, New Kids on the Block.

The New Kids decided to perform on the Today Show.  Today, on Martin Luther King Day the anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination — a regarded and respected occasion — they chose to reveal “their new moves”, as Donny Wahlberg put it.  Who is their publicist, seriously? 


You choose!  oh oh (Play both videos at the same time for instant mash-up action!)

  • 4/4/08 16:10 SAP:

    I think my brain just exploded.


  • 4/4/08 18:40 daniel:

    shouldn’t they be the new

    MEN on the block by now??


  • 4/4/08 18:55 Karen:

    I was thinking the very same thing this morning.  Al Roker somber in the Memphis rain turns it over to Meredith in NY to introduce the New Kids.  It was all kinds of awkward.


  • 4/4/08 20:56 Audrey:

    Did I miss something?  I thought MLK Jr day was in January?


  • 4/5/08 9:52 Joelle:

    @Audrey: you’re right… but it’s the anniversary of his death. I should have been more clear, I guess. grin


  • 4/8/08 6:03 Deltus:

    That block has been torn down and condos for yuppies put up in it’s place.  Sorry, you can’t be in a boy band when you’ve got arm skin waddle.  Can’t they find 5 younger guys who can carry a tune?


  • 4/8/08 7:17 Jennifer:

    Ok, so not to be insensitive, but HOLY COW! I was so in love with NKOTB! I don’t know how well this tour will be for them, considering their fan base is now in their late 20s/early 30s.  We are so busy with careers and families we don’t have time to hit that reunion tour of our elementary/jr high crushes.


  • 4/9/08 10:47 Joelle:

    @Jennifer: hahaha!  You’re so funny. It’s not insensitive, it’s ok to like them! haha.


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