Last night, I went to HBO HQ in Bryant Park for the premiere of VICE, Vice’s new TV show on HBO (I know it’s confusing) for salty nuts and wine in plastic cups from unionised bartenders. I can’t explain things well so watch this hereto video.
VICE, a news magazine series that will premiere exclusively on HBO, smashes barriers of decorum to cover such stories as out-of-control political assassinations in the Philippines, the sumo/Mixed Martial Arts craze that has swept Senegal and the precarious nuclear stare-down in Kashmir.
The first two episodes were shown, featuring failed suicide bombers, the Kashmir border conflict, as well as a clip from their visit to North Korea with Dennis Rodman and the Harlem Globetrotters. If you’ve ever seen any of the VICE documentaries before, they’re pretty powerful and uncomfortable stuff. As there was a Q&A afterwards, I felt I wanted to ask a question because I feel I don’t contribute enough to things like these. However, all the questions seemed mostly legit, and my question was rather foolish, and as my mother now tells me I’m on the wrong side of 25, I feel now is a time to learn to shut up. So I simply coerced Shane Smith with a beer afterwards to ask the most pertinent and important question in the history of Q&As:
“Do people have to genuflect and kiss the ring?”
Shane laughed and said he would make people do it. I hope he does.