‘Sup, you beautiful bastards! Hope you’re having a fantastic Thursday; welcome back to the Philip DeFranco Show! And let’s just jump into it. And the first thing I want to talk about today – one of the most requested stories – also, one of my favorite stories.
(Even though it’s a non-story.) It involves baseball and celebrities–things not at the top of my list. Last night, for baseball Major League Baseball, the Cy Young award was being given out to the best pitcher in the League. And a pitcher by the name of Justin Verlander was expected to win this award; a lot his stats were the the best in the League. Well last night, he did not win, and that was despite him receiving the most first place votes. And the reason for that is the award involves 30 people voting: that being 30 members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. They don’t just vote for who they think is the BEST in baseball, they vote the Top 5 in order. A first place vote is worth 7 points; 4 for second; 3 for third; 2 for fourth; and 1 for fifth. Verlander ended up losing by five points, and it turned out he wasn’t even on two of the writer’s ballots. So, there was a lot of anger from a lot of different people. But the most notable of those people was Kate Upton. Kate Upton is engaged to Justin Verlander, and she came out the gate swingin’, tweeting: “Hey Major League Baseball, I thought I was the only person allowed to fuck Justin Verlander? What two writers didn’t have him on their ballot?” “He had the majority of 1st place votes and two writers didn’t have him on their ballots?! Can you pick more out-of- touch people to vote?” Verlander’s brother also tweeted: “Are you kidding me? Most 1st place votes and doesn’t win? ‘Splain this…” The guy that won – Rick Procello – won despite he getting eight votes for 1st place. And Verlander got fourteen. But Verlander, on the other hand, tweeted: “Just want to say thank to all the officials who voted for me.” And I think the reason I love this story so much is the third most repeated conversation in my home is: “Please, Lindsey, Lindsey, Lindsey–just don’t say anything.” Because someone can wrong me, disrespect me, do something bad to me, and I’ll smile and then handle the situation… My wife wants to knock on a door and choke a bitch. When something’s messed up, I try to figure out, y’know, how can I move forward, past this in the easiest way. My wife is also for that, but only if she can put the person on crutches first. And that’s also why I love her. I mean, people are gonna say in this situation Kate Upton’s salty, and “Shut up and stay in your place!” Main point being: Verlander, even though you didn’t win the award, it feels like you got snubbed, at least the silver lining here is that if you didn’t know already, you know now that you’ve got a real one. And that is far more valuable than any other award. Even though, technically, you would’ve gotten half a million dollars for winning this award. Still, take this as a win! And from there, I’d love to share some stuff I love today in: “Today In Awesome”. (Brought to you by squarespace.com/phil). Squarespace, of course, a fantastic and easy place to go to make a beautiful, professional blog, an online store–whatever! They’ve got this simple, intuitive process where you can add and arrange content and features with the click of a mouse. And so, if you wanna make a smart move like many from the Nation already have, start a free trial: Go to squarespace.com/phil And if you like it, use coupon code PHIL for 10% off your first purchase. And the first bit of awesome is: I want to announce the winner of the MacBook Pro. In a show near the end of October, myself and TLDToday (Jonathan Morrison), said we were giving away MacBook Bros together. (Did I say MacBook Bro?) MacBook Pro! Freudian slip–Just be my friend, Jon!
Main Point: And in advance to the winner, just so you know how lucky you are: Your winning is a 1 in 161,000 chance. AND THE WINNER WAS: LEUlightshows. Congratulations! Depending on how fast John sends these out, you may actually have a MacBook Pro before I do. Congratulations! And to everyone else, good luck next time. Then we got a trailer for “Kong: Skull Island” and I wanna see this really bad. In no way was I like: “I need another King Kong movie.”
Saw this trailer–I’m gonna watch it. Probably not because I care about character development, but I want to see stuff blow up and big monsters. I appreciate the arts, but I’m also a simple man. Then, I have to share the “Adam Ruins Everything” video on marijuana. Whether you’re pro- or anti-marijuana legalization, I recommend you watch it. Then you should know: the future is here! Specifically, the future where Domino’s has now successfully delivered their first drone pizza. Just to avoid any confusion, that is a pizza delivered by a drone, and not a pizza in the shape of a drone. Then, for those of you who are fans of the old “Top Gear” guys, their new show “The Grand Tour” premieres tomorrow. And to celebrate – and this is bigger news, even if you’re just a fan of Amazon Prime: If you wanna get the service, they’re dropping it from $99 to $79 to celebrate the launch. As a side note, at launch, it will only be available in the UK, US, Germany, Austria, and Japan. But in December, it will be premiering in 200 other countries. Which would be great news except for the fact that most everyone in those 200 other countries are going to just torrent it. I don’t recommend you do that, but that’s what people are gonna do. That’s what happens when you put up walls. And the final bit of awesome was a little bit of self-validation. Jon Stewart, who’s one of my favorite people, did an interview with CBS and he kind of echoes a point that I’ve really, really been pushing. This, like, last six months. And remember, if you wanna see the full version to everything I shared, the secret link of the day, anything at all: links as always are in the description down below. And then I wanna talk about Coca Cola and their “innovation marketing”. When it comes to advertising and marketing, every now and then, there’s an agency that wants to do something like really cool and different. We’ve seen examples of that in the past, where Domino’s made their pizza box a projector. KFC made a chicken box that charges your phone. Well, Coca Cola’s swing at this was the “selfie bottle”. You open you Coke, you swing it up to take a swig, the sensor at the bottom of the bottle then realizes it is tilted up and it takes a selfie of you drinking. And looking at the final result, I have to ask: Coca Cola, do you realize what you just did? You have made a device that has just simplified the process of making it look like there is a giant penis on someone’s face. You don’t even have to do any color work! Just blur it and say that he had a rash! *quietly wails in mortification* Even the slogan of the campaign feels like it should be porn: “Taste The Feeling”. Who approved this?! Unless the whole secret part of the campaign is they wanted to get made fun of for all the free press… The answer to that is: No. But that’s definitely the story they should run with. Then, possibly one of my favorite headlines today: “The ‘iTunes of Blowjobs’ Launched Today”. Okay, clickbait headline, I love iTunes, I love blowjobs: You got me. So it’s a new service called BlowCast that is being launched by the adult cam website, CamSoda. So here’s how it works: amateur and professional camgirls are given a vibrating dildo – (specific model is a Kiiroo Pearl) – and CamSoda says that they hacked the device to be able to take in sensory information. So the camgirl does her thing the toy; they get all that data so that they can then simulate it. And they then send that information to an internet connected male-sleeve. Essentially, it’s a high-tech Fleshlight, so it simulates what the girl did. And you also get a video of what the girl’s doing. Aaaaand that’s a thing that’s offered now. But that’s not my favorite part of this story! The worst thing isn’t, as the President of CamSoda says, that “this doesn’t feel like real sex with someone, but it’s the best thing that’s out there yet.” It’s that this service and device may not be secure. Hackers have shown that things like the male-sleeve that’s connected to the internet are susceptible to third-party attacks. Which may be a concern, because essentially, you have men that are putting the most sensitive parts of themselves into a device that has a motor in it that squeezes said sensitive parts. And I don’t think that the President of CamSoda is making the guys that are gonna do this feel secure when he says: “On the CamSoda side we do a lot to protect our users, but the device does use Kiiroo’s network so we’re trusting them to manage their devices.” Or as I hear it: “Uh, if you’re dick gets crushed, that’s not on us, bro.” The main point: the future is here! And a little underwhelming, but also scary. Also, side question to this story, I’d love to know your thoughts: Do you think this is starting to take us to a weird gray area of you may not know what constitutes as cheating? I have the personal opinion that watching pornography is not cheating. But now you’re getting into this weird, over-the-internet connected gray area. Say that it’s not a prerecorded video as it is in its current form. Let’s say that this is a livestream. Guy gets this, puts on the sleeve, the live video’s there, what she does happens to you… For the guys out there, imagine there’s a different situation: There’s a guy doing something and then it happens to your lady… But it’s all over the internet, there’s no human touch. Does that count as cheating, now? I’d love to know your thoughts on this one. And then, really quick, let’s talk about fake news again. It’s been a big story this week. When we talked about it, it was the #2 trending thing on YouTube. There have been a few reactions; I saw some stories, it was like: “This group of kids figured out how to fix Facebook in one day!” And then you look into the story, and they’re like: “Ah, well, the way that we did it does have problems.” Okay, so they didn’t fix it. Then, because, like I said in the Tuesday video, it doesn’t seem there is an end in sight other than being open to other information and people to let you know if something is fake, the site Politifact – which in the past has been a great source of finding out if stories are fake, or if they’re true (Snopes a lot of people go to that one as well) – Poltifact is beefing up their team that talks about social media stories that are going viral because they’re such a problem. And now have a huge new part of their site that’s dedicated specifically to fake news on social media. In the past few days, I had to point out that Bill Clinton with that hooker picture *sarcastic gasp* could be real! The political insider on Facebook–it wrote about it! BOMBSHELL! “The Clintons are Finished Forever After Dirty Picture”
5600 Likes, 5400 Shares! Nope! Just a cropped and lifted picture from contemporary artist Allison Jackson. The full picture has him watching Hillary on TV, but they cropped that out. Y’know, to make it more believable. Oh, well, maybe people are sharing that post because they know it’s fake? Top Comments: “Hopefully the whole family is finished. But old horse face Chelsea will try anything to get into politics and leach off the people like her parents.” “The Clintons are finished!” “Well, it sure looks like him.” “This is to the Liberals: you think this family would have been better than the Trumps? You say Trump is a sexist for saying something 11 years ago? Well as they say, actions speak louder than words.” But, uh oh! What about that other story?? “Denzel Washington Supports President-elect Donald Trump”
3800 Likes, 3100 Shares! “Washing praised Trump, saying, ‘We need more and more jobs. Unemployment is way up here. He’s hired more employees, more people, than anyone I know in the world.” And the thing there is the quote is real, but it is not from Denzel Washington. It just said it was a quote from Charles Evers, who I guess you could confuse with Denzel Washington… if he was like really far away and you had just been punched in the head, like, eight times… and you were squinting, and you couldn’t really see. And once again, a ton of the people sharing it have no idea that this is fake. “Thank you, Denzel, for standing up for America and for your faith. ‘If you profess me before men, I will profess you before my father in Heaven!'” “I hope so. Before when I heard he was for Killary I stopped watching his movies.” And once again, that’s just two examples from the very recent news cycle. Also, fake news has been such a problem that “Melissa Zimdars, a media professor at Merrimack College in Massachusetts has compiled a list of fake, false, or regularly misleading websites.” She categorizes them as 1, 2, 3, and 4. Category 1 being websites that rely on outrage by using distorted headlines and decontextualized or dubious information in order to generate likes, shares, and profits. Category 2: Websites that may circulate misleading or potentially unreliable information. Category 3: Websites that sometimes use clickbait-y headlines and social media descriptions. And category 4: Websites that are purposefully fake for the intent of satire/comedy, which can offer important critical commentary on politics and society, but have the potential to be shared as actual/literal news. They are listed because they have the potential to mislead, because a lot of people share stuff just based off of headlines, and not actually looking into the story. I’m most outraged by Category 1 because they know they’re purposefully misleading people. The Category 4 websites, those hurt my brain. When I see someone share something from The Onion and they don’t know that it’s fake, it hurts! Let’s look at some of the headline from The Onion right now: “Biden Forges President’s Signature On Executive Order To Make December Dokken History Month” “Gaunt, Weathered John Kerry Leads Prisoner Uprising In Siberian Labor Camp” “Kidnapped Journalist Forced To Explain to ISIS Captors What BuzzFeed News Is” The list includes 134 websites; some left-leaning, some right-leaning. I’m not saying go there and check out all the websites, memorize them. Just maybe bookmark that page, that list. If you see someone you know sharing something from that website, just, y’know, go to that page–double check. *exasperated grunt* It’s a mindfield out there! And that’s actually where I’m going to end today’s show. And remember, if you like this video, you like what I do on this channel: Hit that Like button! If you’re new here, also hit that Subscribe button! Also, remember you have just a few more days if you wanna grab a DeFranco Holiday Sweater. But that said, of course, as always: My name’s Philip DeFranco, you’ve just been Phil’d in, I love yo’ faces, and I’ll see you tomorrow!