Jordan Peele's 'Us' is a Creepy Tale That Sadly Mirrors Our Reality

On May 25, 1986, approximately 6.5 million Americans stood hand in hand forming a human chain that stretched from New York to California for an event called Hands Across America. It was a fundraiser project from USA for Africa (the same people who produced the “We Are the World” single the year before) in hopes of raising $100 million to fight hunger and homelessness. The hope was that everyone who participated would donate $10 for the cause. Families stood and sang together for 15 minutes. And then it was over.

I had trouble remembering if Hands Across America really happened or if it was a gimmick for the film when the original commercial for the event flashed on the big screen during the opening of Us. I only vaguely remember the event, which might have to do more with the fact that I have lived in Washington State my whole life and we weren’t involved in the project. I doubt that I’m the only one and I suspect that was also some of Jordan Peele’s reasoning as well whe…

This Day in Pop Culture for July 13

The Hollywood sign was dedicated on July 13, 1923

Hollywood Sign is Dedicated

Placed on Mount Lee in Hollywood Hills, the giant 45-foot tall letters that spells out “Hollywood” was dedicated on this day in 1923. Originally placed as an advertisement for a local real estate development, it read, “Hollywoodland,” the name of the development. Not intended to last a lifetime, the sign deteriorated and was restored in 1949 with the decision to remove “land.” Urban legend would have us believe that the letters were removed due to the death of movie star, Peg Entwistle who in 1932, committed suicide by climbing a workman's ladder up to the top of the 'H' and jumping to her death. She was 24 years old. The sign was restored again in 1949 with help from Gene Autry, Andy Williams, Alice Cooper and others. Today the sign is protected and promoted by the Hollywood Sign Trust, a nonprofit organization.

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