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 August 14

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Sonny & Cher’s ‘I Got You Babe’ Becomes a #1 Hit
Written late at night in the basement of Sonny and Cher Bono’s home, the song, “I Got Your Babe” became the couple’s first #1 hit song on this day in 1965 where it stayed for three weeks. It was the first single taken from the couple’s debut album, Look at Us and became their biggest as well. More than a million of the singles were sold and the song was certified Gold. In a bizarre stunt, and many years after the death of Sonny, a version of the song was recorded by Cher and the animated characters of Beavis and Butt-Head in 1993. In 2011 Billboard and Rolling Stone magazine declared that the song was one of the greatest duets of all time. The song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2017.

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show is Released
One of the oddest success stories began on this day in 1975. The Rocky Horror Picture Show, a musical/comedy/horror flick was directed by Jim Sharman and based on a stage production of the same name. It is a truly strange film where the main character, Dr. Frank N. Furter, is a self-proclaimed transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvania. Not exactly Oscar material. Believe it or not, it starred Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick. Initially, the film did poorly and has been panned by many critics, but when 20th Century Fox promoted the film for midnight showings in selected cities, the film found its audience. Today, the film is STILL playing in limited release making the film the longest-running theatrical release in film history. FOX TV network aired a live production of the show on October 20, 2016.

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