A Comparison, A Conversation, and a Content Warning

Nappoholics Anonymous is a weekly column featuring twelve random thoughts by actor Tony Nappo. Some are funny, some are poignant, some bother him, and some make him weep from sadness while others make him weep for joy. Here are his thoughts: unfiltered, uncensored, and only occasionally unsafe for work.

1. Perspective of the Week:

2. Celebration of the Week:

3. Fuck Yeah of the Week:

4. Why is it always the person with 85 Facebook friends who says they don’t know anyone who has got the virus yet? I mean, do they even know anyone who has Apple TV yet?

5. Masterclass of the Week:

6. It has been said to me many many times that my penis is like a work of art. Specifically the Mona Lisa, because people expect it to be much bigger.

7. It feels kind of wrong, this time of year, to be self-indulgently complaining about sitting around with all this time on my hands because I don’t have any acting work. Usually by June I’m self-indulgently complaining that I don’t have any time to do anything because I’m too busy working. Sometimes, it’s the little adjustments that are the toughest.

8. How many fans of the last two U2 albums does it take to change a lightbulb?

Just one. But he’s not an easy guy to track down.

9. Tweet of the Week:

10. Guest Post of the Week:

11. I had a conversation with my agent Rich Caplan, which was far more complex than its conclusion, but here it is. The conclusion is one that may surprise my fellow white BLM supporters and the folks who follow my social media feeds regularly. It’s a sobering conclusion but maybe a useful one, in that it is grounded in truth and not idealism: racism isn’t ever going to end. It just isn’t.

All the protests and all the Facebook posts, not even the sincere desire on the part of the majority of the population of this planet—and very much including Rich and myself, to be clear—won’t end racism. It’s too deeply ingrained, at this point. You would have to be able to end both human fear and human ignorance for that to happen. You’d have to erase all existing privileges and entitlements that have been gained through racism, for at least a generation or two, for that to even begin; for it to MAYBE be possible. You’d almost have to erase the entire history of humanity itself and start from scratch for it to happen, and the truth, in that blank slate scenario, is that racism would very likely somehow find a way to manifest itself all over again. It’s almost as if it is embedded in our DNA somewhere.

The positive side of the conclusion of that conversation was that, what CAN BE ENDED is SYSTEMIC racism. THAT is an ACHIEVABLE goal. And at the top of the list of ways to achieve that goal, the most important thing that can and should be changed immediately is making sure that people who ARE racist AREN’T allowed to become cops, anymore. So, instead of just posting Facebook posts to people who primarily already agree with us, let’s write to our MPs—and if they are no help, use your fucking vote to get someone in that can actually help assist in the process of the change that we desire.

12. Artist and Instagram Post of the Week:

CW: lynching, death, racist violence

 

 


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Tony is Italian, he’s from Scarborough, he’s an actor, he’s a father, he’s a really good house painter, and he doesn’t believe that most things matter, ultimately, at all.