ABBA Reunion, Worst Dates,

and Trigger Warnings

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. So turns out I was wrong about there being fewer awards and nominations for the Dora Awards under the new gender non-specific categories. There will, in fact, be more nominees and the same number of categories than there were previously, so it should be even easier than ever for me to get nominated and not win one.

2. Of course they are. You can’t make THREE Mamma Mia! movies with the same soundtrack.

3. Wondering which of these things may happen first before I die: a Stanley Cup in Toronto or Dennis Miller thinking up a funny Michelle Wolf joke.

4. Fuck off. Just fuck off. Now, if there were a Nobel Pee Prize…

5. Top 5 Star Wars Police Songs in Honour of May 4

5- Ar too dee too ar tee da da

4- Solo-nely

3- Walking on Endor

2- Every Breath You Take is So Fucking Loud, Darth

1- Don’t Sand So Close to Me (Anakin’s Song)

6. Thanks to Stuart Muirhead for reminding me of the time I discovered that a chicken wing is the exact right size to hold your cigarette, allowing you to smoke and eat at the same time. How fucking efficient is that???!!!

7. I think it is kind of crazy when the same hockey fans who will defend hits from behind or hits to the head will condemn Boston Bruins’ Brad Marchand for licking other players in the face. Any gutless asshole can take a cheap run at a guy who doesn’t see him coming and risk ending his life and career. It takes balls of steel to stand toe to toe and lick a pro hockey player in the face. If you don’t believe me, try it sometime.

Still, ideally, none of this shit belongs in the game.

8. Only an Italian would text you that he is parked OUTSIDE.

9. Things You Probably Shouldn’t Say to an Uber Driver Even if You’re Running Late:

You know, if you hit that guy on the bicycle (who is holding up traffic), I’ll still give you five stars.

10. Have you seen ever casting director Ron Leach and  Mike Nesmith of the Monkees in the same room? Me neither.

11. My high school girlfriend, Michelle Owen, recently turned fifty. This made me think of the time I was visiting home from New York and we got together for lunch after we had broken up, and after I had stayed out drinking with my Scarborough friends the night before. I drank a lot back then.

I remember we met at Mother’s on Bloor Street near Varsity Stadium. Mid meal, I jumped up and puked into a garbage can that was near the exit door. I apologized and Michelle said, quite nonplussed about the whole thing, “Don’t worry about it. This isn’t even the worst date you’ve ever taken me on.”

12. Guest Post of the Week. Couldn’t have said it better myself.

Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this article referred to Michelle Wolf as Michelle Fox. It has been corrected to reflect the error. We apologize for this animal-based mistake.

 

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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.


One response to “ABBA Reunion, Worst Dates,

and Trigger Warnings

  1. I’m curious about how trigger warnings = tiptoeing around content?

    Trigger warnings should have no bearing on content at all, and that’s not how they’re used. They are used simply as a form of communication to audience members who may experience PTSD or similar reactions around certain kinds of content, so that they can make an informed decision about whether they want to see a piece. How does this affect content?

    My sense is that in this context, the writer doesn’t misunderstands what trigger warnings are and who they are for. A primer might be useful: https://sites.lsa.umich.edu/inclusive-teaching/2017/12/12/an-introduction-to-content-warnings-and-trigger-warnings/

    (Of course, certain ideas are put to use badly in a small number of cases – as with absolutely anything. Especially when we are just beginning to implement new ideas and figuring out what they might look like.)

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