From the probiotics aisle to the vaguely ridiculous Organic Integrity outreach effort, Whole Foods has all the ingredients necessary to give Richard Dawkins nightmares. And if you want a sense of how weird, and how fraught, the relationship between science, politics, and commerce is in our modern world, then there’s really no better place to go. Because anti-science isn’t just a religious, conservative phenomenon—and the way in which it crosses cultural lines can tell us a lot about why places like the Creation Museum inspire so much rage, while places like Whole Foods don’t.
C’mon, none of the women leading the firms I mentioned above would survive having an inappropriate relationship with a vendor, hide it by lying on expense reports, subject the enterprise to an harassment suit, be allowed to resign with a multi-million-dollar package, negotiate a settlement with the plaintiff without notifying the BOD, be defended by pundits and other CEO’s and then land a new C-level job in less than 60 days at a competitor. No, it takes balls to have a run like that and still have anyone of merit defend you.
I am not much of a Jimmy Fallon fan, though that’s downgraded considerably from the active dislike I had for him on SNL.
But I have a super amount of respect for this, the oddball but clearly personal way he finished his final Late Night show before taking over The Tonight Show: A musical number with The Muppets.
I’m a mad Muppets fan. And this is probably one of the best performances I’ve seen them do on someone else’s show in years and years. The direction is hugely reminiscent of The Muppet Show, perfectly framing the Muppets for their parts of the performance. Just the opening ten seconds display it perfectly, pulling out from Janice’s guitar, panning across Floyd as the bass kicks in, before reaching Jimmy on drums.
(Also, I saw a clip of this on Friday night just before I fell asleep, and on Saturday morning was convinced I’d dreamt it. Reassuringly, I was not alone in this)
“Most startup mixers are like, “Let’s go to a bar and get f—ed up.” Here, there’s a mechanical bull. There’s an arcade. This is actually how people make deeper connections. After this, they’ll be like, ‘Yeah, man I fell off the mechanical bull before you did,” Saari said.