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The Most Powerful Person in the World This Week: Nice Guys, Ted Lasso, Moderates, and Monica Lewinsky 

It is Wednesday and that can only mean one thing: It’s time to name the most powerful person in the world this week.

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Animals, 

It is Wednesday and that can only mean one thing: It’s time to name the most powerful person in the world.  

And what a week it is:  

  • Jason Sudeikis & the TED LASSO crew basically committed a bank robbery at the Emmys,  
  • Bob Woodward’s newest book is putting gray hairs on every politician’s head, and  
  • We are witnessing an amazing love triangle between France, Australia, and the United States over which nation will get to insert its submarines into Australia’s down-under. 

With that prologue, here are nominations for this week’s most powerful person in the world: 

Jason Sudeikis, star of TED LASSO. Lately Hollywood has had almost zero interest in making TV shows about anything other than: (1) nasty teenagers trying to bone while also fighting racial discrimination; or (2) Boomer cops trying to solve crimes while also arguing about stuff.  

In this world, stories about nice guys have truly finished last… until TED LASSO came around.  

The breakout hit, named for Sudeikis’s leading character, is a showcase for human decency and a test case for a radical idea in Hollywood: that Americans want to see shows that are relatable, emotional, and pleasant.  

After winning 7 Emmys on Sunday night, we are ready to say that this experiment has been a big success. 

Monica Lewinsky, Producer of FX’s American Crime: Impeachment… a show about her. If there is one story that Hollywood should be able to nail every time, it’s the tale of a powerful man sexually harassing a promising young woman at the start of her career.  

Which brings us to Lewinsky.  

After 20+ years, she is finally getting the chance to tell her side of the Clinton-era scandal that made her a household name…  while also getting stinky rich.  

Scott Morrison, Prime Minister of Australia. Speaking of lusty sex scandals, Australia’s PM has caused a nuclear family meltdown between the USA, France, and the United Kingdom. Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s decision to divorce Australia from a multi-billion-dollar submarine contract with France and to hop into the torpedo shaft with the United States and Great Britain has triggered a brutal fallout throughout the Western Alliance. We’ll see what the half-life of this crisis is. 

 
Moderates. Lately, the Democratic Party has been obsessed with hooking it up for minorities. So obviously it was only a matter of time before one of the most disenfranchised groups in America finally got their moment in power: political moderates. Yep, those people who think that things are mostly alright.  

This week, moderates like Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Joe Manchin (D-WV), and a handful of House Dems have completely derailed President Biden’s agenda.  

The reason: it’s not boring enough. 

Brian Laundrie, Fiancé of Gabby Petito (RIP). Here is something that is sad but true: Americans love an extremely creepy and tragic death. Gabby Petito, a 23-year-old girl in the prime of her life, appears to have been murdered while on vacation with fiancé – who is now on the run from the law.  

Does Laundrie know the truth of what happened to Petito?  

Our fascination with this question makes this “Person of Interest” one of the world’s most powerful people this week. 

Watch now for the answers: 

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Why No One Is Truly Opposed to Dumb COVID Rules

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A staffer holds up a sign to advise fans of the mandatory mask rule in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game between Tennessee and Colorado Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Animals,

Let’s face it. We all work in customer service. If you sell car insurance, you better be ready to provide speedy payment to your clients when a tree falls onto their Prius.

And if you’re a doctor who wants to keep his patients, you’d better treat them with respect. That means short waiting room times and pretending that their questions (“Does this rash mean I have cancer”) aren’t as crazy as they sound.

Then there are professionals in 100% service-based industries like marketing, law, and — GASP – government. For them, customer service is arguably the most important part of the job.

In these industries, clients don’t really understand what you do for them, so appearing to be responsive, empathetic, and on-top of things is half the job.

Which brings us to Joe Biden’s COVID speech on Thursday, where he laid out his “Winter Plan” to stop COVID’s seasonal spike that happens whenever the weather gets cold.

President Biden speaks at the National Institutes of Health, Dec. 2, 2021, in Bethesda, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Lurking in the background of Biden’s speech was the omicron variant, which some experts fear will bring new dangers to our shores.

The president proposed several interventions to dampen omicron and COVID’s winter spike, but if we’re being honest, his speech was really just a customer service exercise. It was President Joe Biden attempting to convince his clients – voters – that he’s responsive, empathetic, and on top of things.

As The Washington Post reported: “The president’s plan includes campaigns to increase vaccinations and booster shots, more stringent testing for international travelers and plans to make rapid at-home coronavirus testing free for more people.”

So basically… more of the same, plus an annoying COVID test if you travel internationally.

That doesn’t sound like much news at all.

(AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

By now, we know that COVID policies like mandatory masking and compulsory testing aren’t going to deliver great results, especially in an increasingly vaccinated America. Deep down, most of us probably agree that these policies are more about creating the appearance that our leaders are on top of things than actually yielding compelling public health benefits.

But is there another way for Joe Biden? Should he just sit in the White House and do nothing, as his critics in the Republican Party demand?

And would President Ron DeSantis or President Nikki Haley really act differently, if given the chance? Would they want to be on the hook personally for preventable death, even if it meant burdening Americans with dumb masking and testing rules that cut against their small government philosophy?

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

The national debate surrounding COVID boils down to risk. The president and many others believe that added COVID mandates, as onerous as they may be, are worth it because they’ll save lives. Critics see it the other way. They believe that continuing to disrupt American life is causing greater damage to the economy and the nation’s social fabric than whatever the public health benefits these mandates may hold.

Both arguments are true. And that’s why it stinks to be the president.

Joe Biden’s bully pulpit has enormous power when it comes to shaping the world’s opinion about any given issue. Unfortunately, the virus isn’t listening.

(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Alex “Keendawg” Keeney is a media personality whose work has been published widely. He has worked as a Congressional aide, TV writer, and marketing executive for the real Wolf of Wall Street. Follow him on Twitter @keendawg.

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Queen Nicki Leaves No Crumbs After Hosting the RHOP Reunion| The Tea

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Plus, Kanye’s Heartbreak, Celebrity Illness shockers and Jen Shah’s legal woes just got worse.

On this episode of “The Tea” Ashley, Blake and Brie dive into celebrity illness and heartbreak. To share, or not to share, that is the question. 

Keep reading and watch the episode below for fresh takes on the latest entertainment and celebrity news shot live from the Erupt studio in Hollywood.

RIP Virgil Abloh

On Sunday November 28, the fashion and entertainment community lost designer and fashion visionary Virgil Abloh.

He was the first African American artistic director at Louis Vuitton and founded the renowned culture and streetwear brand Off-White.

Abloh kept his 2-year battle with cardiac angiosarcoma, a rare cancer of the heart, hidden from most. He was 41.

“The Tea” hosts discuss Abloh’s decision to keep his diagnosis a secret like some stars including Chadwick Boseman and Robin Williams, versus stars who choose to share their battles publicly, like Selma Blair and Christina Applegate.

(AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
(Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Kanye Wants His Family Back

Kanye West, who was a close friend to Virgil Abloh, took to social media over the weekend expressing his intention to bring his family back together. Saying that doing so would influence millions of other families to reconcile too.

As reported in earlier episodes of The Tea, there is speculation Ye’s estranged wife, Kim Kardashian, is currently dating comedian Pete Davidson.

Could Kimye 2.0 be in our future? The Tea hosts discuss.

(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Jen Shah’s Right-Hand Man Pleads Guilty

Real Housewives of Salt Lake City star Jen Shah along with her personal assistant Stuart Smith were charged with fraud back in March.

Initially, Smith gave a not guilty plea but recently flipped his plea to guilty.

Shah still maintains her innocence.

(Bravo TV)

Nicki Hosts RHOP Reunion

Nicki Minaj took over Andy Cohen’s chair to host episode 4 of the Real Housewives of Potomac reunion and we are here for it!

Nicki didn’t hold back and asked all the questions we’ve been dying to know. On top of that, no housewife was spared. 

They all got the smoke-equally.

Could celebrity reunion hosts bring new life to the housewives’ franchise? 

The hosts discuss who we’d love to see host next.

Watch The Tea get spilled here:

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The Omicron “Scary-iant” & Football Funny Money | Political Drinking Games

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Animals,  

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year has just intersected with the most wonderful time of the week. 

By that I mean, it’s time to put a little Christmas spirit into Erupt’s political drinking games. 

On offer this week: 

  • The world has a new COVID variant. Congratulations, omicron! 
  • Twitter has a new CEO. Will he be as powerful as his predecessor, Jack Dorsey? 
  • CNN cancels Chris Cuomo (“suspends”) for using his anchorman powers to help embattled brother, Andrew 
  • The USA and EU cancel South Africa in COVID panic 
  • Trump’s top advisor sets a date with Congress to snitch on the Boss 
  • The NFL and College football continue to spend ridiculous amounts of money on truly ridiculous things.  
  • The term “Happy Holidays” gets put to rest. 

AND… A VERY SPECIAL GUEST JOINS: 

Curt Mills, contributing editor at The American Conservative and also a writer for Un-Herd. We’ll see how this silk-stocking Washington, D.C., columnist holds up in our chamber of pain.  

WATCH THIS WEEK’S POLITICAL DRINKING GAMES:

Alex “Keendawg” Keeney is a media personality whose work has been published widely. He has worked as a Congressional aide, TV writer, and marketing executive for the real Wolf of Wall Street. Follow him on Twitter @keendawg. 

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