Winners and Losers, 2016

Well, as John Oliver rightly noted, 2016 was not a good year. And while I’ll do my best to keep updating this space, regular readers (if there is such a thing) can vouch that I’ve been lacking in posts; mostly because it feels like the world is falling apart. (I say this not as a wholly political statement; for instance, Alan Thicke and Florence Henderson and George Michael have passed while I’ve been working on this draft. Update: Carrie Fisher, too.) But with that said, entertainment is often a good way to express discontent with the current political and social climate, and can often serve as a distraction from, well, our impending doom. So enough prologue: I humbly submit the winners and losers of the entertainment world that were on my radar in 2016.

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USA! USA! (Beat ze Germans)

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In honor of the US team taking on Germany in the World Cup tomorrow, I thought I’d do a quick post of the best German-related pop-culture references. Enjoy, and go Team USA! Here’s hoping we release 99 luft balloons in celebration!

My personal favorite (sorry there is not a better video clip available):

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Jesse and Celeste have the accents down

Turkish really perfected the way we say “ze Germans”

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I love these guys from Community

Those Germans didn’t know not to mess with Indiana Jones

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Sprockets – still a classic

The Land of Chocolate!

Let me know what I missed in the comments, and go USA!