In one sketch during the August 14th hour-long series premiere of
Fox’s In the Flow with Affion Crockett (Sundays, 9:30 p.m. ET), comedian
Affion impersonates Dave Chappelle. Dave, surrounded by cannabis plants, tells
Affion not to be bothered by the obvious comparisons to his cancelled, though
wildly successful, sketch comedy series, Chappelle’s Show. But there is
one difference that shouldn’t be overlooked: unlike Chappelle’s Show, In the
Flow is not on cable television. As broadcast programming goes, In the
Flow is way out there. And despite being new, it is readily apparent that
the show will hew closely to topics Chappelle also loved to joke about: sex and
marijuana. For lewd sexual content and drug depictions, In the Flow with
Affion Crockett has been named Worst TV Show of the Week.
Affion is best known for his celebrity impersonations, one of them being Tiger
Woods. Affion plays a sexually frustrated Tiger, attempting to regain his stroke
at a miniature golf park.
Tiger: “How am I supposed
to golf with an orange ball?”
Caddie: “I've got blue
Tiger: “I don't want blue
balls. That's why I'm not playing well.”
Caddie: “Yellow? Pink?”
Tiger: “Give me a ___
(bleeped f******) white one.”
Over the P.A. system, the
announcer asks Tiger to stop cursing.
Tiger: “Do you know who
you're talking to? I'm Tiger ___ (bleeped f******) Woods, okay?”
Later, Tiger backs his golf cart into Samuel L. Jackson’s car, who had earlier
advised Tiger to count to ten to quell his anger after he misses a putt.
Samuel Jackson: “Oh, hell
no, (bleeped mother*****)! You drive a cart like you hit your driver now, huh? I
know what you're thinking: calm down, Mr. Jackson, count to ten. You know what
I'm thinking? I'm thinking you need to get you some ass so you can win again.
When you was rolling in ass you could roll in a putt. Now get the (bleeped f***)
out of my way so I can go. Remember what I said. Get you some ass, you can win
again, (bleeped f***).”
In another sketch, Affion impersonates President Barack Obama “behind closed
doors.” He is shown rolling craps and partying with Bill Clinton. Clinton enters
with the "Clint-ettes," (among them Sarah Palin, who flashes a bag of
Clinton: “She's cool.
She's got that incredible hulk. Sniff that herb, baby.”
Later, the party is in full swing. Sarah Palin is in a stars and stripes bikini.
She straddles Obama who has to answer a phone call from Michelle while Sarah
tongues his ear. As the partygoers do shots of liquor. Obama wakes up the next
morning with everyone passed out around him. He looks at the incriminating
photos from the previous night’s debauchery, including shots of a woman in a
negligee sitting on Obama's shoulders and a supine half-naked Sarah Palin
straddling his waist.
The show also contained film parodies and guest appearances. In one segment,
Snoop Dogg stars in a parody of Avatar, titled Afritar, where the
life-giving trees are actually gigantic marijuana plants.
The premiere ended with a satire of the skinny jeans phenomenon, but in this
particular sketch, the jeans are painted on, exposing the genitals. For the
entire duration of the sketch, Affion and neon-colored dance crew must have
their crotches and rears censored as they perform the following rap:
“We too cocky with it.
Got my jeans painted on,
We don't like denim,
We don't need drawls,
Just a tall can of paint,
While I'm spraying my
Imma dance wit' my chicken
Keep my legs free, no
jeans to get stuck in.
Got the game on lock,
All I need is paint and a
Don't be asking my name
cuz I claim what I rock.
I'm the king of the Dougie,
Imma teach a class.
If you try to battle me,
You can speak to my ass.
I can do the jerk, but not
When I'm standin' in the
bathroom without my pants.
It's a movement, I ain't
gotta prove it.
With your skinny paint all
you need is your shoes, kid,
Really tight shirt, belly
(bleeped b****) smells
fresh cuz the breeze keeps flowin'."
Affion might think that Chappelle has given his blessing for the show, but the
PTC certainly has not. Given the vast amounts of crude content across the
television landscape on both cable and broadcast, do families really need more
of it? For families desperately searching for programs they can watch together,
In the Flow is definitely out of the mix.
For lewd sexual content and drug depictions, In the Flow with Affion Crockett
has been named Worst TV Show of the Week.
Parents Television Council,
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children against sex, violence and profanity in
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