The Underground — Issue #107
Everything you need to know about in this weekly series: North Korean defectors try out American BBQ, Padma Lakshmi puts her spice talents to the test by trying the Hot Ones hot wing challenge, Samantha Bee speaks with a Russian dissident about the horrors of a Trump Presidency, and the Hostess chart to pet names and tasty names.
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1. Watch as North Koreans try some delicious American BBQ. Let’s be honest here: North Korea is a complete hell hole that is controlled by a bloated, power hungry dough boy who starves his population. There are concentration camps all over the places where people are murdered, and even their next of kin are murdered for just being related to them. The only reason no one stops this is because there are no natural resources in the country to make it worth it.
Sadness aside, these North Korean escapees were treated to their first dishes of the greatness of American BBQ. Like any culture who has yet to taste our BBQ, watching these people try it is exceptional. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from: Everyone loves ribs and brisket!
Take pleasure in watching them eat some American BBQ (and be afraid that we soon may be like North Korea ourselves).
2. Spice legend Padma Lakshmi tries the Hot Ones hot wings challenge. As Hot Ones gets more popular, they start to rope in the big guests. This week they bring in Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi to try the hottest of the hot wings. And damn does she look good doing it. I occasionally watch Top Chef because it’s a fantastic show with some of the weirdest and best foods for the judges to try.
When it comes to Lakshmi, all I knew was she was a very attractive food expert who gets trash talked about her when she takes a sexy pic on Instagram. I don’t get the hate. I’f I eat food for a living, have the body of a super model, and want to flaunt all my hard work…. you’re damn right that I’m going to take pictures of myself and show off the hard work. That’s part of the fun.
Lakshmi and host Sean Evans have a great episode since she’s a seasoned pro like him. She even gives him a recipe to help his digestive system after eating all these hot wings. Enjoy the fun below.
3. Full Frontal With Samantha Bee tries to understand how bad it will be under President Trump. There’s been a lot of hyperbole about how disastrous the Trump Presidency will be, but using the word “hyperbole” means that we’re being over-dramatic. We really don’t like to be overly political around these parts, but as the inauguration takes place, the hate online and in real-life escalates, and the completely unqualified people being confirmed for Trump’s cabinet baffle even the dumbest of people, we should probably be a little afraid.
Just kidding. It will all be fine… that is until you watch this video below of Bee interviewing Masha Gessen who has experienced something similar in Russia, which is why she NOPED out of that dumpster of a country as soon as she could. I could preview this interview, but you really have to watch it because it sorta makes those doomsday prepper shows look good.
4. A tasty guide to Hostess snacks based on how good they taste vs. a good pet name. Hostess has been there since you were a little kid. Sure, there was a dip there a few years ago when the Twinkie crisis occurred, but they came right back to clog your arteries and fill your kids lunch pale for school. But have you ever noticed how some sound like pet names? I’m talking pet names for your significant other or your actual pet. I think if you called your girlfriend Ding Dong, you’d be slapped into a wall cartoon-style.
Below is a chart that shows you tasty names vs tasty pet names. I think we’re all pretty clear where Twinkie would rate on the list. No? Am I the only straight person that knows what a…ahem, I’ll let you dive into that part of the internet. Luckily there isn’t a bear claw on the chart. I really need to clear my browser history. It’s a disaster in there.
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