Surfing the web, I was giddy with glee (not the sickening-sweet TV show, but the real human emotion) that maverick blogger and founder of The Huffington Post Arianna Huffington was going to be on one of my favorite TV shows last night, Family Guy! (Don't judge, we all have our favorite guilty pleasure shows. Don't judge me because we probably all know that you used to watch I Didn't Know I was Pregnant. I thought so.)
The whole episode was about Brian, the family's talking dog, who decides that, after failing at writing a best-selling novel, he wants to churn out a lazy self-help book, along the lines of The Secret, that will be an instant best-seller and he finishes writing it in 3 and a half hours. It, of course, becomes a best-seller and he is an instant star, with the help of his new publicist, the family's talking baby Stewie. At the apex of the show, Brian is on an action live action version of Real Time with Bill Maher (though he's a cartoon character. Oddly, it worked!) Bill's other guests are Dana Carvey, and Arianna. Arianna and Brian get into some very nice arguments over the fictitious book, Arianna saying it was lazily produced and bad for the American public. Brian retorts saying that she sounds like she is "talking with a mouthful of marbles" (which is an actual claim most people make about Arianna, because she speaks with a heavy, yet charming, Greek accent.) They get into another fight when Brian starts to talk about his next book with will deal with religion, which Arianna says that most people don't need pushed at them. She says that instead of buying his book, the people who like the book, who are in the low-income bracket of the population, should put the money towards buying healthcare! Brian retorts by calling her "Zsa Zsa" (a reference to Zsa Zsa Gabor, who speaks with the same accent that Arianna does.) Arianna shoots back by calling him "Snoopy" (I think that one is rather self-explanatory.) Arianna's last utterance is when she comments on the fact that Brian has become nervous and has started to "urinate on the floor", to which Bill takes a newspaper and shuffle him off the stage. All-in-all it was a rather beefy cameo and a hilarious one at that!
"Why does any of this matter?", you may ask. Well I brought it up not only because I am a HUGE fan of the Liberal blogger, but also because I see this as a way of the future. Obviously there are millions of people who watch Family Guy every day, even those who are forced to watch it by their husbands, boyfriends, or miscellaneous nuisance. But if a million new people see Arianna from this show, than maybe at least 25% of them will maybe log onto TheHuffingtonPost.com or maybe even buy Arianna's new book Third World America! (They actually put TheHuffingtonPost.com up there under Arianna when she was introduced by Maher!) This sort of celebrity cameo on any show will do nothing but boost their popularity, especially if they were shown in a semi-positive light like Arianna was! (Trust me, no celebrity is ever shown in a fully-positive light on Family Guy.) Arianna's appearance not only gave her popularity a boost, but it was darn funny too! So often we see these shows bring celebrities on, and they are about as funny as a root canal, but Arianna was downright charming! It was probably part-adoration on my part, but even if you didn't know her you at least smiled along with her! (She was constantly cracking up, which is a sign of what a nice work environment the Family Guy people put out there!)
I absolutely loved Arianna's cameo on Family Guy, and I hope more and more bloggers, celebrities, and authors will see that this is the way of the future! These shows are more popular than ever, and they are here to stay, so you might as well make use of them. Who knows? We may have elections one day where part of the campaign trail will be held on these sitcoms and drama shows! Wouldn't that be wild?