by Chris Haire
You know that uncle of yours, the one that watches "Walker Texas Ranger"? Yeah. The same one that thinks "We Built This City on Rock 'n' Roll" is a righteous tune. Yeah him. That lame ass dude who just can't get enough of the collected works of Nicholas Sparks. He has bad taste. You know it, and I know it.
But here's the problem with bad taste: Except for the above examples, it's next to impossible for all of us to come to a consensus on what is foul and what isn't. Take today's front page Post and Courier photo, the one of the Lake Moultrie scuba diver who got his arm bitten off by a shark. Was that acceptable to run on the front page of a newspaper? Was this shot of the gator with the man's arm in its jaws appropriate to run online? Well, I'm the wrong guy to ask about that sort of thing. I ruined my tastebuds years ago on Faces of Death, episodes of Saved by the Bell and glam rock.
That said, who knows if the photo will create the same kind of public debate as a pic that ran on page one of the Boston Herald featuring the body of Victoria Snelgrove, who was accidently shot to death by a Boston police officer following the Red Sox's victory over the Yankees in Game Seven of the 2004 ALCS. That front page can be found here.
Keeping the gross out video alive is this talented team behind this very, very nasty "spider bite" short. [Warning: This is not for the squeamish. So if you vomit easily, stay away. Do not click this link at all, even though everybody you know will soon be talking about it if they haven't begun already. Seriously. Do not click it.]
Rick Baker, you have some competition.