It’s easy to feel disenfranchised as an Oklahoman in America. The major media ignores us unless there is an ugly political story or a natural disaster. We’re under-represented in pop culture. Just about every television show seems to take place in either New York, Los Angeles, or maybe Chicago. After all these years, we’re still considered a “fly-over state” full of horses, churches, and lunatic lawmakers hellbent on restricting the rights of people who aren’t white, far-right, and Christian.
Okay, so maybe they’re halfway correct about us, but our state is still largely ignored, especially when it comes to TV. That seems like it’s about to change, though. KFOR reports on a new Bravo series set to air that will take place in OKC:
If you were anything like me last Tuesday, you were glued to KFOR and Mike Morgan’s incessant promises that Oklahoma City would be under siege by high-pressure gustnados, fizzy-lifting drinks, and Oswald Cobblepots at any minute, starting sometime in the early afternoon.
And, if you’re anything like me, you probably wasted your day.
This isn’t the first time this has happened, by the way. Many times, as the sky goes grey this time of year and that all-to-familiar NWS beep starts ringing repeatedly, it’s hard not to plant yourself and follow the adventures of Val and the Gentner in Gotebo, Reed and the Dominator in Atoka and Emily on the Lady Weathercycle cruising a hail-battered Memorial Rd. like it was post-Bane Gotham City.
It’s exciting real-life drama that sucks me in like a particularly lazy edition of a Choose Your Own Adventure book and I always choose “Turn to page 57 to watch shaky camera footage of power-flashes in Purcell.” There are so many other things I could be doing. So many other things I should be doing. After all, after all that wait, if we’re all gonna die, might as well go having left a hastily drawn last-minute mark on the world.
So with today’s particularly nasty bout of predicted weather, instead of lumping it on the couch, here are five things we could all be dong instead.
Call Your Grandma
In today’s installment of As The Doppler Turns…
Last night, an Ogle Mole sent me a screenshot of a salty Facebook comment that KFOR Chief Meteorologist Mike Morgan left on Aaron Tuttle’s Facebook Page. The comment was in response to this Washington Post article that Aaron shared with his 100,000+ followers. The article, which was written by Angela Fritz, was highly critical of the local and national media weather forecasters, including KFOR Channel 4, and the role they played in generating fear about Tuesday’s weather fizzle.
Yeah, that’s right. Aaron “Mr. F5 Tornado May Hit The Metro” shared an article that criticizes the fear inducing weather media, an exclusive group that Aaron Tuttle has been a part of for over a decade…
Forget what Aaron said, I agree with the Washington Post article 100%. Tuesday was the wake-up call. We need a responsible weather media that doesn’t resort to clickable headlines and panic-inducing forecasts when predicting the weather. All that does is drum up fear, tv ratings and website page views. We need responsible, non-sensationalized weather reporting like what you’d find in the Washington Post…
Okay, so maybe the Washington Post isn’t the best example for non-sensationalized weather reporting, but on a positive note, it’s good to be reminded every now and then that hypocrisy exists in places outside of Oklahoma. Sometimes, like today, we really need it.
Mike Morgan didn’t like the fact that Aaron Tuttle shared the article on Facebook. We know this because Mike left this now deleted Facebook comment on Aaron’s wall:
There’s truly a great big world out there like the one I’ve seen on TV. And it’s full of different and interesting things. Like the other day I say a pitbull corgi mix on the end of a leash, and I couldn’t contain all the joy I felt in my heart. Discovering new things truly is one of life’s greatest pleasures.
I felt the same joy upon seeing the OKC Ultimate website, and seeing the page about the Hat Tournament. It’s truly a magnificent world we live in! People can play games with a frisbee, and even organize tournaments named after articles of clothing.
But my excitement and joy soon subsided when I realized I had some questions, very important questions that needed answering. That’s why I’ve created my list of 10 questions I have about the OKC Ultimate Epicenter Hat Tournament.
Do people play ultimate frisbee outside of the north oval at OU?
I only ask because that’s the only place I’ve ever seen it happen.
Will Dave Matthews be providing the soundtrack to the tournament?
If so, then I’ll have to respectfully decline.
Will players be rocking that scoober?
Admittedly, 98% of my ultimate frisbee knowledge comes from one episode of Parks and Rec where this is said.
How many Phish/String Cheese Incident stickers will be on cars in the parking lot?
I really just want the over/under here. I like to make bets.
David Payne wasn’t the only person who let things get weird last night.
KFOR Weather Chief Mike Morgan was also a bit off his game during yesterday’s bout of severe weather porn. When not trying to will a Gustnado to life, he seemed genuinely confused and somewhat disappointed that the devastating weather everyone predicted never really arrived. It was weird to watch. He was behaving like the fight he dropped $79 for on pay-per-view lasted only a few seconds, or that Marla got a sudden headache after a $200 anniversary dinner at Musashi’s.
As a result, we were presented with gems like this where Mike Morgan got all flustered and tried to go to Aaron Tuttle in Chickasha:
That’s funny. What’s even funnier is it happened again a few hours later:
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