Conan Rallies Are The New Tea Parties
This really has gotten out of hand, hasn't it? People are literally taking to the streets to express their displeasure with Jay Leno possibly returning to the 11:35 time slot in any fashion. In fact, they're rioting in Chicago the only way pasty, faux-orange-haired rapscallions can riot: by yelling and waving signs.
The Bad Idea Blue Jeans blog went down to the Chicago rally, where about 150 supporters/protesters started "Coco" chants and ... well, I'm sure they made a difference to someone somewhere, even though The Tonight Show is filmed in Los Angeles and NBC's headquarters are in New York. However, it was more of a large commune of people randomly blurting out stuff, so perhaps it's moot.
Field reporter "TC's" favorite moment — and therefore mine — came with this participatory chant:
Guy: "Who do we want?"
Guy: "When do we want him?"
Crowd: "[Indecipherable nonsense, as 1/3 of the people shouted "Now!," 1/3 shouted "11:30!" (the time the show starts on the East Coast,) and 1/3 shouted "10:30!" (the time the show starts in Chicago.)]"
People are so adamant about their TV, they don't even have time to unify a cheer. Let those communists at NBC worry about such trivial matters.
I don't watch either show, but if you drew a line in the sand and forced me at harpoon-point to pick a side, I'd take Conan over Leno as well. With that in mind, the clubhouse leader for the best tweet goes to @clr:
seriously, people went to protest at nbc about conan?! seriously?! my soup kitchen needs some help if you have this much time
Considering Conan may get $40 million for his troubles, maybe it's time to serve up the gazpacho.