The Smoking Gun, December 16, 2010
An upcoming documentary about the late Morton Downey, Jr., the acerbic, chain-smoking talk show host, promises a meditation on the progenitor of trash TV, whose eponymous 1980s program was filmed in Secaucus, New Jersey and whose audience was filled with current and future probationers.
For us, though, the highlight of the the trailer for "Évocateur" is the brief time capsule look at Al Sharpton, then a rotund Brooklyn reverend with a prodigious konk. As seen above, during a commercial break--but while cameras continued rolling--the civil rights leader is seen yelling at an audience member who likely had commented negatively on Sharpton's weight, race, bow tie, or affiliation with Tawana Brawley . Perhaps all four. Saying that he was "tired of them acting big," Sharpton told the unseen audience member, "You ain't nothing! You a punk faggot!" Gesturing for the Downey fan to come up to the stage and rumble, Sharpton added, "Now come on and do something." Since becoming a respected leader, Rev. Al has dropped the term "punk faggot" from his fiery verbal repertoire, records show. The full trailer for "Évocateur," due for release next year, can be seen here.
(Photo: Rev. Al Sharpton)