Another obscure obituary here. Other than the New York Daily News, I've seen no pro-outlet mention the death of Roy Innis last week.
He was a controversial figure in his later years so I guess people remember that Innis more ... but Roy Innis in regards to his media appearances deserve to be remembered. I don't think things that happened on Talk Shows involving Innis will ever happen again. "Reality TV" is all scripted now and everything on the dumb TV is a work of WWE Wrestling proportions now.
Roy Innis was part of two of the most memorable moments in the Entire History of TV. He had live on-screen altercations with both Nazis and with Al Sharpton.
Innis was booked by Geraldo in '88 to a debate white supremacy against dirty Nazis. Yeah young people, talk shows used to be WAAAAY different back in the day. The following is not a scripted event, it's real, poor little Geraldo even got his nose broken by a Nazi in this melee:
This isn't Springer scripted fighting. Innis stood up and then a whole melee ensued. Like, this is one of the most amazing moments in the history of TV. What's up though, is this lost to history or something? How come no one is running pieces about Roy Innis in the media other than one pro outlet?
Day-time TV has really changed since the 80s. Now a days Daytime goes The Price is Right - Ellen - The News ... In the 80s Daytime went more like The Price is Right - Violent Uncontrollable Fisticuffs - The News.
The other big media feud Innis had was with Sharpton during the Brawley fiasco. Innis knew it was a hoax that the lawyers and others were pulling and called them out on it.
For those who are unfamiliar with this, Brawley and lawyers claimed a policeman raped her and wrote words on her with his caca ... but it turns out it was a hoax. Innis was pissed about this because he thought doing hoaxes like this and running "cheap heat" * (a wrestling term for when you lie to try and make someone look bad, more in footnotes) really undercut the civil rights leaders goals. Innis thought Sharpton was a jabroni and holy fuck did he let him know about it.
There's two events that were aired on the Downey show and one that wasn't but clips exist on youtube. The un-aired one is quite wild ... Sharpton calls Innis a "Punk Faggot" in it.
But yo, Innis was a large man and he was no "punk faggot" in the least. He dropped Sharpton at their next appearance. Check (The altercation ensues at around 6:30):
Anyways, we've re-entered here in North America into a very wild and odd political climate where basically anything goes again ... so I don't understand why media won't mention the death of one of the wildest talk show guests in history. These two moments are two of the most iconic moments of the 1980s and it doesn't seem like anyone in media remembers them at all.
Media, you can't tell me that Innis was too controversial a person to do pieces on, I mean look at current day politics, today's political climate is like 5000x times more insane than anything Innis ever said.
Rest in Peace, Roy Innis.
*Cheap Heat is term people should get used to. I'd say 99.6% of politics now a days is Cheap Heat politics. A guy just won an American election solely on Cheap Heat for instance. Personally, I hate Cheap Heat in all forms and don't believe Cheap Heat is ever justified in any circumstances.
Footnote 2: The Wikipedia definition they have for Cheap Heat is WRONG. Cheap Heat is not when a heel calls a population of a city certain mean names that's just standard heat. Cheap Heat is when a wrestler screws something up in the ring in a fashion that makes the other wrestler look bad. It's a way to get Over by making your colleagues look bad so in turn you look good.
Edit: More on Cheap Heat. Look, you need a certain amount of "Heat" to get "Over" and it doesn't matter whether the heat is BabyFace-Positive or Heel-Negative ... if you're Over you're Over. Cheap Heat is when you get "Over" by making an effort to make the people around you look stupid. You didn't get yourself Over legit but you got yourself Over by making everyone else look bad and thus when everyone looked bad you by contrast looked good... THAT'S CHEAP HEAT.