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S04 E11 - Lawn Jockey


The Bro Show Podcast

S04 E11 - Lawn Jockey

Jon, Jeri and Blondie






  • Vince’s Groaners


Blondie's Review

Mary Jane not only baked brownies for Jeri for Valentine’s Day, but she had a surprise movie for him… Bohemian Rhapsody!  When they showed Queen’s performance in the Live Aid concert at Wembley Stadium, both of them FORGOT that it was not really Freddie Mercury. The star, Rami Malek sang in some of the songs, but not all of them. It was a composite of voices, including Freddie Mercury’s.

Since Bohemian Rhapsody was nominated for some Academy Awards, and in the spirit of Black History Month, the Brothers discuss their sponsor; another movie nominated for some awards: “Green Book.” The movie is based on the “The Negro Motorist Green Book.” It was published so that African Americans would know where they could and could not eat, use bathrooms, stay overnight, etc. It was a handbook for black survival in the Jim Crow era.

The movie explores the friendship that developed between African-American pianist Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) and Tony Vallelonga (Viggo Mortensen), an Italian-American bouncer who served as Shirley's driver and bodyguard. Vallelonga’s son Nick co-wrote the movie, based on interviews with his father and Shirley, as well as letters his father wrote to his mother.

The Brothers have an elucidating discussion about racism in America, starting with the blackface controversy in Virginia. Jon tells us about a candidate for Chicago alderman who had to apologize for a picture where he was wearing a banana costume. It was because of the other people in the picture who were wearing chimpanzee masks. We learn that there is actually a Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia. Then they have an in-depth conversation about the history of the Lawn Jockey.

Again, we come away much more enlightened, about really interesting stuff, after hearing the show. The Bros critique two Academy Award nominated movies. They also have a fascinating discussion about the roots of racism. Listen to find out whether the story about the origin of the Lawn Jockey is really true or not.  We get to hear the memories of the Brothers when they were young boys, which is always nice.