What got you all worked up in 2011?
We’re ending our 2011 Rewind on a note that Beehive readers love. Controversy, we live for it. So which was your favorite of 2011? It could be something that caused a fuss locally or it could be
Kardashian related on the national scale. Either way, go for it. Check out our picks and leave your own in the comments.
MIKE OZ: I’ve said before and I still believe it today: Fresno’s big revolt against Pat Hill was like our own local reality show. Ultimately, Hill got peaced out as Fresno State football coach — but not without a huge helping of debate, opinion and, of course, controversy. If nothing else, it was fun to watch unfold.
DONALD: For this post I considered a couple of controversies, including the extended back and forth about the Civil War reenactment at Kearney Park, the Tower District mural controversy and the debate over an atheist billboard, but I selfishly decided to go much more personal in scope. I got a kick out of when “Nunsense” creator Dan Goggin chided me in a letter about my review of “Nunsensations.” I was surprised to find out this nationally known playwright reads the Beehive — there’s the power of Google for you. Though I didn’t agree with his take, obviously, I’m always glad when one of my reviews gets people talking and debating the merits of a show.
KATHY: Fresno taking second place in the Walmart hunger campaign. The whole campaign was a rollercoaster of emotions. On one hand it was inspiring to see Fresnans get so excited and work as a team for a cause. But it also brought out a lot of bad mojo with allegations of cheating and name calling. Despite it all, at least Fresno started out 2011 with a bit of a boost for the agencies who the hungry.
HEATHER: “51-year old actor marries 16-year old child bride.” What more is there to say? It was sensational, it was icky, it was oddly fascinating. From the inappropriate public photo ops to the televised breast X-ray to the car wreck-like Twitter updates, people just couldn’t stop paying attention to Courtney Stodden. Which, of course, is exactly what she wanted.