I have been a fan of Ain't It Cool News
since the site first went up. I check it out several times a day. I tend to cringe at the writers' cheerful disregard for grammar, spelling, and boundaries but Harry Knowles is a force of nature, a man who took his love of all things pop culture and turned it into an institution as influential as Comic-Con.
And yet today, when the death of Don Cornelius is being mourned across all media, there's no mention of him anywhere on the site. At least not as of 8:41 PST. Not even an RIP DON CORNELIUS.
There's a link to the upcoming HBO movie about Sarah Palin. There's a news story about yet another attempt to reboot Robocop
. There's a quick note about Kevin Bacon signing to do a pilot for Fox. All interesting bits of news and infotainment.
But no mention of Don Cornelius. Really? I wondered if something had run earlier in the day and I missed it when new stories (a link to a movie called Red Lights
, a promo for G.I. Joe: Retaliation
) hit the queue, so I checked.
As it turned out, no. No mention of Cornelius and his signature sign off, "Wishing you love, peace and soul." No mention of his place in pop culture. But there is a great photo of Karl Urban in his Judge Dredd
Maybe it's a generational thing. Harry was born in 1971, the same year that Soul Train
appeared on the air. Or maybe it's an oversight. There is a lot of news on the site today--a story about a Jackie Brown
prequel happening, a preview of Volkswagen's new Super Bowl spot, an interview with Sara Paxton about her new horror movie. So maybe there just wasn't room on the site to mention his passing.
If you ever saw the show, then you know what I mean when I say it was "a stone gas honey."
Don Cornelius has left the building.