August 24, 2013

Speaking of men in shorts...

Here's a NYT article about how Richard Simmons has gotten a new lease on fame through the internet, even though he's 65 years old and like "a lot of older people in show business, Mr. Simmons has been slow to fully grasp social media."
In late July, Mr. Simmons started a weekly YouTube series called “Workout Wednesdays,” with theAudience pairing him with young Web celebrities like Cassey Ho, whose YouTube fitness channel has more than 800,000 subscribers. Coming soon is a separate video series involving the D.J. Steve Aoki, who has 2.4 million Facebook fans. Mr. Aoki will go teach at Slimmons; Mr. Simmons plans to go crowd-surfing at a concert.

“There’s just something so cool about the way he does his thing, it’s punk rock,” Mr. Aoki said. “I’m definitely wearing a pair of those super-short shorts when I go. Those are dope, man!”
So... we's got Steve Aoki vouching for him... and his shorts. Your logical fallacy is: appeal to authority.

6 comments:

Ryan said...

Can you please make an exception for Richard Simmons? The thought of him prancing around in long pants just seems so... wrong.

surfed said...

Don't make me send you a pick of me in my mid 70's Pacific Ocean corduroy shorts hemmed just below package level. Don't make me do it Perfesser!

sonicfrog said...

Not gonna watch..... Not gonna watch...

Oh damned.

I watched it... Now I can't un-watch it! Off to the store to get some eye-bleach!

surfed said...

I'm surprised he never made a cameo porn appearance. He's appeared everywhere else.

Jim S. said...

OK: appeal to authority is only a logical fallacy within formal logic. Aoki's statement is not formal logic, and so he does not commit this fallacy. He offends for other reasons.

Jim S. said...

By the way, if you want a Richard-Simmons-eye-bleach-requiring video, albeit one that is definitely worth it, see this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIscLaYnECs