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May 25, 2010 1:07 PM   Subscribe

Ann Curry dispenses graduation advice to the wrong student body. Close but no cigar.
posted by fixedgear (35 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite

 
That's nothing, you should have seen her speech to Stamford.

Awkward.
posted by leotrotsky at 1:11 PM on May 25, 2010 [2 favorites]


No big deal. I thought I was gonna find out she was drunk or on acid or something.
posted by Liquidwolf at 1:15 PM on May 25, 2010


Moments later, Patton Oswalt stood up in the audience and heckled her for stealing from him.
posted by Astro Zombie at 1:17 PM on May 25, 2010 [6 favorites]


HELLO CLEVELAND!
posted by ardgedee at 1:18 PM on May 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


We had Cokie Roberts speak at our h.s. graduation. We booed her not because we disliked her but she just droned on and on. Sorry people, but unless you're Seth McFarlane or Randy Pausch, newscasters are fucking BORING AS SHIT.
posted by stormpooper at 1:20 PM on May 25, 2010


I was hoping for something more salacious in terms of a "student body" a la a National Lampoon movie.
posted by GuyZero at 1:28 PM on May 25, 2010


unless you're Seth McFarlane or Randy Pausch, newscasters are fucking BORING AS SHIT.

So Seth McFarlane and Randy Pausch find newscasters more interesting than the rest of us do?
posted by Shepherd at 1:36 PM on May 25, 2010 [4 favorites]


And then she spoke at Penn and she was all 'How about that JoePa? Is he old or what?'
posted by fixedgear at 1:37 PM on May 25, 2010 [2 favorites]


Aung San Suu Kyi spoke at my commencement. Sent a video tape of her speech and didn't even bother to show up herself.

the nerve.
posted by shmegegge at 1:40 PM on May 25, 2010 [4 favorites]


Good morning, good morning everybody, in the news this morning, good morning...
posted by MCMikeNamara at 1:41 PM on May 25, 2010 [3 favorites]


Hey shmeg, she was probably busy polishing her Nobel prize.
posted by Mister_A at 1:41 PM on May 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


That's nothing, you should have seen her speech to Stamford

I knew someone who taught at Hartford and had to deal with some confusion when introducing themself. The tf sounds a lot like a v.
posted by zippy at 1:42 PM on May 25, 2010


We booed her not because we disliked her but she just droned on and on.

How fortunate for her. I mean to say, imagine if you had disliked her.
posted by IndigoJones at 1:45 PM on May 25, 2010 [2 favorites]


Hey shmeg, she was probably busy polishing her Nobel prize.

also being confined to her house by the government.
posted by shmegegge at 1:49 PM on May 25, 2010 [4 favorites]


Congratulations, -ulations, this graduation. Congratulations.
posted by abc123xyzinfinity at 2:32 PM on May 25, 2010


But in her defence, the list of actual 'famous' grads from that college were all rubbish.
posted by biffa at 2:33 PM on May 25, 2010


Ohhhhhh... I thought you said Adam Curry.
posted by yeti at 2:40 PM on May 25, 2010


Curry probably handed off the task of researching the 'famous grads' to a newsroom intern... who will never show his/her face at NBC again.
posted by oneswellfoop at 2:40 PM on May 25, 2010


Tabloidish beginning, then this:

But to perhaps ad insult to injury, a Gawker.com commenter noticed that in her apology letter, Curry misspelled Lesley Stahl's first name.

[Is college necessary? Experts say maybe not]

Still, in the annals of commencement-speech embarrassments, Curry at least isn't alone. In 1999, for example, Curry's fellow journalist Cokie Roberts provoked some Duke graduates to walk out on her speech with an opening joke about the poor record of the school's football team.

posted by Brian B. at 3:02 PM on May 25, 2010


Curry, in short, is a respected television journalist by just about any standard — which is why the gaffe she committed over the weekend while delivering the commencement address at Wheaton College in Norton, Mass., is all the more shocking.


Nice spin.

Curry is not a journalist. So this is not "shocking" at all. She reads a teleprompter for a living. Her speechwriter is probably looking for a new job.

And to top it off, the person who wrote the apology letter for Anne misspelled Lesley Stahl's first name.
posted by L'OM at 3:24 PM on May 25, 2010 [2 favorites]


What's this I hear about Tim Curry?
posted by The World Famous at 4:12 PM on May 25, 2010


No, no, Tim Curry's the guy who played Dr. Frank N. Furter in Rocky Horror. This is about that one Canadian singer.
posted by You Can't Tip a Buick at 5:00 PM on May 25, 2010


This is about that one Canadian singer.

There is only one true Canadian singer, and a commencement speech by Gord Downie would be universally accepted as the greatest ever.
posted by The World Famous at 5:02 PM on May 25, 2010


Commencement speeches are all full of baloney anyway. Are a few wrongly named names really such a big deal?
posted by tybeet at 5:04 PM on May 25, 2010


This happened at my graduation where the guy kept going on about how the school was a "land grant institution" when really, the land grant institution in our state was a different university all together. People shouldn't be this stupid.
posted by dpx.mfx at 5:05 PM on May 25, 2010


George Foreman spoke at my high school graduation because his daughter was in my graduating class. He's....not the best speaker.....especially for a tiny all-girls boarding school.

Buddy Cianci spoke at my college graduation -- right before he was convicted and sent to prison for "conspiracy to commit racketeering".
posted by fancyoats at 5:40 PM on May 25, 2010


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I see what you did there, fixedgear. Well played, sir, well played.
posted by FfejL at 6:49 PM on May 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


Curry is not a journalist.... She reads a teleprompter for a living.

Well, some of us are old enough to remember when she was a correspondent. She also has a BA in journalism which is more than quite a few of her peers.

Curry is known for her international reporting of major stories, filing stories from places such as Baghdad, Sri Lanka, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Albania, and Darfur.... Curry reported from the USS Theodore Roosevelt during the invasion of Afghanistan in November 2001, and had an exclusive interview with General Tommy Franks. She reported from Baghdad in early 2003, and then from the USS Constellation as the war in Iraq began. Ann was also the first network news anchor to report from inside the Southeast Asian tsunami zone in late 2004.^

Really, I think she has more claim to the job title than Katie Couric (who has an English degree and much less reporting experience).
posted by dhartung at 6:50 PM on May 25, 2010


I don't know if it's ignorance or irony that always makes me confuse Ann Curry with Ann Coulter.
posted by DU at 7:02 PM on May 25, 2010


Wait a minute. I thought celebrities were supposed to be infallible...?
posted by crunchland at 7:24 PM on May 25, 2010


She also has a BA in journalism

Bwahahahahahahahahahaha. Hahaha. Haha. Ha.
posted by limeonaire at 7:39 PM on May 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


Was I the only one hoping that the story would involve Ann Curry knocking on Wil Wheaton's door at 3am saying "I'm here to deliver your commencement speech?"
posted by Dr. Zira at 8:01 PM on May 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


Ted Kennedy spoke at my HS graduation. He welcomed everyone to South Boston High School...he was not at South Boston High school.
posted by Gungho at 3:31 AM on May 26, 2010


Oh, this was well before the brain cancer. He apparently had "lunch" with the staff before the ceremonies.
posted by Gungho at 3:31 AM on May 26, 2010


Wes Craven didn't graduate from Wheaton, he dropped out.
posted by desuetude at 6:30 PM on May 26, 2010


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