Monday, January 23, 2017

A Miss. Spelling

Toward the end of the 2016 disaster movie Deepwater Horizon, Felicia Williams (Kate Hudson) tries to get information about a fire on the offshore drilling rig where her husband is working. She has the news on, and things don't look good — for Felicia or the film's graphics department.

Deepwater Horizon nailed Louisiana and Texas and almost went a stately three for three. Consider it a near Miss.

Anyone who has seen the premiere episode of the fourth season of Good Times ("The Big Move: Part 1") knows that the Magnolia State is missing a "crooked letter."

Deepwater Horizon's Miss. take was a mistake, though it failed to match the depths BP reached when the company neglected to test the integrity of the cement at the rig's well. Nor did the proxy Mississippi reach the levels of ineptitude and irony attained by the headline below, which made the Internet rounds years ago. I'm literate, but I can't read that headline ... without laughing.

This isn't the first time something has been amiss in Mississippi, and it won't be the last. Still, my advice to the Deepwater Horizon producers is to bury that footage so it's never found. Do it now. I'll give you, oh, 20 seconds to hide it, and I won't look.

One Mississippi, two Mississippi, three Mississippi...

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