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Life imitates the Parody; Ricky Gervais has fans; what to serve at state dinners.

3:25 PM, Jan 19, 2011 • By VICTORINO MATUS
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Our Parody aside, CNN's John King informs his viewers that guest Andy Shaw should not have used the phrase "in the crosshairs." Explains King, "We're trying, we're trying to get away from that language. Andy is a good friend, he's covered politics for a long time, but we're trying to get away from that kind of language." Thank goodness CNN cancelled Crossfire! (Would the show have been renamed "Friendly Fire"? "Crosstalk"? If only Novak were here.)

Meanwhile, according to Paul Bond of Reuters, Ricky Gervais, the much-maligned host of the Golden Globe awards, has fans among the right:

Delighted at the sight of Gervais belittling Hollywood elitists who they maintain do likewise to them regularly, the right-wing blogosphere lit up with positive reviews, even while more traditional media was critical of Sunday's telecast.

Had Gervais "been as relentless in ripping apart Sarah Palin, her young children, Jesus Christ or George W. Bush, today the comedian would be celebrated as 'edgy' and 'courageous'," noted John Nolte, editor of the Andrew Breitbart website Big Hollywood.

Not that Gervais is conservative. He's an equal opportunity offender. What is clear, as one reader writes, is that "Hollywood can sure dish it out, but they can't take it."

And finally, there's tonight's state dinner for Chinese president Hu Jintao. What will they serve? We'll know soon enough. Katherine Skiba of the Chicago Tribune speculates that based on recent history, the fare will be American: "The Clintons chose chilled lobster and pepper-crusted Oregon beef at the 1997 dinner for Jiang Zemin; the Reagans selected lobster and tenderloin of veal for Li Xiannian's in 1985."

This reminds me of last week's food column in the Washington Post by William Booth, who recently visited with Mexico's culinary icon Diana Kennedy (who seems terrifying, even at age 87). Asked about Mr. Mexican Cuisine himself, Rick Bayless, Kennedy scoffs.

Here at her kitchen in Michoacan, Kennedy announces, unprovoked, that she read all about the Mexican meal Bayless cooked in May at the White House state dinner for Mexican president Felipe Calderon.

Mexican food for a Mexican? "Ridiculous," Kennedy says. She ticks off the menu, which included ceviche and a mole. "Can you imagine the indigestion?" she says. "Can you imagine how many plates were sent back?"

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