I Just Don't See The Big Deal
Episode 9

Don Barris Earlobe Rape, Steam Baths, and The Racial Polemic That Is Crash

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The guys were in the same room! How did they pull this off?! Well...a plane ticket and an excuse for Burgess to visit sunny California, obviously. And it was perfect, since they probably needed to be together to settle one of their longest standing debates. It's especially timely since we are today celebrating (or bemoaning) the 10-year anniversary of one of the more contentious Oscar wins in recent memory--the 2006 Paul Haggis joint, Crash. Burgess has always maintained hatred for this. Von Sternberg always defended it. They watched it again and discuss how minds were changed or stayed the same. Come for Burgess' sensual description of steam baths, stay for von Sternberg going down a probably racist rabbit hole and calling Burgess a motherfucker.

Thanks again to Creative Commons and the talents of these fine artists for allowing the use of their music: "Tainted Cloth" by Oelek, "The Cannery" by Kevin MacLeod, "Wagon Wheel" by Kevin MacLeod, and "The Troll of the Mountain Swing" by Underscore Orkestra.

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