Monday, November 01, 2010
Overheard on CNN.com

 

COMMENT OF THE DAY: "Phew. That was a narrow escape... a few feet here and there and we'd all have to sit through another three-hour movie and endure Celine Dion again. *shivers* " -- ribbitribbit

 

Pull out your favorite Titanic jokes, because you just might need them for the story that was most popular on CNN.com for much of the day. It received 280 comments and 1077 Facebook shares. The cruise ship in question didn't sink, but rather passed peacefully under a bridge with about a foot to spare. Commenters pulled out captions and clever puns for the heart-stopping photo. "Guess I'll cross that bridge when I reach it," said NoJustice4AK, who also penned this comment: "DiCaprio: 'I'm on top of the wor … uh ... BRIDGE!'" Or, maybe you're like Firefly 5555: "When I watched the video, the movie 'Galaxy Quest' popped into my head. The part when they are leaving the space dock."

 

Also notable was the heavy-duty debate over whether Ron Howard, director of the film "Dilemma," should keep Vince Vaughn's line "electric cars are gay" in the movie even though it was cut from the trailer. The Marquee blog post about this hotly contested issue received 802 comments and 406 Facebook shares. We received many, many comments from both sides. In one powerful thread, JNC33 said: "Gays refer to themselves and each other as 'gays' and when they come out of the closet, presumably they tell people that they are 'gay.'  … Yet when someone refers to an inanimate object as being 'gay,' then you insist that the very term you use to describe yourselves is derogatory."

 

User Razi said in response: "As a gay man I defend Ron Howard's right to use the word in the film, but I don't like it. In this current climate where we're trying to understand why teens and young adults are committing suicide after being outed one way or another; we should not have a protagonist of any movie, no matter how openly flawed that protagonist is, using 'gay' as a pejorative."

 

Last, but definitely not least, we saw lots and lots of chatter about a study showing alcohol ranks as "most harmful" among a list of 20 drugs. GatorALLin thanked CNN for the story and talked about giving up drinking three years ago. The commenter jokingly described Gainesville, Florida, home of the Florida Gators, as "a drinking town with a football problem." The story as a whole got 2,811 comments from readers and a whopping 27,612 Facebook shares. A great many opined that marijuana use is less harmful than alcohol and suggested that it be legalized. The majority of commenters said alcohol use is more serious than people expect it to be. Some wrote that there is no ideal drug, or said people need to be responsible for their behavior. LegalMexi said, "Do not let the liberals try to take the right to drink alcohol away." User decrescendo and others theorized that that the popularity and availability of alcohol is partially responsible for study results.

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Conversation snapshot:

 

Overall, the most talked-about stories today focused on passionate debate about social issues:

 

- CNN Poll: Those who say things going poorly higher than 1994 or 2006 (3072 comments / 2068 Facebook shares)
- Study: Alcohol 'most harmful drug,' followed by crack and heroin (2,811 comments / 27,612 Facebook shares)
- Death toll rises to 58 in Iraq church bombing (1,924 comments / 1,705 Facebook shares)

 

What's your take on these issues? Where do you stand, and what do you think? Share your thoughts in the comments below or sound off with video commentary.

13 Comments
November 1, 2010
Click to view HeatMiami900's profile

That's crazy.

November 1, 2010
Click to view baciami's profile

Leonardo was spotted runing around with a girl.  according to eye witness, he was looking for the ships garage.

November 1, 2010
Click to view baciami's profile

20 minutes later right after the near miss, they were spotter again.  this time the girl was crying calling Dicapio a liar.

November 1, 2010
Click to view nunyaa's profile

too close for comfort.

November 1, 2010
Click to view MileHigh5280's profile

If Oprah jumped in the water, that would be the end of that ship!

November 1, 2010
Click to view paulinnashvl's profile

In other words, the maneuver went EXACTLY as planned, and will never have to go under this bridge, ever again.  So, the problem again is what?!?

November 1, 2010
Click to view keyofskeleto's profile

High seas today eh?

November 1, 2010
Click to view manujersey's profile

WoW, A terrorist goes free in 3 years! And all those who call this war, only if they had the guts to fight an open war!

November 1, 2010
Click to view manujersey's profile

CNN blocked me from commenting!

November 2, 2010
Click to view playjojo's profile

MileHigh5280 you are an embarrassment to humanity.

November 2, 2010
Click to view razlem's profile

Titanic was just another level in the dream. When DiCaprio died in Titanic, he woke up in Inception.

November 2, 2010
Click to view nitetiger's profile

is this really NEWs or just a bad cnn JOKE

November 2, 2010
Click to view SilvanoUff's profile

This article is GAY.

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