Taboo (The Black Eyed Pea No One Knows, Who is Boycotting Arizona) Skewered Mercilessly on SNL

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Do you know who Taboo is?

Well, as is mentioned a few times in the video above, a sketch from this week's Saturday Night Live, he's a member of The Black Eyed Peas.

Why do you care? Understandably, most people don't. However, since Taboo (real name: Jaime Luis Gomez) has the distinction of being the only person associated with one of the top 50 touring acts of 2010 who has signed up for The Sound Strike boycott of Arizona, it's worth laughing along as his irrelevancy is mercilessly skewered by SNL.

This is great stuff, and the show didn't even address any of the actually hilarious facts about "Tabby:"

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Taboo: He's a member of The Black Eyed Peas who enjoys drinking, driving, cashing checks earned by more talented bandmates and boycotting states other than his own.

1. Tabby wrote a memoir. I have a copy of it sitting on my desk and it's pretty hilarious, starting with the fact that the best person he could find to write an endorsement blurb for the dust jacket was his own better-known bandmate, Fergie. Here's a little taste:

"Born in East L.A. in an area notorious for street gangs and poverty, Taboo was haunted by that environment, which seemed certain to shape his destiny. Yet, steered by his dreams to be a performer and assisted by fate, the young Taboo was thrown a rope when he discovered the world of hip-hop, where talent and love of the music itself transcended all. Supported by his one true champion, his grandmother Aurora, Taboo chased his dreams with a relentless tenacity. He refused to surrender, regardless of what life threw at him-- including becoming a father at age eighteen."

2. Tabby has a black belt in Ninjutsu.

3. Some of Tabby's hobbies include drinking booze, smoking pot and popping pills. Also driving. At the same time, natch.

4. Here's another taste of that book:

"But even after the Black Eyed Peas beat seemingly insurmountable odds and achieved stardom, it wasn't all Grammys and platinum albums. Taboo delivers a searingly honest account of his collision with fame's demons, including his almost career-ending struggle with drug addiction and alcoholism. He takes us deep into a world few of us can even imagine: a show-business heaven that became a self-made hell. But inspired by the love of his family and tapping anew into the wellspring of self-belief that had sustained him in the past, Taboo learns to keep his demons at bay, his addictions in check."

5. Tabby is boycotting Arizona because our dumbass state legislature passed a racist law, SB 1070, which was subsequently blocked before it could take effect. Arizona's law was, of course, far from unique, being "eerily similar" to a law the shamefully bigoted voters of his own home state of California passed a decade ago. Just like in Arizona, the courts blocked the bigots in California from getting their way, though voters never "repealed" the measure as Sound Strikers are demanding of Arizona before agreeing to call off their protest. One could certainly argue that California deserves to be boycotted just as much as Arizona does. Not that hypocritical fakes like Taboo care much about that.

6. As far as I can tell, Taboo's voice doesn't even appear on his group's latest big single, "The Time (Dirty Bit)." Based on the song's video, it seems he may be one of the big gang of people who scream "I'm... Having.. A... Good... Time!" but it's just as possible the artistically useful members of the group just rounded up some stragglers near their studio to do it.

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12 comments
E B
E B

If SNL feels the need to make fun of this guy, then that tells me the boycott is effective.

Cicigirl1215
Cicigirl1215

People need to stop hittin on taboo hes only a guy nobodys perfect now fuck off!!!!!!

Ciz Not Cool
Ciz Not Cool

Taboo is still cooler than Martin Cizmar.....

Jack Swift
Jack Swift

Good One, you're an obvious moron. You know nothing, my friend. Why don't you post your real name here, instead of hiding behind some phony handle. The answer is: you haven't the balls to put your name on your crap. Go fuck yourself. Self-righteous jerks like yourself need to get their asses kicked.

Good One
Good One

Good one, Tomato. Thank YOU for leaving your real name. Now I can send you my name, and thus, it will be easier for you to find me and kick my ass.

Wait a gosh darn second! You didn't leave your name either. Stupid irony.

Good One
Good One

No reply, Tomato? You are getting smarter. Sorry that his Highness, Martin, would not come to your defense. He must also be getting smarter. Nice chatting with you!

Jackson
Jackson

didn't you also write a memoir?

Tomato
Tomato

Who the fuck is Good One, some kind of playa hater? Go cornhole yoursself, fucktard! This was a very funny post! You are the one who takes yourself too seriously. And... what the fuck do you know about music or music criticism. You're probably the member of some local-ass, sub-talented band that got gored deservedly by Cizmar. Or Bill Wyman.

Good One
Good One

All Cizmar supporters please come to the forefront!

Sorry, Tomato, I am not a member of some local-ass, sub-talented band, nor am I a groupie of some local-ass, sub-talented band, such as yourself, nor do I write articles about them, as does Martin. Actually, I don't even play any instruments, but I do know fluff when I read it.

Martin, I am sorry that your most vocal supporter is Tomato. He unintentionally decreased your credibility even further.

damn
damn

Alternative weekly, indeed.How do you sleep at night...., what do you stand for? what is your passion?

Sports? Cheesey Pop Culture?

It certainly isn't music.

Obviously having the respect of your co-workers is a long distant memory.

Martin Cizmar - resume building, one click at a time.

Good One
Good One

All, this is how your music editor spends his time writing. Must be trying to raise his musical credibility by bashing a lifestyle decision. We are not watching "E", stick to critiquing the music, Martin. I am reminded of the great, endearing, Happy Gilmore's girlfriend, who said, "All you ever talk about is becoming a pro hockey player, but there's a problem: you're not any good." You can relate to a low intelligence movie, no? I did not want the quote to be too sophisticated. Don't say I never looked out for you, you professional critic, you.

http://media.www.mesalegend.co...

Good One
Good One

And, no, my comment is not referring to the current article. It is referring to the pasted link. That is all.

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