Kevin: Here at Tough Guy Digest we like to be free of politics, unless we’re talking about the politics of kicking ass and taking names. Unlike Meryl Streep, we believe you can enjoy both MMA and “Florence Foster Jenkins” equally (not that any of us have tried). But we can’t ignore the fact that even as we mark another peaceful transfer of power in our country, America is as bitterly divided as it’s ever been.
Some of you reading this will likely have woken up this morning thrilled about the new direction of the incoming administration, while others are apparently depressed about what that same direction may hold for the issues you hold dear. Rather than take sides, we at TGD would instead like to bridge the political divide with something we think both Republicans and Democrats can enjoy: Jean-Claude Van Damme’s incredibly goofy dancing in “Kickboxer”:
“How were we blessed with this gift from God?,” you might ask. I don’t know, I’ve never actually watched “Kickboxer.” I have no idea what the context of the above clip is, and frankly I don’t want to know. I’d prefer to just keep watching it in a bubble and try to be just a tiny percent as happy as a young Jean-Claude appeared to be.
So if you wanted to “Make America Great Again,” you can watch that clip today and be even happier, and if you were “With Her,” you can watch it any time over the next four years if you need a pick-me-up. Either way, just note how many times control of the White House and Congress has changed since “Kickboxer” came out in 1989. Everything in politics is temporary, but the ability of Jean-Claude Van Damme to entertain us will be everlasting.
And if you want or need some additional Jean-Claude goodness on this day, enjoy this clip from “Double Impact” about his ability to do the splits “nooo probleeeem”:
Thanks Jean-Claude, a more unified America already appreciates your contribution.