The Bloviator

It takes talent to step on your own dick without getting out of the car.

Herself is a huge fan of the original “Arthur” flick, the one starring Dudley Moore and Liza Minnelli.

Me, I can take it or leave it, but I must admit that the thing is chock-full of quotable quotes. Pretty much any line delivered by Sir John Gielgud is a keeper.

But you have to know your audience when you cite a 41-year-old flick about a wealthy rumpot, horndog, and all-round dilettante — as Tony “The Blevinator” Blevins learned when he riffed on an Arthurism for a TikTok creator.

TikToker Daniel Mac spotted Blevins — Apple’s hard-charging vice president for procurement — in a high-zoot Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren at a California car show, and asked Blevins what he did for a living.

And like Arthur, Blevins was off to the races, quipping:

“I have rich cars, play golf and fondle big-breasted women, but I take weekends and major holidays off.”

Oof. What Arthur said was:

“I race cars, play tennis, and fondle women, But! I have weekends off, and I am my own boss.”

Frankly, it wasn’t that funny in 1981. And The Bloviator’s updated take on it really fell flat at Apple, which showed Blevins the door. And not to his McLaren, either. Turns out he was not his own boss.

A tip of the hat to MacRumors, which is where I first saw the story.

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7 Responses to “The Bloviator”

  1. carl duellman Says:

    That’s a movie I haven’t though of in years. Dudley Moore was a funny guy. Didn’t he play in ’10’?

  2. Pat O’Brien Says:

    Well even though he got the the ole heave ho from Apple, I bet he’s not going hungry or struggling to pay the rent. Too bad. After 22 years at Apple, about the same amount if time I have been buying Apple products, he probably has a golden parachute. Pisses me off that I contributed to it.

  3. Libby Says:

    Ha! This story got major play on the Daily Fail. I didn’t know the quote was from Arthur. Somehow I have never seen it. I still have a fondness for “Arthur’s Theme” and some of Dudley Moore’s movies. “Easy to Say” from “10” ; scene with Moore, Dee Wallace and Brian Dennehy

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Whenever Herself and I play “Who Said That?”, she is almost certain to lead with a quote from “Arthur.”

      The movie is worth seeing for Sir John Gielgud alone. To see and hear the auld player delivering some of the lines the script required him to speak is a rare treat indeed.

      • Herb from Michigan Says:

        Forgot about Arthur so immediately watched it and the snappy lines are timeless. “But that would only leave you with one hand” “I’ll bet you wish you were me, I know I do”. As for the Apple asshat maybe he’ll crash his Benz after he shoves some more coke up his nose? Just saying…..

      • Pat O’Brien Says:

        Some folks say the guy messed up a quote. And, for this a 22 year career was ruined by a bunch of liberal PC folks who are quick to condemn him for a single gaffe. This situation reminds me of another movie, Spiderman. Yep, if you ride around in a $500K car and are quick to embrace some tiktok shitbird for a quick buzz, you’re an asshole. You’re an asshole now and in 1981. “With great power comes great responsibility.” Social media gave us this guy and another one that can’t control his mouth or ego. Gee, ain’t social media grand?

        • Shawn Says:

          I bet he still has the 22 year old stock though. Now he can go drive his big cars, play golf with rich women and fondle his big breasts at his leisure.

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