WTOP’s Jason Fraley outlines how the leisure world reacts after September 11, 2001 assaults.
WTOP’s Jason Fraley remembers 9/11 popular culture (Half 1)
It’s onerous to imagine it’s been 20 years because the assaults of 9/11. For individuals who lived it, it’ll all the time really feel like yesterday. Shut your eyes and the photographs are there, burned into your mind eternally.
That day modified every part — steel detectors at sports activities stadiums, safety checkpoints on the airport, wars waged abroad — however how did the leisure world assist us heal?
Right here’s a glance again on the days, weeks, months and years after that tragic day:
On Sept. 11, Main League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig promptly canceled that night’s video games. He would quickly cancel all video games for the rest of the week.
On Sept. 13, “WWF Smackdown” turned America’s first public occasion as Vince McMahon advised the group, “Tonight, the spirit of America lives. … Make no mistake concerning the message this public meeting is sending to terrorism tonight. … We is not going to stay our lives in concern!”
On Sept. 14, Rev. Billy Graham led a service at Washington Nationwide Cathedral with President George W. Bush, who that afternoon stood atop the rubble at Floor Zero.
On Sept. 14, Jay-Z rapped his “9/11 Freestyle” on tour: “Bombers, Bin Laden. … I drop the identical date because the Twin Towers.” On 2009’s “Run This City,” he stated, “Terrorists attacked New York Metropolis and took down our towers. They believed it will weaken us; they had been sadly mistaken.” On 2009’s “Empire State of Thoughts,” he stated, “Lengthy stay the World Commerce.”
On Sept. 16, the Nationwide Soccer League canceled all weekend video games on each Sunday and Monday evening, whereas NASCAR postponed its race on the New Hampshire 300.
On Sept. 17, Main League Baseball resumed play between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Milwaukee Brewers as announcer Jack Buck learn his poem “For America,” saying, “Ought to we be right here? Sure!”
On Sept. 17, late-night hosts Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien and David Letterman returned. Letterman opened by saying, “That is our first present on the air since New York and Washington had been attacked. … It’s terribly unhappy right here in New York Metropolis. We misplaced 5,000 fellow New Yorkers and you’ll really feel it. … New York Metropolis is the best metropolis on the earth.”
On Sept. 17, nation artist Aaron Tippin launched “The place the Stars and Stripes and the Eagle Fly,” singing, “There’s a woman that stands in a harbor for what we imagine, and there’s a bell that also echoes the worth that it value to be free.” Proceeds went to the Pink Cross.
On Sept. 20, the stay two-hour telethon “America: A Tribute to Heroes” featured Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Marvel, U2, Religion Hill, Tom Petty, Enrique Iglesias, Neil Younger, Alicia Keys, Goo Goo Dolls, Billy Joel, Dixie Chicks, Dave Matthews, Wyclef Jean, Mariah Carey, Bon Jovi, Sheryl Crow, Sting, Eddie Vedder, Paul Simon, Celine Dion and Willie Nelson.
On Sept. 20, “The Each day Present” host Jon Stewart introduced us to tears: “We’ve had an unendurable ache right here and I simply needed to let you know why I grieve however why I don’t despair. … They attacked this image of American ingenuity, energy, labor, creativeness and commerce, and it’s gone. However are you aware what the view is now? The Statue of Liberty.”
On Sept. 21, New York Metropolis hosted its first skilled sporting occasion because the assaults at Shea Stadium. Pre-game ceremonies featured patriotic anthems and gamers wore NYFD hats. Fittingly, New York’s Mike Piazza hit a game-winning residence run to beat Atlanta.
On Sept. 23, Yankee Stadium hosted the interfaith memorial service “Prayer for America,” whereas NFL video games resumed that afternoon. NASCAR resumed with the MBNA Cal Ripken Jr. 400 at Dover Worldwide Speedway in Delaware. Lee Greenwood sang “God Bless the USA,” whereas Dale Earnhardt Jr. celebrated his win by driving with an American flag.
On Oct. 11, NBC altered an episode of “Pals” to take away Chandler making a joke a couple of bomb on an airplane. Within the months forward, “The Sopranos,” “Intercourse and the Metropolis” and “Legislation & Order: SUV” eliminated pictures of the Twin Towers from their opening credit, whereas Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man” eliminated a scene the place Spidey slings throughout the Twin Towers.
On Oct. 20, Madison Sq. Backyard hosted “The Live performance for New York Metropolis,” that includes David Bowie, Billy Crystal, Bon Jovi, Jay-Z, Goo Goo Dolls, Billy Joel, Future’s Youngster, Eric Clapton, Buddy Man, Adam Sandler, Backstreet Boys, Melissa Etheridge, The Who, Mick Jagger, James Taylor, John Mellencamp, Janet Jackson, Elton John and Paul McCartney.
On Oct. 27, Brooks & Dunn’s hit single “Solely in America” topped the nation music charts, discovering a brand new wave of patriotic help after initially being launched on June 18, 2001.
From Oct. 27 to Nov. 4, the World Collection featured the New York Yankees versus the Arizona Diamondbacks. President George W. Bush threw out the primary pitch of Sport 3 at Yankee Stadium (a strike), whereas patriotic anthems performed over stadium audio system and Derek Jeter supplied storybook moments for New York. In the long run, Arizona gained Sport 7.
On Nov. 1, ABC aired the profit live performance “United We Stand: What Extra Can I Give” at RFK Stadium, that includes Michael Jackson, Backstreet Boys, Huey Lewis, James Brown, Usher, Carole King, Al Inexperienced, Pink, Bette Midler, CeCe Peniston, Aerosmith, America, P. Diddy, NSYNC, Janet Jackson, Future’s Youngster, Rod Stewart, Mariah Carey and Prepare.
On Nov. 7, Alan Jackson carried out his tearjerking 9/11 tribute “The place Have been You (When the World Stopped Turning)” on the CMA Awards in Nashville: “Did you stand there in shock, on the sight of that black smoke, risin’ in opposition to that blue sky? Did you shout out in anger, in concern in your neighbor, or did you simply sit down and cry?”
On Feb. 3, 2002, the New England Patriots gained their first Tremendous Bowl, launching an NFL dynasty below Tom Brady. Through the Halftime Present, U2 carried out “The place the Streets Have No Title” because the names of the 9/11 victims rose on a large banner that appeared to crumble as Bono let loose a wail and revealed an American flag inside his leather-based jacket.
On Feb. 4, 2002, “Sesame Road” aired an episode to assist children address 9/11, that includes a fireplace at Mr. Hooper’s retailer as an allegory for the assaults on the World Commerce Heart.
On Might 27, 2002, nation star Toby Keith launched the 9/11 revenge tune “Courtesy of the Pink, White and Blue (The Offended American),” together with the lyrics, “Justice might be served and the battle will rage, this huge canine will struggle once you rattle his cage, and also you’ll be sorry that you just messed with the U.S. of A, ’trigger we’ll put a boot in your a**, it’s the American manner.”
On March 24, 2002, the Oscars opened with Tom Cruise studying remarks by Cameron Crowe: “What of an evening like tonight? Ought to we have fun the enjoyment and magic that motion pictures deliver? Properly dare I say it: greater than ever. A small scene, a gesture, even a look between characters can cross traces, break obstacles, soften prejudice, simply plain make us chortle.”
On July 30, 2002, Bruce Springsteen launched his album “The Rising,” its title tune written as a response to 9/11. It additionally revived “My Metropolis of Damage,” which was initially written in Nov. 2000 for a Christmas present at Asbury Park, New Jersey, however now spoke to 9/11.
On Sept. 11, 2002, 11 filmmakers from around the globe directed brief movies for the compilation piece “September 11,” together with Alejandro G. Iñárritu (Mexico), Ken Loach (Britain) and Sean Penn (United States), the lattermost that includes Ernest Borgnine as a lonely widower in his darkish condominium, just for the collapse of the Twin Towers to deliver mild.
On Feb. 6, 2003, 50 Cent’s “Get Wealthy or Die Tryin’” featured the Eminem duet “Patiently Ready,” rapping, “Vacation spot heaven, sit and politic with passengers from 9/11.”
On March 10, 2003, the Dixie Chicks carried out “Travelin’ Soldier” in London as Natalie Maines advised the group, “We don’t need this warfare, this violence, and we’re ashamed that the President of the USA is from Texas.” The band was blackballed by nation music followers earlier than their eventual Grammy-winning comeback “Not Able to Make Good” in 2006.
On April 15, 2003, nation artist Darryl Worley launched “Have You Forgotten?” Like many Individuals, the tune appeared to confuse the 9/11 attackers with the Iraq Battle: “Some say this nation’s simply out searching for a struggle, however after 9/11, man, I’ve to say that’s proper.”
On April 21, 2003, nation band Lonestar launched a brand new model of its hit tune “I’m Already There (Message from Dwelling)” to incorporate a particular tribute to the army after the unique music video had premiered on CMT on June 7, 2001 simply months earlier than the assault.
On July 15, 2003, traditional rock band The Eagles launched the melancholic “Gap within the World,” written by Glenn Frey and Don Henley in response to the 9/11 assaults.
On June 25, 2004, filmmaker Michael Moore launched the documentary “Fahrenheit 9/11,” slamming the Bush Administration for the post-9/11 wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The movie gained the Palme d’Or, the best award given on the Cannes Movie Competition, and finally turned the best grossing documentary ever.
On July 13, 2004, rapper Jadakiss delivered “Why,” together with the controversial 9/11 reference, “Why did Bush knock down the Towers? Why you round them cowards?”
On Dec. 5, 2006, rapper Eminem launched the tune “Public Enemy #1,” which featured the tribute lyric, “I can really feel the tremors great, in remembrance of September eleventh.”
On April 28, 2006, Paul Greengrass directed “United 93” concerning the heroic efforts of the passengers on flight United 93 to overhaul their hijackers and crash the aircraft in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The movie was nominated for 2 Oscars, together with Greatest Director.
On Aug. 9, 2006, Oliver Stone directed “World Commerce Heart” starring Nicolas Cage and Michael Peña as New York Metropolis Port Authority Officers who survived the buildings’ collapse. The movie gained the Freedom of Expression Award by the Nationwide Board of Evaluation.
WTOP’s Jason Fraley remembers 9/11 popular culture (Half 2)