Manatee Williams was put in a big zugzwang–she could either keep her name, thus continuing to honor her father (a 55-year-old sea cow) and ruining her chances to host “Meat Cat” on NBC…OR she could change her name to become more telegenic and disgrace the gentle giant from whose loins she was sired. What to do?
I contemplated the zugzwang with which I was riddled : buy a Spice Swiveler from a telegenic QVC angel and it breaks in a week or resist commercial temptation and never know what may have been.
After Will Smith kicked Shirley off the Fresh Prince reunion show, she was faced with a zugzwang to beat all zugzwangs: does she listen to Mr. Smith, go against all her better judgements and get the back alley nosejob that he insists will make her telegenic enough to play his mistress on the show? Or does she roofie his lunchtime martini, shove a lit cigar up his butt, and sell the pictures to the highest bidder?