Ashley Morris (blogger)

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Ashley Morris (1963 – April 2, 2008) was a New Orleans cultural and political blogger and a professor of computer science at DePaul University in Chicago (commuting between the two cities during the school semester).[1] He was a prolific blogger, commenting on New Orleans culture and politics, often critical of the status quo. He became popular through a series of post-Katrina blog posts that dealt with the destruction caused by the hurricane and the efforts to rebuild New Orleans. One post in particular, entitled "Fuck You You Fucking Fucks"[2] earned Morris a great deal of notoriety and inspired an "FYYFF" T-shirt.[3]

He was a very big fan of David Simon and The Wire and wrote a blog, along with Ray Shea, devoted to the show.[3][4] Simon learned of Morris' writings on The Wire and of his writings on New Orleans while Morris was still alive, and has called Morris "a very passionate, very blunt, very funny, but very honest voice about the anger and the isolation that the people in New Orleans felt."[5] Simon later used Morris as the inspiration for the character Creighton Bernette, an English professor and blogger played by John Goodman, in his series Treme, even quoting Morris' blog for some of Goodman's dialogue.[3][6]

Morris died of a heart attack on April 2, 2008 while in Florida settling some minor legal issues.[1]

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  1. ^ a b "Chris Rose: We'll Miss the Blogger Next Door". nola.com. 2008. Retrieved 2010-08-20.
  2. ^ ""Fuck you, you fucking fucks", made famous in the movie blue velvet, blog entry by Ashley Morris". Archived from the original on 11 May 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-09.
  3. ^ a b c "Meet Ashley Morris: The Real Creighton Bernette from 'Treme'". TV Squad. 2010. Archived from the original on 24 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-20.
  4. ^ "Blogger Ashley Morris provides some of the words for John Goodman's 'Treme' character". nola.com. 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-20.
  5. ^ "David Simon Interview TREME". Collider. 2010. Archived from the original on 10 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-20.
  6. ^ "Interview: 'Treme' co-creator David Simon post-mortems season one". HitFix. 2010. Archived from the original on 12 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-20.

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