By Alan Pergament
While watching ousted Los Angeles Clippers Owner Donald Sterling's failed attempt at damage control during his interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper carried Monday night, I couldn't help but think of how much life imitated art.
After Sterling said some reprehensible things about the personal life of NBA legend Magic Johnson and his commitment to the African-American community, I went on Twitter and tweeted: "Alicia Florrick should have prepared Donald Sterling better for the interview with Anderson."
The tweet was meant for fans of "The Good Wife."
On Sunday night's episode, Florrick, played by Julianna Margulies, sat in horror as an old billionaire played by veteran actor Tom Skerritt, said some horrible things in a TV interview that were bound to cost him some goodwill with jurors about to be selected for a trial with millions at stake.
After the first time Skerritt's character went off script and compared his situation with that of Anne Frank, Florrick brought in a Holocaust survivor to set him straight about the offensiveness of the comment.
The billionaire eventually apologized in a second interview before he went off-script again and said something else offensive that required Florrick to go into damage control again.
The fictional billionaire's behavior was airing on TV on the same day that Cooper apparently interviewed the 80-year-old Sterling without any lawyers or public relations people around him in his first TV interview since the National Basketball Association banned him for life.
One imagines Sterling's lawyers, his public relations people and any friends he might still have after his recorded racist comments were made public a few weeks ago cringed in horror as Florrick did in "The Good Wife."