Reason TV: The 5th Annual Nanny of the Year Awards: Jailing Photogs, Banning Chipotle, and Halle Berry!


For the past 60 months, Reason TV has named a "Nanny of the Month" calling out a range of busybodies who are way too busy minding your business (for the full playlist, go here).

We also crown a Nanny of the Year. Here's this year's awards ceremony, hosted by the inimitable Ted Balaker, who also produces our Nanny features. Original release date was December 26, 2013 and the original writeup is below the fold.

At Reason TV's 5th Annual Nanny of the Year Awards, we recognize those who devote their lives to telling us how to run ours! The nominees for 2013 are trailblazers who insist on breaking barriers that would have been politically impossible to confront just a short time ago.

Why stop at banning smoking in public places? Let's criminalize the dirty deed and throw smokers behind bars, says Oregon State Rep. Mitch Greenlick. (Greenlick also champions prison reform, declaring that we need a "more rational way to decide who gets imprisoned.")

Why stop at cracking down on traditional fast food joints like McDonald's? Let's kick it up a notch and outlaw "fast casual" restaurants like Chipotle, says Eastchester, New York Supervisor Anthony Colavita. (Eastchester is "a very upscale community," Colavitaexplains. "You can go get your sandwich in Larchmont. We aren't going to cheapen the town with fast food or these formula fast-quick casual places.")

While we're at it, let's make photography a crime! After all, celebrities deserve to be protected from the annoying aspects of their life choices, like dealing with the paparazzi, and anyhow we'd really be doing it (all together now!) for the children (well, for the children of celebrities and politicians, at least), says our first bonafide A-list nominee–actor, humanitarian, and lobbyist Halle Berry.

All our nominees recognize that they stand on the shoulders of giants, giants like the recently termed out New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, whom we salute with a (sort of) lifetime achievement award.

Kick off awards season with the awards show that's 99 percent shorter than all the rest!

3 minutes, 13 seconds.

Follow Nanny of the Month on Twitter (@NannyoftheMonth) and submit your nominees for next month!

Nanny of the Year is written and produced by Ted Balaker (@tedbalaker). Motion graphics and research by Matt Edwards (@MattChrisEd). Camera by Zach Weissmueller. Opening graphics by Austin Bragg.

To watch previous episodes, go here.