Ms. Swan's ethnicity and native country are unclear. In one sketch, it is revealed that Ms. Swan is from the fictional country of Kouvaria, near the North Pole. Although in one sketch, where she is leaving a chain of her salons, the setting of the area is very asian. MADtv execs insist the character was based on the singer, Björk (she was compared to Björk in one sketch, and was referred to as Icelandic by the Vancome Lady in another, and wore Björk's infamous swan dress in another). When a man asked her where she was from, she replied that she lived Downtown. One sketch shows Ms. Swan being fluent in Spanish, while using an ATM. She told a man in a bar that her mother was Spanish, but her father was from Space. In Swan: The Homecoming , a movie that she made with Garry Marshall, her father was played by Mark Hamill and it was implied that she had another sister: Marsha. Kitty Swan was also introduced as her sister in another sketch, but the sister's may be 1 person; named "Kitty-Marsha." Borstein claims that the character was at least partially inspired by her Hungarian grandmother. In an early sketch, the character was supposed to have been a wigmaker. In another sketch, Ms. Swan goes to a restaurant with her sister, Kitty, to meet two American men, and the two converse in Hungarian and Czech.
But from whom? John Roethlisberger, a three-time Olympian, didn’t say. The name “Martha Karolyi,” which has been mainstay of NBC broadcasts for the past 16 years— What’s Martha thinking? Will Martha put her on the team —was mentioned just once during the two hour event. The Karolyis and USA Gymnastics have spent the year since the Olympic Games in Rio fighting lawsuits connected to the national team training camps held at the Karolyi Ranch, where former team physician Larry Nassar allegedly sexually abused gymnasts. Many have alleged that the emotionally abusive environment created by the former Romanian coaches enabled Nassar to sexually assault gymnasts for years before being stopped.
In 2002, Common released his fifth album, Electric Circus . The album was highly anticipated and praised by many critics for its ambitious vision. However, it was not as commercially successful as his previous album, Like Water for Chocolate , selling under 300,000 copies. An eclectic album, Electric Circus featured fusions of several genres such as hip hop, pop, rock, electronic, and neo soul. The album's style tended to divide critics; some praised its ambitious vision while others criticized it for the same reason. Most of the criticism tended to revolve around the album's experimental nature; some felt Common had strayed too far from his previous sound. This was Common's second and last album for MCA, and the label's final release prior to its absorption into Geffen Records.