Thursday, July 31, 2008
It scary to see the young generation become a host for the American Apparel/MTV alien pods. Everywhere I go, I see some poor child trying to keep up with the hot look. And although it's nothing new, this trendy bus seems to have more on board, going nowhere.
Today, after seeing more clones I jumped on the nets and ran into a couple of articles hitting on this subject. From Gawker, I was led to AdBusters. The article, Hipster: The Dead End of the Western Civilization, opened my eyes to more about this madness. The main line for me, was this statement:
Take a stroll down the street in any major North American or European city and you’ll be sure to see a speckle of fashion-conscious twentysomethings hanging about and sporting a number of predictable stylistic trademarks: skinny jeans, cotton spandex leggings, fixed-gear bikes, vintage flannel, fake eyeglasses and a keffiyeh – initially sported by Jewish students and Western protesters to express solidarity with Palestinians, the keffiyeh has become a completely meaningless hipster cliché fashion accessory.
I asked one of my students about this look. He told me that it's a statement. And I asked, what is the statement? He said it means we are independent and revolutionary, then I said, "yeah, right." Revolutionary? Independent? No sweetie, it's neither of those things. Following a crowd isn't a sign of independence and spending tons of money at American Apparel is far from starting a revolution. But how did those words translate to this?
Punk was a revolution, Real Rap was a revolution, burning bras was an act of social change, looking like Kayne West and Lauren Conrad are not. I feel that being a original is almost like being a pixie. A pixie doesn't exist and the act of being original is almost there as well. The idea of a hipster is a lost concept. These folks just blend in, fade in the sea of blah. Where's the excitement? What is the meaning and the reason behind this? Are they just lazy or is this the statement of this generation? I hope not.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Are you kidding me? McCain, what in the hell are you doing? Are you trying to lose? Who does this type of crap. This is what Perez Hilton would do, not a war vet senator. I can't believe this, I've been away for a couple of days and this is what I have to come back to.
This is interesting and sad. Patric Ian Henn, a Long Beach blogger and Web video producer known as "Boy About Town," was arrested for foolishness. He was receiving funds from the American Red Cross and other relief organizations following the 9/11. Patric claimed that he lost his partner during the tragedy. But, he didn't have one, so he was caught and had to pay back all the money he got.
But he didn't, he moved down here in the area and basically became someone else. However, he was caught and now remains behind bars until his hearing on Aug. 8. Such a shame! Why would he do that, runaway, and then post his silly ass all on TV and the net. This mess-o-man should have known better. Hopefully he can get some help.
Nike pulled their foolish balls in the face ad after several concerns. Gawker hit the nail on the head while other bloggers and groups struck back. Nike knew better, I guess they need to stop hiring their frat buddies and get qualified ads folks on the job.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Rick Ross is a FAKE! For some reason, he wants to be known as a drug dealing fool, however it seems he never was. The Smoking Gun and Stereohyped found out that he used to be a Florida prison guard. Ross tried to deny it, but TSG confirmed it.
This shows the ignorance and stupidity of these fake hustlers. But it also shows the reasons why Black men are in crisis. In order to be successful in the rap game, he's willing to sell himself as a drug dealer rather than a guy with a honest job. It's disgusting, foolish, weak, and filled with malarkey.
What Ross is doing is so wrong on many points. He continuing the stereotype of Black men, selling his soul for a profit, lying to himself and us, thinking drug selling is the golden ticket, and making a fool of himself. Being a drug dealer doesn't make you a man or someone important. And lying about it makes you look lower than low. I think it's time to put rap on strike until conditions improve.
Straight for Comic Con, Sam Raimi confirmed there will be another, Evil Dead! The Geeks of Doom shared this piece from Raimi:
“I love working with Bruce Campbell and he’s like Allison [Lohman, star of Raimi’s Drag Me To Hell]. He’s super willing to do anything to make it right. He’s a very funny guy, but mostly he’s got this quality where he will physically do anything to get the shot done right, so I would love to work with Bruce again because I’d love to test those limits. I’d love to make another Evil Dead picture. And actually that’s in the wheelhouse. I’d like to work on it with my brother Ivan [Raimi] when he comes up next week.“
So, we will see demons, crazy killings, and Bruce's chin soon.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Needing attention, Ann Coulter, the Giraffe Woman went after John Edwards again. She said he's faggy, for what, I don't know. But it seems since she's no longer wanted by her own peeps and she's not as popular as Michelle Malkin, Ann is willing to do anything to be heard.
It's sad and desperate, Ann, and since you have nothing to offer anyone, it's off to the Phantom Zone with you.
Now if that could really happen, I would be very happy.
I watched this special last week with no expectations. I thought I knew the issues, but I was wrong. The issues are worse than I thought and the job isn't close to being done. The issues of Black women and men are at times, one in the same, or a part of each others' dilemmas.
We are in crisis and it seems it's not changing. Black men are trying to be men through foolish images and Black women are left with a few options, let alone opportunities. One of their biggest and fast paying gig is a video vixen, and that comes with sexism and mess.
And the statistics are the ones that hurt.
- 45 percent of black women in America have never been married, compared with 23 percent of white women, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey in 2006.
- Black women outnumber black men almost 2-to-1 in higher education. But white women are also surpassing white men in college enrollment and completion, according to the National Center on Education Statistics.
- There is more Black Men in jail than in college.
- Many Black kids drop out of school
Well after the craziness, madness, costumes, stars,and Joss Whedon, I'm back in L.A. The Comic Con was a blast. I got a lot for $30 and although I was worn out by the end of the day, I will do it again.
Here are some highlights:
- Joss is amazing
- Nathan Fallon is hot!
- David Boreanaz is also hot!
- Twilight was a big, big thing.
- He-Man is coming back.
- G.I. Joes are also making a comeback.
- The Watchmen are the new Batman.
- A lot of folks were dressed as Gambit, White Queen, Jean Grey, and pirates.
- Gareth and John from the BBC show, Torchwood are very handsome and nice.
- Comic books are higher there, than ebay.
- People there were very nice and respectful.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Sometimes it's easy to forget what we have as gay people in America. We are very fortunate, although it seems tough being gay and being out. But today, I realize that we are far better than the LGBT community in Iraq.
To be gay there, is almost a death sentence. There is no true support or effective outlet that can help them through their development. It is like they are a plague and people have no problems doing whatever to get rid of it.
In an U.N. report on Human Rights, there was a statement that haunts me. "Militias are reportedly threatening families of men believed to be homosexual, stating that they will begin killing family members unless the men are handed over or killed by the family."
Other statements were mentioned in this CNN article.
One man said he considers gays no different from "criminals and terrorists." Another claimed homosexuality was "illegal under Islamic law, and they [gays] should be punished by law like criminals."
People here feel the same way, but I feel in Iraq these beliefs can become actions of horror. My heart goes out to our fellow LGBT community in Iraq. I hope peace will find you.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
They are trying to remake The Rocky Horror Picture Show! MTV why do you insist in destroying the world? What have we done to you?
Here some info from Variety: The Two-hour remake will use the original screenplay by Jim Sharman and Richard O'Brien but may also include music not featured in the original.
This is bad! This is really bad! I can't see this being successful. This movie is one of the ones that can't be touched. I may need to unleash on Pazuzu on MTV studios for this!
Today is the day of surveys. This one is interesting and sad all in one. Queerty.com and Marketing Vox revealed the results from the Harris Interactive group's survey about the LGBT community and trends.
Among gay men, more than half (53 percent) report that they like to keep up with the latest styles and trends, compared with fewer than one-third (30 percent) of heterosexual men. In the earlier survey, 39 percent of gay men said so, compared with 32 percent of heterosexual males.
The survey also shows 45 percent of gay and lesbian adults say they tend to upgrade to the latest model or version of a product, compared with one-third (33 percent) of heterosexual adults.
Among gay men, nearly half (49 percent) report they tend to upgrade to the latest model or version of a product, compared with 35 percent of heterosexual men.
The info was, for me, a setback. I like to think we are ahead of the times, not following along.
A question to the gay readers. When you go to the doctor's office and he/she ask you personal questions, are you answering them truthfully or to the best of your knowledge?
Well according to this article, a lot folks are not telling the Doc everything.
- A survey of 452 New York City men who had had sex with other men within the past year found that 39 percent had not disclosed their sexual orientation to their doctors.
- While 78 percent of the men who had sex with men and identified themselves as homosexual said they had discussed their sexuality with their doctors, none of the men who had sex with men but identified themselves as bisexual had told their doctors.
- 60 percent of black men who had sex with other men said they had not discussed their sex lives with their doctors, compared with 48 percent of Hispanic men, 47 percent of Asian men and 19 percent of white men.
- Men who were 28 or older were more like than younger men (69 percent vs. 52 percent) to be out to their providers. Those born in the United States were more likely than immigrant men to disclose their practices, and those who were better educated disclosed at higher rates than the less educated.
The Repubs' letter to The New York Times.
July 23, 2008
Mr. David Shipley
Op-Ed Page Editor The New York Times
620 Eighth Avenue New York, NY 10018
Dear Mr. Shipley: We write to you out of great concern regarding the New York Times Op-Ed page's recent decision to reject an op-ed submitted by Senator John McCain, the Republican candidate for President. Senator McCain's op-ed was in response to one published by the Times on July 14th by the presumptive Democrat nominee, Senator Barack Obama, regarding his plan for Iraq.
This unfortunate and alarming decision occurs at a time when the candidates, and the nation they are campaigning to serve, are engaged in a critical debate regarding the future of Iraq, and particularly whether there should be a timetable for withdrawal or a measured troop presence for the foreseeable future to maintain stability in the country and the region.
A timely opinion piece by a presidential candidate is an important piece of information that Americans can use to measure the candidates and their respective positions. Moreover, a national publication such as the Times has a clear obligation to provide equal access to its Op-Ed page to both candidates, regardless of whether the Times' Op-Ed editors personally disagree with the content of their submissions, to convey fairness by the paper and to help further the national debate.
In his op-ed, Senator Obama addresses the differences between his position and Senator McCain's position on Iraq, and responds to the criticisms leveled by the McCain campaign. The Times readership, and indeed the public, deserves an equal chance to read Senator McCain's response on the same editorial page. Instead of providing that opportunity to your readership in the Op-Ed page, your email response to the McCain campaign rejecting the Senator's opinion submission stated:
"It would be terrific to have an article from Senator McCain that mirrors Senator Obama's piece… It would also have to lay out a clear plan for achieving victory – with troops levels, timetables and measures for compelling the Iraqis to cooperate. And it would need to describe the Senator's Afghanistan strategy, spelling out how it meshes with his Iraq plan."
While it is commonplace for newspaper editorial pages to limit the topic and length of submitted material, your email crosses the line by presuming to tell Senator McCain how and what to write in his submission in order to win the favor of the Times Op-Ed editors.
The perceived lack of fairness and equal access shown by the Times Op-Ed page in this incident is particularly unfortunate, as it comes at a time when polls show that a sizeable percentage of Americans identify a clear Democrat bias in the national media. A recent Rasmussen Reports poll shows that 49% of respondents believe the media will actively attempt to assist Senator Obama's campaign, compared to just 14% who say the media will try to help Senator McCain. With this in mind, one would think conveying impartiality would be particularly important in this specific instance for an op-ed page currently edited by a former speechwriter for former President Bill Clinton.
If, despite this alarming indictment of the media's integrity by the American public, you refuse to provide Senator McCain the opportunity to explain his views as he wrote it, as opposed to how you want it, we would strongly urge you to permit a third party the purchase of ad space in your newspaper as a second-best means of responding to Senator Obama's essay, so that Senator McCain's views can be read unfiltered, perhaps at the same reduced rated enjoyed by the liberal 501(c)(3) group MoveOn.org when it ran its disgraceful ad regarding General David Petraeus last September.
Given the critical importance of the nation's Iraq policy in the context of the upcoming Presidential election, Senator McCain – and the American people – deserve nothing less.
This sounds like a person who was 1st runner-up in a County Fair Pageant and desperately wants Queen.
Throughout the year, I have heard about the middle class feeling ignored and left out. For awhile, I've been reading a lot about this issue and realized it involved several different matters to this claim. One small issue, in particular, is the lack of acknowledgement on TV.
Does this matter? Yes, I think it does. Thinking back in my hey day, there were a plethora of middle class/family/blue collar television. We had Maude, Good Times, Family Ties, Valerie and Valerie's Family, Mama's Family, Family Matters, Cosby Show, Alice, Roseanne, Thea and more. Although those families were different, most people or families could identify with one or more of these shows. Somewhat regular families were visible and diverse on the tube. But all of that seemed to vanish several years down the road. Now the TV world is full of rich, white, myopic, sassy, ghetto, pimp-ish, superheroes with bad acting chops. But nothing about the family, barely anything at all.
CNN.com asked about lack of family comedies. But it's deeper than that, there is a lack of family funnies, but there's nothing on the "average" family. I'm talking the single parents, the big mama famlies, the families with an extra cousin and others who have bills to pay and real problems. Because they are not seen, it sends a message that this type of family is not interesting or valid. And this could make middle class/blue collar families feel left out. Now, this may be a long shot, but I think it plays a part in the ills of our middle class. It's very small compared to the major issues that beset their family's lives, but it can have an impact.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
People are highly upset about the new Nike ad. Is it homophobic? Racist? Or just silly. I think it's silly and I can see the homophobic foolishness in it, but I guess I'm bother by the way they did it.
Any good ads person should think about the implications at all cost. I remember in my ads courses, how you must be aware of any possible backlash or potential matters that negatively reflects on the company. Is this poor planning or a cheap attempt to draw attention?
Whatever it is, it's wrong, because I enjoy being with a cute sweaty guy. And I think there are millions of others who feel the same way.
Sad stuff today. Estelle Getty dies this morning about 5:30 a.m. at her Hollywood Boulevard home.
"She was loved throughout the world in six continents, and if they loved sitcoms in Antarctica she would have been loved on seven continents," her son said. "She was one of the most talented comedic actresses who ever lived."
She will be missed.
I can't believe this! was arrested because of accusations that he assaulted his sister and mother. Please say it isn't so, I would be hurt by this. A lot a people will be hurt by this. He's always kept a good image... why now? And why this? I hope they get to bottom of this soon.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Surfing the nets can be damaging. Today I learned about a possible Scream 4, yes folks, Scream 4.
Jamie Kennedy, was in the series said this:
"I actually had a conversation with somebody very big in the organization, and there’s a way," he tells iF. "I don’t know what’s going to happen, but they have plans for a lot of things. You can see new faces that you wouldn’t expect and you can see old faces that you wouldn’t believe. There’s a way to bring a lot of things around."
When asked if director Wes Craven would be involved, Kennedy confirmed that it's "the only way they're going to do it."
I'm begging Wes not to do it. Keep the series the way it is, no more additions, Scream 3 was pushing it, a fourth will kill it dead. And what else can be done, is there a sister, Sydney never knew? Or her mother is a zombie! Who knows, who cares.
I was floored by this article on 365gay.com
A police report filed by the teenager and obtained by The Anderson Independent newspaper said that the father yelled, swung the bat and tried to “cast the demon of homosexuality out of him."
I can't understand why, why a faith like this has such foolishness within it. I feel cheated in my younger years of watching SuperBook and going to Bible study. I was taught that God is love, and Jesus was the example of that love. But Jesus didn't beat Judas, Mary, or any other person that opposed him. So where did they get it all twisted? Why is this boy getting this abuse from his father? It's so hard to believe in this faith when things like this happens. When does "God" really step into the picture?
John "Papa Smurf" McCain and his campaign are a little upset about the coverage Obama's getting for his rock star international tour. Funny thing actually, because it was McCain's idea for Obama to go overseas.
McCain's group called foul about the Obama's rock star treatment, because he didn't get the same thing. Then recently, Obama wrote "My Plan for Iraq", which was published in The New York Times. McCain tried to do the same thing, but it was rejected for lack of a plan.
Now, McCain is hatin' on everyone, mostly The New York Times for being biased. But McCain needs to realize, if you have nothing to say, who wants to hear it? His messages are nothing new and it almost mirrors Bush's plan. So basically, he saying nothing we haven't heard. There are other reports that details his message about the war. This is Obama's first attempt of a plan, so of course it will get noticed.
And if McCain was so concerned about his media coverage, maybe he should...oh, I don't know, have something new and newsworthy to talk about. McCain barely knows much about economics, history, or who's on his side. And when he does, it because they said something silly or too real for our ears. And speaking of silly, his new ad against Obama is ridiculous. He's blaming Obama for high gas prices. I find this low and tedious for McCain. It almost seems desperate.
Well it took forever, but a federal appeals court on Monday threw out a $550,000 indecency fine against for the 2004 halftime show with Janet Jackson's famous performance of "wardrobe malfunction" with Justin Suckerlake.
I thought it was too much, considering the ads on penis issues and liquor that escaped their wrath. Oh the FCC, I hope this was wake-up call for them. Kids have seen worst and what Janet did wasn't all that. But I'm a huge Janet fan so I'm very biased about this. Still, it's good news.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Obama is like Jesus right now!
Bat eats Spider and probably sinks the Titanic.
The White Flight is over, they're coming back!
Instead of saving Long John Silvers or the Sizzler, folks want their Starbucks.
Send DMX to the Phantom Zone, and be done with it!
The human spirit is always amazing.
Steve Wiebe is going after the ape, again.
There's Horror in Hollywood.