You should all know by now that I’m one of the last people to be up to speed on current events in the political sphere. Having said that, I do pay attention to the news in my Facebook sidebar, which is how I found out that three days ago Michelle Obama joined her significant other on his trip to Saudi Arabia to pay respects to the recently deceased King Abdullah.
Oh yeah, and she also didn’t wear a head covering of any kind.
Now look, before we really dive into this I should probably remind everyone that being the spouse of a world leader is no cakewalk. To pick just one example out of many, Michelle Obama [referred to by full name to avoid confusion] announced the Best Picture winner at the 2013 Oscars. This prompted Conservative columnist Jennifer Rubin to share that:
“There is a sense of going too far and too much and becoming so ubiquitous that people don’t consider you something special. She is the first lady for goodness sakes. She’s not just a Hollywood celebrity.”
It’s a statement which . . . okay, it’s ridiculous. I would explore that further, especially the comment about the inherent celebrity within the status of POTUS and all related to the person in that role, but I just wanted to illustrate the fact that Michelle Obama is under a lot of scrutiny all of the time about everything. Continue reading
Posted in fashion, feminism, politics, Travel
Tagged #ميشيل_أوباما_سفو, criticism, feminism, First Lady, FLOTUS, funeral, head covering, King Abdullah, Michelle Obama, middle-east, modesty, niqab, politics, respect, saudi arabia, Veil
It’s my understanding that later this week Evan will be providing some cutting observations on the state of Tumblr [I make no promises -Evan.], especially in regards to its role as a haven of intrepid social justice and/or goose-stepping political correctness. While I’m guessing there might be some overlap in our posts, I figured I’d try to lay the groundwork here.
Not too long ago, readers, I stumbled across a garish little webpage dedicated to celebrating the “WISDOM OF THE LAKOTA”. In florid terms, the site noted the Sioux’s dedication to nature, their exemplary thriftiness, and their peace-loving nature.
There’s plenty of things you could say about the old Lakota tribes- that they were “peaceful” isn’t one of ‘em. For *****’s sake, Lakota translates to “The Enemy”. One does not become synonymous with war by handing out daisy chains and Hallmark cards.
“We come bearing the pointy sticks of friendship!”
Now this wasn’t the first time I had seen that very list. A few months earlier, I had come across the exact same one, only this time it was attributed to the Cherokee. And not long before that, I had seen it posted as a set of Cheyenne commandments. And Iroquois, and Cree, and Blackfoot, and so on. Continue reading
Posted in art, bizarreness, Christianity, morality, race
Tagged Art Spiegelman, criticism, fantasization, germany, guilt, Holocaust, justice, Lakota, law, maus, microaggression, microagressions, Nationalism, nationality, nazi, Noble Savage, orientalism, political correctness, pride, privlege, race, racism, Scandinavia and the World, shame, Sioux, white guilt, white-washing, Whiter Liberal Guilt
There were just so many angles from which to approach American Sniper. One of them is, of course, within the context of the Oscars, especially when set in stark contrast with the amount of nominations Selma received [or didn’t receive, as it were]. Another is as the whitewashing of both a man who took great joy in taking lives and the war he fought in. While both are important, the latter more so in my opinion, I will actually be focusing on neither.
As I so often do on this blog, I will instead be writing on and cataloguing a number of reactions to the film [which I haven’t personally seen], some of which you can see below-
Posted in America, film, race, religion
Tagged ADC, America, American Sniper, biogtry, criticism, hatred, hero, Inglorious Basterds, Iraq, Military, nazi, quentin tarantino, race, racism, Rania Khalek, reaction, Red Dawn, Seth Rogen, The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, Twitter, USA, villain
I love watching comedies when I’m in school. It allows me to check out mentally on those days when I feel like I can’t seem to turn off my brain. Although I am looking for thoughtless fluff, I still want to avoid straight-up terrible writing and plots. This makes my comedy search a little more difficult. Luckily, John and I came across Galavant, which provides what I am looking for in at least the following five ways.
1.It’s funny, without being offensive
I hate Seth MacFarlane. Just don’t like the guy at all. Yet his form of humour (i.e. let’s see how far we can push the line without getting in too much trouble) seems to dominate contemporary comedy. There certainly have been times when I have laughed at Family Guy or American Dad, but more often than not they leave me with a sour taste in my mouth.
One of the only gif’s from Family Guy that made me laugh instead of cringe.
I still want something that will surprise me into laughing out loud, but I don’t want to only ever be surprised because the punch line was too offensive for me to be expecting it.
Unlike McFarlane’s shows, Galavant is all about pushing around puns and being- well, for lack of a better word- silly. After being bombarded with jokes that make fun of real life trauma, it’s nice to be able to laugh at something because it’s just silly.
“Maybe they’re up your butt”
Posted in Comedy, music, television
Tagged American Dad, cameos, diversity, Family Guy, Friends, funny, Galavant, How I Met Your Mother, humour, John Stamos, Karen David, Luke Youngblood, Medieval, New Girl, offensive, puns, Richy Gervais, Seth MacFarland, silly, The Mindy Project, third-wheel, Weird Al Yankovich, whitewash, Xanax, your-mom