Writing “Shame Days” is harder than it looks. You gotta find a subject that’s extensive enough to merit an entire post of ranting without it being so reprehensible as to leave you speechless (Scott Lively, you satanic **********er, I’m looking at you). With that in mind, and as it’s rapidly approaching 9:00 PM as I write these words, we’re going to revisit an old subject that I personally don’t think got the lashing they deserve.
So who’s being drawn and quartered today?
It was in the title of this piece, so I guess the question’s pretty dang redundant.
“Your Fave is Problematic” is a Tumblr blog devoted, much like these Shame Day posts, to calling out celebrities and artists who the authors view as having committed bigotry in some form or another. Evan and I have both briefly touched on these guys, with us generally concluding that while noble in intent, they tend to be a bit extreme in their measures of what is and isn’t acceptable. Evan specifically stated that “I truly believe that Your Fave Is Problematic is doing a good thing”, however, after myself digging through their blog a bit more, I really just can’t say the same.
These guys are *******es.
Let me break it down here. Continue reading
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GORDON: Friends, Romans, countrymen, this post is being written by the rocket’s red glare. Or whatever they have in Canada- not usually a nation I associate with explosives.
EVAN: Funnily enough, it’s my turn to do the intro.
GORDON: Your intros are bad, and you should feel bad.
EVAN: I mean, you’re not wrong. [ . . . ] Is this part of the thing?
GORDON: Yes. The audience will find this little bit amusing and endearing.
EVAN: It’s actually funny that you mention my country and explosives given that it sounds like a literal war zone outside. Happy Canada Day, everyone. What better time to discuss the topic of patriotism?
GORDON: With the rapid approach of July 4th, no better time at all. Though perhaps you could enlighten our readers south of the wall as to what exactly Canada Day is…
EVAN: It’s . . . Canadian Independence Day. That’s pretty much it. An opportunity for those close to the border to catch some lovely fireworks three days early. I’ve never celebrated the 4th down south, but I can only assume they more or less work roughly the same way.
GORDON: If you mean hamburgers and standing around in a mosquito ridden park for four hours waiting for a deeply underwhelming fireworks display, then yes.
EVAN: That’s it. That’s exactly it. Continue reading
Posted in America, Canada, Culture War Correspondence
Tagged 4th of July, America, Canada, Canada Day, celebration, flags, GIF, human-rights, jingoism, patriotic, patriotism, pride, TCK
GORDON: Well people, we did, at long last and after many a tearful plea, get suggestions for this week’s topic.
It was all of a whoppin’ two, but hey- progress is progress.
EVAN: That being said, today we are going to turn our sights on a topic presented by Hannah, one that all three of us in particular can relate to:
I’d like to hear your take on what it’s like to be a TCK, whether it’s possible to really be a “global citizen”, and how you make judgements (if you can) across cultures.
For those of you who didn’t know, “TCK” stands for “third culture kid,” a little something we know about seeing as a) we were from one culture before b) being implanted into another culture and c) not finding ourselves fitting fully into either created a third.
That’s sort of the dictionary definition of things, anyway.
Posted in America, Asia, Canada, Evan and Gordon Talk, Youth
Tagged America, American, Canada, Canadian, Chinese New Year, Cross Cultural, Cultural, Culture, David Pollock, East, elderly, gloabl citizen, global citizen, Honor, Hospitality, irish, Italian, Italian-American, middle-east, New Year, Philippines, Relatvism, St. Patrick's Day, subculture, Syria, TCK, Thailand, Third Culture Kid, travel, west