Education, Health & Wellness, Life, Music

What Else Stinks: Rave News’ Reporting

Rave News is self-described as have been “started as a fun project to share some current and past rave stories with people.”  I don’t have a problem with blogs reporting news, but I do have a problem with fraudulent reporting.  Below is an article posted in March that has been recently brought to my attention via my Facebook Newsfeed.

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The problem with this article is not the “blaming of the parents.”  It’s not that the author throws the “ingredients” of the drug out in the open.  It’s the unattributed source of the photo.

Pointed out by a comment on the article:

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The photo selected by the author of the article is of a patient with Stevens-Johnson syndrome.  This is a disease, according to MayoClinic.com,  “…is a rare, serious disorder in which your skin and mucous membranes react severely to a medication or infection. Often, Stevens-Johnson syndrome begins with flu-like symptoms, followed by a painful red or purplish rash that spreads and blisters, eventually causing the top layer of your skin to die and shed.”

A simple Google Search can bring you this photo:

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The author of this article is trying to create a public panic about the drug/party scene.  From backlash of songs about molly (MDMA) to the death toll at Electric Zoo, the drug-infused party scene is chalk-full of cautionary tales.

The public does not need scare-tactics from a blog to know that the home-made morphine, Krokodil, is a dangerous concoction.  By posing as a legitimate source of news warning of the dangers of this drug,  Rave News poses a legitimate threat to their readers.

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Education, Entertainment, Health & Wellness, Life, Movies, Music, Television

Ridiculous Celebrity Quotes

We know some celebrities are trying to pass off their life styles as something to buy into *cough cough* Gwyneth Paltrow *cough cough* Blake Lively…  but here are some celebrities who can simply inspire us mortals with their wise words of wisdom.  Wonderful.

Jaden

When it comes to education, President Obama should continue his Jaden Smith talks… obviously.  A believer in extraterrestrials and son of legendary actor Will Smith, this boy wonder says drop the books and turn your ear to high-profile interviews.  You know, because your brain can simply absorb their smarts and make you smart…  duh.

Taylor

Singer Taylor Swift is known for her break-ups and make-ups and her stalker tactics when it comes to her pursuits of the heart.  But all is fair in love and war, right?  When your love begins with researching what your beau can do for your career and ends with a hit song for your next album…  it all becomes quite predictable, right?  Not so different, just insane.
Selena

Disney’s wicked actress turned songstress Selena Gomez has one high profile romance already under her belt: the Biebs.  What is shocking to me is that Gomez doesn’t want a guy who is worried about being “cool.”  Contradiction in a pair of converse?  I think so.

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Actress turned lifestyle coach Gwyneth Paltrow doesn’t enjoy people judging her high-cost, high-profile lifestyle.  With a less-than-classy Vanity Fair portrayal stirring up controversy in her heavenly world, Paltrow’s stock is in threat.  Her peachy-keen, squeaky-clean image is about to go dumpster diving but that won’t put her perfectly chiseled face in a frown.  Back down, peasants.  She’ll keep on keeping on with her detox diets and healthy living.  You can just go eat some high-sugar, highly-saturated-fat fat-cake.  Fatty.

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I have many bones to pick with Justin Beiber, but we can just talk about his “arrogance” for today.  One of the most conceited boys in the entertainment industry (besides, obviously, Kanye West), the Beibs believes he’s like really, really ridiculously good-looking.  With his girlish face and pre-pubescent physique, this Canadian singer makes teen girls swoon just with the sight of him.  Gag me with a spoon.

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Kylie Jenner hails from the Kardashian Clan but don’t let their attention-seeking antics fool you.  They’re good people… Role Models, even.  I mean, Kim Kardashian’s initial claim to fame was hanging with famous friends until her sex tape with rapper Ray J conveniently “leaked.”  Rather than have a bad thing keep a good girl down, she cashed in on reality television and roped in her whole family to ride her sexploited behind all the way to the bank.  Their “quality” television show and spin-offs every off-season portray them as simple, Jimmy-Choo-wearing folk who fly across the country on whims of party-hopping and clothing shopping.

That’s perfectly normal and something to look up to, right?

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Now, Miley shredded her Disney image and dived head first into her musical genius.  With an album titled Bangerz and songs like “#Getitright,” “FU” and “Love Money Party,” it’s hard to believe that this lyrical goddess can even top herself for her next album.  Music is obviously her life and she would die without it.  I think she’s being a bit over-dramatic but hey, she’s all about those theatrical performances… right?

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Education, Entertainment, Music, Politics

Wow, That Veronica Bayetti Flores (Not Lorde) Is Racist

When you pose as an open-minded “movement builder” but say, “the only radio stations I listen to are the local hip hop station and NPR,” you might as well take back the first statement.  Narrow-mindedness of those in the American media industry is not only a problem but an epidemic, but this is besides the point.

If you’re reading this and wondering who Veronica Bayetti Flores is, you probably haven’t read her recent blog post that has stirred up the question, “Is Lorde’s hit song Royals racist?”  The answer is a quick, no-explanation-necessary and firm “No,” but let’s just break it down for argument’s sake.

Flores writes, “Holy. Shit. What did this white girl just say?”  Note, Flores is the one to pull the race card and start a witch hunt.  She labels Lorde, whose real name is Ella Maria Lani Yelich-O’Connor, as a “white girl” and the song Royals as “deeply racist.”  She cites another song and states: If you grew up with holes in your zapatos you’d celebrate the minute you was having dough.”  Yes, this self-proclaimed femminist just quoted Jay-Z’s 99 Problems (which clearly says a “bitch” is not one of his problems).

This “particular kind of racism,” as she calls it, is the neglect of “critically (thinking) about the racial implications of the lyrics.”  Which are:

But every song’s like gold teeth, grey goose, trippin’ in the bathroom
Blood stains, ball gowns, trashin’ the hotel room,
We don’t care, we’re driving Cadillacs in our dreams.
But everybody’s like Cristal, Maybach, diamonds on your time piece.
Jet planes, islands, tigers on a gold leash.
We don’t care, we aren’t caught up in your love affair.

And we’ll never be royals.
It don’t run in our blood,
That kind of luxe just ain’t for us.
We crave a different kind of buzz.
Let me be your ruler,
You can call me queen Bee
And baby I’ll rule, I’ll rule, I’ll rule, I’ll rule.
Let me live that fantasy.

And for those of you who need to hear it and see it:

Here we have a young New Zealander magnifying the lifestyle pushed on the youth of the world- not just the United States.  We, the United States, have a global impact and our culture sells the “American Dream.”  To come from nothing and turn into something.  From rags to riches.  Our streets are paved with gold and merely walking them can bring great success and fortune.

This ideology is flawed, yet this gaudy impression of success is what our pop culture pushes.  Celebrating “the minute you was having dough” only means your success is 60 seconds so why not blow it on “Cristal, Maybach, diamonds on your time piece, jet planes, islands, tigers on a gold leash.”  This is not a “shit on black folks” or a “shit on rappers.”  This is a big, heaping, smelly dump on the idea that this is what 16 year-olds like Lorde should be singing.

This is a dog log thrown at Ke$ha.

This is a stool sample for LMFAO is nibble on.

This is a piece of cow pie for Lil Jon to be “Okay” with.

This is not about the color of your skin pigment.  This song is about the consumer-driven culture that has a choke-hold on the youth of today.

Veronica Bayetti Flores is a no-name lobbyist-hobbyist who needs a reality check, her ears checked and her eyes checked.  She is a hack who needs to step off of Lorde’s shoulders and make her own career on her own merit.

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Beauty, Entertainment, Fashion, Music

Madonna vs. Miley: Fashion Icon vs. Fashion Flop

With the current influx of Miley in Pop Culture news, I could not help but notice a heightened comparisson between the “reinvented” celebrity and the constantly evolving Queen of Pop, Madonna.

To clear things up, I wanted to lay out the obvious differences:

1.) (Now) Historic VMA Performances.

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Madonna- sporting a white wedding dress and performing her hit single, Like A Virgin.

Miley- sporting nude latex and a foam finger while performing her hit single, We Can’t Stop.

Obvious conclusion- We know who should have stopped.

2.) Ability to rock a leotard.

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Madonna- Regardless of her age, Madonna rocks a leotard in a classy, sexy way.  Her wardrobe choice is composed while still being fun.  She has the body and the confidence to pull this look off.

Miley- Her choice  is not only unflattering but unnecessary.  There is mesh just for the sake of having mesh.  And a bandanna because nothing could add to the outfit so you might as well detract from the outfit.

Obvious Conclusion-  Madonna has a timeless presence that cannot be topped by a young, fashion-challenged pop star.

3.) Studs.

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Madonna- Keeping in mind less is more, Madonna’s harder/more edgey look is completed by mixing two cultures: conservative and punk.  The studded blazer with chains and fishnets brings two opposite sides of culture harmoniously together.

Miley- With a cropped top and a cropped leather studded jacket, Miley attempts only to appear sexy by flashing her body.  A fashion choice made purely for attention, the clothes end up wearing Miley.

Obvious Conclusion- Miley dips into the “punk” scene by slapping on whatever will make headlines.  In my opinion, trending fashion should mean inspiring not disgusting fashion followers.

4.) Cropped Top.

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Madonna- In this photo selection, we see a young Madonna sporting her choice of cropped top.  Her message on her top, “Healthy,” promotes a conscious effort to be portrayed in a positive light.  Her body is toned and she smiles facing the camera.

Miley- In this photo selection, as every other photo selection, Miley is promoting Miley.  With some underboob and an attitude, Miley’s self-consumed image is one that I’m sure everyone will be better without.

Obvious Conclusion- Madonna understands that fashion can be used to promote things other than the designer or herself.  Miley, on the other hand, can’t simply rely on her talent to make a name for herself.

And now I believe we can make one final conclusion:

5.) Madonna takes all.

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Whether you’re a fan of her work or a fan of her fashion choice or you’re not a fan of her at all: Madonna should never have to share the same light as Miley.

Let this be a note for all of you to follow: If you rely on being fashionably trendy, you open up the chance to be a fashion flop.  Take chances but never wear what is unflattering for you and your career aspirations…

Or you, too, can be kicked off of the cover of Vogue.

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Entertainment, Music

Rihanna’s Right Now Kitten Remix

Some of you may  not know this, but I enjoy editing videos in my spare time.

Yesterday, I had a lot of spare time:

Rihanna’s Right Now featuring David Guetta was remixed by DJ Frust.  I pieced together footage of my 7-week-old kitten playing with a rave stick (which she loves) and played the music in the background.

Now before I go, let’s view some Rihanna Cat-Related Photos!

Meowza!

Ferrrocious!

Purrfection!

 

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Education, Entertainment, Music, Politics

Blurred Lines: Robin Laying It On Too Thick… “Rapey” Thicke?

Now, some critics and fans alike are rethinking what Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” single is getting at.

Let’s tally up the scores on both asides of the argument and decide together.

Kind of like a music video Judge Judy… Or an episode of Law and Order: SVU.

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Someone left their shoes on and someone else left ALL of their clothes on.  Either the Thicke’s character got a little to drunk and passed out OR the female character was stripped.  HOWEVER, current photo evidence does not present any such evidence.

Score:

Pro Date Rape- I

Not Related- I

Score for both.

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Back to back, Thicke’s character has his shades on which in my book means he has a hangover in bed.  HOWEVER, female is seemingly topless with either her hair defying gravity or she is horizontal.

So, Thicke’s character could have passed out drunk but brought a female home who tried her best to arouse the male.  OR the male had his way with her drugged, lifeless body.

NOTE: They roll around in bed together con-sensually after their moonlighted escapades.

Score:

Pro Date Rape- I

Not Related- II

Score for Not Related.
thickThis is the opening of how the Thicke character spots his bedded girl.  He is surrounded by women and yet he notices her.  EVEN in his shades.

Love?  Or a hunter spotting his prey?

Is he “out of my mind” because he has fallen or spotted his latest victim?

Score:

Pro Date Rape- II

Not Related- III

Score for both.

farm

Now the women are farm-like, dainty animals in headlights.  Uhh, and wearing plastic.

Like packaged meat.

And you thought you were “domesticated” when you really are “an animal.”

Uhh…

Score:

Pro Date Rape- III

Not Related- III

Score for Pro Date Rape

diceWe’re all Tied up With This One.  Really Rolling the Dice.

meow“It’s in your nature” is playing in this shot.  Said female is meowing.  Like a cat.  Like a Pussy Cat.

Domesticated cat.  Like an animal.  Like the sexual animal you are.

Or, on the other hand, maybe she’s having a good time and meowing.  I sometimes meow.  I mean, all the time.  I talk to cats in English and meow in between thoughts in order to lure the cat to me.  Crazy?  Yes.

But maybe the female character just happens to like to meow as well?  And she’s probably drinking with Thicke’s character.  Drinking always makes me meow more.  Especially if a cat is around!

Score:

Pro Date Rape- IV

Not Related- IV

Score for both.

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This next chick isn’t really into Thicke’s character.  “That man is not your maker,” but will Thicke’s character starting making her?  Through “Making With Her.”

I mean sex.

I mean he’s going to make sex with her happen.  Through pulling her hair and possibly forcing her.

Score:

Pro Date Rape- V

Not Related- IV

Score for Pro Date Rape.

Because “I know you want it.”

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I mean what’s the drive behind this whole song?  I mean that as in literally my word choice and physical/visual of this contextual shot.

Sex: Getting a woman down on her knees and getting behind her, sexually.

OR, this female character has an out-of-this-world body that anyone would want to go on a visual tour of.  As in, “What do they make dreams for when you got them jeans on.”

Translated: Baby, your body is out of this world… I should Red Bull and invest in NASA to explore it.  In a tiny red car…

Score:

Pro Date Rape- VI

Not Related- V

Score for both.

Hottest bitch

“You the hottest bitch in this place.”

I would take that as a compliment.

But she has a Pointer Finger towards herself while naked, so I think she understands her appeal.

Very demure… Uh?

Seems like she does “want it.”

Score:

Pro Date Rape- VI

Not Related- VI

Score for Not Related.

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He’s “going to take a good girl.”  And he’s got candy, I mean ice cream.  Get in his van.  He’s also got a puppy.

Score:

Pro Date Rape- VII

Not Related- VI

Score for Pro Date Rape.

smoke in faceHe’s now blowing smoke in her face.  Creating  blurred/smokey line for this female character.

Or… she lit his cigarette in the previous shot and he’s at that drunk I’m Going To Annoy Everyone Stage of drunkeness.

We’ve all been there.

Be honest.

Score:

Pro Date Rape- VIII

Not Related- VII

Score for both.

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And now she’s unbashfully nude as if she did want it the entire time.

But “Do it like it hurt, like it hurt?”

Uhh…

Pro Date Rape- IX

Not Related- VII

Score for Pro Date Rape.

But he’s got that “stuff from Jamaica” to keep you from breathing and thinking for a bit.

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And then a female’s feet are upward facing.  But they could be his?  Maybe he does yoga.

Score:

Pro Date Rape- X

Not Related- VII

Score for Pro Date Rape.

Because he literally sings into her feet, “No more pretending, cause now you’re winning, here’s our beginning.”

Really?  Winning?

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Alcohol will equal girl on her back for you.  Because Thicke’s character has a “Big D.”

It’s really up to the viewers to be the judge in this one, but my ruling is that “Blurred Lines” entirely does blur the lines entirely too much when it comes to sex when putting the lyrics under a microscope and dissecting the video accompaniment.

Final Score:

Pro Date Rape- X

Not Related- VII

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Pro Date Rape or Unrelated.  You be the judge.

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