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Chrysler and Bob Dylan Super Bowl Commercial Is Racist

“Is there anything more American than America?”  

Certainly not.  Well, maybe South America, Canada, and Mexico… but let’s ignore that for now.  Check out Chrysler’s ad for yourself and follow along to Bob Dylan’s smoke-and-mirrored voice.

A beautifully done, Super-Bowl-Quality commercial.  But if you re-watch the ad, what words and images are associated with what is “American?”

We have vision.  

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We are cool.  

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We have established a legacy.  

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“We became an inspiration to the… rest of the world.”

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Take a minute to think about this pause.  This pause in this line of dialogue makes me think that the rest of the world is an afterthought.  But let’s not get into diplomacy or warmongering…  Let’s focus on cars. 

“Yeah, Detroit made cars and cars made America.”

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Before we move onto what the rest of the world does, let’s look at what “America” does in a few select quotes:

“Making the best, making the finest takes conviction.”

“You can’t import the heart and soul of every man and woman working on the line.”

“When it’s made here, it’s made with the one thing you can’t import from anywhere else: American Pride.”

Let’s look at the world now.

“Let Germany brew your beer.”

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Artisan.  Germans are “good” at it.  This is a craft that produces a product that can be considered admirable…

for a product-consuming country like “America”

because we “Americans” like to drink good brews, too.

“Let Switzerland make your watch.”

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Swiss watches are highly prized, coveted, and expensive pieces of jewelry.  These are luxury products that we can also consume.

Similar to Germany’s depiction, there is one person working articulately on one item.  This is what can be considered a form of expression and art.

“Let Asia assemble your phone.”

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An entire continent is dwindled down to a single entity responsible to making your phone.

Now, that’s “American.”

“We will build your car.”

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I am going to leave you with one video clip from one of my favorite shows to fully encompass everything I want everyone to take away from not just this commercial but from every part of the Super Bowl.

HBO’s show The Newsroom says everything I could ever write in such an eloquent and simple way in just this 5-minute clip:

 

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Beyoncé or Pope Francis: A Regretful TIME?

If any of you have been watching the TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year polling, you would have noticed that Miley Cyrus was at a mind-blowing vote-count.  Standing at the top and twerking at the bottom nominee’s names, Cyrus being labeled the Person of the Year would have been the biggest mistake TIME could have ever made.

Cyrus was in the running against the likes of Pope Francis (the winner), Edward Snowden, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, President Barack Obama, and Malala Yousafzai.  According to the Huffington Post UK, some at TIME Magazine are embarrassed that they didn’t have Beyoncé in the running after her secret album’s release.  I honestly hope the comments made by staff were just sick jokes.

In 2013, Beyoncé recorded a secret album, attended lavish events, and celebrated her daughter’s first birthday by gifting Blue Ivy a $80,000 diamond encrusted Barbie.  Jay-Z and Lady B also went all-out with a customized nursery, one that cost a reported $1 million.  You know, things that qualifies a person to be in the running for the Person of the Year (kind of like Miley but without the semi-nude twerking).

In 2013, Pope Francis became the first non-European pope in more than 1,000 years.  He refused the lavish styling of past popes and donned simple garb.  He constantly and consistently spread the message of love and acceptance whenever he spoke.  He inspired everyone and treated men and women equally, regardless of faith.

I thank the powers-that-be for not having Miley win the Person of the Year award.  I am embarrassed for the unnamed staff of TIME for even thinking that Beyoncé should have been in the running.

Here’s to hoping 2014 will be less consumed with pop culture and fame-obsessed celebrities who think publicity stunts will make up for their lack of actual talent.

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Politics

US Government Shutdown Continues… What It Means For You!

I know it seems like the US Government Shutdown is a waste of your time to be up-to-date on.  However, as the second week of the shutdown comes to a close let’s take a look at what’s been going on.

To begin, let’s look at the well-known “who cares” kind of facts.

1.) Federal Parks, Monuments, and Museums are closed!

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2.) Some Members of Congress donated their pay “to charity.”

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3.) The Bill That The Shutdown Is Racking Up?  $160 Million Per Day… Hey, that’s interesting.

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According to Bloomsberg.com, the loss of income from companies located on federal land is adding up.  In addition, economic activity has slowed and stocks are declining.  Laymen’s Terms: If your business is located on nationally owned land, government agents will shut down your business.  If you thought people were cutting their spending before, you haven’t seen anything yet.

If you took those few seconds to look at what the common man is losing out on while stand-off between the two dominating parties of congress goes on, you should look at what congress keeps alive for themselves during the shutdown:

1.) Members-Only Congress Gyms Deemed Essential

2.) Some Members Believe They Deserve Their Shutdown Pay

I mean, military death benefits were stalled, but if you sit at a desk all day not doing your job…  You definitely deserve your paycheck.  The men and women who died so you could sit there can wait for a proper burial, right?

3.) China Has Been Hush-idly Buying US Debt

At the very least, the US can still have a flag with stars on it to salute.  China has been approaching the current 35% auction limit in place for purchasing US bonds.

And according to Brillig.com’s debt clock, at this very second we’re at $16,750,772,984,978.73.  Right now I just see those numbers pronounced as “Blub blub blub blub” which kind of actually sounds like Lady Liberty sinking into the Atlantic and drowning without any attempt to survive.

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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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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.

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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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Entertainment, Politics

Celebrities v. Paparazzi: Privacy in the Public Eye

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When You Make  A Career Out Of Being Photographed, When Do You Clock Out?

Today, Halle Berry is scheduled to testify in California in favor of legislation being put into effect to limit the paparazzi’s ability to photograph the children of celebrities.

The legislation would, “would change the definition of harassment to include photographing or recording a child without the permission of a legal guardian.

“The legislation specifically mentions photography that involves ‘following the child’s activities or lying in wait’ and targeting a child because of a parent’s line of work, according to the LA Times.”

Changing California law could catalyze the changing other state laws in where celebrities feel their privacy should be protected.

But where does the line end?

What exactly defines a celebrity?

When you make a career out of being in the public eye, may it be in the entertainment industry or the political field, you voluntarily open your life up to the people.  This includes your family: past and present.

Not just the people of your country, but the people of the world.

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Insert Random Anonymous Stock Photo.

There is no ending point to where you can hide away in this age of technology.  You cannot have a Twitter and tweet your every thought, every hour, and demand privacy.

You cannot demand publicity when you’re launching a new film but then demand your privacy when you’re having “off screen” time.

The larger your celebrity, the larger your following.  The public is exposed to your life and lifestyle as you flaunt it every chance you get.

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The Life Of The Red Carpet

This type of behavior creates a certain connection in the mindset of fans: They know you.

  • They know what you had for lunch.
  • They know where you’re going later for drinks with your latest love interest.
  • They know your friends and who you don’t like.
  • They know where your kids are going to school.
  • They know where you call home.

Suddenly demanding privacy as a celebrity is nearly impossible and privacy is entirely what fame does not entail.

Accusing journalists and paparazzi of criminal behavior violates their rights as members of the press.  Celebrities need the press and the press needs celebrities.  The two are symbiotic. 

The only issue that should be changed is the matter of ethics.  The only way to change that topic is through education.

Education for both sides of the camera.

And that is a whole other story.

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This Is Insane, But It Is Also Part Of The Territory.

There is no such thing as privacy in this age of technology.

For anyone.

And definitely not for celebrities.

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