Bad PR 113: Jocelyn Morffi, Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School, and Anti-Gay Bigotry

For all the SJW bitching about inane bullshit that has no bearing on anything, there are ACTUAL cases of anti-gay bigotry that go completely unpunished.  But for once, as angry as this makes me, it’s nice to see the community coming to defense of the wronged person.  Every time I hear the likes of Anita Sarkeesian bitching about something in movies that has nothing to do with anything, we get stories about Jocelyn Morffi, the latest in a long history of people whose livelihoods are destroyed because of something that as FUCK ALL to do with her job.  Gotta love all that religious “tolerance.”  I hate that term, and I still use it here.  I believe acceptance of the LGBT community comes when we don’t have to “tolerate” them, but instead are just as apathetic about them as we are about anyone else.  But in this context, the term is fitting.

Jocelyn was a teacher at the Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School.  A private institution which it seems has a moral clause in their contract about not being gay.  Because being gay is so immoral.  I guess it didn’t stop them from hiring her, which sure is weird if this clause is so fucking important to them.  I mean, it’s not like they decided to ignore their own “morality” clause when they gave a woman who CLEARLY qualified this job.  However, they decided that they were going to clamp down on this when she decided to post pictures of her wedding with her wife on her social media accounts.  An activity that would NEVER be scrutinized by anyone is straight people did it.

After posting pictures of her wedding, the school fired her.  They called it a “difficult by necessary decision” in an open letter.  Um, what?  This is especially weird to me since this woman apparently was openly gay.  So, she wasn’t closeted and hired without the school knowing what she’s like.  Okay.  Then what made this particular incident the thing that pushed the needle over the edge?  It wasn’t her posting online telling all the kids that being gay is cool (even though I would still argue that there’s nothing wrong with that either.  Plenty of gay kids who are scared of how they feel could use some encouragement to accept who they are from figures in their community they trust).  She just posted pics of her wedding.  A totally reasonable thing to do.  It’s done by people all the fucking time.

What’s nice about this is that the community came to her defense.  Many parents said that she was openly gay, but never forced it on the kids, and is an amazing teacher, so they don’t get what the problem is here.  Good fucking question.  In a private meeting with school officials, it seems that a group of parents hasn’t gotten a clear answer on why this woman was fired.  Boy, it sure does look like this school decided that they don’t have a moral clause about being gay being bad (which religious schools can get away with because they are associated with religion, though we’ll get back to what bullshit that is in respect to this kind of institution very quickly) when they hired this woman, but suddenly have it now that they want to give her the boot, doesn’t it?  Hm, that’s odd.  Makes me wonder if there’s something that could actually be taken to court, doesn’t it?

A school official was saying that there is a moral turpitude clause in her contract, which she violated.  Okay, but that doesn’t hold up if she was openly gay when she was hired.  Was the clause that she can be openly gay, but not post anything online?  Does it make that clear?  What was the point that she crossed the line on this if the parents of all of these kids knew that she is gay before this?  Was this just an opportune moment to shit-can her?  Feels like it.

All of this is beside the point, though.  What blows my fucking mind is that Catholic schools can have some big hang-up on morality when it comes to sexuality with how many pedophiles are currently in their ranks.  That feels more than a touch bit hypocritical.  Don’t you think?  Could Father Child Toucher get a job there?  After all, the church goes out of their way not to disclose all the pedophiles in their ranks so they can be brought to justice, so is that part of your bullshit moral turpitude clause too?  Or would the school do as the church does and find a way to defend them or quietly sleep the whole thing under the rug.  As we found out, the church has a fund dedicated solely to paying off the families of children who are sexually abused by priests so they won’t talk.  Does the school rise to that same “moral” standard?  Valid question, if you ask me.

This poor woman.  A friend of mine who has been Catholic for so long mostly because of her mother who she was incredibly close to while she was still alive has had her faith shaken.  It blows my mind how religious bigotry is so easy to justify, so long as you put it in a fucking contract.  But the fact that this woman never hid her sexual orientation and the school still hiring her and deciding now to fire her does indicate that she’s got some legal ammo to go after them.  This seems insanely hypocritical.

The PR lesson is this – if you are going to be a bigoted institution, then either keep to your bigoted positions and tell qualified people to piss off because they like the same gender, or don’t.  Because I genuinely do think she has a legal leg to stand on when it comes to fucking up this school’s day, and I hope she does.  Fuck Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School.  If my suspicion is right, then I hope they end up shelling out big to this poor woman who lost a job she loved because of something that shouldn’t have mattered in the fucking first place.

Until next time, a quote,

“Some people are really fucking stupid.” – George Carlin

Peace out,

Maverick

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Black Panther and SJW Racism (Against Black People)

Something I have always and will always believe is that the people who say that they are the ones who are leading the charge against a cause are typically undermining it to one extent or another.  As an example, more and more male feminists are being outed as sexual predators.  Turns out, unless you are a Ryan Wiley little bitch, a lot of these guys are just using it to troll for pussy.  Who would of thought?  Then there are the religious groups against pedophilia, which there are some truly amazing stories of pedophiles within their ranks.

One thing that routinely comes up in what I see is how SJWs are some of the most bigoted groups of all, but not against white people.  It’s against other people.  One of my favorite forms of racism/sexism that they propagate is the racism/sexism of lowered expectations.  “We need to lower our standards for intelligence or academic achievement because X group can’t measure up!”  These people say that society is too hard for X group, and so it needs to change because they are either too stupid or too weak to be able to handle it.  That sort of thing always blows my mind.

The Black Panther film is coming out next month, and I have seen all kinds of ridiculous things being said by the regressive left about this film.  My favorite is that it’s the first black superhero film.  Whoever did that article deleted it pretty fast when the Internet sleuths were up their ass within seconds.  Much like the person who wrote the article about how the captain in Star Trek: Discovery is the first black captain was rightly vilified.  Or there are the people who wrote articles about how the fictional nation of Wakanda is how Africa would look if it wasn’t for the white man.  A statement so ludicrous that it makes me chuckle a little.  Then there was this little nugget of bullshit that made me stop for a second.

This whole diatribe is racist.  It really is.  Against black people.  Why?  Because these people apparently believe that being able to identify with a black person is something that someone has to learn.  You can’t just be born with empathy (or “cinematic empathy,” as this retarded writer put it) and be able to identify with a person because of our shared human experience.  It’s something you have to be taught.  Unbelievable.  Does that mean that this person had to be taught not to hate black people?  It’s what they believe “white nerds” have to be, so clearly it means that they weren’t born with empathy towards other races.

I also hate how it’s “white nerds” who are so fucking racist.  If there is ANY group of people who is open to other races and other cultures, it is nerds.  There is real data to back this up.  Since nerd culture is now millennial culture, it has been shown that this latest generation is the most open and accepting culture that has ever been.  And the larger part of that are nerds.  The media likes to characterize nerds as the kids who are on voice chat in CoD calling people racial epithets or attacking women because they are playing video games.  Meanwhile, there are pictures from Cons and nerd events showing people of all stripes,  There was a great juxtaposition of a social justice event filled with white people, while a fighting game tournament had people of every ethnic group you can think of representing.

Nerd culture has always been the dog that the powerful can kick around.  As much as I would like to count myself among them, I’m a pathetic hipster who doesn’t stream on Netflix (I do DVDs because a lot of what I want to watch doesn’t stream.  Not gonna wait for the off-chance for it to come to their streaming service one day when I want to watch it now) and works in a cubicle getting yelled at on the phone all day.  Nerds are easy to make fun of.  They’re typically socially awkward, they engage in hobbies that as much as nerd culture has become part of the mainstream, the really devoted practitioners of it are still treated like shit.

With all the vitriol being thrown around about white people being so awful, is it any wonder nerd culture is so done with this?  You have people like a Samoan man I work with who was with me in hoping that this film doesn’t go the “white man is evil” route.  He made a joke about him not being white and still thinking that because he wants a good comic book film, not a sermon with a man in a superhero outfit.

Do these people just not think that I’ve ever seen a black person in a film and been able to empathize with them?  I saw the original Blade and empathized just fine with the cruel nature of Blade’s existence, and the tragedy when his mentor and friend dies, and the reality that he is stuck in a war he will likely never win.  I identified with Solomon Vandy in Blood Diamond trying to do the right thing and being led along by a man only in it for himself.  I identified with Imad ad-Din al-Isfahani in Kingdom of Heaven, who couldn’t kill Balian because he had shown him kindness when he could have kept him as a slave or murdered him outright.  Not a black character, but you see my point.  Only watch the Director’s Cut of that film.  It’s amazing.  Oh, and one last superhero reference, I could identify with Spawn’s plight in the HBO animated series of the character, who is both a black character and voiced by the implacable Keith David.

This idea that us nerds are just these virulent racists who go around hating black people and who have never seen a black character and empathized with them is a ridiculous stereotype that is rooted NOWHERE in fact.  Not one goddamn place.  It’s a belief by people who subscribe to a mindset with all the fervent passion of a fucking religion.  That’s what SJWs have – a religion.  The Church of the Regressive Left.

Until next time, a quote,

“I had to remind myself to breathe.” – Lewis Black

Peace out,

Maverick

RAB: Shithole Countries and the Tide Pod Challenge

I was born in and interesting time.  For starters, it was the end of the 90’s boom when I am coming up.  I’m 29 years old, and I got to see the 90’s end, with the great technological boom ending with it.  Now we have the post-recession economy.  The job market is dead.  This country is stagnating.  With the legalization of pan (whoever gets that without looking it up is my friend) there is a huge boom to incomes of various states, my own among them.  With Jeff Sessions saying he is going to crack down on the legal market, you have states looking to fight back because they don’t want to lose the revenue.  It’s not even a million dollar market anymore.  It’s going into the billions.  States are starting to catch on that the safest drug in the world can bring absurd amounts of money into their economies, and so they are stepping up to fight the federal government.  It’s inspiring stuff.

We also have the age of the Internet and of celebrity culture.  Because if some celebrity isn’t qualified to be a leader of the free world, who is?  I am of course talking about President Trump.  When I was watching the podcast I referenced before, and how they talked about Trump running, it’s amazing how the opinions changed over time.  People all saw his running as a joke that would play itself out.  But as the Democratic party rigged the primary against Sanders (thank you Donna Brazile for exposing that definitively), and the Republican candidates all being boring as dirt, his candidacy become a reality.  Then, because the Democrats chose to rig the primary for a corporate shill who bought them out (Hillary signed an agreement to have the DNC basically as an arm of her candidacy), and she couldn’t even get her nomination to be cheered without hiring people to come into the stadium to cheer.  No joke, look that up.  Hillary hired actual people to come in and cheer for her at the Democratic National Convention because she was booed constantly, even when Sanders tried to pimp her out.

Because Hillary was an idiot and just assumed that the Rust Belt states would support her and didn’t campaign there, and because she is a corporate tool, she lost the election to Trump.  The result?  We get a constant stream of interesting stuff.  Trump’s Twitter account is comedy gold.  I never get enough of it.  From the insanely immature spat he has going on with Kim Jong Un, to what a butthurt little bitch he is about every slight, this man is part of what I am assuming will be a string of Clown Town Presidents.  Hell, we even got Oprah coming in to throw her hat into the arena.  Makes all the liberals who castigated Trump as a reality TV star look really bad when they cheer on Oprah.

Yesterday he got in trouble for a comment where he asked why we would want immigrants from “shithole” countries.  Comedy gold.  But the thing that got my attention was the media’s reaction.  They said that calling these countries shitholes is racist.  I definitively disagree.  If he called the people of those countries something derogatory, then there’d be an argument.  And sure, the xenophobia of his immigrants part doesn’t make him look good.  But calling these countries shitholes is not racist.  I have nothing against the people of Haiti, Venezuela, and Kyrgyzstan, yet you wouldn’t find me caught dead visiting them.  It’s not a race thing to point out that a country is a festering pile of shit.  Don’t think this means I support Trump.  I just found that reaction interesting.

Next up, we got Internet culture.  I’ve been living on the Internet (because I have no life.  At all) for some time, and I’ve seen stupid shit that people promote come and go.  Most recently, it’s been the various “challenges.”  You had the ones that may have been nonsensical but at least did some good, like the Ice Bucket Challenge.  My favorite of those videos was Patrick Stewart taking ice from the bucket, putting it in a glass, pouring some scotch, and then writing a check.  That’s great.  Then there was the Cinnamon Challenge, where idiots tried to eat a spoonful of cinnamon for views.  Oh, and let’s not forget the Kyle Jenner contest where idiot girls tried to fatten their lips to insane degrees.

A new player has come to the arena of retarded things that our dumb-shit youth partake in because apparently common sense takes a backseat to Internet views.  That’s the world we live in today.  I talk of course of the Tide Pod Challenge.  A challenge where you ingest the contests of a Tide Pod.  People put them on pizzas, in cereal bowls, and then there are the real “winners” who decide to actually eat it.  That’s right, there are videos of these fucking moron teenagers putting them in their mouths and eating them.  Or at least until the permeable layer melts, then spitting it out because it tastes disgusting.  So far these challenges have claimed six lives.  I like to think of that as natural selection in action.  I know that evolution would gets another shot at giving humanity its just desserts.

I will never understand how people can be this dumb.  I may have liked dumb shit when I was a kid, but at no point can I imagine myself having ever been this stupid.  Ever.  To lack common sense or be willing to put your life in danger for something that ridiculous just makes no fucking sense to me.  Maybe one of you can explain this to me.  My hope is that ten years down the road, some of these kids get to look back and be like “Oh my Groj, what the fuck was wrong with me?”  That is if they don’t try the Run in Traffic Challenge next and die.  Just a thought…

Until next time, a quote,

“But let me tell you something, folks – you can’t fix stupid.  There’s not a pill you can take, not a class you can go to.  Stupid is forever.” – Ron White

Peace out,

Maverick

Women Should Be Discouraged From Serving in the Military…?

I saw this rather terrible review of Star Wars: The Last Jedi that made me cringe a little.  It hated the movie as much as I did, but their reasons for hating it were just ridiculous.  It made these huge assertions about what the film promotes that just blow my mind.  I hate the film because it is a dumpster fire that butchers Luke’s character, has the biggest Mary Sue ever, and decided that instead of making a film that follows the plot from the last film, it is going to just go its own way.  Along the way we’ll get Leia Poppins and Tumblrina captain.  Great work.

But the video I mentioned had this weird contention that it said The Last Jedi was promoting – the idea that more women need to join the military, which the maker of the video said is wrong because women are weaker than men, on average.  To be fair, biologically that is true.  We are a sexually dimorphic species, and women are weaker than men on average.  Here’s the thing – how does this invalidate the idea that women should serve in the military?

One of my favorite women joined up with the Navy last year.  She is going into intelligence work, and her stories about life in the military fascinate me to no end.  Just makes me wonder what might of been had I not busted my skull open when I was 14.  I am immensely proud of her, and listening to her talk about her career with the military never stop being interesting.  She was telling me one day how she read an article about how the Navy SEALS were letting women join up.  She was skeptical of this for one simple reason – the physical requirements to be a SEAL are insane.  She broke it down for me, and to hear about that told me that unless these women were Olympians who train every day for it, the odds that they will meet the physical requirements to get past the initial phase that weeds out those who can’t measure up is ridiculous.  What’s more, she expressed the desire to not see the Navy lower their standards for women, because to be a SEAL, you need the physical conditioning that they require.  I totally get that.

Here’s what bothers me about this idea that women should not join the military – does this guy think that people see female soldiers as Black Widow from the Marvel films?  Yeah, in the regard it sounds ridiculous.  Seeing a woman who weighs very little taking on a ton of guys who would throw her against a wall is kind of silly.  But here’s the thing – that’s fiction.  And anyone with sense knows that.  Real combat, especially in the modern era, is so much different.  The reality is that you will hardly ever see combatants like in a CoD game shooting each other at damn-near point blank range.  In war you typically have combatants exchanging fire over huge amounts of distance and firing a ton of shots with very few hitting home.  Real war is messy, and complicated.  This isn’t Hollywood, and people know this.

But when you hear stories about the Kurdish women fighting ISIS and scoring real victories against them, or how women in Eastern Europe are forming militias that can stand up under fire, it really makes this argument that women should be discourage from serving not only sound kind of stupid, but more than a little sexist.  Can’t wait to see who calls me an SJW for that.  I said that an opinion someone has is sexist.  It’s true.  And I believe it too.  This guy is a sexist idiot who can’t look at reality and see that things are not as simple as rejecting the stereotypes in Hollywood.

Now look, I do firmly believe that the military shouldn’t lower their standards for women.  If you want to serve in a combat role, then you damn well should prove that you can measure up.  That’s only fair.  Demands for those roles are high, and those who want to take on that responsibility should have to prove themselves.  But while there are going to be less women up to the task than there are men, I whole-heartedly know that such women exist.

The real thing that irks me about the attitude of that guy is that that is part of the reason that the military has such a huge problem with sexual assault.  Sex crimes in the military is a fucking epidemic.  I can’t disclose what I have been told about what they tell women who join up behind closed doors about how to protect themselves, but it is scary stuff. Now granted, there are plenty of guys in the military who have just as much respect for the women they serve with as men.  But it’s like the cops.  You have a job that promotes gung-ho male toughness, you’re gonna get a lot of dumb-shit masculine guys with more penis blood than brain blood.

But the tide may be turning.  Now that women are being allowed into combat roles, things might get better.  For the women looking to serve, just make sure when you go places, you never go alone.  Build up a network of people you can trust.  It’s only smart.  See, unlike the people who say we need to tell men not to rape, I tell you to take sensible precautions because you are in a field where there are plenty of guys who only think with their cocks and leave their morals at the door.

I honestly would love to see the guy who made that video say that shit to one of the Kurdish women fighters.  They’d probably punch him in the dick.

Until next time, a quote,

“We have women in the military, but they don’t put us on the front lines.  They don’t know if we can fight, if we can kill.  I think we can.  All the general has to do is walk over to the women and say, ‘you see the enemy over there?  They say you look fat in those uniforms.'” – Elayne Boosler

Peace out,

Maverick

The Logan Paul Suicide Forest Video is Fake

Since I’m a lonely loser who lives in a pretty decent apartment by myself, I live on the Internet.  It’s the life I lead.  It sucks, trust me.  But part of the thing about this fact is that I am constantly seeing the latest things that people are calling drama about.  Today it is a video that some YouTube vlogger that I had never heard of until today put up (and as of the writing of this post removed) where he is in the suicide forest of Japan and sees a dead body hanging from a tree.  Which he subsequently goes over to and gets really close to.  The video was mirrored everywhere, and I did actually see this, and…I think it’s fake.  My gut instinct is telling me that this idiot did this specifically for shock value and there isn’t an actual dead person there.

Let me say that I could be 100% wrong.  This is just my gut reaction, but as stupid and frustrating as that is, everything about the way this guy and his flunkies act and the way they are so unbelievably insensitive around a dead person leads me to believe that it’s all a big performance.  Because even if Logan Paul himself is a complete sociopath, there’s no way all his little entourage is that void of empathy.  As a person who has seen dead bodies and even seen someone after they killed themselves (it was a family member, and that’s all I’m going to say about that), seeing something like that would do things to you.  I got to see a person after they blew their head off with a shotgun.  The sight of that body left me feeling a whole bunch of really negative things.

Why would he do this?  Well, speaking as someone who lives on the Internet and sees all the stunts people pull, it’s because my PR education has informed me that there truly is no bad press.  All Logan Paul had to do was put this video up, and then subsequently take it down and post an apology, and his name is everywhere and there is controversy and he is getting more views than ever before.  Maybe this guy felt that his view count was getting a little low lately (he just bought a $6 million house.  I don’t get how that could be possible) or just that he wanted to push the envelope, but this feels like performance art to me.  Terrible, terrible performance art.

So that’s why this isn’t a Bad PR post.  Because in reality this isn’t bad PR.  If my assertion is correct, then this was a calculated move by this man to get a shit-ton of views and gets his name out there.  These kinds of stunts work, all the time.  In a world where you have to stay relevant in order to stay financially solvent on YouTube, especially now, this sort of trick pays back in spades.

It’s not just in how he acts, it’s in what he says.  This is a first for him?  A lot of things are going through his mind?  Nope, I call bullshit.  Complete bullshit.  This guy even puts sad fucking music over it.  This reminds me of when Onision did that video where he recorded a woman he was with having a seizure and put sad music over it.  That’s what this feels like.  Although, everyone knows that Onision is a complete sociopath.  And if the whole deal about him getting teenage girls to send underwear pics to him, maybe a bit of a pedo, but that’s old news.

Believe what you will, but I call bullshit.  This isn’t bad PR.  It’s brilliant PR.  It’s calculated, professional controversy shit-spinning.  Kinda wanna admire Logan Paul.  What a brilliant way to stay relevant.  And that’s my thoughts on the latest Internet drama.  I only felt compelled to talk about this because if it is on the level, then Logan Paul is just as much of a sick piece of shit as Onision.  But I am almost certain that it’s not.  It just feels staged.  The laughter then going into the fakest fake crying at the end just pegs it.  This is all just performance art.

That being said, if this is real, I feel so bad for the family of that person.  Suicide is a very terrible thing, and as someone who deals with suicidal thoughts on a daily basis, anyone thinking about it should reach out to someone.  You aren’t alone.

Until next time, a quote,

“There’s no such thing as bad publicity.” – P.T. Barnum

Peace out,

Maverick

The “It’s For Kids” Argument

A long time ago, I found myself getting really mad at some conservative hipster whose name I don’t really remember.  Gavin something or other.  He made this video for a Canadian conservative platform called Rebel Media about how video games are for children and for children only and adults need to stop playing them and instead do “useful” things like build a table or something.  No joke, he said we need to learn construction and do that instead.  Yeah, because adults sitting in a room yelling about a sports game on TV is now less of a waste of time to some people.  I may hate sports, but I don’t go around saying that those who watch it for viewing pleasure are immature and need to be doing something else with their time.

Found myself getting into an argument with Liana K on Twitter about Rey in the new Star Wars films.  I genuinely did work to be mature and argue the points she was making.  I didn’t just rage at her.  That’s not how I go.  See, I genuinely do believe that Rey is a Mary Sue.  There’s no way to argue against that.  She has no personality, is amazing at everything, and never grows throughout the length of the films.  Yeah, a Mary Sue.  Liana tried to postulate that the men in the original films are just as bad since they are good at stuff without you ever seeing them get better.  My argument was that you don’t see Han training as a pilot, but the films take time to address the fact that he is a good pilot, and in the original film you have Obi-Wan talking to him where he can brag about his skills.  That’s smart.  It helps set up his role in the film.  We do see Luke training, but here’s the thing – he starts out from the bottom.  At first he is an imbecile who can’t even make rocks levitate properly.  But over the course of three films, we see his character go from a rank amateur, to a student that takes on an enemy way above his weight class, to a Jedi knight who is able to face his darkness and succeed.

However, I get on Twitter this morning and I see her making these really long posts saying that the whole thing was just an endeavor to prove a point – that people care too much about films that are “FOR KIDS.”  Huh.  You know, Liana, I would agree with you on one thing – the new films are for kids.  That’s it.  They are glossy, child-friendly films.  But you know something, the original films aren’t.  They are timeless.  Telling a very good story about the hero’s journey in space.  We have characters that we grow to like overcoming the odds and becoming different people by the end.  I know it’s easy to look at the Ewoks and think that all of these movies were just made for kids, but that’s simply not the case.

This argument that something is “just for kids” as a reason why we shouldn’t care about it is interesting to me.  I would argue that if the idea is that we should have no problem with films that talk down to people and treat you like you’re stupid, we have really lost our way as a society.  The “it’s for kids so who cares if it sucks?” argument.  Maybe I was a precocious little shit as a kid.  See, I grew up watching films like Fantasia and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.  The former being a marvel of animation that had complex imagery and tackling various things in a beautiful way, set with classical music; and the latter being an amazing film about a driven man and his quest to destroy the violence of mankind.  Was that too complicated for me?  No.  I loved and still love both films.  They are, what’s that word again?  Oh, timeless.  They are just as good now as they are then.  Just like how The Nightmare Before Christmas is a timeless fairy-tale about a man who was unsatisfied with life and learns what matters.

Timeless films stand on their merit because we’re still watching them now.  We are able to enjoy them now from a different perspective.  We aren’t the little children who watched them and was awed by them then.  Now we are adults who can see that there were some great ideas in there, or we can marvel at the craftsmanship of them.  Who is going to be doing that with The Force Awakens?  How about Rogue One?  I definitely know no one will with The Last Jedi.  This idea that we should just let bad movies go unaddressed because it’s for kids really seems not only patronizing, but insulting to kids.  Why is it I should just be cool with the idea that we should feed kids crappy entertainment?  I’m aware there is a ton of crap made for kids, but shouldn’t we aspire to have them grow up appreciating better things?

I know if I ever had a kid, the first thing I would show them from the evil corporate monolith that is Disney is my second-favorite film of all time – Fantasia.  I want them to see the wonder of 2D animation set to classical music with narratives and visuals that don’t talk down to them.  I’ll show them Don Bluth’s masterpiece The Secret of NIMH, telling a very mature story about a mother who goes to insane lengths to save her child, constantly pushing past her own fear and finding a power in herself that saves her family.  I’ll show them FLCL, which tells a story about a kid growing up and feeling very alone, only to be shown how to live a full life.  The timeless stories that stand tall now, just like they did then.

But hey, maybe I’m alone in all this.  Maybe parents just want to put their kids in front of a screen and have their attention be taken up for almost three hours.  No joke, that’s how long the new Star Wars film is.  As for me, Groj-forbid I ever become a parent, I intend to introduce my kid to books first, because I’d rather see them sitting and reading for hours on end instead of being in front of a screen.

To Liana, your little test just showed me how you see the world.  Not a lot of respect being gained for you right about now.

Until next time, a quote,

“It’s junk food.  Brightly-colored junk food for the mind.  And I hate how it talks down to kids while offering nothing of value in return.” – Nostalgia Critic

Peace out,

Maverick

We’re Arguing About Santa Now… (A response to Aisha Harris)

Just today, I posted something on my Facebook page about how it is two days until Christmas and the right of this country didn’t have some stupid-ass “War on Christmas” going.  I found this rather amusing.  Why?  Because the war on Christmas is stupid and every year some conservative retard talked about it, the funnier it became to me.  But now I have an idiot on the left who decided to have a retarded opinion about Christmas.  Because why not?  The left is taking up all the battleground points of the right now that a Republican tool (Obama was a corporate-left tool, make no mistake) is in the White House.  Today we have Aisha Harris who apparently has a book coming out about this and in Slate had an excerpt be read to make her opinion be known – that a fictional character needs to not be white anymore.  Here’s a link to an article that features the excerpt in it.  Let’s talk about it.

The excerpt begins by saying that this fictional character is all over society, and society has been exposed to him for as long as Aisha has been alive.  Then she is just baffled when the fictional character has skin color the same as hers in some representation in her own household, and how this just shocked her tiny little brain.  So she asks her father what the fictional character actually looks like.  The father has some stupid answer about how the fictional character magically changes color in each house.  That’s dumb.

Ms. Harris chooses to see things differently.  And apparently this idiot wrote a book about it.  An entire book about this one thing.  Unbelievable.  Her view is that the fictional character needs to be her skin color, because in her mind, the only way people can see themselves in a positive light with their own skin color is to have fictional characters that go with it.  Because who cares about shared humanity or a belief in the shared human condition going deeper than skin color?  Fuck that noise!  We have to have social justice approved fictional character!

Going on, she seems very perturbed that the fictional character is accepted by the society at large to be this way.  In her mind, the only way children can relate to the fictional character is if he has their same skin color.  Because that’s not racist at all.  Nope, fuck that shared humanity bullshit!  The white man doesn’t understand thing one about the black one.  And vice-versa.  We need this fictional character to be better-adapted for the other ethnicities.

Then it takes a hard turn to the absurd.  Let’s have the fictional character be a penguin!  I laughed so fucking hard when I heard that.  Yes, because a penguin is going to be much more relatable.  We can totally sell a fictional character as a bird instead of as a person who is overweight and pleasant who gives off an air of kindness and cheer.  Let’s make it a bird!

Which brings her back into the racism.  Because like she said before, because the fictional character isn’t her skin color, she couldn’t relate to it growing up.  A tacit admission that it’s only when characters from the culture at large are the same color as hers that she can relate to or empathize with them.  Yeah, that’s not racist at all.  Not even a little.  You know, in that horribly insulting and virulently racist sort of way.  I can’t listen to anymore of this stupid shit.  It’s ridiculous.

You know why I have continually been calling Santa a fictional character?  Because he fucking is!  He isn’t real!  You know what one of my favorite versions of the character is?  One from Recess, voiced by the amazing James Earle Jones and was a black dude.  But at the end of the day, just like Jesus, Santa isn’t fucking real!  How about, instead of people getting their fucking panties in a bunch because of a fictional character, we actually focus on a real issue.  This woman has written a book about this.  An actual book!  That it is assumed will be read by people for the purposes of enjoyment or to learn something.

As for me, if I had to pick a version of Santa, here’s one I would go with –

Let me share a bed with these versions of Santa for a while.  We’re all talking about a character that isn’t real anyway, so why the fuck not?  By the way, let’s also assume that they are over the age of consent because I don’t want this to become weird.  Or at least the ones from the center moving left.

Until next time, a quote,

“You’re basically killing each other to see who’s got the better imaginary friend.” – Richard Jeni

Peace out,

Maverick