Wednesday, February 21, 2018

FEH! P&G Olympics TV Ad Sentimentalizes the Hijab

Because the victimhood narrative is bound to appeal to a wide swathe of viewers, and because it's really, really hard to sentimentalize other symbols of female oppression--say, like "honour" crimes and FGM.

Today's Limerick Goes Out To the "Peace In Our Time" In Our Time Process...

On Tuesday, alack and alas,
The UN was (dis)graced by Abbas.
He shrieked, "Occupation!,"
And evinced detestation,
And was the usual pain in the ass.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Fifty Shades, The Musical? Sounds Painful

This one made me chuckle:
Rita Ora wants to provide the sex noises for a 'Fifty Shades' musical.

The 27-year-old singer plays the part of Mia, Christian Grey's sister, in the film trilogy and has admitted she'd be keen to play a very unusual role if talk of a 'Fifty Shades' musical ever comes to fruition.

Asked about the prospect of a theatre production, Rita replied: ''I wonder what songs Christian and Ana would sing while they're having sex. The music in that musical would just be like [moans like she's having sex]. I'd definitely give some sex noises.''...
What songs would they sing?

The First Cut Is the Deepest?

Whip It?

Hurts So Good?

You Always Hurt the One You Love?

Okay. I'll stop now. 

Update: Cruel To Be Kind?

HBO's New "Progressive" Stinkeroo Should Be Buried You Know Where

As described by Variety's TV reviewer, the new series, starring Holly Hunter and Tim Robbins, sounds ghastly:
A HBO series featuring Holly Hunter and Tim Robbins should be cause for celebration. Unfortunately, the new Alan Ball family drama “Here and Now” strands its cast in episodes that are as undercooked as they are interminable.

In “Here and Now,” Hunter and Robbins play the well-meaning, progressive parents of four children of different races (the three oldest were adopted; the youngest, a high schooler, is their biological child). The show tries to be a few different things: A meditation on the state of political and interpersonal discourse in a polarized America; a sprawling story of two families in Portland who become linked; and an exploration of mental illness, the efficacies of self-help philosophies and the possibilities of mystical intuition.

If only these thematic strands didn’t involve people who are mostly insufferable...
Alan Ball is responsible for Six Feet Under, one of the best TV dramas about a family--and, arguably, the most disturbing one--ever broadcast. Here and Now, on the other hand, sounds like it was aiming to be the next This Is Us, but decided to take a supernatural detour.

Sort of like a This Is Us as rendered by Rod Serling.

Friday, February 9, 2018

#MeToo--It's Not Just For Chicks

A California Assemblywoman active in the anti-sexual harassment movement has been accused by two male underlings of buttocks-grabbing and crotch-groping. (She's still in her job, though, which would not be the case were she a man.)

OMG: "Jihadi Jack" Want to Come "Home" to Canada

I say we secure the borders and cue the Ray Charles.

Update: The Brits have a different, less Trudeaupian approach. They strip the bastards of their citizenship.

Trudeau Warns Facebook: Fix That "Fake News" Problem--Or Else

As always with those of Justin's political persuasion, the "or else" involves imposing regulations, thereby "fixing" one problem but creating another, even larger one (i.e. the virtual totalitarianism of "fake news"-vetting government bureaucrats).

Thursday, February 8, 2018

What's Wrong With Justin Trudeau?

The Toronto Star's Vinay Menon thinks the problem is that the PM's mouth runneth over--constantly. Menon offers up the following advice:
Zip it, Prime Minister. Put an R2-D2 sock in it. Knock it off with this pathological need to sidle up to the nearest microphone to gab, yak, chat, hold court, shoot the breeze, riff or push platitudes like a guest speaker at a kindergarten class while hopped up on ecstasy: “Children, there is no ‘I’ in love. But there is a ‘U’ in ‘Justin’ and in ‘Trudeau.’ I am you. You are me. We are love. Now pick up your crayons and let’s draw a gender-neutral sun.”

Forget climate change, terrorism, potential war or a volatile stock market.

The biggest threat to Canada right now? It is our leader’s mouth.
Indeed. And if you thought Justin's "peoplekind" comment was the silliest thing he said last week, think again:

In the same town hall in which he made the peoplekind joke, Trudeau coldly told an ex-soldier who lost a leg in Afghanistan that the federal government is in court fighting over benefits because veterans groups are “asking for more than we’re able to give.” He also bizarrely answered a question about the possible integration of ex-Daesh fighters into Canadian cities by riffing on discrimination faced by European immigrants who came here after the Second World War...
Pace Vinay, it should be obvious by now that Justin's biggest problem isn't his mouth.

It's his brainpower, and the decided lack thereof. 

Or the decided lack thereof.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018