Azealia Banks Compares LGBT Community to Ku Klux Klan

In probably the worst PR flop a pop singer could make this day in age, Azealia Banks took to twitter the other day to say she felt the LGBT community is “like the gay white KKK”.

Let’s say you’re a woman. A bisexual woman. And let’s say you’re also African American and a musician. You probably have a lot of pent up rage that could send you into a rapping frenzy at any moment. When those lyrics are spit, you probably use poetic license to back up your right to free speech, and you probably get away with it most of the time because music is an art form and art has a long history of being radical and challenging the system we live in.

But when you say something on Twitter, you aren’t appropriated a poetic license. Twitter is a communications tool and, unless you’re known for shocking performance art involving social media, you should probably watch what you say. After all, it wasn’t too long ago that Anthony Cumia of the Opie and Anthony Show got fired from Sirius XM for his racist twitter tirade regarding a black female who assaulted him in the middle of the night in Times Square after he took pictures of her butt. If entertainers should have learned anything from that event, it’s that the things you say online under your own name will be held against you in the court of public opinion. Why, then, would Azealia Banks say such a thing without thinking?

Probably because she’s an idiot.

She removed the original tweet, but here’s a screenshot:

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Afterwards, she received some backlash to which she responded the following typical backpedaling we always see from pop stars with below average intelligence:

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There is so much wrong with these tweets, I’m not sure where to start so let’s just take it from the top..

“All I had to do is say one word and I moved a whole community. What weaklings!!!”

So, you moved a community and you think that makes them weak? Last I checked, weakness is when people do nothing in the face of bigotry…

“You boys gotta toughen up!!! Don’t be so weak !!! If one word can put your entire community in distress you’re DOOMED”

The thing is, not all people are the same. Some people are sensitive. That’s part of being alive in a society where divergent lifestyles, cultures, races, religions and personalities exist. Being insensitive to words that hurt people with access to the internet (such as gay fans, perhaps?) means you don’t give a hoot about anyone but yourself. It’s called “tolerance”, Azealia, learn it.

“You all CHOSE to get upset. Remember… Offense is only TAKEN, it is never given.”

This is some immature thinking. I used to think like that, too. I also used to think it was OK to hit someone when they wouldn’t stop taunting me. See, I was in middle school. I’m 36 years old now and made enough mistakes to know that violence doesn’t solve anything and only makes things worse. The same goes for saying shitty things on a loud speaker in front of THE ENTIRE WORLD. How old are you, Ms. Banks? 24? Maybe I’ll give you a pass….for now….

None of this is shocking at this point, as Banks has been on somewhat of a rampage with her gay bashing and proclamations that she should be able to say whatever she wants. After an altercation with a flight attendant caught on video where Banks called the attendant a “F*cking F*ggot”, she tweeted that she was bisexual, that her brother was transsexual and that her employees were all gay men:

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This type of behavior is residual from decades of gay bashing that made the word “F*ggot” a pejorative for not just gay people but anyone you don’t like, a topic that became a bit in comedian Louis CK’s arsenal from his Chewed Up stand-up special in 2008. While it works as a comedy routine in his special way of getting around actually offending people, he also brings the word to reality in the second episode of his hit TV show Louie on FX when a group of comics are sitting around playing cards and the topic comes up when one of them, Nick DiPaolo, asks a gay comic at the table, Rick Crom, what it feels like to *ahem* receive anal sex. Crom goes on to explain the emotional pain that the f-word brings back up. See, in the Middle Ages, a “faggot” meant “a bundle of sticks to build a fire” and, since society felt gay people were so sub-human that they equated to fire kindle, they would throw gay people on the fire instead of strapping them to a stake with the witches. Yea. It’s that horrible of a slur. In fact, it’s as bad as saying the n-word to a black person.

Unfortunately, Azealia Banks doesn’t think so. She thinks it’s totally OK to say whatever you want, which is great, but she should also, maybe, perhaps censor herself a LITTLE bit… at least when using twitter.

I Binge-Watched That ’70s Show And Discovered That I Hate Josh Meyers

Some new characters cast to save a show from certain death do the opposite of said desired result, and Josh Meyers on That 70s Show is a perfect example.

I sometimes look for an old sitcom to put on in the background while I work and recently found myself in a That 70s Show binge. It was fun at first because the laughter sounded like it was a real studio audience. Then the second season hit and it started feeling like a fake audience mixed in with the real one, but at least the show still had decent writing, clever jokes and running gags galore, and the casting and acting worked. It wasn’t until I finally hit the 8th season that I realized why the show was cut short.

That might sound weird because the show wasn’t officially cancelled but concluded in 2006 at the end of the 8th season, but it was pretty obvious why. Sure, season 7 had a big drop in ratings which could have possibly meant that the Wednesday night audience just wasn’t interested anymore, and it could have really meant that the show had already run its course since both Topher Grace (Eric) and Ashton Kutcher (Kelso) had already decided to pursue film careers exclusively. But you know what REALLY killed the show for me? The new characters, specifically Josh Meyers.

Josh Meyers is the brother of Late Night star Seth Meyers, whom I don’t particularly like either. The two of them have a shit-eating grin forever plastered to their face that brings my hatred of humanity to new heights every time I see them. It wasn’t just that Seth would laugh at his own jokes on SNL which pushed me over the edge, it was that his jokes just weren’t that funny yet his facial expression told a whole other story. He’s marketable, and that’s about it. There’s no artistry, only junior high level humor and the crux of his theatrical presence levitates right on the line of mediocrity. He’s a personality and it’ll probably work for Late Night for years to come, but I hope I never see him in an actual acting role.

Josh, on the other hand, has had a few and I’m still trying to figure out why. In season 8 of That 70s Show he’s the worst addition to a cast I’ve ever seen. While all the other main characters have strong, distrinctive personalities, Meyers’ is virtually non-existent. He looks perfect and only serves as a tool to push the story along. The other more perfect-looking people, Kelso and Jackie, ran archetypes that offset the more normal, geeky characters I grew to love by season 2. These new characters, though? The producers should be ashamed of themselves; Josh Meyers should have been strapped to a chair and beaten for a while before being allowed on set. It would have given him character. He was a terrible replacement for Eric Foreman, but more importantly he was a poor excuse for an actor.

I realized I hated Seth Meyers around the time that he had his brother Josh on Late Night to talk about their family. Guess what? I don’t care about your family. I want to hear about the entertainment industry, that’s why I tune into talk shows like that. It turns out, Seth worked a similar thing into his Weekend Update on SNL a few years ago as well. I looked it up to see if it was funny. It wasn’t. Again, I don’t care about your family, the jokes are only funny to you and your friends, not to me as a viewer. It’s a bigger waste of time than watching a sitcom in the first place. I mean, I’ve already chosen to waste my time and laugh at dumb jokes, but now you’re going to make jokes that only you think are funny and the audience is laughing nervously to? Argh, someone kill their careers please.

So, That 70s Show finally fell apart for me. Only 9 years late, I guess. To be honest, I don’t think I missed anything. Aside from the cultural relevance of helping to push pot smoking into the mainstream throughout the early 2000s, the show’s only real relevance is being the start of four actors’ careers.

Cowspiracy Proves That Going Vegan Is The Solution To Global Warming

I’m an all-American, good old-fashioned, non-discriminatory meat eater generic cialis jelly. I’ve spent the majority of my life chowing down cheeseburgers, lasagna, hot dogs, sausages, philly cheese steaks, meat loafs, fried chicken, lobster, and pretty much everything in between. My favorite meal, for decades now, has been a nice juicy sirloin steak. It’s delicious, it’s fulfilling and, most of all, it makes me feel like I accomplished something when I finish my plate. Little did I know that every time I eat meat I am helping to deplete the earth of it’s water and destroy the ozone layer. Don’t believe me? Then you should watch Cowspiracy.

When I saw the documentary listed on Netflix, I passed over it and didn’t even give it a second thought. It wasn’t until I got into what I like to call “sponge mode”, where I watch as many documentaries back-to-back as I can, that I ran into this movie again and decided to give it a go. I actually didn’t know what it was about, but I had an idea based on the title, of course. As soon as the movie started it proved, within minutes, that the number one reason for depletion of the ozone layer and increase of global temperatures is animal agriculture, representing 51% of all worldwide greenhouse gas emissions. Read that again:

Animal agriculture makes up 51% of all worldwide greenhouse gas emissions

After around 5 minutes into the movie, I was already told the most important thing anyone has ever told me about global warming. The scary part is that nobody in the White House seems to care. I felt like I needed to look up the data to verify it and, sure enough, it checks out. So, I decided that I was going to go vegan. But, after a life of eating meat, how am I going to make this change?

There comes a time in every person’s life when they’re confronted with the reality of their lifestyle and need to make dietary changes in order to ensure they live a longer, healthier life. Usually, cutting down on red meat and butter is the best move you could make if you’re attempting to avoid heart disease, but that still leaves chicken and other poultry, fish, crustaceans, and other seafood, and the idea of “cutting down” is not the same as “cutting out”. At the end of the day, you’re still eating meat. Even one of the people in the movie mentions the fact that going “meatless on Mondays” is still destroying the Earth 6 days a week.

What’s worse is the amount of water and rain forest destruction happening in the name of animal agriculture. If a person eats 3 animal product meals a day, it actually has the most devastating effect on the Earth above fossil fuels (oil, coal, gas, etc), which is everyone’s biggest concern, even environmentalist groups. This is because it takes so much water, grain and land space to raise animals.

Probably the most disconcerting part about this entire issue is the fact that it’s actually against the law to protest or take part in any sort of activism against the animal agriculture business in America. It’s even gotten people killed in South America and caused the creator of Cowspiracy to lose his funding and fear for his life.

I finished the movie recognizing that there was a clear agenda behind it, but that I didn’t disagree and found it hard to even try. The only real reason people eat meat is because it tastes good. But if we want to save the world, it may be time for everyone to go vegan.

‘Fear The Walking Dead’ Strikes Terror Inside Political Protests

As if zombies weren’t scary enough on their own, Fear The Walking Dead brings about an apocalyptic scenario a little too close to home, screenwriting even the likes of Mr. Robot season 1 haven’t yet covered.

From anarchistic rioting to California blackouts, this past week’s episode took the breakdown of society to a grisly new level by incorporating flesh eating zombies randomly into the mix, and just when you thought the chaos would finally end, we saw a blackout occur over the entire city of Los Angeles as our main cast fled the outskirts of the riots into the safeways of the suburbs.

The postmodern realism interwoven into this prequel leaves little to the imagination and much to be feared if there were to occur a zombie outbreak in the here and now amongst the plethora of disgruntled political groups on the brink of becoming angry mobs. From liberal outrage at racial inequalities to libertarian refusals to disarm, and then to anarchist anti-authoritarian desires to dismember society outright, we’ve seen an ever-increasing phenomenon of protests and riots occurring around the globe. To say the title of this show is on the mark is an understatement.

fear the walking deadPerhaps the scariest part of the riot scene in this weekend’s episode was the cop-on-cop zombie eating clip and one of our protagonists, a teenage boy, grabbing his dad’s attention to it. At this point, the demonstration turns from civilians against cops to an every-man-for-himself all-out riot; so much is happening at once that it’s difficult to even tell the difference between a protester and a zombie, a cop from the flesh-eating undead and a radical from a peacekeeping policeman. A dividing line is always there in a protest, but a zombie riot carries unforeseen consequences and violence that becomes unpredictable and outright senseless. You don’t want to be caught in this sort of unstable environment, and Fear The Walking Dead perfectly captures this sensibility.

Social media has yet to become the feeding frenzy it once was over The Walking Dead, but I give this show another month and a few more episodes of this unnerving beginning to the zombie apocalypse before people realize that it’s a much closer-to-home story than its predecessor.