Joan Rivers and the gang were in top form Monday night as they critiqued the fashion worn on Oscar night. The knives and the daggers were on full display as they surgically sliced and diced the stars that walked the red carpet. Rivers made her usual lame jokes (aided by a teleprompter) and even poked fun at Philip Seymour Hoffman. She seems to take particular pleasure in mocking the dead. sure people have said she has gone too far in the past, but she and her minions took aim at pregnant Elsa Pataky. One could call it simple bad taste, but in this image obsessed world it seems heartless to take aim at a pregnant woman. Rivers would say its all in fun, but who defines mean as fun?
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This morning while appearing on GMA Chelsea Handler was questioned about her tasteless tweets. Some say they were racist and George Stephanopoulos questioned her about them and she contends since she dates black guys she can’t be racist. Really? So this gives her a “black pass”? Share your thoughts.
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President Obama–”I didn’t have a dad in the house, and I was angry about it, even though I didn’t necessarily realize it at the time. I made bad choices. I got high without always thinking about the harm that it could do. I didn’t always take school as seriously as I should have. I made excuses. Sometimes I sold myself short,” the President said. He compared himself to young men now who are growing up like he did.”The only difference is that I grew up in an environment that was a little bit more forgiving. So when I made a mistake, the consequences were not as severe,” the President said. “I had people who encouraged me, not just my mom and grandparents, but wonderful teachers and community leaders. And they pushed me to work hard, and study hard, and make the most of myself. And if I didn’t listen, they said it again. And if I didn’t listen, they said it a third time – and they would give me second chances and third chances. “They never gave up on me, and so I didn’t give up on myself.”
Yesterday President Obama was amazingly candid as he discussed his childhood. He shared this as he introduced the President’s Initiative, My Brother’s Keeper. Yesterday was inspiring, but what will actually change the dynamic? It was interesting that the president took the opportunity to also scold the young men as he said they now have “no more excuses”. To some degree he is correct, but he needs to also take that same critical mirror and look at himself. He has also had a pocketful of excuses to explain his own lack of progress on his own agenda. The president has rewarded his LGBT community for their support and it has never came wrapped up with a lecture. It would have been refreshing to have seen this Initiative released with no chaser. http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2014/02/27/obama-announces-my-brothers-keeper/
Sarah Jessica Parker starred in the series Sex in the City. The show centered around the friendship of four very different women. They were supportive of each other even when they did not agree with each other. Recently Parker said in an interview that the kind of friendship spotlighted in the series sadly does not seem to exist anymore on screen or in real life. She went on to say that she does not read anything posted online about her because of the “random cruelty” that is permitted online. The Internet provides cover for not just mean girls, but mean people. If you read through the comments following articles you would be amazed at the kinds of things people post. If you are a Twitter user you will also find this kind of vitriol spewed liberally at politicians, celebrities really at anybody. One wonders are these people really that mean or does the anonymity provide the writer with false bravado? Have we simply become meaner? When did it start? Did it start when mean became entertainment? Bad Girls, Basketball Wives, Real Housewives of Atlanta were they the precursors or did they evolve as a comment on our society? The other day my daughter told me a snarky comment one of her friends made and I told her the girl was actually a frenemy not a friend. My daughter asked me did I have any frenemies and I told her no. As you get older you really have no place in your life for people who do not add anything positive to your life so I have no time for mean girls or mean women, but I do feel bad for this generation because sadly cruelty is becoming the new norm. Is it possible to change this dynamic? Share your thoughts.
Last night was the finale for Being Mary Jane. Did it leave us hopeful or sad? It depends on your perspective. Mary Jane has a fantastic job, a dysfunctional family and a complicated love life. She is the poster woman for you can’t have it all, but at some points during the finale you just wanted her to have some. This show is the latest must see among black women, but the real question is why? Why do we applaud a woman who seems to find her happy at the expense of another woman. In the real world the sidechick is despised but more and more the sidechick is celebrated. Scandal was the forerunner to the celebration of the sidechick. The character Olivia Pope is another successful black woman who finds her happy in the arms of the married president. We know this is all fantasy but it begs the question what are women willing to settle for? Is securing a portion of a man’s heart enough? Have we blurred the lines so much where this is the new normal. During the Tiger Woods scandal a few years ago we learned of Woods’ serial unfaithfulness, but we also saw countless women proudly stand before the cameras and say yes I was with Tiger. It was a parade of sidechicks who loved having their 15 minutes in the spotlight. The other day I saw Gabrielle Union who plays Mary Jane on The View. The sidechick question surfaced but Union brushed it aside, but it can’t be. She and Kerry Washington are the stars of very successful shows, but when the storyline portrays them as women knowingly engaged in relationships with married men they are the sidechick and the lines are not blurred.
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Gabrielle Union spoke of being a rape victim on The View today. She said she got her power back when she shed the “cloak of victimhood”. She said as a victim she did not have to do anything. She said everyone rallied around her with support and love but it was not for doing anything positive. Her story is one of incredible triumph but unfortunately this is not every victim’s story. Some victims will wear that cloak much longer because so many victims do not get justice through the justice system. They are not lazy they are victims.
SMILE…you are posing in front of a flag draped coffin. SMILE…you are showing such disrespect. SMILE…you post it on Instagram. SMILE…you are suspended from the honor guard. There is really nothing to smile about this is clueless, cruel and unbecoming of any soldier.