Daily Archives: December 12, 2013

“Girls” and copyright law…

An informed update on the GoldieBlox and Beastie Boys “Girls” debacle.

What I’d most amusing is if The Isley Brothers sued The Beastie Boys for their unlicensed and unpaid sample of “Shout!” for their 1987 song.

And Licensed to Ill is as “satirically” sexist as Kanye West is “satirically” narcissistic.

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Posted by on December 12, 2013 in Pop Life, Social Commentary


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Santa Claus Nonsense…

Aisha Harris at Slate wrote a piece about the impact of growing up as a black kid celebrating Christmas with a white Santa.

Fox News responded to the piece with cartoonish hilarity you would expect from a Saturday Night Live sketch, but in actuality is consistent with the low-level empathy-free thinking that passes for commentary on the network.

They also didn’t even bother getting what Richard Pryor called the “(negro) that they hire” to corroborate their entrenched point of view.

I do hope Harris saw the Fox News segment and grasps that this is the mentality to which she’s appealing when she’s asking for inclusiveness from a holiday that has no true cultural connection to her.

After all, try to imagine white kids celebrating a holiday with a black savior and welcoming an old black man into their home late at night with cookies and milk.

Fox, I suppose, is at least honest that this is their holiday. They forced it on you after they enslaved you and they are not interested in your concerns, in your “hypersensitivity” and desire for inclusion. This is Christmas, not Burger King. You don’t get to have it your way.

Because Santa is “who he is.”

Which was an elf in the Moore’s “The Night Before Christmas” and, also, you know, fictional… just like the carpenter he upstages each year.

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Posted by on December 12, 2013 in Social Commentary


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Facebook Etiquette…

Charlie looked up from his Surface tablet.

“That photo of you and the girls in matching sunglasses is a big hit on Facebook.”

“It is a nice shot of me,” Gina corroborated. “How many ‘Likes’ did it receive?”

“Lemme check. You know, people complain that Surface doesn’t have the Facebook app but you can access the Web version just as easily through Internet Explorer.”

“I’m sure,” she replied, only half-listening, as she read quietly from the Wall Street Journal app on her iPad.

“Forty-eight likes,” Charlie declared. “That’s funny. You’re not one of them.”

“Liking your own photo is tacky, Charlie. Besides, I tend to filter the profiles of people who post a lot about their kids.”

“Even me?”

“Especially you,” Gina confirmed. “I can’t make personal exceptions or I lose all credibility.”

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Posted by on December 12, 2013 in The Wrong Questions


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