Art and Sexism

 I have a huge headache and a bunch of crap on my mind and originally, I was going to write this in the personal journal I have but I type a lot faster than I write with a pen so I figured, I’d suck it up and let you into my world again as my writing persona, Mr.  Writer.

Right now I’d like to talk about the music video, “Elastic Heart” by Sia, which features a young girl and Shia Lebeouf (I think that’s how you spell his name, I don’t care to look it up right now. Sorry, Shia) in what appears to be a birdcage and they are essentially cage fighting in an interpretive dance style. Before I go any further, I’d like to just say that I never listened to any Sia’s songs and I don’t care for interpretive dance, I think it’s stupid cause some of the dancers are too dramatic and I just don’t buy it. With that being said, I was not expecting to see what I saw in that music video. From an amateur Critic’s perspective, I was moved.

And a lot of controversy came after the video was released because they said it was “border-line pedophilia”. It wasn’t. Not at all. They’re just saying it is cause she’s a fucking kid and Shia is a grown man. Now, Sia came out and apologized for those offended because she foresaw people getting worked up about it, but here’s the thing. Art is art. I get that some people won’t like it, and to that I say, “Read my take on the movie ‘The Interview'”. Not many people will get abstract art, because it’s abstract but there are some who still appreciate it. If you’re interested, check it out.

My interpretation on the music video was Shia was portraying a single Father, and the little girl was his daughter. In the beginning of the video she’s attacking him at every angle she can and then he tries to reach out to her by holding his hand out and trying to show his “daughter” love and care but she ends up “biting the hand that feeds her” and finally he’s had enough and tries to be controlling cause he just wants her to listen to him and she ends up escaping the cage and he is stuck and he’s just urging her to listen to him. Finally he’s broke down, and then out of nowhere she comes back into the cage and she remembers that her “father” truly cares for her and just was trying his best. It’s at that moment, she leaves the cage and is trying to get him to come with her but he just can’t, and as much as he tries to, he can’t fit through the iron bars of the cage and eventually he gives up and his eyes start to show that he’s lost hope. Which to me symbolized that as soon as she tried to form a good relationship with her “father”, it was too late. I don’t know, this is just my interpretation, I refuse to watch the “behind-the-scenes” cause I like my own.  Long story short, it was a great piece.

Also my sister had on some show that talks about hollywood inside stories and shit, and a commercial that’s going to air on Superbowl half-time was being discussed which involved a woman walking down the street appearing to have no clothes on in the street and guys are staring at her and long story short, it was for Carl’s Jr. Burger. And one of the hosts of the show (a guy) asked his female co-host, if she felt comfortable with the commercial, she obviously said no and took the side of a lot of other women that tweeted, posted and bitched about how the commercial is sexist. Now, I’m not sure what the hell the commercial is trying to prove, I’m not defending the commercial in anyway. But I don’t see how it’s sexist if the woman in the commercial is consenting to do the commercial. Also, isn’t it also sexist for men? Cause the commercial is trying to portray that men are pigs and since they’re gonna stare at this woman and drool all over her.  And don’t try to say it’s not the same, cause it is. Plus, there are plenty of Carl’s Jr. commercials like that have half naked women modeling for a burger, why weren’t they up in arms for that? What about those Bod fragrance commercials they used to air, it’d have a bunch of ripped guys showing off their abs and a girl’s voice oggling that. It’s a men’s product, but why is it okay for them to just have a bunch of shirtless guys sweating, it doesn’t make me wanna buy that crap. Why can’t it be one of those normal fucking cologne commercials where it’s someone on a beach and it’s all artsy and romantic? Or those Victoria’s Secret commercials, yes it’s a clothing store so they have to show what they’re selling but these are women modeling with their underwear on, you’re telling me you don’t see any similarities between that and the freakin’ Carl Jr.’s Burger commercials?? Get the fuck outta here. Again, I’m just playing devil’s advocate and saying, “It’s a fucking commercial…” If you don’t like it, get DVR and fast-forward through it.  And as for art, if you think it’ll be offensive, then just don’t watch it, but don’t criticize or condemn it cause there’s some people that actually do appreciate it. Like these blogs, if you’ve read them and liked them, I’ll keep on doing it. And if you don’t, well then quit reading my shit. Exit out, and in the words of Richard Pryor to Eddie Murphy who was chewed out by Bill Cosby for being too dirty, “tell Bill to have a coke and a smile and shut the fuck up”.

-Mr. Writer

Written on the 22nd of January, 2015 at 10:09 P.M.

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Musical Thoughts From a Drunk Mind

So as I’m writing this, I’m having a couple drinks and listening to the album Stankonia by OutKast for the first time. This album came out in 2000 and I was born in 1993, looking back on my past, the only thing I remember of this group is the popular song, “Ms. Jackson” as a kid watching part of the music video where (I wanna say, but I don’t want to confuse the two) Big Boi in the pouring rain singing “I’m sorry, Ms. Jackson” and as a young kid, I didn’t appreciate the song that much. But it wasn’t until I suffered my first actual heartbreak and I was in the car with my brother-in-law and the song, “So Fresh, So Clean” was playing in the car that I started to appreciate OutKast as a group. The song made me laugh cause of how silly it was but also how it made me feel good about myself, if you haven’t heard it, do it. Do it now!

I always had a thing for music, my mom told me when I was little I couldn’t sleep without listening to Michael Jackson. The way I’m telling the story, it sounds like it would inspire me to be a musician but I’m no good at writing music or singing. But music however has always played an important part in my life. Maybe it’s just the coincidence of life but every song that I hear just so happens to become part of a soundtrack to the movie that is my life. That probably doesn’t make sense but it’s okay, let me try to explain though still:

When I was 16, there was a girl that I had a huge liking for but she liked someone else and cheated on me with him actually. All the friends I had and good advice from other adults couldn’t help me cheer up. It wasn’t until I heard the song, “Fuck You” by Cee Lo Green that I started smiling and feeling a little “pep in my step” if my life was a film at that moment, it was the perfect soundtrack to what was happening in my life.

Isn’t it crazy the effect music has on our lives? Every emotion we feel is typically feigned by our mind. Usually, we can trick ourselves to be happy and we can trick ourselves to be sad by things like driving in rain. Try listening to a happy song in the rain, it feels fucking awkward, doesn’t it? But have you ever listened to a song that just so happens to be depressing and you just so happen to feel sad, you could be having a great day but that song will just plague your mind and if a happy song plays after that, it fucks with your psyche and you wanna continue listening to the sad song or more sad songs.

I think that’s the case because sometimes a musician is truly artistic when they’re at their most emotionally vulnerable state. It sounds harsh to say but you can definitely empathize with an artist that’s singing a song that’s coming truly from the heart. Like the song, “Wish You Were Here” by Pink Floyd after learning about the story behind it. To make a long story short, the story behind the song is that their original lead singer/founder of the band had a problem with drugs and alcohol and it got so bad that he became mentally unstable and the rest of the band were wondering what happened to the friend they grew up with and were just wishing things were different. The real story is a lot sadder than I illustrated but still, I can’t listen to that song without tearing up a little, say what you want about me but damn it, that’s gotta be the greatest acoustic song ever.

Pharell Williams’ song, Happy” has a similar effect cause of how positive it is. That song is intoxicating isn’t it? And you can’t help but smile and try to follow that stupid little clap that plays within the song. Don’t get me wrong, I love the song, I’m just saying, Pharell knows how to write a catchy song.

Segueing back to Outkast, recently I was feeling depressed for personal reasons and because lately it’s been raining, I needed to listen to something sad, so the song “I Should Have Known” by Foo Fighters was my go-to song cause it’s about feeling depression for something you knew in the back of your mind was going to end tragically but you did it anyway; and we’ve all been there so that’s what makes the song so amazing. We always do the opposite of what’s right cause we think we can deal with the consequences later but then when those consequences come for us, we look around and say, “I didn’t know it would hurt like this!”  And I was listening to this song, I just was getting lost in the powerful lyrics being sang by Dave Grohl. But something in my mind was telling me to look up some more depressing/heartbreak songs, and I just so happened to find the song “Roses” by OutKast. After listening to that song, let’s just say my emotions made a complete 180.

For those that don’t know about that song, it’s a song about a girl that is super stuck up and has hurt the hero of the story because she thinks she is too good for him and the hero of the song is saying, “Umm, I’m a man. Maybe not much of a man, but a man nonetheless and you’re hot and all but to be honest, you ain’t all that anyway”. The chorus of the song, word for word is my favorite and luckily they repeat it multiple times cause it goes, “I know you’d like to think, your shit don’t stank, but lean a little bit closer see, roses really smell like boo- boo oo” and not only could I not stop laughing but also it made me feel like they were reaching out to people like me who have been dumped by girls that were stuck-up bitches. You’re a human being, just like the rest of us so come back down to earth and realize that the earth does not revolve around you. (sorry, personal moment)

The point I’m trying to make is that music is such a beautiful thing in this world, lately the music that’s being played on the radio seems to be nothing but beats. There’s no actual meaning behind it, where’s the talent? Where’s the hardwork? But I’m not entirely worried because there are plenty of songs from the past that will always remain and be appreciated by those that actually give a shit. And if not, then they’ll just never know what actual music is, fuck em’.

-Mr. Writer

Written on the 14th of January 2015 at 10:05 P.M. 

The Interview (Movie Review and a tangent on Censorship)

So a few days ago I watched the film, “The Interview”, that stars James Franco and very comical, Seth Rogen with my sister-in-law. Before watching the movie, I remember reading a bunch of Facebook Posts and news headlines about the movie and all the trouble it was stirring and I gotta say, when I first saw the trailer, I did have a feeling that there would be some criticism but nevertheless, the premise of the film did seem a little funny just cause the fact that James Franco’s character thinks of Kim Jong Un as “actually a pretty cool guy”.

I will say though that after the movie was over, I will admit it was pretty outrageous and not what I was expecting. But for it to cause all kinds of drama the way it did, that was a little unnecessary, i mean sure yeah North Korea was going to be upset but it’s a fictional piece not to be taken seriously. It got so bad that the movie was taken OUT of theaters a day or two before it was supposed to be released. Aren’t we supposed to have freedom of speech? Yes, certain things should be looked after but I’m just saying if the KKK are able to have meetings and do whatever it is they’re fucking doing, we should be able to at least watch a movie.  I liked however what one theater did in response to “The Interview” getting taken out of theaters, I think it was in Dallas, TX where they instead showed the movie: “Team America: World Police”, for those that don’t know the movie, the main antagonist of it was Kim Jong-Il, Yes that’s right, Kim Jong-Un’s father. When that movie came out, I don’t remember it causing that much controversy (or it probably did, I didn’t watch the movie until many years after it came out) but the thing is, the film was not taken out of theaters and why should it be? It was actually a pretty funny movie.

The thing that’s been bugging me lately is that there’s so much censorship nowadays, sure yes, sometimes we need to watch what it is we say but a movie is a movie. If you’re a parent and you think a certain movie is not what you would want your kids to see, the solution is simple: don’t let your kids see the damn movie. So if you’re North Korea and there’s a movie being made in another country that portrays your leader in an embarrassing light, the solution again is simple: Don’t let your people see that movie, ban it in your own country, not in the country where they’re making the film. Because in the country where the film is being made, they have the ability to make those movies and make a profit. It may not make sense to North Korea, but that’s okay because cultural relativism does not need to apply in this situation. It’s kind of like a couple that’s been together for a long time and all you see them do is fight all the time, it is weird to us but it doesn’t matter because what they do is none of our business. And in this sense, North Korea has made it their business because I don’t recall anyone saying that they were forcing Kim Jong-Un to watch the movie or they would kill him (if that were the case, okay something needs to be done about that).

I’ve gone on a bit of a tangent, so I will stop now and continue the review, if you’ve made it this far, thank you.

The film was a typical Seth Rogen and James Franco movie, meaning for those who appreciate the films: “This is the End”, “Neighbors” and “40 Year Old Virgin”, they’ll like this movie a lot. And if you just so happen to despise North Korea, lucky day! Anyway, the film does have a good structured plot line, however to be totally honest after seeing so many films such as this that have characters going back and forth with insults, one-liners, and repeating sentences in an attempt to make them into catch-phrases so audiences leaving the theater will go and repeat them with their friends and therefore have what is known as a “cult-following”, it kind of drags on after a while and it leaves viewers like me feeling bored and laughing only because you don’t wanna be the only asshole watching the movie not laughing.

Don’t get me wrong, the movie was very much worth-watching because Seth Rogen and the other writers of the film successfully did their best to make an original-story line and the story I felt, was more focused on the plot than the jokes (which I do appreciate because a good movie is supposed to have a good story-arc). I don’t grade the movies I watch because these are simply my opinions as an amateur critic and because these guys know more about comedy and how to make movies than I do so all in all, watch the movie  enjoy yourself, and fuck North Korea.

Post Script: Thank you for taking the time to read this very long post because it means so much to me. This is me doing something I truly enjoy and I’m glad to share it with those that actually read this, I’m sure there are better things you could be doing with your time, but again thank you. I’m going to try to write at least one blog a week if not more because I do love writing and I want to give my “fans” something to look forward to. Thank you so much again, peace and love. And fuck North Korea. 

-Mr.Writer

Written on the 8th of January 2015 at 9:07 P.M.