commented on Art and Controversy
I think the thing about whether artists who have objectionable views or have done objectionable things comes down to two things:
1) Is this clear in their work? It seems it is, with Orson Scott Card. I've only read Ender's Game (where his homophobia is not present), but apparently it's glaring in a lot of his other books. That's generally repulsive enough on its own for me to not *want* to read them. Or Jack Kerouac talking unreflectively about being a rapist in his books. Gross shit.
2) If it's not, do you want to support them financially? Roman Polanski is a total scumbag. His movies are amazing, though, good enough for me to forget who made them for an hour and a half to two hours. But he's still alive, and I don't like giving child rapists money. But you can buy his movies on DVD used, or check them out from the library, and that's totally worth it. I'll probably buy a lot of them on DVD once he kicks the bucket.
If their repulsive views/actions aren't present in their work and they're dead, then that does sound like some Soviet Russia stuff, yeah.
Haven't followed the Blue controversy so no comment on that.
commented on Everyone Is Telling Me to Eat Chia Seeds
Chia seeds in lemonade ARE delicious. I second that.
But then again, if you're not in Mexico or Central America and people aren't automatically putting them into your lemonade, you don't necessarily need to go out of your way to find chia seeds, either.
commented on I, Anonymous
@35: bell hooks also spells her name in an annoying way. She says she does it in lowercase so people will pay less attention to her name, but it only makes people pay more attention to her name, which means she's kind of full of shit.
commented on The Lord of the Ring
Yes, but there's also a lot of original elements in Wagner that also appear in Tolkien. In the original myths, the ring just gives you the power to multiply your wealth, from what I understand (haven't actually read them). Wagner added the whole "the ring gives you great power but also corrupts your soul" bit.
commented on "But He's [Insert Race Here]!" No. Read This.
Many Hispanic people are white. They are not considered white in the US, but they will be eventually (just like Italian and Irish people used to be considered nonwhite). You can be from Mexico or Peru or (especially) Argentina and be of Spanish, German, Italian or Jewish descent — and therefore white. Also, a lot of white and mixed-race people from Latin America are racist as fuck.
commented on Never Heard of 'Em
Combat Rock is great. I've never heard Cut the Crap and I don't feel I really need to, but to me Combat Rock is easily their third best, behind London Calling and the UK version of The Clash. And while the US version is good (White Man in Hammersmith Palais! Complete Control!) it also has some kinda crappy moments (Clash City Rockers sounds like a wet fart to me) and I love that the UK version kicks off with Janie Jones. Such a great way to start an album.
But yeah, Combat Rock is great. I probably listen to it more than Sandinista! (which I guess is "objectively" better), and it's not boring like Give Em Enough Rope.