May 1, 2015
commented on New Music Study Says 33 Is the New "Old"
I'm confused. If I listen to Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson, Turnpike Troubadours and other Americana, is that considered new music or is it a rehash of older music? If so, I haven't listened to new music since about age 33.
I do like that new Elle King song though.
May 6, 2014
commented on Leslie Jones Told Some Dirty Jokes About Slavery on SNL This Weekend
Wow, everything up to the Jones bit was bad, high-school skit comedy bad. The Russian lady bit was embarrassing and derivative, What's next some Pollock jokes? Lets bring back Yakov Smirnoff - What a country!
As for the slave bit, context is key. I can't help thinking that it somehow is in context because of the recent Clive Bundy incident. What was unsettling about Clive Bundy wasn't so much he said it, but that he said it publicly. In the last few weeks people have been talking about slavery, so Ms. Jones' comments seem to flesh this slavery issue out in public again. Seemed like it was satire of Clive Bundy's comment.
This context is clearly different than Chris Rock's bit. He was speaking about black people to black people. White folks might laugh, but they weren't the main audience.
In contrast, I think Ms. Jone's bit was for white people. It was to make them feel uncomfortable. It was easy to dismiss Clive Bundy, but maybe not so easy to dismiss her point.
Seems edgy to me and possibly missed its mark, but not sure it was as out of context as the Salon piece indicates.
Nov 26, 2013
commented on Alec Baldwin's Show Has Been Canceled
@3, a. Jane Fonda, b. Oliver Stone (ok, he's a director, whatever) c. maybe Sean Penn. Hmm, come to think of it, you make a good point.
Embarrassment is debatable. Is Matt Damon an embarrassment for advocating toilets? Is Tim Robbins or Susan Sarandon an embarrassment? If the bar is that low, then I guess Paul is correct.
Nov 6, 2013
commented on Savage Love
One's hypothetical reaction to having a child may be much different than the reality.
She could have a child and find out that she was not ready. He may discover that a child was exactly what he wanted but didn't know it!
Weird how life turns the tables.