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White Privilege

I have long admired Tim Wise - a writer who should be more widely known than he is. I have excerpted the beginning of a provocative piece he recently wrote regarding the role of white privilege and the Presidential contest. Much of it is right on the mark, though I would dispute that some of the jabs are white privilege versus the bullshit of the right-wingers who masquerade as people of principle when many of them merely want to get in line behind their guy regardless of what he does.

For those who still can’t grasp the concept of white privilege, or who are looking for some easy-to-understand examples of it, perhaps this list will help.

White privilege is when you can get pregnant at seventeen like Bristol Palin and everyone is quick to insist that your life and that of your family is a personal matter, and that no one has a right to judge you or your parents, because “every family has challenges,” even as black and Latino families with similar “challenges” are regularly typified as irresponsible, pathological and arbiters of social decay.

White privilege is when you can call yourself a “fuckin’ redneck,” like Bristol Palin’s boyfriend does, and talk about how if anyone messes with you, you'll “kick their fuckin' ass,” and talk about how you like to “shoot shit” for fun, and still be viewed as a responsible, all-American boy (and a great son-in-law to be) rather than a thug.

White privilege is when you can attend four different colleges in six years like Sarah Palin did (one of which you basically failed out of, then returned to after making up some coursework at a community college), and no one questions your intelligence or commitment to achievement, whereas a person of color who did this would be viewed as unfit for college, and probably someone who only got in in the first place because of affirmative action.

White privilege is when you can claim that being mayor of a town smaller than most medium-sized colleges, and then Governor of a state with about the same number of people as the lower fifth of the island of Manhattan, makes you ready to potentially be president, and people don’t all piss on themselves with laughter, while being a black U.S. Senator, two-term state Senator, and constitutional law scholar, means you’re “untested.”


3 more months? Ugh

Microsoft is Fascinating

Alright. I'm fascinated by the Seinfeld / Bill Gates Microsoft commercials. The second one just came out (first one is below it if you haven't seen it yet).

I don't know what it is, but I'm hooked. I giggled a couple of times. Most of the comments I've seen about them are that they are odd, annoying, and unclear as to what they are selling. I have to agree with the first and last points, but I would add entertaining in the place of annoying.

The first:

Reformed Maverick

Thank you Daily Show. Thank you.

Once Again, Thank you Daily Show

Life After Firefly

I loved the Firefly series and was dismayed to see it end. But kimmi shot me a link this morning that filled in my void a bit. Joss Whedon has a new project and it features NPH!!!

After reading the article, you can watch the first episode (15 minutes) of Dr Horrible's Sing-Along Blog on Hulu. FYI - Hulu is really lame. I was totally disappointed - there is no progressive download, it is just streaming. This means it frequently hiccups and easily gets out of sync for a few seconds.

But the lameness of Hulu in no way reduces my enjoyment of the clip. These people are frigging hilarious.

Wear Science

I love funny t-shirts that are also geeky. Teach the Controversy!

There was Nothing Wrong with that Movie!

Quote James upon the credit roll of Hancock

So far, the summer has disappointed me when it comes to bad movies. They have been good! Wanted was way better than expectations, and now Hancock was also quite entertaining.

I expected to laugh at Will Smith and enjoy his comedy carrying the movie. But it did not entirely rest upon his talents. And joy of joy - Charlize Theron is in a scene wearing a loose tank top with MACALESTER in the blue and orange!

BLUE AND ORANGE
BLUE AND ORANGE
OUR COLORS ARE
BLUE AND ORANGE
THERE ARE NO WORDS THAT RHYME WITH ORANGE
GOOOOOOO MAC!

Turns out Peter Berg - the film-making Mac Grad did Hancock. Hats off to you Mr. Berg! After reading a few reviews, I really did not expect such an engaging story line. And the plot twists took me by surprise - though I found out in the car ride home that Michelle figured out some of them before hand.

Good stuff. Will be buying that one on DVD.

Updated: Interesting interview with Pioneer Press - with some hints about deleted scenes that look fun.

Will Smith, Stumped

God, I am pumped to see this movie. Also, Will Smith is awesome. But maybe not that quick? Does Stephen stump him at the end? He looks damn confused, not sure if he is acting or not. Don't think he was...

George Carlin

I don't think of George Carlin as just a comic. Appropriately, he won the Mark Twain Award for Humor last week. Sadly, he died last night.

Carlin had amazing talents and used them to challenge society, improving it even as he appeared to give up on it. We are all worse off with his loss.

One of my favorite clips of his features him riffing on the language oddities we use - in relation to airplanes.

And finally, he may have been most famous for the seven words you cannot say on television. Took those words to the Supreme Court.

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