Horrible Mistakes of 2013

Wow… we’ve barely made it through 12 days of the new year and there’s already a crap ton of stupid things that have happened. I have to say, I thought that with a new year maybe we would make it through at least… um… a month or so before we start-up with the dumbest things in the world.

Everyone is now blaming every source of entertainment for the shooting in CT. Texas teachers are apparently becoming registered gun owners to use guns in schools. Wow… and here I thought people were smart. Let’s just give kids more opportunities to accidentally shoot themselves. I realize I already did a full article on this subject last week however, there have been more stupid things happening around the CT shooting then you could really count on one hand. Including a government conspiracy theory… (what is wrong with people?) So, the NRA says the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is to have a good guy with a gun. REALLY!?! What does that even mean? Earlier this week Arnold Schwarzenegger came out saying that violence and guns in movies are PURELY for entertainment purposes. THANK YOU Governor. Someone finally saying that hey, if people are that stupid, we can’t help it. We didn’t give them the gun and say, “go kill some people.”

Justin Bieber is now trying to fix his image since the “pot” picture was released onto the media. He has stated that… “Everyday growing and learning. Trying to be better. u get knocked down, u get up. I see all of u. I hear all of u. I never want to let any of u down. I love u.” Further down in his statement he says, “Time to do what I’m supposed to be doing. Performing.” Really because I thought your role was to be annoying and make 9-13 year olds cry over stupid songs with lyrics like “Baby, baby, baby oh.” That’s real classy.

A Utah school cancels “All Shook Up,” musical because Elvis music is offensive. I’m sorry, did we suddenly time travel back to the 50’s? Apparently Elvis’ song lyrics in combination with the scene suggesting cross dressing was deemed offensive. I have no IDEA what scene they are talking about considering, I’ve seen the show and NEVER once thought that WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE was talking about cross dressing. For those who have no idea, the musical is a twist on Shakespeare’s “The Twelfth Night.” Wanna hear something even better!? After trying to change the musical to something else, THEY CHANGED IT BACK. What a conundrum! A rep for the play said, “There’s a misunderstanding about the plot of the play.” YA THINK!? “By that time, the genders have been righted. The audience knows it’s not a homosexual relationship.” Um… I think this is my favorite of the Horrible Mistakes this year.

Rihanna posts a picture of a pot nugget on instagram and then she decides it’s smart to backlash at the critics and fans that get upset over it. First off, if you were a face in pop culture then maybe it wouldn’t matter but you are and you some how have a fan base that includes young kids. And then the caption makes it worse, “This nug look like a skull or am I just hallucinating…?” You actually think you’re NOT gonna get some shit for that? What’s wrong with you? A bunch of comments came up saying stuff like “Wow wat a good influence you are on young girls… not” and “I dont understand what she trying to prove through pics of drug everyday.” And what does the pop artists do? She posts another picture with the caption, “I DON’T REALLY GIVE A F-K.” Well then… HORRIBLE MISTAKE.

Texas Chainsaw in 3D… I can’t even begin to express… HORRIBLE MISTAKE! Why, why, why?

Last week Fox Entertainment Chief said a lot of “us” have our head up our asses. Oh but wait, NBC says they don’t! “That may be true of other places. I can guarantee you, we don’t have our heads up our asses,” says NBC Rep Greenblatt. “Last year I came out here and admitted we had a bad fall,” Greenblatt continued. “I’m not saying that this year … CBS is down 13 percent, ABC is down 4 percent and Fox is down 23 percent. We all know CBS still beats us among total viewers, but we’re now a clear No. 2 we were a distant fourth a year ago.” So basically, NBC is back on top they’re talking shit about other networks. “[CBS] Criminal Minds is worse than Dexter ever was.” Did you really just say that? Because I watch both shows and that statement makes NO sense. Congratulations NBC you made the HORRIBLE MISTAKES list of 2013.

Now, there are plenty of other things I could go on and on about, however, I think these were the most obvious and really hysterical. Do you have any horrible mistake suggestions? Leave a comment below!

The Year End Review – 2012

So today is the last day of 2012, ARE YOU READY FOR 2013? That’s when you say, HELL NO. Well, there’s lots that went down and lots that shouldn’t have come anyway near us this past year. To sum up as quickly and painless as possible, I’m going to give you EVERYTHING that has happened this past year. Put on your reading glasses and catch yourself up in “LUDICROUS SPEED.” (If you don’t get that reference, you have stumble upon the wrong website and should go find prettykitties.com)

The Supreme Court fights against Fox TV for “indecency.” I actually forgot this happened. The cross dressing tv show “Work It” got cancelled. I’m suddenly remembering why this show got cancelled. The IFPI claimed that delays to the Digital Economy Act were the reasons for piracy still being high. Yea and it had nothing to do with people being tight asses. DC Comics brings back Watchmen as “Before Watchmen.”  I wonder whatever happened with that. Barnes and Noble Bans Amazon Books.  Yea cause that really hurt Amazon. Vicente Fernandez announced his retirement. Only to retire in 2013. Wii announces the Wii U. Released in the fall. JK Rowling announces new book for adults. I saw when it was released, then it disappeared into the universe. Dr. Seuss turned 108. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!  The Rolling Stones celebrate their 50th anniversary. Damn those guys are OLD.  “The Rock” makes his comeback. This happened as quickly as it ended.  The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted Gun’s N’ Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Beastie Boys, Donovan, Laura Nyro, Small Faces and Faces. Epic Concert. Pepsi and Twitter join forces. Concerts on youtube is genius. The Vatican denounces a sex book written by a nun. This story still makes me laugh. TomKat gets a divorce. All of America was waiting for this. “Meet the Dictionary’s New Words.” And they don’t all start of the letter ‘r.’ Wonder Woman and Superman set to become a couple. Only DC Comics. Bin Laden is killed. And then we tell them how we did it. Real smart folks Randy Newman writes, “I’m dreaming of a white president.”  Still makes me laugh every time I read about it. Who’s apart of the 47%?  ME!!! Matthew Perry returns to NBC with “Go On.”  It’s not just for the crazies. Disney buys Star WARS. Problem or good times? The wicked tale of “Standards and Practices.” Stupid TV politics.  Obama wins presidency. I voted. Channing Tatum is reported “sexiest man alive” by People magazine. Yea yea yea. NBC announces “The Sound of Music” revamp for TV only has Carrie Underwood as lead female role Maria. So not making people happy. People begin to blame the fine arts for the shooting in Newtown, CT. Because they are stupid. 

Legends we lost: Dick Clark, Ann Rutherford, Marvin Hamlisch, Ron Palillo, Michael Clark Duncan, Jenni Rivera, Larry Hagman, Etta James, Don Cornelius, Whitney Houston, Davy Jones, Donald Dunn, Donna Summer, Robin Gibb, Kathryn Joosten, Richard Dawson, Nora Ephron, Andy Griffith, Ernest Borgnine, Neil Armstrong, Andy Williams, Dave Brubeck and so many more.

What did you think of the 2012 year? Was it good to you?

“Life imitates Art”: The Age Old Question

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Oscar Wilde once said, “Life imitates art far more than Art imitates life.” This is one of those moments when I think, was he being sarcastic or sincere? Either way, I COMPLETELY disagree with this statement. The problem is that people don’t realize the fact that it is ART that imitates LIFE. Before there was any type of mass entertainment there were story tellers, painters, artists, that drew their inspiration from every day LIFE (most of which was to preserve their history). That’s right LIFE. Da Vinci’s “Last Supper” wasn’t what made the Last Supper happen. “The Sound of Music,” didn’t influence WWII and make a young nun fall in love with a older military man with 7 children. “Bugs Bunny” wasn’t the cause for duck hunting to be more popular than rabbit hunting. “The Nutcracker” doesn’t get every girl to fall in love with a rat king. My point is simple, art imitates life. Why do you think that there is thousands of movies, tv shows, books, and art works that are based off of true events.

The most recent event that suddenly everyone is starting to blame entertainment for is the elementary school shooting in CT. Now, my heart, my soul, my very being goes out to the victims of this tragedy. However, don’t you go blaming anything or anyone other than the person that pulled the trigger for the cause of this event. Saying that it was because of a video game or a movie is pure ignorance. Has everyone forgotten that people have EVERY control over their decisions and actions. You decide who you’re going to be and how you’re going to get there. No one else does it for you. And for someone to say that it’s because of the art work someone else took from their life experience is completely contradictory. The fault falls on the person committing those actions NOT an artistic point of view. As humans, we need to take responsibility for our actions instead of coming up with something or someone else to blame.

In the mean time, I wish nothing but peace and hope to the town of Newtown, CT. And I hope that as insignificant as this simple article may be, it will open someones eyes to the truth that artists draw from life. Life doesn’t draw from art. If it did, wouldn’t life seem WAY easier? It would in my world.

The Grammy Museum housing Music History

That’s right, I bet you didn’t even know that there was a Grammy Museum. Good thing too, because I had no idea either. The Museum has been open for a little less than four years but only in the past 18 months has it joined joins with storage center Iron Mountain. Why is this part important? Well, with all the very delicate items, like records from Thomas Edison’s label, finding the right climate to store this history in was presenting a problem.  “People offer to donate things, but until we had someplace to properly store and preserve them, we’ve had to turn a lot of those offers down,” executive director Robert Santelli said. “We have to be able to safely store the items, insure them — and be sure we can make them accessible to the public at some point, because we are an educational museum. We’re working without an acquisition budget, so we have to rely on donations.”

Items that live in this storage space of 900 air-conditioned square feet include, Edison’s phonograph, thousands of 5-by-7-inch white notecards collected from one of Yoko Ono’s wishing trees, major record companies master recordings, an archive of more than 200 performances and live interviews recorded at the museum since it opened December 2008, a pair of Johnny Cash’s boots and his lyrics for the song “Cry, Cry, Cry”, Bob Dylan letters and lyrics, a jacket and trumpet that belonged to Miles Davis, jewelry worn by Billie Holiday, a tie and letter from Louis Armstrong, one of Barbra Streisand’s dresses, a Willie Nelson bandanna, stage sketches and lyrics from Public Enemy’s Chuck D., one of Pete Seeger’s banjos, and a trombone played by New Orleans jazz pioneer Kid Ory.

The audio-visual archive containing all the some 200 performances and interviews, was opened to the public this past Wednesday. I think that means you need to take a trip to the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, CA music lovers. “Our goal is to make sure we can find all these items a good home in the museum somewhere — and to make them available for the common good.”

The Tale of “Jack of the Lantern”

Ever wonder why it is that we crave creepy and scary faces into pumpkins for Halloween? Look no further!! I have the answer for you right here dear students and friends. Now sit around while I tell you the “Legend of Stingy Jack.” According to this Irish myth there was a man nicknamed Stingy Jack who once had a drink with the Devil. He ends up “convincing” the Devil to pay for the drinks by turning himself into money. Once the Devil did so, Jack  decided to kept the money and held it by a silver cross to stop the Devil from returning to is original form. Jack stated that he would release the Devil only if he promised not to bother Jack for one year and that if he should die, he would not claim his soul. Naturally, the Devil was released. The following year, Jack tricked the Devil into climbing a tree to pick fruit. While the Devil was in the tree, Jack carved a sign of the cross into the bark forcing the Devil to promise not to bother Jack for another 10 years. Jack died soon after and was turned away both the Devil and by God. But the Devil gave Jack a piece of burning coal to light his way through the darkness. Jack placed the coal into a carved-out turnip and has been roaming the Earth ever since. The Irish began to refer to him as “Jack of the Lantern,” and then “Jack O’Lantern.” As the story grew people carved Jack O’Lanterns and placed them into windows or near doors to frighten away Stingy Jack and other evil spirits. Carving pumpkins only began once the tradition took place here in America since it was easier to carve.

Once Upon a Halloween…

I realize that I’m a WHOLE two days late but the season is still in the air and I know that EVERYONE wants to know everything possible about their favorite spooky holiday. Every Halloween comes and goes faster than the last and with every year the holiday becomes more and more popular across American college students. Whether its the costumes or the parties, students fallen in love. But how, fellow students, did this holiday come to be.

Apparently the very thought of Halloween is over 2,000 years old. It goes back to the Celts when they used to celebrate the new year on November 1st. It marked the last day of summer and what they called the first day of darkness. The Celts believed that the night before the new year the ghosts of the dead returned to earth to cause trouble and damage crops. This became known as the Festival of Samhain. The Celts also believed that during this time the presence of otherworldly spirits made it easier for the Druids or Celtic Priests to make predictions about the future. The Druids would build sacred bonfires and the Celts wore costumes.
After the Roman Empire conquered Celtic territory, many of the Roman traditions began to meld with the Celtic ones. The Romans had two festivals at the end of October. One to commemorate the passing of the dead, the other to honor the Roman goddess, Pomona, of fruit and trees. Her symbol is the apple. And so bobbing for apples was born.

By 609 AD Pope Boniface IV dedicated May 13 as all Christian Martyrs Day. It wasn’t until Pope Gregory III that this day became known as All Saints Day and was moved to being celebrated on November 1st. By 1000 AD November 2nd was declared All Souls Day and was celebrated in much the same way as the Celtic Festival of Samhain. All Saints Day was also called All-hallows or All-hallowmas and the night before, the traditional Celtic Festival of Samhain became known as All-hallows Eve.

When Halloween first started in the colonies, it wasn’t very popular outside of Maryland. Their celebrations included “play parties,” public events, sharing stories of the dead, telling each other’s fortunes, and dancing and singing. What we call Halloween now didn’t come into existence until the holiday hit America and spread like wide-fire with the immigrants of the mid 19th century. By the 20’s and 30’s Halloween became the secular holiday we all now know and love. Trick or Treating slowly became more and popular between the 20’s and 50’s. Not only did families use this as a way to build relationships within their community but they also used it as a way to avoid having tricks played on them. It would soon be known as the American tradition added to the old Celtic Festival of Samhain.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

The time: October. The color: Pink. The guest: Fighters & Survivors. Although it’s not my favorite color in the world it has come into my life for the past year in a BIG way. Cancer has impacted more than 1 and 3 people in a life time with that stat growing every year; the top three of the cancers being Non-melanoma, Lung Cancer and Breast Cancer. Breast Cancer has affected 12% of women, killing 115 women world-wide in one day. That’s 1 woman every 15 minutes. While it has affected every average sally, the cause has spread like wide fire over the past decade to bring it to the fore front of the entertainment industry as well. Entertainers affected by breast cancer include: Sheryl Crow, Kylie Minogue, Olivia Newtown-John, Melissa Etheridge, Cynthia Nixon, Edie Falco, Robin Roberts, and Christina Applegate.

So Why Pink? The pink ribbon was first used by the Susan G. Komen Organization in 1991 and was adopted by National Breast Cancer Awareness Month the following year. The ribbon represents fear, hope and goodness of people who support the breast cancer movement. Although the ribbon is commonly known for the cause, it also symbolizes  goodwill towards women in general.

There have been several sources in my research that lead me to people who don’t find BCAM all that… well they think it’s a sad excuse to attempt to coerce people into buying things with a pink ribbon claiming it will help breast cancer victims. Well… I just have one thing to say about this: BCAM isn’t about getting people to buy things, it’s about educating women about something that could affect them regardless of their knowledge of it. “The best protection is early detection.” Educate yourself, talk to your doctors and make sure that you don’t become easily misguided.

Make sure that if you’re interested in bringing an end to breast cancer to donate at Susan G. Koman for the Cure or the American Cancer Society. Separate we may fall but together we are STRONG.