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 +3Posted on Aug 6th, 2010 | re: Eminem And Rihanna "Love The Way You Lie" Video, You Guys (116 comments)

Well, it was less PSA and more realistic scenario, in my opinion.

That said, it’s far from perfect (it has Rihanna and Eminem in it for starters), but it’s a step in the right direction, as opposed to what you see most of the time when it comes to issues of domestic abuse. You usually get a woman being beaten and crying, and you give the real-life abused women another excuse to stay with their shitty partner, in that “He doesn’t treat me like that. He only hits me when he gets really angry. Most of the time it’s great!”

I’m simply arguing against the archetype of the abuser who’s never nice. I just think it’s a good idea to show the good times as well, to let people see that the rights that are there don’t correct the egregious wrongs. If you really want to get into what this video did wrong, let’s start with the fact that it ends with them still together.

 +1Posted on Aug 6th, 2010 | re: Eminem And Rihanna "Love The Way You Lie" Video, You Guys (116 comments)

I find it difficult to believe that anyone that could find any enjoyment in domestic violence would be reached by any type of music video. That type of person needs help on a different level.

I also think we need to talk down to people a little less. In many cases, matters are simplified to the point of being insulting. You’re not going to scare kids away from drugs by telling them every bag of pot they buy is funding terrorists, and you’re not going to get people in realistic domestic abuse scenarios to relate to something that’s really one-sided.

 +8Posted on Aug 6th, 2010 | re: Eminem And Rihanna "Love The Way You Lie" Video, You Guys (116 comments)

Thank you. As I explained in a post above, it’s not a black and white world and I think the video does a good job of portraying that.

Also, as someone who finds domestic abuse to be one of the most disgusting things a person can do, it makes me very, VERY happy to know you’re no longer in that relationship.

 +16Posted on Aug 6th, 2010 | re: Eminem And Rihanna "Love The Way You Lie" Video, You Guys (116 comments)

I thought the video being pretty was the point it was trying to make. It’s really easy to vilify domestic abuse (and it sure as hell deserves to be vilified) when you just show a man beating the shit out of a woman.

If you make it pretty, and show them making up and the whole “exciting” roller coaster relationship, it’s easier to see why someone would stay in a relationship despite abuse.

I’m no expert on the subject, but that’s my two cents.

 +10Posted on Jun 24th, 2010 | re: Jeremy London Probably Not Kidnapped! Jeremy London Racist Drug Addict! (146 comments)

I think Mans nailed it. By Gabe’s own logic, he’s racist because he said crack. Honestly, I read about this story from three different places, and this is the only site that mentions crack. The rest said something along the lines of “smoked drugs from a pipe.” Because he’s a rarely-working actor that probably doesn’t have much money, and is white, I assumed it was meth. So, maybe I’M the racist. Fuck, I don’t know anymore.

I rarely post but I really enjoy reading the comments on this site because the people are more like a family and you don’t get the disgusting comments you run into on other sites. From this post and several of the others I’ve read this week, though, with bickering and whining and overly sensitive comments people have been posting, I’m thinking Gabe needs to hit the Reset Button again.

Love,
Creepy Lurker

 +6Posted on Apr 20th, 2010 | re: The Videogum Movie Club: Kick-Ass (142 comments)

I love Ebert, and I agree, the fact that I don’t agree with him 100% of the time does nothing to my opinion of the man. Much like the “video games can’t be art” argument, I respectfully disagree.

I will say that I didn’t like how condescending he came off in the Kick-Ass review, though.

 0Posted on Apr 2nd, 2010 | re: Sandra Bullock Teaches Us To Mourn For The World (51 comments)

Yeah, I feel the same way. People get cheated on all the time, and you never want someone to get treated like shit, so I do feel bad for Bullock, but when you date/marry an garbage, what do you expect? The fact that he cheated with a (possibly) racist walking canvas makes it slightly interesting, but I think it would be better if we all moved on.

BURN THE WITCH!

 +17Posted on Mar 4th, 2010 | re: Gwyneth Paltrow Has Just Discovered Sleep. Neat! (119 comments)

His taste for weak garbage lacking any substance is fairly obvious.

 +18Posted on Mar 4th, 2010 | re: Gwyneth Paltrow Has Just Discovered Sleep. Neat! (119 comments)

What a coincidence! I just discovered that GOOP is a good way to be put to barf.

I wish I could upvote you forever for that. I’ve been frequenting Videogum since early last year, so I’ve caught on to most of the inside jokes, but that list is amazing.

 +12Posted on Mar 2nd, 2010 | re: Roger Ebert, The Best, Finally Gets His Voice Back (93 comments)

A month or two? I just want to say that I appreciate the fact that you can hate a man for something you don’t even really remember. Your vengeful hatred reminds me of Inigo Montoya, who hated the six-fingered man for killing his father or mother or something.

 +2Posted on Jan 12th, 2010 | re: Netflix FAIL (64 comments)

Aren’t those proposed ratings determined by other movies you’ve watched and rated? So, you either rarely like anything, or rarely like sports movies. The fact that Netflix suspects you’d like Fired Up the most out of the listed movies is a sad, sad thing.

 +1Posted on Oct 30th, 2009 | re: Mickey Rourke Wins The Halloween Costume Contest Of My Nightmares (42 comments)

That, or Dead Tony Orlando.

 +2Posted on Oct 27th, 2009 | re: Microsoft Computes That Seth MacFarlane Is The Worst (21 comments)

Holy shit, that picture has me wanting to punch my monitor so hard… SO HARD.

 +1Posted on Oct 27th, 2009 | re: David Spade's Publicist Makes No Apologies For Disgraceful Farley Ad (57 comments)

I would say yes. As Gabe said in the article though, outrage is a personal thing, so to each his own.

Chris Farley was awesome, but I don’t really see the offense here, especially considering the Farley family’s approval. They didn’t change Farley’s appearance or dialog, so the original content remains intact. Granted, I’d be offended if they had someone dub Farley’s voice and CGI’d his mouth to hawk Direct TV, even with the Farley family’s approval, but that’s not the case. They just showed a funny part of a funny movie and edited Spade’s part.

 +18Posted on Sep 14th, 2009 | re: That's Your Boyfriend: All Your Boyfriends (47 comments)

I liked it better the first time. I prefer my 5th grader boner jokes with a side of improper spelling and grammar.

 +6Posted on Aug 18th, 2009 | re: Seth MacFarlane Clearly Hopes To Win An Emmy For Being The Worst (57 comments)

Oh wait, I meant the unfunny thing. The terribly unfunny thing.

 +5Posted on Aug 18th, 2009 | re: Seth MacFarlane Clearly Hopes To Win An Emmy For Being The Worst (57 comments)

Yeah, the funny part is that this clip is a barely redubbed piece of an episode where Brian borrows money from Stewie (“Where’s my money” instead of “Emmy”). Seriously, the worst.

 0Posted on Jun 2nd, 2009 | re: The Hunt For The Worst Movie Of All Time: Max Payne (94 comments)

Gabe, I completely disagree with you in that Max Payne shouldn’t have been a movie. That’s all I’ve ever thought since I played the first Max Payne. That’s because the MP games are basically interactive movies. You’re got your typical “man seeks revenge because his family was murdered” plot, add in the gritty cop angle, dark humor and film noir, throw in some conspiracy and mix well with creepy-as-hell David Lynch-esque dream sequences (and the funhouse level). It would be perfect if done well. My only argument in why it SHOULDN’T have been turned into a movie is that it pretty much already was one… just one you could interact with.

That being said, the game script was butchered beyond recognition and I agree that it should be here as one of the worst movies of all time. It would have been a terrible disappointment had I not seen other video game movies and known what to expect. What hurts the most about this one is that they could have taken the game script as-is and had a perfect movie. Oh well… Hollywood continues to go by the motto “If it ain’t broke, completely redesign it to ensure that it alienates everyone who ever loved it.”