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Yet another reason to name my firstborn PETMAN.
FASHION BURN! *twirl*
Ideal wardrobe for a great big phat person.
During the interview (I don’t remember if it was during the taped portion or during a break), Moore said we should go back to capitalism “as it used to be,” when companies would reinvest profits into their own companies instead of sitting on that money in order to, as he theorized, use it as a buffer when “the other shoe drops.”
He was really talking up this sort of Golden Age of Capitalism where a person could put in “an honest day’s work” for 8 hours and be sure he’d see that money come back to him in the form of salary and benefits rather than having benefits cut more and more until finally seeing his employer ship out overseas.
I don’t know enough about economics or business to know if there’s any truth in that, but it gave me the impression that he’s not “anti-capitalist,” just feels the system needs reform and increased regulation.
(Although, then again, he’s also talked about “redistributing wealth,” in the past, so. Shrug.)
I was at this taping last night! Luckily, I’m too tiny to properly show up on camera.
I am noooot exactly a fan of Michael Moore’s and really dislike his tendency to paint complex issues as black and white with no sense of nuance, but appreciated that he made the effort to try and ask questions or bring up issues during the televised broadcast that people in the audience voiced during the commercial breaks. So, that was nice, I guess.
The big issue I have with Moore, though, is that he’s co-opting a movement and this sort of nebulous sense of frustration among The Average American ™ to suit his own purposes (because, as Gabe pointed out, it’s PUHRETTY likely that he’ll use OWS as fodder for another non-Avatar documentary). And by doing that, he’s providing American viewers at home with an incomplete if not totally inaccurate picture of what “the 99 percent” is about.
During the interview, he said he blamed corporations “100%” for this country’s current economic issues, including lack of available jobs, and felt it was unfair to fault the American people for a lack of personal responsibility. I’m not sure who elected him to be the face and voice of OWS or of, like, America’s woes in general, but I don’t think many (most?) people in the audience agreed with his take on who or what is exactly to blame for the trouble we’re in.
The impression I’ve gotten from People-Who-Are-Not-Michael-Moore is that 1) this isn’t entirely a partisan issue, 2) corporations are to blame and should be held accountable for this, yes, but so is government and Americans themselves for, say, purchasing things they cannot afford.
As a self-appointed mouthpiece, it seems Moore isn’t interested in standing up for views that don’t really match his own thesis. Then again, maybe someone who is on the more extreme end of something needs to be loud and heard and put on TV so that people who are more moderate will look and say “Ok, problem o’clock! This guy is onto something! Let’s take a look but maybe reel it in a bit.”
This is one of the sweetest and most infuriating things I’ve ever seen besides every engagement photo shoot ever.
Epic jinx, bro.
You know Jean-Ralphio?!
One of the wonderful things about Facebook (besides all of it, obviously), is that I can tell whether or not I want to watch a show based on who “Likes” it and devotes status updates to it. And, so, since the girl who updated Facebook AS she made her wedding vows seems to love this show AND Kim Kardashian AND Sex and the City (she’s a Charlotte, by the way, but maybe a Samantha after ti many martoonis), I know that I will really love and relate to How To Wear Axe In Axemerica.
P.S. It sounds like a cute costume. (And much better than, say, Slutty Version of Puppy that made Marvin Afraid.)
Depends. Are you a dude?
I’ll bet Marvin would also really hate the idea of breakfast with the Disney princesses.
Ah, see, I’ve never watched that. I know not the depths of its darkness.
I was thinking, really, of a specific time when I was VERY MUCH ENJOYING an episode of Antiques Roadshow only to have SOMEONE decide he wanted to watch a bunch of references to unrelated things instead.
My reaction to this is the same as when anyone switches the channel from anything, ever to watch Family Guy instead.
I’m in the same boat, with a whole thing of jellybeans.
He left most of his face untattoo’d! Cheetah.
I’m assuming from your monocle that you’re probably not a frat broseph / brometheus / humphrey brogart, but if you were, your jokes would take on a whole different layer of meaning that would make me chortle, were my sense of humor MUCH less refined.
Drilling! Bones! Sex with ladies!
That’s crazy! My spirit animal is also an eagle that transports nipples.
This is almost as fraught as that time Edwin McCain had himself confused with John McCain.
Boy, is he ever going to regret this when Kim is inevitably elected president of the newly-renamed United States of Amerikewt.
Commander in JEALOUS MUCH?
One of the great things about comedy, to me and maybe to no one else, is that it uses humor to start a dialogue. I mean, yes, some things are just funny and that’s it. But comedy also often gets people (and The Media, trademark symbol) talking about and thinking about WHY certain things are considered offensive or impolite or taboo.
I think there’s also an important difference between a joke that is, for example, racist and a joke that is about racism. Both can be funny, yes, and it’s totally possible to be offended and entertained at the same time, but it’s nice to be able to sit back and think to oneself “Why did that joke bother me?” or “Why am I laughing at this?”
Plus, I think that a joke, even a funny joke, can lose its impact when it appears that a comedian is trying to be offensive in order to simply offend, without providing any additional insight or commentary or point of view.
“Mong” has racial implications that the other words do not. Although I’m sure the degree to which calling someone a “mong” or “mongoloid” is ok versus calling someone an idiot or moron or even “a retard” varies from person to person.
I had a friend whose sister was mentally… see, now, I don’t even know what word we’re all using these days.. and she would always refer to people and actions as “SO RETARDED!” But I can’t, because I feel like it just makes people cringe too much to pay attention to whatever it was I was talking about. (Ice cream, probably. Or Katherine Chloe Cahoon.)
Yes, but…. Beyonce!
It’s cur-TENS for you, Morrissey!
Because it is very cinemagical.