I know it’s only July, but I think we can call this thing since it’s all politics anyway. The song of the year will be awarded to Macklemore’s Same Love. Aside from its obvious representation of a colossal shift in culture, the merits of this work are numerous. Its tone is not angry, but hopeful. He has taken the blame for hate toward homosexuals and spread it across the country, between many likely suspects: conservatives and Christians yes, but also rappers, anonymous Internet commenters, and even grade school children. He then affirms that hate is not a necessary byproduct of religion, but of a detached ignorance common in all of humanity. Macklemore reveals that his own activism is a result of his personal relationship with an uncle who is gay.
Squeezed in between all the major news stories of the last week, one tidbit of information caused my ears to perk up a few nights back. U.S. Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Md., and Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas, are co-sponsoring “The Apollo Lunar Landing Legacy Act.”
What does the act exactly do? Well, its primary goal is to preserve artifacts on the moon from the famous 1969 U.S. voyage into space. The bill would award all of the privileges National Historic Parks within the country currently enjoy.
In the era of the internet, social media, and 24/7 cable news, we have more coverage about celebrities and quicker spins to burn celebrities at the stake after scandals. Also, though, as we’ve seen with some movie stars and some politicians, returns to redemption can happen a lot quicker than in the past.
Regardless, celebrity scandals have always been a part of American history and have become more prominent every year over the past decade.
So this week’s roundtable is a simple one. Paula Deen and Amanda Bynes are the most recent celebrities to fall from the public’s graces. This week, we ask you…
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“I’m hoping for a proposal, and from Brooks!” (DID I HEAR THAT RIGHT?)
A few tears streamed down my face as I fell asleep last night reading this article. Sobs came this morning as I tried to relay to my wife, Palmer, the tragedy of Robert Ethan Saylor.
In early January, at a movie theater in a mall in Frederick, Maryland, a 26-year old man named Ethan Saylor saw “Zero Dark Thirty.” He loved it so much that he clapped when it was over and wanted to see it again right away. You see, Ethan is special. Ethan has an extra chromosome. He has Down Syndrome. Unlike 90% of unborn babies today who show this extra chromosome in prenatal screenings, Ethan got to live 26 years of a wonderful life. A life cut too short, too soon.
Alex: Grappling with Greed – The Rise & Fall of the nWo
To the victors of war go the keys of history. To hear WWE talk about the Monday Night Wars today gives a somewhat warped view of why professional wrestling became a global phenomenon in the late 1990s. They’d like to have you believe it was their cleverly designed “Attitude Era” that was the primary cause of the boom.
And yet, that innovative period was actually in response to the great success their Southern-based rival, World Championship Wrestling, had enjoyed. With new WCW head Eric Bischoff in control, the company incorporated some interesting new tactics into its televised strategy, including live broadcasts every week.
The centerpiece of their skyrocketing ascension came in the form of the New World Order. The volatile group of black-and-white bad guys helped not only to bolster WCW to the top of the wrestling world, but also made Ted Turner’s once financially unstable organization a boatload of cash.
WHOA WHOA WHOA. I missed one week of nobody’s favorite show, and there are like three dudes left. OKAY, kidding, there are totally five —which means that next week brings the HOMETOWN DATES. Last week (so sorry for my absence, y’all), Des sent home James (THE WORST) and Juan Pablo, because apparently she wants to practice abstinence for THE REST OF HER LIFE. This week, Des had some former Bachelor pals visit (America’s fave z list celebs) including WhiteLesley from Sean’s season, and other people that I didn’t like as much. AND, all the dudes started telling Des they love her, even though we know she probs only loves Brooks. OKAY. Highlights!