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Throwback Thursday: Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica (2003-2005)

It’s not uncommon these days for a reality show to focus on the personal life of a celebrity. But in the early days of reality television, it was a concept that was still relatively new.

In the early 2000’s, music superstars Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey were newly married. Simpson was a solo act who fit into the cute, blonde non-threatening young female pop singer box. Lachey was part of 98 Degrees, one of the more popular boy bands of the era. Their reality show was entitled Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica. Over the course of three seasons and 41 episodes airing from 2003 to 2005, the show was basically about their lives as a newly married couple.

There almost nothing nuanced about this program. The only thing that stood out was Jessica’s playing up of the “dumb blonde” stereotype. Whether that was an act for the cameras or it was the real deal, it certainly got enough eyeballs on the screen.

There are some reality shows that age well. Nick and Jessica: Newlyweds has not.

Do I recommend it? Not really.

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Thoughts On The Bohemian Rhapsody Trailer

There are rock bands and there are rock bands. Queen is a rock band. Their music is everything rock and roll should be.

The trailer for the Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody hit the internet with a bang today.

Starring Rami Malek as Queen’s legendary front man Freddie Mercury, the film tells the story of the band up to 1985 Live Aid concert.

The buzz so far is that of excitement for the film and frankly, based on the trailer, I couldn’t agree more with the buzz. Rami Malek looks very much like the real Freddie Mercury, I can only hope that both he and the film can hold a candle to the real life people whose story they are telling.

Unfortunately, we will have to wait until November to find out.

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New Randy Rainbow Video-RUDY and the BEAST – Randy Rainbow Song Parody

The latest addition to Donald Trump’s legal team is former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani.  Like the rest of the team surrounding Trump, he seems to be opening more cans of worms than helping to govern the country.

Randy Rainbow’s latest video, RUDY and the BEAST – Randy Rainbow Song Parody, is the perfect parody of this political relationship that may go down in flames like the other political relationships.

Giuliani has revealed quite a few truths that, frankly, I am not surprised about. The only question is, which truth will be the final nail in the coffin that gets Trump out of the office?

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No Kanye, Slavery Is Not A Choice

Kanye West is as much known for his music as much as he known for shooting his mouth off.

Recently, he was on TMZ Live and stated that slavery was a choice.

While he was on the air, he made the following statement:

“You hear about slavery for 400 years. For 400 years? That sounds like a choice. Like, you was there for 400 years, and it’s all of y’all?”

I’m not African-American. I cannot and will not claim to see the world from the perspective of someone who is African-American.

However, even I know enough to know that for the entirety of human existence, slavery has never been a choice. One does not choose to be torn away from their home and family, put in chains and taken to another land thousands of miles away to work. One does not choose to be treated as less than a full human being and be denied their rights as said human being. One does not choose to live with the legacy of slavery, even though the physical chains have long since disappeared.

I could continue, but I think the Daily Show summed it up best.

 

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Thoughts On The 40th Anniversary Of Grease

Grease is one of those movies. We’ve all seen it at least a dozen times. We’ve sung along to the songs during karaoke. Grease has been the go to musical for high schools, colleges and local community theater groups for decades.

On June 16th, Grease will be celebrating its 40th anniversary.

On the surface, it’s just the simple will they or won’t they story set in high school. Danny (John Travolta) and Sandy (Olivia Newton-John) have a brief relationship one summer. After the summer ends, they don’t expect to see each other again. Then Sandy transfers to Danny’s high school. Danny is the bad boy, Sandy is the good girl. Their relationship, such as it is, is not easy.

This narrative is the blue print for many high school romance movies that have come down the pike since 1978. While the movie is cute and predictable, I have a few issues with it.

  • The actors do not look like they are high school. While some creative teams who are also working on films/television shows set in high school have cast actors who look young enough to be in high school, it’s clear that most of the cast were way past their teens when they made this movie.
  • The amount of sexism is astounding. Granted, the film is set in 1950’s, but still hard to ignore the sexism coming out of the script.
  • Danny tried to force himself on Sandy and Marty (Dinah Manoff) is nearly given a roofy by Vince Fontaine (Edd Byrnes).
  •  Rizzo  (Stockard Channing) has more depth than Sandy. How is it that Sandy is the lead female character, but Rizzo has the better character arc?
  • Sandy changes for Danny. While Danny tries to change, he really doesn’t.
  • I hate to say it, but Danny and Sandy are not going to last. While they do ride off into the sunset at the end of the movie, that sunset is short-lived at best.

Regardless if the bullet points above, Grease has something going for it. It’s been popular for 40 years for a reason.

Happy 40th birthday, Grease.

 

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Mariah Carey’s Battle With Bipolar Disorder

The only way to remove the stigma from a thorny issue is to talk about it. The more we talk, the less of an issue the stigma becomes.

Mariah Carey announced today that she has been suffering from bipolar disorder since 2001.

Mental illness is real. It is not a made up to gain sympathy or a reason to throw a pity party. Millions (myself included) suffer around the world from the various diseases that are labelled as mental illness. Unfortunately, it takes someone like Mariah Carey to add another light to the darkness and another voice to the reality of living with mental illness.

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Thoughts On Yom Hashoah 2018

Today is Yom Hashoah.

Today we say never again. Today we remember the millions of people, both Jewish and non-Jewish, who were murdered by the Nazis and the collaborators simply for being who they were.

The problem is that while we say never again, ethnic genocide is still happening across the world.

The Rohingya Muslims are a minority from Myanmar. Since last summer, nearly 700,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees escaped to Bangladesh. They were the lucky ones. Countless others were murdered for no other reason that being born a Rohingya Muslim.

It’s no secret that the war in Syria is responsible for the deaths of many innocent people. The gas attack last week in Douma left around 100 dead. The survivors, mostly women and children, scrambled to the local hospital to remove the chemicals from their bodies.

It’s 2018. I would have hoped that by now, we would have learned our lesson. We would have stood up to dictators and despots before they killed their own people. We would have stopped ethnic cleansing before it began.

I guess that our lesson has yet to be learned.

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New Randy Rainbow Video-YOU CAN’T STOP HIS TWEETS! A Randy Rainbow Song Parody

There used to be a dignity and a proud sense of self associated with the office of the President Of The United States.

Then Donald Trump became President. That same dignity and proud sense of self quickly went down the drain.

Randy Rainbow’s new video is entitled “YOU CAN’T STOP HIS TWEETS! A Randy Rainbow Song Parody”.

A satire of the song “You Can’t Stop The Beat” from the musical Hairspray, the video highlights how his use of twitter is beyond out of control. Social media is well and good, but he needs to do the job the American people hired him to do.

BTW, here is the original song, just in case your curious.

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P!nk Concert Review

There is something to be said about an artist who is still going strong as performer, nearly two decades after their first album was released.

I have been a fan of P!nk since her first album, Can’t Take Me Home, hit in 2000. Last night, I saw her perform at Madison Square Garden for her Beautiful Trauma Tour.

Combining songs from her new album, Beautiful Trauma, with songs from her previous albums, she soared above the crowed, both vocally and physically. One of my favorite qualities about P!nk is that she can jump from being a sarcastic badass to being vulnerable and emotionally open in the blink of an eye.  She sung to the audience and we loved every minute of it.

I recommend it.

P!nk will be playing tonight at Madison Square Garden. Check the website for ticket availability and showtimes. 

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Throwback Thursday-The Osbournes (2002-2005)

One of the more fascinating things about the human species is that we are extremely curious in regards to how the other half lives. Especially those who are famous and wealthy.

One of the mini genres of the overall reality television genre are the reality shows based around the lives of celebrities. From 2002-2005, The Osbournes gave audiences a glimpse of the inner workings of their family and their world. The show centered on Ozzy, the former front man of Black Sabbath,  his wife Sharon and their younger children, Kelly and Jack. Ozzy was the mumbling, bumbling father. Sharon was the no-nonsense mother. Kelly and Jack were simply teenagers.

During its heyday, it was the most popular show on MTV. What made it so popular is that despite the money and the fame, The Osbournes were an ordinary family dealing with ordinary problems.

I recommend it.

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