Several weeks ago, 14 students and 3 teachers were murdered in a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. At the outset, the response from the nation and our leaders seemed to be the same as it was for other mass shootings.
But something was different about this mass shooting. The surviving students, angry and grieving, were energized. Challenging the status quo, those in power and the NRA specifically, these kids are on the verge of making a breakthrough that adults have not been able to for far too long.
Randy Rainbow’s latest video, KIDS! A Randy Rainbow Song Parody is a satire of the song Kids from the musical Bye Bye Birdie, intermingled with an interview with NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch.
These kids are going to change the world. We have two choices: fight the change that should have happened a long time ago or let our youth create the change that they are demanding for their future and our future.
If I can say nothing else, I can say 2016 was a reminderof why feminism is still needed.
The first is a reboot of the classic Christmas song, Baby It’s Cold Outside. While it is a recognized Christmas song, it is a song about a non-consensual sexual encounter between a man and a woman. Granted, it was released in 1944, but is still bothersome.
Thankfully, two performers decided to update the song while removing the innuendo about the non-consensual sexual encounter. This is a song I can appreciate.
The other song was released last week. A spoof of the song How Lovely To Be A Woman from the musical Bye Bye Birdie, it perfectly illustrates how far we have not come in 2016.
I don’t know about anyone else, but I am ready for 2017.
In our celebrity drenched culture, the celebrities become the princes and princesses that once ruled our imaginations. The fantasy of living happily every after with a celebrity is surprisingly on the minds of many.
In Win a Date With Tad Hamilton (2004), Rosalee is a young lady from small town America. Like many fans, she is hopelessly in love with the latest Hollywood hottie, Tad Hamilton (Josh Duhamel). Rosalee is the lucky winner of the Win A Date With Tad Hamilton. Her win is to the chagrin of her best friend, Pete (Topher Grace), who is secretly in love with Rosalee. The contest was dreamed by Tad’s management to clean up his reputation. When Tad begins to like real world and Rosalee, his management team and Pete begin to question if the contest was a good idea in the first place.
This movie is a good example of “be careful for what you wish for”. While it has certain predictable elements of character and story, there are elements that make it stand out from the standard rom-com.
A predecessor of Win A Date With Tad Hamilton is Bye Bye Birdie. Premiering on Broadway in 1958, it was made into a movie in 1963 and brought to TV audiences in the form of a TV movie in 1995.
Conrad Birdie (Marc Kurdisch) is an Elvis Presley like singer who is about to be shipped off to the army. In an effort to boost his popularity, his manager Albert J. Peterson (Jason Alexander) comes up the idea of choosing a young lady to accompany him at this final concert. The lucky young lady is Kim McAfee (Chynna Phillips). But her boyfriend and her parents are not thrilled with the idea.
Bye Bye Birdie is a classic among musicals. But unfortunately, it is one of those musicals, that despite certain timeless themes, feels very dated.
Do I recommend them? Maybe, depending on your taste.