Violence as Entertainment

We have a sick fascination with violence in American culture. It’s the elephant in the room. This is what we find entertaining. This is our spectacle. The public lynchings of old–the public torture and murder of our fellow citizens was immortalized on postcards. It was entertaining.

Now we have video loops, and they play endlessly on the Internet and the news channels. So many feature violence done upon black bodies. Over and over Janay Rice hits the floor of that elevator, over and over again Eric Garner flails on the pavement, under a pile of five or six officers who were apparently dispatched to protect New York from unpaid cigarette taxes.

Over and over again, black (and other) bodies are murdered by police; women are killed by men. It is shameful enough that it is still happening, but even more shameful that we are still turning it into “entertainment.”

Have far have we really come?

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Watch Jerry Seinfeld Destroy Advertising At The Industry’s Biggest Awards Ceremony

Originally posted on UPROXX:

Jerry Seinfeld, who spends a lot of his time these days appearing in commercials, showed up to the Clio Awards, where they hand out awards for best commercials. There, he laid into the advertising industry with a speech that was as damning as it was funny. Seinfeld devoted practically the entire speech to how pointless and misleading commercials are, and yet, got nothing but laughs from the advertising industry in the audience.

“I love advertising because I love lying,” Seinfeld began, before later adding, “I think spending your life trying to dupe innocent people out of hard-won earnings to buy useless, low-quality, misrepresented items and services is an excellent use of your energy.”

Later in the speech, Seinfeld continued:

Because a brief moment of happiness is pretty good. I also think that just focusing on making money and buying stupid things is a good way of life. I believe materialism…

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Here is some paranoid racist Obama hate mail/fan fiction from the patriots at Free Republic.

President Obama is going to shut down EBT cards on October 15, causing riots and motivating democrats to riot on down to the polls in record numbers, according to Freepers. The post is entitled:

How The 2014 Obama Coup Will Unfold

Not only that, the Obama Administration is so devious, they have conspired to make sure the inciting event is the threatened GOP shutdown of the government on October 1st. Because despite the fact that he is incompetent, disengaged and pretty much lives on the links these days, POTUS has found time to conceive and execute a plan to trick the GOP into making total asses of themselves. Again.

And then the food stamp recipients will riot. On their way to work or something. But they will be mostly children and old people, so don’t worry. It won’t be that scary.




Updating to add that this is the first comment: “God is judging America—His instrument to punish all of us is Obama.”

See how that works? When God gets mad at liberals for ruining America, he punishes Republicans. That would be heartbreaking if it wasn’t hilarious.

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An OB/GYN writes to George Will about college rape

Originally posted on Dr. Jen Gunter:

Dear Mr. Will,

I read your recent column on the “supposed campus epidemic of rape, a.k.a. sexual assault” and am somewhat taken aback by your claim that forcing colleges to take a tougher stand on sexual assault somehow translates into a modern version of The Crucible that replaces witchcraft with rape hysteria.

I was specifically moved to write to you because the rape scenario that you describe somewhat incredulously is not unfamiliar to me. Not because I’ve heard it in many different iterations (I have sadly done many rape kits), but because it was not unlike my own rape. The lead up was slightly different, but I too was raped by someone I knew and did not emerge with any obvious physical evidence that a crime had been committed. I tried to push him away, I said “No!” and “Get off” multiple times,” but he was much stronger and suddenly…

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Movie Review: “God’s Not Dead”


Writing/producing anything to savage people you hate is usually a guaranteed way to make something that really sucks.

Originally posted on Movie Nation:

Image When you lose your temper, mother always taught you, “You’ve already lost the argument.”
That’s not good news for “God’s Not Dead.” This is the angriest faith-based film in memory.
Believers here are outnumbered, a persecuted, righteous and intellectually rigorous minority — “Duck Dynasty” stars, or viewers.
Non-believers run the gamut from fascist, bullying college professors to an abusive Muslim who would rather beat his child than let her study the Christian Bible, from Godless Chinese who fear government persecution to “ambush” journalists out to “get” those God-fearing “Duck Dynasty” millionaires.
It’s a movie where rare is the voice that is raised, but deep is the rage bubbling through its rabid anti-intellectualism. When a non-believer is better off dead, that’s not brimstone you’re smelling. It’s bile.
Shane Harper plays Josh Wheaton, a freshman at Hadleigh University who ignores warnings and enrolls in Professor Radisson’s philosophy class. Radisson is a smug…

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If you want to try to convert me to your religion, quoting this isn’t the way.

Watching conservatives discuss the CPAC decision to ban atheists from setting up a booth at their conference. Their angry God is also apparently fragile. One of them quoted the Bible verses below. Their God is a threatening, vengeful God who rules by fear. This is what they choose to highlight, out of the many messages from the Christian Bible.

…Proverbs 1:24-33

English Standard Version (ESV)

24 Because I have called and you refused to listen,
have stretched out my hand and no one has heeded,
25 because you have ignored all my counsel
and would have none of my reproof,
26 I also will laugh at your calamity;
I will mock when terror strikes you,
27 when terror strikes you like a storm
and your calamity comes like a whirlwind,
when distress and anguish come upon you.
28 Then they will call upon me, but I will not answer;
they will seek me diligently but will not find me.
29 Because they hated knowledge
and did not choose the fear of the Lord,
30 would have none of my counsel
and despised all my reproof,
31 therefore they shall eat the fruit of their way,
and have their fill of their own devices.
32 For the simple are killed by their turning away,
and the complacency of fools destroys them;
33 but whoever listens to me will dwell secure
and will be at ease, without dread of disaster.””…

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Keeping housemaids at a ‘close distance’



Originally posted on CNN Photos:

The two women sit in close proximity, but they remain worlds apart.

It’s a reflection of life in urban Bangladesh, where domestic maids are commonly employed but often hidden from view.

For her illuminating series, “Close Distance,” photographer Jannatul Mawa took portraits of maids and the women who employ them in Dhaka, Bangladesh’s capital.

With the simple act of putting the women side by side on the same couch, Mawa disrupted social rules. She found that sometimes, the maid would choose to sit on the floor rather than sit on the same couch as her employer.

“Every day, maidservants take care of the bed and sofa with their hands, but they are neither allowed to sit nor to sleep on them once,” Mawa said. “With their domestic roles, they are close to the middle-class women and distant at the same time.”

Mawa chose maids as a documentary subject after she…

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