Tuesday May 29, 2022
When Will Smith slapped Chris Rock it was a transformative moment for the Oscars, or maybe it was just a verification of what we already knew.
Gone are the days of savoir-faire, of the suave and debonair, of the gorgeous and sophisticated. Now we are treated to the rude and the vulgar, of the coarse and the side boob. No more elegance, instead it’s the gross, the uncouth, the nasty.
The false macho of Smith and the rudeness of Rock are just the slippery slope we have been on for a long time. Ah me.
I am reminded of Johnny Carson talking about making jokes about the size of Dolly Parton’s breasts. He said he would do that but never Phyllis Diller, who reportedly had similar sized mammares and had several breast reductions. Why? Because Diller was self conscious about them, while Parton was not. Had Rock been more sensitive to the possible situation beforehand, that Jada Pinkett was self conscious about her alopecia, then maybe he would have refrained. I think the worst Oscars show was Seth McFarland’s Broadway style song about seeing various actresses breasts in movie scenes.
It wasn’t really funny, or clever. It was awkward and inappropriate. The after comments were, “Well, what did you expect?”
Transgressing the line or lines seems to be a way to get noticed.
And now a post that never made it to the website:
Day 428 – Realizations and Such
Sunday, March 20, 2022
I’ve been interested in going back to Angkor Wat. Cambodia had shut its borders due to Covid. Most tour groups cancelled their plans for the year. I learned that the country reopened on March 17th. Having done the standard tour of the area I thought going on my own might be a better option. The problem is flights. They run from 36 to 54 hours. Prices are all over the place. Eh, maybe not.
Another thing – Ukraine, no fly zone. The problem was finally made clear to me. The problem with a no fly zone is it’s an act of war. Lawrence O’Donnell did a very good job of explaining this. The question shouldn’t be “do we initiate a no-fly zone?” but rather “Are we prepared to have American pilots shoot down Russian pilots?” If so under what legit reason? To do so would require an act of war. Has anyone asked their Senator or Congressman to introduce an article of war against Russia? And if we start shooting down Russian pilots and or attacking missile launching sites in Russia would they believe they are they allowed to shot at targets in Europe? Or in the U.S.?
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I think we have to consider as General McMaster said, “What will we do when Putin has killed a million people?”
The danger of having had Donald Trump in office are glaringly apparent to me. Had Hillary been President I am sure she would have realized the severity of the situation and done a lot more to arm Ukraine ahead of time. Hell, I had been saying that all along. Maybe, I should be President?
Yeah! … No.