Tacky Shoes, Poor Branding, Angry Parents

Albeit a terrible ad campaign, the controversy over the new Skechers’ Daddy’$ Money collection is a bit much. Not only is the name appalling to some parenting groups, but these new tacky tween sneakers feature a hidden wedge heel! People are saying the wedge may influence young girls into thinking they need to be taller instead of being happy with their height, thus causing low self esteem. News flash! Teenage girls already have low self esteem because of everything else they see on TV and magazines, what difference is this ad really going to make?

As a resident short girl, it’s just nice to feel tall in general. Not that being short is a bad thing, but wearing heels is something I find empowering, so maybe it will help these young girls with their self-esteem. Isn’t that what it’s all about? Making our kids feel good about themselves as they grow up (as much as we can at least).

The real issue here is the name though, not the “hidden wedge”. Skechers is not the first to come out with these shoes, but because they are more appropriately named, no one cares. I’m not defending anything about this commercial, because as someone in the industry, I think it screams tacky! But I can see the logic behind the name, because let’s be honest, every 13 year-old who wants these shoes are going to have to ask daddy for them!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/27/daddy-money-by-skechers-_n_2774226.html

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Obamas Just Wanna Have Fun!

Surprise, surprise! A controversy has emerged from Sunday night’s Oscars because of Michelle Obama’s brief appearance. Conservative Republicans like Rush Limbaugh and several others, have come to give the world their unnecessary two-cents. Rush, for one, is claiming that the show had to throw the Obamas a bone because they were “snubbed”? What was he talking about? I can only assume he was on one of his many prescription medications when he said this, so I guess I should cut him some slack. His comment, although most likely drug-induced, was ridiculous and…dare I say…kinda racist:

“They had to throw the Obamas a crumb cause I think, in truth, the Obamas got snubbed. Not only did his campaign ad, Zero Dark Thirty, not win, but his semi-autobiography lost out too. […] Lincoln? That’s about Obama. Everybody knows that.”

Yeah, that guy has his own radio show and I’m stuck blogging to the 10 people who’ll read it. And should it even be news when something bothers him? Doesn’t everything?

Other conservatives, I’m sorry, extreme conservatives- described the appearance as political propaganda. Political propaganda? They know he can’t run again, right? ‘They’ have also decided to ignore that other Presidents and First Ladies have made appearances at The Oscars in the past. But stop the presses! Not only have they made appearances, they’ve been Republicans! (dun, dun, dun) The plot thickens… That’s right, Ronald Reagan, former Republican President (and actor) appeared at the 1981 Oscars. Former First Lady, Laura Bush also showed up one year to this extremely left-wing celebration! Who knew so many Republicans could have so much fun amongst those damn liberals.

My point here is not to poo-poo on Republicans, as I’ve mentioned before, I am not into politics. It’s not my thing. But I do have to call out extremists (all of them, political affiliations aside). To make such a stink about something that was in the name of entertainment and lasted maybe 5 minutes, leads me to believe that these extreme people have nothing better to do than to spread negativity and hatred.

The Obamas have been long criticized for being too public, they’ve become celebrities in a sense. But these are the times we live in, and the media is to blame for a lot of it. The President plays golf with Tiger Woods on his day off and the press insists on covering it, and this is the President’s fault? It’s not a big deal. And even if they are in the public eye making jokes on Jimmy Fallon, they’re a younger First Family, they’re relatable people, and maybe someone like Rush is just mad that he doesn’t have the same effect on people.

There are so many reasons I had to comment on this. For one, extremes suck, hate and negativity sucks even more! And also because I’m a lover of entertainment. I’m a movie/music/pop culture enthusiast. These are the things that get us through the hard times in life, they remind us to feel, they have the power to take us back in time and lift our spirits. The Oscars is a celebration of that. Let it be a celebration, don’t shit on it because you have your own agenda. When something bothers you on TV, the solution is so simple- don’t watch it.

Everything You’re Going to Hear About The Oscars…(so save yourself some time)

If you didn’t watch The Oscars, here’s what you missed and what you’ll hear about for the next 7-10 days!

  1. Jennifer Lawrence won Best Actress… and fell on her way up the steps (but looked really good doing it)
  2. Quentin Tarantino won Best Screenplay… which I’m sure was a big F-U for the overly sensitive critics of Django Unchained
  3. Ben and George are the new Ben and Matt
  4. Michelle Obama has bangs, still
  5. Oh yeah, Michelle Obama also presented Best Picture with Jack Nicholson via satellite (she may have been scared good ol’ Jack was gonna pull an Adrien Brody)
  6. Life of Pi won the most awards for a movie no one saw in the U.S.
  7. Renee Zellweger can’t read apparently
  8. Kristen Stewart looked stoned (and was sporting a fashionable bruise on her arm)
  9. Halle Berry and Charlize Theron mysteriously don’t age
  10. John Travolta screwed up the pronunciation of Les Misérables…even though the title had been mentioned a dozen times before
  11. ‘We saw your boobs’ was the best thing Seth Macfarlane did last night
  12. Some critics thought Macfarlane’s jokes were too offensive…apparently they’ve never seen ‘Family Guy’, ‘Ted’, or anything else he’s ever done
  13. Anne Hathaway won Best Supporting Actress…and apparently no one knew she had nipples until last night (I always knew!)
  14. Jennifer Hudson can sing really, really well…apparently no one knew that until last night either
  15. Daniel Day-Lewis is now officially the best actor that ever lived

2012 Pop Culture Rapid Fire…

This week as been slow as far as things that annoy me, so I’ve decided to do a ‘rapid fire’ post about my thoughts on 2012 (you know, since I didn’t have my awesome blog up and running yet). So here goes:

  1. Kim Kardashian & Kayne West– No one cares.
  2. The Kardashian Family– In general, the world is to blame for this. If we just stop pumping them with ratings and money- they will eventually go away.
  3. The Hunger Games– People accused the movie of being racist for casting an African American girl as Rue- well I think it’s racist that people DIDN’T want an African American girl to play Rue, so there!
  4. The Election– Thank God it’s over! The crazies were starting to come out of the woodwork!
  5. Angelina Jolie’s Leg– I still can’t believe people spent so much time covering that (or caring).
  6. “Gangnam Style”– I’ll admit, at first I thought it was funny, then I found out he hated America (but had no issue accepting our fame and money). That’s also the world’s fault. Here are the lyrics to one of his lovely songs: “Kill those f—ing Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives” and “Kill them all slowly and painfully.” And they still gave him a Pistachio commercial.
  7. The Mayan Calendar/Apocalypse– Thank God it’s over! The crazies were starting to come out of the woodwork!
  8. Fifty Shades of Grey Phenomenon- Haven’t read it, don’t care to. Why find another reason to resent my spouse, I’m already disappointed he’s not a vampire. (But if the actor’s are hot, I’ll definitely rent the movie.)
  9. The End of Twinkies– When was the last time you even had a Twinkie?
  10. Chris Brown & Rihanna– That’s HER problem. Focus on your own lives and relationships.
  11. Whitney Houston– Surprised? Talented, but troubled.
  12. Jessica Simpson Gets Fat– Well yeah, she was PREGNANT!
  13. Jennifer Aniston’s Love Life/Feud with Angelina– I think after 8 years of being divorced, she’s over it. You should be too.

My Love/Hate Relationship with Lena Dunham

lena dunhamThe new queen of indie is without a doubt Ms. Lena Dunham, and although most agree she’s very talented, I don’t completely agree she’s the ‘voice’ of my generation. Maybe it’s because I don’t get the indie movement, I don’t wear ill-fitted clothing, and I don’t listen to Tegan and Sara, but I find her interpretation of twenty-somethings a bit off.

Let’s start with the Pros. I love that she’s become a pioneer for the average looking woman, or at least the woman that doesn’t have the traditional shape. She took a page out of Jason Segel’s book, and wrote a leading role for herself (which would otherwise not have happened). For someone who is considered “normal” weight in the real world but “fat” for Hollywood, I appreciate her trying to break the mold. She also appears to be a genuine person, appears to be, I don’t like to make claims about people I don’t know personally- but I’m sure we could be friends.

The Cons. When I saw the trailer for her much anticipated show, “Girls”, I immediately set my DVR to record (knowing this was not going to be a show for my boyfriend to enjoy with me). The first episode was cool, she touched upon some very relevant issues like the struggles of getting a job and paying rent. However, she portrayed a person, who despite being in her mid 20’s, was very dependent on her parents-implying a privileged upbringing. I understand the age of dependancy has increased with the economy and all, but even those who still live with their parents tend to work and make some kind of living. Lena’s character was just an intern who lived with a roommate, but whose rent was being paid by her parents. She could have waitressed and still have been an intern- but at least there would be some effort to become independent.

That’s one issue I had with the show. The other, which has been the center of criticism, was the nudity. Like I said, I’m a normal girl, and I can appreciate a girl who is comfortable with her ‘normal’ body- I admire it even. I applauded the nudity in the first episode, then it was in the second, and then the third came….and that was about it for me. The point was made, it was refreshing, then it was enough.

I have not continued to watch the show, partially because of the nudity, but also because I don’t relate to the four female characters Lena has created. They all seem to come from upper middle-class families and each character is an extreme of something- Hannah is super indie, hipster, thinker, with odd clothing, Marnie is very vanilla, logical, a semi kill-joy, Jessa is the foreign one- which to the show means she’s the most interesting and the most promiscuous, and Shos is ultra nerdy, sheltered, and virginal. This is just my perception after a few episodes, hopefully these characters have evolved since. Nevertheless, I would probably still not get into it.

My twenties consisted of going to school, working very hard, and pushing to be 100% independent from anyone (mission accomplished by the way). I also didn’t find my twenties as promiscuous or weird- maybe they could have been, but I found dating and finding someone attractive a lot more difficult than “Girls” makes it.

I still applaud you Lena, you’re paving the way for normal people to get naked (in moderation though).

PS. I hope we can still be friends.

It’s Just Swimsuits People!

Here we go, yet another trivial event turned into a controversy. So you know that magazine where really hot models pose in tiny little bikinis? You know, Sports Illustrated! Well the latest issue with Kate Upton on the cover apparently features models all over the world posing with natives from each country. Well some ingenious website (Jezebel) is accusing the magazine of exploiting minorities by using them as props! REALLY?

It’s a stretch no doubt, the natives depicted in the photos look perfectly happy (and unharmed). In fact, to imply they were “exploited” is to imply that those people did not have a mind of their own to decide if they wanted to even be in those photos…that sure sounds like a stereotype, doesn’t it? That “colored” people in other countries are too “dumb” to realize they’re being used by the “white man”…I think we need to give “minorities” a bit more credit.

I don’t know the ethnicity of the individual who wrote the article, but I’m considered a “minority” being of Cuban-decent, and on behalf of all my stereotype ridden friends- I AM NOT OFFENDED! And neither should anyone else be. It’s a swimsuit magazine people, the goal is to sell issues to men (and women) who want to look at hot chicks. God bless em’, it’s entertainment!

What’s next? Shut down “It’s a Small World”!!!

http://shine.yahoo.com/healthy-living/are-these-sports-illustrated-photos-offensive—164134203.html

Oh Valentine’s Day…

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Should it be called “girlfriend’s day”? Probably. Is it a made up holiday? Sure! But so is Christmas! And no one boycotts that.

Men all over the world today will be standing their ground and refusing to give in to this “Hallmark Holiday”, and to that I say, “screw you”.
We all know it’s a BS occasion, and if you love someone then everyday should be Valentine’s Day….but it’s not, so get over it.

Just accept the gift that society has given you to show your girlfriend or wife that you have a thoughtful bone in your body. Let’s face it, women love romance. All women (period).

So go out there, score some points for the year, and buy the one you love some damn chocolate and flowers. Hell! Throw in a card if you really want to impress her. If you don’t know what to write, Google a poem, she’ll appreciate the effort!