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.