Diversity

V-Nasty, Kreayshawn, and the White Girl Mob

Because I apparently hate myself, I did a little more digging into the Kreayshawn and her White Girl Mob. Turns out Kreay Kreay’s been getting heat not necessarily because she’s a lil’ white girl rapper, but because her “sister” V-Nasty has a habit of dropping the N-Bomb. Observe. Or don’t if you don’t want your ears to bleed.

Oh boy.

My brain hurts a lot so I’ll just let Haterazzi speak on it.

Kreayshawn, “Gucci Gucci,” and White Rappers

I wasn’t aware of Kreayshawn or her viral hit, “Gucci Gucci,” until I heard an interview with her yesterday on NPR. Apparently, she’s been getting a lot of hate on the interwebs. Everything from her trashy lyrics to her showy swag to the fact that she’s white have really enraged some Hip Hop fans.

While I don’t think I’ll be listening to much of her stuff on purpose any time in the future, I think the charges levied against her are unnecessarily harsh. We’re well beyond the days when Hip Hop was strictly a Black thing. And even when it was, there were artists who weren’t Black spitting lyrics with the best of them. Hip Hop has become a universal narrative art form. Certainly, she’s no KRS One (who, to me, embodies what real emceeing is all about). But let the skinny white girl say her shit.

For those getting down on her because of her lyrics, honestly, she’s just spitting the same shit the boys do. It may sound weird coming out of the mouth of a woman, but it’s the same kind of tired bullshit we hear from the boys.

In my mind, there is one pillar of Hip Hop that no legit rapper can violate. Authenticity. The rappers who have stood the test of time, who have shaped the genre, who have left an indelible mark on music are the ones who straight up tell it like it is. No fronts. No faking. No bullshit. Just straight lyrical truth.

Is Kreayshawn for real? That’s the question that will determine whether or not she’s a flash on the interwebs or if she’s a legit artist with something to say.

J Pop American Funtime No

I couldn’t track down a YouTube version so I apologize if some readers can’t view this. Stupid region restrictions.

Anyway, I don’t watch Saturday Night Live regularly so I missed this sketch when it aired over the weekend, but it’s pretty scary accurate. They must have gone to Otakon at some point because you see kids like this walking the halls the entire weekend.

The truly sad thing is that I get like this anytime anyone says the words Kamen Rider. My stupid hair changes color and I start yelling random Japanese phrases like henshin and Rider Kickuu. And I suspect I’m just as annoying as the people in the sketch. Well, if they just stopped making Rider so awesome, I wouldn’t fan out so hard, now would I!

I probably would.

UPDATE: For non-US readers, check this link.

Live Action Steve Movie Could Begin Filming in February

Readers Laurie Lachapelle Dave Caceres sent me the soul crushing news that Warner Bros. has officially greenlit their ill-conceived live action adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira. They’re going in with a $90 million budget which seems a bit light considering that this is probably an effects show. And just in case you thought they were going to have a change of heart and cast some Asian actors, Garrett Hedlund is up for the part of Kaneda. You may remember Garrett as Sam in TRON: Legacy.

Now if they change the names to fit the setting, Keneda becomes Ken or some shit, Tetsuo become Tim or something, and Kei becomes… uh… Kay, and they get a little Asian boy to be Akira, maybe I won’t hate this fucker as much. I mean, I’ll still hate the fact that they’re doing it. But if you’re going to white wash something, white wash it right.

But even if we ignore the ethnic cleansing of the cast, the reported script that got producers excited about this shit in the first place sounds so far removed from the original source material, they might as well make a whole new film. Which is why I call this shitty thing Steve.

Bleh. So I expect we’ll get some cast announcements before the year’s up. At least we’ll get some funny tumblr posts out of this.

Source: Super Hero Hype and Anime News Network

No Deportation for Legally Married Gay Couples

There’s a very interesting follow up to my tirade against the Obama administration deporting the spouse of a legally married gay couple. It seems now that the administration is shifting focus away from deporting illegal immigrants who have familial ties in the US and concentrating on illegal immigrants who are criminals. The SFGate reports on a number of couples who will be spared the pain of being split up because of the Defense of Marriage Act.

This is great news and goes a long way in restoring my faith in our country. But this is only a temporary reprieve. As long as the Defense of Marriage Act remains on the books, marriage will legally be defined as between one man and one woman. If it’s not repealed, married gay couples may again face deportation break ups in the future.

Still, this is a step in the right direction. I remain quite bitter towards our party system in general. But for now, I’ll take this as a victory.

Source: SFGate

Obama Administration Denies Legally Gay Couple Immigration Benefits

I’ve been sitting on this for a day to see if I could compose myself enough to write a post that wasn’t completely full of vitriolic rage. I’m not sure I’m quite calm enough, but I just can’t keep quite on this.

Earlier this year, Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder said that the administration would no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), an inappropriately named law that defines “marriage” as an institution entered into by a man and a woman, in court because it is unconstitutional. Even so, they will continue to enforce it. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis. And if ever an exception should be made, it’s the case of Bradford Wells and Anthony John Makk.

If you are a foreign national and you marry an American, you can petition the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for permanent residency.

Unless you’re a legally married gay couple.

That’s the message Anthony John Makk and Bradford Wells received when Australian citizen Makk petitioned for permanent residency as the spouse of American citizen Wells. Immigration Services denied the petition on July 26 ordering Makk to leave the US by August 25. What makes this particularly shitty is that Makk is the primary caregiver to Wells who has AIDS.

I’m so fucking pissed right now.

If DOMA is unconstitutional, why is it still being enforced? What kind of bullshit mixed message is that sending? And how is deporting the primary caregiver of a man afflicted with AIDS in any way shape or form the right thing to do? I am so disgusted with the Obama administration. This is fucking sick. They’ve been married for seven years. They’ve lived together for nineteen. But because they’re the same gender, one of them gets kicked out of the fucking country?

THIS. This is why we need marriage equality! Now. Not tomorrow, not sometime in the unspecified but glorious future. NOW!

I’m done with Obama. I’m sick of the administration’s double speak on LGBT rights. I’m tired of seeing him bend over backwards to satisfy people who think compromise is a dirty word. I’m just done.

If Anthony John Makk is deported on August 25, next year on November 6 I’m voting for some third party jabroni no one’s ever heard of.

Source: SFGate

Why I Like Miles Morales As Ultimate Spidey

Angry Zen Minion Greg suggested I rant a little more in my vlog, so here are my thoughts on why I kinda like the new Ultimate Spider-Man.

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