Friday, February 09, 2018

The kids aren’t alright

Some comedian (Doug Stanhope maybe?) has a bit about today’s youth being the first in history to be lamer than their parents. It’s a funny bit, but probably more a correct observation than intended. What are those “crazy kids” up to these days? They’re eating tide pods? Washing their own mouths out with soap I guess. Did they say something naughty? (Or worse yet, “problematic.”) When I see a group of teens I can’t even produce a slight concern for any antic they could be up to, I half expect them to tell me to “stop slouching.” If I run into a college aged group, I’d rather they go get their parents so I can chat with someone who won’t shame me for smoking a cigarette.

Anyway, who knew Quincy Jones would be the one to make America great again?

Monday, January 08, 2018

Hollywood Award Shows are Basically Advertisements for Trump

Given the “resistance” has grounded itself in moralism, it’s perfect Oprah Winfrey is the latest hope. She has trash politics, but gave a speech that sounded wonderful but would have only really mattered before #metoo had “startup” potential. Oprah Winfrey is a retired billionaire in charge of a media empire. She surely could have revealed that Weinstein was a predator, an open secret within Hollywood, without losing her livelihood. Instead she was giving him kisses on another one of those fancy Trump ads. Do we still wonder why calling Trump a hypocrite isn’t the devastating political argument many liberals imagine it to be?

Monday, January 01, 2018

2018 needs reckless speech

I can’t remember which set it is in, but Dave Chapelle seems to be genuinely worried his children will never hear “reckless speech” in his new Netflix special. He isn’t worried about the government, he’s worried about the self appointed cultural police on twitter. The political tradition that once embraced transgression, at least partially, has now turned into a sort of secular version of the “moral majority.” Trump has broken so many brains, morialism is the height of our “resistance” politics. 

We desperately need more reckless speech in 2018.