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Double Standard With Blurred Lines

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Blurred Lines
Robin Thicke’s BLURRED LINES is undoubtedly one of the biggest, most talked about (and sexist) hits of 2013. It’s prompted not only huge downloads but both the “PG” and the “R” rated versions of the video exploded.

In case you’re one of the few who don’t recognize the title of the song, it’s lyrics were considered “X” rated so there were two versions of the song recorded for radio play. They did the same thing with Cee Lo Green's "Forget You."

Along with fame comes satire and send-ups (and Miley Cyrus’s explosion into the adult world with her much talked about, raunchy VMA performance). They’re usually rushed to market to take advantage and gain impact. Quality and production values are generally of lesser concern.

The comes along an exception to that rule. Three talented ladies from New Zealand who call themselves, the Law Revue Girls. In response to the hype/criticism surrounding "Blurred Lines," they created a wonderful parody called "Defined Lines."

It went up on YouTube. And then… it disappeared.

HUFFPO:

The Independent reported that "Defined Lines" was removed from YouTube briefly on Monday after being flagged for "inappropriate" sexual content, but has since been restored. Lubbock called the video's removal a "massive double standard," since the models in Thicke's original video are arguably far more sexualized.

"It's just funny that the response has been so negative when you flip it around and objectify males," Lubbock told the AAP.

So why the double standard? Fortunately, you’ll get to judge for yourself because after much uproar and cries of sexism, YouTube has put the video back up. Check it out, and enjoy. (WARNING: Adult language and imagery)

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I've had it

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rant alert

As most of you know, I tweet our TPC posts on Twitter all day, so I am exposed to many, many wonderful people, but also a whole lot of truly deranged types. After awhile it adds up. Then I compound that by making the mistake of watching the Sunday Talkers, and bam! I occasionally gotta vent.

This is one of those times. So forgive me for this extended Moment of Negative, but my poor head is about to explode. Feel free to jump in any time with your own "had-its." I'm certain I forgot a few and may add more later. And with that...

I've had it with:

Stupid people.

Rape jokes.

Extremists.

Liars.

Fear-mongers.

Bullies.

Needless misunderstandings.

BP ads boasting about awesome Gulf coast vacation spots that are even better now that they've killed everything off with their deadly oil pollution.

Sunday talk show hosts.

Sunday talk show guests.

Sunday talk shows.

Conservative pundits.

Loud overtalking/constant interrupting.

Trolls.

Nasty trolls.

Nasty stupid trolls.

Rude, insecure putzes.

Stupid people.

Very stupid people.

Smart, seemingly highly educated, informed political people on the Tee Vee Machine with poor verbal skills saying knowingly stupid things.

Lack of foresight.

Lack of hindsight.

Gun zealots.

Religious zealots.

Right wing zealots.

Judgmental righties.

Judgmental lefties.

Phonies.

Self-righteous right wing nut jobs.

Self-righteous Dems.

Self-righteous know-it-alls.

Stupid self-righteous know-it-alls.

Did I mention stupid people?

Dishonesty.

War on Women.

War on Voters.

War on LGBT.

War.

Hypocrisy.

Bigots.

Racists.

People who don't listen.

People who judge blog posts and articles solely by their titles without reading the post itself.

People who judge blog posts and articles solely by their titles without reading the post itself, then comment inappropriately.

People who comment on posts without having followed the links in the post that would answer any questions they have.

People on Twitter who assume all retweets are endorsements, as opposed to realizing that sometimes a retweet is simply to point out an interesting, different, or controversial p.o.v.

People on Twitter who consistently confuse "lose" and "loose," "it's" and "its," "your" and "you're" (not typos).

People on Twitter WHO INSIST ON USING ALL CAPS.

People on Twitter who don't provide context to their tweets-- sometimes threads are not traceable or visible-- who tweet things like, "Me too!" or "When?" or "How can you say that?!"

Republicans who can't see beyond their own donors.

Republicans who can't see beyond their own power grabs.

Republicans who can't see beyond their own ideology.

Climate change deniers.

People with no sense of humor.

People who think they have a sense of humor, but don't.

Condescending windbags.

Incompetence.

Willful ignorance.

Birthers.

RyanCantorTrumpMcCainPalinBreitbartWestBachmannMcConnellRandPaul [insert more names here].

Fox.

Whew! Thanks. I needed that.

whew dog

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Cartoons of the Day- Lindsey and John

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Via.

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Video- Fox's Bolling Responds To Rep. Waters' Comments: "Congresswoman, You Saw What Happened To Whitney Houston. Step Away From The Crack Pipe"

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The cojones. Via Media Matters.

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Video- Attack Ads, Circa 1800: What Thomas Jefferson doesn't want you to know...

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Whitman, Fiorina no-shows at California Palin rally

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Please note: I will be unavailable to post most of the day. Be kind to Paddy, who will be holding down the fort. Send food.

However, before I take off, I have to pop in with one piece about Former Half-Gov Screechy McNailsOnBlackboard's little tirade in Orange County, California yesterday.

It sounded a little something like this:

Tsiowjlkgfsvoeldfklgfkfkljfdhqupikj!!!!!!

It was the typical word salad, full of snide, nasty attitude intended to rile up an already angry conservative electorate. She proudly displayed her usual startling lack of connection to reality:

Palin mocked Fiorina's rival, Sen. Barbara Boxer, as overly concerned about a small endangered fish whose protections have restricted water flowing to farmers in the Central Valley.

"Now where I come from, we call a 2-inch fish, we call that bait," she said.

Shades of her pit bull line. By this time, one might expect some original new material.

But there was something else lacking from her garbled, run-on onslaught of rah-rah gibberish. Or rather someone. Make that two someones:

Whitman and Fiorina cited scheduling conflicts as the reason they could not attend. [...]

[T]he candidates also had political rationales for avoiding a joint appearance. A recent Field poll showed that nearly two-thirds of independent voters in California view Palin unfavorably — and Republicans here need the support of independents to overcome Democrats' double-digit voter registration edge. [...]

For days, [Whitman] has sidestepped questions about Palin.

Asked Saturday if Palin's support was a positive, Whitman replied, "I want everyone on my side."

When asked Friday if Palin, who is believed to be mulling a 2012 White House run, was qualified to be president, Whitman offered a tepid response.

"Technically, she's qualified to be president because you have to be a U.S. citizen and be in good standing, " she said.

While Whitman's distance from Palin reflects the more moderate road she has taken, Fiorina's avoidance is a marked contrast from the primary, when she welcomed Palin's help.

"I want everyone on my side."

"Technically" Screechy is "qualified" because she's a U.S. citizen. (Anyone seen her birth certificate?)

Can't get a more enthusiastic endorsement than that.

Wow.

Now where I come from, we call sidestepping questions about a fellow Republican, we call that epic Palin fail.

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Joe McGinnis: "I've gotten an insight into [Palin's] character, into her ability to incite hatred"

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(Photo of the fence dividing the Palin house from their new neighbor via Shannyn Moore)

Author Joe McGinniss, who is renting the house next door to Barbie McLipSchmutz's, was planning on keeping things civil between him and his new neighbors. He introduced himself to Ex-Half-governor Barbie and Ex-Half-First Dude...

"'I wanted to say, 'I'm writing this book, but I hope we can just get along as good neighbors, and after that, you'll never hear from me again,'" said McGinniss.

That sounds reasonable, but he didn't get a very neighborly response. Come on, who could possibly feel threatened by that? I'm sure Ex-Half-First Dude was receptive:

"He took off on how my Portfolio piece was a bunch of lies, and a smear, and all this and all that, and he said, 'You going to be putting the microphones in now, and the surveillance cameras?'"

Joe assured him that wouldn't be the case, but things got more hostile from there. Barbie fans went in for the kill, led by the always helpful, even handed Mark Levin:

After radio host Mark Levin gave out the author's e-mail address, McGinniss got 5000 messages in four hours, eventually shutting down the account. Wasilla police and state troopers are keeping a watchful eye on the place, although McGinniss said no one had come to the house to threaten him on Friday.

How generous of Levin to share Joe's e-mail address with thousands of resentful Ex-Half Gov lovers who have been instructed to "reload".

Those folksy schmolksy Half-Palins, always there to give a helping hand to a good neighbor by encouraging their flock. Isn't that just like them?

However, if one were paying close attention-- and one was-- one might think the Half-Palins were a little paranoid and a tad touchy wouchy, mightn't one?

"I would term this hysterical," said McGinniss. "The mayor said to me, when I chatted with him in his office a couple of days ago, 'You know, if Sarah had the brains that we like to think she has, Todd would have come back and said, do you know who's living next door? This son of a bitch McGinniss who wrote that Portfolio piece. He's writing a book about you. Sarah should have baked a plate of cookies, and come around the fence, and said hi, and laughed about this.' I would have happily accepted a cookie, and then in my book I would have had a lovely scene about how gracious she had been." McGinniss sighed. "She is, in many ways, a very gracious person."

Apparently, she's only gracious to sycophants. How's that rude-y uncouthy thing workin' out for ya?

But the Wasilly couple should benefit somehow, right? There's always a bright side! Turn that frown upside down, Half-Palins!  Maybe Joe will discover their sweet side, their gracious side, their... Hmm? What's that? Not gonna happen?

"[...] I'd be an adult about it, and I would figure out, okay, how can we resolve this in a way that's not going to make into something that everybody gets obsessive about? By being here I have learned things, and I've gotten an insight into her character, into her ability to incite hatred, that before I only knew about in the abstract."

I guess Joe wasn't as into the 2008 hate rallies as some of us were. There was nothing abstract about those.

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