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Double Standard With Blurred Lines


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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.


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)


"Now some California Republicans want teachers to be armed. Who is next? Have we become totally unhinged?"


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Another L.A. Times letter to the editor, because our voices matter:

Re "GOP bill proposes arming teachers," Jan. 31

Following the 9/11 attacks, pilots were allowed to carry guns in the cockpit. Now some California Republicans want teachers to be armed. Who is next? Have we become totally unhinged?

In New Zealand, even police officers usually don't carry guns. They know arming themselves encourages would-be criminals to do likewise. New Zealand has more sheep than people, and we have almost as many guns as people. Maybe the Kiwis know something we don't.

David Amitai

Los Angeles


One mystery is solved, but more fish and birds are dying in huge numbers


See this headline?

Dead Birds Fall From Sky In Sweden, Millions Of Dead Fish Found In Maryland, Brazil, New Zealand

The story is getting bigger and eerier. Please read the article.

Only one of the mysteries appears to be solved...

It wasn't poison, or lightning, or the end of the world. The thousands of dead birds found dead on the streets of Beebe, Arkansas, on New Years Day were killed by... fireworks.

... but please go read the HuffPo article about all the others.  Between pollution, climate change, fireworks, and who knows what else, we have a lot of birds and fish dying off, and very suddenly.

Disturbing, to say the least.