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Shit that Pissed Me Off – 8/29

Swimwear Company Massively Photoshops a Model’s Body and Gets Caught

I think we all get that standards of attractiveness/beauty are messed up in the fashion world.  Here, you can see how much work went into taking someone who looked fine and creating a lie about her body.

What is most upsetting is the company’s apology.  In essence they used the “everybody does it” argument.  They took down the photoshopped picture but they didn’t put up the original picture to replace it.

OMG!!  Look at her fail to swell swimwear because she's not thin enough!!!!

OMG!! Look at her fail to sell swimwear because she’s not thin enough!!!!

Then they admitted that they made the changes to sell a product.

Well that’s honest, I guess.  What they fail to recognize is the product they are selling when they do something like that.

They are no longer selling swimwear.  They are selling body image.  They are telling young women who look like Meghan Kausman that they aren’t thin enough to wear this product.  Their apology indicates that they are completely OK with that.

I know (and I hope most of us do) that advertising is inherently dishonest.  Fruit Loops have never been a healthy addition to a balanced breakfast.  Pick up trucks don’t have great gas mileage.  Ever.

Things are getting out of hand, though, when a size 8 is too fat to sell a swimsuit.

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Shit that Pissed Me off – 7/25

Syrians are Destroying Sculptures Because Allah

Dear everyone in the world:  Just because your particular strain of god does not approve of something is no reason to take that thing away from the rest of us.

When you destroy a sculpture that is thousands of years old, you can’t just make a new one.

This has existed for thousands of years and Allah has done nothing about it.  Therefore we must!

This has existed for thousands of years and Allah has done nothing about it. Therefore we must!

Unfortunately, this sculpture ended up in one of those places where the prevailing belief system says that historical significance is not a good enough reason to keep something around if there is a face on it.

So thanks, religious extremists, for taking something away from the rest of the world because you believe it will lead to eternal damnation! You guys are the best!

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Shit that Pissed me off – 7/18

A Lot of People are Freaking out About Immigrant Children

Here’s what I genuinely don’t understand:

The far right is super concerned about the rights of unborn children.

Once the kids are born, though, they don’t really give a fuck.  Especially if those kids weren’t born in America.

In this case, we have a Republican candidate so anxious to show how anti-immigrant he is, he stages a protest with a busload of immigrant kids.  Too bad it turns out the kids were actually from a YMCA camp.  Apparently they use school busses to move all kinds of kids around.  Who knew?

Look!  Its a school bus!  I'll bet there are illegal immigrants in there!

Look! Its a school bus! I’ll bet there are illegal immigrants in there!

Seriously, does anyone do research before setting up a photo-op?

But more seriously, these are children! This immigration “crisis” is bullshit election year stuff.  There are all sorts of people crossing our borders all the time.  Politicians only care every two years.

The rest of the time, they only care if there are enough immigrants around to pick their food, cook their food, and clean their houses.  And they don’t give a shit about how many of them are on school busses.

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Shit that Pissed me Off – 7/11

Candidate for Minnesota Legislature Exhibits His Complete Failure to Understand AIDS

I get that social conservatives don’t understand anything about homosexuality.  How else can you justify someone claiming that sperm injected anally has an enzyme that burns…um….something and causes immune deficiency?

Clearly they don’t understand anything about enzymes either.  Or sperm.  Or anuses.

Apparently it only has this effect on male anuses.  Or maybe this dude doesn’t believe there is such a thing as a woman who enjoys anal sex.

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Quick, asshole, tell me what kind of sex this woman is into. You clearly know.

What continues to amaze me is how people like this guy continue to get annoyed when people like me call them homophobic.

Let me try to explain why I use the term “homophobe” to refer to you, sir.  When you are afraid of something that homosexuals do because of bullshit reasons, you are a homophobe!

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Friend a Day – Stephanie Zvan

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CONvergence week continues here at Friend a day headquarters!

I met Stephanie when we were in the same play in college.  I was nearly killed by a piece of scenery on opening night.  That’s a different story.

After that show, I hardly saw her for years.  It was only through the Skepchick/FreethoughtBlog events at CONvergence that we re-connected.

Stephanie is devoted to supporting social justice issues through her Almost Diamonds blog.  She has become a target for a lot of internet hatred because she’s not willing to back away from an important fight.  She’s openly critical of well known members of the atheist community like Richard Dawkins.

I can’t imagine how exhausting the abuse can become and yet Stephanie faces it with a sense of humor and, I think, the conviction that she is right.

When there is an issue that has me upset, I find that Stephanie frequently is commenting on exactly the thing that has me frustrated.  Her thoughts are well researched and detailed.  Certainly you can disagree with her but you can’t disagree with the effort she put into presenting a cogent argument.

She was a guest on Geeks Without God our first weekend and was one of the people who helped set the tone.  We’ve had her back since to play the horrible Left Behind Board game.  You have to have a little extra helping of respect for anyone who endured that game.

I remember working with Stephanie on that show all those years ago and even back then she had a ton of confidence you knew would get her through a lot.  It is that strong sense of self that helps her keep saying things that make her a target for a lot of petty stupidity.

And that is something I don’t think the petty, stupid people have figured out.  Being an asshole on the internet is easy.  Fighting against the assholes is a lot harder.

I’m really proud to know someone who is fighting the assholes.

 

Shit That Pissed me Off – 6/20

Sound Design Eliminated From the Tony Awards

I missed this one last week.  Bad form for a theatre person.

The awards were eliminated because, apparently, the people voting had no idea what sound design actually is or how to evaluate it.  So sort of like Oscar voters and Best original song.  Except nobody in the Academy gives a shit that none of them have any taste in music.

OK, we'll start with the basics: "writing a song" is not the same thing as "sound design."

We all know “Let it Go” won simply because it was the only song any of them had heard.  Right?

So instead of recognizing artists who contribute to theatrical production, they threw up their hands and told everyone that figuring out what a sound designer does is too hard.  We can’t give them an award if we don’t understand what they do.

Now, the folks running the Tonys have said they will be giving out special awards since they understand sound design better than the voters.

Last thing you would like to do is teach people what a sound designer does.  Better to just tell them you’ll handle it yourself.

MISCHIEF MANAGED!

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Shit that Pissed me Off – 6/6

Guy Threatens to Kill a Dad Who is Teaching his Daughter How to Ride a Bike

He didn’t just threaten to kill someone.  He did it while holding a loaded shotgun.

He admitted he did so to police.  He even said he probably should have fired.

At issue is not the question of whether or not people have the right to own guns.  The issue is why people feel that casually producing a gun and pointing it at someone in the street is an acceptable act. This guy is a loon but his action is, I think, part of a greater movement that troubles me.

When people openly carry semi-automatic weapons into Target because they feel it is their right, we have a problem.  This isn’t about the right to bear arms any longer.  It is about the right to not have someone point a gun at you when you are shopping for produce.

I told you to get away from that lettuce!

I feel that if I like a different kind of Pop Tarts than you, I shouldn’t be concerned that we are going to need to have a showdown in frozen foods to settle the problem.

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