Category Archives: News

Broken Harmony

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock or simply choose to ignore the ofttimes harsh realities of our world, then you know about the recent terrorists attacks in Paris.  CNN has been covering it left and right since the story (and the world’s heart) broke.  Ever since that moment, all my social media feeds have erupted with discourse from all sides of the spectrum.  I’ve even got friends passive-aggressively attacking each other on Facebook, vehemently protesting through somewhat hallow pronouncements, the things they find wrong with the world and people (including each other) in general.

The sad reality of all of this, is that that attack wasn’t even the only act of terrorism that recently occurred; just the only one which received the most media attention.  For whatever reasons, the most vocal news authorities along with the collective consciousness born of social media, did not highlight the other recent attacks in Lebanon and Afghanistan, including the beheading of 7 individuals; one of which was a 9 year old girl.

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I don’t get any of this; I truly don’t.  I don’t understand why these acts would be carried out in the name of one’s religious convictions.  Granted, I’m not a religious individual despite my strict Catholic upbringing, but if something feels this wrong, there isn’t too much gray area to hide behind.  I may not recall much of my Sunday School teachings, but every week my pastor made a point to say one phrase:

“God is Love”

It’s simple and cheesy, but you know what?  It works.  Every person experiences this powerful phenomena in different ways, but the one common unspoken agreement is that Love brings people together, not drive them apart.  If the heart of religion is a message of Love, then why do these things happen?  Love is NOT divisive, yet somehow religion can be.  I have many friends of different faiths and I respect them and their beliefs enough to not let it be a topic of conversation between us (in person, social media, or otherwise) because I value their presence in my life.

That’s what it should come down to; just value each other.  Every individual person, thought, and heartbeat, make up this planet and it can be a beautiful place to live.  I can’t help but feel that the sooner we all realize we are citizens of the entire world instead of just one nation, the faster we can close in on the elusive ideal known as Peace on Earth.


Kermit & Piggy SPLIT!

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In what is probably the most heartbreaking Hollywood break-up in recent memory, Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy have ended their romantic entanglement.

How sad is this? OMG, what is the world coming to when a frog and pig can’t make it work? What hope is there for the rest of us?  Excuse me while I console myself by watching old Muppet Movies.


3 yr old girl’s Lesson in Racism

My heart aches when I learn of stories like this.  Samara Muir, a 3 year old aboriginal girl, regretfully got her first taste of racism when attending a Disney themed event with her mom.  The adorable angel below was waiting in line with her mom, when another woman in line turned to her daughters and uttered:

“I don’t know why that girls’ getting excited for.  Anna and Elsa aren’t black.”

Adding insult to injury, one of the daughters turned to Samara to say:

“Black’s ugly and you’re black”

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There are no words to describe the level of contempt I have for the bigoted witch that not only has the audacity to spew such hateful rhetoric in front of a 3 year old, but then perpetuates her closed-minded views to her own children.  She should be ashamed of herself.  I doubt she is.  These type of self-righteous ignoramuses rarely ever evolve past the bull they tell themselves.


This particular story hit SO close to home because I know what it’s like growing up without any ethnically-diverse heroes or role models.  Though born in the Philippines, my upbringing was in the United States where every last bit of media, whether on TV, movies or print, showed me Caucasian men and women accomplishing great things.  Without anyone telling me otherwise, the idea that “you had to be white to succeed”, sunk its claws deep in my developing psyche.

This terrible mindset followed me from childhood and straight into my adolescence; a time when the internet (and specifically AOL) exploded and now I had infinite knowledge at my finger tips.  I was bound and determined to be white.  After a bit of web-surfing and saving up on my allowance, I even had a plan!  I discovered a product called Porcelana, which promised lighter skin with enough use.  I bought peroxide and other harsh hair dyes to try and make my hair blonde.  I even researched doctors who could perform the cosmetic surgery to make my eyes look rounder.  All this effort because society had “taught” me, my skin and features were “wrong“.

Spoiler Alert: none of it worked.  I just looked like a Filipino guy with blotchy skin and orange hair who kept opening his eyes too damned wide because I couldn’t save enough money for the plastic surgery.  That and my mom lost her mind when I told her what I wanted.

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I have a wonderful 3 year old niece who adores the Disney Princesses!  Me being the Disney-fiend I am (not to mention the fact that I was a dancer for the House of Mouse for 7 years), LOVES playing Disney Princesses with her.  I remember a recent time we were playing and all the princesses she collected so far were all exclusively white.  I asked her if she had a Princess Jasmine, Pocahontas or even Mulan.  The little thing had NO IDEA what I was talking about.  I pulled out my iPhone and showed her videos on YouTube of all the ethnic princesses I felt she was missing out on and her next words almost brought me to tears:

“They look like me!  Princesses can be brown?”

UGH!!! I died!  I freakin DIED hearing this come from her.  So much innocence, already tainted!  I was almost in tears but I held them back because I didn’t want her to see how upset I was.  I just looked at her with a smile and told her:

“Anyone can be a Princess.  The only thing you have to be is special; which you are.”

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After that, I promised her we’d watch Mulan, Pocahontas, Aladdin and heck even Lilo & Stitch, just so she can see women of color in her favorite cartoons.  I refuse to live in a world where my niece and others like her, grow up thinking any one race or creed is better or more deserving than another.

No one is born with hatred; that’s learned and it’s a lesson my niece should never have to experience.


Jeremy Renner Addresses Gay Rumors

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I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that I’m one of the apparently many people who had (for want of a better word) “opinions” at the possibility of Jeremy Renner being gay.  In my case however, it was more of a want versus an educated stance on the matter.  The man is gorgeous in my eyes.  He’s not “classically handsome” like some other Hollywood leading men; but he has this rough-around-the-edges masculinity about him that I just respond to…. in a big, BIG way!

In a recent interview with Playboy, the Avenger addressed the gay rumors:

“When you Google yourself and the first thing that comes up is ‘Jeremy Renner gay,’ it’s like, ‘Oh, now you’ve arrived. You’re now a giant movie star.’ I don’t care, ultimately, if that’s what people want to think, read and care about. F**king say whatever the hell you want about me. Look at where we’re at socially—leaps and bounds ahead of where we started. That’s an amazing thing. To suggest that it’s negative, that being gay is a terrible thing, a perversion or whatever—I just don’t get it. Don’t you wish we were in a world where we’re not shaming, judging and boxing people in?”

Aaaaaand, I’m once again weak in the knees.  Hawkeye has shot an arrow straight through my heart.


Marriage Equality for ALL

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We did it!  We did it!  WE FUCKING DID IT!!  I am so overwhelmed with emotion, I can’t event write!

In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court has just ruled in favor of Marriage Equality!

FUCK YEAH, BITCHES!!!!!


Lexus Unveils their Hoverboard

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Let me take you back to the year 1989; I was entering my pubescent teen years and my hormone-addled brain was desperately trying to cling onto any vestige of sanity in my closeted (albeit geeky) existence.  Comic books took the edge off, as I would allow myself to be taken to a place where super powers (and most especially the ability to fly) existed.  No matter how bad my days were, I’d curl up in my bed with 2-3 comic books in tow, hoping that if I read them right before I slept, I’d get to dream of flying!  Enter: Back to the Future II and the advent of the (make-believe) hoverboard!  ERMAHGERD, Marty McFly could kinda…. well… FLY!!!  In a stroke of genius by Lexus’ marketing team, they’ve just unveiled a real, honest-to-goodness, HOVERBOARD!  And for those of us paying attention, the year that Marty and Doc traveled to the future, was 2015.  I?  JUST?  DIED!!!

Lexus is referring to this miraculous breakthrough as SLIDE and personally, I will be glued to every last social media feed known to man, as this phenomenal stroke of genius develops.  For now, it seems that the SLIDE can only hover a few inches off the ground and only in a “controlled environment” (whatever that means), but hey; we all gotta start somewhere, right?  The SLIDE’s levitation is reported to be powered by liquid nitrogen cooled superconductors and permanent magnets to achieve friction-less movement.  Guess this means Lexus didn’t have to go Doc Brown’s route and hijack some plutonium.  Not to mention the fact that I’m not so keen on the idea of using a hoverboard powered by a nuclear reaction generating 1.21 gigawatts of electricity…. See?  I pay attention!

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Only time will tell when this product will be released to the public.  I can tell you this though: you better start saving up if you want one.  The SLIDE may very well cost you an arm, leg and maybe your first born.


Roosters

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This has to be a thing!  WHY CAN’T THIS BE A THING?!?

See?  Even after the EVIL DAY known as April Fools, I find myself still uncovering deception, fraud and trickery; consequently resulting in my crying a river of tears.

Thank you, Hooters for raising my perverted hopes only to rip apart my heart’s salacious longings… ok, maybe my heart isn’t the organ I’m thinking of… but still.

Full (mean) Story HERE


Home Sweet Avenger’d Home

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Please let the record show that I am officially hiring Absolook Interior Design to do my home.  Granted I don’t have money to purchase said home nor even pay Absolook for their future tireless efforts towards the realization of my geeky fantasies, but I have every confidence that they will set me up with a monthly payment plan that may very well need to last through the entirety of my life.

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These truly gifted creators have designed an Avengers Themed House in Singapore! <insert high-pitched fangirl squeal>  Not only does it pay proper tribute to Marvel’s Movie Franchise, it does so flawlessly.  This is not some corny house adorned with random Avenger’s posters and memorablia.  This is a fully-realized and perfectly executed concept.

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I am especially tickled by their placement of The Incredible Hulk in the kitchen area.  I can’t say this was done on purpose, but where else but the kitchen would you put the reckless gargantuan?  You can almost see him barreling through the pots and pans while rummaging through the pantry.  Do I even need to point out the genius of having Iron Man plastered through the bedroom?  Billionaire Genius Playboy?  You just know Tony Stark would waste no time in bringing a few bunnies to his boudoir and letting them polish his plasma cannon.

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Now I just have to somehow amass say a couple million dollars or so and I’ll be set.  I wonder if I can use Kickstarter for that?  Hmmmmm….


Broadway Babe Bites Back

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Despite marked opposition to the SB 101 bill, Governor Mike Pence signed the oppressive Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law as of yesterday.  Hopefully, the organizers of Gen Con follow through with their threat and pull out of Indiana once their contract with the state ends.

Regardless of the gross negligence by Pence, for basic human rights, his ignorant act let loose a wildfire of backlash; not the least of which includes some choice tweets from celebrated Broadway Star, Audra McDonald.  In the wake of the controversy, her Twitter took off the kid gloves and exploded with righteous ranting:

Talk about being burdened with glorious purpose. I’ve never wanted to yell out: “You GO, Gurl” so much in my entire misbegotten life. It is because of vocal and brave allies like her, that the LGBT community finds strength in the knowledge that we’re not alone in the fight for equality.

PS: I need it to say it again; YOU GO, GURL!!!!


Gone Con

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Oh the times, they are a-changin’. It was only a handful of years ago that I was floored by the inception of a Video Game Convention targeted primarily to Gay Gamers, called GaymerX. Despite its turbulent career of “will they or won’t they” have another convention, it holds a strong base to produce a 3rd gathering. And now, we have one of the world’s LARGEST gaming conventions, striking a blow for equality in this post-DOMA era: Gen Con.

Gen Con, gathers together gaming enthusiasts of traditional pen-and-paper, board, and card games, including role-playing games, miniatures wargames, live action role-playing games, collectible card games, and strategy games. Last year alone, they recorded more than 56,000 attendants during their 4 day event; not to mention an estimated $50,000,000 in revenue for their local economy. No small feat by any stretch of the imagination. Continue reading