SHOULD ACTORS HAVE AN OPINION? : BLOSSOM HAS SOMETHING TO SAY

Mayim Bailik aka Blossom has decided to give her opinion on the Disney film Frozen. Before I go into what the actree had to say, let me give you some background on the artist formally known ans Blossom. Mayim has a Ph.D and she is a neuroscience professor when she is not on the set. The lady is no dummy. So when she decided to give her harsh opinion on the Disney film Frozen, everyone suddenly thinks Mayim is a loud mouth dummy.

 

Here is what Mayim had to say about Frozen………on Kveller.com

Oh my gosh. I know, I’m about to lose more fans than when I declared myself a proud liberal Zionist during Operation Protective Edge.

Well, I have to speak the truth: My sons and I did not like “Frozen.”

When we first saw it, I thought it was just me who didn’t like it and I had to stop myself from audibly exclaiming, “What!?” when things did not make sense and I rolled my eyes a LOT and felt bad that they might be enjoying it and here I was, Scrooge-ing away. But then the truth came out. They didn’t like it. Phew. Dodged that bullet.

How did this come about? My best friend had “Frozen” on DVD and on a particularly bad parenting day that she witnessed (i.e. I may have told her I thought I was going to burn a fuse in my brain or have an aneurysm just trying to make it through the upcoming 24 hours), she urged me to just give myself a break and put on “Frozen” for my boys. So we watched it.

In true Mayim/Scrooge fashion, here are the things I disliked about “Frozen.” I should note that I don’t care for musicals really at all, so that was one strike against this movie in the first place, but I will leave the explanation of my disdain for musicals for another post.

Music aside, here are my three main issues:

1. Plot/Feminism?

Sure, it’s sort of hidden, but the search for a man/love/Prince is still the reigning plot line in the movie, as it is with pretty much all movies for young people which are animated. The sister’s desire to marry this guy she just met, and the other sister getting mad at her–we still have a plot about the identification of a woman being based on her desire and search to meet a man.

Of course, in general, in the Universe, heterosexual women tend to want to meet men and I am one of those women. My issue is not that. My issue is that this is a movie geared to small children who I don’t think need to be focusing on that as the main driving plot of a movie, especially when it’s not a literary or historically-based fairy tale. And these characters are young; certainly not old enough in my socially conservative opinion to be searching for mates!

I’ve had just enough already with this finding a man business in most every kids’ movie. Disney classics were all about this and look where it’s gotten us! Naked billboards of singers and women still not paid equal pay for equal work and ridiculous standards of beauty and body image and campaigns such as “Why I Don’t Need Feminism” and tons of other things proving we still have a ways to go.

Am I taking this all too seriously? Of course I am! That’s because I’m me!

2. Denoument/Male Bashing?

Denoument is French for the unfolding of a story–the final unraveling, as it were. What happens in “Frozen”? The Prince/hero turns out to be a scheming villain. He pretended to love her and then he double crosses her and she gets the lesson taught to her not to trust those nasty scheming conniving men. Because you know, men can’t be trusted? Meh.

I know, you’re confused by me. Yeah, take a number. First I claim to be a feminist and now I claim to be against male-bashing. That’s because feminism doesn’t equal male-bashing. And this movie isn’t empowering because it shows that a Prince is a jerk and should not have been trusted. That’s weird too. It’s just confusing.

All of the talk I’ve heard about “Frozen” revolves around how it goes against all the stereotypes of princess movies. And in some ways it does; it shows one sister trying to convince the other sister not to trust this guy she just met. Then the guy turns out to be a villain and the sisters need to rely on each other, using their love to transform and save them ultimately. It’s a lovely notion, but it was just not executed well at all in my opinion.

3. Women as Dolls?

OK, my biggest problem with this movie was the way the female characters are drawn and animated. The male characters look like cartoon men. They have some exaggerated features, sure. But by and large, they look like they have the proportions of human beings.

Not so with our lead ladies. They have ginormous eyes. Like really ridiculously big. Teeny-tiny ski slope noses. Exaggerated delicate ski sloppiness, actually. Barbie doll proportions of their bodies in general: tiny waists, ample busts, and huge heads. They look like dolls. They don’t look like the same species as the male characters even! What’s up with that?! My sons thought the females looked likeBRATZ dolls, truth be told. I kind of agree.

My loquacious almost 9-year-old Firstborn liked the snowman character, but that was about it. Little Man also liked the snowman and I think he enjoyed it at age 6 since I would argue that at age 6 kids don’t really get what’s going on; it’s all about the entertainment value of pretty shapes and colors moving on a screen that is hypnotizing.

I know everybody loved “Frozen” and that I am going to get so much hate for this. But I’m just keeping it real, yo. Or trying.

Obviously Mayim has a lot to say, but I do not think she should be penalized for having an opinion. Just because she is an actress that doesn’t mean she is not human. Mayim is a mom, actress, professor and role model to many. So give her a break already. Today on The View Rosie O’donell stated that she had a major problem with what Mayim had to say. I hope they invite Mayim to the set so they can duke it out, in a respectable manner of course.

WHEN YOUR TWEETS GETS YOUR REALITY SHOW CANCELED: CEE-LO GREEN TWEETS AWAY AN OPPORTUNITY

I know the rest of the Goodie Mob is pissed at Cee-Lo Green. Their band mate Cee-Lo is in major trouble and he recently plead no contest to giving a woman the drug ecstasy. This charge is a felony. The drama in his life has cost the group their reality show.

In this day and age when you are going through something , many just tweet about it. So the pop star decided now would be a great time to go on tweeting and ranting about the act of a rape. It’s not rape if the person is passed out. People who have really been raped remember. These are just a few of the irresponsible and stupid tweets that Mr. Green allegedly created.

In the midst of Cee-Lo’s legal matters, his reality show on TBS The Good Life has been pulled off of the air. The network says that the show had extremely low ratings, but after Cee-Lo’s twitter fiasco that took the cake.

Rape should not be taken lightly. GOSIPTV takes the subject matter of such an act very seriously. Although difficult to talk about, it needs to be addressed. Cee-Lo’s nonchalant tweets about rape and rape victims is disgusting. No many or woman should fall victim to such and act.  I think the networks decision to pull the show off of the air was fair and I pretty sure their will be even more hell to pay for those tasteless tweets.

DUDE I HAVE AN EMMY: PRODUCER GETS PROFILED BY COPS

Going to Harvard and winning an Emmy Award does not mean you don’t rob people. Well at least that is what the cops in Los Angeles think. During the Emmy weekend, television producer Charles Belk was detained for 6 hours. He was accused of robbing a bank. Police said he fit the description of a suspect in a recent robbery. Black and Bald are two very common characteristics that many men have. Belk was handcuffed and forced to sit on the curb while the police figure out if they got the right guy. He was embarrassed and disgusted.

Once released and cleared of all charges Belk expressed his feelings about the whole thing

WHEN YOU “FIT THE DESCRIPTION”!

It’s one of those things that you hear about, but never think it would happen to you.

On Friday afternoon, August 22nd around 5:20pm, while innocently walking by myself from a restaurant on Wilshire Blvd, to my car up LaCienega Blvd my freedom was taken from me by the Beverly Hills Police Department.

Within seconds, I was detained and told to sit on the curb of the very busy street, during rush hour traffic.

Within minutes, I was surrounded by 6 police cars, handcuffed very tightly, fully searched for weapons, and placed back on the curb.

Within an hour, I was transported to the Beverly Hills Police Headquarters, photographed, finger printed and put under a $100,000 bail and accused of armed bank robbery and accessory to robbery of a Citibank.

Within an evening, I was wrongly arrested, locked up, denied a phone call, denied explanation of charges against me, denied ever being read my rights, denied being able to speak to my lawyer for a lengthy time, and denied being told that my car had been impounded…..All because I was mis-indentified as the wrong “tall, bald head, black male,” … “fitting the description.”

I get that the Beverly Hills Police Department didn’t know at the time that I was a law abiding citizen of the community and that in my 51 years of existence, had never been handcuffed or arrested for any reason. All they saw, was someone fitting the description. Doesn’t matter if he’s a “Taye Diggs BLACK”, a “LL Cool J BLACK”, or “a Drake BLACK”

Police and community realtions have definitely seen better days. I am just happy that Mr. Belk is alive and well to tell his story. On the heels of the Ferguson, Missouri protest for the slain teenager Mike Brown, this recent profiling incident just proves that all police departments need to do better.

WHEN THE JOKES ON YOU: BET IN BIG TROUBLE OVER DISTASTEFUL JOKE

Karrueche Tran was a guest co-host on BET‘s 106&Park and in normal co-hosting fashion she read from a teleprompter. Well just when Karrueche thought she had everything down pact, she read a very distasteful joke about Beyonce and Jay-z‘s daughter Blue Ivy’s hair and the gates of to hell opened up.

During a segment called The Top 6 Things Blue Ivy Thought During The VMA’s , Karrueche says “I really did wake up like this, because my parents never comb my hair.” The 2 year old has been the butt of many hair jokes. There was even a petition created asking Beyonce to come Blue Ivy’s hair. (Which confirms how screwed up the world actually is.)Well needless to say, heads rolled over this ignorant joke. Since the airing of the show Karrueche has been getting death threats from Beyonce’s fans.

The President of music programming for BET Stephen Hill released a public statement, stating that it is not Karrueche’s fault she was just reading what a producer wrote. 106&Park is now on hiatus. There have been reports that a producer has been fired from the show for the unnecessary drama they have caused.

Bow Wow has stated that the show is on hiatus because he is taping for CSI. As we all know Bow Wow is one of the host for the music countdown show. We have seen plenty of  guest co-host come on and take over while the officials host are away doing other things. Show often take a hiatus but this is all too sudden. How convenient for BET to go on hiatus in the midst of a PR crisis.

I MATTER, WE MATTER: #IFTHEYGUNNEDMEDOWN

 
An unarmed Black teen was gunned down in Ferguson, Missouri. As usual the media responds. Depending on what channel you watch, you will get one side of the story. Within in every broadcast one thing remains the same. The images that are chosen to air when a black man or woman is involved in a high profile incident does not reflect who that person is or was.
Mike Brown lied dead in the street, and the world heard Ferguson, Missouri’s cries. When the media aired the story the image on the left was used to represent Mike Brown the recent high school graduate. In the days of social media any picture could have been chosen but the man in a jersey with his fingers up was the ideal image for the media outlets. Now the picture on the right was already on Facebook. Same person, perfectly different feeling you get from each photo.
In light of this tragedy, #IFTHEGUNNEDMEDOWN was created to question how would the media portray you  if you were gunned down. Shortly after this social media revolution started, more details about the Mike Brown slaying have been revealed. This post is not about what Mike Brown did or did not do, this post is about the way the media portrays our slain black men and women. If they gunned you down, which one of your pictures would the news use?

SWAGGER JACKING: TOYOTA’S NEW COMMERCIAL WITH BUSTA RHYMES MAKES SOME FOLKS MAD

 

Toyota‘s new commercial for their 2015 Sienna wagon has some people steaming mad. The company has posted a few Swagger Wagon commercials over the years, but this particular one features Busta Rhymes. I have viewed the commercial a few times and I think it’s funny. But please don’t tell Black Twitter that I said that.

In the commercial their is a white suburban family rapping about how cool the swagger wagon is and so on. Alright listen up mother fathers this one is about the swagger wagon says the little girl in the beginning of the video. The family then proceeds to rap about the vehicle and they do the famous Soulja Boy superman dance, the two step and the kids make it rain with coins. Oh thats not all the kids also jump out of bed in shiny red suits, like Mase and P. Diddy did back in the day. There is also a product placement for Sirius XM and their Hip Hop Nation radio station, before Busta Rhymes appears on the screen.

Some feel it’s making a mockery out of hip hop. WRONG!!!! Hip Hop had a stroke when Khia made My Neck, My Back, then had a heartache when Soulja Boy came out, it’s now on Life  Support thanks to songs like Versace and It Ain’t Nothing  To Cut That Bitch Off. Don’t get mad at Toyota for using Hip Hop’s foolishness to sell their cars.

PLEASE COVER UP: CHRIS GET IN TROUBLE FOR WIENER IMPROV

Parks and Recreation actor Chris Pratt decided to take matters into his own hands on set. He was doing a nude scene but he was giving nude underwear to wear,Chris was not getting the right reaction from his co-star Amy Phoehler. As Chris expected Amy was super shocked and they got the shot. Chris’s improv and last minute decisicion to pull his snake out was beyond effective. He later was rep remanded for the some what funny act. Today he can laugh about it. Check out his interview with Seth Myer’s as he talks about what went down.