Thursday, January 8, 2015

Three Odd Articles

Not sure what to make of any of these. Chris Christie gay? Please God, no! Justin Bieber just needs a firm hand? Yeah, I'd give him one. On his punky backside. And the most ludicrous, Mike "Huckster" Huckabee thinks liberals are turning America gay. Anybody dumb enough to vote for this chump deserves to "bend over and take it like a prisoner."


The Huffington Post
ESPN Guest Calls Chris Christie's Friendship With Cowboys Owner 'Homosexual'

The Huffington Post | By Ron Dicker
Posted: 01/08/2015 12:34 pm EST

Texas humorist and singer Kinky Friedman appeared on ESPN's "Outside The Lines" Wednesday to comment on the friendship between New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

But in a flip remark Friedman said the pair's bonding was much more than friendly. Speaking to host Bob Ley, he called the two "the most important, latent homosexual relationship since Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson."

As seen in the segment above, awkwardness ensued, and Friedman smoothed over his words after Ley asked him if he really meant it.

But Friedman, a former Texas gubernatorial candidate, wasn't finished. According to CNN, he later called Christie, who says he's a longtime Cowboys fan, an "anti-Texas, thin-sock wearing son of a b----." That's when Ley cut him off and apologized for Friedman's remarks.

The governor and Jones have been seen together in the owners' box at Cowboys games, most recently in a group embrace after Dallas won its wild card matchup last weekend over the Detroit Lions.

One media professional questioned whether Friedman should have been on the show at all to comment on what has termed a "bromance."


Justin Bieber And The Pressure Of Masculinity
The Huffington Post | By Lauren Duca
Posted: 03/13/2014 9:25 am EDT Updated: 03/13/2014 9:59 am EDT

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Justin Bieber’s deposition tapes are probably the brattiest thing caught on camera since Veruca Salt didn't get her way in Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. As he smirks at the camera and grows defiantly unsure of whether he’s ever been to Australia, the natural reaction might be to mutter the words “whatta punk” while Googling deportation laws. But Beiber’s increasingly petulant behavior is indicative of something much bigger than his petit Canadian frame. As he continues to unapologetically spit and pee all over the place, the pop star has become a symbol of the modern man-boy young man, in which bad behavior is enabled -- and dare we say excused -- by the idea that “boys will be boys.”

For the average male teen, the transition into adulthood is one that comes with an intense pressure to prove that their masculinity is unfettered by responsibility. (Think about the sort of behavior we associate with frat culture.) As sociologist Michael Kimmel discusses in “Guyland,” when growing from boy to man, there is a certain emphasis found in the pressure to participate in perceptively “manly” homosocial activities. This is coupled with the shameful stigma placed on expressing emotions (ie talking about feelings is perceived as a "feminine" trait). Considering all the beer-can-crushing antics that align with that developmental pattern, it is often explained away as a typical aspect of growing up.

Justin Bieber, however, is a boy who also just so happens to have an estimated networth of $160 million. He has a lamborghini, a mansion and lack of parental control that is sufficiently summed up by the fact that his father was in attendance when the then-19-year-old dropped $75,000 at a Miami strip club. Imagine any male college student under such circumstances. They would (also) rapidly devolve into a spitting-and-peeing monster. The reality is that our tragic hero, the world-famousl’enfant terrible, is the ultimate extreme of the problematic pressures of developing masculinity.

So, is there a solution? Can we hold out hope for an adult Justin Bieber to rise out of his current context? The answer to that is: "I don’t know Katie Couric, you tell me." Just kidding. Surely he’ll make it out of this phase (or at least fade from our consciousness) eventually. But in order to emerge from this “detrimental” moment, he needs to be able to take responsibility for himself and his behavior, but without proper guidance it’s absurd for us to expect that of him. On a second look at Bieber’s deposition, his petulance in a setting as formal a legal deposition is unnerving and vaguely sad. He behaves like a 7-year-old, hoping to be released from a time out, and unsure how to express his feelings. The defiant asshole act is reflection of his lack of ability to process his emotions, compounded by the pressure to avoid appearing vulnerable.

We’ve had all eyes on Bieber since his bowl-cut beginnings. Now, more than ever, he has no privacy. And, more importantly, no one to steer him in the plausibly non-douchebag direction. Really, everything he’s done has been informed by the ways young men are socialized -- it's just on a particularly visible stage. His behavior has been most crucially informed by the extreme lack of responsibility and need to prove masculinity, which also defines the way that boys become men. For that to truly change, we need to re-evaluate the qualities we celebrate in males and deeply reconsider the constrictions of such harshly enforced gender norms. At the very least, the first step is being aware of the fact that those deposition tapes deserve a greater reaction than shrugging it off with a simple, "Biebs will be Biebs."


The Daily Beast
Huckabee 2016: Bend Over and Take It Like a Prisoner!

Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee has released a new book that is part fiscal conservative ideology and part Shawshank Redemption.

Great American leaders have long contributed profound thoughts of tremendous consequence to the public discourse.

Roosevelt: "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."

Kennedy: "Mankind must put an end to war — or war will put an end to mankind."

Reagan: "Trust, but verify."

And now, similarly, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee: "Bend over and take it like a prisoner!"

"Bend Over and Take it Like a Prisoner!" is the title of the 10th chapter of Huckabee's 12th book, God, Guns, Grits, and Gravy - which, as a whole, is an achievement in the genre of poorly written pandering.

The chapter, ostensibly about the TSA and IRS, is a soaring crescendo of latent homosexuality homoeroticism cloaked in almost libertarian – but not libertine! – conservatism.

[and I can't stomach posting the rest, you'll have to click on the link yourself]

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