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In Which There’s An Obvious Dichotomy Of Word And Deed

September 29th, 2010 No comments

Naturally, when I see the word “satire”, my eyes perk up, so when I saw “Satire Works” on Facebook, I added them almost reflexively. Without getting into the whole mindfuck of Poe-ism, it’s a wingnut group that doesn’t actually understand what satire is. Rather, they seem to believe the Rush Limbaugh version of satire where you call someone a retard because you really actually believe they’re a retard and calling it “satire” supposedly provides cover for doing so.

Anywho -this morning they posted the following

Satire Works โ€Ž”It’s not necessary to blow out your neighbor’s light in order to let your own shine.”
— unknown

A very nice thought!

Except that posted immediately below is this video of some out of control council woman. I’m sorry, DEMOCRATIC councilwoman. I’m sorry DEMONRAT councilwoman. They proceed to kick the ever loving shit out of her, calling her names, commenting her rudeness…typical blow your neighbors’ lights out stuff.

Except…there was a brief fact check in the middle of the feeding frenzy to clear a little matter up

  • Linda Borgmier Norris Angela – easily done – the names are not lined up that well. We just don’t want to shot our own. haha. This woman is a beeach to the n-th degree.

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  • Angela Pink Linda, right on, i don’t want to shut down one of my own and Stewart is on our side for sure ๐Ÿ™‚ ty again for correcting me ๐Ÿ™‚ just so you all know i am very famous in making so many typos and mistakes but do always make my points clear and laud ๐Ÿ™‚

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This, my friends, is the state of teabagger politics.

Satire Works โ€Ž”It’s not necessary to blow out your neighbor’s light in order to let your own shine.”
— unknown

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In Which Wing Should Be A Beacon For Everyone

September 6th, 2010 No comments

I catch a lot of shit from people because of my idealization of Wing as a genius.

If you’re like almost everyone I know, with the exception of Rocky, you watched maybe three seconds of that video and may possibly never read anything I write ever again.

But you’d be wrong to do so. Horribly, horribly wrong.

“How,” the question goes, “can you possibly idealize a homely middle-aged woman who can’t sing? You’re just doing that to piss me off, right? You’re not really serious.”

I am serious. Wing’s voice grates on on you like sandpaper covered in piranhas. Her catalog of songs (The Carpenters, a whole album of AC/DC) indicates either a total lack of understanding or mental illness…or both. Her presentation, traditional Chinese dress, further pushes the limit of proper performance protocol. Bluntly, as a performer she’s a fucking mess.

“Ok,” the argument continues, “you like the glorious fucked-upness of Wing. That’s fine.ย  But…idealization?? No! I can’t accept that!”

Well, you’re wrong. And I’ll tell you why.

When was the last time you got accepted to SXSW? When was the last time your company sent you overseas? When was the last time you appeared on South Park? In short, when was the last time that you, in the words of the Carpenters, “create[ed] a dream come true”? Wing has. And with no discernible talent other than her dream.

It’s hard enough to make it in this world regardless of your chosen field. We’re told as children that if you do your best you’ll be recognized for it. It’s simply not true. bush became president. You’re smarter than your boss. KennyG outsells Andrew Bird. I can barely get arrested as a comic in Boston despite comments like “genius” all over my YouTube page. Yet scratchy voiced, out of tune, unattractive Wing makes her living screeching away at Birdland in New York City.

For some, this proves the world’s unfairness. With so much talent, why do the talentless rule? Why does Brooke Hogan get a record deal while I sit in my basement playing support monkey on brilliantly blue-skied Labor Day? Why does Wing get flown to London on someone else’s dime? Because her dream forces her to. Because she latched on and didn’t let go. Because she worked like a motherfucker.

This is something I struggle with and one of the greatest sins of the parents of my generation. “Do good work and you’ll be recognized.” There is so much more than that.ย  You may be the best brick layer in the world. Bricks mean more to you than breathing. Every wall you build is a work of art but without the drive to promote yourself, you’ll make $34.82/hr until you retire. And that’s fine. If you’re happy with it, that’s all that’s important.

In the end, you’re really in control. After all, if Wing can succeed there is absolutely no fucking reason for you not to.

And that is why Wing deserves your respect. Now go back and watch the whole video and think about that.

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