When did the beautiful, graceful sport of figure skating – historically, ballet on ice – become acrobatics on ice? Commentator Scott Hamilton commented on the fact that Adelina Sotnikova, the gold medalist, used the fairly new rating system to her advantage, by excuting umpteen triple jumps successfully throughout her program. But compared to skaters like Yun Ah Kim, Julia Lipnitskaya, Carolina Kostner and Gracie Gold, she was an ungraceful cow! Under no circumstances should a medal be awarded to anyone, I don’t care how many triple jumps he or she lands, who isn’t graceful and beautiful in execution. It’s a complete travesty. Because graceless jumping machines get preference over those who want to make their skating beautiful, I don’t even like watching anymore. If I want to watch jumping and twisting in the air, I’ll watch gymnastics.
Just have to say that Martin Bashir was absolutely right about Sarah Palin: she’s a know-nothing dunce, and the Teabaggers don’t have the sense to see that by aligning themselves with her, they makes themselves look dumber than they are (if that’s possible). I agree with various opinions I’ve read online that MSNBC has really missed the mark this time. They’re supposed to be the FOX antidote, and by firing Mr. Bashir, they’ve played right into their hands. It’s disgusting. The network should have stood behind Mr. Bashir, proudly proclaiming, “He was right; and if you don’t like it, tough!” That’s what those dunces over at FOX do. I supposed TPTB over at MSNBC just didn’t want to lower themselves to FOX’s level.
I see that NY Councilwoman Margaret Chin wants to make it illegal to buy those knockoff designer handbags sold clandestinely in Chinatown. I think it’s deplorable and inexcusable that in most (or perhaps all) cases, these bags are manufactured in China in factories where workers, sometimes children, are paid as low an amount as $60. a year to make them, probably in deplorable conditions. Having said that. I think it’s discrimination by the haves of the have-nots to thusly prevent the average woman from being able to buy the closest most will ever get to a designer handbag. When designers price their handbags so at least most of us can afford them, I, too, will stop buying knockoffs. But most are so without the realm of reality pricewise, I just don’t think the designers DESERVE their missing profits!!! Why does an Hermes bag need to cost $15,000.? It’s obscene.
Anyone who thinks Seth MacFarlane’s homophobic, xenophobic, anti-women and anti-Semitic so-called “jokes” were funny last night on the 85th Oscars show/presentation should watch really funny comedians/people to see what real humor is, like Henny Youngman, Myron Cohen, the Marx Bros., old and new TV shows with good writing, like All In The Family and Big Bang Theory. MacFarlane is a no-talent jerk, who should not be paid a dime for his lack of talent. The biggest problem I have with his tasteless jokes are they feed into narrow-minded bigoted people’s beliefs. I mean, there are really people who believe Hollywood is controlled by Jews; hell, there are people who believe there is a secret Jewish plot to control the world (maybe if there were, the world would be a better place…just joking!). Many people understand that he was just “joking;” I knew (or rather hoped) he was joking, but was still offended by his humor. It’s not a question of “political correctness;” it’s a question of respect. There are clever ways to be funny without making jokes at people’s expense.. If one can’t be funny in a truly clever but respectful way, get off the stage and make room for really talented comedians who can.
By the way: anyone who thinks it’s easy to learn a foreign language well enough to work in it like Penelope Cruz or Salma Hayek outta try and do it, and see if you can speak so that the native speakers of that language think you are intelligible in their language and won’t laugh at your pronunciation. I say, kudos to these women for doing just that.
You wanna complain about people sounding abominable in another language: listen to Mayor Bloomberg trying to speak Spanish; it’s pure torture! Make it stop!!!
For those of you who don’t know, this is a picture of the next People Magazine’s Sexiest Man of the Year: Jonas Armstrong, a young British actor (yes, another one, but not “just another one”), whom I first saw in the lead role in the latest BBC incarnation of “Robin Hood,” which played here on BBC America from 2007 – 2009. The first season (“series” in the UK) was a wonderful, swashbuckling story, which made me fall quite head-over-heels for this looker, who was born in Dublin, Ireland, but came to the UK at age 6, where he grew up. Unfortunately, TPTB lost their minds and had Guy of Gisbourne assassinate (Maid) Marion at the end of Season 2. Can you imagine? It was a fatal blow in more respects than one: it basically dashed all our hopes that we would see Robin and his lady love finally tie the knot and live happily ever after. With this f**ked up ending, NOBODY had a HEA.
Anyway, he’s been in quite a few critically-acclaimed projects on UK TV (most notably, the recent “Hit and MIss” with our own darling of the indies, Chloe Sevigny), but unless you get Direct TV (do you know anyone who does?), you haven’t been able to see it unless you do transcontinental streaming on your PC. I, for one, refuse to watch him on my PC! Done it before, and it’s a nasty experience (and it ain’t cheap to boot). I mean, you need to get the full effect….and how can you unless he’s bigger than life?
So basically, today’s rant/vent/kvetch/whine is about the dearth of Jonas Armstrong on our TV and movie screens here in the U.S. Our sources do tell us that he is currently filming “All You Need Is Kill” in London with none other than Tom Cruise, (whom, let’s face it, we really could do without), but this isn’t set for release until March 2014!!! What am I gonna do until then w/out my beloved??? I’m already suffering terrible withdrawal symptoms…..it’s not fair!!!
For the life of me, I cannot understand why people are so freaked about about the kinky f**kery in 50SoG. I’ve read MUCH racier stuff in historical romance (my literary “genre” of preference; thanks, Ma!). I guess they’ve never read those fabulous bodice rippers whose covers the beloved Fabio used to grace (remember him?). Don’t let the negative hype prevent you from reading a good love story. Yes, it’s extremely poorly written, but bottom line: I enjoyed reading the books. Isn’t that the main idea here? I mean, whom are we trying to impress with our literary choices? I say, impress yourself, and that means, choose books you enjoy to read for entertainment. There’s time enough to be wading through complex writing, analyzing for symbolism, irony and the like. Everyone needs a good mental rest, and this is a darn good way to get one.
The thing I REALLY object to in E.L James’ books (yes, in addition to the terrible, repetitive writing) is the obvious lack of editing. There are so many instances of the characters using British expressions, I was not able to accept the characters and plot as really being American. At times, bumping into these expressions was quite jarring. Would it have been so difficult, Ms. James, to employ a native American English speaker to edit your writing for authenticity? I’ll be glad to do it should you (or anyone else) need such help in future!