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reasonsmysoniscrying:

Okay, I know this is a bit of a departure from what I normally post, but WHAT IS THIS AND WHY DOES IT EXIST?!?!?

BottleRock Napa & “Keep Calm and Carry On”

I find it hilarious that the BottleRock Napa Music Festival chose to appropriate the “Keep Calm and Carry On” motto used by the British Government during World War II in an attempt to boost morale after they had been bombed the FUCK out, into their own “Keep Calm and Bottle Rock On” bullshit… A slogan they slapped on t-shirts, posters, and spread online. A slogan that encourages the masses to turn a blind eye to their reality, and suggests a bright and prosperous future. 

The saying is a historical joke, and saw a strange resurgence in popular culture about ten years ago. A sad piece of nostalgia was brought into the modern zeitgeist by a bookseller with good intent, who saw it become popular, and of course soon thereafter, misinterpreted and perceived as an encouraging and inspirational message.

The original campaign was a failure and a lie. It sought to blind the British public and create some kind of false strength, built out of the ashes and rubble that so much of the country was witnessing and living in. It offered a sense of ignorant hope, but for those that had lost their homes, their towns, and their loved ones, the catchphrase was a slap to the face. It was an effort by the British Government (The Ministry of Information specifically; a dubious sounding group if there ever was one) suggesting that everything is fine. And it so obviously wasn’t. The slogan was abandoned with haste, and only existed as a sad anecdote for those who lived through it until recently.

So. BottleRock, the organizers, and their PR/Marketing/Social Media Team…

They rode an old and tired meme to its grave for the sake of advertising, and in a turn of beautiful (and EXTREMELY unfortunate for the unpaid vendors) irony, they are finding themselves unable to pay their bills, and are probably using revenue from FAR IN ADVANCE tickets for next year’s festival (which MAY not occur) to cover their debts from this past May’s inaugural event. Ponzi-Madoff comes to the West Coast.

There are some that might think it’s just a “thing,” and it doesn’t matter that much, and who cares where it comes from, and it’s kind of clever, and it’s catchy, BIG DEAL. I do. I care. And you are wrong.

In John Waters’ book “Role Models,” he says:

"If you go home with somebody, and they don’t have books, don’t fuck ‘em!"

I wholeheartedly agree. But on a more current, and soon to be outdated level…

"If you go home with somebody, and they have anything related to ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ hanging on their walls on printed on a mug or t-shirt… Don’t fuck ‘em."

julesposner:

Interesting that Castro goes with the open stance. Obviously he struggled with inside pitches.

Castro? Or Brian Posehn. You be the judge.

julesposner:

Interesting that Castro goes with the open stance. Obviously he struggled with inside pitches.

Castro? Or Brian Posehn. You be the judge.

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taranamgabata:

did u know, there’s this small rural town in japan called obama.
so there’s this girl in a 2007 drama who moved from the city to obama.
and she hates it at first and blames the town for her misery.
i kid u not. didn’t make this shit up.

(via imalreadyoverthis)

It’s only led me to complete awesomeness at all times. It’s only led me to awesome truth and awesomeness. Beauty, truth, awesomeness. That’s all it is.

Kanye’s response to the question:

“But has that instinct led you astray? Like the Taylor Swift interruption at the MTV Video Music Awards, things like that.”

from this NY Times interview.

(via scottycrowe)

HAAAAA. It’s been a while since I was a big fan of his music and work, but I may never stop enjoying his ego and oblivion and… hubris.

There is a much larger conversation to be had about creative celebrities and their ability to speak (or lack there of), and how many of them are actually excellent at only one very specific thing and are incredibly inept at everything else that it is to be a human, but I won’t touch that now.

Just felt like I needed to enjoy and share Kanye’s love of awesomeness.

lemonsweetie:

Let me tell you a thing, about an amazing man named Patrick Stewart

I went to Comicpalooza this weekend and I was full of nervous energy as I was standing in line to ask Sir Patrick Stewart a question at his panel. I first had to thank him for a speech he had given at amnesty international about domestic violence towards women . I had only seen it a few months ago but I was still dealing with my own personal experience with a similar issue, and I didn’t know what to call it. After seeing Patrick talk so personally about it I finally was able to correctly call it abuse, in my case sexual abuse that was going to quickly turn into physical abuse as well. I didn’t feel guilty or disgusting anymore. I finally didn’t feel responsible for the abuse that was put upon me. I was finally able to start my healing process and to put that part of my life behind me.

After thanking him I asked him “Besides acting, what are you most proud of that you have done in you life (that you are willing to share with us)?”. Sir Patrick told us about how he couldn’t protect his mother from abuse in his household growing up and so in her name works with an organization called Refuge for safe houses for women and children to escape from abusive house holds. Sir Patrick Stewart learned only last year that his father had actually been suffering from PTSD after he returned from the military and was never properly treated. In his father’s name he works with an organization called Combat Stress to help those soldiers who are suffering from PTSD.

They were about to move onto the next question when Sir Patrick looked at me and asked me “My Dear, are you okay?” I said yes, and that I was finally able to move on from that part of my life. He then passionately said that his mother had done nothing to provoke his father and that even if she had, violence was never, ever a choice a man should make. That it is in the power of men to stop violence towards women. The moderator then asked “Do you want a hug?”

Sir Patrick didn’t even hesitate, he smiled, hopped off the stage and came over to embrace me in a hug. Which he held me there for a long while. He told me “You never have to go through that again, you’re safe now.” I couldn’t stop thanking him. His embrace was so warm and genuine. It was two people, two strangers, supporting and giving love. And when we pulled away he looked strait in my eyes, like he was promising that. He told me to take care. And I will.

Sir Patrick Stewart is an absolute roll model for men. He is an amazing man and was so kind and full of heart. I want to let everyone know to please find help if you are in a violent or abusive house hold or relationship. There are organizations and people ready to help. I had countless people after the panel thanking me for sharing the story and asking him those questions. Many said they went through similar things. You are not alone.

X

^ Here is the video of my question to Sir Patrick Stewart

Photos by Eugene Lee, Thank you

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Have you SEEN this movie? Ugh. So many questions. But, one of the best WTF endings ever. And an incredible episode of the “How Did This Get Made?” podcast.

Have you SEEN this movie? Ugh. So many questions. But, one of the best WTF endings ever. And an incredible episode of the “How Did This Get Made?” podcast.

(Source: silverscreensociety, via imalreadyoverthis)