Miley Cyrus a finalist for Time’s Person of the Year

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Miley Cyrus

Not cute. Not ”person of the year” worthy, either.

Yes, it’s true:

Here are the final ten contenders for TIME’s Person of the Year (listed alphabetically):

Bashar Assad, President of Syria

Jeff Bezos, Amazon Founder

Ted Cruz, Texas Senator

Miley Cyrus, Singer

Pope Francis, Leader of the Catholic Church

Barack Obama, President of the United States

Hassan Rouhani, President of Iran

Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

Edward Snowden, N.S.A. Leaker

Edith Windsor, Gay rights activist

That’s quite, um, a “diverse” list Time has there.  Not sure how Miley fits in but then again the list has been pretty much worthless for years. I’d have a little more respect for it if it included more deserving nominees like these people:


There ya go.

Any other suggestions?

Media Watch: Alec Baldwin and #MSDNC “mutually part ways” over gay slur

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Alec Baldwin

Alec Baldwin: Unhinged and proud of it.

Via Fox News:

NBC’s Alec Baldwin experiment is over 46 days after it began.

“We are jointly confirming that UP LATE will not continue on MSNBC,” the network and actor’s reps said in a joint statement to FOX411.

MSNBC had already suspended Alec Baldwin’s low-rated news program last week following an alleged gay slur directed toward a photographer outside his New York City apartment earlier this month.

Despite the actor’s apologies, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) had also had enough.

“Mr. Baldwin can’t fight for equality on paper, while degrading gay people in practice,” a GLAAD rep told FOX411.

Capital One, which employs Baldwin in its “What’s in your wallet?” TV campaign, has so far done nothing to distance themselves from the hot-headed thespian. The credit card giant did not respond to multiple requests for comment from FOX411 last week regarding his status with the company.

Mediaite has more details, classifying what happened as a mutual parting of ways:

UPDATE: Contrary to the Page Six rumor, Variety reports that Baldwin hasn’t been fired but that his show ended as part of a “mutual” split:

Alec Baldwin and MSNBC have agreed to part ways on his short-lived interview show following the controversy the erupted over the actor’s use of an anti-gay slur in an encounter with a photographer.

Sources close to the situation insist that Baldwin was not been fired from the NBCU news cabler, but that the sides “mutually” agreed to end the show in light of the dust-up.

UPDATE II: Baldwin’s rep Matthew Hiltzik and MSNBC jointly confirmed the news via statement: “We are jointly confirming that UP LATE will not continue on MSNBC.”

MSNBC adds: “This is a mutual parting and we wish Alec all the best.”

Yeah – this had to be about more than just the incident involving the gay slur. After all, Baldwin has a history of meltdowns and freakouts,  including at least  one other instance of him using a gay slur against someone, and MSNBC still brought him on.  Perhaps even the far leftists there found him too hot to handle and decided to use his latest embarrassing scandal to say “adios” before he humiliated them even further?

Who knows? In fact, who cares? But lets hope this emerging epidemic of the left eating their own continues … ;)

Related: HuffPo – Sarah Palin Accepts Apology For Martin Bashir’s ‘Vile, Evil Comments’

#RockTheVote: Hey, let’s equate voting to having sex or something

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As usual, the liberal-leaning Rock the Vote crew are working hard to appeal to the lowest common denominator:


This isn’t a new tactic, of course. The Obama campaign used Hollywood actresses last year to treat voting for the first time like your first time having sex — ‘do it with someone special.’


While I find such “motivational” tactics cheap, degrading, vapid, and ultimately self-serving, in one way Rock the Vote, Dunham, Judd and others who take this route are unintentionally right – because after you vote, ultimately the voter usually gets, well …

Screwed

Yeppers.

…. in one way or another.

But I don’t wanna be an, um .. downer, today. Happy Friday! ;)

Lean Forward! #MSDNC officially adds another hater to its failing line-up

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Via The Hollywood Reporter (hat tip):

Alec Baldwin has finalized a deal to host a weekly nighttime talk show on MSNBC. The program — Up Late With Alec Baldwin — will bow in October and have Baldwin taking on current events and culture.

The announcement came Thursday from MSNBC president Phil Griffin.

“I’ve been talking with Alec for a while and can’t wait to bring his personality and eclectic interests to MSNBC,” said Griffin in a statement. “He’s got such passion for ideas and what’s going on in the world — he’s going to be a great addition to our lineup.”

Baldwin has been honing his interviewing skills on his WNYW podcast Here’s the Thing, where he’s questioned everyone from Chris Rock and Lena Dunham to New York Times editor Jill Abramsonand PETA’s Dan Mathews. He’s made no secret of his desire to host a TV talk show. He told THR in an interview earlier this year that a lifelong dream was to be a 60 Minutes correspondent.

“That show would be the pinnacle of the marriage between my political beliefs, my political curiosity and wanting to communicate to people on camera to a broader audience,” said Baldwin.

“Communicate to people”? Yeah, ok. We all know at this point how it goes when Mr. Baldwin attempts to “communicate” period, let alone “communicate to a broader audience” … and it ain’t pretty.  Make no mistake about it: Alec Baldwin is being brought on by MSNBC for one reason and one reason only – he despises conservatives with an unhealthy passion, and is unapologetic about it.

I look forward to Mr. Baldwin joining the line-up of America’s most hateful “news” network, only so I can continue make fun of him when his ratings start to hover somewhere below freezing just like most of the rest of MSDNC’s cast of far left characters.   Enjoy it while it lasts, Alec! Just remember, unlike with Twitter, you can’t delete your show if you happen to characteristically go off the deep end. Cheers!

Alec Baldwin

Alec Baldwin: Unhinged and proud of it.

Cross-posted to Gateway Pundit, where I am helping fill-in for GP as he deals with some serious health issues. Please keep him in your prayers!

Cultural Decline Continued: “Twerk” added to Oxford dictionary

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This is a sign o’ the times, my dear readers, and most definitely not in a good way:

LONDON –  Twerking, the rump-busting up-and-down dance move long beloved on America’s hip-hop scene, has officially gone mainstream. It’s got the English dictionary entry to prove it.

Britain’s Oxford Dictionaries said the rapid-fire gyrations employed by U.S. pop starlet Miley Cyrus to bounce her way to the top of the charts had become increasingly visible in the past 12 months and would be added to its publications under the entry: “Twerk, verb.”

Although Cyrus’s eye-popping moves at Monday’s MTV Video Music Awards may have been many viewers’ first introduction to the practice, Oxford Dictionaries’ Katherine Connor Martin said “twerking” was some two decades old.

“There are many theories about the origin of this word, and since it arose in oral use, we may never know the answer for sure,” Martin said. “We think the most likely theory is that it is an alteration of work, because that word has a history of being used in similar ways, with dancers being encouraged to ‘work it.’ The ‘t’ could be a result of blending with another word such as twist or twitch.”

[…]

The definition: “Twerk, v.: dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance.”

We’ve come a long way, baby. Or, er, not really. :(

The best response I’ve seen to the whole Miley Cyrus video music awards “performance” controversy comes from a blog called “Roadkill Goldfish” – with a headline that reads “Dear daughter, let Miley Cyrus be a lesson to you“:

Dear daughter, let Miley Cyrus be a lesson to you.

Yes, this is what happens when you constantly hear everything you do is awesome. This is what happens when people fawn over your every Tweet and Instagram photo. This is what happens when no responsible adult has ever said the word “no,” made you change your clothes before leaving the house, or never spanked your butt for deliberate defiance.

[…]

Why would I [embarrass you by twerking you myself]? Because I love you and I want you to respect yourself. Miley Cyrus is not edgy or cool or sexy. She’s a desperate girl screaming for attention: Notice me. Tell me I’m pretty. See how hot I am. I know all the guys want me. All the girls want to be me.

You probably know girls who will emulate this behavior at the next school dance. Don’t do it with them. You are far too valuable to sell yourself so cheaply. Walk away. Let the boys gawk and know in your heart that they see only a body that can be used for their pleasure and then forgotten.

I’m sorry if you’ve ever felt sad because I haven’t gushed over everything you’ve done. My role is to praise when praise is due, but also to offer constructive criticism and correction when it is needed as well. I’m sorry if you’ve ever felt demoralized because your Instagram following isn’t in the thousands, and I’m sorry those “selfies” can never capture how amazingly beautiful you truly are. I’m sorry if you’ve ever wished you had a friend instead of a mom, and I promise you that I will probably get worse when you hit high school.

Couldn’t have said it better myself.

There is a difference in the arts/entertainment world between being provocative and being trashy, and Miley went wayyy beyond trashy.  I know she wants to shed the “Disney little girl” image and be taken seriously as an adult but there are ways to do it that don’t involve disrespecting yourself. As Twitter user @SmallgGay wrote:


So many levels of wrong. And as for her supposedly much more “mature” adult “dance partner” Robin Thicke, he has “rape rape” lyrics he needs to answer for. National Review’s Kathryn Jean Lopez wrote:

While much of the focus today is on Cyrus, since she was the exhibitionist, there should be a bit more on Thicke and his contribution to American culture this summer. I wouldn’t recommend too much Googling about “Blurred Lines,” particularly if you have kids around, but consider his warm Today Show welcome this summer. “Blurred Lines,” which he performed last night at the VMAs as well as on Today a few weeks ago, has been described as “rapey” for its “I know you want it” repetition. Asked about criticism of the song in the most softball of between-song interviews, he explained that the song is actually “a feminist movement in itself.” Thicke after all, sings, “that man is not your Maker,” as he’s trying to keep “the hottest **tch in this place” from being “domesticate[d]” by another dude.

Sick. And in no way “art.” And people wonder why conservatives devote so much time to discussing our cultural decline?

What is the answer to “twerking” and other troubling signs our “entertainment” culture is rotting to its very core? As I wrote on Twitter a couple of days ago, FCC censorship isn’t the answer. I just think society should to do some soul searching, elevate its standards. Reverse course.  Everything now is done to appeal to the absolute lowest common denominator. Nothing is left to the imagination – at all. FULL STOP. Almost everything is made now to appeal to baser urges – not anything more meaningful.  There is no right or wrong anymore. The definition of “family” and “marriage” is whatever you want it to be.  Heck, you don’t even have to be the gender you were born as anymore. If it feels good do it is the name of the game. And most songs/movies/shows now that are supposed to foster “meaningful dialogue” are left wing in nature so much so that if you don’t immerse yourself into their little group-think coalitions then your opinions are not welcomed.  Period.

I know music and movies and TV shows are, to a large extent, supposed to be about fun, excitement, and “getting away from reality” but somewhere along the way it became fashionable to promote yourself and advance your career using “shock tactics” that indicated to anyone with a shred of common sense that you had zero self-respect and just flat out didn’t care what type of image that projected to the broader audience (including young people).  Miley Cyrus, sadly, isn’t the first to “go all out” but she’s one of the most notable considering what helped make her famous (Disney) versus what she’s done now (using children’s toys and her body in sexually degrading ways to try and shed that image).  The bottom line now is that it’s all about “getting to the top” using any – and I mean ANY – means necessary, and that needs to change.  That “twerking” is ‘finally’ being added to the dictionary only emphasizes this point.

Sidenote:  For “feminists” reading this who believe the rants of conservatives about Ms. Cyrus’ behavior are “one-sided misogynist rants about women only” consider how many of us have also written about the degrading-to-women nature of rap music before you go spouting off without all the facts. Thanks.

Time magazine cover

What do we do?

Wow! Ashton Kutcher aka @aplusk gives inspirational speech at Teen Choice Awards

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I’ve never paid much attention to actor Ashton Kutcher one way or the other over the years outside of knowing that he and actress Demi Moore were once married, that he used to post pictures of her on Twitter that I found inappropriate for a husband to post, *may* have cheated on her with other women prior to their split, and that he has always seemed like a child trapped in a man’s body.  It sounds like somewhere along the way, however, Mr. Kutcher has grown up a bit – at least if you go by the surprisingly inspiring speech he gave at the Teen Choice Awards Sunday night.    The Blaze recaps:

After receiving the “Ultimate Choice Award” at the 2013 Teen Choice Awards on Sunday night, Kutcher began by revealing that his real first name is actually “Chris.” He then launched on a surprising diatribe about the three most important things he learned before he was known as Ashton.

“I believe that opportunity looks a lot like hard work,” Kutcher began with his first point. “When I was 13, I had my first job with my dad carrying shingles up to the roof, and then I got a job washing dishes at a restaurant, and then I got a job in a grocery store deli, and then I got a job at a factory sweeping Cheerio dust off the ground.”

He went on: “And I’ve never had a job in my life that I was better than. I was always just lucky to have a job. And every job I had was a stepping stone to my next job, and I never quit my job until I had my next job. And so opportunities look a lot like work.”

Kutcher then talked about “being sexy.” He almost certainly surprised thousands of screaming teenagers when he revealed “being sexy” has nothing to do with the “crap” that they are sold by society.

“The sexiest thing in the entire world is being really smart,” he said to cheers. “And being thoughtful, and being generous. Everything else is crap, I promise you. It’s just crap that people try to sell to you to make you feel like less. So don’t buy it! Be smart, be thoughtful and be generous.”

The third and final piece of advice Kutcher offered the audience dealt with the fulfillment of refusing to live “inside the world” and instead creating your own life.

“Everything around us that we call life was made up of people that are no smarter than you,” he said. “And you can build your own things, you can build your own life that other people can live in. So build a life — don’t live one, build one.”

Here’s the video:

I’m pretty sure Mr. Kutcher is a Democrat who supported President Obama twice, but his message here is one that you more often hear conservatives preach than liberals:  Never be “above” any job, always work hard and do a good job,  find a job before you leave your current job so you can support yourself and your family, take advantage of your opportunities, and never let anyone tell you you’re not good enough or smart enough or pretty enough to go far in the world.  It’s simplistic, but it’s exactly the type of message that young people – the audience Kutcher was speaking to, which conservatives oftentimes have a hard time reaching – don’t hear enough of in this dismal economy where everyone complains about high student loan rates, the difficulty in finding a good paying-job, the rising costs of healthcare due to Obamacare, etc.  If you listen to President Obama and his liberal ilk, it takes GOVERNMENT to make you successful. Remember “you didn’t build that“? With conservatives and Republicans, you DID “build that” and you CAN “build that” if you set your mind to it and work  hard and save for it.

Couple that with U2’s Bono recently talking about how much better capitalism was than government aid in terms of how best to help the poor, and nanny state/big government liberalism has taken a bit of a hit this week with casual news watchers/low info voters.  I love it – don’t expect it to last, but I”m enjoying it while it does! ;)

Actor Ashton Kutcher

Don’t let the good looks fool ya. There’s a brain in there
after all … (photo via CBS News)

Babs Walters: Elisabeth Hasselbeck is not leaving “The View”

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The veteran TV personality Walters today put the brakes on the reports that Hasselbeck was being kicked off the show at all – much less due to her political views, which are at odds with the rest of the cast:

Barbara Walters refuted reports that Elisabeth Hasselbeck is leaving “The View.”

Early on during Monday’s episode of the talk show, Walters discussed rumors that Hasselbeck was leaving “The View” because of the conservative opinions she often voices.

“There is a particularly false story that keeps getting picked up about Elisabeth’s departure,” Walters said. “We value her and appreciate point of view… She helps keep the show balanced… We have no plans for Elisabeth to leave the show.”

US Weekly was the first to report the longtime co-host would not be returning for the 17th season of the daytime chat show.

They quoted a show insider who said she was being dropped because she was too politically conservative for viewers.

Hasselbeck, 35, joined the show in 2003.

False rumors of her departure came just days after Joy Behar confirmed she would not be returning to the show.

Speaking solely for myself, I’d only ever get remotely close to the View studios if I were being held at gunpoint, but Hasselbeck has made a home for herself there amongst superficial liberal women who only pay her cheap lip service when it comes to being “tolerant” of differing viewpoints, so more power to her for holding her own. Hasselbeck reminds me of conservatives who occasionally appear on shows like Bill Maher’s – they’re there so the hosts can say they provide “all points of view” for you to consider but in reality they keep conservatives around either to try to embarrass, shame them, or hope they embarrass and/or shame themselves. Fortunately, most of the time these conservatives do just the opposite, which is infuriating to ultra-leftists like Maher. I know many conservatives who don’t care for the way Hasselbeck tries to get along with the others on the View by attempting to find “neutral ground” but if you had to work in that highly hostile & volatile environment, there isn’t much different you’d probably do unless you wanted to get yourself kicked to the curb.

I suspect Hasselbeck stays on in an effort to try to impress upon daytime viewers the need for a conservative “alternative” voice when it comes to talking about cultural issues, so in that regard she is “taking one for the team.” Things will probably become a little more pleasant for her once Joy Behar exits stage far left later this year.

Stay strong, Mrs. H.

.@ChrisRock: Obama is our “boss” and “dad” – so you better do what he tells you

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“Comedian” Chris Rock was in Washington, DC today along with other Hollywood leftists to express support for President Obama on the gun control issue.  Funny thing is (or maybe not so funny, considering the creepy stuff he said), he didn’t mention guns at all.  Here was his brief “statement” (hat tip):

I am just here to support the President of the United States. President of the United States is our boss, but he is also… you know, the President and the First Lady are kinda like the Mom and the Dad of the country. And when your Dad says something you listen, and when you don’t it will usually bite you on the ass later on. So, I’m here to support the President.

The video is below (via Twitchy Team):

Frightening, isn’t it? But refreshing nevertheless. Why? Because most left wing Hollywood elites don’t have a freaking clue what they’re talking about the vast majority of the time when they are speaking about current events and political issues but they pretend to because they think it makes them look “smart” and “cultured” and “relevant.” The first clue this isn’t the case is usually when they open their mouths. Such as the video self-important celebrity liberals put out in January 2009 pledge to be a “servant” not to God, or family, or America – but to Obama:

MySpace Celebrity and Katalyst present The Presidential Pledge

However, in this particular case, Chris Rock ditched any pretense of understanding the very important issue he was there to support the President on and instead just said, look, he’s the President and our boss and dad so we must do what he says …. or else.

I’ll tell ya what – he got almost nothing right in what he did say but one thing he was spot on about was how not listening to “dad” could usually end up getting you in trouble later. That certainly is true with this administration, isn’t it? Agree and do what they tell you to or find yourself ostracized and ridiculed – and if you happen to work in the administration, you’ll find yourself promptly fired for reasons that don’t pass the smell test.

Aww: Tina Fey tired of being mistaken for Sarah Palin

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Politico reports:

Tina Fey isn’t thrilled that she’s constantly associated with former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, whom she famously impersonated during the 2008 presidential election. From Rolling Stone:

As the late-middle-aged couple at the table next to us get up, the male half approaches, grinning: “Excuse me, aren’t you Governor Sarah Palin?” It’s so lame that Fey can barely manage a quarter of a fake smile. “Not for, like, three years now,” she says, looking as if she’d like to dive under the table.

The guy has his gag, though, and he’s going to run with it. “I so enjoy watching you on Fox,” he says.

“Thank you, have a nice day,” she replies. As he walks away, she murmurs, “Until the day I die. Until the day I die.”

I don’t feel one bit sorry for Tina Fey on this issue. Considering she’s largely responsible for perpetuating the enduring lie that Sarah Palin said she could see Russia from her house (Palin never said that) – a lie that often gets repeated and largely goes unquestioned by low information voters, keeping in mind how she lapped up the accolades of her Palin “performances” and milked the extra fame that came with it for all it was worth, and how all of it inadvertently helped make her a lifetime household name beyond the people who watch her on 30 Rock and SNL, I hope she gets mistaken for Palin for the rest of her life.