Black history month day 22: Renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson.
Benjamin Solomon “Ben” Carson Sr. was born in Detroit, Michigan on September 18, 1951. When he was eight, his parents separated and he moved with his mother and brother to his mother’s sister’s home. Carson’s mother struggled with severe depression, resulting in several psychiatric hospitalizations and an attempted suicide. She was however very involved with her sons’ education, limiting their time watching television and requiring them to read and write book reports on two library books per week.
Carson had dreams of being a doctor since he was eight. He did well in school and scored very highly on the SAT for the Detroit school district. When it came time to choose a college, he narrowed the choice between Harvard or Yale, but could only for the $10 application fee for one school. He chose Yale after seeing them win a televised G.E. college bowl against Harvard. He received a full scholarship. Later he attended medical school at the university of Michigan and was excepted into the neurosurgery program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Carson was the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Maryland from 1984 until his retirement in 2013. He was indisputably a pioneer in neurosurgery, his achievements including performing the only successful separation of conjoined twins joined at the back of the head, the first successful neurosurgical procedure on a fetus inside the womb, and the first completely successful separation of type-2 vertical craniopagus twins. He also developed new methods to treat brain-stem tumors and improved techniques for controlling seizures. At age 33 he became the youngest head of pediatric neurosurgery in the country. He has written over 100 neurosurgical publications and received numerous accolades, including over 60 honorary doctorate degrees, dozens of national merit citations, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States.
Character Analysis: Huey Freeman-The Boondocks Franchise
Huey Freeman-The Boondocks Franchise
This is one of the
few author surrogates that’s entertaining to me. Most surrogates just preach
the writer/creator’s agenda with no consideration for the opposite side. Either
that, or their so wrapped up in their messages that they become annoying. See Bryan
Griffin from Family Guy.
Huey is an activist
who believes in standing up for black rights in America. The catch is, he’s
On one hand, this
is brilliant for the show & comic’s attitude and commentaries. You have someone
who’s extremely young pointing out societies’ problems with race, class, and
whatever the topic of the day is. Huey has the balls to look a grown adult in
the eye and say, ‘this system is broken’ or, ‘I have evidence saying that
He interrupts a
court hearing where a grown man had sexual activities with a 14 year old but
everyone is treating it like it’s no big deal because the adult is a famous
R&B singer and the teen gave consent. He stands in front of everyone
calling them out on their horrible double standard.
Snape just likes bullying Gryffindor students, it's not that complicated.
It is absolutely a valid interpretation.
However, it’s the sort of simplistic conclusion I’d expect a 7 or 8 year old to draw from the series upon their first read. I would rather hope that someone interested enough to be posting online about the series two decades after the first book was written might have managed to explore the text a little more fully.
Personally, I think that - as an adult - drawing solely that conclusion demonstrates a lack of engagement with the plot and the characters, and is merely a cursory reading of what’s available. It is perhaps a disappointment that you haven’t managed to provide a more nuanced and considered reading.
It’s somewhat akin to shouting, “The grass is green!” Well, of course it is - but then, it’s various shades of green, and yellow, and tan. One is the statement you’d expect from a child; the other is what you’d expect from an adult.
Some Fan art from the ‘not god’ encounter in Night In The Woods. An
absolutely charming game, I love the characters so much, the
conversation flows so well and they seem so much like an ordinary bunch
of friends. The ending was a little lack lustre but damn the journey
makes it worth it. I watched Jack play it and his commentary and
reaction to the characters is brilliant. Also top notch voices, would
I've been recommended pride and prejudice and came to think of it when I checked your tumblr. Mind telling me why it's such an important book?
Omg SO Pride and Prejudice is important for so many reasons:
-It’s a brilliant social commentary on class relations in england that is still salient today.
-written by a woman during the late 18th century. it’s not that women didnt write, but it was popular during its time and in the regency period and basically the fact that a novel written by a women changed an entire genre plus the way we perceive that genre is v cool
-romance!!! from a womans perspective!! austen and others like her set the stage for romance novels written by women for women
-the actual plot and the dynamic between the hero and heroine has just permeated our entire culture.
-like the enemies to lovers trope??? thats done by austen in pride and prejudice. and the way she does it is just…one of the most recognizable plot lines in literature, especially if you read a lot of romance.
-seriously this plot line has had enormous influence on romance writers, and it’s a plot line that is constantly being reworked and rewritten and played with
-like for the romance genre i would say pride and prejudice is a trope in itself. but one that NEVER GETS OLD.
-the intellectual, slightly plain, witty sarcastic heroine??? Thats elizabeth bennett!! and so many heroines since have been based on her and pulled from her character.
-and elizabeths entire family and social circle is just! so on point! Austen throws shade at everyone in england in this book it’s amazing.
-and darcy??? let me tell you a thing about darcy and how he has just given us *so many* of the stoic, yet snarky, but kind and gentle heroes we love today. I mean he just….is the starting point for the man who seems to hate the woman he’s in love with.
-he’s also wealthy af
-he keeps being played by colin firth
-him and his 10,000 a year (and half of derbyshire as well) are my perfect man tbh
-caroline bingley is a queen
-MRS. BENNETT SLAYS ME
-elizabeth’s sisters, aside from jane, are all hot messes
-george wickham is the og scoundrel who passes himself off as nice in a ploy to win our heroine’s heart and turn her against our shy, gentle, and somewhat assholic hero
-mr. collins is just…mr. fucking collins. never has there been a more pathetic and hilariously odious character in all of literature
-did i mention that mr. darcy has 10k a year and a large estate
-did I mention how well this novel tackles issues of class and how they intersect with a woman’s choice in life, and how it also discusses the realities of making a love match in regency england and how much of a…struggle that is just because of how people communicated with one another
-Finally, I will leave you with this quote, the most epic burn ever uttered by a character in any novel: “
From the very beginning — from the first moment, I may almost say — of my acquaintance with you, your manners, impressing me with the fullest belief of your arrogance, your conceit, and your selfish disdain of the feelings of others, were such as to form that groundwork of disapprobation on which succeeding events have built so immoveable a dislike; and I had not known you a month before I felt that you were the last man in the world whom I could ever be prevailed on to marry”
Dorian Pavus talks to himself a lot. Mostly he argues with books and their absent authors for being wrong, biased and/or trite, the weather for being bad, life for having an atrocious sense of humor. But he also talks when he’s thinking. He often gets into arguments with people who thought he was talking to them or people who just want him to shut up, because not everyone appreciates a constant running commentary when trying to get things done, however brilliant it may be.
He talks when he berates himself for questionable decisions he made or conversations that didn’t went as they should have because he got all emotional and said things he never meant anyone to hear. He tells himself that things are not so bad, considering, and hearing himself say that can be surprisingly comforting, even when things are really bad. He lies to himself sometimes, but he’s always been a bad liar.
All of this talking to himself is slightly embarrassing when called out, but not too much not to point out that after all, Dorian is a far superior conversationalist compared to everyone else and so of course he would resort to talking to himself when lacking a viable alternative. Also he’s the person whose opinion matters the most to him. None of this is strictly speaking true, but then, truth is more a matter of perspective and what point you need to make at any given moment than a thing he was taught to believe in.
Some MBTI Types in Female Artists (still sensing types to come)
DISCLAIMER: So basically as we all know typing celebrities is a relatively hard thing to do, to use the example of Stephen Colbert who was constantly typed as an ENTP by many websites, after taking the test on television his results was INFP. All that to say that these types might not represent the genuine type of these powerful divas but is what I think a conclusion I take from their career and lyrics and aesthetic or artistic choices. This post is just for funsies and not to be taken too seriously.
ENTP -Lily Allen
The queen of intelligent subversive sarcasm and poking fun at society while simultaneously having a strong message of progress. Lily Allen rose to prominence with her song “smile” which includes the very catchy phrase ‘when I see you cry, it makes me smile.’ that to me is perfect example of how an ENTP would take what could be cliche break-up song and with the oh-so-clever Ne-Ti combo make into some unique snarky phrase. Other songs from her first album also use the typical dark cynicism that ENTPs usually have, like LDN where she goes about her treasured city of London and exposes it for what it truly is with her dark commentary. Her next albums expand on ENTPs vision of the general big picture of society and what they (in this case Lily) believes should change. Her song knock-em-out talks about men’s persistent behavior in pubs and how they badger and pester girls so they have to come up with ridiculous excuses to get them out of their hair. Her most recent work has included more and more social commentary such as Hard Out Here, where there is a brilliant feminist message with air of satire at the same time, she even says in the song “if you can’t detect the sarcasm you’ve misunderstood”. If you are thinking Lily’s music it too emotional for her to be a thinking type, here’re some examples of how she knows what she’s about and doesn’t sugar coat things: Her song URL BADMAN, where she mocks bloggers in the UK who aspire to work for vice, and all they do is sit behind a computer and say ridiculous things about other people, kinda like I’m doing right now, except I’m cute and Lily would probably love me. Another song that exemplifies this is: Insincerely Yours, this song is a perfect example of how ENTPs love to tell the shocking truth in a more humorous way, ironically enough she says “I ain’t being funny” in the song but the truth is Lil, you are being funny.
Anyway, fight me on this, but Lily’s music to me is fabulously ENTP. Witty, intelligent, sarcastic, fun, deep, logical, and bold.
some other possible examples:
-Azealia Banks (unfortunately)
-Bianca Del Rio and Bob the Drag Queen
ENFP -Melanie Martinez
This one might be one of my more controversial typings, and I am not so sure of this typing myself, being that Melanie could be a variety of different things. One thing is for sure to me about bby Melmel; She is iNtuitive. Her whole album is deeply conceptual and it obvious that Melanie thrives and lives in her imagination. Now according to the cognitive functions iNtuition is very strong within ENFPs and ENTPs alike, being that it is their first function, of course INTJ and INFJ as well but there is a reason I chose Ne and not Ni. I say this because the other typing someone might automatically go to for Melanie is INFP, being that they are usually the freak of the bunch. But I beg to differ, Melanie wears her oddball flag proudly and loudly, although many even herself might identify her (or her music in this case) and an introvert I will beg to differ. Melanie created a whole world for herself with her debut album and though every song we get a glimpse of that world, and get taken on a bit of a journey as she personifies her feelings (her Fi in other words) as a character named Cry Baby. I can see this as a very ENFP thing to do, to intelligently personify your deep mysterious feelings in order to understand them better. Besides Cry Baby her album also pursues social commentary with songs like Mr. Potato-Head, criticizing the way we see beauty as a society. Now its true that her songs also have an tone of darkness, and that is not characteristically ENFP, regardless I still think it fits. I think a song like Soap adds to my Melanie being a extrovert theory, where she says more than she wanted too, because as an Ne-Fi dom you suffer from the paradox of being an outspoken person who also wants to keep your feelings to yourselves because their precious, or something like that. Another song that I think adds to my theory is Alphabet Boy, now in that song she describes a relationship with a douche who thinks hes smarter than her and is obviously pretentious af, and many times because of their relatively bubbly attitude ENFPs can come off a bit ditsy, but the truth is they are highly perceptive and usually quite intelligent. I mean in your face tho pretentious lil bitch that dated her lmao she dragged you with that song. Ne is characterized as having a general big picture of society and usually something to say about it, as an Idealist Melanie would have this, and in her Sippy Cup, she slays us all with her true commentary on society and families by using a fucking sippy cup analogy.
SO in conclusion Melanie teaches many things with her album, and to me shes a good example of an ENFP.
One might think that this would be one of the harder Divas to find being that INTJ women are rare, and INTJ isn’t usually automatically associated to music but rather world domination and or brooding home alone too tired of facing the general populations stupidity day in and day in, (because they don’t go out) But in all seriousness, BANKS doesn’t overtly empower females, like some of the other Divas do, I think it just oozes out of her with her logically coated songs. Now granted many of her songs focus on relationships and not something typical that an INTJ would focus on like how to find extra terrestrial life on other planets in order to become the king or queen of such planet. What convinced me though, is the fact that BANKS took her experience being a child of divorced parents, and did a thesis on it when earning her BA in Psychology. A great example of her INTJ-ness is her song Brain, where she says “Trying to look smart but not too smart to threaten anything they say” a perfect example of what an INTJ woman has to go through in a society that prefers Fe dominant females, not only that but what she probably experienced dating men more stupid than her, her whole life. A song that shows you should never fuck with an INTJ women is Goddess, that encapsulates the exact iron clad confidence that convinced me her music (and probably her tbh) is INTJ. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but the Ni dominance within INTJs usually gives them a sophisticated artistic (if they are artistically talented) cohesion in everything they do, and you can see that clearly in BANKS in how most of her music videos have the same style of monochrome cold sophistication. As well as her outfits, always the somber serious black, cold and intense. Now many may thing ‘Oh but INTJs were put here on earth by aliens and they don’t actually have feelings and BANKS does!!’ well let me tell you something my mistaken friend, they do. I know, shocker. They hide them well though, and they process them in unique ways much like BANKS does in her music. Her new album is proving my theory even more with songs like ‘’Fuck with myself’” which contains phrases I swear I’ve seen INTJs say IRL.
Fierce, mysterious, confident, intelligent, consistent, deep, logical, These qualities are very much BANKS, and very much INTJ, do the math, bitch.
other examples maybs:
-idk man I cant think of any, raincheck?
Aurora. She is a very recent artist, and I am proud to say I have been following her since she wasn’t too well known in America. She is sort of a prodigy of sorts with a wisdom beyond her years, but with an air of innocence about her still. To me she is the perfect example of an INFP. Her songs encapsulate the world of Fi that they create within their minds, her songs are inside the head of the ultimate idealist, but more than that they are of someone who is extremely imaginative. In “becoming Aurora"she basically confesses to her INFPness, with the opening quote of the video being “for me music has always been a way to understand myself and the world” I’m paraphrasing but as a lot of MBTI savvy people know, Fi is about self-discovery and having your sense of self deeply connected to whatever you do. She calls herself a sensitive person that is deeply affected by everything. That to me is the equivalent of screaming at the top of your lungs “IM A TORTURED INFP”. Ok granted that some other personalities are also deeply affected but she’s affected in a more ethereal way, she gets affected by the wrong doings of this earth because she lives in another dimension where people have butterfly wings and where humanity is noble. She recognizes that her songs are kinda dark but she also recognizes that there should be a kind of hope still. In the beginning of her career Katy Perry tweeted about her, and she was later asked if she was a fan of Katy's music in an interview to which she promptly said “no.” which is the clear INFP need to be authentic to what they like and who they admire. Her songs like Conquerer and Warrior show the INFP sense of bravery to fight for what they believe in, and when they decide to do so they are very brave and indeed warriors.
Sensitive, brave, unique, quiet, creative, actual fairys, fierce, spacey, childlike, wise, Aurora, is a glowing example of INFP magic.
another possible example of INFP;
-Florence + the machine
Hi, yes, I did just type Queen Bey as non Se dominant. I think this is one of the myths I want to eradicate. When did it become commonly accepted that Beyonce is Se dominant? How shallow was this assessment of her behavior? Real fucking shallow let me tell you. To me artists that are obviously Se dominant are artists like Britney Spears, or Rihanna, who don’t conceptualize too much. But Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter has a vision, and it has been obvious the past all-of-her-career. Now yes yes Se dominant people can have visions but not as their primary mode of operating, its not immersed in everything they do like Beyoncé’s is. What is her vision you may ask? Empowerment. Empowerment for females, empowerment for African-Americans, empowerment for African-American females. Its to take her experience in the industry and in her life and use it to empower others to be victors of their situations. Since the early two thousands she’s been telling everyone who’s boss, she is. With songs like Diva she takes a word that can be used to belittle women and flips into an empowering song. Now what that demonstrates is someone who is Ni dominant, the cohesion that all of her albums have when viewed together is astounding, since the beginning of her solo career she has been giving the same message but in different ways. Now as we all know each album has its own theme but essentially the underlying message is the same. Her most recent albums have been extremely conceptual, and the genius in which she’s chosen to go about her marketing and releasing decisions are well thought out and deeply digested. Ni is taking the patterns you’ve observed in the world and subconsciously working on them in the back of your mind to fit your long term vision. When she released in the middle of the night her album Beyoné with many music videos with no marketing whatsoever it was a well thought out subversive creative decision and of course everyone loves to credit men, like her husband for those decisions but it’s obvious that her work has a mastermind behind it, and I am of the belief her INFJ-ass is that mastermind. With the visual album Lemonade, you see people trying to discredit the genius behind the work saying oh well Warsan Shire wrote the poetry blah blah, yes she may have helped, but the whole cohesion of the albums message was created by Beyonce. She knew exactly what she wanted to say, and she said it perfectly. INFJs are the classic example of the warrior who fights against injustice, and Beyoncé’s music is not arbitrary, it has a clear vision of what she wants to change in society in general, its not about the details of her experiences (si) its not about living for the moment (se) but its about how we all can work together to solve some critical issues in society in general (Ni-Fe).
The Queen is an INFJ, or at least her music and career seem to be. Holistic, harmonious, private, visionary, metaphorical, committed, deep, compassionate, seeks meaning.
Dear Lorde, I have a bone to pick with you. Before I do that I will say that’s a really weird expression. So my bone, is that you need to release new music. I can only listen to Pure Heroine so many times, Lorde. Lorde is an INTP. She is. Her music in Pure Heroine is full of alliteration, and writing techniques that is way beyond someone of your age at the time. As well as an album that isn’t primarily focused on relationships and love, which is what most girls your age I think might be singing about. (that was not a sexist statement being that statistically speaking most girls are ISFJ and relationships would be one of their primary interests) Ti is demonstrated in songs such as Royals, where she cleverly disses many things in popular culture while at the same time contrasting the rich life she observes on TV and her own mundane life. Even her album title Pure Heroine is a clever classic Ti play on words. She likes to be the boss of her own aesthetic to directing her own music videos, and having a very cohesive style. Everyone loves to tease her “awkward” dancing and facial expressions, but I just think its classic INTP, known for not being 100% aware that they are a physical being in a physical world. And also I think her self-expression in her dancing is fabulous, and unique, but that’s besides the point. Lorde is primarily a rational being, which is why I think she’s handled so much criticism fairly well for someone so young, to contrast her and J-biebz who does not take criticism well and reacts emotionally, or even her biffle T-swizz who also reacts fairly emotionally. One of the most memorable lines from her album to me is “Im kind of over getting told to throw my hands up air, so there” why did I like that line so much? because turn on the radio and you have some Se dom telling you to throw your hands up in there, and live in the moment. Sorry Se dom, people like Lorde and I, can’t seem to get out of our heads and imaginations. Are we better than you because of it? No, but there are more of you than there are of us so be happy. Lorde’s talent and skill I would say is primarily Lyrics, her lyrics analyze the patterns around her and what she’s experienced and she cleverly phrases them in a unique way. Her music is innovative, and intelligent, and I’ve revisited Pure Heroine so many times I have memorized every song practically. I will also add that Lorde’s songs are mostly metaphorical, which is where the Ne comes in. She lives alternatively not concretely.
Lorde has a sharp tongue and is a ingenious, independent, original, analytical, curious, critical, logical, witty, and speculative young artist.
ENFJ -Lianne La Havas
Lianne, is a put together woman. Her voice is smooth and her lyrics are delicious. Focused on her relationships she soars through her songs in her new album going through stories and concepts and beautifully describing her put together ENFJness. “Grew a thicker skin, and now its wearing thin” Ok, so everybody who is close to an Fe dominant will have realized by now they carry the weird juxtaposition of being ruthless and opinionated but at the same time being sensitive and to the harmony in the environment, they will call you out, but in a magical mama way, so its ok. If you are looking to feel like you are doing everything right in your relationship and that you are floating in a cloud of love listen to her songs on a loop, from songs like ‘Elusive’ to ‘unstoppable’ she describes shiny diamond encrusted relationships that are something only an ENFJ can accomplish. Their state of total love for their relationships is something you see in her songs constantly as well as the emotional intelligence ENFJs usually have. ENFJs are very much masters of their own fate, and that fate usually is attained by their hard work, vision, people skills, and in Liannes case, a voice that is smoother than liquid gold. If you doubt that she is an ENFJ for any reason, just listen to her songs, really listen. It is about believing in her partners, believing in who they are and supporting and being in love with them, expressed through her metaphors and long term vision. Like the song “What you don’t do”.
An angel brought to earth to grace us with her compassion, vision, relationship focused, diplomacy, creativity and her warm nature. Lianne is an ENFJ icon.
-Corrine Bailey Ray
-Adele (her music her personality i think is ENTJ)
Tomorrow I’m at a conference all day and then as part of the board that arranged it I’ll be out to dinner making awkward conversation with the keynote speaker. So basically, I am afraid you will be deprived of my brilliant commentary for most of tomorrow. Try to struggle on without me.
Girl with all the Gifts: “The world’s not over- its just not yours anymore.”
Possible spoilers for the movie and book:
By flipping the races of the two leads from the book The Girl With All the Gifts transforms a bracing, imaginative new take on the zombie genre into a brilliant and unsettling social commentary unlike anything since Night of the Living Dead. Don’t get me wrong, its still a terrific zombie movie and unearths new stories from a trope that I’d assumed had been all but strip-mined. The first generation zombies are a new kind of unnerving- still and listless until they sense prey at which point they jerk into spastic action, chittering their jaws as they go like an army of novelty wind up teeth. It just also delivers a devastatingly apt metaphor, as so many of the best genre stories do.
Sennia Nanua as Melanie, one of a second generation adapting to the plague that’s driven humanity to extinction, is by turns curious, ferocious, knowing and desperately lonely. In a sad echo of how children of color are too often perceived in white Western society her human captor-caretakers treat her alternately as something subhuman and bestial and as mature beyond her years. To them she is in no way in need of any kind of affection or nurturing- she is an adult or an animal but never a child.
But unlike Night of the Living Dead or 28 Days Later or any number of other giants of the genre, Girl with All the Gifts doesn’t end on a note of cynicism and defeat. The scientific details are left vague- we know only that humanity will not triumph. But everything that makes humanity worth carrying on remains and will continue to flourish in Melanie and her brethren. “Why should we die for you?” she asks the humans in charge- why indeed?
She might well be any real-life member of any marginalized group speaking to those who cry sic transit and bemoan the loss of the good old days: “The world’s not over, it’s just not yours anymore.”
Tell me some interesting facts I should know about DP.
They began by appreciating films together more than anything else, the music didn’t even come along until several years later. This influence has stayed with them all their lives and considering the kinds of films they cite, I think it’s undeniable that they shaped the kind of spectacle the two of them go for in terms of visuals (whether it be of their music or their actual film work). They were a couple of really perceptive lads for sure.
They once vacationed at Ibiza as boys and fought physically over [mysterious reason] and remember this incident fondly. Guy seems to have implicitly had the upper hand, though I think neither of them won.
Like seriously they h a t e Chirac I’m fairly sure Thomas sued him and won for using a song of his without permission in one of his election campaigns (It was ‘Music Sounds Better With You’ if I remember)
They have never played at James Murphy/LCD Soundsystem’s house
The few times they’ve done social commentary it’s been brilliant, e.g. Revolution 909.
Guy was ‘kicked out of’ the school he first met Thomas in, Lycée Carnot, at around 16 years of age. The twist was that he went elsewhere
to finish pre-university studies and where he went appears to be
Lycée Claude Bernard… which, if I’m understanding the curriculum right, seems to be insanely heavy on the sciences. He managed that okay. It’s a big part of why I like seeing him as logical-minded.
he’s been in office for almost a year, now. in that time, he’s managed to piss a lot of people off. myself included. so what exactly makes him so bad?
1) he’s sexist in regards to abortion, he’s asked “why isn’t it regarded as a national tragedy” rather than the declining life expectancy of aboriginals [x] and that it’s all about women taking “the easy way out”[x]. he’s even gone so far to say that women will never succeed more than men because “their aptitudes, abilities and interests are different for physiological reasons” [x]. let’s not forget that he thinks it’s not a woman’s right to refuse sex and that he believes it should be moderated [x]. did i mention he’s the women’s minister? [x] it’s not a joke. i wish.
2) he doesn’t like immigrants he’s not a fan of immigrants and has been quoted saying such things as “jesus knew that there was a place for everything and it’s not necessarily everyone’s place to come to australia.” [x] let’s not forget, “i don’t think it’s a very christian thing to come in by the back door rather than the front door” [x]. you know, because there’s a queue for when you run for your life.
3) he think’s climate change is made up he’s said (and god i wish i could make this up) “climate change is absolute crap” [x]. oh and he’s also made a comment on bushfire tragedies in australia saying “fire is a part of the australian experience” [x]. losing your home and family is definitely part of the australian experience, right tony?
4) he’s homophobic when an 11 year old boy wrote to him about the rights of the gay community in regards to marriage and abbott wrote that he will continue to “support the existing definition of marriage”[x] not only does he refuse to take religious views out of the picture, but he wants to silence the gay community and has said “if you’d asked me for advice i would have said to have, adopt a sort of “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy about all of these things…”[x] he has also said “i probably feel a bit threatened (by homosexuality), as so many people do.”[x] yeah, and we feel threatened by you.
5) he upholds aboriginal stereotypes about aboriginals, he’s said “there may not be a great job for them but whatever there is, they just have to do it, and if it’s picking up rubbish around the community, it just has to be done.”[x] let’s not forget that if an indigenous person can’t find work, they have no excuse because there are no “cultural excuses”[x]. oh and what does he think about the british invading australia and killing thousands of indigenous people? “western civilisation came to this country in 1788 and i’m proud of that… [x] good job.
6) his view on homelessness “we just can’t stop people from being homeless if that’s their choice.”[x] need i say more?
7) reduction of work rights “compulsory paid maternity leave? over this government’s dead body, frankly”[x]
8) his way with words what does he think about the crisis in syria? “it’s not goodies versus baddies, it’s baddies versus baddies”[x] what did he say when he posed closely with a group of teenage girl netballers? “a bit of body contact never hurt anyone”[x] how does he promote his campaign? “if you want to know who to vote for, i’m the guy with the not bad looking daughters”[x] his reaction to a dead australia soldier? “shit happens.”[x] i’ve saved the best/worst until last “no one, however smart, however well educated, however experienced, is the suppository of all wisdom.”[x] ew. let’s hope not.
there are about another thousand pieces of evidence i could use to explain why this man is bad for our country. like how his daughter has received an art scholarship that wasn’t known to other students before she received it [x], while he makes funding cuts to universities[x]. not to mention that when a radio listener called in to comment on how she managed to make ends meet because of his pension cuts by working on as a phone sex operator, he winked[x]. this guy is basically the scum of the earth.
and to close, i’ll leave you with this website. abbotisms is a site that showcases his best worst statements he’s been quoted saying. also, this video from john oliver’s “last week tonight” and it’s brilliant commentary on abbott’s stupidity and overall ignorance.
If you're still doing them, how about shitty/lardo where shittys pretending to be a prestigious art critic to get people to buy lardos paintings
“Hmmm… yes,” Shitty said as he pushed his glasses down the bridge of his nose to study the painting in front of him before pasting on a look of superiority that he’d seen on his father’s face a million times before. “Very impressive,” he said under his breath, but making sure it was just loud enough for people around him to hear it.
Then, to no one in particular, he launched into his speech. “Such evocative work! I have rarely seen anything like it. Do you see the way the colors and textures are mixed just so there?” He pointed to a random spot on the painting. “What brilliant commentary on the post-modernist failings of our capitalist society. It’s the representation simulacra that heightens the indeterminacy of the
status of the work
that just makes this so eloquent yet vindictive.”
A small crowd had gathered around him now, listening and nodding along. “Oh,” a middle-aged woman next to him said. She clutched her diamond necklace and looks back at the painting she had so haughtily dismissed earlier. “Yes, why I believe I see it too.”
“Ah, you have excellent taste, Madam.” Shitty turned to her. “Allow me to introduce myself. I am Rex Buckingham,” he said, hoping that she didn’t watch Brooklyn Nine Nine. “You may have heard of my gallery in Manhattan, Du Monde?”
“Yes, of course,” she said with a breathy sigh. “I’ve been there once.” Shitty resisted the urge to laugh. The gallery didn’t exist.
“Then you will know that my praise is rare, but in all my years of critiquing art, this is the first time I have come across such a fine artist as Ms. Duan.”
“Oh, yes, absolutely. I will have no trouble finding a buyer for her work. She should be charging five times the price for these pieces, but let’s not give the game away, shall we?” Shitty winked at the woman who was already beyond charmed by him.
“Oh my. I must get my hands on one of these. I’m afraid they’re not yours yet, Mr. Buckingham,” she said before rushing off to find the gallery curator.
At the end of the night, after all the guests were gone and the catering staff were left to clean up, Lardo sidled up next to Shitty.
She looked up at him, eyes shining bright with happiness.
“I sold them all,” she said. They glanced around the gallery. All of Lardo’s pieces had a red dot next to the cards.
“I know,” Shitty said, pulling off his fake glasses and tucked them into his pocket.
He wrapped an arm around her shoulder and pulled her close, pressing a kiss to the top of her head.
“I’m proud of you.”