25 Synonyms for “Deceptive” and “Fake" By Mark Nichol
Assumed: pretended, as in “an assumed name,” referring to a pseudonym used to conceal one’s identity (and, as a verb, to pretend); also, several unrelated meanings Beguiling: deceptive, duplicitous, or diverting Bogus: not genuine Contrived: false or unnatural Counterfeit: imitation or insincere Delusory: deceptive Dummy: imitation (and, as a noun, a mockup); also, several unrelated meanings Ersatz: imitation or substitute (and generally inferior to the real thing) Factitious: artificial or false Fallacious: deceptive Faux: imitation (usually in the sense of a design element or fashion item that deliberately mimics a more expensive material or fabric such as marble or fur) Feigned: fictitious, or not genuine or real Forged: imitation with intent to deceive; also, an unrelated meaning of being created by pressure and perhaps heat Fraudulent: deceitful Jive: deceitful (said of talk); also, superficial or foolish, or other unrelated meanings Misleading: deceitful Mock: imitation, in the senses of not being genuine or real Phony: counterfeit, false, or fictitious; also, hypocritical Pseudo: false (also a prefix in hyphenated and closed compounds such as pseudo-event and pseudopod) Put-on: pretended Sham: false, not genuine Simulated: fake but intended or made to look genuine Specious: deceptively attractive, or appearing genuine or truthful Spurious: deceitful or imitation Synthetic: not genuine; also, several unrelated meanings
On this day in music history: August 9, 1975 - “Jive Talkin’” by the Bee Gees hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 2 weeks. Written by Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb, it is the second chart topping single for the family trio from the Isle Of Man, UK. After the Bee Gees score their first number one single with “How Can You Mend A Broken Heart”, they score another three top 40 hits in the US before experiencing another major downturn. Things change for the band, when they are paired with Atlantic Records staff producer Arif Mardin. Mardin plays an important role in the Bee Gees moving toward a more R&B based sound. “Jive Talkin’” is inspired while Barry Gibb and his wife are driving across the bridge to Criteria Studios in Miami, FL. Hearing the rhythm of their car tires going over the road, Gibbs’ wife Linda turns to him and says “listen, it’s our drive talking!!”. Instantly, Barry begins to sing the songs hooky chorus, altering the phrase to say “jive talking”. Arriving at the studio, Barry tells his brothers and producer Arif Mardin what he has come up with. Mardin tells the Gibb brothers who are unaware (at the time) that “jive talkin’” is an African American expression for “bullsh*tting”. Mardin is also instrumental in helping establish the tempo and rhythm arrangement. When RSO Records services “Jive Talkin’” to radio stations, they repeat a strategy used to help break the brothers in the US eight years before with “New York Mining Disaster 1941”. Promotional copies of the single are pressed with no indication of the artist is or the title on the label. The plan works and DJ’s enthusiastically embrace the record. Entering the Hot 100 at #87 on May 31, 1975, it climbs to the top of the chart ten weeks later. It marks the beginning of the Bee Gees career resurgence on a worldwide basis, climaxing with the massive back to back successes of the “Saturday Night Fever” soundtrack and the album “Spirits Having Flown”. The original studio version is also included on the “Fever” soundtrack released in late 1977. However, it is removed due to a contractual dispute with RSO’s former distributor Atlantic Records who then still owned the rights to the recording. It is replaced on later pressings by the live version from “Here At Last… Bee Gees… Live”. In 1979, producer Arif Mardin files a million dollar lawsuit against RSO founder Robert Stigwood over the song, when he is not paid royalties for its inclusion on the soundtrack. The suit is eventually settled out of court for an undisclosed sum. “Jive Talkin’” is also later covered by Boogie Box High, the alter ego of singer Andros Georgiou, the cousin of pop superstar George Michael. The Boogie Box version also features former Haircut 100 singer Nick Heyward, Style Council keyboardist Mick Talbot and Michael himself on backing vocals, it hits #7 on the UK singles chart in July of 1987. “Jive Talkin’” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
You saw Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade or Running on Empty or Stand By Me. You’ve read that River Phoenix doesn’t wear leather or eat any kind of animal products. You know the 19-year-old actor lives on an organic farm in Florida with his four strangely named brothers and sisters. You’re wondering: Did River Phoenix spit out his Gerber strained beef in the high chair? Agonize no more, Sassmasters. For after River finished filming his latest movie, a black comedy called I Love You to Death, he got in touch with our Christina and offered to answer all your burning questions on his favorite subject. Because he thinks it’s really important for you to know about all this. And yes, it was his idea.
Q. What got you involved in animal rights?
A. I was very young, about seven years old, when I first became aware of cruelty to animals. I was traveling by boat from Venezuela with my family. We’d made friends with the crew, whom we liked a lot. Then one day I watched them fishing off the side of the boat. Every time they caught a fish, they’d hurl it against a board that had nails sticking out of it. I couldn’t believe it. These weren’t bad people, but they’d become totally desensitized to the pain they were causing. My brother and I started asking my parents why we had to take animal lives to eat, and what exactly was in our hamburgers andhot dogs. Pretty soon my whole family decided it wasn’t our place to block another creature’s right of way, so we became vegetarians. But it took us kids to start asking the questions.
Q.Do you think kids are naturally closer to animals?
A. Sure they are. Every child starts out loving animals, identifying with them. But early on, adults start sending them contradictory messages. They’ll give a kid a stuffed animal to hug and love and sleep with. But at the same time, they’re serving them animals for dinner every night. It’s crazy, if you think about it. But when you’re young, you just accept what grown-ups tell you as the truth.
Q.Do you have any pets?
A. I have two dogs back home, Justice and Jupiter. And since they’re part of the family, they’re both vegetarians. They’re very active and healthy.
Q. But it must be a hassle being a strict vegetarian. Is it worth the trouble?
A. If you don’t believe it, if it’s not a true conviction, then sure, it seems like a pain in the butt. It’s not exactly in the mainstream. But is it worth it? Of course it is. If you love someone, it’s worth walking a million miles to see them. If you love animals, then it follows that you’ll watch out for them.
Q. How do your social concerns carry over into your movie work?
A. If affects the core of who I am. I don’t have to wear it on my sleeve for it to show through. It’s just part of me. But naturally when I learn something, I like to share it. And I hope that others would do the same with me. So whenever I can, I try to bring my ethical beliefs to my work. Before I begin shooting a movie, I work with the wardrobe department to make sure my costumes aren’t made from fur or leather. I also ask the makeup people to use makeup that hasn’t been tested on animals. Most of the time people respect my beliefs and work to accommodate them.
Q.There are so many problems in the world- why animal rights?
A. Animal rights aren’t separate from other social, environmental or political issues. What do art and science mean if the Earth is falling apart, if we feel no responsibility to give it space to breathe? We’re very selfish with this planet, and the way we use animals is one of the symptoms of our selfishness. But when you love animals, you feel at one with the little bit of nature that’s left on Earth.
Q.Can loving animals really save the planet?
A. Sometimes we have to start on the smaller things before we can conquer the larger problems. If you notice one homeless person on the streets and see his plight and understand him, from then on you see all homeless people in a different way. It’s the same with animals. Once you become conscious, you can’t stand by and watch them be exploited. And it’s rewarding to protect a defenseless being.
Q. How can teenagers help animals?
A. You start off by educating yourself and by asking questions. That’s when things start happening, when you ask the tough questions. When Columbus thought to ask, “What if the world isn’t flat?” the whole world changed. Nowadays we still need change. Personally, I think biology class is a good place to start asking questions. And for me, dissection is something worth speaking out against.
I think it’s important for students to take responsibility for their education. We accept too much of what we’re taught without question. The idea behind the Students Against Dissection Hotline is to give students a choice about the way they study biology. If someone has ethical objections to dissection, they can call the Hotline about humane alternatives.
Q. What’s wrong with dissecting a few frogs in biology classes?
A. The point is, there are lots of better ways to study biology. You can use models or films or computer simulations. By cutting up animals we just become desensitized to animal pain. We feel very powerful because we’re taking this life in our hands. And because it takes place in a biology lab, dissection seems official and “scientific.” But if you think about it, dissection is really the most barbaric form of mutilation. I just read about a high school student in California who won a prize for cutting out a frog’s brain and timing how long it could swim around before dying. What does that have to do with science?
Q.Do you think animals experience pain the same as human beings do?
A. It’s all relative. Some small animals have less sensitive nerve endings, while lobsters are some of the most pain-sensitive creatures on Earth. Pain isn’t so much the point, as the value of all life. We shouldn’t be killing other creatures when it’s not necessary. We’re at war with nature if we continue exploiting animals when we don’t need to for survival.
Q.What would you tell a student who doesn’t want to dissect animals, but is afraid of flunking biology class?
A. That’s why the Dissection Hotline is there, to advise you about your rights and to help you find alternatives to dissection. The Hotline can also put you in touch with a lawyer if you need one. If enough students start to challenge dissection, then teachers will look for other ways to teach Biology. That’s how change begins.
Q.Is that why you wanted to do this interview, to help make a change?
A. When I found out about the Dissection Hotline, I wanted to get the word out to students. This issue is more important than jive talk about my career or personal life. I think students deserve to have access to information that can help them become conscious and active world citizens. As my sister Rain always says: “Live on, love all and let live.”
So i have to ask one of the dredd threads on /co/ had dredd call someone tojo. any other moments of awkardness in the series
Well, there’s Judge Giant in the early years of the strip, calling Dredd “baby!” and talking in jive. But it’s balanced out by Giant being a superbly smart, capable character whom Dredd owes his life to and has left a strong legacy on the strip, so a handful of colorful phrases can be easily excused.
The very first Hondo City story, Our Man In Hondo, also has some wonky-ass narration full of “So sorry” and “Terrible happenings” that really make me think everything Wagner and Grant knew about Asia came from Charlie Chan novels/movies. Which, considering it’s one of Dredd’s favorite nicknames for literally anyone from the other side of the Pacific, wouldn’t be surprising.
There’s also the Sino-Cit judges, who first debuted in the 90s under Millar’s pen. They are pret-ty yellow peril-y, but luckily the storyline with them died a quiet death before it could get really terrible. When they finally showed up again, it was mostly through homages to John Woo and Hong Kong action cinema, and really, they could’ve done much worse.
And then there’s “Sugar Beat”, from progs 873-878 (1994), a story where Dredd travels to the Pan-Am Conurb (future Bolivia) following the trail of a sugar-smuggling ring. And it… is… bad. It has everything: lazy, sloppy, corrupt and overweight south american judges. Thick as drokk phonetic accents over broken english. Random inca pyramids. Teeth gaps. “Judge Guacomole”. It’s baaaaad. It’s so bad, that the writer actually used an alias.
It’s so bad, it actually makes Banana City look straight-up respectful by comparison. It does have some really nice painted Ron Smith art tho’.
Fortunately enough, these stories are more the exception than the rule, and most of the stereotypes have either been developed into proper characters and strips with unique qualities (like Hondo City Justice) or are done with altogether.
Closeup of this (link NSFW), because I love how happy Derek looks. I’ve got two more pieces of art in progress for this AU, and then I might eventually write a whole fic, jive talk is just soooo awesome
So Today I Watched… Luke Cage (Marvel/Netflix, 2016)
Man you gotta love these Marvel Shows it’s almost like watching a 13 hour film that doesn’t let you go until you are done. Every single one so far has been rock solid and while Daredevil is still the most beloved of the bunch I gotta hand it to Luke Cage on how solid it is. It’s a love letter to Harlem and to Black culture and history. Set in the same Marvel Cinematic Universe as The Avengers, Daredevil, Jessica Jones and the upcoming Iron Fist and Punisher series. Luke Cage was the hot potato of the bunch. If you have read Luke Cage or Power Man comics in the past you may know why. Allow me to elaborate…
Luke Cage used to be a very outspoken character in the comics, when he was created he was all jive talking and a cultural representation of the 70′s. He was from the streets. He was a hero for hire, the one taking down the scum The Avengers or the X-Men didn’t have the time to deal with and he did it for a fee, a move inspired when his first outgoing as a vigilante was compensated with cash in a moment he was desperately in need of it. The modern Luke Cage is bit more altruistic he’s a very cultured and educated black man who was wronged and like his comic counterpart was forced to do time. While inside he is forced to participate in clandestine fight circuits and offered a chance for a reduced sentence if he agrees to be part of an experiment that goes sour and grants him unbreakable skin and super strength.
The series picks up five months after the events of Jessica Jones with Luke working two jobs outta payroll to make ends meet and keep a low profile. He’s hesitant to get involved on anything that will make his life more difficult than it already is but as these things go it’s not too soon until trouble comes looking at his door. He find himself at odds with Harlem’s #1 gangster, a man nicknamed “Cottonmouth” and who has a close relation to Pop’s the last family his deceased lady Reva had and the man who has taken him under his wing. When the conflict escalates and people close to Luke star to pay with their lives he’s gotta choose to face the music or run away from it… and face it he does with some very useful allies. Packed with characters that honors their comics origins we get to see Misty Knight wonderfully cast in the skin of one damn fine Simone Missick, the return of Rosario Dawson’s Claire Temple who is by now the glue in the Marvel Netflix Universe and solid acting of Alfre Woodward as Mariah Diller, Mahershla Ali as Cottonmouth, and Erik Laray Harvey as Diamondback.
On a closing note and speaking of music… lend your ears to the original Soundtrack that has been gathered and created for this series. It features a live performance for each episode by some of the most talented black singers and musicians ever assembled . All in all I find Luke Cage is another solid chapter in storytelling and a damn fine representation of the character and his original struggles brought on to these complex times. Go and bing-watch this and face the music! Sweet Christmas indeed!
A mini-episode of funky, jive-talking, early-70s Batsploitation! Enjoy!
(Big thanks to gailsimone for sharing my original illustration with the Tumblrsphere in the first place, and to francavillarts, francismanapul, Jerome Opena and Mike Norton for being generous enough to critique the rough pencils at Special Edition NYC.)