anonymous asked:

A friend on Facebook complained about the number of country music acts in the Macy's parade this year. It took all my resolve not to snarkily reply that it's probably because country music is likely at this point the only form of entertainment not full of people trying to prove how "woke" they are and of course "woke" equals no Thanksgiving anything..



Though most eyes were on the cast of lingerie-clad models at today’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show taping in Shanghai, leave it to musical guest Harry Styles to steal the spotlight with his stage presence. Performing hits like “Only Angel” and “Kiwi” alongside top models—who, per usual, paraded down the runway wearing lacy little things and larger than life wings—Styles suited up in two tailored ensembles in next-level pastels.

Styles started off in a double-breasted Gucci blazer that had a slight texture to it, which caught the bright lights beaming down on the catwalk. He skipped a tie, which placed the focus on the very VS-appropriate bubblegum pink shirt that could be seen peeking out from underneath his lapel. While we’re used to seeming him in some form of combat boot on stage, his choice of Gucci horsebit ankle boots marked a polished departure for the former boy bander, while a smattering of rings on both hands still felt true to the crooner’s personality.

Once the show’s theme had shifted to Wintry Delights, Styles changed into a Givenchy mint green suit that felt fresh next to the loads of ice blue chiffon and silver-tinged embroidery that swept the runway. He kept things ’70s in a blazer with strong shoulders and trousers with a slight flared hem, then took the retro mood one step further in reptile boots with a man heel—a Harry Styles signature.

It just struck me how weirdly classist a lot of those early 90s environmentalist cartoons were. Like, okay, deforestation is bad, and we’re going to get the point across to the kids by… depicting lumberjacks as chortling ape-men who like to cut down trees because it gives them a boner? I get that delving into the economic drivers behind the despoiling of the environment might be a bit heavy for a nine-year-old audience, but we’re not even going to mention corporate interests? Like, next let’s criticise the food desert phenomenon by portraying front-line fast food workers as evil wizards who derive sexual gratification from making kids fat - that’s clearly how this works.

The FCC just repealed a 42-year-old rule blocking broadcast media mergers
The move paves the way for greater consolidation in the TV and radio industries.
By https://www.facebook.com/brian.d.fung

Federal regulators rolled back decades-old rules on Thursday, making it far easier for media outlets to be bought and sold — potentially leading to more newspapers, radio stations and television broadcasters being owned by a handful of companies.

The regulations, eliminated in a 3-to-2 vote by the Federal Communications Commission, were first put in place in the 1970s to ensure that a diversity of voices and opinions could be heard on the air or in print.

One long-standing rule repealed Thursday prevented one company in a given media market from owning both a daily newspaper and a TV station. Another rule blocked TV stations in the same market from merging with each other if the combination would leave fewer than eight independently owned stations. The agency also took aim at rules restricting the number of TV and radio stations that any media company could simultaneously own in a single market.

A major beneficiary of the deregulatory moves, analysts say, is Sinclair, a conservative broadcasting company that is seeking to buy up Tribune Media for $3.9 billion.

“This has a huge impact,” said Andrew Schwartzman, an expert on media law at Georgetown University. He added that the decisions will “reduce or eliminate” the need for Sinclair to sell off many stations to receive regulatory approval for the deal.

Critics of the FCC repeal effort say that the decision will lead to the concentration of power in the hands of a dwindling number of media titans.

“Instead of engaging in thoughtful reform,” said Democratic FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, “this agency sets its most basic values on fire.

“As a result of this decision, wherever you live, the FCC is giving the green light for a single company to own the newspaper and multiple television and radio stations in your community.”

'Victoria's Secret Fashion Show' Fans Getting Scammed Out of Thousands in China
'Victoria's Secret Fashion Show' fans are getting scammed into dropping tens of thousands of dollars for a prized ticket.

‘Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show’ fans are getting scammed into dropping tens of thousands of dollars for a prized ticket to the China show … and we’ve learned the tickets aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on.

We did some digging and found out the company behind the show is not selling tickets … the real tickets are free by invitation only.  

The Chinese equivalent to eBay is now littered with offers to purchase tickets … we found the rock-bottom price was $7,000 and the highest was a staggering $35,000 which supposedly got you a seat in the first 5 rows. And get this for audacious … the $35k includes a phantom afterparty.

Other fake listings promise front row seats and claim Taylor Swift and Harry Styles will be performing. Not true.

Producers are trying to scrub the fake offers from the online marketplace, but they’re still up.

The 2017 'Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show’ will air November 28 on CBS.



Every Native American / First Nations person has been in this situation: you’re watching a new film or television series, whether it’s a period piece, a contemporary crime drama, or even a comedy, and then a Native character appears.

Suddenly it’s like a ticking clock.

How long until they are mocked or humiliated? How long until a white character says something offensive? How long until they have to talk to the spirits or turn into an animal or invoke some spiritual entity to teach the characters a lesson?

But more importantly, how long until they die?

As a Native woman who loves all kinds of storytelling (especially film), this was almost impossible to avoid. I’ve felt the same emotional turmoil every time I had to watch a Native character die on the big screen, from disappointment to absolute heartbreak. There is something so personally devastating about watching the people who resemble your family members die so violently every time you see them represented.

In this new age of critical analysis on social media, the concept of “trigger warnings” and “content warnings” emerged as a head’s up to anybody who would find a storytelling medium’s content emotionally distressing. If you were a victim of rape, child abuse, or domestic violence, reviewers would often add a warning prior to their analysis to help avoid any unexpected emotional trauma to their readers. But unless you frequent Native online communities and social media sources, you almost never see a content warning for the death and murder of Native American and First Nations characters.

At times it feels that if Native characters appear in the story, they’re already doomed to suffer and die.

With The Aila Test , I wanted to bring an indigenous lens to the feminist critical analysis of mainstream media, but the problem goes beyond just how Indigenous women are represented. Native characters who are male may be more visibly represented than their female counterparts, but how good is that representation when they’re still framed as violent and stereotypical? Regardless of gender identity, the racialized degradation of Natives in mainstream media is one that should be discussed, criticized, and addressed.

For the sake of this test, passing and/or failing it is simple: when a Native character appears in the story, do they live or do they die?

And unfortunately, even living to the end of the film isn’t a marker for progressive filmmaking and representation if they are still portrayed as stereotypical, racially insensitive, and one-dimensional.

The purpose of this page is to take a closer look at how Native characters, specifically Native American and First Nations characters, are portrayed in mainstream media. I will conduct a list of all the characters who live and those who die, but the conversation will not stop there.

I will also discuss how the character is framed within the context of the story they appear in, which will include characters that are racist in appearance and delivery as well as characters who are portrayed by non-Native actors. I will also be discussing the level of violence they face whether they live or die.

This will not be a comfortable page to visit, but this conversation still needs to happen if we hope to create better representation in future stories, whether it’s film, novels, video games, or animation.

I will also include a list of characters who I think are truly exceptional in the Hall of Fame page. Character Submissions will be open so long as you remember to include the name of the character, the story they come from, and whether they live or die. 

Feel free to include a picture of the character or any additional comments if you wish.

Styles, who previously charted at No. 3 for two weeks earlier this year (charts dated April 22 and 29), scored a 107 percent gain in all chart metrics, including a 162 percent boost in Twitter reactions, according to Next Big Sound. He landed 460,000 reactions in all, adding to the 11.3 million he snagged on Instagram and the 532,000 on YouTube around the release of “Kiwi.”

From an American ARMY

Please don’t think the media that interviews BTS in any way represents how all Americans would act towards BTS. They asked some seriously stupid questions.

Also from a media standpoint, I’m a photojournalist and I know damn well that the media shouldn’t have wasted their time asking stupid questions when they could’ve really used that opportunity to truly get to know the boys.

So from an American ARMY and also a mature photojournalist, I apologize on their behalf.

I often see criticisms of media that include varying levels of terrible trans representation which amount to “please talk to a trans person before trying to include them in your thing!” And like, totally, I agree.

But also like that’s not actually sufficient in practice? You need to do more than that. You need to do wider research, get multiple/many diverse perspectives and voices and experiences and let those all inform how you represent us. I think one of the major reasons why characters like Lup in TAZ and Claire in Questionable Content for example worked so well is that Griffin and Jeph really intentionally did research and reached out to as many trans women as they could and tried to genuinely create characters and talk about their experience in a way that embodied an aggregation of that feedback. And as a result you get characters that feel like people, that are complex, that have their gender respected but not centered and fetishised.

I guess what I’m saying is you can bring in Cait/lyn Jen/ner to consult on your thing and call it a day but you’re still gonna end up with a shitty thing.

Where Is Taylor Swift, You Ask?

I’ll tell you where.

She’s spending time with the people who support her. Joe Alwyn, her family, her friends, her fans. 

You seriously think she just “wants to win as many awards as possible”?

Darling, she’s past that game.1989 was her breakthrough. A fulfillment to her entire career… and as she graciously accepted the pedestal your put her on, you ripped her back down when the jealous wolves came after her. 

She’s done playing the industry’s games. Where they say and do horrible things behind the scenes and then play the victim to the mass audiences. 

She’s done with your little games. 

Taylor has better things to do than to go to the AMAs where paparazzi will take turns picking apart her body and outfit for the benefit of everyone BUT her.

She has better things to do than to fill your click bait with corrupted potential. 

She’s owning reputation for herself, her friends, her baby, her mama, and HER FANS. 

Ya’ll don’t get to know where she’s at. Wanna know why?

You didn’t care what happened to her a year ago.

I would stop playing so dumb. You know why she’s not here. It’s because of you.

Generation Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo wins GOAL 50 Award  - of course with another record

Cristiano Ronaldo has claimed top spot in the Goal 50 for the second consecutive year, making it a record five triumphs in total.

How Cristiano Ronaldo changed the world
By Peter Staunton

When your plane lands on the Portuguese island of Madeira, your journey terminates at Cristiano Ronaldo International Airport. From there you can take a car into town and get your head down at the Pestana CR7 Funchal, Madeira’s trendiest hotel located right on its glistening waterfront.

Real Madrid’s all-time record goalscorer, naturally, will be staring down on you from the walls along the corridors. The carpets are a luxurious thick green, to remind you of a football pitch - the setting for Ronaldo’s fortune and glory.

Spend one night there and you get an autographed postcard from the man himself. Stay a second night and you’re upgraded to a signed football.

Another one of these Pestana CR7 hotels – part-owned by Madeira’s favourite son – has since opened on the mainland in Lisbon with one due to open in Madrid and a further property imminent in New York.

Kick back and relax, pull up your CR7 blanket and on the complementary Apple TV stick on “Ronaldo”– the documentary.

Shower and revive and slip on your CR7 underwear, your CR7 denim jeans and your CR7 shirt. Give yourself a little splash of CR7 fragrance and lace up your handmade CR7 footwear and you’re ready for your trip out.

Next door you’ll find Museu CR7, dedicated to Ronaldo’s rampant individual and collective success. You’ll see replicas of his Champions League trophies, his Ballons d’Or and if you look carefully you’ll see one of his Goal 50 awards too.

Take a selfie on your #CR7Selfie app with the bronze Cristiano Ronaldo statue outside so you’ll have a memento forever.

From his Nike trainers and football boots to shampoo, ear buds and even Egyptian steel, everyone wants a piece of Cristiano Ronaldo. He is the world’s best-known and best-paid athlete, estimated to have earned $88 million in 2016 alone by Forbes.

His Instagram feed is reported to net him around £310,000 per sponsored post – just behind Kim Kardashian and Selena Gomez on that rich-list.

He is admired, envied, copied – both in terms of what he can do on the pitch and what he can achieve off it.

Go anywhere in the world and you’ll see kids and adults alike in his Portugal and Real Madrid shirts. Every game of FIFA that’s loaded up, he’s there looking back at you. You can’t escape him.

“As a Portuguese, we are proud to have him,” ex-team mate Nuno Gomes told Goal. “As we were in the times of Eusebio and Figo and Rui Costa.

“Even if we are a small country we are used to having some great football players.

“Cristiano is one of the best in the world. Of course, we are proud to have him. We respect him a lot.

“We want him to keep playing for as long as he can because we want him in our national team for as long as he can play.”

Ronaldo is transcendental in a way no player before him has been. Famous Manchester United number 7s of the past in George Best and David Beckham created trends and mania of their own but neither matches the awesome power Ronaldo combines on field and his star quality off it.

No one else has been able to match the goals, the trophies, the golden moments Ronaldo has earned throughout his career with that unique Hollywood appeal.

Ronaldo stands alone at the top of the game as football’s all-time icon.

“Ronaldo is the footballer the world thought David Beckham was and he’s also the sex object that David Beckham presented himself as being,” says author and journalist Mark Simpson, an expert in popular culture.

Ronaldo’s impact as a footballer has been well-documented with four Champions Leagues, four Ballons d’Or and, now, five Goal 50 awards. No one has scored more goals for Real Madrid or for Portugal and he is destined to be remembered as one of the all-time greats. But he brings far more to the table than those great players who have gone before him.

“George Best has said a lot of footballers have been compared to him but only the Ronaldo comparison was flattering,” Simpson continues.

“Best was a new kind of footballer, he was a footballer pop star. You could say in the early noughties that David Beckham was the nearest thing we had to a pop star.

“After Ronaldo the bar’s been raised very high for a globally successful footballer.”

At 32, Ronaldo remains at the peak of his powers. His relentless consistency combined with his stunning physique means he is going to be around for some time yet. Real Madrid are having difficulties in working out their form this season but by the time spring rolls round, the European champions and their star forward will be back in the conversation.

His home island is fast becoming Ronaldo Land and in the future we will look back at this era as the one when one boy from Madeira conquered the world.

Watch our documentary on Cristiano Ronaldo and how he has influenced people all over the world.