I don’t know about you, but this week seemed to drag on for me and I’m very happy the weekend is here.
I hope you have a great one and I appreciate you checking out my random thoughts. Feel free to share yours afterwards.
“YES, I STARVE MY KIDS”
We live in a country where it’s easier (and cheaper) to grab high caloric and fatty foods instead of healthier ones. It’s no surprise that more than one in three Americans is obese (body mass index of over 30).
We’re not alone. Worldwide, in 2014, nearly two BILLION people are overweight and more than 600 million adults were obese.
When it comes to children, in 2013, 42 million kids younger than five years old were overweight!
With those sobering facts, it’s no surprise the Internet went crazy when actress and reality star Kristin Carvallari, the wife of the Chicago Bears’ Jay Cutler, posted this Fourth of July picture of two of her children.
People accused Carvallari of starving her children. Her sarcastic response, “Yes, I starve my kids”, was priceless!
I know some of you may think they’re too thin. Could it be the angle of the camera or the fact that the little boy is in motion playing and not posing?
But, are we so accustomed to seeing people carrying around so many unwanted, unhealthy pounds that we attack a mother because her kids are thin?
Clearly, shaming is for everyone — thick or thin.
MY HEART BREAKS AGAIN FOR THE WORLD
Another senseless tragedy strikes France.
A large truck intentionally drove through a crowd of thousands Thursday night gathered to watch fireworks and celebrate the country’s biggest holiday, Bastille Days, in the southern city of Nice.
Officials say the truck was loaded with guns and explosives.
At least 84 are dead and another 19 are in critical condition.
It’s been a devastating 18 months for France.
In January 2015, ISIS and al-Qaeda gunmen murdered 17 people in Paris at the Charlie Hebdo satiric publication and at a grocery store.
Then, last November, 130 people were killed and another 368 were hurt when ISIS militants attacked six locations in France and its northern suburbs with assault rifles, hand grenades, and explosive belts worn by suicide bombers.
How much more grief can France and the world take? Sadly, I think we’re going to find out. 😦
O.J. SIMPSON — MURDERER
Oops, strike that. He was found “not guilty” by a California jury.
I don’t think you can find many people in the world that don’t know or have an opinion about Orenthal James Simpson.
People too young to know him from the infamous murder trial of his wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman or the “white Bronco chase” in the mid-1990s might have caught FX’s “American Crime Story: The People v O.J.” this spring.
If you think you know all there is to know about the sports legend, ESPN begs to differ. Its ten hour series, “OJ: Made In America”, covers two big aspects of Simpson’s life in great detail — fame and race.
I’ve watched the first four hours of the five-part series and it’s incredible. I can’t wait to see the rest of it.
So far, I learned that O.J.’s dad was gay and I hope to see more about his first wife, Marguerite, since they just skipped over the rest of that story! I hope she took him to the cleaners once he met and married Nicole.
O.J. SIMPSON — SEX SYMBOL
As a kid, I wasn’t a football fan (I’m still not), so I didn’t know that Simpson was a standout football star with the University of Southern California Trojans or that he played professional football for the Buffalo Bills and the San Francisco 49ers.
I only remember two things about him: running through airports in Hertz rental car commercials and the savage murder of his wife and Goldman, the televised Bronco chase, and the pathetic circus that was called a trial.
The first part of “OJ: Made in America” showed a more recent Simpson — an overweight, old man in prison. However, much to my chagrin (and fascination), we met and fell for a very charming, sexy, and articulate star athlete that I would have had a major crush on if I had been old enough in the 1970s.
But, it only took a moment to snap back into reality: infidelity, domestic violence, murder charges, and the list goes on…
O.J. Simpson aside, the ESPN series and the current book I’m reading “Jimmy Carter: A Comprehensive Biography from Plains to Post-Presidency” by Peter Bourne has me thinking even more about race relations in the United States.
Both of those touch on race in the 1960s — the Watts Riots in 1965 in the television series and school integration in Georgia and the South in the 1960s in the book.
However, it’s disheartening to think that we’ve made so many advancements in the past fifty years, yet when you listen to the news today about the police shootings of black people on the streets, the protests that stem from that, and then a gunman executing officers in Dallas, you have to ask, “Is this still the 1860s or the 1960s?”.
People have every right to be pissed off. But, the bottom line is that there are good and bad police officers, just as there are good and bad people in society.
I wish there was more love and compassion in our world instead of the anger, hate, and violence.
ONE MONTH SINCE THE PULSE MASSACRE
It’s been a little over a month now since a lone gunman walked into the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, opening fire killing 49 people and injuring 53 others before police killed him.
Last week, I featured a Ryan Murphy produced tribute to each of the victims from some of the biggest stars in entertainment.
This week, “Hands”, a new tribute song featuring Britney Spears, Selena Gomez, Jennifer Lopez, Pink, Meghan Trainor, Jason Derulo, Troye Sivan, and so many more was released.
The video even features Patience Carter, Tiara Parker and Angel Anthony Santiago, three of the survivors of the Pulse massacre. It’s so touching.
Profits go to the Equality Florida Pulse Victims Fund, the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida, and GLAAD.
THIS SUMMER NEEDS (AND GOT) BRITNEY!
Okay, this part of the blog had to be rewritten and revamped this morning. When I awoke for work just after midnight, I got the surprise of the summer — the much anticipated release of the new Britney Spears song, “Make Me”, featuring G-Eazy!
With her revamped residency, “Piece of Me”, at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas and her amazing seven-minute performance to open the Billboard Music Awards, this summer needs the much-anticipated return of Britney Spears.
Earlier this week, she teased us with new music in the commercial for her “Private Show” fragrance. She is so freaking hot!
Excitement continues to build as Britney readies her ninth studio album expected this fall. It’ll be her first since the under-performing “Britney Jean” in 2013. It produced the Top 20 hit, “Work Bitch”, but it was the worst selling single of her three decade career.
Also, with “Make Me”, it’s time to put that hideous misfire, last summer’s “Pretty Girls”, with Iggy Azalea (is she still around?), behind us.
Welcome back, Brit Brit!
BITTER DAYS FOLLOW BREAK-UP
I enjoyed the fifteen months that Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris were together because they made a beautiful couple.
I absolutely love “This Is What You Came For”, Harris’ current Top 5 Hot 100 and #1 Dance Club Songs smash with Rihanna.
Ever since I discovered Harris on his amazing “18 Months” album and since “Blank Space” was my favorite song of 2014, you know I love both Calvin and Taylor’s music.
It’s now been revealed there may be another reason I like the new song so much. It appears that Taylor wrote the song under a pseudonym!
However, the aftermath of the revelation is getting nasty. Calvin tweeted this one Wednesday:
“And she sings on a little bit of it too . Amazing lyric writer and she smashed it as usual. I wrote the music, produced the song, arranged it and cut the vocals though. And initially she wanted it kept secret, hence the pseudonym.”
“Hurtful to me at this point that her and her team would go so far out of their way to try and make ME look bad at this stage though . I figure if you’re happy in your new relationship you should focus on that instead of trying to tear your ex bf down for something to do. I know you’re off tour and you need someone new to try and bury like Katy ETC but I’m not that guy, sorry. I won’t allow it.”
Even with the bitterness of those tweets, I’m happy that Calvin took the high road and offered an olive branch in the final two tweets: “Please focus on the positive aspects of YOUR life because you’ve earned a great one” and “God bless everyone have a beautiful day.”
Calvin, man, I really like you and I wish you success in life and love. But, have fun and live it up because this is what we came for!
I’m so happy that “Mr. Robot”, the best new show on television last year, is back and it picked up a lot of Emmy nomination love yesterday!
If you didn’t see the incredibly written, acted, and addictive first season, you need to set your DVR to record the second season and binge watch the first.
You’ll fall in love with the quirky, strange, and sad Elliot Alderson, played by Rami Malek. I guess I should say Emmy-nominated Rami Malek.
The new season kicked off Wednesday night on the USA network.
Now, that “The Walking Dead, “Madam Secretary” and “Quantico” are on hiatus until the fall, “Mr. Robot” couldn’t have come at a better time.
While CBS renewed “Zoo” for a second season, it only took a hokey herd of wild animals on the rampage in the first few minutes of the second season premiere for me to finally give up on the show after an uneven first season.
The premise of the animal kingdom turning on man was great. The execution became contrived over last season’s thirteen episodes.
My only regret is saying goodbye to James Wolk.
Also, this summer, I gave “American Gothic” on CBS a try, but thirty minutes was all it took to delete it and take the series record off of the DVR.
TWO SHOWS WE’RE ENJOYING
However, we’ve started watching two other shows that are entertaining us in half the time!
Netflix’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”, a Tina Fey production, and Amazon Prime’s “Catastrophe” have both completed their second seasons, but are new to us.
“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” has been renewed for a third season. The show and the leads, Ellie Kemper and Tituss Burgess, were all nominated for Emmy Awards this week!
There’s no word on whether there’ll be more “Catastrophe”.
18-year-old Swedish singer Zara Larsson is ready to follow-up her first American hit, the Top 5 smash “Never Forget You” with MNEK, with a song that was actually first released last summer.
“Lush Life” is a fun, peppy perfect summer song.
If you remember this song and the video last year, you notice that more money was spent on the new one. Just for fun, here’s the original video.
In her native country, she’s already had eight hits, six of which reached the Top Ten, and three have topped the charts, including “Lush Life” and “Never Forget You”.
CONGRATULATIONS BRETT KISSEL
If you follow my blog, you know I’m a big supporter of Canadian country singer Brett Kissel, who now lives in Nashville with his wife and little girl.
I’m still waiting for American country radio to expand their horizons and play him.
I want to congratulate Brett on scoring his eighth consecutive Top Ten hit on the Canadian Country chart.
This week, “Cool With That”, the third single from his “Pick Me Up” album, moved from #11 to #8.
If you’d like to know more about him and I’d highly recommend it, here’s what I wrote back in February.
With all the craziness in the world, make it the best in your little part of it!