The weekend is almost here and that means I’m sharing some of my random thoughts with you.
I realize now if I want to take a break and still have something to post, I’ll just have Malania Trump, Donald’s wife, to put together a blog for you under my name. It wouldn’t take much effort.
Malania, look up the word “plagiarism”. P-L-A-G-I-A-R-I-S-M.
I saw this online and it was perfect and it made me smile, “I’d like to thank my speech writers ‘Copy and Paste'”.
VICIOUS ATTACKS ON ACTRESS LESLIE JONES
I never saw the original “Ghostbusters” from the 1980s and I have no desire to see the all-female remake in theaters now.
However, all of the sexist chatter on the Internet is rather appalling. Actress Leslie Jones, the only black actress of the four leads (the others are Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, and Kate McKinnon), has been singled out for the most vicious of the online insults.
It’s a sad, sad world when it’s so easy to sit at a computer or use your smartphone and make racist and misogynistic comments and think it’s okay.
Please crawl back under the rock you surfaced from. It just might help you from getting heat exhaustion this summer in the real world!
SPEAKING OF SUMMER HEAT
I truly don’t care what Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, and Taylor Swift argue about. There are so many things in this world that demand our attention and our actions.
Who cares about these millionaire celebrities’ petty little attempt to garner more headlines?
See, even Taylor agrees!
BUT, THIS STUFF JUST WRITES ITSELF
Originally, when I started this week’s blog, I was going to briefly mention Donald Trump’s moment of glory and call attention to his lesser known running mate. And, I wasn’t going to say anything more about the tiff between the millionaires mentioned above until….
Joseph Kahn, the Grammy Award and MTV Video Music Awards winning director of some the most classic music videos by Taylor Swift, Britney Spears, Katy Perry, Janet Jackson, Kylie Minogue, Eminen, and so many more, went on a Twitter rant against Kim Kardashian and her family.
Usually when someone tweets something that people are shocked or offended by, the tweet mysteriously disappears (and lives on through screenshots). Not, Kahn. He makes no apologies.
Wednesday he tweeted, “People have been group attacking me for years on Twitter but they don’t understand that unlike normal humans, I have no emotions.”
MORE CIVIL SWIFTIES DEFENDERS
Unlike Kahn, other Swift friends have commented on the matter in a much more civil manner.
Singer and actress Selena Gomez tweeted “There are more important things to talk about… Why can’t people use their voice for something that fu**ing matters?” and “Truth is last thing we need right now is hate, in any form”.
But, she summed it up perfectly with “This industry is so disappointing yet the most influential smh”.
Actress Chloe Grace Moretz tweeted “Everyone in this industry needs to get their heads out of a hole and look around to realize what’s ACTUALLY happening in the REAL world” and “Stop wasting your voice on something so petulant and unimportant”.
REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CIRCUS CONVENTION
Since more Republican voters chose Donald Trump as their choice in the primaries, I’m glad that he was picked as the nominee at the Republican Nation Circus Convention.
Why? Because I’ll be visiting Cleveland, Ohio, in late September and I didn’t want people to burn the city down in protest.
ANTI-GAY VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE MIKE PENCE
Indiana Governor Mike Pence was chosen to be Trump’s running mate.
I thought it was going to be New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and all of his baggage, but I never thought for a minute that it’d be Newt Gingrich.
So, who is Pence? Well, I definitely know he’s not a friend of LGBT people.
He’s opposed to marriage equality and civil unions, he believes that gays should not serve in the military, he opposed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crime Prevention Act of 2009 (which expanded the definition of hate crimes to include gender identity and sexual orientation), and he voted against the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (it would have banned workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation).
And, then there’s the whole Religious Freedom Restoration Act (Indiana State Bill 101), which allows individuals and companies to discriminate against LGBT people using religion as a defense.
He signed it into law in March of last year, but amended it a week later with certain provisions to “protect” LGBT people.
However, there was still widespread opposition and criticism. Many huge companies threatened to take their business elsewhere and some cities and states would not allow employees to travel to Indiana on business.
So, if you have loved ones or people you love that are LGBT, you might want to think twice in November if you’re thinking of this pair for president.
ONE MONTH SINCE THE DEATH
It’s hard to believe that the tragic car accident that took the life of 27-year-old actor Anton Yelchin was over a month ago.
His new movie, “Star Trek Beyond” hits theaters this weekend.
In a full page ad in “Variety” magazine, his parents shared these heartfelt words:
“Thank you to all of you who have sent flowers and gifts, for your condolences and kind words and to all who came to celebrate the life of our dear son, Anton. We are deeply grateful for your unconditional love… He would be surprised at how many hearts and souls he touched. Thank you very much.”
Yelchin died in a freak accident on July 19th when his Jeep pinned him against a brick mailbox pillar attached to a security fence outside his home in Los Angeles.
This weekend, Anton Yelchin will most likely debut at the top of the box office with “Star Trek Beyond”.
“Green Room” was the last movie he released before his death and it’s now out on DVD.
He turns in an incredible performance as Pat, a member of a punk rock band, the Ain’t Rights. The group is down on their luck and they get booked a gig at a backwoods Oregon dive.
But, it turns out that the audience is a group of neo-Nazis skinheads and the venue is owned by a menacing drug peddler played by Patrick Stewart.
When Pat goes back into the “green room” to grab a band mate’s phone as they’re leaving, he witnesses a death. It quickly becomes apparent that the band has to be silenced to keep police away and it becomes a psychological game of survival.
This is “red band” trailer (adult language and situations).
FIVE MONTHS TO CHRISTMAS
The heat index in the Quad Cities (of Illinois and Iowa) hit 114° Thursday as much of the middle part of the country is in a heat wave that’ll last through, at least, the weekend.
So, some may think it’s too early to be thinking about winter or Christmas, but I say, “bah humbug”.
It’s only five months to Christmas now, but new holiday albums from some of your favorite singers start coming out in the fall.
This year, I’m looking forward to a duets Christmas album from Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood and I’m really excited about a new holiday collection from Kacey Musgraves.
I’m sure it’ll have Christmas classics and originals with her witty, down home brand of country music. That’ll make me very happy as long as it doesn’t sound anything like the hokiness of “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer”.
If you’re unfamiliar with the Grammy Award-winning singer, this is a big hit from her album, “Same Trailer Different Park”, which was my 10th favorite album of 2013.
Last year, my favorite new Christmas album was “Kylie Christmas” by Kylie Minogue.
While she covered classics like “Let It Snow”, “Winter Wonderland”, and “It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”, there were new tracks such as the instant disco classic with her sister, Dannii Minogue, “100 Degrees”. Give it listen!
Country acts Rascal Flatts and Chris Young are also promising new Christmas albums this fall.
“THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN”
While there are a few movies I want to see later this year, “The Girl on the Train” has been at the top of my list since I read Paula Hawkins’ amazing debut novel and the movie was announced.
Here’s what I had to say last July about the book and the lead character, Rachel, who will be played by Emily Blunt:
“Rachel is an alcoholic, divorced woman who becomes obsessed with a couple she sees on a regular basis from the train she takes into London. One day, she sees something strange that will trigger a series of events that will have you feverishly turning the pages to see what’s real, what’s not, and what really happened. It’s a page turner until the end!”
The first trailer was released in April and now a second trailer is out just months before the movies opens October 7th.
I’m so ready for October!
17-year-old Daya (Grace Tandon) from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is well on her way to becoming a pop music superstar.
She most recently topped the Top 40 radio airplay charts with her collaboration with The Chainsmokers, “Don’t Let Me Down”.
She made her debut last summer with “Hide Away”, which reached #7 on the Top 40 radio airplay charts.
Her latest, “Sit Still, Look Pretty” is already Top 20 at pop radio and is my pick hit of the week.
Here’s a recent morning show performance since there isn’t an official video yet. Check out the incredible Lady Gaga-ish shoes. The shoes are almost as awesome as Daya’s voice!
A full album from Daya is expected later this year.
With all the craziness in the world, make the best of it in your little part of the world.