Perhaps one of the sillier stories to come out of the tragedy of the earthquake in China is this story where Sharon Stone made some off-hand and silly comment about the disaster and loss of life being, essentially, karmic payback to China for how they deal with Tibet.
First off, she's an actress and really, who cares what they think about things like this. But if we are going to care, for whatever reason, it's also possibly useful to remember that Stone suffered some brain damage back in 2001. So that might have had some impact. Stone has always been a touch nuts, even by the historically high craziness level that many Hollywood actresses tend to possess, but I think she's been even loopier since that incident.
So really, who cares. And the fact that people in China are paying any attention to it is almost as crazy. Correct me if I'm wrong, but don't you guys have something more important to deal with right now?
No, if you want to read something that will genuinely offend you in the world of pop culture, have a taste of this. Yes, Michelle Malkin a Conservative commentator, successfully browbeat Dunkin Donuts into pulling a commerical because they didn't like the scarf that spokeswoman Rachael Ray was wearing. It was, no kidding, too Muslim for them.
I'm not actually mad at Malkin about this. She's off in the lunatic fringe of conservative commentators. And it's not like there isn't a method to her madness. If that's how you want to make money, by appealing to the absolute lowest and most xenophobic parts of our psyche, well, it's your soul. And to take from the wisdom of Ms. Stone, I imagine karmic payback is a bitch.
There's always going to be a small group of euqally adled-minded people who will flock to her (John Rogers theory on 27% of the American public being crazy holds very true here. Actually, there's hope since she represents the views of considerably less than that number). And I've gotten to the point where I consider it good practice to ignore the views of deeply crazy people. If you don't, well, there's certainly the risk of bumping up that 27% crazy figure by a few fractions of a percent.
No, my real ire is at Dunkin Donuts. Seriously, this woman and her lunatic fringer get upset over a scarf that your spokeswoman wears and instead of saying "Go fuck yourselves, you bunch of lunatic, racist assholes" they go "OK, sure. Please don't be mean to us."
So here's my boycott. Granted, I don't know if there are any Dunkin Donuts in Canada, but if you read this and occasionally go there, stop doing it. Write the company a letter and tell them that until they grow a fucking spine and start running the ad again, you won't be buying their products.
All of this and I find Rachael Ray deeply annoying. I'd be happy to see less of her on TV. But not like this. This is just idiotic.
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3. Dance dance dance (live) - Neil Young
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