An Observation Concerning… Things Celebrities Say.

“’Cause I just wanna be famous, be so fucking jaded.”
-Puddle of Mudd, “Famous”

Prior to this post, I assume it would be in my best interest to offer a disclaimer. Therefore, I do not mean the following two examples to target all celebrities, but rather only some.

First, when Missy Elliot says, “If you want to make an album, make an album,” in the latest Honda campaign on television, it makes me think that this is why people are dumb and entertainment is suffering from a lack of quality. This isn’t really her fault, but more the car company’s doing. It’s not easy to make an album, that’s why there are way more starving musicians in the world than successful ones. It’s easy for someone who has thrived to say something like that. In addition, this may be the philosophy behind modern music trends and why good albums are very rare nowadays. Trust me, I’ve suffered through many on Spotify. At least tell people the truth, Missy. “If you want to make an album, make an album, but there’s going to be years and years of hard work, sacrifice, and a complete change in life and personal relationships just for the chance of maybe being successful for a brief period in your life.”

Second, I saw a headline after the tragic Manchester bombing that read, “Katy Perry says, ‘We need to co-exist’.” Great, wonderful, no shit, Katy. I’m not sure if I should be upset with the singer, or the journalist for writing the teaser. I heard ISIS decided to stop terrorizing people because they really got the message now that the pop star made it clear. All those bumper stickers that half the world has plastered onto their car the last couple decades didn’t mean anything until she said something. Of course we need to co-exist, and guess what, we kind of already do because there are a plethora of beliefs and races scattered all over this overpopulated world. Celebrities have the keen ability to take incredibly generic sayings and make their followers believe that the philosophy is now validated because it came from their mouths. Remember, they are paid to entertain, not necessarily to be themselves. With that in mind, who exactly are we listening to? A person or a character?

We tend to forget that celebrities are some of the most overzealous, delusional people in the world, and yet we hold on to their every word and take their advice and opinions to heart. Why? Most of them are richer than the people they claim to relate to and seclude themselves behind iron gates so those very people don’t interact with them – they are their own 1%. They seem to always be in destructive relationships, addicted to something, in a therapy session, having suicidal thoughts, constantly craving attention, or living out of a bus, plane, and hotels for half the year. Hell, actors and actresses aren’t even in their right mind for months at a time because they are consumed by a role or a ridiculous religion. Long story short, you should instead listen to your parents, your family and friends, your educated leaders, whatever higher power you believe in, or yourself and you’ll be okay… and don’t listen to me.

An Observation Concerning… Trump, Liberals, and the In Between (me).

“The newspaper says to get bent, Man I’d like to say that to the President.”
-Wheatus, “Hump’em ‘n Dump’em”

I’m a registered independent – and as the aggravating whining continues, it validates my decision to not select a party over a decade ago. I’m not a fan of Donald Trump as a person, but I do believe he hasn’t had enough time to prove himself as a president so I don’t want to label him a failure yet.

I’m an equal opportunist concerning politics: I dislike everyone. We’re currently in the middle of a feud that has more to do with the power and competition of overseers and their supporters than a unified nation. I saw two articles this week that irked me a bit. This is why I have a blog: so I can complain to absolutely no one in particular. First, someone was kicked off a plane (big surprise; it’s like a thing now), but was sporting a Make America Great Again hat. Instead of supporting the elderly gentleman’s unruly behavior like everyone always does in these dumb situations, people were shouting, “Lock him up!” So, Trump supporters should be detained just because, but belligerent sex- and drug-trafficking doctors should win law suits? Second, I was appalled when I saw that Notre Dame Students booed Vice President Mike Pence before his commencement speech at graduation. It’s one thing to dislike and blame everything on President Trump, but insulting the Vice President – who will become president if Trump is impeached by the way – proves one thing: it’s not about Trump, but the Republican Party. This proves three other things: Liberals want a democratic dictatorship which contradicts itself, are actually more closed-minded than conservatives which is strange to think, and are insufferably sensitive while disrespecting the entire government unless they get what they want.

In addition, I recently heard a 20-something friend of mine joke by saying, “… not in Trump’s Nazi book-burning country.” I thought about that statement and realized how incredibly insensitive and offensive it was, and they are a liberal person. I’m not saying it was offensive to Trump, but I’m saying that it’s offensive to people of Jewish faith. To compare what is happening in America now to the Nazi regime is completely and utterly stupid.

Jewish Person: “The Holocaust was awful.”
Liberal: “I know exactly how you feel. Trump is president. I don’t think there has ever been a more racist person.”
Jewish Person: “Hitler tried to exterminate my race from the planet. He is responsible for the death of six million Jewish people.”
Liberal: “You just don’t get it. We’re basically going through the same thing.”
Jewish Person: “Huh?”

Pathetic. My father used to live in Germany as a child and one thing he mentioned to me that I will always remember was that when passing by old camp locations there was a certain smell that still lingered years after the Holocaust, a scent of decay. It is despicable and disgraceful to even joke about that.

Maybe we should start thinking more about who we consider to be deplorable and uneducated.

P.S. Please take note that I’m NOT specifically referring to Democrats as Liberals. You’re smart; I’m sure you figured that out.

An Observation Concerning… Chris Cornell and Grunge Music.

“I was lost in the pages, Of a book full of death, Reading how we’ll die alone, And if we’re good, we’ll lay to rest, Anywhere we want to go.”
-Audioslave, “Like A Stone”

Rest in peace, Chris.

The world lost a rock icon on May 17th, 2017. Chris Cornell. The Soundgarden/Audioslave front man was found unresponsive in his MGM Grand hotel room after a performance in Detroit. The initial report is that he hanged himself in what is believed to be a suicide.

Suicide. We need to really look at this word – not to influence, but to study. Cornell was one of what I consider to be the Big 5 of grunge rock, a leader in the early-90’s movement that captured an audience that desperately needed a relation. Of those Big 5 only one remains since Cornell’s unexpected passing, and that is Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder. Unexpected. We need to really look at that word as well concerning this situation. An unexpected suicide.

Kurt Cobain shot himself on April 5th, 1994. Layne Staley overdosed on April 5th, 2002. Scott Weiland overdosed on December 3rd, 2015. Chris Cornell hanged himself on May 17th, 2017. Eddie Vedder has turned out to be seemingly normal. By the book it can be recorded that only two of these deaths were actual suicides, but I disagree. Staley was mentally ill, and it’s no coincidence his overdose happened on the anniversary of his good friend and fellow pioneer’s death. Weiland had been flirting with death for decades, and knew where his road full of abuse would lead.

These men weren’t junkies; they were incredibly talented but troubled individuals. I grew up in the 90s and it wasn’t the best time for the mind. I look at these emo kids and listeners today, these bands who whine and complain, but – and this isn’t a bad thing in the least – I don’t believe them. Cobain, Staley, Weiland, and Cornell didn’t do what they did to become rock stars, they did it because they needed it. The lifestyle certainly had an influence on their actions, but the decade was very lonely, very chaotic, and very overlooked, and the self-loathing lyrics of these men epitomized the attitude of the youth – and their life behind the scenes was exactly what they sang about: it wasn’t an act and success was not their main prerogative. Music was their release, and their music was our release and we found assurance in the fact that we weren’t alone. With that being said, who but their peers could they relate to? Who was singing to them? They were the pinnacle of depression and internal demons, and when they lost each other, the temple crumbled. However, their legacy will always live on.

So take the next week to listen to Nirvana, Alice In Chains, Stone Temple Pilots, and Soundgarden. Reminisce on an era of music that spoke to a generation and shaped the world of rock, listen to the lyrics, understand the madness, and thank these gentlemen for their contributions. They deserve nothing less.

Cheers, guys. Thank you.

An Observation Concerning… The 2017 NBA Finals.

“I’m free to bore my well-bought friends, And spend my cash until the end, ’cause I’m bored!”
-Iggy Pop, “I’m Bored”

Should ABC cancel the 2017 NBA Finals?

What an absurd suggestion. Who would think of such madness? A lot more people than you would believe. One of the greatest things about sports is that it is unscripted and there are no re-runs – in this case, classic games do not count, and neither do soccer matches with a time difference, and don’t even try to argue the fact that because you saved a game on your DVR and watched it after it was over or watched it again counts. However, the NBA is the one league where power has become unbalanced and results are as predictable as taxes and old people complaining about something.

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors are once again on an unentertaining collision course for the 2017 NBA Finals. This will be the third year in a row this matchup has taken place, and the seventh Finals appearance in row for LeBron James. If I watched a television program where the seasons and finales were always the same then I would get bored and soon the network would pull the show because ratings will drop. So what’s the difference here? This will sound awful coming from a sports fan, but I have failed to watch an entire NBA game this year – regular and postseason. With that being said, I already knew that the Cavs and Warriors would again meet in the Finals. No, I’m not psychic (even though that would be pretty cool) and yes, I’m aware that a fat lady hasn’t yet performed in the San Antonio Spurs’ and Boston Celtics’ respective locker rooms, but when the point differential in the first three Conference Finals games averages 17 points between squads, it’s a little unrealistic to think otherwise.

With the fact that NBA teams will now be sporting companies on their jerseys next season to increase revenue via tacky advertising, I can only assume that the league is failing. Considering the current trends of resting superstars during primetime matchups and overloading two out of the 30 rosters with the best talent to guarantee victory, it’s definitely a program that has lost its luster. Dear Commissioner Silver, either fix the league, or take your broadcasts to Netflix so viewers can binge watch the boring predictability of what was once fantastic and competitive entertainment.