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DISGWITTER OF THE WEAK! Chinese Woman Gets One Year Of Hard Labor For RT

November 19th, 2010 | 4 comments | Posted by Jen

What’s the price of a Tweet?

As Twitter attempts to drum up another round of financing at the valuation of $3 billion, that’s what potential investors want to know.

But for 46 year-old Chinese woman, Cheng Jianping, aka @wangyi09, the price of a Tweet is valued at one year in a labor camp.

Last month, Cheng RT’ed a message (see above) originally posted by her fiance, Hua Chunhui, satirically suggesting that young Chinese nationalists who had been staging recent anti-Japanese rallies should attack the Japanese pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo. They were both arrested not long after on the day they were to be married; Hua was released five days later. That Cheng was sentenced to a year of hard labor without a trial while Hua was not may have to do with the fact that Cheng has gotten into trouble for her social media activity in the past. From the NY Times:

Widely known by the online name Wang Yi, Ms. Cheng is avidly followed by a small coterie of Chinese intellectuals who subscribe to Twitter, which is blocked in China but can be reached by those willing to burrow beneath the government’s firewall. Most recently Ms. Cheng sent out messages praising the decision to award the Nobel Peace Prize to the imprisoned rights activist Liu Xiaobo. Last August, she was briefly detained after expressing sympathy for a detained democracy advocate, Liu Xianbin.

While Chinese users of Twitter are subjected to a 140 character-limit like the rest of us, in Chinese, one character equals one word, so the limit roughly translates to 140 words. For this reason, Twitter has become popular in China among political activists.

Counting spaces and punctuation, the Tweet that landed Cheng in a labor camp for a year was 79 characters, which roughly translates to 4.6 days of imprisonment per word.

[NY Times: Chinese Woman Imprisoned for Twitter Message]
[Cheng Jianping on Twitter]

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Paging Pixar: How Do You Report On A Horrific Crime? Animate It!

June 3rd, 2010 | 2 comments | Posted by Jen

You may have heard by now about Jarrod Wyatt (pictured right), the MMA fighter who was recently charged with murder, aggravated mayhem–also known as maiming–and torture of his sparring partner Taylor Powell. Wyatt and Powell allegedly drank some mushroom tea, which allegedly made Wyatt think his friend was Satan, which allegedly caused him to rip Powell’s heart out while he was still alive, cut off Powell’s tongue and face, and cook the body parts because Wyatt was allegedly afraid Powell was still alive (which he was so confirmedly not).

Pretty gruesome stuff, right? So how do you report this kind of story, anyway (the LA Times included a warning about “graphic and disturbing material” in their piece)?

Animate that shit! Brought to you by Apple Daily News and Next Media, the Hong Kong-based gossip outlet who made that infamous Tiger Woods car crash video:

Raise your hand if you believe there were only mushrooms in that tea?

Yeah, thought so.

[LA Times: MMA fighter charged with murder, aggravated mayhem and torture]

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Dare To Be Photoshopped

April 5th, 2010 | 7 comments | Posted by Diana

We know there’s more-a of Kimora than this ad for her new fragrance, Dare Me, would have you believe.




Should we have offered Baby Phat our own Photoshop services? (We would have at least attempted to get her head on straight.)

Or should Kimora continue to be, as she has said, “the type of woman to embrace [her] curves“–instead of the kind who cultivates a commercial image with somebody else’s lanky legs?

[via New York Magazine]

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Cuz Every Girl’s Crazy Bout A Sharp-Dressed (Homeless) Man

March 10th, 2010 | 11 comments | Posted by Jen

Dude. I thought this particular brand of wackness was only indigenous to Los Angeles–where a schizophrenic homeless man a few years back inspired a line of clothing with the cringiest of names, “Crazy Robertson”–but apparently the U.S. does export some shit to China.

A mentally ill homeless man in Ningbo, Zhejiang Province, has become an instant fashion icon in his country after an amateur photog took his picture and posted it on the internet. He’s been nicknamed “Brother Sharp” and, according to China Daily, his “rugged style” is now being copied by the “pampered post-90s generation.”

The Chinese aren’t the only ones interested in Brother Sharp’s “style.” BlackBook had this to say about him in “Actual [my italics] Homeless Man Inspiring Fashion in China”:

Whether it’s the nonchalance, the layering, or the dabbling in women’s wear, homeless attire has become bizzarly [sic] enticing to hipster Millenials. After all, if there’s one thing fashion and hipsters both adore: it’s irony mixed with just a bit of shock and awe. Besides, isn’t homeless chic really just the epitome of inconspicuous shopping? Seems right up the alley of another exhausted reference: the recession.

Um, ewww, and, um, gross.

This story does have a silver lining, however. Because of the stir “Brother Sharp”–real name, Cheng Guorong–has created in China, he’s been reunited with his family, who lost touch with him back in 2003. Hopefully he’ll now get the care he needs, even if it’s at the expense–god forbid–of fashion.

[China Daily: 'Most handsome' vagabond wins cult following through the cyberspace]
[China Daily: Brother Sharp returns home]
[BlackBook: Actual Homeless Man Inspiring Fashion in China]

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Love Means Never Having To Tweet “R.I.P.!”

January 5th, 2010 | 5 comments | Posted by Diana

Johnson & Johnson heiress Casey Johnson was reported dead at age 30 yesterday, a news story that gained traction because the socialite had recently captured headlines, as the affianced to Tila Tequila and one-third of a love triangle with Courtenay Semel.

Casey Johnson and Tila Tequila

As soon as the news broke, readers realized quickly that Johnson’s death–which must have come as a painful shock to her family (father is NY Jets owner Woody Johnson) and lifelong friends–was overshadowed in the headlines by her fledgling ties to Tequila.

Continue reading Love Means Never Having To Tweet “R.I.P.!”

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Heavy Petting

July 15th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Word on the street is that China is experiencing a massive pet boom: skyrocketing numbers of folks toting around their furry friends, millions of dollars worth of increased dog food consumption, and an explosion of animal specialty stores across the country.

In the States, Jen and I live in LA, and we are both happy/obsessed dog owners in a land of frivolous dog ownership. We’re surrounded by stores like “Puppies and Babies” and “Bitch and Hound” and “K9 Loft” that babysit dogs with mounted webcams and offer designer doggy athletic shoes and animal raincoats (for less than $400, wow!).

I live for animals in outfits. I adore animal mohawks. I actually think that many of our pet friends truly enjoy having a hoodie if their owner has a hoodie, a pedicure if their nails need a-trimming, doggy yoga if they’re not feeling centered, a cashmere sweater if they’re a skinny little thing that gets shivery.

But this shit?


It’s really fucked.

Really, it would be kinder to eat the poor little fuckers.

[via Best Week Ever]
[Financial Express: Pet Industry Never Had It So Good in China]

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Photoshut the F*ck Up

June 30th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

The fine fellas over at Homo Shame sent me this gem, a disgraceful-in-every-way Photoshop job–filed under “Horrible Gays,” captioned “Oh U,” and filenamed “asain.jpg” at Photobucket (Like I said: In. Every. Way.).

Oh, Ew.

This man’s altered face will most certainly give me nightmares (if that wrist bone doesn’t do it first). I haven’t seen a face that chinked-up in a long time, either. Damn wow. I can’t even go there.

But I will point out that, all fucked-up innuendo aside, this dude’s hand looks pretty darn big. Huge, in fact. HUGE and MIGHTY with GIRTH, muthafuckaz!

[via Photobucket]

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DISGRASIAN OF THE WEAK! National Defence Commission of North Korea

June 19th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana
Like Father, Like Son?

What can we say? The ‘Eternal President’s‘ Dynasty does not play well with others.

There’s the longstanding secrecy about the health of North Korea’s de facto leading dickhead, Kim Jong-Il. The naming of a relatively unknown figure, Kim’s youngest son–Kim Jong-Un, as his successor. A teeny-tiny (What nuclear timetable??) nuclear missile test last month. Recent threats against South Korean ships in the North’s territorial waters. Aggressively dangling the carrot of nuclear war, over and over again, with the United States and the world at large.

Oh, and of course: detaining journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee for crossing the North Korean border, convicting them after a 5-day secret trial of illegally entering North Korean territory, sentencing them to 12 years of hard labor without so much as letting the world see their face, and releasing a report detailing Ling and Lee’s admission of crimes–as well as their intent to produce a smear campaign against North Korea.

And now, there is the emerging threat via Japan that North Korea could potentially be launching a long-range missile at Hawaii on our Independence Day. Don’t be scared; we’re pretty sure we’re prepared to deal.

That doesn’t change the fact that the North Korean government has succeeded in making their country one of the scariest, fuck-all, let-it-all-burn, motherfucking places in the world. They don’t give a shit, and they want this planet to know it.

Is that DISGRASIAN? We sure as fucking hell think so.

[CNN: Gates - U.S. ready for North Korea missile]
[Liberate Laura & Euna Now]

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Michelle Obama and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy Share a Headline With Tila Tequila, Officially Making It Their Worst Day Eva

June 16th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana


Russell Simmons lauded his Global Grind blogger Tila Tequila this week for drawing an impressive number of traffic to her recent post on declining to wear fur.

Tila’s post features a horrific, graphic video of live animals being skinned alive for the Chinese fur trade (via PETA), as well as her advice to those who love the look: “[J]ust fake it..its [sic] less expensive and you can wear your new outfit without guilt.”

If you’re wondering why someone like Tila should be weighing in at all, however vaguely, on the topic of animal cruelty, she’s got an answer for you (and yes, I find the first sentence of the statement incredibly sad):

“It may seem shocking (it certainly shocks the hell out of me) but I have offered myself as a spokesperson for a few causes that I care about and actually have been turned away! As if the fact that I’m a sex symbol in some way makes my involvement less vital than another celebrity.”

Russell certainly found Tila’s participation vital. So much so that in his very next e-breath, he noted that Michelle Obama and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy have also announced denounced fur, ultimately lumping them all into the same anti-fur tipping point.

One could call this the ultimate moment of validation for Ms. Tequila! Categorized by a hip-hop mogul as a bedfellow with world icons! Let the planet take notice!

Of course, Simmons did open those accolades with, “On twitter, my new favorite hangout…” which is so unbelievably old-man and out of touch that I actually stopped paying attention anyway.

[via ONTD]
[HuffPo: What Do Michelle Obama, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy and Tila Tequila Have in Common?]

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Buddha Call

June 8th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Peep the National Review‘s current “Wise” Sotomayor Caricature Cover:


Shit, man. Even at slantiest, the real Buddha is shut-eyed in deep meditation–not itty-bitty-slitty-chink-eyed!

Why do we get the feeling that even Mickey Rooney looks at this drawing and says, “Damn. Isn’t that kinda fucked up?”

[via Talking Points Memo]
[Salon: The National Review's baffling Sotomayor Cover]

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China Won’t RT You or Support Your Outdated Web-Based Email Service

June 2nd, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana


China has wised up on their communicating citizens and put the kibosh on hot sites Twitter, Flickr, and Hotmail (notably, just two days before the 20th anniversary of the massacre at Tienanmen Square).

This isn’t funny enough to blog about. Nor is it surprising at all.

Especially because we could’ve told you years ago that Hotmail was fucked-slash-archaic and everybody should be on Gmail anyway. Gmail is soooooooooo gangster!

[Times Online: Chinese Censors Cut Off Twitter, Hotmail and Flickr]

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Asian Chicks: Hold On Loosely, Don’t Let Go

May 14th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

FINALLY! A web site showcasing Asian women in all of their glory: holding great jobs, holding down the fort, holding hands!

Or just…


…Asian women…


…holding…


…stuff.

[Asian Women Holding Things]

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