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DISCRIMINASIAN alert! A karaoke bar in LA’s Koreatown is looking for hostesses, and only “FRAGILE” lady candidates need apply. How do you say “This is some tall bullshit!” in Korean? [Jezebel]
Occupy Wall Street: now with more zombies! [AJC]
You down with OFC? A restaurant called “Obama Fried Chicken” has been spotted in Beijing. [Shanghaiist]
The next designer to collaborate with Target is Jason Wu (hurray!). The collection of clothing and accessories will be available next February, leaving plenty of time for Target to figure out how to avoid the shit show that happened with their Missoni collection. [New York Magazine]
Margaret Cho writes candidly (and humorously, of course) about her queer identity. [HuffPo]
Mindy Kaling’s awesome blog is back! [The Concerns Of Mindy Kaling]
Yoko Ono and Paul McCartney were able to “Come Together” (requisite Beatles reference!) for a friendly photo at the premiere of George Harrison: Living in the Material World. [HuffPo]
What’s the bigger scandal concerning Kim Jong-Il’s grandson’s Facebook profile? That there’s a photo with him with a cute girl who may or may not be his girlfriend, or that he’s apparently a fan of democracy? [Gawker]
Rachel Lee, leader of the “bling ring” that stole jewelry and luxury goods from Hollywood celebrities like Brian Austin Green, Paris Hilton, and Audrina Partridge, pleads “no contest.” [LAT]
[Photo via NYDN]
Filed under: #occupywallstreet, Beijing, bling ring, discriminasian, Facebook, Intern Jasmine's Links of the Daysian, Jason Wu, Karaoke, Kim Han Sol, Kim Jong Il, Koreatown, Margaret Cho, Mindy Kaling, Obama Fried Chicken, Occupy Wall Street, OFC, Rachel Lee, Target, The Concerns of Mindy Kaling, Yoko Ono, Zombies
I don’t know a terrible lot about Bristol Palin, and hold high hopes that behind the scenes, she’s not much like her boorish, media-whoring mother. However, one increasingly obvious similarity between the two seems to be an inability to look the other way when it comes to negative feedback. Frankly, no Palin seems able to resist the urge to respond publicly to a negative review–and Facebook is the venue of choice for little sister, mom and self.
Margaret Cho’s recent comments about the elder Palin forcing Bristol to join the cast of DWTS provided such an opportunity, and naturally, Bristol jumped at the chance. This week, young Palin responded to Cho in a sweet-as-eskimo-pie open letter on (Surprise!) Facebook:
I will give my friend credit for creativity, and extra points for getting so many “facts” wrong in so few sentences. Let me be blunt: my mom did not “force” me to go on DWTS. She did not ask me either. The show approached me. I thought about it. I made the decision. After first worrying for me in terms of being exposed to those who hate us for what we believe in, both my mom and my dad became my number one supporters. Anyone who watched the show could tell I performed better, and I felt better about myself, when they were in the audience. I wanted to make them both proud, but politics had nothing to do with it. Loving my parents had everything to do with it.
Well hell, good for Bristol for taking it upon herself to clear up those nasty rumors, defending her family’s honor (all you AZN peeps can undoubtedly identify with that), and remembering to use spell check while she was at it! Fine form! Maybe we aren’t giving this gal enough recognition for being a strong person and independent spirit, with her own words, opinions and talent.
Bristol also used her creative noggin to inject a bit of humor into her letter, closing it with what some commenters are calling a “questionable” lesbian quip:
You say you “don’t agree with the family’s politics at all” but I say, if you understood that commonsense conservative values supports the right of individuals like you, like all of us, to live our lives with less government interference and more independence, you would embrace us faster than KD Lang at an Indigo Girls concert.
HUNH. What an interesting reference for a 20-year-old to make in 2010, what with so many fun lesbians/lesbian dabblers swirling around the pop culture PR circuit to choose from right now! Were I in her position, I imagine I might have chosen to mention someone more… au courant. Y’know, like Ellen and Portia or Queen Latifah, maybe Samantha Ronson, Le Tigre, Tegan and Sara, la dee dah, the list really does kinda go on and on…
But no, I suppose the obvious lesbian joke for a free-thinking millennial like Bristol to make would be one about KD Lang and the Indigo Girls. They were both huge in the nineties and she was, um, born in the nineties, so that kinda makes sense I guess.
I mean, it’s not like Sarah Palin’s writing those jokes for her or anything.
Microagressions tracks and calls bullshit on those annoying acts and indignities of the ignorant that insult people of color. [microagressions.tumblr.com - thanks, Veronica!]
According to Margaret Cho, the only reason Bristol Palin competed on “Dancing With The Stars” was because her Hardass mother Sarah Palin forced her. Is it possible we actually feel kinda…sorry for Bristol? Ugh. [MargaretCho.com]
Yellow kid Fei “Phillip” Lam, a Queens high school student, is now known as the “White iPhone Kid.” He’s already made a mint breaking down the barrier between gadget nuts and the not-yet-available white iPhone 4 by selling simple DIY kits. [The Observer via Gothamist]
Sounds like relations between Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra and King James are a bit frosty. Frenemies! [The Huffington Post]
Some Hindu peeps would like to remind y’all that yoga isn’t just for Eat, Pray, Love-reading, lululemon-shopping Westerners, aight? [The New York Times]
Sheena Matheiken’s Uniform Project lives on in 2010, its message of sustainable design taken up by twelve of her fellow fashion-forward friends. She interviewed project participant Angie Johnson for The Huffington Post. [The Huffington Post]
Filed under: Basketball, Bristol Palin, Dancing With the Stars, Erik Spoelstra, LeBron James, Margaret Cho, Miami Heat, microaggressions, Sarah Palin, Sheena Matheiken, sustainability, Uniform Project, Yoga, yoga is an Asian sport y'all
Congressional Gold Medal Awarded to Nisei WWII Veteran Badasses for WWII Badassery. [The White House Blog]
What’s more disturbing: Crazypants Senate hopeful (and Teabagger) Christine O’Donnell claiming in ’06 that she witnessed classified info about China’s plans to take over the U.S., or former RNC chairman Ed Gillespie sorta-kinda-maybe saying that she could be onto something? [The Atlantic, The Washington Post]
Margaret Cho got sent home on this week’s episode of “Dancing With The Stars” after samba-ing her heart out (and her ass off) with partner Louis Van Amstel. NOOOOOOOOO! [ABC]
Filed under: 442nd Regimental Combat Team, Christine Sato-Yamazaki, Congressional Gold Medal, Dancing With the Stars, DWTS, Grant Ichikawa, Jimmie Kanaya, Margaret Cho, National Veterans Network, Nisei, Osamu “Sam” Fujikawa, S. Floyd Mori, S.1055, Terry Shima, The 100th Infantry Battalion, World War II, WWII, Yeiichi “Kelly” Kuwayama
The last issue of Hyphen featured our heroine, Ms. Margaret Cho, on their cover.
The new one, Issue 19, bears a photograph of us.
Either we’re blowing all the right people, they’re out of ideas, or we’re all doing something right!
Ladies and gents, allow us to present…”Prop 8 – The Musical“!
I’m glad they mentioned the book of Leviticus, which is always the book I think of when fundamentalist Christians talk about every single word in the Bible being “God-breathed” (an idea from the second book of Timothy in the New Testament). It’s like, have you read Leviticus lately? Yeah, it might speak against homosexuality, but it also says that wearing two different kinds of fiber woven together–like wool mixed with linen–is wrong, so you’re gonna have to burn almost everything in your closet, along with the gays, if you believe it. Also, I’ve only ever known Orthodox Jews to follow Leviticus religiously, i.e. to the letter, unless the subject of homosexuality comes up, and then suddenly, conservative Christians are ALL UP IN that Old Testament book, even while they’re snacking on cloven-hoofed animals and wearing their cotton/cashmere sweaters.
I have a personal bone to pick with the pick-and-choose interpretation of Leviticus as well. As some of you know, I grew up in a conservative, religious town in Texas, and I went to five years of Southern Baptist church camp, because, like, that’s what the cool kids did, not to mention my very best friends. One summer at camp, when I was 15, my friends and I were up late talking, when somehow the conversation took a wrong turn–as late-night teenage girl-talk always seems to do–and suddenly we were talking about dating, and the “rules” of dating, and the book of Leviticus. And how in Leviticus, it said you couldn’t mate a cow with a sheep (“Thou shalt not let thy cattle gender with a diverse kind,” Leviticus 19:19). At which point they all turned to look at me, the only non-white person in the room. We cow, you sheep, they were saying, guiltily fluttering their clumpy, mascaraed eyelashes.
It wasn’t the first or last time I’d been told explicitly that I was not One of Them, but it was certainly one of the most memorable. Only later did I realize that they were right. They were cows alright, and I, I was definitely not one of them.
The other day, I received a cold call on my cell phone from Jim, a phone bank operator working with the campaign supporting Proposition 8, the
fucktarded, bigoted backwards ban on gay marriage. He left a message asking me to support the fundamentals of “traditional marriage.”
After listening to his voicemail, I used the callback feature to hit him back on his cell phone.
“HI JIM,” I said. “This is Diana. You called me earlier regarding Prop 8?”
“Yes, I did! I want–”
I continued: “I don’t know how you got my fucking phone number, but I don’t ever want you to call me again. Whatever list my name is on, you need to fucking take it off right now. Your cause disgusts me. What you’re doing is not good. Prop 8 is a disgusting, insecure, unfair resolution to the problems held deep by an ignorant sub-population crippled by fear. It’s a fucking disgrace. You should do better with yourself. You’re wasting your time on bigotry and hatred, maybe you should spend some on getting educated. Or just fucking pick your ass all day. I don’t fucking care, you fucking asshole.”* [Click]
I have kept his phone number for future drunk dials. But I do wish I hadn’t lashed out with expletives, and perhaps reached across the gap to try and talk some reason into the stupid prick.
Our lady Margaret Cho–who clearly does better–has taken a much nicer, more-proactive approach to condemning Prop 8:
I suggest taking her advice and talk gently with your friends, family, and neighbors. And try not to use the word “fucking,” unless of course you’re saying something helpful like, “Fucking is fun for everybody, but don’t you think that sex is better for married couples? I think all gay and straight couples have the right to more fucking fun and good sex. Yeah! Can I get a woot woot? And a high-five! Now let’s go vote ‘No!’”
* This transcript is not 100% accurate. I’ve corrected grammar, aggrandized some words, and omitted some expletives to make myself sound smarter and more articulate. But this is half my gosh-darned blog, so I can do whatever the heck I want.
Filed under: Cold Calls, Don't Be An Asshole, Drunk Dials, Expletives, Fucking, Ignorant Fools, Margaret Cho, Proposition 8, PSAs, Same-Sex Marriage, Stupid Campaigns, Stupid Pricks, Tempers, VOTE NO ON PROP 8
The feminist (Sorry for using the F-word, Jen! I had to…) blog Womanist Musings recently posted in protest of one of Margaret Cho’s MySpace blog entries, in which she describes her desire to do bad things (like eat “Alaskan pussy from behind”) to Sarah Palin.
Their beef with Cho:
Patriarchy continually reduces women to fuckable objects; and for a woman to perform the same behaviour is collusion. Shit like this is exactly why women continue to be marginalized and oppressed. This is not liberating or empowering; it says to the world that that the only thing valuable about us is the gadget between our legs. I am all for women demanding orgasms and being sexual beings but this kind of commentary is just pussy pandering to titillate the patriarchal imagination.
Listen–I’m with Womanist! THE ONLY THING VALUABLE ABOUT SARAH PALIN IS NOT THE GADGET BETWEEN HER LEGS!!!
As I’ve watched the candidates in this election cycle come and go, and their powerful friends step up to give endorsements, I’ve found myself developing more of an opinion about the endorser than the endorsed.
So now how should I feel, even though a Presidential candidate isn’t on the line, about the fact that my heroine Margaret Cho has come out on behalf of Tila Tequila?
She wrote this today on her blog:
“I love Tila Tequila and in many ways I consider her my spiritual daughter. She is a beautiful Asian American woman with a head for business and a bod for sin. She rules and she’s got tattoos!! Oh and she is bisexual!! She’s great and I think her show “A Shot at Love” is groundbreaking and fabulously entertaining…
Sometimes people complain and say that the show is all fixed fake and that Tila isn’t really queer and it’s all bullshit, but I don’t believe them. I think it is real, and even if it isn’t – who fucking cares? We have a major hit TV dating show that revolves around a queer star. The real identity of the players or the legitimacy of the game isn’t important to me. What is important is that people like Tila, which means people like me, are no longer invisible. We are here, we are queer, and everyone is getting used to it.”
The thing is, I don’t know if I care more about the fact that Margaret got behind Tila (not lit-rally, but like the Kennedys for Obama), or her casual willingness to dismiss the importance of the identity of Tila’s sexual pawns. I’m all for high-visibility gays and bis but without identity, attention is just bullshit. And should we really celebrate exploitation without real progress? I dunno, maybe we should ask mid-century Black performers that got to dance and sing for white folks but couldn’t enter through he same concert hall doors.
How should I feel about this? Maybe I’ll just introduce Margaret to Chuck and call it a day. That’ll kill two stones with one burn.
Known for: a memorable stand-up act that grabs laughs internationally from Bangalore to NYC, his performance in OutLaugh with our lady Margaret Cho, a top-ten nominasian for desiclub.com’s 10 Sexiest men of 2007. He’s Indian hailing from New Delhi, and an Amazian Gaysian… what’s not to love?
See for yourself:
After a jaunt Down Unda, Margaret Cho’s new stand-up tour Beautiful hits Stateside tomorry. Click here for tour dates and ticket info.
It’s no secret that we think Margaret Cho rules. She is, for us, a personal and professional hero. Not only do we love her, we want to be her–bold, brave, loudmouthed, political, funny, a gay icon, a chick with a dick, and proud wearer of pasties. (Kidding on that last part–we wouldn’t be caught dead in pasties). That she decided last week not to appear on Ellen so as not to cross the writers’ picket line just makes her that much cooler. Thanks, Margaret, for breaking down so many barriers in your career and, in this case, respecting one that really matters.