Category: Ridiculousness

“The Interview” Is Now Being Released

The film “The Interview” starring Seth Rogan and James Franco is now set to be released. Last week Sony Pictures cancelled all theater showings of the film and announced they had no plans to release it online or otherwise. This decision comes after an anonymous group calling themselves “Guardians of Peace” had hacked into Sony Pictures and released private emails, social security numbers of employees, salaries, passwords and other highly sensitive material. After the hack the group also threatened “9/11” like violence to any theater that screened the film. North Korea is suspected to be behind the group “Guardians of Peace”.

Now, a week later, its all over LinkedIn.com how Sony Pictures has announced that “The Interview” will be released. Two theaters, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin and The Plaza theater in Atlanta will be showing the film on Christmas day, which is the original release date. Sony Pictures will also release the film to video on demand services. The list of video on demand suppliers are unavailable at the moment however check back with The Wrap for more news.

FIFA President Distances Himself from Mistreated Workers in Qatar

With the FIFA World Cup set to take place in Qatar in 2020, the construction of stadiums is already underway. There are always problems and complications when gigantic soccer stadiums are built, but the issues in Qatar run deeper than that. 

Multiple stories from foreign newspapers have highlighted the mistreatment of migrant workers who are helping to build World Cup stadiums. Many of these workers pass away, get injured, or have to deal with horrible working conditions and little pay. Instead of trying to rectify that situation, the FIFA President says those workers are not his organization’s concern.

Sepp Blatter has always been outspoken when it comes to controversial issues, but his comments are crass and inappropriate. Even though FIFA does not directly employ any of the workers in Qatar, these individuals are building stadiums to stage a FIFA tournament. If they are being mistreated while working on a project for FIFA, it is the responsibility of this soccer organization to investigate the situation.

Unfortunately, the plight of impoverished migrant workers in Qatar is not an issue FIFA cares about. As long as the stadiums are completed and money flows in from corporate sponsors, the World Cup will go ahead in Qatar as planned.

Objections have been raised to hosting a Qatar World Cup due to the excessive heat, but as pointed out by Daniel Amen the abuse of workers in that country is a much better reason to stage the tournament somewhere else.

Living Death of an Icon

The recent allegations against Bill Cosby have been a sad moment not even his death could match. With such skits as, ” Will you stop touching me and the memorable Cosby Show, it is hard to believe that this role model could have done such things that are alleged. This is a black man who came out publicly and implored the African-American community to take responsibilities for their future. We are talking about Fat Albert, Pinwheel,’Kids Say the Darndest Things’, and the longtime Jello representative. These allegations just can’t be true, and it’s a slow venture to possibly process the thought when talking about a man looked at as a comedic/writing/production genius. It is starting to come unraveled even more now that his T.V. Land reruns having been pulled, a David Letterman interview being pulled, and Cosby refusing to answer any questions regarding said allegations. The look on Bill’s face is not the confident face that has been worn by the professional shows man his whole career. One understands that in the present world it is better to not talk and leave no evidence but the air of the situation seems to give validity to these accusations.

Child Homelessness Rises

Homelessness is a bug problem throughout the world. What many do not realize though is that this problem is real and alive and well in America as well. The rates of homeless men and women have surged over the period of the last decade.

Many don’t realize that many of these homeless men and women also have children. In the past year, one of every 30 children experienced homelessness. That means that these children did not have a warm place to sleep, good food to eat, or shelter from the cold and rain.

The issue also goes a lot farther than these children simply being homeless. Some like Lee worry about many other things as well. Health issues and long term detriment to their psychological health can occur when they are exposed to these extreme conditions. Homeless children often do not have the means to get the right kinds of foods, and they do not usually have the proper clothing.

A key aspect that needs to be addressed when dealing with child homelessness is domestic violence. Many of the children are under the age of 6 and their mothers are typically single moms who are fleeing dangerous situations. It is not simply the aspect of domestic violence here that is alarming, it is also the human toll it take on the psyche of the child.

 

Why Did “Dumb and Dumber to” Make so Much Money?

“Dumb and Dumber 2” got some pretty bad reviews. It is, after all, a movie about a couple of idiots who drive around in a furry dog-car. So why did it make so much money? How did it soundly defeat Christopher Nolan’s new movie?

To start with, Nolan’s “Interstellar” has been critically praised but does not appear to be as loved as “Inception” or his Batman films. Many movie goers are critical of Nolan’s odd choice to have certain sections of dialogue in his movie be purposely hard to hear or understand. That may be a case of directorial hubris that alienated him from his own viewers a bit, which is certainly not an issue for the Farrelly brothers.

I didn’t end up seeing it over the weekend because I was busy on Crunchbase, but my buddy Jared Haftel said that “Dumb and Dumber To” includes catheter jokes and a cat named “Butthole”. It’s basically 2 hours of goofy, slightly offensive stupidity.

People flock to see films like this in droves. Many wonder why Adam Sandler’s films like “Grown Ups” rake in millions while more thoughtful films play to empty theaters.

It’s pretty simple, really. Many more serious films deal with concepts such as death, violence or difficult subject matter.

People are happy to plunk down their money to get away from the bad stuff and just laugh at some stupid stuff for a while. It doesn’t mean that America is full of stupid people. It just means that a lot of people could use a bit more happiness in their lives.

Illegal to Feed Homeless

The recent arrest of Arnold Abbott, a 90 year man in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, for the crime of feeding homeless people in a public area has again brought to public attention the movement of recent years to restrict programs designed to aid the homeless. Indeed, there seems to be a sentiment among some groups to revive the concept that being poor or homeless is a criminal act and poor people should be jailed or forced into prison labor camps. Of course, police are occasionally known to jail homeless people during bad weather or when that is the only way to get them into a shelter, but this is more like a scene from a Dickens novel, a true slow burn or slow venture to not allowing people to become humanitarians anymore.  Not being allowed to help one another.

It is interesting to contrast such a concept with the attitude in cities such as Knoxville, TN where homeless and street people are treated with a great deal of charity and with programs designed to help address the problem of homeless and needy people as a problem of need to be met with compassion, rather than as a criminal problem. Knoxville is one of twenty cities nationwide that is participating in a Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness sponsored by the National Alliance to End Homelessness.

Seilar ignored the fact that when such sites can be found they are frequently at inconvenient locations. In addition, many street-people can only be reached at outdoor sites. This is one of the reasons that many feeding programs seek outdoor feeding locations. Knoxville programs include midnight food hand-outs from a truck for homeless teenagers in the historic Old-City district and a similar daytime program under an overpass a few blocks from two other major indoor feeding programs.