After a brief hiatus, I am back, with more pop culture fodder to keep you busy (and distracted and possibly procrastinating) this weekend. And what better week to come back? Things are great in the United States of America. For the most part, anyway.
Heard the new Passion Pit? If so, what do you think? If not, take a listen here:
With the soundtrack to this week’s column in place, how about some pop, eh?
1. Confirmed Top: President Obama (Finally) Endorses Gay Marriage
Nay, that headline should be changed to, “A SITTING President (Finally) Endorses Gay Marriage,” because that’s what’s really the big deal about the leader of the free world’s big announcement this week. And although cynics see it as a strategy to deter attention from his declining approval rating and to covet more votes in November, it’s still a big deal. For one, no other president has ever endorsed gay marriage before while sitting on the big chair in the Oval Office. Secondly, it is a big deal because it is causing moderate and religious voters and many in the African-American community (many of the voters who helped him win the presidency the first time around) to say:
It was a risky move and now we’re seeing the fallout from the decision. Godspeed, Obama, and I hope that unicorn can fly.
2. Reversed Top: Austrian Upside-down House
Those crazy-ass Poles are up to it again – this time with an upside-down house to make your already nausea-prone gut even more bubbly than ever. Polish architects Irek Glowacki and Marek Rozansk have built the house (in the Austrian town of Terfens) as a tourist attraction, and it is already seeming to work – hell, where do I sign up?
Here are a few more pics of the house – what do you think? Worth a visit?
And in case the pictures above didn’t make you want to break out the Dramamine, here are the same pictures flipped UPSIDE-DOWN. Mind. Blown.
This is how I imagine the house makes you feel:
3. Creative Top: Please Ignore Hitler
Because we are hipsters, Hitler has been “ironic” to kind of love these days. And not love in the “I admire him and he’s my hero” kind of way, but love in the “let’s be edgy and piss people off” kind of way. You know, the kind of way that made this kind of thing famous, and now this (f you’re not offended by either, please check yo’ self).
“Ignore Hitler” is a Tumblr which has been spawned from the “Draw Something” game people can play on their iPhones. Like “Words With Friends,” Draw Something allows you to, as the name implies, draw something (you are given 3 choices of a word or subject to draw) and have your friend guess what it is. It’s like Charades for kids who don’t know how to use cassettes or VHS tapes and probably think board games are for poor people.
Anyway, the person who posts on Ignore Hitler draws the famous Nazi in all of his “Draw Something” games, but also includes the image he is supposed to be illustrating – you are supposed to ignore mein Fuhrer and actually guess what is around him. In the image above – obviously, a collar. Or the Folsom Street Fair. Or something.
Here are a few more examples.
Questionable material or not, he has 6k followers. Do you? Do I? Certainly not. Heil!
4. Racist Bottom: How To Accurately Fuck With Other Races
First off: sorry about the shitty quality of the video, but since this all blew up, the video has since been pulled down. In case you don’t want to put yourself through a migraine (not because of the quality, but because of Ashton Kutcher), this video for Pop Chips features the former “That 70s Show” and “Punk’d” star (and Demi Moore of Love castoff) in brown-face as an Indian prince … or something. It’s offensive and I don’t even know any Indian people.
Second off: I’ve never liked the term, “races” or “racism” because we aren’t different races the way dogs are from cats. We are all HUMAN, and that’s the bottom line. But this is straight up racism, the same way that this is racist:
Anyway, awesome comedian Hasan Minhaj posted a really amazing response to the video. Watch below, and make the decision for yourself NOT to watch “The Dictator” when it comes out this year. Because like Ashton Kutcher, Sascha Baron Cohen doesn’t know what the fuck he’s doing and how much he’s pushing people down.
And if you need any more convincing that Indian people can be funny without relying on stereotypes to tickle the taint of the average American, then check out Aziz Ansari here – because he pretty much rules:
And a bonus round: if you need me to blurry the lines a little bit for you, here is the ACCURATE way to mock a different culture – and it does not include black-face, brown-face or any face paint of any kind:
Have a good weekend, motherfucker!