A public service announcement (PSA) which comes from a corporation with nearly $3 billion in revenue is automatically suspect on some levels, but I will give Aeromexico (and its ad agency Ogilvy and Mather Mexico) major props for a powerful statement nonetheless.
Some busybodies have too much time on their hands:
A massive, multi-colored penis made of Christmas lights adorning the penthouse window of a luxury rental building overlooking a busy corner has neighbors fuming.
The phallus went up [in the neighborhood] last weekend and has been raising eyebrows, inspiring chuckles and inciting annoyance in people who don’t know what to tell their children.
“It’s rude and vulgar, it’s definitely wildly inappropriate,” said Justin Abenchuchan, 28, who walked by the lights Thursday afternoon and snapped a photo, admitting he was going to share it with all his friends.
“I don’t think it’s right for a family-friendly neighborhood,” said Alyson Redinger, 32, who lives around the corner and recently had a child of her own. “Are you 18? How old are you? It makes me mad.”
A man who lived in the apartment with the massive phallus said that his roommate had strung up the lights last weekend. “It’s a joke,” he said, declining to give his name. When asked about the concerns of neighbors with young children he said: “It hasn’t come up. I haven’t thought about it.”
Good for you “man who lived in the apartment with the massive phallus,” which sounds like quite the responsibility when you take it out of context.
It used to be difficult to find anyone on the funny-or-not-funny fence about comedian Mike Meyer’s masterful rendition of Dieter, the host of the wacky German talk show Sprockets on old episodes of Saturday Night Live (SNL). Perhaps you had to have spent time around actual German hipsters to get the joke. Perhaps it wasn’t funny at all and I’m just weird.
Dieter would pop off with the oddest quotes in his witheringly judgmental monotone in abject nihilism.
Said Dieter of an artist he liked — as much as he could like anything:
“Why is it that the truly brilliant are doomed to a life of obscurity, surrounded by a sea of mediocrity, only to end up covered in sores in a pool of their own filth? Oh well, the beat goes on.”
Indeed it does.
I was reminded of Dieter this week when I discovered German film director Uwe Boll took to YouTube to decry the fact that his Kickstarter campaign to fund Rampage 3: No Mercy is going so badly with only a few days left to give.
He hates Kickstarter. He hates people who gave money. He hates people who didn’t give money. He hates Hollywood. He hates pretty much everyone.
Please donate. Ha!
After he rants on and on during a first YouTube posting — charmingly titled “fuck you all” — he comes back for a second drink at the deep well of bitterness.
Conservatives love the free market and its ability to allow the profit motive to determine how any company chooses to legally advertise its servicies — until they don’t, of course:
An airline has infuriated Republicans – by offering to fly gay people to Pride events across the US for a discount.
Alaska Airlines – which carries the name of the state known more for being the home of anti-gay politician Sarah Palin than for inclusiveness – made the offer as part of an ‘LGBT travel’ stunt.
Though it doesn’t exclusively apply to LGBT people, the airline has discounted flights to Pride events in a number of cities across the US.
It offers flights at a discount to Pride events including LA, New Orleans and Boston – in a move that has infuriated conservatives in the country.
Alaska Air said: “At Alaska, we have been longtime supporters of the LGBT community and remain committed to a more equitable society. We were elated when the State of Washington expressed the same commitment by legalizing marriage for everyone, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.”