Showing posts from January 29, 2017

Super Bowl Commercial Prediction

The best for about the Super Bowl is the commercials - by far. Some are inspiring and creative while others are head-scratchingly bad for how expensive a Super Bowl commercial slot is. I have my eye on one commercial in particular: Budweiser. 

I originally saw this commercial titled "Born The Hard Way" on their Twitter page, then it linked me to their Youtube. The commercial can be found here: 

They describe this commercial as "This is the story of our founder’s ambitious journey to America in pursuit of his dream: to brew the King of Beers." It depicts the founder of Budweiser's struggle of immigrating to America. The commercial depicts people yelling at him as he exits the boat with words like "get out of here" and "go back home." In the expanded version of the commercial, someone even spits on him. 

This is a bold message in support of immigration by Budweiser - and I could not be more impressed with the company …

What is Whitewashing?

It's hard to believe that such an old practice is still so prevalent in Hollywood in 2016. Whitewashing is a casting practice in the film industry of the United States in which white actors are cast in historically non-white character roles. 

The older examples of white men having their faces painted yellow to portray Asians or black to portray African Americans are cliche' in telling of old Hollywood's ugly history of racism. But the examples that come right out of 2016 reveal that Hollywood's history of racism is still alive and well.... almost 100 years later. 

Just to name a few: 

God's of Egypt came out in February of 2016. It received backlash from several directors and writers due to the casting. Mainly pointing out that the main character was casted as a white dude (as pictured below). 

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot came out in March of 2016. It received backlash from both critics and activists because of a major casting problem, the two main Afghan characters are pla…

Coping with the beginnings of Fascism in the U.S.

I'm almost at a loss for words. Twitter seems like a war zone. Facebook is a giant protest rally. It seems like Snapchat and Instagram are safe from the post-political cluster that is plaguing the United States right now. Trump was elected President and within 7 days of his inauguration, he attacked several minority groups with different executive orders.

The one that is most disheartening: The Muslim Ban.

The Muslim Ban was implemented by Trump on Holocaust Remembrance Day, which could be taken two ways. One, it could be looked at as a premonition, a nod to the evil we'll face over the next four years. Two, it could be looked at as a message purposely implemented by Trump to inspire fear.

Let's start with the latter. The Holocaust Memorial Museum took to Twitter and posted a warning of their own after the backlash of the Muslim Ban began.

The list is titled Early Warning Signs of Fascism.

The most notable of the few things listed are the mention of disdain for human rights…