Monday, March 19, 2018

Impossible

What would it look like to see

My impossible standards applied to me?

To become everything I demand?

What would it feel like to do

The very things I expect of you?

Would I heed your calls and commands?

Dreading the thought of it coming to show

That where you said yes, I would say no.

And yet no self inflicted hypocrisy

For impossible standards not applied to me. 



Long Rant: Post Drag Race AS3 Review: Jasmine Masters Was Right

     Week after week, I sat there religiously every Thursday, watching Rupaul's Drag Race: All Stars 3, watching some of my favorites (and Morgan McMichaels) compete and make a bigger impact than they had done on their respective channels. I'm not about to go through each episode and give a critique, because frankly, I don't give a shit about the other episodes after that shit show of a finale.

Can we talk? I mean, can we fucking talk? That format was straight up garbage. Not only was it a finale twist that was leaps and bounds unfair, but it was a complete slap in the face of the nature of the competition, just like the bullcrap with Season 9. The thing is, if these are the kinds of twists you plan on springing on the queens and unsuspecting viewers, this is something you need to let them/us know right off the bat.

Anyways, AS3 ended with Trixie Mattel being crowned, because the eliminated queens in a painfully stupid and massively unfair surprise twist (as mentioned), the eliminated queens (and Bendelacreme, the original frontrunner who voluntarily left the competition) were brought back to serve as jury and decide which two of the final four -- aforementioned Trixie, joined by Shangela, Kennedy Davenport, and Season 1 winner Bebe Zahara Benet -- would go on to the final lip sync for the crown.

Long story short, it ended up being Trixie Mattel and Kennedy Davenport as the final two.



At that point, I was done. Well, actually, when Morgan McMichaels first held up Kennedy's lipstick, I was done, because I already knew that one of my top 2 picks (Trixie and Shangela) was going to get screwed, but dammit, I was not expecting it to be Shangela that would get the shaft. 

And then this video came out:


Getting to see how the girls voted was an even more egregious sight, with Shangela, the frontrunner after Saint Bendela gave herself the axe, got ONE. VOTE. One. And it was from none other than Thorgy Thor, the queen Shangela had sent home. It was just so hard to see Shangie come so far from where was she was, having went home first on Season 2, getting slightly further on a Season 3 return (but still unpolished and rough), and to come back more focused, better drag, better makeup, and still the same flair and confidence... only to have all of her hard work invalidated by a stupid okey doke. 

And Bendela? Girl, you can sit your ass down somewhere, because you were on some ish when you made that choice. Maybe you didn't have all the facts when you made your choice, but after your self-righteous spiel about voting based on track records, and then you turn around and deny the best person after you a shot and reward the person with the worst record, and then kiss your own ass in the process with that "I'm glad I eliminated myself to clear the way for her." 

Oh, shut up. 

And then you bring back Morgan McMichaels (first to go) over Aaja, who had the best record of all the eliminated queens and had redeemed herself from the equally bad Season 9 that saw a queen win the crown because she (beautifully) poured rose petals from a wig, never mind the fact that she had the third best record after Shea Coulee and Trinity Taylor. And of course, the only reason I can think of her bringing back Morgan was to assuage her own guilt over having been the one that sent her home the first episode. And then you bow out of the competition after having had a stellar run and only placing safe once after being in the Top 2 the entire run. Werq, bitch.

Then Ben leaves, and the competition immediately comes with the asterisk of "Whoever is the winner of this crown only wins because Ben took herself out, not because you were the best this season." And then add more turd sprinkles to the urinal cake that was this season and have a bunch of bitches who hadn't even seen most of the action play out decide who is worthy of going to the end.

Of course, I say all this because I am a viewer of the show who has seen second and third bests take the crown from people who statistically deserved it more. Frankly, it leaves a bad taste in one's mouth to see a show not evolve, but devolve. To see the spirit of the competition be sucked away and become a popularity contest is disheartening. With Season 9, it set a precedent that you didn't need to be the best -- just don't get eliminated, and then get to the finale and pull a rabbit out of your wig or do some kind of gimmick that gets the crowd on your side and the crown on your head. But good for you, Sasha, you only did what was told of you, so no hate.

And with AS3, the precedent is pretty similar, except a little harder to handle because you know these queens already from their previous runs. Trixie was a the choice of a lot of people to win, and I figured she and Shangela would be the two to beat (Bendela was an absolute shock), but by the middle of her run and that godawful Snatch Game, I thought "She would literally have to win every challenge and LSFYLegacy to justify a crowning. But she didn't. And she still got the crown. 

I like Trixie. I love her dark humor, her trademark makeup that is ridiculously cartoonish but beautifully applied and unique, and I love her fashion, a mix of sexy pinup and colorful 60's hourglass figure Barbie realness. But just like Season 9 winner Sasha Velour, I don't see it when I hear "Winner Trixie Mattel." I just don't. The finale playing out the way it did is likely why A. There was no reunion, and B. why Season 10 is to immediately begin the week after AS3.

This was just bad, Ru. And I do mean Rupal, because this tomfoolery falls at your doorstep. This was your attempt to shake things up, and it was a major fail. Maybe you just don't care anymore, and this is a paycheck, but don't ask us as viewers to devote our time to watching a competition play out and then change the rules at the last minute that equates to a big middle finger to the good queens and the viewers. It should be Shangela hanging up in the Drag Race Hall of Fame next to Chad Michaels and Alaska Thunder5000.

At this point, I'll stick to watching the recaps of Season 10 on WowPresents, or MovieBitches reviews of Drag Race (and other great movies... check out their channel), because these couple of recent seasons have left a bad taste in my mouth. I'm rooting for you Eureka and Mayhem, but my feeling s right now are better left to Jasmine Masters:




Okay, I'm done. 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Long Rant: The Symbiosis of SJWs and The Skeptic Community



This is Blaire White, a transgender conservative YouTuber (much like "liberal", what it means to be a "conservative" has been watered down into a fine homeopathic remedy of gibberish) who has pretty much made a name for herself by being what is called an anti-social justice warrior, AKA an anti-SJW or a "skeptic." She, like a gaggle of YouTubers (AndyWarski, SomeBlackGuy, RoamingMillennial, Hunter Avallone, etc.) made a name for herself by attacking the videos of social justice warriors like Milo Stewart, Riley J. Dennis, Franchesca Ramsey aka Chescaleigh, and most notedly, trigger happy blocking aficionado (and basically a meme at this point) Steve Shives.

 These two groups could not be more diametrically opposed, but they are two groups that constantly feed on each other, because they both fuel the victim narrative that their bases thrive on, because SJWs see anti-SJWs as cheerleaders for the emerging strain of right wing extremists, and the anti-SJWs see SJWs as fascistic little dictators hellbent on stifling free speech and sterilizing society until there is nothing left but a gender neutral utopia where no one is ever offended by anything ever. 

And therein lies the problem: two groups creating a toxic online environment, trashing each other, while holding their heads above the fray as being the better of the two, when in reality, none of the crap they talk about is consequential to the real problems going on in the world, no matter how many times Sargon of Akkad needs to mention feminazis and how gender studies is ruining everything... but Trump's cool. 

Blaire White, you're not fooling anyone. You don't want to leave white guilt in 2017 because you're gonna need white guilt in 2018. You need it for clicks and for the low hanging fruit to feed to your conservative base that hangs onto your every not-unique-or-original-in-any-way words. I would love to see white guilt be a thing of the past and for white liberals to stop being so inadvertently racist, but you don't, for the same reason people like Tariq Nasheed and Deray McKesson don't: it makes you money. 

It's the oldest trick in the book, and it's made many a provocateur rich, because when you attack things like sexism, racism, and/or homophobia, or in Blaire White's case, people's exaggerated reaction to them, you never run out of material because it's ALWAYS gonna happen. There is always going to be some racist homophobic sexist asshole in the world for SJWs to point to as being indicative of an endemic in society, thus creating more content for anti-SJWs to go "Look at these little butthurt unicorns freaking out." 

Honestly, go look at the recent videos of any of the SJWs I linked and see the stark like to dislike ratio. There are more dislikes in some cases. Why?  Well, that's because the bulk of their views come from the anti-SJW YouTubers who critiqued their videos. This video  from Riley Dennis discussing dating preferences and not wanting to date transgender people has almost 50 thousand dislikes compared to its 2 thousand likes.


Because of this

And this

And countless others who responded to Riley's video, who have more subscribers and more appeal. 

But, that's not the point, because they have every right to challenge Riley's assertions, regardless of their channel size. The main point is this: you have someone with a very small base who has very little impact on the grand scale, who is being made into more than she is by people using her for content.

Not to mention, the SJWs and antis become indistinguishable from each other because they all put out the same content, and at this point, it has to be intentional on the side of the SJWs to be as visceral as possible in order to get the attention of these bigger channels so that they get more views and YouTube money.

You could also turn it around and easily go the channel of the anti-SJWs I linked and see that they all attack the same shit, which is what made me unsubscribe to all of them in the first place; I can declutter my subscriptions and just subscribe to one person instead of 10 who parrot identical talking points. 

None of you are better than the other. You're a bunch of content creators who found a niche attacking generic bullshit but then routinely show your lack of depth when you try to punch above your weight. Let's be clear: Blaire White loves white guilt. White guilt keeps the lights on for her, and for most of these anti-SJWs because if you go to their Social Blades, you will see a borderline simultaneous decline in views and subscriber gains for these people,.

They did what they wanted to, regarding borderline paradoxical rallies of intersectionality and third wave feminism, much like earlier atheists did with young earth creationism. They made it into a mockery and it fell out of favor with those that contemplated its legitimacy.

However, in doing so, they shot themselves in the foot because as the online landscape changed, SJWs are no longer prominent and therefore, people have stopped caring about them being taken down a peg. They've already been taken down, so now what? What will the anti-SJWs talk about? What will the SJWs talk about? Because I've seen AndyWarski's non-SJW attacking content, and he says he used to be a comedian. I've seen his earlier work and some of his standup... needless to say, I'm still waiting for evidence that he used to be a comedian. 

It's likely I will pay little attention to either group going forward, because there are more pressing things than watching adults in online high school format argue back and forth over uninteresting drivel when I could be watching adults in television high school format argue back and forth over uninteresting drivel.

In closing, anti-SJWs you might want to start coaxing some of the SJWs to come back on YouTube or to put a fresh spin on an old conversation, because lord knows you need the attention just as much as they do. So cut the shit. You're not better. Not by a long shot.

Okay, I'm done. 

Impossible

What would it look like to see My impossible standards applied to me? To become everything I demand? What would it feel like to do T...