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Posted in: Academy reverses plans; will air all awards live at Oscars See in context

theFuFeb. 18 09:24 am JSTI'm ok with the awards, but my football team doesn't have 3 hrs of network TV coverage for our annual banquet.

Does anyone actually watch it? Seriously?

I remember a time when the Oscars actually meant something, when good imaginative movies and stars got awards. Just like the Grammys and MTV Awards used to be awarded for artistic merit.

I think I'll be reading more chapters of Phil Collins' autobiography that I've been putting off. Now that's a person who excels in music and acting. Saw him in concert last October and had a fun time.

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Posted in: U.S. military planes land near Venezuela border with aid See in context

englisc aspyrgendFeb. 18 03:19 am JSTStar punk, I assume you intend that Venezuela should continue to suffer the misery imposed on them by their economically illiterate and blindly dogmatic government without hope of relief?

Nothing wrong with relief whatsoever, but with Donny Douchebag sending it, he's got a price tag on it and he wants to stick his ugly face into matters that don't concern him and where he ain't welcome.

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Posted in: Abe mum on reports he nominated Trump for Nobel Peace Prize See in context

Simon FostonFeb. 18 05:39 pm JSTGanbare Japan!Today  05:04 pm JST

There is no need for PM Abe to admit or deny anything. 

Of course not, he can just let everyone go on thinking he's a craven stooge of a deeply corrupt foreign regime. But if Abe did actually nominate Trump for the award because the US government asked him to, you don't see that as a problem at all?

Of course it's a problem! Whether Abe is as bad as some of you other posters say he is, I still say this is a problem - a gross lack of character. Just absolutely pathetic to the max.

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Posted in: Abe mum on reports he nominated Trump for Nobel Peace Prize See in context

quercetum

Japan is a country and should not be a minion of Donald Trump.

Exactly. Just because Japan and the US are allies doesn't mean Japan should kiss Trump's fanny.

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Posted in: Abe mum on reports he nominated Trump for Nobel Peace Prize See in context

sakurasukiFeb. 18 04:28 pm JST"I never said I didn't" nominate him, Abe said in a response to a follow up question by Yuichiro Tamaki, a lawmaker for the opposition Democratic Party for the People.

So yes you did or no you didn’t?

Maybe Abe went to the Trumpster School of Truth-Telling.

CrazyJoeFeb. 18 04:17 pm JSTMr Abe shows his lack of leadership when he recommends Trump for a peace prize. Abe credibility has sunken even further with this recommendation for Trump, if it is true. He falls out of the ranks of "statesperson" if he ever was there. Japan needs a real leader at this time to find their real place in Asian affairs. Japan must learn to come in from being a bland country and take some stances in the world.

I think it's truly sad that anybody would kowtow to this arrogant little Caligula. I don't know much about Japanese politics but I'll just say if Abe really recommended this, if he truly submitted himself to this gross human rights violator, international criminal and arrogant tin god - then Abe is unworthy to govern Japan himself and should resign in disgrace. Japan deserves better than a puppet like that, America deserves better than Putin's racist scumbag puppet and planet Earth deserves better altogether.

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Posted in: Trump's choice for U.N. ambassador withdraws See in context

She used to be a nanny. Politics aside, I wouldn't want to be a mouthpiece for an immature baby-man who never grew up in the first place.

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Posted in: U.S. military planes land near Venezuela border with aid See in context

Leave Venezuela alone. Impeach the vuvuzela traitor Donny Douchebag Trump.

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Posted in: Abe nominated Trump for Nobel Peace Prize on U.S. request: Asahi See in context

savethegaijinFeb. 17 04:08 pm JSTIf this is true and it sounds like it is, then it’s one of the most cringey things that had ever happened. For both countries. Blech.

I must admit when Obama got the Nobel Peace Prize I was pretty surprised, and I think even he was too! But to even nominate this immature boorish motormouth for the Prize, I have to say it: Is Abe STONED?

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Posted in: Glenn Close: 'I feel like everyone's rooting for me' See in context

Glenn Close is lucky to be an actress who keeps getting major starring roles as she ages.

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Posted in: Warren says Trump may not be 'free' in 2020 See in context

lincolnmanFeb. 11 08:48 am JSTDonnie's worst nightmare - being dissed by a woman - and he's going to be getting it from all sides; Nancy, Elizabeth, Amy, Kamala, and the worst from Ann Coulter...

He'll be pulling out whatever orange strands of his hair are left...

And lashing out - expect more insults and misogyny - driving even more women away from the GOP.

Republicans in Congress know this - they're just too spineless to do anything about it.

Trump brags about abusing women, shooting off his motormouth because he is afraid. then when he met Stormy Daniels he said, 'Oh mama...'. He's a weakling, a wimpy little whiny misogynist who's really scared of women - and loves to be spanked to 'put him in his place'. *Nonetheless, he's scared of them!*

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Posted in: Suicide attack on Iran Revolutionary Guards bus kills 27 See in context

Those very same Revolutionary Guards came into power themselves through the same sort of violence. What goes around comes around.

Please see my post above.

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Posted in: Suicide attack on Iran Revolutionary Guards bus kills 27 See in context

the Iranian regime is a totalitarian theocracy and an exporter of terrorism, and the Jaish al-Adl by its use of suicide terror is just as stupid as they are.

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Posted in: Wary of probes, Trump aims at 2020 with offer to Democrats See in context

CORRECTION

Congress should've just walked out on this jackass. He has no credibility, no legitimacy, no class.

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Posted in: Wary of probes, Trump aims at 2020 with offer to Democrats See in context

Congress should've just walked out on his jackass. He has no credibility, no legitimacy, no class.

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Posted in: Racist history of blackface began in the 1830s See in context

SilvafanFeb. 10 09:27 pm JST

My argument is that Caucasians are usually the ones trying to deny another ethnicities experience and tell members of the offended group how to feel. It doesn't matter what someones intentions are. People of color don't usually like other people (usually Caucasians) in blackface to pretend that ethnicity. And ignoring their wishes like this mother is disrespectful and arrogant.

I remember seeing Traci Ullman on TV portraying the role of a black woman. She had on makeup (not blackface), her lips were temporarily silicone injected for 'real' effect and this role was no way meant to be degrading or demeaning to black Americans. She looked more 'realistic', and certainly didn't look ridiculous like the joker in this picture. She was portraying a black American woman, seriously - not a mockery. I've also seen her portray a woman from India in a similar role. There is a huge difference between actresses like her and these stupid mockery minstrels.

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Posted in: Racist history of blackface began in the 1830s See in context

StrangerlandFeb. 10 06:44 am JSTWould it be OK for that same to change his eyelids for costume because idolize an Asian or Is it ok for him to wear a nose prosthetic to look Caucasian?

What about guys who stuff some fake boobs in their clothes and put on makeup for halloween - as millions and millions of men have done. Why is this ok?

There's been a lot of male comedians who dressed in drag, sometimes with fake breasts - but it's for acting and/or comedic effect. It certainly is not meant to be sexist in this regard. Jonathan Winters was a great comic who dressed and portrayed people of both genders and various ages, and it was good. Robin Williams did that too. These people were laughing with everyone, not at anyone.

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Posted in: Instagram tightens rules on self-injury images See in context

Youtube has been removing videos encouraging self-harm, hatred and suicide. It's the intent for the viewer that sees it that matters. this girl had issues and needed help but unfortunately didn't get it.

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Posted in: Racist history of blackface began in the 1830s See in context

LudditeFeb. 10 04:55 am JSTI really don't understand what is so entertaining about blackface. I remember as a kid being bored stiff watching the Black and White Minstrel Show.

Yes, it was terrible but hugely popular. It ran for years. Ditto The Good Old Days.

'Good Old Days'? I miss a lot of humorous things from the past too before it got too unfunny. But imitating and degrading and putting down a whole race or ethnic group is just plain stupid and not funny at all. This guy in the article picture looks absolutely stupid!

I once saw the comic Paul Rodriguez (he opened up for Smokey Robinson) who lampooned stereotypes people have of various ethnic groups (incl. whites) but he didn't make fun of them. He didn't put them in the shredder. There's a huge difference in parodying a stereotype and promoting one, whether it's a positive one or a negative one.

This blackface stuff was never meant to promote or even lampoon positive stereotypes about black people, it degrades them, it's out and out racism, and it's just plain disgusting.

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Posted in: Henry Winkler enjoying a run of very cool coincidences See in context

albaleoToday 07:11 am JSTThere are some people who are hard not to like. Just remembering him in Happy Days makes me happy.

Ayyyyyyyyyyy! Mr. Cool - Arthur Fonzarelli gave us Happy Days when I was a kid and now he keeps on doing it, as a champion to fight dyslexia. The Fonz is a hero in more ways than one. I remember seeing the pics of his wedding on People magazine. I was 11.

Henry 'Fonz' Winkler, you are an icon and will always be a shining star and a hero for us! Shalom, chauverim.

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Posted in: Racist history of blackface began in the 1830s See in context

Would it be OK for that same to change his eyelids for costume because idolize an Asian or Is it ok for him to wear a nose prosthetic to look Caucasian?

There's been plenty of stupid movies where white actors wore makeup to lampoon and ridicule Oriental people - portraying stereotypes of these people with this clichéd 'ah so' crap. And this picture only highlughts how ridiculous blackface and minstrel shows are, it's a disgrace.

I once saw a 'mature humor' comedic show in a Lake Tahoe casino with juvenile 4th grade level sexual jokes and a horrible Diana Ross imitator in blackface. I was just 21 but I could see that it was absolutely stupid and offensive. Not funny at all.

Then we have these really cheap stupid movies where white actors don't bother with makeup portraying Native Americans in the stereotype of - you guessed it, wild savages who kill, burn and steal white women.

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Posted in: 1970s-era musicians Sue Sony, UMG to reclaim song rights See in context

SpeedToday 10:51 am JSTThe corporate recording industry is the devil and a complete rip-off to artists and fans.

And even today the forever fab Beatles don't own their copywrites. Much of the early work from the Rolling Stones are owned by ABKCO and other shysters. This corporate music business is absolutely disgusting.

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Posted in: It's official: Oscars will take place without a host See in context

Whoopdie-doo. I remember a time when the Oscars, like the Grammys actually meant something because they were rewarded for artistic merit. Now it's such a joke.

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Posted in: Idol singer who was attacked at home removes affiliation with idol group from Twitter profile See in context

JJ JetplaneFeb. 7 03:13 pm JSTThis is ridiculous. Let me get this story straight.

She was assaulted outside of her own home.

The company did nothing afterwards to protect her or make certain she was okay.

The company decided not to press charges against the men that assaulted her.

She had to apologize for causing commotion because she was genuinely afraid.

> Now she is being released from the group over the company failing to protect her?

will people really continue to support that treats it’s employees this horribly? Nothing about this is right.

It's the rotten old victim-blaming game. She was pressured and bullied into doing this - that ain't right!

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Posted in: Marcia Clark tells familiar tale in new show 'The Fix' See in context

Just what we needed, a rehash of the Big Dumb Sensation that turned America into a nation of TV-worshipping cretins. Or was that the 1991 Gulf War? I'll pass. I have better things to do.

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Posted in: From Gucci to Prada, fashion mistakes evoke racist imagery See in context

It's the red, oversized lip-like ring around the mouth that was also a primary feature of the garment.

Take a look at some of the old racist caricatures of Africans and African-Americans from the Jim Crow era, and you will almost uniformly see midnight-black or at least dark brown skin with oversized, usually red lips. This stereotype was used not only for blackface itself but, as I said, in cartoons, in comics, and in other visual mediums.

In that instance, the sweater certainly can be seen as following in that line. When put on a white model, it can be seen as evoking the idea of 'blackface,' certainly.

That red mouth lining also looks like it's from one of those famous sock monkeys - and that in itself has a racist overtone, not because of the stuffed toy made from 'monkey socks' but because old cartoons and comics showed Black people as looking like apes. That's racist!

Besides, wouldn't a ski mask do the trick for facial protection from cold weather?

Take a look at some of the old racist caricatures of Africans and African-Americans from the Jim Crow era, and you will almost uniformly see midnight-black or at least dark brown skin with oversized, usually red lips. This stereotype was used not only for blackface itself but, as I said, in cartoons, in comics, and in other visual mediums.

In that instance, the sweater certainly can be seen as following in that line. When put on a white model, it can be seen as evoking the idea of 'blackface,' certainly.

And the red lip area is much larger and extremely exaggerated in dimension than the white woman's actual lips really are. This is a really ridiculous and just plain tasteless fashion plan to begin with.

*What were these fashion gurus thinking???*

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Posted in: EU rebuffs May; says no-plan Brexiteers deserve 'place in hell' See in context

Toasted HereticFeb. 7 09:46 am JSTUnfortunately, many posters here with opinions on Brexit have never lived in the UK to understand just why the UK populace opted out of the EU and most never will.....

I did. For many years.

And whatsmore, the vote was split. Almost half the electorate voted to remain.

And 56% the people of the occupied 6 counties voted in favor of remaining.

And now they will be denied representation in the EU parliament.

> Toasted HereticFeb. 7 06:08 pm JSTThink British people, help yrself stands on yr own 2 feet.

Agreed. But oddly enough, nobody seems to be in favor of extending the same courtesy and good wishes to the people of Ireland who are also affected by Brexit.

It's time for the 6 counties to exit, those people there are not really treated as equal Britons.

Give Ireland Back To the Irish.

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Posted in: U.N. rights committee urges Japan to let children be children See in context

wtfjapanToday 11:32 am JSTsmart kids doesnt = creative thinkers, need to have both to produce world leaders in science, medicine, technology

A lot of smart children in America don't get encouraged to follow their muses due to ignorance, superstition, jealousy and just plain hatred, pressure and/or misunderstanding from their parents. having good grades ain't enough, kids need to be encouraged to THINK FOR THEMSELVES, BE THEMSELVES and BE ACCEPTED as they are. There is no independent spirit encouraged at all.

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Posted in: U.N. rights committee urges Japan to let children be children See in context

School years in America is still a lot of brutal conformity, bullying, hair and dress codes that stifle the children because of abuse by uncaring parents and more. The 'Japanese way' looks too rigid too. But in America wealth and parental attitude changes everything. Too many families try to shape their kids to be in their image or they just treat them like machines. American kids are not on Easy Street by any means.

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Posted in: Snow cathedral See in context

Outstanding! There's a big contest for this in Montreal every year, and the entries are quite impressive. I know this snow sculptor in my home town who made a wonderful Godzilla and airplane display in his yard. Creativity out of nature at its best.

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Posted in: Snow catcher See in context

Peaceful.

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