Paula Dean and the rules of bigotry

I’m not condoning what Paula Dean said or whatever happened, blah, blah blah but things have not been very fair. For example. During the Japanese tsunami which killed hundreds of thousands of people, 50 Cent Tweeted that it was payback time for Pearl Harbor. Nothing was done about his remark which was also racist.

Tracy Jordan thinks it’s a funny routine to say that every father wishes their children were dead if they were born gay – paraphrasing. Did he lose his job? No. Apparently we didn’t get the joke. Ha, ha. But he was allowed to apologize by getting his PR company to sign him up for LGBT youth visits. He got to apologize and all was okay.

It’s just one rule for one and another rule for everyone else. Mel Gibson allegedly was not too nice to his women but this didn’t ruin his film career. It’s okay to beat your woman, apparently. However, a racist remark did kill -just a little bit- his film career.  Just saying.

It’s all over for Paula Dean but it appears other people can get away with the same kind of thing. I don’t even know who Paula Dean is. Whatever!

From British terrorism to Occupy Wall Street – Happy Guy Fawkes Day

From a symbol of British terrorism and one of the best celebrations of the year to the movie “V For Vendetta” and Occupy Wall Street.

Guy Fawkes will always be remembered for the Gunpowder Plot and the Brits have been celebrating its failure since 1605.

Remember, remember the 5th of November.

If you are in England this weekend make sure you enjoy a wonderful night of bonfires, fire works and hot food. It’s a magical night.

Happy Guy Fawkes night!

GLIU Photography & Film

Barack Obama meets the Queen in London

Barack and Michelle Obama meet the Queen and Prince Philip. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Great to see President Obama on his state visit to London but let’s not forget what all of this is really about. He is up for election. The Queen needs to attract American and global tourism. He needs the UK as an alley against the “war on terror” and to fight it for the US. We need to be best best friends with the most powerful country in the world. I’m watching the BBC  practically gush with sickly enthusiasm.

I’m all for attracting tourism and encouraging a strong economy in the UK. But we all know the smiles are for a reason and part of the game. After all, it is the business of politics. The BBC keep saying that the Queen is going out of her way to welcome the Obamas but they think it’s a personal thing. I beg to differ. The Queen is an intelligent woman. She’s had her talk with the Prime Minister:

“We got to suck American ass because our economy is in the shit hole. Do what you can, your Majesty.”

Politics – Love it!

Oscars: Helena Bonham Carter’s strength in style

(© AFP)

I alway find it amazing how the media bully someone for being different, for being an individual. Helena has said as much about her style, she doesn’t want to follow the crowd, she wants to do her own thing and for this she gets bullied by the celebrity bitch press.

Thank you Helena for being yourself and doing your own thing on your own terms and telling Hollywood to f$%k off. I salute you.

Visual Art Source and ArtScene on strike for no pay from Huffington Post

When Huffington sold I had no idea that writers were working for no pay. I’m used to no pay from the little publication but from Huffington Post? Wow. This in not on. Writers need to be paid. This means writers are lower down the food chain than say, cleaners? No disrespect to cleaners.

Ginger Liu.

On Strike from the Huffington Post

Visual Art Source / info@visualartsource.com

ArtScene / artscene@artsenecal.com

When we were invited to become a Huffington Post blogger last year I understood that the company paid nothing. We surveyed our writers’ reaction to assess their willingness to have their material reposted there for no additional pay. Visual Art Source, ArtScene and art ltd. (http://www.visualartsource.com) form an umbrella art publishing company that is actually quite large by the standards of our very specialized field. The tens of thousands of readers and online users that we boast, however, are miniscule compared to the 26 million visitors per month that the Huffington Post currently draws.

Yet we are now going on strike. For now, at least, no more content from us will appear on the Huffington Post.

And just like the corporate titans of the American Right, it would come as no surprise if Ms. Huffington, whom I am certain has a good heart and only the best intentions, were to assume the obvious position: Who needs these people anyway?  They are not even employees.

Nonetheless, we shall remain on strike until these two demands are met.  First, a pay schedule must be proposed and steps initiated to implement it for all contributing writers and bloggers. Second, paid promotional material must no longer be posted alongside editorial content; a press release or exhibition catalogue essay is fundamentally different from editorial content and must be either segregated and indicated as such, or not published at all.

I am also calling upon all others now contributing free content, particularly original content to the Huffington Post to also join us in this strike.

We think it is incumbent upon the many writers and bloggers to form a negotiating partnership with Huffington/AOL in order to pursue these and other important matters so as to professionalize this relationship. It is not entirely Ms Huffington’s fault that so many talented professionals have been willing to accept the company’s terms on an “in kind” basis. Surely most do so in the hopes of achieving their own fame and fortune thanks to the great exposure that Huffington Post potentially offers. Unfortunately, such participants are only complicit in a relationship that fails the ethical smell test. And those who are already nationally known figures who will never need to be concerned about pay scales, shame on you, you should know better.

It is unethical to expect trained and qualified professionals to contribute quality content for nothing. It is unethical to cannibalize the investment of other organizations who bear the cost of compensation and other overhead without payment for the usage of their content. It is extremely unethical to not merely blur but eradicate the distinction between the independent and informed voice of news and opinion and the voice of a shill.

None of this is illegal, only unethical and oh so very hypocritical, so Ms Huffington if you insist do carry on, by all means. However we are taking this action, with the full knowledge of our contributing writers and editors, in the belief that your better angels will enable you to do the right thing. We stand ready to provide whatever helpful input we can.”

 

Bill Lasarow

Publisher and Co-Editor