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Re: “Rihanna, Chris Brown, and pop music's female trouble

Just because Johnny Cash and MIA both famously flipped the bird doesn't mean reactions to both show some sort of gender bias. For one thing, while Cash's bird is quite famous, for the most part it didn't achieve that fame until a quarter century after Cash let everyone know who was #1. Cash flipped the bird during a rehearsal at San Quentin in 1969. Though legend has it that he meant it for the warden, he in fact directed his salute at the photographer whose presence was annoying him. Juvenile though it may be, Cash's finger was done in the heat of the moment. And until Rick Rubin used it in an ad directed at Grammy voters, this was an image that was nowhere near as entrenched in the publics mind as MIA's was. MIA on the other hand flipped the bird during the halftime of the Super Bowl, one of the most watched programs in history. Far as I know, it wasn't directed at anyone in particular and was intended to convey some sort of protest about her own appearance on the halftime show. But mostly people got upset because they don't appreciate being told "fuck you", even if only digitally. Perhaps you have a point about how millionaire female musicians just don't get the same respect as their male counterparts, but this is hardly the example to use, especially since just about everyone knows the context of the instances in question.

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Posted by rick on 03/02/2012 at 11:57 AM

Re: “Your NATO/G8 primer

Typical leftist Reader bullshit. Blames everybody but the professional protesters who will be the ones actually causing our fair city to descend into a hopeless situation. Not surprised why the article didn't explain why people would protest the G8 summit. The reasons don't matter. The G8 summit is like the Coachella festival for protesters. No particular issue is needed, all our welcome to air their grievances, whether it is relative to the G8 or not.

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Posted by rick on 02/17/2012 at 10:37 AM

Re: “Dragging Drabble through the mud

I don't know with whom I should be more outraged: the Sun-Times for dropping Drabble, or with myself for not noticing that it happened a month ago and I only realized it by reading about it in the Reader.

Posted by rick on 11/03/2011 at 11:21 AM

Re: “Much ado about Lana Del Rey

"If all this Nevermind nostalgia-tripping should have shown us anything it's that artists can take a while to find their voice and sometimes to make a decision to eschew some measure of "credibility" for the chance to be heard. "

The real lesson should be that measures of "credibility", especially so-called "indie cred", are a waste of an artists time. At the end of the day, any artist worried about "credibility" is really just placing themselves at the mercy of fashion victims who don't have the balls to go up on stage and do it themselves. Does anyone really want the approval of some dude wearing his sisters jeans rolled up to the calves?

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Posted by rick on 09/29/2011 at 6:55 PM

Re: “What the Phuck?

"I think it is a shame to see that she is being bagged on in her home town. She has contributed a lot to Chicago."

Liz Phair has contributed jacksquat to Chicago. She abandoned the city for LA well over a decade ago and she has no lasting connections to anyone in Chicago's music scene, as evidenced by the complete lack of any of her Exile In Guyville co-horts appearing at her show 2 years. ago celebrating the 15th anniversary of that album.

"I think that if you don't have anything nice to say, you shouldn't say it or you should remain neutral, especially if you don't have the balls or talent to write and release music yourself."

Well one hardly needs balls or talent to release music. Liz has neither and it hasn't stopped her.

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Posted by rick on 07/27/2010 at 8:11 PM

Re: “What the Phuck?

As ill-advised and as poorly done as it is, Liz Phair's rapping is confined to exactly one song, "Bollywood", on her new album. Granted she made a point to lead with "Bollywood" but I don't think anyone should be under the impression that she will heretofore be filed between Old Dirty Bastard and Q-Tip in the hip-hop section of your local whatever-passes- for-a-record-store these days.
Sadly, Liz seems to be relying on the more schticky side of her musical persona. You know, the side that in all seriousness claims that Exile in Guyville is a song-by-song response to Exile on Main Street, or that claims that she was always an aspiring pop music star at heart. Here she is going for a "Liz against the music biz" persona. I get the feeling she recorded these so-called "joke" songs as a way to hedge her bets when it comes time for her to actually be signed on a label again. Cuz lets face it, no way she lasts on her own.
But the sad part is that the songs on Funstyle that represent what is meant to be "the real Liz Phair" are the truly sad batch of songs on this album. They are mostly a collection of the same old middle of the road, pabulum that is best featured in romantic comedies or tv shows like the ones she scores.

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Posted by rick on 07/22/2010 at 6:02 PM

Re: “Human Care Bears

I like your article, and as someone who had a family member who was mentally challenged, I can relate to a lot of what you say. But I have to say that if John McGinley's statement is "one of the most ignorant and dehumanizing charecterizations of the mentally challenged" you have ever seen, then you sir have lived a charmed life. For McGinley to claim that the mentally challenged are incapable of hatred is of course not true and a bit patronizing. But on the grand scale of things I would say, as a stereotype, it ranks with "Asians being good at math" or "Black men having large penises" in terms of offensiveness. Yeah it's a stereotype, but I don't see anyone being too quick to dismiss it. Not that I doubt you are unaware of it, but believe me the beliefs about the mentally challenged get far more venomous, ignorant and hurtful than what McGinley said.

Posted by rick on 02/26/2010 at 3:32 PM

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