Saturday, May 18, 2013

"You know, one of the biggest challenges – I grew up without a father,” - President Obama

Obama invokes his fatherless childhood at stop in Baltimore

Best comment from the article from 'Connie. b.d'

"When Obama looks back on his Presidency, he may wish that he had spent more time trying to inspire young black men to be responsible fathers. He could have been a voice calling for stronger families, with a mother and father, working together, to raise their children. His voice in the black community would have meant so much.

It's sad that so many black women have come to emulate the stars in the entertainment industry who choose single motherhood - especially sad, since so many of those stars are affluent, usually selfish & self-centered woman, who can afford to raise children with a nanny instead of a father - and its sad that there isn't more realization that an intact family is the single most important indicator of a child's success, in school, and in life. He could have made such a difference"

She mentions the entertainment industry. I don't watch a lot of TV. I have enough in Lowell. Lowell isn't Hollywood, even though The Fighter was an accurate representation of Lowell. TV influences a lot. It passively suggests through humor or drama, what is the ideal. There is nothing wrong with entertainment, it's the idea that we should accept what is entertaining passively that is wrong.

Hollywood’s ‘Gay Culture’ Reshaping America: Almost 20% of Americans say TV has shifted their opinion in favor of the redefinition of marriage. -National Catholic Register
However, GLAAD has made known that not all homosexuals in Hollywood are welcome, especially when they step out of line with GLAAD’s agenda. Bret Easton Ellis, screenwriter and author of the book American Psycho, took to Twitter to claim that GLAAD had banned him from the awards ceremony over controversial tweets criticizing what he called the “politically correct gay agenda.”

Bret Easton Ellis speaks up over at OUT, "In the Reign of the Gay Magical Elves"

For all the good it has done, many gays have seen it as a group that could be almost fascistically politically correct and in confused ways: an organization that preached tolerance but would also bitch-slap anyone who didn’t necessarily agree with their agenda. GLAAD was at the red-hot center of creating The Gay Man as Magical Elf in the culture and often awarded the stereotypes parading around in embarrassing queer movies and degrading retro sitcoms as simply “gay positive” because they were, um, gay, and conveniently disregarded the fact that there is a silent majority of gay men who actively loathe and resist the caricatures on display. And, no, GLAAD, these men don’t hate themselves.
The fact that PC gays often demand a candied fantasy that doesn’t really exist but, hey, represents our cause, rather than a sensitive and emotionally complicated movie written and directed by a gay man who is an artist, is a huge part of the disconnect within certain factions of the gay community. Even though Weekend was tossed a GLAAD award, that early criticism of my initial endorsement was indicative of this weird new bullshit: the Gay Suits demanding “gay positive” in the media versus the Gay Dudes who just want “gay reality” in the media no matter how painful and flawed that reality is.

OK, considering one of the characters grew up in foster care without either his mother or father, I really should watch Weekend. This is what real people want, they want characters to be representative of reality.

Wait, this was to about Obama talking about the issue of fatherless in his life. I mention Deval Patrick spoke with so much emotion about the problems of his mother and father not being together, as well a day or two ago. Yet, Deval Patrick characterizes redefining marriage as in the 'Magical Elf' ideal that Ellis rightfully is concern about, that marriage is that "adopting an Asian baby, planned their wedding over Mojitos at The Abbey, registered at Neiman-Marcus, and booked The Parker in Palm Springs for the nuptials". Life isn't like that, no matter who you are. We're all flawed as human beings, and this is how we are all ordinary.

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