Just A Thought
Can we please stop encourging:
A. Mischa Barton
B. The Jonas Brothers
Because A is irrelevant ever since the "OC" became the "No See," and B is talentless. And no, 10-year-old girls are not appropriate judges of that.
Or Maybe I’m Just Too Old To Understand Kids These Days
So I’ve been on this whole “Let’s wait until the full story comes out before I launch a tirade” lately. I have decided to mostly sit back and wait until things unfold before speaking my mind (BL being the sole exception).
Now granted, I know this might take my edge off sometimes, but perhaps a little edge in the short term means a lot less people stuffing words in my mouth in the long term.
For example, you may be wondering, “Hey Megan – what are your thoughts about the stimulus package?”
And to that I would say, “Let’s wait and see.”
I know, right?
It’s like I don’t even know myself.
And that’s not to say I don’t have opinions – oh I do, and lately they have been aimed at not just the stimulus package, but this travesty of American media called "Octo Mom," that atrocity of a story about the 13-year-old boy in the UK who had a kid with his 15-year-old girlfriend, and the fact that it takes 14 quarters to park for one hour in downtown Chicago.
But for now, my "wait-and-see" period has expired on the Chris Brown/Rhianna incident.
(for those of you, like my fiancé, who have been eyebrow deep in insurance claims in Arkasas for the last several weeks, I refer to the incident that took place the night before the Grammy’s when Chris Brown “allegedly” used his girlfriend’s face as his own personal boxing session.)
First let me say that, yes - he needs to have his day in court. And yes - I did see that his father says he’s “remorseful.” And no - I was not there and I don’t know for sure what the details are regarding their fight.
HOWEVER - What we know for sure is that he did, in fact, hit her. So what pisses me off the most about this situation (in addition to the hitting) are the people that make comments like, “Maybe she started the fight” or “I hear she’s a bitch so she probably made him do it” and “She threw his keys out the window – I would hit a bitch too!” and “Now all the nazifeminists are trying to take him down!”
Okay people – first off – who is raising you?
Because in my world, no matter who says what about who, YOU DON’T HIT A GIRL.
In fact, girls shouldn’t hit boys either, but that’s not really what’s disputed here.
You don’t justify a female beat-down based on who started an argument.
You don’t look at a situation of domestic violence and say, “Well, maybe she deserved it.”
Maybe I’m old fashioned or what not, but no girl deserves to be beat down.
When did this become socially acceptable or excusable?
Oh – and the worst part about those comments I listed above?
They were all real, and all made by females.
Females that apparently think it’s okay for men to hit them.
And yes, the word “nazifeminist” was used.
As if those who support female rights rank right up there with the group of people responsible for the deaths of millions of Jewish people.
Really, people? Really?
Second of all – this child has been raised in a culture that glorifies female powerlessness. Although his own songs don’t necessarily reflect this – they are mostly more pop music then anything – he was mentored and brought up through the whole P. Diddy/bitches/hos/ladies-dancing-in-bikinis scene – and from what I understand, it’s not really a scene that promote female power or respect (and no, Lil’ Kim doesn’t count as representative of power, no matter how often she says her p*$$y is the almighty – in fact, referring to a female genitalia in a rap song is pretty much the exact OPPOSITE of respect, and instead a universal commentary on female exploitation, as a general rule of thumb…but then again, I am sure I am considered old fashioned).
Moreover, this society made him a multimillionaire with six cars, a mansion and a lifetime of entitlement, all by the age of 15.
Then he busts a punch to Rhianna’s face, and people are like, “But he’s such a nice guy! How did this happen?”
Well, shit, I don’t know – let’s call his publicist, stylist, manager, agent, studio director, video producer, album coordinator, and general assistant to get a comment.
Give me a fucking break.
Seeing as I was dubbed “Narc” by my siblings, a loving term given in no small part to my ability to sniff out and rat on the use of illegal drugs during adolescence, I am the last person to advocate or ignore substance use.
I am pretty much the poster child for a drug-free America.
Bottom line - Drug use is no bueno to me.
But at the same time, I feel like people need to back the fuck off of Michael Phelps.
I mean, this guy has lived a fairly sheltered and rigidly structured life for almost his whole life.
The guy is nothing if not the epitome of dedication, commitment and self-sacrifice.
The guy wins an ass load of medals, and he wants to be a 23 year old for once – get drunk, smoke some weed, date a stripper?
Whatever man - have at it. Most of us try all this during college anyway (or, not so much the stripper part, but you know), but for Phelps, his college was spent growing fins and adjusting to his gills.
This guy sprinkled the dust of Olympics dreams over the scrambled eggs of his 6000-calorie breakfast every morning.
But what makes my head explode is all these parents want to bitch about their kids not having a role model to look up to, about him being such a disappointment.
Because correct me of I am wrong, but are parents supposed to be the role models?
When did we stop expecting that, and letting sports “heroes” take over that job?
Now, don't get me wrong. It's great to have people as examples of what's possible with hardworkd, focus, and comittment. It's great to have examples of "what's possible."
Phelps was like that.
But I am also a firm believer that if you provide a solid, respectful and supportive home for a child, that child can see shit like Michael Phelps pullin' bongs and say, “Yeah, well, that’s not for me.” Parents are the ones that have to instill the CHARACTER in their children that will ultimately help them differentiate what's right and wrong.
Phelps shouldn't be saddled with the responsbility of that.
Sometimes I think parents really underestimate how much power, influence and authority they have over their kids – mostly because in the last two decades, children seem to have take control over the parents, and parents just throw their hands up.
I see it every effing day in this job – where parents say shit like, “well I just can’t control him” or “I’ve tried everything” when they know they haven’t. Or parents that were emotionally absent or abusive or negligent for the first 15 years, and now they can’t understand why the kids doesn’t listen to them.
I may have a doctorate, but this shit’s not neuroscience.
I mean, at some point we really need to reign in this sports-people-are-gods bullshit. And while we're at it, throw actors and singers into that group too (Miley Cyrus, anyone?)
It time to give the parenting responsibility back to the parents, and stop whining about a 23 year old cutting loose for once.