In this version of reality I’m more like Amy Poehler than Hope Solo, but that’s a stretch because I’m neither hardcore athletic nor side-splittingly funny. Maybe I’m an awesome combination of both? No, I’m not that either.
Thank you to this Oakland A’s pitcher for taking a stand on this ridiculous and homophobic “Kiss Cam” practice. Just because a person, a cameraman, or a crowd hide their homophobia by encapsulating it in humor doesn’t make it any less damaging or threatening.
In many ways, casual homophobia is worse than overt homophobia. The bulk of society has progressed to the point that people shouting “faggots” at a group of gay people are going to be viewed with revulsion. But, when you couch the same homophobia in humor it’s much more palatable to a much wider audience. Yet, the end result is still achieved. The “humorist” has planted the seeds of discomfort into everyone’s mind. And those seeds have a tendency to sprout at important, pivotal moments such as when people are casting ballots on marriage equality, when someone doesn’t feel quite comfortable hiring a gay person but isn’t exactly sure why, or when they feel slightly uncomfortable at learning their child’s teacher is gay.
An observation by NBC Sports (from its story about the tweet):
…ask yourself how a publicly funded and operated ballpark can still get away with doing a thing, the sole purpose of which is to make tens of thousands of people laugh at the possibility that two men might actually want to kiss. And which encourages straight people to either be humiliated or to pretend to be the part of a minority and to try to act how they think that minority acts in comically exaggerated ways.
This has always rubbed me the wrong way, glad to see a story on it and a tweet from my team!
Olympics 2012: branding 'police' to protect sponsors' exclusive rights -
I guess I’ve never quite understood the rules about sharing game content, but the rules for the London Olympics seems to be really cracking down on keeping Olympic content exclusive!
With just a little more than three months to go until the opening of the London 2012 Games, attention is increasingly turning to what many legal experts consider to be the most stringent restrictions ever put in place to protect sponsors’ brands and broadcasting rights, affecting every athlete, Olympics ticket holder and business in the UK.
One thing I was really looking forward to this summer was to see if USSoccerdotcom’s YouTube channel or certain athletes Twitter accounts or instagrams would share some awesome insider stories and pics. Presumably the team will have rights to their own content, but then:
Athletes don’t …
• Blog about your breakfast cereal or energy bar if it’s not an official sponsor – in Games Period all endorsement is banned.
• Post video clips from inside the athletes’ village to your blog or Youtube. No audio or video content from inside any Olympic venue can be uploaded to any site.
• Tweet “in the role of a journalist”. Athletes “must not report on competition or comment on the activities of other participants”.
So that’s pretty disappointing, to say the least. And even fans Facebook posts could be considered violations, are you kidding?! These seems pretty unenforceable, so lets hope Behind the Crest can still make an appearance.
Hyperbole and a Half, with it’s awkward cartoons and hilariously on-point insight on human nature was one of those blogs that outdid itself every time with an awesome comic.
Hitting the nail on the head with This is Why I’ll Never be an Adult resonated with me alot, as a woman in her mid-twenties struggling with actually having responsibilities, but when she wrote it sounded hilarious. If I could write a blog that funny about my personal fuckups, I wouldn’t be using Tumblr to reblog pictures of coffee, well-dressed women/cats and soccer stars. Then came Dog and God of Cake, both of which made me laugh til I was doing that silent-stomach-holding kind of laughter that, I imagine, makes me look like I’m in quite a lot of pain. But I wasn’t. It was happiness.
So this launched Allie into some minor internet fame and sparked the rampant use of the ALL THE THINGS meme and the ALOT for compulsive grammar-correctors everywhere. She even landed a book deal.
But then things took a dark turn with Adventures in Depression, once again profound, honest and ridiculous. Definitely a downer compared to what I was expecting to find. The page now has over 4000 comments since it was posted in October, many with kind words from the many of us that can relate. It seemed to take an upturn at the end when she feels like she “broke through to the other side”, but five months later it hasn’t been followed up. So a concerned redditor decided to post a thread and she (reddit name “Tubemonster”) replied:
As many of you have guessed, the woods turned out to be much deeper than I had anticipated. And they are full of things that make me cry on the floor for no good reason. However, during a recent bout of floor-crying, I noticed that I was failing horribly at fixing myself and that I should probably seek the help of someone who knew what the fuck they were doing.
She went on to answer a few questions, in her eloquent way, and even though I’ve never met her it or anyone in the thread it was a bit of a lift. Odd as it may seem it feels nice to think that you’re in good company when you’re struggling, that others have been through it and are getting better.