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Tan Mom Music Video Via TMZ And The Momentary End Of Progress

By Gabe Delahaye / May 20, 2013 - 3:30 pm

I’m never impressed with people’s revisionist history arguments that suggest there was some previously halcyon period in our collective past that was better than the world we live in now. The steady march of progress is literally that, and we are always in a better place than we used to be, full stop. This doesn’t mean there aren’t bumps in the road, but in terms of overall quality of life, social well-being, human rights, and cetra, we are doing better now as a whole than we have ever done before. Maybe you like the way suits on Mad Men look and you wish you could get drunk at lunch, or something, but never forget how racist, homophobic, misogynistic, violent, and terrifying the world was in comparison to the way it is now, which is still pretty racist, homophobic, misogynistic, violent, and terrifying. The point is: we have to keep hanging in there, guys, one foot in front of the other. That being said, I do actually think the world as a whole was just a little bit better, a little softer, and kinder, and more generous, and thoughtful, yesterday, before this fucking video came out and got us way off track.