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 +9Posted on Aug 25th, 2014 | re: The 11 Most Awkward Moments From The 2014 VMAs (21 comments)

I didn’t see the show so I can’t vouch for the accuracy of the list, but I don’t see a damn thing awkward about Kim’s dress. I’m into it.

This is exactly it.

It could have been a respectable position if she had found an alternative ALS charity to promote, or actually articulated a case for why animal testing is not helpful in ALS research, but as it stands her position is simply that animal lives are more valuable than human ones, so fuck it, I’ll donate to this other charity I heard about on the Daily Show.

There are valid arguments against animal testing in many situations, but this is just high school posturing.

“People die of diseases, it sucks, we can’t let masses of animals suffer for it,” is what people around here consider an articulate viewpoint?

cf. My recent comments about Stereogummers being obsessed with “positivity”, no matter how inane, naive, or fundamentally irrational. People on this site will upvote ANYTHING they perceive as remotely heartwarming without taking even one moment for reflection. SG has basically turned into Upworthy — except Upworthy doesn’t do 12 stories a week on Arcade Fire.

I sympathize with the anti-testing viewpoint. I just thought your commentary was vapid and left nothing to engage with. Your ability to develop a laundry list of assumptions about my politics and character based on my criticism of your comment says a lot more about you than it does about me.

Have fun on your high horse.

Yeesh. Between the inane 8th grade koans (“Violence is not the answer, because it should never even be a question”), the comically flippant animals-over-people stance (“People die of diseases, it sucks, we can’t let masses of animals suffer for it”), and the obnoxious pre-emptive “gonna get SO downvoted”… how on earth does this comment have any upvotes at all?

 +2Posted on Aug 24th, 2014 | re: John Lennon's Killer Denied Parole For The 8th Time (15 comments)

Yes, the American justice system is known worldwide for its leniency toward felons.

 +8Posted on Aug 23rd, 2014 | re: John Lennon's Killer Denied Parole For The 8th Time (15 comments)

Not that it matters, but anyone who imagines John Lennon forgiving this guy obviously doesn’t know a lot about John Lennon. Dude could hold a grudge over the tiniest slight.

Sorry for the multiple posts but I just realized that my comments could be construed to imply that your cousin doesn’t have good parents, or that your story somehow reflects weakness on her part. That’s not what I’m getting at. I hope the point I was trying to make more or less shines through.

That is really great that your cousin found a silver lining to her bad week.

But what if, instead of looking to celebrities to undo the self-image problems they help create in the first place, we fostered a culture that encouraged confidence and character-building in people so it wouldn’t be necessary to market anti-hater products to them in the first place?

Swift is a skinny, beautiful woman whose life-sized cardboard cutout stands tall and flawless in the make-up aisle of my local CVS. She’s as famous for her lovelife as she is for her music, a fact she happily capitalizes upon in this very song. No one should begrudge her beauty or her talent, but she’s exactly the sort of unobtainable image that contributes to a culture of misery among teenage girls in the first place.

I’ve got a daughter myself. Here’s hoping I’m a good enough dad that my daughter is able to calibrate her happiness to internal coordinates, rather than sitting around waiting for a pop star to teach her how to love herself.

Also, lest we forget:

“I’m not a hater” -George W. Bush

Don’t be like Bush. Let your hate flag fly.