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Interesting post, Stephanie and Morgan! I agree blame should be placed on individuals and not institutions. However, i believe the institution deserves to be vilified if it fails to address their representative's wrongdoings. Yoga is a really hot topic lately, and not just Bikram yoga (pun intended) or sex scandals either. I am talking about a movement to include yoga in Olympic competition. I have never participated in yoga and do find its ideology very intriguing. But, do you think there’s a place for yoga at the Olympic Games?
Toggle Commented Mar 2, 2012 on Don't Get Your Sushumna Nadi in a Bunch at RepMan
To err is human, but admitting it then fixing it, well, that’s called “coming correct” in my parish. Bravo, Delta! BofA should try it, too, but I guess it takes more than a couple thousand dollars to rustle a banker’s feathers. To top their blunder, BofA even managed to misspell Nyerges' name in their apology letter. Thank you, RepMan, for another entertaining post.
Toggle Commented Jun 9, 2011 on A tale of two crises at RepMan
Charles Barley said it best back in 1993: “He’s not paid to be a role model.” It is obvious many people forego moral integrity for the love of money. And, as far as I know, there aren’t too many celebrities who’ll apply their fame to philanthropic efforts. That’s why I view celebrities solely as entertainment, and role models as those who’ll actually inspire maturation in another’s life. Is it not a mistake to expect real-life guidance from an entertainer? Snoop Dogg’s ethics are questionable at best, but I cannot blame him for capitalizing on industry. While he contributes to a larger problem, I find it hard to hold him accountable for under-aged drinkers getting Blast-“ed.” This product is meant for adult consumption, and the law supports it. Blame should be directed towards the absence of real-life role models, an industry that perpetuates immorality with minimal moral standard, and our culture’s infatuation with celebrity. Rappers, P Ditty and Jay-Z, have business deals promoting for their own brands of liquor, and celebs representing other genres market energy drinks that pose a variety of potential health risks. Colt 45’s marketing tactics are suspect, and I do not agree with their campaign initiatives. Their utilization of social media as a primary focus, colorful product packaging, bubbly letters and fruity flavors clearly targets a younger demographic. And, the alcohol content is nearly three times as potent as beer at a fraction of the price. It’s similar to meth as a gateway drug. Legislation should restrict the alcohol content and regulate product packaging for consumer protection. Colt 45’s Blast campaign simply activates Snoop’s mass appeal and rides his coat-tails to boost its own brand recognition. Not so different from their last spokesperson, Billy Dee Williams. I wonder if Billy Dee or Snoop acknowledges they’ve exploited themselves and their fans, and if they think it was worth the money. In essence they’ve sold-out themselves and their communities, doing nothing near benevolent. In this, I find fault.
Toggle Commented Apr 20, 2011 on The death of the role model at RepMan
What'choo talkin' 'bout, RepMan? Diff'rent Strokes didn't make the list? Well, it definitely made mine! While no industry influencer, Diff’rent Strokes (‘78-‘86) truly spoke to my generation - albeit through reruns – as I was growing up in New York City. Its plot usually involved comedic digression when raising awareness about real-life issues such as cultural diversity and economic disparity, amongst others. Every episode, I believe, served a moral objective. In Living Color and Perfect Strangers also stand-out for me, primarily due to sentimental reasons. In Living Color (’90-’94) was just hysterical. The show launched careers for Jim Carrey, Jamie Foxx and Jennifer Lopez, to name a few. One character in particular, Fire Marshall Bill, played by Jim Carrey, brings back memories for me and my family. And, Homey the Clown sure didn’t mess around. I watched Perfect Strangers (’86-’93) with my grandmother. She thought Balki Bartokomous, played by Bronson Pinchot, was great. For that reason I mention this show. Chappelle’s Show (’03-’06) is an all-time favorite of mine. I find his comedy still relevant and his critiques on racism unparalleled. Television has definitely influenced my sense of humor, as I continue my attempts to make light out of every situation. Also, TV can serve as a medium to discuss issues that aren't addressed in every household. REPMAN: TV seems to be a popular topic… how about a sub-category for best theme song?
I believe in survival of the fittest, and knowledge is the key to changing the future. That said, the one thing not being considered is economics. Fresh foods that'll spoil are preferred for health reasons, while processed foods with a long shelf life are less expensive. Inner cities see a higher concentration of obesity, while well-to-do shop at their organic markets. With families struggling in this economy, a dollar-menu goes a very long way. Not to mention some families can't find time to cook healthier, inexpensive meals, because they're working to pay the bills. On a lighter note, what happened to the term "husky" to depict overweight children?
Entertaining as always, Rep! These so-called artists, and many like them promote immorality, and it's repulsive their antics are deemed entertaining. To me, it's a reflection of much larger issues within our society. Also, Three 6 Mafia may find influence for their next song in bath salt. Just ask Senator Charles Schumer. Apparently, bath salts are the latest, and much more dangerous, OTC drug of abuse.
Toggle Commented Jan 31, 2011 on Sippin on some Sizzurp at RepMan
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