Pop Culture and the Third World

Apr 23

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aaaw. ‘Mean Girls’ actor comes out to ‘Mean Girls’ character

'There were industry people who had seen me play you in Mean Girls but never seen me read in an audition but still denied me to be seen for 'masculine' roles… Damian, you had ruined my life and I was really pissed at you. I became celibate for a year and a half. I didn’t go to any gay bars, have any flings and I lied to anyone who asked if I was gay. I even brought a girl to the Mean Girls premiere and kissed her on the red carpet, making her my unwitting beard. … I’m not afraid anymore. Of Hollywood, the closet or mean girls. Thank you for that, Damian. (And Tina.) … PS. I hate it when people say I’m ‘too gay to function.’ I know you do, too. Those people are part of the problem. They should refrain from using that phrase. It really is only okay when Janis says it.’

- Daniel Franzese writes a coming out letter to Damian, his Mean Girls character.

This is the perfect explanation for why George Brandis is wrong for complaining climate deniers aren’t given fair free speech. A little high brow, but still perfect.

Bette Midler as Mother Earth for Earth Day 1990.
also: current mood.

Bette Midler as Mother Earth for Earth Day 1990.

also: current mood.

(Source: popthirdworld)

Is Tony Abbott Americanising Australia?

Or should that be Americanizing?

Is Tony Abbott modelling his plans for Australia on how things work in the United States of America?

He’s stripping away our universal healthcare (eg. $6 GP fee which will likely only increase), appears to want to privatise disability care, wants to deregulate university funding making student fees increase, is getting rid of consumer protections from financial advisers, seems to want to increase our military size and influence.

It’s OK to model your plans on another country, but the problem is - these things are not working well in the United States of America.

Maybe this is a product of the fact Abbott has a lot of ties to American think-tanks etc. Maybe it’s just Abbott embraces neoliberalism and America is the test case of what happens when you really embrace neoliberalism.

NOTE: Please tell me if I’ve missed anything? Any other ways Abbott is USA-ing Australia?

'They are aghast that Australia has institutionalised mental torture on a massive scale, and facilitates the physical abuse of asylum seekers by sending them to places with inadequate medical facilities and an unacceptable risk of contracting malaria, dengue fever, cholera or infectious diarrhoea. They can’t believe that we do this to pregnant women and newborn babies. But we do.'

- Ben Pynt, an Australian who by day works in gas pipeline construction industry, and by night works with Manus Island, Nauru and Christmas Island detainees to get their formal complaints heard (complaints are taken more seriously if an Australian lodges them).

'Environmental Injustice': Minorities Face Nearly 40% More Exposure to Toxic Air Pollution -

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A new study published this week shows that both race and class are significant indicators of how much toxic air pollution individuals face in the United States with minorities receiving nearly 40% more exposure to deadly airborne pollutants than whites.

The study looked closely at the rates of pollution exposure by race, income, education and other key demographics to establish the key predictors of how specific populations are impacted across the country, state by state.

Specifically looking at levels of outdoor nitrogen dioxide (NO2), a byproduct found in vehicle exhaust and fossil fuel-fired power plants, the study—titled “National Patterns in Environmental Injustice and Inequality”—found that people of color are exposed to 38 percent more of the deadly chemical which experts say can be a key driver of heart disease and other health problems.

The health impacts from the difference in levels between whites and nonwhites found in the study are substantial. For example, researchers estimate that if nonwhites breathed the lower NO2 levels experienced by whites, it would prevent 7,000 deaths from heart disease alone among nonwhites each year.

Though it has been well-documented that low-income families and minorities have long been forced to live in undesirable neighborhoods near coal plants or high-traffic roadways, this study is being called “ground-breaking” for taking a national look at the issue and using advanced satellite technology to compare specific geographic areas with advanced pollution data.

(via cultureofresistance)

“Oh yeah, that was the biggest joke of all. I think that there is a general pattern of “white-ifying” everything. Just because they make Heimdall black in the Thor movies doesn’t really make a counterargument. In fact, the amount of what they call “racebending” that goes on in Hollywood is extraordinary. I mean, I have sat down with agents who will tell me straight up, “Listen, you write about Dominicans in New Jersey. We can make an indie film about this, but nobody in Hollywood wants to see anything but white leads.” And so when I heard that they wanted to cast all white characters in Akira, it just really shows you how little the dream factory of our popular culture has caught up with the diverse reality of our present. I mean, the nation in which we live — and the world in which we live — is so extraordinarily more like a future than the futures that we’re being sold on the screen and on television.” —  Junot Díaz

(Source: Wired, via racebending)

If there’s a sexier song that Diana Ross’ ‘Muscles’ then I wanna know what it is at imasamantha@yahoo.com.au