Monday, May 26, 2014

Brendon Ayanbadejo Nude; Amazon vs Hatchette; Bill Maher Preaches

Brendon Ayanbadejo Nude

Long time NFL linebacker, Brendon Ayanbadejo, has always supported LGBTI rights. In fact, he's one of the few highly vocal straight male advocates.

Then, you’ll remember, Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe responded to Burns with the world’s best-ever letter to a lawmaker, which used the now famous phrase, “lustful cockmonster.”

Ayanbadejo and Kluwe appeared together at the GLAAD Awards in New York City this year, and Ayanbadejo has continued his strong support of equality.

He's been a strong civil rights supporter, and he's even posed nude for NoH8. You can check that all out here. I can't post the photo here, but there is one with the link.

You can read more about the NoH8 campaign here. If you haven't heard of it I think you'll find it interesting. It's also very easy to navigate the site.

Amazon vs Hatchette

When I titled this post originally I had the company names reversed...Hatchette vs Amazon. But then I changed that because traditionally the big publisher, in this case Hatchette, has always been the one in control, the ultimate gatekeeper, and the one who made the rules and expected everyone else to play by those rules. It's really more like Amazon vs Hatchette this time.

For those who don't know, there's been a rather petty disagreement between Hatchette and Amazon and for the first time that I've ever seen a big publisher has finally met his match. I'm not taking sides. I'm not important enough to do that. I'm just stating a fact. It's become somewhat of a stand off, and seems to be growing more intense as each day passes.

An ongoing standoff between Amazon and one of the leading New York publishers has intensified. The online retailer, which already had been slowing delivery on a wide range of Hachette titles, has removed pre-order buttons for such books as Connelly's "The Burning Room" and Rowling's "The Silkworm," a detective story she wrote under the pen name Robert Galbraith.

Previous changes had been more subtle. The listing for the paperback of J.D. Salinger's "Nine Stories" says delivery will take three to five weeks and offers "Similar items at a lower price," including a collection of Ernest Hemingway stories published by Scribner.

That's called playing hardball. And big publishers don't like it. They are used to getting what they want, and when they want it. If that weren't the case the publishing system wouldn't have been set up the way it is now. Can you think of any other industry that can get away with making payments four times a year the way publishers pay authors? Unfortunately, none of this is reader or consumer oriented and this pissing contest is just turning everyone off altogether. Both should be a little humbler.

Hatchette issued a statement. A publishing friend forwarded me a copy last week and of course I can't print the e-mail. But it basically stated that Hatchette is working on a solution. Yada, yada, yada...

James Patterson, a multi-million dollar Hatchette author, said this on social media:

"What I don't understand about this particular battle tactic is how it is in the best interest of Amazon customers," Patterson wrote. "It certainly doesn't appear to be in the best interest of authors."

At least someone mentioned readers. I was beginning to wonder. One more reason to show that authors are almost always reader oriented. I'm not too sure about publishers and book sellers sometimes.

There's more here.

Bill Maher Preaches

Entertainer/comedian, Bill Maher, recently made a few comments on the progress we've seen in the fight for equality. If you notice, I'm not labeling anyone. I'm just using the word equality. We really are all part of this.

Maher said this:

Last week, when the first gay football player got chosen in the NFL draft, a player named Don Jones tweeted, ‘OMG. Horrible,’” Maher continued. “As is his right, under the asshole clause in the Constitution. But the Dolphins fined him and threw him off the team until he underwent sensitivity training, which is when they calmly sit you down and they pin your eyes open like in A Clockwork Orange and make you watch the Bravo channel for 24 hours straight. I mean 24 hours gay.

“I mean, when you hear the Duck Dynasty guy going off on homosexuality, like he did again this week, why even listen? What do you think he was going to say — the Tonys are nothing without Neil Patrick Harris? Folks, we had a televised, celebrated interracial gay kiss during the NFL draft. The culture war is over, and we won!”

I'm not sure the war is over, or that we've won anything yet. And even though the Michael Sam kiss was historical to pop culture and sports culture, I hugely disagree that this means the culture battles are over. In some places they have only just begun. David Badash of The New Civil Rights Movement said this:

“Sadly, Maher, as he often does, pronounced sentence before bothering to fully examine the overall issue,” Badash writes.

You can read more about both here, where there's a link to Badash's piece.

I agree with Badash. But I'm not going to slam Maher either. Maher's a comedian who has found a way to make millions of dollars preaching WTF-ery in a legal way, and he can't help what he says anymore than Phil Robertson can help slamming gays.







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