Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Lena Dunham Slams Book Critics; Two Naked Raw Aussies; Twink on a Plane In a Speedo

Lena Dunham Slams Book Critics

I wanted to link to something fairly neutral with this Lena Dunham topic, but it's been hard to find so I'm linking, mostly, to a local piece in Philly.com. The reason I wanted something neutral is because I'm not focusing on the allegations everyone else is talking about. Frankly, I don't care what Dunham wrote in her book or what she did when she was seven years old. My only focus with this part of the post is the WAY Lena Dunham reacted to criticism of her book and HOW she mimicked the worst badly behaving authors. 

But more important, the Lena Dunham shitstorm, that Lena Dunham created herself, has been raging for a while now and I have yet to see one single book reviewer comment on what Dunham did as an author, or how her actions relate to book critique and free speech. And that's odd because I've seen authors who did far less than Lena Dunham come under fire. And their content wasn't nearly as questionable as Dunham's.

Lena went into a "rage spiral" on Twitter over the weekend after Kevin D. Williamson wrote in the National Review that Lena's behavior with her younger sister, when both were children, was "very disturbing" and possibly sex abuse.

More disturbing is that Williamson didn't pull the notion out of thin air - he pulled it out of Lena's new best-seller, "Not That Kind of Girl."

In the book, Lena writes of bribing her sister Grace with "three pieces of candy if I could kiss her on the lips for five seconds . . . anything a sexual predator might do to woo a small suburban girl I was trying."

But even better, Dunham's attorney sent a letter of legal action to TrueRevolt asking them to take down their criticism and cease and desist. This is how TR replied. Pay attention bloggers. Even the smallest bloggers are part of this. 

We refuse. We refuse to withdraw our story or apologize for running it, because quoting a woman’s book does not constitute a “false” story, even if she is a prominent actress and left-wing activist. Lena Dunham may not like our interpretation of her book, but unfortunately for her and her attorneys, she wrote that book – and the First Amendment covers a good deal of material she may not like.

Here's a link I found on Twitter through free speech attorney, Marc Randazza, that discusses Dunham's attorney and the letter. You'll have to read the entire post before you get to the Dunham part. But it's worth reading in full, especially the "chucklefuck" comment.  It states, in part:
 
So with that, here’s a really stupid demand letter from Lena Dunham’s attorneys. It isn’t just dumb because it tries the aforementioned tricks — but substantively, dood… really? You’re supposed to be a better lawyer than that. 
 
My final comment on the topic is Lena Dunham as the author, not the privileged celebrity, has branded herself a certain way and she needs to buck up, take the criticism like the big badass feminist she is, and let people critique her book as they see fit. Isn't that what we've always been told it's all about?

So far Dunham has offered her apologies with regard to the content, but has said nothing about her aggressive reaction to the criticism.
Two Naked Raw Aussies
Two guys from Australia have come up with one of those trendy raw diets for humans...I'm only familiar with the raw diet for dogs, which I don't believe in for dogs...and they've taken to video in the raw themselves. Naked raw. 

But clearly the raw diet is doing these two Aussies justice, as they’ve decided to appear in the buff to promote their new raw cafe called Acai Brothers.

If only raw walnuts tasted remotely like bacon.

You can check this out here, where there's a video. Maybe I'm jaded and I've seen too many good looking naked men in my life, but it just seems like another piece of click-bait to me. But I could be wrong about that. I've also been on almost every trendy diet ever invented and the one thing I've found with all of them is that diets don't work. Unless you make it a habit and a lifestyle you're only fooling yourself and setting yourself up for disappointment. How do you lose weight? Eat less.

Twink on a Plane In a Speedo

Speaking of those of entitlement and privilege, a little vine twinkie, Jerome Jarre, decided that flying was boring so he striped down on a crowded flight and started strutting up and down the aisles in a speedo. Evidently, not eveyone cares about his vine status and not all were thrilled with his stunt:

His version of “fun,” however, is up for debate. While we might agree that donning a speedo and and plastic pool floaty while strutting down the aisle could potentially be fun, American Airlines and the rest of the passengers on board weren’t as easily convinced. Go figure.

According to Jerome Jarre, who happens to be the fourth-most followed person on Vine with 7.5 million followers, his little airplane stunt earned him a private meeting with police and the FBI after his plane touched down in Miami.

Here's the link, with photos and a little twinkie vine video of the vine twink in a speedo. I probably wouldn't care on way or the other if I were on a flight and saw this happening, but with security and all the things people are facing now with flying I think people like this need to be held accountable for their actions. In this case, he was released without charges.

What really bothers me about all this is that he was allowed to take videos of people and invade their privacy. I know there's a law about this being okay in public places, but I'm starting to think we need to revisit that law. I saw one photo on Facebook of a local restaurant with people I know dining who didn't even know their photo was being shot. I would be livid, and I'm not going to that restaurant any time soon. It's not the photos I object to. It's the lack of consideration and the audacity to think that everyone wants their photo plastered all over the Internet without permission.

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