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Bush/Dictator v 384902

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Look, I get that Democrats don’t like President Bush, but is it really necessary for Howard Dean to say things like “All we ask is that we not turn into a country like Iran where the President can do anything he wants.” You are aware that in another in 2-3 more years Bush will be leaving the presidency forever. Now if he stays in the Oval Office past 2008 then I’ll join Howie and Harry Reid in calling for W.’s removal from office. But until then, can you please lay off the “dictator” talk; say he’s a miserable failure, say he sucks, say he doesn’t care about women, minorities and the poor, but please stop with whining about how we’re turning into some Third-World country where the person in charge stays that way until he A) dies, or B) is overthrown. Saying stuff like this only makes you guys look silly.

On second thought, keep up the good work.

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Written by kkktookmybabyaway

February 9, 2006 at 11:41 am

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Too Many/Not Enough Men In Children’s Entertainment

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I thought we were over nitpicking animated/G-rated movies after the “outrage” over “The Lion King” and its RACIST overtones, what with the evil hyenas being black and all, but apparently I was wrong. Now these family films are SEXIST. According to some hippie study, male characters outnumbered female characters 3-to-1 overall in the top-grossing G-rated films from 1990-2004. From the article: “Joe Kelly, co-founder of Dads & Daughters, said as much as he loves ‘Toy Story,’ the study made him think about the movie differently. The movie has a positive message about two characters – Tom Hanks’ Woody and Tim Allen’s Buzz Lightyear – overcoming their differences and working together, but it does have a flaw, Kelly said. ‘It wasn’t until the study that I went back and realized there’s only one toy that’s a female character, and it’s Bo-Peep. She’s standing at the window going, ‘Oh, Woody, don’t hurt yourself,'” Kelly said. “Not that I want ‘Toy Story’ to be changed. I don’t think there should be any sort of gender formula. But there are other movies to be made with powerful messages featuring female characters.’

Well, whenever a kid’s movie featuring a strong female character, see it a bunch of times in the theater and buy the 20 DVD versions that come out. Give movie studios a reason to make more of the same. And while you’re at it, go produce a study comparing the ratio of male-to-female evil characters on Lifetime Movies of the Week.

While there are too many men in kid’s movies, apparently there aren’t enough in the doll world. After a two-year absence, Ken is going back to Barbie. I’m not too keen on the life and times of dolls, but from what I read these two kids split up after more than 40 years of cohabitation (I’m surprised they last this long, what with Ken missing some essential parts to his male anatomy). To add insult to injury in this breakup, Barbie took off with a new Aussie mate named Blaine. But now Ken is back on the scene. What was he doing all this time? Well, according to the N.Y. Times, “Ken, heartbroken, traveled the world in search of himself, making stops in Europe and the Middle East, dabbling in Buddhism and Catholicism, teaching himself to cook and slowly weaning himself off a beach bum life.”

I’ll say this: These toys have more backstory than a number of movies I’ve recently seen.

Even though I’m poking fun at Barbie (and making fun of Ken’s inability to “poke” at Barbie, as well), I do feel pity for them. After all, with more and more kids avoiding toys that don’t need a microchip or URL, playing with dolls or action figures seems to be going the way of the dinosaur. I hate to sound like an old-timer, but back in my day, even though I spent way more time with my Atari 2600 than I should have, there was always a place in my heart for playing with my Star Wars action figures in the backyard.

Written by kkktookmybabyaway

February 9, 2006 at 11:38 am

Posted in Entertainment