Fashion Statement: The Perfect/Imperfect Utopia Films


The Giver. In Theaters Now.

1984

Yesterday, I watch The Giver and it was one of these movies that started with the “happiness” of being in a community “freely” consisting on putting them on different jobs for different people and when they get old they’re going to elsewhere. By age 9, they’re assigned a bicycle, by their late teens they’re assigned to have a job that helps their society grow and by their senior years they’re “retired.” No pain, no war, no sadness, no conflicts, no superiority complex, no MGTOW (Men Goes The Other Way), and certainly no feminism. It was viewed by the residents, a perfect world. Their laws are pretty simple. There’s a curfew, they never lie, and have to take their medicine everyday. But, it was nothing but perfect when the old elders chose a kid named Jonas to be his successor. In his training he discovers a lot of feelings he never think he could experience such as love, adventure and true happiness. It also shows the bad side, the sickness, the war, sadness, conflicts and all negativity. The reality of the matter is that The Giver portrayed as Jeff Bridges showed the reality of his community showing a hologram where Jonas father was soothing a baby to later kill it and place it in a box discarding it away. Now Jonas have to get his courage up to save a community even if he risk his life getting out of the safe zone.

Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Now, as every freaking utopia movies in the past, it always represents what their vision of utopia could be. A society that obviously can’t feel anything because they are sedated in a semi-zombie state and set up to roles that can’t complain and can’t revolt. With controlling rules, they’re obviously content. They have this illusion that they’re safe, protected, conformed. And as every utopia there’s a man or girl who suddenly questions everything about this or that issue and rapidly discover the other side of the community, the real darker side of it and it’s not a pretty good one. In brutal honesty, communities are discarding the defective newborns and killing the old. In other utopias like the movie Elysium, Judge Dredd (with Sylvester Stallone), Demolition Man, Upside Down or Snowpiercer is about class warfare where the rich are in one side, and the poor on the other side. Books like The Hunger Games (now in it’s third first part installment), 1984 among others, shows a very competitive spirit against censorship, oppression and control while being punished for revolting against a system that obviously doesn’t give a rat ass.

The Giver: Map of their community.

Mason in Snowpiercer

But why so many films in the last year are about an controlling environment where people are sedated not realizing what’s actually going on? All while someone or some group attempts to restore the balance of what it suppose to be no matter the consequences. Doesn’t sound like what we are experiencing right now? Doesn’t sound like the poor are below while the richer gets more? In the real world, society kills babies even before they’re born if they find any defect that can jeopardize their parents and society well being. They are overly medicated with drugs (legal or illegal), entertainment, sports, electric gadgets among other sources because it helps them distract and often forget themselves from doing a lot about the injustice that has been going on in their lives and all around them for years. And don’t forget about the elderly that gets killed under strenuous humiliation and abuse in privatized facilities known as Nursing Homes. It seems like the movie The Giver, they’re just looking black and white instead of looking the real colors. In other words, they’re content even if they lose their jobs, habitat, or their own lives in the process. In the meantime, the rich are exempt from sending their own kids to war, exempt from paying taxes fairly, exempt from being honest. The poor on the other hand have to sacrifice everything and the rich elite wants that way. Voting isn’t enough to bring justice and fairness this country needs since there’s always some corporation group or associations cheating, and bribing on candidates in exchange for covering up their infractions. Revolution is the answer. But since the rich elite controls the government, pharmaceuticals, military and even entertainment, people specially Americans are not realizing the destruction is around the corner and are unprepared to defend themselves. One hit… that’s all it takes to convert this country into an unwanted utopia 100%.  We are reaching 70%.

The Future of Employment


Imagine yourself getting a new job that will help you be independent and break the circle of dependency from the government. After 12 or so years, working for this guy, being responsible, hard working individual you found out you have cancer. And so you tell your employer and what does he do? Instead of helping you, giving you a hand, supporting you in every way, he just give you a lay off letter.

That’s what happened in Pittsburgh when a Oral dentist named George Visnich wrote this letter to his long time employee Carol Jumper who worked for this sack of shit for 12 years. In August she was lay off because “the battle against cancer will demand her physically, mentally and emotionally”. And that’s not all, he emphasized that “her symptoms along with the side effects of medications and chemo will be significant and distracting.” And that’s why in his own opinion she will “not” be able to function in his office at the level required while battling for her life and George let Carol go.

So, let me explain the laws of unemployment in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania is a “forced” unionism state which means if Carol should be lay off for that silly little unprofessional note that the doctor wrote, he will be forced to pay fines for his screw up. That if, Carol is part of the union. But since she’s not, there’s other options. As in every state Carol could receive unemployment benefits if she lost the job because of something that wasn’t her fault. But here’s the catch, the payment is half of what she received when she was employed. And half doesn’t necessarily cover the expenses she have to pay, so she’s in a lot of a pickle. So what’s the other options? Applying for Food Stamps which since she’s laid off and she might be eligible for unemployment benefits could be another step she could be doing. Sometimes they receive cash assistance, but that’s in cases when she’s deems disabled which is another step she have to do. Applying for SSI benefits which is a hassle, but a Cancer patient such as Carol “can’t function in any office at the level required”,  she might be entitled to receive these benefits. If it’s medical related, Medicaid will take care of that since she’s going off the path to low income, she will receive these benefits for treating her cancer.

In other terms, she will be “better” off depending on the government for help since this bastard can’t “afford” his long standing asset. Now she’s a liability and have to be eliminated because of the loss of the cost associated with health benefits, taxes and all sort of “inconvenience.” Well, for that inconvenience, the social media is up in arms against this “poor” man who did what he didn’t supposed to do and he’s really paying it. By the lack of clientele and the huge amount of bills to pay afterward I think he had enough. But still, he’s NOT going to put Carol back into the workforce and for that his business is going downhill. He got what he deserve and much, much more.

 

Mistaken Identity Fuckoffs


In LA, some police bastards handcuffed a Black Woman but it’s not because she committed a crime, but because they “assumed” that she was a prostitute. Danielle Watts, who participated in the movie Django Unchained and she’s now in a TV series Partners with Martin Lawrence was handcuffed by the LA police because they think she was a prostitute was showing public displays of affection with her husband. Ok, that’s when it goes out of the line! So that’s means that a Black Woman cannot kiss or hug or whatever with her husband, a white husband without being conflicted with the police? And what’s worst, LA Police confused her husband as a John. I mean, like I told in prior post, we’re judged unfairly based on the color of their skin. Hey! At least, they let her go easy because there was NO PROOF she’s doing it for cash. She’s an ACTRESS! She have plenty of cash to spend. NOT A WHORE!

But in another case it didn’t end well when in 2006, Dymond Milburn was severally beaten by police because they assumed she was a prostitute. In fact, she was an honor student who went outside to turn in the breaker located downstairs and she have to go outside for it. And three policemen including a Sergeant, were abusing this girl physically to the point that Dymond has multiple blows to the head, nose, throat, lower back, left shoulder, and left hip/waist area. For that experience she suffers PTSD, and that’s not all. These police jackasses who committed a unfair treatment against a kid (now she’s 21) they’re still free, while she have to deal with her trauma for the rest of her life.

This so-called Post-Racial, Post Civil Rights isn’t getting the respect or should I say, it’s just a charade to cover up the centuries old tradition to try to exterminate Blacks or in the most “polite” way destroy their will, their spirit and move on with their lives. It seems to me that they still think that Blacks are just a societal burden to be eliminated after the government set them free.

Doing Everything While Black


This country has sadly went to shit in the past weeks as more Black men and women are killed or wrongfully charged for crimes they obviously didn’t commit. As the racial tension blew up into massive proportions, as a woman of color and Hispanic I have everything to lose in this society. I learned that I have to lose my culture, my heritage (if I have some) to become a citizen of the United States. Assimilated in their culture (if there’s any), their language, their identity in order to “get ahead” in society. What I didn’t, and many was we didn’t read the fine print which it could be said, “Whites are allowed to have more privilege than minorities.” That means from getting a job, to get an education, to even the arts, Caucasians runs the show. As I came to this country 13 years it has been nothing but obstacles, setbacks and closed doors, from the moment of getting a job, to try to get to college and some other venues such as my photography business. It has it great moments, but then, reality sets in, people start judging from the moment I get my camera in my hands and do pictures for Imagekind, hearing conversations and whispers like:

“That camera is very expensive” or “That’s a very nice camera you got there” meaning “You can’t afford a $700.00 camera, did you stole it?”

From that moment on, I continued to ignore for years the pointing fingers followed by their grim faces while carrying on with their $600.00 Iphones, Dolce and Gabbana handbags while driving a Camaro or an expensive SUV. Getting a job is never easy, more if you’re a minority. As I filed for employment to work in a car dealership in 2006, I received a call from the “interviewer” telling me that I didn’t get enough experience even thought I had an Associate Degree for that field and has 1 year of experience related to work as receptionist, and I was getting by, working as a housekeeper until I get a better job, and I thought getting this job will be going a forward step in the ladder, but it wasn’t the case. The interviewer did the biggest insult I ever heard in my life that draw me to a great sense of ire. She said “Why don’t you go back home and start cleaning houses?” Excuse me! I didn’t spend 4 years studying in a University to then cleaning houses in United States? I’m not illiterate, I’m a person that I have confidence in what I do no matter if they reward me or not. I do my job, thank you very much! After I said “Because I want a challenge and to gain experience” she just said goodbye and hang up. I was during that time devastated. But it’s not the first or the last that I encounter such secretly racism.

Even in the hotel I used to work as a housekeeper, as soon as I tried to apply to work in Front Desk, the general manager didn’t get me the opportunity to have an interview and he said blatantly that due to my “accent” I can’t get that job. And this is NOT drama or trying to make readers sorry for my circumstances. It just happened. And I can’t change the way I am, no matter how hard I try. They didn’t consider the skills I have to offer, instead it’s just the color and my accent that could hold against my financial future and my career.

Not only that, going out to places like a restaurant or the doctors office really strikes my fear of people as I try to look normal. I try to avoid driving my car at night because perhaps some cop is going to arrest me for no reason. Yes, we’re living in a era of fright, where only Black people seems to be bellow Caucasians and it always been, from Education, to job placement to even the arts, it’s no biggie, I know. It has been for decades and even more with Ferguson. What’s impossible is to get along honestly, settle our differences and move along. It’s complicated. It’s not like a fantasy movie where a fairy use a wand and everybody sings kumbaya near the fire hugging each other. Since Blacks and Whites can’t get along are they ever consider going back to segregation? Because by the sound of it, if both races can’t settle their differences and forgive and forget and move on. But they don’t and in the meantime, minorities who want to break the stereotypes and their obstacles are stuck in a rock and a hard place on getting a better future for themselves and their families.

In the meantime, I won’t be giving up even if I die old. At least, I tried.

 

Close But No Cigar


Two days ago, the whole bad kid/good cop incident between Mike Brown and Darren Wilson hit another snag when alternative media showed confirmation that Mike indeed paid for his cigars the moment he went into the store with his best buddy. On my prior post, in the video there were something that started as a confrontation between Mike and the clerk of the store. It seems to me that a big misunderstanding goes a long way, but not ending up in his own death by a dumb cop who couldn’t differentiate between one black guy or another black guy and couldn’t handled the correct procedure to arrest him if that were the case.

The mainstream media always make a mistake to react to conclusions instead of asking questions and finding out what’s truly going on later and it’s embarrassing that CNN, Fox News, MSNBC or any other mainstream news outlets are making the same mistake over and over to “impact” the public. Remember the KFC scarred girl Victoria Wilcher? Remember the mother who worked at MCDonalds who left her child alone in the park while she was working? Remember another mom who is homeless, wrote an ad on Craigslist.org asking for someone who could take care of her kids? It just for shocking the people into judging the person as the evil being, instead of finding out what it took that person to choose this decision or in the Victoria Wilcher, if it was true, the blame the KFC employees and company for “treating” customers like crap.

It’s all called assumption. And you know what people could say this, it’s the mother of all screw up’s. I think the media should take sensitivity classes, along with hiring investigators to figure it out if it’s true or not and then deliver the news when all is in the green. If they investigated full into that account, Mike Brown shouldn’t be labeled a “criminal from the ghetto who just stole cigars and got what he deserve.” It will be an innocent young kid killed by Police based on his race.

Attacked in All Fronts


United States is definitely in deep challenge of maintaining the order when there’s a lot of holes in the wall while the water it reserves flows away. Not trying to be poetic or anything like that but, seriously what’s United States is trying to prove here by skipping domestic problems when they are trying to solve foreign ones? A few examples of these issues is the importation of illegal orphans placed in undisclosed buildings followed by the complicated and violent protests in Ferguson and now the beheading on a freelancer journalist caught on video courtesy of ISIS. Comparing to the real problems such as fixing Obamacare, job shortage, poverty increasing communities is like the government has given up on helping a long time ago resorting to lullaby words of “Don’t Panic, Everything is Going to Be Alright,” while waiting on next year to post themselves for Presidential Candidacy. Is that all politician’s dream? To sit in the oval office, being pampered like royalty, going on vacations while ignoring the serious problems that bothers and annoys the nation? It seems to me that Americans are starting to wake up from their slumber, but in the wrong location, and wrong circumstances. We are starting to fight each other over the issue of race like the 1950’s, not being together instead of demanding just a simple request of impeaching the president who sadly isn’t what his people were looking for. And the government is pleased! In other terms we the People has lost and they, the rich elite has won.

Meanwhile, this disorganization of services, the way it handles the money in the wrong hands are also the reasons why the US is in such in a economical laughingstock to the rest of the world from Education to how they treat their veterans, while China (former laughingstock) is growing aggressively and buying anything that stands in their way. The US cares only about it’s millionaire population, never the ones who always sacrifice body, mind and spirit to at least put food on the table, keep the roof in their heads and sustain and provide to their families.

In other words, we have to do truly something to stop this government corruption, otherwise the ones who suffer will be us. Oh wait! We’re suffering already!

Short Notices


The Road to Ferguson

Some of the bloggers out there on WordPress decided to travel to the war zone or ground zero (Ferguson), to offer support and a solid cause for supporting their kind. I wish I can go, honestly capture every moment, trust me I do. But I have obligations and duties to do like any one who is living paycheck to paycheck. So, I wish them well, just be safe, do it for the sake of helping a community, not for the sake of getting attention and ratings.

Taylor Swift “Offensive Video”

The pop-country star delivered her new video “Shake it off” on youtube yesterday and the comments couldn’t wait. As I see and deal with her screeching childish voice blended with autotune software there’s images from Ballet classes to “Lady Gaga” look alike and the most controversial image of a group of females including two dark skin women twerking and moving their ass like jello. It’s not offensive, it’s how white people visualized black women and it has been for a long time. Black women have been oversexualized beyond repair to be sexual objects, not candidates to be able to be married and build a family. And sadly, while white community make fun of Black Women, Black Men bullies and denigrates his half in treating them like disposable toys to be throwed away. Black women deserve to be more than botton bitches, ho’s, and all the negative stereotypes. Of course, Taylor Swift should re-make the video! But it’s about supply and demand, capitalism and making a profit for her chipmunk album. In the meantime Black women have a serious problem in their hands, not butts.

Ice Bucket Stupidity

This is just a fashion fad, and it started as a fundraiser from ALS to Cancer which consist on a big bucket full of cold chilled ice covered water and dump it on themselves. Even Lady Gaga did the challenge in a creepy way. But still, they could dump as much cold water as they want, even cut their hair, paint their hair purple, being thrown down to a pool full of chocolate pudding and still, thousands die, many are finding their diagnosis and a lot of people are finding a rock and a hard place to get money for their treatments. Meanwhile, Big Pharma is getting their pockets richer while the pockets of a lot of Americans comes up empty. Challenges are good and fun, but that’s about it. They should focus another type of energy such as protests to the white house demanding changes in health care practices and policies.

Have a nice Tuesday!