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Tuesday News: In defense of Miley Cyrus, Tom & Jerry in blackface, Smart bookstore social media

Tuesday News: In defense of Miley Cyrus, Tom & Jerry in...

“You can’t censor these things and put them away and pretend they never happened,” said Raul Aguirre, a former Disney animator who now runs the podcast “Man Vs. Art.” “Those cartoons represent a stage our culture was in at the time. As a cartoonist, our work reflects what’s going on in the world.”TODAY.com

I was listening to ESPN radio and they talked about Miley.  But Miley’s suggestive dancing was part of a rehearsed act so Miley knew about it. So did Robin Thicke. So did the whole of MTV and the VMA peeps.  So why is Miley being reviled?  How was Robin Thicke, as HuffPo suggested, sexually violated? Why did other news shows and morning talk shows suggest that Mrs. Thicke should have words with Miley? Shouldn’t she be having words with Robin, her husband?

Jenny Trout wrote about this and called it media slut shaming and I have to agree. Miley was part of a rehearsed act. If her bit was terrible the blame falls on all them, not just her.  Sweaters for Days.

“I’ll lay out rose petals across the bed, and they won’t get in our butts, though it seems some of them logically would. I’ll rub an ice cube all over you, and you won’t burst out giggling, causing me to grow self-conscious and lose my erection. I’ll drip wax on you, which will be erotic and not at all like the other times you’ve burnt yourself on something hot, which have not been erotic at all. We’ll eat dessert off of each other’s nude bodies like that’s not the grossest thing two people could do to their sheets and skin. “Can’t we just have those strawberries later? I’m going to get all sticky,” is something you won’t say, in this paradise of physical pleasure.” McSweeney’s Internet Tendency

Monday News: Overstock to price match Amazon’s book prices; Anna Gunn analyzes the Skyler White hate; U of Iowa offers free writing workshop for 15 writers

Monday News: Overstock to price match Amazon’s book prices; Anna Gunn...

For fans of the show, Skyler is apparently the most vile creature ever. She is disgusted by Walter’s actions and refuses to support him. Because of this, there are message boards and forums devoted to hating her, wanting her to die, wanting to hunt down Anna Gunn, the actress, and hurt her. Gunn believes it is because of Skyler’s refusal to “stand by her man” that results in this hatred:

But I finally realized that most people’s hatred of Skyler had little to do with me and a lot to do with their own perception of women and wives. Because Skyler didn’t conform to a comfortable ideal of the archetypical female, she had become a kind of Rorschach test for society, a measure of our attitudes toward gender.NYTimes.com

I haven’t seen the show.  What do you guys think?

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