Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Am I Crazy? Don't Answer That.

It's been a really long time since our last angry rant. But over the last couple of days, I've almost had rage blackouts twice so it's probably time. Let's get started with something I'm sure you've all heard of by now. This:

The geezer on the left was on a plane (and drinking heavily) when the 19 month old (on the right) began crying as the plane descended (because his ears hurt). So the old man glares at the little boy's mother and says: "Shut that [n-word] baby up".

Pause. OH YES HE DID. But it gets worse.

Because then he leaned over, right in her face, and whispered it into her ear again. Just so there were no misunderstanding. And then he slapped her baby, leaving the child with a swollen, bleeding face.

I needed to do some deep breathing when I first heard about this story. Thank goodness I wasn't there. If I had been on that plane, I would've screamed "WOOOOOLVERIIINNE!" and then dove onto that dude's back, knocking him away from the baby and his mom. I would then have applied the full force of 13 years of Buffy-watching, vampire slaying skills directly onto that man's nether regions. I'm guessing that the air marshals would then have to pull me off him (and probably tranq me). Then they'd have to pull my spork out of his neck.

What kind of person does that? What kind of person assaults a baby for crying while hissing the n-word in his mother's ear? ::shivers of rage:: You can read and watch about it here. The dude is a 60 year old executive (or he was, he lost his job) and is now facing jail time. I just can't tell you how upset this made me.

SIGH... So let's now move on to the next rage-inducing item, which has nothing to do with racist old farts.

Last weekend, my 9 year daughter had a friend over and all four kids and I were watching a movie (Zathura - which was good, by the way) on a cable channel called The Hub. The movie and the channel are clearly geared towards elementary-aged kids (and maybe younger middle schoolers), so imagine my surprise when I saw this:

You guys, my head exploded. Because it's just so bad. It's so bad that if it were a Saturday Night Live sketch  - it would be hilarious. But it's not. It's real. And I had to watch it all the way through twice before it started to sink in that people were seriously trying to sell this garbage to my daughter. [Editor's note:  My daughter will be getting a pair of these over my rotting corpse. -Guru]

Thank goodness the little girl visiting us is a cool kid (her name is Marianne and she is THE BEST). Because I almost lost my schmidt right in front of her. Marianne just thought it was funny when I started howling: "SAY WHHHAAAAAAT?! NO. NO. NO. Noooooooo. GIRLS! Did you see that? DID! YOU! SEE! THAT?!" and then started ranting about the degradation of our society and how girls need to be valued and taught science and how this should be some kind of joke and... I may have gone on for quite a while.

But look at these images from their website. The whole thing makes me mad and here's why.
  • This is NOT how we teach girls and young women to get what they want.
  • Girls, don't work for the things you want. No no no. Instead, put on tiny shorts and a belly shirt and go ask "Daddy" for some money. 
  • This product is being marketing towards teens primarily (the spot is mostly shown on MTV). That's terrible. 
  • But it's also being marketed to elementary-aged girls and that's worse.
  • This product is can't be good for girls or teens. A 2 inch heel? How can that be healthy for growing bodies or safe for them to wear for any extended period of time?
  • Injuries? Yes. Back and leg pain? Yes. And those things lead to a subsequent decline in the ability to focus on school or participate in sports or physical activities.
  • The product also costs $50-$65 depending on where you buy it. 
  • And why do girls even need a 2 inch wedge? Are we teaching them that they need to be taller? So that what? They appear to be thinner? Because whatever their size or height or body type, it's wrong.
  • You're not good enough the way you are - buy a product to fix that.
  • And get a man to buy it for you, since you just want "swag". And to go shoe shopping. And to be pretty. 
  • Oh! And I forgot to mention that all of the different patterns of the shoes have names. Take a look:

They're all called "Gimme". Are you kidding me? Because this is what we want our daughters to be like. We want them to say "GIMME" when they want something. To dress in tight clothes and go to their daddy with their hands out and say "gimme".

COME ON! I ask you?! It's the worst, right?! And ready for this?
The website (the “Site”) is a service of Skechers USA, Inc. ("Skechers"). 
Well guess what, Skechers? I used to like your stuff! But now I think you guys are a bunch of stupids. Your daddy's money product is stupid and bad for girls and your marketing choices are GROSS.

::deep breaths::

I need to work through this, you guys. I'm going in the forest to do an angry dance with Andy Samberg. I'll see you tomorrow.

xo, Lydia

(c)Herding Turtles 2009 - 2013

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