Tuesday, August 29, 2006

On political correctness

A couple of things of late have made me dwell on political correctness. First, the plane crash skit in the Emmy Awards on Sunday night. I love awards shows but this one was duuuuuullllll. The opening skits with Conan O'Brien were the only really entertaining part of the night. But still, when I saw him spoofing Lost by being involved in a plane crash at the beginning of the show, I was a bit surprised--not because it bothered me, but because I knew people would be outraged. I was surprised NBC didn't pull it, considering a plane had crashed in Kentucky and killed 49 people that morning (no, not the plane crash with 170 people killed in the Ukraine last week--that wasn't a consideration). They didn't show a crash and the implication of the crash occurred while in the air (the plane which crashed in Kentucky that morning barely got of the ground), so why did I think NBC would have pulled it? PC-that's right. Political correctness. Don't piss the people off by showing a flood on tv after there's been a big flood (only in the US--if the flood killed hundreds but in a foreign land, well, that's okay because it's not them). That is the rule of PC-TV.

Then there is the Survivor debate. Survivor has decided to fly in the face of political correctness and is starting their next season by separating teams along racial lines with Caucasians, Asian-Americans, Latino-Americans, and African-Americans competing against each other. Hubby and I discussed this and he sees no biggie with it. Normally, I would agree because I think this PC stuff goes way too far. But this is the US, people. A place where African-Americans had to fight (and die) for the right not to be segregated. It is kind of like having a German version of Survivor and having Jews as their own separate tribe. It just feels wrong. Anyway, CBS and Survivor producer Mark Burnett know what they are doing: the publicity has been nearly constant and here I am blogging about Survivor before it even starts. And isn't publicity what it's all about?

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Rockstar Supernova

Oh Lord, I don't want this blog to turn into a reality/talent contest show site but I have been watching this all summer and now the latest in-the-house episode (shown tonight on Global and also available at rockstar's website) shows what I fear may end up happening:

I think if Dilana and Lukas keep this up, Storm (who I like) or (uck, dare I think it) Ryan could come up the middle. So, Dilana, ignore sookyboy-Lukas, shut up talking nasty about the others, and kick some ass.

Sharpe performance

Now, that's what I'm taking about! God love him, Craig Sharpe did a great job last night singing Always on my Mind. Finally, after weeks of people telling him he has to feel the song, not just sing it, the brilliant Martina McBride got through to him and Craig blew us away. His hair also seems to have finally found its way and the colour suits him better. I really hope he gets through this week and then I hope he picks songs that mean something to him. The guy can sing. There's no question about that but he needs to show us feeling with it and I know he's had enough in his young life to find songs which can really make him sing from his heart.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

This Close

Craig Sharpe managed to stay in and ironically, Ashley Coulter, the person I said picked the right song...well, I guess I won't be an official advisor for the Canadian Idol contestants any time soon. But, just in case Craig is reading this (sure b'y, that's gonna happen), just be you. In the beginning you seemed to be having fun and just being yourself but as you've gone along, it seems you are trying to listen to all those "coaches" on there and are trying to be something they want to create. Just be you. Enjoy, relax and sing, Craig. We love it when you sing and when you seem to be enjoying it just as much as we are.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Not so Sharpe song selection

I haven't posted about Canadian Idol before. But today I fear we might lose our own CI contestant. He hasn't been in the bottom three before and his singing is always flawless with an amazing voice (especially for a 16 year old) so maybe I am way off, but Craig Sharpe's song selection the past couple of weeks has not highlighted his talents. Take last night. The theme for this week was Unplugged as in acoustic, no electric instruments. This is the kind of opportunity you use to choose a song heavy on voice and light on music. There are loads of songs Sharpe could have done that with. But he sang what is a rocking, bass-pounding, song loaded with electric hooks in Bon Jovi's It's My Life. Listening to the piano clinking away in places where big bass punctuations should have been was hard and the song did absolutely nothing to highlight Craig's awesome voice. Ashley Coulter picked brilliantly and did Roy Orbison's Crying. The rest of the Idols picked well also and my concern is that Craig was the least of them all. I think the guy is probably trying to show a different side but last night was not the time to rock. I just hope he gets another chance.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Judge finds Parsons guilty

Now I am just speculating but I'm thinking that Robert Parsons and his lawyer thought it would be an easier sell to try to persuade a judge that Parsons had a diabetic blackout after consuming a lot of pepsi (with the rum he drank) than a jury. I'm guessing they figured a jury would be swayed by the pain of the parents of Matthew Churchill, who lost their only son, or the pain of his friend who tried in vain to help Matthew after Parsons drove off and left them alone on the side of the road. But the judge, God love his heart, saw through this whole defence and found him guilty of leaving the scene of the accident. He did not believe that Parsons managed to somehow ignore the huge smashed area of his windshield where Matthew had left his mark and drove onto a legion then home and to bed, not actually contacting the police about this until after he had contacted said lawyer. I've never smashed a teenager with my car but I can say without a shadow of a doubt, that if I had done so, I would be a screaming, bawling mass of remorse and shame, running to throw myself on the mercy of the police and the child's family, not stopping for a second to contact a lawyer. But hey, that's just me.

For more about Matthew, read the website his parents created in his memory. The Life Without Matt entries, especially from his mother, will rip your heart out. I just hope and pray these people can find some modicum of closure now and can try to begin the rest of their lives, with this huge hole left behind.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Peter Whitmore and the failed justice system

The ten year old allegedly abducted by Peter Whitmore, has been found alive. That is the good news. 14-year-old Jordan Bruyere is not yet safe and Whitmore, as of this time, is not in police custody. That is part of the bad news. The other bad news is the fact that our justice system is doing sweet FA to help protect the kids in this country against people like Whitmore. Here's a little rundown of Peter's past offenses:

In 1993: convicted of abduction and five sexual offences involving four young boys in Toronto --16 months in custody.

Nine days after his release: takes an 8-year-old girl from Guelph to Toronto--sentenced to more than 4 1/2 years in jail.

Less than a month after release: found in a downtown Toronto motel with a 13-year-old boy--sentenced to one year in jail.

In 2002: found guilty of probation violations including being found with a five year old boy and carrying a "rape kit" that included latex gloves, pictures of young children, tubes of jelly lubricant, duct tape, a sleeping bag and plastic zipper ties that can be used as handcuffs--sentenced to three years in jail.

And somewhere between there and this new disaster, he managed to spend some time in a quiet neighbourhood in Newfoundland and Labrador where no one had a clue what kind of monster was living on their street.

Does anyone in their right minds, or even with half a brain, honestly think that this guy is going to be rehabilitated? Seems to me that the laws are protecting the rapists and not the children out there who are being raped. When are the lawmakers in this country going to realize that sexual predators do not change? A recividism rate of 77% of those with previous sexual offenses, who selected extrafamilial boy victims, and who were never married, does not bode well for anyone who is a sexual offender. And to be honest, I don't care if the rights of the other 23% are trod on. Tough. Maybe you shouldn't have committed a sexual offense against a child!

I don't care if they have to build new jails in every province to house them, get these people off the street and protect the innocent kids who are their prey.