I am referring to the really cruel Justin Bieber hoax that started going off the charts on twitter yesterday. It is not only heartless and basically full of hatred toward adolescent girls, it is just plain sick in so many ways. Here is one UK editorial about it that is really well written, angry, and compassionate:
I guess I was lucky because in the days when I was an adolescent (the early 1970s), it was just a given that the musicians I idolized did all kinds of unsavory and often illegal things. It went with the territory. Of course, it wasn't until we became lofty adults that it became apparent that a lot of those famous people were doing unsavory and illegal things because their minds had been 100% TOTALLY fucked from the stress of being famous. You know, just because artists become rich and famous, it doesn't also mean they've become super human. So that was pretty sad about my own idols, in hindsight.
I'm not saying that I think Justin Bieber is having a problem because he's smoking weed. But not only is this twitter hoax really cruel to impressionable girls, it is cruel to Justin Bieber, too. What an enormous responsibility that has got to be, especially for someone so young. The whole thing is sickening.
Well, on a lighter note...
Yesterday -- my last day before classes started again (which is, yes, TODAY) -- I decided to start using some of my AMC movie theater gift cards and I went to the movies in the early afternoon. (In fact, I did not work at all yesterday, which was so nice.)
I wanted something light, fun, a bit on the pre-digested side, so I went to see Parental Guidance. I love Billy Crystal and Bette Midler. It turns out that it also stars Marisa Tomei and Tom Everett Scott -- both of whom I also really, really enjoy (who remembers That Thing You Do!? God, was that a fun movie!). Parental Guidance also has that super- insanely talented little girl, Bailee Madison, as well.
So. Lots of talented people. However, still just a frothy movie that will probably work better on DVD or the ABC Family Channel, but it was an okay way to get away from my desk.
That said, though, wow, was my Skype session with my new screenwriting partner FUN on Saturday. We got so much done in an hour an half. We mapped out the entire plot of our screenplay and laughed a lot in the process. The story we are working on is not a comedy, though. It's a somewhat dark re-telling of a Hans Christian Andersen fairytale. But to me, sometimes "dark" is darkly humorous to me. (I like to say "to me" as many times in a sentence as I possibly can, apparently.)
I haven't had the best experiences working with co-writers, but this seems to be a totally different experience. For some reason (probably that "Law of Attraction" reason) Kevin and I are simpatico. Perhaps the fact that he's Italian has something to do with it? (Just kidding -- a little etymological allusion there.) But in my extreme, never-ending-childhood way, as we were perusing his collection of collectible action figures there in his room, through the help of Skype, I whipped my Neo (from The Matrix) action figure out of my desk drawer! He said, "Oh, The Matrix! I used to have that one!" Yes, he got it probably when he was about 5, whereas, I was about thirty-five when I got mine...
Anyway. We are simpatico.
And speaking of Law of Attraction... This week, I begin teaching a new writing student. She found me over the Internet in some convoluted way (which to me, says that God & the Universe wanted her to find me). I'm not saying that I'm the only teacher meant to work on this project with her, but I do know that I am a perfect teacher for her. She is writing a memoir of such compassion, wisdom, courage, and forgiveness -- you know, I want her to write this memoir because I, personally, really want to read it!
So, I have a full week ahead of me; one that needs to get underway right now, so I gotta scoot, gang. As a parting gift, I leave you with this lovely shot of a fully collectible Neo, complete with handguns, sitting right next to my laptop! All righty!! See ya, gang. And thanks for visiting!!
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