A silent protest in Love Park, downtown Philadelphia orchestrated by performance artists protesting the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson. The onslaught of passerby’s wanting to take photos with the statue exemplifies the disconnect in American society. Simply frame out the dead body, and it doesn’t exist.
Here are some observations by one of the artists involved in the event:
I don’t know who any of these folks are.
They were tourists I presume.
But I heard most of what everything they said. A few lines in particular stood out. There’s one guy not featured in the photos. His friends were trying to get him to join the picture but he couldn’t take his eyes off the body.
"Something about this doesn’t feel right. I’m going to sit this one out, guys." "Com’on man… he’s already dead."
There were a billion little quips I heard today. Some broke my heart. Some restored my faith in humanity. There was an older white couple who wanted to take a picture under the statue.
The older gentleman: “Why do they have to always have to shove their politics down our throats.” Older woman: “They’re black kids, honey. They don’t have anything better to do.”
One woman even stepped over the body to get her picture. But as luck would have it the wind blew the caution tape and it got tangle around her foot. She had to stop and take the tape off. She still took her photo.
There was a guy who yelled at us… “We need more dead like them. Yay for the white man!”
"One young guy just cried and then gave me a hug and said ‘thank you. It’s nice to know SOMEBODY sees me.’
I’m just gonna keep reblogging this because this is truly how white America works. Like people have their weddings on plantations, Blackface was and still is a major source of entertainment and the biggest movie of all time was Gone With the Wind. White America will kill Black people and then smile and laugh and enjoy their day it sickens me that we’re treated this way.
Video leaks of the cancelled 2010 Crash Team Racing game. Read details on the game here.
November 19th - Shitty Buzzfeed article (read; collection of tumblr GIFs) about how great Jennifer Lawrence is.
December 29th - Shitty IGN article (read: also a collection of tumblr GIFs, albeit with more actual text) about how great Jennifer Lawrence is.
Just ignore this and continue to be shocked when this same thing happens again in like 6 months.
Connecticut newspaper publishes story on WWE scrubbing racy footage from the internet.
It was reported earlier this week on assorted wrestling news sites that WWE was working with YouTube (with whom they have a million dollar deal) in taking down as many of the company’s…. well, less-family friendly content.
Linda McMahon continues to be attacked by opponents for the content of WWE programming in its pre-PG days. WWE, who usually stress that they are NOT affiliated with Linda anymore, actually issued a statement last week acknowleding that they were doing this, but were doing so not to benefit Linda, but to protect their own image which they felt was being hurt by these political attacks which were presented “without context.”
Unfortunately for Linda and WWE, McMahon’s opponent and local media have picked up on the story, and of course have now accused her of not only trying to erase her past, but being in cahoots with the wrestling organisation while doing so.
This guy gives carny bullshit a whole new meaning. I didn’t think he could come off any worse in this situation but this statement is just absurd.
My thoughts are with everyone affected by the shooting in Denver this morning. Awful, awful news.
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The Memorial Day edition of WWE RAW scored a 2.7 rating, the lowest since the days of WCW riding high and taking it to WWF.
The ratings had been floating around 3.0 lately, and Memorial Day activities can probably be a factor in the decrease this week.
Without giving any specifics, Kevin Nash said last night on twitter that he found out a close friend was fired from WWE. He then ranted about not wanting to be in their hall of fame, going so far as to claim he told his wife to turn down any offers in the event he dies.
There is something to watch. Brianna & Nicole Garcia, the Bella Twins in WWE, are doing an autograph show on 5/19 at Frank & Sons in the City of Industry, CA. They are being advertised as “Brianna and Nichole, formerly The Bella Twins in WWE.” We also got word of a convention in New Jersey that has them booked although is not advertising it yet, and WWE talent is not allowed at their events. If they are not on television tonight, I’d read something into this. Given Nikki Bella just beat Beth Phoenix in a non-title match at Smackdown, it wouldn’t seem that they would be quitting or being let go today. There were rumors over the weekend that WWE had made some cuts but they wouldn’t be announced until everything was finalized and everyone was contacted. WWE did not confirm anything regarding the Twins.
-Dave Meltzer, Monday Update, WrestlingObserver.com