Monday, July 14, 2008

Stripper arrested for subway pole dances

Via Reuters "Oddly Enough":

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - A stripper who danced on the poles of Santiago subway trains to challenge the prudishness of Chilean society was arrested on Thursday during one of her lightning performances.

Monserrat Morilles, 26, surprised subway riders all week stripping to skimpy underwear, but she refused tips.

She said she was protesting a lack of tolerance in Chile, one of Latin America's most conservative societies where the first generation since the Pinochet dictatorship is reaching adulthood.

"This is just a beginning. We are starting an idea here that will grow and be developed further," she told Reuters as police and subway guards surrounded her.

The professional pole dancer worked quickly all week to avoid arrest, getting on at one station, finding a subway car with no children on it and stripping in time to exit at the next station.

Chilean media dubbed her "La Diosa del Metro" or Subway Goddess. She called her performances "happy minutes."

"Chile is still a pretty timid country," said her manager Gustavo Pradenas. "People aren't very extroverted and we want to take aim at that and make Chile a happier country."

Most Viewed Photo = Klutzy Hot Chick

From Yahoo! News Photos:

"Crystle Stewart of the U.S. attempts to stand after falling during the Miss Universe 2008 evening gown competition in central Vietnam's resort city Nha Trang July 14, 2008. (Adrees Latif/Reuters)"

I'm a klutz and I fall all the time. Maybe I will practice looking as good as her each time when I descend to the ground, so then one day I can compete in a Miss Universe competition and look flawlessly gorgeous when I inevitably fall flat on my face in front of the entire planet. Yup, sounds like a plan!

Closet Freak: The Missing Link

When Cee-lo broke away from Goodie Mob and dropped "Cee-lo Green and His Perfect Imperfections" in 2002 it raised a lot of eyebrows at first. But it brought just the right amount of "funk soul bruhvah" (© Fatboy Slim) to the table so people didn't really seem to mind. Little did we know, it was a precursor to even more daring and ostentatious creative endeavors with DJ Danger Mouse as Gnarls Barkley. Lest we forget, before he was "Crazy," Cee-lo was a self-proclaimed "Closet Freak" and he did a hysterical video to tell us alllllll about it:

Best. Video. EVAR. Pure hysteria - negroes was wilin' OUT when they came up with the concept for this joint. This video is pretty much they key to the missing link between his transition from Goodie Mobb to Gnarls Barkley. I mean...he pretend-morphs into a big sparkly bat at the bridge of the song! If THAT didn't tip you off that he was on some other isht...and he definitely gets the "No Shame In My Game" award for rocking the feather boas/mohawk and not...much...else...

I still bust out "Closet Freak" like once a month, but when I really wanna vibe and lose myself in my thoughts for a few minutes then I throw on:

So yeah. Just a few of many reasons why I fornicates with Cee-lo. He doesn't fuck around.

Satire or Poor Taste?

From Yahoo! News Photos:

"This illustration provided by The New Yorker magazine, the cover of the July 21, 2008 issue by artist Barry Blitt, shows Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama dressed as a Muslim and his wife as a terrorist. The magazine says the cover is meant to satirize the use of scare tactics and misinformation in the presidential election to derail Obama (AP Photo/New Yorker)"

I suppose I can see the satire they're trying to convey, but this was done entirely in very poor taste. It's done in a way where 1). people who have no grasp of satire will take it literally and 2). it does nothing to negate all the ridiculous accusations that people throw around at the Obamas. Of course the whole satire explanation could just be a facade and it's very likely that they knew what the hell they were doing. SOMEBODY had to sign off on that before it went to press, so they knew exactly what message it would send and the effect it would have.

Nas - Hero/Sly Fox

Videos for new tracks appearing on the widely controversialized Album Formerly Known as Nigger:

"Hero" ft. Keri Hilson

This joint is such a beast. I fornicates with Polow Da Don's production HOARD. As long as I don't ever have to hear him rap about how I should have a picture of his dick on my wall again, we're good. Apparently Keri Hilson is the new hip hop hook-singer chick along with Chrisette Michelle and Estelle. Not sure if I can take her seriously yet, but then again I'm kind of embittered when it comes to R&B post-2002 (damn you Ashanti. DAMN YOU!) so I'm not the person to ask. Of course Chrisette and Estelle bring an immense amount of redeeming quality to the genre and to female performers in general but for the most part I stick with my tried and trues of the 70s - 2001.

"Sly Fox"

Nas calling out Fox News = WINNER . After that stunt Bill O'Reilly pulled with regards to him performing @ Virginia Tech last fall, I guess he didn't have a choice. Who wants to get punked by the same guy who got punked by Cam'ron and Dame Dash?

Gotta Get Up (Another Day)

I can't think of a song that sums up how I feel right now more perfectly than this:

Jill Scott - Gotta Get Up (Another Day) ft. 4Hero.mp3

Yeah, I've got a bad case of "The Mondays" >_<