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As the protector of Truth, Justice and the American Way for nearly 80 years, it would makes sense that if there were a group of people being victimized, unarmed against a well-armed force, that the Man of Steel would step in to help. But what if the victims were people protesting the police, and the people doing violence against them were the actual Metropolis Police force? That’s the very real world inspired story line in a recent edition of Action Comics, and one in which Superman comes out on the side of the people. Naturally, Fox News has a problem with this. (more…)

Brent Lang from The Wrap is reporting that Chick-fil-A has lost The Muppets, or more specifically The Jim Henson Company. In a brief statement released via their Facebook page, The Henson Company said the following:

“The Jim Henson Company has celebrated and embraced diversity and inclusiveness for over fifty years and we have notified Chick-Fil-A that we do not wish to partner with them on any future endeavors.  Lisa Henson, our CEO is personally a strong supporter of gay marriage and has directed us to donate the payment we received from Chick-Fil-A to GLAAD.”

At a time when opening ones mouth can be considered “bad for business” Lisa Henson and the Jim Henson Company have joined others like Ed Helms (who just recently stood against the poultry-centric fast food chain) to say cluck you and use their bully pulpit to strike back at Chick-fil-A and their President, Dan Cathy, who gave the following quote to The Baptist Press.

“We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit,” Cathy said. “We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that … we know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles,”

Mr. Cathy is right — on one thing at least — he is free to share his values and operate his privately owned business however he sees fit, even if he favors exclusionary and hateful things. Chick-fil-A is not the first company to exercise that right. In the summer of 2010 Minnesota based retailers Best Buy and Target each took full advantage of the Citizens United decision and their new status as pseudo-humans and donated $150,000 and $100,000 respectively to Minnesota Forward, a political action committee with a dubious record on LGBT matters.

Then, as now, those in support of equality and LGBT rights protested vociferously, as is there right. Will the Henson Company and Helms’ decision to stand against Chick-fil-A make a difference? Hard to tell, but if they do crack and do see the light, I guess we’ll know that their dear and fluffy lord isn’t as important to them as their bank balance is.

By the way, the reason we’re telling you about this now is because Muppets are in play and I always side with a Muppet. Also those who support legislative gay bashing don’t get to sell me chicken — and I am a lot fatter than Ed Helms, so really, they should take my protest a lot more seriously.

If you’d like to comment positively on Lisa Henson’s decision, go to the Henson Company’s Facebook page, I’m sure they wouldn’t mind a few less people telling them how their souls are going to burn in hell. If you disagree with the Henson Company or the tone of this article and want to tell me how my soul is going to burn in hell, shove a chicken biscuit up your ass.

UPDATE:

I’m goona report a little here, and you’re goona have to decide. Apparently Chick-fil-A recalled the Henson Company toys at the heart of their now defunct corporate relationship. This happened on the 19th of July, on the 20th the Henson Company issued their public statement. When they actually told Chick-fil-A about their decision is not yet publicly known. So, was this a response by Chick-fil-A and an effort to portray the Henson Company toys as hazardous? Was the statement pulling out of the Chick deal a bit of damage control by Henson, or is this just a coincidence?

Below you’ll see a picture of the recall notice from a Chick-fil-A location, here is the text.

“We apologize for any inconvenience but as of 7/19/2012 Chick-fil-A has voluntarily recalled all of the Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Puppet Kids Meal Toys due to a possible safety issue. Please be advised that there have not been any cases in which a child has actually been injured, however there have been some reports of children getting their fingers stuck in the holes of the puppets.”

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According to HuffPo:

Chick-Fil-A spokeswoman Tiffany Greenway told HuffPost Gay Voices that the company had decided to recall the Muppets toys nationwide, as of July 19, “for the protection of our customers.” She said it was a decision completely separate from the Jim Henson Company’s Facebook announcement.

Sources: The WrapThe Baptist Press, Metro Weekly, Websters Dictionary, CNNHuffPo

 

 

Orphans of the World Unite… Against ‘Avengers’

With over $700 million in the bank, you’d think that The Avengers was a hit with just about everyone. Not so. One group is not pleased with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes for a throwaway gag one its members says in the course of the film.

The group in question is America’s adoptees.

If you seen The Avengers, then you already know where this is going. In one scene, Bruce Banner is talking smack about Loki’s mental capacity, to which Thor remarks that Loki’s still an Asgardian and deserves, at least, a degree of respect. When Black Widow mentions that Loki’s “killed 80 people in two days,” Thor retorts, “He’s adopted.”

The crowd laughs, but not all of them. America’s adopted kids are mad as hell, and they’ve started a  petition to demand an apology from Disney:

“Sooo..according to your scriptwriter, the fact [Loki] was adopted is the reason he is a bad guy!

Being adopted is NOT something to use for the butt of jokes! Marvel, immediately cease using adoption as the butt of jokes AND issue a public apology to the adoption community!”

Really? A petition? Sigh. Of course when something’s really, really successful everyone tries to latch their cause or issue on it. I’m guessing the orphans of America are just trying to make some noise for their orphan agenda…

Source: Blastr

Assuming this is not your first stop on the internet today (but if it is, thank you, glad you can make it) you’ve probably been inundated with a constant stream of SOPA/PIPA related news and how if it was to happen 90% of the websites we love would disappear and we wouldn’t be able to tweet Ron Swanson quotes or post Jay-Z lyrics on Facebook to woo the ladies. As today is the focal point of many online protests, here’s one that includes some pretty damn famous people, ones that the bill is suppose to protect from the terror from the interwebs and those dastardly digital pirates. See, they are among the millions that have used the internet rather successfully in building that fame and know its not about stealing babies and forcing kittens to do dumb things on video (ok, that last one is debatable).

I should probably apologize now for the misleading title, I have no proof that Neil Gaiman formed this group or that Aziz Ansari has any flame based superpowers (I did try to look it up on Wikipedia, but… yea). Joined by Mythbuster Adam Savage, rockers and YuoTube superstars OK Go , Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor and, the guys from Lonely Island (Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer) they present an open letter to Congress opposing the bill.

Diplomatically, they are “grateful for the measures policymakers have enacted to protect our works,” but clearly state that it is more damaging than it is helpful. “We are deeply concerned that PIPA and SOPA’s impact on piracy will be negligible compared to the potential damage that would be caused to legitimate Internet services,” they write.

Take for example, oh I don’t know… the crappy photoshop I did for this article. Under SOPA it’s very very illegal, multiple copyright infringements (not to mention lazy use of the clone tool). With PIPA in place Nerdbastards.com could be shut down permanently because of it, without due process. It took me 5 minutes, but it could cost me 5 years in jail.

Personally, I just want to thank the undersigned for using their louder (cause they are famous) voices for this. Hopefully it’s loud enough to shut down this maddness.

Fight the good fight, famous folks or as Adam Savage says,  “It’s clobberin time!”

Hit the jump to read the full letter.

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People seriously have too much time on their hands, and this dramatic tift between Smith and the Westboro Baptist Church .  Seeing as the world doesn’t have too much to picket about at the moment,  the Westboro Baptist Church sets their sights on Kevin Smith’s new film ‘Red State’, calling him “a God-hating clown”.

If you’ve been living under a rock, Kevin Smith’s film ‘Red State’ is centered in Middle America. The film’s plot centers around  a group of teens who receive an online invitation for, but soon encounter that the invitation is a sinister plot  by fanatical church members whose member kill “sinners”.

Some have said that the film bares a resemblance to the fanatical Westboro Church, and the only comment from the church’s spokesperson  is, “God hates fags, God hates fag enablers, therefore God hates Kevin Smith.” Kevin Smith, in a true show of smart-ass awesomness, told TMZ, “”Well Jesus told ME he loved ‘Red State.’  He said it makes up for ‘Cop Out.’  He also said neither He nor His Heavenly Father have any affiliation with the Westboro Baptist Church.”

This isn’t the first time that this church have protested everything on this god-given earth. During this slump of controversial things to be ticked off about, the group has managed to immerse itself into public’s eye once more.

Of course, Kevin Smith uses this controversy to his advantage seeing as the film is set to release a month from now. If you want to check out Kevin Smith’s interview  with TMZ on ‘Red State’, and an update on his career ventures ,click here.

It’s that time again for the Superhero Roundup. It has all the news that was too small to have its own spotlight, but too juicy to pass up. Sneak peeks for today’s roundup include Warner Bros. release of artwork for Batman: Arkham City, Hugh Jackman spills on when Les Wolverine will be , and exclusive interviews for super hero films in the works all of which you can read after the jump.

We start our roundup with Batman: Arkham City, which is one of the many highly anticipated video games being released this year. After much speculation over what the official box art for Batman: Arkham City could be, Warner Bros. finally sets all the rumors to rest by releasing the box art that will be seen in stores. Of course, what we see right now is the X-Box 360 box art, but could there be different art work for the PS3 box? I think not. You can always hope for a little spice in your box art game rack though.

via: Comic Book Movie

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Once again the WBC (Westboro Baptist Church) is rearing it’s ugly head this time to protest Kevin Smith’s new film Red State at the Sundance Film Festival on January 23rd.  Check out the full flyer (click here), but here’s a couple of excerpts:

His newest flick, “Red State,” mocks the servants of God & calls good evil, and evil good.

Smith’s punishment in Hell for his hatred will be administered by the Jesus he blasphemes daily. “…he shall be tormented with fire & brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, & in the presence of the Lamb: & the smoke of their torment ascendeth up forever & ever: & they have no rest day nor night.” (Rev 14:10-11)

Kevin’s response on Twitter (@ThatKevinSmith)

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That’s one of the things I like about Kevin Smith.  He promotes his stuff anyway he can.  Joining the protest . . . that’s great . . . wait a darn minute . . . Kevin’s done it before!  Back when Dogma was getting the protester treatment!

I wonder if anyone at the protest even knew what Kevin looked like?

Kevin talks about his decision to protest his own movie here, it’s classically Kevin Smith funny.  I hope he does it again and joins the WBC protest.  Get a nerdy sign made, protest his movie, and get more free publicity.  That would be the “tongue in cheek” kind of humor that most people know him for.

For anyone considering counter-protesting the WBC at this or other WBC protests please keep reading.

Writer John Scalzi  had some interesting points about WBC and their tactics.  Scalzi linked to a rather interesting article about the why and the way the WBC does the things it does.  This is definitely required reading for anyone planning a counter protest.

Lets give Kevin some ideas for the sign he should hold when protesting his own movie . . .

Superheroes Free To Panhandle

For years, at The Grauman’s Chinese Theater on Hollywood Blvd. in Los Angelas, CA street actors have earned a living on tips from tourists who wish to be photographed with Superman, Spider-Man, Batman , the Incredible Hulk, and other pop culture icons. Because of a few aggressive and unruly costumed medicants (Fancy word for street beggar) a ban on street performing was put in place. Performers were basically forced to have a license to entertain on the street or take the chance of being arrested. The performers weren’t to keen on this crackdown. Afterall playing dress up is their life. It’s their career. Fuck the man and fuck the law. Despite the iron fist our heroes of the street refused to comply. This of course led to many arrests. Which led to continued protests. A two-part webisode of the situation ran on craigslist TV. Titled Superheroes Strike Back it had Superman, Batman, Darth Vader and others taking their fight to city hall and the press.

Just when it looked liked our heroes were going to have to turn in their duds and live as normal (sane) civilians they got a break from the federal government. A U.S. Judge blocked the crackdown.

U.S. Judge Dean Pregerson on Wednesday blocked police from cracking down on the costumed characters who perform and pose for pictures for tips along the fabled street.

It may not seem like a traditional form of free speech, but their right to perform is protected under that provision of the U.S. Constitution, Pregerson wrote in the ruling that was welcomed by the performers.

YAY? Weird people making a living and doing it within a constitutional right. That’s a good ruling indeed. However, nobody but the street folks themselves are happy about this. Local business owners and law enforcement are shaking fists.

“We think that the judge did not bother to take into consideration the situation on the street,” Gubler told The San Francisco Chronicle. “I would just say it’s basically a license for these characters to harass the public. “We have had no one – and I repeat not one person – who has said they miss the characters.”

Personally I think that regardless of constitutional law they should be licensed. Make them take tests to qualify and get a permit, tax their earnings. Or the Theatre which has long said they don’t like them should get their own out there. At-least make them wash their costumes from time to time. Nobody wants to be harassed by fat, sweaty and smelly Bat-man.

Source: Comics Alliance Via San Francisco Chronicle

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