Influencers don’t owe us their opinions

In the midst of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, more and more people are demanding celebrities/influencers to speak out on the issue. Many are even going as far as attempting to cancel influencers who stay silent. Celebrities/influencers each have their own beliefs and opinions, but they shouldn’t be obligated to voice them.  Frankly, some influencers are simply not educated enough on politics to have a stance. If influencers are pressured to speak out on topics they don’t know enough about, there’s potential to seriously misinform their wide …

Actors don’t need to act like they enjoy their movies

Recently, actor Jacob Elordi, best known for his role as Nate Jacobs in HBO’s Euphoria, has been facing backlash online for his comments regarding “The Kissing Booth” series and his comment from a red-carpet interview.  During the interview with IndieWire, Elordi was asked about what he looks for in roles to which he responded “I mean, I just play what they give me you know. I need a job.” This statement is very similar to one made by Rachel Zegler during a red-carpet interview for …

The Grammys continue to be the low note in the music award system

With the Billboards Awards ending earlier this month and the Grammys right around the corner, the conversation of musical snubs and robberies has taken the front seat again on social media. The company and academy just can’t seem to escape the noise, but it’s not like they really care either. The Grammys have long been claimed and respected to be the highest award system possible for anything music-related. But for the past decade, social media as a whole has had endless complaints about their awarding …

Family vloggers put a price tag on childhood

Child exploitation takes on a new face now as more parent-managed social media accounts continue to put a price tag on their children’s privacy. Family vlogging accounts have become more popular than ever in the last half a decade, but it brings up ethical questions around monetizing the life of a child too young to consent to their digital footprint. Since the beginning of YouTube, family vlogging channels have been a cornerstone of the internet, for better or for worse, but have only gained mass …

Greedy corporations get ahead by reselling their problems to consumers

I love to thrift to find unique pieces for a great deal. Usually, my local Savers is the way to go. Perusing the aisles, I was a little taken aback by the prices. But what I saw hanging on the rack stopped me dead in my tracks. Savers were selling a pair of children’s overalls for $54.99. Not only were they outrageously priced, and a children size 6, but they were zip-tied to the rack so that no one could even look at them without getting …

Artistic freedom gets run off a cliff as execs ax movies

On Nov 9, Warners Bros Discovery decided not to release the anticipated comedy movie “Coyote vs. Acme,” starring John Cena and featuring Wile E. Coyote. The film was supposed to be released later this year; however, the company shelved the project, preferably taking a $30 million tax write-off instead. This decision not to show the movie caused outrage among artists, animators, and fans alike.  With pressure mounting due to the backlash, the studio has since decided to let the film be shopped around with a …

Biden is biding his time with Palestine

Remember when all the young liberals and progressives desperately voted for Biden because voting for a senile old puppet no one wanted to vote for in the first place was supposed to “save democracy” from the orange, steroid-powered old narcissist? If by “democracy” we mean keeping the pricey and performative two-party system and inhumane status quo intact, then yes, we saved democracy. And it continues to spread around the world like a virus that jumped from a Dulles brother’s body in a Wuhan lab. Now, …

Does social media anonymity empower or endanger?

In the world of social media, people have many different viewpoints on anything and everything. With the ability to conceal oneself by creating anonymous social media pages, you never know where or even whom a post is actually coming from. According to statistics from annapolis.gov, 58% of kids admit someone has said mean or hurtful things to them online. More than 4 out of 10 say it has happened more than once. In a national study of recent years, as described by the link above, …

Hasan Minhaj isn’t guiltless but it’s OK to lie in comedy

What started off as an uncomfortable controversy from the New Yorker accusing comedian Hasan Minhaj of lying about his life has turned into asking, why are we fact-checking comedians to begin with? Are performers allowed to embellish their stories for emotional gain? Look, a good story isn’t always a factually accurate one. If you want to captivate an audience, sometimes you have to over-exaggerate for people to follow along. This was Minhaj’s argument back at the New Yorker when he posted a 20-minute-long rebuttal defending …

CinemaSin’s sinful manipulation of film Twitter

While YouTube has always been a safe haven for opinionated content and critique, channels like “CinemaSins” or “Channel Awesome” have departed from their sarcastic movie critique with a dash of assholery to instead become nothing more than an echo chamber for the most baseless complaints you’ve ever seen. This has had disastrous effects on film Twitter and made any chance for genuine critique drowned out by voices spewing nonsense. “CinemaSins” has been around since late 2012 and has used its sins system to talk smack …