Photo and autograph courtesy of the G Archives.
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Unless you are one of the fortunate souls on this planet that turns off the news and doesn’t look at the internet, you know by now that actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died on February 2, 2014 of an alleged heroin overdose.
Everybody loves a good tragedy (whether or not they admit it) and the internet has been on fire with remembrances of PSH’s performances and speculations about his drug addiction. People are also taking to the net with self-righteous proclamations and judgments about his choices and decisions. People have turned this unfortunate incident as a public “but enough about you, let’s talk about me” session. At the end of the day, it’s none of our fucking business!
I can tell you this much about my experiences with PSH. He was nice enough to sign an autograph for me “back in the day” before I carried a camera around (see above) and in my more recent encounters with him, the situation was not appropriate to ask for a photo (yes, believe it or not, even I have limits!) so I didn’t push it. The word on the street from a lot of my friends that enjoy collecting autographs and photos with celebrities is that PSH was hit and miss. He could be quite nice or a prick, depending on his mood. Maybe not what the average person wants to hear, but I am speaking without prejudice from my experiences. I will go on record that I was a fan of his movies and I dislike seeing people burn out before they ‘should,’ but I am a realist as well and I realize that we all gotta go sometime and PSH’s time was up on February 2, 2014.
It’s undeniable that he was a tremendous actor and he could likely have sustained an acting career for as long as he was interested in pursing the craft. I think people have lost sight of the fact that he was only an actor. Though great at what he did, he did not cure cancer or rescue people from burning buildings. Apparently the type of heroin he had been taking has made the New York Police Department go on a manhunt for the drug dealers who supplied PSH with the lethal dose that killed him. This is New York. People die from heroin addiction all the time. How come there is such an interested in catching “the bad guys” all of a sudden? Because PSH was a famous junkie instead of that junkie in dark alleys looking for their fix?
I also find it foul and disgusting that once word broke about his death, news crews camped out for hours trying to get a photo of them carting the body out of his apartment. So morbid! If that was someone I knew personally, I would be furious that nobody has done anything to stop the media circus. If only it hadn’t been 30 degrees warmer on his death day, maybe crews would have given up and gone away because it’s been frigid here for weeks on end except that day! Worst of all, the guy had 3 kids and if it’s not enough that they lost their father, do you think they really want the world having footage of what will probably be the most horrific day of their lives? Worse yet, “last photos” are starting to circulate that people have taken on cell phones because thanks to camera phones, everyone thinks they are a member of the paparazzi.
What came next were the inevitable “RIP PSH” tweets and Facebook posts by those who worked with him and by fans who literally have nothing more clever to say than just stating the obvious in search of “likes” or “retweets.” A couple of celebrities told everyone to shut the fuck up with their fake outpouring of love and clarified their version of what a tragedy is (like when masses of people die and not when a drug addicted actor dies) and they got skewered by the media for being insensitive. HA! The pot calling the kettle black. We cannot know what was going through his mind before the fateful moment happened and once again, it’s none of our business. On paper it looked like he had it all, but if you haven’t learned by now, many times, the best things in life are free despite what reality TV shows about rich people with so much plastic surgery that they look like Barbie Dolls will try and tell you.
A day later, the media reported somewhere between 20 and 70 baggies of heroin were found inside PSH’s apartment and back in the “olden days,” when the facts varied that much, people were fired for not doing their jobs properly. Now, you can pretty much report anything you want to without having to fact check or face repercussions. All you have to do now is shout the loudest and your words become fact. We are still days away from the autopsy which will definitely get fingers wagging when the “I told you so” people come out of the woodwork and get up on their soap boxes. And it will happen. It always does.
After that, the funeral will take place and people will get off by seeing photos of his family grieving. More celebrities will come forward with outpourings of love, despite the fact that dying young automatically makes you a saint in the world’s eyes. Also, someone will get famous for making a cutesy PSH T-shirt that is hipster-ironic in some way and Buzzfeed will do a list of 467 things that we learned from this whole episode. One thing they will not report is that drug overdoses WILL kill again, when we are least suspecting it as they have done before and will do so until they cease to exist on this planet (or at this rate, until humans cease to exist on this planet). That is the real tragedy. But that’s also life. So we all need to get over it… or better yet DO SOMETHING about it. Everyone loves to watch a train wreck because “they can’t take their eyes off it,” but I always say “get out and help instead of just looking because one day, it could be you on that train.”
Happy trails PSH. Peace and blessings to your family and friends at this difficult time.
Photo by G.
Chick-Fil-A (located in Costa Mesa, California)
Growing up in Southern California, I’ve been eating at Chick-Fil-A since I was a little kid. Lord knows what they do to their chicken, but I’ve always found it to be delicious. For a fast food restaurant, I can think of many memorable experiences there and that is a testament to their food. I’ve known for most of my life that the chain is owned and operated by conservative Christians. While their beliefs are dramatically different than mine, I agree to disagree. Since I moved to New York (where there is only one Chick-Fil-A and it’s located in the NYU cafeteria, thus making it terribly inconvenient to eat at), when I visit my family in California, one of the things I look forward to the most is eating at Chick-Fil-A. Hell, I enjoy their food enough to take photos of the sign, just to make all my New York friends jealous!
While they make scrumptious fast food chicken, somehow the CEO of Chick-Fil-A has decided that he needs to get up on a soap box and tell the world – NOT about chicken but about what God will and will not accept in regards to marriage. If you put all the hate aside for just one second and you analyze this: “A fast food chain, whose food at best is UNHEALTHY for you, is preaching about family values as directed from God – SAY WHAT?!” you’d think the entire world would laugh in their face. Welcome to 2012. While wars are being fought, while the world is in one of the largest economic crises of all time and while technology is growing at an exponential rate thus giving more power to the people, the media and conservative politicians are taking to the streets to publicize the views of a motherfucking fast food chicken chain! WOW!
So here’s what I think the real issue is amongst these conservatives (not just at Chick-Fil-A, but across any conservative institution that tries to tell you that they are right and you are wrong for your innate feelings): When it comes to sexuality, which is an infinite concept – you cannot put a label on it. Trying to capture an infinite concept really pisses people off – because you CAN’T! That really makes people’s egos shrink and we all know that most people have bigger egos than penises. Let me elaborate on my earlier concept. It’s entirely plausible that a gay male would have sex with a female, just for the hell of it (if the right situation came up), but make no mistake about it, it would mean nothing. It would not make the person necessarily bisexual; it would just mean that the person is open to experimentation. One of the advantages of being gay is the fact that your world view is extremely liberal- and why? BECAUSE THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH IT!!!!! By keeping yourself open to the possibilities, you are not limiting yourself to a potentially great thing. At the end of the day, a gay male is into being with guys. On the other hand if you give a conservative straight guy a 6 pack of beer, suddenly their entire sense of values changes. Whether they act on it or not is a different story, but the fact that those thoughts could even pop into their heads somehow drives them up the wall. If a straight man thinks about getting jiggy with another man, it doesn’t mean he has to define his sexuality in any other way than he is “curious.” We’re all curious. Sexuality is a curious concept. It’s INFINITE so there’s no sense in trying to define it. What works for one person may not work for another. There’s nothing wrong with that. We all know that many people want to flaunt what they’ve got, just to fuel their ego. Hate to break it to you conservative straighties, no matter how hot your wife is – US GAYS DON’T GIVE A FUCK! Flaunting what you’ve got is not going to make us jealous and give rise to your ego. It’s not going to happen. Why does that drive you crazy? Can’t we all just get along?
These conservatives are so afraid of their own imagination, they are willing to wait in extra long lines to eat unhealthy fast food chicken just so they don’t have to deal with their own curiosity. You’ve seen all the media reports about the gay employees of Chick-Fil-A ‘breaking their silence,’ and you’ve seen all the video footage of lines wrapped around the block for people to effectively clog their arteries, but has anyone ever come out and said “Sexuality is nothing to be afraid of.” The answer is YES. On According2g.com. Turn off the media and turn on your mind. Even if it’s to entertain same sex thoughts.
Shame on you Chick-Fil-A for promoting hate instead of love. Shame on you media for giving this story ANY attention. There are much more serious issues at hand in the world. Have you heard the word “Monsanto” (who has effectively poisoned the ENTIRE world’s food supply – look it up if you don’t believe me) brought up even ONCE during this whole scandal? Of course not. Take a look at the Bible and let us all know where Jesus talks about discriminating against people for living differently than you. While you’re at it, show us where Jesus talks about loving thy neighbor as thyself.
Don’t be a chicken!
Photo by G.
US Flag before being occupied by China
It’s stories like this that make me say “when there’s blood on the streets, we had it coming!”
It’s 2012. Things in the world are more messed up than ever. People are losing everything due to a really horrible economy. The tension across the world is causing Mother Nature to react with more natural disasters than ever and there’s a feeling in the air that something really bad will happen before anything gets better. Though it’s been obvious all these years, people are starting to protest the fact that our governments and news media are lying and have been lying to our faces. Better yet, people are starting to stand up to it. You’d think this global feeling would put politicians on their best behaviours as it seems their days in the sun are numbered. You’d think that world leaders would get together and try and make a better world for the people they are supposed to be protecting. Not so in Indiana.
US Senator Vaneta Becker from Indiana has NOTHING BETTER TO DO than to gain a little press by trying to address her version of the worst atrocity known to man – rock stars altering the lyrics to the “Star Spangled Banner.” She hopes to impose a fine if people get the words wrong to this time honored classic. The fact this even makes the news is ridiculous in light of the REAL problems going on in the world. The fact that the people of Indiana don’t march right over to her office and depose her INSTANTLY just shows that people are still sheep. Just give the masses something to suck on and they’ll go away. People are waking up, they just need a leader to follow. It’s gonna happen Vaneta, whether it’s to you or one of your colleagues and on that day, I hope the last sounds you hear are groups of people singing the words to this archaic song incorrectly right in your face! You ought to be ashamed of yourself! And tax payers, don’t forget, you are spending a good chunk of your paycheck to let people sit around and debate something this unimportant. It’s time for a change!
Pass it on….
Couldn’t have said it any better.
I’ll never forget being in Spain one time and I asked one of the natives what she thought of Starbucks and she replied.
“They put dessert on top of their coffee. And then they give it to you in a take away cup.”
Weigh in and voice your opinion, do you like Starbucks? In this case, silence does not mean acceptance.