Must See Movie: “The Yes Men Are Revolting”

Posted by The G on June 25, 2015 under GNN, The G Spot | Be the First to Comment

Photo of the movie poster and moderately sized rant by G.

The Yes Men Are Revolting

The Yes Men Are Revolting

Before we discuss the must see movie, “The Yes Men Are Revolting,” let me ask you if you’ve ever heard of The Yes Men?  If you answered no, I am here to shame you into getting your head out of your ass and telling you to wake up.  The news media loves to report on all of the “isms” and all the “phobias” – racism, sexism, ageism, homophobia, transphobia, phobia, phobia, phobia, ism, ism, ism.  The media has cleverly packaged these crimes against humanity it as “your life is totally fucked because of these people.”  Before you call me a callus asshole (maybe it’s too late?), yes – all these problems suck.  Yes, it’s a ridiculous shame that in 2015 we still have people killing others because their belief system varies from that of another person.   Yes, it is ridiculous that people are still holding grudges about injustices that happened long before any of us were alive.  Yes, it’s ridiculous that there are people who hate you because you are different than they are.  When you think about it, haters have existed since the beginning of time.  There are always a few bad apples ruining it for everyone?  What is being done about it aside from spreading more fear?

Are we teaching the “theory of gravity” in schools?  The “theory of gravity” is this:  take a black person, a white person, a man, a woman, a straight, a gay, a religious person and a non religious person and have them all leap off a 50 story building at the same time and who is the superior group?  Gravity doesn’t give a fuck about your circumstances!  Therefore, we should respect the laws of gravity and we should respect ourselves!  You don’t need a degree in physics to figure this out!

I see a lot of Facebook and Twitter bitterness but I am not really seeing people taking action to make change happen.  I think people get off on being angry, to be perfectly honest.  This is why people share stories before fact checking and this is why there is an influx of people complaining but not taking action. The reason I bring all this up is because while everyone is ‘Facebook madder than hell’ about all these issues, the one issue that affects EVERYBODY ON THIS PLANET – global warming (or climate change), is an issue that is being swept under the rug.

While we are being distracted by all this unnecessary bullshit, corporations and governments are ensuring that we are all one step closer to the grave.  There can’t be haters if there are no people left on the planet.

Enter the Yes Men. For over a decade, Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno (Not their real names, which makes them even more awesome), have been pulling pranks on corporations and government agencies to bring forth change.  They are not sharing stories on social media about cute animals and they are not writing posts about the top 20 reasons a particular issue makes them mad.  Instead, they are taking action and more than that, they are documenting it to try and spread these important messages to the masses.

I could not describe the Yes Men better than they way they do on their website, so I am just going to quote it verbatim because this paragraph alone is the reason you should not only know who they are, but follow their every move for updates on how to make this world a better place.

“The Yes Men are a group who use any means necessary to agree their way into the fortified compounds of commerce, and then smuggle out the stories of their undercover escapades to provide a public glimpse at the behind-the-scenes world of big business. The stories are often both shocking and hilarious. They have been called “the Jonathan Swift of the Jackass generation” by author Naomi Klein. The Yes Men have impersonated World Trade Organization, Dow Chemical Corporation, and Bush administration spokesmen on TV and at business conferences around the world. They do this (a) in order to demonstrate some of the mechanisms that keep bad people and ideas in power, and (b) because it’s absurdly fun. Their main goal is to focus attention on the dangers of economic policies that place the rights of capital before the needs of people and the environment. Right now they’re focused on passing carbon emissions laws in the USA.”

Each of their films – “The Yes Men,” “The Yes Men Fix The World,” and their latest “The Yes Men Are Revolting” are part documentary, part prank and if you think you have balls, you haven’t seen anything until you’ve seen the Yes Men in action.  They are like the Banksys of environmental issues and they are truly gods who walk amongst us for risking everything to try and bring forth positive change.

Please please please go see their films.  They are available to stream and “The Yes Men Are Revolting” is showing in select theaters across the country.  Please please please sign up for updates on their site.  Please please please become a member of The Yes Lab, where you can help carry out these types of projects on your own.  The world depends on it.

I dare you to share this story on your social media networks!

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“Leave The Lights On” Live by Mainland at The Chelsea Hotel

Posted by The G on June 15, 2015 under G Videos | Be the First to Comment

Photo, video and words by G.

Mainland

Mainland

If you aren’t already familiar with the 4 piece band Mainland, here’s a quick primer:  Jordan Topf, Corey Mullee, Alex Pitta and Dylan Longstreet have been making a splash on the New York rock scene, releasing two well received EPs, before taking a little break from touring to get signed to a major label and record their first full length album (in Los Angeles).  To celebrate the release of their upcoming single, which I am told will be out in about two weeks, Mainland played an intimate set at a pop-up space located in the historic Chelsea Hotel.  The scene looked like something out of an Andy Warhol film as the space was half art gallery, half living room and a whole lot of fun.  Their 45 minute set included a rockin’ cover of Velvet Underground’s “I Found a Reason,” and the video which you are about to see, the infectious party rock anthem “Leave The Lights On.”  Discover all you need to know about Mainland on their official site (link will open in a new window).

Now get ready to party… just by pressing play.

 

Justin Bieber’s Calvin Klein Ad on Houston and Lafayette

Posted by The G on March 30, 2015 under Street Art | Read the First Comment

Photos by G.

Justin Bieber for Calvin Klein

Justin Bieber for Calvin Klein

I don’t know his music and from what you see in the scandal mags, Justin Bieber seems like a total douche bag.  However, hotness is hotness.  The Beebz’ Calvin Klein ads are on a massive wall on Houston and Layfayette in New York at the moment, so for all my ladies and gays, here you go.

Tell us in the comments section: Justin Bieber – hot or not?

Justin Bieber Billboard

Justin Bieber Billboard

 

Young Empires to Release “The Gates” on March 30, 2015

Posted by The G on March 23, 2015 under GNN | Be the First to Comment

Photo courtesy of Young Empires.

Young Empires Logo

Young Empires

2015 got off to a slow start musically, but as the ice starts to melt in New York, Toronto’s Young Empires are heating things up.  Earlier this year, in association with Coors Altitude, their first new song in quite a while, the ultra infectious “So Cruel,” became a Youtube sensation, chalking up close to a million views.  See video below and you will see why it’s so popular.

March 30, 2015 will see the worldwide release of another new Young Empires song, “The Gates.”  They are offering an exclusive preview of the track on their Instagram page (link will open in a new window).  You can also follow them on Soundcloud.

Welcome back, Young Empires!  We’ve missed you!

A Portrait of According2g by Carl ‘Screwtape’ Paoli

Posted by The G on under Artsy Fartsy | Be the First to Comment

Photo and art by Carl “Screwtape” Paoli.

According2g by Carl Paoli

According2g by Carl Paoli

Wow!  What an honor to be immortalized by the amazing artist Carl ‘Screwtape’ Paoli.  Carl is a jack of all trades who has found success in Hollywood as a stuntman, is a film-maker and documentarian and he’s also an artist whose work has been shown in the streets as well as galleries all over the world.  He presented me with a painting of myself this weekend and I am both thankful and humbled to be painted by such a great talent.  Please visit his website (link will open in a new window) and follow him on Instagram at IM_Screwtape.  He often posts time-lapse videos that document his paintings and they will blow your mind.   Thanks again Screwtape!!!  I am so honored!

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