Imani Coppola – The Kids Are Dangerous

Imani CoppolaThe Kids Are Dangerous – Lyrics:

I spend my days reacting to decisions made by stupid people
Out in the sunshine, get in their way.
Although my mind is overactive it’s on the brink
I sit on a rock and I think
I’d rather be a nut than a case for a basket
The kids are dangerous cause they don’t know the rules yet
I’d rather be alive than a corpse in a casket
The kids are dangerous cause they don’t have the tools yet

The kids are dangerous
The kids are dangerous
The kids are dangerous
The kids are dangerous

I spend my days blocking out the intentions of stupid people
Taking up space, get in your face
I’m shaking hands with hidden agendas making believe with pretenders
Putting me in their place
I’d rather be an idiot than cry all the time
Addressing the problem is not a solution
And in the end I’ll be a corpse in a casket
The kids are dangerous cause they don’t know they’re dead yet

The kids are
The kids
The kids are dangerous
The kids are dangerous
The kids are
The kids are dangerous
The kids are gerous
The kids are dangerous
The kids are dangerous
The kids are dddddaaannnggggerous

Facebook: The Biggest Bait and Switch in History?

[singlepic id=355 w=300 h=300 float=right]A blog post titled “FACEBOOK: I WANT MY FRIENDS BACK” calls Facebook’s ‘promoted posts’ strategy “the single most misguided thing a major corporation has ever deliberately done, bar none, in the entire history of American capitalism and the world“. Published yesterday, the post has now gone viral, probably due to so many users, bloggers and small companies being fed up with needing to pay for their content to appear on their fans’ pages:

“Facebook has taken a pee in their own pool from quite a lofty height, turning vast armies of ‘influentials’ against the company, people who are now making plans—born of necessity—to bolt from that pool and to stop putting any effort there. Furthermore, Facebook’s greedy grab will have the knock-on effect of causing many blogs to simply throw in the towel, diminishing Facebook’s own business ecosystem and Facebook’s value to its own users to the point where only Axe Deodorant, Taco Bell and Nike will be showing up in your Facebook newsfeed, which after all, is pretty much the sole point of Facebook in the first place!”.

Author Richard Metzger concludes: “They’ve deliberately broken their own product’s biggest selling point” and asks “Whose idea was that?

Read the eye-opening article here.

Pickled at Great Expense – or – How My Silly ‘lil Post Went Viral

Contrary to what you may have read in The Guardian, not “everyone in Israel is talking about the British-American BBC comedy Episodes”. In fact, most Israelis have never heard of it and it certainly did not go ‘viral’. Nonetheless, what did go kinda-sorta viral is my little post about it, published three weeks ago on my blog, in which I apparently coined the phrase ‘pickled at great expense‘.

You see, blogging about minutia you can never be sure if you come off as clever or just petty. That’s why when someone ‘gets it’, when someone understands that some of these posts use insignificant events to talk about bigger things, that a post about a television show is actually about the increasing amount of responsibility we outsource to new technologies – that’s when I feel rewarded. Also, The Google.

Big bonus: Episodes’ lead actor Stephen Mangan tweeting about it:
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Here’s the relevant part from that episode. Have a little taste of this fly-under-the-radar comedy:
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqQB9TwibAs&showinfo=0

Jews Do Not Run Hollywood – The Proof

A British-American comedy starring Matt LeBlanc? Didn’t sound like much when I first began to watch it, but Showtime’s Episodes packs an unexpected punch. Its recent episode (s02e03) was funny yet moving, and also featured a brilliant reference to Friends. Towards the end, as the characters gathered in a cemetery, one headstone caught my eye:
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At first the Hebrew words did not make any sense, until I realized the letters were in reverse order: left to right, instead of right to left. Then I realized that even when read in the right direction, the words, while in Hebrew, sounded like a machine-translated version of English phrases; Someone might say ‘he will be dearly missed’ but its literal translation to Hebrew comes out as ‘he was pickled at great expense‘. It only took a minute or so to reverse engineer this kerfuffle:
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Yep! Someone at set design couldn’t find a Jew to save his life and decided to wing it. Which begs the question: Aren’t we running this joint?

TYP + Uriel Yekutiel = Win!

Although not an official member of The Young Professionals, Israeli phenomena Uriel Yekutiel really upgrades TYP’s live acts to sheer brilliance. Here’s tonight’s performance on CANAL+ Le Grand Journal, one of France’s top talk shows:
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My Top 10 List of Brilliant Films I Can Never Watch Again

I have compiled a list of brilliant films, exquisite works of art, that I feel everyone must watch. The thing is, these movies are so emotionally drenching, gut wrenching and hazardous to a delicate heart, I can never bring myself to watching them a second time as now I know what’s ahead of me and cannot go through such turmoil again.

Compliance (2012) – Director: Craig Zobel


 
We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011) – Director: Lynne Ramsay


 
Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008) – Director: Kurt Kuenne


 
Dancer in the Dark (2000) – Director: Lars von Trier


 
Requiem for a Dream (2000) – Director: Darren Aronofsky


 
Boys Don’t Cry (1999) – Director: Kimberly Peirce


 
 
* As with any of my ‘Top 10′ lists, upon publishing they usually don’t have 10 items in them as I like to leave room for future additions.

Is This Domino’s Pizza Ad Transphobic or Just Stupid?

Every time a TV spot is criticized for being chauvinistic or homophobic, the ad men have the same canned response: “It’s a joke! Haven’t you got a sense of humor?”. Well, these days it seems trans people are the butt of the joke, from New Zealand tampons to the first aid course the company made me take this week, to this recent Israeli ad for Domino’s Pizza:
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axY172psTe0&showinfo=0
In the ad, Israeli singer and comedian Maor Cohen talks about being pampered by his mom in the winter time. The camera zooms out just as a big masculine arm slaps Cohen, and we see a male actor playing the role of the mom whose pampering apparently involves delivering pizzas to her son. Now, you don’t need to hone your Hebrew skills to pick up on the pointy boobs, the crotch grab and the general macho quality of the mom character. Simply put, there doesn’t seem to be any plausible explanation as to why a cisman was cast to play the mom – except for the obvious one: “Whoosh, that’s the joke…” – and a very transphobic one, in my opinion.

P.S.
How can a first aid course make fun of trans people, you ask? Well, one needs to try very hard, as the EMT that taught the course proved: When he talked about snake bites and how you should never cut the bitten organ to extract the venom, the instructor held up a piece of paper which read “Do not cut” and had a photo of Israeli singer Dana International on it. Get it? Do not cut. Yeah, I know…

P.S.2.
Israeli telecom provider 012 Smile know how to create an ad without insulting trans people (or their friends). Read all about it here.

Ad Nauseam

The pendulum swings and as far as sex segregation and marginalizing women, it seems Israel is at the very end of the swing: Surely it cannot get worse than forcing women to sit at the back of the bus or requesting women dress modestly when visiting a doctor. And so the silent majority is silent no more, protesting extremists pushing the country away from its founding principles. I am very hopeful we will soon experience again a sane and equal normalcy.

Having said that, I take issue with all the brouhaha about the exclusion of women from advertisements: leading Israeli companies have come under scrutiny (1, 2, 3) for print ads that did not include women in them. Essentially, these people are demanding that women will be returned to advertisements – and I think that’s laughable:
Until the day comes when ad agencies are no longer havens for misogynistic men, portraying women in their stereotypical positions as secretaries and housewives – or seductresses; Until the day comes when women in TV ads will try to persuade us to switch banks or buy car insurance, and not just as gratuitous eye candy to hold the product up against their naked, heaving bodies: Until the day comes when women are shown as equal to men – until that bright day arrives, getting rid of images of women in advertising might just be a breath of fresh air; An extreme measure to combat an unbearable situation that have been going on for far too long. To quote the fictional Admiral Percy Fitzwallace: “[We’ve] got some real honest-to-god battles to fight. [We] don’t have time for the cosmetic ones.”

To prove my point, here is an assortment of newspaper ads published this week:

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Shahar Golan: “Reports of My Death are Greatly Exaggerated”

I first learned of my passing by Twitter: my TwitBird app routinely checks for my name in the Twittersphere and found this tweet. Apparently there is an Israeli website which aggregates obituaries and tweets new departures. A few hours later, a couple of people contacted me to find out if I am, in fact, dead. Well… I am happy to report that no, I am not dead. I am also not a retired Egged bus driver who died this week. We just have the same name:
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That’s Enough Internet For Today

Apparently, if you want memes done right, call in some Israelis. The GAG Quartet is proud to present le Internet Medley:
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mghhLqu31cQ

The GAG Quartet are:
Gilad Chehover – Drums
Guy Bernfeld – Bass
Or Paz – Guitar

Recording, mixing, pianoing and feminine singing by Eyal Amir
Drums recorded by Martial Bouhassira
Photography: Dafna Sasson
Second Unit: Tamari Goddard
Editing & After Effects: Or Paz
Animation: Tom Trage