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Melissa McCarthy Is Not A Hippo. Weight Bias.

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I have been itching to see this movie since the preview showed just before I saw Les Miserables.  I adore Melissa McCarthy, and her body has ZERO to do with her sense of comedy.  The woman oozes funny.  

I do not particularly enjoy jokes that play on fat, body-size, or jokes written specifically to poke at the person of size.  I do appreciate a decent self-deprecating joke now and again as a person who has been there and lived the life.  

We get it, and it's okay that not every single thing is socially acceptable one hundred and ten percent of the time.  

But what is not okay are things like this jerk-wad of a reviewer calling Melissa McCarthy a hippo.

It is 2013:  we are not allowed to make jokes at the expense of a person's gender (among most EVERYTHING else...) but we can do it about their physical appearance?


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Strictly hip hop, or I ain't singing this. My TED unreview.

NSFW or kids -

My kids don't know that Marky Mark ever had a funky bunch. You see, I was in middle school when that song came out, and Mark Wahlberg and his funky bunch were popular.  Mark Wahlberg is also from my hometown. So, when Beantown boys make famous, people notice. Take a moment to enjoy the Bunch.

I heard of TED from my kids. Right. "But all our friends have seen it!"

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Magic Mike! In which I realize I am not a typical girl.

I wrote this on my MM Facebook page yesterday, and got varying reactions from full-on apathy to You Simply Do Not Understand The Art!1!1!

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And last night, I went to see the movie.  I apologize, internet, curiosity sucked me in.  The online female SQUEE over this movie is palpable.  Moist, even.

No really.   The response online so far has been  -


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Hollywood East, it's a go.

The project got the green light last night, and is about four miles (or less?) from my house.  Woot.  I am excited by this.  There are thousands of people waiting of job opportunities for this project, but even still, it's a cool thing.

Town meeting voters on Monday night approved zoning and tax exemptions that will allow construction of a $400 million movie and television production studio planned for the current site of the 240-acre Waverly Oaks golf course.

Plymouth Rock Studios is expected to include 14 sound stages, a 10-acre back lot, a theater, a 300-room hotel in a small village center and an education center.

Nearly 1,000 people attended the meeting, although only about 100 town meeting members could vote.

Plymouth Rock Studios founder David Kirkpatrick says he was "flabbergasted" by the town's rapid approval of the project.

Only because I'm chained to a box: Movie Review - Queen Sized

Ridiculous.  Do you see me rolling my eyes?  I'm plugged into an EEG, which is the only reason I'm sitting in front of Lifetime TV tonight, watching "Queen Sized."

"Overweight high-school senior Maggie Baker always felt sorry for herself for not being as skinny, pretty or wealthy as the popular girls at school. When Maggie's name ends up on the list of nominees for the homecoming court as a prank by her classmates, she is mortified. Rather than drop out as expected, Maggie chooses to stay on the ballot in to order represent all the "outcasts" at school. As word of her courageousness spreads, Maggie becomes a local celebrity and a symbol for all those who are bullied in high school."

I know I am like, twelve years out of high school, but come on.  It was beyond fake and syrupy sweet, even my ten year old left the room to paint.

Help Me Jeebus.


My son is obsessive about being in control of the remote control for the television.  This isn't just here at home, he'll try to gain domination over anyone's remote.  If you can't find the remote - he's probably placed it in his bed, generally under the pillow, safely tucked in.  Most times, we're stuck watching Power Rangers S.T.D. ("It's S PEE Dee, Mama!" until he digs the remote out of a hiding place, I find it, or we shut down everything until he brings it back and nobody watches anything.  He'll record every episode of the chlamydia crew onto TIVO and then watch and rewind during the shows, so we're seeing a lot more Power Rangers than we need to.  I don't know where he got the idea that he's the King of the Remote - maybe it's because he's the only boy here and the girls have allowed him to do it for so long?


So this morning, I've been trapped on CBN.  How CBN got on my screen, I'll never know.  Maybe it was the healin' power of Jeebus comin' through the screen to touch me. 

Turns out the kid didn't hide the remote.  He walked away, got involved in something else, I didn't see the remote right away, waited for him to come back since I wasn't actively listening anyway. (I was making breakfast and fiddling around)  Then came a point, I just couldn't take it anymore.  For $20.00, I too, could help.  When the 700 Club first came on - I didn't really know what it was, it sounded a lot like a news program, which I wouldn't mind watching, normally.

I watched a story about a high school valedictorian who had the mic shut off because she started spewing about how Jesus got her where she is today.  From CBN:

"Valedictorian Brittany McComb is on stage to deliver a speech, which highlights God's influence in her life. But when she tries to mention how Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins, all of a sudden her microphone goes dead.

Is it a faulty outlet? A power surge? No, the school pulled the plug...literally!

John Whitehead heads the legal organization representing McComb. He said, "She had the microphone pulled, something that only happens in totalitarian regimes."

McComb knew the microphone would be shut off because she had to submit a copy of her speech to the school. They warned her not to read her version or they would cut off her microphone.

CBN News obtained a copy of the speech. The school cut out this part: "God's love is so great that He gave His only Son up to an excruciating death on a cross so His blood would cover all our shortcomings, and our relationship with Him could be restored…" They cited that as 'identifying a particular religion."

They also didn't like the part where she wrote "that is why Christ died." They also crossed out a part where they believed she was proselytizing. She wrote: "I can guarantee 100 percent, no doubt in my mind, that if you choose to fill yourself with God's love rather than the things society tells us will satisfy us, you will find success, you will find your self-worth."

Thanks, I'll keep that in mind, but for now, don't do that in a public school setting, mmkay?

Anyways - we're safely away from the Bible Network and back to the loving arms of Nickelodeon where we belong, so it's all good.

But, before I go back to the Fairly Oddparents, perhaps?!

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Who was obviously so not the valedictorian.

Not So Much a Star, Jones.

Star Jones needs a job.  2004_11_star_jones_white

Perhaps she could become a paid spokesperson for her bariatric surgeon?

From The Boston Globe:

Star Jones Reynolds was booted from ``The View" yesterday, one day after surprising ABC and Barbara Walters by saying on the air that she wouldn't be returning to the talk show in the fall. Reynolds was quickly erased from the opening credits of the show , now down to three women from the usual five. ``It is becoming uncomfortable for us to pretend that everything is the same at this table," said Walters, the show's creator. ``Therefore, regrettably, Star will no longer be on this program." ABC had decided not to renew Reynolds' s contract months ago, and the show was planning to let Reynolds announce it later this week and say whatever she wanted about why she was leaving , according to Walters. Instead, Walters said she felt blindsided when Reynolds broke the news Tuesday, then was quoted in People magazine as saying she felt like she was "fried". Walters said in an interview Tuesday that research showed audience members were turned off by Reynolds' s dramatic weight loss and glitzy wedding to banker Al Reynolds in 2004.

That is what happens when you lose the fat and gain self-confidence.  It is suggested that you don't make any career or major life decisions during a period of rapid weight loss or shortly thereafter.  I'm sure Star Jones needs no help in getting a job or picking up her unemployment checks, so I'm not worried for her, I just wish she'd have been up front about her method of weight loss.  I truly believe she lost a part of her fan base by going into the amazing shrinking woman mode and not spilling the beans about it.  She's got lots of life experience to draw on for new employment, though she's got to update her personal website resume.

The DaVinci Code

So, I read the hype, I bought the book, started to read it, couldn't get into it, and decided, "Let's see the movie."  Off to the movie - and how long did it take for me to fall asleep?  Yeah, why bother, right?  I woke during the closing credits, because the husband nudged me, and I wiped the drool from my cheek on his shirt and went home.  So, that's my review of the movie.  By the way, it's his fault that I fell asleep - who takes an anemic pregnant woman to a movie after working eight hours at 7pm?  He enjoyed the movie, though.  I'll try again via DVD when it's released.

Why you don't put fat kids on TV.

Dianne_dodgeballWhen this girl, Dianne, (from MTV's Fat Camp) is getting weight loss surgery and in serious therapy in a few years, let's be sure to thank MTV for putting her on TV at age fourteen, obese, socially inept and completely awkward.  Nothing good can come of this.  I've yet to see the MTV's Fat Camp episode, but of course now I really want to.  I wasn't nearly this awkward at her age, but I can't say I don't see her in some of my friends from that time of life, and part of myself in her.  (A small part.)

Taylor Hicks - American Idol

Okay - who's your pick for American Idol?  I'm going for an underdog right now.  Why?  Because he's old like me, and he's quirky.

Described as a soul singer, Taylor Hicks is known for setting "soul fires" from panhandle Florida honkey-tonks to the modern day chitlin-circuit of the old South. He's entertained with high profile artists such as James Brown, Tom Petty, Jackson Browne, Drive by Truckers, and Robert Randolph. Taylor is currently collaborating with contemporary blues legend Keb Mo.

UPDATE: Taylor Hicks is featured on the current season of American Idol. As of this writing, he is still part of the show.

UPDATE: (Feb. 8th) On Thursday, February 9th, Taylor Hicks' CD "Under the Radar" will be available at Laser's Edge Compact Discs in Homewood, Alabama. Orders can be taken via telephone or e-mail with a credit card. Purchases are limited to two copies. Contact Laser's Edge Compact Discs at 1-800-626-6495 or [email protected] for more information.

You can listen to three mp3's on that site as well.  Woo-hoo.  Though, note that his official website is "down" - maybe it's a American Idol rule.