Gen-Y Musing: 6 Things 90’s kids will Understand

There are a lot of ways that kids in their early twenties are misrepresented. Not just now but always. When a shift is felt in power from one generation to the next there’s always animosity. The older people feel obsolete, while also thinking they know better than their younger counterparts. This is never actually true. There’s nothing wrong with kids these days, or any days. Right now the accusation for young people is that they are lazy and entitled. It’s bullshit. No group of people have any common personality flaw just because of when they were born.

In the age of the internet, us kids have a channel to fight back through. One odd way this has taken place is 90’s nostalgia. People my age moon over how great things like orange video cassettes and pogs were. Why? because we remember that decade with a child like wonder. That could probably be explained by the fact that we were children. The more I think about it, the more I think the 90’s weren’t all that great. Don’t get your Lion King panties in a twist. Just think about it. How great could they have been? If you disagree, tonight on Nickelodeon there will be a block of programming dedicated to the 90’s. Watch all of it and tell me you really cherished that episode of Doug, and never wanted to change the channel to be rid of his whining. The 1990’s weren’t a fantastic decade, they were just bizarre and we have no way to contextualize them. IT’s still hard to process those 10 years. Here’s a few things I took away from growing up in that weird ass time.

6.) Brand Recognition

It was probably an accident, but I was brought up to be a well versed consumer. I can spot a good product from a mile away. I impulse buy whenever I can, and I google products to be prudent. Money is a love of mine, if only because it gets me access to things. Things are my favorite.

There’s a reason that I loved this short film.

For those of you who can’t take sixteen minutes out of your day for a true work of art, that is an animated movie about a criminal Ronald McDonald. The catch is that every single person, place, and thing in the short are logos. Logorama won the Oscar for short film in 2010 because it was both impressive, and tapped into a vein of western culture that we can all identify with. The movie works because of the emotions we feel when seeing symbols we recognize. Logos are like visual feelings that we’re forced to see everywhere. Watching them on a screen like that outside of their normal context is similar watching an old friend perform just for us.

The fun thing about this personality feature is that I think it will last for a long time. Our ability to recognize barands is only going to get stronger in future generations. The rest of these 90’s kids traits on this list are specific to people my age, but brand awareness is a skill that will only help future consumers. It is an asset for future generations that my peers will rightfully instill in their own children.

5.)  The Last of The Racism

Oh, quit you’re bitching. I’m half black,okay? Half white too. So quit your whining about race. With that being said racism is pretty much over as we knew it. Yeah sure horrible things happen all the time in the United States, and Fox News exists but it’s not at all like it used to be. Racism is a more organizational, more institutional that it used to be. As awful as it may be, right now is the best time to date to be a minority in the United States. Look no further than TV to see difference 20 years can make in race relations. If half the shit that happened to TV black people in 1994 happened to them in 2014, the NAACP be boycotting every major network.

Black Ranger

… and the Yellow Ranger was Asian…

We live in a more tolerant, sensitive time and it’s easy to forget that things were much different not too long ago. The most popular example of this is the show Friends. Six average normal people who not only don’t know any black people but pretty much everyone in New York City was white. That’s nothing in comparison to shows like Homeboys in Outerspace. Shows like that one used stereotypes in the place of plot and characterization. I imagine the writer’s thought process went something like this ” these black men are in trouble, how would they react” and after a few moments of consideration came up with “I’m too young to die…I never got to make love with an 8 breasted woman.”The basest stereotypes hand’t been outlawed by the mainstream yet. Looking at black men as hyper sexualized, or totally omitting latinos hadn’t fallen out of vogue yet. People hadn’t had time to process the LA riots or the mainstream success of rap music. So many in the media were still recycling old jokes on TV and relying on prejudice in place of storytelling.

4.) Cultural Rivalries

Nsync or Backstreet Boys? Tomogatchi or Gigapet?Poo-chi or Furbee? The answers to these questions would tell class mates something about you in my grade school. Of the normal nineties nostalgia this is one of the only things I remember being a part of. My family was too poor to afford a lot of the toys. I wasn’t allowed to watch Power Rangers or other violent shows like Ren and Stimpy. I wasn’t a girl, so I didn’t play with origami fortune tellers, sand art, or MASH books. Even still I liked Nsync and my brother liked the Backstreet Boys. We fought about it. For real.

Surface To Air Missles

Some times it was necessary to defend your taste in boy-band.

While people my age aren’t the first to experience these types of rivalries (see Pepsi v. Coke, Hustler v. Playboy, or Star Wars v. Star Trek) I think we will be the last. Western civilization is a much bigger thing than it used to be. The internet has exploded the pop cultureverse. Now one-on-one rivalries like those are nearly impossible. For all intents and purposes Backstreet and Nsync were the same, same with Pepsi and Coke. We have too many options in things like soft drinks, and sex magazines to single out just two whose fans can argue with each other at the conventions.

3.) Colors

The nineties were a crazy time. Being a child during that roller coaster was an odd phenomenon. The highs and lows of the decade manifested in weird ways. The economic boom years made people think that it was okay to wear shit like tie dye shirts, and these pants. Those crazy ass fashions were concrete examples of a very different era. The odd thing about being a kid in this time is that I had zero to do with it. Shit was totally wild in the 90’s and I bore no responsibility. It was a loud couple of years, and there was a feeling that the wave we rode on would never end.

The terrible 90's

I see nothing out-dated by this photo

As with all things, Americans got over it. The ostentatious culture was replaced with a more sober quieter society. This country was high on the new technology and the economic boom that came with it. The dot com bubble burst at the end of the decade and we calmed down a bit. That was nothing in comparison to the country shattering sedation 9/11 gave to the American people. The carefree unworried nature of us in the 90’s dissipated in favor of a cautious, almost paranoid emotional baseline for this country. In the present day millennials see that high of the 90’s as a part of our own childhood fascination. All of our formative years were glazed with a giddy happiness most of us still can’t understand. Today upbeatness has been replaced with bone-deep cynicism. The hell-scape that was the Bush years didn’t help with that. Our obsession with darkness has shown itself in our usually dark or earth toned clothes as well as the popularity of movies like The Dark Knight and The Hunger Games. Now that millennials are making a difference to our surroundings the duality of the manic happiness we were raised in and the bleakness we came of age in will mix to create something new that is impossible to predict. I’m okay with whatever happens as long as we never wear sweatpants like this again.

2.) Everyday Objects As Toys

A common complaint about millennials is that we are jaded and lazy because of all the technology we’ve been exposed to at a young age. That’s a stupid thing to say. However, it is likely we were affected our outlandish accessories. I don’t think text messaging fucked us up, Lisa Frank did. When I was young I had this notion along with the rest of the culture that a thing couldn’t just be a thing, it also had to be fun. A notebook isn’t just for notes, it’s also a statement. From an unforgivably young age I was given the subconscious message that consumerism was not only a good thing, but that it was a skill to be honed. Wanting a chair wasn’t enough, you also should want an inflatable purple one.

Inflatable Purple Chair

It’s exactly as comfy as it looks

This fascination with with probably has something to do with the present day preoccupation with DIY. We want recycle and repurpose. Sure, there are fewer colors in the shit we make now but it’s the same idea. The kids who were responsibility for the resurgence lava lamps grew up to make lighting fixtures from mason jars or sex toys made from house-hold objects. The Lisa Frank fan in all of us has change the way we look at the word. But that’s not the only way.

1.) The Fear

People growing up in the nineties were the first to be raised with a healthy fear of everything. Sure public service campaigns were around in the seventies and eighties, but by the time Clinton was sworn into office they were integral to pop culture in America. Stranger danger, being set on fire, and house hold cleaning products were just a few of the things I was trained to be terrified of. Not to mention DARE, which was basically a campaigned created to make 8 year olds pants-shittingly weary of any substance harder than caffeine.

Uruk Hai and Child

Best if you treat everything with the same terror as you would the Uruk-Hai.

I remember being young as a time when I was constantly threatened. I had to grow out of my panic. It took effort to teach myself that not everything was going to kill me. This wasn’t easy, because I legitimately believed that I’d be lucky to live to 16 with all the car accidents, amusement park ride malfunctions, and firearm misuses rampant when I was a kid. Or so I was told. The average idle comments made by my parents and their friends would sound like “don’t eat that it will give you diabetes” or “his house has guns. You can’t go over there, he might blow your head off.” Maybe my younger days were particularly fucked up, but fear was like a mentor that taught me how to navigate the world. PSAs and assemblies at school as well as after school special TV shows led me to believe that the world was much more dangerous than it actually is. Yes, there are a few people who probably benefitted from one or two of those lessons but that doesn’t justify mindscrewing an entire generation into being petrified of everyday objects. I should have been given the right to look at a book of matches without picturing my loved ones burning alive.

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Literary Musing: My Life in The Romance Novel Lion’s Den

Back in the day, it was embarrassing for some people to be seen reading certain books in public. With the rise in popularity of e-book readers, that shame is hella easy to avoid. Now you can read whatever fantasy books or Nazi vitriol you want without fear of judgment. This has been a profitable change for several genres, but none more so than romance. Novelized romantic comedies and erotic romance have been around for years and now that no one can see the covers, readers can’t buy them fast enough. About three years ago a certain fan of these books decided to take her own stab at the industry. In the midst of the Twilight craze, this snappy new author wrote a paranormal romance series about werewolves. While it wasn’t a smash hit, the books led her down a path which, over the course of three years, allowed her to quit her job and write full time. She is now earning a salary greater than she’s ever done, and enjoys a life where she can work from home and make her own hours. For all of its stresses and frustrations, life as a professional author suits our heroine fine, indeed.

That woman is my step-mother, Christine Bell. Chris spends most of her days writing, editing, tweeting, and other writer/self-promotion crap that sounds exhausting. She mainly writes for a small, but successful publisher called Entangled. The dedicated people at this  company work hard to put out the best novels possible. I know this for a fact because my fiancée, Allison Gatta, is an editor with them. Being so close to their dealings, I’ve become an expert at second hand gleanings of their jobs. I’m here to give you an insider’s outside perspective on what it’s like to write romance novels.

Colon Image

Not that kind of insider

First and foremost,  at least in the kind of romance they write which is called “category romance”, there are tropes.  Many romance readers are creatures of habits and like to see similar elements in the books they read. Recurring themes, plots, and archetypal characters are good points of reference for audiences. That’s where the tropes come in. Hail the tropes. If you want to write a successful romance novel,  tropes are a great place to start. First it’s the plot. Much-loved, common storylines include “enemies to lovers,” “marriage of convenience,” “fake fiance,” and so forth.

Then, we move on to characters. Common favorites are “older brother’s best friend,” “office romancers,” “millionaire playboy,” or “girl next door.” Common themes and characters are like the tools of the trade. Where on artist works with watercolor on paper, many successful romance authors work with “secret romance” on “paradise island.” It seems to me from the outside looking in that the mark of a good category romance is its ability to have the requisite number of tropes and archetypal characters without seeming boring or played out. Romance writing is like the art of reinvention. Stale or outdated writing is often punished with poor reception by an audience or bad reviews. Audiences have their favorite themes and characters, and a misuse of these can piss off a reader (which will make them unlikely to purchase your book in the future). Tropes might be the back bone of many successful romances, but they’re only the beginning.

Fabio Cover

Let’s not judge every book by its cover

When the uninitiated think of romance novels, most of us think of either Fabio, or 50 Shades of Grey. Those two books have one hot, sweaty, sticky, moist thing in common. The sex in the newer 50 Shades books, as well as the old bodice rippers, has made them famous. Those books would not have made money without their sex scenes. Many publishers have strict rules on the sex, depending on the line the book is released under. Language,  intensity of each scene, use of toys, use of holes, location of sex, and relationship between characters are all taken into consideration when determining which line a book might be right for. If a book is meant to be “red hot” or “erotic” and isn’t, or should focus more on the emotional build between characters rather than the physical and doesn’t,  it may cause a submission to be dismissed by a publisher or moved to another line. Much like everything in genre fiction, the rules are pretty strict.

When someone is on the Kindle store looking for romance books to buy, they know what they’re looking for. If the line you release under is known for “closed door sex”,  but then you write a love scene where the guy whips a  woman  and then they move on to anal, reviewers will surely squawk. Not even a self-published author who doesn’t have to answer to a publisher would do something so counter productive as trick or mislead readers. Your readers are your customers and they know what they want. If you treat them badly by not giving them what they asked for,  you will never make a long term career of writing. When my fiancée was an intern reading through the slush pile of unpublished writers, she knew what could and could not sell quickly, and the sex scenes can make or break a novel, and even an author.

Now that we’ve gotten the sex (and awkward morning after) out of the way, onward to some advice. The best advice piece of advice I’ve heard  on becoming a successful author is that sleep is for suckers. You don’t write a best-seller by getting a full night’s rest. Not sleeping is probably not so unusual for people who work from home, but deadlines and the number of steps involved in putting out and supporting a book make it that much more common.

When my step-mom quit her job to write professionally we celebrated her last day because she wouldn’t have to go to work anymore. That turned out to be the wrong way to look at it. Now that she writes, it’s like she never leaves work. She’ll wake up and check her Twitter page, make coffee, answer work e-mails, write a scene, fill out an online interview, answer more e-mails, plot an upcoming book, and discuss upcoming collaborations before lunch. My fiancée does the same. Instead of working 8 hours and going home, they work 16-20 hours and take breaks in between. The living room is their office and it’s as if watching American Idol or working out their only reprieve from being glued to a computer screen every waking hour. It’s not as if either of them are unusual (as far as I know). Writing is a full-time job as well as a lifestyle and it seeps into the core of what you are as a person. It’s a thing that you turn on, with no intention of ever turning off. This usually means that regular sleeping hours are a thing of the past. Between late night edits, last minute promoting, and jitters the night before a release day, the chances are good that a writer will see the sun go down and come up in the same sitting at least once a month. Attachment to a regular sleep is something many successful authors of category romance can’t afford.

Up in bed stock photo

Pictured: hard working American woman

I’ve been asked more than once if my fiancée has been affected by the books she reads. These people want to know if she has unreasonable expectations for real world relationships. This is an odd question because it’s like asking if another genre fiction author expects the fake things they make up to be true. Do people ask Stephen King if he believes in magic corn demon children?

No, romance novelists do not think the situations they come up with are realistic. They’re not delusional. Like all genre fiction, romance is about escapism. A person who thinks books and movies have anything to do with the way everyday people live have a host of problems outside their own expectations. The romance authors I know have a very good handle on what they’re doing. They are clear on how it works and what its purpose is. This is not to mention the fantastic sense of humor that comes from many of these authors. Jokes about the more absurd elements of writing genre fiction and romance are common. When first Christine started writing, she was sent a hilarious list of phrases prohibited from sex scenes. Phrases like “man root” and “slippery cavern” come to mind, and we  still try to top those on occasion when the topic arises.  Self-awareness is a trait the most successful writers have because they’re able to see what has made them money and are able to replicate the process.

 

sex gesture

An awareness of what you’re doing is paramount in romance

I don’t know about other genre or platforms, but  category romance seems to be extremely reader-centric. The art is not manufactured in a vacuum. Many times, the writer, editor, and publisher are willing to bend over backward to make certain they fulfill the promise their line makes to a reader to assure good sales. Romance readers are voracious and want a very specific product, if a book fails to deliver it will almost certainly fail to sell. People in the industry pride themselves on their ability to spot trends in sales. Oftentimes, if one sub-genre is selling soft, an author will try her hand at another. Flexibility is key for many authors to make a full time job at writing. The key is making sure that the writing is solid. This is part of the reason that many authors are affronted at the success of the 50 Shades series. There were hundreds of BDSM novel series published that same year, so why was E.L James so successful? What did she give readers that sold so much better? It’s not an easy question to answer. In my opinion, those books read like they were written by a fourth grader and there was nothing special about BDSM scenes that you couldn’t find in any other books of that genre (The Original Sinners series by Tiffany Reisz, for example, whose quality was miles ahead of James’ terrible books). If a publisher could figure out why those books sold so well they’d be a billionaires by the end of the year. This doesn’t mean that the majority of romance authors are trying to emulate 50 Shades, those books were rife with plot holes and character inconsistencies that editors are paid to eliminate. But many a full-time writer might hope to try her hand at the popular genre in hopes a given book will sell about 50,000 copies (depending on the author) and that the sales will only increase with subsequent sequels in the genre.

A quick note about Romance sequels. If you don’t read in the genre, you may not know that sequel or sequels in a romance series will usually not have the same main characters. The idea of writing a series is that the ending of each book will involve a marriage or promise to marry (or a HEA/Happily Ever After)  and the sequels will only be similar in theme and focus on the secondary characters of the original. While this might seem boring in theory, it gives readers and writers an opportunity to explore how different personalities and settings will affect characters with varying personalities. The excitement is in seeing what a strait-laced MarySue you met in book one would do under the similar circumstances as her bombastic party girl sister, or to catch up with characters that might feel like old friends.

Once the writing is done, blog tours, conversations on social media like Twitter and Goodreads, and other interactions with readers serve as promotional work for a book. Romance readers like to have a connection with their favorite authors, and if that connection is strong enough and the writing is compelling, a reader is liable to buy up every book written by their favorites. A relationship with audience is how to buildyour brand. Where some creative people say things like “I write for myself and not the audience,” this is impractical for most romance authors who want to make a living at it. The ability to maintain that relationship and the integrity of the work is often what determines whether or not writing can be a full time profession.

Hangover II

Not all sequels are great

In the end, building anything with your hands will give you a sense of pride. While plots and characters aren’t physical things, there is still a special dignity in creating lives, even if they are fictional. Don’t let anyone tell you that this isn’t a real job or that it doesn’t generate genuine results. Money aside, you can receive a reward from good story telling. A positive review, or enthusiasm from a reader is enough to keep many authors going. They love the interaction and the praise more than the money. Creating is a cherished thing. Those things we make are intimate, and to make them public takes a bravery that not everyone has. The money is incidental in a way, because its most important quality is that it allows authors to continue to auth. Writing romance isn’t just rewarding when people like the work, but also when you can tell that people have gotten something out of your product. If what you’ve made can make some lady in South Dakota giddy with excitement for the sequel, then you’ve done every aspect of your job well. It’s easy to take satisfaction from a job when you know you’re making the world a better place. That’s what the best authors know.

 

 

 

Special thanks to Christine and Allison for righting a few of my more egregious errors.

Oscars Musing: Defending My Tweets from The Academy Awards

I plan on tweeting the oscars but the red carpet can fuck itself

This kicked off my Oscar tweets. I flipped on ABC before the show actually started and turned it off immediately when I realized they hadn’t started. I don’t care about clothes. I’m not a fashion loving person. It’s not a hobby I understand. So I couldn’t give a shit less to watch famous people on their way to walk into a building. Yes, the red carpet can go fuck itself.

Already disappointed with Ellen’s hosting.

Just before Ellen took the stage I was hit with a flashback. Seven years ago she hosted. It was a pretty good show that could have ben great if Ellen hadn’t said anything at all. I don’t think she’s funny, because she’s not. She’s a good daytime host and people love her dancing, but that doesn’t make her a good comedian. Good for her for getting the gig, but that doesn’t mean I have to like it. While this tweet was a joke at the time, It turned out to be prophetic.

They panned to Julia Roberts when Ellen said youth is important. #pointedgesture

Ellen made a pretty clever joke, to her credit about how important it is to be young in hollywood. The camera stiched once the pucnchline came for an audience reaction shot. The only person we saw laughing in this shot was Julia Roberts. I imagine the production director sitting in the studio heard that joke came he reacted by saying “Camera 13, close up on subject the hag. Yeah, her, fuck her.”

Dallas Buyer’s Club was more important than it was good.

This is something I firmly believe. It was a good movie, but would not have been nominated if it wasn’t for the subject matter. I think it’s great any time a progressive stance is taken on gay rights issues. The Only problem with Dallas Buyers Club is that it was boring, and would have been completely unwatchable if not for Matthew Mcconaughey’s and Jared Leto’s performances.

My dad wouldn’t let us watch Nebraska because Bruce Dern killed John Wayne once in a movie and he never forgave the guy.

This is true. In the 1972 movie The Cowboys Bruce Dern’s character killed John Wayne’s. Being a huge John Wayne fan my dad has not seen any Bruce Dern Movies since, and Nebraska was no exception.

Ellen just said “get it?” so fuck her.

I don’t remember the joke, and i doesn’t really matter. Because, comedians shouldn’t be allowed to say “get it?” Fuck anyone who has so little confidence in their work as to say something like “get it” to demonstrate when they’ve told a joke. She’s presenting at the oscars and she should be better than to say something this annoying. She chose to wear a tuxedo, she should have bigger balls than that.

Jared Leto shouldn’t be allowed.

He’s just too god damned good at the things he does.

These two tweets about Jared Leto came after he won for Best Supporting Actor. He is immensely talented, and I’ve never had a negative feeling about a performance of his in  a movie.Although 30 Seconds To Mars isn’t my cup of tea, he’s a powerful vocalist and I have a lot of respect for him.

Telling a story about your mother is the best way to not get played off.

After he won Leto, started his speech by telling a story about his mom. Not only did he not get played off, but he had one of the longest speeches of the night. Well played Rayon.

Pharell saw himself in those crazy hats at the Grammys and didn’t decide to throw them away. Let that sink in

I guess the Smoky hats are Pharell’s thing now. I just hope he has enough sense to regret them in due time.

Han Solo could only be made more bad ass by wearing a stud earring.

Harrison Ford rocked the white gold stud on the left ear. Go old dudes. Go Han.

Ithinkchanningtatummightbenervous

Tatum probably isn’t used to performing on stage with clothes on. He rushed through his presentation and I think I’ve heard better readings in high school speeches.

way to name drop EdTv, Ellen

Matthew Mcconaughey introduced a performance, and Ellen introduced him (not ironically) as her Edtv co-star. Why? What was the goal in saying that, Ellen? You’re on TV, put some thought into the things you say.

Suck it Mickey!

A Disney movie lost in an animation catergory. Sure it was short length, but still, nice to give the little guy a shot. Go Mr. Hublot, whatever you are.

The directors of the animated short film were first worked in film with Monty Python as vocal coaches.

This is a joke on their outrageous french accents. Not my best (mostly because it doesn’t make sense) but I stand by it.

these packages remind me of the shit tons of movies I’ve never seen

Again, not a great joke but it’s nice to be humble and that you’ve never seen movies like Schindler’s List and dozens others.

the things I want do to Emma watson have been the same since Sorcerer’s Stone

Emma Watson is my only celebrity crush. The things that would happen between her and I would be beautiful, and transcendent. My fiancée understands.

As a culture, lets agree that’s the last time Zach Effron is on the Oscar stage

He announced the Karen-O performance, and he’s a terrible actor. Is that okay with everyone?

Kate Hudson banged A-Rod. Don’t forget that

A-Rod’s a terrible person. I’m sure Kate Hudson’s a perfectly nice, that’s why they’re not together anymore. But she banged him, and I can’t completely forgive her.

The Act of Killing got ROBBBBBBBBBEEEEEDDDDD! Holy fuck, I still have nightmares about that shit

I’m not the type of person to argue with award shows. Those people are experts and just because I like one movie more than the winner doesn’t make me right. That being said The Act of Killing was a gripping, powerful hard to watch documentary about what mass murder can do to someone when they get away with it. It was an all encompassing look into the human psyche and it has the power to change you, if you’ll let it. It was stylistic and hard hitting, there’s no reason it should have lost. Especially not to 20 Feet From Stardom.

A THIRD CALLBACK TO THE PIZZA BIT!!!

I didn’t mention the pizza joke before then on twitter, because I didn’t think it deserved it. But after she kept it going I thougt it was necessary. Fuck Ellen for that terrible joke about pizza deliver. She can go directly to hell.

I’m surprised Pink didn’t do this song on some ropes and wires or some shit.

Bette Midler is lucky no one’s going to say how bad this is in light of the other trainwrecks of this show.

Between the pizza, Kim Novak, Adela Dazeeme, and Pharell’s hat Bette Midler’s oddly time singing of “Wind Beneath My Wings” will not seem like the worst thing that happened during that terrible production.

Fuck Ellen for having so many retweets

Yes, fuck her.

does anyone else feel physically uncomfortable in their own skin after that “Let It Go?”

I wanted to crawl out of my skin. Idina Menzel is a very experienced performer, a smart woman, and a tremendous singer. She was off. The timing was at least a bet wrong the entire time. Menzel was crying by the end of it. It was painful.

MORE FUCKING PIZZA JOKES!!!!

Yeah, she didn’t quit. She took the most retweeted picture ever that night, and also made the most awkward unfunny bit about pizza I’ve ever seen on a nationally televised event.

We feel for you, Leo

At least, I do. He’s been more than a teen heart throb for a long time, and he deserves recognition. Especially for his performance in Wolf of Wall Street. Good for Matthew McConaughey, but damn I wish DiCaprio would have won.

I wish a cooler movie could have won

When King’s Speech beat Black Swan, I felt like an injustice to a great movie was done. There’s been no clear better movie this year. But, if  Wolf or Her had one it would have felt like a braver choice than the one about slavery. It’s not a cool film, it’s doesn’t have the style or sex of some of the other nominees. I think it would have been better if one of those got the recognition.

how long till we decide that that was the worst Oscars ever?

For me, it was immediately. That shit was hard to watch, and I was just happy when it was over. I love award shows, especially The Oscars and that was a miscarriage of something that could have been wonderful. It wasn’t anything worth while, just a waste of time. Ellen only made it worse. Sorry if you’re a fan, but she was a bad host.