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N*E*R*D Live@Home

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I was browsing the web randomly like I usually do and I decided to search for Pharrel Williams and N*E*R*D. I can’t believe I forgot they have a blog.  Pretty much anything with Pharrell/N*E*R*D is my favorite.  In an interview, they said that their next album will have a nature theme; curious.

Good show guys!


The Corny Factor 2: Trace Amounts

Hybrid Corn

Hybrid Corn No.1 by GoBuggyGo

I was watching some movies with my brother.  We watched Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam.  I told him that I didn’t like it because it’s only half an hour long and it follows the straight pattern of “child is weak” – “child gets picked on” – “child gets power” – “child fights evil and is strong again”.  Don’t get me wrong, Superman is awesome and overall, the animation was awesome.  I love superheroes; I think they’re awesome.  In summary, I really don’t know anything about Captain Marvel other than the fact that he’s a kid that gets magical powers whenever he says “Shazam”; I could go on with my life calling him “Magic Superman” and nobody would say anything.  If I really wanted to learn about Captain Marvel, I should read the comics; it’s just that this movie doesn’t explain much for anyone who knows nothing about Captain Marvel.  Despite my personal opinion, my brother loved it and thought it was awesome.

Deep down inside, I realize that I am not the target audience for these type of movies.  PG-13 movies sell more than any other genre; it is between the PG and R rating.  I also believe that people rarely go to a movie theater to watch it alone; in this case, they’d rent or buy it online.

Non-Violent Superheroes on TV

Corn by Sasakei

Corn by Sasakei

It’s obvious that parents don’t want their children to watch anything that could shock them or have a negative effect on their upbringing; I don’t need kids to know that.  For example, take a look at Batman: The Brave and the Bold on TV.

It’s just that I remember watching Spawn on TV when I was in high school.  The first time I watched it, I was shocked by the violence, profanity, shadows, dark themes and its overall aggressive tone.  It was canceled after 18 episodes; I assumed that HBO wanted to replace its late-night slot with a higher-rated show.  I watched some episodes recently and hear the usual comments whenever anyone watches a show like this:

  • “Eeeeekk!  That’s horrible”
  • “Why do you like these shows?”
  • “That’s really twisted”
  • “Can we watch something else?”

I think Todd McFarlane is a genius!  He does plan on resurrecting the TV series and it is currently in “development hell”.  I wish him luck and I really want to watch it uncensored; I hope it has the same strong writing and style the original had.

Whenever I watch any superhero movies, I watch it knowing it will have some corniness:

  • Nobody dies; they just disappear or go to another dimension.
  • Everyone’s power consists of martial arts, super strength, fire, lasers and speed.
  • Money is EVIL!

I don’t feel that I’m being hateful or too harsh; I just know that I’m not the target audience.  I think we’ve become so used to the family-friendly superhero image that we don’t question it anymore.  I’ve also seen Batman: Under the Red Hood and I still like it.

I think another issue I have is that I stopped reading comic books!  I remember I used to stop by the comic book store at a mall and spend $5 on a single comic book, going home and reading it.  It’s really making me thinking about getting into that again.

Sweet Corn Landscape by Bookgrl

Sweet Corn Landscape by Bookgrl

In summary, I feel like I hate more movies than I like.  I remember telling my brother that I hate District 9 because “it’s made for people who don’t understand science fiction”.  I’m aware that it has themes of discrimination; it’s just a movie I didn’t like very much for different reasons.

I’m still a fan of Marvel and DC despite their ways of toning down the content for TV and film to reach a wider audience.  I think the 2 Iron Man movies have great special effects.  I feel that too much time is spent on showing that Tony Stark is a socially awkward; for an Iron Man movie, I personally don’t care about Tony Stark’s human side.  Did you know that Iron Man was originally supposed to take place during the Cold War?  It’s just whenever I watch anything, I can’t resist nitpicking and seeing the corny bits to make it appeal to more people without using mature themes.  We’ve learned to accept it and it’s not something people question.  Whenever I do, people look at me funny and it’s usually something I keep to myself.

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Do women really hate The Simpsons?

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Now that I ride the train on a regular basis, I am being accustomed to its scheduling, arriving early and squeezing through the doors to find a seat.  It takes good practice to take a nap and wake up early enough to get off at the right stop.

I always hear people talk, which is normal.  Sometimes people can talk so loud that I have no choice but to listen to what is being said.  There was a man and a woman that was sitting across from me.  They appeared slightly older than I was.  Both of them were discussing relationships and what kind of shows they like.  The girl said something that gave me a quick flashback:

“I had a boyfriend who really loved The Simpsons and it irritated me.  That’s why we’re not together anymore.”

- Unknown woman

Would you think I’m crazy if I said I’ve heard other women say that too? Keep in mind, I really don’t know how much this particular person loved the show; for all I know, he could live in a near-perfect replica of the Simpson’s house.

Believe it or not, I have heard more than one woman admit that they had a boyfriend that loved The Simpsons and it was a factor in their relationship ending.  And guess how many of these girls happened to love Friends?

I just kept thinking about this.  The Simpson’s is a family show, isn’t it?  It’s one of the many TV shows I watched while growing up; I really loved the Halloween specials.  It’s full of good writing and anytime somebody says “Remember in The Simpsons when…”, it begins a face-off about who can recall the funniest moment in show.

I admit that I don’t watch it anymore; mainly because I’ve been so busy with personal stuff and that I enjoy older episodes more than the newer episodes.

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It’s hard to explain why it’s so funny.  The show even makes fun of its own broadcasting company, Fox. Even though it is a family show, they have used words such as “bitch”, “damn” and “hell”.  Keep in mind, those words are used in a humorous manner and not used to put anyone down.


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I’m not trying to convince anyone to watch The Simpsons; from my personal experience, I haven’t been successful on getting someone hooked on a show that I happen to like.

Really, I’m just asking: Is there something about The Simpsons that puts women off?  I’m sorry if that sounds sexist.  I know if I tell people that I don’t watch Friends, I’ll get the evil eye.

It’s hard for me to explain why I love The Simpsons, older episodes in particular.  Homer reminds me of how lazy I can be sometimes and how valuable simplicity really is.

In summary, I don’t think The Simpsons appeals to a specific gender.  It just shocks me that I’ve heard more than one woman say they’ve had a boyfriend who loved The Simpsons and it drove them mad.  Maybe I should end this post with this:  Don’t judge someone based solely on a show they watch.