Gaga Makes Me Gaga

When Lady Gaga first emerged onto the national music scene, it was difficult to get a glimpse of her. In all of her performances, she wore costumes that hid her actual face from view. The outfits were part of the act, and she did it well. After a number of years, she began to emerge from behind the masks. Today, she appears before the public and her fans in full view. However, in some ways, she is still hiding behind a mask.

SAG-AFTRA honors Lady Gaga and Harrison Ford, Inside, Los Angeles, USA - 08 Nov 2018

What is she hiding behind? Her drug use, I believe.

In a recent 25-minute speech before the Screen Actor’s Guild, she said Hollywood needed to provide better mental health care for entertainers. And then, she went on to describe her own battle with mental health.

Excuse me, Ms. Gaga, but there are a lot of things wrong with what you just said. I say that, even though I know her many fans were listening to her and saying how wise she really is.

Here’s a business that makes a tremendous amount of money. Hollywood is filled with 1 percenters. I think they could probably fund their own mental health care. If Gaga succeeds and gets Hollywood to fund mental health care for actors, it will only drive the cost of movies and television up even more. It is reported that her own net worth is around $300 million.

LG went on:

“I began to notice that I would stare off into space and black four seconds or minutes.” Gaga recalled. “I would see flashes of things I was tormented by, experiences that were filed away in my brain with ‘I’ll deal with you later’ for many years because my brain was protecting me, as science teaches us. These were also symptoms of disassociation and PTSD…”

I’m sorry for her. It’s sad that she is going through this, but I wonder if there could be other reasons for this. Maybe drugs? . In previous years, when she was looking for that cutting edge in her music, she often turned to cocaine, LSD, and other drugs for creativity. No one pushed her into it. She did this freely. On her own. She admits to using bags of cocaine at a time.

Hmmm. Is it just possible taking bags of cocaine at a time could have had a negative effect on her brain, causing flashes and blank stares?

Now, don’t get me wrong. I don’t know that Gaga is any worse or any better than anyone else. I’m sure she has good and bad aspects to her like all of us. But celebrities are easy to discuss, easy to identify their bad traits, because so much of their lives spill out into the open.

Like many of us, Gaga is a bit hypocritical about her drug use. She admits it, but she feels justified in what she did:

It was about being an artist. I wasn’t a lazy addict.

Ah! Excessive drug use is okay if you’re trying to be an artist. And if you’re not lazy. Lazy addicts are the worst. Not like those noble ones who are active while taking drugs.

Lady Gaga, in her speech, went on about the physical problems she experienced as well, which included

“physical chronic pain, fibromyalgia, panic attacks, acute trauma responses, and debilitating mental spirals…”

Again, I’m sorry that she experiences that, and it’s possible that much of that is due to her drug use. She doesn’t seem to indicate any possible connection between the two.

At one point in the speech, she almost owned up to it:

“I wish there had been a system in place to protect and guide me, a system in place to empower me to say no to things I felt I had to do, a system in place to empower me to stay away from toxic work environments or working with people who were of seriously questionable character.”

You know, many pop culture celebrities spend much of their career celebrating personal freedom, exploring any and every aspect of hedonism simply because it’s there. Gaga is no exception. Yet she is saying she wishes there had been something in place to stop her from doing those things that put her in those places.

Hah! Right! If anyone tried to do that in Hollywood today, they would be branded as Puritans and kicked out of town. There is very little stomach for trying to challenge entertainers to live chaste and morally exemplary lives. Yet that is what she is asking for.

But there was always something in place to stop her from harming herself. It’s been there since we began on this planet.

It’s called a conscience. It’s something we all are born with (except perhaps psychopaths). It generally tells us what we should or shouldn’t do. The problem is that many, if not most, of us learn to ignore our conscience. We hear it screaming at us not to do something, yet we go ahead and do it anyway. It’s the human condition. Those who are wise learn to heed that conscience. Those who are not end up denying their own predicaments in front of the Screen Actors’ Guild.

On the bright side, it seems like it’s a good thing that Gaga regrets her bad personal decisions that have contributed to her dark place. Many times, we have to experience things ourselves so we will truly know how bad they really were. If only we could get the entire entertainment industry to reflect on their own personal behavior.

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The second of two “oil spill” news about the culture

It took me a little longer than normal to get to this second blog post, primarily because I got so nauseated from the first one. This news has already got me reaching for the Pepto.

Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner is in a romantic relationship with Sophia Hutchins, possibly even about to marry him/her. As far as I’m concerned, this is a cultural oil spill, leaving sludge all over the cultural landscape. It may be impossible to clean up the environment. And it will only bring harm to everyone who ignores it.

First, both of them are transwomen. For those of you not keeping up with the lingo, that’s a man pretending to be a woman. Jenner has already undergone the surgery. I’m not sure about Hutchins, but it sure looks like Hutchins is already undergoing chemo treatments. You would think that someone who wanted to be a woman would be interested in attracting men, but that doesn’t seem to be Jenner’s motive. Jenner is a (fake) woman interested in a (fake) woman. 

The more I read about these trans relationships, the more I find that trans only tend to get romantically involved with other trans. I suppose that makes some sense. If you have undergone chemical and/or surgical changes to your appearance, it would not tend to be attractive to most heterosexuals. Perhaps only others who have altered their bodies in the same way would find that attractive.

You would think that both Jenner and Hutchins, who were born male, could have avoided a lot of the pain, cost, and disfigurement of changing into the opposite gender by simply remaining as they were: men. Would they have been attracted to each other as homosexual men? 

Apparently not. A transgender, from my limited understanding, seems to be focused on “possessing” the other gender. They aren’t changing into another gender to attract others but to completely absorb themselves in the opposite gender. 

Jenner certainly seems to be well on the way to complete self-absorption. Jenner is 68 and is romantically involved with 21-year-old Hutchins. Yuck! Even in heterosexual land, a 47-year-old difference is bizarre. In typical relationships like this, it makes you wonder what the 21-year-old is after, or whether Hutchins is somehow being pushed into this relationship by Jenner. In addition, in typical heterosexual relationships of this sort, the 68-year-old is simply trying to rediscover a youthful sexual prowess, yet it can never really be found again. The senior is simply preventing this young adult Hutchins from moving ahead with their life. Jenner’s self-absorption is evident here again. 

And finally, Jenner has already been married to 3 women. This is not seen in the story as what it really is: Jenner’s abandonment of women he entered into a lifelong commitment to. He failed to live up to his vows to 3 other women. What would make anyone think Jenner would live up to the vows of a new marriage?  Jenner’s abandonment of those vows is yet another illustration of self-absorption. Basically, Jenner can simply stroll away from those marriages because he/she is trying to be “fulfilled”. The sad thing is that most transgenders really never feel fulfilled. They get more depressed the more they pursue their transformation. 

And with those women came 6 children. Jenner can no longer be a father figure to any of those now-adult children or the grandchildren who will come after. His children knew him as a father. They now know him as someone who abandoned that role. His grandchildren will have a hard time understanding why grandpa is now grandma. Some family may accept Jenner’s transformation, but others will reject it, causing breaks in family bonds. All because of Jenner’s self-absorption. 

But the most amazing thing about this story is that it isn’t seen as amazing to much of our current culture. Many who accept this non-reality believe it to be good, but it merely provides additional kindling to already-wet firewood, which will burn itself out unless stoked by stories of fantasy, constantly stoked by the Perpetually Offended. 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-5683993/Who-Sophia-Hutchins-Caitlyn-Jenners-rumored-fiancee-revealed.html

The first of two morally bankrupt stories from our culture

Sometimes, the popular culture serves up a story so morally vacuous that I sometimes wonder if we’ve been invaded by aliens. How can anyone be so narcissistic?

This story is about a stripper named Blac China who rose to fame through her “exotic dancing” and “modeling”. (I wonder if ‘Chyna’ is cultural appropriation? But I digress.)

Chyna is apparently pregnant again. This will be her third pregnancy, and it’s by an 18-year-old boy rapper. Chyna apparently really knows how to pick men. She previously got pregnant from two other boyfriends. The first was boyfriend Tyga (Is that really ‘Tigger’ from Winnie the Pooh? If so, he’s got a lot of ‘splainin’ to do.) This happened in 2012. That relationship lasted a few years. 

Chyna was clearly so devoted to her young toddler that she got another boyfriend and had another child in 2016. This relationship also lasted a few years. 

But recently, Chyna decided to be more discriminating, so she looked on a Christian dating site. Is this a thing now, trolling for guys to bed on a Christian dating site? What’s the attraction? That they’re morally straight? That’s a sad reflection on the fact that Chyna went there, and that her new beau was hanging on that site as well. 

We know it must have been a success because she found a new guy named Jay. He’s 18. I’m sure he’s got strong parenting skills, which is obvious in his statement about his relationship with Chyna: 

 “I don’t wear condoms. . . I would not want to f— a b—- I did not want to get pregnant,” he says. “If Chyna got pregnant, I would keep that s— like ‘ohh daddy love you,’ I love that a-“

Hmmm. I think we can all see the admirable qualities of such a man. 

The sad fact of the matter is that Chyna has really no care for those children. To her, they are nothing more than souvenirs of her temporary sexual relationships with the boyfriend-of-the-month. 

Recently, I’ve been reading a book called Primal Loss, in which adults who endured their parents’ divorce as a child get a chance to talk about the pain and suffering they have endured because of that divorce. Children who have parents that come and go suffer for a long, long time. Parents who spend an inordinate amount of their lives focusing on the next relationship inevitably end up neglecting the real needs of their kids. 

Those children deserve to be brought up in a stable home with a father and a mother who are married to each other. Chyna, like many other celebrities, have children as they wish, believing that those kids will be resilient and will never suffer from their mother’s lack of attention and revolving-door relationships. These children suffer real harm because of a self-absorbed mother. 

Those children will never know what it’s like to sit down for a family meal with mom and dad who love each other, help their kids with their homework, and go to their soccer games. Instead, they may get dropped off at some guy’s house for a weekend, while he himself focuses on his next girlfriend. 

Unfortunately, I doubt this will be the end of the story for Chyna. After all, she’s only 29 and there are plenty more teenage guys left on Christian dating sites. 

The worldview of Sexual Autonomy says that the only thing that is important is that one be fulfilled sexually. It doesn’t matter if you have to find a teenager. It doesn’t matter if you get pregnant. It doesn’t matter if this teenager is anything but a good prospect as a father. As long as you can fulfill your wildest sexual dreams, then everything’s okay. Forget about who has to pay for your very limited life goals. 

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2018/05/01/blac-chyna-having-baby-with-18-year-old-boyfriend-met-on-christian-dating-site.html

Dress-Up and Being Transracial

 

I remember one day when my daughter was very young and she dressed herself up as a pirate. For the rest of the day, we had to call her “Yellowbeard” (she was blonde), and say “Arrrrr!” a lot. She identified as a pirate, so she wanted us to address her as a pirate, use pirate language around her, and otherwise consider her a pirate all day. Everyone who saw her played along.

Of course, the next day she could be a very different character. That was who she was. And it was cute.

In her mid-twenties now, she no longer identifies as a pirate. She did go through other identities during her very early years, but that is not a part of her now.

Oddly enough, there are adults in our society who want us to consider them to be something other than what they are. We have all heard about Rachel Dolezal and her attempts to recast herself as a black woman, even though she is white. She actually attempted to hide her past as a white female, but it eventually was revealed that she had been presenting herself as black, probably in order to get significant jobs within NAACP. I can see how that transformation could benefit her job-wise.

Now, however, there is a white man who is claiming to be Filipino, even though he has no such ancestry. He says that he’s “transracial” and now identifies as a Filipino. This appears harmless, although it is possible that he could try to use this for gain, such as jobs or immigration to the Philippines.

On a side note, he also says he identifies as a woman now. This may have played into his decision to be transracial. When someone can change their gender simply by declaring it so, what is to prevent them from changing anything else about their life simply by declaration? What about:

“I’m a pirate now! Arrrrrr!”

                “I’m a policeman now! Pull over!”

                “I’m a doctor now! I can perform surgery!”

And many other ridiculous declarations. This is all so silly, but we are asked to consider these incidents as worthy of consideration.

According to the article, the Florida man says that he loves experiencing Filipino music and food, so he believes he’s really Filipino. Well, I like a lot of things, but that doesn’t make me a member of the Carolina Panthers, a highly-trained sniper, or a millionaire.

It’s all quite exasperating.

Arrrrr!

Scientists Criticize Stephen Hawking’s ‘Bizarre’ Claim Trump Will Push Earth ‘Over the Brink’ | The Stream

Stephen Hawkins extreme prediction of the earth becoming like Venus is interesting. Scientists have already indicated that this is not what is expected to happen if CO2 continues to climb. First, there is the scientism worldview that believes that anything that someone of science says must be true. That is a naïve worldview because science is sometimes wrong, and scientists sometimes have nonscientific bones to chew. For instance, scientist sometimes just want money for their pet projects. And they may exaggerate just to get funding. Not to say that all of them do, but it is a motivation for some. 

 Second, here’s the question of Hawkins reason for making such an extreme prediction. Most of us hold him in high regard simply because of his credentials. Recently, Hawkins changed his prediction that we have thousand years before the extinction of mankind to a new prediction that we only have 100 years. He gave no scientific basis for that, he simply made a prediction. Why 1000 years? Why 100 years? That is incredible rounding . Why not 1236? Why not 73? It makes you wonder if he’s just simply shooting from the hip based on a feeling he has. That’s not science. 

https://stream.org/scientists-criticize-stephen-hawkings-bizarre-claim-trump-will-push-earth-brink/

New Christopher Nolan WWII Movie ‘Dunkirk’ Portrays White People as White, Runs Afoul of Diversity Police | Heat Street

Because only black people do anything interesting…

https://heatst.com/culture-wars/dunkirk-so-white-new-christopher-nolan-wwii-blockbuster-falls-foul-of-social-media-diversity-police/