I went into this experience with a positive attitude, a great amount of excitement, and the embarrassing admission that I’ve never seen ‘Fight Club’ in full. Also, as a lover of all things music, this seemed like a can’t-miss idea. But sometimes ideas are better than its execution, and this is one of those times. For starters, ‘Fight Club,’ though a cult classic that would no-doubt draw a large audience, doesn’t have a substantial amount of music. When the music began, I found myself extremely excited, which means with a different film, this would have worked. Furthermore, the on-stage “acrobatics” as it was marketed, was disjointed and distracting. Acting out scenes as they air just felt odd, and I’d have rather seen a small spotlight on the band as they played instead. It’s also worth noting that since the audience was unaware of exactly what would happen on stage, it’s just not smart to have people running through the crowd yelling things as fights are heard on screen. Translation? — I thought, for just one millisecond, that we might be in the midst of a terrorist attack. I checked in with my surroundings to see if I was the only person with this thought, and I noticed that the energy of the room shifted as others also looked around in fright. It’s possible I’m reading into it, but I pride myself on feeling the energy of a crowd when judging what I see, and I think I’m right here. Though sad and unfortunate, this just can’t happen in a live-theater experience anymore. There are ways to do it, but this wasn’t it.
If I were planning the next event, I’d encourage a film with more music, spotlight the band with a dim light, and introduce the experience with more clarity. Lastly, I’d have more food available for purchase. A for intention, though.
In reference to “having it all,” Barbara Walters once said that you can have two of the three. According to the living legend, career, marriage, and motherhood are difficult to juggle, and something’s gotta give. So when When Sarah Treem, creator of Showtime’s ‘The Affair,’ wrote a revealing, raw article for Red about losing her marriage to her demanding career, it got me thinking. Treem asks whether a man could sustain the same lifestyle and whether it’s too much to dream that as a woman.
First, if a man were working 14-hour days and the woman was the primary caregiver to the children, she too might feel emotionally neglected. Furthermore, if that woman moved to a city she hated and gave up her own career to boot, I can also imagine the marriage would suffer. Would the woman be as apt to exit that marriage, or would she stick around longer since that arrangement is more socially acceptable? I’m not so sure there’s a double standard.The real issue here is the lack of support from employers, co-workers, networks, and studios for people in positions of power to sustain their personal lives. There has to be a way to offer more support, and as Treem suggests, if she simply asked for help, perhaps things would have gone another way. But because she’s a woman, she wanted the world to think she could do it all. This does beg a bigger question; however and it’s — should we even WANT to do it all?
Of all the Teen Moms, Farrah Abraham has always been my favorite. First, I feel she had the hardest life. She alleges that her mother physically abused her, and though I have no personal data, there is one incident on the record in which her mother was arrested. This leads me to believe there’s more the story, especially given Farrah’s often unjustified anger toward her parents. People don’t just wake up and verbally abuse their mother for no reason. There’s some deep-seeded resentment and mysterious trauma that Farrah has alluded to in other reality shows. Having said all that, she’s also the most ambitious of the cast. Caitlynn and Tyler seem to have have zero jobs, nor does Amber, and though Maci has a T-shirt company, her day-to-day is not featured, so it’s hard to say what she’s actually doing. Sure Farrah did a porn, but so what? She’s an adult, and she has since opened up numerous businesses. I’m also not in the business of sexually shaming consenting adults. Farrah is also HIGHLY entertaining. And when her arbitrary venom is correctly placed, she is someone you want on your team. In the clip below, you will see Chad Ochocinco’s extremely erratic mother attempt to bully everyone in the cast of “Marriage Boot Camp: Family Edition,” including Chad, who I can only assume took this show solely for the money, as there’s no other excuse to keep this woman in his life. In fact, watching him sit beside her in the confessional is almost unbearably painful. Lucky for him, he’s got Farrah Abraham, and she’s not having it. Watch below.
I’m team Perry on this one. First, in almost every industry two weeks notice is an acceptable method of leaving. If an exit would tank a tour, that’s why you create contracts. If the contract has a contingency clause, that’s on your for allowing it. Second, it’s okay to vent through music, but when you identify a party involve and therefore individually assault their character, that moves from venting to bad-mouthing, and I’d like to think we’re more adult. Third, I hate to jump on the feminism band-wagon, but you can’t champion women’s rights and then create a song and video called “Bad Blood.” It’s just hypocrisy.