My thoughts on the controversy surrounding Ricky Gervais this week

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The biggest controversy in my world right now is Ricky Gervais’ joke about dead babies at his last stand up show in Belfast. He’s currently on his “Humanity Tour” and some of the proceeds are going to charity.

The story is that a grieving couple, who experienced giving birth to a stillborn baby, attended the show on Tuesday night. They were offended by the joke about dead babies and they’re trying to get word out to force him to stop telling it for the remainder of his world tour.

Some are calling the joke sick, tasteless, and even twisted, especially the tabloids. Gervais isn’t revealing what the joke is but this whole ‘issue’ is probably even funnier than the joke.

Have these people ever seen Gervais perform? He’s known for being daring.

Well unsurprisingly, they haven’t. They told the UK Sun that, “We went and hoped to have a bit of a laugh. It was our first night out together – I’d heard of this comedian but I’d never seen him.”

No one who’s easily offended should go see Gervais. They shouldn’t blame him for hurting their feelings. It’s his show and he should be able to say whatever he wants.

I think the solution to this is to remember that it’s only a comedy show, and leave if you happen to be offended. Don’t keep thinking about it for days.

Just leave. Don’t ruin the experience for the whole world. Don’t cry like a baby to us either.

There was no need to complain to all the papers in the UK and make a big deal out of nothing. I feel so bad for Gervais right now. I’m just glad that he’s not apologizing for it. This is why he’s one of my favourite comedians. He doesn’t care who he offends and still believes in saving comedy from becoming politically correct. I love how he’s staying true to himself and not caving in.

I think what we can take from this incident is that people need to learn how to laugh again. Why are people only being offended by jokes now?

It’s like we live in a new culture, where everyone is offended by everything.

In my opinion, the more controversial, dark, and crude the joke is, the funnier it is. I love not expecting what’s coming next. I love being ‘shocked’ by comedians. That’s the whole fun of standup comedy.

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Let’s face it, not everyone can be as PG as Michael McIntyre. We need comedians like, Jimmy Carr, Chris Lilley, and Noel Fielding to excite us.

George Carlin would be disappointed in everyone today if he were alive to see what was happening. He would definitely stand up for Gervais.

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The truth is, comedy is dying as a result of political correctness. Even, Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock are refusing to perform at universities because, they don’t want to be criticized by students for being offensive.

If people are truly offended by Gervais’ jokes, they live in a bubble. There are worse things going on in the world than anything that he has to say.

All things considered, I can’t wait to hear all of Gervais’ ‘insensitive’ jokes in July when he comes to Toronto!

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Why Feud is the best show on TV right now

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I just stayed up all night binge-watching the first five episodes of Ryan Murphy’s new FX drama/comedy show, Feud.

Words can’t describe how amazing this show is. But, I’ll try my best.

Now, I don’t normally enjoy TV these days but I just had to check out this show when I found out about it a few days ago. It takes place in the 1960s and revolves around the ‘feud’ between Joan Crawford and Bette Davis, during the filming of the 1962 classic, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

A few hours ago, I didn’t think it was actually going to be good. I mean, Ryan Murphy is the person behind Glee, a show that I used to despise. However, I think he should be praised for Feud.

I’ve never had such a good time watching a show. As a film-lover, I can really appreciate how hard Murphy and the rest of the crew worked on this.

In the show, Crawford, played by Jessica Lange and Davis, played by Susan Sarandon, film some of the scenes from the movie. The funny thing is, I saw What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? recently and their reproduction of some of the scenes are dead-on.

Murphy must have had to watch the movie a hundred times to get these scenes right. I am appreciative of this.

Also, Sarandon looks exactly like Davis. The resemblance is uncanny. What a great choice for the role. She’s even able to make her voice sound exactly like Davis’. Especially, when she sings, “I’ve Written a Letter to Daddy.”

I was on the floor when she sang this. I couldn’t believe how great her impression was.

I also like how they explain the whole back story behind the film. Even though, I’m aware that some of it is made up for the show. For instance, I don’ think that Crawford actually put extra weights on her so that Davis would have a harder time dragging her in one scene of the film.

However, I thought this was hysterical and that’s all that matters to me.

I honestly thought that Feud was going to be really boring like some of Murphy’s other shows and I rolled my eyes when I saw that he made a show about old Hollywood.

I think I was just worried that he would get it wrong. Although, this is certainly not the case.

I have no doubt that Sarandon will be nominated for an Emmy as she truly brings one of my favourite actresses back to life.

I can’t wait for the next episode to see how the rest of the story develops.

Most of all, I’m eager to see how Crawford reacts when she finds out that Davis was nominated for an Oscar and she wasn’t.

This kind of drama is what really excites me.

Recording videos at concerts is stupid

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When I woke up today and checked my Instagram account, I noticed that this fellow Green Day fan followed me. I went straight to her profile and saw maybe close to 60 videos from a handful of concerts around North America. They are currently touring North America to promote their new album, Revolution Radio.

After checking out her profile, I couldn’t believe my eyes. She was practically first row at every concert and had tons of videos from all of them. She paid over $100 per show just to record it.

This is just foolish and completely ruins the experience.

I think her intent was to get a lot of likes on Instagram from all of these posts. She’s clearly not a true fan.

Okay, I understand why you’d want to take a few photos. I certainly did when I saw them last week at Budweiser Gardens in London, Ontario. But, she recorded the same songs at every concert she attended. She was right in front of Green Day’s frontman, Billie Joe, and she watched him through her cell phone.

She had so many videos from the concert in London, even though, Billie Joe picked on another girl near the front of the stage for doing the exact same thing.

He said something along the lines of, “Why are you watching me through your phone, when I’m right in front of you?”

Right after he said this, about 10 minutes into the concert, almost everyone put away their phones. This was obviously the right thing to do and Billie Joe knew it.

After all, it’s almost impossible to keep your phone still during a Green Day concert. If you’ve ever seen them, you’d know that you have to jump and wave your arms constantly. Especially when Billie Joe yells, “Let’s go crazy!”

Also, you should put away your phone out of respect for the band. Musicians want you to be engaged and attentive. They work really hard to put on the best show they can and it’s just a shame when people hold their phones up the entire time.

The worst part of it is when someone in front of you blocks your view with his or her phone. This forces you to watch the concert through a phone as well. This is incredibly rude and unnecessary.

Anyway, I envy the girl who followed me on Instagram because, she was so close to the band. However, I feel as though she could have had a way better time if she just put her phone away. I think it’s crazy how she follows them around North America and spends so much time and money to attend all the gigs, just to record them.

I think one photo should be enough for social media just to show you were there. There is no need to record the whole concert. I have no doubt that Green Day will release a live DVD soon, which will be a lot less costly than the ticket price.

On a final note, I think musicians should start banning cell phones from concerts all together. They take away from the experience and are a nuisance. I’ve heard Jack White is already starting to ban them and Green Day should follow.

Political Correctness will only hurt Comedy

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I watched tonight’s episode of Real Time with Bill Maher and couldn’t help to think why aren’t all comedies as politically incorrect as this. Also, why is HBO the only network that has the guts to run politically incorrect shows?

When HBO is considered daring for showing this kind of content, you know there’s a problem.

All things considered, do you really want to live in a world where comedy is afraid to be funny?

Well, this is what would happen if comedians, television shows, and writers were forced to conform to only using language that won’t offend anyone.

This is already coming into effect all over the world, especially in America. Whenever someone tries to be funny by using politically incorrect words, some groups of people are offended. No one knows how to laugh anymore.

Then, people are forced to apologize for what they said. Everything is taken seriously and all laughter is policed.

If I want to laugh at jokes that sound discriminatory, I don’t want to have to feel bad about it. I want people to be more open to a variety of comedy styles.

Political correctness will ruin dark comedy, mockumentaries, standup, and satire forever. If people continue in this direction, where all language is restricted, comedy will decline.

There will no longer be shows like, Summer Heights High, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, or even Family Guy.

For godsake, Chris Lilley is even being accused of being racist for using blackface. If you’re offended by him pretending to be different characters, you need to change your priorities in life.

If people are offended by political incorrectness, they live in a bubble. There are worse things in the world than comedians being insensensitive. People need to learn how to laugh again.

The bottom line is that political correctness needs to come to a halt to save comedy from becoming as boring as Modern Family.

Just forget how ‘offensive’ some comedians are and laugh if you find them funny.

And don’t get me started on why the Office UK is funnier than the U.S. version.

Pros and Cons of Living in Australia vs. North America

WhiteKangarooHeaderI spent some time living in Sydney last year and  I just wanted to make a list of advantages and disadvantages to help out people who are planning to move there.

Pros

The people are friendlier

Sydney has the friendliest people I’ve ever met. Nobody cares about anything and it’s really easy making friends, especially if you’re a foreigner. Once in Melbourne, I passed a group of people taking photos and they just invited to their friend’s birthday party, just like that. Amazing.

Fruits are cheaper

You can get like 5 apples for just a few bucks at any supermarket.

The weather is amazing

It never gets past 30 degrees in Sydney. It’s also very dry and windy instead of humid. It doesn’t snow or rain a lot.

There’s always something to do

The locals always want to go out and do something. People never really stay home and watch television like they do in North America.

The universities are easier

The work load is a lot lighter. People don’t really study that much there and they rather go to the beach instead. They also only take 4 courses there, as opposed to 5 per semester.

The beaches are wonderful

The beaches are so pretty. My favourite ones were Bondi and Tamarama. Surfing is part of everyday life.

The transportation is convenient

There is good transportation everywhere in Sydney. The trains are amazing and can get you anywhere. They also come frequently.

The wages are impressive

Minimum wage is much higher there. For instance, if you work at McDonald’s, you make like $25/hour.

The ice cream is great

Sydney and Melbourne has some of the best ice cream I’ve ever had. Messina’s and Anita’s gelato have the most flavours.

Dating is easier

The guys aren’t shy there and they will hit on you, unlike North America, where girls have to work hard to get a date. The guys act more like ‘gentlemen’ as well.

The Nightlife is spectacular

One word = Newtown.

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Welcome to my blog!

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I have a blog now. Yeah I know, so original.

I always thought blogs were kind of boring to read, especially the ones about travelling.

No one cares where you’ve been or what you did while there. All of them are pretty much the same. Even though I’ve been to a lot of places, this will not be a travel blog.

Nevertheless, I hope what I have to say sparks your interest!

Although I’m a millennial, I don’t think this will be your typical blog.

A bit about me:

I’m a 21 year-old living in London, Ontario at the moment. I’m originally from Toronto but I’m here for a few more weeks study media at the University of Western Ontario/Western University. I’m planning to move to Sydney, Australia by the end of the year.

I love movies from the 1930s and up. I’m not particularly into movies before that period because I prefer dialogue. I also love Green Day, Chris Lilley, TIFF, and the Beatles.

In addition, this blog might contain some controversial opinions and possibly some conspiracy theories.

I’m new to this so bear with me,

Arielle