Jesus H. Christ, Spotify. Do I LOOK LIKE I was born in fucking 1999?!
PS My Dad gave me this CD. That’s right, my Pops was hip to the new sounds before I was. He’s magical that way.
Anna Nicole looks really good but I think she’s still got a pill-slurrin’ buzz on. Wait, what?!
SRSLY CRAM IT WEIGHT WATCHERS
"I leaned in and slurred, ‘Kiss me!’ And he said…"
If you live in Boston, buy your #BadBride tickets now to find out what he answered (tickets are almost totally sold out!)
I’m doing a show in NYC where I am for a bit, and it’s a really fun one. We put together an entire sketch show in 7 days. Come check it out!
Old School Sketch Comedy Show
Tuesday Feb. 11th, 2014 @ 9:30 PM
The P.I.T. Mainstage
123 East 24th Street NYC
with Jerry Mouse, Jane Kehoe, Tom Lisi, Christi Chiello, Cian Smith, Sid Singh, Lisa Davey, and Brandy Barber (that’s me)
Sylvia Earle is a majorly admirable person. Er, biologist. Er, activist. Er, aquanaut. So, she’s a lot of things. All of them are pretty great. Add to that the fact that she’s entertaining, whimsical, and personable, and you’ve got several minutes of video any little girl who is contemplating a life as a scientist should definitely watch.
At 4:40, she explains how she did incredible work — despite the rampant sexist commentary about her and her female colleagues.
The thing that enrages me the most about the new Weight Watchers commercials isn’t, shockingly, that Jessica Simpson is involved. No, it’s that the campaign’s repeated narrative is one that starts off portraying little girls who are excited about their futures and the endless possibilities those futures hold- and then reduces them to a destiny of knee-jerk diet and body dysmorphia bullshit. How do we get from a kid planning on being an astronaut to an adult planning to pack approximately 12 raw almonds in her bag so she won’t PIG OUT AT THE BABY SHOWERRRRRRRR?!? Barf.
It SEEMS cute and innocent, I admit. In fact it didn’t occur to me the first few times I saw the ads. But I was in bed, sick, watching, and all of the sudden I was like “What the fuck is THIS shit?!”
What’s worse? I LIKE Weight Watchers! I used it myself when I started feeling like I was unhealthy and it taught me how to eat like an adult and not like a depressed 10 year old boy (typical meal for me back then: cold pizza for breakfast, cheeseburger for lunch, some sort of cheesed meat for dinner, lots and lots and lots of Lay’s potato chips, Dr. Pepper galore, and so on). And yes, I also lost some weight, which helped me feel better and more able to get active again. It was really valuable.
That makes this so much more disappointing to me, since Weight Watchers seemed to me to be the most holistic mass-marketed nutrition and weight loss plan. And their ads never really pissed me off, which admittedly is not hard to do. But I guess shame- and the threat of loss of sex appeal- sells.