Porn, Presidents, and Power Plays…

Geezus Kicking over tables Krist…the things a guy will miss when off the grid for a couple of weeks…

Alright…where should we start…

First, let me give the disclaimer I usually give when discussing things that deal with celebrities and their personal lives. Although these are public personalities, and legally open to the verbal gun fire of guys like myself–with consideration for slander and the like–they are still people that I don’t know. I state this because it is quite easy for me to roll out of my bed, read scathing comments about celebrities, and then whip up some less than laudatory statements myself. Granted, this is pretty acceptable, and I have my moments, but the truth is, I’m a media communicator and analyst, however, in most instances, I could give two half pennies of a concern about the choices made by people in the privacy of their homes. Judging another person’s moral decisions that don’t affect a critical mass isn’t my forte.

With that out of the way…

So…Larry Fishburne’s daughter wants the world to know her milkshake brings all the male porno stars to her yard. My take is that she is a grown woman. I understand that most father’s would disown their daughters for such career(yeah, I had to muffle my laughter, too) choices. I can think of a few deranged individuals who might actually applaud that behavior, but they are definitely in the minority. And double standards aside for a paragraph or two, I’ve seen the clip and the sister might want to drain these few minutes of fame, swallow her pride, and find new track to ride. Of course, considering that I haven’t used her name once in this post thus far, we realize that if she wasn’t Larry’s daughter, I wouldn’t be critiquing a pornography performance on a blog with a majority female readership.

It is difficult for me to not understand Larry’s concern. Not sure if I’d be willing to pay the substantial amount of money that is being quoted to cease distribution of the video, but I also don’t swim in those socio-economic waters. Ultimately, I think Larry should have remained silent, I mean, the production was that bad in my opinion, and many people wouldn’t have even known about it. If it is her choice to bump uglies with the likes of Brian Pumper for the triple x audience, then it shouldn’t smear Larry’s impeccable career and reputation. Some might argue that her work(tongue in cheek is an art, I swear…), will point to a lack of good fathering, but that is as subjective as the double standard that causes her to gain the attention she is now receiving. I don’t know the sister, but by watching her interview with her standing next to the Goldie of The Mack fame reject, I am reminded of Ginger and Lester Diamond in Casino. I suppose pimping really ain’t dead…

Eh…pulling out of that topic…

Wyclef has signed papers announcing his plans to become president of Haiti. Not quite sure how I feel about that. I don’t think it is one of those topics that should be overly critiqued from the angles I’m seeing. What I’ve been reading mostly are reasons why Wyclef shouldn’t be attempting to become the president. And the discussion regarding why he shouldn’t be president lacks a much needed balance of political understanding. I’m not from Haiti, nor have I ever lived in Haiti. What I know about Haiti is from the media and few friends and associates who are expatriates. I don’t think anyone in the United States who isn’t living in Haiti presently, or having plans to do such, has a properly informed opinion to say what Haiti needs emotionally, economically, or politically. And if we are still discussing the accusations of Yele, the first thing that pops in my mind is ACORN. If the premise is lack of experience, then my rebuttal is the present holder of the office of the President of the United States.

Sure, there are humongous concerns facing Haiti at the moment. Earthquake disaster, an economy that was underdeveloped before the earthquake, and an inhumane contract with France and now possibly the World Bank. However, I was one of those writers that showed concern regarding the support networks of western countries. Much of the reason for Haiti’s inability to deal with the earthquake in a less than catastrophic manner was lack of western support and France’s repugnant insistence on demanding money from the shopping of humans.

Yes, these are troubling times for Haiti, and for much of Haiti’s existence, they have suffered through troubling times. The US is in troubling times as well. If Wyclef is to be denounced as simply opportunistic or simply a symbol of hope, I am reminded of the reasons people stood in lines that circled buildings trying to vote for “Change” and “Hope” back in 2008. I am reminded of the words of the Great Marcus Mosiah Garvey when he asked where were our great men of affairs at. As a person that is sick and tired of being sick and tired of seeing young black males gamble their lives on dreams of being entertainers and athletes, I am pleasantly pleased that Wyclef is willing to take this chance. If one doesn’t believe he is qualified, then don’t vote for him…oh, and if you can’t vote for him…then why disparage his efforts from a distance?

On to the next…

Google and Verizon are said to be in a deal that will allow Google to transfer information from their sites faster. This discussion is being toted as the end of Net Neutrality and the beginning of the decline of the independent web. I tend to agree. As a web master, it is my greatest hope that the web can remain as open and fairly distributed as possible. Unfortunately, in most cases, this is already impossible. With transfer fees, hosting fees, server fees, database management and such concerns, it is always going to be more difficult for some to take advantage of the interweb than others. It would be nice if beyond those financial impediments those that provide access to the interweb wouldn’t strike deals with companies to hamper the independently competitive nature of the interweb. Deals such as these set dangerous precedents and further constrain the tools of mass communication into the hands of a few rich corporations. And as with most things societal, it will be the consumer and the end-user to suffer the most.

So, I say in closing: Hands off Haiti, Hands off the InterWeb…and um…hands off Larry’s Daughter’s arse…or something like that…