The Hollywood Skinny

Posted in Rants on August 8, 2009 by The Raven

Is it just me or are Hollywood/TV actresses shrinking? I’ve noticed that lately a lot of actresses I see in movies or TV shows are about the size of toothpicks. If the camera adds ten pounds to a person, I would seriously hate to run into these women in real life. They must look like Skeletor, I mean nothing but bones covered with a bit of muscle and skin. And yes this is a topic that I’m rather passionate about because I believe a person- man or woman, young or old- should look healthy and looking healthy doesn’t mean you have to be 90 pounds and fit into a size 0.

Hell, I’m proud to be a plus size woman- meaning I wear a size bigger than 9- and I’m happy with how I look. I have curves God Damnit, and I’m happy with that! But you go into stores these days and it seems like everything they have are geared towards these skinny minis who could make a tight plastic wrap outfit look baggy. Being that thin isn’t healthy for a person in general.

I’m sorry being so thin to the point you can see your own spine (ex: Gabriel Anwar of Burn Notice) or count your own ribs (ex: Lindsey Lohan) means you have some serious issues going on. Yes I suppose that the afor mentioned Gabriel Anwar could just have a really fast metabolism, but what is Lindsey Lohan’s excuse? She’s never been that thin before.

Personally I think Hollywood and the Media are to blame. They are the ones putting pressure on these celebrities to be super thin in order to be considered ‘glamorous’ and ‘gorgeous’ when in truth being that thin is sickening. I can’t stand to watch a show or movie with someone who is that skinny and if I worked with them I’d be worried about hurting them just by shaking their hands. Celebrities are role models to a lot of kids, and what example are they setting if they submit to the pressure of being thin in order to remain popular? To me that’s setting America’s Youth as well as the Global Youth in general up for numerous eating disorders so they can mimic their favorite celebrities and be super thin so they can feel attractive.

(Now I know my blog isn’t that popular, because frankly word hasn’t gotten out about it, but that’s cool. But for those reading this, I just hope that this makes sense.)

You don’t have to look like a stick to be beautiful- now I’m not saying you should weight 400 pounds either because that is just as detrimental to your health- you can have curves and still be beautiful. Now I’m not saying what’s on the outside of a person is all that matters because it isn’t, and anyone who believes that is very shallow. What true beauty is, is what is inside a person. How much they care for those around them even those that they don’t know, how they can laugh at really bad jokes etc. That is true beauty in my opinion.

A person should be able to feel comfortable in their own skin. They shouldn’t feel pressured to fit into a certain standard set by the media and Hollywood (and society in general) about how they should look in order to be beautiful. We all don’t have to be blonds who are 90 pounds, can fit into a size zero pant and have huge breasts. Nor do we have to be loaded down with muscles and be a meat head in order to be considered pretty.

I guess beauty is what we make it, and if we want to say it’s being so tiny that if you turn sideways you disappear, or that you have so many muscles that you can’t put your arms down.. Then as a society we’ve failed. We’re an intelligent race, and to be basing life off of so called beauty norms and sex shows that perhaps we’re not as intelligent as our advances in technology make us out to be.

I think that the Media and Hollywood really need a big wake up call. Can’t be they stop to think that their glorifying that kind of behavior in role models is causing the self esteem of young girls and boys to plummet. Their sickening glorification is causing people to go out and get operation after operation in plastic surgery to look like a certain celebrity really isn’t helping matters.

I guess all in all what I am trying to say is that perhaps the media and or Hollywood should be limited on how much they glorify this kind of behavior. We always say that people should be who they want to be, not submit to peer pressure, and to look how they want to based on their tastes. Yet we contradict ourselves with saying that this is the style to wear, that this is the haircut to have, this is the makeup to use and that this is the ideal size you have to be.

Let me tell you one thing though. There are medical guidelines for how much a person should weigh based on their height and age group. And I’m pretty sure that most people who are that thin, aren’t fitting into that healthy guideline. Here is a site that is an example of what I mean

HEIGHT WEIGHT TABLE.

I’m sure if you go into a Doctor’s office you may see one there or perhaps even be able to ask if they have a guide you can look at. I’m not sure how accurate the one in that link is, and am pretty positive that your Doctor’s will be pretty damn accurate.

In closing.. I want to say, be yourselves. Don’t live your life based on what other people are suggesting you do because it’s the “in thing” in Hollywood. Live to make yourself happy first and for most and don’t care what people say about it (unless it’s destructive behavior ’cause I don’t condone that lol).

JUST LIVE!!!! And as always.. Keep on rocking.

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Just realized..

Posted in Almost Uncategorized on August 2, 2009 by The Raven

Hoooooooooooly shyte! G.I. Joe The Rise of Cobra comes out Friday! Yes, FRIDAY! As in this FRIDAY! Needless to say this Friday is going to kick maximus butimus. Why? Well aside from the G.I. Joe news which just happens to have my favorite Sith Lord Darth Maul- aka Ray Parks- playing Snake Eyes, the next season of one of my favorite shows- Psych- is starting back up.

Oh yeah, if one day could rock any harder than the rest… It would be this Friday.

Let’s Get Nerdy..

Posted in Random Musings on July 13, 2009 by The Raven

As I’m sure any of you have heard by now, or at least fellow comic book aficionados have heard, the Green Lantern is coming to life. Well, figuratively speaking of course. The alien ring wearing, Earth protecting superhero is being pulled from the pages of a comic book and placed in a different kind of ink as his story is heading for the big screen in what could possibly be one of the more anticipated comic book movies since Watchmen (or even Wolverine Origins).

The Green Lantern movie which is slated to begin filming in January of 2010 has already gotten its lead character. And just who is going to don the alien ring and the green and black tights? Non other than the face of Deadpool, Ryan Reynolds. While I myself am delighted over this pick (since he beat out Justin Timberlake who I seriously cannot see playing a Superhero unless it is some kind of Disco Dancing Kid) other comic book fans are causing an uproar. Why? Well most are having an issue about Reynolds being the face of both Deadpool and Green Lantern, and would like to have seen Firefly’s Nathan Fillion helm the role. While I’ve little doubt that Fillion would be able to play the role well, would he actually be able to fill out the suit? Yes Reynolds is known mostly for being a glib actor and holding mostly comedic roles but when push comes to shove he can play serious and dramatic roles. For example: Definitely Maybe- while yes it was a bit of a comedy did have its serious moments- and Amityville Horror.

Now my blogs usually have some kind of lead up to the whole point that I want to make, and this is where my point is going to be made. As I mentioned comic book fans have their tighty whities in a bunch because of Reynolds playing two comic book characters. Okay.. Understandable IF the comic book characters were both from the same company, which, they aren’t. Deadpool is a MARVEL character, Green Lantern is a DC comics character. Now to my knowledge neither character has had a run in with each other. Now anyone with half a brain who sits and watches the beginning of any comic book film will see the MARVEL or DC comics logo before the film actually starts, making it pretty hard to lose concept of what company the film is basing their characters on.

In further comparison Deadpool is a villain who went up against Wolverine and thusly wasn’t out to protect the world. Green Lantern is a hero who is out to protect the world. Now if people can’t understand the differences between the two characters they really need to pull their backsides out of their arses. What’s the big deal about one guy playing two comic book characters anyway? If someone is silly enough to get THAT confused about it, then um.. Yeah they deserve a good slap side the head. I’m sure in the past, there have been people who have played two different comic book characters. Hell, Punisher has had three different people helm the role (Dolph Lundren, Thomas Jane and Ray Stevenson) in three completely different movies. So why can’t one person play two different comic book roles? How about women who have played both in a comic book adaptation and a video game adaptation of a movie? Are we going to run out and complain about Mila Jovovich and Angelina Jolie for that? I doubt it. What next? People are going to have a fit that Hugh Jackman plays Wolverine and Van Helsing? Or better yet, more drama about the emo dancing that Toby Mcquire did in the last installment of Spiderman?

If anyone wants to bitch about someone playing a certain role they should bitch about Spiderman! Toby Mcquire? REALLY?!? Yes granted Peter Parker is supposed to be this uber nerd and such, but still… Toby Mcquire????? I’m sorry the Spiderman serious- while I wasn’t that big a fan- was really really ruined for me when they named him to don the suit. The only salvaging part of the films were the cameo roles of Bruce Campbell. I mean Mcquire playing Spiderman was about as bad as Nick Cage playing Ghost Rider. I was a fan of Ghost Rider, still am, but to be honest I don’t want to watch the movie A) Because while a good actor Cage creeps me out B) I’m just not sure he could pull it off despite the buzz it got.

I think people just need to give Ryan Reynolds a chance. After all, there are casting directors for a reason, and I’m sure they saw something in his audition that they didn’t in others. And I’m pretty sure- despite what one person put on Twitter- he didn’t get the role because he’s married to Scarlett Johanson *who is a lucky woman..*. I’m sure people can argue right now that I should give Mcquire and Cage a chance, and I can tell you here and now. I have. I watched the first and third Spiderman movie. Those were hours of my life I can’t get back… And as for Ghost Rider? I saw part of it. To be honest, if there were any salvation to that film it would be in Sam Elliot though perhaps one day I’ll watch more than just a few minutes of Ghost Rider. We shall see.. But back to the Green Lantern story. As I said, people need to wait and see. It all depends on what direction the writers take it, how true to the story they stick or how much they adapt it to fit a certain audience.

Also, I want to point out that while one person on Twitter posted they thought Seth Rogan was set to play the Green Lantern I want to kindly point out that it’s the Green Hornet he is set to play. Darn Green super heroes! I’d shake an angry fist but I’m afraid Hulk will smash his way into my bed room and thusly cause me to wet myself… Not pretty..

Attack of the Show’s 1000th

Posted in Almost Uncategorized on July 9, 2009 by The Raven

Want to offer a hearty Congrats to everyone involved with Attack of the Show on their 1000th episode. They have created an awesome show that I’ve been watching for years and I’m looking forward to seeing where they can take things in the future.

For those who haven’t seen the show there is a replay tomorrow July 10th 2009 at 12:00pm EST on G4. Also right now they are working on getting the biggest tweet. So if you’re a twit (not that kind) and want to join in on making some history, log onto twitter and post a congrats tweet with #aots in it and it’ll be added to the list. Want the hosts to see? Simply add @kpereira and @oliviamunn to pass your congrats along. It’s that easy!

Check out the video starring both hosts of the show here at Youtube: Parry Gripp- The Girl at the Video Game Store

Enjoy!

Oh the fun..

Posted in Thoughts for the Day on July 9, 2009 by The Raven

Yesterday after returning home from a nice long day of shopping with my mom and best friend, I wandered down cellar to let our cat out of his little kennel. Yes our cat has a kennel he sleeps in. Why? Because if left to roam on his own, the house would be a mess when we got back or when we get up in the morning. Now we of course give him food and water while he’s in there so no animal activists ranting about how it’s not right to do that. We do take care of him.

Anyway, back to the story..

While coming back upstairs with food and water dishes in my right hand, and my left on the railing (safety first) I caught the toe of my sneaker on the underside of the fourth step down from the top of the stairs. Needless to say I tripped (as I was going at a good pace, this is why safety first) and hurt my left knee and ankle in the process. I’ve been in some pain since last night- hobbling around and the like- since the injury. Of course knowing what I do about first aid and such, I managed to get it iced and elevated rather soon after the injury so with luck any excess swelling was prevented though I can still tell there is some in the joint itself.

So now here I am sitting on the computer, with two ACE bandages wrapped around my knee, a brace thing on my ankle and feeling rather miserable. It’s a gorgeous day out, I so want to go out and walk around the yard… And.. I can’t. How ironic is that?? The last two weeks we’ve gotten nothing but rain, and suddenly I’m hurt and the sun decides to come out of hiding. How is it fair? It’s not! Sooo not fair at all. In other words I’m feeling a tad cranky that I can’t go for my walk like I’d like to. And having no crutches in the house to make that possible I’m rather screwed.

Ah… The fairness of clumsiness and life..

Reflection (as posted in myspace)

Posted in Thoughts for the Day on June 21, 2009 by The Raven

It has occurred to me recently that life is short, and I don’t mean the blink and you’ll miss it kind of short, but it is in lack of a better word.. Short.. You waste time trying to live up to the expectations of others, to make them happy and before you know it, you’re old and have little time left to do what matters most.. Live to make yourself happy.. But sometimes that’s not always the case.. Sometimes you make this realization when you lose people you know. And I guess this is really where this blog is leading to.

This month is a bad time of the year for me. Two years ago I lost a friend from high school whom I had fallen out of touch with, and it hurts me to say that. She was killed in a car accident and it just was so sudden. You never really expect things like that to happen to people who were so just… Wonderful like her. And when something like that does happen… It just blows you away.. I can still remember the day I found out like it was yesterday.. Hell I spent hours during that one day just kind of blank, I didn’t even cry when I first found out because I was so shocked. And I don’t think it was until I sat down and started drawing that it really ended up hitting me.. I can still remember exactly what I had been drawing too.. I can remember drawing these flowers, one was this odd flower I’d found years ago inside of a magazine, and the others were white roses that my mom had bought me. I remember it was during the time I was drawing the roses that it finally hit me.. She was dead.. She was completely gone. Someone I had gone to school with, someone I’d known and hung out with in study hall… And it just made me break down.. Even now as I type this up I’m teary eyed.. But this is things I need to get out because I know if I don’t it will just make me even more depressed in the end.. Anyone who knew Jessica knew the type of person she was, and while I didn’t know her that well, I did consider her a friend even though we had fallen out of touch over the years. I can honestly say that I do miss her.

Now, this isn’t the only reason why this month is so horrible for me.. About a year ago my cousin who I had been rather close with through school was also killed in a car accident about this time of the month. And it was so hard for me when I found out. Because I knew him better than I knew Jessica, and had known him a lot longer as well. I remember when I found out, I was doing dishes if I remember right- and I say that because this one hit me harder to the point the day was a big blur- though I do remember holding the dish towel in my hands. I can remember calling up Joanna and despite the fact I was trying to calm about it I just couldn’t help it, I broke down while talking to her. So much so I felt sick. It was just such a horrible feeling. When I hung up the phone and went back to doing dishes, I just remember trying to get through them and focus on them so I didn’t have to think about it.. Despite it all I just.. I couldn’t. And something no one but myself knows? I went into a near hysterical crying fit while in the middle of washing our dinner plates. I remember just leaning over the sink, resting my head on my arms and sobbing so hard I could barely breathe. Sure Brian was the type to pick on people because he could, but he was never mean about it, at least from what I had witnessed, he did it out of good fun. But it still didn’t make his passing any easier.

It’s hard now.. Remembering the times I had with the both of them in school. It just seems… For lack of a better term a lifetime ago. When someone passes you always kind of expect to remember everything that you did with them, all the fun times and the laughs.. But sometimes.. You just can’t remember.. It’s almost as though they took some of those things with them when they left, and despite how hard we do try to remember those things sometimes we just can’t. But in trying to remember those things, you’re remembering the people you’ve lost. In a way it doesn’t make it so bad not being able to remember. I guess it almost makes the pain of not being able to think back on those things a little more bearable.

In all of this reflection.. I guess it’s easy to remember just how little time we may have with someone, and how little time we have to tell our true feelings about people. So.. Here and now.. I want to tell each and ever one of you.. I love you. You’re all the best friends a girl could ask for. And since a good 90% of you are people I know, and are related to.. That’s pretty good heh. Keep in mind.. Life is beautiful and even if there are days when everything just seems to suck, remember there are people out there who care for you and will always be there when you need someone- even if they are siblings and they drive you nuts lol.

Life is Beautiful by Sixx:AM

The angels of silence we almost forget we have.
Loved ones who guide us from lives past.
Watching over us in our times of need,
Helping us to remember that there are still
Good things in life.

In time we may forget your smiles.
In our years we may not be able to hear your laugh.
But in the end we will always remember,
The times that have passed.
And in those times you shall live on,
In our hearts and in our mind.

When memories fail,
And all hope is lost,
We’ll know you’ll be there to guide us
Our angels of silence.

Honesty, Sarcasm, and Irony

Posted in Random Musings, Thoughts for the Day on June 20, 2009 by The Raven

Honesty: You’re sick, don’t want to be messed with or bugged.

Sarcasm: Oh you’re sick? Nah I just wanted to know how it felt to say that.

Irony: Regardless.. Idiots still bug you.

Honesty:  That jacket looks horrible on you!

Sarcasm: Oh sure that looks great, if you want to resemble a road cone.

Irony: You love the jacket, but think it looks so much better on you.

Honesty: You’re happy someone did something awesome.

Sarcasm: Yeah.. Woopy doo.

Irony: You wish it had been you lol.

Honesty: I realized I couldn’t remember how Afterglow by INXS went.

Sarcasm: I ‘hate’ the song, no really. I wish it fell into a pot hole and got run over.

Irony: I began to listen to the song and realized, I love this song like crazy and remember all the words. *palm to face*

Honesty: I’ve misplaced something, and know I’ll find it in the last place I think to look.

Sarcasm: No, I didn’t misplace it, I just placed it in a different spot than I normally do.

Irony: It was in the last place I could think of.. Though, I didn’t need to look.

Honesty: I was over the boy band stage after high school.

Sarcasm/Honesty: If I ever like another boy band I’m going to spork myself in the foot..

Irony: I… I like another boy band!! (Sobs)

Honesty: I’m still listening to Afterglow…

Sarcasm: No.. Not my choice, my CD is stuck in my computer and for some reason the repeat function is frozen..

Irony/Honesty: I keep making it replay bwuahaha…

Yeah.. I’m in a strange mood.. I’m restless, can’t sit still and I’m not sure why. I don’t know if it’s because I’m having another bad breathing day or if it’s for another reason altogether. Either way it’s not a good feeling and it’s driving me slowly insane..