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Ted Nugent, Racist Asshole of the Year, January 2014
We had more than 10 finalists for Racist Asshole of the Year, but the votes are in, and it was never close. Ted Nugent is the Racist Asshole of the Year:
- Ted Nugent, 37%
- Rush Limbaugh, 16%
- Sarah Palin, 10%
- Phil Robertson, 5%
- Rand Paul, 5%
- Rick Snyder, 5% (write-in!)
- Paula Deen, 3%
- Don Yelton, 3%
- Megyn Kelly, 3%
- Richard Cohen, 2%
- Dinesh D’Souza, 1%
- Justine Sacco, 1%
Everyone else had less than 1%. Rick Snyder was a surprise— not only was he a write-in, but he hadn’t even been mentioned.
And Ted Nugent really deserves the title this year. He put managed to say racially offensive things all year long, and he didn’t even let Martin Luther King Day pass without finding more racist things to say— he took ranted about how one example of bad parenting represented “the tip of the black gangster iceberg”.
Within the last year he claimed that racism ended in the 1960s and 1970s, and then went on to say said black people could “fix the black problem if they would put their heart and soul into being honest, law-abiding citizens.” And then went on to say that they should “get an alarm clock.” If that’s not racist, I don’t know what is.
After the George Zimmerman verdict, he would say that "Trayvon got justice".For what, Ted? Walking unarmed through his own neighborhood? Armed with only Skittles? For that he should be kiled?
He even called himself “Rosa Parks with a Gibson”. What exactly has he done to compare himslef with Rosa Parks remains unanswered.
He’s not some passive racist or racist apologist either. He actively takes it upon himself to insult African Americans. It’s not that some racist did something and he said nothing, or made excuses, or that he’s indifferent to the plight of minorities. He feels he must speak out and condemn the entire race over one anecdote or things that may not even be true.
Racism is more than just terrorizing African Americans in the middle of the night with murder and beatings, or making laws to keep them from voting or having the right to go to any public school. It also includes making generalizations about an entire race as though everyone were all the same, and denigrating them as a group rather than treating them as individuals. And when you understand that, then it’s pretty clear that racism didn’t end in the 1970s, but continues on with Ted Nugent leading the pack.
And people can’t just ignore Ted Nugent as an ignorant racist, but he is relevant— he has a column in WND, appears on radio, is on the board of the NRA, and was the guest of Rep. Steve Stockman to last year’s State of the Union Address.
So you, Mr. Nugent, shall be our yardstick for racist asshole for the next year. You’ve earned it.
Photo source: https://twitter.com/TedNugent
how much is a loaf of bread? hm? $3? $5?
At my local grocery store, bread is about $4.50 for a decent size italian loaf. If I make $7.25 and hour, that means I’d have to work 37 and a half minutes for a Loaf of bread.
but hey, that’s not so bad right? Work two hours and you’ll have a sandwich, eh?
Oh hey, turns out I also need toilet paper, rice, chicken, some veggies, a can of soup, and some cereal. (to name a few basic groceries one might need on a budget) we’ll round those things down to $25 just to make the math easier.
at $7.25 an hour I’ll have to work about 3 and a half hours for basic groceries.
That doesn’t include bills or gas or all the other groceries I need, That’s ONE quick trip to the store and I already have to work half a day just for that.
You don’t understand Anon, my pages could take HOURS if not DAYS. Between the sketching, inking, colouring, lettering, and finishing it’s taken at least a full two day’s work if not longer for each page.
I have a job that pays me beans, I cannot afford to post more pages a week without compensation. I literally cannot afford to do that. Not to mention the idea that art is only worth minimum wage cheapens the amount of work and effort that goes into producing it. I should be making WELL ABOVE minimum wage for my art via page count and commissions but it’s this damn “deviant art” mindset that makes people feel like they’re being swindled for paying a livable wage to artists. It’s rude and childish and I ask that you please stop considering artists as less worthy of affording a normal life.
You can either pay me what I ask for what you want or stop complaining about what I already give you for free.
I cannot fucking stand people who tell illustrators that something they produce is too expensive.
Yall motherfuckers want cheap? Go get some paper, get a fucking pencil and then draw it your motherfucking selves because nobody freelancing on the internet who hasn’t even half made it in the illustration world is charging you ANYTHING close to industry pricing even when some of us are as good if not better. Why? Because of people like Anon. Your name must be out there and known to charge anything close to what your time and skill is worth. Yet still? You are paying for my effort, my time, my blood, sweat and tears and a lifetime of learning my trade.
A cheap page for yo ass is a piece of paper I haven’t touched yet.
(As a freelancer I cannot staaaaaaaaaaaaaand people who pull this dogshit.)
$100 is pretty cheap for a page.
Basic math, for Anon up there: Break that $100 down into an hourly rate. Factor in materials. Factor in skill and schooling and experience. Bear in mind that a page rate *at all* means there’s a good chance it’s work-for-hire, which means that $100 a page might be all the artist gets, ever.
And then, when you’ve done that math, think about what that means in terms of how few comics artists make a living hourly wage.
Want a pro artist, anon? Pay them like a fucking pro.
I’d like to add the a professional of any stripe has the duty to themselves, and the right to charge a rate based on his skill level and the work he or she puts in.
Okay, going into this endeavor I worked off a few basic assumptions: 1) grown ass men watching children’s programming, specifically content geared towards young girls was questionable at best; 2) gender politics and sexual orientation may perhaps be at play; and 3) this was straight up furry shit action, made more creepy with imagining said grown ass man dressed in fluffy horses with fairy wings and rainbow wigs. Yeah you get it, you see the potbellied hairy centaur with the horse’s ass and you’re slightly squeezed out.
And… then I thought about me and the rest of my ilk; the hordes of men, ne’ some may argue man-children that actually read comics, reminisce on their favorite 80’s carton and annually gather at least on of the major nerd prom conventions in New York City or San Diego. Some of us are not Trekkies but sympathize with our cousins, when we think of the Trilogies, there are only two: Star Wars and Indiana Jones.
This sort of childish reverence on our part endears us to one another in that weird comic-con fanboy socially awkward kind of way. If I could cop to this form of barely socially accepted dysfunction, why not cut the Bronies some slack. Before I could speak on the subject I decided I’d do three things: 1) watch a few episodes of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, 2) watch the documentary “Bronies” and 3) respectfully troll a few prominent Brony websites.
Here’s what I found…
1. My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Season 2 episodes 1 and 2, The Return of Harmony.
I skipped a few story arcs into the show to watch what promised to be a magical episode. Jumping in at this point made the most sense because it was the introduction of the character Discord, voiced by John De Lancie of STNG “Q” fame. In Discord he plays a popular trickster spirit, not unlike the Q of the Continuum. If ever there was going to be an entry point for me, this was it. I created the absolute best environment to give this show and its spawned social phenomenon a chance. I watched the two part episodes and I found the central characters endearing, the writing was excellent and Discord is just a great nemesis. I enjoyed the spirit of the show and the overall storytelling. I’ll probably not venture pass this point, but I didn’t lose out on having watched the show.
2. Bronies: The Documentary
Bronies followed the lives of a group of bronies preparing to attend respective Brony Conventions. The subjects were geographically dispersed across the US and Europe, with an outlier in Israel. They all held one thing in common, a love for the show, an obsession with breaking the fourth wall of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and the adverse surrounding and reactions to their interests in winged ponies. I observed a deep sense of sadness that lingers just below the surface of the participants. A darkness that lifted with the mere mention of MLP:FIM. Queued together with young (and not so young) men stand under the banner of friendship, loyalty, sharing, caring and expressing love. I found myself wonder, what is greater society afraid in these men and why? Shouldn’t a generation of men getting together to express the better virtues of humanity, especially with a female focus, be celebrated? A womanist would view this as a step in the right direction. Quiet simply, men stepping up and recognizing the power and influence of women, if not from anthropomorphic animated bridal ponies. Bronies pledge themselves to the equality movement and believe in the best of humanity, cynicism aside. The question continues to beg, what’s the deal with the fear of feminization of men, is the stock of desensitized male consumers a serious concern? Male chauvinism and patriarchal patterns are (rightly) criticized and challenged, yet male sensitivity is chided, a subject of scorn and derision. What’s up American Society? Make up your mind. The idea of men in full on PDA towards other dudes in a self-affirmative way outside of sexualization is cause for deep concern. But why?
Is it that guys who hug guys wand watch girly shows with music would most likely not participate in the military industrial complex? Is it that guys who hug guys and sing cartoon show songs will not participate in the market of American violence. They’ll leave the guns alone and play with plastic handheld ponies. Is it that men who hold hands indiscriminately and swear friendship and loyalty will be least likely to participate in racism?
3. The interwebs
Google Bronies and the interwebs will announce the charity, zealotry, and peculiarity of these guys. Now mind you, this is the internet and just about the weirdest thing I found was Pony butt plugs for Bronies.
From what I can see, the core of their subculture is socially awkward, well meaning and doing battle with cynicism. We can all learn a lesson.
Wait… did I just outline the flow of typical episode. I guess I did. Gotcha!