This Op-Ed Was a Deal Breaker

I found this while wandering the backrooms of the internet: it’s called I’m a Lesbian Who Hates Cats. I’m Going to Die Alone. It might win a little something like the most accurate title of the year but that’s about it. The rest of the piece is just plainly bad and in bad need of a takedown. If you’re good with that sort of thing, follow past the jump!

Also, let me go on the record here: I don’t hate dogs. My parents were dog people. But the author seems to think that dogs are better than cats. I’ve been around dogs for a good portion of my life and believe me when I say, there are some ill-behaved, untrained canines out there. At least four of them belonged to my parents. With that said, let’s begin.

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Two Small Fries and a Plush To Go

When I was a kid in the 1980s, this time of year meant several things: it meant school was in full swing. It meant that Halloween was over and done. It meant we would have to deal with the carb heavy and protein loaded meal that was known as Thanksgiving.

It also meant Christmas was around the corner, which meant toys.

That meant that the fast food places were upping their toy offerings as well. It was around this time of year that you could get plushes at certain restaurants.

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Make Hasbro Think Again

You have to feel bad for Hasbro: Transformers: The Last Knight didn’t do as well as expected at the box office, the company’s profits as well as its stock have taken a hit due in no small part to the Toys R Us bankruptcy and the next HasCon–which is a trade show that is open to the public and not an actual convention–won’t be on the radar for the next couple of years.

Yeah, things aren’t so great right now. But then, this had to happen, which only adds to the egg on Hasbro’s face.

Right now, one of the current Transformer lines–known as Power of the Primes–has been making its way to shelves and pegs in toy departments across America. This is a good thing, right?

Well, it should have been. Then things like this happen. Yes, you are reading that correctly: someone slipped “MAGA” in Cybertronian glyphs on a Jazz figure.

I can’t facepalm hard enough.

There is so much wrong with this. Dear Primus, there is so much wrong here. The message in question is on a white race car, that was originally voiced by a black man. As for the message itself, why would the Autobots give half a scrap in making America great? They aren’t American citizens that I know of; instead, these are giant alien robots. Who in their right mind thought this was such a great idea, anyway? Here’s what Hasbro had to say about the entire thing:

It was brought to our attention that a graphic appears on one of our Transformers figures that, when translated from Cybertonian letters to English, spells out MAGA. We investigated the issue, and discovered that one of our vendors inserted this as part of the design without authorization. We are addressing this with the vendor.

We do not intend for our products to carry political messages, and apologize to anyone who was offended by this message.

That’s all well and good, but you seriously need to fire the hell out of this vendor. This guy shouldn’t get a job at Hasbro cleaning the damned toilets, let alone doing any freelance work. Seriously. He needs to be outed and fired. His name should be made public so that other toy companies won’t contact him to contract him out for any freelance work. He needs to be held accountable in every way possible. Make his stupid backside unemployable.

It goes without saying that I am livid. This wasn’t cute. This wasn’t funny. This. NEVER. Should. Have. Happened.

It doesn’t matter that this was probably done a year ago, when the election was happening. It shouldn’t have happened. This should have been caught. Now, I get that the higher ups probably don’t have the world’s greatest grip on ancient Cybertronian. However, translation keys exist. There are fans out there who could do that sort of thing for free, Hasbro. They’d be happy to do it; you wouldn’t have to pay them, either. In most cases, a fan having the chance to get a look at a new figure before everyone else would be more than payment enough. But there were ways to prevent this well before the figure was produced and shipped to stores. Somebody somewhere failed and failed miserably at quality control. And don’t even get me started on the asshat who thought that this would be funny. Keep your damned politics out of my toy collections; the last time we mixed shit like that was in the 1980s when we had the Satanic Panic.

There’s an Allspark thread about this lovely fiasco as well. If you want to read up on this disaster over there, go right ahead. Me, I gotta go binge a few dozen cute kitten videos. Because if I don’t, I’ll go into a blind rage over here.

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Morning Coffee: Cup Thirty-Four

morning_coffeeToday’s post–and good mood–is brought to you by: Fudge Swirl from Berres Brothers.

It’s time for another Morning Coffee post, where I post random and assorted BS for your potential reading (dis)pleasure. There are some minor movie spoilers contained below the jump, so be warned. In the words of Marvin Gaye: Let’s get it on!

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Sunday Morning Nostalgia Crush!

The intro to I Am the Greatest: The Adventures of Muhammad Ali. Yes, this was a real thing that actually aired on television. I watched it on occasion.

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Snow Problem

It’s been another shitty week, so we’re turning it into a kitty week. So here is a cat, trying to dig out after some snow. Enjoy!

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Angels and Demons

By now, we’ve all heard the allegations against Judge Roy Moore. The charges are monstrous but still, Moore has his defenders, claiming that a fourteen year old is not a child. #MeAt14 and #MeAt16 has popped up on social media in protest. But what bothers me about the whole incident is just how quickly we’ve reversed our stance; I lived through the era of the McMartin trial. I can remember the hysteria at the height of the Satanic Panic. At that time, Believe the Children was the rallying cry, even though no physical evidence was ever found to substantiate these claims. No matter how insane the allegations–whether it was murdering baby tigers in a grave yard or being taken up to the moon in a spaceship– we were supposed to believe the children, for they spoke the truth.

Now? Not so much.

Part of this comes from the fact that Moore is known as a “god-fearing christian man”. This is the same guy that popped up on my radar when he kept trying to install a giant Ten Commandments monument outside the Alabama Judicial Building. He was making headlines on Witchvox and the Wren’s Nest news aggregator. He was seen as a good, decent, upstanding man, one who was following the bible.

In other words, no matter how wrong the guy was, he was always right. He was one of the good guys.

Now, all of a sudden, Moore is being of accused of some truly heinous things. But it’s easy to ignore that if you think of the victims as mislead by Satan. Because only someone who has been tricked by Satan could make up such terrible accusations against a “good” man. Why would they wait so many years unless they were lying? Why wouldn’t they come forward and accuse someone with so much power when they were just children?

We no longer believe the children. Instead, we’re far more likely to condemn them for coming forward, to disbelieve them and to say, “Stop saying such awful things about such a good person!” Because that “good” person wouldn’t dare do such awful things; we “know” them well enough to know this as a fact.

But remember: a molester is not a demon. They are human. They will always be human.

That’s the terrifying thing, the thing we should never forget: abusers are human beings, not monsters in a human mask.

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