I’ve been wanting to post about the tragedy that hit Japan on March 11th beginning with the 9.0 earthquake that struck in the North that sent ripples through the rest of the island and the devastating tsunami that claimed so many lives. I’m angry, more like an uncontrollable rage that I can’t bottle in anymore.
Those feckless f*cks (hereinafter referred to as fecks) such as the overseas news networks who, like a pack of jackals frothing at the mouth, instead of reporting the true misfortune of events in Sendai and the surrounding areas decided that it wasn’t as newsworthy as “TOTAL NUCLEAR MELTDOWN!” You irresponsible twats who would rather keep people in fear to boost your viewership ratings and to sell papers! It was almost as if you wanted things to get worse. One report even went as far as to say that Japan could be wiped off the face of the earth. FOX “news” even used the above picture showing a nuclear plant being housed in a Japanese nightclub (Shibuya Eggman). Eggman even posted on their website “Shibuya Eggman has no nuclear plant, Our electricity’s powered only by music.”
I learned more from this Japanese video made to explain to kids what was happening than the speculative drivel you tout as information.
And you, fat cat foreign bankers who without a moment’s hesitation shelled out thousands of dollars (up to $265,000 one way) to charter private jets out of Tokyo forgetting about how good this country has been to your pockets. I don’t even need to break down how much aid that money could bring. These same bankers who not long ago sent the economy into a downward spiral only to be bailed out later by their governments. The Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE) had to ban brokers from selling stocks for their own arbitrage trading. You fecks.
And you douches who use this opportunity to still harp on about “Japan killed my grandfather so this is karma”, you immature fecks. You forget about Hiroshima and Nagasaki, retaliation that no other country I can think of could pick itself up and carry on. You selfish brats who cry “Where is the money my government wants to use to aid Japan coming from? Not my taxes?” You would be the first begging for aid from other countries if the tables were turned, and trust me Japan would be right there to help.
All in all, I count myself and many others here in Tokyo as very lucky. We have nothing to complain about. Yeah, supermarkets and conbenis were literally empty as people panicked and stocked up like crazy and don’t get me started on this drama queen who could just do us all a favour and be deported. So what if there’s no milk, those cows up north could use a break too. I made a joke there, but not to take away from what’s really going on in Sendai, Fukushima, Iwate, Ibaraki, those are the people who really need us. The Fukushima 50 who are working non stop to keep us all safe, let us not forget them and their families. My fear/sadness/anger has now rightly returned to reflection and JanKenBPM salutes you brave souls!
If you’re not one of those fecks and want to know how you can help Japan, don’t just click “like” on one of those Facebook groups or say “Oh, let us pray for Japan”, do something:
If in Japan:
- Groupon, they will give two times the money you send, maximum 10.000 ¥ each time
- Here you can find various options
If you are outside Japan:
- International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
- American Red Cross
- American Red Cross Japan Earthquake Disaster Relief on Amazon
- GlobalGiving Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund
- Adapt Advancers
- Lady Gaga’s wristband
Also a friend sent me a link that has many more ways to give Too Much Magazine.
There are so many ways to give your support ❤
My God, isn’t this pic just frikkin awesome? Think of it as a post Valentine gift from me <3.
I’m sure by now you’ve all heard Lady Gaga’s new single “Born this Way”, from her upcoming album which is probably the most anticipated album of 2011. I assure you, it will be dissected and critiqued ad nauseum, but that won’t stop me from adding my 2 cents.
So, does it work? Honestly, I got a bit bored the first 20 secs in. I read someone tweet “it already sounds like a tired David Guetta throwaway” and I found myself chuckling in agreement. I suspect “Born this Way” won’t age as gracefully as some of her other songs BUT I did feel the same way the first time I heard Paparazzi, so it still is early days.
Inevitably, when you’re as famous as Gaga, you will be compared to other singers. Remember the whole Christina Aguilera debacle? Yeah, I know Christina who? And there’s also the whole Grace Jones‘ outrageous style copied, blah, blah, let’s get back to the music. (Love you Grace Jones!) Obviously, the great queen Madge is the icon most pointed to. “Born This Way” is eerily evocative of Madonna’s “Express Yourself” + (insert whatever here) since its premiere. Not that this is necessarily tragic BUT if you’re going to hype your song as the new gay anthem (that could dethrone “I Will Survive“) then ehhh, it doesn’t quite work in that sense.
The message, on the other hand, does work. One of the reasons I loved Gaga is because she’s always been an outspoken advocate for gay rights. I wouldn’t say this is the ultimate gay anthem, more an anthem for all minorities. The lyrics are honest, she knows how to create a solid pop song with a big hook. Until the music video, or the next single drops, “Born This Way” will be played to death in clubs and will be belted out at gay pride parades throughout the year. Nichome anyone?
What do you think? Any anthems you’d like me to post? Leave your comments below.