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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Chrissie Hynde Needs to Quit Being So Proud of Her Own Misogyny

Posted By on Thu, Sep 10, 2015 at 11:23 AM

  • Chrissie Hynde Music / Instagram

Last week, when Chrissie Hynde told the UK's Sunday Times that her rape, at the age of 21, by a biker gang, was her own fault, we thought she was probably just in desperate need of some counseling. Yes, the victim-blaming language she used in the interview was maddening and appalling — "If you don’t want to entice a rapist, don’t wear high heels so you can’t run from him" and "If I’m being very lairy and putting it about and being provocative, then you are enticing someone" were particularly horrifying — but, based on the fact that it is extremely common for rape survivors to blame themselves for what has happened to them, we were able to feel some sympathy towards Hynde. This is a person who suffered a deeply traumatizing act and probably never sought the appropriate help to deal with it.   

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Fat Mike Just Pulled a 'Don't You Know Who I Am?' Move and Bragged About It Afterwards

Posted By on Wed, Aug 5, 2015 at 9:48 AM

  • Michael Burkett / Instagram

If you're not inclined to follow all of San Francisco's pop punk legends on social media, it's possible that, on Monday night, you missed Fat Mike (aka Mike Burkett) — frontman of NOFX and owner of Fat Wreck Chords — going on a tirade about the evils of Mission Bowling Club

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Why Is Fox News So Terrified of Kendrick Lamar?

Posted By on Wed, Jul 1, 2015 at 9:28 AM

  • BET Awards / MissInfoTV

In case you haven't noticed, Kendrick Lamar is one of the most important artists in hip-hop right now. His third full-length, To Pimp A Butterfly, came out last March to widespread critical acclaim. Then last month, in recognition of his positive community work and activism, the California State Senate honored him with the "Generational Icon" Award. No surprise then, that Lamar was given the task of opening Sunday night's BET Awards, with stunning latest single, "Alright" (which — side note — also has a video that features a lot of Bay Area things, so you should probably watch it).

Lamar did most of his BET performance on top of a graffitied cop car, ripped up stars and stripes flying in the background, explosions of smoke going off all around him. The main refrain of the song makes it clear what the overall message is — "We gon' be alright" — but it doesn't shy away from any justice-related issues facing African Americans in 2015. The entire tone of the song can be summed up in this verse:

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Breaking: "Do They Know It's Christmas" Is Still a Misguided, Patronizing, Terrible Song

Posted By on Mon, Nov 17, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Hey guys! Have you heard about Ebola? Did you know that Ebola is really, really bad? Did you know that the part of the world in which Ebola is a major crisis right now is one that doesn't have nearly enough treatment facilities, access to top-of-the-line medical equipment, or other resources that would help stop the spread of this deadly disease? And that Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, of all people, have done more to help so far than our government?

Do you want to get into hundreds of years of U.S. foreign policies toward West African countries and the myriad ways the Western international aid structure has systematically shortchanged and screwed people for decades, set up roadblocks to democracy, and ultimately contributed to this incredibly complex issue? And then we can all agree to call our elected representatives and demand real change?

Haha, just kidding. That sounds boring. Let's just have Bono and One Direction tell us what to do.

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

A Letter to the Rolling Stones Regarding Their Absurdly Expensive New Tour

Posted By on Wed, May 1, 2013 at 9:36 AM

"These fools are going to give us so much money!" "Wait, $650 for a ticket is a lot?"
  • "These fools are going to give us so much money!" "Wait, $650 for a ticket is a lot?"

Dear Rolling Stones,

As we're sure you're aware, a little ripple of joy went through crowds of music fans the world over recently when you announced you were about to tour again. We were a little perturbed to find out that Mick Jagger has started dancing in front of a mirror in preparation, but that's by the by. (Seriously Mick, my conservative great aunt could do an awesome re-creation of your strut at this point -- what are you studying, exactly?)

You probably didn't see us complaining about your ticket prices in early April, when tickets for your Oakland and San Jose shows on May 5 and May 8, respectively, went on sale, but we were pretty disgusted with you then, as we're sure many of your fans were.

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