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February 09, 2004

In the past months, I've become a fan of comedian Margaret Cho. Not so much for her stand-up routines, but for her writing. Some times her topics are political, sometimes cultural, or sometimes very personal. Her style seems to swing from analysis, to personal diary, to hip hop. I really recommend making her blog a regular read.

Now Margaret is getting the Dixie Chicks treatment. She spoke her mind, and people who disagree with her politics have been attacking her ever since. Cho gets it bad, because she's Korean-American and a woman. So she gets the full gamut, from traitor to cunt to gook. And of course, that she should "go back where she came from" (which I believe, is Haight-Ashbury).

But she took it in stride. Posted this response, and then posted many of the hateful emails she got (including the sender's email addresses, heh).

And most recently, some conservatives in Houston tried to shut down one of Cho's comedy performances there. They wrote to the venue and said that if Cho was not removed from the bill, that their big contingent of 70ish people would picket the show. Which is of course their right, but still kinda silly. That's a common difference between the protests of leftist and rightists: they protest people because of what they say; we protest people because of what they do.

And again, no stoppin' Cho. She and her husband dressed up as, well, I dunno, winged hippies or hare krishnas or something, and joined in the anti-Cho protest.

In her post about the picket, Cho had this message for the protesters:

I want to hear what you have said to me, but before you do, look me in the eyes and tell me your name, what you do for a living, who your children are, what your mother called you when you were little, if you are married, if you are truly happy in this life and what your family is like, then word for word, repeat the emails that you have written to this figurehead in cyberspace that you do not consider a human being. I also would wish for you to hold my hands when you do it. You can say all the things that you have already told me I am - shall I remind you? Chink, dyke, hole, whore, pig fucker, telling me to go back to where I came from even though I am an American and was born here, fat, ugly, et al.

And that's really what it's all about, isn't it? When you're strangers, and when you don't have to see the other person's face, it's easy to lash out with all the easy hate, the ruthless slurs and threats and bullshit. But then, it's always easy to be a coward.

So cheers to Margaret. She fights the fools, and she wins.

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Go Cho! I was also a victim of the blind hatred of the human race once upon a time, and while I'd rather not go into details, I'm glad that she can stick it back to 'em. Humans just suck, generally speaking, but it's nice to know there's still a few out there that give a rat's ass and will fight back.

Posted by: The Tomlette at February 9, 2004 08:21 PM
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November 16, 2004

Tales of Media Woe

Senate May Ram Copyright Bill- one of the most depressing stories of the day that didn't involve death or bombs. It's the music and movie industries' wet dream. It criminalizes peer-to-peer software makers, allows the government to file civil lawsuits on behalf of these media industries, and eliminates fair use. Fair use is the idea that I can use a snippet of a copyrighted work for educational, political, or satirical purposes, without getting permission from the copyright-holder first.

And most tellingly, the bill legalizes technology that would automatically skip over "obejctionable content" (i.e. sex and violence) in a DVD, but bans devices that would automatically skip over commericals. This is a blatant, blatant, blatant gift to the movie industry. Fuck the movie industry, fuck the music industry, fuck the Senate.

Music industry aims to send in radio cops- the recording industry says that you're not allowed to record songs off the radio, be it real radio or internet radio. And now they're working on preventing you from recording songs off internet radio through a mixture of law and technological repression (although I imagine their techno-fixes will get hacked pretty quickly).

The shocking truth about the FCC: Censorship by the tyranny of the few- blogger Jeff Jarvis discovers that the recent $1.2 million FCC fine against a sex scene in Fox's "Married By America" TV show was not levied because hundreds of people wrote the FCC and complained. It was not because 159 people wrote in and complained (which is the FCC's current rationale). No, thanks to Jarvis' FOIA request, we find that only 23 people (of the show's several million viewers) wrote in and complained. On top of that, he finds that 21 of those letters were just copy-and-paste email jobs that some people attached their names to. Jarvis then spins this a bit by saying that "only 3" people actually wrote letters to the FCC, which is misleading but technically true. So somewhere between 3 and 23 angry people can determine what you can't see on television. Good to know.

Reuters Union Considers Striking Over Layoffs- will a strike by such a major newswire service impact the rest of the world's media?

Pentagon Starts Work On War Internet- the US military is talking about the creation of a global, wireless, satellite-aided computer network for use in battle. I think I saw a movie about this once...

Conservative host returns to the air after week suspension for using racial slur- Houston radio talk show host (and somtime Rush Limbaugh substitute) Mark Belling referred to Mexican-Americans as "wetbacks" on his show. He was suspended for a couple of weeks, and then submitted a written apology for the racial slur to a local newspaper. But he seems to be using the slur and its surrounding controversy to boost his conservative cred with his listeners.

Stay Tuned for Nudes- Cleveland TV news anchor Sharon Reed aired a story about artist Spencer Tunick, who uses large numbers of naked volunteers in his installations and photographs. The news report will be unique in that it will not blur or black-out the usual naughty bits. The story will air late at night, when it's allegedly okay with the FCC if you broadcast "indecent" material. The author of this article doesn't seem to notice that Reed first claims that this report is a publicity stunt, but then claims it's a protest against FCC repression. I'd like to think it's the latter, but I'm not that much of a sucker.

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