Well, that’s one way to say no.
I will interrupt this Random Friday Foto for a bit of a rant. Please indulge me.
I don’t know if you watched any of the Sound of Music live theater production on NBC last night, but I tuned in for a spell. I was curious how a non-Julie Andrews could play and sing the iconic role. Like many, The Sound of Music is one of my favorite musicals… and Julie Andrews a favorite singing person (She is one class act).
While I wasn’t overly impressed with Carrie Underwood’s acting… her singing warn’t bad … but I thought the Rev. Mom was impressive and the opening scene was fun to watch. I stayed with the program just into the Doh-Ray-ME-FUH-SEW… number. Again, I wasn’t sold on the show, but didn’t feel it was unwatchable.
Upon seeing a review done up by The Washington Post this morning, I clenched my teeth and summoned all my energy in order to not yell at my iPad!
Hank Stuever writes (of the live production): Some viewers hoped it would be worse because that would have been more fun to mock on Twitter.
This is a disturbing sentiment I have noticed in the last few years… probably since social media and reality TV have tightened its grip on the public. I will boil this callous sentiment down to a nugget:
We want to see you fail so we can laugh at you.
You see this reverse aphorism more and more in our everyday life. It has been applied to politics, notably our current government’s attempt at healthcare. We want to see health care fail so we can say ‘we told you so!’
Twitter seems to be an avenue for instantaneous mockery and down-putting.
And of course, this “see you fail & laugh” has been applied to celebrities for years… example: Tom Cruise, Oprah, Kirsty Alley, etc.
Is anyone as annoyed by this growing sentiment as I am? When did we become a society of stand around and watch others fail… ? (and mock them while they fail). THIS is OUR failure. We FAIL when we contribute to this atmosphere and FAIL to act in helping one another.
Is this what we’ve become?
No. I refuse to be part of this “Mocking Culture”! I won’t stand for it! … as a human being… I will help others- not laugh at their failure! I will try to find the good and not the bad in people, situations and ideas. Stand with me in refusing to be part of the negative atmosphere that parts of the media is generating. Stand with me in MAKING an effort to do good in the world… and to not just sit idyll while others fail. Stand with me in turning off the hurtful language and jeering nay-sayers and turning to the positive. Let’s start a movement. I’m starting right now… in this comic strip, on this website. Art for goodness sake.
Let’s offer a kind word and a helping hand to others. This is the Sound of Music to my ears.
If you are looking to get A copy of this issue, or any other issue, you have a couple of options… I now have a single issue option in my Etsy shop… SquidRowComics at Etsy. Speaking of which, you can also buy a copy of Welcome to the Neighborhood as well as Art-o-rama subscriptions or a box set.
Option #2 is email me and I will send you the issue you need… a copy of Art-o-rama would make a fine Stocking Stuffer for that hard to buy for artist or Squid Fan. Five dollars plus a buck fer shipping… and I’ll throw in a button for holiday giggles. Email me at : email@example.com and put zine as the message title.
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So get your holiday shopping on… remember to support local artists and the ones that aren’t far by computer. Smiles!
In a random manner… A fall Acacia tree in my neighborhood. I love trees but can’t seem to capture their spirit when drawing them. This photo was taken a few years ago… but it is as gorgeous today as it was then… except with a few less leaves. As fall dwindles into winter, enjoy the changes.
Second, I was gnomed thru the mail… by a fan! Susan, a Squiddie, sent me this advertisement she saw… and forwarded it to my office. I warn you all… the gnomes are finding ways to get into your homes… I caution you! Don’t fall for this! They are disguised as something you like or enjoy… they will cause havoc and trouble… so beware! (THank you, Susan, for bringing this situation to my attention!)
Also… as a reminder… The next Art-o-Rama zine is nearly complete. (It may have a bit of gnomish-ness inside). If you don’t have a subscription… want one, or want a copy of this coming issue of Art-o-rama… email me at firstname.lastname@example.org …. THink Christmas gifts here, folks… Why not give a copy to a pal, or better yet, a subscription!
Truly a random photo… this was taken on my first trip to Paris back in 2008. I visited the Louvre for the first time… and photographed as much as I could. It was so overwhelming. There are masterpieces stacked on masterpieces on extremely high walls.
Now if you follow art circles and the news in general… you know that there was a treasure trove of paintings re-discovered in Germany. They were stolen by the Nazis from Jewish households in WWII. Among them are works of Matisse, Chagall, Picasso and so many more! They total over 1,400 in number.
There are some amazing works included as seen here:
This is much needed to counteract the needless proposed burning of priceless artworks stolen by that fool in Rotterdam.