It’s the Safe Spaces Podcast – Episode 76! It’s also the first episode of the new month, year and decade, making it a triple-threat of politically incorrect goodness that’s worth the wait.
First up: did you vote and/or participate in the Nevada Caucus? If you vote Democrat (or like stirring up a little trouble as a rogue Republican) then chances are roughly 50% that you felt the Bern… as in Bernie Sanders. The Independent-turned-Democrat (for Presidential purposes) soared, leaving all challengers in the dust as the 78-year-old socialist ascends to the top of the Democrat ticket for the 2020 election. Our hosts chime in their (very) brief thoughts, but expect to hear them revisit
A brief interlude updating our listeners on one Carlos Ghosn, the disgraced former CEO of Nissan motors and one of the most influential people in the history of automobiles. Rather than face a jury in Japan, he decided to escape (allegedly inside a musical case) from Tokyo to Turkey in a scheme worthy of a major Hollywood adaptation. Budding scriptwriters, do your thing!
Did you see Warner Bros’ Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)? If not, too bad, because after a disastrous opening weekend the DC-powered superhero chick flick changed its name to the more reasonable Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey. But even that may not help salvage the film – especially given its horrendously off-putting ad campaign and complete lack of anything Batman to help let fans know it exists.
On the flipside is the Sonic the Hedgehog movie, which defied all expectations – and its own equally horrendous ad campaign – to become that rarest of things: a blockbuster movie based on a videogame. Plus, as critics will tell you, it’s actually not that bad. Plus, it may suggest there’s still room in Hollywood for the once-profitable Jim Carrey, who turns in his best comedic performance in over a decade. Sonic Boom, indeed!
Wrapping up this episode’s madness is a brief look at the latest “online [sensation/scheme]” that’s been gripping the heartstrings of innocents across the globe. That would be the sad story of Quaden Bayles, a 9-year-old Australian boy with dwarfism who gained instant fame when his mother posted a video of the boy tearfully telling of the abuse and bullying he’d been put through at school, even wishing he was dead and contemplating self-harm. For most viewers it was difficult to watch.
Quaden soon gained the attention of international sports teams and Hollywood celebrities, and the GoFundMe campaign in his name quickly soared into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
But was it real? Given the amount of fraudulent GoFundMe and other social media “gimme” campaigns, there seemed to be some evidence more was going on. A closed Instagram account of the boy – which before the incident had amassed tens of thousands of fans – showed photos of Quaden posed in provocative adult scenarios mimicking the latest hip-hop and rap fashions (i.e. dolla dolla bills, y’all) and plenty of AT-TIT-TUDE!
that either A.) the video was a fake and Quaden was actually an 18-year-old man posing as a preteen, B.) the alleged bullying was manufactured in order to gain sympathy – and money, or C.) that everything was completely legit and the bullying was real.
Regardless, if you’re contemplating whether to give to an online charity or “help” someone that appears in crisis via GoFundMe or any of its countless imitators, best wait at least 24 hours and do your research. It could be money well spent – or well saved.
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