Robin Thicke is unapologetic about how rapey ‘Blurred Lines’ is, meanwhile the dude who parodied it issues a public apology for one word.
And that is just one reason why I love Weird Al.It’s great that he’s addressed this but are we really supposed to believe that NO ONE during the extremely lengthy processes of writing a song, recording it, mastering it and animating the music video wouldn’t have brought it up?
Excuse me but how the hell is spastic even remotely insulting?
So I just recently learned that in the UK calling someone spastic means the same thing as calling someone retarded, only much worse.
If it makes people in the UK feel any better, people in the US literally do not know this (like literally no one I have ever met and/or know). Here being spastic is usually meant to mean something along the lines of acting like a hyper-active child (like running around in circles yelling just because they feel like it please be quiet for just 2 minutes type of child). NOBODY here uses it as a slur.
Since Weird Al is a US musician and the US music industry is pretty non-international, yeah actually I think its entirely possible that none of the people who worked on this song actually knew that spastic was considered an awful slur in some parts of the world.
And I’m like 99.9999% sure that Weird Al is genuinely very sorry that he was accidentally offensive.
Here we go. This is what I was waiting on to reblog.
Which is what makes it even better that he apologised when he was called out, EVEN THOUGH within his cultural experience, he hadn’t done anything wrong.
also it’s highly likely that the term “spastic” as used in US English derives directly from the slur but has just become distanced from it through linguistic change; some people might argue similarly to excuse themselves for saying “that’s lame!” and suchlike, but the connotations are still there
can a dinosaur even get more fuckin rad?
you bet jurassican
i am so impressed by that dinosaur and that pun congratulations
I must ride this noble beast O.O
I still don’t get how of all the things that made it out the 80’s these guys stayed there
Someone needs to bring them back, I feel
The world has a need for these awesome as hell dinosaurs :D
093. The Sunday Times magazine (photoshoot and interview)
"There’ll be no flirting, that’s for sure. It’s not what this Doctor is concerned with. It’s quite a fun relationship, but no, I did call and say ‘I want no Papa-Nicole moments’. I think there was a bit of tension with that at first, but I was absolutely adamant."
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and in that moment, everyone’s heart broke