Saturday, November 28, 2009

Dead Wrong or Right On Point...You Decide

Did you see the American Music Awards last week? I missed all of it except for the last 5 minutes of the show. Based on the news reports over the week, this was the most controversial segment. Remember Adam Lambert from American Idol last year. Well, he closed out the AMAs with a performance of his new single For Your Entertainment. In my opinion…the performance was overly contrived. He looked like he was trying too hard to be a “star.” All that gyrating, screeching, and make-up was simply not my cup of tea so I did not watch intently. But I guess I should have paid attention like everyone else because apparently he kissed a male band member and simulated oral sex as well. The backlash was almost instantaneous, as ABC cancelled his Good Morning America performance, and thousands complained about the racy performance. I searched Youtube and other internet sites to see a clip of the show. However, the video has seemingly vanished from the face of the earth. All that remains are the still shots...many of which are blurred out. Adam cried foul to the censorship and “double standard” (as he said) exemplified by the press. After all, Madonna kissed Britney and Christina a few years ago. He also says that it is not his responsibility to parent our children. So here’s my question….Do celebrities have any responsibility when it comes to what kids are exposed to? Was Adam Dead Wrong for his theatrical display? Or is he Right On Point for his freedom to express his art in anyway he chooses? Can’t wait to hear from you! :)

Onto the next story of the week. It is about Lincoln University’s graduation policies. Lincoln
University, the first historically black institution, has decided that a handful of students won't be getting their diplomas this spring. That’s right. Two dozen African American students will not be receiving their diplomas because….they are fat. In 2006, the university implemented a mandatory semester-long program entitled "Fitness for Life," designed to educate the portion of their student population with a body mass index of 30 (considered to be obese). However, a group of twenty-four students opted not to enroll in the class, and now they will not march across the stage with their peers. Statistics show that the black community has suffers nutrition-related illnesses more frequently when compared to the white community. Hypertension accounts for 20 percent of African American deaths (twice that of the white community). 12.5 percent of African Americans over 18 years old will be diagnosed with diabetes (compared to only 1.8 percent of non-Hispanic whites). Given these statistics, and knowing that African American children may not get adequate education about proper nutrition….Is Lincoln University’s graduation policy Dead Wrong, or Right On Point?

Lastly, I could not resist making a reference to the Octomom herself, Nadya Suleman. In an interview with NBC’s Matt Lauer, Nadya responded to the question of whether she planning on
having more children. The single mother of 14 replied that although she is not currently trying to conceive, she might consider it if she were to get married in the future. I honestly believe that children are precious gifts from above. However, you have to know when to say enough is ENOUGH. Nadya….you are wrong….Dead wrong for this!


But…I do have an idea that might help. I came across an ad for something called a Uterus Pillow. This larger than life, fuzzy, fleece pillow in the shape of Nadya’s most beloved organ can be found on the craft website etsy.com. Maybe cuddling up to this might help calm Nadya’s quest to self-populate the world.

Happy Parenting,


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