When Farrah Fawcett arrived in heaven and god granted her one wish, she asked for all the children to be safe, so god killed Michael Jackson
TEENAGER #1: I'm sixteen, I'm old enough to marry and have children, but I can't drink in pubs. When will the government wake up and realize that young adults are mature and responsible people?
TEENAGER #2: I'm sixteen, right? I can join the Army, the Air Force and the Navy... but I can't drink in pubs. When will the government, right, realize that young adults have a valued contribution to give to society?
[This TEENAGER is sniffing glue. He reacts visibly before speaking.]
TEENAGER #3: A lot of people say that young adults are violent, right? But how would you feel if you were old enough to have... intercourse with the partner of your choice... and yet you could not drink in pubs?
--INT: STUDIO/DANCE FLOOR
BAZ: There you go! That's the problem! What do you with an evening if you're a young adult and yet you can't go drinking in pubs?
BAZ: Now what I think is if the kids are united, we will never be divided!
[RICK kicks in the TV screen. The tube explodes in a cloud of sparks. He stands up angrily; MIKE also stands up.]
RICK: Did you see that? Did you? "The voice of youth"! They're still wearing flared trousers! Why don't you try a bit of poetry, you hippies!
...at least the Nazis had the decency to get Riefenstahl to film it....one can imagine/dream of, what sort of "final solution" to the montgomery question might have been implemented
and as an aside.......
hardly a meaningfull comparison between a successful celeb getting harassed whilst enjoying a private meal..... and the public reacting to a persons observed behaviour or public comments....
We don't know what went on here, as only Dame K and her dresser will really know what happened. Everything else is 2nd and 3rd hand accounts, and our own projections and assumptions.
ummm myself and the several other people within 6 feet of her performance have a fair idea what went down....
.in fact only one american soprano came even close [nb: edited: just slightly too hard on the reputation for the publisher's comfort ... RB]
apologies RB.....i certainly do not wish to in any way cause any issue for you with regard to my observations/opinions etc.....
to quote southpark....
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i stand by what i say etc but realise the potential issues for anothers blogspace that may result.
Mike Skinner (in case anyone felt i was hiding behind a pseudonym)
But to get back to the original point about Dame K and her behaviour - gee, isn't there an awfully high standard set for women? Cricket players can be abusive to emergency room staff, iconic writers can shoot their own dog to intimidate their family, athletes can crush their own children to death with their bare hands, politicians can drunkenly whip out their dicks and urinate on the floor in front of horrified hotel staff and everyone will make excuses for them, but if KTK ventures an opinion - an opinion she was asked to state - she's a monster.
I'll agree HW seems to have better manners and a sweeter disposition, from what I've seen in interviews, but I don't think the bile that is heaped on someone like KTK is accurate or fair.
And what's the problem with her spitting her gum into a dresser's hand before she takes the stage? Do we criticise a prize fighter for not removing his mouthpiece and locking eyes with his trainer and saying "gee, I know it's gross, and I'm sorry to ask you while you're busy watching me, but do you suppose you could hold this for a little while while a have a drink and rinse my mouth? Thanks so much for that". From what I've seen they just spit it into a waiting hand, their gaze fixed in the middle distance.
For a start what the hell has this to do with gender????
the examples you trotted out are all reprehensible and utterly unacceptable (and some far more so than spitting gum) i agree...and they should all be thoroughly disapproved on in the strongest terms possible.....and those perpetrating such acts brought to account and shamed for their dispicable actions/behaviour...as should that pompous windbag kiri!!!
As for the utterly pointless and innane comparison of a boxer with an opera singer well for a start there is a very big difference in the relationship between a boxer and their trainer...there is likely to be a long standing relationship of MUTUAL RESPECT and ongoing familiarity between those two people...wheras in the relationship between a pompous cow like kiri and her dresser (usually a junior memeber of staff at a place such as the aotea or other such venue) there is no ongoing professional relationship...the wardrobe staff/dressers go from production to production....and in the instances where i have personally witnessed kiri behave in such a manner there was absolutely no mutual respect shown by her holiness.....in fact it was an act of abuse...
also in the context of a prizefight the mouthguard is both necessary and mandatory and expected so therfore provisions are made to allow for such an act....(antibacterial soap on hand etc).....chewing gum in opera is not!!!!...
As well as that she only seems to perform such an act when and where it suits her...to be rude or to make some petulant point...
and to further labor the point...she is the only performer i have ever seen do that....it would be equally unacceptable behaviour on any stage for any performer....ive never witnessed such a thing on any of the innumerable rock/metal/rap etc stages i have stood at the side of!!! (tho i have witnessed some fantastic tanties in my time..all of which received the level of contempt and derision they deserved!
it is unhygenic, revolting, abusive, unnecessary and utterly REVOLTING!!!!
pretty much every gig that i have been involved in down at the "Bowl" involves a fair section of the crowd entering that guano and algae choked lake. About 30-40 punters staggered/waded across to be up to their waists, in what has to be the most literal definition of a mosh pit ever, for the REM gig there a couple of years back...even the linen jacketed 323i driving former yuppies at the Mark Knopfler gig the week b4 had a good contingent of waders! .....Im sure that if New Zealand was ever to manage to create our own strain of bird flu it will be via that cesspool....I pity the poor lifeguards from the local surfclubs who are contracted to go in and remove anyone getting into too much trouble.....theres been a few!!!
I have to say something here, as someone who works for the NBR NZ Opera company, about the above statement. In my job I have the privilege of meeting and working with opera singers from New Zealand and around the world. The vast majority are wonderful people; down-to-earth professionals who get on with doing their job. They look down on no-one and do not not tolerate diva behaviour within their ranks. Yes, there is occassionally someone who acts childishly with ideas above their station
as someone who worked for operaNZ/auckland opera on numerous productions for several years in the 90's i can totally agree with the above statement......in fact only one american soprano came even close [nb: edited: just slightly too hard on the reputation for the publisher's comfort ... RB]
another gem of her highnesses was witnessed at the "Bowl of Brooklands" in New Plymouth when, at sound check, she requested that the resident ducks in the pond in front of the stage were to be shot as they were interferring with her performance!!!!!....
as i said she has a wonderfull voice....but unfortunately for me listening to her sing is like blasting down the German autobahns.....very pleasant experience but somewhat tempered by the knowledge in the back of ones mind is the fact that hitler built them