// Category Archive for: Issues

When NoMeansNo Means No

Published on May 30th, 2012 in: Canadian Content, Issues, Music, Over the Gadfly's Nest, True Patriot Love |

By J Howell

What follows is a true story.

A Crash Course in Maddinalia

Published on May 30th, 2012 in: Canadian Content, Issues, Movies, True Patriot Love |

By Chelsea Spear

Guy Maddin carries on the tradition of deeply idiosyncratic experimental Canadian film from such forebears as David Cronenberg, Ryan Larkin, and Patricia Rozema. His work blends a voluptuous silent film aesthetic with fractured memories, mild body horror, and autobiographical details. His films contain gorgeous images, and the deliberate pacing draws in and engages viewers.

Maddin’s prolific filmmaking schedule serves as both a sop to his diehard fans, and an intimidation to those potentially interested in his work. When contemplating an IMDB profile that features over forty films, where do you start? A crash course in Maddin’s bizarre and wonderful oeuvre is in order.

Daddy Drank For The Government: A Look At The Kids In The Hall

Published on May 30th, 2012 in: Canadian Content, Issues, True Patriot Love |

By Mackenzi Johnson

The Kids in the Hall were going to be huge. They never got there. Oh, they got close. But much like the gun fighter played by Dave Foley who once shot a man just to watch him die, something happened and they missed the big moment.

Those Crazy (?) Canadian Kids: A Grudging Appreciation Of Degrassi

Published on May 30th, 2012 in: Canadian Content, Issues, Teh Sex, True Patriot Love, TV |

By Maureen

I can’t believe I even suggested I write this. I don’t watch Degrassi. I don’t care about Degrassi. I am too old and too not-Canadian to have grown up with it and find it endearing. I openly mock it and still remind everyone Drake was once Aubrey Graham.

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Manny Santos hugs her mom

That said, my friends did go through a post-college, pre-full time employment period of watching the shit out of Degrassi. During the marathons I unwittingly experienced, there was one thing I noticed that I did find impressive.

RetrOntario.com: “Yours to Rediscover”

Published on May 30th, 2012 in: Canadian Content, Issues, True Patriot Love, TV |

By Emily Carney

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Image from RetrOntario.com

Certain commercials, jingles, TV show themes, and public television identifications from the 1980s and 1990s are etched into my mind like a road map of the past. These are the kinds of things that I’m humming after I wake up from a deep sleep . . . obviously, watching public television in those days made for some strong formative impressions. One new website, RetrOntario.com, takes this spirit further by preserving Ontario-based programming from that era.

You Are Not Your Browser History

Published on January 30th, 2012 in: Editorial, Issues, Media, Oh No You Didn't, Science and Technology, The Internets |

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Visual representation of
the Internet from
the Opte Project

Over the last few weeks, the blogosphere was in an uproar over SOPA and PIPA, two pieces of proposed legislation set to appear before the House and the Senate in January. While the alleged intention of the legislation was to thwart online piracy of movies and other media, opponents expressed concern that the actual effects of the bills would be far more insidious and damaging to the Internet, claiming that it would drastically change not only the structure of the Internet, but the way people use it. Although both SOPA and PIPA are US legislative proposals, there was an overwhelming fear that they would cripple Internet usage on a global scale.


My Five Favorite Controversial and Hilarious Pop Culture Moments on TV

Published on January 30th, 2012 in: Issues, Listicles, Music, Oh No You Didn't, Top Five Lists, TV |

By Ann Clarke

I rarely care about what the famous (and the infamous) do that stirs up controversy or awkwardness . . . but sometimes that shit is just hilarious! I am not talking about “Reality TV” either; I’m talking about the stuff that you weren’t really expecting—but were NOT surprised once it happened—and over which you had a good laugh. There have been plenty of moments like this in pop culture, but I’m only going to list the ones that I could watch over and over again and still laugh at hysterically. In fact, some of these things get funnier upon multiple viewings!

Why Sinéad Was Right

Published on January 30th, 2012 in: Feminism, Issues, Music, Oh No You Didn't, TV |

By Emily Carney

On October 3, 1992, Sinéad O’Connor was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live. Her first performance of the night was the song “Success Has Made a Failure of Our Home” from her album of standards, Am I Not Your Girl? Nothing seemed remotely untoward until her second performance of the night, an a capella version of “War” by Bob Marley. Most of us know what happened at the end of that performance, but in case you missed the show or don’t know anything about Sinéad O’Connor, let me refresh you: She took a picture of then-Pope John Paul II, ripped it in half, and shouted “Fight the real enemy!” The performance was never replayed again. Sinéad was attacked mercilessly by Catholics the world over for her gesture and, to this day, this incident remains one of the most controversial things ever aired on live television in the United States.

sinead rips up pope (more…)

Valerie Solanas: Who Shot Andy Warhol?

Published on January 30th, 2012 in: Art, Books, Feminism, Issues, LGBTQ, Movies, Oh No You Didn't |

By Less Lee Moore

In June of 1968, a woman named Valerie Solanas rode the elevator up to The Factory, Andy Warhol’s loft. In the elevator with her was Andy Warhol himself. In the Factory’s office was Mario Amaya, an art editor from London; Fred Hughes, one of Warhol’s assistants; and Paul Morrissey, Warhol’s executive producer. Morrissey walked into the bathroom. Within a few minutes, Solanas pulled out a .32 caliber gun and shot Warhol three times. She then shot Amaya in the hip. Hughes begged her to stop. When she fired the gun at him, it jammed. Just then, the elevator doors opened and Hughes told her get on. So she did.

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Screencap from I Shot Andy Warhol, 1996

Soon after, Valerie turned herself in to police. When questioned by the media outside of the police station, Valerie said that her reasons for shooting Warhol were “very involved. Read my manifesto and it will tell you what I am.” Solanas served a three-year sentence for attempted murder and died in 1988.

Over 40 years have passed since the shooting, but people are still asking the question “Why?”


The Cult Of Hunter S. Thompson

Published on January 30th, 2012 in: Books, Issues, Media, Oh No You Didn't |

By Paul Casey

“We were somewhere around Barstow, on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold.”

Coupled with Bruce Robinson’s Withnail & I, there is no more cherished catharsis for the teenage crowd than the work of Hunter Stockton Thompson. Or the drunk crowd. Or the drugged crowd. Or the drunk and drugged teenage crowd. Hunter Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and the wonderful Terry Gilliam adaptation starring Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro, are the blueprint for so much debauchery and casual destruction. Apart from the compelling joys and miseries of sucking from the Gonzo cock of hyperbolic substance use, Thompson is one of the most emulated crusaders in the truth game.