If you follow me or Jillian Michaels on the twitter, then chances are you may have seen a discussion that took place earlier in February. Jillian made a comment about the song “I Don’t Mind” by Usher, and how she was offended by the song. I took to Twitter and stirred the pot, because in my experience, playing devil’s advocate, even when I may not agree with what I propose, helps start conversations and opens people up to different ideas and perspectives. I said that to me, stripping isn’t porn, and that perhaps the issue is that it was being sung from the male perspective. I have female friends who are strippers and they are hard working individuals who aren’t what most people would assume a stripper to be. I don’t think stripping is this awful thing. And then it dawned on me, everyone was focused on the GIRL in the song, and not the man who would have us view her in a negative light. Even more surprising, as our conversation continued, other females began attacking me on personal levels. No fighting occurred, but I was being put down. I responded by saying that part of the problem, was exactly what was happening. It is easy for men to see us in one light especially when we as women are disparaging to each other. Why was I being looked down upon for having an opinion? Because it was the opinion that was shared by the majority. Even worse, it wasn’t really my opinion, I was simply trying to speak from the opposite view, so that the conversation could happen and we could look at things and discuss them, without doing so, in all facets, change and solution never come. Jillian made some great points, but she too started getting comments that were pointless and not conducive to the discussion. Things like, “Blurred Lines was a worse song with a worse message” or “This is nothing new in music” and “Change the station if you don’t like it” type of things. The one thing I did agree with, is that ultimately it comes down to parenting, monitor what your children are consuming, talk to them, seriously. But for the most part, I absolutely agree with Jillian. Weeks passed and then I play a, then current, Jillian Michaels podcast. Low and behold she’s discussing this. I was talking with some friends and we had an idea, what if we changed some lyrics around? I bet we could make the song convey a very different message with very little changes. So we did. We changed things up. We made as few changes as possible to show that the smallest words in context make a large difference. I could ramble for hours on the subject, but I am thankful Jillian started the conversation and that i participated in it. New Goal: Get on her podcast.
This is for the A
Shawty, I don’t like when you dance on a pole
They treat ya like a ho
Shawty, I don’t mind when you work until three
If you’re chasing that green
Go make that money, money, money
Your money, money, money
Cause I know how it is, go and handle your biz
And get that money, money, money
Your money, money, money
You can take off your clothes
You ain’t something I own, girl, I don’t mind
[Verse 1: Usher]
The ballers in here tonight, they gon’ buy a hundred bottles
As soon as you shake it I know they gon’ make it colossal in here
Cause shawty they lookin for tricks that you do with your body
Got all of these creepers they crowding around you like they seen Beyonce in here
You want your own and you need your own, baby, who am I to judge?
Cause how could I ever trip about it when I met you in the club?
I make enough to take care of us, you can dance anyway
You know I was raised in the A
[Verse 2: Usher]
When you get off of work I’ll be ready to go in the ‘Rari
And when we get home we’ll have us our own private party in here
So I don’t worry at all about the things they do or say
I love you all the way
When you twerk it while in a split, sure it racks up dat cheese
Your body rock and your booty poppin’, I’m proud to call you my squeeze
They be lookin’, but they can’t touch you, shawty, I’m the only one to get it
So just go ahead and keep doing what you do, do it
[Verse 3: Juicy J]
Playas tryna cut her up, tryna bust a nut
Tryna take somebody girl, turn her to a slut
Tryna fill they cup, tryna live it up
Throw some hundreds on that ass, walk her out the club
(Yeah, ho) Lap dance for the first date
Jokers can’t use those hands, no third base
It’s okay if you work late, we can still party like it’s your birthday
We can still party hard in your birthday suit
Knock that cliche out the park like my name Babe Ruth
Shawty she just want a tip, I don’t like to see her strip
If you love me like you fuck me shawty that might get you hitched
Have her own cake, her own place, blow her own gas, no role’
When we in the bed she like to roleplay, tell my mind to let go, both ways
Here are the questions we asked Sutton Foster! Spread the mutha fuckin word my Foster kids! I love and adore you all!
Day 4 @sfosternyc Q&A: How is Mr. Julien Havard doing?
Day 10 @sfosternyc Q&A: “Trust” existed before 50 shades, Michelle Sims poked fun at 50 shades, what are Sutton’s thoughts on the matter?
Day 11 @sfosternyc Q&A: You didnt have any scenes with him, but did you interact with Robin Williams during the shoot? And what was it like?
Day 19 @sfosternyc Q&A: Can you speak on what Carnegie meant to you, how it measured up to ur expectations, and the audience participation?
Day 20 @sfosternyc Q&A First how was your bday? And now, final question Part 1 Are you cognizant of how many lives you touch through ur work
Day 20 @sfosternyc Q&A Part 2 and thru ur talent and ur ability to stay humble and grounded? What inspirational impact do u hope to have?
I have been a fan of Idina’s since 1996. I remember in 2000, my drama class wanted to put on RENT but were swiftly denied. I have followed her career from start to present. When Frozen came out, I was like a kid on Christmas. And then my niece, Barbie, discovered “Frozen.” I found myself in the shoes of all those mom’s out there who couldn’t escape a certain tune. We would drive around belting, rather horribly, at the top of our lungs. And then one day, we were watching the Oscars, and Barbie turns to me and says, “She’s pretty, but is that really Elsa?” I reassured her by telling her to close her eyes and tell me who’s voice she heard. She said, “Oh my oatmeal, it IS Elsa.” Within a few days, the child was asking me questions about Idina and asking to hear other songs and watch other movies. I haven’t been that proud since the first time she put her paws up.
And so it began. I started her out with tamer things, such as “Enchanted” which she adored and made me watch everyday for a week, but she had a complaint, “I like the princess, but why doesn’t Idina sing?” Ah, I knew in that moment we were blood related. So I did what any responsible adult would do, I put “RENT” on. Well, I had to fast forward, mute, and navigate my way around some things, but Barbie was fascinated with “Tango Maureen” and “Over The Moon.” Guess what album was on repeat that week. Onto the next enlightening experience, “Wicked.” I played the cast album for her, and she started singing along in no time. Well, thank goodness for youtube because once I showed my little fanzel the Tony performance of “Defying Gravity,” It was watched over and over and over. And along we went. I decided our car music was going to change and Idina’s studio albums got put into rotation. Well, it wasn’t long before I was coerced into going through the car wash every day while blasting “Minuet.” The bond was getting deep.
Then it happened, Barbie found the song, her song, the song that she couldn’t live without, and that song was “Brave.” The song is beautiful but Barbie really fell in love with the dress from the video. Damn, I gotta figure out how to make that dress. And that became a constant loop. Now, there’s a lot of stuff I cannot expose Barbie too, like “Just A Kiss” or “Ask The Dust” but I tried filling her in. What she did gain a lot of amusement from, were the interviews I found. Barbie laughed hysterically every time someone brought up the Oscar flub. But what really came out was the little sayings that I too find hilarious. Bumpada bumpada traffic, need I say more?
My current passion has been “If/Then” which is not something age appropriate for my Barbie. But I was able to show her the cast singing “Seasons Of Love” and Idina singing “Take Me Or Leave Me” with audience members who had won an auction to raise money, Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS being the cause. I eventually showed her “Always Starting Over” from the Tony’s, or the Tony-os as Barbs calls em. She then got to hear “Here I Go” as well. Then my hardest task, I explained to her in children’s terms, what the show was about. She got it, it clicked for her. Another proud moment.
So the point I’m getting at is this, because of “Frozen” which is insanely popular with the children, I was able to bridge a gap with my niece. I have heard Idina speak to the fact that her fan base seems to drop in age on a regular basis. I say to her, hell no lady. Sure she’s gaining young fans, who are teaching us older people all about building snowmen and letting shit go, but she isn’t losing the older demographic to them. I shared my passion with Barbie because “Frozen” allowed me too. And now, She too appreciates the hard working, talented, amazing woman that Idina is. I am getting emotional as I write this, and corny as it may be, I really feel I’ve shared art and passed down art that I believe in. I feel so incredibly grateful to Idina, she has truly made something special happen.
There’s only one problem that has come of this whole thing, and that is the inevitable thing that happens when kids start loving a celebrity, they want to meet them, and in this case she not only wants to meet Idina but she wants to see her in concert and now vocalize to me her desire to go to NYC and see “If/Then.” This poses a problem for many reasons, age being the biggest, as the show is not for children. But from this dilemma comes another bonding moment for me and the kid, neither of us has ever been to NY and yet we are obsessed with it, and it is something we are hell bent on accomplishing at some point, I only hope when and if that day comes, we can experience the city together.
Naturally as I started seeing how Barbie responded to Idina, I started capturing video as I was able to. I put a little something together, please check it out below, and retweet or share, I’d really appreciate it. This is a time capsule of sorts for me and Barbs. I can never thank Idina enough.
(Side note: I know this is about Idina but seriously check out “If/Then,” PHENOMENAL production, the entire cast is bloody brilliant, shout out to them all!)
Quick update, I am editing together a special little something involving my six year old niece, Barbara, who happens to adore one Idina Menzel. I will be posting as soon as I am finished! I am excited for everyone to see it, my niece is too much!
Side Note: Because I’ve been working on this with Barbs, my next twitterview will be pushed back, but it is still happening.
Love you all!
Hey folks, so here are all 30 days of questions for Natasha Lyonne for my July 2014 Twitterview. If I used your question, DM me, I have presents.
1. Are there any movies you have seen where you think, damn I wish I had been in that, or played a particular role?
2. What is your favorite SNL skit of all time?
3. When was the last time you hand wrote a letter to somebody?
4. Aside from people you work with, who is the last person that made you legitimately proud?
5. Rats, cockroaches, bedbugs: You have to be locked in a room with one for an hour, which do you choose?
6. Happy 4th! I’ve never been to NYC, what’s one place you would take me to that only a native would know about?
7. Will you say something to me in Aramaic?
8. So uh, what’s the fuckin scoop on Time Warner?
9. Can you tell me the filthiest joke you know?
10. It annoys me, peeps seem to only focus on drugs w u (in interviews) sum it all up in one sentence as though you will never be asked again?
11. #AskOrange Will you sign my fuck book? You too @realleadelaria #BaeWatch
12. Now that you are an Emmy nominated actress, lets get to the meat, what would your DJ name be?
13. What’s the next door you’d like to see OITNB open? What dialogue do you feel is next to be discussed by us masses?
14. Where’s the funniest place you have ever fallen asleep?
15. Do you feel you’re completely cognizant of the impact you have had on the LGBT community throughout your career?
16. Are you a road trip kind of gal?
17. “Artists to my mind are the real architects of change…” How have you, or have you, seen yourself manifest this? (William S. Burroughs)
18. When you were changing Rootbeer’s name to Columbae, did that have anything to do with Mrs. Columbo? (@totallykate)
19. Do you remember your dreams when you wake up, and if so, how quickly do they fade from you?
20. Did you have any type of emotional reaction when Michael Alig was released on parole? Significant thoughts? #ClubKid
21. “Growth…depends on being always in motion just a little bit, one way or another.” How do you feel you are in motion? (Norman Mailer)
22. We use humor to deflect anything of our choosing but I find with age I’m less guarded, is your experience different?
23. What’s the best autocorrect fail you have seen or done?
24. Emulating Cassavetes or marinating on Natasha?
25. Have you ever tasted green chili from New Mexico?
26. If Nicky was on death row, what would her last meal be? What about yours?
27. Best gag gift you have received?
28. Favorite vacation spot and what makes a great vacation, the fun stuff or the self reflection?
29. Do you enjoy Costco?
30. Do you have your answers ready for the Bernard Pivot questionnaire James Lipton will ask you one day?
I think it is clear, based on the questions I ask, I’d make a hell of a personal assistant to Ms. Keach….wink wink nudge nudge 🙂 I would proudly stand at her door step shouting, “Ms. Lyonne is issuing no treats this year.” Even if it’s not Halloween.
Now taking requests for the next victim of my next Twitterview, in September.
I don’t reach for the bottle of whisky
Straight on the rocks
But you won’t see me popping the pills
Po-po-popping the pills
‘Cause if I want the pain to go away
In a second make it fade
You’re the only thing that will
You’re my medicine, medicine
My medicine, medicine
As if two days or three days or X amount of days are an option in which to take it.
It gets better.
For whom does it? I don’t think for those who succeed. Or their families. The better phrasing would be, “It gets manageable until it’s unbareable.”
Razors pain you,
Rivers are damp,
Acids stain you,
And drugs cause cramp.
Guns aren’t lawful,
Gas smells awful.
You might as well live.
You are not alone.
Really? Because nobody is here with me. Or so one may feel at times. May not be alone anywhere but the mind, where it counts.
Ya? how about a middle finger up.
This too shall pass.
YOU SHALL NOT PASS.