Category Archives: My Two Cents

Donald Trump’s Supporters Represent the Worst Kind of Human Hypocrisy

Donald Trump has found a way to out-Trumpify himself when he declared that the only way to prevent the threat of terrorism was with “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.”

Donald Trump is an intelligent man. Say what you want about him, you don’t get to amass the wealth and business savvy that he has being a complete dumbass. He knows what’s going to get him attention, and he knows what his supporters want to hear, so of course, he’s going to keep making these polarizing statements. At this point, I’m not sure that he really believes half the things that he says… he may just be saying them for the effect that he knows they will have. But this post isn’t so much about Donald Trump. It’s about those who sincerely believe the crap that he’s spewing.

You would think that with every new Trumpism that the Donald comes up with, he’d lose a larger and larger fraction of his supporters, but nope, just the opposite seems to be happening. That is, more and more people seem to fall in love with him. Or, at the very least, those who do support him seem to feel an increase in the amount of adoration that they feel for him. Take a look at this video and tell me I’m wrong. They like him, they really like him!

Considering the enormity of the threat that IS(IS) poses on an international level, I think that it is completely understandable that people would be afraid. However, fear – no matter how justified – does not excuse the level of racism and anti-Muslim discrimination that so many people have now (publicly) subscribed to. Honestly, people, you can’t be that stupid to think that every single Muslim not only believes the same as the IS extremists but is somehow connected to them to the effect that the most random Muslim entering the US would be strapped with a suicide vest. I’m actually wondering if these people are that moronic, or are they just pretending to be in order to publicly espouse the hatred that they’ve felt all this time.

Now, I can’t be totally sure, but taking into account who Trump’s key demographic is, I’d be willing to bet good money that these people who are unashamed to go on national television and eviscerate an entire religion are the same people who are quick to cry that Christians are being persecuted whenever their religious belief is brought into question. So, you’re the ones being attacked when you’re asked to keep your religion out of Governmental policies, but when you’re calling for the exile and ban of all Muslims, you’re merely endorsing the good ole American way? Hmm, that smells an awful lot like irony and hypocrisy…

Furthermore, it’s amazing that these people seem blithely unaware of the fact that by giving all Muslims the face of IS, they’re effectively doing the same thing to all Christians. That is, they’re painting all regular peace-loving Muslims as terrorists and murderers while representing all Christians as vile, hate-mongering ignoramuses. It would be quite funny, actually, if it weren’t so sinfully disgusting.

Josh Duggar’s Sexual Assault History Highlights The Hypocrisy of The Fundamentalists

Well, you had to have been living under a rock if you hadn’t heard the news that the wholesome and morally-upstanding uberChristian, Josh Duggar, had, as a teenager, sexually assaulted underage girls. Some outlets are even reporting that some of these girls may have been relatives. What makes this story even more sickeningly tragic is that, although his parents had known about it all these years – they had reported it to the police an entire year after they first found out – it had all been kept hushed up in order to preserve their pristine holier-than-Jesus-himself image. After all, I would imagine that it would be super hard to be chaste up until your wedding night if you’d already indulged in multiple counts of sexual assault.

I feel too much for the victims of this situation to bellow “I knew it” in the direction of this god-awful family, but I would like to bring your attention to this post that went up not even a full year ago! Do you guys remember this? When Lafayette, Arkansas, was considering passing a bill which would make it illegal to discriminate based on profiles such as sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status or socioeconomic background, Michelle Duggar was quick to warn the residents of that area that allowing such a law would allow “men” – referring to transgender females – to use girls’ locker rooms. She’d also all but flat out said that convicted child molesters would, with the law, have the right to enter private areas designated for girls. Funny, she didn’t seem so concerned that her football team-sized brood of daughters was being enclosed with a child molester when said molester was her own son. The protection of molestation victims didn’t seem to be much of a preoccupation when she was hiding what her son did for the past ten years. I suppose the fact that he wasn’t transgender meant that his transgressions weren’t cause for alarm.

This is just another example of how those who are loudest in passing judgment against others are those who are often the most morally bankrupt. And so, I would just like to remind all of you who may have felt personally victimized by Michelle Duggar’s disgusting argument, or even those of you who are shamed and bullied by others on a daily basis, of one thing. If the reason you’re being hated on or discriminated against is nothing more than you being yourself, you need to hold your head high, because the likelihood is that your tormentors are guilty of far worse sins.

Pic via 19 Kids And Counting Wikia

Can Love Ever Be Incomplete?

American Idol alum, David Archuleta, has found himself the subject of some unflattering opinions after he tweeted comments made by Mormon Church superior, Boyd K. Packer

Romantic love is incomplete. It is a prelude. Love is nourished by the coming of children, who spring from the fountain of love…expressed between a man and a woman in marriage. #PresPacker.

Naturally, that went over about as well as a Miranda Lambert-singing, transgender, gay soldier at a Westboro Baptist Cult Church protest, so David quickly issued an apology:

I apologize if I have offended anyone with the quote I sent out Saturday. I guess I didn’t think about the line “expressed between a man and a woman in marriage” being stressed when the whole quote didn’t fit in just 1 tweet. I am sorry my intentions were misunderstood, as my main focus was that too often romance is looked at as the end-all when there is so much more. The bonds that can be there within a family and raising kids, as that is the most valuable thing I have: my family. I do hope however, that whoever may have been offended may know I respect everyone’s freedom to believe and live as they choose. I hope others can respect what I value most in my life as well. Again, I’m sorry and please forgive me if I offended you. David

Now, this entire thing didn’t anger me nearly as much as it has evidently angered so many others. Maybe it’s because stupid comments like that don’t really surprise me anymore. Maybe it’s because I think that everyone is entitled to their opinion. Either way, I find the sentiments behind the comments more irritating than downright outrageous. That said, there are two specific aspects of the situation that truly piss me off:-

1. David’s apparent surprise that people could possibly misconstrue homophobia from those statements. I mean, let’s be real! David Archuleta is no longer the wide-eyed sixteen year old on Idol. He is a grown ass man, who should be blindingly aware of how big an issue LGBT rights currently are. Are we really supposed to believe that he’s so naive that the not-so-subtle homophobic subtext of that message was lost on him? Even worse, when he was called out on it, his apology was issued IF he offended anyone. People really need to stop phrasing “apologies” this way. Apologizing “if” you’ve offended someone is pretty much the equivalent of saying “I don’t think there’s anything wrong with what I said/did, but in the event that anyone is pissed off by it, I’ll say that I’m sorry in order to avoid an ugly situation”. And, if you ask me, that’s not really an apology at all. If we’re truly sorry, we shouldn’t apologize if we’ve offended someone, but apologize for offending them.

2. The fact that we are still, in this day and age, invalidating relationships that don’t have children! I think kids are great, and it’s always amazing when good people decide to have kids. However, it is so infuriating to me the way that people totally trivialize or dismiss childless relationships, pegging it as somehow lesser to relationships that have borne children. “Romantic love is incomplete. It is … nourished by the coming of children…” Seriously, what the fuck? This is such an insult to all those couples – homosexual or heterosexual – who either cannot have children or choose not to. Why is the love that they share not sufficient just because there are no kids in the mix? Not to mention all those couples who have experienced the tragedy of having conceived, only to lose the baby during the pregnancy. Statements like Packer’s do little more than say to these folks, “Nice try, but you still failed. Your love still isn’t sufficient.’ Ugh! Meanwhile, there are a shit ton of loveless marriages existing in society where the couples only stay together because they feel resigned bound to their children. We also know of those where pregnancies are secretly forced in order to manipulate one of the partners into staying with the other. Where’s the “complete love” in that?

Hmm, now that I think about it, maybe some people aren’t entitled to an opinion, after all!

Pic via David Archuleta

Jussie Smollett Comes Out

As many of you may have heard by now, Jussie Smollett, star of Fox’s new hit show, Empire, has come out as gay on Ellen. Or, if we’re going to nitpick, he came out after the Ellen show. During the actual taping of his segment, Ellen asked him about his personal life, which I suppose many figured to be a cue for him to confirm his sexuality, but his answer left many a bit puzzled.

That’s what I’d like to make this post about – not so much the fact that he came out, but more so the language that he used. For a while now, speculation has been rampant that Jussie is, in fact, gay… made all the more pronounced when co-star, Malik Yoba, unwittingly outed him in an interview. Either way, Jussie had always chosen to remain silent on his private life – well, until now.

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Phylicia Rashad Speaks Out On Bill Cosby Rape Accusations

Bill Cosby; Phylicia Rashad

“Forget these women. What you’re seeing is the destruction of a legacy. And I think it’s orchestrated. I don’t know why or who’s doing it, but it’s the legacy. And it’s a legacy that is so important to the culture…. Someone is determined to keep Bill Cosby off TV. And it’s worked. All his contracts have been cancelled… This show represented America to the outside world. This was the American family. And now you’re seeing it being destroyed. Why?”

These are apparently direct quotes from Phylicia Rashad, taken while speaking to Roger Friedman of Showbiz 411

This, boys and girls, may very well be an excellent opinion. You know what isn’t so excellent, though? The thousands of sexual assault victims who never report the crimes committed against them because they’re far too scared that the rest of us will take the side of the perpetrators and not believe them, the victims.

Sure, there have been cases where reports of rape have, in fact, been false, and an innocent person’s reputation (or life) is ruined because of it. I also believe that the idea of rape is such a vile one that it is natural for many of us to want to believe that it never happened, and we therefore choose to remain in denial over rape claims, especially when they’re made against someone whom we know.

However, when we have no idea if someone is making up rape accusations, and there is no actual evidence that they are, a general rule of thumb would be to not go around publicly bashing them as liars, effectively making it that much more difficult for other future rape victims to call out their attackers. Particularly in situations where the allegations don’t actually have anything to do with you, instead of ranting about nonsense like “legacies” and “orchestrations”, it’d probably be best to just shut the fuck up.

True New Year’s Resolutions Are Never Silly

Rainbow Fireworks

Happy New Year! And I mean that sincerely. I absolutely hope that this new year is a truly happy one for you, more so than last year, no matter how 2014 turned out for you. I’ve been away from the blogging world for a bit and, although an awful schedule and extremely busy season were initially to blame, my distance from the blog eventually became intentional.

I love this site, I love doing it, and I love what I put out, but I needed to give it a temporary rest. The idea was to detach myself a bit, and then start afresh in 2015. That I did… starting with my domain name! I’ve finally knocked some sense into my own damn self, and registered the blog as elitosphere.com as opposed to elitosphere.wordpress.com. I’d been thinking about it for a while but a couple of factors held me back. For one, despite my viewership growing so much since I started the blog in the first quarter of 2014, I kept holding on to the idea that this should be a small, intimate blog, and somehow the inclusion of “wordpress.com” in the domain name made me feel that way. I thought, perhaps stupidly, that by registering it as simply www.elitosphere.com, the site would seem less cozy than I’d like. However, I think I’m making the right decision, and it’s a simple evolutionary step for both the blog and myself – change #1 for 2015.

I want you guys to do the same. This is the time for making changes and, although people have suddenly started bashing resolutions as silly, I couldn’t disagree more! I mean, don’t get me wrong: posting fifty million unrealistic and bullshit resolutions all over Facebook is nothing more than chasing after attention. But if there really is an area of your life, or of your character, that you really think needs changing, and you believe that it is within your power to change it, then I say go for it with everything that you have! After all, New Year’s Resolutions are nothing but our declaration to ourselves and to the Universe at the beginning of every calendar year that we recognise an area that requires improvement, and that we’re brave enough to seek this improvement out. Trust me, there will never be anything wrong or silly about genuine self-improvement.

So make those New Year’s Resolutions, and try your hardest to stick to them. Go hard on that improvement when you think you should, but go easy on yourself when you need to. You are, after all, only human, and you have to understand that change – particularly the good kind – takes time. Be patient. It took you goodness knows how long to settle into whatever state that you’re attempting to change; understand that improving this state may take just as long. The fact that you’ve decided to work on it at all is reason enough to feel proud of yourself.

If you will allow me to give you any advice as 2015 begins, it would be this: be good to yourself. Be good to others. Look for the positive in every situation – especially those that may seem not have any (trust me, they do). Smile. Spread happiness. And above all else, love. Love like your very survival depended on it. Love those around you, love the world, love your life… love yourself; sometimes it’s the hardest thing to do… but it’s always the most rewarding.

Happy 2015!

Respect World AIDS Day… Respect World AIDS Victims

AIDS Ribbon

Hey guys, this is just a short message reminding everyone that it is World AIDS Day. It has been over thirty years since we first came to know about the disease, we still have no cure, and people still die every day. That said, we have come a long way since the early stages of the epidemic, and people are able to live with it much longer than they used to. When it comes to HIV, we’ve come so far that – save the trouble and expense of medication – it can hardly affect a sufferer’s life at all.

A lot of praise is currently being given to PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis), which is said to drastically reduce the chances of HIV-negative individuals from even contracting the virus.

There are a few things that we should bear in mind every day, yet even more so today. Firstly, it is of absolute importance that you know your status. Fear should never be an excuse to not get tested. Your life, and possibly the lives of many others, may be at risk if you are HIV positive and unaware of it. Get tested. Get tested. Get tested!

It is also important to educate yourself on HIV/AIDS. It’s one thing to be cautious in order to prevent yourself getting it; it is entirely another to be so paranoid that you fall for all the myths and misconceptions surrounding the virus and disease, and end up naively perpetuating them.

Finally (and of vital importance) show compassion to those who have either HIV or AIDS. Those suffering from these illnesses are not dirty, they aren’t immoral, they aren’t being punished for anything, and they certainly are not undeserving of love. It takes nothing from us to show kindness to others, but sometimes it winds up giving them heaps!

Be good. Be kind. Be safe.