Friday, July 1, 2016

Calvin Harris Doesn't Want to Date Celebrities Anymore

It has been reported in TMZ that Calvin Harris doesn't want to date celebrities anymore, as he now thinks they are narcissistic.

I think he may have a point there. Most people think that celebrities are narcissistic because they are rich and 'famous', but I don't think that's the reason. I think that celebrities are trained to be narcissistic as part of their job. When your 'public image' is your everything, the very thing that determines if you have a career or not, and you also have to protect it from attacks from all directions, it's hard not to become somewhat narcissistic.

If celebrities are narcissistic, it's not their fault. It's the system's fault.

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Chloe Moretz Wanted Plastic Surgery at 16

Chloe Moretz recently opened up about having wanted to have plastic surgery in the past, when she was 16. Whilst most of us agree that there has never been anything wrong with her, she said she wanted to have multiple procedures done.

The culture of unhealthy and stupid 'beauty standards' really does affect everyone. And it's still being upheld everywhere, despite some people paying lip service to changing things (heard it all before, even ten years ago).

Sadly, big media is never likely to change much in this respect, I've seen enough to know not to expect more of them. However, we can help change things, if only a bit, and if only bit by bit. It is up to independent writers, journalists and advocates like us to challenge these unhealthy ideas, and it's the only hope we have.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Wholesome Music of the Month: Lauren Alaina - Like My Mother Does

Whatever else you may like, we all need a dose of wholesome music in our lives, just like how we all need wholesome healthy food. It's good for your life, I promise.

It's not new, but it's still great, as always.

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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Adele - Hello (cover/parody)

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Why I DON'T Want to be Meghan Trainor, thank you

So Meghan Trainor's new song is all about telling us that we would want to be her, (instead of being ourselves).

What a rubbish idea! It's important that we all be true to ourselves, and never copy anyone else or wish we were anyone else.

Frankly, I'm disappointed, Meghan. You have always been about empowerment of people, and acceptance of who they are. And now you want people to envy you, be like you? I hope you're not turning into another celebrity with a big ego.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Selena Gomez - Same Old Love (cover/parody)

Making this was really fun!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Lessons for Social Justice: Political Correctness and the Rise of Donald Trump

Donald Trump may just be the most divisive presidential candidate in our times. Countless number of celebrities have spoken about him recently, some very strongly (Jennifer Lawrence comes to mind here). Whilst he would not have my vote if I could vote in the US, and many of my friends outrightly hate him (I would not go that far), I am indeed interested in his growing appeal to so many people out there.

And so I did my research. What I found was that a substantial portion of his supporters support him mainly because he is anti political correctness. Whilst I would think that's an inadequate reason to support someone to be the president, I understand their frustrations. I have personally had my fair share of frustrations with the increasing political correctness in our culture, for example as a staunch supporter of marriage equality who really couldn't agree with some of the ways fellow equality supporters have automatically labelled as homophobic those who don't agree with us (I believe they have an equal right of conscience), or as a dedicated feminist who nevertheless couldn't bring herself to agree with affirmative action. And it's not just conservatives who are concerned about political correctness anymore. Even Barack Obama, the most progressive US President in history, has spoken out against political correctness. The fact is that political correctness operates to deny people of their freedom of speech and conscience, and this is simply illiberal and unacceptable.

Real social justice is also harmed by political correctness. It means that we don't have the opportunity to discuss issues important to each of us. Free speech has always been the friend of the oppressed in history, from women denied even the right to vote, to LGBT people whose stories were shut out by the mainstream, to scientists whose new discoveries challenged the establishment at the time. History has shown clearly that we cannot give up, or compromise even a tiny bit, on the sanctity of free speech. So whether we like or hate Donald Trump, whether we are progressive, liberal, moderate or conservative, I believe we should all unite to defeat political correctness, once and for all.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Why We Should Not Give Up on Feeling Special

Many people of our generation have been brought up by adults who tell us that we are special, and many of us have therefore felt that way throughout our earlier years. In fact, more people than ever before have grown up believing that they are destined to do something special in this world.

But living in this world is challenging. Coupled with a not-very-good economy and an epidemic of quarter life crises hitting our generation, there has recently been a backlash against this idea. Perhaps we should just aim to be 'average', like all those who came before us.

But that would be tragic, I believe. Everyone has something special to contribute, and it may not be apparent yet (especially for people in their teens, twenties and thirties), but one day you will see it, as long as you keep the faith. Even if all life has given you is lemons thus far, you have the responsibility to make your own unique lemonade from it. One day, it may be a best selling lemonade, after all.

When The World Doesn't Know You're Special

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TaraElla's Latest Single Not That Kind of Retro

This song is now available at the TaraElla Google Play shop.