I’m sure you already have your DVRs set, but starting on April 3, Sarah Palin’s got a new show on the Sportsman Channel called “Amazing America” and naturally it has the world’s most patriotic theme song since “Team America: World Police”‘s “America, Fuck Yeah.” (Which, reminder, was a ridiculous satire starring marionettes.) The band Madison Rising — named after President James Madison, obvi — is responsible for this hard rockin’ anthem about the badass-ness of the good ol’ US of A. It’s the perfect song for right wingers to blast at their 4th of July barbecues, while shooting tin cans and thinking of new ways to control women’s reproductive rights. Check out the lyrics after the jump! [Gawker] Keep reading »
Joanne Milne, who has been deaf from birth, recently received cochlear implants that enabled her to hear. Watch this video of the first time her implants were switched on and try not to tear up. According to Milne, this moment was the “most emotional and overwhelming experience” she’s ever had. Keep reading »
Prepare the Kleenex, for this is maybe the cutest story ever. Back in 2012, Claire Johnson and Mark Gaffey, who are both blind, met after they each signed up to be paired with seeing-eye companions at a guide dog training program in the UK. For two weeks, they worked extensively with their Labrador retrievers, Venice and Rodd, and during that time, the dogs developed a deep fondness for each other. “The trainers said that it was the romance of the course, the two dogs,” says Claire in the video above. “They’d always pull towards one another, ignore all the other dogs.” Venice and Rodd’s burgeoning relationship led Claire and Mark to spend more and more time together on doggie playdates, and sure enough, soon romance began to blossom between them as well. Last weekend, Claire and Mark were married, with their dogs/matchmakers acting as ring bearers during the ceremony.
“I have no doubt that our guide dogs brought us together and helped me find my true love,” says Claire. “Much like our two guide dogs, we really are best friends and soul mates.” Cutest foursome ever. [The Dodo]
Ross Mathews wondered the same thing on “Hello Ross,” so he presented us with this spoof in which Dorothy (played by Jackie Beat) says some choice words to Hannah Horvath that we’ve all longed to say ourselves. Whoa, between the ugly outfit, the hand gestures and the vocal intonations, Ross has his Hannah impersonation down. Is it just me or do “Girls”/”Golden Girls” mashups sound like a thing that needs to happen more often? [Queerty]
LeanIn.org and the Girl Scouts’ campaign to ban the word “bossy” certainly has good intentions. The word “bossy” is often used as a negative term to describe girls and women who speak and act with authority, while it’s rarely used to describe boys and men who act similarly. But is banning the word really the answer, or is changing the perception of it a better approach? But perhaps before we can really answer that question, we should be asking a younger generation of girls what the word bossy means to them. Check out this awesome video from She Knows featuring a bunch of adorable and smart little girls answering that very question. [She Knows]
It is with a heavy heart that I inform you that some people who run “Christian” schools are actually enormous dicks.
Eight-year-old Sunnie Kahle is no longer a student at Timberlake Christian School in Lynchburg, Virginia, after administrators sent a letter home to her guardians complaining she doesn’t dress or behave “feminine” enough, like wearing pants with her school uniform. Her grandparents, who are her guardians, pulled Sunnie out of Timberlake and enrolled her in public school instead of forcing her to be someone she is not.
Sunnie is a tomboy with a big, infectious smile who wears short hair (she donated her longer hair to kids with cancer!) and comfy clothes like jeans and T-shirts to run around outside. But elementary principal Becky Bowman from Timberlake Christian School wrote in a letter to Sunnie’s grandparents that perhaps it’s “not the best place for her future education” if Sunnie can’t conform to the Biblically-based gender identity they dictate:
“You’re probably aware that Timberlake Christian School is a religious, Bible believing institution providing education in a distinctly Christian environment … We believe that unless Sunnie as well as her family clearly understand that God has made her female and her dress and behavior need to follow suit with her God-ordained identity, that TCS is not the best place for her future education.” Keep reading »
Jason Derulo and 2 Chainz’s song “Talk Dirty” is a corny and vaguely racist ode to fucking women all over the globe, London to Taiwan. Leave it to our favorite cover band, the unbelievably talented Postmodern Jukebox, to give it a klezmer remake that actually makes the song more listenable. The best part is when the singer Robyn Adele Anderson starts singing in 2 Chainz’ part in Yiddish, which she apparently translated herself. All pop radio forever should just be these people. [YouTube]
There is no such thing is too many excellent covers of Pharrell’s hit song “Happy,” and this jazzy, acoustic cover proves it. Enjoy the instrumentals by David Wong, Clerida Eltime, Bryan Mulholland and Josh Kinzler! I dare you to listen without smiling. (And then listen — if you haven’t already — to this adorable children’s choir from Detroit cover “Happy” with vocals. I think we have 2014′s new “Call Me Maybe” and “Somebody That I Used To Know”! [YouTube]
Joe Sabia is a director and advocate for changes in copyright law. In an attempt to show just how reliant great comedy is on shared experiences and others’ intellectual property, he’s made “The Office” Time Machine. The site is organized by year and uses video clips to break down 1,300 pop culture references made throughout the series. Yes, 1,300 of them! Sabia says the goal was “to prove culture is not only everywhere, but that certain references to films, songs, and works of art are critical for our collective understanding of comedy and to the importance of relating to content.” So basically, it seems that the hope is that today’s creators can write references of previous art into their work without fear of massive legal action. Sabia certainly made that point with his site, which took a year and a half to complete. This video is the collection of all the cultural references just from the year 1997 in the series. I can’t imagine how much pop culture knowledge he must have had to even undertake the project or the amount of research it took on top of that. The site’s homepage even includes a video of some references he hasn’t placed yet, and invites site visitors to contribute. Sigh. Does this make you miss “The Office” as much as me? This series is just so many levels of awesome. [Wired]