Two Topics today!
- Wreck-It Ralph. Simply put, be you a fan of gaming or not, you'd not go wrong seeing this movie. Gamers will likely get many of the hidden gags and shout-out/references in the film, but non-gamers will be just as charmed by the stunningly good story and characters. The dynamic between Ralph and his counterpart, Vanellope, is enormously rewarding and is tested to its limits during the course of the film.
And Ralph is a genuinely likeable anti-hero. He's a nice guy deep down with the crummy responsibility that everyone has to hate him so that Fix-It Felix can be the hero. It's damn good and NOT a waste of your money, no matter when you see it.
Look, I'll be frank. I think this idea of only growing a mustache in November for prostate cancer is incongruous at best and is self-serving at worst. What's the point? You only do it in November...because...why? No other months seem good? Why not January? Then you could name it MANUARY and feel even more like a caveman-socialite who's trying to draw attention to himself.
Raising money's all well and good...but...you could do it other months out of the year. I know full well that not everyone deserves this scathing accusation (some of my best friends do this and it kind of just...weirds me out with them), but the point is that you don't get to draw attention to yourself based off of charity work. That's not you being a good person, that's you just donating money and ensuring everyone pays attention to you.
I *SAW* people being smug about the fact that THEY'RE growing a mustache for CHARITY, as if my beard that I keep trimmed and decent looking all year round suddenly has less meaning because I don't. It's smug, it's arrogant, and it's against the whole point.
Be a good person YEAR ROUND. Do kind things, donate every month...or at least, be kind and courteous. People remember that far more than some dumbshit mustache you grew to make everyone stare at you like you're a teenager preening his fauxtee for the ladies in the lunchroom.
Look, I'm probably upsetting someone and probably being upset myself for little reason...but it goes against my values to say that it's okay to be a nice person *part of the time* and only raise money for something *once a year*. If you intend to do things like that, do it all the time. Go whole hog. Only doing it like that is just being a douchebag.
<puts his head in his hands> I know I'm being mean. I know it. But this just upsets me for too many reasons.
Don't do good things because people are watching.
Don't do good things because it's the cool thing to do.
Do good things because it's the RIGHT THING TO DO.
If you raise money because you know it helps and your mustache-growth is just the price you pay or the reason to do it?...I can be okay with that.
So. Ready for Mecember, Manuary, Mebruary...Mmarch?
5 years, 9 months ago
04 Dec 2012 01:26 CET