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33 Gay and Straight Couples Wed Live at Grammy Awards

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  • Center Left
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    Macklemore preformed his single 'Same Love' ft. Mary Lambert & Madonna at the 2014 Grammy Awards. If you haven't heard the song, it's essentially a very passionate cry for equality for all. Equality no matter your sexual preference, race, creed, religion or gender. And, the equality this song highlighted in particular was for gay marriage. I gained an entirely new level of respect for Macklemore with this song of his (and Ryan Lewis, his producer/co-writer). And, the way it was preformed during the show brought the message to a whole different level.

    During a break in the song after all the lyrics were sung, Queen Latifah takes over and the camera pans to 33 couples in the audience. The couples were all facing each other, ready to exchange rings. Some were straight, some were gay. Some were white, black, hispanic, male, female, young, old, you name it. They were all getting married, live and on national television. And, Queen Latifah was the acting marriage officiant.

    The message of this whole performance seemed clear: they wanted to celebrate, underscore and bring home the fact that true acceptance for all of our fellow humans is the ultimate way to be. Queen Latifah ended the ceremony by announcing them all "a married couple". It's not often an awards show can actually hit me emotionally. But, a heart felt cry for true equality got me this time, I think because I actually truly believed them. It wasn't forced. They all collectively just wanted equality.
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    This is very cool. I recently heard about Macklemore, I had not heard him sing until last night. What's cool is that it used to be that you had to prove yourself and hope that you might get signed by a record label. Macklemore made himself known on youtube. Won 4 grammys last night so I guess that's a great start to a musical career. The message of equality was very good as well. It's nice to hear something positive once in a while.
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    17 trillion in debt, corruption, no true representation..... we have a television show with rich entertainers handing out awards to one another, slapping each other on the shoulders talking about how great they are.....and the idiotic public actually interested in this fiasco. Is it any wonder why things the way they are????
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    Tony I never heard of Macklemore until today. The reason I heard of him/them? is because a black entertainer was on TV complaining that a white guy/group? won a catagory that he thought should have gone to a black artist.

    L.A. Well, OF COURSE we are ..."17 trillion in debt"... and it may be 20 trillion before we get another president, why? Because they don't care! They are taking very good of themselves and to hell with the rest of us. That's from the president on down to the lowest ranking member of Congress.

    ..."corruption, no true representation"... yes you just accurately described the vast majority of the Congress. We should vote them out! We have the power to do it. But we say that before every election and we keep voting them in, so it's our fault.

    Rich people honoring each other and many of the rest of us worshipping all of them.

    And some people STILL don't know what is wrong with todays America.

    They couldn't have paid me enough to watch this crap. OK, honestly, they would have had to pay me a LOT to watch this crap.
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    jamesn Wrote: Tony I never heard of Macklemore until today. The reason I heard of him/them? is because a black entertainer was on TV complaining that a white guy/group? won a catagory that he thought should have gone to a black artist.

    L.A. Well, OF COURSE we are ..."17 trillion in debt"... and it may be 20 trillion before we get another president, why? Because they don't care! They are taking very good of themselves and to hell with the rest of us. That's from the president on down to the lowest ranking member of Congress.

    ..."corruption, no true representation"... yes you just accurately described the vast majority of the Congress. We should vote them out! We have the power to do it. But we say that before every election and we keep voting them in, so it's our fault.

    Rich people honoring each other and many of the rest of us worshipping all of them.

    And some people STILL don't know what is wrong with todays America.

    They couldn't have paid me enough to watch this crap. OK, honestly, they would have had to pay me a LOT to watch this crap.
    I'm stuck on the science channel because I can't watch anything else. I can't stomach these ridiculous shows anymore. People claim that British guy (SIMON) for fathering reality T.V.
    I beg to differ.......wasn't "star search" the first one? Gong show? These idiots claiming that acting is a craft.....you kidding me,,,,, a craft was that bird cage I built in wood shop
  • Center Left
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    L.A. Citizen Wrote: 17 trillion in debt, corruption, no true representation..... we have a television show with rich entertainers handing out awards to one another, slapping each other on the shoulders talking about how great they are.....and the idiotic public actually interested in this fiasco. Is it any wonder why things the way they are????
    I care greatly about our massive debt, corruption of all kinds, and the lack of true representation of the people in government. And, I also care about the Grammys. Does that make me an idiot? ... It's easy to blanket term a group of people casually as idiotic. And, you are most certainly right, many watching the show were likely idiots. Many were self-gratitious and obscenely wealthy. But not all of them were.

    I watched the show because I appreciate music and I am interested in what a "panel of experts" collectively vote on being the best standard of music in any given year. Just so happens, I really liked Daft Punk's 'Random Access Memories' album. I listened to it months and months ago. When I heard it was nominated, I was happy for them. They gained publicity for their hard work with the nomination. And, they actually did end up winning 'Best Album of the Year'. Good for them. They worked hard, dedicated a ton of time and mental labor toward their craft and an industry decided to award them publicly for it during a televised show.

    I don't feel artists and musicians (and the rest of culture) have to collectively put on a sad face and not ever celebrate anything ever again just because our government and economy are in a terrible state of affairs. They are US citizens too. Not to mention the reason for this post was that the show actually dealt with a major civil rights, socio-economic topic in gay marriage. And, they were very loud and clear about change and acceptance. I heard nothing about "being rich" in that section of the show. It was all about equality. But, I guess it's easier to write it off as a bunch of rich, silly people ignoring the real world and slapping each other's back than to see it in a more objective light.
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    The problem with your position is "the desire of entertainment". The industry flourishes while the working class continues on this downward spiral. If you can do the homework for the event, get your credit card out, drive to the event and waste 31/2 of your time,,,,,,, then you should welcome the opportunity in paying for your health care, go to union meetings, vote, and act responsibly in your civic duties.

    I hear whining and complaining from everyone, but no accountability. No critical thinking or logical responses. Only regurgitated sound bites from the spin doctors.

    I had an interesting day at the dmv. A CHP officer was called to remove me. I told the CHP officer that I am in fact in a State building, as a state citizen, with a state issue......Had I been up here asking for ice cream then he had every right remove me..... But the dmv refused my medical certification for trucking hinting that maybe I forged the document. I asked then that they make the allegation and have me arrested...OR....that they must accept the medical report.

    The CHP officer agreed.. speaking loudly in a state building isn't a valid reason for removal. I had to instruct a state worker on the law. I bring this up only to remind you of the incompetence. laziness, and the inability of workers in the desire of completing the simple task of EMPLOYMENT.

    The funny thing is that her cell phone laid on the desk with her facebook page showing......Entertainment, I believe that I interfered with her entertainment by simply being directed to her window at the wrong time and was almost removed by the cops by questioning her motives for denying the document

    That defines my observations of citizens in the workplace today........A JOKE
  • Center Left
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    @ LA Citizen

    Do you like any movies, music, books, art and or form of entertainment?
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    The entertainment industry is a major employer in the United States and yes a major exporter as well from our music to our movies to our art...and yes sports. The Super Bowl is an entertainment spectacle even bigger than the Grammies. And it's not just the event it's everything that goes with it...the side shows, Richard Sherman, Peyton Manning...they are all entertainers, not to mention the Super Bowl commercials and half time show. And after that it's the Olympics...again all the human interest stories that NBC seems to run in addition to the events themselves.

    It's all big time...big money. I don't fault those that make a living out of entertainment. They are all hard working and deserving of everything they get. Probably millions of people are employed to ensure their entertainment events are beamed around the world without a hitch.
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    Yes I do enjoy movies and books. I go to movie for 2 hours of entertainment. I don't rate them, don't blog about them, try in anyway to mimic them (movie shooter, mimic the joker) I then move on with the rest of my life.

    You tube seems to be a platform for idiots seeking stardom. The youth of today place entertainment before basic responsibility. Prior to my prison term I was a grip and a member of IATSE. I worked on sitcoms, pilots, game shows and feature films.

    I guess its different when you're watching them film in real time. Seinfeld was the number one show in the country. I worked that show the most. I built the diner and his living room a hundred times. He was paid 5 million dollars per episode his final season. Seinfeld was filmed at MTM Radford which became a CBS lot. The number one show in the country was basically filmed in a huge garage (stage 4)

    Look, I like to be entertained.......I never attempted to criticize your weekend outing. I simply wanted to point out the differences that have occurred in just one generation.
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    As I mentioned on my prior posting. I was a grip in Hollywood for 5 years. I worked at all the studios.
    The top brain surgeon in the world may be lucky to make 5 million dollars a year.. The only reason actors make more than 5 million a picture is based on on sales. Kim Kardasian made 5 million dollars giving a bj. This was her contribution. People find that to be a wonderful thing in this country. A success story


    Robert deniro is an actor/entertainer, Meryl streep...........not weird Al yankavick,........not all entertainment is entertainment
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    @ LA Citizen

    I have little problem with your last two entries. I definitely agree; many people in a good many professions (art, entertainment, politics, banking, stock market, CEO's..) are overpaid and definitely overvalued. I personally dislike almost every reality TV show that I've ever had to sit through. But, I just couldn't let a blanket statement like calling people that were watching or involved with the Grammys "idiotic" go unchallenged, mostly because I feel I was not idiotic for watching the show.

    I'm certainly not super-offended or hurt over a little statement like that. I just wanted to give the flip side of that way of thinking because it's yet another example (there are millions) of how our country stays divided. Blanket statements led to misconceptions. Misconceptions led to stereotyping. Stereotyping gives permission to feel that you know how an entire group of people are based off of very little individualized evidence... Just tryin' to call out logical fallacies when I see 'em brother.
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    I am jealous of your grip job though. Even though it sounds like it exposed you to all the BS associated with the industry, it must've been pretty fun at times.

    Well, you would definitely know more than myself just how silly that industry can be. Perhaps if I had that type of gig on my resume, I would be singing a different tune.
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    sbfriedman Wrote: @ LA Citizen

    I have little problem with your last two entries. I definitely agree; many people in a good many professions (art, entertainment, politics, banking, stock market, CEO's..) are overpaid and definitely overvalued. I personally dislike almost every reality TV show that I've ever had to sit through. But, I just couldn't let a blanket statement like calling people that were watching or involved with the Grammys "idiotic" go unchallenged, mostly because I feel I was not idiotic for watching the show.

    I'm certainly not super-offended or hurt over a little statement like that. I just wanted to give the flip side of that way of thinking because it's yet another example (there are millions) of how our country stays divided. Blanket statements led to misconceptions. Misconceptions led to stereotyping. Stereotyping gives permission to feel that you know how an entire group of people are based off of very little individualized evidence... Just tryin' to call out logical fallacies when I see 'em brother.
    There is truth in stereotypes. I'm Mexican/white. Mexicans steal hub caps and car batteries. Stereotype- yes. Truth-yes. I don't get offended because it's hilarious.

    I tell my sons repeatedly that there is absolutely nothing special about them except for the way I feel about them. I ask them to walk down the street and ask a total stranger if they are infact special. The answer surely wouldn't be yes. I explain to them that everyone out here is competing for those scarce resources (jobs). Put away the "immediate gratification" thinking and focus on college.
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    sbfriedman Wrote: I am jealous of your grip job though. Even though it sounds like it exposed you to all the BS associated with the industry, it must've been pretty fun at times.

    Well, you would definitely know more than myself just how silly that industry can be. Perhaps if I had that type of gig on my resume, I would be singing a different tune.
    Don't envy that job. You work when there's work. Union scale was 33.00 an hour for major motion picture and sitcoms. But Disney paid under scale and are the biggest production company in the world. I remember doing "home improvement" for a week. I got that call from the call steward at the union. I worked 7 straight days... 16 hours a day. I expected a huge check. When I was paid I had to call NY offices and dispute my check. Disney accounting informed me that their contract paid 20.00 an hour (straight time) no O.T. no per diem. I never worked a disney project again.

    After 11 years in prison I tried to get back in the industry. My union status is still valid. Reality T.V. put half the grips out of work. There are appx. 1800 grips in the union in L.A Half are out of work. My initiation dues were 4,400 dollars in 1991 with quarterly dues of 181.00

    Once the sitcoms are down you have to either pick-up a feature film or pilot to stay working....Hiatus is 3 months so your lucky if you work 9 months a year. Yes, the money was great. The food was excellent in craft service.... and the experience is great. Tough to stay relevant in thatt industry