Friday, October 27, 2017

Josh Is A Liar: Crazy Ex Girlfriend S3E3 Review

WOW. DID YOU GUYS SEE THAT WOW. (I know, I know I say that every episode but still this one I REALLY MEAN IT).

The anxiety during this episode was UNREAL. Rebecca Bunch went hard-core Walter White! Her vindictive, manipulative, down-right evil plan to destroy Josh Chan's credibility made me feel some type of way. Which type of way? IDK but my gut was physically aching after this episode.

I know what it's like to have lies and rumors spread about you. I also know what it's like for your friends to believe the lies and not you. Honestly, I felt so bad for Josh.

What's interesting is that Rebecca spent so much time looking for the most evil revenge on Josh and she finally did it! When her livelihood was being threatened, she stumbled on an excellent way to destroy Josh Chan....and she did it without even realizing it!

In this episode, Rebecca is the craziest we have ever seen her. And here, she is a CRAZY GENIUS. It takes great intellect to turn around a situation where it's obvious you are the one who is about to be harmed, and turn it around. She was Walter White in that episode where he kills an innocent man to save himself. Rebecca killed Josh's credibility to save her own. Even during an anxiety attack, she sure can think fast and effectively.

It was sad seeing Rebecca emotionally manipulate Paula into dropping the court case. Rebecca kicked Paula where it hurts. Paula really cares about being a good lawyer, and Rebecca just shit on that. But in Rebecca's eyes, she HAD to do it or she would have died (or her "normal" persona would have died).

I'm shook that everyone knows about Robert now. THE CLIFFHANGER. OH MAN OH MAN THE CLIFFHANGER. I cannot WAIT for next week's episode. I wonder how everyone will react. I think it will be with compassion, but we will see. I mean in future sneak peeks, you can see that they still are Rebecca's friends. I guess that's beautiful about human nature, you may be crazy but people can love you anyway.

The scene where Nathaniel is holding Rebecca is his arms, whisking her away into paradise is important. Rebecca wanted to run away from her problems like the cliche of a girl thinking a man or a prince will save them. But she couldn't. Her friends stopped her. This will be a turning point for her to get help. She can't run away to fantasy or a man to save her.

Another thing that affected my gut: WHEN REBECCA SAID THAT SHE NEVER HAD FRIENDS. She hates herself so much she can't recognize love. She really thinks her craziness makes her unlovable. So many issues to address.

I Go To The Zoo:  This one really reminded me of the Lonely Island's songs. I think the Lonely Island formula is take a hiphop song and subvert the tropes. And they've had so many songs where they take, like, toxic masculinity tropes and subvert it into something completely different to make fun of it (like their song Spring Break Anthem). Here, Nathaniel could follow the toxic masculinity trope of going to a club, drinking and doing loads of alcohol and drugs, and hanging with random women to escape his feelings. Instead, he goes to the zoo. Kinda sweet.

nathaniel zoo crazy ex girlfriend

The Moment Is Me: I was watching the Inside: Josh Is a Liar clip and they mentioned this song was inspired by High School Musical. I have never been more called out. I thought it was a sweet song because I'm a sucker for these types of song. Heather singing it with disgust was FUNNY. Also, I'm excited to see how she does cope with being out in the real world. She might also have some issues to address if she stayed in school for THAT long just because she was afraid of being an adult.

Nathaniel: Oh My God I Think I Like Her: Did you guys catch that? I caught that. What a nice callback to the Oh My God, I Think I Like You song from season 1. It would have been cool if he had sang a reprise but alas.

I loved that exchange in the beginning of the episode where Nathaniel calls "almost trying to kill Josh' grandfather" a weird thing that happened between them. He was so cute and funny acting nervous and in love around Rebecca.

Do you ever wonder why Nathaniel likes Rebecca? He's never liked anyone before so why all of a sudden Rebecca? Is it because she is withholding? Maybe he is lying that he never falls for anyone. Maybe he does. Maybe that's why he was bragging about his cold heart. Maybe Nathaniel has loved deeply and was hurt about it and now he just pretends his heart is cold.

But then again....he is genuinely ruthless and cruel as seen in how he fires people without remorse, does illegal and horrible things to win cases, and almost kills a man.  Nathaniel is a mystery to me. He is genuinely cruel so why did he fall for Rebecca? A genuinely cruel person would never fall in love. Why has he done a complete 360 and is so nice to her? IT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE. I hope we find out this season.

WOW, this episode was a bombshell. I CANNOT WAIT UNTIL NEXT WEEK. AHHHH

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Two Ghosts, a lyrical analysis from Harry Styles the album

Two Ghosts, Song Meaning and Lyrical Interpretation

And now we finally get to what I believed was my favorite song off of Harry Styles' album. As I said in my Track-By-Track Review of the Album, this song really made me feel emotions and that's why I find it to be one of the best.

Same lips red, same eyes blue
Same white shirt, couple more tattoos
But it's not you and it's not me
Tastes so sweet, looks so real
Sounds like something that I used to feel
But I can't touch what I see
The first two lines make it a little too obvious that he's talking about Taylor Swift. Red Lips, Blue Eyes, White Shirt - these are all things that Taylor mentions in her song Style. Harry and his management may have made those lines apparent just for the publicity - just a thought! 

Here, Harry remembers his past relationship fondly. It's almost like nostalgia. But he can't touch or go back to his past love, because it is just a memory.
We're not who we used to be
We're not who we used to be
We're just two ghosts standing in the place of you and me
Trying to remember how it feels to have a heartbeat
A lot of time has passed since the relationship ended and now these two people are completely different - so different that they might has well be dead. Dead, as in, those two people do not exist anymore. It's possible that these two people have changed for the worse. They are sad and empty inside because their relationship is over. They might both miss each other but there is nothing either one can do about it.
The fridge light washes this room white
Moon dances over your good side
This was all we used to need
Tongue-tied like we've never known
Telling those stories we already told
'Cause we don't say what we really mean
The fridge lighting has been described before - by Taylor Swift in All Too Well. "Cause there we are again in the middle of the night. We're dancing round the kitchen in the refrigerator light." However, I do not believe All Too Well is about Harry; it is supposed to be about Jake Gyllenhaal. Is dancing in the fridge light just one of Taylor Swift's moves? (LOL).

The Moon is also significant!!  It's also what inspired the name of this website. In One Direction's song End of the Day, they describe a very Harry/Taylor relationship (one with getting hurt/going to the hospital i.e the Haylor snowmobile accident), and mention the moon in reference to the person's love. "Party dying downstairs, had nothing left to do Just me, her and the moon." Who knew after a year of this website, THE NAME WOULD STILL BE SIGNIFICANT AHHH IM SO HAPPY ABOUT THIS LINE.

"'Cause we don't say what we really mean" - this line reminds us that Harry and his lover still have comunication problems just like in Meet Me In The Hallway

We're not who we used to be
We're not who we used to be
We're just two ghosts standing in the place of you and me
We're not who we used to be
We're not who we used to be
We're just two ghosts swimming in a glass half empty
Trying to remember how it feels to have a heartbeat
Harry repeats "We're not who we used to be" many times because that's what hurts him the most. Harry and his lover are both so different...maybe they aren't the once carefree and happy people they used to be. The hurt and sadness of life has changed that. The glass half empty is supposed to add onto the sadness. "A glass half empty" is what people say when they want to say someone is being pessimistic.

Harry is so hurt he feels like his heart has stopped working. He wants to go back to those days where he was brimming with happiness and joy. He is reminiscing on the relationship just so he can get some ounce of that happiness back.

I LOVE love LOVE when he pauses between Heart and Beat. It's so extra and I AM HERE FOR IT. I love how dramatic he is in this song. It makes me want to join him and channel my own emotions while listening to this song.

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

To Josh, With Love: Crazy Ex Girlfriend S3E2 Review

Last night's episode was soooo good! The ending had me SHOOK.

After Everything You Made Me Do (That You Didn't Ask For): This number was so unexpected but it revealed a lot about Rebecca's inner workings. Rebecca really believes that it was Josh who made her do all those crazy things and that's why she yells at him for it. Maybe that's why she was so hurt by Josh's betrayal; he was the one who made her look crazy and in the end it was for nothing.

After the number, Josh now believes he did nothing wrong. He was justified in breaking up with a crazy person. I mean, he's not wrong. However, Josh does have his own problems that he needs to identify and solve. He does have some blame in this because he was the one who kept on jumping from woman to woman just because he doesn't want to feel alone. He also did lead Rebecca on and engaged in the same fairy-tale thinking that she did. Next episode will be exciting because now Josh has the ammo he needs to prove that he is a good person and there was a legit reason he broke up with Rebecca. It will be interesting seeing Rebecca deal with looking like a crazy person in front of everyone which is one of her great fears.

Also, I'm glad everything is out in the open now. Maybe Rebecca is too - despite the consequences.

Strip Away My Conscience: Honestly, Nathaniel and Rebecca have sooo much chemistry. There were some cute moments in this episode; Nathaniel wanting to dance with her, Nathaniel, before sex, letting her know she doesn't have to do this as a part of their deal, Nathaniel actually admitting he cares about her. I take back what I said in the last episode's review; I don't think Nathaniel will go back to being distant after Rebecca reciprocates love. Nathaniel really does seem like he changes when he's around Rebecca. Even though, of course, he did almost kill a man to get revenge on Josh. I hope Nathaniel becomes a better person overall but then it might not be as much fun anymore. Does Rebecca only like him because he's bad?

Paula's Sensible Revenge: Paula, as a mom figure, wanted Rebecca not to harm herself when getting revenge. However, that's exactly what Rebecca does. Rebecca wanted a visceral, emotional revenge. By yelling at Josh in the church, she gets that but she also harms herself. Paula was unfortunately not successful in protecting Rebecca.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

The 4 Types of Crazy as told by the Season 3 Crazy Ex Girlfriend Theme Song

"You do (don't) want to be crazy": The new theme song for Season 3 of Crazy Ex Girlfriend is out and I have a lot of thoughts. You can watch the new theme song on E's website by clicking here.

At first, I didn't really understand the video. I was just like Rebecca in the last few seconds of the video. "What?" did I just see?

But then I realized - oh wait, this video is showing the four types of crazy in pop music. Let's go through them one by one.

Crazy Ex Girlfriend Season 3 Theme Song Before He CheatsCrazy In Revenge: Here Rebecca destroys a car with a baseball bat just like Carrie Underwood's music video for "Before He Cheats." This is also reflective of Rebecca's state in the first few episodes of this season (before she, inevitably, learns that you can't ever really get revenge on someone who has harmed you). Some examples of this trope, off the top of my head, are Beyonce's "Hold Up" music video, Taylor Swift's"Look What You Made Me Do" and "Blank Space" music  videos.

Crazy Ex Girlfriend Season 3 Theme Song Crazy In Love
Crazy In Love: Here Rebecca looks longingly at the mirror talking about being how crazy in love she is. This trope comes up a lot as well; there are so many songs that mention how falling in love makes them crazy. Some examples: Beyonce's "Crazy In Love," Taylor Swift's "Crazier," even Hunter Hayes' "I Want Crazy." I feel like the dress reminds me of Taylor Swift's "Wildest Dreams" but the lyrical content is not a  match when it comes to that song.

Crazy Ex Girlfriend Season 3 Theme Song Crazy In Bed

Crazy In Bed: This one is the first from a male's perspective. I don't really know the inspiration for this setting and wardrobe. The only example I can think of off the back of my head is Harry Style's "Kiwi" - "She's driving me crazy, but I'm into it, but I'm into it I'm kinda into it."

Crazy Ex Girlfriend Season 3 Theme Song EminemCrazy In a Relationship: So many men describe their ex-girlfriend as being crazy after the relationship has ended. I usually think they are exaggerating to feed their big egos. This part is inspired from Eminem because he has written a lot of misogynistic songs about women.

Something I just realized - when I was writing about the male perspective songs, it was harder for me to come up with song examples; maybe because I can't relate to those perspectives as much as the female ones.

Another thing that jumped out at me when I watched this video was that it reminded me of Taylor Swift's "Look What You Made Me Do" video where at the end, you see all these different versions of Taylor Swift. Here, you see Rebecca in all sorts of different costumes and versions. And then I laughed to myself thinking "WOW, I can't believe Crazy Ex Girlfriend parodied LWYMMD months before that music video came out." (I assumed they made this video before LWYMMD but I can't be sure). 

And then I was thinking WOW, LWYMMD is from the perspective of a crazy person so it makes sense Crazy Ex GF would naturally incorporate those elements. BUT THEN...


I was shook. Maybe it's just Joesph Kahn's trademark to have the duplicates of the singer talking to each other for comedy?

PS: I love Taylor Swift. But I have to believe LWYMMD cannot be a premise that is played straight.

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

The Mayor: a new ABC comedy series review

I just watched the first episode of ABC family's new sitcom "The Mayor." This sitcom is about an aspiring rapper who decides to run for mayor to promote his album. In a surprising turn of events, he wins the mayoral race and decides to be mayor to help the community get better.

This story obviously sounds like it was inspired by Donald Trump's win. Many people have joked that Trump only ran for president to promote his brand and then he actually won. Courtney Rose, the  main character of this sitcom, is similar to Trump in that he is inexperienced and says exactly what is on his mind. However, Courtney is a much more likable figure in that he did not grow up rich and in privilege. Donald Trump's white privilege is a huge part of why he won; he vilified minorities to appeal to white voters in the south. Courtney, as a Black man, does not do that. Instead, he knows first-hand what is going on with his community because he IS a huge part of the community. Unlike Donald Trump who, due to his ridiculous amount of wreath, has never really been part of the communities he claims to defend.

In summation, The Mayor, is a much more pleasant story about an inexperienced man holding office. The audience all hopes Courtney Rose will succeed. The first episode was funny enough. (My favorite joke was: “Step one, get 200 signatures. Step two, don’t be a felon - and I don’t go to trial until next year! I’m just playing, Mom, I love you”). However, there were some off jokes thrown in here and there. When I found out the show was created by Jeremy Bronson, I realized that made sense as The Mindy Project does have a lot of off jokes throughout its episodes as well.

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I look forward to new episodes. I do worry if the premise will go stale soon. I hope they keep it fresh and exciting.

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Carolina, a lyrical analysis from Harry Styles the album

Carolina, Song Meaning and Lyrical Interpretation

I know I am doing a lyrical analysis of Carolina but I gotta say this may be one of the most straightforward songs on the album. But I must talk about every song so let's get started.

Carolina is a song about Harry meeting this new, exciting girl and being memorized by her. This may play on boy-band fangirl tendencies where girls imagine their celebrity crush falling in love with them. Harry emphasizes that this girl is NOT a celebrity - she is a regular small town girl, i.e Carolina. This makes fangirls relate to the song and this girl.

"Towns, better swim before you drown": Towns is actually a name - the name of the girl he wrong this about. If you watch any of his performances of this song, you can see that he has now changed the lyrics to Towne. Why? Because even though he thought this girl was so exciting and special, he didn't know her actual name until after the song was released. Sorta lame, Harry.

I'm sure Harry was smiling to himself when he wrote the "Town" pun. Harry loves puns.

She's a good girl: This line is repeated in the song and marks the chorus. It's supposed to be a fun, sassy, sexy line. There's also a theory that this song may be about cocaine. I don't subscribe to it as I don't think Harry is a coke-head. She feels so good is the line which many people say could relate to cocaine, but I just feel he is talking about the girl.

I know this one was short but I promise I have a lot to say about Two Ghosts as that one has more depth!

Do you agree or do you interpret these lyrics differently? Let me know what you think in the comments below. 

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Josh's Ex-Girlfriend Wants Revenge 💩: Crazy Ex Girlfriend Season 3 Episode 1 Review


Yesterday, Friday the 13th, October 2017, my favorite show of all time went back on the air!! Crazy Ex Girlfriend debuted its first episode of Season 3. I'm a huge fan of the show; last year I would watch the episode twice. Once, when it aired live and second, on The CW website because when I watch something live, I can't pause or rewind so I miss a lot of stuff. However, this time I didn't and I am wondering why....

Don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed the premiere. The two songs were amazing!!

Where is Rebecca Bunch: a fun song which I believe was parodying Beauty and the Beast. I liked how the West Covina Hotel was supposed to be the tower the princess is trapped in. I loved this song, because it was very Broadway-like. It also reminded me a little of Into the Woods. "Is she out to brunch?" is funny because it's so ridiculous and only there for the rhyme. Even in this song, you could see Nathaniel has started to care about Rebecca when he fires George for implying Rebecca should kill herself.

Let's Generalize About Men: also, a very fun song. I really enjoyed the beat, and I think I've heard this music somewhere else before. I loved everyone's outfits!! It was so aesthetically pleasing. I wasn't so sure what the song was saying exactly. I know a lot of the anti-feminist people say stuff like "not all men!!!" but I don't think this song was affirming them. Instead, I think it was just saying how ridiculous it is when these people assume everyone is always talking about ALL men, when they are just talking about some men.

Nathaniel: Nathaniel was so cute and dorky in this episode. The power dynamic has really changed, and I love Rebecca ignoring him. Nathaniel probably doesn't get ignored too often. I do hope Nathaniel gets over his issues with power and relationships. In previous episodes, he has said stuff implying he likes the chase and when the chase is over he finds the person annoying. I hope that doesn't happen with Rebecca.

Revenge Plots: When someone hurts you, you can't really get revenge. That's what I've learned throughout my years. I didn't think the poop revenge was soooo bad - it was on The Help (the movie). The evil laugh Rebecca gave at the end of the episode was hilarious (might rival Michael's in The Good Place!). I want to see the result of the poop revenge in the next episode so I hope they don't brush it off. I'm not a huge fan of Paula's lawyer plan as I don't think she has a case, but I'm not a lawyer so who knows. She might be able to sue for the money she spent on the wedding but does Josh even have money she can sue for?

This was certainly a crass episode with the sex tape plan (which I thought was a dumb revenge plot.). I'm not a huge fan of crass things and I would like to see more emotional development from Rebecca in future episodes. We saw some in this episode where Rebecca learns she shouldn't hurt herself while trying to hurt Josh.

Next episode we'll see her teaming up with Nathaniel to do more revenge stuff. I feel like there will be more abuse of Nathaniel's obsession with her in the next episode. Until next time!!

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The Feminism of Kip Moore's More Girls Like You

Recently, I heard a boy say, "If I have to raise a teenage daughter, I am going to stay out of her life. I'm not going anywhere near that."

His words irked me. What do you mean you don't want to be in your daughter's life? Why is a teenage girls' life so gross to you?

The answer, obviously, is misogyny.

He doesn't think he can look at his teenage daughter and see her as a completely whole human being.

When he looks at her, he sees her as just another girl who will be sexually objectified and demeaned by other men like him.

When he looks at her, he gets scared that she will be interested in sex and that would mean that she isn't as pure as she should be.

Because society believes women are only for men's sexual pleasure and that women should not have any sexual pleasure of their own.

So how does this relate to Kip Moore's More Girls Like You?

Kip probably just wanted to write another love song that made the country ladies swoon, but I was touched by the sincerity of it.

The message of, "I want to raise more girls like you" does a few things. First, it gives value to women. In a world where millions of girls are aborted or killed just for being girls, its nice to hear someone say, "I WANT A GIRL."

China's One-Child Policy caused many people to get illegal abortions after they found out their only child was going to be a girl. They wanted a boy because in their society, girls have less power. They wanted a child that could bring them success and financial acclaim. This also happens a lot in India, where the girl is a financial strain on the family because she is going to be married off with an expensive dowry. Read more about it here.

I LOVE the idea of having a song that appreciates having daughters. DAUGHTERS. plural.

Secondly, I like how he compares his daughter to his wife. He HAS to see his wife as a sexual being but that doesn't stop him from comparing her to his daughter. He knows that his daughter will someday probably find a man like him and he is okay with that because any man like him would respect women.

And lastly, the song plain and simple just appreciates women. (Not just for male's sexual pleasure like a lot of the bro-country songs). The song says how God created women and so they are humans worthy of the utmost respect and love. The exact opposite of misogyny.

When I looked at the comments of the above music video, I saw this comment.


Why did that guy write that? What does loving women as complete, whole human beings have to do with liberal politics as opposed to conservative politics? This guy and the 3 likes he got are just one of the misogynistic freaks who can't handle a KIND song like this. Just another example of how so many people hate and disrespect women.

I was researching Kip Moore and I gotta say maybe he's just a kind person all together. After the Charlottesville White Supremacy Rallies, he was so moved he wrote an Instagram post about it.

I grew up in south ga so I'm 100% aware of what racism looks like, sounds like, and what it feels like (when you hear it out of another's mouth). I was lucky to have parents that never instilled that toxic hatred in my bloodline. However, i did have a few friends that occasionally used the N word in their vocabulary. I'd have numerous fights and arguments about why they would say shit like that, eventually driving a wedge between any surface friendship we even had to begin with and cut those people from my life. The one constant theme I learned at a young age was, they all developed those ignorant views from their ignorant parents who learned it from their ignorant parents. A lot of people will read this and say "amen" or "well said" or "that's how I feel" but you ain't doing shit about it in the real world. The gift of kindness may start as a small ripple that has the potential of turning into a tidal wave. Don't bitch about the state of the world if youre too lazy or too much of a puss to stand up to your friends when you hear them or see them doing racist shit. It starts with each one of us individually if we wanna change what this world looks like. Go out of your way to take care of people and spread kindness. I'm Not tryin to preach, but I'm way more concerned with the state of my fellow brother than the state of my Instagram following. Take a break from your 100th bathroom selfie and pay attention to what's taking place around you. oh and to those that spew hateful comments on social media all the time yet have "Jesus lover" as your profile heading.. that would prolly provoke Jesus to slap your dumb ass. The last thing I'll say is for the ones who will always miss the point and need it broken down. I condemn any protest that turns to violent.. Black, white, purple, yellow etc... I'm saddened anytime I see hatred towards one another and you should be ashamed if you don't feel the same way. It's never too late to evaluate who you are and break the chain that's been passed down. We all bleed the same. Hey @realjohngray there's a lot of people preaching love right there with ya bud.
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