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Shameful Human(s) of the Week: Mark Wahlberg and David O. Russell

November 24, 2010 Shameful Human 2 Comments

Mark Wahlberg has broken the news himself: he will be playing the role of Nathan Drake in the upcoming Uncharted film, based on the PS3 game series of the same name. In other words, Nathan Fillion, the nice guy who wanted the role, who would have been perfect for the role, won’t get it.

I went back and forth on who to lash out against over this information. It’s hard to blame Wahlberg for taking a job, and maybe Russell just wanted to hire his friend (these two have worked together a number of times).

Ultimately, I had to target both men, not only because they contributed to depriving Nathan Fillion of a role, but because a cursory glance of their Wikipedia pages indicates that both men are complete ass-piles.

Marky Mark can be blamed for this, as well as his performances in Planet of the Apes and Max Payne. Also, when he was a teenager, Wahlberg robbed a pharmacy, and followed it up by knocking a man unconscious and blinding another man in one eye. Oh, and he fractured someone’s jaw for no reason when he was 21.

David O. Russell is apparently about as fun to hang around with. He had a screaming meltdown during the filming of I Heart Huckabees in which he repeatedly swore at Lily Tomlin before doing a little set-trashing and then locking himself in his office.

An even more astounding incident occurred between Russell and George Clooney during the filming of Three Kings. Clooney stood up to Russell after he had been hassling workers, and Russell did the mature thing by replying “Why don’t you just worry about your fucked-up acting?! You’re being a dick. You want to hit me? You want to hit me? Come on, pussy, hit me” and then grabbing Clooney by the throat. The only good to come out of all this is that Clooney responded by beating Russell down.

So there you have it folks. Nathan Fillion missed out on a job because an abusive director wanted to hire his untalented buddy instead.

Image: Uncharted Drake’s Fortune box art. Copyright SCE.

Shameful Human(s) of the Week: Hot Topic

November 18, 2010 Shameful Human No Comments

Until today, I had no idea that the house that kids-who-wear-shit-on-their-wrists built was selling t-shirts featuring the “Rageguy” internet meme. You know, that’s the MS Paint doodle of a rather unhappy man declaring “FFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUU-.”

Such a brazen misappropriation of “internet culture” alone warrants the title of Shameful Human(s). This is a large corporation looking to profit on the culture of others. Think of the products associated with any culture or subculture. It’s the difference between members of a culture selling their own, “authentic” art, and cheap knock-offs sold by others. Is it okay for 4chan and other sites to make ad revenue off posts containing “Rageguy”? Sure, those sites are on the “inside.” Hot Topic is decidedly not.

Having said that, Hot Topic has gotten a lot more shameful in recent days over this. 4chan decided to get involved, “taking back” the Rageguy meme by associating it with racism under “Operation: Black Rage.” The image board’s community decided to turn “Rageguy” into a racist, plastering the internet with the meme’s new direction. They then contacted anyone who would listen to claim that Hot Topic was selling material associated with/promoting racism.

The company announced some 19 hours ago that it would cease to sell Rageguy shirts due to the character’s new direction. 14 hours later, the company reversed its decision, refusing to “cave to bad people doing bad things.”

It should seem obvious at this point that Hot Topic is more interested in maintaining profit (thus the decision to stick with Rageguy) than adhering to the desires of the community which created him. This also exposes Hot Topic as a disconnected exploiter of the subcultures which it seeks to associate with. If Hot Topic were really on the “inside” of internet culture, it would recognize Raceguy as a force for internet justice and keep selling his products.

Source: GeekOSystem

Shameful Human of the Week: Judith Griggs

November 11, 2010 Shameful Human 1 Comment

This week’s Shameful Human is the editor of Cooks Source Magazine. She has become a complete internet pariah in recent weeks following the revelation that her magazine published a blog post by Monica Gaudio without seeking permission.

When Gaudio got in contact with Cooks Source, Griggs blasted back with an astoundingly ignorant and condescending email that interneters the world over have come to marvel at:

Yes Monica, I have been doing this for 3 decades, having been an editor at The Voice, Housitonic Home and Connecticut Woman Magazine. I do know about copyright laws. It was “my bad” indeed, and, as the magazine is put together in long sessions, tired eyes and minds somethings forget to do these things.

But honestly Monica, the web is considered “public domain” and you should be happy we just didn’t “lift” your whole article and put someone else’s name on it! It happens a lot, clearly more than you are aware of, especially on college campuses, and the workplace. If you took offence and are unhappy, I am sorry, but you as a professional should know that the article we used written by you was in very bad need of editing, and is much better now than was originally. Now it will work well for your portfolio. For that reason, I have a bit of a difficult time with your requests for monetary gain, albeit for such a fine (and very wealthy!) institution. We put some time into rewrites, you should compensate me! I never charge young writers for advice or rewriting poorly written pieces, and have many who write for me… ALWAYS for free!

That’s right, apparently the internet is public domain now. And us online writers are of such a desperate and unclean bread that we should appreciate merely having our work lifted by “real world” editors like Griggs, so that they may edit our work and profit on it.

Following the outpouring of internet rage that came from Gaudio’s explanation of events, more digging led to the discovery that Griggs and her magazine have ripped off everyone from Martha Stewart to NPR.

Cooks Source has been sort of apologetic about the events described above, or sorry they got caught, anyway. In a pseudo-apology appearing on the magazine’s website, they attack crusaders for internet justice, blame overworked writers and untrustworthy submitters, and play victim as much as possible.

Shameful Human(s) of the Week: Child Abusing Gamers

October 28, 2010 Shameful Human No Comments

I don’t mean to be one of those “think of the children” types, but I can’t help but declare this week’s Shameful Humans to be a pair of gamers who took things too far.

First up is Alexandra V. Tobias. She’s a 22-year-old former mother from Jacksonville, Florida who shook her baby to death for interrupting her FarmVille play session. Apparently, the mundane and repetitive tasks of being mother to a three-month-old were distracting her from the mundane and repetitive tasks of playing FarmVille.

The other shameful human this week is a Mr. Gundam.werra. He’s the manager of Team Werra, a Korean professional StarCraft team who abused his high school aged teammates. Werra’s crew is apparently falling apart following the accusations of one [bunch o’ characters].Werra, who left after being sexually assaulted by Gundam. Since then, a couple more members have come forward to claim similar offenses. They avoided speaking out before, not wanting to be kicked from the team.

Image: Tobias, The Florida Times-Union

Shameful Human of the Week: Kazunori Yamauchi

October 13, 2010 Shameful Human 3 Comments

This week’s Shameful Human is Kazunori Yamauchi. He’s the guy who created the Gran Turismo series, and the designer of the (still) upcoming Gran Turismo 5.

Yamauchi’s apparent dedication, or perhaps obsession, with “perfection” has resulted in an ever-ballooning development period for GT5 that never seems to end. The game was revealed in 2006, but work had begun way back in 2004. Its original release date was going to be March 2010, but that was eventually pushed to early November, where it stayed until today. The game has now been delayed again, knocked back to an unspecified date “this holiday season.”

The official PlayStation Blog claims “creator Kazunori Yamauchi and the team at Polyphony Digital want to make certain they are creating the perfect racing experience,” but I must, of course, take serious issue with the use of the word “perfect” as it relates to anything Gran Turismo. Frankly, the games may very well represent the pinnacle of realistic driving recreated in video game form, but realism is often the opposite of fun when it comes to games.

Can you imagine if SimCity was about quibbling with the crotchety old residents living on the land you want to build a road over? Or if Mario was about clawing shit out of clogged toilets? Yamauchi’s obsession with recreating real-world tracks, cars, and physics is the racing genre equivalent. “Perfect” would be giving players something fun to do, not allowing them the chance to tediously steer around large ovals.

Source: PlayStation Blog
Image: Thankfully released into public domain by SpoonerTuner.

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