So I was just thinking, in my life in the last few years, I’ve probably made friends or acquaintances or just KNOWN PEOPLE numbering somewhere in the region of, say, 500-1000 people. (I don’t keep up with 90% of them on a regular basis, but the average person has a pretty big, if flimsy network.)
OF ALL THOSE PEOPLE, I can’t think of more than maybe a dozen or so who legitimately hate a certain group/race/gender/sexual orientation of people. I mean, lots of people may have a chip on their shoulder about the neighborhood they live in, or may stereotype a group of people internally, but I can’t think of hardly anyone that I know that let those reservations and prejudices get in the way of their daily routine. I can’t think of ANY people I know who are legitimately hate-spewing bigots.
I’m not saying hate and prejudice don’t exist, because we see it every day in the news, in blogs from victims, etc etc. But how much of the actual human race is made up of people with black-and-white, 100% straight up hate wired into their brains, and are happy to show it off? Of those, how many do you think are actually prone to ACTING on this hate in some way?
I don’t mean a pedestrian way of acting on a prejudice like casually opposing gay marriage or anything, I mean the “let’s bring this queer behind a bar and beat him to death with rocks and leave him hanging on a wire fence at the city limits as a warning to others like him to stay the fuck out of our city” kind of hate. How much of the population is able to internally justify something like that, all because of a personal prejudice against a group of people?
For some reason, and maybe this is just because of the part of the world I live in, (which I admit isn’t perfect but come on, Canada’s more tolerant than a lot of other places,) I feel like maybe the image of the HATE-SPEWING BIGOT is exaggerated. Of course they EXIST, but if you threw a coin into a crowd of people, what are the odds that you’d hit a person who would be able to silence their inner conscience and hang someone from a tree because of the color of their skin?
So here’s my question: is the image of the hate-spewing bigot exaggerated in our culture, so that we only ever hear about the REALLY bad things that happen in the world because it makes for more attention-grabbing reads online…
…Or is it that lots of people are in fact hate-spewing bigots, but they just know when and where to speak up and act on it, so as not to “get caught”?
Basically what I’m getting at is, how much of the population is in fact the sort of person who would act on their hate in a real, violent way, and is it a large enough section of the population that it should greatly affect your personal opinion of humanity? Please discuss. I’d love to hear what others from all racial, gender, and orientation camps have to say.
So we shot interviews with three of the ladies from Degrassi this week and whipped this up yesterday for Valentine’s Day. Also I’m told this Degrassi show is pretty popular/has new episodes airing starting today.
Just before Christmas, I got to shoot an interview with Machine Gun Kelly. He ended up being 45 minutes late because of traffic, and when he rolled in, he sat down, pulled out a mason jar of weed, and started rolling a fucking CANNON. I awkwardly asked if he wanted me to let him finish before starting the interview, and he said no, let’s just go. What follows is hands-down one of the funniest interviews I’ve ever been a part of. Enjoy!
Hello friends. Me and my work pals made a new episode of our vlog show last week about CELEBRITY COUPLES, which is what the kids/depressed housewives are into these days, AMIRITE? Look at me being all sarcastic and smarmy. I’M THE INTERNET.
We recently shot a new episode of our performance show MAKING WAVES *plugplugplug* with glam-rocker DIAMOND RINGS *namedropnamedropnamedrop* at the DRAKE HOTEL *placementplacementplacement*. He’s a very pleasant fella and he didn’t mind me sticking a camera in his face while he was playing. Check out the video of him doing an acoustic performance of his song “All The Time” off of his new album!
Last week we shot a new episode of our Acoustic Session show MAKING WAVES with a band I’ve been digging a lot on Spotify lately, OF MONSTERS AND MEN.
Normally when you cut a performance you end up getting the song stuck in your head and start hating the song and everything involved with it, but there’s just something I love about Nanna’s voice so much. Every time the chorus of this song pops up, it feels like the first time I’m hearing it. I’m really, really looking forward to hearing more from these guys, and hope that future episode of MAKING WAVES can match the level of enjoyment I’ve got from this one :)
PS: I’ve stopped listing these posts as “Here’s A Thing I Made”, and have started specifying what exactly I did for them, because I don’t want anyone to think I was the only person responsible for this lovely little piece. Credits to Jordan and Dan. They’re swell dudes and I’ll share a piece of the 13-followers-on-Tumblr pie with them any day.
A couple weeks ago we shot a performance by the guys from 2 Door Cinema club. I cut it together in a kind of new way and everyone was really really happy with how it turned out. It was refreshing! We shot a new performance today with Of Monsters And Men, so it’s looking like we’ll get to do this kind of stuff more regularly from now on. It feels nice to use some at least modestly creative editing chops again :)
I’ve been putting this off for way too long. After three years of not having a proper demo to show to prospective clients/employers, I’ve finally gotten off my ass and cut up a snappy new showreel. Have a look, let me know what you think, and if you or anyone you know of is looking for an editor who knows his shit, give me a call!