Hey buddios! Welcome to our first ever, “What the F#$% Were You Thinking?” The Benevolent Blacklist #1.
Watch the video here, or read on to find out who’s the worst of the worst.
This is a new series where we talk about instances where people could have done so much better but DIDN’T and totally FAILED. Basically, we’re talking about people who seem to do their best to live the quote “one step forward, two steps back.” It may sound silly, but the objective of this series isn’t just to ridicule the ignorance that these people exhibit, but to raise awareness on these issues and how we can all work towards a more civilized society. These are important and often serious issues that are hard to talk about at times. That’s exactly why we want to talk about it. By presenting these to you in a slightly comedic manner, we hope to help start and continue the conversation about the issues that really matter.
1. Drake Bell…(what are you even doing nowadays other than writing highly insensitive tweets?)
First up! Unless you time-traveled from the 1920’s and somehow landed yourself under a rock, you’ve almost probably 100% heard about Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce, and her brave transition into the woman that she identifies as.
Speaking of the 1920’s and intolerance, Drake Bell immediately tweeted after the release of the Vanity Fair cover of Caitlyn, “Sorry…still calling you Bruce.”
….Wait, who’s Drake Bell? Oh, maybe you know him by his real name, Jared Bell? Who’s Jared?
But anyways, Drake Bell is the guy from the show Drake & Josh on Nickelodeon. Do you still not know who we’re talking about…? Nevermind, moving on.
Seriously, Drake Bell? What the **** were you thinking?! But really, what were you thinking? Have you been present for any part of the 21st century? Today, we call people with the name they want to be called. It doesn’t matter who they are, what they are, how they look…we treat people with respect. Good thing plenty of people were there to see the tweet and shut him down. (He did eventually take it down and offered an apology). Drake, we get that you want your former glory (*these terms used loosely) and fame back, but next time, why dontcha try something positive where people will actually want to hear what you have to say.
Not only was he entirely disrespectful and insensitive, but he just doesn’t seem to realize that these are the sort of comments that the LGBT community faces every day. AND he’s only feeding into this sort of culture. Whether it’s being judged for who they are or how they present themselves, society gives the LGBT community a hard time. And unfortunately, our society is made up of people like Drake Bell…at least some of it. He’s not just ‘dissing’ one person, but ignoring and putting down a whole community of people who are trying to fight for their rights to be who they are. I think as a celebrity who supposedly can gain influence or attention of the public easily, people like him should be much more aware of the things they say about social issues. (The hard part for people like Drake Bell is that they don’t realize it’s a social issue…)
Let’s just hope that this served as an example to other people who may share Drake Bell’s sentiment, or those who may think that what Caitlyn Jenner did was entirely selfish and attention-seeking… This isn’t about how you feel, it’s about how more people like Caitlyn can start feeling comfortable in their own skin. Let’s all please learn to respect others, like our kindergarten teachers tried so hard to teach us.
Second on the Blacklist! BudLight. You’re on here because of your beer. It just sucks. Ok, ok, it’s not just because of your piss-in-a-can beer, it’s because of your piss-in-a-can advertising. A couple of months ago, in a continuation of its “Up for Whatever” campaign, a wide blue band low on the label of a BudLight can read, “The perfect beer for removing ‘no’ from your vocabulary for the night.”
If that doesn’t reflect the dire lack of awareness about rape culture in this country, I don’t know what does!
I mean seriously, what the **** were you thinking? You must all be lightweights if drinking BudLight in your boardroom got you drunk enough to give the green light on this!
In all serious though, let me tell you just how deaf and blind these people must have been to let this happen. In the United States, a sexual assault occurs approximately every 2 minutes. Approximately TWO THIRDS of sexual assaults are committed by someone the victim knows. 1 out of EVERY 6 American women has been the victim of rape or attempted rape. 1 in 6. 1, in, 6. Do you have a mom? A sister? A girlfriend? How many women do you know in your lives?
Here’s more. In 31 states, if a woman has a child as a result of rape, her rapist can sue for custody and visitation rights. Do you know how wrong and scary a society is when it allows this to be reality? We live in a world where the victim of a sexual assault is faulted for what she was wearing. What about faulting the people who think a girl is for the taking simply because they can? Or faulting society for allowing and perpetuating this culture to exist?
Yes, we’re putting BudLight on the skewer here, but they’re not the only offenders. Aside from the true perpetrators of the crime, there are also the rest of us who allow this sort of culture to remain. What do these statistics reflect about us? We ALLOW this to be reality.
Why do people think it’s okay to commit such a crime? Maybe because there’s such a stigma about reporting it.
Often, girls (or boys) that are brave enough to speak out about their rape or assault experiences are written off as lying, seeking-attention, or not as important as the lives of the rapists’ that they are essentially “ruining” by reporting them of a crime. This is not only a shameful and disgusting norm that we uphold in our society, but also a dangerous one.
As we were all taught during health class and by the penal code, consent during sobriety is the only form of consent that is valid. Seeing as you are a GIANT producer (bringing in $20 billion in annual revenue) of alcoholic beverages whose purpose is to lessen anyone’s sobriety, the LEAST you can do, BudLight, is to act with social responsibility and awareness. AND why don’t you try having a focus group with a couple of women once in a while. You might be surprised at what they might tell you. And you don’t even have to pay them as much! (but that’s a whole another issue for a whole another episode)
3. Four Cancer Charities Charged in $187 Million in Fraud
Last but not the least of our offenders….Recently, it came to light that several cancer charities, all run by James T. Reynolds, had been funneling their donations towards personal expenses. And by personal expenses we mean, sending their friends and families to Disney World, paying for their own college tuitions, jet-ski joyrides and Caribbean cruises. What the **** were you thinking?? Maybe next time, (there won’t be a next time), you’d know better to take that cruise down to the Cayman Islands and stash your money there instead!
Anyways, that whole time, they told donors 100% of their proceeds went to services like hospice care, transporting patients to and from chemotherapy sessions and buying pain medication for children. What the **** were you thinking? Seriously, all of it was a complete LIE. And we’re not even talking petty money. These four charities had around $200 million in donations.
Mr. Reynolds, hope those cells of yours are doing alright cause we would hate to see all that money bite you in the butt down the road someday…what with not having found us a cancer cure and all. Don’t let the irony door hit you on the way out! Karma’s a b*%$#!
Moral of the story, don’t be a d*ck. And make sure you check your charities on charitynavigator.org before you donate, or JFGI! (Just freaking google it!!!) Annnnnd if you’re currently thinking of trying to go follow Mr. Reynolds down his rabbithole, just remember…
“I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don’t have money. If you let that selfish idea go, that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will bring you to justice.”
That’s it for our Benevolent Blacklist episode 1!
Look for our next episode in the series coming soon! As always, thanks for reading and watching, and let us know what we’re doing right and what we could be better with! (And if you love it, share us with your friends!) To like us on Facebook, click here, to follow us or tweet at us on twitter, click here!