Opinion: Tried to watch Netfilx’s Pretty Smart

The streaming platform has produced plenty of content and series, which is exclusive for Netflix. One of these was Pretty Smart. It is a sitcom with a massive use of a laugh-track. The sitcom is built around two sisters. One that is the nerd and wise one, while the other one is the blond and stupid one. Where the wise sister has to crash and live with her sister who lives in a collective of goodhearted people, but not the brightest cookies.

The Pretty Smart seems on paper like a decent sitcom. Since it has the scene of the collective space, a few characters who creates a “conflict” and a “resolution”. However, it seems so manufactured and so forced. The characters aren’t that deep either.

You have the wise-one, but lacks all sorts of social skills or feels to it. While the stupid one is socially mature, but super-duper naive. The gay one who is the stereotype of what people think gay people are. Then you have the buff-guy and a personal trainer who knows how to lift weights, but has no other personality really. The last is the yoga-and-promiscuous female character to spice up the episodes.

So, you have 5 character to play off and make stories around. The main two are the sisters and them re-uniting. However, it is not interesting… it is not engaging. This the sort of sitcom you only see on the backgrounds of the doctors waiting room or whatnot. It is tragic, because they have characters, which should engage you. Nevertheless, it never does.

I really tried to watch it and gave up in the Sixth Episode of the First Season. It isn’t the lack of originality… but the way it is to fluff and lacks a spine. There is nothing that goes deep or looks like normal human interaction. Yes, it is all a set-up and sitcoms are that. However, these sorts of things are supposed to be either entertaining or a little bit of possibly feel that this could happen to you. There is nothing of that… and only seems really Hollywood.

It is just too perfect… and that gets stale pretty quick. Also, with the lack of character development or even showing something outside the norm. Even the stupid idea of getting busy to find all lids for Tupperware between the two male characters was obnoxious to watch. It just seemed like a scene to buy time and not a real deal two guys would do.

That’s why this series maybe was discontinued. The ones behind it and the ones who invested in it. Should consider more character development and stories who can appeal to people. These folks in this series was shallow and dumb, but not stupidly fun either. They just didn’t seem like they could live in the real world and the dumb sister would have been fired much earlier in the real world. She wouldn’t have kept the job. If they tried to do a Rachel of Friends on her… it wasn’t working, because she had at least some sort of moving story and getting somewhere over time. While the dumb sister is just staying dumb. While the smart sister is getting to live in content of an easy-life without to much academic pressure. However, that isn’t a story of the ages either.

That’s why it doesn’t sell and isn’t interesting. Just tried to watch a new series and a sitcom for easy content. When you get bored of such content. You know something is wrong. This sort of thing should make you laugh and possibly see yourself within the universe. However, that never happened here.

Hope Netflix chooses another path in the future. Sitcoms should be a format that a streaming platform should master. Especially to build upon and get the viewer hooked. However, this wasn’t it. It was not Two-Broke Girls, Friends or How I Met Your Mother. This was a train-wreck. Peace.

Opinion: The Fresh and Fit podcast is out of their league

Whatever you think about them or their content. The YouTubers and content creators Amrou Fudl aka Myron Gaines or Walter Weeks aka Fresh Prince CEO. The gentleman behind the Fresh and Fit podcast. These has made themselves look like fools online, which is tragic, because these gentlemen are selling products and is supposed to enlighten their own fandom.

These two gentlemen and their platform of which is part of the “manosphere” of YouTube. They are acting like Alpha-males and saying how to “date” woman. These two are acting like big-shots and the ones to be. However, the hypocrisy and the lessons of which they teach are not followed in their own lives. That is for their conscience to live by, but they cannot use “copyright strikes” and violate other channels for calling them out.

That others has spoken about them is natural with the likes of Aba & Preach, The Lead Attorney and Playback. We know the two geniuses from Miami sent out “copyright strikes” to other channels like Jamari and Spencer Cornelia. However, they haven’t at this very moment spoken out about it or it haven’t hit my radar yet.

What is clear is that the ones violating their own turf is butt-hurt. These alpha’s cannot even carry their own weight and be grown men. That’s why they hire a para-legal or a money-hungry attorney to target the detractors, which happens to comment and use some of their content. Which happens to fall under fair use. Just like the gentlemen themselves uses everything from Netflix to WorldStarHiphop.com to fill the airtime on their show. So, they should know perfectly well how the system works.

However, all of these “copyright strikes” might easily backfire. When the YouTube Team start looking into and review the Fresh & Fit. Especially, if the YouTube themselves feels this was a scrupulous act. Yes, that might hurt the pockets of the men who tried to suspend and terminate other channels by copyright striking several of videos of others, which means the creators would loose their channel after the third. That’s why we know the attorney they hired really made documents, time-stamps and paid his dues. While not considering the true meaning of “fair use”.

These two men has lost their ways and that’s clear. They are humbled and humiliated, but that’s their own fault. The other creators is just pointing out the obvious. They might not accept that, but that’s reality here.

It is cool if these gentlemen wants to act like high value gentlemen, but one of them acting up in the open as a “Sugar Daddy”. That’s all fine by me and he should stand to account for that. Not that its illegal, but it is hypocritical. The man should take credit and pay his dues. Nevertheless, we know the man doesn’t have the character or the finesse to pull it off. That’s why the company and the legal team rather copyright strike other content creators. Since that’s such a noble way of rolling things out.

Fudl and Weeks should be proud of getting close to 137 million views since February 2020. They could have thrived and been a voice in the “manosphere”. However, they rather die on a hill and loose all integrity, if they had any in the first place.

At the end of the day… they might survive all of this and have a platform still. They have fans and supporters, which pays for their services on Patreon and elsewhere. Therefore, they might be able to pull the strings there. However, on YouTube and in that community. They have alienated everyone and proven how shady they are. How little spine they have and how Beta they actually are. They cannot even carry themselves and be men. Instead, they uses a system to target others. Which could have easily been applied to themselves. They should be more careful and not even think of critiquing other people. If they cannot stand up for their own words and actions. That’s the reality in this.

The Copyright Strikes just proves their means to an end. Not that it’s anything good. They could be removed and terminated themselves. Totally backfiring … and losing their platform. That’s how foolish this is and it was all fair game. However, the alpha’s couldn’t have their ducks in a row and beat the bitter pill. They didn’t have it in them to beat the opportunity to revenge and avenge their hurt. Instead of carrying their insecurities and lack of moral ambiguity. They rather pile that upon the rest of the “manosphere”.

That’s the sort of gentleman these two are and it’s reflecting badly on them. So, if these are your lectures and wise-men. You better forget to find the stars and be able to trace “Baby Jesus”. These folks won’t lead you to Bethlehem, but instead you might end up in Damascus. Peace.

MPS: Red Notice

(MPS = Motion Picture Sh**)

The Netflix action-comedy ‘Red Notice’ which came out on the 12th November in the Theatres and on Netflix. I have finally watched the movie with Dwayne ‘The Rock” Johnson, Gal Gadot and Ryan Reynolds.

For me this was sort of a mix of the ‘National Treasure’ and ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguards ‘ because it had a blend of both movies or franchises. Yes, Nicholas Cage isn’t playing in this one, but the main story of ‘Red Notice’ is similar and even Reynolds was toying around with ‘Indiana Jones’ for a smug joke in the middle of movie.

This movie isn’t Oscar worthy entertainment. Neither is it high-art. No, this is the easy enjoyable movie for a Saturday evening and for the whole family. Even with the usage of guns and everything. This is PG13 and it shows.

The issue is that the tricks and swagger dies down. They are all well playing. Reynolds as ‘Nolan Booth’ is like all of his roles of late. The sarcastic and forever talking fella who is smarter than everyone else in the room. While ‘The Rock’ is the same fellow we have seen in most movies. He just changed his name to ‘John Hartley’. While Gadot played ‘The Bishop’. All of these was conning each other and it was fun to watch.

All of the actors made it believable. The sort of back-and-fourth is fun for a minute. Nevertheless, this will not age well. It is a short sting and we will move on to the next. This isn’t a classic or a sort of adventure movie like the mentioned ‘Indiana Jones’. Neither does it have a unique back-story to sell it to us.

The cliff-hanger ending is a move that’s made to ensure the possibility for a second one. That is very clear, as they are planning another mission together. This is so obvious… there wasn’t a need for additional scenes or more after the credits. No, this is well-made and planned effort by Netflix.

They are making movies that other studios would have done. This isn’t the small-screen or the specialized market. The way they did it and made this one. Everything is up in the open and ‘Red Notice’ is just like that.

I don’t know if I will see this movie again. It isn’t a blockbuster or a Oscar flick. It just another movie. Who has it’s moments and laughs, but I will not remember much of this tomorrow. That’s because there are so many of these sorts of movies out there. It will be hard to distinguish it from the others to be honest.

Netflix at least made something original, even if it wasn’t very unique. It was very PG13 and soft. They could have used more finesse and more story-telling in it. However, with the fast moving storyline and little breaks. There isn’t time to dig deep into the character or their mannerisms. It becomes very shallow and your looking more at the suits/dresses than you care about the action itself. Which isn’t a good vibe in the end. It has some awesome scenes, but that cannot save it.

I know this is an action-comedy, but to build good characters is hard. Sell their story and make it believable is even harder. This is an very formula movie for our time. In my opinion, this might be ‘The Adjustment Bureau’ of 2021. It was fine and dandy in 2011, but who cares about it in 2021?

I would guess… very few or too none. The same will happen to ‘Red Notice’. Peace.

Opinion: Chappelle was just being real

The ones who has issues with Comedian Dave Chappelle after his Netflix special ‘the Closer’ that premiered on the 5th October 2021. It has caused an outcry and sparked controversy. While watching it… I only saw the same real comedian that I gotten know over all the years. The stories, the tales and the reality he describes seems “legit”. So, why this issue now?

Yes, there is always a need to address minorities and their rights. There is a need to viable and be direct about it. Discussions and talks, where people have to in the end, agree to disagree and still be cordial. However, with the comedy special have gotten twisted into something else.

Yes, Chappelle is direct and doesn’t spare any of his words. He knows his craft and has a capacity to blow someone’s mind. The jokes he had was poignant and blasphemous in the woke crowds of the internet. Nevertheless, these folks cannot take a joke or live in our reality. As they want everything to be “correct” and not without consequences. That’s why it’s easy to target the stand-up comedian for telling his story.

Not like Chappelle would change legislation or give more power to you. No, he is just addressing the double standards, the way the LGBTQ have vast power, but no checks or balances on it. Yes, they still have grievances, but who doesn’t right? They are not alone in society and they have come really far. That’s why any sort of Marvel and DC hero is becoming LGBTQ while there is nobody writing stories, which challenges your mind or entertains you for long. Therefore, the group should think about the focus and losing strike to assault Chappelle.

Chappelle even stated that he was tarnished by the group wrongly and been labelled by them. While he never had any real grudges. Heck, he even helped a Trans-Woman to become a better comedian. If he had issues with their “tribe” wouldn’t he had shunned her? Not talked and respected her? Well, he did… so the ones going after him. Don’t like that someone with a huge platform addresses the matter.

The same proof of hypocrisy is stated in the joke on the situation earlier this year of the rapper DaBaby. Who spoke his mind and tried to damage control it afterwards. He was homophobic and speaking ill of it. Alas, that was more damaging to his career, as Dua Lipa and others distances themselves from him. While nobody had any issues with him… because he killed someone at Wall Mart before his career popped-off. Therefore, you can quickly question the morality and the value of their believes.

This is why Chappelle’s Comedy Special is important. Because, it proves the reality. You might not agree with it or accept it. However, if you want things to move forward and understand the questions of our time. There is a need for pieces like these. You cannot have a Political Correct skit or jokes. Nobody will laugh at that and it will be a direct-to-DVD failure of a project. Nobody will watch it or care about it. It is dead on arrival and there was nothing to salvage. Only the pay-checks paid by the producers and the companies involved. The general public will not feel it or even bother.

That’s why Chappelle and such needs to speak their mind. They open an conversation. He proves it and explains the matters with fine detail. He takes responsibility, but also humility. Chappelle isn’t policing, but reacting to the pushbacks, which isn’t fair to him. Since they don’t really know him or his kind. They had labelled him before he went up on stage. Why do you think he should bother to be peaceful and ignorant?

Chappelle is now controversial for good. He drops the bag and everyone can see it. The ones who is displeased cannot mange the reality we live in. They cannot manage their expectations or what is really going on. There are things missing and people who feels touched, feels betrayed and questioned by this. However, have they seen any of other pieces? It is not like he haven’t used this sort of humour before… and they should have been prepared.

Chappelle is bold. He doesn’t pack himself in correctness or badging himself in what is right at the time. Chappelle just spoke his mind and explained a discrepancy in society. However, trying to cancel him is a lost cause. He will just grow stronger. If you have issues with what he said. Try to get legislators to work on legislation and just laws. Make sure the government institutions and everyone else follows these ideals. Not expect a comedian to dance to your tune. That’s not happening. Because, if he did? He wouldn’t be funny. Period. Peace.

US: Attorney General Jeff Sesssion Memo: “Revised Treatment of Transgender Employment Discrimination Claims Under Title VII of the Civil Rights of 1964” (04.10.2017)

U.S. DoD Interim Guidance on Military Service for Transgender Individuals (14.09.2017)

White House Memo – “Subject: Military Service by Transgender Individuals” (25.08.2017)

USA: Gen. Mathis leaked Memo to DoD staff – “Subject: Ethical Standards for All Hands”

USA: Memorandum for Secretaries of the Military Departments Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff – “Subject: Accession of Transgender Indviduals into the Military Services” (30.06.2017)

Opinion: Trump can promise roses, but that will still not be the truth!

Trump broken flag

There are these days when I wonder when people will see what I see, as I see a fraudster, a liar and charlatan who has used his name to trade on misfortune of American citizens, both in Businesses and now in Politics. Now he promises jobs and tighter borders, giant walls and more xenophobia and fear of the ones migrating to the American Nation. That is the state of affairs that Trump promises; while also glorifying himself as a Demi-God.

That is why he hates to be questioned and even mentioned in a sinister way, even if it is true. As he congratulates himself and believe that killing families creating genocide is the way of making sure the Syrian civil war will be settled. This from the man who imports all kind of crap in his own name, while saying that American business is screwed by the Chinese and Mexicans; as he himself is earning money on branded goods from the same destinations.

So the man who now chosen another controversial VP Mike Pence, the current Governor of Indiana, who has become famous for establishing very harsh regulation on births and rights for abortion in his state, while also in his one-time governorship he even created more controversy with regulating stronger LGBT rights and their freedoms in public spaces as toilets and such, which have already been under-fire in other states. So the man that carries the water and makes sure the hair is straight of Trump has some dark horses in his home-run. The ironic part is that GOP or Republican Party can finally have candidate in Indiana that might beat the Democratic Party nominee in coming election. That should been a consideration while vetting the man behind Trump, but he picks from his guts; not his wits!

Trump John Barron

Trump promise the most beautiful and wonderful piece of everything, depending on the crowd and the state, higher lowest-minimum wage or polices for trade. They are shallow words and proving the insecure man that he is. The vain and simplistic, as he still in July 2016, ever since running for over a year, still hasn’t released his Tax-Returns; because he doesn’t have the character to drop his true value or his pocket-change as the reveling truth would show that he is not as rich as he claims or narrowly near the billions that supposed be there. If that we’re so he wouldn’t need to beg Koch brothers or go on ferrying for donor funding instead of campaigning in swing-states!

The whole ordeal, the whole empty pledges the smearing and rubbish throwing against both opponents in own party and everybody else in general; while praising dictators like Gaddafi, Kim Yung-Un and Vladimir Putin; claiming that America Nation and Economics is in shambles, blaming media for being biased while speaking like Fox News anchor on steroids. He could be dancing over the Media’s, that have been banned from following the campaign trail; which means a dozen media-houses for writing what he would call spiteful articles or portrait on screen.

So for me as European it is weird that he is even considered, with his track-record and scams are getting away from becoming a Nominee in General Party towards a General Election, while he has the balls to pick a VP that is Midwestern prototype of himself, just more clean and speaks the ordinary coded political language, instead of the bashing guts without any common knowledge the Donald!

Trump Team

But this is just my two-cents and I have described the man before, as Paul Manafort who got Corey Lewandowski fired and traded space to speak astonishingly about the efforts of Trump. Manafort is the key player in the Campaign Team behind Trump, he must know it’s a fools race right now and therefore taking his bet behind a narcissist who has no quarrels except for his own gains. So the real political place of the man is like balancing a donut over a tornado. The one day he might be Pro Trade-Zones and the next day lenient taxes instead to gain business.

So the pledges and promises are as shallow of the character of Trump, the fake and weak-tea that he offers shouldn’t be taken for the gold-covered label he uses on his company and walls of his Twinkie-Tower in the Rotten Apple. We can surely know that the America that we heard about as kids is gone, like wave it will come and go apparently. The land of liberty and equality must been torn to pieces to accept the candidature of a man of this stature. The land of tolerance and melting-pot must be drowned in redneck bashing KKK nonsense, instead of the Boondocks cartoons and Dave Chappell skits. This must be the reality as ‘Friends’ and ‘Seinfeld’ has stopped making more sitcom episodes, instead some other random crap made by Netflix and HBO.

So the world cannot be same… as the world is seeing the ability and possibility for a candidate like Trump, for a man with the world-view and rhetoric being capable of thrashing both seasoned and ambitions politicians with loyalties inside the Grand Old Party (GOP). Certainly the roses he promises are more old sour croutons instead. Peace.   

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