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Sunday Morning Coming Down 08.29.10

August 29, 2010 | Posted by Michael Melchor

The views and opinions expressed herein are those solely of the author and may not necessarily reflect those of the rest of the human race.

It’s not between some so-called “father” and I, it’s not between me and some deity in the sky whether my heart is good – it’s a competition with myself. Hey there and thanks for checking back. Surprised you did after last week, really. Speaking of which, I have some business to take care of just a minute…

Oh, You Were Finished! Well, Allow Me To Retort! – Special Edition

I’m big enough to admit when I was wrong. And last week, I was wrong about Tila Tequila.

I knew I wasn’t going to make very many friends when I said that she deserved what happened to her. However – and this part I will stand by – that statement came from a feeling of her having to take personal accountability because she created the situation herself. That idea came from an understanding that, very simply:

1) She created a hostile environment against herself by publicly insulting the crowd she was going to perform in front of.
2) She was warned that the crowd was going to be a lot more hostile than she had anticipated. Probably even dangerous. And she went through with it anyway.
3) When the crowd got that dangerous, she egged it on by rubbing in their faces that she was there to stay.

Those facts came from what I had researched about the story – but I did not have all of the facts in front of me. I had brought to my attention an article from AV Club – and then found another at Det[roit] News – that changes the complexion of this story entirely for me.

First, the AV Club piece. I’ll bring out two very important quotes from this:

At a “State Of The Juggalo” address in the Festival’s “Seminar Tent” early the night shit went down, Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope sent out exquisitely mixed signals about how its rabid fanbase should treat Tequila. On one hand, Violent J acknowledged that it was, in fact, funny as shit to watch some dude get hit with a dead fish or pelted with piss, and that Juggalos should feel free to behave however they see fit. At the same time, however, every performer at the Gathering was a guest of the Psychopathic family and should enjoy the same privileges afforded the Boondox and Blaze Ya Dead Homeys of the world.

Shaggy 2 Dope offered a slightly less high-minded appeal. “I’m tryna fuck that bitch so don’t be fucking it up for me,” he insisted.

What this tells me is that Tila did not bring this all on herself. It sounds, to me, like ICP had a hand in making the situation worse. As the de-facto promoters of the event (or, at least, the reason the festival-goers are there to begin with – what are “Juggalos” but ICP fans, really?), the “mixed signals” should not have been given out.

After that, I found:

When Juggalos talked about how they chased Tequila back to her trailer and smashed the windows I assumed it was nothing more than typical Juggalo bluster. I figured they were merely talking a big game. But apparently that’s just what happened.

I didn’t initially bring up the attack at her trailer because, frankly, I thought it was a sympathy ploy. The only account I had seen of her trailer being under siege was from her – and what better way to play the victim and perpetuate a future lawsuit by making the situation look worse?

However, here is an eyewitness account from someone there who heard some of the Juggalos bragging that they had just carried this attack to her trailer to do more than what I thought was, initially, just teaching her a lesson.

There’s a fine line between your argument of “Tila Tequila deserved what happened to her” and the old “she was asking for it” rape defense.

Seem silly to compare what happened to her to rape? Well, when she finally did leave the stage, she was chased by Juggalos to her trailer where they continued to terrorize her, throwing rocks, breaking windows, and continuing to try to *get their hands on her and hurt her*.

She did leave the stage and it wasn’t good enough for them. They quite obviously still had murderous intent. And I’d say that murder is in the ballpark of being as bad as rape, sir. You are condoning it with this article.

For shame.

Posted By: Marc (Guest)

I was ready to fight this off…even had what I was going to say in response to Marc (yes, that one) all planned out. Firstly, the “she asked for it” defense involves the person putting themselves in a situation they did not create. This was a matter of her creating the hostile situation herself – and therein lies a big difference. Because of that I had thought, as stated, that the crowd meant to “teach her a lesson” in throwing stuff at her. To send a message to her not to ever show her face where it doesn’t belong again. That, to me, did not constitute a comparison to the “she was asking for it” defense, let alone condoning rape (which, for a VERY personal reason, I don’t by ANY stretch of the imagination and being accused of such is something I couldn’t let slide).

But, he and I talked about this and he told me about the AV Club story. I asked he sent it to me and, after what I read, I really can’t argue with him now. Knowing that they actually did intend to harm her a lot more than that changes things quite a bit, not to mention validates his comparison 100%.

I agree with you 99% of the time, and I agree with your opinions on Tile Tequila and all of these other famewhores, but I don’t agree that she deserved to have rocks and bottles thrown at her. Her being an idiot doesn’t mean that the Juggalos should have thrown shit at her. She was stupid for putting herself in the situation, but saying that she deserves it implies that the ICP fans were justified in their actions, and I can’t agree with you there.

Posted By: Jeff Modzelewski (Registered)

I now agree with this statement from Jeff in its entirety. Definitely the parts about her being stupid and a fame whore. BUT…they weren’t justified in trying to hurt her. OR, as it turns out, for even launching the attack in the first place.

If nothing else above had already, THIS statement from the Det[roit] News article invalidates my entire argument:

Shaggy said reality TV star Tequila invited the attack on herself by disrespecting Juggalos on her Twitter account in the weeks leading up to the event. However, combing through Tequila’s tweets for two weeks leading up to the Gathering, no anti-Juggalo comments were found.

My initial point was that she deserved what happened to her because…well…

1) She created a hostile environment against herself by publicly insulting the crowd she was going to perform in front of.

Only problem with that issue is, she didn’t. If she didn’t say anything about them, they had no reason to do what they did to her. There’s no personal accountability to be had if you didn’t cause the situation that got you heat.

For that, Tila is owed a retraction and an apology. By me. I did not have all of the facts of the situation (I had most of them, but in this case, not enough) and made my statement based on what I had seen. Without this information, I would still stand by my initial that she deserved what happened to her because I am a big believer in taking responsibility for your own actions.

However, the situation that arose was not brought about by her own actions. Even if they were, the hostility was taken entirely too far. Tila Tequila didn’t deserve what happened to her at the Gathering of the Juggalos because of that. I may still hate her and all she stands for, but that can’t get in the way of the fact that I was wrong – and so were the Juggalos that did what they did to her.

Okay, This Is Boring – What Else Is There To Read?

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All The News That’s Fit To Post

Once again, folks, this is gonna be short and sloppy. You know, like childbirth. (Man, that line never gets old.) When one of the biggest stories on our site this week is Romania’s version of Lady Gaga gettin’ nekkid (which, to me, doesn’t even constitute news, you know you’ve had a slow week. Nonetheless, let’s see what we’ve got here…

  • First off the bat comes once again from my pal Lindsey at World Of Meh. She breaks word of the track listing for DJ Hero 2. I’m very interested in this because, while I’ve played a little Guitar Hero but was never obsessed with it like a lot of others, I’m all about some DJ Hero. LOVE that game since I got it last Christmas.

    The list looks kinda–aw, hell, let’s just do ‘em all (with comments inserted as I see fit):

    2Pac feat. Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman – “California Love Remix”

    I dunno what a “Roger Troutman” is, but this should still be cool. Helluva groove.

    50 Cent – “In Da Club”

    See above, sans “Roger Troutman”.

    Adamski – “Killer”
    Afrika Bambaataa and The Soul Sonic Force – “Planet Rock”

    HELL. YEAH! A–check that, THE Hip-Hop classic and a track that lends itself to remixing so well. From a standpoint of gameplay and fun, this is probably the best song on the list.

    Armand Van Helden – “I Want Your Soul”
    A-Trak – “Say Whoa”
    B.o.B feat. Bruno Mars – “Nothin’ On You”
    Basement Jaxx – “Where’s Your Head At”

    That one could be pretty good all cut-up, DJ-style…

    BlakRoc feat. Pharoahe Monch & RZA – “Dollaz & Sense”
    Busta Rhymes – “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See”
    Calvin Harris – “I’m Not Alone”
    Chamillionaire – “Ridin'”

    If only it were “White & Nerdy” instead…

    Chic – “Good Times”
    Chic – “Le Freak”

    Both of those are turntable staples, anyway. Surprised they weren’t on the last one…

    Clinton Sparks, DJ Class, & Jermaine Dupri – “Favorite DJ”
    Daft Punk – “Human After All”
    Damian Marley – “Welcome To Jamrock”
    David Guetta & Chris Willis – “Love Is Gone”
    David Guetta feat. Kid Cudi – “Memories”
    David Guetta vs. The Egg – “Love Don’t Let Me Go (Walking Away)”
    Deadmau5 – “Ghosts N Stuff”
    Deadmau5 & Kaskade – “I Remember”
    Deee-Lite – “Groove Is In The Heart”

    Nice. ANother club classic.

    Dillinja and Skibadee – “Twist ‘Em Out”
    Dizzee Rascal & Armand Van Helden – “Bonkers”
    DJ Qbert – “Super Battle Breaks”

    Whoa, DJ Qbert? Kick ass! Does that mean he’s playable?

    DJ Shadow – “Midnight In A Perfect World”
    DJ Shadow feat. Q-Tip and Lateef The Truth Speaker – “Enuff (DJ FreshRemix)”

    Both of those should be a great time to play with…

    Donna Summer – “Bad Girls”
    Edwin Starr – “War”
    Eminem – “Not Afraid”

    You know, strangely enough I haven’t seen an Eminem song yet (on either game) that I’d really like to juggle. If “Cold Wind Blows”, “Won’t Back Down”, “Guilty Conscience”, or a few others were in this spot, I’d be all sorts of excited. I get keeping it to just the big hits, but still…

    Estelle feat. Kanye West – “American Boy”
    Flo Rida – “Low”
    Flo Rida feat. Will.I.Am – “In The Ayer”
    Gorillaz feat. Mos Def & Bobby Womack – “Stylo”
    Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five feat. Melle Mel & Duke Bootee –”The Message”
    Harold Faltermeyer – “Axel F”
    House Of Pain – “Jump Around”

    The last four…VERY nice. “Stylo” has a nice vibe, “The Message” and (to a degree) “Axel F” are old-school classics, and “Jump Around” should be awesome to mess around with.

    Iyaz – “Replay”
    Janet Jackson – “Nasty”
    Justice – “D.A.N.C.E.”
    Justice – “Waters Of Nazareth”
    Kanye West – “Heartless”
    Kanye West – “Love Lockdown”
    Kaskade & Deadmau5 – “Move For Me”
    Kelis – “Acapella (David Guetta Extended Mix)”
    Kool & The Gang – “Jungle Boogie”

    For those interested in warping their memories of “Pulp Fiction”…

    Lady Gaga – “Lovegame”
    Lady Gaga – “Bad Romance”
    Lady Gaga feat. Colby O’Donis – “Just Dance”
    Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz feat. Ying Yang Twins – “Get Low”
    Lil’ Wayne – “Go DJ”
    Lil’ Wayne feat. Static Major – “Lollipop”
    LL Cool J – “I Can’t Live Without My Radio”
    M.I.A. – “Galang”
    M|A|R|R|S – “Pump Up The Volume”

    Once again, three in a row that SCREAM awesome. I’ve always wanted to juggle “I Can’t Live Without My Radio” (for real!) and “Pump Up The Volume” is a club hit I grew up on. “Galang” has its own charm as far as remixing goes as well.

    Major Lazer feat. VYBZ Kartel – “Pon De Floor”
    Malcolm McLaren – “Buffalo Gals”
    Metallica – “The Day That Never Comes”

    I–huh? Okay…

    Missy Elliott – “Get Ur Freak On”
    MSTRKRFT feat. N.O.R.E. – “Bounce”

    Both of those should be a joy…

    Nas feat. Keri Hilson – “Hero”
    Naughty By Nature – “O.P.P.”

    Another Hip-Hop- staple, ready for remix. Cool. Bonus points if you can tell me what “O.P.P.” actually stands for. Here’s a hint: there’s more than one answer.

    Nelly – “Hot In Herre”
    New Boyz – “You’re A Jerk”
    New Order – “Blue Monday”

    One that would be filed under “Huh??”, but with the new wave beat, I can see it.

    Newcleus – “Jam On It”

    Once again…HELL. YEAH! Another song I grew up with and can’t WAIT to mess with. My personal favorite on the list (by a narrow margin).

    Nightcrawlers – “Push The Feeling On (MK Mix 95)”
    Orbital – “The Box”
    Pirate Soundsystem – “Bashy Bashy”
    Pitbull – “I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)”
    Pussycat Dolls feat. Busta Rhymes – “Don’t Cha”


    Rihanna – “Pon De Replay”
    Rihanna – “Rude Boy”

    I didn’t see Papa Roach’s “Last Resort” on this list, and the only way I’d really want to remix this is with that.

    Robin S – “Show Me Love (Stonebridge Radio Edit)”
    Salt N Pepa – “Push It”
    Sam Cooke – “Chain Gang”

    The last 2…a Hip-Hop staple and a staple, period. Interesting…

    Sam Sparro – “B&G” a/k/a “Black & Gold”
    Sean Paul – “Infiltrate”
    Sean Paul – “Get Busy”
    Snoop Dogg – “Who Am I (What’s My Name)?”
    Snow – “Informer”

    I can see the intrigue in remixing it, but…for real?

    Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em – “Crank That (Soulja Boy)”

    Somewhere in New York, Ice-T is pulling his hair out.

    Sparfunk & D-Code – “Apocalypse”
    Stevie Wonder – “Superstition”
    Talib Kweli – “Get By”
    The Chemical Brothers – “Leave Home”
    The Chemical Brothers feat. Q-Tip – “Galvanize”
    The Crystal Method – “Busy Child (Still Busy After All These Years Remix)”

    The last 2: The former, I really wish had the “Imperial March” from Star Wars to go with it. The latter, I didn’t know there was a “Still Busy After All These Years Remix”. Is that a game exclusive or did I just miss it? Anyone else know?

    The Jackson 5 – “ABC”
    The Notorious B.I.G. feat. Mase & Diddy – “Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems”
    The Prodigy – “Omen”
    The Prodigy – “Firestarter”

    Nice. I would love to see “Breathe”, “Hotride” and “Spitfire” added top the list from them…

    Tiësto – “Speed Rail”
    Tiësto & Sneaky Sound System – “I Will Be Here”
    Tiësto vs Diplo – “Come On”
    Tiga – “You Gonna Want Me”
    Timbaland feat. Drake – “Say Something”
    Timbaland feat. Keri Hilson & D.O.E. – “The Way I Are”
    Tweet feat. Missy Elliott – “Oops (Oh My)”
    Walter Murphy – “A Fifth Of Beethoven”
    Warren G feat. Nate Dogg – “Regulate”
    Wayne Smith – “Under Mi Sleng Teng”
    Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Heads Will Roll (A-Trak Remix )”
    Young Jeezy feat. Kanye West – “Put On”

    …and there you have it. Bear in mind, this is just the list of songs. Their playable mash-up counterparts won’t be announced until October. Hopefully some of the ones I’m not that excited about will be made more exciting paired with the right track.

    A perfect example example of why I’m in love with the first one.

  • reports that Wyclef Jean is out of the running for President of Haiti. For good. No ifs, ands, or buts. And that’s a damn shame.

    When Haiti was hit with an earthquake, I wasn’t real nice about the PR stunts “relief efforts” put out by a lot of celebrities. And all that, well…I still stand by. If for no other reason than, as good as some intentions may have been, there’s simply NO excuse for a remake of “We Are The World”.

    Wyclef was one of the ones I actually praised. To me, he’s the one that really stepped up. Granted, he has a very personal stake in this as this is his home country, but when the disaster happened, he was one of the few that actually helped. Not by making some dumb “charity single” or begging other people for money to make himself look good, but by actually going to Haiti to help out. And then, he took it to a-whole-nother level by running for President.

    Before that, even, Wyclef’s charity, Yele Haiti – and Wyclef himself – were catching a lot of flak and defending a lot of allegations. Wyclef resigned from his own charity to opt to attempt to lead the nation – a move that’s caught him hell from one of the self-designated Saviours Of The Universe…kinda like Bono Sean Penn and has been the target of several jokes using old-ass Fugee lines as terrible puns.

    At the end of the day, though…Wyclef put his money where his mouth was. In A BIG way. The man was willing to take the ultimate step – give up his music career and see to the continued rebuilding and prosperity of his home nation – by running the place. Make fun of him all you want, but Wyclef has my respect for putting himself aside and attempting to take the biggest step he could think of to make sure his home would be taken care of.

  • In our last bit, The NME Strikes Again with word of another tribute album.

    Now, I’m not real big on tribute albums. Most have a few decent covers, one…maybe two really good ones, and a ton of shite. Still and all, depending on the subject, I’ll still give it a fighting chance. Like We Were So Turned On: A Tribute To David Bowie, put together to help the War Child charity.

    Tracklisting, plzkthx:

    Disc One:

    Exitmusic – ‘Space Oddity’
    Duran Duran – ‘Boys Keep Swinging’
    Megapuss – ‘Sound + Vision’
    Warpaint – ‘Ashes To Ashes’
    Corridor – ‘Be My Wife’
    Chairlift – ‘Always Crashing In The Same Car’
    Vivian Girls – ‘John, I’m Only Dancing’
    All Leather – ‘Fame’
    We Are The World – ‘Afraid Of Americans’
    A Place To Bury Strangers – ‘Suffragette City’
    Tearist – ‘Repetition’
    Halloween Swim Team – ‘Look Back In Anger’
    Afghan Raiders – ‘Fashion’
    Polyamorous Affair – ‘Theme From Cat People’
    Swahili Blonde – ‘Red Money’
    Jessica 6 – ‘I’m Deranged’
    Aska & Bobby Evans (Feat. Moon & Moon) – ‘African Night Flight’
    Xu Xu Fang – ‘China Girl’

    Disc Two:

    VoicesVoices – ‘Heroes’
    Carla Bruni – ‘Absolute Beginners’
    Papercranes – ‘Blue Jean’
    Keren Ann – ‘Life On Mars?’
    Lewis & Clarke – ‘Changes’
    Zaza – ‘It Aint Easy’
    Genuflex – ‘Soul Love’
    Sister Crayon – ‘Bewlay Brothers’
    Marco Benevento – ‘Art Decade’
    Mick Karn – ‘Ashes To Ashes’
    Lights (NYC) – ‘World Falls Down’
    Aquaserge – ‘The Supermen’
    Caroline Weeks – ‘Starman’
    Rainbow Arabia – ‘Quicksand’
    Mechanical Bride – ‘Sound + Vision’
    Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – ‘Memory Of A Free Festival’

    I’m familiar with exactly…one band on this whole thing. It’s really cool, though, to see Duran Duran (who at one point could be considered the spiritual successors to David Bowie) here – taking a swing at an earlier track, to boot.

    The rest…well, I’ll give it a shot. Depending on how some acts do with some songs, I might be a fan of quite a few once it’s all said and done. But then, I might hate them all. Who knows?

    I Like It, I Love It Video Killed The Radio Star

    Just for this week…unless it sticks…I’mma try out something new.

    First, just because it rocks:

    Sci-Fried – “Rebel Cry”

    A video shot at Star Wars Celebration V for a song about the unsung heroes of the rebellion. What’s not to love?

    Murderdolls – “My Dark Place Alone”

    The Murderdolls seem to have taken a…darker direction, if this is any indication. Yeah, I know – they were already there, but not quite so serious. I’ll have more to say about all that in a few days (Yes, I’m reviewing their new one), but let’s concentrate on the video for a minute. Murkier and more pessimistic than I’m used to from them. But, it’s also the first time I got a good grasp of what the song itself (which I already really dig) was about. If nothing else, it accomplishes establishing the new direction they’re apparently headed in.

    Random (aka MegaRan) and K Murdock – “Forever Famicom The Movie – Chapter 1 – Episode III”

    First of all, if you don’t know Random/MegaRan and you like Hip-Hop and/or video games, stop what the hell you’re doing and go check him out. He’s a great guy that makes great music. And when he says he’s a teacher, he means it.

    Now, the first chapter of Forever Famicom: The Movie. It looks great, first of all.
    Director and sprite artist Griff Morivan know what he’s doing, without a doubt. Aside from looking pretty, the video totally explains what MegaRan’s about, when he’s been through (despite the sprites, it’s somewhat semi-autobiographical), and entertains like nobody’s business.

    There’s also an Chapter 2 (as of this writing) that’s even more poignant and breaks down Random/MegaRan from childhood all the way to the MegaRan album that blew him up. Higly recommended all the way around.

    Happy Trails

    That’s gonna wrap it up for this week, kids. I’ve got four (!) reviews to take care of by Tuesday, including the aforementioned Murderdolls and Tarja. Hopefully the next seven days will give me more to work with. Tune in here and find out.

    L8. Thanks again for reading.

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