If looks could kill, Netflix would make a show about it

Oh my gosh he’s so cute, I’d let him kidnap and murder me! Not. The Netflix show “You” romanticizing psychopaths and making them look like the perfect boyfriend makes me uncomfortable. I feel like it’s a pretty gross and irresponsible message to be sending people. Scrolling through my Twitter feed, I see girls tweeting about how cute the main character Joe (Penn Badgley) is, while completely overlooking the fact that he’s a literal murderer. It’s not like that fact is a small or glossed-over part of the show, it’s actually the main plot, so why is everybody choosing to ignore it? Robert Hare, the scientist who invented the Psychopathy Checklist, said about 1 percent of the world, approximately 7.5 billion people, are psychopaths. “You” shows that they can be just about anybody you meet. The protagonist of the show, Beck (Elizabeth Lail), is just an average girl that happened to collide paths with Joe. She was not portrayed as the sharpest knife in the torture chamber, but she’s meant to show other girls how easy it is for someone like Joe to edge themselves into your life and slowly take over. We all like to say that it wouldn’t happen

By | 2019-04-18T05:17:02-07:00 Feb 2, 2019 | 2:49 pm|Categories: Columns, Opinions, Showcase, Today|Tags: , , , , , |

Fast fashion, secondhand shops, sustainability, and their relation

The fashion ‘f’ words, make my skin crawl because of how dirty they are. The words I’m talking about are fast fashion. Fast fashion is mass produced inexpensive clothing that emulates styles that recently hit runway. It is a manipulative industry that throws out new trends way too quickly for anyone to keep up with, causing consumers to spend too much money on poorly constructed clothing made in sweatshops, some out of animal fur and using synthetic textiles. There is no shortage of documentaries showing the ugly side of fast fashion and all the resources it wastes. A popular documentary, “The True Cost,” showcases the people who make the world’s clothes and how clothes impact our society. One method for reducing our carbon footprint and switching over to a sustainable and ethical lifestyle is buying clothing through secondhand shops. According to the Climate Action Business Association, 40 billion pounds of clothes are produced every year, and one kilogram of cotton requires 20,000 liters of water to make one T-shirt and a pair of jeans. Not buying from fashion brands like Forever 21 and H&M removes yourself from the toxic fashion industry process. Buying secondhand also gives clothes another chance at

By | 2019-01-30T22:27:07-07:00 Jan 30, 2019 | 10:27 pm|Categories: Columns, Opinions, Today|Tags: , , , |

Baby it’s banned outside

It took 74 years for radio listeners to realize the song, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” by Frank Loesser should have been cut before it ever hit the airwaves. The 1944 Christmas “classic” promotes the idea of date rape, as the lyrics describe a man pressuring a woman to stay while she repeats “no, no, no,” and insists on leaving his house. When the woman is telling the man she needs to leave, the man rebounds her suggestion with “baby, it’s cold outside.” Even though this song may seem cheesy or harmless at first, the man is disturbingly coercive if you really listen to the lyrics of the song. The same goes for the performance of the song in the 1949 musical “Neptune’s Daughter,” as the man advances several times, blocking the woman’s path to exit his house. “I ought to say ‘no, no, no, sir (Mind if I move in closer?),’” you can see the  persistence the man took when getting denied a couple times. We live in a time where it’s common for women to experience sexual harassment in the workplace or get cat-called on the street. According to NSVRC, 91 percent of victims of rape and sexual assaults

By | 2018-12-12T00:02:19-07:00 Dec 12, 2018 | 12:02 am|Categories: Columns, Opinions|Tags: , , , , , |

We ought to say no, no, no, to banning classics

It’s been said that in this day and age it is very difficult to say anything without offending someone, and the more time passes, the more I am starting to agree with this saying. This year, ears have turned away from the classic Christmas song, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” written by Frank Loesser in 1944, who wrote the song to perform with his wife at parties. The song was performed five years later in “Neptune’s Daughter” and since then has been reimagined countless times with artists ranging from Dean Martin to Meghan Trainor. Recently, however, the song has been banned from multiple radio stations, taken off many playlists. People have claimed that the song is a story of a date rape, with predatory lyrics of a persistent man who refuses the answer “no.” Let’s start with the claim that the song tells the story of date rape. But the only evidence supporting this claim is when the woman says, “Say, what’s in this drink?” This lyric has led people to believe the song is implying the man has slipped a drug into her drink in order to get her into bed. I’m not ruling out the possibility that the speculations

By | 2018-12-11T23:40:06-07:00 Dec 11, 2018 | 11:40 pm|Categories: Columns, Opinions, Today|Tags: , , , , |

Border shutdowns hurt people on both sides

It’s no secret that President Donald Trump’s views on immigration policies and border security has stirred some controversy. Ever since he took office two years ago, he has been promising to implement a border wall and insisting that  Mexico pays for it. While many proponents of stricter border security are concerned about crime and drugs crossing into the United States and immigrants “stealing jobs,” that should be the least of their worries. The migrants from Central America are fleeing gang violence, poverty and political oppression — not bringing it. Central American countries such as El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras rank among the most violent countries in the world and are home to one of the world’s largest and most dangerous gang, MS-13. Trump has recently threatened to shut down the U.S.-Mexico border in order to stop the Central-American caravan from entering the U.S. The caravan crisis in Tijuana was a cause for fear and concern because of the many negative impacts that a possible border shutdown can have for local businesses in Baja, California. Tourist-friendly businesses can expect a decrease in their sales because of a possible shutdown. A recent five-hour shutdown of the border near San Diego last month

By | 2018-12-10T23:31:46-07:00 Dec 10, 2018 | 11:31 pm|Categories: Columns, Opinions, Today|Tags: , , , , , |

Construction begins on Long Beach’s tallest structure

One thing that’s nice about Long Beach is it’s full of job opportunities for those who work in construction, as I’m sure you’ve noticed the many development projects that pop up frequently. Part of this is due to Measure A, a historic Long Beach initiative approved in 2016, which created a 10-year sales tax increase to fund public infrastructure. This is why so many streets in my neighborhood are being repaved and why Broadway has had orange tape streaming from Redondo to Alamitos for months now. The other reason is the many developments going up as part of a larger revitalization of downtown. I’d like to say that the city’s population is growing, and the many building projects you see are the city’s response to that growth, but in the last two years the population has actually decreased. In the past 20 years the population has only increased by 1.9 percent. Now I know what you must be thinking: “Well of course the population is going down, don’t you know It’s impossible to find affordable living in Long Beach?” And you wouldn’t be wrong, it is very difficult to find somewhere to live. You would, however, probably be wrong to

By | 2018-12-09T19:47:54-07:00 Dec 9, 2018 | 7:47 pm|Categories: Columns, Opinions, Today|Tags: , , , |
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