Tuesday, February 19, 2013

In the News: Women of L.A., Paperman, and how much our minimum wage sucks

The Women of L.A.: If you haven't seen this yet, you need to. There has been a lot of backlash on the video and creators on how they portray the women of Los Angeles. The main actor and comedian in the video, DJ Lubel, laments about his difficulties getting laid in the big city. He describes the women in dirty detail, from West Hollywood girls with "your lulu lemon pants" to Beverly Hills Persian girls that wear "so much perfume and so hairy." All in all the women are shown to be materialistic, stuck up, and only will sleep with you based on your status, title and bank account.

Surprisingly, I actually find this very funny. In an interview with LA Weekly, Lubel has said:

"I love girls in Los Angeles. I adore them. Do you really think we believe anything we said in this? I just wanted to make people giggle. That's all we care about." 
Sure, he may be making people giggle at the women's expense, but I'd like to argue that it's at his own as well. He repeatedly made jokes about his looks and lack of success in the video and while we can all agree that stereotypes can be offensive and inaccurate, I believe it can also be funny and based on some truths too. Anyways, L.A. was already casted as being superficial before "The Women of L.A." aired, so Lubel isn't really telling us anything new here; he just put his sexual woes on blast for the Internet to see. 


According to a 2012 study [PDF] by the Center for Economic and Policy Research, the minimum wage should actually be $21.72 an hour as of last year, if the worker productivity was kept in account. Unfortunately, the current minimum wage ($7.25) hasn't barely even grazed $9 an hour yet, which was one of the proposals President Obama called for in his State of the Union address last Tuesday night:

"Tonight, let's declare that in the wealthiest nation on Earth, no one who works full-time should have to live in poverty, and raise the federal minimum wage to $9.00 an hour. This single step would raise the incomes of millions of working families. It could mean the difference between groceries or the food bank; rent or eviction; scraping by or finally getting ahead. For businesses across the country, it would mean customers with more money in their pockets. In fact, working folks shouldn't have to wait year after year for the minimum wage to go up while CEO pay has never been higher. So here's an idea that Governor Romney and I actually agreed on last year: let's tie the minimum wage to the cost of living, so that it finally becomes a wage you can live on." 


This adorable Disney short film, Paperman, is nominated for Best Animated Short Film at the Oscars this Sunday. You can watch the full movie in its entirety (it's a little over six minutes) on Hulu. The romantic comedy sets place in 1940's New York City and is about a serendipity meeting between a young businessman and woman. You'll never see a paper plane the same way again. 


Also, here's some links to some of my favorite girly blogs:

Cupcakes and Cashmere

How Do I Put This Gently? 




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