Monday, 8 April 2013

The Paris Brown Affair...

This isn’t my usual sort of post by I’m feeling so annoyed by the Daily Mail and its so-called “journalism” right now that I just needed to vent.

Do something for me now: try to imagine being 16/17 years old again - you’d have just finished Year 11. I don’t know about you but in Year 11 I wouldn’t say that I was the best version of myself. I think I was a pretty ‘good’ (read: boring) teenager but, probably like most of you, I’d discovered alcohol and the hilarious, embarrassing and sometimes frightening consequences of it. It’s fair to say that I was also a bit self-obsessed, unthinking, vain, hormonal and generally a massive pain in the arse. We all were. I think any school teacher could vouch for that.

However, the Daily Mail have seen fit to vilify 17-year-old Paris Brown for some silly yet oh-so-teenage tweets she posted years ago. For those of you who don’t know, Paris Brown was recently made Britain's first youth police and crimes commissioner, meaning that she’s now the voice of young people on policing. Click here to read the article:

Clearly the Mail doesn’t think Miss Brown is right for the post… so if Paris Brown isn’t fit to be youth PC, who is? I can only assume the Mail would prefer someone like me who doesn’t write such ‘offensive’ posts on social media sites (I was clearly an extraordinarily PC 17-year-old because, after searching extensively through my Facebook, the most offensive thing I could find from me at 17 was a status in which I called Andy Murray an “arrogant twat” and a picture of me holding a WKD blue…) So yes, a teenager like me might be less offensive, but a teenager like me certainly wouldn’t have strong views, energy or charisma needed to be taken seriously as Youth Police and Crime Commissioner. 
Personally, I think that the majority of Britain’s youths would prefer someone like Paris Brown representing them. To me, Paris Brown’s tweets show some silly, off-the-cuff comments but they also show a girl who is feisty, passionate, who gets angry and who is, above all, a normal teenager from a normal background experiencing normal teenage issues like discovering alcohol, sex and drugs. And I bet that’s what the Chief Inspector of Kent Police saw in her when he gave her the job. The only difference between her and any other teenager is that she has had the drive and ambition to try and make a difference for teenagers and then had then media highlight her teenage indiscretions to the whole nation.

I think this situation either has the power to make or break Paris Brown. The only way that she can PROVE that she is mature and ready for the post is by tackling the Daily Mail head on, ignoring the people who seem to have forgotten what it’s like to be 16 years old or have wiped their own past from memory.
The Daily Mail are the biggest hypocrites of all in this - they're attacking a 17-year-old for using the word ‘pikeys’ and ‘illegals’ when every other article in the DM is about immigrants "coming over here” and “taking our jobs” and our benefits and what not. The words ‘pot’, ‘kettle’ and ‘black’ spring to mind.
Also, for the record, Miss Brown as apologised unreservedly for her tweets and clearly understands that it is unacceptable to post such views when you’re in a position such as hers (though, of course, at the time she wasn’t even in the role) Click here to view her apology video.

I wish Paris all the best as PCC. This attention, despite how negative it may seem at the moment, has brought her to the forefront of nation's consciousness. I just hope we see her turn this around and use it to hit back on the horrible culture of the British media vilifying people who don't deserve it (I’m looking at you, Daily Mail) and highlight the issues affecting young people.

On a side note, this blog post was written partly due to my rapidly growing despair regarding the Daily Mail. I recently signed a petition for Richard Littlejohn to be fired from the Mail because of his GROTESQUE column on how transgender teacher, Lucy Meadows, shouldn't be allowed to teach because of the "devastating effect" she could have on school children who "are not equipped to compute this kind of information" (IE that she is a woman who used to be a man). Miss Meadows tragically died (believed to be suicide but not confirmed) thought to be due to the constant harassment she received after her situation was brought to light by the media. This, to me, is far worse than any silly teenage tweets and yet the Mail stood behind Littlejohn, who remains in his position. Click here to sign the petition to have Richard Littlejohn removed from his position at the Daily Mail.

I'd love to know your opinion on the Paris Brown situation and the way the media has handled it, so feel free to leave a comment.

Friday, 5 April 2013

Dressing Room Dilemmas...

I am a person incapable of spending large amounts of money on a single shopping trip. I just end up with buyer's remorse and think about how awful a person I am and should have been saving that money. In fact, I don't really need to tell myself that because, more often than not, my Mum will do it for me. But that didn't stop me going on a little spending spree today. 

I started off in H&M where I absolutely fell in love with this gorgeous maxi dress. The fabric was so floaty and beautiful and it had knee-high slits in the leg which just completed it for me. At £29.99 it wasn't overly expensive either which sealed the deal. Obviously it's completely weather-inappropriate at the moment but I can see myself living in it over summer.
The next outfit was also in H&M, I bought a lovely black slouchy jumper for £14.99 and these boho trousers which were £12.99. You might remember the trousers from my entry into the Passion for Fashion 2 competition - I was delighted to find they looked equally as dreamy on as they do on the website.

And there we go £57.99 spent. Job done. No more spending for me for another month at least.
Except that's not exactly how in panned out...

I then made the bad choice of popping into River Island to see what they had in their sale but the first item that caught my eye was not in the sale. Damn. This pretty red smock dress was £25 and as soon as I put it on, that was pretty much it for my bank balance. The same can be said for the aztec biker jacket I found which was reduced from £65 to £30. It was the last one in the store as well and there was a woman next to me eyeing it up who looked so annoyed when I took it up to the till. Yeah, I felt a bit smug.

That, however, took my total spendage to £112.99, which sent me into full-on panic mode. I ended up taking back ALL the items I'd bought in H&M and just sticking with the River Island lot. There's a horrible empty hole in my life now where that maxi dress should have been...

Here's a closer look at the product shots (not the maxi dress though as H&M haven't got it online yet, sob)

Which do you like best? I'm thinking about going back and swapping again actually! Oh gosh... WHAT DO I DO? 

Does anyone else feel buyer's remorse on the same scale as me or am I just a weirdo freak?

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

(an excuse of a) Film Review: The Host

Are you sitting down? I hope you are because I'm going to do something radical right now. I've decided to dip my toe into murky waters of entertainment and blow your minds with a film review. YES, AN ACTUAL FILM REVIEW. Mind blown? Thought so. 
Except when I say 'review', I don't mean an actual 'review'. The word 'review' denotes something I consider to be vaguely trustworthy and comes from someone who might know what they're talking about. I do not. Just so we're clear on that. So this is more movie-themed thought-vomit (to almost quote Mean Girls) than a review.

Now we've got what the word 'review' means out of the way let us begin: The Host. I am a person who is guilty of enjoying Stephenie Meyer's books... Although at university I was made to feel like the scum of the earth because of this fact. I actually did a module called 'Creatures of the Night: Vampires in Film and Literature' which I was massively excited about because one of the books we studied was Twilight. Unfortunately for me, the other people in my seminar weren't so enthusiastic about glittery, vegetarian vampires and when I sheepishly admitted to "sort of liking it" I received a massive bollocking (if you'll excuse the turn of phrase) from the hardcore literature students who actually read things like 'The Odyssey' for fun. FOR FUN. Eurgh.

As such, I read 'The Host' as soon as it came out and I LURRVED it. If you aren't a Meyer enthusiast such as myself let me give you a very brief plot summary:
Earth is invaded by aliens who take over bodies of humans. One human fights the alien that is occupying her body by communicating to the alien through her thoughts.
Okay, that was a crap plot summary. Essentially what you need to know is that there are two people in one body. This works very well in written form. It does not, however, translate very well on to the big screen.

Saorise Ronan is basically playing two characters who look and sound exactly the same. It's an odd experience. What makes this all-the-more confusing is the weird love triangle... square... thing that is going on. Melanie (Saorise Ronan, the human) is in love with Jared (Max Irons) who she met before an alien was occupying her body. Whereas Wanderer (Saorise Ronan, the alien) falls in love with Ian (Jake Abel) whilst she is Melanie's body which upsets Melanie because Melanie doesn't want to kiss Ian, she wants to kiss Jared. Except she doesn't want to kiss Jared because that'd be Wanderer kissing Jared, not her. All in all, a lot of kissing goes on and I'm not too sure who's happy about what. OH GOD I'M SO CONFUSED.

Basically, don't go and see this film if you haven't read the book. You'll just be confused and disturbed. If you have read the book, don't go and see this film as you'll probably be just as confused and disturbed. However, if you enjoy watching car-crash entertainment as a hobby GO AND SEE THIS FILM. 

Anyone seen 'The Host'? Thoughts?