Monday, 25 November 2013

If you believe there's nothing up his sleeve, then nothing is cool.

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Allow me to introduce you to someone. This is Andy Kaufman:

Andy Kaufman January 17, 1949 – May 16, 1984 (???)

You may never have heard of Andy Kaufman but doubtless if you spend any amount of time on the internet you will have heard his name mentioned. Why is this I hear you ask...? Well, there is a tale going round at the moment that Andy Kaufman is, in fact, ALIVE!

"Why do I even care" I hear you ask. Well, Kaufman was the type of comedian that was as loved as he was hated. He didn't actually even consider himself to be a comedian, more a "song and dance man" doing impersonations of Elvis Presley and singing his famous Mighty Mouse song!








Many people didn't know quite how to take Kaufman. He often staged elaborate pranks that were so convoluted that even most of the participants didn't know they were involved! It is alleged that comedian Sacha Baron Cohen takes his comedy style directly from Kaufman.



Kaufman also had several stage "personas" namely Latka Gravas, best known from Taxi and Tony Clifton the lounge singer.



Once again I hear your confusion "If he was so famous, why would he fake his own death?" Kaufman is alleged to have told his sidekick and co-writer Bob Zmuda that he wished to fake his own death. Being the kind of prankster that he was, it wouldn't be too difficult to believe that is what happened.


Bob Zmuda

He told Bob that he would fake his death and return 20 years later which would have been in 2004.

Kaufman is recorded as being deceased having died from a rare type of lung cancer. During his performances in the lead up to his death audiences were shocked at his gaunt appearance. He acknowledged he had an "unspecified illness" which he hoped to cure through Transcendental Medicine. Kaufman meditated and performed yoga believing these would help him live.

According to the coroner's report, on 16 May 1984 Andy Kaufman died of kidney failure caused by metastasized large-cell lung carcinoma. He was just 35 years of age.


Kaufman's death certificate


So that's it then? Surely he's dead right? Possibly! Even probably. It is an interesting story nonetheless! 

"Tony Clifton" continued to perform for a year after Andy's death. Bob Zmuda is known to have stepped into "Tony's" shoes once in a while, even managing to fool David Letterman! Many have speculated that this was, in fact, still Kaufman. 



The 1999 film Man on The Moon gave a good insight into Kaufman's life and the lead up to his death. Kaufman was played by none other than Jim Carey! Also in 1999, Zmuda wrote a book about Kaufman called Andy Kaufman Revealed! The book claims to reveal many of the hoaxes put together by the pair in the 80s. The book has been praised and slated by many. 

Man On The Moon Poster


"So, why all the fuss now then?" Well dear reader, at the Andy Kaufman Award ceremony this past week presented by Kaufman's brother Michael, a young girl came forward claiming to be Andy's daughter. Take a look at the video below and judge for yourself. Conveniently she looks nervous. This could be attributed to either her being in on the hoax and uncomfortable with it or because she actually IS Andy's daughter...! Quite the plot!  Do you think she is telling the truth?




The rumour has apparently since been debunked by many as another elaborate hoax from Kaufman from beyond the grave. The woman in the video is allegedly American actress Alexandra Tatarsky. The general public are unsure if Kaufman left specific instructions from beyond the grave instructing Michael to carry out this hoax, if Alexandra is REALLY his daughter or if Andy is actually still alive and is simply poking fun at us all. Either way I'd say it was pretty genius and wouldn't put either scenario past the man!! 



Michael Kaufman has since claimed that he was also duped. He appeared on CNN's The Lead With Jake Tapper where he revealed "Now that it's Thursday, not Monday anymore, I believe I am part of the hoax." Speaking of Andy's alleged daughter "I don't believe she's acting on her own though. But, you know, that's all I know." Michael then went on to say "The legacy he's leaving behind is beautiful, regardless of what is the truth with all this."

Michael Kaufman

Of course, faking your own death is never acceptable, under any circumstances. Think of the emotional turmoil this would cause if his death really IS a ruse. It is alleged that Andy has waited until now to "return from the dead" as his father passed away in July. Others say that Michael waited until now to conduct this prank for the same reason. People are often given new identities in order to live life without threat of harm but I'm pretty sure these identities are not just handed out willy nilly to celebs who have simply had enough! 

Lynne Margulies (2004)






Kaufman's girlfriend at the time of his death has also come forward with her own story.  Lynne Margulies  told TMZ magazine, "I was in the hospital room. I was there. They would have had to switch bodies." She was with him when he passed along with his manager, George Shapiro. Both believe this to be an elaborate ruse created by Michael.

Now, for those of you in the know, Kaufman did actually sire a daughter. Her name is Maria Bellu-Colonna. Maria was born in 1969 out of wedlock to a high school girlfriend and later put up for adoption. Bellu-Colonna only found out in 1992 that she was, in fact, the daughter of Kaufman.

Maria Bellu-Colonna

Kaufman will not be the only "celebrity" accused of faking his own death. Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, Tupac Shakur are to name but a few. Then, of course, there are those who are declared dead whilst sitting at home or down the pub none the wiser. Below are a few responses from the "deceased".


Jon Bon Jovi


Bill Cosby


Russell Crowe


Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson


Usher


Hugh "Playboy" Hefner


So, that's the news on Andy Kaufman. Dead or alive, he is still creating a storm!! However things pan out, Andy giving his brother Michael these instructions before his death, Michael paying homage to his late brother or Andy still being alive, none of it would actually be surprising which is the genius behind the whole thing!! 

I'm pretty sure he's goofing on Elvis (hey baby) wherever he is!! 

See you in Heaven if you make the list! 

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I know I can never be happy but I can be gay!

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There is a subject that seems tender to most. A lot of people don't really know what to make of it so they shun the idea. Others make weak excuses affixed to their religion. That subject is gay marriage.


Now, I am Christian, in that I was christened at 6 weeks old. I used to attend church in my mid to late teens on a weekly basis for more than a year and found myself in at least one religious retreat. Furthermore, I have been bestowed with the honourable duty of being a Godparent. That being said, I'm not religious. I fell out of love with God a long time ago. I had tried to accept that things were sent to test us and that was fine, until I realised that it felt more like I was being mocked rather than tested. Now, perhaps the true sign of a Christian is his perseverance in the face of adversity? I don't know but it just didn't suit me. I'm more of a spiritual person. I believe in the things that surround me, the earth, the trees, the sea etc. I also appreciate that material things don't bring happiness. I am always searching for inner peace, like a Buddhist perhaps.




Either way, I don't actually subscribe to any religion these days. I go about my life doing things that make me happy without causing harm to others.

When it comes to defining my sexuality, I struggle. I am certainly not straight as I am equally as attracted to men and women. So, by the very definition I would be bisexual right? Apparently not. For me, gender is not a defining feature in a relationship. Man, woman, transgender, it does not matter to me as long as that person can make me happy and I them.

I have found myself immersed in 3 Pride parades in the 8 1/2 years I've lived in London. I don't go to defend rights, I go to meet an array of beautiful people.

Pride 2013 was about marriage equality. Now, I don't know specifically what the bible states in regard to homosexuality but let's face it, it's been skewed over the centuries anyhow. By saying this, I am not trying to demean Christianity at all. I am stating fact as far as I know.



The whole gay marriage thing has gone too far if you ask me. There are people crying out that it would make a mockery of their marriage. Now, I am neither agreeing or disagreeing with that fact as I don't have enough information, nor can I be bothered searching for it! When I look at marriage, I see two people binding themselves together for their lifetime and some wish to do it in the house of a God they so greatly love.

Now, on that note, how about those who get married who are not religious in the least? Surely, that makes more of a mockery? Making a promise in the house of a God you don't believe in. Swearing vows in the eyes of a god you don't believe in. Surely that is worse?!

Granted, not all people must have a religious marriage ceremony, in fact many opt not to. However, it still occurs and if you ask me, that is way more offensive!

If I was on a diet and asked you to stop eating donuts, would you? Of course you wouldn't! Your abstinence from donuts will not affect my weight so how will 2 gay Christians getting wed affect your marriage? It wouldn't! Some people argue that marriage is for procreation. Perhaps so but what about those married couples who have never had children? What about those who are not necessarily devout Christians but have children and are not wed? Also, what about those gay couples who adopt children, thus giving them another chance in life?!



Some like to claim that 2 gay men or women raising a child is child abuse. They won't grow up 'normal'. They will have a skewed vision of marriage, love and the world around them... How does that figure?! First of all, have you actually READ the definition of child abuse? Second, what is normal anyway? Finally, how is it that a child will grow up gay if their parents are? I'm not straight yet both of my parents and all 8 of my siblings are! I made my decisions based on my own thoughts and feelings. For a long time in secondary school I believed I was gay. Boys did nothing for me. I saw them as friends. However, my opinion was swayed when I met a boy on a summer holiday who was sweet and loving toward me. We were young. Too young for sex but we held hands. We hugged for extended periods of time. We like to be in the company of each other. He was my first boyfriend I suppose. Then when I returned home I started noticing boys a little more but still no more than girls. They were both equally attractive to me. I would be inclined to say that I have had more relationships with boys but that is not strictly by choice. That is simply the situation I have found myself in and I was happy.



As I came more into my own, I realised that I was simply attracted to beautiful people. People who made me laugh, people who could recite Shakespeare, people with whom I could hold a lengthy football debate! Those are the kind of people I am attracted to and I don't believe there is a particular gender assigned to those kinds of people!

Another point here is celebrity marriage. Those who marry for the publicity, those who marry just to get themselves on the front page of the local rag! Now I'm not going to give specific names here but I am certain that you, dear reader, have images of these people in your head already! These people make the biggest mockery of the sanctity of marriage! The problem here is, how do we stop this? Truth be told, we can't! You can't know that these "celebs" are just doing it to remain "famous" they might well be in love but we know in our hearts that a lot of them aren't.



Perhaps some sort of time-scale ought to be introduced whereby you're only allowed to get married when you have been together and lived together for a certain length of time? I don't have the solution I'm simply spitballing.

All I am trying to get across here is gay marriage is fine! So is straight marriage. Black/white marriage. White/Asian marriage. Asian/black marriage. It is simply two people in love. It is person/person marriage!

I could go on but honestly, I can feel my blood pressure rising!

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Twin idiots?

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I'm sure by now you will have heard about the two girls who dressed as the Twin Towers for a Halloween party at Rosie's in Chester? There are news stories a-plenty!



I'm sure everyone has their opinions. In fact, here are some of the tweets I came across recently:









Now, of course, people are fully entitled to their opinions but the likes of Danielle D (who gives herself the classy Twitter handle of @_DoubleDee - need I say more) are just plain disgusting! I mean seriously? Who is she to call these two girls "ugly cunts" based on costumes they wore? That's just outright bullying! To make matters worse, the Daily Mail went and posted a pic of one of the girls houses! Are they fucking retarded?!

Ok, these girls may have shocked the hell out of your granny but wait, they're NOT the first to do this!!

I hear you all gasp in unison...! Take a look at these!!








But wait... here's the best (worst?) one!!! 

CHILDREN!!


Now, I'll bet none of these have been lambasted for their apparently poor choices of costume!

Perhaps these girls may have been a little misguided in their choice of couture given that one of them has a father who is a pilot in New York but are they really wrong to describe what happened on September 11 2001 as a horror? No, I think not and I do believe the theme of the evening was, indeed, HORROR! 

People are far to quick to jump up and down and make complaints about these things. Just take a look at my blog about the mental health costumes here. These people aren't really offended, they simply have nothing better to do!

There were another group who hit the headlines this Halloween. There was a rugby team who had a ... wait for it... BAD TASTE party and their costumes were, wait for it... in BAD TASTE!!


Here we saw a 'Baby P' costume, KKK members and ill-fated footballer, Gary Speed. 

First of all, it was a BAD TASTE PARTY, The clue is in the name for goodness sake! Second of all, why are their faces blurred out of the picture? How is that fair?!

I would dare say that the problem with society is we feel we have the right to protect others from themselves and further, to judge on their behalf what is "unacceptable" to one. 

And hey, whilst we're on the subject of bad taste, how are these costumes any more acceptable...





Patrick Bateman - Serial Killer


Gary Glitter - KNOWN PAEDOPHILE!



Jack The Ripper - KNOWN SERIAL KILLER

Freddy Kreuger - Suspected Paedophile

The list is endless but I can't be bothered to continue to trawl the internet...! Surely you get the idea though?!

What these two girls did, I believe, was brilliant, they were incredibly creative and they highlighted the HORROR that was 9/11. Besides, isn't Halloween all about the walking dead?!

If anyone ought to be put in the stocks here, it would be either the bouncers who let the girls in in the first place or the DJ who awarded the prize. Personally, I think the girls deserved the £150 and people should just SHUT UP! 

Had this happened in New York, yes, they MAY have been just a little out of line but it didn't!

These poor girls have been torn apart in national news and will probably forever be "those girls who dressed as the twin towers". That is a cruel fate. 

You have heard of gallows humour right? Dark humour that makes light of terrible situations? This would fall into that category despite the girls explicitly stating that their costumes were NOT intended as a joke. 





If I was to be bluntly honest, I'd just say GET OVER IT ALREADY, 9/11 was a long time ago and nothing us mere citizens say can change what happened or bring back the dead. But hey, I'm not here to rile people up!

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Mama we're all crazy now!

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As a sufferer of mental health issues, I have been called all sorts of names  here are a few: crazy, nutter, psycho, loon, nut case, lunatic, bad, evil, monster (yes, really!), bonkers, reject, defective...! Those are the ones I can recall off the top of my head!

Now, as a child, I also got called these names and more besides, not pertaining to my mental state! Initially, yes these names bothered me. They hurt my feelings. They made me cry. These days, they are like water off a duck's back! The delivery of such names sting occasionally but that would be more down to my state of mind as opposed to the word itself.

There are a lot of negative connotations toward people with mental health issues. These negative ideas are perpetuated by the media. Be it on TV, in a film, in a book, in a newspaper.... The media are hugely responsible for the way the general population view those with mental health issues, no matter how small.

As someone who has a mental illness, I found the furore surrounding the Halloween costumes sold by Tesco and Asda laughable! Halloween is a time to dress up and beg for sweets from your neighbours. There is no dignity in that so heck, why not go all out and go as a crazy person? You might as well really!








Tesco and Asda are not the first to sell these costumes and you can bet all your Halloween goodies they won't be the last either!

Yes, I am fully aware that mental health is a very sensitive issue but take a chill pill people, there are much worse things in this world to be up in arms about!

I remember when I was but knee high to a grasshopper my dad told me "Never go to London, they shut down all the mental hospitals and now the nut jobs hang out at the train stations and push people under trains. Well, father, I have been a resident of London for 8 1/2 years and I have not once encountered a "nut job" at the train station (drunks, drug addicts, beggars... Maybe). Nor have I been pushed under a train!







This whole non-issue is reminiscent of racist "slurs" or the recent lad's mag farce! It is the absolute minority who are offended by these things and here, I'll let you in on a secret; people of a different race are mostly NOT offended by some [probably] flippant remark on the colour of their skin! Joe Public is NOT offended by the sight of some perky tits in a newsagents and us 'crazies' generally don't care what you call us either! These "complaints" are rarely ever made by the offendees themselves, it is someone else who is offended on the behalf of A. N. Other.

We are all offended by things. If we were to remove everything that "may offend" someone then people would be offended by the lack of... Well... Everything!

Yes, it is always wise to err on the side of caution so if your mum's best friend's cousin's dog's groomer might be a little nuts then simply don't wear a straight jacket to her party this Halloween. I, on the other hand might well don a straight jacket and run round with a hatchet just for the lulz.

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