The singer-songwriter is in hot water for basically nothing.

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Sia recently released the trailer for the upcoming musical drama, the pretentiously titled Music, that she directed and co-wrote, in addition to writing songs for the film’s soundtrack. The film tells the story of Zu (played by Kate Hudson) who is newly sober and becomes the sole guardian of her half-sister named Music, a young autistic girl (played by Maddie Ziegler). There are several fantasy musical sequences that depict how Music sees the world.

But because we live in the Age of Rage, an era when no piece of pop culture can be released without being accused of being “problematic”, the film of course generated a metric fuck-ton of controversy for basically nothing. …


Make history’s greatest rebels your role models.

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Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay

“In art, all who have done something other than their predecessors have merited the epithet of ‘revolutionary’ and it is they alone who are masters.” — Paul Gauguin

The past exists for a reason, and I think that reason is to give some clues on how to hammer out the future.

And if you’re an ambitious artist who’s cursed with the hunger to disrupt with some unruly genius and originality that frightens, it behooves you to incorporate into your creative process the lessons from those past pioneers of imagination, and see what kind of future you can build on their eternal wisdom. …


Your words are in more danger than you realize.

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Image by Thomas Ulrich from Pixabay

Free speech in the digital age is dying a slow, useless demise, and its blood is on the hands of those of you who dismiss it as mere “right wing talking points”.

This death-by-a-thousand-cuts has been going on for several years, but has recently kicked into overdrive, with razor blades being replaced by daggers and scimitars.

Here’s the latest, but certainly not the first, stab committed by professional sissies:

Freelance writer Tim Stone was recently banned from publishing on the website Rock Paper Shotgun, a UK-based website that covers PC gaming, the reason for which is a comment that he made in the comment section on the site, seen here…


Believe it or not, Latinos don’t like being talked down to

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Image by Quinn Kampschroer from Pixabay

It’s election season, which means it’s also the Season of Unreason, and boy oh boy is Mass Stupidity partying hard.

As usual, it’s about supposed “experts” declaring their ignorance and bigotry at the top of their lungs in a vain attempt to seem virtuous and intelligent.

During the 2020 presidential election, a large percentage of the Latino population voted for Trump, as seen in the tweet below:

Of course, this blunt dose of reality didn’t sit well with the members of the Cult of Woke, who handled the truth like a dog swallowing its flea & tick medication without the aid of peanut butter. …


Don’t waste your time dreaming for something achievable.

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Image by Stefan Keller from Pixabay

“The greatest dreams are always unrealistic.” — Will Smith

Everyone knows that the greatest innovations started out as ridiculous ideas, spending their infancy mocked and laughed at by people who think “potential” merely means “possible”. And yet, it’s a truth that the powers that be do everything they can to kill before it can grow up and infect curious minds with a terminal dose of rebellion and restlessness.

It’s time that artists and creators of all mediums shut down the sourpuss defeatists, and started dreaming so big that it frightens the world.


It’s not widely known, but Satan is a pain to negotiate with.

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Image by Markéta Boušková from Pixabay

Selling your soul to Satan may seem like a straight shot to becoming God of the Notes, but the cost of doing is much greater than committing a lifetime to learning the ancient art of Making Beautiful Noise.

If you’re considering giving up your soul in exchange for instant harmonious wizardry, below are five pristine reasons why you should cancel your trip to the Crossroads and instead hit the Hanon:

1. Summoning Satan always leaves a big mess that YOU have to clean up

You’re probably lucky to have gone through life never having to scrub melted candle wax, children’s blood, and farm animal entrails arranged in the shape of pentagrams out of polyester carpets. …


Have we learned nothing from the past?

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Image by aalmeidah from Pixabay

The shining effort to purge the world of the devils of Racism is finally making some real progress, thank the intersectional gods. It’s about time, too, in this enlightened day and age.

And how is the woke movement doing this? By employing the tactics of those they claim to be against — in this case, racial segregation.

This time, it’s not just dopey college kids believing that people of color should have their own dormitories, like earlier this year when a student-led task force called Black Violets advocated for Black housing at NYU. No, right now it’s the King County Library System in the state of Washington that believes that their staff members should be labelled by their race and kept apart from each other. …


Nobody’s forcing you to be offended by the views of millionaires.

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Image by Robin Higgins from Pixabay

It’s the Season of Unreason, which means Mass Stupidity is partying hard.

We’ve got enough going on in the world right now that a celebrity pulling one lever over another shouldn’t be one of them.

And yet.

Every time a famous person states a view or does something political, their fans who disagree with them take to social media to amplify their emotional frailty to millions of complete strangers. Whether it’s Joe Rogan saying in passing that he’ll probably vote for Bernie Sanders or J.K. Rowling tweeting that “people who menstruate” are called “women”, it’s not enough for emotionally stunted audiences to keep their hysteria to themselves or, even better, to simply not care that someone thinks differently than them — no, they have to announce their offense to the world, acting like shrill carnival barkers for a generation of bored bellyachers who have the fortitude of saltine crackers. …


In a spooky mood? Put it to good use with these writing exercises.

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Image by Henryk Niestrój from Pixabay

Now that we’re in the Halloween season, there’s no better time for writers to get into the spooky spirit and concoct some frightening fiction.

Because I’m a firm believer in the idea that artists need challenges to inspire their ideas, I’ve created five writing prompts, each with their own distinct literary hurdle to cross, that writers can use for their scary story writing.

Whether you’re into short stories, novels, screenplays, or even poems, these writing prompts can help you think outside the box and spin some spooky yarns.

You’re the Monster Now

Write a story from the perspective of a monster who is on the hunt for their next victim. While plenty of scary stories have been told from the point of view of the view, this exercise is unique in that it focuses entirely on the moments leading up to the kill. …


“Lunacy” should be the name of this new fashion collection.

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Autumn is here, which means all the latest fall fashion trends are kicking off.

I’m a viciously hetero dude, which means fashion in any season takes up practically no real estate in my head.

But there was one particular item that made the rounds on social media recently that my Angry Caveman writer’s affliction simply couldn’t pass up.

The item in question is a tartan cotton long smock shirt made by Gucci. Here it is below if you want your vision to be raped by an image that would give Francisco Goya nightmares:

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The poor model looks like he’s contemplating genocide.

This is what Gucci has to say about their woven tragedy disasterpiece for…

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