April 28th, 2009

Open letter to Max Media regarding the "Kung Pao FM" radio station

This is a slightly revised (shortened) version of a letter I sent to Max Media president Eric Mastel this morning.
    Mr. Mastel,

    Since I moved to Virginia in June I have been a frequent listener of both 100.5 and 92.9 FM radio stations. Coming back from a trip to DC on Sunday night, I flipped my radio to 100.5 FM, where I was unexpectedly treated to the most hideously racist programming I have ever heard.

    It's one thing to program a joke transition over to "classic Chinese hits" for the weekend. It is completely another to turn that joke into one long excuse to fill the airwaves with racist stereotypes and blatant cultural appropriation. The music itself was watered-down, inauthentic Westernized derivatives of Asian sounds. Then when the break arrived, instead of actual musical credits or a real musical program with DJs discussing the music, there was just a station promo:

    "Made in China - exclusively for Hampton Roads!"

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    So, yeah. It's been half a day and I still haven't heard anything back from them, so screw waiting. I am contacting MANAA; is there anyone else that I should contact about this?

    News Links about the programming (I have yet to find any direct mention of the content):
    Contact Info for Max Media:
    • Eric Mastel is the President of the Radio Division. His email is emastel@maxmediallc.com
    • The company phone number is: 757-437-9800
    • The radio station's phone number is (757) 473-1005
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stuff. or, okay, mostly books. and James Hampton, holy crap.

I don't think it's lasting and I'm sure it's because of a variety of different things, but generally right now I'm not feeling the fandom vibe for anything (with the noted exceptions below). Not even Merlin. Which is not to say that well and truly inspired Merlin fans like keymash and cherprudence should hesitate to gush at me. I LONG FOR YOUR ENTHUSIASM.

That said, here are the couple of fannish things I am excited about atm:

1) watching American Idol, from Season 1 on, purely for the Ryan/Simon love. This is all Clio's fault. And you guys, I've never seen a full episode of American Idol. EVER.
2) IT'S ALMOST MAY 5th. MAY 5th, GUYS. THAT MEANS HIKAGO TOP 5 MEME. :DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
3) Catching up on half a season of Bones. Not that I will be able to do this ANY TIME SOON, sigh, but that's okay, it's still there and it will still be AWESOME. Oh, Bones. ♥

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Book Review!



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Overall: C. :/ A++ Furry fanservice, B- Cultural description, Solid B for fairy tale description, Solid F for STRANGE MEN GETTING INTO BED WITH FIFTEEN YEAR OLDS. I JUST WANT MY RETOLD FAIRY TALES TO ACTUALLY MAKE SENSE AND NOT CONTAIN PEDOPHILIA, IS THIS REALLY SO MUCH TO ASK.
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Twitter is doing a #discussion on the subject of #nextgreatread, aka the next great read they'll be enjoying. I was all, OOH, I AM READING THINGS! I TOO CAN PLAY THIS GAME! which perhaps signifies that my immediate fandom right now appears to be books. So, with that in mind, here are Collapse )

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In D.C. I did 5 very important things: 1) I saw 3 old friends and met an_sceal for the first time, which was awesome; 2) I saw Pete Wentz and his hair live and in person; 3) I sang along badly to "This Ain't A Scene;" 4) I saw a movie in 3-d for the first time ever omg and 5) I went to the Smithsonian for the first time. All in all, pretty freaking awesome. And I didn't once get lost or manage to faint inappropriately against alestar.

So here are the 2 bits of wisdom which I must impart post-sojourn:
1) You should all go see Monsters versus Aliens, because it's super-cute and adorable and geeky and full of sci-fi-nerdgasms, but more importantly, it has HUGH LAURIE in it, and specifically HUGH LAURIE'S BRITISH ACCENT, and he is amazing, and there's this one part where he has to say "Hail Gasparus!" over and over, and it sounds like he (hugh laurie, the actor) is barely keeping himself from laughing at the absurdity of it all every time he says it, and it's pretty much the most awesome thing ever.

2)
This is the most amazing thing I have ever seen in my entire life. It's a giant fucking shrine and it's made out of used furniture, TIN FOIL, AND CRAFT PAPER. TIN. FOIL. This guy heard voices, thought he was a saint, had few friends, claimed to talk to God, but nonetheless successfully held down a job as a janitor every day for nearly all his adult life. He wrote a whole diary full of coded language that no one has ever been able to decrypt, and he built this amazing shrine to Jesus in his GARAGE. They came to open it up after he died and found this there. The landlord sold it to some collectors who donated it anonymously to the Smithsonian. I can't get over this, it is the most. Just. The most incredible thing. "Hampton built his masterpiece from a very select collection of junk, including old furniture, burned-out light bulbs, jelly jars, carpet cylinders, desk blotters, cardboard, and foil. All the separate pieces are precariously held together with glue, tape, tacks, and pins." FUCKING TIN FOIL.


I can't even tell you how immense and creepy and dazzling and stunning and meticulous and detailed and haunting and mesmerizing this assembly is in person. Just. Holy wow. Secret masterpiece in his garage.





WOW.