When it comes to acting comedian, Chris O'Dowd is a bit of a one trick pony. But the character he has decided to play in every one of his acting jobs is a pleasing one and he does have an uncanny knack of choosing to work with some truly great performers on some truly entertaining projects. He may be billed as the star but he is invariably outshone by the supporting cast and I suspect he personally encourages this. He is not a greedy actor.
I watch few sitcoms nowadays but "The IT Crowd," "Family Tree" and "Moone Boy" all featured on my lunchtime watching schedule. Therefore, it really annoyed me when I discovered earlier today that Chris O'Dowd is a twat. Harsh, I know, but true beyond any doubt.
Firstly, he has allowed himself to be interviewed by "GQ Magazine" ("The definitive men's magazine, with style advice and tips, sexy women, entertainment and culture news, interviews, and more"). How cool is that? Well, obviously it is not cool at all. Back in the 1960s you might have upped your cred by being featured in a soft porn magazine but, gentlemen, we have hopefully evolved a bit since then.
Secondly, he draws further attention to his loutishness by using the opportunity to have a rant against religion. In the article he states that he used to be respectful of people of faith but is becoming less tolerant of them the older he gets. He thinks religion is little more than a weird cult and a waste of time, as well as being responsible for ruining the world. He also predicts that attitudes towards religion will become increasingly hostile.
"For most of my life, I've been, 'Hey, I'm not into it, but I respect your right to believe whatever you want'. But as time goes on, weirdly, I'm growing less liberal. I'm more like, 'No, religion is ruining the world, you need to stop!' There's going to be a turning point where it's going to be like racism. You know, 'You're not allowed to say that weird s**t! It's mad! And you're making everybody crazy!'"
But, Chris, surely racism is attributing certain negative characteristics to every member of a race and then implying that they are inferior to yourself. And isn't that exactly what you are doing to religious people?
What I find strange or rather what makes me think O'Dowd is just talking bullshit for effect (he is possibly angling to be invited to join Stephen Fry's gang) is that in a recent episode of "Moone Boy," which he co-wrote, there is a very perceptive scene that showed clearly that religions contain good people who want to save the world as well as bad people intent on ruining the world. In this episode the junior priest of an Irish, Roman Catholic parish, stands up to a bigoted senior priest who had banned an unmarried, pregnant teenage girl from reading the lesson in church, and wins. It's funny, it's scathing of the hypocrisy that can be found in religious institutions, but it also acknowledges that good, as well as evil, exists within religion just as it does in institutions not connected to any faith movement. Heck, if we accepted O'Dowd's logic we should all stop voting socialist because some politicians who called themselves socialist have in the past done a better job of ruining the world than any religious person has ever managed.
There is opportunism and then there is evil opportunism. This is the latter in spades.
From CHRISTIAN POST:
Popular megachurch pastor Bishop T.D. Jakes surprised attendees at his International Pastors & Leadership Conference in Orlando, Fla., last Friday when he brought a caged lion to emphasize his point that they are like caged lions waiting to break free.
Some felt the lion was an unnecessary prop; dismissing it with terms such as "theatrics," "sideshow" and a "distraction."
"I bet if that lion got out CHURCH would be OVER!" quipped Pamela Turner.
"Can't believe people are still being taken in by these stage theatrics, complete with props. ... Stop being so amazed, you are the ones who paid for this spectacle. ... WAKE UP!" wrote Jamal Johnson.
"Poor animal. ... So unnecessary. ... Church shouldn't be a side show," wrote Denise Lewis Privott.
Tony Rivera, felt the charismatic leader should have simply stuck with the Bible.
"With the kind of money he's pulling in he can rent the Bronx Zoo to be there! All we need is a Bible!" said Rivera.
From ABC NEWS:
Leaders of Caribbean nations on Monday unanimously adopted a broad plan on seeking reparations from European nations for what they say are the lingering ill effects of the Atlantic slave trade on the region.
Well, if they are successful I think the English should have a go at getting some recompense from the French for the Norman invasion. They turned our egalitarian tribe centred society into a society of owners (them) and slaves (us). They committed the worse act of genocide in Europe prior to the Twentieth Century and their descendants still own over 50% of the land in England.
Also, I sincerely hope the Caribbean nations will be suing the East African tribes that captured the slaves in the first place and then sold them to the white man. Nobody is innocent yet everyone just loves to play the victim.
From THE HOUSTON CHRONICLE:
A Houston man whose hectic travel schedule had him booked on the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is calling a decision to cancel his overseas trip divine intervention. Greg Candelaria, who works in global technology services for IBM, said he was booked on the March 7/8 flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing to oversee training this week in China. About three weeks ago, however, he decided to cancel the trip since it was coming on the heels of a stop in Japan and "eight solid days" of training in Spain.
The fact that he's at home in Houston with his wife, Brooke, instead of missing in the Gulf of Thailand, is a gift from God, Candelaria said by phone Monday.
"Some would call this luck," he said. "I would absolutely consider it 100 percent the grace of God."
Right. So God looked into his crystal ball and noticed that a plane was going to disappear without trace in three weeks time. He then decided to save one middle aged business executive and let the rest of the passengers die. I know that God is supposed to work in mysterious ways but that's just fecking unbelievable.
As is the fact that Albert Einstein was, in reality, all his life a a practicing Shiite Muslim, a devoted follower of an 8th-century Shiite imam — that is, Ja’far Al-Sadiq. Yet in a video circulating widely in Iran, Ayatollah Mahadavi Kani says that he has secret documents that prove it. Is this more unbelievable than the idea of God saving just one underserving man from a plane crash? Well, it's all "relative", of course.
From THE BLAZE:
Mars Hill Church in Seattle has officially responded to media reports that it paid at least $210,000 in 2011 and 2012 to hire a marketing firm to help get Pastor Mark Driscoll’s book, “Real Marriage,” on best-seller lists, admitting that church leaders engaged in what it called an “unwise strategy” — and pledging never to do so again.
A shaman claiming to be one of Malaysia's top leaders has used an unusual spiritual technique in a bid to find missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Ibrahim Mat Zin gave a press conference at KL International Airport in Kuala Lumpur, in which he revealed he would track the plane using a fish trap hook and a "bamboo binocular". Mr Ibrahim, dressed in a suit and tie, was filmed holding two large bamboo sticks to his eyes while his associate held the fish trap to his head.
"During my prayer, my eyes hurt and my vision turned black," he said. "I think the plane is still in the air or has crashed into the sea."
From DAWN (Pakistan):
ISLAMABAD: The Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) concluded its 191th meeting, here Tuesday with the ruling that the laws related to minimum age of marriage were un-Islamic and that children of any age could get married if they attain puberty.
I bet they all got a stiffy just talking about it - the dirty old men.
From THE NAIROBIAN:
Bishop Thomas Wahome of Helicopter Ministries will next Sunday celebrate exorcising his 12000th demon.
“I will be holding a big church service next week on Sunday to celebrate triumph over evil.” says Wahome who insists he can’t tell if anybody’s name is in the book of life, but can help get someone’s name off the black book of Satan.
“When someone comes, I can call them by their true name, tell them their phone number and even tell them their problems even before they open their mouth to speak to me. Isn’t God’s work wonderful?” he poses.
Evidently this wonderful God insists that Bishop Wahome charges for his services.
From DAILY NEWS:
Disney is subliminally trying to turn children gay through its hit animated movie "Frozen," an outspoken conservative pastor has claimed. Kevin Swanson said the film was created by the devil and is helping "foul up an entire social system."
"I wonder if people think: 'You know, I think this cute movie is going to indoctrinate my 5-year-old to be a lesbian or treat homosexuality or bestiality in a light sort of way," Swanson said.
Swanson's ramblings come just five months after he made headlines for suggesting that "wicked" Girl Scouts were agents of lesbianism and abortion.
I've always wondered why I have an overwhelming sexual attraction to squeaky voiced women dressed up as mice. Now I know. It's all Walt Disney's fault.
It's reassuring to discover that Christians don't have the monopoly on perceiving the divine in everyday objects. A stone has turned up in Penal, South Trinidad, that, according to some local Hindus, bears a miraculous similarity to elephant headed god, Ganesh. This has led to a stream of pilgrims heading for the shrine bearing gifts of flowers and fruit for the deity.
I have a feeling that this geological Ganesh will not end up as a lot on eBay. Hindus may be every bit as mad as us Christians but they are nowhere near so crass.
We all make mistakes and that includes the Pope.
From THE NEW YORK POST:
Pope Francis may need to go to confession after inadvertently blurting out an Italian F-bomb during his weekly blessing from the Vatican.
“If each one of us does not amass riches only for oneself, but half for the service of others, in this f–k [pause], in this case the providence of God will become visible through this gesture of solidarity,” Francis said to the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square, Italian media reported.
His Holiness meant to use the Italian word for “example,” which is “caso.” Instead, he used the word “cazzo,” which Italians use as a synonym for the four-letter obscenity.
The papal slip-up immediately went viral on Italian websites and quickly made its way to YouTube.
It wouldn't surprise me if he had a right giggle about it with the young priests in the Vatican canteen afterwards. In fact, it would only surprise me a little bit if we found out he slipped up deliberately.