Full Coverage: Links From All Over (Jan. 6, 2009)


[Esquire] I like Clint Eastwood. He’s starred in some of truly excellent movies, and has directed some legitimate classics. With that said, he is a crotchety old man who pines for a culture that no longer exists and as such he sometimes says things that make him sound totally out of touch. Take, for example, this recent Esquire interview:

Kids piercing themselves, piercing their tongues — what kind of masochism is that? Is it to show you can just take it?

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We live in more of a pussy generation now, where everybody’s become used to saying, “Well, how do we handle it psychologically?” In those days, you just punched the bully back and duked it out. Even if the guy was older and could push you around, at least you were respected for fighting back, and you’d be left alone from then on.

And back in my day, you could give a kid a stick and a tire and an old car battery, and he’d have a grand old time! I prefer FilmDrunk‘s take on the situation, imagining this same interview occurring 50 years from now:

“Lemme tell you something, you kids, you’re all a bunch a goddamned sissies. Back in my day, a bully pushed you around, ya dint go to no psychologist. Ya just dyed your hair black, started wearin’ a trenchcoat, maybe got a couple a piercings. Then one day, you showed up with a couple a pipe bombs, and daddy’s Tec-9, and you shot the bully, plus a bunch a other kids, maybe a couple teachers, just for shits and giggles. Then you put the gun in your mouth, make sure the cops couldn’t take you alive, and leave ‘em a note written entirely in Marilyn Manson lyrics. Those were the days.”

[Australian News] Get ready, Australian body piercers, because there are some serious new regulations to follow.

Under new Victorian laws, minors will be barred from getting their nipples and genitals pierced and kids under 16 will need parental consent for any other body piercing.

The laws will come in effect from January 1, which will see piercers fined with 6600 dollars if they give a person aged under 18 an intimate body piercing.

Those who give minors a tattoo or perform scarification, tongue splitting, branding or beading on someone aged under 18 will be slapped with the same penalty.

And piercers will have to pay 2200-dollar fine if they give kids under 16 a non-intimate body piercing without parental consent.

Piercers and modification artists can, however, escape these charges if they can compellingly prove that the teens in question were using fake IDs, such as driver’s licenses, or were wearing clothing that made it seem like they were “asking for it.”

[IBN Live] So, a film named Ghajini was recently released in India, in which the lead character is trying to avenge the death of his wife, but is suffering from a sort of amnesia, and as such, tattoos his body with reminders and clues so he knows who to kill. (It is by all accounts a Bollywood remake of Memento.) Anyway, one of these tattoos was a phone number that unluckily belongs to a Bangalore resident, Sarah Varghese, who is none too pleased!

It was Sarah’s number that was tattooed on Aamir’s body which splashed on all posters across the city. Needless to say Sarah is as irritated with Ghajini as Aamir is in the movie.

“I thought somebody was playing a prank but when I saw the poster I was really shocked. I was wondering how could my number feature in that and I was really shocked,” said Sarah.

So as Ghajini hit the screens on the December 25 and as Aamir bashed up all the baddies he could get in the movie, life for Sarah became even more difficult.

Her phone kept ringing continuously sometimes to even 50 times a day. Sarah — who usually doesn’t watch movies on the big screen — decided that enough is enough and went and watched the movie on New Year’s eve.

When asked if she is planning to lodge a complaint against the producers of the movie, Sarah said,”We’ll see as things come and how far it goes. The calls are now reducing, so if it stops completely now, I will not file a complaint”.

Jesus Christ. Who did these people imagine was going to answer when they called that number? Did they think they were going to help solve the mystery? Yet another example of how tattoos, every day, are ruining the lives of innocents.

[News Journal Online] And not just innocents, but convicts, too! Lempira Norman, who was incarcerated at the Volusia Country Branch Jail near Daytona, Florida, was jumped by two other inmates after refusing to join what the article calls a “club” (which is prison lingo for “rape gang”), who held him down and tattooed a penis on him, on Christmas.

Harris and Collina showed up with a blanket and ordered Norman to get on the floor, the report shows. They threw the blanket on his head and began pummeling him.

The men threatened Norman, saying he would get a worse beating unless he allowed them to apply a tattoo, the report shows. Harris told Norman the tattoo would be of a capital and lowercase B, the report said.

But instead, as Collina held Norman down, Harris — equipped with a makeshift tattoo kit — applied a drawing of a penis on the back of the victim’s right shoulder, the report shows.

I spent the holidays alone in my apartment drinking barley wine that tasted like alcoholic soy sauce, but I have to say, this guy probably had the worst Christmas I’ve heard of this season.

[YouTube] At lastly, let’s come full circle with another old man talking about piercings. Except George Carlin is funnier than Clint Eastwood, and this was 20 years ago (so George wasn’t so old), and this video is full of hilarious cursing. Tally ho, ModBlog.

26 thoughts on “Full Coverage: Links From All Over (Jan. 6, 2009)

  1. so…clint just lost some of my respect…and carlin just gave me an ideia for a new piercing…i’ll pierce my eyeballs -_-’

  2. hmm… some interesting stuff… but

    “Piercers and modification artists can, however, escape these charges if they can compellingly prove that the teens in question were using fake IDs, such as driver’s licenses, or were wearing clothing that made it seem like they were “asking for it.””

    Am I being dumb, but what does “Wearing clothing that made it seem like they were asking for it” mean.

  3. haha thats ace its funni cuz hes chattin shit and dosent no what hes on about but still it is funni

    bk in the day guys with earrings thought they were kool

  4. “Asking for it”? Now that’s a fine nice law you got there! Might start a rapist club called “You were asking for it, HO!” with the same idea.

    While I do find that ol’ George a hilarious guy and with a great comedian talent, the sad fact is that while he either brands himself as “faggot” or “trying to be different on purpose” while wearing an earring, the majority can’t see the humor behind it. Either that, or the more sad part, where the George is actually serious in his act.

  5. I respect Clint Eastwood a fuck of alot more then I EVER did George Carlin….

    George got bitter,and more asshole towards the end rather then actually being funny at finding societies ills,and defining them for the stupidity they showed..in short George WAS the crotchety asshole of those compared previously

  6. hasnt it been genital / nipple piercings for over 18s only for some time now in australia?

  7. About time the laws in Australia were tightened up. I was with a friend waiting for a piercing when we heard these terrible shrieks emanating from the piercing room, followed by a lot of laughter…turned out it was a 12 year old boy having his nipple pierced!! His mother was apparently with him to give her permission. Not only were we disturbed that a 12 year old was piercing bits that were probably not fully developed yet, but that his mother was happy for him to do it…Questionable. It was hilarious to hear the screams, though.

  8. The laws about tattooing under 18′s and genital and nipple piercings for under 18′s have been in place in Australia since ’06. It’s classified as penetration of a minor with the piercings and the Tattoo laws have been that you must be over 18 since about 06 (this didn’t stop some of the shops looking the other way when the question of I.D came up, but your shop could cop a massive fine if you were found to do it) Every shop I’ve been tattooed in and the shop I used to work in all had strict must be over 18 policies.

  9. Just think about this, I have 0 gauge nostrils. I sneezed once and killed George Carlin. It was pretty unfortunate but he was askin for it.

    R.I.P. George, I love you and you will forever be missed, loved and respected.

  10. re: the Aussie body piercing laws.

    It’s different in every state. Previous to this law, Victoria has had no laws whatsoever regarding body piercing. It was always against the law to tattoo someone under 18, but for piercings there was nothing.

    It has taken quite a few cases of 13-16 year olds being sexually assaulted by piercers (along with getting their t0tally kewl nipple or hood piercing!) for the government to finally listen to our cries and introduce some sort of law.

    Previously they refused to do it because of “cultural reasons”. Yup.

  11. #3.. uh yeah. you’re being just a bit of a feeb lol

    that law has been in qld for a while now. but i do know of an 8 year old boy getting his nose pierced with his dad.

    wrong.

  12. I still love Clint Eastwood. I don’t have to agree with everything he says to find him an amazing director and an extremely talented cultural icon.

  13. “We live in more of a pussy generation now, where everybody’s become used to saying, “Well, how do we handle it psychologically?” In those days, you just punched the bully back and duked it out. Even if the guy was older and could push you around, at least you were respected for fighting back, and you’d be left alone from then on.”

    Truer words were never spoken.

  14. Defuncta, did you just equate rape and a teenager deciding they want to get something pierced illegally? I think that is really doing a horrible crime injustice.

    It’s not like anyone is tying 16 year old kids down and saying they’re getting their nose pierced whether they like it or not. What does that have to do with rape besides the common phrase “asking for it”. I’m not advocating 16 year old kids should be able to get pierced (really it’s a liability more than anything), but it’s not the same as rape.

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  16. Couldn’t agree more with the Eastwood quote. This is a ‘pussy’ time we live in! Too much political correctness, and everyone looks to the government to provide. What a crock!

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