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AHS: Cult Trailer!

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Welcome back readers!  It’s been a while since we’ve got some decent news happening (lots of news happening while I’ve been busy enjoying the last few days of summer!).  We’re nearing the end of August, leaving me shocked that summer flew by so fast.  Pre-season football has already started and students are going back to their school/college soon.

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Summer has been quite amazing this year (amazing new job, good income, decent shows to binge-watch on Netflix!) and I look forward to what fall brings.  The Netflix series have been amazing, but now I’m definitely pumped for what fall TV has to offer.  With the weather getting colder within the next few months, staying in to warm up is always a great idea.  Sure I love going out to Boston every week, but catching up with my favorite TV series is another amazing option as well.

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If you’ve been reading the blog, you would know already that I’m a big American Horror Story fanatic (I did a whole month summarizing the horror and gore that was AHS: Roanoke, so yeah there’s that).  I’m definitely into horror series and American Horror Story goes far beyond some of the films I’ve watched.  Just when I think they couldn’t push the twisted and sadistic anthropology any further, they hit back harder with another gruesome tale.  Earlier I provided a few tidbits about this year’s chapter with the new teasers that released; I was excited to find out that the newest season will provide opening credits!

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That’s right folks – the opening credits to AHS:Cult are out!  This year’s chapter brought back the opening credits that clue audiences into what will happen in the story.  I got to check out the newest trailer (about 15 times since it released!) and it definitely answered my burning questions about the theme.

Here are the highlights on the trailer for AHS: Cult:

Bugs, Insects, Bees, Oh My!

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First thing I noticed right off the bat were the insects flying around.  There were close-up shots of millipedes, flies, and even bees.  The beehive kept coming up a few times (there IS a subtle theme that goes along with the cult idea!).  Insects have been around since the first chapter with American Horror Story: Murder House and they’re coming back for the latest one.  Looks like we’ll have to keep an eye out for the insects this season!

Donald Trump Mask

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          Masked killers have always been a recurring theme in Ryan Murphy’s twisted series (The Carver, The Rubber Man, Twisty the Clown) and this season we have a figure donning a mask that resembles Donald Trump.  There was news detailing that the 2016 election results will be a central theme for season seven.  Horror will be seeping into politics this year!

George Washington Statue

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Throughout the trailer, there’s some creepy figure of George Washington that pops up.  The figure looks concerned, as if he sees danger heading into his way.  He also wields a weapon and stands as if he is ready for battle.  This season is getting a lot more political, so it is only fitting that we see the George Washington figure.  Who knows what other past presidents we will see pop up next.

Clown Cult

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We got to meet Twisty the Clown on AHS: Freak Show and now we are dealing with a clown cult this season.  Clowns are popping up from coffins, each one dressed in the same depressing/creepy outfits.  It’s also interesting to mention that Twisty the Clown will be coming back this year!

Hillary Trump Mask

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Not only are we dealing with a Donald Trump masked-character, but we also have some in a Hillary Clinton mask.  Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the two candidates for the 2016 election, are going to be part of this year’s political horror story.  Those masks are just downright BIZARRE and it’ll be interesting to see them this season.

Political Shadow Figure

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Halfway through the trailer, there’s some creepy figure that lurks around.  His shadow is seen on a wall while a dark carousel goes around.  At one point, his shadow disappears while the camera moves closer to him.  Who is this mysterious figure?  Is he another political figure from the past?  Could he have some connection to the weird George Washington figure?

Bleeding Flag

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An American flag comes up, but its splattered with blood.  Gushes of blood trickles down the cloth, signaling a time of danger.  I’m sensing that it has to revolve around the clown cult.  Whatever the case may be, we’re about to find out what danger the residents are in.

Bloody Shower Sex

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Don’t mind the horny couple, they’re just having some shower sex…while being covered in blood!  Love is always in the air here in the AHS universe and it usually ends up messy (LITERALLY messy!).  The bloody couple having shower sex could be a part of the crazy clown cult.  Either way, we have a new couple to follow!

Creepy Beekeeper

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Our last creepy figure to discuss is the beekeeper.  You can’t see his face, only his beekeeper outfit.  Other than the bees flying around, we’ll have to keep a close eye on this mysterious man.  What is his backstory all about?

Title Card

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As a final bonus piece, the title card is revealed.  The season title card looks absolutely amazing.  From the rusted grey texture to the blood dripping on the letters, the AHS: Cult card looks perfect for this season.  Kudos to the creative designer for cooking up this amazing piece of artwork for the title card!


7/22 Saturday Quote Day!

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One thing is that, unlike any other Western democracy that I know of, this country has operated since its beginnings with a basic distrust of government. We are constituted not for efficient operation of government, but for minimizing the possibility of abuse of power. It took the events of the Roosevelt era — a catastrophic economic collapse and a world war — to introduce the strong central government that we now know. But in most parts of the country today, the reluctance to have government is still strong. I think, barring a series of catastrophic events, that we can look to at least another decade during which many of the big problems around this country will have to be addressed by institutions other than federal government.

~ Bobby R. Inman

PR-Nightmare Trifecta!

Ladies and gentleman…it has been QUITE a month so far for PR nightmares these days.  Three different businesses from three unique industries have created such horrid PR nightmares.  These nightmares are SO horrid that they’ll be suffering for quite a while before customers want to work with again.  We have someone being dragged off a plane, a god-awful commercial from a popular soda brand, and a political statement SO idiotic that we have made America DUMBER again.  These 3 PR nightmares have merged together to become what is known as…the PR Nightmare Trifecta!

The PR Nightmare Trifecta, consisting of three PR nightmares occurring around the same month, is what we have flying around social media these days.  One PR nightmare wasn’t enough in Trump’s America, so now we got THREE nightmares happening (ONE of the businesses is STILL suffering from a nightmare that happened almost a month ago!).  We will be revealing these three PR nightmares together in order because the shock waves they made were SO big that they couldn’t be discussed individually.  These PR nightmares of the PR Nightmare Trifecta include Pepsi’s latest ad featuring Kendall Jenner, the doctor being physically thrown off an United Airline plane, and Sean Spicer’s most preposterous statement that will make even the youngest of children face palm.  I hope you guys are ready, because the PR Nightmare Trifecta is about to begin!

Kendall Jenner’s Pepsi Ad:  Pepsi thought they were being smart by utilizing Kendall Jenner as part of their new televised ad campaign.  It shows the opulent Kendall Jenner walking past a group of protesters in order to hand a Pepsi to a police officer.  A young Muslim woman smiles with glee, taking snapshots of the police officer quenching his thirst.  The crowd cheers as the situation becomes less hostile and they are happy once again.

This may have seemed like an interesting idea for their audience, right?  WRONG!  Right after the ad aired, Pepsi was criticized for its trivial portrayal against Black Lives Matter.  Thousands of upsetting consumers flocked to social media, ranting on about how it belittled the whole Black Lives Matter movement.  Due to the controversy, Pepsi pulled the ad from TV shortly thereafter.

Pepsi may have cleaned up part of the mess by pulling their ad, but they still got some serious work to complete in order to salvaged their sinking reputation.  In the growing PC-world, that shit just doesn’t fly with people these days.

I do believe that this was in such bad taste, but the real offensive part of this commercial?  Knowing that Pepsi sunk so low on the celebrity endorsement concept that they chose Kendall Jenner out of all of the celebrities.  How did we go from seeing gracious and sophisticated Joan Crawford as the face of Pepsi (true story!) to seeing “popular” celebrity Kendall Jenner, who is part of a Hollywood dynasty that made MILLIONS out of nothing?  To this day, I have NO idea how or why this Kardashian Dynasty is still flourishing around Hollywood after being on TV 10 years ago (if someone has a concrete reason for WHY they’re so famous, PLEASE tell me!).

         United Torture Airlines:  Ah, yes… UNITED AIRLINES.  Remember last month when those two girls were forced to don a dress before boarding one of their planes (which you can read about here)?  Well now United Airlines has a bigger PR nightmare to wrestle with.

It was like something out of a ‘torture porn’ horror film:  A United Airline plane was overcrowded with too many passengers.  Airline representatives selected four random passengers to get off the plane when people refused to leave.  What do the United Airline staff decide to do?  Physically throw people off the plane, of course!

One of the four passengers David Dao (who was a DOCTOR that needed to see his patients the next day) refused to leave after being threatened of security being called.  Three officers yanked him off as he screams of terror as his head bangs on the armrest.  If that wasn’t sadistic enough, they grabbed his wrist and dragged him down the aisle on his back (while bleeding the ENTIRE time!).  Passengers watched in horror as this beaten man (who was a DOCTOR, for God sakes!) get dragged around like some weak rag doll.

In response to this PR nightmare, United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz released a formal statement apologizing for the incident.  He is now working with his team to formally address the situation at hand, even meeting with the victim that suffered through this ordeal.  To give some insight to his customers, a united spokeswoman remarked that all passengers will receive compensation that would be equal to the cost of their plane ticket.

Even though passengers will be compensated for the shocking incident, United Airlines customers (including David Dao) are looking to sue the company for what just happened.  People may be getting their compensation, but that won’t be enough to fix what is MAJORLY broken at United Airlines.  So not only are they disciplining women on what to wear on the plane, but now they are physically removing random passengers off of the plane.  United Airlines has some SERIOUS work to complete on their PR part!

Sean Spicer Said WHAT?!?:  Alright folks, the last (and most idiotic) PR nightmare is here.  After the recent attacks occurring in Syria, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer set off a horrific backlash afterwards.  In his recent statement, he claims (NOT EVEN KIDDING when I say this) that President Bashar al-Assad of Syria was guilty of acts worse than Hitler and that Hitler had not used any chemical weapons years ago.

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Oh my sweet Jesus…I need a minute right now.  Just…the amount of STUPIDITY within that state is SO strong it’s physically hurting my insides.  For the love of God, America…just…WHY?!?  WHY?!?

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Ok people… Adolf Hitler DID in fact use chemical weapons for the gas chambers at the concentration camps.  What were those gas chambers a part of over 70+ years ago?  THE HOLOCAUST.  Ah, yes… one of the most sadistic events of the mid-20th century in Nazi Germany.  It was those chemicals that were used as part of the nation-wide Nazi propaganda agenda during World War II.

And on a somewhat-related note, the US Army was studying chemicals that were related to mustard gas to develop more effective agents for war and defensive measures.  The army discovered a unique compound called nitrogen mustard, which was discovered to have other unique chemical properties.  Many other discoveries led to the beginning of CHEMOTHERAPY (the therapy we use now to treat cancer!).  So yes Sean Spicer, Adolf Hitler DID use chemical weapons for his agenda during Nazi Germany.

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There’s my scientific rant about chemicals.  I am still dumbfounded that our White House Press Secretary would be that ignorant.  If he’s the White House Press Secretary, then that should make me CEO of a Fortune 500 Company (like MakeSandcastlesNotWar!).

Either way, these businesses really need to clean up the mess they caused.  Three companies, three PR nightmares, and many problems have risen.  They pretty much made their bed and now they must lie on it.  My advice for these companies would be to wait for their BS to blow over and start anew.  Even though these PR nightmares were horrific, they CAN come back to fix things.

That concludes my discussion of the PR-Nightmare Trifecta.  Who knows what other PR nightmares will be bubbling up to the surface in the near future?  Let’s hope for a PR miracle here in America!

Hail to the Kief: America’s Greatest 4/20-Friendly Presidents

Yesterday we took some time off of work/school to celebrate President’s Day.  President’s Day is a national holiday that falls on the 3rd Monday of February every year.  It was originally established as “Washington’s Birthday” back in 1885 to celebrate George Washington’s birthday and was renamed as Presidents’ Day when it was moved as part of the 1971 Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which was filed to create more 3-day weekends for workers.  George Washington may have been dead for centuries, but we still celebrate this holiday every February.

Nowadays Presidents’ Day is viewed as a day celebrating all U.S. presidents, both past and present.  It will be an interesting 4 years for our president now that recreational cannabis use is legal in 1/10 of the country.  With the cannabis community growing stronger each day, it will be harder for politicians to turn a deaf ear on what their goals are for America.  Interestingly enough, not all former presidents shunned down cannabis use during their terms.  Some members habitually smoked cannabis while others simply approved the plant.

Nevertheless, we should remember how our Founding Fathers first used to plant in order to shed the light on a brighter future for America.  Here are some noteworthy 4/20-friendly presidents that have been in the White House:

George Washington:  We had to start off our 4/20-friendly list right with our first president George Washington.  Washington didn’t really smoke cannabis, but he was well-known for growing hemp in his backyard.  He grew the hemp to use for fiber and other essential tools during the 18th century.  It was also noted that dealt with his toothaches through his hemp preparations.  Imagine that folks – our very first president of the U.S. grew hemp!

          John F. Kennedy:  Considered one of the greatest U.S. presidents of all time, John F. Kennedy smoked cannabis during his term in the 1960s.  Rather than openly smoking joints for recreational use, Kennedy used it to treat his severe back pain.  Even though the counter-culture movement didn’t take off until the late 60s, people openly smoked cannabis without the paranoia of getting caught by the authorities.

          Barack Obama:  It’s been months since he left the White House and people still miss Barack Obama…or what he was formerly known as ‘Barry’.  Our last president even admitted to using cannabis when he was a teenager in Hawaii.  His most famous statement was, “When I was a kid, I inhaled, frequently.  That was the point.”  What’s interesting to point out is that four states (Colorado, Alaska, Oregon, Washington) legalized recreational use during Obama’s term as president.  Kudos to Obama for becoming more liberal on the 4/20 issues here in America!

          Thomas Jefferson: Just like Washington, Thomas Jefferson farmed hemp during his presidency.  Other than farming the versatile crop, he was Ambassador to France during the Hashish era.  There’s no further research on whether or not he consumed recreationally, but it’s still great to have another president that grew hemp in his backyard!

          Bill Clinton:  Way before the rise of Hillary Clinton becoming a candidate for the 2016 elections, Bill Clinton took the stage from 1993-2001.  In the true Clintonian fashion, he claimed that he didn’t inhale and would not try it ever again (sure Clinton…just like you claimed to not have an “inappropriate relationship” with Monica Lewinsky!).  Cannabis was still heavily criminalized in the 90s era, but that didn’t stop Clinton from testing out this popular drug!

And there you have it – five of the most 4/20-friendly presidents that have graced their presence in the White House.  It’s ironic that we’ve had such strict cannabis laws in America when many of these presidents used the plant in the past.  As we become more educated about the cannabis industry, the path for cannabis legalization in America becomes clearer.  Who knows, we may have 4/20-friendly president that smokes reefers in the near future!  For now, let’s reflect on the 4/20-friendly presidents that have previously worked in the White House.

Just Say NO…to Misinformation on Cannabis!

Something that really stuck with me when learning about public relations was that companies must stay on top of trends every year.  The audience goes wherever the wind blows, so it is vital to stay ahead of the curve in order to captivate your audience’s interest.  It’s a familiar concept within fashion where one fashion trend may be hot now, but it will be out sooner than you think.  Information trends are similar to fashion where it flows throughout the world every day and cultural shifts revitalize the concept through certain events.

For example, take a look at how the information on cigarettes were radically altered in the past few decades.  Cigarettes were widely used during the 50s/60s, with doctors pushing them to their patients.  No one really knew of the dangerous health effects from long-term smoking, so people continued to smoke packs of cigarettes every day.  It wasn’t until the late 90s when a slew of laws was filed to decrease cigarette use in America.  Nowadays, you can find more people vaping through e-cigarettes than smoking a pack of Marlboros.

That was about how PR radically altered cigarette use in America, but now our main substance that has been gaining more recognition is cannabis.  Recreational cannabis use has been legal in 1/10 of America for since the elections and the push for modernized information has become more relevant than ever.  The dominoes have fallen quicker than ever since it became legal, with organizations become more pressured to cave in to where the wind is blowing.  One of the biggest opponents of the cannabis community that followed the wind was the DEA.

After mere months of legal and public pressure, the DEA recently removed misinformation about cannabis on their website.  Their website, dea.gov, provided some erroneous facts about cannabis use.  The legal request comes from the non-profit medical cannabis advocacy group Americans for Safe Access (ASA) where they argued that over 25+ misinformed statements were found about cannabis; it violated the Information Quality Act, which prohibits government agencies from providing false information to the public and requires them to respond to the requests within 60 days for correct information.  The ASA filed the petition on December 5th, 2016 and the facts were finally scrubbed off from the website.

Some of the “facts” that were erased from the website included preposterous claims that cannabis is a gateway drug, a primary contributor to lung cancer and psychosis, and that it causes an irreversible cognitive decline in adults.  These claims are what kept the ‘Reefer Madness’ mindset going after Nixon’s War on Drugs initiated in 1971.  It’s almost 46 years later and now these mind-boggling “facts” have now been expunged from the public eye.  Another PR miracle has been crafted for the cannabis industry after decades of Nixon’s War on Drugs!

This right here is what public relations is all about: a change of information regarding a certain idea due to the ever-changing social culture in the community.  It was the people that led the direction as to where the wind is blowing and cannabis legalization in America is pushing farther than ever in the right direction.  Social Media helped to build the bridges that connected cannabis users together under one virtual community.  Other than building bridges, social media is also major factor for where the wind is blowing for social trends.  The fight for cannabis legalization has been a long and hard battle so far, but the DEA expunging their “facts” from their website is a MAJOR step in the process.

All I have to say about this PR miracle is…FINALLY!  Most people have known for decades about cannabis’ medicinal benefits and it’s amazing that the misinformation is being erased from the DEA’s website.  I’ve known since college that these claims about cannabis use were sorely incorrect and that cannabis has widespread benefits when using it.  As Americans, we deserve the fundamental right of correct information to better educate ourselves on what is right for us.  It should be up to the people, not “professionals”, that should make the decision about what’s good or bad for their body.

Cannabis use in America is going stronger each day, with more consumers being better informed about the plant through social media sites.  More people are saying NO to misinformation about cannabis and saying YES on recreational use.  Just like fashion trends, information on cannabis is slowly morphing itself within the modern social culture that we see today.

We’re just one step closer to widespread legalization here in America.  The dominoes are falling harder than ever and the wind is blowing faster than ever towards the future of the cannabis industry.