Poor Kermit the Frog, awhile back, was singing his little heart away
about the challenges in being a different color. There are so many
strange occurrences and violence committed around the world due
to ethnicity, culture, religion and sexual preference differences.
Lately, the two that come fresh to mind are Paula Deen putting her
foot in her mouth and then, trying to back out of it, making it much
worse. Also, there is the horrible incident that the person who seemed
guilty was found “not guilty.”
I went to the movie, “Lone Ranger,” having heard a lot about the fun
incidents and less about the serious side of the movie. I am proud of
the director and actors for “taking up the gauntlet” in this case to
tackle the tough issues of the Native Americans in Tonto’s story and
how that made him the way he is. It also influences how the whole
story rolls too.
There are some other ethnicity prejudices and issues covered, as
there are blacks working on the railroad side by side with the
indentured Chinese workers. The “Wild West” action heroes
are also included in the winding, but worthwhile plot.
I will add only one thing more, this movie reminded me a LOT
of “Little Big Man” with Dustin Hoffman retelling his life starting
at the end of his life, going backwards. Not revealing too much to
say that Tonto also starts out at the end of his life, but in a museum.
So, there is also another movie or two influencing this because of
“The Night in the Museum” (I believe there are two of them.)
I have accidentally offended one person awhile back by posting a
story that I was aiming for humorous, since I went out with a man
who had called from the jail. I answered. That is the first funny part,
then, once out of prison, I was picked up in a black limousine to go
out to dinner. NO, I was asked to go out and he would send a car
around, describing as such, and I said I would meet him at a nice
Italian restaurant he chose. I had Bill, my good old handy dandy
friend follow me so as I would not “end up on ice!” See, I could
not resist calling him a “mobster.” I did not mean anything much
since there were the famous movies like “The Godfather” series,
along with the fairly recent “Sopranos” television series.
I offended an Italian by referring to this man who had other men
following us into the restaurant and also, who came to Delaware
bringing a “gang” who maybe might best be called a “posse” and
somehow it would sound like he was a rapper? I apologized but
said woman has not visited my blog since that “fatal” mistake!
I am sorry that I did not realize that mentioning the mob in the
same breath as Italians, that this would be showing prejudice.
I would like to bring up a pet peeve about stereotypes of elderly
people in commercials. There is only one that has a lively couple
and all the rest are looking like almost my Mom’s age. Grandmas
and Grandpas are not in their eighties, those are great grandpas
and great grandmas! Have you noticed the ones who are selling
the different products are smiling and looking friendly? That is
refreshing since real elderly people can be cranky! I worked 4
years in a nursing home as an Activities Director. I got a lot
of smiles and hugs, because I knew how to make them happy,
old movies, old music, Bingo and lots of yummy treats served
at all activities, including sugar free cookies and ice cream,
along with the full flavored multiple caloried items!
Last but not least, I am told by my brothers that wearing an
Indians’ shirt with Chief Wahoo on it is “tacky” and “offensive”
to Native Americans. I got this cute red shirt you see on the
gravatar from my youngest daughter’s hand me downs. I was
so pleased with the photo she took of me, on the steps of OWU
campus, that I did not dream anyone would even notice the
shirt! Of course, a couple people that are friends have commented
they liked the photograph, no mention of the logo at all. I meant
no offense to anyone and do agree that Native Americans who are
in a serious mood, may not smile with such a fakey and goofy look
as poor Chief Wahoo… I apologize about this!
I am going to be posting a new photograph once summer is over,
I started with a gray dress and a big smile in front of my apt. door.
I had lighter hair, for some reason the dye changes each time?
Anyway, thank you for accepting me who is not “green” but is
technologically challenged at times, relying on my daughter to
come home and change pictures or download Award clip arts.
“It’s Not Easy Being Green” was written by Joe Raposo, for
Kermit the Frog, the Muppets and Jim Henson performed it
first. Interestingly enough, Frank Sinatra along with many
other performers have sung this simple song with a sweet and
poignant theme. I will quote the beginning and ending lyrics.
“It’s not easy being green,…. (mentions being like a leaf,
wishing he were red, yellow or brown instead…)
“It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things
and people tend to pass you over ’cause
you’re not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water.
It would make you wonder why, but why wonder why?
Wonder, I am green and I’ll do fine.
It’s beautiful and I think it’s what I want to be!”