Dear Tom Hardy, next time just say this…

 

Seems Tom Hardy got asked yet again about whether he’s gay or not. He was pissed and it showed. So he not only came off as a bit of a dick (and not his fault, honestly) but he missed an opportunity to put an end to the rumors. Instead of just answering the question, he made a big production about of pretending he didn’t understand the question.

The “what are you on about” part is silly. He knew exactly what the reporter was asking about.

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Here’s what he SHOULD have said.

“[gentle laugh] I’m never going to live that down, am I? OK.. so a few years ago I was talking about how I had played gay roles before because I’m an actor, and someone misunderstood that to mean I had had gay sex in my personal life. Partially my fault, I didn’t word it very well. I’m not desperate to clear my name or anything, but I don’t want people to think I’m closeted or openly gay and then think I’m a hypocrite being married with two kids… because… you know… I’m married with two kids. That said, we’ve already been over this many times and I’m not sure what else I can add to the conversation other than, No I’m not gay but if I was, you’d personally be maybe ¾ the way up the list below Brad Pitt but above Hugh Jackman because that guy is CRAZY.”

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The Real Reason MTV Doesn’t Play Music Videos Anymore.

Yeah, I also miss the old days when you’d just leave the music station playing (for me it was Much Music, Canada’s music station) while you went about your day. You’d just have it on. You’d study, do your dishes, chat with your friends, read magazines… anything. If a song came on that you really loved, you’d watch but if not, you’d just let it play and occasionally look up to see what Madonna was wearing or who was interviewing Duran Duran.

Those days are gone.

Like all our entertainment, music is now something that we get on demand. We don’t let others program it for us, we watch what we want on Youtube or Hulu or Vemo. We make our own playlists or scroll down Facebook to see what our friends “liked.”

There’s no need for a music station and if there was… there would be one. They didn’t stop showing videos because they wanted to serve up shitty reality shows, they stopped showing videos because it was clear that when they played music, people turned it off and only watched when it was those horrible reality shows. That’s why.

He’s also right that it was that generation who pioneered Napster and Limewire and Torrents who stole the music. And it’s not just music. It baffles me how many people will tell me that they love my movies and watch them on some pirate porn site for free. They’ll sometimes gush about how much they love my movies and then laugh at how they don’t pay for them. I’ll give them a blank look and say “you realize that I have to pay my crew, my performers, I have to pay for flights, food, locations, editors, distribution and… maybe telling me that you love what I do but think it’s funny that you don’t think I deserve to pay my rent isn’t a way to endear yourself to me.

Anyway… I love Cracked, I love this video and yeah… I miss the days when music videos were art and not just places to sell cell phones and gadgets to people.

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Bob Mould “Tiny Desk Concert”

Bob Mould, punk rock Godfather and cultural icon dropped by the NPR studios to do a very impromptu 4-song set. Three of the songs were from his latest album Beauty And Ruin (a personal favorite that spends a lot of time on my turn table lately) plus one classic Hüsker Dü song, ‘Makes No Sense At All.’

It’s easy to forget just how many songs from his career have been part of the soundtrack of my life. With so many incarnations (he also fronted the early 90s band Sugar), unless you’re engaged enough, you might not realize you know that many songs from his catalogue.

Anyway.. pick up the vinyl of his album here. Enjoy the show.

Download the whole show from the NPR site.

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