Archive for March, 2016



March 6, 2016

The new year advertising has been getting to me. After seeing a lot of ads on Facebook, I decided to try a tea-tox. Which is essentially a detox plan fueled by special teas.

Because I saw a deal on Gilt making it pretty cost effective, I jumped in with little research as to why teatoxes have become so popular. That reason is Kylie Jenner. Yep, I jumped on the bandwagon for a fad started by a reality star.

The basic plan is that they give you an every day morning tea and an every other night nightime tea. The morning one is supposed to just give you an energy boost – something to replace your coffee. As a non-addicted coffee drinker, I think this tea was just perfect as a morning drink. People report a lot of appetite suppressent effects, which I also experienced. But I can’t figure out which of the ingredients in my tea is doing it.

The nighttime tea, however, totally different story. Luckily, my tea was very obviously called a colon cleanse tea. A quick peruse of the reviews details some folks getting bad cramping and other not so great side effects. Guess how this tea works. Laxatives.

Cue some serious googling on laxative use. My tea’s ingredient is Senna Leaf. Which seems fine to take as a laxative. But laxatives shouldn’t really be used for weight loss, even if they seem effective (my google search took me to many pro-anorexia formums which were just weird). Takeaway – it really shouldn’t be part of your “lifestyle”.

I feel ok that I tried it. And I do like the morning tea lot. But I’m also glad to do some research before actually jumping all the way in.


Oscar Jokes

March 1, 2016

Chris Rock made an Asian joke during his opening for the Oscars. And people are mad. Not mad enough that it’s making top headlines, but at least a few Facebook links.

Sacha Baron Cohen also made an Asian joke during his presenting at the Oscars. This seems to have been largely ignored.

What were these jokes?

Rock’s joke was about Asians being smart, which he brought home by bring three Asian children on stage as “PWC accountants”. Cohen, in typical Ali G style, joked “How come there is no Oscar for them very hard-working little yellow people with tiny dongs? You know — the Minions.”

So why is Rock making headlines and Cohen is buried in the articles are not mentioned at all?

Is it because the children? Children who clearly have some business agreement in place to appear on national TV for Rock’s hosting. Children who have rehearsed the marks they’re supposed to hit. Who got dressed up in costume for it. So if they’re victims – no more than other child actors who get crappy jobs.

Is it because Rock was making a statement? Is it because we expect more diversity from a minority? Is it because no one watched the Oscars long enough to see Cohen’s joke and now they’re just jumping on the headline bandwagon? Or is it because we accept that Ali G is offensive?

It all sounds like excuses to me. If you call out Rock for making a stereotypical Asian joke (one that is pretty well accepted among Asians – let’s be honest), but you don’t call out Cohen – it’s basically condoning racist jokes in certain situations. You didn’t trot out children to be laughed at – so it’s cool you refer to us as “yellow people”. You were obviously joking and not trying to seriously speak about diversity – so your racist joke gets a pass. Forgive me when I start questioning your ability to judge racism at all.

This to me is ultimately a problem because it makes it seem like a fluke. Chris Rock is just one bad apple in the comedian world. And I’m pretty sure we all know that’t not how it is.