The producers for the new Adam Sandler movie, Ridiculous Six, hired real Native Americans to portray Native Americans, however they became aware of the stereotypes Adam was endorsing and walked off the set. The Native Americans brought the issue up with the producers only to be told, ‘If you are overly sensitive about it, then you should probably leave’. Some racially offensive things done in the movie include:
“The examples of disrespect included Native women’s names such as Beaver’s Breath and No Bra, an actress portraying an Apache woman squatting and urinating while smoking a peace pipe, and feathers inappropriately positioned on a teepee. ”
“We were supposed to be Apache, but it was really stereotypical and we did not look Apache at all. We looked more like Comanche. One thing that really offended a lot of people was that there was a female character called Beaver’s breath. One character says ‘Hey, Beaver’s Breath.’ And the Native woman says, ‘How did you know my name?'”
Unfunny people always go for your looks or ethnicity when they try to be funny. It is because they aren’t clever enough to come up with something original to say. It’s extremely sad to see that Native Americans are still being oppressed by being subjugated to stereotypes. It’s sad that producers are making it seem like the Native Americans are the problem in the situation by calling them overly sensitive. The Native Americans were and still are the oppressed people, so no one has a right to tell them they are being too sensitive.
Pakistani born Nazia Hassan took the Pakistani music scene by storm in the 1980’s and early 1990’s. She became the first pop singer of Pakistan. She would sing as a child star on Pakistani television shows and by the age of 15, she had her first singing hit “Aap Jaisa Koi” for an Indian film Qurbani. She became an instant sensation in India. She won a Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback. Soon after she released her first album called “Disco Deewane” which became a sensation in Pakistan, India and Latin America.
Nazia Hassan and her brother Zohaib Hassan hosted a music show called “Music ’89” and are credited with bringing music bands like “Vital Signs” and “Jupitars” to the spotlight. She was also extremely intelligent. She pursued her education and ended up working for the United Nations Department of Political and Security Council Affairs. Seriously, Nazia is such an inspiration!
Nazia Hassan married and had a son but her husband was not good to her so she filed for divorce while was battling cancer. She even labeled her marriage as a second cancer in her life. Nazia passed away from lung cancer on August 13, 2000.
My favorite songs by Nazia Hassan are “Aap Jaisa Koi”, ” Disco Deewane”, “Ankhen Milane Wali” and “Boom Boom”.
I can’t help but think of Selena these days. I was in the mood to listen to “Bidi bidi bum bum” and while I was listening, I came across an article about Selena, her achievements and her love for helping people. Then I came across “Selena Remembered” on youtube. Selena had TRUE TALENT and was on her way to becoming a cross over star. Technically her first language is English and she started out performing American Songs but her father knew the racism she would have to deal with as a Mexican Woman, so he decided to build a fan base starting with Tejano people.
My heart sinks when I think of her success and how she was taken away from this earth at 23 years old. She had a beautiful natural singing voice, would sing on the spot, had great dance moves with a fun side and you know what else, she had a butt. It was a physical attribute she had but it wasn’t her focus. In fact I never heard her talk about her butt. She had a beautiful shape, beautiful smile, her own style, which are all wonderful attributes to a person with something to offer us, which is talent. Sigh. Selena Quintanilla Forever !!!
This is my favorite performance of Selena:
Selena Quintanilla passed away on March 31, 1995. She was murdered by a crazed woman named Yolanda Salvidar who was the president of Selena’s fan club and a ran Selena’s Boutiques.