Archive for ‘Britney Spears’

May 13, 2009

Bristol Palin: Abstinence Advocate

by MullOverThis

There’s more ridiculousness from the political family most commensurate to the  Bundy’s (Married With Children):  The Palins.

Bristol Palin is on a stupendous mission to convince teenagers that abstinence is the best policy as the Candie’s foundation teen ambasssador.  So, Jenny Craig should not have replaced Kirstie Alley.  Kirstie’s obesity makes her the perfect spokesperson for the weight loss company.  Look at Bristol, brand new teenage mother feuding with the baby’s daddy and his family:  ABSTAIN.  Look at Kirstie, actress with fluctuating weight: CALL JENNY CRAIG.  The anti-Bristol approach to abstinence may be more effective than selecting a fine young popular star who is abstinent.  Bristol  fell through “the cracks” of her mother’s abstinence-only sex education policies and ended up as the perfect poster-uh, morning shows and CNN live interview-child for abstinence. The young Palin should be working with momma to make sure her son has a relationship with his father and other family.  Who has time for the best interest of the innocent baby when she has a call to advocate what she could not  espouse and still admits is “unrealistic”?

Maybe Candie’s can find a role for Sarah Palin after her run as Alaskan governor.  Should Governor Palin then decide to advocate sex education, the corporation should make her pay for her own presentation kits.

http://www.sltrib.com/opinion/ci_12329615

http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1896815,00.html

http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2009/05/president-oba-3.html

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February 3, 2008

MAD MONEY

by MullOverThis

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No doubt all of the people who might have normally elected to see Mad Money opted to take their children to see Hannah Montana last night.  I don’t need to wait until the weekend is over to know that Hannah Montana was the top grossing film.  The lobby of the movie theatre had a line full of cackling young ladies waiting to see their heroine, or at least cable TV friend,  Hannah Montana.  Britney, Raven, Lindsey, and Jamie Lynn move over cause Miley Cyrus is having her reign as the pre-teen/teen queen.   Mad Money?  That is what the daughter of country singer Billy Rae Cyrus is going to rake in from this movie.

Mad Money, starring Diane Keaton, Queen Latifah, Ten Danson and Katie Holmes is just another Hollywood flick.  Since we haven’t seen Mrs. Tom Cruise in a while outside of austere & primped paparazzi posings, it was refreshing to see her acting again.  I don’t think there will be any Golden Globes or Oscars ascribed to this picture unless it is for “Best Dingbattish Performance from a Re-entry Actress”, in which case Tom will have to make some space in their awards room for Mrs. Cruise’s statute. 

Diane Keaton plays the desperate fru-fru upper middle class housewife (Bridget Cardigan) who falls upon hard times and has to be-little herself to toilet-bowl cleaning at the opportune Federal Reserve.  Necessity is the mother of invention.  In an inverse yet decrepit application of this maxim, a precipice is sure to follow.   Keaton’s character becomes the mastermind who  convinces her co-conspirators, played by Latifah and Katie (Nina Brewster and Jackie Truman, respectively), to embezzle old dirty money that technically doesn’t exist.  There isn’t any major harm in stealing money to help save the family home, provide a better life and education for a single mother, and acquire things normal working class people will never be able to afford–especially when the cash is money that is removed from the system.  Ted Danson (Don Cardigan) plays a displaced corporate executive who joins the subterfuge along with the others’ love interests, and micro-manages the entire debacle.  The everyday charlatans enjoy the benefits of their thievery to surpass their original goals in a film aura 10 notches shy of the pretentious intensity in Oceans 11-13, but 5 notches above a King’s Ransom type film.  The free cash is too good for the syndicate to stop stealing when their so-called needs are met.  They keep pilfering and gratuitously follow the paths that great crooks have set before them–get busted.  Of course, they are able to legally hoodwink their way out of the charges because of lack of evidence. Quandary moments of worry are soon placated for there is no eventual dismay.  The kingpin Bridget Cardigan had the wherewithal to hide a boatload of cash for the thieves to divide and live happily ever after. 

To the deeply indebted, easily influenced, tired of working, seem to never get ahead folks, and baby-step criminals, do not see this movie.  I kept laughing throughout the movie, not only because it was humorous, but more-so because of the reaction I witnessed.  A dear friend and fervent Christian admitted that the movie provoked her to think of ways to get money without having to pay any consequences.  She immediately recognized that this was only a thought pattern, but a thought pattern it was nonetheless.  Imagine the vulnerability and subtle credence a young person might feel after watching ANOTHER flick that highlights crime, corruption, greed, embezzlement, beating the system, getting ahead at any cost, ungodly self-fulfillment, and an unwillingness to suffer.  So from the perspective of a Christian, there was no universally good moral to this picture, other than re-affirming the principle that the love of money is the root of all evil.

December 31, 2007

AN OPEN LETTER TO JOHN WEECE, SENIOR MINISTER OF THE SOUTHLAND CHRISTIAN CHURCH Why the Public Appeal for Britney Spears is Commendable

by MullOverThis

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Dear Jon,

Greetings and God bless you and the entire Southland Christian Church.  As a sister in the Lord, I commend you and thank God for your call to pray for Britney Spears.  I became awakened to this cry for support to pray for Britney from an open letter to you from MoKelly and felt compelled to express another view. In light of all that has happened publicly in the church in 2007, this is refreshing. Do not give up in your prayers.

 

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/433698/an_open_letter_to_rev_jon_weece_of.html

 

In approximately 2004, I received a personal phone call from the sponsor of an annual service for Whitney Houston to attend a Night of Healing in Manhattan where her mother, Sissy Houston, and a host of other friends and the community focused on praying for Whitney. The objective was to pray for her to come back to her roots and be delivered from drugs and  vices that often plague successful entertainers and to let her know that the church was praying.  Although I was not able to attend that particular service, my local church had been praying for Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey (depression), DMX, and so many other celebrities who had faced the same challenges that many of us do, just in their own “world”.  

I cannot imagine that the media magnet who claims to mentor  interns would not have been aware to review, or sought out to attend because of his so-called “stature”.  Regardless of his personal presence or not, I failed to find any publicized railings by MoKelly against these sponsors for praying for Whitney and not praying for every troubled starlet,  celebrity, or famous athlete while that call  focused on Whitney and others battling drug addiction.  If I am wrong, I invite him to produce record of the same. You see, solipsistic folks tend to have blurred judgment and weighted scales depending upon what matters to them.  No one blasted the African American community for not praying for the Osbournes, Paris Hilton, Little Richard or Colin Ferrell when we prayed for our neighbors who are from our block, so how dare we suggest that you can’t pray for someone you have a burden for from your neck of the woods.     

      

The fact remains that Britney Spears is a troubled young woman who has been devasted by things in her childhood, too much success too fast, a broken marriage, losing custody of her children, and only she and God knows what else.  Her heart and her emotions do not register according to her net worth or celebrity. She is still a young woman who has followed a longstanding Hollywood lifestyle of partying, sex, and drugs.  She and her two beautiful young sons are paying for it.  We can talk about it, judge her, or do what Christians are put here in the earth to do—witness to her and pray.  Each one can reach one.  While you may not have covered the list of people MoKelly threw at you, what is important is that you follow God. If MoKelly had God’s agenda in mind, and would stop thinking that real Christians sit around in board rooms contemplating how to make a name for themselves through other people, he would have thrown a host of “distastefuls” like all the serial killers in jail, the missing Bin Laden and KKK kingpins somewhere on his prayer request list to be  politically and ethnically inclusive, according to his justice and equity pen.  All souls belong to God, not just the ones on the prayer list MoKelly prescribes. He is free to give up some of his bloggossipping time in the guise of journalism and pray for OJ, Vick and the Olsen twins himself for that matter. We all need prayer.

We are in an age where the loudest voices are from people who are more enthralled with their accomplishments which can usually be captured in less than 200 characters including  spaces and punctuation marks, and spend too much of their day attempting to vilify folks whose accomplishments, missions and community presence cannot be captured in a book. God knows what their voices sound like in the heavens, and so do people with discernment in the earth.  My opinion: ignore them and pray that their hearts be changed. Nehemiah did not come down from off of the wall to assuage the cries of a critic with a loud bark and no teeth.  If God is using you to train church people to be different and not buy the gossip rags or subscribe to the blogarbage and act powerless, so be it. Hooray! 

Whether Britney ever sees a letter or knows of your efforts personally does not stop the effectual fervent prayers of the righteous from going forth on her behalf and availing much.  When someone is in the headlines at least 5 days a week, it is fitting for a senior minister to guide the people on how to filter and process what they see and hear, and what God would require true children of God to do. Our job is challenging enough, so I encourage you to continue to minister to the needs of the people God has put in your charge and to speak life and hope to those who will hear and receive it. The truth is that Jesus did not minister to every single sick, poor and desolate person in the earth during his 3 and ½ years of ministry.  He died to pay the price for the sin of the entire world and through this, we have access to a victorious eternal life.  Jesus ministered to, and trained His portion, and equipped His disciples to minister to as many as they were called and sent. When He ascended back to the heavens, He left us with power through the Holy Spirit and a mission to seek and save the lost. Paul went to the Gentiles, and Peter to the Jews (although not exclusively). 

If the African American community can pray for those we feel led to, no other implications should be made when you do the same.  You are not under any obligation to pray for every headline celebrity that is in trouble, or the first or the last ones.  Can you imagine some pious person challenging Jesus to raise every dead person who died before Lazarus and after Lazarus to prove His equitable love for all dead men? “Stop trying to make a name for yourself, Jesus, just healing the woman at the well, who was not the first and won’t be the last troubled soul who needs living water, self-aggrandizer. You know she will go and tell all of her community about you Jesus. Why just focus on her?”  This dangerous mode of thinking wreaks of PRIDE and Phariseeism.  If you are called to pray for Britney, pray for Britney.  Isn’t her momma part of the same community, one among you? Intercession does not respect worldly stratifications or classifications. Sorry folks–the Kingdom of God does not march to the beat of the world or MoKelly’s drum.  Britney and many Hollywood stars need to experience the life that only comes from knowing Jesus Christ through an intimate relationship. God is not just concerned about the orphans in the middle of a desert, He is just as concerned about the rich on a high hill. The lost is lost, and God is NOT partial.

Thank you my brother, and be encouraged. 

For more info click the links below:

http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,627919,00.html

  

http://www.news24.com/News24/Entertainment/Celebrities/0,,2-1225-2108_2210642,00.html                  

 http://www.southlandchristian.org/