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“‘Pete & Pete’ Was All White People!”: ‘SLIMED!’ Author Mathew Klickstein on Why ‘Ren and Stimpy’ Was Better Than ‘Clarissa’ and Nickelodeon’s Diversity Problem


The interview with Mathew Klickstein here was just…all over the place. I read it as very condescending to women, to minorities, and to those who have brains. Next to the definition of “dudebro” should be a photo of Mathew Klickstein and his hat and beard. This dude needs to get the entire fuck out my face.

Originally posted on Flavorwire:

There is no era of television that inspires such a pure, fervent nostalgia as the Golden Age of Nickelodeon. During the late ’80s and early ’90s, the network aired wonderful and strange series that changed the world of children’s entertainment. This Thursday, New York Super Week will throw a “Nite of Nickelodeon Nostalgic Nonsense!” at Hammerstein Ballroom to celebrate these timeless shows with actor appearances, performances by Polaris (of Pete & Pete fame) and the duo behind Doug’s The Beets (Fred Newman and Dan Sawyer), and more. Mathew Klickstein, the event’s moderator and author of SLIMED! An Oral History of Nickelodeon’s Golden Age, spoke to Flavorwire about the event, our persistent love for this era, and why he believes Nickelodeon’s desire to diversify its programming is “exploitive and predatory.”

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The NFL Scandals: How I See It

Let me be clear about the following facts: Ray Rice should have been suspended, and he is facing an adequate consequence for his actions. The National Football League, in it’s ham-fisted attempt to discipline the player, was reactionary and tripped over itself. The usually-outstanding Baltimore Ravens organization was trying to protect an asset because of the money it cost them down the line, until they didn’t have to anymore. And finally, I think a great amount of people are being rather pious and insincere about this subject.

At PETA, Humanity Doesn’t Exist

I don’t know if I’ve seen any organization so committed to doing “good” and being as egregiously patronizing to its fellow human beings as PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has been. Out of many debacles, they have created universal dislike toward their organization in the last few years, managing to offend almost every human demographic possible—African-Americans, Jewish people, overweight people, and so on—with their cut-rate stunts.

Now, they’ve turned their focus on the Detroit water crisis. (more…)

Why The “Ownership” Issue Is Important (Updated with Sidenote)


However trivial hashtags can feel, their most basic function is as a tool for focusing attention. Crucially, they’re also free and open to anyone to use. So desperate Nigerian parents, without extraordinary power or resources can draw the kind of attention that leads to real pressure and real power.

That feels a little bit world-changing. And activists who started the hashtag have gotten out of it exactly what they’d hoped for. In the space of a week, they made it impossible for President Jonathan to continue chalking up their daughters’ abduction as the latest Boko Haram atrocity to be grimly accepted and eventually forgotten.

It’s not everything, but it’s a start. And the world is now talking about 276 stolen girls in Nigeria when before it wasn’t talking about them at all.

–Laura Olin, Time, May 9, 2014

If you ask why it matters who gets credit for spearheading that hashtag movement, I don’t think I can explain it more plainly than Olin just did in her piece published today on the Time website. Many people have been dismissive about the furor about Ramaa Mosley and the American media’s attempt to co-opt the movement, stating that the issue of ownership of the movement is unimportant to the ultimate goal of finding the 276 missing schoolgirls.

Here’s the thing: I agree that the hashtag movement in and of itself isn’t going to find those girls, and that ultimately people on this side of the Atlantic arguing about this doesn’t do much to bring about that result. That’s fine.

However, when we’re claiming that ownership of it isn’t important, we’re basically saying it doesn’t matter that Nigerians—desperate to call attention to the fact that a mass kidnapping happened and nobody in government or the international community seemed to respond to it—started this as a method to get their government and the international community to respond. (more…)