When did we, as God-fearing Christians, start making excuses for people because they align with a particular political party? Why do we excuse everything they do just because they’re pro-life? Why do we care about an unborn life until the baby is born, then we no longer care?
When it comes to Donald Trump, it doesn’t matter how many affairs he has, the way he speaks about people who are Mexican and Muslim, the racism he shows, the way he tweets or the inappropriate way he treats his daughter. Christians will always find a way to defend him.
When Roy Moore ran for Senator in my home state of Alabama, few people cared that he’s a pedophile. All they cared is that he’s pro-life. I was shamed by people of my own faith when I voted for Doug Jones. Again, people don’t care once the baby is born.
If the Alt-Right is confronted about what the politicians on their side have done, they point the finger at the left, particularly Bill Clinton. (Not that he doesn’t deserve it, but there’s a time and a place.) But when people say, “I’m not talking about Bill Clinton.” The Alt-Right will deflect.
My point is, I’m a Progressive Christian, and we should stop making excuses for politicians just because they are Republicans and claim to be both Christian and pro-life. There’s a clear difference between walking the walk and talking the talk. You have to do both.
I’m not against the Republican Party, I’m against hypocrisy. You’ll see hypocrisy on both sides, and I believe the majority of Republicans have more integrity than the Alt-Right.
Please, more than ever, I ask my fellow Christians who support Donald Trump, “Is this a Christ-like attitude? Would Jesus treat His fellow neighbors this way?”
The Democratic Party isn’t perfect and has many flawed politicians and people within who support the party. So, please don’t think that I think Democrat’s are blameless because they surely aren’t.
Now, more than ever, if you are a Christian, no matter what Party you align yourself with, you must truly reach within your heart and ask yourself, “What would Jesus do?”
Down the Rabbit Hole is the 2015 memoir by Holly Madison. The book spills details about her time as Hugh Hefner’s “favorite girlfriend”, her time in Las Vegas, being Criss Angel’s girlfriend and more.
This book was much different than both of fellow Girls Next Door costar Kendra Wilkinson‘s books, and that’s a good thing! I really wanted to like Kendra’s books, and if you can dig up my old reviews, I really did try. But, in recent years, I’ve grown tired of her and could tell she was trying to put on an act. I felt like this was confirmed in Holly’s book. Don’t worry though, this wasn’t a book full of Kendra-bashing. In fact, she empathized with her on a few occasions. (Hef was known for his put-downs of his girlfriends.)
Hef always wanted to make it look like they ended things on good terms, so I’m glad she put that to rest with this book. Who knew he could be so emotionally and verbally abusive? Although she left very little out and admitted to becoming protective of him, I do wonder why she left out why she got mad at Crystal when she first dumped Hugh. It’s not something I’m mad about. Maybe she felt manipulated by Hugh once again and didn’t want to travel down that road all over again in her book. But, I would have liked to have read about that.
It was also interesting to read about Criss Angel and how toxic their relationship was as well. It’s no secret that the guy is a jerk, to put it lightly, but knowing how easily his ego is bruised, how their relationship was just as abusive as it was with Hugh, how hungry he was for the limelight, and how he kept the gifts he gave to her (as well as the ones she gave him) after their relationship was over was all very juicy! (The keeping of expensive the gifts she gave him is vaguely similar to a previous relationship to one I was in!)
Prior to this book, I had always empathized with Crystal Harris, sensing she was she was in an unhappy marriage. While that may have been true, knowing the way she treated Holly and the things she said about her were not cool at all. It definitely left a sour taste in my mouth!
While no one is perfect, I hope that more people who read this book realize that Hugh wasn’t the “social justice warrior” he proclaimed to be. Yes, I realize there are two sides to every story and Holly isn’t perfect; no human is, but her story sounded very credible to me.
At the end of the day, this was a great read, whether or not you’re a fan of hers and I can’t wait to read her follow up!
I don’t know if a lot of you know this, but I’m a 90’s kid, and the worst comedian to come out of that era was Adam Sandler. Now with social media, we have “Instagram Comedians.” Which is a whole different kind of cringe-worthy *ahem* humor in of itself? Thankfully, YouTube has given us genuine comedians as well. Let me proudly introduce you to Brodan White, who runs the Channel HoorayPerfect. My husband is the one who taught me what good comedy is, so I think I’ve got a pretty good eye for good, comedic humor. (Please excuse the humble bragging!) I hope by the time you get done reading this interview, you will get to know what a good person Brodan is and will become more interested in his Channel and even more importantly, click that subscribe button!
Now, onto the interview!
1. I am so happy I found your Channel and have no doubt it will gain more and more of a following than it already has! What inspired you to start YouTube and did you know in the beginning you wanted to go into comedy?
Thank you! I’ve always known I wanted to go into comedy. I initially had the idea of going to as many open-mic nights as I could to perform stand-up, and do that for years on end until I catch a break. But a few years ago I noticed how much time I was watching people on YouTube just making fun of others, or trends, or whatever it may have been. I distinctly remember thinking about how I could be doing a much better job than them at it. So I went to Google, brought up two random word generators, and it gave me “Hooray” and “Perfect.” Easily the dumbest name ever, but ironically it sounded kind of condescending. That was the birth of the channel.
2. As evidenced in this great video, this Channel called “DWLF Game” tried to *ahem* give you tips about working out as well as…other things! You had a great response as well as showed that you don’t need “tips”! What was the overall reaction from your awesome response video? Did they ever respond (again) as well?
I think this will always be my all-time favorite video that I’ve created. People seemed to really get a kick out of it and it’s still stuck around as a talking point throughout the life of my channel. Pickup artists have always come off as narcissistic to me, so I was pretty harsh on them with my jokes. They did respond… quite angrily, with 6 response videos I think, which proved my point that they were egotistical. They couldn’t fathom the idea that somebody doesn’t think they’re cool, so they let their egos come out. I think being made fun of is a good thing. It takes people down a notch when they get a little bit too self-absorbed. I can’t believe people actually get bent out of shape over jokes about them. You’ve got an entire life to live. You can’t constantly allow yourself to be defensive. That sounds miserable. Just keep moving forward if you truly think you’re living properly.
3. As evidenced in the video I linked to above, I can tell you take health and fitness seriously. (I do, too, so I really respect that.) Is that why it bothers you when Instagram Fitness Models create these accounts and show off their bodies that no woman can live up to? (The video you did about it was great, by the way!)
I think it’s tragic that so many of these ladies on Instagram are promoting the ridiculous detox teas or their little 8 week booty workout plans. Not a single one of them got their physiques by drinking tea. They’re making so much money by promoting this crap to women that are new to fitness and simply don’t know any better. The majority of them are just naturally athletic and photoshop their pictures. It’s not just women though, it’s men too. But I felt particularly sympathetic for women though because it seems like the female models push it a lot more. I’ve been lifting and taking diet seriously for 8 years now, so I know how difficult it is to progress. I’d rather people just workout for the sake of their health, and nobody promotes that, just the physical aspect. I’m probably going to make another video on this topic too. In my opinion I didn’t do it enough justice.
4. How much has your life changed (both professionally and personally) now versus when you first started uploading to YouTube?
I had social anxiety ever since I was a child. When I started posting to YouTube, it began to go away, almost completely. I wonder if it’s because I finally released all these thoughts I’ve had – perhaps I was fearful of giving my opinion my entire life. So that’s been an unexpected blessing. Also, only a few people who personally know me, know that I have a YouTube channel. And that’s hilarious to me. I’ve never posted anything YouTube related to anywhere other than YouTube. I refuse to talk about my channel in my personal life.
I’ve had a handful of popular YouTubers message me on Instagram, as well as a few other people with some sort of stature. So that’s been surprising. Job-related, I was once given a position where an employer offered me the most money I’ve ever been offered. It was practically a done deal until the morning of my first day. They called me and said that they did a Google search on me. They found my channel and told me to not come in. I literally laughed so hard about that and thought to myself, “I’m probably not meant for this 9-5 thing at this point.”
5. Are there any specific comedians and/or YouTubers (who may also be comedians) that inspire you and the type of comedy you do?
I respect so many comedians out there. Dave Chappelle is my favorite. I also really like Chris D’Elia and Theo Von. They’ve got such unique personalities. Those guys are one of a kind, and that’s what I strive to be. I’m a huge South Park fan too, so I love Trey Parker and Matt Stone. As for YouTubers, Ethan Klein (h3h3Productions) has always been my hero on there. Plus he practically paved the path for others like me within that same genre.
6. What tips would you give someone wanting to start a YouTube Channel?
It helps to have a purpose. For myself, I genuinely want to make people laugh and it feels natural to me. So definitely choose something you’re good at. Don’t mimic anybody. If another artist sounded too similar to Beyoncé, that person would never make it. We already have Beyoncé. We don’t need another one. That’s why you have to be different. Personally, I really didn’t see anyone on YouTube with that crude sense of humor, like South Park or Tosh.0 has. If they did, they didn’t show face, which is pretty cowardly in my opinion. I wanted to bring that type of humor to YouTube with a face behind it. I’d also say, keep in mind that creating a successful channel takes a ton of diligent work. You more than likely have to be a unidimensional person. I’m not even working to my full potential yet and it’s still mentally and emotionally exhausting. But worth it.
7. Looking ahead, just past 2018, what direction would you like to see for yourself both professionally and personally?
I’m going to be putting in a ridiculous amount of time towards YouTube for sure. I’ve been enjoying it so much lately. The channel grows every single day and I’ve received hundreds of encouraging messages from people on Instagram and Twitter, which tells me I’m doing something right. Meanwhile, I’m aiming to move to the LA area as soon as I can. I’d like to stay where I’m at now in St. Louis, but in order to progress and become more involved in stand-up comedy, it obviously helps to be near all the action. YouTube will of course help build me an audience, but I want to be considered a legit comedian.
Thank you very much Brodan! It was such a pleasure talking to you and I thought you were very sweet and thoughtful! I hope we can do a followup interview down the road as your Channels grows so we can catch up! I wish you the best of luck and will keep tuning into your Channel.
At my husband’s library 3 Days out of the year, every year, is their Sci-Fi/Fantasy Festival; kind of a free-to-the-public DragonCon. My husband always does some type of interactive type games with the audience and he has me help him. All of it is a lot of fun.
Since it is a festival/convention, people always go dressed up. This year I went as Scarlet Witch from The Avengers. I found this picture from Pinterest as my inspiration and I will show you my makeup tutorial.
This is from the Instagram Account lizzieolsen, but as I said, found it on Pinterest. This was a major source of makeup inspiration for me. So, let’s dive into what I did to try and achieve the look!
I see that the character likes to keep it pretty natural. For starters, I sprayed on some of my Smashbox Photo Finish Primer. I then covered up some pimples with my Essence Green Color Correcting Stick. I then went over the Color Correcting Stick with my Estée Lauder Double Wear Concealer.
I then covered up my dark under eye circles with both my Neutrogena cover stick and my Maybelline Age Rewind Treatment.
After all that was said and done, I used my Tarte Oil Free Light Colored BB Cream and topped that off with my MAC Face Powder in Fair.
Note: I bought some of this before I went cruelty-free. So, once I use some of these products up, it’s cruelty-free from now on!
I filled in my brows with my Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in the Color Taupe.
My eyes were next. I started by priming them with the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion.
I used my Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 Palette. I did my lid first with the color Skimp and went over it with the color Stark.
I then went over my half my lid with Cover and the other half with Primal.
It looks like she has black liner. So I went in with my Tarte Sex Kitten Black Eye Liner.
Scarlet Witch doesn’t have long lashes, so I’m just going in with a couple of coats of L’Oreal Lash Paradise. (This isn’t my typical mascara or even my favorite, but I’m using it as part of a comparison study for this blog. Ah, the struggles of being a blogger!)
It doesn’t look like she wears bronzer or bright blush, but it does look like there is some contouring and some brownish colored blush applied to her face. So, I’m going to contour with my Lorac Kit and use my Anastasia Beverly Hills Radiant Blush Kit.
Looks like she skips highlighter, so I guess I’ll just have to do without! First world problems, am I right?!
For finishing spray, I used Mario Badescu.
Later that night before I performed with my hubby on stage for his act, I applied a Colourpop lippie. I don’t know the name because I’ve had it for a year and I got it back when I used Boxycharm. Here’s the photo, though:
I like Colourpop, but this one lippie is not my favorite. No matter how carefully you apply it, there’s still a mess, including on my teeth! It also smudges pretty easily.
Here’s the final look!
Special thanks to my hubby’s Library for letting borrow their wig and jacket!
Here’s another look:
Doesn’t that trash can give a nice vibe?!
Overall, I had a fabulous time at the sci-fi convention and hope to cosplay more in the future, as well as give you more tutorials along the way!
Team Scarlet Witch all the way!
This is Baxter. Even though he is a Dachshund, my husband and I consider him to be our son. We adopted him in August of 2011 when he was just 2 months old from the Montgomery Humane Society. The moment I held him in my arms, my heart instantly burst with a kind of love that I can’t describe! I was and still am over the moon! My husband and I would do anything for Baxter, and you know what? He would do the same for us!
Baxter is also my protector. If Baxter believes that I’m in any kind of danger for a second, then he’ll risk everything to protect me.
There have also been times where I’ve been sad and started crying because of my anxiety disorder. Right away, Baxter will run over to me and lick me until my tears have stopped.
A couple of times, I have accidentally hurt myself, like a slight nick while shaving. Once Baxter sees the wound, he feels like he needs to take care of me by licking the area. My son has given me unconditional love and I give him the same in return.
Baxter is a permanent member of our family and I will always be his Mommy, no matter what. Don’t tell me he’s just a dog!
The most important lesson he has taught me are the two words I mentioned earlier, unconditional love. Sure, you can get annoyed with someone, even angry, but you never stop loving them and you don’t ever give up on them.
Baxter also taught me through unconditional love to not sweat the small stuff some people do that may get under my skin. Just like with a dog, they may not realize that they’ve upset you, so just let it go!
This leads me to the upcoming film, DOG DAYS, which is coming out on August 8th, 2018. The synopsis is as follows:
DOG DAYS is a hilarious and heartfelt ensemble comedy that follows the lives of multiple dog owners and their beloved fluffy pals. When these human and canine’s paths start to intertwine, their lives begin changing in ways they never expected. This is a sweet film about the joy our furry friends bring into our lives and what they can teach us about treating people with kindness and compassion. DOG DAYS releases in theaters on August 8th.
Here is the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAfqqHwgI1U
I have said I am a fan of drama channels so many times in my articles I’m sure by now, your eyes are rolling! What you don’t know is, long, long ago, I was a fan of John Kuckian! *cue horror music* Yes, it’s true. This was way back before he showed his true colors and was still friends with a lot of other drama channels as well.
Believe it or not, John used to be a charming guy. I wasn’t a regular viewer, but I did subscribe to his Channel and turned in when I could. I wasn’t a die-hard fan but was a fan nonetheless. John knew how to be charming, which is common when it comes to people that are known, manipulators.
I stopped being a fan once he stole an idea Here for the Tea had wanted to do for a video. Others weren’t so lucky and were blinded by his charms. I don’t blame them because a lot of them were young and very impressionable. This is around the time where the “Kuckifam” became what is now known as the “Kuckicult.”
Very recently, I got to know a brave person (that I am leaving anonymous for their safety) who is a former Kukicult member. They were more than willing to share what it was like inside the Kuckicult and they were as friendly as could be.
Again, I don’t fault this person. After all, they were young and impressionable at the time, as I said. The important thing is that they got out. So I ask you to read their words with an open heart and mind and also read this as a cautionary tale.
So, let’s get started!
- I used to be a fan of John’s years ago, what first drew you to his Channel?
I never used to wear makeup at all and literally had no clue what I was doing, so I turned to YouTube for makeup tutorials and after clicking random videos, John came up in recommendations. I thought he was kind of cute so I watched and honestly he was funny and charismatic at first and I quickly became a fan and before I knew it I was watching every time he uploaded a new video (This was literally when he first started and had less than 15k subscribers).
- Has he made additional allegations against other YouTubers other than the ones against Peter Monn that he tried to stir up?
He targets Jeffree Star any chance he gets, dredging up videos from years ago, and yes, they were bad and indefensible. But, even after Jeffree gave the sincerest of apologies and showed growth and change, John still would not let off him, even stooping so low as to making fun of his physical appearance.
- Did he ever message any of you (his fans) personally and ask any of you to spread rumors or harass anyone on his behalf?
No, he never messaged me personally and while early on he did discourage bullying and harassing the subject of his videos, that stopped as his channel grew. As his channel grew he changed and became vicious and malicious and vindictive. In my opinion, he was encouraging his mostly young female fan base to do the same.
- Did you ever buy his cosmetics, or did you buy any and never got any?
By the time his cosmetics came out I was out of the “Kuckifam.” I had no interest in supporting anything with his name on it.
- Did you find yourself having to feel like you had to spend a lot of your time defending him or excusing his actions?
Perhaps at first when I was “blinded by his charms.” In the beginning, he did have good receipts to support his claims.
- What was his explanation for his cosmetics line failing?
John deflects, he doesn’t take the blame for anything, from watching other channels that discussed the failure of Kuckian Cosmetics and if my memory serves me correctly he placed the blame on the factories he used that “manufactured” his products, despite other drama channels proving he purchased cheap products from AliExpress and put them in his own custom boxes.
- What was your reaction when he was waving that knife around in that Snapchat video?
I knew he was going for shock. I had figured out by then that John was a manipulative worm. Most of his fan base was turning on him and he had to do something to get attention back, any kind of attention.
- I saw that he asked fans for stuff, such as for access to their Amazon Prime Account? Was this normal?
That was absolutely not normal, the majority of his fan base are young girls who don’t know any better. It was disgusting.
- What made you decide to finally leave the Kuckicult?
His accusations against Peter Monn was the final nail in the coffin.
- How are you doing today?
I feel like, and I hate to use slang, but I feel like I am more “woke” to the ways people use to try and manipulate others. I don’t see myself falling for those little tricks again.
Thank you very much! I think you are a wonderful person and I wish you nothing but the best in life! I have no doubt you will go far!