Thursday, September 1, 2011

Culture Grab: Maya Angelou is pissed

Posted By on Thu, Sep 1, 2011 at 1:15 PM

How about, They call me DOCTOR King!
  • How about, "They call me DOCTOR King!"

>> Misquoting famous people on a bumper sticker is one thing. Paraphrasing the revered words of the late Martin Luther King, Jr. on his own memorial is a sacrilege, and, Maya Angelou is pissed. Her beef is with the engraved quote etched in the foot of King’s statue, which simply reads: “I was a drum major for justice, peace, and righteousness.” The problem? Martin Luther King Jr. never said that exactly. What he did say regarding his own eulogy, at Atlanta’s own Ebeneezer Baptist Church in fact, was this: “If you want to say I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice. Say that I was a drum major for peace. I was a drum major for righteousness. And all of the other shallow things will not matter.” And if you’re going to say it about the one who has “been to the mountain top,” say it right.

>> Thanks to Japanese pop singer Sputniko!’s latest design on exhibit at MoMa, will men finally get to have a period? Behold, the Menstruation Machine.

>>Though recently-imprisoned, Chinese activist and artist Ai Weiwei’s attitude is one of ultimate woo-sah. He remarked of his American audience of his L.A. exhibit of zodiac heads in L.A., “I think they have to see it as something that will be removed after a period of time. It won’t be permanent. It will be there and then it won’t be there. And enjoy the weather. Be healthy and happy.”

>> George Clooney announces at the Venice Film Festival’s opening that he will not be running for President, though his Ides of March co-star, Ryan Gosling, remains solidly in the running for best-looking of all possible Oscar nominees.

>> For a local swoon, catch Colin Meloy of the eloquently famed Decembrists speaking with collaborator/illustrator Carson Ellis at the Decatur Book Festival this weekend. Who cares that his new book, Wildwood: The Wildwood Chronicles Book I, is aimed at teenagers? And is six hundred pages? Somebody had to follow Harry Potter and those vampires from Twilight. Plus, you can listen to his music while you read.

>> Forget about what could happen to your limbs while doing this. Catching a train this way will totally ruin your hair do.

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