Sex work doesn’t devalue people

May 10, 2016 Opinion

My family’s 2006 calendar hung in the kitchen next to the fridge. It was a NASCAR calendar, the same one we get every year. The days were marked with special events for church, birthdays and the first day of school. In the middle of all that was August 16 and a large note that read ...

Girls like Captain America too

May 3, 2016 Opinion

Growing up, I had an assortment of Barbie computer games, official Barbie Christmas ornaments and, of course, dozens of actual Barbie dolls. I loved Barbie’s life in plastic. It was fantastic. I could brush her hair and undress her everywhere. Imagination, life was my creation. I felt very insecure about my interests as a child. ...

UPDATED: Video of Student Center argument goes viral

March 29, 2016 News 15 Comments

A video of an argument between two people in the lower level of the Cesar Chavez Student Center started gaining traction online Monday. The video, titled “SFSU 2016 – Campus employee assaults white student for ‘cultural appropriation,'” shows the student, Cory Goldstein, arguing with Associated Students, Inc. intern Bonita Tindle over Goldstein’s dreadlocks. The 46-second clip shows Tindle trying to physically ...

Moms are allowed to be sexy too

March 8, 2016 Opinion

I don’t know what magical powers the Kardashian family possess that make everyone hate them, but I’m obsessed with whatever witchcraft they’re performing. It’s like they’re spending every night spilling a gallon of virgin blood, a vial of Kylie Jenner’s lip kit and lock of their own hair extensions in a cauldron, only to cast ...

Bible thumpers should hate less and love more

February 23, 2016 Opinion 1 Comment

I’ve always had a strong, “you-do-you” policy when it comes to religion. You do you, and you believe in what you want, as long as you aren’t harming anyone. Growing up, I remember sitting in my Sunday school class and thinking, “Hey guys, this isn’t for me. You all look ridiculous with your hands in ...

Tatum’s performance drags down ‘Lip Sync Battle’

January 26, 2016 Opinion

[media-credit id=294 align=”alignnone” width=”369″][/media-credit]  January is my favorite month of the year, mostly because it’s my birthday month. I spend all month surrounding myself with positive images to remind myself of my glorious wonder. But this year, a week into this sacred month, my 31-day-long birthday celebration was ruined by Channing Tatum. My Facebook and Twitter feed was ...

‘The Voice’ caters to judges, not contestants

December 8, 2015 Opinion

One of my favorite parts of the weekend is when my friends and I get together, sit down and have a makeshift Socratic seminar about the world’s most important issues. This week, we discussed our new lord and savior Saint West, how terrible the new Superman movie looks, and how we feel about Blake Shelton and ...

Scientology tarnishes Cruise’s star power

December 1, 2015 Opinion 978 Comments

I’ve made a lot of questionable decisions in my lifetime. I am a 21-year-old man who goes to One Direction concerts. I sleep in a bed covered in orange dust from off-brand Cheetos puffs, and, last weekend, I had a conversation about lasagna-like vaginas with a famous drag queen. But all of that is just water ...

DWTS needs to dance with more same-sex couples

November 17, 2015 Opinion 1 Comment

[media-credit name=”Illustration by Jocelyn Carranza” align=”alignright” width=”496″][/media-credit]It is a pretty accepting time for the gay community right now. It’s nowhere near perfect, but there’s been significant progress toward full acceptance. Unfortunately, some still believe gay people exist only to convert their children into Satan-worshiping sodomites. Seeing, let alone interacting with the gays, will send you ...

‘Rich Girl’ Gwen appropriates again

November 10, 2015 Opinion

I imagine Gwen Stefani lives a pretty simple life. She sleeps in every morning, gets up to shower off whatever diseases Blake Shelton gave her the night before, and then looks in the mirror and decides how racist she wants to be that day. Recently, Stefani has gone with a more toned-down racist aesthetic. Her ridiculous Harajuku ...

‘SNL’ should dump Donald Trump

November 3, 2015 Opinion 3 Comments

Most of my family is insanely conservative and racist. Since I only see them once or twice a year, I usually forget how terrible they are, and once I finally see them, I am shocked by their ignorance. Luckily, I won’t have to endure that shock this year. For the past couple months, I have had to ...

“The Force Awakens” is bound to disappoint

October 26, 2015 Opinion

A long, long time ago in a barn far, far away, the Virgin Mary gave birth to a little, bloody baby Jesus. Mary gave life to our lord and savior so we could eventually celebrate his birth with bright Christmas trees and overplayed Mariah Carey songs. But she did not push out a messiah so ...

Reality shows lack luster of former glory

October 21, 2015 Opinion

[media-credit name=”Illustration by Reid Cammack” align=”alignright” width=”479″][/media-credit] I’ve never been a particularly avid watcher of “America’s Next Top Model,” but when I’m home all day and there’s an “ANTM” marathon running, you bet your ass I’m watching it. I’m watching the first makeovers, the go-sees, the terrible Covergirl commercials, and I’m definitely watching when Tyra announces ...

Bullying took the home out of my hometown

October 13, 2015 Opinion 1 Comment

[media-credit name=”Illustration by Reid Cammack” align=”alignright” width=”527″][/media-credit] Growing up in the suburbs of Sacramento, I was the fabulous little poster boy for the gay stereotype. My childhood obsession with “The Sound of Music” and Barbie dolls eventually evolved into a teenage love for “Glee” and Lady Gaga, the basic staples for a 2010 gay teen. My style ...

Audiences groan over excessive Hollywood remakes

October 6, 2015 Opinion

Whenever a Hollywood reboot, sequel or spinoff is announced, you can hear the faint sounds of a million angry people screaming about today’s unoriginal movie market. If you listen closely enough, you can even hear the shrieks of people pleading with Hollywood to stop remaking their favorite childhood movies. The freshest screams stem from the new, animated Ghostbusters movie ...

Misguided critics throw bricks at Emmerick’s “Stonewall” wall

September 30, 2015 Opinion

One huge problem with America is our politically correct culture. Everyone is always finding random reasons to be offended. The latest attack from the PC police is criticism for the new queer movie “Stonewall.” “Stonewall” is a movie chronicling the early gay rights movement. The film received backlash for making Danny, a fictional white, cisgendered, gay man, the ...

Kendall Jenner faces undeserved hate

September 21, 2015 Opinion

Whenever I feel down about my life, I look at the comment section of online news articles. Because, even if I think my life is going downhill, I can always find comfort in knowing that I’m not an old, white person who likes to angrily comment and scream into the Internet. Recently I found myself ...

Bigots ruin Caitlyn costume

September 16, 2015 Opinion

[media-credit name=”(Eva Rodriguez / Express)” align=”alignright” width=”621″][/media-credit] Halloween is the time of year when everyone breaks out their skimpy, scary and tacky costumes and parade around, pretending to be someone else for one, fun night. While many costumes sold in stores like Spirit Halloween are fun and campy, Halloween costumes often lend themselves to perpetuating offensive ...

Taylor Swift generates racist controversy again

September 10, 2015 Opinion 4 Comments

As our lord and savior Taylor Swift prophesied, the haters are going to hate, hate, hate. The thing is, I don’t think the pop goddess expected the haters to hate her newest music video so much. Swift’s “Wildest Dreams” music video drew controversy last week because it was set and filmed in Africa but only featured white actors. ...

Miley Cyrus can’t, but should, be tamed

August 31, 2015 Opinion

I can’t wait to sit my future children down and tell them where I was when President Kanye West announced his presidential run. I’ll then reminisce about my MTV memories of Madonna snogging Britney, President West letting Taylor Swift finish and Cher holding Lady Gaga’s meat purse, all courtesy of the Video Music Awards. The VMAs have been ...

Media distorts body image

August 25, 2015 Opinion

In 2015, you can wear a computer on your wrist, eat brownie-batter-flavored Oreos and follow a San Franciscan fog cloud on Twitter, but apparently you can’t live your life without someone criticizing your physical appearance. I, like many other people, was taught from a young age that bullying shouldn’t be tolerated, especially bullying someone about their ...

Is the four year college degree a myth?

May 20, 2015 Opinion 1 Comment

The Bible warned me about temptation, sin and most bad things in the world, but it didn’t warn me about the hell of trying to graduate college in four years. While I give my high school a lot of credit for preparing me for college, they didn’t give me a realistic view of what it ...