Thoughts and Prequel Facts
Not every day brings a shovel of mush from deep within FreeDarko's mental hive. Sometimes, we are as mortal as anyone else; usually, we just don't post on those days, like the way I will gleefully abstain from any discussion that involves a player I haven't heard of. Today, though, work is slow, and our cup of other people's glop runneth over, so here's a very brief "around the interwebs" post.
The grounds for legal action might be the primary FD concern here, but I'd also like to know what the fuck is going on is this all-too-brief video that uses Big Baby's artcraft. Pardon me for not keeping track of EuroLeague gossip, or not knowing Spanish; if anyone can shed some light on this, and explain whether the 3,000 plus viewings it's received is a lot or a little, I'd be thankful.
Next, the incredibly socio-politically fraught goblin that we call Shane Battier Bobblehead Day. Now in my experience, bobbleheads tend to make their victims look like something other than African-American men. Whether its some sort of culturally insensitive glitch in production or a marketing conspiracy, this fact cannot be disputed. Given this indelible truth, you can imagine my surprise when I saw what the Houston organization had cooked up for everyone's favorite upright Duke alum:
I'm not trying to come off as callous or the arbiter of racialized appearance, but those are not Battier's features. In fact, they've seemingly made him look blacker than he is, as opposed to the usual ethnically ambiguous blur most players' features become. It's kind of played to call Battier or his game "white," and I hesitate to say this was a PR mistake. . .but fuck it, there are probably some fans of the sport who don't like to be reminded that hustle darling Battier is in fact of African-American descent. The real thing doesn't force them to acknowledge it nearly as much as this faulty representation of him does. It's as if some excruciatingly smart and witty artist/sports fan decided to start a subversive line of bobbleheads that. . .actually, I'm going to get my corporate connect on the line.
Finally, DLIC has demanded I link to this, and I personally require that you go here so you can see my friend's videos from an ATL marching band competition. And the Recluse wants me to tell you that those Swag shirts are in and have already hit the mailwaves.