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Snoop and Martha: “So Much, So Much”

I’m reposting this video from 2008 because it makes me laugh. Also, because I’m procrastinating from my writing work.

This could be the most hilarious thing I’ve seen. Snoop Dog making mashed potatoes with Martha Stewart. Ostensibly selling his new album with a song called, “Santa Claus Goes Straight to the Ghetto.”

My favorite part is Snoop’s reaction to the white pepper.

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Kill Your Own Thanksgiving Turkey?

Ariel Kaminer, city critic for the New York Times, pays for the turkey she slaughtered

Last night I had dinner with four vegetarians. I’m a carnivore, and as my partner pointed out, “in the minority.”

If you met me a dozen years ago, however, you’d know that I was–for a brief period of time (about one year)–a pescatarian. Not quite a complete abstainer from meat, because I chose to eat fish and seafood. I wasn’t ready to give up meat, though an internal compass was telling me to make more conscientious choices in my diet.

I have never believed in the cruelty of slaughterhouses and our anonymous, industrialized food system. Recent documentaries like Food Inc. reminded me once again of my sympathies. Yet I’m also a realist, and know that a Filipino childhood, in which pork and red meat were staples, has influenced my choice of food and my palate.

So it’s sobering for me to view this video of Ariel Kaminer, city critic for the New York Times, making a trip to a Queens slaughterhouse. Where does that fat, glossy turkey on the Thanksgiving table come from? In this video Kaminer examines her own feelings about literally killing her own food and reports on new trends in being a conscientious carnivore.

I can’t say that the video makes me want to become a vegetarian again (though my partner’s already had an indelible influence on my diet) but I do believe it’s important to recognize that the hamburger I’m enjoying once had a face.

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Snoop and Martha: “So much, so much”

This could be the most hilarious thing I’ve seen. Snoop Dog making mashed potatoes with Martha Stewart. Ostensibly selling his new album with a song called, “Santa Claus Goes Straight to the Ghetto.”

My favorite part is Snoop’s reaction to the white pepper.

Filed under: pop culture, , ,

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RECENT PUBLICATIONS
» "Pinays," AGNI, Spring 2016
» "Dandy," Post Road, Spring 2015
» "Wrestlers," Fifth Wednesday, Spring 2014
» "Babies," Joyland, August 2011
» "Nicolette and Maribel," BostonNow, May 2007
» "The Rice Bowl," Memorious, March 2005
» "The Rules of the Game," Screaming Monkeys: Critiques of Asian American Images (Coffee House Press, June 2003)
» "Deaf Mute," Growing Up Filipino (Philippine American Literary House, April 2003)
» "Good Men ," Genre, April 2003
» "The Foley Artist," Drunken Boat, April 2002
» "Squatters," Take Out: Queer Writing from Asian Pacific America (Asian Am. Writers' Workshop, 2001)
» "Deaf Mute," The North American Review, Jan 2001
» "The First Lady of Our Filipino Nation," The Boston Phoenix, 1999
» "Paper Route," Flyway Literary Review, 1996
» "Brainy Smurf and the Council Bluffs Pride Parade," Generation Q (Alyson, 1996)
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