Some background: Blake Collins (disclosure: a friend, plus I officiated his wedding) wrote a one-star Yelp review of the new World of Beer location downtown. He's not the only person to give the place a bad review (nine of the fifteen reviews are one or two stars, although, to be fair, there are four five star reviews), but the fact that Blake works at the nearby Good Oak Bar seemed to upset whoever holds the keys to the WOB Facebook account, so this went public on Saturday night:
BLAKE C...show your face little girl...anyone know this little diaper boy? We gotta start calling these little girls out! Our owners and managers, all from Tucson, work to bring hundreds of beers here, and work with our local brewers to bring dozens of beers that this little sissy has never seen and this little un-potty trained kid has gotta hate on us and try to bring our friends like Tap & Bottle into the fold? Who is this little girl that hates job creators and local beer?
It didn't take long for a stream of confused comments to follow (including mine, remarking on the fact that we were witnessing a social media trainwreck in real time), but any comment that was even mildly negative or perplexed was quickly deleted. In my case, my comment was expunged and I was blocked from World of Beer's page. The only comment that did seem to stay online was one from someone who offered to punch Blake in the face if World of Beer would give him a job. In fact, World of Beer Tucson "liked" that remark. After a while, the whole thread was deleted, seemingly never to be acknowledged again.
I don't have much room to talk about responding emotionally on Facebook (although I did leave my post up, for what that's worth), and yes, I understand the feeling when someone seemingly bad-mouths your employer when they may have a conflict of interest, but nearly all of the ways of going about addressing that sort of thing would be better than a somewhat misogynist rant (and one with a relatively limited vocabulary insult-wise as well...we get it, diapers, baby, potty-training, enough already).
Oddly enough, part of Blake's shot at World of Beer was that it caters to a "bro" audience which the response only works to confirm. There's clearly room for plenty of places to drink downtown serving a variety of audiences and based on everything I've heard, it would appear World of Beer will be fine, but for awhile on Saturday night, it appears they were aiming to discourage people from ever stopping in.
I have no idea why anyone should vote for baggage handler Jeff Wagner (who you might remember from his previous lake-themed ad) in the forthcoming Minneapolis mayoral race based on the ad above, but hey, at least he's promising not to visit the city's strip clubs anymore, which is something I can't say any of our current city council candidates have offered to give up upon election/re-election.
From the video's info section:
Since i promised i won't go to strip clubs anymore! I've been well!...Never mind!...And 2nd promise...As Mayor will not yank the dolphin while doing the people's work...But once I'm off the clock and at my crib...All bets r off...I'm Jeff Wagner and I somewhat approve this message....
Strange people of Tucson, write yourself a note and remind us in two years to help you with your quixotic and pointless campaign for city council. We'd love to be of assistance, if only to jazz these boring affairs up a bit.
Saturday night in Tucson, Arizona, during a TNA Impact Wrestling live event, an unruly fan actually tried to attack TNA star Frankie Kazarian as he and Christopher Daniels were leaving the ring.
Security ejected the disgruntled fan from the show after tossing his expensive brewski on "The Future," according to the wrestling news/rumor site. Business hasn't been good at TNA, but there are rumors that legendary color commentator Jim Ross might join the sinking ship just to get back at WWE for cutting him loose.
Hope "Good Ol" JR likes getting a nice cold glass of beer to the face because them TNA fans are a classy bunch.
As incredible as it is that First Lady Michelle Obama is behind the production of a hip-hop album (even if it is one designed to promote her campaign to fight childhood obesity), apparently some people find it even more incredible that Mrs. Obama is doing more than just standing behind her husband and waving—a job that, apparently, only a white woman can handle properly.
From TucsonWeekly.com commenter Dottie (emphasis ours):
HOW CAN ANYONE BE SURPRISED, ALL HE EVER WANTED WAS A MOTOWN CONTRACT, AND HIS LOSER WIFE RAPS, AMERICA IS GOING INTO THE TOILET. THERE'S A FIRST LADY FOR YOU, WHAT A PATHETIC COUPLE THERE IS NO HOPE FOR AMERICA, ALL IS LOST. IT'S THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNEW IT. WE NEED A WHITE FIRST LADY, ANYONE WILL DO, IT WILL ONLY GET WORSE. OFF WITH THEIR HEADS, IMPEACH, EVICT, THERE MUST BE A SINKING SHIP WITH THEIR NAMES ON IT SOMEWHERE, WHAT A LAUGHING STOCK WE ARE. I REMEMBER WHEN AMERICA WAS GREAT, ALAS NOT NOW, RAP THIS
racist screed insightful comment in mind, we've decided to put together an unordered list of the white women who, presumably, could do a better job at being a wife, mother and national figure than Michelle Obama, according to our commenter's strict guidelines in mind:
- Amanda Bynes
- That woman who was sexting Anthony Weiner
- Jan Brewer
- Honey Boo Boo's mom
- Any and all of the white "Real Housewives"
- Pretty much anyone who has ever been on a reality show, for that matter (as long as they're white, of course, so basicially all of the contestants on The Bachelor)
- The Olsen twins, in a marriage that would simultaneously legalize polygamy throughout the nation because that's how his powers as President work, probably
- Courtney Love circa 1994
- Hillary Clinton
- Hilary Swank
- Any ladies featured in Swank Magazine ("ladies" being a loose descriptor)
- Flo, from the Progressive commercials
- Anna Nicole Smith, circa her TrimSpa days
- Nancy Grace
Obviously, this isn't a complete list of the women who could surely do a superior job of being the First Lady of the United States (again, according to Dottie's stringent requirements), but we're trying our best. If you have any suggestions that we will, at some point, forward on to our Commander-in-Chief — that is, if he's not too busy trying to get a guest spot on Charles Bradley's next album.
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