Tolerant my ass

It occurred to me that since there are so relatively few “celebrities” in the world that we are, in fact, a minority. 

It also occurred to me that, thankfully, there are many minorities speaking out against the senseless violence and pandemonium being spread at the hands of those who were professing their peace, tolerant nature just prior to my presedent’s election. 

It’s a shame that people only say things because they never expect that they will have to apologize or act in them. 

It’s a shame when people are so certain of the outcome of an election that they will say anything to get in the spotlight. 

It’s a shame when people want something for nothing. They feel entitled. As if they somehow earned something they never actually worked for. 

It’s a shame when people who preach tolerance one day exemplify it with violence the next. 

It’s a shame….

I have experienced some of this and it’s always left a bad taste in my mouth that I have to consider in the few hours a month that I am not actually working toward a goal. 

People can be that way. 

But I digress…

The election turned the lights on and now the little critters are scrambling. Trying to save face without having to actually do or say anything. 

Doesn’t work that way. 

Not so easy mister, miss and Mrs “celebrity.”

Let’s man/woman up here boys and girls…

You promised to “Leave the country if that son of a bitch, that racist hate monger, dictator homophobe (non of which is remotely true by the way) asshole got elected.”

My President Elect didn’t actually say any of those things. It was “reported” that he did but we all know how much truth is in reporting when a specific agenda is being forced down our throats. 

Well, my celebrated friends… He did get elected. He won both through the electoral college and the popular vote. 

He won as soon as people who work all day got off work and got their tired bodies to their polling places. 

He won. Hands down. Fair and square. 

And now he’s preparing a monumental task with great assistance. 

“We” are going to make America Great Again. 

We. 

And yet… “You” are still here.

You who accuse The President Elect of making “empty promises” are still here. 

If you didn’t take the first plane, boat or any other means of travel out of the country because you suddenly heard what he was actual saying about taxes, GLBT or any other platform he has thought through in an effort to help the country that he loves and is willing to get paid $1.00 a year to serve…

Apologize. 

All is forgiven. 

But earn your right to stick around. 

Work for it. 

Suck it up B, W, B, S, LGG and all those others who know exactly who you are (let’s face it… We all know exactly who you are). 

And apologize. 

Or be a man/woman of your word and leave. 

Simple. 

What little credibility you have left is at stake. 

The ball is in your court. Read my previous blog. It’s okay to have a change of heart. To hear an “Unexpected perspective” that changes something in your soul. 

Happens all the time.

Your candidate didn’t win. Simple. 

Now do as you said and go elsewhere or say you are sorry, mistaken or misinformed and stick around. 

As far as this minority can see it’s the only way to save face. 

Onward!

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Unfair

I keep hearing how the tax credit situation in Louisiana has gotten worse. 

Truth: The tax credit situation for filmmakers in Louisiana has gotten better!

Consider this:

The threshold for a movie filming in Louisiana before the change in the credit (how much someone had to spend in order to be eligible to start generating tax credits) was $300,000. 

This is a number that must invite outside investment into your film. It is high and weeds out the truly independent filmmaker. 

In short… A number like $300,000 being the MINIMUM SPEND for an independent film to start generating tax credits (Up to 30% of the film budget) is actually PTHIBITIVE

Be the unexpected perspective. 

People change. 

Simple. 

Read it again:

People CHANGE. 

That is unless you back them into a corner… A defensive posture them precludes them from considering an alternative posture. 

WTF does that mean..?

Simple… Adults get new information every day. Meet new people. Are open to new ideas. Minds that are open are susceptible to change

Minds on both sides of any issue. 

Minds are closed when people get defensive. 

People get defensive when their current position is called I enlightened or archaic or stupid. 

Anyone gets defensive if the opinions they currently hold dear are called any of those things. 

Anyone. 

So… Let’s not assume that anyone’s current (I keep using that word because my opinions, perspectives and beliefs in many subjects have often been changed in a heartbeat by being open to someone else’s truth) position is going to last forever (or your current position for that matter).

To my LGBT friends you have earned your place in history as the most effective human rights group ever to join hands against oppression. You have come a long way and made great progress. 

You have caused people to think… Rethink… Change. 

To my straight friends who are still in turmoil over the issue… I don’t think it really effects you but perhaps my change in perspective on the issue will cause you to reconsider. 

Focus, John. Focus.. (Yes… I even talk to myself when blogging!)

Don’t assume that our new leadership (or a portion of it) will be your future enemy even if history suggests that will be the case. 

People change. 

Especially people who inadvertently come in contact with an unexpected truth other than or different from their own. 

Be that point of contact. 

Be the unexpected perspective that they never thought they would or could possible understand or have empathy for. 

Be a mind opener. 

People with open minds change. 

I did. 

I would not have if I remained cemented in a defensive posture. 

Love creates an atmosphere of understanding. Of  compassion. Of higher learning. Of change. Love changes everything. 

I am speaking, of course, of our VP elect Michael Pence. Regardless of his history don’t assume he is your enemy and most certainly don’t push him into a defensive posture and MAKE him one. 

People change. 

People change. 

You, me, us, them, WE…

…THE PEOPLE…

Change.  

Inward and onward!

Schneider

A Driven Character

I am fascinated with the notion that I should comply to fit into what other people’s notion of what I am “supposed” to be… is.

To be the way they think I should be…

Think the way I should think…

Like the things they think I should like…

Express myself in the way they think I should.

Not going to happen.

I listen to the voices in my head. Not the voices in theirs.

Their voices are theirs to act on, ignore… to do with as they please. As they see fit.

I don’t deny them theirs… and would appreciate the same courtesy in return.Screen Shot 2016-07-05 at 10.10.39 AM

The characters in my head (and therefore that come out of my fingers onto this laptop and eventually in front of a camera) are real. They are as three dimensional as anyone you have ever met.

People make impressions on me. Situations. Dialogue. Sayings. Victories. Failures. Conquests and pain all stick to my soul like flies on a fly strip… rats on a sticky pad.

They are not mine… I am theirs.

As JR Collier is known to say… “I can’t not.”

So know that, if you really are a fan of mine… of me… not of some noble notion you have put up on a wall in the form of brittle parchment with my picture on it… that you must give voice to all the voices that come forth.

All the voices.

They may use harsh language and do things that are hard… biting… and, occasionally seemingly mean spirited…

But I assure you that they are all in search of a noble cause.

Freedom from tyranny and tyrannical relationships.

The right to love, worship, despise and be heard by a hundred people who care… or one.

They are real stories about real situations that have happened or been imagined and dreamed of by real people run though the paper filter that is my collective experience.

To toss any of these characters, stories, notions out the window is like throwing the baby out with the bathwater. Never a good idea unless of course the baby has been crying all night and you have an early day tomorrow (see… I heard that nearly fifty years ago at a barbershop and it just crept out of my ear!).Screen Shot 2016-07-06 at 4.48.45 PM

To know my stories is to know me. To reject any one of them is to reject me.

You, of course,  are free to do whichever you like. Listen to your voices… your histories. Demons… Savior.

I offer mine up for public exhibition… execution.

I am… like my others… a Driven Character.

Onward!

Schneider

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