‘The Wizard Of Oz’ Suicide: What Really Happened?

October 26, 2017 in Commentary, Entertainment, Movies, News, Review, Television

The Wizard of Oz was made in 1939 and was the first movie shown on television when major studios started to sell their rights to the networks, which was only a handful at that time.

I remember it being on TV one time during the Halloween season when I was young. The family was at a furniture store and it was playing on all the TVs. For the longest time, I thought it was one of those magical movies that a film tech had to work tirelessly to paint from Black and White. But, the fact of the matter is that it was shot in technicolor. One of the first films to be done that way.

One memory I have of that night was the huge chair in the furniture store. It made adults look like dwarfs when they sat in it. When they took a picture of my brother and I, it was hilarious. We looked like little action figures a child had left abandoned until he was ready to play again.




To shift back to the movie, did you know that a person hung himself during the making of ‘The Wizard of Oz?’ Of course, people don’t believe it. There are later versions of the movie that are different from the original. Some people say it’s a bird and they dismiss it. But, there are people like me who won’t let it go at that.

Snopes says it didn’t happen and they give some interesting reasons. They say that it was a munchkin and those actors wouldn’t have been on the set because they weren’t due to film yet. They go on to say that it would have taken the entire staff to ignore the suicide and Snopes says that just isn’t very believable. Obviously, those are only opinions and not supported by any evidence.




But, I think it could have happened. ‘The Wizard of Oz’ cost $2.8 million to make, which was the most expensive movie MGM had ever made up to that point. When they were filming, they didn’t notice the hanging at the time and it remained a mystery until they broke down the set. By that time, they had spent too much money to go back and shoot it again. So, they conspired to keep it from hitting the news and even their own company.

Doesn’t that sound like an equally viable explanation? It’s just as feasible as Snopes’ denial, which doesn’t include a definite filming schedule or take into account that scandals are rampant in Hollywood. If Hollywood didn’t have scandal, it wouldn’t be able to keep us interested for as long as it has.

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Why ‘The Wall’ Is The Next Greatest Game Show

February 3, 2017 in Celebrities, Commentary, Entertainment, Shows, Television

The Wall has been on now for quite a few episodes and I have to be honest, I didn’t catch it at first. But, I finally got around to checking it out and watched all the episodes available in one flail swoop. It’s because it was that captivating.

It’s designed to make winners out of every contestant. Trust me when I say, hitting a million is not that hard to do. I’ve seen it in just about every episode so far. That’s right! Just about everyone has hit a million at least one time in the show.

They have many chances and even if they don’t hit the million, there is a lot of big money up there. Everyone can get over a million even if they don’t even hit the million. This is a game designed to send people home with life changing money.




But, there are some downfalls and I’ve seen them. The Marine couple that was on had a good run. But, it fell apart at the end and I’ll explain how that can happen.

Let’s go through the gist of the show first. It starts with a free fall round where the balls drop and they have to answer the question right before they get to the bottom. They get the amount if they get the answer right. If they don’t get the answer right, the amount gets deducted from what they have. They can’t go below $0. If the amount they get from red balls is more than the amount they have, the show just sets the amount they have at $0 and hopefully, they have more chances left. They have to have at least $1 on the board to advance to the next round. Everyone has so far.

The next round is where the couple splits up and one goes to an isolation booth to answer questions. The other partner stays out on the stage and makes some pretty huge decisions. The partner on the stage has to choose what number to drop the ball from and whether or not to double up or triple up when they are given the chance.

The partner in the isolation booth has one job. They have to answer the questions. When the couple started out after round one, they had an amount of money. For each question the partner in the isolation booth gets, the show adds $20,000 to that amount.

This Is How Good It Gets

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She had $109 on the board before this drop. She ended up hitting the $1 million and $400K. I told you it wasn’t that hard. It happens in just about every episode. It can happen several times. But, I haven’t seen that yet.

There is a bad part though. They get free green balls that earn them money. Then, they get questions where they can earn more green balls and earn more money. But then, they get as many red balls as the free green balls they started the round off with. It can’t be avoided. $1,349,000 can be wiped out in one drop. I’ve seen it happen. It happened to the Marine couple I mentioned earlier.

This Is The Bad Part Gone Good

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She was a lucky “dropper.” But, she had been hitting low money all day when she had green balls. How she got over $300,000 at the end was beyond me. But, that same luck worked to her advantage at the end when the red balls were dropping.

It’s a common thing to watch people walk away with big money. I’ve seen over a million. I’ve seen just under a million. I’ve seen some heartbreaking moments too. Because the ending is the kicker.

They send a contract back to the partner in the isolation booth. If they sign it, they get the amount of money they started with plus the $20,000 for each correct answer. If they don’t sign it, they are relying on how much money the partner on stage made. Sometimes, that’s good. Sometimes, not so much.

And that’s the game. You’ll love it if you give it a chance. I know you’ll get addicted. The life stories themselves are enough to make you want to cheer for them to win. Its almost like Let’s Make A Deal. It’s just more interactive and fun to watch.

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The Controversial Conclusion Shot Almost Banned From ‘Girls’

February 2, 2017 in Celebrities, Commentary, Entertainment, Review, Shows, Television

Girls will be premiering its final season on February 12. What will this season bring? It definitely has brought a lot of controversy over the years. One scene in particular almost didn’t make it to the show because of how far it was willing to go.

HBO was going to “draw a line” over a conclusion shot. That means that the sex scene goes all the way. It even shows the final moment, which if you don’t know what that means, the adult film industry calls it a “Money Shot.” You got it now? Okay, let’s move on then!

The controversy with me is how far do you go? Of course, I like action movies and watching things blow up. When there’s a fight, I want to see the punches and the kicks. Put some blood in there for effect. That’s where I start when I’m talking about how far a movie should go.

Some writers have the need to go all the way with a sex scene. For whatever reason, they like to show as much as possible without going across the line to where they have to be rated “X”. Sometimes, that reason is for viewings. Hot sex scenes do raise the viewership. There are people out there who watch movies just to watch the sex scenes.

But, I’m a little old school. I’ve had sex. I know what it looks like. Sometimes, I think it’s even sexier to leave it to the imagination. Some nudity is fine. Some touching is good. But, they don’t have to actually have sex on the camera for me to understand what’s going on in the scene. I think it’s even sexier to tease people with it, but leave it out. Of course, that is just my opinion.

Lena Dunham

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The show’s creator and writer though, she has a story to tell. I think that’s a very valid reason to be as graphic as possible. Sexual assault is something many people have experienced and they all don’t have a voice. In fact most of the time, their voice is taken away from them. It does them a service to give them a voice and I think Lena is doing that in her own strange way.

Zosia Mamet

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Zosia is another beautiful actress in the show. Of course, you know I’m going to be highlighting all the beautiful actresses from the show.

Sex in movies have become more of a common thing though. Each movie pushes that envelope further and further with how far they are willing to go. Even television is pushing. There are scenes in regular television that would have been frowned upon a few decades ago. So, what does that say about the world we have become?

Jemima Kirke

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Jemima is a very beautiful British actress who once tried to quit the show. Lena once told the story to Time magazine.

The fact that Girls is on HBO does make it a little different. I’ve been watching sex scenes on HBO since I was a kid after my mom went to bed. I’ve seen girls get naked and I even watched the sex education shows mainly because of the hot women. Hearing a hot girl talk about loving sex is HOTT!

Allison Williams

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Allison is obviously a very beautiful actress. But, she’s also a comedian which means I’m pretty much in love. A hot girl that can make me laugh is my goddess.

So, HBO has been doing this all along. Did they finally find their line though? It doesn’t appear so. The controversial sex scene was in the show after much discussion. They knew they were taking a risk and they made it anyway.

Shiri Appleby

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Shiri is a guest on the show. She’s the one who was in the middle of this controversy.

The controversial sex scene that we’re talking about has raised a lot of questions. In Season Four, it happens between Adam Driver and Shiri. It drew controversy because Shiri’s character expresses at the end of the scene, “I don’t think I like that. I, like, really didn’t like that.”

Adam asks her to get on her hands and knees. He has her crawl to the bedroom. Then, the scene goes from there in the most awkward sex that is dysfunctional and degrading to Shiri. It ends with the conclusion shot that by the way was made from conditioner and Cetaphil for a realistic effect.

“From the beginning, we were aware that what we were doing was sexually provocative, and that’s what made it interesting and new and fun,” Judd Apatow, one of the series writers had to say. “Lena wanted to reveal something that is normally hidden — so often you’re not talking about a giant part of most people’s lives because people don’t want to portray it on film — and that opened up tons of stories that you’re usually not able to tell.”

One thing’s for sure! With thinking like that, the show will always be real. What in the world does this final season have in store?




You’ll Be Tuning In Now

Aaron Rodgers’ Family Blaming Olivia Munn

January 20, 2017 in Celebrities, Commentary, Movies, News, Sports, Television

They just wrapped on Ocean’s Eight and Olivia Munn recently came out in Office Christmas Party. Can you say this girl is there? She’s not getting there or on her way. She has arrived.

But, talk to Aaron Rodgers’ family and you’d think there was something else going on. Why is Aaron estranged from his family? Supposedly, the family thinks that Olivia is with him for all the wrong reasons and that’s what drove Aaron away. When they tried to tell him, he got frustrated and the relationship has been very distant since.

Jordan Rodgers joined the ever growing membership of The Bachelorette and actually got engaged on the show to JoJo Fletcher. But, she has yet to meet Aaron even though he might soon be her brother-in-law. That’s how “complicated” this family feud has gotten.

But, why blame her? She is a star in her own right. She doesn’t need Aaron to keep her in the spotlight. She’s doing just fine on her own.

Of course, I haven’t been there. I don’t know for sure. I’m just picking up on a very real vibe. His jaw drops when he sees her. Whose doesn’t? So, that’s real. And she’s not gold digging. She doesn’t have to. So, that’s real. That’s my professional diagnosis on the situation and I’m sticking with it.

It just doesn’t add up.

How Can They Blame Her?

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She Once Bought Her Mom A House

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She Doesn’t Need Aaron’s Money

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I’d Say He’s Happy With The Relationship

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It Will Work Itself Out

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Bonus: Everybody Was Getting Naked

Idina Menzel And Nia Long In ‘Beaches’ Remake

November 29, 2016 in Entertainment, Movies, Music, Television

What would the remake of Beaches be like? We’re about ready to find out because Lifetime is about to premiere it January. This time, it stars Idina Menzel as CC Bloom and Nia Long as Hillary.

I’m going to have to watch it find out, but is there a way it could ever be as good as the original? Two children from completely different walks of life become the best of friends. For those who have never watched it, I won’t ruin the story.

But, did you know that the original young CC Bloom…
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She was a little Mayim Bialik from The Big Bang Theory in one of her first roles ever?
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Bette Midler blessed Idina Menzel and wished her well in the movie remake. That should mean all the difference in the world. There are people who would act petty if someone tried to outdo them in a role they made their own years ago. But, I think they cast was trying to get as close to the original as possible.

Idina As CC

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The Original

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You might want to watch the original before you watch the remake. It will definitely show you what all the hype is about in the first place.

The Trailer

Was That A Blooper On ‘Lucifer’ That I Just Saw?

October 27, 2016 in Commentary, Entertainment, Review, Shows, Television

Tom Ellis and Lauren German shine in the hit show Lucifer. The show attempts to turn the ancient story around where Lucifer is the victim and his father, God is the bad guy who doesn’t listen and manipulates the entire universe. Even though the show is a top notch piece of work on FOX, it has its flaws.

A real bruiser of a blooper can be found in Episode 4, Season 2 called “Lady Parts.” In the episode, Lucifer sets up a girls’ night out for Chloe, the detective played by Lauren. Of course Maze, Linda, and the new girl Ella were invited.

It was going good until Chloe spotted a club stamp on a guy, evidence in her case. The guy’s girlfriend thinks something’s up and that leads to an altercation where the whole bar is fighting. Maze is as bad as she always is trying to protect the girls from flying furniture and blind punches. But, Chloe still ends up getting hit a few times before she finally gains control of the fight.

The scars she takes on become extremely interesting when they seem to move around her face. That’s right! I caught an oversight that I can only offer two explanations for why the blooper would have occurred. But first, take a look and see for yourself.

When We First See Her Cut

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It’s Above Her Right Eye

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Then, In A Few Scenes Later

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It’s Above Her Left Eye

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Look At A Scene Toward The End

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It’s back above her right eye. There are only two reasonable explanations that I can come up with at first and I actually debunked one of them.

I’ll start with the one I debunked. I thought by some absentminded focus that a flipped scene had been cut into the movie. What I mean by that is footage that is flipped horizontally for some reason. What is supposed to be on the right is now on the left.

But, that explanation didn’t fly because the rest of the office is the same. The desk is on their right. The wall is on their left, which is the way it would be in the direction the camera is facing. So, that excuse doesn’t pan out at all.

The easiest explanation then is the makeup artist. They simply applied the makeup on the wrong side and didn’t think anything of it. What a blooper! Got to be more careful than that. It could ruin a show if constant mistakes keep jerking the fans out of the scene.

But, here’s the thing that got me most about this particular episode. An ongoing joke is about how Dan looks like a cop. Chloe says so. Of course, Lucifer says so. Even Amenadiel agrees. So then, how did they get into the illegal party they were supposed to attend to get information about the murders?

When Dan walks up to the bartender, he tries to run. When asked why, he says because it’s obvious Dan looks like a cop. So, why didn’t the security outside stamping people notice? Why didn’t anyone else notice? This was an illegal sex party and no one said a word about the obvious cop except for the bartender? Did they overlook that important detail too?

When you like a show, you might not be looking for the bloopers. You might even let them pass when you subconsciously pick up on them. But, don’t do that! Be a real fan and point out every single one of them. Hollywood loves that!

Watch the episode for yourself! Lucifer

Is ‘America’s Got Talent’ Stepping It Up A Notch?

July 27, 2016 in Entertainment, Review, Shows, Television

America’s Got Talent has always had great talent. But, the first year was bombarded by people who thought they could do anything and get on the show. It wasn’t taken very seriously by too many people because they thought it was a variety show.

The winner gets a Vegas show is why so many people didn’t take it seriously. Try to follow me here. In Vegas, there are many great acts. There are legendary singers like Tom Jones and Wayne Newton. There are legendary acts like the Blue Man Group and Cirque du Soleil. That’s what a person is up against if they want to headline in Vegas.

So, most people entered the show thinking there’s no way they were going to get a real show headlining along the side of great acts like that. That’s why most people didn’t really bring their A Game. Besides the fact that there were some real goofballs who just wanted to have fun and get their few seconds of attention. That happens in shows like this.

But now, it seems like it’s a whole different story. The show has evolved into a much higher level of act. Of course, there are still some goofballs. The show wouldn’t be any fun without them. But, there is another level of act that is making it happen in 2016.

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He took up magic to get over the death of his mother. The thing about him is he has a whole other career. He plays for the Philadelphia Eagles.

How About This Little Voice?

Jayna Brown and Jon Dorenbos merely scratch the surface. America’s Got Talent has definitely taken it up a notch and I can’t wait to watch the rest of this season to see what they come up with next.

Insanely Hilarious Interview On ‘Maya & Marty:’ Jiminy Glick With Ricky Gervais

June 22, 2016 in Celebrities, Comedy, Commentary, Entertainment, Shows, Television

It begins with Jiminy Glick calling his guest “Steve Carell.” That sets the tone for what you are about to see in this hilarious interview with Ricky Gervais.

Jiminy Glick is an awesome character created by comedian genius Martin Short. He has created so many awesome characters throughout the years and he nails humor like it’s second nature to him. So, what does he bring to the table when he does Jiminy Glick?

A guy who misses most points, or could care less about them. He waves off the important details and moves on to more trivial matters. He flips around in his chair and makes himself comfortable, avoiding all unspoken rules of on air interviews. But here’s the thing, you know you’re on when you have Ricky Gervais laughing through the interview.

Ricky Gervais, who is a comedic genius himself, has stood in front of Hollywood and tore everyone in the audience a new one. And because he’s so great, he had them laughing at themselves. It takes a special kind of talent to do that. So, get ready for the fun to begin.

Watch The Insanity Ensue

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She Was Told To Cover Up On Television In This Bit Of Overreaction FAIL

May 16, 2016 in Commentary, Entertainment, Society, Television

As I watched the clip for the first time, I thought nothing of it. It’s a weather lady telling people about weather conditions. She has a dress on, but she’s totally appropriate. That’s why I was slightly confused when I saw the sweater being dangled to the side of the screen. The anchor was telling her to put it on.

Why in the world would she need to cover up?

He said that they were getting emails! What kind of emails? Telling her how nice she looked. Seriously, this little exchange is confusing. But then again, I do work in an environment where it’s nothing to see girls half naked. So when I see a lady in a dress showing off some shoulder, I don’t think much of it.

Tell Me What You Think Of This

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Then, He Posts His Proud Accomplishment

Okay, what could these emails possibly have said if they were objecting to what she was wearing. Come on! It gets into the strange area when you’re telling her to cover up.

And Then The Outcry

Are We Dressing Each Other Now?

So Of Course, He Had To Come Forward With An Apology

But, I Want The Evidence Of These So-Called Emails

Well, I guess there you have it. Some people in this world are so critical of other people. Do they really sit there watching the show looking for things to complain about?

I don’t know people. Start enjoying life more and being miserable less. That’s about all I have to say about it.

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‘Castle’ Joins The List Of Shows That Are Being Canceled

May 14, 2016 in Celebrities, Comedy, Commentary, Entertainment, Television

I’ve got to admit that my love for the show Castle has been dropping over the last few weeks. First, I hear that the stars of the show Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic don’t really even like each other. Then, it gets out that Stana Katic is leaving the show. But, this is the worst news yet.

Just when Nathan thought he was going to have the show all to himself and everything else was going to get shifted around to accommodate that, the show itself gets canceled. But, I have to be honest. When the show was hot, it was hot. Loved every scene of it. But, where do you go from her being the Captain and him being a P.I.? It kind of fell apart when the writers made those turns.

the starsLet’s get back to that first thing though. What a shock that Nathan And Stana don’t even like each other huh? What a blow! They have to be the best actors in the world to have us believing week after week that they are in love. They don’t skip a beat.

Their chemistry works. The way they look at each other has us sitting in the seats wishing we had a relationship that hot and steamy. But then again, there is a rule about the stage. If it’s hot and steamy on the set, nothing’s going on between them. When they lose the passion, that’s when they hooked up. So for these two to be able to bring that kind of heat and passion to the screen, they must have hated each other. The whole total reverse.

Of course, I had no delusions that they were a real couple off the screen. But to not even like each other, to have those egos too big for one show, that’s a hard one to take. I like them liking each other. I like the thought of them liking each other. But whatever, the show is getting canceled. I’m over it.

stanaWhen it was announced Stana Katic was leaving the show, that was the first thought that came to mind. How is the show going to work without her? It can’t. The show might be called Castle, but she’s the muse. She’s the reason Castle came to work at the police department. So, she’s the show every bit as much as he is. Take that huge piece out of the machinery and the machine no longer works.

Of course, shows like this try to survive by finding new players to come in and play new roles. Sometimes, they try to find a replacement for the roles that made the show in the first place. That doesn’t always work. It takes a great actor or actress to come onto a show and step into a role created by someone who has big shoes to fill.

Other times, they leave that alone and just introduce new characters. They’re not trying to take the place of anyone. Just adding to the show. Bringing something new that gives the show a whole new dynamic. That can work. I’ve seen it work. But, it’s also a gamble.

It’s like trying to be someone you’re not when you’re dating and then changing into a someone totally different when the relationship gets real. It’s not what the fans bought into. Take the stuff that works away and the show might as well call it quits. Again, it takes some real special people to keep it alive and turn the fans in a whole new direction.

Guess Castle wasn’t even about to try that. Yet another show goes down that I like. I’m getting used to it I guess. While I stay steady loyal to my shows, the networks are always finding ways to get rid of me.

But tell me the reason, why do you ruin this:

Is There Such A Thing As Having ‘Too Much Beautiful?’

April 11, 2016 in Celebrities, Commentary, Entertainment, Review, Shows, Television

Catching The Catch on ABC, I’ve had to shake my head more than once when I’ve looked at Mireille Enos. In the first episode, she glanced a smile at fiance and professional con artist Benjamin Jones, played by Parenthood star Peter Krause. There was too much beauty on her face at one time. How can someone have that much beauty on one face?

It’s an interesting love affair I have for her. When she doesn’t have any makeup on, I can see the real beauty that lies beneath. But when her face has color and her lashes tease, she does this magical thing that just kicks you in the gut. And when you can’t breathe from a kick in the gut, everything’s beautiful.

how ben conned aliceShe has this sizzling look across her face. Sometimes when she’s smiling, you can’t tell if anger lies beneath the brightness of her face. Her eyes don’t give it away. Your knees just wobble and your heart beats twice as fast like it’s just going to jump out of your chest.

But when she’s mad, you know it. That’s one awesome trick she pulls off nicely. When her face goes solid and her eyes stare at you with the coldness of a woman scorned, hide! Find a place stronger than stone. She’ll cut you down with a look and you’ll never recover. Your heart will be broken if you’re ever on the receiving end of her disdain.

If you haven’t caught up yet, The Catch has an interesting twist. She’s a professional investigator who is the best at getting the con. But this time, the con got her. Played her beautifully from the first moment they met when he got her to come to him. As they explain in the show, that’s how a con gets you. They make you do all the giving, so they never have to ask.

What an interesting concept? She came to him to chase down his business. But, he turned her down as a client to keep the door open. He didn’t initiate a sex life with her. He sat back and relaxed while she climbed on top of him. Wow! This guy is good!

Then, they go into how he didn’t even ask her to marry him. When she flashes back through that conversation, she realizes that she actually asked him to marry her. Whoa! The professional investigator dropped her guard and fell for the best con ever. No wonder she gave him over a million dollars and of course, that’s about the time he split.

But, that’s just the beginning of the story…

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Lady Gaga Brings Down The Tears At The Oscars With ‘Til It Happens To You’

March 3, 2016 in Celebrities, Commentary, Entertainment, Music, News, Review, Shows, Society, Television

The message is clear. You don’t know how it feels until it happens to you. What is she talking about?

She’s talking about rape. Finding a credible statistic on rape is difficult because many of them go unreported. The victims might be ashamed. They may not want to put their business out there. They may not want to be dragged through the legal system of getting checked at the hospital, getting interrogated by police, running through that moment over and over again until they just want to scream.

There are plenty of reasons that a rape victim won’t ask for help. But, the U.S. Department of Justice conducted a National Crime Victimization Survey and concluded that over 290,000 people are victims of rape and sexual assault each year. That actually comes out to 1 victim within every 2 minute time frame.

When Lady Gaga took the stage at the Oscars, her performance brought tears to everyone’s eyes. She has a great voice and it’s a powerful one. More performances like this might bring more victims forward. No longer ashamed. No longer paralyzed by that awful moment. But, ready to step forward and do something about it.

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