Animator, Rachel Peters recently noticed actress, Mayim Bialik was expressing having a tough time being trolled on social media for having her own opinions on serious world issues, as human beings are want to do. As Jimmy Kimmel’s “Mean Tweets” segment illustrates, we too often forget there are real people behind those social media profiles. It’s too easy to whip off a destructive comment to an artist who’s only crime was trying to be accessible to you.
As a child of the 80’s and 90’s, Rachel couldn’t let this happen to her Blossom without answering to it in some way. So, she called in her old friend, Illustrator, Alex Diochon to help her in a new drawing challenge. They needed to work towards giving Mayim something fun to see on the internet.
The result, Mayim Bialik beating up trolls.
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If you haven’t read my first opinion piece on this topic, you can find it here: http://rachelpeters.com/the-future-of-a-nation/3252/
I’ve heard people use the term “politically incorrect” over and over again in describing the way Canadian businessman, Kevin O’Leary has spoken to the public over the years. Now that he is running for politics, I feel the need to speak up.
It is not “politically incorrect” to be unkind, unempathetic , and uncompassionate. It’s simply a display of a defective person. These are not respectable traits and they are not assets for leadership.
More troubling, I’ve heard news outlets refer to his comments as “provocative”. What’s provocative about a man boasting of his greed and how millions of people in poverty only need to be motivated to be more like him? What’s so provocative about a self-obsessed, rich, white man who’s completely out of touch with 99% of Canadians and their struggles? What is provocative about a man who says he doesn’t care about anything but money?
The only thing it provokes in me is nausea.
So, I suppose that week-old eggplant sandwich I tried to eat last night was also “provocative”.
Kevin has said he would like to distance himself from the things he’s said on TV. I’m sure he would! Wouldn’t we all love to distance ourselves from all the times we’ve said ignorant things! But, you know what? It’s called “Toughski Schittski”. There are consiquenses to the words you speak. You can’t apply for a management position, show up with no experience on your resume and then ask the interviewer to take it easy on you and please not check your references, because you’d like to distance yourself from all the terrible things you’ve said.
It doesn’t work that way anywhere else, Kevin.
You apply for this job, you have to answer for that you’ve told us you believe in.
You know what would be truly provocative? If you stopped talking and started serving the public in any selfless way. If you want be the boss of public service, show us you’re even remotely capable. You’ve got a little catch-up to play, though, because all those “career politicians” you scoff at – they’ve been giving their lives to the people for decades. So get to it!
It’s not personal, Kevin. It’s just business.
As a tribute to the highly anticipated new preschool series, Rusty Rivets (for which I storyboarded), I’ve drawn his lesser known cousin. He has a serious vitamin D deficiency.
Here’s some more of dead sparrows for your viewing pleasure:
I don’t know who decided it was a good idea to make kids want to play with rusty sharp things, but RUSTY RIVETS is coming to Nickelodeon!
I storyboarded on this show, and I’m excited to see how popular the toys are going to be! It is the new Paw Patrol, after all.
Here is my advice on how to get ahead in any industry. It may not translate into actual dollars, but it’s worth more than that.
Change your idea of “networking”.
I would much rather play the long game, so to speak. If I can slowly get to know one good person as a real human being – even if it takes four or five years to be able to call them “friend” – I will invest in that opportunity over a party filled with celebrities and influential bosses any day.
Because what good are “connections” if they don’t even necessarily like you? There are thousands of people who do what you do, and they’re probably better at it. But to make a real friend, without any expectations – that’s unique.
To be able to have one person turn to you when they’re in trouble and know they can trust you to ask for help – that fills hearts and makes life-long impacts.
Connections for their own sake are empty, much like fame for fame’s sake. Unless you’re a sociopath, the feeling you get in your gut from using people is a sick and sour one.
But friends who help friends simply because they care – that’s a solid foundation for big things. Those are the real connections you’ll reap the benefits of in business and elsewhere for the rest of your life.
One of those relationships is worth one thousand shallow business card exchanges.
So when you’re at your industry conventions and festivals, I encourage you to skip a few official schmoozing events to pop out for a drink with the people you’ve met. That’s where you’re more likely to start something lasting.
I work in the commercial animation industry where, like the rest of TV and film, there is a major, inexcusable, and definitely not accidental gap when it comes to gender and creative leadership. Even now in 2015, when official policies state otherwise.
As someone who directs and plans to direct more and bigger, I’m personally offended – like a punch to the gut – when I go from studio to studio and see 100% men doing what I was made to do.
It’s a clear message to me that says, “You’re not allowed”.
Dear women in business,
Here is something I’ve been learning:
Now is the time.
Now it’s about time.
We need to show up at the door of the places we want to be and we need to stop asking permission to be there.
The men don’t ask permission. They assume it’s their right to be where they want to be. Let’s adopt that sense of privilege. There is no reason we shouldn’t.
I know for your whole career there has been some room you’ve been told you’re not allowed to enter.
You’re told this by having witnessed that no matter how qualified you are, only men get that job. Year after year, decade after decade.
I understand that after so long of being passed over, you eventually give up trying. The fight can become so tiring that it stops being worth it.
I’m telling you now that the winds are changing. The old boys are dying out and the “no girls allowed” clubs are no longer appropriate.
But official policies aren’t good enough anymore. They’re completely empty without action.
We need to start be bosses – we need to assume we can. And once we are bosses we need to hire each other as much as we hire men.
We can be our own worst enemies. And it’s not acceptable.
We will never make real, practical change unless we show up without apology, stop asking permission to be there, and work together as stepping stones for each other, toward real opportunities.
Most of us don’t show up for those opportunities, because we think we need to be the best before we even try. After all, if you become the first female boss in what you do, you’ll bee seen as an ambassador for all women. If you stink, we all stink, right?
Well, look around! There are all varieties of men who stink at their job and they don’t reflect on all mankind. They only reflect on themselves.
Their bar isn’t set nearly as high as the one we set for ourselves.
Half of them BS their way into the job and then fumble their way through it until they get good.
So, just go! Take one step forward with confidence. Learn. Compare merit to merit and that is all.
When anyone (men and women) tell you you’re being too bossy or too outspoken or forward, you make that your background music as you pass them by on your walk to success.
When they tell you you’re being paranoid, because this prejudice doesn’t exist, you pity them for the tiny bubble they live in and the small world view they have.
Now be good at what you do, represent yourself, and keep showing up at that door.
We are 50% of the human population and we are qualified.
photo by lightmonkey.ca
His Eye is On the Sparrow
acrylic on canvas
I have no doubt He cares very deeply for us, and even for the sparrows.
But sparrows still die.
Bad things still happen.
These painting, for me, illustrate the big question, as old as Job. The one left unanswered: “Why”.
A study of birds:
Once upon a time there was a beautiful princess who went walking alone in an enchanted forest.
She met a frog who could talk for some reason.
She didn’t question it, because she wasn’t very bright. The gene pool of the enchanted royal family was embarrassingly small and the princess’ IQ showed it.
The frog said, “If you kiss me, something amazing and magical will happen!”
The princess kissed the frog and immediately she turned into a chicken.
“That’ll teach you to go kissing strangers in the woods.” he said and he hopped away.
Rejected by her royal family, The Princess now needs a new home. Will you take her home?
Who wouldn’t want to receive this little baby cakes for Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa.
She truly is the rarest animal on earth and the most magical snail monster you’ll ever meet.
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