Sept. 21, 2022

Season 4, Episode 10

Season 4, Episode 10

Eric and Gil discuss and give opinions on hot topics 

Transcript
Eric:

Hello and welcome to the Q lounge, I'm Eric

Gil:

and I'm Gil.

Eric:

join us as we discuss news stories and life situations, as they relate to the LGBTQIA plus experience, please visit us at theQloungepodcast.com and hit that subscribe button or listen wherever you get your podcasts. If you would like to follow us on social media, you can hit us up on Facebook @theQloungepodcast or on Instagram or Twitter @theQlounge. Hello and welcome to the Q lounge. I'm Eric and

Gil:

I'm Gil.

Eric:

And thank you so much for joining us again on this wonderful little podcast that we have here. Quick apology. I know a couple weeks ago. We did not drop an episode. We had planned to drop an episode, but your boy over here got COVID and I just wasn't up to editing and being able to release anything. I'm a little congested still. I just say that my voice sounds sexier than normal, so you can just Barry white voice on now. Yes, you can just close your eyes and eat your chocolate. So just wanted to make that quick apology for that. It was funny cuz the week. Our episode with Kelly dropped was I think the week I was in Vegas. And then when we had interviewed her, I was talking about how nervous I was to go to Vegas because of COVID. And then I get back from Vegas and guess what I get COVID. That's why we did not drop an episode a couple weeks ago. So sorry about that, which I have already said, but I had to deal with that. And COVID, wasn't fun at least for the first three. COVID, wasn't fun at all, but the first, like two or three days were the worst and then I was pretty good over after that. Anything else we needed to discuss? I think that was mainly it as far as why that, and,

Gil:

but the good thing is at least you're nice and healthy. You're ready to go for the most part. Yes.

Eric:

How are you

Gil:

Gil? I am doing well. For my work, we are out of peak season. So I'm starting to have a nice work life balance. Again, I'm gonna be traveling here to SoCal for the first time since the pandemic. Nice. This upcoming weekend. Yeah. So I'm excited. Like I said, I haven't really left Northern California in a while. And, but when he

Eric:

says up coming weekend, he means this past weekend. Cuz this will drop after we oh yes.

Gil:

Yes. So we're gonna be doing that. We're gonna be doing like, to whole Disney and stuff like that. So that be kinda fun. Yeah. We survived the heat wave from hell. let

Eric:

the, let the Kardashians close down the park again. So you guys can just sit there and watch them ride rides. You guys had a heat wave up in the bay.

Gil:

Yeah, we did. Where actually like where my parents live hit 1 15, 1 17. Oh shit. Which is very abnormal. Yes. When I say got hot, it got hot. Like even San Francisco, we were at like 96 degrees for multiple days. Oh my God. Us. We don't have AC. Yeah. So we are roasting there's no. Oh God, we have the breeze. oh my God. God was not pleasant. I can tell you right now that's 30 degrees,

Eric:

higher browner. That's 30 degrees higher than your normal. Correct.

Gil:

So it got hot. Yeah. Wow. We were bitching. We were definitely bitching, but we had, like I said, it was, we got summer very quickly. yeah.

Eric:

We're like in

Gil:

fall, we survived here. Oh, are you guys

Eric:

really? It's 80, but it's been raining. It's the fairs going on? Like it's. Oh,

Gil:

You guys had chili, the chili season already happened. All the roast. Yeah. I don't mean

Eric:

chili. I don't even remember chile

Gil:

season. Oh, I do miss that. Yeah. If people are not from New Mexico, like our listeners, like I'm telling you, it's just one of the smells from like kicks off autumn it's yeah. Ugh. Smells so

Eric:

good. Nothing smells better than roasting chili.

Gil:

Oh, it smells so good. Yeah. Oh goodness. So what

Eric:

do you think about what's at the news? Yeah. So I was just gonna ask you, what do you think about what's going on in this world today?

Gil:

Your Lord? Obviously let's start with the obvious one is if we're going with our international politics with queen Elizabeth, I second passing. Yes. If you've lived your been living even under a rock, I'm sure everyone knows. Everyone knows. Everyone

Eric:

knows it was. I saw an interesting statistic the other day and I don't know how true it is, but Uhhuh, it was, they were saying that nine out of 10 people were born after she became queen. Correct. Cause that's how long she reigned.

Gil:

I cause I didn't know that the British Anthem was anything, but God saved the queen. I just assumed it was like, oh, that's wonderful. okay. I don't know. I didn't know that it changes every time. I didn't know that either if it's a king or a queen. Okay. I did

Eric:

not know that either. Yeah. I don't know a whole lot about my British politics and stuff like that. I know enough to keep up with what's going on now, but I don't know a lot. So the history stuff, so

Gil:

yeah, that kind of stuff. I know. Dig. Too much. I, I know the basics of it like when they lost their power and when they're more of a figurehead that, you know, like the basics, but not like I couldn't recite you yeah. In order who's taken over. And I couldn't tell you. Yeah. but I it's been interesting to me. And like I knew there's gonna be such a mixed reaction to her death. But I didn't realize how mixed it was gonna be in a sense of like it's either people were on that extreme of, oh my God, this is like extreme sorrow for the nation. Or it was very, I don't know how to almost tasteless in the way that some of the. Reaction was, and maybe it's just, I don't know that I

Eric:

would say it. I have no tie to her. So I don't know that I would say it was tasteless. I know there were people that were upset because some people were not sad by her passing. Correct. And people were offended by that, but you have to look at their historical counts, which I just said, I don't study a lot of British history, but you have to look at the colonization from the British,

Gil:

but from a, that is the British legislative, that's their parliamentary cuz the, their king and queen like, yes, they're there the guy. Yes, they signed off, but they don't have the full write off,

Eric:

but they still do have power they're

Gil:

they have some, yes. Yeah. But it's the entire government. If they wanna blame anyone, it's blame themselves for what happened. The British people like it's their government, their entire government, not just the king and queen. That's the part I don't understand. No, but I'm talking about I guess that's where I know they're blaming it on her, but it's really

Eric:

all. I'm not talking about the British people though. I'm talking about like other countries.

Gil:

Oh yeah no. I absolutely agree. Their effect was obviously widespread. Yeah.

Eric:

Yeah. So I don't really weigh in on either side because again, I just don't know enough to have an opinion about it either way. Like I can see why people are sad that she passed away and I can see why people are mourning that cuz death is just not a happy thing in general and correct. People had their ties to her. And I, I understand that side of it, but I also listening to other sides of some of the African countries talking about how they were colonized and then knowing a little bit about the Irish history and all that other stuff. I'm like, I understand why you. Are not sad or mournful of the British monarchy. Correct. So again, I can't personally weigh in just cuz I don't feel like I know enough. Maybe if we do have any listeners in England or Europe or any of those countries that have an opinion in are by far more educated on it than I am, who want to send us a message at the Q lounge podcast.com or info dot Q lounge, gmail.com. You can totally send us something and set us straight and totally school us or school. Me at least Gil may not need to be school Schoolly too shit. School us on the actual going on so that we can actually have an informed opinion on. If you guys want us to, we, you guys may not wanna hear our opinions on it. So I, as of right now, can't give an actual opinion on it because I don't feel, I know enough and I can, from where I'm standing now I can see both sides, but I don't, but I don't have an opinion on either side because I just, again, as I've said, 9,062 times, I don't know enough.

Gil:

And also for us, we don't come from that at Monarch. I don't know what that means to me. There's no king or queen here, even though yeah. The previous administration wanted that to happen. True here. Yeah. Yeah, but it's just, to me, it's just been fascinating is all hell it's just been to me just fascinating what's happening. And I don't know. That's what I have. just oh, this is it. I was learning some things I've been watching. Some people I'm like, okay, sounds good.

Eric:

Yeah. Yeah. It's been interesting with that whole thing. So I guess the January 6th committees getting ready to restart up. Oh, good. That's they're doing their interviews and getting ready. You're getting all their ducks in a row. So we'll have that coming up with this as mentioned also they're on a time constraint because if history does repeat itself, as it often do well, as it often does, but as far as midterms are concerned that other party will most likely get control of the house and or Senate. And then the January 6th committee, shit's not gonna go

Gil:

Yeah, because the way it's looking right now, then I was actually able to pull some of that. Cause I was curious because if we were talking, when I was, when we started talking about this in, I think I started looking at back in February. Cause obviously this is the midterms it looked grim as whole fuck. We know that. Yeah. Inflation was going up. Our gas was right before guests are skyrocketing and just things didn't look really good. But since, especially in the wake of post when they overturn Roe V Wade. Yeah. Which we'll talk about more in a general. Yeah. It definitely has changed because right now let's say let's just take a look at some of the key races right now with as it stance. Now, when obviously these are polls, these are. Always held with a grain itself because nothing happens until you actually go out there and vote. Yes. Because like I said, people could tell you one thing and then completely not do the opposite when they're behind a booth. Absolutely. But now really quickly just

Eric:

about polls, like here in New Mexico, our, one of the news stations released a quote poll on how our governor's doing against her aholic trash box Republican. Oh weatherman. And I like meteorologist, but he's just trash saying that, oh, she's leading him by 5% in this new poll that we conducted. They pulled a thousand people. Yeah. Like even by New Mexico standards, that's a very small percentage. Correct. Like you said they come with a grain of salt. I did not mean to cut you off. Go ahead, Gil.

Gil:

No. It just, people should know that. And that's the thing with polling. It's it depends on how the question's also worded. That's the things you get to take consider who was the targeted audience when he ask this. So if you are, I don't know if you're in front of a religious, school and that's that you're targeted people, but you're asking them, what do you think about, premarital sex? 99% of our people are against it. Are they though? That's things that you need to consider. So like for the Senate race in some key ones right now Nevada, the Democrats are right now posted three points better, but that's still within the realm of the the margin of error. Ohio. The Democrats are leading by three points, Florida, plus four Arizona plus seven Colorado plus nine. Iowa is another one that's been looking at Republicans are holding a plus seven, but they have shrank it. The Democrats were actually down worse than that. I don't know if I mentioned Georgia plus three. Oh, awesome. And in Wisconsin to North Carolina. Yeah. Yeah. And then in North Carolina it's even, oh, wow. Which is really good because that's good. They close about a 10 point gap there to make it at least right now. It's looking even well. That is really good. It's looking interesting. And Federman is still yeah. Even within the governor. Yes. Okay. That one in Pennsylvania, it's a nine point gap. Okay. So it's outside of the realm of the guy who

Eric:

doesn't even live in Pennsylvania.

Gil:

No New Jersey for fucks sake. yeah. Yeah. I have tocause

Eric:

ER, ship. Did you really quickly, did you see that ad that Federman actually Federman has released some amazing ads. Did you see the wizard of Oz ad? He really I'll have to send it to you. He sent a, he did a whole wizard of Oz ad. That was fucking brilliant. And then he did another one where he had Snooky from Jersey shore and basically telling Oz. So when he decided to come back home and I was like, basically like calling them out as you are a Jersey resident, you are not a Pennsylvanian resident. So you have no business being over there at all. So I'll try to, I'll try to send you both of those there. If you guys get a chance to look them up on YouTube, it would be Dr. Oz, wizard of Oz, commercial and Snooki Dr. Oz commercial or something. But you said it was a plus nine lead for Federman. Yeah,

Gil:

it's a plus nine right now. That's the projection. And then you mentioned if favor,

Eric:

and then you mentioned Florida. Does that mean Val Demings is leading Rubio by four.

Gil:

Right now it is pre, oh, hold on. Let me get to it real quick. Rubio is leading by four. Oh, Rubio is leading by four. They close the, yeah, they closed the gap because before it was about a 12 point different, oh, sorry. I correct myself. Nine point difference in August, beginning of August. And they have deving has closed the gap. How can people still

Eric:

vote for Rubio? People still vote for, I don't Mitch McConnell and ran Paul and

Gil:

yeah, it's just like Abbott and yeah, same things happening at Texas where it's about a seven point gap right now.

Eric:

I don't know how you could still vote for Abbott after he basic I'm gonna say celebrated the death of 21 slash 22 people. Correct. Like the massacre of

Gil:

it went down from 12, so 7, 8, 9 about five point closure. Okay. So Oke is closing the gap, but it's, like I said, it's still technically outside of the margin of error. Granted, this is a gigantic Republican state, but it's how do you energize or get the democratic vote going or gen Z to to get going. Yeah,

Eric:

Gen Z wasn't polled either so hopefully gen Z will come through. Like they seem to do. Yeah.

Gil:

The Dems are leading in a lot of close races. So I don't, like I said if things hold up that it looks like the Democrats have a shot of retaining the Senate, that

Eric:

would be amazing. And you also to think too Palin just lost her congressional race.

Gil:

Correct. Oh my God. That was huge.

Eric:

That was huge. Yeah.

Gil:

They said they finally have an indigenous. So a native Hawaiian, a native Alaskan in a native American, all in the same in the house with the first time ever, which is long overdue. Yeah, my goodness. So this should be interesting. November 8th, everyone don't forget to vote. Or if you're like in California bail in your ballot.

Eric:

if you're in New Mexico do early voting, cuz it makes it way easier.

Gil:

Early voting in New Mexico is so freaking easy. I love it. Yeah. It's and it's readily available.

Eric:

Yeah. It's even more so from when you lived here.

Gil:

Oh really? Oh, good.

Eric:

I think I have four polling places within walking distance of where I live.

Gil:

See that's excellent. Yeah. And that's the thing I don't understand if you want, if for a democracy, why are you gonna everyone voting yeah.

Eric:

Then you have if you think, did you see that debate with camp Brian camp and Stacey Abrams? And he was trying to say oh, why are you trying to get people to break the law to vote for you? And she like she murdered him.

Gil:

Yeah. Oh yeah. Oh, it was wonderful.

Eric:

talking about how he illegally purged a bunch of vote Uhhuh voters from the role from the voter roles while he was secretary,

Gil:

right? Yeah. Secretary in her. They sued him. Yeah. That's what she mentioned.

Eric:

Yeah, she totally just destroyed him. Her she's fantastic.

Gil:

Oh, gosh.

Eric:

so I know we are just not talking about Georgia, but going back to Texas really quick. They, the Texas judge recently, I wanna say this happened about a week and a half ago, ruled in favor of these companies that were taking the government to court, the federal government to court about overturning part of the affordable care act in which stated that they needed to cover prep preexposure, prophylactic for HIV. And they stated that it went against their religious freedom. Because they don't agree with the homosexual lifestyle and therefore they didn't feel like they should have to cover prep and a judge ruled in their favor, of course, that they did not have to cover prep, be due to religious freedom. So here's the thing. It's not only gay people who get HIV and you are literally saying that you are the party of pro-life when we know it's just pro force birth and pro control of women, but you're willing to say, oh, but let all these people die. Correct. Let's let them all get HIV and die.

Gil:

It just, it baffles me, like I said I think I probably said that so many fucking times incidents. 2000 at this point they just baffled me, especially when it comes to religious freedom or like what these big companies suddenly have constitutional. I think is my bigger question, because my understanding was to the people. Yeah. But it's not a corporation, but didn't

Eric:

the Supreme court say that the corporations were the same as individuals

Gil:

that's when they did. Yeah. Again, under a conservative courtship and this is what you get.

Eric:

Yeah, but I it's just it's infuriating to me that you are saying that yes, these people, we can allow these people to die based on your religious freedom. It was just like, when I think it was hobby lobby, went to court over birth control. and didn't wanna have to cover birth control because it went against their religious freedom or their religious beliefs. And I know these are private companies so that they can, they can instill what rules they want, but some of these, they don't

Gil:

hire people yeah. That are all like, or the, to hire a person doesn't mean that you have to have the same moral compass as what the company's trying to project. And it's it. That would be discrimination. As we all know anyone who's been part of any kind of major company or works for one that's one of the HR issues right off the bat, because true to a lawsuit. True. If you're a profiling your team. So I don't understand why the companies are able to do it in reverse where it's we don't believe in this. Yeah, don't fucking care. What you're, like I said, your right to end where mine begin. Yeah. Yeah. Also, I,

Eric:

I don't know. Yeah. I don't fully grasp where that's considered. Okay. Yeah. To wish, basically wish death on others and use your religion to make it happen. And actually pull that safety from them. Talking, speaking of true or prep Truva for prep specifically now AOC was questioning the head of Gilead who produces and makes Truvada and Truvada here in the us still has a bunch of patents. You can get prep for free through certain programs and a lot of companies still will cover it cuz your insurance covers it. But Truvada costs up to $2,000 a month in the us. It costs about $8 in Australia.

Gil:

Oh, damn. What the hell? So

you

Eric:

could literally fly to Australia, have a vacation, get your month's worth of prep and come back for probably less money than it is just a by Truvada out here in the us.

Gil:

Oh, what the hell?

Eric:

My figures might be a little off. So I'm not telling everyone to fly to Australia right now, but isn't that kind of crazy?

Gil:

That's crazy. It's that the price gouging. And I guess that's seeing, I don't know, I have such a, it's funny because like I said, work you for a fortune 500 company, and I benefit from it from a financial standpoint, but morally, like if the companies go under, they're getting slapped with millions of dollar lawsuits and stuff like that, I kind of giggle because we know that they take advantage of the consumer. And there's the same thing, especially with big farm with pharmaceutical companies, the profits are astronomical. Oh yeah. They're astronomical. We know that we, they, we are being held hostage to their pricing and of course we always live off of this is America. We have a higher standard, but if you're selling the exact same item, the exact same, it. To a fellow first, quote unquote first world nation. Yeah. I don't understand please help me understand the difference of why.

Eric:

Then you also have to think too, like a couple things is the United States really that advanced it's really not I think we're behind a lot of other countries. And then you also look at stuff like insulin. Yeah. Which the patent was sold for a dollar. Yeah. And look at what the, the price of insulin now is fricking outrageous. And a lot of times now, like you can't even get your insulin. Yeah. Like me, like I'm a type one diabetic. So like I have I have, what's called LADA latent, autoimmune diabetes of the adult. So it's a type one, but I got it later in life. Yay me. Cause my body loves to attack itself. So I'm supposed to get this specific insulin that I've been prescribed for the last two months. I've been trying to get it. And the pharmacy's oh, we don't have, we don't have access to it. It's on back order. It's on back order. It's on back order and I got a notification from them. You are overdue for this medication, blah, blah, blah. I'm like, bitch, you can't get it. Like I've put in the order twice now. Correct. And I keep getting told it's on back order. I'm lucky. Knock on wood. That? I have a pretty healthy back stock to carry me through. Yeah, but if I didn't, I would be totally fucked. Correct. And that's not okay. Yeah. So

Gil:

it's exhausting. This is exhausting. It is like, how else are you gonna shock us today? And these are like, these are American companies.

Eric:

But it's all about the dollar they

Gil:

should be. It is, it's all about it's greed. It's greed. It's pure. It's pure greed. Absolutely. And if there are any Christians or owning these, so that's one of your, no nos

Eric:

so you say, but They love to throw out like, oh, the Bible says this, the Bible says this, but then when you like, actually see like where Jesus hung out with the prostitutes and welcome your enemy and treat your NA treat you the person from the foreign land as if they were your neighbor. And as if they were your own, oh no, we don't do that. We lock children in cages. We call them shithole countries. We say, let's shoot them. As they cross the border seeking asylum. Let's pass all these laws to control women's bodies. Like your friend Lindsay Graham Which if we wanna talk about that, we'll talk about that in a second, but they keep pass. They keep saying all this stuff, but that goes completely against their book. And yet they use their book to try to justify what they're doing.

Gil:

It's I witnessed it myself. I don't know if I told you that story. I was waiting to get my Chinese food across the street from a church. The church was having a little potluck. Tell me why a homeless guy walked up clearly homeless. There's no question. He wasn't a hipster. He was walking there, asked them and they turned him away. What turned him away? What? From the church?

Eric:

Were they supposed to feed the poor? I didn't

Gil:

feed the hundred. That's their job. That's what? The, all what? The pen. They give people, give the donations. Yeah. Please tell me if this, I sat there in my car watching this happen. I could hear it. Hear the conversation cuz I was only, I could it's right there. Couple of hundred feet from me. It's not, it was, the guy was talking loud and he asked, could I have some food? And they clue said no, should him. They shoot him away. And I'm like, I'm just saying I don't. Practice what you guys do, but I'm just, I thought this was what you guys were all about.

Eric:

well I can't say, I can't say that I'm shocked cuz I'm really not. I'm just very disturbed. That is some rotes bullshit. That is just gross. Yeah. But that's the Christians for you?

Gil:

I just, yeah, it was, that was the first for me. I was quite intrigued.

Eric:

wow. Again, not shocking, but still upsetting, correct?

Gil:

Yep. So that was very peculiar.

Eric:

Yeah. Aren't you supposed to feed the poor? Wasn't that one of Jesus's big thing is feed the poor.

Gil:

Yeah. Cut the, what is it like the bread somehow miraculously made the bread last for 50 people or whatever it was.

Eric:

Oh, my God. I heard the greatest joke today. I thought it was a great joke. I actually heard it twice. So there's two different, there's two different like jokes, but it's based on the same thing. So it was a duet on TikTok. And this, I don't know if you saw it and this woman, she, I guess she's like giving a sermon or something. And she says, Jesus is the only one who can satisfy to which this woman said, obviously you've never met a lesbian was amazing to me. Oh, I was, so I laughed so hard and so loud. And then same thing as another duet with the same girl saying only Jesus can satisfy to which this other woman responded. Are you sure about that? It took him three days to rise,

Gil:

stupid.

Eric:

I was like, yeah. A lesbian can satisfy another girl very well, and yeah, if it's gonna take him three days to rise, that's not really worth the time and effort.

Gil:

Yeah. That's a lot

Eric:

yeah, especially, probably cause it's probably gonna be like 10 seconds anyways.

Gil:

oh gosh. So what's going on with dear lady G

Eric:

lady G has that was her heart. I don't bless her heart. Has proposed a national or federal abortion ban at 15 weeks. And it's ironic because two months ago we had this whole, it's a state thing. It's a state thing. Take it back to the states. It's a state thing. It's a state thing. And now he is trying to say, oh, we need to make a, make it a federal ban. Shut your mouth and clean those lady bugs off your taint. Like seriously, the grotesque motherfucker.

Gil:

No one should be shocked by the one should be shocked point.

Eric:

And the thing is it's not gonna pass. Yeah, because the Democrats still have. Technically control of the house or the Senate. Sorry. And they wouldn't have their 60 votes. Although I'm sure they would try to find some nuclear option that they could just Ram it through and get away with it. Cuz they always seem to be able to do that.

Gil:

Or he's good at that. Yeah.

Eric:

You can listen to an episode. I forgot which episode it was. I wanna say it was like four weeks ago that we talked about that. Yeah. Or four episodes ago probably five weeks ago. So it's not gonna pass, but they're doing it to rally up. It's a battle. It is, they're doing it to rally up their base and get them all yes, they're trying to do this. They're trying to save the children, blah, blah, blah. No, they're not. They're trying to control women. In Texas. You have a woman who was put on life support on a respirator because she went sepsis and they couldn't give her an abortion. Even though she, the child was dead and there was dead fetal tissue, but because there was still technically a heartbeat at the time, they had to wait 24 hours and just watch her get super sick. And then she ended up having a bunch of complications and was put on a respirator. because of these fucking laws, it's

Gil:

disgusting what they are doing to the women. Yes. And this is the thing, a lot of there's a recent one also, right? A lady from Texas fled to New Mexico to get an abortion.

Eric:

Yeah. Because the child the pregnancy was nonviable. Yeah. After I wanted, after I forgot how long it was, but she had a miscarried before Uhhuh they wanted, and then she had the ultrasound found out that the pregnancy was nonviable. So then they wanted her to have yet another ultrasound. So then she had to get another ultrasound. Going through all this horrible news already that she knew. Yeah. She had to put her subject herself to it again. Yes. And then they wanted a third ultrasound and it was gonna take her like two or three weeks to get in to get that ultrasound at a different place. To confirm what the first two ultrasounds already said. Correct. And what we just talked about in the previous thing, dead fetal tissue can be very toxic So since she had to cross over to New Mexico to get her appropriate healthcare,

Gil:

and she was a lifelong Republican to this point I don't know how she's still gonna vote, but it's just, this is the thing it's like these kinda laws and stuff like that, a lot of people are like this is from a moral, it's none of your fucking business, but people do with their doc. This is a medical concern. Yes. And if the, to me the less regulations from the government on yourself, because it may not be affecting you right now, but it may affect somebody that, somebody that down the road, like your grandchild or something, like I said, it doesn't affect you. Yeah. Great. You're 80 But what if your grandchild is put in that position? Where something goes wrong. It's not a technical abortion where you're like, oh, I just had a, what makes sense? So I'm not gonna be, we're punishing you for that one night. Yeah. Again, there's other ways there's other

Eric:

reason for it. And just the thing to remember consent to sex is not consent to pregnancy. Correct? It is not consent to parenthood.

Gil:

No. Is how many drunk? Drunk at times where we're like, oh yeah, that's what I was signing up for. Or gonna have a baby. No. I could guarantee you it's more like a, oh shit. This is happening. Yeah, here we are. We're in a different time. It just I don't understand some of your damn business, especially, you're letting a guys who are not medically trained ruling on your body where politicians stay in your alley. Yeah. Why are

Eric:

politicians? I don't understand. I don't either. Why are politicians being given the. Freedom to dictate your healthcare. Not just dictate your healthcare, but like your actual health, like your medical care, that you would be the details from your doctors. Yes. The details. Yeah. I want you said that way better than I did was just that one

Gil:

word. Oh, cause to be the way I look at it, the government, they should be able to provide us the access to affordable healthcare, because that is something that it's a service they're providing a service, correct check. They do not need to tell me what within it is the restriction, correct? That's not their business. Correct, but that's between me and the doctor. Absolutely. That's the way I look at it, they provide us with nice roads so that our electric vehicles could go right on or provide us with the, things or I know cleaned water and, clean air obviously and stuff like that. Because these, the services that are not that a corporation, I would not want to be controlling.

Eric:

Yeah, but then you have the SCOTUS just, oh God. Yeah. I mean that they didn't just do this, but they did this earlier when they were doing their horrible rulings back in may, June where oh, the EPA can no longer regulate anything. And so we're gonna go back to dirty water and lead filled water and dirt and dirty air, non unclean air. I can't, I didn't even say that. But you know what I'm trying to say. Yeah.

Gil:

Essentially we wanna go back to 1900. Yeah. The white was back in the days. Yeah.

Eric:

It's all just breathing like

Gil:

coal. It's did we not learn? I don't understand you guys like our phones have literally human history on there. Simple Google search. It hasn't happened before. Yeah. Yes. The answer's yes, it has happened

Eric:

before. We're gonna go back to asbestos.

Gil:

The whole purpose of this is to go forward, to move forward. I don't wanna be talking again about like our, trying to get us on these moral, ethical issues. Like it's not gonna benefit me. How the fuck are we not? How can Gil not pay $9 to cross the same fucking bridge that I've been crossing since I was a child? It hasn't improved. Yeah. The same fucking potholes yet. I'm gonna be paying more for the same damn bridge. how about we worry about how do we lower that cost or I don't know, build the bridge on time. Yeah. Cause I know if my work, if I'm not on time, I'll be fired. They did fire them. In fact, we have, they passed the bill to us and I have to pay for it now. Shit. Yeah. But that's what the politicians

Eric:

were about. You also have to think though, too, the politicians get away with stuff that you and I would never get away with in our oh

Gil:

God. Yeah. That's very true. Like they're inside trading. Ah, they're inside trading.

Eric:

Yeah.

Gil:

Their spouse is having access to that.

Eric:

Shit. Their whole like colluding with the defense attorneys and saying, oh, I already know how I'm gonna vote before I even heard any of the evidence. Yeah. Can you imagine if you went to a jury selection and the judge you're being interviewed with a judge and be like, oh, I already know how I'm gonna vote and I'm gonna go call the defense attorney and have a conference with them so that we can make sure that this person's acquitted. Can you imagine what would happen to you? And I know this is older news because dude hasn't been in the white house for two years and,

Gil:

but still.

Eric:

Yeah. And his impeachment trial has already happened, but yeah, that's interesting to me. Oh yeah.

Gil:

what, it's time to be alive.

Eric:

what a time to be alive. So I wanted to talk about two things, pop culture. Ooh. So I don't know the Emmy the night, the prime time Emmys were on the other night on Monday night. So this, yes, this will be a week and a half from when this episode drops. You had Zendaya who won again? Yes. For euphoria, for lead actress in a drama. So she is now the first and second black woman to win that award.

Gil:

Well deserved. Yes, very well

Eric:

deserved that show was fantastic. Season two, episode five, you guys, I AMS. Still processing that whole episode, that episode was so intense, so well done. I'm still like figuring it out. I'm still trying to recover from that episode. yeah. If you don't watch any, if you never watch that show, watch season two, episode five and watch like the last 10 minutes of episode three and season one, cuz that's just like the best monologue scene ever. The door scene, people who've seen the show will know what I'm talking about when I say the door scene. But yeah, those are great. And then the first, like 15 minutes of. Episode four in season two, you would like Gil. Cause it's about these two high school guys who are like really in love with each other, but they have to be straight, but then they make out at the end and it's really sweet and cute but then there's a little tragic twist at the end, but it's still probably it's all good. Okay. But then like you had, there was Lizzo won. Yes. And then Sheryl Lee finally won. Yep. And she was the she's the second black woman to win for supporting actress in a comedy Jackie, Harry won 35 years ago. Shit so yeah, it was a good night for Women of color and people of color you had who else? Quinta Bronson also won and then you had squid games did pretty well. Yes. And the director won for best director. Yeah. And so in his speech was super cute. About giving hopefully it won't, he, his won't be the last foreign show to win. So I thought that was pretty great. I liked that there was a lot of representation. I did find myself getting in an argument though, cuz I was like super excited about the fact that there was so much black excellence happening. Yeah. And someone that I was talking to was like offended by it because well, why aren't we celebrating. The Latinos are the native Americans or why aren't they getting the recognition? I'm like, okay, you can be mad about that. That's totally valid and fine. Yeah. But you can still also be very happy. Yeah. For this group they're not mutually exclusive. Correct. Like you can be celebrating that this marginalized group is getting some flowers. They're not even getting their full flowers. They're just getting some flowers. Correct. The pedals are falling yes. And you can still be mad and maintain your push and your drive and your fight for these other groups to get theirs as well. Correct. Yeah, I was like, just pushed a little back. I'm like, how can you not, you should be so happy about this. This is a beautiful thing. And yeah, I was just shocked, but then it's not surprising because the little mermaid trailer just came out. Oh, I

Gil:

was gonna bring that one up. Yes.

Eric:

And Halle Bailey get it, girl gets it. She looks phenomenal. I think she sings very well. And then all these people are so mad about it because it's a black girl.

Gil:

Oh, another tear drop

Eric:

and They're changing the story. It doesn't really follow the storyline. As we know it, it's a Danish fairytale. There's black people in Denmark. Yeah. And if you wanna follow. The actual fairytale, the fairytale itself is horrifying. Yeah. She has her voice cut out. Like it's not magically taken from her she turns into sea foam because the prince doesn't want her. And so she dies in the ocean. That's what you want. Yeah. But no, you're going by the Disney version cuz it's the Disney live action. Correct? She was obviously the best for the job. And then you have people saying oh if Tiana from the princess and the frog, if they made her a white princess, they would be all mad. Or if they changed Moana to a white person, they would be all mad. Ariel's ethnicity has nothing to do with her plot or story.

Gil:

She's half human half fish. Yeah. Fuck. I

Eric:

don't understand. Hey so let's rewind though. Yes, she's a mythical creature as it is like it doesn't she's half human half fish, so yes, but even without that, her ethnicity has nothing to do with her storyline or her plot. Yes, there is. It has nothing to do with her character. It has nothing to do with anything, her being half fish and half human does. But the rest of that, no Moana. If you take her out of, if you, if she's no longer Polynesian, then your story's gone. Correct. Because it was all her culture is a big part of her storyline.

Gil:

But isn't it like funny that they ended up, it was like, what? A couple of years ago they casted what Emma Stone, in that Hawaiian film where it's supposed to be like the girls supposed to be like half Chinese, half white or whatever. And they pick like the whitest looking human, they could find to be in Hawaii. I think with the

Eric:

Scarlet

Gil:

Johansen one no. It was with Emma Stone. Okay. Yeah, it was it, but it was the same kind of thing. Let me try to pull up the movie from where Josh is. I or might have been, but it's the same thing. It's we've seen whitewash in the film industry of minor minority characters or tried to depict minority characters, but that's okay. But yeah, the one time you flip the white character to a minority, it's oh, how dare? How dare well, and how many white princesses are there? If

Eric:

you look at that, there's seven to nine white princesses and there's one black princess. Yeah. And, but here's the thing too, is like you said, like you've whitewashed, a lot of Hollywood has whitewashed a lot. And the thing is that a lot of times they've whitewashed characters that their culture and their ethnicity was actually still pertinent to their storyline. Yes. They did that with Angelina Jolie and that movie was at beyond borders or something like that. And they've done it with tons of people. Scarlet Johansen was another one where it was based off of a Japanese character. And recently just did that with James Franco was gonna be playing Castro yeah. And John Leguizamo not happy about that. So yeah. Again, it's not pertinent to Ariel's story. Correct. I don't get it. I don't, I it's just a, it's just another excuse for you to be racist for people to be racist.

Gil:

On the flip side, there has been some cute videos of little black girls seeing it for, oh my

Eric:

God. It is like the most beautiful thing in the world. I like melting.

Gil:

Gorgeous. And that's the thing. Representation matters.

Eric:

Absolutely. A thousand percent.

Gil:

We've seen the wide stories already, honey it's give us the one few that we, you can see a minority where it's oh my God look it's. See,

Eric:

seeing those videos of those little black girls just, oh

Gil:

my heart, I was melting. So adorable.

Eric:

It's just the most precious thing.

Gil:

But see that's the thing. It shouldn't be like that. Yeah, because we're already conditioned. They are already conditioned. They're six. And they're getting the reaction of, oh my God. She looks like me because she doesn't see that on TV. She doesn't see that in the movie. Never. We know that. Never. Yeah. There's our 5 cents on that one. I just, I'm just not a fan of them. Remaking all the movies cuz I'm just I'm not, we already have that story. Plus let's do a new story.

Eric:

I'm not either honestly I'm not, I've seen a couple of the live actions and I've just been like, eh, whatever. I will go see this one though. Just because it pisses people off.

Gil:

Yeah. I think that's what rich, I didn't want to, cause that's heard about live action, little room Ugh, but I also, here we go again.

Eric:

I also like Chloe and Halle. Okay. I don't know their music too. I know Chloe's music a little bit more than I, their music together, but I know them from Grown-ish. And everyone knows. I love Yara Shahidi. And then I just like Grown-ish. Although I haven't really been watching the new season, I don't know if that makes me bad or not.

Gil:

I didn't

Eric:

know who she was. And they're not in the new season, so you don't know, you didn't know who Yara Shahidi is?

Gil:

No. No. Oh, not at all. You should

Eric:

look her up. That woman, gen Z Uhhuh. She, I think she just graduated from Harvard

Gil:

and yeah, she,

Eric:

that woman, oh my God. She just puts me under a spell. every time she speaks and every time she just walks into a room, I'm like her and Zendaya. Give me hope for the future. Yeah.

Gil:

I definitely know Zaya, but yeah, the other, I did knock those. I was like, oh, okay. Yeah, the people, like I said, I had to saw the in arms and oh my God, how dare her? I'm like, I don't know who she is.

Eric:

Oh, yeah. Hallie Bailey. Yeah. Yeah. I,

Gil:

well, at first I thought I heard people say Hallie Berry, and I'm like, that doesn't look like her. I kept looking I

Eric:

think a couple people did say Halle Berry because it's Hallie and hall and it's okay. Barry and Bailey it's pretty, it's very simple, but no one is in her fifties. And one is like 23.

Gil:

Yeah. That's why I looked. I was like, what the hell happened? Even the face, they too, obviously clearly don't look alike, but no. Yeah,

Eric:

but that's, I just laughed. This decision was made like two, two and a half years ago. Like we've known that this was gonna be little mermaid and people were mad. Then I worked with people who threw a fit about it then. And I was like, am I really listening to this racist rhetoric coming outta your mouth? I obviously do not know you. Yeah. And now you still get the same thing and I'm just like, People you people wanna sit there and say, oh, I don't see color. I want a colorless society, blah, blah, blah. But then as soon as this happens, you're the first ones to start throwing color out.

Gil:

The keyboard warriors are out and about right now. it's just Lord, I may forgot sake. Nobody was up in Azo. One, Tom per was the fucking last samurai. I'm like, exactly.

Eric:

Exactly. Are you kidding me with this or was it Mickey? Is it Mickey Rooney in breakfast at Tiffany's.

Gil:

Oh God. Oh God. Yes. That is offensive as fuck. Yes.

Eric:

No one complains when we do yellow face like that.

Gil:

Yeah. Anyways, we'll support that

Eric:

movie. I will totally support that movie. I will go buy two to 10 tickets. I don't even go to the movies that ever really I will go to the theater to watch that movie, or I will pay to stream it on my Disney plus, cuz they add the extra fee, whatever. I

Gil:

just hope that they do the her Ursula. Oh. And then like

Eric:

when like someone was saying like, oh, they want, they need to now make LAN blonde to make but LAN's story. Her ethnicity is part of her story. Her that cultural aspect is part of her story. Okay. What about Ursula? Sorry. I had to just, no, I was gonna say,

Gil:

I just hope they do Ursula well, because the whole why, if they're baseball, it's Melissa McCarthy, oh, okay. We're good. So no, cause I was hoping that they do like an over the top drag queen style. Cause I mean it's based off of divine, so I'm hoping that. If they're gonna keep to least something, I want them to do that.

Eric:

That would've been amazing. Ginger mince could have played Ursula.

Gil:

Oh my God. That would've been amazing. yeah, actually I would've loved that. That she could do that part.

Eric:

Absolutely. I think so.

Gil:

Yeah. What other you is ginger? do I like ginger intermit?

Eric:

so what other good news do you have to bestow upon a Gil? Good

Gil:

news. Oh God. Oh, let's see. We, obviously we heard about the X of Jeff Bezos, right? Kin. Is he Scott? Mackenzie. Scott? Yes. Yes. So she sold the two properties, correct? In Beverly Hills. In Beverly Hills? Yeah, for 50. 55 million. I think it's, I wanna, yeah. 55 million,

Eric:

but does she, she donated, yes. Donated the properties and they're gonna be sold. And the funds raised from that will go to provide affordable housing.

Gil:

Yes. Is gonna help. Yes. Affordable housing. Cause whats LA in California in general needs it. yes.

Eric:

And this woman gets it. She's a multi multibillionaire cuz she got a lot of money from her divorce. And she has given so much away in donations.

Gil:

She wants to get half 38.2 billion is what she's valued at. None of us will ever make that even fucking close up. So I don't know when people start defending that, oh my God. Let's protect them, honey. You barely make $60,000 a year. Let's focus on you.

Eric:

Some of us only make 25 to 30. Yeah. Like

Gil:

on you let's look at you first. don't worry about the multibillion dollars you would. I it's so unfathomable. Cause I, when I watched a video, I was kinda explain like how much money that is. Like it just, my mind was hurting I was like, oh, that's a lot of

Eric:

zeros, lot to zeros that you will never make. Yeah.

Gil:

Never, ever in my life ever. If I saved every penny, my family saved every penny. We'd never see that shit. Yeah, but that's good. I'm so glad to see that.

Eric:

Yeah, I think that's fantastic. It's yeah. One billionaire who gets it. I'm sorry. I said that's one billionaire that gets it.

Gil:

Yeah, no, absolutely.

Eric:

Like it take as, as Ms. Clinton, Mrs. Clinton said takes a village. Yeah. And she's providing that village. Yeah. As I always say, what I learned from dance, you're only as strong as your weakest basic. So you have to uplift all of society for society to be strong, provide society with ample opportunity so that society can thrive.

Gil:

She could keep a billion and donate the other 37 and you'll be fine, honey. Yeah, you'll be beyond great, absolutely shit that some states don't even produce under GDP. We're looking at the entire south, just by the way. you don't

Eric:

is that, would

Gil:

that be including, I'm just saying she's worth some states. Yeah.

Eric:

Huh. So that would be,

Gil:

but it'd be like, Alabama's the Mississippis, the one who my state is funding to vote against us. Yeah. I'm just saying like it's just, and that's, I don't know for me, I just always, I don't, I just don't get it. It's just like it's okay to give back. It's okay. It's a we all could, we could all do well. I don't understand, like homelessness is created. That's a manmade issue. Starvation. That's a AADE issue. These are issues that we have created.

Eric:

It's not, but then, like you said, you have the church turning away the

Gil:

yep. The perfect God I couldn't make that shit up. If I tried there are cameras there. I'm sure. Here we go. Wow. And go

Eric:

craziness.

Gil:

Like I said, it's their roles. This is their church. This is their beliefs. And they're not even following the damn thing, but they'll prosecute everyone who doesn't like them. Oh, maybe I should have joined

Eric:

that also one other good piece of news that we didn't discuss. SCOTUS shockingly cited with the LGBTQ group, from the church, more about it than I do. I think,

Gil:

Let's see, from my understanding, it happened in New York. Is that yeah. Essentially, is that the, what is it? Is it the university? It was like one of those we had to pull it program. It was like a private university or something like that was trying to get rid of the

Eric:

club. Q Alliance. Yeah. The LGBTQ Q Alliance. And Skoda said that, no, you have to still honor that group. Correct. But they also kicked it back to the state courts. And so that they had to try it through the state courts. And then from there they said, but until you go through all that, you have to still honor that group and you cannot dissolve the group is literally what it was. I think it was like a church funded school or a church

Gil:

funded university. Yeah. That's where the issue. Yeah. Yeah.

Eric:

So that's a, so I, but I was shocked that SCOTUS made that ruling. Because we all know how SCOTUS is. They're trying to do away with gate rights as it is. That's on the docket, for October, like

Gil:

next month, they're just waiting.

Eric:

Yeah. So we're gonna find out in a couple months, whether we're going to concentration camps or not

Gil:

yeah. That data that's where, so sad that I'm over here. Is this a Marriage certificate still gonna be valid here or is it reaching it's end? So sad. It is, but like I said, none of us should be shocked. We have to just look at ourselves for voting, make sure that we vote. Get out there, that limitations on politicians in the sense of term limits my favorites.

Eric:

Yes. Term limits. Need to.

Gil:

Yeah. I heard that Republicans were gonna try to get rid it's never gonna happen, obviously, cuz it's gonna be impossible. But to try to get rid of the 20, what I say was it the 22nd amendment? When it's about putting limitations on the presidency with how many terms you could serve. So it was created after FDR cause it worked for four. Yeah. Some of the Republicans, because so they wanted, cause the whole thing is if they try to get, let's say Trump back into office, he only could serve that one more term and that's it there's no point it's worthless investigation

Eric:

as it was pointed out though. Cuz he believes he won the 20, the 2020 election. So he really can't run again because there's his two terms.

Gil:

That's true too. You could go that route. I like that one preferred it's such a people believing him is such a dumb ass. Let's just call it what it is. It's

Eric:

they're so stupids tragic. It's crazy. The level of idiocy. Yeah. That exists. I'm floored.

Gil:

it's so I don't know if it's just sad at this point, because like I said, what I got interested in politics because of the 2000 election, which now was closer between Bush and gore. And I just remember the Republicans then all just oh my God, these people, how can, these people must be stupid. Listen to anyone's listened to Bush is God, this guy's just dumb as fuck. But then I look now in the future, you like where we are now, 20 plus years later, it's oh my God. That's like civil, he's fine. And I'm like, I had nothing to bitch about. Oh, I, but it's just ridiculous. It's ridiculous. I would've never guessed this.

Eric:

And one other bright note, the Obama's their portraits were.

Gil:

Yes. I think I liked Obama's. Portrait of the plain white background with him staring Uhhuh. I think that was great. I thought it was

great.

Eric:

It's beautiful. It's very realistic looking too.

Gil:

Yes. I know. Know some people are like why, but I'm behind a, it looks like a green screen kind of thing, and I'm like, it looks gorgeous. I love it. Yeah. I thought so too. I love the Obamas. I miss them, our president

Eric:

And on that note, I think we should end this podcast, bid you adieu bid you adieu thank you so much for listening to us. And we will be back at some point, I think next week, but we never know. So hopefully no one gets COVID.

Gil:

Yeah. As long as our health is fine, we'll be good. ciao. Goodbye. thank you for listening to us. We hope you enjoyed your time in The Q Lounge. If you have any questions, comments, suggestions on topics, or if you would like to be a guest or contributor, please email us info.TheQlounge@gmail.Com or through our contact page at theqloungepodcast.com. Don't forget to subscribe to continue listening wherever you get your podcasts. If you want to be our sugar, daddy hit that donation button.

Eric:

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