Downward spiral

It gets hard to get hopeful when the news is this bleak, doesn’t it?

The last point is a personal one – every year in Dartmouth, Halifax’s sister city, there’s a concert called Summer Rush. This year, guess who’s headlining?! Yes, the one and only Chris Brown, reknowned performer and the guy who rearranged Rhianna’s face and then got a tattoo of a battered woman on his neck. Rogers has since pulled their sponsorshop of the show in a surprisingly thoughtful PR move, but it intends to go on. Speaking out against the show, feminists and other decent human beings have come under fire from loyal fans. It’s a shitshow that unfortunately follows up Halifax’s most recent claim to fame – a girl who committed suicide after being bullied as a result of being raped. Great! Wonderful.

It’s a lot to take. I try not to get too political with my comics most of the time, often because I worry I don’t have all the details, but this week has a lot of us feeling defeated. A man shoots an unarmed kid and gets off with no charges? Texas passes a bill which essentially denies the vast majority of the women in the state access to safe and affordable reproductive health care? Nobody has bitch-slapped Rick Perry yet?

A poignant member of Team Breezy yesterday told me to walk into heavy traffic, and it’s sounding better and better all the time.

At least we had Sharknado.