Music video: EXILE's Atsushi - Aoi Ryu


I did not expect any song to come out of EXILE which would appease my desire for a Winter ballad this side of the season, but they've only gone and sodding done it. Well... one member of the over-tanned collective has. One of the few members of EXILE who bothers to contribute vocals to a track and has a good voice: the shades wearing Atsushi. The world could be blanketed in complete darkness and this man would still be caught wearing shades. He does not give a single fuck. He's like the Japanese Riddick.

"Aoi ryu" is a really nice song. I've sat in churches, called for Yevon, asked S voice and even hollered at Siri to ask what the hell happened to J-Winter ballads - as they seem to have diminished over the past 3 to 4 years. I'd like to be in-denial and think that the emergence of Atsushi's "Aoi ryu" and Namie's "Tsuki" is my doing.

16 comments:

  1. Madonna is a fool for saying this. Who does she think she is? It's not kitchen table talk, it's fucking instagram. Although I do find it total bullshit the way anybody using the "n word" causes such a shitstorm (Michael Richards, Paula Deen, whatever) yet people can get away with using the word faggot or other derogatory terms and it's only a small issue. There should be one rule for all these words. Either make them okay for everybody to say or just ban them altogether. Trying to find some middle-ground clearly isn't working and it never will.

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  2. The one point in the video that I most definitely agree with is that when you are in the public eye, you need to be careful about what you say and do. As the woman in the video pointed out, whether you like it or not, you're on a different platform when you're a celebrity.


    In my opinion, the rules for who can use this word are blurred and in a gray area. This is where semantics and linguistics come into play, "N*gger" and "N*gga" do not hold the same meaning. As the other woman in the video stated, the word held a negative connotation and it was spun into a positive. I think the basis for why other people can't use the word is childish and ignorant. Does the word still hold its previous meaning, or has it been changed to mean a term of endearment? The rules given to the word are contradicting. Is "N*gga" different from "N*gger", or is it the same? It can't be both, and people can't pick and choose when to get offended by it. What if a white child was raised by a black family, heard this word on a daily, had brothers and sisters that used this word, and became accustomed to using this word only to be told one day that they couldn't use it. Conversely, if a black child was raised by a white family, would they be the only member of the family that would get a pass on using the word? My great great grandfather was a slave, two of my grandparents are black, I grew up hearing that word on a daily basis, and I still get called that word to this day, but I choose not to use it because it just doesn't suit my everyday vernacular. I'm Puerto Rican and I'm technically not black, but should I be allowed to say this word given how I was raised, my family's history, and my ethnic background? I have come across people who have been offended by my usage of the word, which I rarely use btw, and I have to wonder why? Aren't I just as entitled to use the word given my family's history. I have friends who are biracial, and were raised by their white parent, and they use the word. Are they not allowed to use the word? As far as i'm concerned, a word's connotation should not change based on the race of the person using it. "Nigga" is the only word where this is the case. My friends refer to me as "N*gga" some who are black some who are not, and as far as I'm concerned it is interchangeable with the word friend. The rules for who can use this word seem to change based on the circumstances and situation. With that being said, there is a time and place to say and do certain things, and Madonna WAS wrong for using the word.

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  3. Please put the shades back on. Lazy eye is not cute.

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  4. Nobody should use the word period. It's disrespectful, no matter who uses it. I don't get who finds the appeal in being called a racial slur.

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  5. I agree. The people who use it are the ignorant ones.

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  6. Well, let's not act like Madonna is not some attention. She knew full well what she was doing, and she went and did it anyway. It's sad that a woman her age has to stoop that low just to have people say something about her. You would think a woman with that kind of career and legacy would know better. But this is Madonna.
    And this is the same woman loves to preach about love and acceptance. Bullshit. As for how I feel about the n word, I don't really care, but I'd rather have people not say it anyway. Especially with the history attached to both variations.
    As for the fans, they're all stupid. But this is the world we live in, where everyone's obsessed with their fave, and rationalize everything these celebs do. It's so sad.

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  7. Agreed, the word shouldn't be used at all.

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  8. Welcome back Beruda! :D where have you been buddy? Lol

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  9. Generally we all know what will and won't offend somebody. And just because you say something to one person and they're cool with it, doesn't mean everybody is going to be. It takes life experiences and things such as this to come to the realisation, but Madonna KNEW she was wrong for this. She's seen enough, knows enough and has been involved in enough to know she was never going to be able to get away with this and have it be cool. Clearly, because she apologized, checked herself and deleted the offending post.


    It doesn't work as well for some than others; but we call have that inner compass which lets us know whether something will offend somebody or not. And if Madonna were to say that she didn't think there would be a backlash to her using the term, she'd be lying through her teeth.

    I would never just drop 'Chink', 'Cracker', 'faggot', or 'Paki' in an off hand comment seriously believing that nobody is going to be offended by that - because I know they would be. Regardless of whether I was using it as a 'form of endearment'. You can't be that closed minded. For every one person who is going to be cool with any of those terms, there are going to be hundreds of others who object and are hurt.

    Is it a gray area, but we can't use that as an excuse. This isn't typing somebodies name incorrectly in an e-mail or forgetting somebody's birthday. This is trivialising (to an extent) a cross section of people / demographics and throwing worms from an already opened can in their faces.

    Madonna is not a racist at all and I don't believe she had ill intent to her comment. But she was wrong for this and that right there is black and white to me.

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  10. Especially some of the black people who use it and get angry as hell when a non-black person use it.

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  11. people in the comments REALLY reaching lmao. YOU THINK CRACKER IS OFFENSIVE? why the nword get censored but cracker doesn't. because it doesn't oppress a whole race of people like the nword USE to. the nword has been taken by poc (black) and used to negate oppression against whites. other derogatory words used in other races were not the result of a genocide and mass enslavement of people. they are terms of prejudice and are also fucked up don't use them either. madonna's wrinkly ass has been culture appropriating since she took on the term VOGUE and whitened it up. the video embedded speaks for itself. randomj you capture a lot of racists in the comments sections a lot lmao. first step of being white is recognizing your internalized white supremacy and LEARN other poc's struggle and institutionalized racism.

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  12. Part laziness and part keeping a low profile and :)

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  13. I think the context of a non-black person calling a black person is different than a black person calling another black person that word. Way. Different.

    It's not right either way, but you definitely can't judge the black people who try to take that word back from the majority who have historically oppressed them with it. Sorry.

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  14. That is my perspective as a black person. I don't know why anyone would want to still use that word knowing the history behind it.

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  15. It's reappropriation. Like the word "d-ke", "gay", "f-g", etc. You take it, and you're the one giving power so when someone throws it at you, it does nothing be empower you and remind you where you came from. It may not be something you're approving you, but it is a thing.

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  16. Technically, Indian's using the word p**ki is derogatory in itself.


    Anyways, she's a stupid bitch. Anyone born in america should be able to understand why that word shouldn't be used by anyone.

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