Monday, September 1, 2008

Happy Labor Day


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9 comments:

Marilyn said...

You're going to think I'm a hopeless sap, but I really got choked up watching that. I wish people understood that their benefits and five-day work week wouldn't have happened without people protesting, fighting, and dying for their rights in the workplace.

Thanks!

Jonathan Lapper said...

Thanks Marilyn. I was afraid it might annoy some people (and it still may) being so over the top pro-union. I know Unions have had their fair share of corruption and criminal deeds but over 90 percent have functioned exactly how they were meant to: Giving workers rights that their employers were denying and also paving the way for safety in the workplace.

And I thought of your post from last year when I was putting in the Harlan County snippets into the montage.

Marilyn said...

I saw those clips and thought of that post as well. Didn't you have one from Matewan, too?

Jonathan Lapper said...

Yes. I only used four movies in the video: Matewan, Harlan County USA, Strike and Salt of the Earth. They're the four that seem the least commercial, least Hollywooded up. I felt a clip from something Norma Rae would have detracted from it.

Jonathan Lapper said...

Oh, and Metropolis. Forgot about that one.

ARBOGAST said...

Let's not forget the zombie worker this Labor Day as we add sugar to our lemonade and ice tea and/or our Arnold Palmers.

Jonathan Lapper said...

I always forget them. See, the thing is, they don't work. They just lumber about looking for free handouts, and in many cases, free hands, to eat and gnaw on. Come on zombies, labor a little more will ya?

Now zombie farmers, that's a different story. I have nothing but respect for them.

ARBOGAST said...

I'm not talking about the fictitious flesh eating "zombies" of George Romera et al (paw-ha!) but rather the automaton slaves of Haitian voodoo, who are so often pressed into service milling sugar cane and sewing clothes for The Gap.

Jonathan Lapper said...

Arbogast, Master of Horror, expert on all things cinematically fantastique, drops by and mentions zombies and I misconstrue it - what was I thinking? Foolish me.

Since I now have a firm grasp on your meaning I suppose it's an appropriate moment for me to declare my hatred for all things corporate. My wife and I have not ventured into a Target or Wal-Mart or Mall or given them a penny for years. Of course, not everyone has progressive arts communities around them like we do to get everything you need from the local community (Takoma Park, MD) but thrifting is good too. It recycles clothes that so many labored so hard to make instead of seeing them discarded for the latest trend. I love thrifting. It's a rare thing that I've owned a book, shirt or car that wasn't owned by someone else first. And amazingly, I don't look like a railroad hobo. Really I don't. No, really.

Oh, and logo apparel. Goddamn I hate logo apparel. No offence intended to anyone who has it, I know many people do, but I'll have none of it myself. The idea of paying a company to advertise for them makes me want to vomit.

Alright, time to get the ladder out so I can descend from my high horse.