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Jordan Peele's 'Us' is a Creepy Tale That Sadly Mirrors Our Reality

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On May 25, 1986, approximately 6.5 million Americans stood hand in hand forming a human chain that stretched from New York to California for an event called Hands Across America. It was a fundraiser project from USA for Africa (the same people who produced the “We Are the World” single the year before) in hopes of raising $100 million to fight hunger and homelessness. The hope was that everyone who participated would donate $10 for the cause. Families stood and sang together for 15 minutes. And then it was over.

I had trouble remembering if Hands Across America really happened or if it was a gimmick for the film when the original commercial for the event flashed on the big screen during the opening of Us. I only vaguely remember the event, which might have to do more with the fact that I have lived in Washington State my whole life and we weren’t involved in the project. I doubt that I’m the only one and I suspect that was also some of Jordan Peele’s reasoning as well whe…

This Day in Pop Culture for August 13

(Wikipedia)
Annie Oakley is Born
It was on this day in 1860 that Phoebe Ann Mosey, better known as Annie Oakley, was born in Woodland, Ohio. By the age of seven, Annie had learned the art of trapping and a year later learned how to shoot and hunt animals. Annie did not attend school regularly as a child and 1870, she was sent to work as a nanny for who agreed to pay her fifty cents per week and an education. It is said that Annie spent two years serving in a near-slavery conditions where she was mentally and physically abused. Later when she returned home, Annie sold what she caught to local restaurants and hotels. By the age of 15 she was able to pay off her mother’s farm. It was the same year that Annie took on Frank E. Butler, a traveling show marksman in a shooting competition. Butler missed his 25th shot and Annie took home $100. However, in a sense, they both won as he began to court Annie and the two were married a year later. The two joined the Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show in 1885 and was known as “Little Sure Shot” in many of the show’s advertisements. It is believed that Annie taught about 15,000 women how to use a gun during her lifetime.


(Wikimedia/Disney)
Bambi is Released
It was on this day in 1942 that Walt Disney’s Bambi was released in theaters. It was re-released in 1947, 1957, 1966, 1975, 1982, and 1988 making it one of the best-known Disney movies ever produced. The movie initially lost money during its first release and not everyone was a fan of the movie. It is said that sales of hunting licenses fell dramatically after the film came out and in an edition of the magazine Outdoor Life, editor Raymond Brown wrote that the film was "... the worst insult ever offered in any form to American sportsmen.” Disney really didn’t have an agenda when he created the film, he was just following the book, Bambi, A Life in the Woods by Austrian author Felix Salten.



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