When your natural resting expression appears so angry that people who do not know you, and even those who do at times, believe you may soon murder someone. Typically for men. Derivative of resting bitch face in women.
Girl 1: Why does Bryan look like he's going to kill that kid?
Girl 2: Oh he's ok, he just has resting murder face. He isn't actually angry at all. He's probably pondering football schedules.
I mentioned Rodney King in an Intro to American Government class. I got the blank "Is that a thing we are supposed to know?" look that I have come to recognize when students hear about something that happened more than six months ago. "Rodney King?" More blinking. "Can someone tell why the name Rodney King is important?"
One student, god bless her, raised her hand. I paraphrase: "He was killed by the police and it caused the LA Riots." I noted that, no, he did not die, but the second part of the statement was indirectly true. God bless technology in the classroom -- I pulled up the grainy VHS-camcorder version of the video, as well as a transcript of the audio analysis presented at trial. We watched, and then talked a bit about the rioting following the acquittal of the LAPD officers at trial. They kept doing the blinking thing. I struggled to figure out what part of this relatively straightforward explanation had managed to confuse them.
"Are there questions? You guys look confused."
Hand. "So he was OK?"
"He was beaten up pretty badly, but, ultimately he was. He died a few years ago from unrelated causes (note: in 2012)."
Hand. "It's kind of weird that everybody rioted over that. I mean, there's way worse videos." General murmurs of agreement. [...]
This is a generation of kids so numb to seeing videos of police beating, tasering, shooting, and otherwise applying the power of the state to unarmed and almost inevitably black or Hispanic men that they legitimately could not understand why a video of cops beating up a black guy (who didn't even die for pete's sake!) was shocking enough to cause a widespread breakdown of public order. [...]
These kids have grown up in a world where this is background noise. It is part of the static of life in the United States. Whether these incidents outrage them or are met with the usual excuses (Comply faster, dress differently, be less Scary) the fact is that they happen so regularly that retaining even one of them in long term memory is unlikely. To think about Rodney King is to imagine a reality in which it was actually kind of shocking to see a video of four cops kicking and night-sticking an unarmed black man over the head repeatedly. Now videos of police violence are about as surprising and rare as weather reports, and forgotten almost as quickly once passed.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the Utahn and chair of the House Oversight Committee who promised to saddle then-probably president Hillary Clinton with years of investigations, announced on Wednesday that he wouldn’t run for re-election in 2018. Later, he said that he might not even finish his current term. One report…
So many people get an F minus in listening comprehension, and I’m talking about the wrecks who dance to U2’s One at their wedding because they think it’s such a romantic love song about a special union. And the messes who thought Foster The People’s Pumped-Up Kicks was about feel-good dancing and not about school shootings. And the parents who had no idea that Kiss From A Rose is about losing your virginity on a rainy day (that’s what it’s totally about, right?) and let their little kids sing it at the talent show. Those same people probably think that James Blunt’s song You’re Beautiful is a romantic love song about a man admiring his love’s beauty when it’s really about a crazed psychopath stalking the woman whose skin he wants to wear. In other words, if Silence of the Lambs became a musical, You’re Beautiful would be Buffalo Bill’s big solo.
While talking to HuffPo about his new album The AfterLove, James Blunt said that people who think his biggest hit is a romantic ballad, either don’t listen to the lyrics or are insane in the head. Because it’s really about a dude who is high on drugs and stalking someone’s girlfriend in the subway. Proud stalkerChris Brown probably just put You’re Beautiful between Every Breath You Take and I Want You To Want Me on his Spotify playlist labeled: Beautiful Love Songs.
“Everyone goes, ‘Ah, he’s so romantic. I want ‘You’re Beautiful’ as my wedding song.’ These people are fucked up.
You get labeled with these things like, ‘Oh, James Blunt. Isn’t he just a soft romantic?’ Well, fuck that. No, I’m not. ‘You’re Beautiful’ is not this soft romantic fucking song. It’s about a guy who’s high as a fucking kite on drugs in the subway stalking someone else’s girlfriend when that guy is there in front of him, and he should be locked up or put in prison for being some kind of perv.”
To be fair to those fucked-up people, the prude ass radio stations changed the line “fucking high” to “flying high” in You’re Beautiful. But honestly, everyone should know that there’s something dark-sided about that song, because after about 3 seconds in, you can’t help but want to take a sharp object and murder your eardrums with it.
And some of James’ music may be like acid for the soul, but thanks to his explanation of You’re Beautiful and his friendship withCarrie Fisher, I’m starting to get the mild tingles for the original Ed Sheeran. Help me.
Here’s the yodeling stalker at BBC Radio 2 in London the other day: