Melissa Lozada-Oliva – “Like Totally Whatever” (NPS 2015)



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After Taylor Mali’s “Totally like whatever, you know”

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36 thoughts on “Melissa Lozada-Oliva – “Like Totally Whatever” (NPS 2015)

  • September 23, 2017 at 4:58 am
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    She speaks with conviction. Ironically, I'm pretty sure Taylor Mali would like that.

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  • September 23, 2017 at 4:58 am
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    Not disagreeing with any of her underlying points. But I think she's picked a fight with the wrong person. First of all, Mali's poem is at least ten years old– that's already half a generation back. Second, he says "WE are the most aggressively inarticulate generation", not YOU. He's including his own GenX generation. Third, there's no indication of sexism in his poem at all. Neither is there condemnation. He's not telling anyone to shut up– he's imploring all of us to speak up. Fourth, if he has misinterpreted upspeak, fine. Again, this was at least ten years ago. I don't think the linguists were on the case in the mid 2000's. There's no reason to get all mad if he honestly lacked information or perspective. A person can't know everything all the time. Fifth, he's a NYC middle school teacher. Tell me this isn't someone who hasn't dedicated his life to uplifting the next generation.

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  • September 23, 2017 at 4:58 am
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    So cool to have someone of my same last name saying such truthful kill ass poem .. loved this 🖤

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  • September 23, 2017 at 4:58 am
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    While I understand the issues brought up I do think it's too aggressive against white men. I think it's a problem because it will make young white men feel scared to speak up as whenever they do they are afraid of attacked and get called bigots or oppressors even though they haven't done anything wrong. The older generation made mistakes but the sons shouldn't pay for the sins of the father

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  • September 23, 2017 at 4:58 am
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    The original poem wasn't even gendered. Taylor Mali was speaking from his experience as a teacher in a co-ed school for flying fucks' sake. Stop making everything a fucking gender issue.

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  • September 23, 2017 at 4:58 am
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    it upsets me that youtubes algorithm hasnt put the original in the suggestions

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  • September 23, 2017 at 4:58 am
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    Maybe I'm confused……but your response to being told to speak with conviction is to…………..speak with conviction?

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  • September 23, 2017 at 4:58 am
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    am i the only one who thinks she kind of looks like melanie martinez?

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  • September 23, 2017 at 4:58 am
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    can someone explain the f scott fitzgerald and ernest hemingway reference (the one abt turning women into question marks)

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  • September 23, 2017 at 4:58 am
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    you cant just challenge authority, you gotta take it to the mall too… DAAAAMN

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  • September 23, 2017 at 4:58 am
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    I showed this video to my English teacher after she showed me the poem this is responding to. She changed her mind

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  • September 23, 2017 at 4:58 am
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    "So I implore you. I entreat you. I challenge you to speak with conviction; to say what you believe in a manner that bespeaks the determination with which you believe it." -Taylor Mali…. I'd say she's got a fairly firm grasp on this particular lesson. Turns out he's a pretty good teacher after all.

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  • September 23, 2017 at 4:58 am
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    GOD DAMMIT I VERBALLY LET OUT A "WOO FUCK" IN CLASS BECAUSE THIS IS SO FUCKING AMAZING

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  • September 23, 2017 at 4:58 am
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    The moment she addressed the argument not on its merits but because he was a "white man" made everything that came out of her mouth not worth listening to.

    She didn't even follow her own argument, nor actually address what he said.

    But that's a common tactic on both sides of the political fence. You don't like that conservative's argument? Call him a nazi. You don't like that liberal's argument? Call them a snowflake.

    So much easier than actually debating and discussing ideas.

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