By Braddah Lance
If you haven't heard by now, Hawai'i not only sucks but we have a lot of crystal meth, our food is junk and we're too slow-motion.
Wassup Wit Dat!
Those were da comments said by actor Scott Caan (co-star on Hawai'i Five-O) on E Channel's talk show hosted by Chelsea Lately. (CLICK HEA to see da interview)
Brah, in case you nevah know, you stay working and living (albeit part-time as long as Hawai'i Five-O is producing) in HAWAI'I! How you going talk stink about da 808 on national tv li'dat?
Wen I first heard about his rant, I was pissed! Then I actually saw da interview and couldn't make heads or tails of it since his words were eeriely similar to da Saturday Night Live skit done last year which was hilarious.
Da host, Chelsea, posed a lot of leading questions - dat he didn't dodge - and I tink wat made it "bad" was dat he was actually telling da truth as he saw it.... although da way he was responding was like smart-okole kine so you couldn't tell if he was joking or not.
His character on Hawai'i Five-O geniunely dislikes Hawai'i as well so it's easy to corelate his "fake" persona wit da real one but da characters he's played in da past - like in Varsity Blues and Ocean's Eleven series - he's a wise crackin' okole too so he must be somewat li'dat as well since he's been typecasted as such and it must be natural for him.
In any case, there's been choke backlash from it and of course Hollywood PR would dictate he kowtow to save his current career in da show.
But heck, dis is da "new" America wea you can say anything, anytime, any how, any way as long as you issue some sort of an apology aftah. Gone are da days of showing some restraint, class or any type of *gulp* dare I say, respect.
Surah we get one meth problem in da islands but wea in da United States DON'T we have some kine of drug problem? Surah our food sucks - at some establishments - but we have a plethora of eateries to please ANY palate. I don't see him losing any weight cause he ain't eating.
But you know wat? He has got a "right" to his opinions but brah, share your opinions wit your ohana, your co-workers, your agent - not blasting it on national tv wea thousands watch and are influenced by "stars". No mattah how manini you are in Hollyweird, your words still carry a lot of weight.
Aftah spending so much time in da islands, I'm surprised he hasn't caught on dat it's not just da bad mouthing dat kama'aina are upset about, you talking stink about "us" without any justification. Have you witnessed first hand drug use/abuse? And if so, is it prevalant EVERYWEA you go to say dat we have CHOKE crystal meth? So you don't like loco moco's and spam musubi's and mac salad - have you even bothered to ask wea you can get some of da grindz you crave? Have you noticed dat it's "slow-motion" cause we don't have to go fast? People are hea cause we ENJOY life, if we like go a gazillion miles an hour, we'd go to da mainland.
Da aloha dat people have hea goes deep and it's (you heard it hea first cause it's part of my future design) da 808 PRIDE dat we have dat makes us unique. "Aloha" and "Malama" aren't punchlines, it's a way of life and while not every resident believes in it, it is still greatly perpetuated from generation to generation and das wat makes Hawai'i, Hawai'i.... da 808 PRIDE dat we all carry within. We're proud to asscociate oursevles wit "Hawai'i" and not many places can actually mean it wen they say it.
So it "hurts" wen someone, anyone, talks stink about da 808, it's people and da lifestyle. It's something we can't fully explain, it's something that is shared and experienced if you open your eyes and your heart. Some like it, some don't and you know wat WWD! says to people li'dat..... you no like it, GO HOME!
No stay wea you no like be, no caan eat and no caan enjoy yourself - oh wait, you like your job and da pay yeah? You not going give dat up just cause you soooo miserable hea yeah?