Truth from Dare: Venting

Jul. 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

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BY DERIN DEREGO / Special to the Star-Advertiser

There’s so much going in popular culture right now that I feel compelled to vent.

Earlier this week during a press conference President Barack Obama was asked about the Bill Cosby situation. I’m a little torn by his response or rather that he responded at all. The president of the United States of America should not even give validity to such trivial inquiries. I know what you’re thinking: “it’s not trivial to the women who were affected.”

obamaI completely agree. My point is that the issue has nothing to do with the president and should not be brought up in a press conference about the Iranian missile negotiations.

In regards to the women who are involved in this truly sad situation I think they need to move on. Sounds insensitive I know but first of all the events transpired decades ago so there’s nothing they can do legally. And most of them are saying they just want him to admit what he did. To that I say, “why would he?” He has nothing to gain by coming clean assuming he’s guilty. I know it’s a hard pill to swallow (no pun intended) but sometimes in life just because you want something doesn’t mean it’s going to happen. They say they need an admission to move on. I think they should find strength in themselves and move on regardless. Saying you want someone to admit what they did to you so you can heal keeps the power in their hands. The admission may never come and where does that leave you?

Another thing that’s been weighing on my mind is the breakup of Scott Disick and Kourtney Kardashian. I don’t watch any of their shows but I was at a party in Las Vegas that Scott was hosting and know he refers to himself as Lord Disick. So when he does something completely lame I’m not surprised and it baffles me how someone who has been with him for so long could be surprised. I’m also shocked that people who watch the show didn’t see things coming. Every commercial I’ve seen that included Scott portrayed him as a douche so why would you not be able to foresee that things weren’t going to end well.

In addition to the usual weekly events there are a good amount of other things going on this weekend. On Saturday, the Moana Surfrider Resort hosts Mangoes at the Moana. The event celebrates one of the island’s most popular fruits with a casual cooking contest featuring local chefs and a cocktail mixing contest with popular bartenders from your favorite haunts.

On Sunday, if you’re into the arts, head to the 18th annual Haleiwa Arts Festival at Haleiwa Beach Park on the North Shore. There’ll be an array of contemporary, ethnic, and traditional art in addition to live performances and great food. The event is free but traffic to the North Shore starts early on the weekends so plan accordingly.

On Wednesday, Hula’s Bar and Lei Stand celebrates its 41st anniversary. There’ll be free pupus, drink specials, and of course all kinds of over the top entertainment. Cover is only $10 and a portion goes to the Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival, so come celebrate 41 years of fabulousness and help a great cause.
When he’s not out and about at the hottest parties and other events in Honolulu, Derin “Dare” Derego works as an account executive at a local radio station group. Reach him via email at or follow him on Twitter.

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