Truth From Dare: Complaining about complaints
BY DERIN DEREGO / Special to the Star-Advertiser
Being a relatively open-minded person with one of the most nonchalant attitudes you’ll ever encounter, I’ve gotten to the end of my rope with how politically correct our society has become. Cheerleading for Donald Trump will never be in my repertoire, but the man has a point when he says we walk on eggshells too often when it comes to so many issues.
Recently I’ve been reading about the uproar about what’s been dubbed slut-shaming, which is basically criticizing and ridiculing people, mainly women or girls, who are promiscuous or pretend to be.
First things first — a slut can be either gender. That being said, slut-shaming should really be a non-issue. People who behave like sluts should be ashamed. At the risk of sounding ancient I have to say that in my day such behavior was frowned upon and it was perfectly acceptable to let your feelings be known. After all, if it looks like a duck and walks like a duck, chances are it’s a duck.
Another issue I think is ridiculous is the backlash over that some novelty company has released a Caitlyn Jenner costume for Halloween. As a lover of Halloween (see my Instagram for some of my best costumes), I say the more costume options the better. While I don’t know how Caitlyn herself feels about the situation, I have to say if you put yourself out there you have to be willing to deal with all that goes along with being in the public eye.
Since she’s obviously not camera shy, she should eat up the attention. Just make sure you get that royalty check girl. And if she isn’t bothered by it, then no one else should be.
Speaking of Halloween, it’ll come up quick, so start thinking about your costume soon. With one of the biggest party nights of the year falling on a Saturday it’s sure to be raging in 2015. Another added perk is there are several new venues that’ll be included in the mix this year. Scarlet in Chinatown and SKY Waikiki on Kalakaua Avenue are located in areas that are usually packed for Halloween, so these two new nightspots will surely have something fun planned.
SKY Waikiki officially opens Saturday, with a huge grand opening soiree featuring reality television star and Las Vegas nightclub fixture Brody Jenner with superstar DJ Devin Lucien.
The view at Waikiki’s newest nightspot is amazing and the weather forecast looks promising, but get there early — the venue isn’t huge and the line will be crazy as you need to take an elevator 19 stories up to get in.
Better yet, gather a posse and get a bottle with reserved seating. For more information visit www.skywaikiki.com.
If the upscale see-and-be-seen vibe isn’t your style and you’re feeling adventurous, hit up Scarlet Honolulu. They’ll host JujuBee from “Rupaul’s Drag Race” on Saturday. Not only will she perform at midnight and 1 a.m., but there will also be a special meet-and-greet at 9 p.m. Cover is just $10, with proceeds benefiting the Life Foundation.
One of the best things about summer is there’s always something to do. So do me a favor and don’t sweat the small stuff. Get out there and enjoy what the season has to offer.
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 email@example.com or follow him on Twitter.