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Another day, another desperate celebrity trying to bring attention to themselves and revive their 15 minutes of fame.
Tila Tequila, who became famous back when MySpace was still a thing and we had a Bush in office, has upped the crazy meter on her antics to DEFCON One.
In case you have either stopped listening to the news altogether since the November 8th Presidential Election, or you choose to ignore the growing white nationalist pride and racist rhetoric being spewed in this country, Ms. Tequila has decided that she wants to throw her hat in the race for craziest racist and modern day Nazi sympathizer.
Here is my problem with Tila Tequila.
She is a Vietnamese American sexually fluid woman who is named after a Mexican liquor who would have been exactly what Hitler would have tried to rid during his time in power.
She is everything white Nationalists want to get rid of. As much as she provides an outlet to spread the racist and vitriolic message that is promoted by the Nation Policy Institute, it also makes for strange bedfellows.
In an article in 2013 from Tablet Mag, they chronicle her journey from Jewish convert to her path to posing as “sexy Hitler” and openly and honestly explaining why she sympathizes with the man who proudly brought upon the deaths of over 12 million people who were deemed a problem and were not part of his perfect race.
Tila Tequila is not a credible person.
Having been a fan of Tila Tequila’s scandalous bi-sexual dating show “A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila” I can’t quite fathom how she went from being someone who was representing the LGBT community to turning around and supporting an ideology that wants to see the end of those who brought her credibility.
Her brand is extremely tarnished and now she will continue to spew whatever comes out of her very fragile, damaged brain in an attempt to bring further relevance to herself, without thinking about the long term repercussions.
Unfortunately in 2016, it is no longer about your message having meaning, it is only about the message you are putting out.
While Tila Tequila has had a rough go of her life since she hit peak fame during the course of her show, she does not have much to show for herself since. Her failed relationship and then death of her girlfriend Casey Johnson, her very public and nasty abuse lawsuit against former NFL football player Shawn Merriman, her attempted suicide and subsequent rehab stint, her numerous outlandish and offensive remarks about the Jewish people all paint the picture of a woman who is not mentally stable.
As a Jewish-American, I am of course baffled by the idea that white nationalist pride and the growing Nazi sentiment are becoming prevalent in 2016, but I am also baffled at people who are part of the “minority” lying in bed with the people who view them as lesser human beings.
Even though I am still a white male in today’s society, I also understand the struggles of those who are not as privileged as I am because of the horrific history of my ancestors, those who had to suffer so future Jewish individuals could live a better life than they did.
The growing anti-Semitism and white Nationalist pride and assault on free speech by those on the extreme right are damaging the reputation of this country, and the true reason for the founding of the original colonies here in North America.
Our settlers were looking to escape persecution and no longer live in fear because of their beliefs.
Now we have celebrities like Tila Tequila (and using the phrase celebrity is being extremely generous) being used by the very individuals who they support, especially if what is being supported is not well received or downright inhumane.
America was, has been and will always be great, so if anything, we need to make America respectful again.
We need to make America tolerant again. We need to stop breeding hate and we need to be willing to turn away notions of racism, of sexism, of misogyny, of anti-Semitism, of xenophobia, fear of anything that is not homogenous with the dominant white patriarchy that has run this country for 240 years.
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The Mauritanian captive whose censored Guantanamo memoirs have been published around the world has lost a bid to have a federal court intervene in his conditions of confinement at the U.S. Navy base prison in Cuba. ?U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth wrote that he doesn’t have the authority to order the Obama administration to set… Read MorePost Views: 105
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Miami has always done the holidays right. Visitors and residents alike have numerous options for dining and entertainment. New Year’s Eve free concerts and fireworks on South Beach, Pitbull hosting fireworks and parties at Bayfront Park, and The Weeknd performing poolside at The Fontainebleau.
So here are our picks for celebrating Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. And we will continue to add updates as necessary to keep you “up to date…up to the last minute of 2015″.
MIAMI BEACH & MIAMI:
Bodega Taqueria y Tequila is excited to celebrate 2016 in style with their New Year’s Eve & One Year Anniversary party starting at 9:30 p.m. As always there will be no cover at the door! Partygoers looking for something a bit more intimate, Bodega is hosting a private VIP reception earlier in the evening from 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. with passed her d’oeuvres curated by Chef Bernie Matz. Bodega Taqueria y Tequila 1220 16th Street Miami Beach, FL
Radio Bar is hosting New Year’s Eve where $75 will get you in for an Open Bar from 9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. featuring sounds by Action Jackson. Table reservations are also available: firstname.lastname@example.org. Radio Bar 814 First Street Miami Beach, FL
Red Ginger is celebrating the New Year in style with a 5-course menu and two seatings at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Dinner is priced at $180 for the 6:30 p.m. seating and $220 for the 8:30 p.m. seating. As an added bonus, those booking dinner at Red Ginger will also have VIP access to Radio Bar’s New Years Eve celebration that features an open bar from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. Please call 786-433-6876 for reservations. Red Ginger 736 First Street Miami Beach, FL
Gianni’s at The Villa is excited to announce two over-the-top events to ring in 2016! Visit The Villa, Casa Casuarina- formerly the Versace Mansion- to celebrate in luxury and style. Gianni’s will be serving mouthwatering five-course meals prepared by Executive Chef Thomas Stewart. Guests can choose between two seatings; at 7pm and 10 pm. The second seating raises the bar as the New Year approaches with New Years count down to midnight surrounded by the glittering gold tiles of the Million Mosaic Pool. The New Year’s Eve Party includes a premium open bar from 11 p.m. – 3 a.m. Dinner is priced at $195 per person for the first seating, and $295 per person for the second seating, not including beverages. Dinner guests can access the party for an additional $99. Admission to the party without dinner reservations is $199 per person. Reservations required, please call 786-485-2200. The Villa, Casa Casuarina 1116 Ocean DriveMiami Beach, FL
Prime Fish– Restaurateur, Myles Chefetz is celebrating 2016 at his popular seafood eatery, Prime Fish with a New Year’s Day edition of his famed Nemo brunch. On January 1st guest can enjoy brunch highlights including both an omelet and carving station in addition to legendary classics like Curried Fish Cakes and Duck Confit Hash and lobster omelet, homemade whitefish salad, brioche French toast, and Eggs Benedict. Brunch includes bottomless mimosas, Bellini, Prosecco and Bloody Marys. Brunch Price $49.00 including an entree and select bottomless drinks: Prime Fish 100 Collins Ave Miami Beach, FL
SLS South Beach– The SoBe hotspot is hosting New Year’s Eve dinners at both Katsuya and The Bazaar by Jose Andres and a performance by world-renowned artist DJ Cedric at HYDE Beach. Celebrity DJ Cedric Gervais helps ring in the New Year where Hyde Beach will transform into CHATEAU HYDE, reminiscent of the Palace of Versailles for an evening of opulence, dancing, and, of course, champagne! Tickets start at $150 for General Admission and, if purchased in advance, include Open Bar from 9PM – 12AM in addition to passed dishes from Katsuya, SLS South Beach’s famed Japanese restaurant “with a provocative twist” by Master Sushi Chef Katsuya Uechi from 9PM – 11PM . The SLS South Beach 1701 Collins Ave. Miami Beach, FL
The Bazaar by José Andrés -The world-renowned restaurant from culinary icon José Andrés, The Bazaar, will afford diners with two exquisite and unforgettable dining options on New Year’s Eve: 13-Course Menu at The Bazaar (Available for 6pm seating) – $125pp (not including gratuity/tax) 16-Course Menu at The Bazaar (Available for 9:30pm seating) – $300pp (not including gratuity/tax). The Bazaar by Jose Andres at the SLS 1701 Collins Ave. Miami Beach FL.
Driftwood Room at Nautilus, a SIXTY Hotel, in South Beach invites guests to cheer in the New Year with a special five-course meal. Chef Alex Guarnaschelli and Chef de Cuisine Lucas Marino have created a five-course dinner. For those looking to enjoy dinner before the party, the early seating is from 7pm – 9pm. The late seating will start at 9:30pm and allows guests to sit through the evening. Those wishing to continue the celebration poolside can purchase tickets for an additional $100 per person. Driftwood Room 1825 Collins Ave. Miami Beach FL
Bazi: Miami Beach’s newest dining destination featuring the unforgettably bold cuisine of Chef Michael Pirolo, will be offering a one-night-only New Year’s Eve prix fixe dinner menu along with bubbly specials from 9:30-11PM, following regular dinner service. Guests will be able to enjoy live music while toasting to the New Year with champagne specials by the bottle including Perrier Jouet NV Brut ($90), Henri Giraud Esprit De Giraud Rose ($125), Billecart-Salmon Cuvee Nicolas Francois 1999 ($200) and Perrier Jouet Belle Epouque 2012 ($250). Priced at $120 per person and including a champagne toast at midnight. Bazi 1200 Collins Ave. Miami Beach FL.
Macchialina: the rustic Italian eatery owned by Chef Michael Pirolo and partner/hospitality veteran Jen Chaefsky, will be offering several luxurious additions to their regular dinner menu to ring in the New Year. Known as a must-try for locals, visitors in the know and critics near and far, holiday menu highlights will include whole fish, osso bucco and a complimentary prosecco toast at midnight. Macchialina 820 Alton Rd. Miami Beach, FL.
Meat Market: Invites locals and visitors alike to come celebrate the New Year in style with special holiday offerings. Diners can enjoy the sounds of live DJ entertainment and choose between three decadent packages featuring four-course dinner menus expertly crafted by Executive Chef Sean Brasel. New Year’s Eve packages include the Early Package – reservation time options between 6PM – 8PM, four-course dinner menu ($150 per person); Second Package – reservations available from 9PM – close, four-course dinner menu with a champagne toast and party favors at midnight to ring in the New Year ($250 per person); and Champagne Bar Package – bottomless champagne by the glass at the bar from 10PM – 1AM ($50 per person). Any additional food and beverage is not included, and a 20% gratuity will be added to all checks. Meat Market 915 Lincoln Road in Miami Beach FL
The Dutch: Located in the W Hotel, The Dutch will offer special menus for guests to enjoy as they celebrate both Christmas and New Year’s. For Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, guests are invited to a festive dinner, priced at $45, starting with roasted Muscovy duck and served with a side of pastilla, butternut squash, quinoa, turnips, and spiced jus. There is also a special New Year’s Eve prix fixedinner menu with two seating options, Early Seating from 7PM – 7:45PM ($165 per person) and Late Seating from 8:30PM – 10:30PM ($250 per person); prices do not include tax and gratuity. The Dutch in the W Hotel 2201 Collins Ave. Miami Beach FL
Quattro Gastronomia Italiana: will offer its signature white truffle menu to guests looking to dine this Christmas and New Year’s holiday, in addition to the regular lunch and dinner menus. Diners can enjoy seasonal flavors of Quattro’s truffle-infused dishes. Quattro 1014 Lincoln Road in Miami Beach.
Thompson Miami Beach: Just in time for the holidays, guests can celebrate Christmas at TALDE Miami Beach, Chef/Restaurateur Dale Talde’s newest culinary venture located within the glamorous Thompson Miami Beach Hotel. Known for its inventive yet approachable Asian-American fare, diners are invited to treat themselves to a delicious $75 (excluding tax and service charge) holiday special on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The Thompson 4041 Collins Ave. Miami Beach, FL
Also found within The Thompson is Chef Michelle Bernstein’s Seagrape,featuring unique Florida-inspired fare in a chic, retro dining room space. The restaurant will be offering a special prix-fixe, family style Christmas dinner for $75 per person (excluding tax and gratuity) on December 25th, to celebrate Christmas.
Quality Meats Miami Beach: One of 2015’s hottest new restaurants, Quality Meats will be open from 4PM to midnight on Christmas Day. In addition to its regular a la carte dinner menu, special holiday items will be available. Quality Meats 1501 Collins Avenue Miami Beach FL.
The Traymore Restaurant and Bar at Metropolitan by COMO–presents especially developed menus for the festive period, as part of this year’s Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve celebration. The Traymore Restaurant and Bar will offer the Christmas Eve menu priced at $75 per person (excluding tax and gratuity). The Traymore Restaurant and Bar will ring-in the New Year on Thursday, December 31st with two special menus for two seatings – the first at 6:00pm priced at $110 and the second at 9:00pm for $190. Both seating include a Glass of Pommery Apanage Champagne. The Traymore 2445 Collins Ave. Miami Beach FL
KLIMA –The New Year’s Eve Menu at KLIMA Restaurant and Bar will be available on Thursday, December 31st, between 6:00 pm and 12:30 am at a price of $375 per person (excluding tax and gratuity) for a five-course pre-fixe dinner menu that includes a bottle of Roederer Cristal Champagne per couple. A special selection of wines by the bottle or by the glass will also be available at the regular menu price. KLIMA 210 23rd St ( @Collins Ave) Miami Beach FL.
SUSHISAMBA MIAMI BEACH– Holiday Hog- Priced at $169 per group (5 person max) the menu includes:Whole Roasted Suckling Pig carved and served tableside. Following your meal, enjoy your choice of two of our signature desserts served family style! Add a Magnum bottle of Dewatsuru Kimoto Junmai Sake and unlimited Cusqueña beer at $150 per group (tax and gratuity additional). SUSHISAMBA 600 Lincoln Rd Miami Beach FL
The Miami Beach EDITION announces its delicious New Year’s Eveofferings available at Jean Georges’ Market and Matador Room. Hotel guests and visitors alike are invited to ring in the new year in style, with customized menus in two distinct venues. The Matador Room will feature a customized menu presented by Executive Chef Jeremy Ford, guests can savor the New Year with two seatings at a prix-fixe of $295 per person. Market At EDITION will feature its own take on a New Year’s Eve pre-fixe menu, priced at $100 per person. EDITION 2901 Collins Ave. Miami Beach FL
Fontainebleau Miami Beach has many delicious options for holiday dining on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve. Exclusive seasonal menus are available at award-winning restaurants including Michael Mina 74, StripSteak by Michael Mina, Scarpetta, and Hakkasan. And specific prix fix menus ranging from $150 to $295 pp are available for each restaurant at Fontainebleau For more information, visit fontainebleau.com/holidays. For Christmas and Christmas Eve reservations, call 877.326.7412. For New Year’s Eve reservations, email NYEdining@fontainebleau.com or call 305.695.2414. The Fontainebleau 4441 Collins Ave. Miami Beach FL
Izzy’s Fish & Oyster celebrates Christmas Eve Dinner, “The Feast of the Seven Fishes ” It seems the only time “fishes” is an acceptable word is on Christmas Eve, when Italians honor the tradition of the Feast of the Seven Fishes, or as they say in the old country, “Esta dei Sette Pesci.” . $85 pp and $150 per couple. And on New Year’s Eve
Izzy’s celebrates it’s First Annual New Year’s Eve with Pierre-Jouet “Caviar & Dreams”
Oysters & Caviar $125 per person Izzy’s 423 Washington Ave. Miami Beach FL.
LA MAR by Gaston Acurio at Mandarin Oriental– Christmas Eve-Parties of four or more can enjoy a family sharing Peruvian meal at La Mar, featuring treasured holiday recipes from our chefs’ families. Dishes include: $70 per person $35 per child ages 6-12, complimentary under Christmas Day-Enjoy a spectacular Peruvian brunch at La Mar by Gastón Acurio with gourmet brunch items as well as choices of specialty dishes.$85 per adult includes champagne and unlimited brunch cocktails; $120 per adult Includes premium entrées, including unlimited Charles Heidsieck champagne. Mandarin Oriental 500 Brickell Key Drive Miami FL.
Alter- Miami’s hot new restaurant celebrate it’s first New Year’s Eve with two seatings. A special 5 Course Prix-Fixe Menu Early Seating $125 7:00pm Includes a Billecart Salmon Brut Rose NV Champagne flute per person and a 7 Course Prix- Fixe Menu Late Seating $250 per person 9:30pm Includes a bottle of Billecart Salmon Brut Rose NV Champagne per couple. Alter 223 NW 23rd St. in Wynwood. Miami FL
Beaker & Gray: Wynwood’s newly opened hotspot will be offering a one-night-only New Year’s Eve prix fixe dinner menu along with a bubbly toast featuring the guest’s choice of champagne or cocktail. Priced at $85 per person, diners are invited to celebrate the holiday with a five-course feast. Dinner is served nightly and is open late for cocktails. Beaker & Gray 2637 North Miami Avenue in Wynwood. Miami FL
SUGARCANE raw bar grill -SUGARCANE in Midtown will celebrate the holidays with festive a la carte specials (priced between $10-$34) in addition to their signature all day menu. Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill 3252 NE 1st Ave, Miami, FL
Vagabond Restaurant & Bar– Open both for Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, in addition to the regular menu, special a la options including whole roasted duck and dry aged Rib-Eye will be featured at the hip mid Century restaurant on Biscayne. The Vagabond 7301 Biscayne Blvd. Miami FL
Uvaggio Wine Bar & Restaurant – The wine themed landmark, will toast New Year’s Eve with an oasis of timeless culinary essences combined with the finest wines. Beginning at 7 PM, guests and gourmands will enjoy a unique and innovative 5-course dinner prepared by head Chef Tanner Gil. Throughout the evening, wines from the small produced vineyard Foxen Winery will be poured by founder Dick Doré and his wife Jenny. Head Wine-O of Uvaggio, Heath Porter will be developing pairings enhancing each dish to elevate the evening.Tickets cost $150 per person and can be purchased directly here. For more information visit www.UvaggioWine.com or call 305-448-2400. Uvaggio 70 Miracle Mile. Coral Gables, FL
SUSHISAMBA CORAL GABLES-On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day,SUSHISAMBA Coral Gables will feature fusion delights (priced between $13-$32). New Year’s details TBD. SUSHISAMBA 180 Aragon Ave. Coral Gables FL
BULLA Gastrobar– On Christmas Eve, Bulla will be open for lunch and dinner offering their regular menu. New Year’s details TBD. Bulla 2500 Ponce De Leon Blvd. Coral Gables FL
( Information provided by numerous sources and subject to change. Please call ahead to confirm prices and details and make sure you make reservations. )
Wishing you a very Happy Holiday and all the best in the New Year!
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