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#1422 Easy Rider, Bigotry, You Dig?, Helluva, Artist Sells Other People's Instagram Photos
 
 
Hi, I'm Sarah, welcome to The Daily English Show.
 
Today we're studying a scene from the movie Easy Rider. Easy Rider came out in 1969.
 
Not a huge amount happens in this movie. Basically two guys ride across America on motorbikes - they take some drugs, visit a hippie commune, go to a festival.
 
But since I wasn't alive in the 1960s, I find it an interesting movie to get a bit of an insight into what the counterculture of the 60s was like.
 
Filmsite.org says this movie is the "tale of a search for freedom (or the illusion of freedom) in a conformist and corrupt America, in the midst of paranoia, bigotry and violence".
 
Have you heard the word bigotry before?
 
Bigotry is similar to: intolerance, discrimination, or prejudice.
 
A racist might hate someone because of their race, and a bigot might hate also someone because of race - or something else, like their religion, the way they dress, their ideas.
 
In the scene we're studying today, two guys are talking about this bigotry. About how they're treated badly by some people because of their appearance - their clothes and their hairstyles.
 
Billy says: "We can't even get into like, a second-rate hotel, I mean, a second-rate motel, you dig? They think we're gonna cut their throat or somethin'."
 
In this sentence, "You dig?" means "Do you know what I mean?" It's a pretty old-fashioned phrase and I don't think it's used much these days.
 

 
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Kia ora in Stick News today a man in New York has been selling screenshots of other people's Instagram photos for thousands of dollars.
 
Richard Prince is a New York artist.
Earlier this month an exhibition of his art was on display at an art fair in New York City.
The artworks were screenshots of images he found on Instagram and printed out with his captions underneath.
He didn't ask for permission from the owners of the photographs and didn't give them any money after he sold them for up to 100,000 dollars each.
Apparently Prince thinks his use of the photographs counts as fair use because he's made small changes to each image.
 
And that was Stick News for Tuesday the 26th of May.
Kia ora.
 
Woman on a yellow couch looking at a tablet.
"Artist" ... oh, is that what we're calling pretentious thieving jerks these days?
 
A man working at a laptop.
Dinner's ready!
Hang on, just finishing my latest piece.
scroll scroll click!
 
A man showing a woman something on a smart phone.
I saw this picture of you at the gallery ...
What the ...
 
A woman looking at an artwork in Richard Prince's gallery.
Well, it's in this fancy gallery and it costs $90,000 ...
I'll take it!
 
Two men talking. One is holding a glass of red wine.
Really?
LOL! Who cares? My lawyers can deal with it. Trolling is so much fun when you're rich!
 
 
 
 

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Today's word is hell.
 
The word hell is used in today's scene in two different ways.
 
Firstly, George says: "This used to be a hell of a good country."
 
Hell of a can also be spelt helluva. In this sentence hell of a means very. This used to be a very good country.
 
Hell of a can be used to describe something that is positive or negative - and the meaning depends on the context.
 
For example, that was a hell of a night, could mean it was an excellent night or it was a terrible night, depending on the context.
 
That was a hell of a night.
That was a hell of a night.
 
Billy also says: "What the hell is wrong with freedom?"
 
In this sentence the hell is an intensifier. He could just say: "What is wrong with freedom?"
But adding the hell expresses his anger or frustration with this situation.
 
In informal situations you can add the hell to all kinds of sentences to intensify them.
 
Here are a few examples:
 
What are you doing?
What the hell are you doing?
 
Where have you been?
Where the hell have you been?
 
How did that happen?
How the hell did that happen?
 
 

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George: You know, this used to be a helluva good country. I can't understand what's gone wrong with it.
 
Billy: Man, everybody got chicken, that's what happened. Hey, we can't even get into a second-rate hotel, I mean, a second-rate motel, you dig? They think we're gonna cut their throat or somethin', man. They're scared, man.
 
George: Oh, they're not scared of you. They're scared of what you represent to 'em.
 
Billy: Hey, man. All we represent to them, man, is somebody who needs a haircut.
 
George: Oh, no. What you represent to them is freedom.
 
Billy: What the hell is wrong with freedom? Man, that's what it's all about.
 
George: Oh, yeah, that's right. That's what it's all about, all right. But talkin' about it and bein' it, that's two different things.
 
 

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ESL Video Quiz: #1422 Comprehension
 
 
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And that was The Daily English Show. I hope you enjoyed today's show.
 
My favourite quote from Easy Rider is something that George says right after the part of the conversation we studied today. He says:
 
"They're gonna talk to you, and talk to you, and talk to you about individual freedom but they see a free individual, it's gonna scare 'em."
 
Have you seen Easy Rider? Please let me know what you think of the movie if you have.
See you tomorrow. Bye!
 
 
 
NOTES
I asked about the phrase "you dig?" here on Reddit.
I missed out a "like" in this sentence: Hey, we can't even get into like, a second-rate hotel, I mean, a second-rate motel, you dig?
 
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The ending shots were filmed on Friday 12th April 2013, somewhere on the drive from Waitomo to Taupō.
 
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Published: Tuesday 26 May 2015