AMBUSH! Arts & Culture
“If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.”
― Émile Zola
― Émile Zola
Is Shane Dawson a Pedophile?
by Alizay Chavez '21
Dawson made a 15 minute video apologizing for the things that he said and did (LaCroix, 2018). Shane repeatedly said that he was not a pedophile and that the accusation were just “disgusting.” According to Dawson,
"I was doing [things] that were racially insensitive, homophobic, fat-shaming, I was doing some [messed] up comedy stuff that I'm not proud of. I've changed so much as a person."
He was so insecure with himself he didn’t know how to make “smart jokes.” All he wanted to do was to make people laugh.
In the podcast that Pop Blast used, Dawson was talking about a six year old that he had met when he was taking a selfie for Instagram. He looked her up on Instagram and he talked about that on his podcast. When he mentioned her he called her “sexy.” Many people were not okay with it. There is a rumor going around that Logan Paul’s team paid Pop Blast to create the video (Heintz, 2018). This may or may not be true. Pop Blast has been deleted from YouTube due to all this drama.
New to Gallup: Maloney's Nutrition
by Lucia Kezele '18
Lead Singer of The Cranberries Pronounced Dead
by Sage Addington '18
Last year O’Riordan told the Guardian the hit song Linger was inspired by “being dumped, publicly, at the disco.” She claimed, “Everything’s so dramatic when you’re 17, so I poured it into the song.” The Cranberries had so much more to talk about than love, however. Linger came out in 1993 on their album Everybody Else is Doing It, So Why Can’t We? 1994’s No Need to Argue followed, showing the deeper side to the band and Dolores’s voice. The song Zombie was written in the wake of a 1993 IRA bombing in Warrington that resulted in the death of three year old Johnathan Ball and twelve year old Tim Parry.
After No Need to Argue, The Cranberries released three more albums before taking a break in 2008. While The Cranberries was on hiatus Dolores released two solo albums: Are You Listening? (2007) and No Baggage (2009). The band reformed in 2009 initially just to perform live, but eventually released new content. In April 2017 the band released Something Else that includes acoustic versions of songs such as Linger. In regards to the bands final tour, O’Riordan told the Irish Times, “Hopefully, after this tour we’ll write new material, but at the same token I genuinely don’t expect to be as successful as we once were. The 1990s was our time for that, I think -- we were hungry and on fire. Now, we’re older, we have kids, and I know we’ll never get those earlier moments back again. Not that I want them.”
Dolores O’Riordan was not just a voice beloved from the 90s, she was so much more. Don Burton, tour manager for Duran Duran, was married to Dolores for over twenty years until their divorce in 2014. O’riordan was a mother of three and had told the Irish News, “The best time in my life was the years spent at home with my family. I love being a mum. My kids don’t see me as a famous person, or have any kind of expectation; I’m just their mom.” The mother of three left behind a twenty year old son, and a sixteen year old and twelve year old daughter. Dolores O’Riordan will be missed dearly by her family, friends, and millions of people scattering the globe. Dolores left behind a legacy and a voice that cannot be replaced by anyone.
Do You Believe in Bloody Mary?
by Alizay Chavez '21
mysterious unseen force. The parents followed her and screamed at her. It seemed like she couldn’t hear her. Supposedly there was a light at the end of the forest. According to them Mary Worth was holding a wand, pointing it towards the Miller’s house and the Miller’s daughter continued to follow the light. After the villagers found out what Mary Worth was doing, they followed her into the forests with guns and pitchforks. Mary Worth broke the spell and ran to the forest, but she wasn’t quick enough. Miller fired his gun and the bullet hit Worth in the side of her hip. The villagers captured her. She kicked and screamed (Haunted Rooms, 2017). She was trying to get away from them. She was tied to a stake and a bonfire was built so the witch would be gone for good. As she was burning she set a curse on the villagers and told them that whoever dared to say her name in a mirror, she would come back for them. Her spirit would be summoned and she will seek her revenge on them.
Another theory about the origin of Bloody Mary is that she was Queen Mary I. Queen Mary reigned from July of 1553 to November 1558.She’s better known as Bloody Mary due to the things she enjoyed doing while she reigned. Queen Mary I was responsible for burning at least 300 protestants at stake in order to make England more Catholic. This earned her the nickname of Bloody Mary. She even pretended to be pregnant (Linic, 2017). Since she couldn’t get pregnant she faked it for months. When the baby was due Queen Mary I was bedridden and the doctors got ready for labor, but the baby never came. Soon after that Queen Mary thought that she was pregnant again. This time she kept the pregnancy secret. Once again it was a false alarm. This ended up killing Queen Mary I in the process.
Many people play Bloody Mary as game. If the game actually works the consequences can be deadly. If you play the game the following things may happen: your eyes may be ripped out, claw marks on your body, disappearing and living in the mirror with her for eternity, seeing the witch, being driven insane, claw marks on your face, or death. There are also many different variations of the game. One way to play is calling out “I stole your baby Bloody Mary” into the mirror. This is referring to Queen Mary I. Another way is to say “I killed your baby, Mary Worth” into the mirror. This variation is referring to Mary Worth. The next variation is calling out “I believe in Mary Worth” in the mirror. This also refers to Mary Worth. The last variation of the game is to turn around one to one hundred times in a mirror and blowing out the candles (this is optional). Then calling out to the witch (Castle Of Spirits, 2018). If you decide to play this you really want to be careful well doing it.
There are some real life consequences of playing this game. According to many people when you play Bloody Mary you are summoning a demon. Obviously summoning a demon is a bad thing to do. It allows bad spirits and negative energy to enter your home. If this happens many things can go wrong. For example you or someone you love can get possessed by that spirit (if you believe in it). Other consequences of playing Bloody Mary is seeing a corpse in the mirror. People who have played the game has said that they have seen an “apparition [that] takes the form of a corpse.” This can leave the kids scarred for life. Seeing a corpse can have psychological effects on a child. They can develop PTSD. PTSD also known as post traumatic stress disorder is a mental health problem that people develop after they witness a life threatening event that happened to them.
Last week I did a survey on 21 students. Out of these 21 students only 38.10% believed in Bloody Mary. 61.90% of those 21 students do not believe in Bloody Mary. Only 42.86% of those students knew something about the origin of Bloody Mary and 57.14% didn’t know anything about it. If you decide to play this game, remember to be extremely careful well doing it.
by Sage Addington '18
There are many different Skinwalker stories, but one very interesting story comes from Rehoboth student Talon Tsosie. I remember Talon had told me of his father’s Skinwalker encounter before, so I asked again just to be reminded. It was 2006 and Talon’s father was driving back to Gallup from Chinle, AZ late at night. The main road was closed so Mr. Tsosie was forced to take a dirt road back home. While driving, he saw a man wearing all black and a hoodie on a hill as he passed by. When Talon’s dad looked in his rearview mirror, the man that had been standing on the hill was chasing his car. The car must have been going at least 50 miles an hour and the running man was catching up to the car. Nervous, Talon’s dad sped up. Eventually Mr. Tosie thought he outran the figure when suddenly, an eerie feeling seeped in and beside the driver’s window was the hooded man, running 60, and then 70 miles an hour… The hooded figure had the head of a horse and the body of a man. Scared to death, Talon’s father drove as fast as he could until he reached the main road. Upon leaving the dirt road, the horseman stopped chasing the vehicle.
Skinwalker stories have attracted the attention of many, including the popular TV series Ghost Adventures. In June 2017 the Ghost Adventures team came to New Mexico to investigate the Skinwalker phenomenon. The Ghost Adventures team wanted to make an episode in Ojo Amarillo Canyon, or Skinwalker Canyon, and received the film rights from the Navajo Nation. The Travel Channel told the Indian Country Media Network, “We can confirm: The producers of “Ghost Adventures” received permission from the Navajo Nation Film Office’s Office of Broadcast Services to shoot in Ojo Amarillo and Upper Fruitland, New Mexico.” Although the TV stars got the approval to film, many Navajos do not approve of the episode they aired. My friend, Gallup High student, Peyton Skeet was furious with the episode saying, “They are so stupid! They were looking for the Skinwalker like they were looking for ghosts!” The Ghost Adventures team also pissed off others by influencing stereotypes: the episode featured shots of a staged fire, with an animal skull, feathers and a bullet. Navajo actor Loren Anthony told the Indian Country Media Network, in reference to a woman that performed a ceremony on Zak Bagans and his crew, “No one that I know is called Walking Thunder on our rez. I gave the Ghost Adventures episode a 10 out of 10 for shaking my head. I enjoyed every over-exaggerated minute of it.”
It’s easy to imagine the legend of the Skinwalker was tarnished by the Ghost Adventures team in that they accidentally made the legend sound cheesy. But how many people believe in Skinwalkers? How many people know which culture the myth originated from? I interviewed 0.05% of the Gallup High student population and found out that 72% of the freshman believe in Skinwalkers while 28% don’t; 28% of freshman know the origin, while 72% don’t. A whopping 80% of sophomores believe in Skinwalkers while 20% don’t; 60% of sophomore students know the origin while 40% don’t. Tied with the freshman, 72% of Gallup High juniors believe in Skinwalkers while 28% don’t; the difference between the freshman is 54% of the juniors know the origin of Skinwalkers while 46% don’t. The senior class seems to believe in Skinwalkers the most out of all of the classes with 85% of the class believing in Skinwalkers and 15% not. 80% of the senior class know the origin of the legend while 20% don’t. I also interview 0.04% of Gallup High’ teachers. 75% of Gallup High teachers, including Navajo Teacher Mr. Nez, don’t believe in Skinwalkers, while a measly 25% do. 100% of teachers interviewed knew that the Skinwalker legend was of Navajo origin.
Ambush! Art: Art and Literary Magazine
Ambush! Is publishing their yearly art and literature magazine in April, and we want your submissions! Last year only four students made submissions and one teacher. The magazine still came out great, but this year we are hoping to include more Gallup High artists than in 2017. To allow total creative freedom, there is no limit to what you can submit (as long as it can be printed). Feel free to submit your drawings, paintings, photographs, poems, and short stories. There is also no limit to how much content you can submit, so go crazy. If you have art, we want to see it!
Not only do we want your works, we want to know a little more about you. Who is the artist behind the art? It is completely optional, but if you want, you can choose to fill out a short questionnaire to go in your biography beside your artwork. The questionnaire will be left at the very bottom. If you want to submit any art or writing, you can do so in two ways. You can either physically drop off a copy of your work to Ms. Sweetwyne in room A202 or submit photos and documents to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you choose to submit any photos digitally, please send them in the highest resolution you can. If you choose to submit photographs of your work, please try to take the photos in the best lighting you can. If you have any questions regarding submissions or anything else, feel free to contact the newspaper.
Question: What is your name?
Question: What grade are you in?
Question: Why do you like art?/Why are you an artist?
Question: What is your favorite media to work in?
Question: What is your favorite content to create?
Question: How long have you been practicing art?
Question: What do you want to accomplish as an artist?
Last Week's Poll Results!
Last week we asked Ambush! Readers if they thought Logan Paul's YouTube channel should be deleted from the internet and 25% of poll takers said that was a bit far, while 75% said his channel should be deleted.