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This is something I posted to tumblr and am reposting here.

Apparently, Bob Singer apparently spoke at a convention and excused Charlie's death on the grounds that the writers just were not thinking about her gender and her orientation - as though that's an excuse. Fozmeadows argues that given the history of treatment of gay characters, they are not excused from thinking about these issues.

I have a slightly different take - I think they're lying.

This is how they’re lying: Of course they don’t say, “Oh, she’s gay, let’s kill her.”

What they do say is, “I’m making a show about two people who travel the country killing monsters. And of course those characters: (1) will survive, and (2) will be white; and (3) will be male; and (4) will be straight.”

And then they say, they want to introduce someone to be the ruler of hell, and the angel who saves Dean. And of course those characters have to be white males, too - who are portrayed as straight even though there’s no reason why they would be, given that they aren’t even human and are borrowing bodies anyway.

So at some point, someone thinks, well, we can’t populate our entire show with straight white men, can we? So you get people of color (Kevin) and gay women (Charlie). Except they’re marked for death, right from the get go - because it’s fundamental to the show’s premise that people of color and gay people and women aren’t even in the class of characters who are untouchable by virtue of the narrative.

So when the creators say, “We didn’t think about whether Charlie was gay when we killed her,” that’s true. Because the decision was made much earlier - when they decided that gay people don’t get the kinds of roles that make them so critical to the narrative that they are functionally invulnerable. And that’s why “we didn’t think about her orientation” is not an excuse.

You know when it will be an excuse? When gay people get to be Sam and Dean. Then they can kill off the semi-regular gay characters and I promise not to raise a peep of protest.
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Which is now *ahem* available in the usual places.

My nonspoilery review: The characters are likeable and I think the show has potential, but the pilot itself felt very rushed - they wanted to pack in not only her entire backstory, but the full set up for the season's arc. As a result, each plot point came and went too quickly, with little time to savor the fun things, be tense over the action, or really feel much emotion about anything. It also left Kara's characterization fairly one-note and a bit inexplicable.

So basically, I'm hoping they'll slow things down in future episodes and not feel like they have to tell half a season's worth of story in 46 minutes.

SPN 10x23

May. 21st, 2015 12:16 pm
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Oh, show. You could have done so much better.

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Like everyone who's seen it, I can't quite stop thinking about it, so.

Not very original thought, but -

Read more - honestly not really spoilers )
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... yeah still thinking about this movie why haven't the rest of you been posting about it yet?

Really minor spoilers, in the sense that if you've read any reviews or know anything about the premise you'll know this stuff which is disclosed in the first 10 minutes...

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Starting with the disclaimer, I've never read the story.

That said, it occurs to me that Holly Golightly is in some ways the original manic pixie dream girl. But the actual movie doesn't actually suffer from the flaws that make the character so problematic.

She's the wild and crazy girl with some kind of deeper trauma who teaches the guy stuff. Because of her, he's inspired to write again, and he exits what we're meant to understand is an unhealthy/unsatisfying romantic relationship.

But despite her persona and her role in his life, the movie barely spends any time on the changes he undergoes, or what they mean for Paul's character - we know, because we're told, that he's changed as a result of their relationship, but he seems to leave the movie pretty much the same guy as he began.

The movie is really mostly interested in Holly. She's the one where we really see change, and it's grating and painful. She's the one whose background is truly explored. Paul could be any of a dozen square jawed guys; the movie is about her development.

But somehow, that wasn't quite the lesson that future generations learned.

And on a completely unrelated note, more people need to see Mad Max so you can talk to me about it and write meta. Also, to join me in 'shipping Max/Furiosa. Honestly, everything's so miserable and bleak in their universe that I don't even particularly want to see them have sex - in this setting, it's hard to imagine anything particularly romantic about any sexual contact. But I could totally read 100K words of them learning to hold each other tenderly.

(News reports of box office are characterizing the weekend as battle of the sexes, Pitch Perfect 2 versus Mad Max. They couldn't be more wrong: women lead both films)

Mad Max

May. 15th, 2015 06:52 pm
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Was indeed awesome.

It's unquestionably Charlize Theron's movie.

There was almost no dialogue, and it still had better characterization than AOU.

I never saw the original movies; this one was a lot less gory than I expected. The post-apocalyptic worldbuilding was grotesque and disturbing, but in terms of actual onscreen violence, any random episode of Spartacus is far worse.
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(yes this is a real thing that happened)
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You were ridiculous and you had all the failings typical of soap operas (razor thin motivations, characters who turn from good to evil to good on a dime, why do anything simply when there's a Rube Goldberg alternative, etc), and you never had the courage of your convictions (really, this should have been a story about Emily getting progressively darker as revenge poisoned her soul).

That said, I'm going to miss you and your unsmiling heroine, who controlled her own life and the lives of everyone around her.
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Why has no one said anything about this? What do we think?!?
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George Zimmerman Injured by Flying Glass in Shooting, Police Say
George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot Trayvon Martin in 2012, was injured on Monday during a confrontation in Central Florida with a man who had previously accused him of making threats and stalking, according to local authorities.

The police said the shooting happened about 12:45 p.m. in Lake Mary, Fla., a small town near Orlando, and involved Mr. Zimmerman and Matthew Apperson...

Mr. Apperson was questioned at the Lake Mary Police Station, where he was released without charges. After his release, he appeared with his attorney, Mark E. NeJame, who said his client holds a concealed-carry permit, perceived a threat and acted in self-defense.

Mr. Zimmerman and Mr. Apperson were involved in a road-rage incident in September, when Mr. Apperson said Zimmerman threatened to shoot him, according to The Orlando Sentinel. Days later, Mr. Apperson complained that Mr. Zimmerman was stalking him, according to the report. No charges were filed in those incidents.
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is so amusing.

So, I'm on Tumblr, and the vast majority of my activity is reblogging - sometimes with added commentary, usually not. If you use Tumblr, you know that generally, if you reblog something, and one of your followers likes it or reblogs it, you get a note. But if someone likes or reblogs from them, you won't get any notes - so you don't see how your reblog of the item spreads beyond your initial set of followers.

Occasionally, I post original content to Tumblr. For original content, I'll get notified of all activity - likes and reblogs that come not just from my followers, but also from their followers. Every time the content is liked or reblogged, I'm notified.

Most of the time, my original postings don't really get very far past my followers, so there's no real difference.

But recently I posted to Tumblr that Black Widow SNL sketch. And that actually did become very popular (I wasn't the only one who posted it, but it looks like all the versions were popular). So I've been getting a ton of notes.

Anyway, those notes died down after a couple of days - instead of getting 50 per second, I'd get them once or twice an hour. Because people basically hang out within networks of people, and after it had spread around among the network, everyone had seen it, and no one was reblogging/liking it.

Except! I can tell exactly when it reaches someone who borders on a different network of people. Because today I got a reblog, and then within minutes I got this huge cascade of notes - a whole new set of likes and reblogs. Presumably because that one reblogger is only tangentially connected to the original networks (maybe follows only one person in those networks, since s/he found this post so late in the game), but apparently is connected to an entirely distinct new network that's now picking up on the post.

Anyway, it's fascinating. I feel like someone could model patterns of, I dunno, disease spreading or something this way.
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It's really becoming a problem.

Well, I should clarify.

I am in love with Steve Rogers, as portrayed by Chris Evans, as interpreted by fandom.

That's a real problem.

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