eumelia: (valerie)
Another well known white man whose sexuality has been a source of speculation and assumption for years finally confirmed the "rumours".

I am impressed, because the decision to be unambiguous is not an easy one, especially when the ethics involved may not be exactly what we assume them to be.

When I saw the news that Anderson Cooper had decided to brush off any remaining ambiguity regarding his sexuality, I mentioned it the office. My place of work likes to be up to date and we are a very gay friendly company, in fact the team I work with has the same amount of women as well as men, and three out of the team of eight are queer.

I mentioned it and one of my co-workers said, "about time". This co-worker happens to be straight.

Of course, then, a whole discussion about being when gay people are ready to tell other people, and celebrities who might be "uncomfortable" with their sexuality and a whole slew of other rather trite notions regarding when and why gay celebrities chose to come out.

I'd like to stay on the notion of "about time". This phrasing implies, quite explicitly, that Anderson Cooper should have been out and loud a long time ago. I hadn't really thought about that, despite the fact that if you worked in media, or followed the media, or followed the speculation regarding gay celebrities for whatever reason (me, I like knowing who my people are), you knew who is gay and who isn't, up to a point.

Anderson Cooper decided to be explicit about his sexuality because, as he wrote in his email to Andrew Sullivan:
[...]I’ve begun to consider whether the unintended outcomes of maintaining my privacy outweigh personal and professional principle. It’s become clear to me that by remaining silent on certain aspects of my personal life for so long, I have given some the mistaken impression that I am trying to hide something - something that makes me uncomfortable, ashamed or even afraid. This is distressing because it is simply not true.[...]
Emphasis mine.

Related, when Quinto came out (and I wrote about it on DW and LJ), he made it a moral issue. Which, personally, is my stance on it as well. I make it my business to make sure the people I interact with know who they are talking to. The assumption that I am straight, simply because it doesn't occur to other people that there not everyone is straight (also known as heterosexism), is one that I am confronted in practically every facet of my life.

When Cooper says the mistaken impression that I am trying to hide something, he is talking about a requirement mandated by straight society.

To be out is an ethical stand point. But it isn't something LGBT people actually owe straight society to do.

Emily Emanuel of Tiger Beatdown writes about exactly this in a post titled: People in Glass Closets: Anderson Cooper and Straight Responses to Coming Out.

Emanuel discusses the little micro-aggressions well meaning liberals choose to condescend onto queer people when it comes to public people coming out of the closet.

You should read her whole post, but the one thing that resonated with me in this post and every time another celebrity "Casually Come Out" (I don't totally agree with everything that's written here, but that's a post for another day) is this:
[..]when heterosexuals ask, “why does Anderson Cooper have to come out as gay,” I reply: “because you do not have to come out as heterosexual.”

Heterosexuals do announce their sexuality in public, all the time, of course. Walking down the street holding hands, kissing their lover, wearing wedding rings, clothing and other aesthetic codes. But it is not a movement from unacknowledged to public, it has no risk or social consequences in itself. In his coming out letter, Cooper notes that he didn’t come out because a reporter’s private life shouldn’t matter. Indeed. But part of the point is, being heterosexual isn’t private – it’s public.

When I was younger I lived on the ambiguity, it made me feel safe, I had the privilege of it and I didn't consider it something I needed to do in order to have integrity.

My tune changed as I was burned and my rage coalesced.

Regardless I am no longer ambiguous and that's a choice I made. The fact that I have to make that choice, that it is a staple in the life of LGBT people at all, tells us the demand that is placed on us by straight society and the assumptions that are forced onto us.

The other side of the coin is the demand from LGBT people for ambiguous or speculated celebrities to be upfront about who they are in the name of an agenda to promote LGBT visibility, rights and companies who want to shown as inclusive. A legitimate desire, I am dying for more LGBT representation in the mainstream media.

Still, the demand comes from a place to maintain a binary of making sure and deciding who is In and who is Out. Inside and outside what, I couldn't say.

I think it is a big deal that these celebrities are choosing to be unambiguous. I think we should also start unpacking why it is white men who have successful careers within the mainstream media that are getting the attention. Jodi Foster and Wanda Sykes notwithstanding, why so few celebrity women are coming out in the same manner and why the whole phenomena is so overwhelmingly white.

#2 Entry of the Queer Bundle.
eumelia: (stripey art)
All the writing I've been doing is pretty addictive. It has been a while since I was this moved and inspired to expand on the fictional world and lives of a far away locale.

One of the facets I enjoy exploring, and this is likely no surprise, are the lives of characters as LGBT and Queer, with that being the focus of the story. I'm very happy I'm not alone.

[ profile] queer_fest 2012 in on! And they are seeking prompts up until the 15th of March, after which the claiming of prompts will commence from the 19th of March up until the 2nd of April. For more info and such read the 2012 rules and FAQs post.

I think a pan-fandom fest like this is hugely important, as it bring into focus, celebrates and examines the lives of the people we write about with a clear social and political context in mind. Very often we, as a fandom, are very blase about the context in which we write in, because after all, it's "just fantasy".

I think we all know it's more than that. Even if these people are fictional, where they come from and where they go, is not and that? That is so awesome.

Speaking of the non-fictional, my fandom is a buzz and I've not been unaffected.

It has been a long time since I was this involved in a fandom and had so much love and affection to the actors who bring life to characters I identify with so much and inspire me with their lives.

And so I say; a speedy recovery to you, Mr. O'Loughlin. I'm so sorry you've been having a hard time, I hope this is but a rough patch through smooth sailing from here on out.

Thank you, fandom, for being so decent and understanding. It's amazing to be a part of that.
eumelia: (polka dot art)
So. James Caan. Mister Rollerball, Mister Corelone, Mister Elder Doppelgänger.

Onward to the Spoilers )
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It's so happened that I'm chatting on the email with a fellow fan and friend and we're discussing the merits of Scott Caan and Alex O'Loughlin.

I ended up saying:

"I just, really love that they're both hairy :)"

And you know, I could say that I'm shallow and all that, but I've actually put some thought into this!

For reference: Images Under The Cut )
eumelia: (polka dot art)
There are people you wish you knew long before you met them.

This is especially true of artists, authors, actors (of any gender) and other creative people, who you discover when they're already popular and you work backwards in time to realise that, fuck, they were amazing before you knew them.

That's how I feel about Scott Caan. Really. It's been a thing for months now, I'm not ashamed of this love that I have - I have spent good money on this man and it has been totally worth it.

Reading this article, Stay Gold, about Scott and how he has come to be who he is (which isn't all in there, but hey, not all of it is as pretty as the article makes it out to be) makes me wish I knew him when he was just starting out and seeing him evolve and develop.

Working my way backwards into his work has been super fun and really educational. Because at first I just knew him as James Caan's better looking doppelgänger son.

Now, well, yeah, he's golden.

Hell yeah there's more! )
eumelia: (omg lesbians!)
Goddamn! Life is kicking my ass.

I have been trying to write about Zachary Quinto and his coming out for days now, because the significance of why he came out, i.e. because it was the socially responsible thing to do, is a clear challenge towards other closeted celebrities.

I think anyone who can come out should, but I also understand why you wouldn't or don't. As it is, being out is more a negotiation or a process than anything else and it needs to happen over and over again.

When Quinto came out, in an interview, in which his sexuality was not the focus of the article (i.e. it wasn't about him coming out of the closet), he did it in a way I find myself doing more often than not - matter of fact and casual.

Of course, it never is, matter of fact or casual that is. You can see the person in front of you rearrange every single thought they have on you, no matter how liberal and no matter if the other person is LGBT themselves - I know this, because my thoughts rearrange themselves and reshuffle my expectations regarding this person, who has decided that the cultural assumption of heterosexuality is not something to partake it, or that living your life in which every time you talk about your life you need to make sure you don't "slip".

Regardless as to whether one is celebrity or just a person going through life and interacting with people, when a person comes out, usually, the main reason is for their own benefit.

The fact that it is the responsible and ethically correct thing to do in neither there nor there, because it is also a matter of personal choice and circumstance.

A matter of personal choice and circumstance, which, when you're a celebrity, opens you up to a whole lot of shit just because you're a gay public figure.

I find it personally offensive and disgusting, as a fangirl, as a slasher and yeah, as a gay person, that in the passing weeks, when two men (Sean Maher came out of the closet a few weeks ago), who are first and foremost genre actors, come out I encounter (via Sparkindarkness) this and I quote from his post:
"Oh I would totally slash him!"

"brb writing that slash"

"Yaaay I have a new OTP!"

"I'm shipping him with X now"

"A new ship is born"

.... and so on so on.

Seriously - a life changing extremely powerful and personal moment, a moemnt that requires support and congratulations - and this is what is presented as support? Yay, a new fuckpuppet! Bring on the fetishisation! What does it even say about these people that the minute a gay man comes out that slashing them is their reaction?

I think fantasising about people, celebrities especially, as they constructed to be fantasy fodder, is fair. I think if you're going to be public about it, you show some fucking respect to the persona you're objectifying.
Attached to that persona is an actual person who is doing a job.

Fictional characters are a whole other kettle of fish, but that's not we're talking about, but it does need to be said.

Beyond the basic human decency mentioned above, I find it absolutely abhorrent that people in slash fandom, my cultural home, my intellectual playground, would actually create a meme that diminishes and marginalises gay people:

The You Know You're Addicted To Slash Meme )

With a very distinct few, all the ideas under the cut are homophobic. The fact that the ideas that aren't homophobic are contextualised in the meme above renders them just as disgusting and infuriating.

Most of the time, when I see criticism of fandom, participatory culture and slash, I read with interest even though I am not the target audience (usually there is a whole lot of misconception and mistakes in talking about fandom - we're not all straight and we're not all women, to start with. Just saying), but the criticisms of appropriation, misogyny and fetishism are ones I do read. I read them with the knowledge that these things happen far too often and are not called on (at all or enough) in fandom.

So let me say it like this; As a gay woman, as a queer fangrrl, as a consumer of slash; reducing gay men (be they real or fictional) to a piece of meat over which one writes their masturbatory fantasies, reduces, diminishes and marginalises me and my sexuality and my culture and every other gay/lesbian/bisexual/trans/queer woman (and man) who chooses to participate in male oriented fandom.

Food for thought, that.
eumelia: (shine)
As many of you know I haven't been around much because I have been busy finishing off my degree, working three part times jobs and going to demonstrations to make sure my country doesn't implode on itself.

I did, however, manage to distract myself thoroughly by becoming addicted to a show that should have been the biggest turn off ever.

Because #1 it's a cop buddy show, #2 it's a remake of a classic (so yeah, there was a gender switch of one the mains).

I honestly did not expect to fall so in love with Hawaii Five-0. But even more so, I never expected to fall for head over heels fannishly in love with one Scott Caan. I've known the man for years as a side-actor, more as a "Hey, it's that guy" and as the progeny of one James Caan - who is staple in my House of Cinephiles!

So, once I was lured via picspams (something which never appealed to the feminist in me, because you know, I, er, totally oppose objectification of any kind. Yeah, watch me eat my words) of Scott, I checked out the show and subsequently, Scott himself.

And here I am, posting a picspam of my own. Most likely if you follow Hawaii Five-0 fandom you have seen them all, but these are my favourites for various reasons.

We'll start off with my #1 favourite:

Way More Under The Cut )

I hope you all enjoyed that. I know I did.

Even if you're not a fan of Hawaii Five-0 and never intend to watch the show, I urge you to check this man out. I'll probably post a review of some of the better movies he's been in; I watched his bad stuff so that you don't have too!
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So, yeah.

This week has been insane, hasn't it, particularly this weekend, most of which I missed due to the fact that I am both lame and trying to wrap up my degree.

So I missed what is probably the most important demonstration of the last decade studying for a stupid exam. Plus I wasn't feeling 100% hopefully the fresh muggy air of morning helped clear my head in order to pass this thing.

The important demonstration is ostensibly about the fact that people can't afford to pay rent or buy a flat in this country, but really, it's about the fact that we're not getting paid enough money, that there is no regulation of practically any market and that the government hates us.

Bibi, will you please fuck off already!

And then there was Norway - which, amazingly enough, the local news didn't jump to the conclusion that it was, you know, brown people like the rest of the world. And man, isn't the world feeling that smart.

I'm sorry to be glib, but in the face of such a horrendous tragedy, my only choice is tell the world to get over itself and stop Strawman-ing groups of people that are easy to blame because they're a They, rather than Us - white people have caused more destruction and murder all over the world, than many other atrocities combined.

And yet, I don't see anyone blaming Whiteness and Christianity for this killing spree.

My heart goes out to the family of the victims in what must be the worst time of their lives.

Be strong, Norway.

I'll mention Amy Winhouse, because she shouldn't have gone. It's always sad when an artist as good as that leaves the world.

And last, but not least, on the fandom front, because mixing political and social disasters with fandom on this blog is so rare - I mainlined the first season of Hawaii Five-0 for which I blame [ profile] verasteine, who showed me picscams of Scott Caan and told me about the subtext on a show that really shouldn't be all that good, but is actually really, really good. Character consistency! Who would have thunk it.

So, now I have an icon of Scott Cann being sarcastic.

The show itself leaves much to be desired in, um, plot. The plot, was, well, okay, it made the characters suffer which is fine.

Now I'm invested and I'm watching you CBS, do not fuck it up!

I'm resting, now, and I need to watch Torchwood - oh, man I need to write about Torchwood.

I have no time.
eumelia: (catwoman)
I don't think there's a person in my little circle who isn't aware that Anne Hathaway and Tom Hardy will be Catwoman and Bane (respectively... though it would be a hilarous gender bend!) in the third Nolanverse Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises.

When the story broke a few days ago this was my reactions:
OMG! SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE YAY!!!!!!! Clever Catwoman Backflips Hurray! Scary Psychotic Gonna look HUGE BANE HUZZAH!

Yeah, that was my first.

My second, was this:
"Huh? Wait a mo'! Isn't Bane Latino?" which I admit is based on the racially charged Mexican wrestling mask he wears. And I admit on the Hebrew sites I mentioned this, but you know, I was waiting for the Anglo-Speaking world's reaction and Racialicious never disappoints!

In the short post titled: Race + Comics: Is Bane Getting Racebent? and there's a picture of Tom Hardy as Bronson (his most physical role to date as far as I'm aware... Warrior hasn't come out yet, right?) and a picture of Bane pumped with Venom and wearing his trade mark mask.

There's a short discussion of Bane's heritage as shown in the comics, and I was partially correct in my assumption of Latin heritage as Bane comes from the made up Caribbean Republic of
Santa Prisca and has a fictional history of Spanish Colonialism.
While Bane's father is a British National and his mother is a Santa Prisca National, so at the very least he's biracial, but you know what... I don't that's the point.
So many black Latin@ actors play African-Americans, hell! Black Brits play African-Americans!

Yes, the dynamic is different, obviously it is. If Bane was established as a non-white character, rather than a character with a post-colonial ethnicity, I'd be up in arms against the white-washing of Bane.

But Bane has always been white in the comics (at least the ones I've read, please correct me if I'm wrong) and the fact that he's not a white Anglo doesn't mean that his portrayal in a live action movie by a white Anglo is white-washing.

Bane has a heritage of Spanish Colonialism. He speaks Spanish. Tom Hardy is really good with accents, like, amazing! I don't think, really, that there's an intention of erasing any kind of ethnic heritage. But then, these things are rarely intentional and I don't think Nolan intended making Rachel (that girl who died and both Bruce and Harvey wanted) into a Refrigerated Woman (despite her being blown up).

Though if Nolan changes Bane's history (because dude, he grew up in prison!) I'll be annoyed! However, Nolan portrays the world very realistically and he may change some things in order for everything to fit in with his vision of "Batman".

And that's what I have to say about that.
eumelia: (diese religione)
I've been keeping up to date on the Vatican's horrendous treatment of the victims of their pastoral system, as we witness what appears to be an endemic child rape and abuse practice all over the world.

In 1992 I was 7 years old. I remember I heard about Sinead O'Connor ripping up Pope John-Paul II's photograph on live television.

It is still powerful moment.

Cut for triggers )
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I'm having second thoughts about admiring Amanda Palmer these days.

Ironic. You keep using that word, I don't think it means what you think it means.

You know, I like Lady Gaga and AFP for many of the same reasons.
Both have a lot to say about a woman's condition in the spotlight.
Both are open about their bisexuality, which for this queer, is awesome.
Bot perform in over the top costumes, make-up and live!

Their styles are different, Gaga is unashamedly pop-and-plastique, AFP is wonderfully indie-and-dark.

Gaga is all about glitz and glitter.

AFP is all about powder and pastiche.

Gaga has done crip-drag and AFP has done crip-drag.

I've yet to hear Gaga utter a disparaging word againt a fellow artist and performer like AFP has done.

I'm really disappointed in AFP.

I don't know what I'm going to do now.
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As some of you may know by now, Sean Hayes, he of Will & Grace fame, has Come Out of the Closet.

This, after the issue of him being gay had been an open secret in the industry.

I find it a bit surprising that he'd chose to do so now, but perhaps enough time has passed since the end of the show and the fact that he's exploring other mediums at the moment (he's on Broadway).

Like most gay celebz in the US, The Advocate was the platform used to make the announcement. He was interviewed ("I am who I am") and gave us his perspective on how he really feels about the gay media, because the interview mentions the fact that Hayes never gave any interviews to gay publications or was never direct about his sexuality:
“I believe that nobody owes anything to anybody,” Hayes says, so worked up that he repeats the line. “Nobody owes anything to anybody. You are your authentic self to whom and when you choose to be, and if you don’t know somebody, then why would you explain to them how you live your life?”

Finally, Hayes gets to his true point: “I feel like I’ve contributed monumentally to the success of the gay movement in America, and if anyone wants to argue that, I’m open to it. You’re welcome, Advocate.”

That sarcasm and anger cover up years of genuinely hurt feelings. “Why would you go down that path with somebody who’s done so much to contribute to the gay community?” he asks. “That was my beef about it. What more do you want me to do? Do you want me to stand on a float? And then what? It’s never enough.

“That’s the thing about celebrity: It sets you up to fail because the expectation is so high of what’s needed, what’s wanted from you that the second you don’t [meet it], you disappoint people.”

I've said so before, but I'll repeat. Hollywood, for all it's loud liberalism, "sex sells" mentality and a bunch of other notions that give them the image of being progressive and pro-LGBT...
I don't think they are.
The actors may be about gay rights, some of the executives may be as well, but the stories we're sold from Hollywood, the media the covers Hollywood are so heterosexist, heteronormative and the scandals we hear about all point to a huge amount of sex-negativity, heterocentrism and queer erasure.

I remember when the press was talking about Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law's off screen dynamic people were saying "they were in love", that it was an epic "bromance" (may that word die in a a fire already!) and the thing is, if RDJ were to really leave his wife for a man, or Jude Law were to have another affair but this time with a guy, I don't think the media would be so forgiving or even play along with the "good clean fun".

I like it when celebz come out, but I don't expect them to, especially not in the US where sex is this hot bed of issues I don't even know where to begin.

So Sean Hayes has now come out and people are either going to say: "why wasn't he out the whole time?" and "so his portrayal of 'Jack' wasn't really acting" and a bunch of other things. But those two are what I want to pick a bone about.

As the man himself said, no one owes it to anyone to be out and if you read the interview it's clear he never considered himself to be in - the glass closet is a complicated place to be, because the assumption of heterosexuality will place you in that box, and if there's a suspicion that you're otherwise then everything you do is a lie.

Sean Hayes can be accused of lying by omission by certain people. Which is an utter crock.

The second is the whole "gays playing gays isn't really acting", it's an old discrediting trope, one that unfortunately works. Rupert Everett is stuck in that paradigm and he'd probably make a better leading man than many other actors - now he can only be "The Gay guy" or an Oscar Wilde character - which is a zero-sum game in the eyes of many. Edited for Correction: John Barrowman didn't get the role of "Will" in Will & Grace got because he acted "too straight". Eric McCormack who did get the role is a straight man... yeah, gays don't come in all shaped and sizes.
Now we know Hayes is gay.
He never acted?

I think the man has great potential and can be just as successful as Neil Patrick Harris (he who avoids gay roles - though he is going to Glee), but we shall see.

Hey! Where are the super star queer women?!
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You discover that Howard Zinn passed away.


I suppose it's time to read his book, right?

Edited to add 29.01.09: Dude, J.D. Salinger died as well.

Is this supposed to be the year of Authors Dying? I'll keep my eyes open.
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Yes, I'm doing it!

The most comprehensive linkage of the meme is here!

Chromatic Castings of The New Doctor Who (9th and 10th) and Torchwood (Series 1-2)!

Under The Cut )

And last, but certainly not least!

Gina Torres as Captain Jack Harkenss!

Well, Yes, my Cardiff is full of beautiful women.
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david tennant
see more Lol Celebs

Yes, I LOL'd.

I sighed like an indulgent aunt.
I don't consider myself having that kind of relationship with a celeb.
But he's as adorable as my 4 year old niece!
eumelia: (Default)
She gets to keep her medal.

More on this and other crap tomorrow, because folks... this is not just about Semenya.
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That man, may he Rest In Peace.

I bet he'd have loved how the entire social studies, humanities and cultural studies world is going to go on and on about him over the next week.

I'm glad I've got my Anthro class tomorrow. And to think I was just trying to explain how he managed to structure humanity into Universals.

Death, now that's a universal.
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Just last week I ordered Blue Gillespie's EP's.

And lo! The first one arrived today! It was very very quick I must say.

The EP arrived is a medium sized bubble-wrap interior envelope and when I opened it there was little cardboard CD envelope with a small black CD inside... with tiny ridges and black all over like a real EP!

Pics of the EP and cover under the cut )
So cute.

My brain was a bit slow and for a moment I thought "they didn't send me... a real EP did they!?".

Of course not.

I'm now listening to Cave County Part One, Part Two should probably be here sometime later this week or next as it was only released on the 21st of August.

Oh, Gareth your growl is very sexy *bats eyelashes* the guitar is doing mean riffs! And per usual of my rock music listening the drums are totally doing it for me.

When the first riffs came over the speakers I had a moment of "man, I feel like a teenager again", back when I used to listen to Korn, Metallica, Rob Zombie and other crap metal bands (I still listen to these on occasion, because dude it's awesomely loud!), but BG are really good!

I'd listened to them on their Myspace page, but they sounds so much better on my stereo system!
Very epic in a closed space kind of sound.
I'm sure they rock in live performances (why am I not in Wales!?).

Edited to Add: Twenty three minutes of very good, classically harsh notes and lyrics and just damn good music from a band I really hope releases more than just EP's some day (though I hope they remain independent).
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Not only does he pwn his opponent - whose arguments do not even touch on the reality of what Zizek spoke about, rather the fact that in Israel there is diversity. Huh?
Zizek speaks clearly and succinctly, about the facts that go on in real life, and manages to empty out the empty moralistic justifications of "Good", "Evil" and "Just Because".

This video is awesome and should be spread as far and wide as possible.
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During the San Diego Comic Con Torchwood Panel (available in seven parts) lots of things came up.

It was interesting to hear the Panellists' (Russel T. Davies, John Barrowman, Euros Lynn and Julie Gardner) opinions on the characters and the epic itself, it's always nice to hear creator and performer insights into characters. What a lovely touchy-squishy medium.

A few *squeeee* worthy moments were This kiss )

In addition, during the panel, one of the questions pertained to John Barrowman's costumes and his clothing in the parts that he plays. In his answer he mentioned that one of his dreams would be to play him )

And moving on to some of the more serious content in conjunction of Fandom reaction of the past two weeks.

RTD's response to what would be considered the internet fan response and it really put things in perspective for me.

Personally, I don't care what RTD thinks about the fans, fandom or even his own creation.

He has a vision, as Julie Gardner said, and it their jobs as storytellers to execute those visions to the best of their ability, in the way that matches how they see character, plot and world they built (and consequently destroyed).

As fans, we feel propitiatory towards the characters. We love them, we know them, we read how others love them and think about them.
Those are interpretations.
That is meta.
That is how the characters, story, world relates to us, the readers, the viewers and that is no less important than those who created them, with one big difference.
We do not get a say in how the vision plays out.

We do not get a say in what should have happened.
Nor should we.
Art is not a democracy.
Art is a tricky piece of the modern market.

We are not the Patrons of Yonder Years (or the real Art Patrons and Matrons of today), the majority of us do not have enough money to be that.
We spend our money on the stuff that we like, enjoy and then create a community around that.
It's fun, I dunno who I'd be if it weren't for other obsessive geeks like me.

We are lucky that the creators chose to take more feedback from us than ratings. That kind of closeness should not be taken lightly or derided.

Not too long ago, Neil Gaiman wrote a post in his blog about entitlement issues regarding writer George R.R. Martin's accessibility to his fans:
George R.R. Martin is not your bitch.

This is a useful thing to know, perhaps a useful thing to point out when you find yourself thinking that possibly George is, indeed, your bitch, and should be out there typing what you want to read right now.

People are not machines. Writers and artists aren't machines.

You're complaining about George doing other things than writing the books you want to read as if your buying the first book in the series was a contract with him: that you would pay over your ten dollars, and George for his part would spend every waking hour until the series was done, writing the rest of the books for you.

No such contract existed. You were paying your ten dollars for the book you were reading, and I assume that you enjoyed it because you want to know what happens next.

He goes on and this is of course applicable to any writer, musician, actor and any other artist who chooses to interact with the people who consume the work.

We do not get a say. They, the people who provide us with entertainment, are not under any obligation to make feel all squishy inside and make our self-worth issues the centre of their universe.

That's my opinion as a fan who has interacted with the people who created things I love.

I'm feeling very bitter towards fandom who makes the likes of me look bad and actually have this bullshit be a part of the way we are perceived.

That is all.


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June 2015

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V and Justice

V: Ah, I was forgetting that we are not properly introduced. I do not have a name. You can call me V. Madam Justice...this is V. V... this is Madam Justice. hello, Madam Justice.

Justice: Good evening, V.

V: There. Now we know each other. Actually, I've been a fan of yours for quite some time. Oh, I know what you're thinking...

Justice: The poor boy has a crush on adolescent fatuation.

V: I beg your pardon, Madam. It isn't like that at all. I've long admired you...albeit only from a distance. I used to stare at you from the streets below when I was a child. I'd say to my father, "Who is that lady?" And he'd say "That's Madam Justice." And I'd say "Isn't she pretty."

V: Please don't think it was merely physical. I know you're not that sort of girl. No, I loved you as a person. As an ideal.

Justice: What? V! For shame! You have betrayed me for some harlot, some vain and pouting hussy with painted lips and a knowing smile!

V: I, Madam? I beg to differ! It was your infidelity that drove me to her arms!

V: Ah-ha! That surprised you, didn't it? You thought I didn't know about your little fling. But I do. I know everything! Frankly, I wasn't surprised when I found out. You always did have an eye for a man in uniform.

Justice: Uniform? Why I'm sure I don't know what you're talking about. It was always you, V. You were the only one...

V: Liar! Slut! Whore! Deny that you let him have his way with you, him with his armbands and jackboots!

V: Well? Cat got your tongue? I though as much.

V: Very well. So you stand revealed at last. you are no longer my justice. You are his justice now. You have bedded another.

Justice: Sob! Choke! Wh-who is she, V? What is her name?

V: Her name is Anarchy. And she has taught me more as a mistress than you ever did! She has taught me that justice is meaningless without freedom. She is honest. She makes no promises and breaks none. Unlike you, Jezebel. I used to wonder why you could never look me in the eye. Now I know. So good bye, dear lady. I would be saddened by our parting even now, save that you are no longer the woman I once loved.


-"V for Vendetta"


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