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(Just a heads up for anyone who I follow: I have a habit of going through every page of someone's tumblr if I start following them, looking for things that amuse/interest me. I'm starting to realize that this might seem a bit creepy, so I apologize in advance.)
I seriously have to give a ridiculous amount of credit to the Sandy Hook parents for coping with such tremendous tragedy and still managing to find the strength to be such fighters.
I also hate the idea of them being called political pawns. The language takes away their agency and just frames them as pieces being totally controlled by someone else. You can tell they genuinely care and want some sort of change, even if it wouldn’t directly have prevented the murder of their kids. Children for years to come could be saved by it, though.(via fuckyeahfeminists)
Jesus, every single line in there could serve as an article headline in and of itself. This, right here, is almost a tl;dr of why Netflix is becoming the dominant player in television.
(It’s really funny to me when excerpts from things I write get more notes than actual things I write. I’m real bad at the micro part of microblogging.)
Let me tell you a story. The day after Columbine, I was interviewed for the Tom Brokaw news program. The reporter had been assigned a theory and was seeking soundbites to support it. “Wouldn’t you say,” she asked, ‘that killings like this are influenced by violent movies?” No, I said, I wouldn’t say that. “But what about ‘The Basketball Diaries’?” she asked. “Doesn’t that have a scene of a boy walking into a school with a machinegun?”
The obscure 1995 Leonardo DiCaprio movie did indeed have a brief fantasy scene of that nature, I said, but the movie failed at the box office and it’s unlikely the Columbine killers saw it.
The reporter looked disappointed, so I offered her my theory. “Events like this,” I said, “if they are influenced by anything, are influenced by news programs like your own. When an unbalanced kid walks into a school and starts shooting, it becomes a major media event. Cable news drops ordinary programming and goes around the clock with it. The story is assigned a logo and a theme song; these two kids were packaged as the Trench Coat Mafia. The message is clear to other disturbed kids: If I shoot up my school, I can be famous. The TV will talk about nothing else but me. Experts will try to figure out what I was thinking. Kids and teachers at school will see they shouldn’t have messed with me. I’ll go out in a blaze of glory.”
In short, I said, events like Columbine are influenced far less by violent movies than by CNN, “The NBC Nightly News” and other news media, who glorify the killers in the guise of “explaining” them.
The reporter thanked me and turned off the camera. Of course the interview was never used. They found plenty of talking heads to condemn violent movies, and everybody was happy.
A Roger Ebert quote that sticks out in my mind
From his review of Gus Van Sant’s Elephant
Dear DC Comics Editors,
I see that you have hired a writer for Superman who has written strongly of his opposition to equal rights for LGBT people. And I see that there is an online petition protesting that move.
Perhaps you could balance that decision by hiring an openly gay writer to draft a Superman story for a future issue.
I hereby volunteer.
I have been a fan of Superman since Bud Collyer played him on the radio. (Before TV was invented.) I can remember Brainiac’s first appearance, and Bizarro too. And I cried when George Reeves died.
I do have some small credential as a writer of science fiction and fantasy. I have published a few books and written a few teleplays. (You can look me up on the internet.) I have also written some mangas, and I wrote two issues of the Babylon 5 comic you published ten years ago.
I have some very good ideas that I think would work well for the series. I’d like the opportunity to write for you the very best Superman story ever.
“The Trouble With Tribbles”
Land Of The Lost
The Martian Child
(and a whole bunch of other stuff)
TRIGGER WARNING: DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, ABUSE
[Michael Fassbender] allegedly broke his ex-girlfriend’s nose after a night of heavy boozing … and now she wants protection from a judge, and stat.
Michael Fassbender’s ex — Sunawin Andrews — filed a petition for a restraining order against him earlier this month in L.A. County Superior Court.
In the documents, Andrews claims Michael hit the bottle hard during a film festival in July of 2009 — and after he woke up in a puddle of his own urine, he became violent and “threw me over a chair breaking my nose.”
Andrews also says Michael allegedly dragged her alongside their car one night after they had an argument about one of her ex-boyfriends … causing her to twist her left ankle, blow out her left knee cap and burst an ovarian cyst.
Duff Goldman, executive chef of Charm City Cakes and “Ace of Cakes” star, on his reaction to hearing of the Gresham lesbian couple denied a wedding cake because of their sexuality (via cincodenada)