Did you ever wonder if you were man enough? Ever wonder if you were even considered worthy of being called a man? Have you rolled your eyes yet at the utter stupidity of the questions? If you did, great; you've already figured it out and are patiently waiting for everyone else to play catch up. But, if you didn't and suddenly wondered where you fall in the man-scale, let's me and you have a chat, hm?
Even though they're not real people, characters on television can feel like close friends so when one of your favorites are taken out, it can hurt, shock and even enrage. I've already started this sad-making list but that one was just a sampling of the mental anguish fictional peeps. Here's a few more.
When Will kindly asked me to guest blog about Asian representation in the film industry I was a little hesitant. It’s a subject that I’m close to which means I’m definitely biased. Maybe I can’t see the forest for the trees, maybe I allow emotion to cloud my judgment. Plus working in the industry also means I have a vested interest in the outcome, which in some ways, means this blog post is a little selfish. Not to mention it’s a complex topic, and I can’t hope to cover the breadth and depth in one post. I’m merely scratching the surface here. Hopefully my simple words encourage more conversations.
Milo Yiannopoulos, darling of the alt-right, has finally experienced the repercussions of being a loud and obnoxious racist, bigot, misogynist. Nah, just kidding. Nobody seems to care about his outing a trans student or leading a hate brigade against Leslie Jones or doing his damndest to smear Shaun King. None of this was enough to get employees of Breitbart demanding his dismissal or Simon & Shuster to cancel that $250,000 book deal ‘cause Free Speech, y'all. But when he allegedly said he was all pro-pedo and thanked his own abuser for giving him mad blowie skills, the world finally reacted to the poster child for pissing people off.
So I read something the other day that bothered me, and not in a minor, it’ll pass sort of way. See, there’s this blogger goes by the name This Modest Mom who, well, blogged about how she was forced to cancel her highly anticipated family vacation to Disney World. But it wasn’t because of monetary hardship or some horrible accident or disease. She couldn’t stand to step foot into the Happiest Place on Earth because The Walt Disney Company dared to include a mysterious “gay moment” in their soon-to-release live action remake of Beauty and the Beast.
The fight for equal rights didn’t end when the Supreme Court decided in favor of same sex couples seeking marriage equality with their opposite sex coupled neighbors, even if the general public like to believe it is.
Nathan Drake’s final adventure is a worthy send off and a sad reminder we’ll no longer join him on his perilous treks into the past.
Well, here we are again. Another year, another chance to spotlight the best 2016 had to give. While perusing my picks, you'll notice a few things; categories have been changed, moved and redone based on my own personal choices. It's also later than last time as I changed the window for inclusion, and will probably keep this the same from here on out.
I'm disgusted, and not because of something newly minted President Trump has done - though I've already got a nice long list of complaints against him - but because of what some creeps have said about someone who has nothing to do with what The Donald has, is and will do. I'm talking about Barron Trump.
Tomorrow at noon, Donald Trump becomes the forty-fifth president of the United States of America. I'm not all that thrilled but there's nothing anyone can do. When he's sworn in, I'll be busy watching A Series of Unfortunate Events on Netflix as I'll be spending a lot of time over the next four years paying close attention to what he says and does in his new - undeserved - role. Unlike me, there's someone who will be in attendance and for her, it'll be a tougher day than for any of her supporters.
I was tagged by Daniel Sanchez (that’d be @DanOtick on the tweets) to write about fear, specifically my fears. The whole thing was started by Jack McLain (@jackmclain) as a way for YouTubers to take a moment to be themselves. Yes, I know this isn’t a vlog but Dan tagged me knowing I don’t do YouTube yet so here I am, being all open book. Which I already am, I think. I mean, my blog began as a running commentary about my relationship with Scout and all the good, bad and scary things that come with giving yourself to someone. But as I look back on the posts I wrote since then, there hasn’t been as many personal pieces and what better excuse to delve into my own psyche than a tag?
What do you get when you take two men, a teenage boy and a newborn baby? If you’re thinking anything beside a sweet five minute short film about the bond between a child and their parent(s), the internet has ruined you. For those of you who imaged the not-creepy thing, this film’s for you.
Over the course of 50+ years, Eon Productions has produced twenty-four 007 films. In that time, James Bond has been recast multiple times and in 2006’s Casino Royal, Daniel Craig became the latest in a long string of men to play the iconic role. When he came onto the scene, Bond was portrayed as darker, angrier and far less rapey which. considering he's the good guy, was a welcome change. Sadly, Craig has stated that he’s about ready to move on from the role which means that, once again, we’re getting a brand-spanking new Bond.
Since Election Day’s numbing conclusion, I’ve been left feeling a host of unwanted emotions, and I’m not the only one. For those of us non-straight folk Trump’s promises and inner circle choices are various levels of unsettling. Ben Carson, Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, Mike Pence and Ken Blackwell are not well known for being gay-friendly; in fact, some of them are quite the opposite. And we’re supposed to believe that The Donald has our backs?
It’s been a weird couple of days since I sat glued to the television and watched as Donald Trump inched closer to 270 electoral votes. I’ve known for a very long time that there was rampant bigotry in this country but I didn’t realize that there was enough to elect a terrible human being to the highest office of this land. And now, after the shock, numbness, rage have settled beneath the eerie quiet, I’ve come to realize that is wasn’t just hate that brought us here but an apathy for those who could suffer the most under republican control. And that apathy came from greed, or perhaps more accurately, selfishness.
I’m sure you’ve seen dozens of those Real Men are… or Real Men do… or Real Men like… posts all over social media; those pesky little memes that have the secret to being a Real Man guaranteed to make you not a boy? I hate those things, mostly because the idea of Real Man is stupid, sexist and dangerous.
I’ve always had an infatuation with kings and queens and the scandals that often surrounded their courts. My favorite rulers to study and just plain obsess over has always been the sovereigns who ruled over what is now called the United Kingdom, though I admit I don’t know nearly as much as I should about the House of Windsor. With the premiere (and following binge) if the new Netflix show, The Crown, that’s begun to change.
Daniel Tepfer recently wrote about a teacher who did very bad things to a student in the name of her disgusting desires. When I saw his piece on CTPost.com, I was most bothered by the incredibly dangerous headline when it played down the seriousness of the crime by using “sex” instead of “abuse” or “rape” to describe it. Sadly, I want all that surprised as Mr. Tepfer isn’t the only person out there under the delusion that boys can, and are, raped and that just because the villain of the piece is a woman doesn’t mean that rape is any less wrong, painful or traumatizing. The victim was forced to perform these acts against his will yet based on various headlines about this and many other cases, it must be okay for a twelve year old boy to be used like a sex toy.
For those of you familiar with my BroTalk series, this one is gonna feel a bit different as I’m in a bit of a pissy mood and ready to place some well-deserved blame. Some might be offended and for that I’m not sorry. What follows is an honest breakdown of one of the major issues boys and men of the non-straight persuasion face even in a free country where everyone is constitutionally born equal.
Recently, Stranger Things’ Noah Schnapp (Will Byers) responded to questions about his characters sexuality where he said Will’s sexuality is “beyond the point” and while I agree with his sentiment, it also reinforces the very true fact that there are very few kids on television of the non-straight variety. Even Mic.com’s coverage could only name ONE instance where a gay kid exists on the small screen after claiming “[i]t's not unusual for young characters to be queer or questioning anymore.” It is. Very unusual. But why?
On Sunday night, the interwebs exploded with hysterical fans outraged at the death of a beloved character (or two, depending how attached you were to the first one) and within minutes opinions ran amok as the real vocal fans took to their blogs to deride not only the deaths but the violent ways in which their end were meant. While I was a bit saddened (and, quite frankly, shocked) but death the second (I was actually cool with the first one), the violence factor had nothing to do with it. It’s The freaking Walking Dead; violence is kind of their thing. But blood and gore are not the point of this piece – maybe a later one, though – and while I’d love to go on about it, this here is a list of the toughest to accept ends to adored characters. In no particular order.
The horror genre isn't exactly known for its strong female characters (SFCs); many a weak, good-only-for-her-boobs young women have fallen to a killer's machete or razor glove or chainsaw with her only defense an ear-splitting scream and pointless run up the stairs. But not all the genres girls are just fodder for the psycho; some actually fight back and save the day.
Jamie is afraid of giving into his unnatural desires yet he agreed to the parent-free sleepover with Devon and Jacob. He knew he should've stayed away, out of fear that he'd give away his secret and lose his best friend. But will Jacob's own secret bring him peace or drag his immortal soul closer to Hell...
I has a sad and it’s all Amazon’s fault. See, last weekend I finally got around to watching Gortimer Gibbin’s Life on Normal Street; most of the time I’m multitasking and that particular show insisted I actually pay attention so it had to wait until I found some free time. Once I did, I realized that is was most definitely a show that deserved undivided attention and got just that – possibly to the detriment of my writing time – for days until the final episode played on my television. So why the sad, you ask? Well, because it’s over. Done. Gone. In the realm of no more. Who wouldn’t be sad when a show as good as this one is cancelled (which was the plan from the start and not something forced upon them by Amazon)?
Finally! It’s been was too long since the last (which also happens to have been the first) shoutout when I told you how awesome Dark Rygen is. I know I said I wanted to do one of them a month – or more – but, y’know, life happens and before you know it, time slips past. Oops. But today, I’m back to tell you about another amazing person y’all should already know about. May I introduce…