People on tumblr acting like an actor can’t decline a fucking acting job. They can accept that the roles of Moses and Rhamses will be done by white actors (One being artificially tanned to look more Egyptian), but they will lose their shit over Annie being portrayed as a young black girl in New York city in 2014. Sit the fuck down and shut the fuck up.
Despite what anyone says about the X-Men movies, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart are the wisest casting choices I’ve seen in film. Two grand Shakespearean actors on opposing sides of the chessboard with charisma that could shatter mountains.
Not sure wether my ask came through but why was Jason not in some of the group pictures?
Oh, it didn’t ^^U And I don’t know really, not for a fact. But on my Take, Gary talks about how much Jason and Nigel used to argue about pretty much everything, and he tells a story about how Nigel once wanted to leave Jason outside of the band, sometimes taking them to gigs or photoshoots without Jason. He’s not too specific about it or anything, but in my head, it’s not really that far-fetched to assume that something like that happened backstage in the group pictures from around that time where Jason’s not there.
so what youre saying is that you support cis people? after all theyve done to oppress you as a "queer" individual?
Yes. I do support cis people. Just in the same way that I would support anyone else. If you are born cis, you cannot help that fact. You aren’t born into hatred. Being cis isn’t wrong. At all.
Have I been oppressed by cishet individuals? Absolutely. I’ve had the shit beat out of me all through high school because of my sexuality. I’ve been beaten, abused, held down, denied employment, and raped for who I am. By cisgendered, heterosexual people. But that doesn’t change the fact that my father is cis. My mother is, too. My friends are. My classmates. My roommate. My girlfriend, for fuck’s sake, is cis.
Just because I have been wronged by some, does not give me the right to hate all. I hate some. Not, by any means, all.
I hate those that have wronged me as individuals. As specific people, who have done specific wrong to me. My rapist was cisgendered. But, so is my eight-year-old niece.
In short, Anon, yes. I absolutely support cis persons. Why? Because being born with uncontrollable traits is not grounds for hatred, under any circumstances.
Two of the three boys that beat the shit out of me in high school, consistently, were black. Does that give me the right to hate all black men? Absolutely not. Do you see where I’m going with this, Anon?
No matter the circumstances, hating an entire group of people based on immutable traits is wrong. When you do harbor these prejudices, you are no better than those you claim to be fighting.
Did i just read something rational on Tumblr. Doesn’t this violate some law of nature?
Then wipe him and start over.
But no, I want to talk about this. That look of fear and desperation he has. He knows what’s coming, and he knows he can’t stop it. He knows he’s on to something, and he is so confused. His face is like a child’s, he doesn’t know what’s going on, and it scares him. He’s used to not knowing the full information, but this is the first time he is conscious of it. And he knows the pain he’s about to go through. That look is not the look of a villain. It’s the look of a boy asking for help, and the only person who can give it to him is the person he’s going to have to kill.
That’s because Bucky Barnes was never a fucking villain. He was a tool that was used against his will. He had the power to make decisions stripped away from him. He did not choose this, nor would he have ever chosen this. Both in the comics and MCU.
I get so pissed off when people call him a villain and compare him to Loki because NO SHUT UP YOU;RE FUCKING WRONG.
Loki chose his path. Loki chose to throw a cosmic level temper tantrum and Loki chose to continue on his course. Bucky was NEVER EVER give then option to choose for himself. Any time his programming cracked, any time he fought or questioned his orders and his superior officers, he was put in stasis, had his memory completely wiped and was reprogrammed to ensure his mindless obedience.
"Project: Winter Soldier
Scientific Analysis, 7 June 1957
A comprehensive mental evaluation of Codename: Winter Soldier was conducted over the course of the past week. Diagnoses are varied, but most in Dept. X Science Team believe that his mental state is becoming unstable. In the three years since he was awakened from stasis, it appears his mind is seeking to fill in the holes in his memory or possibly rebelling against the implanted programming he received originally. The subject has recently begun to exhibit more than usual curiosity, even to the point of questioning orders from superiors, and once in the past month, he attacked a fellow operative, nearly killing him. On interrogation, he could not explain his actions.
One theory is that just as he has reflex-memories which allow him to be such an effective operative, he may also have a deeply buried sense of who he was, or at least of what kind of person he was. As such, this deeply buried idea may be causing him mental stress and triggering turmoil in his thoughts. Another theory, which is more disturbing, is that he may actually be remembering his previous life, though in small pieces only. It is therefore our recommendation that Codename: Winter Soldier be kept in stasis between missions, and that he undergo Mental Implantation at every awakening. We believe this will correct his instability issues, so he can continue to be of use to Department X.”
- Captain America Vol. 5 #11
Mikhail: ”<You forget your place, Winter Soldier. Comrade Karpov will hear of this!>”
Bucky: ”THEN LET HIM!”
Bucky: ”That was the first time they saw the cracks in their conditioning, so I was ‘put away’ between missions like Christmas decorations stashed in the attic. I continued as their killing machine and the real me was kept locked in my head for decades… Until Cap fixed me. And all the horrors I committed came rushing back like a tsunami. I might have put a bullet in my brain to quiet the ghosts… if not for Natasha.”
- Captain America & Bucky #624
Furthermore, he is remorseful for the things he was FORCED to do as the Winter Soldier. It haunts him and he feel GUILTY for everything as he remembers them.
This is not a villain. This was never a villain. James Buchanan “Bucky” Barnes, aka The Winter Soldier, is not a villain. He is the slave of a villain, used, abused and used some more and then put in a glass tube to sleep until hey need him to kill things again.
And yes, the comic parallel DOES matter. Sebastian Stan read ALL the comics to get into character and Ed Brubaker oversaw the production of CA:TWS. It’s fucking relevent as shit. Because no matter if we’re talking about MCU or the comics, Bucky Barnes was still scooped out of a body of water by his ENEMIES, fitted with a cybernetic arm to replace the one he lost, brainwashed and forced to do someone else’s dirty work. And the minute he questioned his orders, they started all over again.
This is not a villain. It’s a slave. And I will never stop screaming about this.
This. All of this. A million times this.
Dude, I agree with everything here and it’s worth a read.
But I’m a little confused about other stuff. I mean i don’t wanna be plain, but people calling Bucky a villain did not pay attention to anything. Either they didn’t watch the same movie or never in their lives read any of the books where Bucky is an intricate part of the story.
Like… how? how do you call a person that’s being used as a fucking tool and abused, that’s clearly feeling remorse and having second thoughts by the end of the movie because somewhere in his violated mind he wants to believe he is a different person with actual free will, how do you call this person an actual villain? I think if you do, you were watching a different channel or something.
And, more to the point, why in the fucking world would you compare Bucky to Loki? Like… why? Loki does everything he does because he wants to do it. I’m a fucking Loki fan, but I will not sit here and say that he is forced to do these things because he’s a victim. No. He is not. Loki is a character with so many layers, but a character that ultimately does everything he does because he wants to do these things. No matter his past or the things in his life that lead him to be the way he is, he has a choice and he is not being forced to do shit. Bucky is forced, Bucky is abused constantly to become the perfect weapon. How and why would you even compare these characters? Agh.
Gary Barlow - Since I Saw You Last (official video)
Love, love, love the video. It’s simple, it’s so him and it’s exactly that, just him, telling his story, letting out old demons. I absolutely adore the simplicity of the video. Love it.
Now, can I just say that I understand that Gary is a very PC artist, but I hate that they censored the entire “go fuck yourselves” sentence? Dude, the original has the “fuck” censored, isn’t that enough? I thought it was such a powerful part of the song. It bothers me, alright? I know it’s all about pc and vevo and what not, but it ends up leaving me with this horrible feeling of a lackness of balls. Although I know that’s not the case, alright? Don’t kill me. It’s just my feeling.
So, this is the thing for me: I’m really happy with this. I do love TT5, I absolutely love them being back together the five of them again, and (even though my favorite TT albums are BW and The Circus) I was over the fucking moon about progress and progressed and the tour and fucking life. BUT before that happened, Rob was in some kind of a funk, personally and artistically, he’d said so and if you were paying attention you could tell. So this? This is extremely positive for me. Because Take That helped him, being friends with the boys again helped him, being artistically involved with the guys helped him; and this is a perfect evidence of how much. He’s enjoying being Robbie again, his solo career, he’s shining, he’s comfortable being Robbie fucking Williams again and that is fucking beautiful.
So, I’ll take TT4, I’ll love the new album and I’ll wait for the moment when they decide that is time for being TT5 again.
And yes, I will miss Robbie + the boys all over the fucking place, and interviews and videos and aosdijasodija but I’ll get over it. This makes me happy (:
THIS IS A POSITIVE THING AND IF I HAVE TO READ TO ONE MORE TT FAN CALL ROBBIE A SELFISH ASSHOLE I WILL GO APESHIT.
Sorry. Rant over.
- One of the first women to start her own independent production company.
- Earned her way to stardom without sleeping with executives for roles.
- Refused to date people for publicity just because 20th Century Fox wanted her to.
- Left 20th Century Fox because she refused to let them get away with treating her badly and paying her a tiny wage, just because of her “dumb blonde” image.
- Was only paid a fraction of her co-star’s wage even though she was the star of the movies and the biggest box office pull, but still went ahead with the movies because she was so passionate about acting.
- Studied method acting at the Actors Studio with Lee Strasberg, who said that she was one of his best students along with Marlon Brando.
- Had a personal library of over 500 books and rarely read fiction - she was desperate to learn and educate herself.
- Was sexually abused as a child but then went on to encourage the sexual liberation of women in the 1950s.
- One of the first people to speak openly about sexual abuse.
- One of the first people to openly support gay rights.
- Supported many charities such as the Milk Fund, March of Dimes, Arthritis and Rheumatism foundation.
- Donated her time and money to these charities.
- Visited orphanages and hospitals on her own time to surprise the people there.
- Married one of the greatest literary minds of the 20th century
- Suffered two miscarriages and one ectopic pregnancy and still put on a brave face for her fans.
Sorry, did you say she wasn’t a role model?
marilyn is my biggest role model so don’t even go there
She is a role-model for me (see my avatar) simply because of her bravery during a rough life and at a time when women were not respected or considered equals (I should say, even less so than today). She had a lot of devoted women friends which makes me think that she genuinely liked other women and was not competitive with or threatened by them.
I do think there were times when she actually was exploited sexually by men in Hollywood and in politics, however.
She was not dumb, she was an intellectual. Even in the movies where she plays “the dumb blond” it’s pretty clear that her character isn’t dumb at all. She always had a naive and innocent air about her that made her stand out from other beautiful actresses.
Her mother was mentally-ill and Marilyn spent time in foster homes (where, it’s presumed, she was sexually molested). It’s fairly common for women who were sexually assaulted as a child to have a childlike but overly-sexualized affect (such as a little-girl voice) that roughly corresponds to the age at which they were molested and I think that was evident in Marilyn.
One other important note about her:
Marilyn was a big supporter of the Civil Rights Movement. Ella Fitzgerald was one of Marilyn’s idols and a major inspiration. However, the Mocambo nightclub in West Hollywood, the most popular dance spot at the time, refused to let Ella perform there because she was black. Outraged, Marilyn told the owners that if they would let Ella perform, she would be there in the front row every time Ella was onstage. She did, and the two became friends.
According to the great Ella Fitzgerald:
“I owe Marilyn Monroe a real debt…it was because of her that I played the Mocambo, a very popular nightclub in the ’50s. She personally called the owner of the Mocambo, and told him she wanted me booked immediately, and if he would do it, she would take a front table every night. She told him - and it was true, due to Marilyn’s superstar status - that the press would go wild. The owner said yes, and Marilyn was there, front table, every night. The press went overboard. After that, I never had to play a small jazz club again. She was an unusual woman - a little ahead of her times. And she didn’t know it.”
A good example of how not to judge women celebrities by their public sexual personas.
And while we celebrate her voluptuous figure now and the days when a woman could be curvy, she was called fat all the time and rejected by plenty of studios. Even though women weren’t as thin as they are today, they still had to be thinner than Marilyn. She was an exception that we now take for granted.
I’m not about to defend the post maker but I think that people who say that Marilyn wasn’t a role model of anything is because most of the amazing things she did (or the interesting person she was) is not something that everyone immediately knows, and are things that one finds out once one’s done research on her -granted you don’t need to do much research, but still, some research is required. What most people know about Marilyn is her public image and the fact that she was a bombshell, I guess. And, let’s face it, there’s always been this trend of calling Marilyn your “role model” when the fact is that most of the people that call her that don’t know half of the things listed here.
She was an amazing, inspirational woman. She truly was. That is not in question for me though.
Songwriting credits on Progress and Progressed
Reblogging just to clarify something. This is taken from wikipedia and the songwriting credits are wrong.
Those are actually the people who sang on every song. According to the first line in the credits on the Progress/Progressed albums (which I’m holding right now in my hands), it says: “All tracks written by Barlow/Donald/Orange/Owen/Williams”
All of them participated in the songwriting. It’s been like that since 2006. Gary himself has remarked this thousands of times.
There is no way of knowing for sure whether this list is 100% accurate, but we can’t assume that the person in charge of Stuart Price’s wikipedia page is as unprofessional as to mistake songwriting credits for lead vocals - beside, this theory doesn’t hold for Rocketship or Kidz. It’s pretty obvious that the persons who contributed the most to a song take the lead on it. But I do agree that there are some omissions on this list. There’s no doubt, for instance, that Gary co-wrote What Do You Want From Me or that Robbie co-wrote Eight Letters.
We all know that the boys decided to share credits this time to avoid further issues, but it would be naive to assume that all the boys wrote all the songs on all the albums. Gary himself confessed not having written at all some songs, which shows how unreliable the credits on the albums are.
I posted this link because I found it interesting. Now it’s up to each person whether they believe it or not.. For me, it matches what I thought all along.
I think the importance on being the five of them credited is because (and they’ve said this many times) no song is considered fully done until the five of them have a chance to take a look at it. For example, as far as I know, the music for Eight Letters was written by Gary, but the lyrics were pretty much scripted by Rob but were not considered done until Jason, Howard and Mark got a say in what they like or didn’t like about it and how they would change it. And this has happened with many TT2 songs throughout the years. We will never know for sure because the process of being in a studio is clearly something quite private for them as musicians, but it would make sense to assume that this is the way they usually write. Not only for progress/ed but for every album since BW (at least I think it makes sense given even in My Take Gary describes as that being the process) I think this is ALL part of the process of writing songs and records and that’s exactly why they are all credited in the writing of every song, I don’t think is only to prevent future issues nor I think is naive to assume that they all had an important enough role to be considered co-writers even if they played a minimal role in the original creation of the song itself.
Agh, I think I made a mess of the point I was trying to make hahah I hope I explained myself ^^U It’s just my POV, I understand why people see it differently tho ^^U
Why are we so ashamed of periods? … Women’s bodies are incredibly sexualized in our media and in our every day experiences. So much so that even mentioning menstruation sends a lot of people into kindergarten levels of EW. And why? Because for a moment, you have broken the spell. And suddenly, you are no longer a magical mannequin unicorn fairy existing purely for the sexual fantasy of other people. Suddenly, you’re a human being! (X)
would you mind explaining why you find klaine so unappealing? thanks (:
Ugh, there are many things. I think it’s, from a writer’s point of view, the worst written pairing in Glee. And dude, that’s a high standard to reach. But, even if it wasn’t for the oh so poorly scripted relationship, I think Blaine as a character is a very hypocritical and toxic person, and Kurt definitely deserves more. If at least Blaine was obviously mean and selfish, I probably wouldn’t hate the pairing so much (
Sometime ago I reblogged a post about Blaine’s hypocrisy. It went something like this:
Also, from the writing point again, Blaine is constantly getting things that Kurt wants. Kurt is ambitious. Even if he’s a good person, you can only see your loved one get everything you've ever wanted again and again so many times before it starts hurting you. Blaine gets the attention, the respect. Blaine is treated as an equal both by boys and girls. Blaine gets the roles. The songs. The guys, even. By the time I stopped watching (at the end of s03), every single thing that Kurt had wanted had been given to Blaine. And not even in a healthy competition among two ambitious people. It was, over and over, Kurt working hard for something and Blaine getting it effortlessly.
I don’t know. I could keep going, I’m sure. The patriarchal presentation of the pairing is another thing that bothers me: I look for queer couples in media to avoid the classic, sexist power relationships portrayed in straight couples; but they repeat themselves in Klaine over and over again. I really couldn’t care any less for a pairing where the feminine guy is constantly put in a (patriarchal) woman's position, while the more “straight passing” one is in the man's.
I don’t know, man. The fanart is still cute, sometimes.