LGBTQ* Pop Culture You May Have Missed
(following from Instinct Magazine)
The Amazing Race
Team Beekman is the second same-sex couple to win the competition over its 21 seasons. (You remember when Reichen–pre-Lance Bass–won, right?)
Showing that times are-a-changin’, CBS actually chose to air Brent and Josh’s celebratory kiss!
Anyone else think that was this guy?
OMG I saw this and was happy they won just because they were hated on so hard for “not deserving it” and the girls who got eliminated before the last round called them “evil gays.” Annoyed me beyond words. But YAY
She responds to insults with humor. Tucker Carlson, co-host of CNN’s “Crossfire,” claimed that he would eat his “shoes [and] tie” if “Living History” sold one million copies. According to the New York Times, Clinton dropped by the “Crossfire” set with a giant brown shoe made of chocolate cake and a signed copy of her memoir for Carlson after the book sold over a million copies in its first month. Pure class.
fuq da haters
However you feel about Anne, bravo to her for this take down.
Watch interviews with her and with ScarJo about their comic book films. Watch how they always get questions about their bodies and clothing and diets and blah blah blah fucking blah. Watch as the male cast members do not get the same treatment.
Because apparently all we care about when it comes to actresses are their bodies and not, ya know, their acting.
WAIT. JUST. A HOT. SECOND.
Is this the same asshat who asked ScarJo if she wore underpants under her costume for Avengers?
Because if so, someone needs to take this guy’s press pass away, because he’s cruisin for a bruisin.
THAT LOOKS LIKE THE SAME DUDE IS IT JUST ME
Imma need him to NOT.
I think the most important thing to note about this constantly asking actresses “how did you lose weight for your role” problem is that the interviewers aren’t asking because they genuinely think that that is the best an actress can bring to a film - watching the dark knight rises or the avengers, you are so aware of the greatness Hathaway brings (best performance IMO) and the supreme importance of Black Widow - but because they know that young girls are most interested in how they can lose weight to look like Anne Hathaway or Scarlett Johanson, and that is 10 times more sinister, unnerving, and down right dangerous.
god i wanna punch this guy in the face
Gotta love the snarky comeback. We gotta start getting actresses to do this across the board.
Needs more anger. More mystery.
Oh man! They left out so much of how shitty Muslims really are! All the discipline shown while millions of them perform Hajj, the diversity that comes from Islam being so remarkably widespread, the fact that Muslims practice all types of professions; they are lawyers, doctors, actors, musicians, athletes, cooks, fashion designers, architects, statesmen, photographers, teachers, mothers, fathers, children, small families, large families, how there are differences even within the Islamic faith, but how they are always one of the first to speak up against and condemn terrorism and violence, not only to people of their own faith but also people of other faiths, here, here and most recently, here.
God, so infuriating how they could’ve added so much more evidence to show the incompetence of Muslims as human beings. Stupid, irresponsible journalism.
the media pandering to people’s fears and stroking the flame, as per usual. people fear what they don’t understand; rather than educate the ignorant, the media decides grab attention and sell print by adding more fuel to the hate and ignorance. typical.
By CONZ PRETI
I’ve watched this video a hundred times since I came across it, and I will probably watch it a hundred more in the next couple of days. Why the obsession? Well, I invite you to watch the way this kid reenacts to perfection Beyonce’s “Countdown” video.
This is amazing. Def check out the whole thing
Starfire is her favorite hero.
So today I showed her your rebooted Starfire. She is not happy with you, DC. Here’s what she has to say.
Why do you like Starfire?
She’s like me. She’s an alien new to the planet and maybe she doesn’t always say the right thing, or know the right thing to do. But she’s a good friend, and she helps people. She’s strong enough to fight the bad guys, even when they hurt her. Even her sister tried to kill her, but Starfire still fights for the good side. And she helps the other heroes, like Superboy and Robin and Raven.
She’s smart too. And sometimes she gets mad, but that’s okay because it’s okay to get mad when people are being mean. And she’s pretty.
What do you think about her costume (below) in the Teen Titans comic book (2003-2008)?
Well, she’s a grown up in that picture, not like in the Teen Titans cartoon, so if you’re a grown up and you want to wear something like that you can. It’s okay.
Tell me about the Starfire in the picture.
That’s where she’s starting the Teen Titans again. She’s helping the kids learn how to use their power and not be as sad because their friends died. She even protects them from grownups who want to tell them what to do.
Does that outfit make her pretty?
Well, no. It shows lots of her boobs though.
What does make her pretty?
Her long, pretty hair.
What about this Starfire? What do you think about her? (Below, from DC’s just-released Red Hood and the Outlaws)
I can see almost all of her boobs.
Well she is on the beach in her bikini. But…
But, she’s not relaxing or swimming. She’s just posing a lot. [My daughter appears uncomfortable.]
This is sad :(
This summer, Citibank began running an advertising campaign that features three young men embarking on a project, financed by the bank, to photograph Earth from space, using a weather balloon and off-the-shelf equipment. The advertisement taps several currents of our national mythology – independence, ingenuity, discovery, and superiority in space (which is itself an extension of our glorification of colonial conquest).
This is not an entirely fictional story. Two years ago, Justin Lee and Oliver Yeh, two Asian-American MIT students, made international headlines when they used inexpensive, readily available materials to photograph near-space orbit on a $150 budget. They describe their project here, and received national media coverage.
There is a remarkable visual similarity between the Citibank ad storyboard and the real-life project documented by Lee and Yeh on their blog. But there are a few key differences.
As you can see in the commercial above, the most obvious discrepancy is that Lee and Yeh have been replaced by two young white men and a third who appears to be African-American. Within this group there is also a clear racial dynamic: the white men initiate and execute the project, while their friend drives the vehicle and points appreciatively at their success.
America has a long history of mis-attributing credit to white men. But the specific erasure of Asian-American men is indicative of deep cultural paranoia toward the challenge that Asian-American success poses to white hegemony. If the ad were to feature the real-life heroes of this story, many white Americans may read it, not as a feat of American ingenuity, but a dangerous manifestation of their loss of power. This fear is evidenced both internationally, in apprehension toward the rising economies of Asia, and domestically, as resentment of Asian-American students at elite universities. The narrative of enterprising white men achieving success (with an assist from a person of color) is less threatening, because it reinforces the identity that white American men like to imagine for themselves.
A second, less-apparent difference between the commercial and the real story is the source of funding. Citibank positions itself in the commercial as a benevolent patron of small-scale innovation. You may have the idea, the ad says, but the big banks make it feasible. Therefore, white people have an interest in allying themselves with big banks, in the same way that Citibank is tacitly allying itself with the cultural demands of whiteness.
this is why i am a feminist
I actually cried when I watched this.
so well done
Please watch this video. It’s really well done, and very important…it will be 10 minutes of your life well spent, I promise.
Shit like this is what makes me want to go back for my masters in media and communication studies. UGH.
Basically the main reason I want to go to film school. I’m willing to put myself in crippling debt just for the chance to fight to change these things. I don’t have to change them, I just want the chance to fight.
Calvin is my new best friend.
“When is it going to be enough?”
Also I LOVE CALVIN. Good lord.
The statistic about kids who want to be president really hits home. It makes me think of how when I was a kid, I wanted to be President, and when I realized that there had never been a woman President before, I asked my mom why. She gave me as good an answer as she could, said something about, “It just hasn’t happened yet, but you could make it happen!” But I discerned on my own that America had decided that women weren’t good enough for that, and so I wasn’t good enough for that. I quit wanting to be president.
I look back on the things I wanted to be through elementary and middle school. An astronaut, a nuclear physicist, a mathematician, a pianist, a pro soccer player, a model. And all of these things fell to the wayside when I decided I wasn’t smart enough or pretty enough or talented enough to do these things. And I thought that was just me and my personal case of the not-good-enoughs, but I don’t think that it was. I think it’s a pervasive societal problem. People would tell me I could be whatever I wanted until I told them what I wanted to be.
When I think of what I thought of myself in middle school, and even late elementary school, the first thing that comes to mind is not that I had these really great ideas of things I wanted to be, it was that I never thought I was pretty enough. Fuck pretty. I wanted to have four PhDs in the sixth grade. But people were more apt to focus on what I was wearing than what I wanted to do or be.
I don’t watch TV anymore, I don’t read Seventeen and CosmoGirl and TeenVogue and People anymore. And analyzing that, I can see the difference: now, the thing that I think about most is college, my major, and what I want to do with my life. “Pretty” comes up. But fuck that, not nearly as much as it used to.
I saw this film (Gun Hill Road) last night. [TRIGGER WARNING: violence, transphobia] The imagery is still replaying itself in my mind over and over again. As a trans man, I’m often guilty of being consumed with my own process - and that of the trans male community. But this film -through all of it’s triggering, misogyny, transphobia and family & prison violence - brought to the fore how much violence, ridicule and pressure our trans sisters endure on a daily basis. Like many recent news stories involving violence towards trans women, as well as ridicule in pop culture and films - It was extremely hard to watch. But it definitely put my senses back into perspective about what many women endure day in, and day out.
Read the reaction from transfeminism below as well:
I saw the film Gun Hill Road last night. It’s a very intense film where Vanessa Rodriguez, a teenage trans Latina played by trans Latina actress Harmony Santana, is the target of verbal, physical and sexual abuse because she is a trans woman.
I was crying throughout much of the film. Watching this film really drove home how people in our society don’t understand or even recognize violence against trans women.
While I was crying because of all the abuse Vanessa was experiencing, I was surrounded by rows of cis people joking about what they were seeing on the screen and laughing uncontrollably. The part that really got to me the most was a rape scene proceeding the shot of Vanessa in the shower that is featured in the trailer.
Vanessa’s father, Enrique (played by Esai Morales), pays a prostitute to have sex with Vanessa. While the prostitute is raping Vanessa there is this huge roar of laughter from the two rows behind me. I wanted to stand up, turn around and yell: “She’s being raped! What’s so fucking funny about a woman being raped?” But instead I just cried harder and squeezed the hand of my friend.
Do people think that just because a woman has a penis she can’t be raped? Is this why people where laughing at the rape of trans Latina actress Harmony Santana’s Vanessa Rodriguez, but the rape of White cis actress Hilary Swank’s Brandon Teena is taken serious enough for her to win an Oscar?
Is it any wonder that violence against trans women is a comedic staple in film and television? I’m not sure which came first. Did people always think misogynist violence against trans women was funny, or have they just been trained to laugh at violence against trans women due to a steady stream of films where anti-trans women violence is literally used as a form of comic relief?
All I know for certain is that violence against trans women is not taken seriously in our society, not even when it’s that subject of a dramatic feature film.
I started crying just during this trailer, jesus. This looks like a sensitively done film.
It’s also important to point out that sexualization in music videos isn’t limited to hip-hop—in 1999, an analysis of country music videos coded 42% of women as wearing “alluring” clothing, and in an early 90s look at MTV, 44.4% of thirty second clips contained some manner of objectification or sexualization.
10 Reasons to Lay Off Lady Gaga, by the Advocate’s Jeremy Kinser.
I think that a lot of us here on Tumblr have the tendency to be like “LADY GAGA HAS DONE SOME THINGS THAT WERE PRETTY INAPPROPRIATE SO THAT MEANS NOTHING SHE HAS EVER DONE WAS GOOD”. She’s done a few things I can’t really get behind, but she’s also done a lot of things that I can get behind.