Frozen is the first Disney animated feature film to have a woman director. It’s also the first to have a woman credited as the sole writer since Beauty and the Beast.
Why is nobody talking about this?
because everyone cares more about bitching about how poc arent in fucking denmark
Okay, yes, having women involved in making the movie and in big decision-making roles is important. That doesn’t mean that the lack of POC isn’t a problem. Here’s a post full of paintings of actual POC from Danish history. Denmark also has a large population of Sami people, who are also people of color. You cannot claim “historical accuracy” here. You cannot claim that POC don’t exist in Denmark. Making a movie set in Denmark that has no POC is whitewashing, it’s racist, and that shit is problematic.
I would write sonnets
If my attention span was
Longer than three lines.
Sonnet about Haikus
Who wouldn’t love to be like a haiku?
Laughing freely with five, seven, and five.
I only wish I were as free as you.
Small, it’s true, and yet so very alive.
You must construct your verse with just three lines;
Fourteen would give you far more space to work.
But then, I guess, yours do not need to rhyme,
and so each format has its special quirks.
Pentameter feels rigid by this point.
Iamb after iamb after iamb.
Your syllables may seem to be disjoint.
But prime numbers provide a graceful slant.
The grass is always greener, I suppose.
There’s not any easy way to compose.
Lucifer: Hey, bro, can I hang out in your garden for a bit?
Gadreel: I don't see why that would be a problem. You're obviously less evil than Eve, and she's allowed to be here.
Lucifer: Cool, thanks.
Lucifer: Hey, Eve, you should try some of this fruit. It's delicious.
Eve: Excuse you, I am busy building monsters right now.
Lucifer: Eve, honey, you don't want to build monsters on an empty stomach. You'll include all sorts of silly flaws like salt allergies.
Eve: Okay, fine.
Eve: *eats the apple*
God: *throws a fit*
Gadreel: I FUCKED UP I FUCKED UP I FUCKED UP
Adam: *still in the cage*
Okay, not really, but close enough. This is going to be one of those posts where I just don’t understand why the writers are doing the things they’re doing with Christian mythology.
It was revealed in the most recent episode that the angel riding shotgun in Sam’s body is not Ezekiel, but rather Gadreel. I had not heard of Gadreel before, but figured there was probably some actual mythology there, so I looked him up. Biblical Gadreel is among the angels who went down to Earth to have sex with human women. He is credited with seducing Eve and with introducing war to humanity. Some overlap there with the Lucifer mythology, since Lucifer is also given credit for tempting Eve in the Garden, but whatevs. He’s got the potential to be an interesting character.
Except I don’t know what the writers are doing with him. In the conversation with Metatron, Metatron said that God had sent Gadreel to guard the Garden. And that Gadreel had been in heaven prison for the past however many millenia because he “let evil in” to the Garden. Not because he BROUGHT evil, but because he failed at his appointed task to keep it out.
So what the writers have done here is take an angel that almost nobody has heard of and warped his mythology enough to basically absolve him of any responsibility for his actions. Mythological Gadreel made a choice that directly contradicted God’s will. You can write an interesting story with that. Give him some motivation for it. Do that standard thing where the male character who gets us out of paradise is a Prometheus character who gets praised for saving us from eternal stagnation. But instead his downfall was caused by him simply not seeing Lucifer sneak in? And he’s on super heaven lockdown for simply not watching closely enough? Is that really how God would do this? And what is the motivation for doing this? I feel like it’s an effort to make it easier to feel bad for him (especially after he spent the first half of the season as Esneakiel), but to me it just makes him a less interesting character and also really annoys me.
Steven Moffat, on Christopher Eccleston’s absence from the 50th Anniversary. (via eliotss)
Oh sweet baby jesus.
Does anyone have a source for this?
Here’s the blog description from the blog the post originally came from:
DISCLAIMER: Firstly, I love Steven Moffat. Secondly, I am NOT Steven Moffat and I very much doubt he has ever said any of these things. I am merely a devoted fan of his who is bemused and inspired by the extreme reactions and behaviours his work produces on this site. Luv u SteMo <3
Think of a character.
Inbox me on anon or not 5 facts or clues about this person.
Watch me suffer and try to guess this character.
My students are hunting for my tumblr now.
A pair of them realized two days ago that I watch Doctor Who, and started conversing with me about that. Then yesterday, one of them mentioned that post about physics in School Reunion as a fact, and I said, “Yeah, that’s a headcanon I’ve seen on tumblr before.” And then they were all “YOU HAVE A TUMBLR WHAT IS YOUR USERNAME CAN WE FOLLOW YOU”
I told them no, of course. The reason that I eventually gave that they accepted with little resistance was that I sometimes swear on my tumblr, and I feel I shouldn’t be swearing where my students can see. But they also outlined a strategy for hunting me down regardless, so we’ll see how that goes.
But the reason I am writing this post is to gush about how great tumblr can be at educating kids about social issues. One of the kids in question eats his lunch in the math room so that he can talk to/at the math teachers (“to” if we’re able to talk, “at” if we’re busy). We got on the topic of Joss Whedon and the Marvel movies today.
He mentioned how great all of the actors for the Avengers are. I made a point to specify “actors and Scarlett Johansson.” He said that since actors is a gender-neutral word he was including Scarlett Johansson. I told him that I realize that, but that because there are so few women in those movies anyway I feel it’s important to make sure the ones who are there aren’t forgotten. His response was, “Yeah, you could probably count all the women from all the Marvel movies on your fingers.”
This maybe shouldn’t be a big deal, but this is a seventh grade boy recognizing that women are underrepresented in this universe and acknowledging that it’s a problem. Last time I had this conversation with a guy, it was one of my coworkers from last year, and his response to my pointing out how few women there are was “Aren’t there some women in the background on the aircraft carrier? And isn’t one of the council members a woman?” Because apparently pointing out that there are another five (unnamed) women in the movie completely negates my point.
Then we naturally started talking about Thor 2. I asked him what he thought of Jane. He said that he thought she was annoying in the first movie, but liked her better in this movie. The reasons he gave for finding her annoying were the standard “she’s all awestruck over Thor” reasons, but he was being careful about how he said it so that it was more about wanting her to get more development than about her being “useless” or any of that nonsense. I asked him what he thought about Frigga, and he said that it was annoying that she had been fridged.
And then he used the word “fridging” about five more times in the next three sentences to make sure I noticed he was using it, and told me (without being prompted) that he knows what fridging is and what the Bechdel test is. He was super proud of himself for knowing these things, and it made me really happy.
This post is brought to you by my cousin being a complete jackass.
I should mention that most of the time, I like my cousin. He’s more than a bit pretentious, but he’s also a generally decent fellow with whom I have had plenty of good conversations.
But right now I’m annoyed.
The other day, he was conversing with my little sister about the Ender’s Game movie. Both were talking about being excited for it, and my little sister mentioned that the only reason she might consider not seeing it is that she generally dislikes watching kids in movies, and when you’re reading the books you can ignore the fact that the characters are all ten years old. My cousin agreed. I chimed in to say that a better reason to not see it is that Orson Scott Card is wildly homophobic and is on the board for the National Organization for Marriage.
I don’t know what sort of response I was expecting. Probably my sister saying she didn’t know that and my cousin whipping out his phone to try to tell me I’m wrong. What I did not expect was for my cousin to reply, “Well, I’m capable of divorcing someone’s art from the fact that they’re an asshole. Most artists are assholes, it doesn’t mean their art isn’t good.”
Now, there is a level at which this response is reasonable. My aunt refuses to watch Jude Law movies because he cuts in line at the grocery store. She has the right to make that choice, but realistically movie ticket sales will have no effect on his queue barging.
The same cannot be said for the Orson Scott Card situation. When you buy his products, he has more money to spend advocating against marriage equality. When you buy his products, you indicate that there is a market for his products, so people will continue to give him money to write. That money, again, can be spent promoting his political beliefs, whether you agree with them or not. If you don’t want your money to go to things like the National Organization for Marriage, you should not give your money to Orson Scott Card. ”Divorcing his art from the fact that he’s an asshole” doesn’t make you some sort of higher form of rational being. It makes you complicit in his assholery.
I also enjoyed his episodes during the RTD era, and in fact I often used The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances to introduce friends to Doctor Who, because I felt it was the best stand-alone story in that season.
However, since he’s taken over, I’ve noticed that a lot of the problematic elements of his work were present in those earlier episodes, and I simply didn’t notice them or wasn’t as bothered by them because they were not part of a larger pattern within the series. All of his RTD era episodes sideline the companions. The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances gets resolved by forcing Nancy to come out as the child’s mother in an era where getting by as a young, unwed mother was nearly impossible. The Girl in the Fireplace introduces a young girl and then fast forwards to a time when she’s sexually mature, at which point she throws herself at the Doctor. In Blink, Kathy marries the guy who refused to stop following her. River’s death in the Library has her looking after three children who will never age when we’ve never seen any indication that she wants to raise children.
The other thing I’ve noticed since he took over, which wasn’t present in his RTD era episodes, is that he can’t carry a long arc. He either beats us over the head with clue-by-fours or bullshits his way through to a conclusion and then shouts “GOTCHA!” There’s no in-between. He overuses reset buttons and negated timelines, and has literally brought characters back from the dead with no explanation, so nothing actually feels like it matters. ”Everybody lives” was a great change of pace coming after Father’s Day, where Rose’s father had to die to save the day. Now that it’s standard fare, I never actually fear for any of the characters’ safety. Even when he does “kill off” characters, they die of old age, which isn’t really that sad.
His RTD era episodes demonstrated that he has interesting story ideas (which he has also demonstrated in his era), but left to his own devices he doesn’t know how to flesh them out properly. And, as I’ve said, his problematic treatment of basically everybody who’s not a straight white cis male character becomes really obvious when he has a hand in every episode and creates a really upsetting pattern.