this is terrifying and beautiful at the same time
"The universe is big, it’s vast and complicated and ridiculous. And sometimes, very rarely… impossible things just happen, and we call them miracles.”
okay but can we take a minute to appreciate the Lilo & Stitch concept art
Literature meme [1/3] genres
Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope.
OKAY BUT CAN WE JUST TALK ABOUT BROOKLYN NINE NINE FOR A SECOND AND WHY PEOPLE NEED TO GET ON THIS SHIT:
- this can’t be said enough but a diverse cast!!!!! out of a main cast of 7, 4 are PoC. one of whom is gay, the other of whom subverts the ~angry black man~ trope and is the self-professed ‘proud mother hen’ of the precinct (and he also enjoys yoghurt parfaits, foreign films, and loves his daughters more than anything in the world), and the other two are latina women.
- speaking of which, ladies!!!! the women are in this show are all friends, and even have centric episodes based on their friendships. though one of the women is very competitive, they’re never catty, and they care about each other!
- once again touching on the ladies, one of the them is a typical “badass “character, with a penchant for leather jackets and destroying computers with fire extinguishers, and has no tragic backstory or reasoning for her behaviour, something that isn’t often seen with female characters like this.
- captain! holt! a gay black man who is the captain of the precinct. however, his sexuality is never made the butt of any joke, and the homophobia he faced in the NYPD is never glossed over or ignored, instead it is a central part of his character’s motivations. likewise, the sexism that women in the force would’ve been subjected to in the past has also been pointed out.
- with such a diverse cast, often shows feel the need to make fun of their character’s races (glee, i am looking at you), but not once has any character’s race been made into a joke. likewise, neither has holt’s sexuality, or the women’s gender.
- whilst the main character is a straight white male, he is made to recognize his privilege, which is not something you often see on television. instead, the privilege he has over his fellow colleagues is pointed out to him regularly, and he has called out the nypd for the discrimination they have shown.
- they subvert the nice guy trope!!!!! a male character had been pining over one of his colleagues for over a year, and not only did the show point out his behaviour as creepy and out of line (and nothing ~romantic), they apologized for it!
- and finally, every character on the show is an angel (except gina, but she’s wired to thrive on dysfunction), just about every combination of characters has been paired together in different episodes, and it’s fucking hilarious!!!!!
brooklyn nine nine is a hilarious show with a diverse cast - and not only treats this diverse cast with respect, but also points out the problematic behaviour directed towards them. it subverts the typically offensive tropes in comedy, whilst making jokes that don’t need to rely on race and sexuality. it’s not perfect, but it’s pretty damn close to it.
something i’ve always wondered about asoiaf: the starks are all “we’re wolves!” and the greyjoys are “we’re krakens!” and the lannisters refer to themselves as lions alarmingly frequently and then you have dany who i’m 98% sure believes she is a winged, fire-breaking dragon
but what about some of these other houses right like what about house redwyne are they like “aw yeah we’re grapes” or house selmy “we’re fuckin’ wheat y’all, watch the fuck out” like
I NEED FEMINISM BECAUSE WHEN A FEMALE MEMBER OF THE IRISH PARLIAMENT COMPLAINED SHE WAS A BIT COLD A MALE MEMBER LAUGHED AND SAID HE’D “WARM HER UP” AND PULLED HER ONTO HIS LAP
WHILE UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL
IN THE PARLIAMENT CHAMBERS
WHILE THE OTHER MALE MEMBERS JUST STOOD AROUND WATCHING AND LAUGHING
IN THE MIDDLE OF A DEBATE ON THE REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS OF WOMEN*
IF YOU DON’T THINK IRELAND HAS A MAJOR SEXISM PROBLEM YOU’RE SERIOUSLY WRONG
Anti-choicers don’t seem to care much for facts, so I doubt they would have heard of Gisella.
It’s so disgusting when the appropriate real tragedies to try and emotionally manipulate people. They would rather dehumanise the Jewish people who died in the holocaust, or the black people of colour who were massacred by slavery so that they could humanise a fucking foetus.
I certainly don’t understand it. - Leigh
Adrien Brody as Dmitri: The Grand Budapest Hotel
'Boy with an Apple' ~ a short essay on the fictional renaissance painting featured in Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel.
As we begin to unravel this painting it is clear that we have caught the gaze of the young man, he studies us as much as we intend to study him. This idea is key in understanding the deliberate symbolism of the portrait; the sitter is very much aware of its construction and nature, there is no voyeurism here. We must realise that this is a commercial venture; the patron of the portrait, most probably the boy’s family, have commissioned this valuable work for clear reason.
This is a boy on the verge of maturity, cleanly shaven yet appearing strong and wise in posture. The portrait displays such a transition; it is an image to mark his coming of age – a custom often dominated by female portraiture in later periods. He may well be the heir to the family, valuable in himself to their future, encouraged to seek a wife to continue this line of inheritance.
Once we move down from his gaze, and past the fashionable furs and fabrics, we see the second element of the portrait – the apple. It rests just above his extravagantly detailed codpiece, and if we are to view this portrait as a coming of age piece, the proximity of apple to such a fashion statement is not at all coincidental.
The boy holds the apple between forefinger and thumb in a typically seductive hand gesture, seen in many works of art it is a conventional device in expressing a sensual tone.
The apple is symbolic in both a biblical and classical sense. Biblically it is reminiscent of Genesis, and represents the temptation of Eve. The forbidden fruit is conventionally portrayed as an apple; here the boy displays the fruit to will temptation, yet it is very much within his grasp. More intriguing and a lot more compelling is the classical reading, with the golden apple of mythology alluding to Paris – who is given the fruit by the Gods to award to the most beautiful of three Goddesses. ‘The Judgement of Paris’ is a renowned story in art and literature; Hera, Athena and Aphrodite offer Paris different gifts to persuade him, Hera offers to make Paris a great King, Athena offers wisdom and skill in battle, Aphrodite offers the most beautiful woman in the world as his wife. Paris chooses Aphrodite, and is given Helen of Troy, thus starting the Trojan War. This famous mythological event would have been well known by renaissance artists, as well as the aristocratic sitters to such portraits. It is therefore of no coincidence that this boy, on the verge of adolescence, displays to us a golden apple. The gods of Greek mythology also favored young men verging between childhood and maturity; they were seen as the most beautiful specimens of mortal men.
We can imagine then, that this young man is deciding upon a suitor to win his golden apple, he becomes Paris, in searching beyond the frame – studying the viewer for beauty. In his instance the figure within the portrait becomes the voyeur of the audience, this position marking him a step above what could often become a vulnerable display of youth.
The concept of age may lead onto a secondary aspect of time passing by; mortality. Ultimately the fruit he displays will decay, as we can see in the dark imperfections upon the apple, it is already beginning to perish.