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The same week that Andreja Pejic came out publicly as a transgender model, Project Runway's Tim Gunn is admitting that he has mixed feelings about a trans woman in the runway.
'I'm conflicted,' Gunn told Huffington Post prior to Pejic's announcement. 'On one hand, I don't want to say that because you were a man and now you're a woman, you can't be in a women's fashion show. But I feel it's a dicey issue.
'The fact of the matter is, when you are transgender - if you go, say, male to female - you're not having your pelvis broken and having it expanded surgically. You still have the anatomical bone structure of a man.'
For Gunn, it's all about women and men having different shapes anatomically.
'So, to be looking at women's fashion on a tall, skinny guy with no hips, there's no way you can project yourself into those clothes,' he says.
'It underscores all of those body issues that we know women have," Gunn adds. 'It's the world telling us that there's something wrong with us and that we'd look better in our clothes and the world would think us more beautiful if we looked like this. I think it's horrible.'
The announcement this weekend that Evangeline Lilly would be playing a character called Hope Van Dyne in Marvel’s troubled Ant-Man came as a surprise to many comic book fans that had been expecting her character to be called Janet Van Dyne—better known to most as the Wasp, founding member of the Avengers (indeed, the character who named the team), former wife to Ant-Man and Marvel Entertainment’s second female hero, behind the Fantastic Four’s Invisible Woman.
By contrast, Hope Van Dyne—or Hope Pym, as the character is known in the comics—is the daughter of Hank Pym (Michael Douglas in the movie) and Janet, and a super villain in her own right, known as the Red Queen. But where if her daughter exists in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, does that mean that Janet does, as well? Apparently not.
In a recent interview, Douglas explained that the backstory of the movie includes “a tragic personal accident [that] happened with my wife.” Janet, it seems, is no more.
Oddly enough, this is the second time that the Wasp has missed out on an appearance in a Marvel movie; the character was also in early drafts of Joss Whedon’s Avengers screenplay, only to be removed later to focus on the already-established characters.
In response to this latest perceived slight to the character, fans have launched a social media campaign directed against Marvel Studios, based around the pun-ny hashtag #JanetVanCrime.
all the founding Avengers have franchises except Janet, dead for manpain. It's conspicuously misogynist. they don't CARE. #JanetVanCrime— thingswithwings (@twwings) July 29, 2014
Marvel once again proving that though they say they want more strong female characters, they actually DON'T care about them. #JanetVanCrime— Beth DeMent (@bbethd) July 27, 2014
There’s a lot to unpack here, not least of which the actual status of a cinematic Wasp. Given that we already know that the Ant-Man movie isn’t following the comic book history of Ant-Man with a great deal of fidelity—to the point where Yellowjacket, a costumed identity in the comics that belonged to Hank Pym himself, is actually an entirely different character played by Corey Stoll—there’s actually no reason to assume that the movie Hope Van Dyne won’t end up becoming the Wasp instead of the Red Queen, and end up taking the place of the comic book Janet in many respects.
Of course, she can’t help form the movie Avengers—that ship sailed two years ago—but the Wasp (or, at least, a Wasp) may yet fly in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, even if she isn’t called Janet. If that turns out to be the case, can we at least hope for the #JanetVanCrime crusade to become a more hopeful #NomDePym?
and jokes about a sequel where 'Blade' chases the 'Twilight' kids.
bring back Guillermo del Toro to direct and we have a deal
Australian diver Matthew Mitcham, the only openly gay male athlete at the 2008 Summer Olympics, is not even the only out diver at this summer's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Also diving is Britain's Tom Daley who came out last year and has since gone public with his relationship with Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black.
Mitcham says he was 'as surprised as anyone else when Daley, 20, posted his coming out video on YouTube.
'I’d even had dinner with him a month before it happened and I never knew anything,' Mitcham tells CNN. 'I totally understand with how young he is and, growing up in the public eye, it would’ve been extremely hard.
'I felt very fortunate that I didn’t get famous until after I had well and truly established my sexual identity, whereas he’s been in the spotlight since he was 13. It’s a really hard position to be in so I totally commend and support how he did it and when he did it.'
Mitcham has had supportive words for fellow Aussie athlete Ian Thorpe, a retired swimmer, who came out publicly earlier this month after years of speculation about his sexuality.
'It must have been a very harrowing ordeal,' Mitcham told the Sydney Morning Herald earlier this month. '... It took him 15 years to change his answer [to the question of his sexuality], which is a perfect indicator of his struggle.'
surprised tho?? lmao
Orlando Bloom took a swing at Justin Bieber early Wednesday morning in Ibiza, Spain, and Justin fled the restaurant ... this according to an eyewitness.
The eyewitness tells TMZ ... Orlando was in Cipriani restaurant which was packed with celebs, including Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan and Diddy.
Listen closely as you watch the video. It sounds like Justin, in the middle of a shoving match, screams, "What's up bitch?"
You don't see Orlando swing, but the eyewitness tells us that's exactly what happened.
The backstory is almost legendary ... Justin partied with Orlando's then-wife Miranda Kerr after a 2012 Victoria's Secret fashion show in NYC and they got very VERY close. And in April of this year, Orlando was hanging out with Justin's on-and-off GF Selena Gomez. So the bad blood is flowing.
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As we plow through more seasons of "Big Brother," "So You Think You Can Dance," and "The Bachelor" this summer, it's hard not to ask what the merits of winning a reality competition are. Do we applaud manipulative prowess? Sheer talent? Sheer watchability? Every show is different, but -- with the exception of the last couple seasons of "SYTYCD" -- one thing is certain: There can only be one winner. And fans usually bathe that winner in a glorious light for eternity.
We got to thinking about our favorite reality shows and the winners who made them great. After narrowing down the options and reducing reality TV to its most phenomenal victories and players, we came up with this Top 11.
11. Sharon Needles - RuPaul's Drag Race
Sharon Needles, the first winner of "RuPaul's Drag Race" to feel like the undisputed champ, defined charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent but also brought an undervalued fifth element to RuPaul's glamordome: unpredictability. She was not only "beautiful, spooky, and stupid" (as she famously defined herself), but a provocateur who could deliver ferocity and a joke. Who can forget her bawdy, perfectly cuckoo impersonation of Michelle Visage in "Snatch Game"? If only her ex-beau Alaska Thunderf*ck could've won season five, we'd have a droll, dangerously sultry dynasty on our hands.
10. Danielle Evans - America's Next Top Model
It's easy to pick Danielle as the greatest "ANTM" contestant because she was damn funny ("I'm about to regurgitate on someone's face right now," she said of her elephant ride), cool, and just a striking model with the most expressive eyes in the show's history. Her post-show career speaks for itself, but she blew us away first with how should could work menthol-induced tears on camera.
5. Dr. Will - Big Brother
Dr. Will Kirby combines the most beloved two character traits of a "Big Brother" houseguest: shrewdness and egomania. He warned his competitors that he was a born liar, but that didn't stop him from dominating his season with brutally condescending wit. Kirby subscribed to the idea that the bigger the lie you tell, the easier it is to believe -- and that clearly worked considering how flawless his duping powers were. And though he didn't win season six, I am a big fan of how he correctly predicted Janelle would fall in love with him.
3. Christian Siriano - Project Runway
Season four is definitely not my favorite year of "Project Runway" (My top five in that respect: 2, 3, 1, 5, and 8), but Christian Siriano can't be faulted for confidently pumping out a near-flawless stream of looks during his season. He could churn out looks that were both voluminous and sleek or dreamy and fierce -- often all in the same look. His frilly, outsize collaboration with Chris March? His devastating denim ensemble? His jarringly hot final collection? The through-line of his work is incredible execution, and you have to give the then- 21-year-old designer for knowing it. Props to him. And nothing is funnier than when he'd call Tim Gunn "lady."
1. Kelly Clarkson - American Idol
Kelly Clarkson, to this day, is the reality TV winner who makes us love reality TV. She was thrilled to participate in such an experimental spectacle and completely willing to blow us away with unexpected power every single week on "American Idol." Her performance of "Stuff Like That There" is still so zesty, her "Walk On By" is still so heartfelt, and her version of "A Moment Like This" made you believe in the power of a single victorious performance. Carrie Underwood may have been a fabulous talent, but Kelly was a fabulous talent and a legendary charismatic reality TV star.
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Singer and actress Hilary Duff runs some errands after enjoying a yoga class in West Hollywood, California on July 28, 2014.
Guess what! I am feeling so loved❤️so grateful for all my many blessings.— Hilary Duff (@HilaryDuff) July 29, 2014
You Canadians always showing so much love to me!!!! #6 ain't to shabby 😁 Yaaas! #ChasingTheSun— Hilary Duff (@HilaryDuff) July 29, 2014
Little school froggy🐸 pic.twitter.com/ZJ5ripTD7t— Hilary Duff (@HilaryDuff) July 29, 2014
A selfie just because I'm happppi pic.twitter.com/cG41pADt8U— Hilary Duff (@HilaryDuff) July 29, 2014
The two chatted about why they have no desire to see the upcoming unauthorized "Saved by the Bell" TV movie set to air on Lifetime.
Mario said, “Now, Elizabeth, you made headlines this week when you said you aren't the least bit curious about the ‘Saved by the Bell’ TV movie that's coming out, and I have to say, I’ve got to agree with you.”
Elizabeth asked, “You share that with me?” Mario replied, “One hundred percent.”
Elizabeth continued, “I feel like we know the lives we led, and I think they're taking it off of the unauthorized book by Dustin Diamond… so it's a little silly to give credence to that when we know the innocence and the joy that we shared.”
Berkley also spoke out about the way the media refers to pregnant women. Mario asked, “Not a big fan of the terms 'ready to burst'… or ballooning?”
Elizabeth responded, “No. I just feel like in our culture, people aren't really honoring a woman's journey through that time, it's really about, like bump watch, let's see how big she's getting. At what point did it become this kind of, like, sporting event to kind of judge where someone's at?"
....yes it's still on.
i have no words for the last scene of this season
While the Wonder Woman and Black Widow movies remain just a hope in many a superheroine-adoring fan's heart, the Soska sisters have decided to do it for themselves with an adaptation of Painkiller Jane, a cop turned vigilante with fast-healing powers.
Created in 1995 by Jimmy Palmiotti and Joe Quesada for Event Comics, Painkiller Jane already has a made-for-TV movie and a TV show dedicated to her, both on the SyFy Channel. Jane gained the ability to tolerate heaps of pain after being made as an undercover officer and subsequently tortured. In that sense, she's pretty grounded as far as superheroes go -- much more human than not.
Jen and Sylvia Soska are the twin Canadian helmers behind Dead Hooker in a Trunk, See No Evil 2, and American Mary. Their feminist takes on the horror genre and over-the-top body grossness have made them cult figures. There's no word yet on casting.
Unfortunately, Painkiller Jane looks to join a still-pretty-empty hall of superheroines. Autostraddle noted that Marvel chief Kevin Feige remains unpersuaded of the need for a female-centric superhero movie, commenting, "We’re not going to be swayed by the [feminist] backlash. We’re going to keep bringing the movies out the way we envision it and the way we believe in it — and that includes diversity in all of the active films.”
To which there is only one proper response: What diversity?
Thus, Marvel continues to ignore the fact that women and girls continue to make up 52% of moviegoers and 47% of comic-book readers.
Multi-instrument playing xenomuse and divine entity, Florrie, continues to showcase her ability to turn overrated, sorta shit songs into mighty listenable and enjoyable acoustic jams. Previously, she covered Imagine Dragons "Radioactive."
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At Comic-Con this weekend, Robert Downey Jr. was twice caught calling Chris Evans a "Dorito" during press interviews to promote the upcoming sequel to The Avengers. This, of course, surprised and delighted some fans on the Internet, as the nickname originated from a post on Tumblr earlier this year.
The nickname grew in popularity, after this post, comparing Chris Evans' shoulder-to-waist ratio to a Dorito, lining up the triangle-shaped chip to Evans' body.
Since then, others have continued to make the comparison, until, apparently, it came to the attention of RDJ.
It makes you wonder (and cringe) about the other things discussed on the Internet of which the movie stars may be aware!
See the below videos for the nickname in action:
Chris Evans was one of many hot guys at Comic-Con over the weekend, and he was looking as muscular as ever. The Captain America star was of course at the famous convention promoting Avengers: Age of Ultron with an epic new poster, which marks the next installment for his superhero alter ego after Captain America: The Winter Soldier. While all this news is absolutely exciting, we were mostly just distracted by Chris's gigantic arms. Since we couldn't really focus on anything else, we're launching a full-scale investigation into his practically trademarked physique and all the times it was desperately trying to escape his clothes.
When He Was at Comic-Con This Year and His Sweater Was Like, "Nope"
When He Tried to Go Undercover, but We Knew That Rippling Chest Anywhere
When His Shoulders Were Just Ready to Break Free and Let Loose
When His Cardigan Just Slowly Unbuttoned Itself to Relieve Some of the Pressure
When He Was Wearing This Shirt and His Chest Was Like, "SET ME FREE"
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The backlash against Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings is gathering momentum. After Noah’s mixed reception earlier this year, it seems that more and more people are sick of seeing Hollywood movies with “whitewashed” casts: White actors being hired to play historical figures who almost certainly were not white.
As the publicity campaign for Exodus ramped up, so did complaints on social media. Recently, many of them pointed out the racist subtext of casting white actors to play kings and prophets while black actors were cast in minor roles like “Egyptian thief.”
I just let out the loudest cackle.— DarkSkintDostoyevsky (@daniecal) julio 27, 2014
The latest accusation of Exodus whitewashing relates to someone who technically isn’t even a character: the Sphinx.
With an Exodus set photo that has now been retweeted over 800 times, Twitter user @BlackNerdJade pointed that in the movie, this Egyptian statue has oddly European facial features.
One of the craziest shits w/ this Exodus film is they changed the profiles of the sphinx to have European profiles pic.twitter.com/tvKnNDtqMY— 왕비마마 (@BlackNerdJade) julio 28, 2014
Now, it’s not clear whether this is actually the Great Sphinx of Giza, or even a sphinx statue at all. It may well just be a head. However, it’s definitely a statue that is being built in Egypt during the time of the movie, sometime around 1250 BCE. For comparison, here’s a real statue of Ramses II, who in Exodus: Gods and Kings is played by the conspicuously fake-tanned Joel Edgerton.
It’s not exactly unusual for historical movies to be full of little inaccuracies, particularly when they’re blockbuster epics like Exodus. But in this case, it isn’t just a matter of a prop statue looking different from a piece of real Egyptian art, it’s the type of changes that were made. Simply put, they have taken an Egyptian statue that was built in Egypt and almost certainly based on an Egyptian face, and made it look like it belongs to a person with caucasian facial features. And people are not happy about that.
This "Exodus" movie is just not a real thing. Making the sphinx look more European. And the cast? LMFAO. Can we talk about the ENTIRE cast?— TORUK MAKTO (@MrQuenchiAdams) julio 29, 2014
So that Exodus movie crew built a separate Sphinx with white features..... White people have such fucking gall.— Ank-su-namun (@HoneyCoquette) julio 29, 2014
that Exodus movie is so ridiculous they made the sphinx white i literally can't handle this— aisha (@anyastaisha) julio 29, 2014
THE MORE I SEE THAT SCREENSHOT OF THE CAUCASIAN-LOOKING SPHINX FROM THE UPCOMING EXODUS FILM, THE MORE AND MORE UPSET I GET— ラセンスのRasenth (@rasenth) julio 28, 2014
The likeliest explanation is that the sculpture is not actually a sphinx, but is in fact a statue of Ramses. This obviously means that it would have been based on Joel Edgerton’s face.
Unfortunately, this just makes the whitewashed casting even more blatant, because real statues of Ramses II simply do not look like that. So while Exodus may not have made a “white version” of the Great Sphinx, this is still a case of Egyptian culture being erased and rewritten to fit in with the film’s predominantly white cast of actors.
Google Caitlin Stasey. Go on. I’ll wait. If you’re feeling particularly masochistic, go ahead and type her name into Google News. A string of headlines should pop up, each more headache-inducing than the last: Caitlin Stasey bares boobs for Free the Nipple – then posts a string of outrageous tweets! Caitlin Stasey launches bizarre sexual Twitter rant! Caitlin Stasey slams Bindi Irwin for her stance on modesty!
And those are just the tame ones.
Stasey, an Australian actress best known for her roles on Reign and in Tomorrow, When the War Began, recently found herself on the receiving end of a tidal wave of misogynistic online abuse after gently calling out Bindi Irwin – daughter of the late Steve Irwin – on what seemed to be thinly veiled slut-shaming.
“I’m a big advocate for young girls dressing their age,” said Irwin, in an interview with News Corp. “I look around at a lot of young girls that are my age, and they’re always trying to dress older. Whether it’s wearing revealing clothes or hardly wearing any clothes at all, I feel really bad for them.”
Stasey was quick to pen an open letter to Irwin in the form of several tweets. “In ten years,” she wrote, “you’ll wish you stood beside your shared sex rather than be proud you belittled their choices and agency.”
Tabloid onlookers were quick to label the disagreement a knock-down, drag-out feud, and to characterize Stasey as – well, you read the headlines.
Over pizza during Toronto’s Pride weekend last month, Stasey and I sat down together to chat about Bindigate and about her experiences as a young feminist working in an entertainment industry which, more often than not, is anything but.
Beth Lalonde: When you first read Bindi’s comments, what was your initial reaction?
Caitlin Stasey: I was just saddened, knowing that I was a young girl who was constantly shamed out of her body by peers–accidentally by family members making fun of my development, by some friends, by boys. It was this constant apologizing for having a female body and for dressing to that. And it’s only been in the past year or so that I’ve really developed a sense of self that isn’t apologetic, if that makes any sense. I’m justified in dressing however I want. I don’t wear a bra. I wear see-through t-shirts, today in particular.
BL: What would you say helped you come into that? Get over that initial shame? We can talk about Bindi’s quote more, but I just want to speak to what you said about how in the past year you’ve gotten over that insecurity.
CS: I think it had a lot to do with the fact that I was witnessing the conversation that was happening around me. What’s so great about the Internet is that you can tap into these incredible debates, these incredible ideas. What’s also really sort of disheartening is that they’ve been waging for so long and I’ve been so ignorant about it. So many women are. Women only get to really experience it through the lens of a male gaze. Pick up a women’s magazine, and it’s about how to please the men in your life. I definitely would credit some women’s magazines with giving women license to enjoy sex, but more so than that, it’s as though nothing you do is outside of your male counterpart’s judgment.
BL: So you can enjoy sex, but not for yourself.
CS: Yeah! Exactly. So I sort of have found a middle ground now of respecting myself, and that doesn’t mean by concealing myself, by chastising myself, by monitoring myself. I live by the powers of self-determination. I’ve witnessed this conversation and I’ve come to realize that rape apology happens in subtler ways than you can possibly imagine. And I’m tired of mitigating language. I’m tired of somebody being like, “I just want women to respect themselves and have an air of class about themselves.” I’m like – no! You’re basically saying that if a woman doesn’t dress the way you find respectable or modest, then she isn’t deserving of the respect that you would otherwise give her. And therefore, she isn’t deserving of the respect that other men would give her, and therefore, she is deserving of sexual assault. And I know that seems like a long leap to make, but it’s like… you’re a rape apologist. That’s what you are.
BL: Oh, the connection is so clear. People just don’t see it. I have to wonder, when a young woman like Bindi Irwin says something like this, how do you think it affects people who believe in that sort of rape apology?
CS: What drove me insane about the whole thing is that they’re like, “Bindi Irwin, this bastion of modesty, this beacon of truth” and then the second that someone disagreed with her, they’re like, “She’s just a child!” You can’t have it both ways. Either her opinion is gospel, or it’s discredited by her age. And that was what was so upsetting. It was the conservative media finding a spokesperson that couldn’t be disqualified by anything anyone said about her.
And I don’t think that Bindi Irwin is an idiot. I don’t think she’s a harmful human being, and I don’t think she intentionally wants to upset people. I just think that, truly, in years to come, she and the world around her will come to this understanding that that level of intolerance of women is unacceptable.
BL: It’s interesting, how Bindi’s comments were talked about versus how what you said was talked about. I looked up some headlines, which I’m gonna read to you here. I’m sorry.
CS: Go for it.
BL: “Caitlin Stasey lashed out at Bindi Irwin.” “Slams Bindi Irwin.” “Launches Twitter tirade.” “Bizarre sexual rant.” And then, “Remember sweet little orphan Rachel Kinski from Neighbours? Well, now she’s all grown up, and got her boobs out to prove it.”
CS: Oh, God.
BL: Yeah, that was a fun headline. So, first of all, how does that make you feel, and then what kind of message do you think that sends to the girls you and Bindi are talking about?
CS: Those statements really appeal to people who are already of a sexist mindset. It’s people in the middle ground that I’m really trying to appeal to, and they can be swayed either way. That’s the hardest thing. When somebody is a troll, when someone is like,“women don’t deserve respect, women should be kept in cages,” then you can discredit them as being lunatics. But when someone is quite middling, and very “I respect women, I do, but I still think there should be a level of modesty that one embraces,” I’m just like… go fuck yourself!
As for those headlines, I won’t pretend that I didn’t cry, that I didn’t get hurt by the constant barrage of personal insults that I suffered through. It just goes to discredit those who would discredit me – all they have against me is that I’m an actor with an opinion who has breasts, and she’s not ashamed of them. If those are my biggest flaws, if those are the things you can really call me out on, then you really have no argument at all.
BL: Have you gotten any encouraging responses to this whole thing? Anything that stuck out to you specifically?
CS: I’ve had women e-mail me and tell me about their horrific experiences. There was a woman who had been raped several times when she was a child. I’ve heard from various girls who suffered sexual abuse at school, girls who have eating disorders or severe emotional disorders just because of the way the world has treated them because of their sex. They’ve all been really kind and really considerate, really conscientious. More than anything, it’s a testament to the strength of these women that they’ve understood that the abuse they suffered wasn’t self-inflicted. None of them have come to me and said, “It was my fault that these men treated me this way.” And that, to me, is really encouraging. Because that’s not often the case.
BL: They’re really taught to blame themselves.
CS: It’s that “innocent until proven guilty” thing, which, of course, I understand and it’s important. But when it comes to a woman claiming that something awful happened, she’s guilty until proven innocent. Particularly if the woman in question is attacked by somebody of notoriety. There have been plenty of cases of women being raped by athletes, by TV personalities, and yet, people are so fixated on the idea that someone with a public platform, being so desired – why would they rape somebody? They can’t comprehend that they would ever do something like that.
BL: That literally happens all the time. Some famous male celebrity… allegations of sexual assault come out, his fans rush to his defense, say she’s a liar…
CS: Look at Dylan Farrow.
BL: Look at Dylan Farrow. Exactly.
CS: That’s disgusting. What reason does she have to lie? I know that there are all these mitigating circumstances. There’s this truth that Woody Allen and Mia Farrow had a horrible, spiteful divorce–because what he did was really fucked up. And everybody forgave him. Everybody forgave him then, everybody forgives him now, people will continue to work with him.
People forgive Woody Allen and Terry Richardson because they’re artists, because they’re talented. I won’t deny that either of those people are visionary. They make beautiful work. But it doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter. If Woody Allen were anybody else, if he were just a man in the world, nobody would stand for this. But he’s safeguarded by the people who stay silent around him because they don’t want to rock the boat. Lifetime achievement awards. You’ve earned a lifetime achievement award while making somebody else’s lifetime unbearable. It’s pretty sad.
BL: This whole culture of protecting predatory men really just keeps women silent. And every outspoken feminist woman deals with these parades of trolls who just want her to stop talking, sit down, get off the internet. How do you cope with that? How do you take care of yourself?
CS: Well, I interviewed this trans woman recently for this project that I’m doing. I was really enlightened. She just had a wealth of knowledge that was so concealed from me because I’d never had the opportunity to communicate with a trans woman before in such frank terms. She said, “Sometimes, you just get tired of talking about it. You get tired of defending it. You get tired of being the voice of your people or your sexuality or your gender. Sometimes you want to just be a woman.”
I take it upon myself to keep the conversation circulating as much as possible within the circles I have influence over, which are small. But sometimes, I am just tired. Sometimes, I just want to be a person. And sometimes, you’re denied that, because you feel like your point is more important than your personhood and your self-care.
I mean, those articles, everything that was said about me, they made me cry. They made me really sad. I wanted to go on Twitter, go on the Internet, shut down the whole argument, never talk about it again, never talk about myself again. But that’s exactly what they want. It would be such a defeat for me to back down at this point. Not that I am the sole carrier and the sole voice of this movement. But for one person to be silenced because of something they’re trying to fight against is just a tragedy. And I know a lot of women who have had to deal with that.
BL: You have a very healthy attitude about these things.
CS: Yeah, I do, but I get defeated by it. People feel like they can say whatever they want because they sit anonymously behind their keyboards. It is disappointing, but at the same time I’m also relieved that the majority of opposition I face comes from people that I feel are completely invalid in their opinions. Every single journalist that’s written against me has been wrong. That’s what it is. It’s not a case of me being right, it’s that the absolute truths that I have fixed myself to are truths. In ten years’ time, I’m going to be getting a lot of apologies, or a lot of people changing their tune and not ever acknowledging they were this way.
What’s so funny is that they have so much criticism for me, but at the end of the day, I literally live my life so, so freely and I’m so liberated by my choices and I’m such a self-determining human being. You might think that I’ve got a warped perception of the world and I’m trying to get attention, but in actuality, you’re doing that. By limiting yourself to this set of restrictions that has been forced on you by the patriarchy, you are the one that’s living by someone else’s rules. And they don’t get that. And it’s because – dare I say it – they’re all stupid. They’re all really stupid.
Songs on Hilary's Playlist:
Money on My Mind by Sam Smith
All I Wanna Do by Sheryl Crow
Rude! by Magic!
Stay With Me by Sam Smith
Now, I can listen to the music that mother listens to...
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If I had to name one fantasy or sci-fi book series that I can’t believe hasn't been turned into a film or TV series yet, it would be Anne McCaffrey‘s Dragonriders of Pern. Actually, I did say this, and not even that long ago. The Pern books are a strange blend of fantasy and sci-fi, filled with great, well-defined characters, politics and scheming, and giant telepathic dragons. It’s stuff that might have been a hard sell ten years ago. In the wake of Game of Thrones and so many other sci-fi and fantasy successes on TV and in film, the time is right. And Warner Bros. has just optioned all of it.
Deadline reports the Pern deal, saying that new WB exec Drew Crevello, who worked on the X-Men series at Fox, is behind the deal. This option covers 22 novels.
There’s a lot about Pern that is pretty neat, but I won’t spoil the scope of all of it here. In short, the right creative team could build a Game of Thrones-style series out of these books. And because the novels are older, there is more room to take liberties in the adaptation, and push things only implied by the material into explicit reality.
The first books tell of a world that has fallen into an unusual conflict, in which an essentially feudal society supports a dwindling but still powerful class of warriors. The warriors’ power comes from the fact that they ride giant fire-breathing dragons, with which each rider has direct telepathic communication. Stories say the dragons once protected the planet from a periodic rain of all-consuming spores, but those rains haven’t taken place for decades. The dragons say most people, are no longer needed, their appetites unwelcome.
And then the spores return. Their renewed attacks coincide with the rise of a fiery young woman, Lessa, who becomes rider of the planet’s last young queen dragon. She rallies a tiny force of beasts to protect her charges from the spores, but faces exhaustion and impossible odds. And then she learns of another dragon ability, and a plan forms.
'Dragonriders of Pern' was once in development as a TV series for Warner Bros. under the guidance of ‘Battlestar Galactica’ showrunner Ronald D. Moore, but Moore parted ways with the company over major creative differences. And as recently as 2011, ‘X-Men’ and ‘Watchmen’ screenwriter David Hayter was tasked with writing a script for a film version of ‘Dragonflight,’ the first book in the ‘Dragonriders of Pern’ series, which was originally published way back in 1968 as the start of a trilogy.