hey sheldon, what’s up?
the ceiling, of course
[extensively long laugh track, continuing on for minutes, breaking on hours. audience members are slowly dying of laughter, unable to stop. the actors want to cry out in grief for them to stop, but they are on set. it is a massive tragedy]
Oh, THERE’S my incandescent rage. I forgot I’d left it here, on tumblr, where people are taking refuge in false equivalencies to make themselves feel better about our favourite show being run by people who are behaving like trolls. (“HAHA U MAD?” Oh, shut up.) I have a lot of thoughts right now zooming round in my head. I contain multitudes. But here, let me tell you two. Just two.
Let me explain to you a thing, as a queer guy: having to read a show queerly, like a spy looking for signals in a crowd, does not equal representation. It is nearly 2014. You are allowed to expect better. You should not accept being condescended to.
(Feel free to make hay out of the usual dead grass we’re given if you personally want to, but don’t sell it to me as gold. Just don’t. I’m not buying it.)
And let me explain to you a thing, as an ex-actor and a rational human being: telling people their worries (not even anger! worries) about the direction a show is going are not valid, and are the same thing as sending hate mail? Vile. People should be able to discuss their concerns with others in the same fandom without being painted as “those fans” and “dangerous radicals”, which I swear to god I’m seeing. Reasonable discourse is important. Listening to each other is important. Hearing what people are saying is important. And if you shut them down and make them afraid to speak because you don’t want fandom to be associated with a few fringe asshats? You are painting everyone who doesn’t explicitly agree with you with the same brush, no matter the diversity of opinion, and that is a seriously dick move.
It’s been making me ridiculously angry to see my fandom suddenly decide that only the extremes of an issue are positions people can take. Seldom is life that black and white, and in this situation there are shades and tones as well. Please stop shutting down discourse because of the few strident voices. I promise you: there’s room enough in this gigantic fandom for a rich, colourful tapestry of opinions, and to behave otherwise is an insult and a shame.
Mark Gatiss on The Empty Hearse (x)
this is the most embarassing cop-out ever.
Am I the only one offended that he slaps her ass in front of what I presume is a family Christmas dinner? x
Well no, but you have to remember this is The Doctor. Even if it’s a ploy, he’s an alien. Never been a human boyfriend before (or even at all most likely). He’s trying his best to look convincing, and well boyfriends do that sometimes. He doesn’t understand it’s not appropriate. Unless he’s trying to be inappropriate. We don’t know yet.
It amazes me that this character is canonically ~1200 years old, spends a lot of time on Earth with Earth people, and STILL has the excuse of “he doesn’t understand it’s not appropriate”. How much time does a man have to spend around humans to understand that this kind of thing isn’t OK??? This attitude is exactly the kind of thing used to defend sexual assault/rape in real life.
(And even if he isn’t sure how to interact with a fake girlfriend - even though he’s been married/may still be married - then he should err on the side of caution or talk to Clara first, not slap her bum and hope she’s OK with it.)
The advice I can give to beginners is not to separate their work, their movie, their film from the life they live. Not to make a difference between the movie and their own life. Because a director is like any other artist: a painter, a poet, a musician and since it is required from him to contribute his own self, it is strange to see directors that take their work as a special position, given to them by destiny, and simply exploit their profession. That is, they live in one way, but make movies about something else. And I’d like to tell directors, especially young ones, that they should be morally responsible for what they do while making their films. Secondly, they should be prepared for the thought that cinema is a very difficult and serious art. It requires sacrificing of yourself. You should belong to it, it shouldn’t belong to you. Cinema uses your life, not vice versa.
— Andrei Tarkovsky