This week has been an emotional gut punch for all of us who love and cherish our young people, and want the best for them. This week saw the suicide of a gentle, talented young violinist who was pushed to the edge by two bullies in his dorm. Last month took with it the lives of 3 other gay children, ranging in age from 13 to 15 because the bullying in their schools, and lack of response from the adults given charge over them made life intolerable for them. This situation is a profound tragedy for the families and friends of these kids, and a national shame brought on by the intolerance and incivility that marks public discourse on LGBT affairs. From the disgusting homophobic remarks that follow every news story on gay issues to the casual homophobia of "That's so gay", to the mindboggling intolerance in certain mainstream religions, we have set up a situation where bullying is not only tolerated, but encouraged. ( Read more...Collapse )
Starz has been releasing some information about the upcoming Torchwood that could, in kindness, be only called "breathless", although over the top, implausible and ludicrous also comes to mind. The very latest is the summary of the plot of this proposed masterpiece, and it includes this line:
"As a chain of events across the world links together the most disparate and unlikely individuals - including a surgeon, a killer, senators and CEOs - a new Torchwood team takes shape. But this time, the threat is much closer to home, as they realize that their greatest enemy is mankind itself."
Well, boy howdy, what a fresh, original concept! What will they think up next ... a worldwide conspiracy? ( And so it goes...Collapse )
I just spent a couple of enlightening minutes over on the Great Big Dr Who Forums, reading the Torchwood thread, and this is what I learned: Russell T Davies can do no wrong, Russell T Davies LOVES to wind the fans up, Russell T Davies was right to be snotty to AfterElton's Michael Jensen over the way he reported on CoE; AfterElton is not a worthy source since it only devoted one line to Merce Cunninghan's death; AfterElton is not a wortthy source because it deals with special interests (well, duh!) including Ianto savers who hang out there to post their sad, sad thoughts; AfterElton is biased against Russell T Davies; anyone who didn't like CoE is a PATHETIC, WEEPING IANTO FAN who won't give up and go away quietly to leave Torchwood to it's REAL fans, aka the asskissers and sycophants who squat on the threads of The Great Big Doctor Who Forums, and who travel to AfterElton to CORRECT anyone who calls Russell T Davies anything other than a genius. Maybe I left something out, I don't know, I didn't want to waste any more of my valuable life minutes on the Torchwood thread after a certain point. ( This way to the rest...Collapse )
My 'Spock Senses Bullshit' icon is getting a workout these past few weeks, now that Russell T Davies has begun giving interviews. It reminds me of the glory days after Deathly Hallows
was published, when JK Rowlings gave soundbite interviews, refuting the facts of her own stories, and then making the incredible announcement, after the fact, that Dumbledore was gay. At least she never mocked Dumbledore's death, not publicly, anyway.( Read more...Collapse )
So here's something interesting - a sort of heads up to the direction Torchwood: The New World is heading, and a sort of backdoor insight into why Ianto 'had to die'. Three remarks from Russell T Davies at yesterday's TCA, taken from the tweets of Michael Jensen, who represented AfterElton at the Starz Torchwood/Spartacus/Camelot panel conference.
" RTD confirms Rhys will be back. Can't imagine Gwen without him."
" Rhys now very much part of the team. Knows everything that is going. Says he and Gwen are very sexy."
"Promises show will have humor. Says show is fun because it has "John Barrowman is bisexual Cap Jack. How fun is that to say?"
I think it's pretty obvious now that Ianto had to die in CoE in order for the show to become more heteronormative, which it did with the Gwen/Rhys/baby storyline. It doesn't get more heteronormative than that, and it doesn't get more trope-like than the gay guy gets it in the final reel, while his partner is left alone. But now it seems as though we have confirmation of Rusty's unevenhandedness when it comes to relationships.
On the one hand, he is telling us that Rhys will be back because he can't imagine Gwen without him. That's right - the same Gwen who lied, cheated and retconned him right up until her wedding day when even the Nostrovite recognized her infatuation and turned itself into Jack, kissing her. That same Gwen gets her man, her baby and her happily ever after.
To quote Severus Snape - I may vomit.
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Today will be one of those days I will remember for where I was when I heard the news. As a matter of fact, I was glancing at my Twitter feed when the momentous decision overturning Prop 8 was announced. This is the beauty of Twitter - instantaneous news feeds, and in an instant the world learned that a great injustice had been overturned, at least for now. This decision will certainly make it's way to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and then the Supreme Court because it's a social issue whose time has finally come, just as separate but equal finally made it's way to the Supreme Court and was struck down over 40 years ago, when those laws and sanctions based on ignorance and bigotry were held up to the standards set by our Constitution and found unlawful. ( Read more...Collapse )
Far from day, far from night,
Out of time, out of sight,
In between earth and sea,
We shall fly; follow me.
Dry the rain, warm the snow;
Where the winds never go
Follow me, follow me, follow me
To a cave by a sapphire shore
Where we'll walk through an emerald door,
And for thousands of breathless evermores my life you shall be.
Only you, only I,
World farewell, world goodbye.
To our home 'neath the sea
We shall fly; follow me.
Follow me, follow me, follow me.
- Lerner & Lowe, Camelot
It's been a rough couple of weeks in the Whoniverse. A couple of weeks ago was the first anniversary of CoE, and the tidal wave of outrage and general nastiness that event set off. It's a time on which I'd rather not dwell, the one saving grace being the fifth series of Doctor Who, and the wonder that is Matt Smith, aided and abetted by the equally wonderful storyteller, Steven Moffat. Funny how one tv series could restore my faith, but to make an a Who analogy, I really identified with little Amelia Pond with the fairytale name, sitting on her suitcase, waiting for the sound of the Tardis.
Only I didn't know it was the sound of the Tardis I was waiting for, until I saw that first episode and fell deeply and irrevocably in love with a tv series of all things. And now, TW has raised it's head once again to disturb my thoughts but... it no longer has any power over me because I simply don't care what happens to TW. I've gotten over it, helped in great part because something genuinely better came along. But that's not what this post is about. That was just the preamble This post is actually about River Song and who she is. :) ( Follow me...Collapse )