Romantic ace culture is loving romance and love stories, but hating sex scenes in film/tv
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MACHIDA KEITA for Jo Malone London [08.2021]
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Loki’s escape from his destiny is short-lived; he is immediately apprehended by the Time Variance Authority, summarily tried and convicted as a ‘variant’ against the ‘Sacred Timeline,’ and scheduled for ‘pruning’ (a grotesque method of execution that sees variants burned out of existence, from the inside out). He is, however, spared and instead enlisted as a police informant tasked with assisting an operation to bring down a time criminal who has been ambushing TVA agents up and down the timeline. The criminal, it turns out, is another variant of Loki. The timeline, indeed, is lousy with Lokis and their chaotic trickster nature gives them an uncanny knack for escaping pruning, as well as what amounts to an instinctive refusal of the TVA’s quest to impose an artificial and unbending universal order on the universe. Indeed, our Loki too soon finds himself on the run from the TVA, this time joined by a (female) variant of himself, who calls herself Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino), and to whom he feels uncomfortably drawn.
The idea of a totalitarian theocracy relentlessly weeding out all deviation and difference – and one that is especially fixated on Loki, who is the Marvel films’ first queer lead character (revealed as bisexual in episode 3 of Loki) – gives the series a resonance with the contemporary LGBT civil rights struggle, as some have noted. Outside that political allegory, Loki’s storyworld also speaks metaphorically to the tight control of the Disney Corporation over not just the Marvel franchise but over American popular culture more generally; the top six highest-grossing films of 2019, the last year before the pandemic disrupted the industry, were all Disney movies.
From this perspective we might see the TVA as a metaphor for the way the culture industry crushes variation and polyvocality (as with 2008’s WALL-E, Disney is once again successfully selling a critique of its own profit-seeking practices to a global marketplace eager to purchase it). It can’t be lost on us that the TVA’s primary weapon is the ‘retcon’: the ability to painlessly undo the consequences of any event to reset the story back on its predetermined track – the ultimate weapon of any franchise showrunner and one that Marvel Studios has never been slow to deploy. In such a reading the variant Lokis simultaneously represent both generative chaos and creative autonomy, which the monopolistic TVA/Disney brutally represses into a single overarching narrative (which has already fully run its course from villainy to regret to redemption to death).
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i love when media based characters off of real people while also still making them totally their own thing. both of these character are okita souji
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ace culture is being super excited to read the book 'ACE' by angela chen!! (i mean there is already less ace representation in media but i get to read this whole non fiction book on the topic of asexuality. it's just *chef's kiss* u_u)
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People who think that “this piece of media has gay characters” is an adequate summary of a work with no attempt at saying anything of substance do the same thing with race like it’s pathetic.
“This media has a POC character” first of all POC is a noun and not an adjective, and secondly, that tells me nothing! What is the plot? What is the genre? I need more than “it has POC characters :)” because white people’s track record of recommending works with characters of colour is abysmal
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Union mine workers in Alabama are taking part in a historic strike, the first of its kind in four decades, accusing Warrior Met Coal of first exploiting its workers and now inspiring violence against them on the picket line. Freelance journalists are on the ground and local news has been covering the story from the start -- yet more than three months into the strike, the historic labor action has not received so much as a single mention from CNN, Fox News, or MSNBC.
The strike gained coverage from larger print publications like The Guardian and The Nation in June, but even after protesters faced arrest and targeted acts of violence, cable news still did not deem it newsworthy. (For comparison: Fox News, an outlet that has consistently claimed it cares about coal jobs, devoted 1 hour and 18 minutes over just five days that month to covering a school district in New Jersey that changed references to holidays on its academic calendar to simply “days off.”) When the miners took their efforts to New York City to protest the hedge funds that backed Warrior Met -- including its largest stakeholder, BlackRock -- the biggest names in news remained silent.
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Vice articles posted 2 days apart
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In the film adaptation of The Fellowship of the Ring, Frodo gets stabbed by a troll’s spear, and there’s this big dramatic scene where he reveals that he’s been wearing Bilbo’s old mithril corslet under his shirt the whole time.
In the book, Frodo doesn’t tell anyone about the mithril corslet until much later, as the Fellowship is busy running for their lives at the time, and the orcs aren’t kind enough to pause their assault for long enough for the Fellowship to have a mid-battle bonding moment:
Aragorn picked up Frodo where he lay by the wall and made for the stair, pushing Merry and Pippin in front of him. The others followed; but Gimli had to be dragged away by Legolas: in spite of the peril he lingered by Balin’s tomb with his head bowed. Boromir hauled the eastern door to, grinding upon its hinges: it had great iron rings on either side, but could not be fastened.
“I am all right,” gasped Frodo. “I can walk. Put me down!”
Aragorn nearly dropped him in amazement. “I thought you were dead!” he cried.
“Not yet!” said Gandalf. “But there is no time to wonder.”
Meaning that in the book version, for most of the span between the battle at Balin’s tomb and reaching Lothlórien, apart from Gandalf – who obviously figures it out straight away – the Fellowship have no idea how Frodo survived a troll-spear to the guts with nothing but bruised ribs to show for it. What did they think was going on?
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"Newspapers seem unable to distinguish between a bicycle accident and the collapse of civilisation."
George Bernard Shaw
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Netflix has been outspending any other would-be distributors — paying $30 million for the indie drama “Malcolm & Marie,” and over $400 million for sequels to “Knives Out” — though it is unclear whether these films actually can earn that much in returns. But what Netflix does get is one fewer competitor who could potentially profit from those movies or produce films that turn audiences away from Netflix, even for a night.
This power also lets Netflix dictate creative possibilities. Joshua Glick has charted how Netflix has upended the documentary market by pushing filmmakers toward a less political “story first” approach. Production teams are having to adjust to Netflix’s decision to ban the most popular digital cameras in Hollywood in its productions, which has led to many complaints of blurry cinematography. And perhaps most important is how Netflix has set up precarious labor dynamics, paying higher fees to creatives to run shows for two seasons before abruptly canceling them. Many individuals could work for other studios, but as streaming giants dictate more decisions, they have no choice but to fall in line.
The new dynamics of streaming have also introduced new complications into how Hollywood compensates its talent. Because of a lack of direct box-office revenue, top box-office talent rarely end up sharing in profits and residuals, and Netflix’s arbitrary viewership data — based on only two minutes of viewing — has created more confusion about which films really succeed. This uncertainty might scare away potential movie financers while forcing top talent to tie themselves to studios and tried-and-true franchises rather than choose their own projects.
Skeptics will say that independent filmmakers will just hustle, as they always have. But that becomes harder when digital distribution — and the need to access these primary platforms to make any profit — strangles the industry. Giants such as Netflix are positioned to control which films get made and how, without necessarily following the preferences of consumers.
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ace culture is being appalled by shows like love island or too hot to handle like it's not that hard??? just don't have sex???
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Between the Arkenstone, the One Ring, and that cache of magic swords Bilbo uncovered during Thorin and company’s confrontation with the trolls that just happened to be the former property of the High King of the Noldor, Bilbo and Gandalf’s relationship is just a constant process of Bilbo showing up with some random artifact of world-changing significance and Gandalf sagely stroking his beard and making a pithy remark while internally screaming “WHERE DO YOU KEEP FINDING THESE THINGS”.
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Johan Derksen, sports journalist from the Netherlands said: ”Brazil’s goalkeeper looks like a pig wearing a shirt. She’s overweight.”
I heard many a male player be critiqued for their weight issues, ala Eden Hazard or Willian. But, no pundit ever said to hazard or willian, they look like a pig wearing a shirt.
The problem with women's sports is men's media. The global media system, all local media's , are owned/administered by men. Sequentially, mens media tends to refrain from harsh fashion statements to men, while are vicious to female athletes.
How many mens media outlets when the william sisters first came about questioned their gender? How many said they were females while questioned their beauty? How many mens media outlets in modernity speak false to the gender or physical attractiveness of the williams sisters? The answer to all three questions is many.
I remember when female golfers started training at higher levels and started gaining bodybuilder bodies. I remember when female soccer players faces beauty was referred to by commentators.
Many people can deny it, but saying a women looks like a pig wearing a shirt is one many men, including me, heard uttered many times by my fellow men toward a woman's general appearance. No, I am not a saint/man who never insulted a woman but I simply never used that slur.
But the point is, the slur is not about sport, it is about her identity as a woman. And that added aspect is what separate how Mens Media covers mens sport as opposed to womens sport. Mens MEdia focuses on the athletic in mens sport while adds on a fashion model/playboy magazine judgement scale to women that is unequal.
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According to the Polity IV method, the United States during the time of slavery scored 9 out of 10 on the democracy scale. During the era of Jim Crow, when most blacks and women of all races couldn’t vote, it scored a perfect 10 out of 10—or “full democracy.”
The metric makes many equally dubious assertions. Today’s Israel—which occupies the lands of 4.5 million Palestinians, who cannot vote in Israeli elections, do not have freedom of movement and are restricted in dozens of ways—receives a score of “full democracy,” or 10 out of 10. Since the nation of Palestine is not included in Polity IV’s list of countries, one can only assume it must fall under the purview of Israel, which renders the score even more risible. How can a country with 35 percent of its population disenfranchised be a “full democracy”? The same way, presumably, that the antebellum United States—with 3.5 million slaves—can be 90 percent democratic.
Similarly, countries that suffered colonialism at the hands of European and US “democracy,” like most of Africa, South Asia and the Middle East prior to 1960, are simply listed as “no data.”
Assumptions are also made about what constitutes a meaningful relationship between citizen and state. Countries that limit free speech are naturally docked democracy points, but those that leave 22 percent of children in poverty, like the US, can still be “full democracies.” How robust can a democracy be, though, when so many lack the resources, or the security, to push back against the system? How robust can a democracy be that routinely, and predictably, serves the interests of the super-wealthy?
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AKASO EIJI for screen plus [06.2021]
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