The Kendall Jenner x Pepsi Ad Made Me Want To Vomit
Before you do anything else watch this if you haven’t seen it already:
Did you watch it? I hard a hard time making it through the entire spot myself without a few grimaces, “wtf were they thinking” faces and a “i can’t believe this shit” to a coworker.
Let’s look at a few scenes to examine why this isn’t just the worst ad of all time but an ad that is insensitive, offensive and completely thoughtless.
1.) Co-opting a movement
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These are all very nice sentiments and shit we should strive for every single day but they aren’t the typical signs you see at real protests. The protests where people are putting their safety in danger because they’re afraid they might walk outside with a hoody on and get shot, or that their family won’t be able to return to America if they board a plane to see their family in their native country are the images of protest people actually experience. The protestors certainly not as happy as the perfectly casted multi-racial group of actors walking down this very well lit street with no menacing or threatening police officers present any step of the way. Hell, they even found time to place pretty people to eat next to the protests while it was happening. The police aren’t in riot gear, apparently seeing no threat from this massive group of protesters singing and dancing their way towards them.
Now look, I work in advertising for big brands™. I know major corporations are risk averse and don’t want to alienate potential consumers who don’t share in what should be non-controversial views like equality and freedom of expression. But they are. But that’s why no one has ever asked a corporation to make a fucking resistance commercial. If you aren’t going to be on the ground with organizers and protesters, or helping to pay legal funds for those wrongly incarcerated or even at the very fucking least, providing food and beverages to people who are taking hours at a time out to speak out on something they believe in, then don’t use a movement for your own commercial gain.
2- Tropes, (Un)intentional Racism, More Tropes
All black people are good for in commercials are for hip hoppity dancing, tattoos, giving dap and staring lustfully at white women.
All the people of color in this ad are mostly used to check boxes provide accent color to what is an otherwise whitewashed scene.
This is an especially embarrassing lack of effort in representation when one considers the context in which the subjects are being portrayed.
3- Our White Savior
Ohhhh boy what in the actual fuck?!!?!
Another white woman swoops in to save the day. I wish Pepsi had Melania Trump’s number so that I can get past a few of the issues currently concerning me.
I would’ve had a problem with this closing scene if it was from just about anyone but we’ll get to the actual ending in a bit. The fact that it’s a fucking Kardashian Jenner – the physical embodiment of wealth, entitlement and privilege in America – shifts this ad from just terrible advertising toward the realm of parody, absurdity and offensiveness.
Do you remember the protests in Baton Rouge after Alton Sterling was gunned down by police officers?
This is the lasting image of those protests. Ieshia Evans is walking up to a group of white police officers dressed like they’re ready to confront ground troops in Northern Iraq, and able at a moment’s notice to gun her down.
The ending of this thing is even more absurd. Once Jenner hands the very peaceful policeman the can of Pepsi, the crowd goes crazy, like they were all Tyrone Biggums and it was time for the free crack giveaway.
If I knew all I had to do to avoid being shot by the police while black was carry a Pepsi around with me, I would’ve been doing it this entire time.
“Being Latina, I’m super close with my family. I love them, and I love spending time with them. I love being at my grandma’s house and eating her food.” — Happy 28th Birthday, Emeraude Toubia (March 1, 1989)
But finally the Wonder Woman movie is here. And for me, it was glorious. I hope it is for you too.
Patty Jenkins has delivered one of the best superhero movies ever. Gal Gadot was just the right balance of fish out of water and kick ass.
There were tears from both me and my daughter at the end of our viewing last night. I am going back to see it again tomorrow.
So go. Go see a female superhero on the big screen. Go see a movie where a woman can be heroic and human (even if she not quite). Go get shivers as Wonder Woman makes her debut on the field of war. And go and see what a good DC film looks like.
I'm seeing a lot of polarized opinions about season 4 and speaking of being divided...What was up with the grand-canyon-level crotch gap in that Sheith hug???
listen,, li sTE n,,
because there are only so many asks about crotches I can handle and I wanna sort this out now, so:
A lot of Keith and Kuron’s interactions feel stilted and ingenuine, it’s true. But I’d argue the hug is very much anything but. For one thing, it comes right after this very heartfelt admission. Kuron says, “But just know that we’re here for you whenever you need us.” We, us--Kuron focuses on the team’s support as a whole, but that’s not what Keith acknowledges. Instead, Keith puts the entire focus solely on Kuron, saying, “I know you are. And I can’t tell you how much that means to me.” Singular you instead of something like “you guys” or “you all.” Keith specifically thanks Kuron here, and that sure seems romantic to me. He doesn’t even look at the others when he says it–it’s obvious who those words are for and where all his attention is. He has eyes only for Kuron.
Now, compare that to Matt. After they hug, Kuron says, “Pidge never gave up on finding you.” Not I was looking for you, or I knew you were out there. As with always, we see that how “Shiro” feels about Matt really only comes up in relevance to Pidge. There’s not that same connection there we see with Keith and “Shiro.”
Anyway, after Keith tells Kuron how much his support matters, the transition to the hand clasp and hug is just immediate. Like, after Keith says that, they both know they’re going to hold each other in their arms. It’s not even a question. No hesitation. And unlike the post-BOM hug, we get a good enough vantage point to really see “Shiro’s” face here. And Kuron looks just as touched and moonstruck as Keith. It’s incredibly endearing
And when they walk in together–Keith’s smile just about killed me?? He’s just so at peace. This is the only place he once to be in the universe right now, and it really shows
The way their hands are clasped together in the middle and they gravitate towards each other, with this look of sheer bliss, and with the sunset like sky in the background–there’s some clear romantic undertones here.
Keith’s head is also nestled in “Shiro’s” shoulder again. His one hand is up against Kuron’s chest and his other’s on Kuron’s lower back. Nothing about this says “bro hug” to me. A lot of times people who aren’t that close will kinda turn their head away during a hug, unlike how Keith actively turns into Kuron to get closer. Take a look at Matt, he doesn’t do that:
And let’s compare more of Matt’s hug with Kuron to the sheith one–starts again with a handshake. But it’s clearly meant to just be a handshake. Matt is stiff and awkward and doesn’t know how to react. He calls “Shiro” sir and clearly isn’t as close with him. This is nothing like how Keith and Kuron clasp hands and seamlessly come together, something practiced and silently understood. They’re both perfectly at ease and on cloud nine while Matt looks completely lost.
The handshake itself? Incredibly awkward. Kuron still has that little smile, but there’s nothing like it on Matt’s end. It’s nothing like how tender Keith and Kuron looked when they clasped hands
like, there’s a clear difference
When Kuron tugs Matt closer without warning, it’s a really sweet gesture, but Matt is still REALLY STARTLED and looks like he has no idea what to do with himself. It’s kinda funny and cute. But like, it’s obvious this is way outside Matt’s expectations and comfort level. And you know, this is Keith we’re talking about. If you’d think anyone would be making this kind of face at being pulled into a hug, it’s him. Because that’s how Keith is with everyone who isn’t “Shiro.” It says a lot that Keith is so at home holding Kuron while it takes Matt completely by surprise–given Keith has so many qualms about intimacy we don’t see with Matt. And even Kuron, who’s very happy to see Matt and throws him into it–he doesn’t have that same loving look there he gives Keith. It feels more like a “bro hug” to me
Like, I literally don’t understand how their legs not touching make it less romantic, I?? And if you want to talk romantic tropes–other people have pointed it out before, but it’s common for a character to hug their love interest first and foremost before the rest of the cast joins in on a group hug. Like, that’s very much a thing. And you know what? When everyone jumps in, Kuron’s still holding on tight to Keith. He hasn’t let go for a second. They’re both at the center here, and it’s obvious this whole scene that their bond is the focal point. That sounds like the role of a love interest to me. Also, Keith’s hand is apparently on Kuron’s hip in the group hug, so I mean. I’d say you wouldn’t have to worry about some big awkward distance
These new Steven Universe episodes have taken me back to something regarding Peridot...
I always thought it was safe to assume that Peridot had suffered some sort of physical abuse on Homeworld - presumably from her senior - and that’s why she’s so visibly afraid of weapons, and seems to assume that people with weapons are going to hurt her in some way.
I refrained from posting about this a long time ago because I felt there wasn’t quite enough evidence to back it up. I mean, how do we know that the superiors on Homeworld can be physically aggressive to their underlings, when we’ve never even seen them? Could Peridot just be nervous by nature?
Thanks to Holly Blue Agate here, I think we might now have the answer.
I believe that the disdain Holly shows to the “lower” Gems here - and the physical and verbal abuse she subjects them to - is commonplace on Homeworld. They’re visibly terrified of her, and it’s very easy to see why.
Homeworld very much operates on a caste system, as we know; and those who aren’t right at the top appear to be treated quite badly at times. This is also somewhat exhibited by Peridot herself in Back To The Barn, when she’s extremely rude to Pearl and constantly talks down to her because she’s “just a Pearl”.
As well as Peridot’s blatant fear and flinching away from weaponry, there’s something else to consider - namely, this exchange in Message Received:
Yellow Diamond: “I will inform your manager of your incompetence”
Look at Peridot’s face here. She’s really, really not happy that her manager will be hearing of her failure - the thought of it seems to actually be terrifying her. And if her manager is
anything like Holly, then who can really blame her?
So… what sort of Gem could Peridot’s feared manager be, exactly?
Agate is of course a possibility, especially given how many different
variations of Agate there are, but I actually have a different idea - Emerald.
Real-life peridot is often referred to as “the poor man’s emerald”, so to me it makes perfect sense for the Peridots’ manager/superior to be an actual Emerald.
Anime News Network just published an interview with Trina Nishimura and Yui Ishikawa (Mikasa Ackerman’s english and japanese voice actresses) that took place at Anime Expo!
In this interview they talk, among other things, about their work in Season 2, their expectations regarding Season 3, and Mikasa’s relationship with Eren.
Here’s an excerpt of some of the most relevant questions:
Season 3 is coming next year. Since the manga’s been out for a little while, are the two of you going in blind or have you spoiled yourself for what’s coming next?
Trina: I don’t actually read the manga until after we finish recording because I don’t want to mess anything up and I like to go into each season and each episode fresh, not knowing what’s happened. And it’s awful. (laughs) Because I’m dying to know, and I know she reads the manga so I want to ask her questions, but I don’t want to spoil it. But I’m really excited.
Yui: Yes, I’ve read what happens in the manga in the future.
Is there a moment coming up that you’re the most excited to perform?
Yui: I’ve read what’s available so far, but I try not to reread too much ahead before the production of a season, because if I knew too much of the story, that could get in my way of performing for the story that’s being presented right now. I think that season 3’s going to take us to a certain part of the storyline where we can perhaps expect to see more struggles within humankind than humankind against titans. That story development will probably be very interesting in season 3 and would bring in more mystery to be resolved with some more clarifications on some mysteries. So I’m very excited and looking forward to taking part in season 3.
Season 2 ended with a big moment for Mikasa, when she finally confessed her feelings for Eren. In your opinion, do you think they make a good couple? Some fans say Mikasa needs someone more mature than Eren. What do you think of that?
Yui: Eren is not really reciprocating her feelings right now. So I’m not sure if they’re going to make a good couple at this time. For Mikasa it’s probably a little bit—it’s not enough for her, maybe? But hopefully. At the end, Eren did say to Mikasa “Yes, I’ll put this scarf on you over and over again.” Until that point, Mikasa’s always been chasing after Eren, but that was the first time Eren actually turned to her and said something like that to her instead. So maybe there is hope that they could make it.
Trina: I mean, I hope that they end up together, I hope that he—I don’t want to say “mans up” because that’s inappropriate—but I hope that he calms down a little and they ride off into the sunset together. That moment where she’s not straight-out saying “I love you!” obviously, she’s just kind of expressing how important he is to her and all of her motivation has been to keep him alive. For him, that moment says “I will always be there.” That’s such a touching moment, after the mental anguish of the scene prior, and then turning around and seeing her for the first time was so beautiful, and I hope that it works out, but he’s not the most reliable guy, so who knows?
Okay last question. Is the wait between seasons as hard for you as it is for the fans? Do you wish that it was a little bit more often than a year between twelve episode chunks?
Trina: Every day. I only know what the fans go through from what they tell me, and they’re very excited, and some even angry. Like, it’s not my fault! But it’s awful. It’s like the worst. I’ll talk to the English dub director, Mike McFarland, and I’m like “Is it here yet? Do we have it yet? Is it next month?” And he’s like “I don’t know, stop asking.” I’ll text him randomly, “Hey happy Tuesday. When’s it coming?” I’m very excited, very excited.
Yui: Yes, there were four years between season 1 and 2, however during that four years, the cast of Attack on Titan in Japan worked on a lot of different projects, games and various events and various collaborations, and also there was Attack on Titan: Junior High, so it didn’t feel like there was actually four years of waiting, because we were always involved somewhat. So it felt like when season 2 was decided it was like “oh finally!” but it also didn’t feel like it took four years. And within that four years, we had a deepened understanding of the characters, and I think we were able to bring that to season two and make it better, hopefully.
Imagine being a member of the Supernatural cast and during a panel being asked about you and Brendon.
“Hey, first of all I am really happy to be here and see you all!”
“Hey sweetehart” you smiled at the girl as did Jared, Jensen and Misha.
“So uhm this question is not very very relevant to the show but uhm since I have the chance I would like very much to uhm ask (Y/n)…” she trailed off at our name and you smiled at her.
“Go on” you laughed “I won’t bite”
“You mean hard!” Jensen pointed out and you rolled your eyes at him.
“I bite hard only at the people that annoy me to no end!” you said matter-of-factly and he gasped audibly, putting a hand over his chest.
“What are you implying?”
“I am not implying anything. I am stating it. You are annoying!”
“It was just one freaking kissing scene!” he eclaimed.
“Which I had to get right but couldn’t because you kept making funny faces! Or let’s not mention supposedly forgetting your lines! Hence- annoying!”
Jensen kept opening and closing his mouth but no words were comign out until- “My feelings had just been hurt” he pouted visibly as he looked at the crowd.
“Better than me hurting something else of your” you grinned and Jared and Misha laughed.
“Oh please when that happens I would like to be there and filming everything!” Misha laughed and so did you.
“Anyway, guys we have a fan here waiting to ask a question. Let’s not be rude. So what was it?”
She giggled slightly “Well despite that, it was an amazing scene for us but I wanted to ask about something that has to do with your real life and it’s…”
“What’s going on between you and Brendon Urie from Panic! at the disco?”
you instantly felt heat rise on your cheeks as the crowd ‘Woo’ed along with Jared and they clapped, cheering.
“Oh uh well-” you laughed nervously “About that-”
“Wait- what Brendon do they mean? How have I not met him yet?” Misha piped in and you mentally thanked him for a second.
“Oh you actually have. It’s the tall dude you found on (Y/n)’s trailer the previous I think week”
“Oh. Oh! You mean the one she seemed to be making out with?”
Yeah, not thanking Misha after all.
“Uh yes, yes. I actually liked him. He’s pretty much as crazy as I am!”
Jared laughed “Yeah that one” he shook his head.
“Oh wait a sec- is that the guy she’s posting photos with all the time? Hey I thought she was just going to collaborate with his band on their next album!”
“We actually are” you spoke up before any of them could say anything more, not that there really was anything left “Thanks a lot by the way” you glared at them and they laughed.
“But yeah, although I think you got your answer, Brendon and I- well, we wanted to wait a little while to make it official but yes yes we are dating.”
No sooner had you finsihed your sentence than the crowd errupted into cheers. They clapped and you laughed shyly.
“Yeah uh- neither of us can really tell you how this started. We- we’ve actually been friends for so long, went together in high school and quiet honestly if you asked me back then if I imagined myself in ten years, dating him I’d say no immediately but well-” you chuckled awkwardly “Her we are. I- I don’t really know how to describe it. But for the time being there is only one word that can describe how I feel when I am with Brendon, doing crazy stuff like when we were teens. Happy”
The crowd errupted into ‘Aw’s as did Jensen, Jared and Misha.
You laughed “Yeah, he uh really makes me feel happy. Like I got everything I need and after all this time of knowing him I am just sure there is no single thing that could pull us apart now.”
More ‘aw’s were heard and you smiled sheepishly at them.
Fantastic Wizards and Where to Find Them: A Field Guide
Close persons and friends may appreciate a list of all things Newt Scamander-related, to help them understand how to care for this unique creature. Here is a composed list, which shall be ongoing. Fantastic Wizards and Where to Find Them: A Field Guide - pg 1.
Brief notes and Findings:
When very deep in thought, Newt will usually put something to or in his mouth. Fingers pressed to lips, wand between teeth, or, in unfortunate circumstances, tie being chewed on. These are the signs of a happy, productive Newt, and should not be bothered. Make note to check back in several hours, as this Newt is likely to forget to eat.
An angered, protective Newt is a very dangerous Newt. He is very easily recognizable by sharp, command-like instructions, nonverbal spells cast at your assailant(s), and a need to stand in front of you. Note: This Newt is not harmful to you, and once all external dangers are removed, should be gently and cautiously talked down, both with quiet words and soft touches. Some outside assistance may be required; i.e. a light calming draught or a fluffy, non-violent creature.
When frustrated, Newt can become exceedingly waspish and sarcastic. Do not take these attacks to heart, and give him space. Your Newt will come to you with a proper apology eventually, and you can help him work through his most recent problem then.
Even at the best of times, a happy and content Newt will forget about basic necessities, such as eating and sleeping. It is important to make sure that he is getting enough of both, and has regular contact with those outside of his case, regardless of current research. Note: Exceptions must be made for creature hatchings, births, or injuries. Newt will not respond to any outside force during these times.
While very shy, Newt is an extremely tactile creature himself. If it’s noted that he has spent too much time sequestered away with his creatures, attempt small, forward gestures and light hair pettings. A Newt who is comfortable with you may offer cautious touches or hugs in return. Be sure to accept these, and reward all interpersonal behaviour with smiles, affectionate words, and treats. Note: Chocolate and marzipan are always accepted.
D’Arcy Carden photographed by Paige Winston for Brooklyn Magazine
You know, it’s funny—I call us the Four Babies, which is weird because it’s not like we’re even younger than Kristen—but Will and Jameela, and Manny (Carden’s non-Danson/Bell co-stars) and I, this is our first big thing, together. I mean our first big thing, because obviously Kristen and Ted are like old pros and have done plenty of shows and movies and everything. But Kristen and Ted are just as happy and excited to be there as we are. You think you’re going to be intimidated to work with Kristen or Ted, but so quickly that just goes away. They are so down to earth, and so happy to be acting, and happy to be acting for Mike Schur, who’s the most loving human alive.
It’s just … am I being too positive? It’s really the best damn job. It’s not just the cast, though. The crew and the writers, everybody’s very, very happy to be there. Mike Schur is a dream human. It doesn’t get any better. I think especially with the second season coming back—I remember one of the first scenes back in the second season was all six of us. And, we were like vibrating we were so excited. You know what I mean? Because we missed each other. It’s a damn blast.
Draco let out the breath he didn’t even know he was holding as he stepped through the fireplace and into his own living room. He could feel the tension in his shoulders slowly melting as he went through the familiar and comforting routine of stepping out of his shoes and placing them neatly against the side of the mantelpiece. He straightened the pair of ratty trainers next to his with a small fond smile on his lips.
Straightening up he headed to the hallway that lead to their bedroom through the living room, taking in the comforting feel of Harry’s magic as it gently caressed any patch of bared skin it could feel.
Opening the bedroom door, Draco’s smile widened as he took in the sleeping figure on their bed. All he could see of his husband was the top of his hair sticking up over the top of the quilt and one foot that poked out of the bottom. He could hear the light snores that told him Harry had been asleep for a while.
The magic he felt was stronger now, he could feel in envelope him more now he was in the bedroom and he didn’t mind one bit. When he had first discovered that Harry’s magic seemed to have a mind of its own when Harry slept, it had been a bit unnerving. What if it attacked him? But now, after ten years of being together, it was comforting. He knew he didn’t have anything to be truly worried of. When Harry’s magic did this, it was just echoing the last feelings that Harry had had towards whatever it touched. That was probably why every muggle alarm clock Harry had ever brought in here was always found smouldering in the corner the next morning.
Draco disrobed and hung his outer robes back up in his side of the wardrobe and threw everything else in the white plastic standing washing basket on his way into the small bathroom off of the bedroom. He quietly closed the door behind himself and set his wand on the sink before casting a silencing charm and turning on the shower.
The bathroom smelt like Harry’s shower wash and it made Draco smile even wider. No matter how many times he smelt or experienced it, it was always comforting on a very deep level knowing that his husband had been in here and done very normal things in the same space Draco had. He had felt safe and comfortable enough to do so. The apartment felt lived in and happy. Compared to his old one he had on his own. It was not empty and cold.
After taking as long as he could in the shower, he emerged from the bathroom in a puff of white steam with a large white towel wrapped around his waist. His hair hung limply on one side and dripped water into his eyes. He dried himself off as efficiently as possible, getting rid of the remnants of his day, leaving him clean and dry.
He summoned a pair of flannel pyjama bottoms from the top draw on the other side of the room and slipped them on, his back to the bed. Draco wondered what he should make for dinner, or whether Harry already had. There was no use in guessing whether Harry had by checking if he could smell anything. Harry hated the smell of lingering food and always spelled away any stubborn sent as soon as they were done eating.
Draco turned around back towards the bed and found two very intense green eyes staring back at him from the top of the quilt. He still felt his breath catch every time he caught those beautiful eyes looking his way.
“Did I wake you?” He asked softly.
Harry just shook his head and stretched. Draco followed the outline of his body through the quilt. He looked back up as he saw Harry reach an arm out.
“Come here” Came a very sleepy voice and Draco lifted an eyebrow. The hand made a grabby motion when Draco didn’t move and he couldn’t help the snort that left his lips.
“So demanding” He tutted but couldn’t help himself from walking towards the bed.
A small huff came from under the blanket as Harry fell back when Draco perched on the edge of the bed next to him. He lifted his hand and ran it through the unruly hair that fell into Harry’s eyes and fanned across the pillow underneath it.
Harry made a satisfied hum in the back of his throat and before Draco knew what was happening, a hand shot out from the quilt and pulled him forward by his arm. He ended up sprawled out, with Harry putting his head into the space between his neck and shoulder, nuzzling slightly. Draco let out a pleased sigh as he felt Harry’s stubble scratch across his skin. He really should pull away and let Harry sleep. He really didn’t mean to wake him up.
“You smell nice” Harry’s voice was thick with sleep and Draco tried his hardest to stop himself from wrapping himself around his husband.
“I showered” He murmured back, kissing the top of Harry’s head lightly.
“Mmm, I made dinner, it’s in the oven” Harry sat up a bit, his head resting on his elbow right in front of Draco’s. “I was going to wait up for you, I’m sorry” He looked apologetic and Draco just smiled even more.
“It’s okay” He took in the slight redness of Harry’s eyes and the small bags under his eyes “You can go back to sleep if you want”
Harry just smiled back at him “But I missed you” He reached a hand up and smoothed it through Draco’s hair making him tilt his head back slightly. “A lot” Those last words came out in a breathy whisper before Harry had moved forward and started kissing the length of Draco’s throat, purposefully rubbing his stubbled cheeks across the skin as he went.
“Harry” Draco warned in a slight moan, tilting his head back further. Harry needed his sleep, this is why he was just going to head straight to the kitchen. Harry was honestly insatiable and Draco needed to make him sleep if he needed it.
But Merlin, the way Harry’s lips felt ghosting across the sensitive skin under his ear and the sound of his soft breaths were making it hard to focus.
“Draco” Harry whispered back, nipping at Draco’s earlobe.
Draco closed his eyes and gripped the back of Harry’s head, moaning softly as Harry’s free hand slid across his side and pulled him closer. Harry was so warm, and he smelt so fucking good, Draco all but forgot about making him sleep.
It wasn’t until he was staring up at Harry, on his back that his senses came back to him. He wrapped his leg around Harry’s and flipped them.
Harry left out a breath and Draco pinned his hands next to his head, his hands around his wrists. He leaned down, ghosting his lips across Harry’s soft inviting ones and pushed his hips down, keeping Harry from bucking up.
“Go back to sleep Harry” He murmured.
Harry just stared up at him, a small pout on his lips but Draco wasn’t having it. He remembered the last time Harry had neglected sleep and he didn’t really want a repeat.
He pulled away and rolled off of the bed, tossing the covers back over Harry and purposefully tucking him in tightly ignoring Harry’s weak protests. That is how he knew Harry was exhausted. Normally he would have easily been able to push Draco off and manhandle his way out. Instead, he was just lying there with a pout on his face with his eyes half open.
“Sleep” He pointed at him, grabbed his wand and walked to the bedroom door. He waved his wand, sliding the curtains closed and took one last look at Harry. “I’ll see you in a bit love” He murmured and smiled at the way Harry’s mouth curved upwards at the name.
“Yeah” Was the sleepy reply he received. He pulled the bedroom door slowly and quietly shut behind him.
(just a collection and babble of happy thoughts abt newsies at the MUNY!!!!)
-I have to admit I wasn’t really looking forwards to another white dude as jack kelly (like cast actors of color! blease!) but jay armstrong johnson killed it and was very very very sweet and humble and lovely at the stage door.
-also he’s a dancer so we got dancer jack along with the other newsies which was AWESOME
-I think they changed up the harmonies for jack & crutchie in the Santa Fe (Prologue) a bit and it was like !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
-diverse n wholesome cast. some truly good boys !!!!!!!
-davey!!!!!! was so squeaky and anxious and good and perfect! spencer davis milford was awesome. (and then he had a really different voice and was really bro-y at the stage door which was hilarious)
-les. just. les!!!!!!!!! a very good dude!
-(also I haven’t said this yet but Daniel Quadrino? best Crutchie I’ve ever seen)
-MEDDA!!!!! I COULD MAKE A WHOLE POST ON MEDDA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! oh my GOD she was the star of the show I wept she was so gorgeous and she had these AMAZING costumes and she got more stage time in this production and she was seriously the most incredible thing in the show. like during her number she shed her dress and was in this SUPER COOL GREEN SEQUINED CORSET-Y THING AND DANG !!!!!! I DIED OH MY GOSH SHE WAS KILLIN THE GAME !!!!! JEEZ OH MAN I CANT EVEN DESCRIBE..
-(also her actress was BOMB and she was so cool and sweet and came back to my friend at the stage door to exchange instagrams cuz she liked my friend’s art it was SO SWEET)
-more Bowery Beauties! who had their own little jingle!
-tessa grady? phenomenal phenomenal phenomenal and rocked those kath outfits? yeah
-also ya know they couldn’t really do the RIDICULOUS CHOREO from the Broadway show so they did a lot of simpler dance numbers and worked with what they had but GOD WERE THEY AMAZING!!!
-at “even though we ain’t got hats or badges” one of the ensemble newsies looked at his hat like ???? ok Kelly
-in Watch What Happens kath was in a rolly chair and she rolled away when she did that happy squeak it was cute !!!
-the Most Beautiful racetrack higgins i have ever seen
-seize the day!!!!!!!! that is all. it was so pure.
-darker now but right before Santa Fe jack was sobbing and pacing around his penthouse choking out “crutchie” and GOD
-jay armstrong johnson hit this surprise high note during Santa Fe and it like slapped me in the face it was AMAZING !!!!!!
-KING OF NEW YORK!!!! THE ENERGY!!!! god it was phenomenal and kath’s tap skills and… AHH. katherine was more incorporated in this one and tapped along with them and it was PHENOMENALLLL. probably my favorite dance number.
-again. daniel quadrino = best crutchie ever. his voice… his acting… god
-at one point an ensemble newsie reached up to adjust his cap but there was no cap there. me too bud.
-BROOKLYN’S HERE!!!! I SCREAMED!!!! THE BROOKLYN NEWSIES RAN OUT INTO & THROUGH THE AUDIENCE SINGING THEIR HEARTS OUT AND BEIN ALL TOUGH!!! OHHH MY GOSH!!!!!!!!!! THE BEST BEST BEST BEST BEST. I will remember that for the rest of my life.
-spot…. was such an amazing spot.
-Something To Believe In was so… raw and real? god I was captivated. these poor kids..
-tessa grady is just such a phenomenal actor..
-during Once And For All right before the key change all of the other newsies came out from under the set in the shadows with their caps over their eyes and their heads down in this eerie orange light and OHHHH MY GOD!!!!!!!
-ALSO!!!! mixed in with the newsies at this point were actual KIDS as newsies singing their hearts out to this key change. they had actual people as old as the newsies in the ensemble for this part to make it more gut-wrenchingly beautiful. god.
-all the kidsies also had names (for example: Flounder)
-it ended so powerfully and well. gosh. gosh gosh gosh. it was phenomenal. I could feel it in my heart.
SORRY THAT THIS WAS SO LONG BUT YEAH IT WAS REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY AMAZING!!!! 💙💙💙💙💙