Happy pride month to gay men who don’t fit the idealised “skinny white boy” image! To black, brown, Latino, and Asian gay men who are constantly assumed to be straight just because of your ethnicity. To gay Sikh and Muslim men who receive far to little recognition. To fat gay men who have to deal with fatphobia and body shaming in a community that is supposed to be safe and welcoming. You are all valid and important members of the gay community, and the lgbt community as a whole
So I just completed a documentary title “Dancing in the Dark” which tells a story of the black and latino american gay experience and how it goes hand and hand with night culture and it would be super dope if you people were able to check out this film as it relate to current issues of today.
The sex scene in tonight’s episode of ‘American Gods’ between two Middle Eastern men actually made me more emotional than aroused.
The fact that we’re finally seeing so many gay men of color on screen is extremely uplifting. ‘Sense 8’, and ‘Moonlight’. Yeah I know there are other shows/movies out there as well. These works of art are going to mean a lot for gay men of color who have yet to feel validated in the LGBT community.
An incident occurred at CZW’s Proving Grounds last night that involved David Starr, and some less than friendly fans. Starr explains:
There is a section of fans that regularly throws change at me, and uses
the word “Jew” towards me in a negative way. This has gone on for
nearly a year at CZW. I have thick skin. You have to in order to be
involve with pro wrestling. For months I’ve just let this slide by, and
just gone with the flow. However, after seeing what I saw at
Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany I’m done letting this be ok.
I saw mounds of people, mounds that were mass burials from people who
were murdered simply for believing what they do. I will not stand for
this behavior any longer.
This is the second incident in the
past two weeks where I’ve had to speak up about fans acting this way
towards my Judaism. I don’t understand why these things are ok in 2016.
Why is it that people feel comfortable in being racist? Not only
comfortable being racist, but comfortable enough to act on in a public
setting amongst people they don’t know! This type of hate is not
warranted. Whether it’s against Jews, blacks, gays, Latinos, etc. NONE
OF IT IS OK.
There is a major difference between heckling at a
professional wrestling show, and this. You bought a ticket, say whatever
you want about the show, but DO NOT discriminate against the
performers, or anyone else for that matter.
When people say that Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the worst movie ever…..I just…what?
It is not even the wrst Star Wars movie. In fact, it is one of the better ones. Like, If i had to rank Star Wars movies, it would be the third best right after, Empire Strikes Back and New Hope. And I like Rogue One. Rogue One was fucking good. The Force Awakens is actually really fucking good.
“You just like A Force Awakens because there is a black guy.”
A first off, inclusion does not make a good movie. It’s nice to have and sometimes the exclusion of certain types of people is….intelligently dishonest and quite frankly racist/homophobic/sexist/ableist/(insert your oppression here), but it don’t make good movie. I mean Samuel L Jackson was in the prequels guys. Sure, he did next to shit in them, BUT MOTHERFUCKING SAMUEL L MOTHERFUCKING JACKSON was in the prequels. And those were shit. John Boyega’s inclusion did not make me like the movie more. It was his energy and excitement that did. John Boyega’s Finn was probably the most refreshing Star Wars character aside from Rey, which I’ll get to, in this franchise of one note characters. I like Finn’s arc. I like how it directly parallels Kylo Ren’s except form completely different positions of power. Kylo Ren was a badass Jedi that was trained by the biggest badasses in the galaxy with badass parents who were the bastion of badass goodness and he turned to the dark side, away from his parents for reasons…that aren’t exactly explained. Finn was raised by the Empire, knew nothing by the Empire, and chose on his own to leave the moment he felt uncomfortable with actually doing what he was trained to do all of his life. He is an irrelevant storm trooper who replaced the dubiously competent clones. Yet his betrayal had so much force in impact on the movie and his energy and overall passion made the movie for me.
And even if I did like TFA because they included a black,gay,female character, so the fuck what? Star Wars is one those franchises that are best served to include everybody…something DC and Marvel are learning. IT IS THE HIGHEST GROSSING FRANCHISE OF ALL TIME. That means it should be a good time for everybody. It is not some closet fucking geek niche Everyone in their mom and dad has a connection to this franchise, black or white. It is an international phenomena that a kid in United States could grasp just as well as some Yemenis refugee in Syria. You can’t know ten people without one of them being familiar with Star Wars. So yeah, the three main characters in TFA are a woman, a black guy, and a gay Latino man, and they are awesome. Y’all still gravitate to the angsty white guy anyway! But yeah, whatever.
But I digress. Honestly, I did not know that there was so much vitriol towards Star Wars from people who are assholes quite frankly. Why the fuck would take Max Landis’s criticism so seriously since he seems to turn up his criticism of characters that are not white and/or male? I am not calling him racist or sexist, but it is a consistent thing with him where he can excuse Superman’s perfection and general unbeatableness, but will defend why Scarlett Johansan should be in Ghost in a Shell, in spite of everything about Ghost in a Shell being VEY JAPANESE. See…I can’t take him seriously. Or that asshole black kid who looks like an asshole that’s on Youtube? Lucas or whatever. You know who I am talking about. That asshole kid who just wants to be as pretentious as possible. Or CiniSins. That guy is a misogynist who refuses to see women characters as anything but eye candy that gets him warm in his pants.
But I am done with the ad hominem attacks(Yes, I am aware that I engaged in logical fallacy to attack people’s stances), let me state why people are wrong about TFA.
1. Rey is not a Mary fucking sue.
I know Mary Sues. I fucking dealt with Mary Sues, Gary Stus, and the like. I READ COMIC BOOKS AND WATCH PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING. From Sally Acorn, Bella Swan, Nazi Captain America, Post- One More Day Peter Parker, 616 TONY STARK, Avengers Arena/Undercover Arcade and that white girl who kept killing everybody that for all intents and purposes were better than her, Roman Reigns, John Cena, Nikki Bella, and SUPERMAN,, I do not like overpowered, conveniently perfect characters. But in Rey’s case, everything she does makes sense as the story in TFA gives you a lot of inference of her capabilities.
“I does she know how to fly the Millenium Falcon and know how to repair it. I mean she is a woman.”
SHE FUCKING SCAVENGES FALLEN BATTLESHIPS FOR A LIVING. She literally works in a ship junkyard. You see this in the first part of the damn movie. So you can infer that she has some knowledge of ships. And when she and Finn are running for their lives on Jakku, she speifically rebuts Finn’s concern that they need a pilot by saying that they already have one. Again, Rey is not the greatest shit in the cockpit that has ever flew…like Anakin and Luke who have even less of a reason of being so gifted than Rey does. She is able to navigate the ship well enough to escape which I don’t have to suspend my disbelief at all for because I’ve seen Han make “daring maneuvers in that same ship” by literally turning left slightly and it threw the empire off so yeah.
“How does she know to wield a lightsaber.”
One of her first scenes show that she is capable of using melee weapons. She beats up a group of thieves trying to mug her with a staff. Like why weren’t you paying attention?
“She couldn’t have beaten Kylo Ren”
She could have if Kylo was hurt and injured…like fucking shot with a blaster that knocks motherfuckers off their asses. Literally the scene before the lightsaber duel. That Ren is shown visibly injured. And that he is trying to pulverize the wound so he can keep fighting. DO YOU WATCH MOVIES WITHOUT READY TO POUNCE ON THEM, YOU FUCKING EDGELORD?
Yeah, he was injured. That is why Finn and she stood a chance against Ren, who was trained by Luke Skywalker. This is another logical beat that the story shows you. That you are not catching because you are too busy hating that Rey is a capable woman not being adorned in a metal bikini….yeah, I fucking said it.
“How does she know about Jedi Mind Tricks”
If you did not question that fly dude that was essentially Anakin’s slave master in the Phantom Menace’s knowledge of Jedi Mind Tricks, but question Rey’s knowledge of it? Guess what? You are probably are sexist. Jedi Mind Tricks in this setting have been treated as common knowledge. Jabba knew about him and lives in a shit hole on an outer rim planet. That fly slave master literally could not take credit cards, but he knew of Jedi Mind Tricks. Han knew of Jedi Mind Tricks before he took off Tatooine, and he just considered them folk tales. People know what Jedi are and what the Force is. They always have. Yes, even women can learn about stuff. AMAZING THAT. And this series has constantly pushed the point that even if character is not fluent in the force, they can still use it.
“But Rey out forced Kylo.”
No, she shown a natural proficiency in a very advanced Jedi technique that even Qui-Gone Jin was not terribly good at. Anakin is not great at Jedi Mind Tricks either. Luke Skywalker was not that proficient either. You want to know who was great at Jedi Mind Tricks? Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Oooooh, Obi-Wan was great with Jedi Mind Tricks and so was Rey? HMMMM, THAT’s STRANGE?!!
It’s this thing called a mystery and you should appreciate set-ups or else you ask questions that spoil it for you. Not every movie is going to tell you everything right away. Sometimes…you have to figure it out. This is called inference.
2. It copies a New Hope.
Oh, fuck. It pays homage to a New Hope by using familiar story elements, but it also uses said familiar story elements differently by creating a new story. There is no Han equivalent in this movie except Han. And you can’t really shit on Han for being like Han…There is no true Luke equivalent and if you want to say that Rey is exactly like Luke, then I say,”you don’t know Star Wars.” Rey living in a desert alone and stranded with the patent motivation of waiting for her family is different from Luke who had family, but wished to see the galaxy beyond who just happened to live in a desert planet. The motivations of the characters are different. Even the personalities are different since Luke is brash and impatient like his father while Rey is extremely patient and logical. and rational like…if you haven’t figure d it out yet, I am not going to ruin for you.
And yeah, you could have wished for a original story, but original does not mean better. The prequels were original, but they were shit. For the Force Awakens to introduce new characters that would drive the new plot as well as continue Star Wars lore, it had to pay similar elements for a New Hope. It is a new beginning of trilogy and I ensure you that the second movie of the new trilogy will be remarkably different than any Star Wars movie.
“But Rogue One did not use any elements from either trilogy.”
It did not have to. The entire point of Rogue One was to branch to trilogies together. It did not introduce new characters that you, the viewer, had to be intimately familiar with for a long time.
Because spoiler alert, they were going to die. The movie gave you characters that you related to, and became attached to, and rooted for, and ultimately cried as well cheered when they succeeded and their fates were sealed. Rogue One’s(the group, not the movie) impact created a New Hope and amplified the significance of that title. It made everything about the first movie better and that is what entries in franchises should do. The Clone Wars series made the Prequels better even though the Prequels arguably made the first series worse.
The Force Awakens, in contrast, could not introduce new characters out of nowhere unless it branched to the first series. It had to connect somehow. And with Carrie Fisher dead, Mark Hamil on his way out, and Harrison Ford aging, we needed a new cast for a new trilogy that in no way could have stood on it’s own without any reference to the previous series.
You don’t need to watch the other movies to understand The Force Awakens. And that is how it should be because Stars is, and I repeat, the HIGHEST GROSSING FRANCHISE OF ALL-TIME. The movie caters to you whether you watched the previous two trilogies or it’s lesser known entries, or not. It’s a fun movie that is a good time for everyone and that does not make it terrible.
I admit that The Force Awakens is not some movie you watch over and over again because it does not hold up if you do(*cough* no Star Wars movie does really, but whatever). But Star Wars is literally dumb movie personified. It is good for the one time and if you really want to rewatch again, sure. Do it but it is not going to get better if you do. It is a good time? But terrible movie? Excuse me, but have you seen Man of Steel? Suicide Squad? Iron Fist? Terrible shit. No enjoyment can be had in these movies with your brain turned on. But if you go to the Force Awakens already hating black people and women, thus you want to hyper-critque it without enjoying the movie, then honestly, you are for one, a terrible person to watch shit with, and for two, you are intentionally ruining the enjoyment of the movie for yourself.
Yeah, you can have valid criticism, but nothing about the Force Awakens was offensively bad or illogically inconsistent. It is not perfect, but no stretch, but bad movie? Haha, okay. You can nitpick things and may just not like how JJ Abrams’ directorial style or may not like the acting too much because it is super cheery. And that is cool, man. But those aspects don’t make a movie terrible.
C: I am one few gay dark-skinned afro-latinx men at my predominantly white college and I am feeling hella lonely/inadequate. I just turned 19 this weekend. I’m pretty bad at talking to men that I find cute/being direct with them. I’ve hooked up with a lot of guys here and they end up curving me/rejecting me/tossing me to the side like a piece of meat. The queer white men here are crusty and the queer black/men of color are pretty wack and don’t really acknowledge my existence. Most of my close personal friends have left/will be leaving the school so I don’t have a complete support system. And I am super jealous of my best friend. He’s a super hot queer black man who goes to another PWI but has hella black people at his school and gets way more attention from men because he’s way cuter and more charismatic. I always compare myself to him and it’s really bad but it’s hard not to when he gets so much love from everyone. I’ve been suicidal in middle school, and have had some self-hating thoughts return to my life. It’s been a struggle and a half to keep loving myself in this place and remind myself that I’m worthy of love when I feel like I’ve been kinda pushed aside ya know. Any advice? Tips for loving yourself? i need help.
On this day in music history: May 19, 1990 - “Vogue” by Madonna hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 3 weeks, also topping the Club Play chart for 2 weeks on the same date. Written and produced by Madonna and Shep Pettibone, it is the eighth chart topping single for the pop music superstar born Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone. Collaborating with club DJ, remixer, and producer Shep Pettibone, Madonna decide to come up with a non-album B-side for the “Like A Prayer” albums’ fifth single “Keep It Together”. The singer is inspired by dancers she sees at the New York City club The Sound Factory doing a stylized dance called “voguing”. Originating in New York’s black and latino underground gay clubs and drag balls as early as the 1960’s, the dance takes its name from the fashion magazine “Vogue”, with the dance being a series of “angular, rigid hand, arm, leg and body movements” designed to look like the person is posing like a model while they are moving. When Madonna lets Warner Bros. know of her original intent to the use the song as a B-side, their great enthusiasm for the track persuade her to release it an A-side instead. “Vogue” is also added to the album “I’m Breathless” which includes songs from the film “Dick Tracy” in which she plays the character Breathless Mahoney. The songs popularity is further heightened by a memorable and striking black and white video directed by David Fincher (“Fight Club”, “Se7en”), featuring several of the dancers Madonna originally sees performing the dance, becoming dancers on the “Blonde Ambition Tour” in 1990. Entering the Hot 100 at #39 on April 14, 1990, it leaps to the top of the chart five weeks later. In 2010, “Vogue” is featured in “The Power Of Madonna” episode of the television show “Glee”, when the song is used in a spoof of the music video performed by actress Jane Lynch. The same year, Madonna and co-writer/producer Shep Pettibone are sued by Salsoul Records, claiming that “Vogue” samples a portion of The Salsoul Orchestra’s disco classic “Love Break”. The court eventually settles the lawsuit in Madonna’s favor. As a result of the suit, Warner Bros stops publishing royalty payments to Pettibone, who files suit against WB Music and Warner/Chappell Music in April of 2017, claiming that he is owed more than $500,000 in back royalties. To date, the suit is still pending. “Vogue” is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.