whenever people say that the oa isn’t a diverse show i’m just like…… first of all this show is co-written and directed by an openly gay iranian man, also co-written by a woman, has a score by another openly gay iranian man, has a trans boy playing a trans boy character, has teenage boy characters that aren’t masculine to the point of being toxic, gives an older woman a ‘heroic’ and positive role in the story, and the creators plan on putting more lgbt characters in it’s upcoming season. like, yes, the show is in need of more female characters that aren’t white, but lmao this website acts like this show is comparable to the trash of 13rw just because it was renewed???
1. Iranian women attend a ceremony to recite verses of the Quran, Islam’s holy book, during the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan at the shrine of Saint Mohammad Helal Ibn Ali in the city of Aran and Bidgol, some 140 miles (225 kilometers) south of the capital Tehran, Iran. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
2. Worshippers sit at the shrine of the Shiite Saint Abdulazim during Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan in Shahr-e-Ray, south of Tehran, Iran. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
Women attend an Iftar, the evening meal in which Muslims break their fast at the time of sunset, in the first day of Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan at the shrine of Shiite Saint Abdulazim during in Shahr-e-Ray, south of Tehran, Iran. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
Women perform their evening prayers, at the shrine of Shiite Saint Saleh during the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan in northern Tehran, Iran. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
An Iranian man prays at Jame mosque of Tehran’s old main bazaar during the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan, Iran.(AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
6. Men and women recite verses from the Quran, Islam’s holy book, during a mass religious ceremony to mark the holy month of Ramadan at the shrine of Saint Mohammad Helal Ibn Ali in the city of Aran and Bidgol, Iran. (Morteza Nikoubazl/Zuma Press)
7. Preparing for iftar at Imam Reza holy shrine in Iranian city of Mashhad. (Alalam Photo
Iranian family break their fast with an Iftar meal outside Emamzadeh Saleh mosque in Tajrish square in northern Tehran during the holy month of Ramadaan. (AFP/Atta Kenare)
One of the world’s most respected and innovative scientists, Nima Arkani. He has served on the faculty at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, was formerly a professor at Harvard University and the University of California, Berkeley. Arkani also has been a recipient of the Fundamental Physics Prize along with a number of other notable honors. He is a brilliant theoretical physicist, definitely a favorite! Check him out.
what the fuck is ghost quartet even about - a tentative explanation
The only ‘fact’ in Ghost Quartet is the story told in The Wind and Rain, where Rose kills Pearl (pushes her in the river) because she’s convinced the Astronomer was cheating on her with Pearl. Within the narrative, however, we have to believe that the dark deal that Rose tried to make with the Bear (possibly allegorically a bear? Like really he was a hitman or a witch or some shit?) and the fact that Pearl mentions Rose believes in the 'Oversoul’, the idea that all souls in the universe are connected, means that Rose is aware of all her past and future reincarnations. All parts of the story take place in a very handwavy-whatever point in history but let’s just go with it.
All the character Brittain plays are versions of Rose Red. That’s: Rose Red; Modern Rose (the one we hear in the Camera Shop, and the one who takes the picture of Modern Pearl dying); Roxie Usher; Starchild; Dunyazad (Scheherazade’s stepdaughter, I think).
All the characters Gelsey plays are versions of Pearl White. That’s: Pearl White; Modern Pearl (the one in the camera shop and the one who dies at the train station); the Soldier (who Rose seduces for her honey); Lady Usher; and Scheherazade.
The same goes for Dave and Brent’s characters, but they’re really just background. For Dave, that’s: the Astronomer; Shah Zuman (Scheherazade’s husband, and incidentally eventually also the old Iranian man referenced with the ability to speak to ghosts); Edgar Usher; the Driver (on the Subway); and either the Miller or the Fiddler, which isn’t clarified. For Brent, that’s: the Bear; the Pusher; and either the Miller or the Fiddler, which again, isn’t clarified.
So, Rose wants Pearl dead. Old Rose pushes Old Pearl in a river; Old Rose kills the Soldier in an alley to take her honey; Modern Rose pays the Pusher to push Modern Pearl under a subway train (either that or she just magically knows what the Pusher’s gonna do, him being the son of one of her reincarnations - he’s Roxie’s brother); Dunyazad knows her father will kill Scheherazade; Roxie 'comes back from the dead’ to scare Lady Usher to death; only Starchild doesn’t have it in for Pearl. This is because Starchild is a bit confused, and thinks she’s a reincarnation of Pearl, claiming that she was the one pushed under the train.
Rose is fully aware of what’s happening to her. The other characters are partially or somewhat aware, to various degrees (the Soldier doesn’t seem to be, but Lady Usher is, knowing about Modern Pearl’s death) which is why they’re so obsessed with ghosts and finding out about their 'ghosts’ - their reincarnations. Possibly the reason why 'ghosts’ are referenced so much thematically is because of the song where some version of Rose expresses her desire to be a ghost (Any Kind of Dead Person). Rose’s defining quality is basically bitterness - except for Starchild, who’s a sweetie.
The far left have begun to settle down and openly acknowledge the influence of imageboards in swaying politics and driving the cultural narrative. What’s more, they have come to realize they no longer have the cultural capital of youth to rely on after a decade of polarisation due to unchecked social justice progressive identity politics.
But they still don’t comprehend that the meme power of 4chan is only effective because it is resonating with youth who face increasingly aggravating conditions and quality of life. Youth who threw their hopes behind obama, ronpaul, occupy and Bernie sanders; only to see their enthusiasm crushed and rolled back into reasserting the establishments grip. Radicalism ensues where democratic representation is systematically denied.
The far left are the underdog now via years of broadly held negligence of the responsibility in commanding the narrative and ignorance in the face of a radically transformed global order that undermines antiquated mainstream values of hopeful multiculturalism and cultural relativism.
The radical left can’t “punch” their way out of this one when the next generation despises them for their clearly desperate, if not amusing violence to cover for the lack of an answer or left wing vision to deal with this new global (dis)order of late stage capitalism and the decay of western led globalism. Youth identify that, past punching back nazis, the left offers nothing constructive or reassuring to the dangers and issues of contemporary nature. If not that, the previously outspoken icons of progressive values circa 2010-2015 have gone silent either from exhaustion from social justice callout hysteria (that eviscerated progressive millenial leadership) or persistent news of cognitive dissonance triggering events (if not plainly emotionally overwhelming) like upset right wing victories (trump, brexit) and exponentially growing islamic terrorism/violence that becomes an ever increasing obstacle course to be an apologist for.
So yeah. If you look into left wing discourse today, all you see is a frantic agitation and alarm toward the far right, culminating in a single rallying cry: “punch nazis.”
There is little else to glean from the left today but this call to action, which is figuratively a desperate cry to return to the liberal normalcy and assumed permanence of 5 years ago. Unless. Of course, you look into Leninist and other staunchly communist circles of discourse that remain undeterred in their criticism of western geopolitical and social hegemony, while other radical left have turned to uphold these corrupt systems in their desperation to fight back a rising tide of fascists and nationalists. Hence the odd sight of pop-anarchists marching in the wake of brexit, in defense of the EU, a supranational entity to primarily benefit the corporate elite of the richest member states of the union.
Because of this, youth now increasingly favour far right dogma because it is the only political force that offers a path out of this shit, even if it means walking back the achievements of the mainstream left. The radical and moderate left only offers more hopeful ignorance and desperate antifa posturing (co-opted from anarchists) in spite of monthly Salafist attacks in europe that continues to erode the social democrat Foundation they stand on the shoulders of.
This leads to curious cases such as Jon tron, a man of Iranian heritage, grasping onto white nationalist talking points in what appears to be a a spell of self-loathing and disillusionment.
Without a constructive and unapologetic platform to captivate aimless, frustrated people in the middle, struggling in the new global order left by boomers (and gen x), the left will continue to lose ground in dramatic fashion.
They are waking up, but are still slowly and begrudgingly peeling back sedimentary layers of accumulated progressive arrogance and hubris that made the left an ineffectual if not functionally reckless laughing stock of a political idealism the past decade.
Intersectionality will be the key in the left wing’s future platform to rise against the alt right, but not in the way progressives of the 10’s have mismanaged it, but in accommodating the issues, awareness and especially the internal criticisms of the wide world and it’s various ethnic, social conditions.
Perhaps a global community of autonomous platforms and critics mindful of sovereign limitations and conditions. Not total universal values, protectionism and collectivism, but common grounds..
Or something. Hard to give words to it.
I’ve been giving a lot of thought toward what a functioning left wing platform could be.
When you’re talking about the recent rise of Nazism don’t let Australia off the hook.
Human Rights Watch released a Human Rights Report early this year slamming Australia’s barbaric policies. The report condemned the government’s failure to protect children in detention, limits to the rights of people with disabilities, lack of marriage-equality, and the fact that indigenous adults are 13 times more likely to be imprisoned than any other group.
Even more terrifying, Australia also has inhumane concentration camps for asylum-seekers which journalists and immigration lawyers are banned from visiting. The public knows very little about what happens to the people taken there because the government won’t disclose any information.
The “detention centres” are far from major cities, heavily gaurded, surrounded by razor wire, and all staff are prohibited from sharing any information on the conditions in the camps, or reporting any abuse of detainees.
We do know that the Immigration Department caused the death of Hamid Khazaei by delaying him any medical treatment. Why? We have no idea.
We know at least one raped and pregnant detainee was taken to Port Moresby for an illegally performed abortion. Why wasn’t she taken to Australia where the procedure is legal and safe? We don’t know.
We know an Iranian man known only as Omid committed suicide by setting himself on fire in the Nauru detainee camp last year. Why? Presumably the conditions of the camps are a living hell and it was an act of protest.
When Nazi Germany set up concentration camps the purpose was to keep the wider society “safe” from undesirable groups such as Jewish people. The general public had little knowledge of the awful conditions of the camps, and very few of them cared because it didn’t impact them.
This isn’t new behaviour. It’s terrifying and horrible and needs to be stopped.
Don’t let Australians get away with laughing at Trump and the Alt-Right when their own government is corrupt and doesn’t even follow basic human rights standards.