sophie and ed

I rewatched the Ed Sheeran scene to fully understand why the world was so offended by it and surprise surprise, I still don’t get it! 💁
He sang a sweet melody and said two words. That’s it. Why are people so angered by this? He was HIRED to do a job and he did it. 
People are reacting as if though Ed forced himself into the HBO offices and demanded a cameo…thats not how it works! That hate should be redirected at HBO productions for casting him. They wanted Ed Sheeran in the scene, they got him…DEAL WITH IT! 
And honestly Ed Sheeran is the last public figure that deserves this online drag fest.
Plus all of this social media outrage pulled complete focus from how amazing the season opener was; and the public had no one to blame but themselves for that. Shame. Do better next time Game Of Thronies!

All of the Game of Thrones cast ended up around my house the other day, really randomly,“ Sheeran said. "And they ended up getting subjected to a listening session.”
The 25-year-old “Castle on the Hill” singer revealed that actors Alfie Allen, Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner and Kit Harington were among the partygoers, along with former Scrubs star, Braff.
“That was a weird one,” he admitted. “It was quite a weird night because there was a party going on … and I got back to [my house] at 2, and then I just got a text being like, ‘Oh, the party’s over. Can we come to yours?’ and I was just about to go to bed, and I was like 'Oh, alright. Whatever.’ And then all of them turned up and it was really surreal.”
Sheeran also said that he’s a “massive, massive” fan of the HBO fantasy drama, and that the actors are “really fun” to hang with.
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Ed Sheeran, Entertainment Tonight

WHAT?!?!?!

  • Thomas: Hey guys do you dare me to make out with Jimmy?
  • Daisy and Mrs. Patmore: No.
  • Thomas: [shaking his head and chuckling] I can’t believe you guys are making me do this.
  • Daisy and Mrs. Patmore: We’re not.
  • Jimmy: Shut up, let the man talk.
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“I’ve been coming here since I was a kid. My dad used to bring me, and… I never once thought about that… I was always fascinated with how his was built that every single piece of stone os held in place by the pressure of the one next to it. It’s based on measurements, calculations, precision. There’s a truth to this building.”  

someone: cory michael smith is such a homophobe!! he’s so gross and awful and he wanted to beat up robin because he hates gays –

me, a queer:

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“[The Riddler] is someone who is a showman, and is elegant. I think it’s most appropriate based on where we started, which was this like clunky, socially inept, gawky, awkward, tense guy that was like scooting around the G.C.P.D. to becoming this man who has some prowess, and some power, and is like smooth in his presentation.”

reasons why i wish we’d seen ed’s trial before he went to arkham:

  • jim giving his testimony, explaining what happened after he went to visit ed in his apartment, and the prosecution asking jim why he went to see ed in particular, and jim saying “because he was my friend”
  • jim on the stand, unable to look at ed because ed was his colleague and his friend, but ed tried to frame him and was more than willing to kill him and how does he even deal with that?
  • the defence asking jim if ed displayed any signs of mental instability in the weeks leading up to his attempt on jim’s life, and jim slowly realising that he’d noticed ed muttering to himself, or talking to someone who wasn’t there, and he’d just put it down to “nygma being weird”, but now he can clearly see that ed was suffering
  • ed hearing jim saying, again and again, that he was his friend, that he trusted him, and having to reconcile that with how he thought that jim just “pitied him”
  • jim admitting that he feels guilty about being unable to help ed before this all spiralled out of control
  • ed talking to a psychiatrist so they can determine if he’s sane enough to stand trial, and saying that he had to kill jim because jim knew he’d killed kristen. and obviously that doesn’t match up with jim claiming he had no idea, so the psychiatrist realises that ed is suffering from paranoid schizophrenia
  • jim and ed being unable to look at each other during the entire court proceeding because they were friends and they cared about one another, and now everything’s changed and everything hurts

Something I’ve been thinking about lately…the whole “Jews in Hollywood” argument that antisemites like to trot out as an extension of the Jews Control the World belief and something that, unfortunately, a lot of people who wouldn’t be considered antisemites believe too. 

It’s the same reason why you can find many Jewish people working in banking–historically convenient as it was one of the few professions open to them, and something that was carried over today. Before the start of talkies, movies (and a little before them, theatre) were seen as lowborn entertainment, fit only for the basest of the masses; real art, real entertainment, something that only the educated upper crust could truly appreciate, was to be found in writing, reading, and other activities like boating and walking. 

Sure, Shakespeare’s plays were popular with pretty much every Elizabethan Londoner. We still read about Aristophanes, and Dorian Gray is still one of the most popular Gothic stories ever. But just because there were exceptions, even the most widely known playwrights and actors and, later, studio teams were still regarded as unseemly. They were considered to be on par with prostitutes and the rest of the societal underclass. This was aided by the fact that their earnings were low, many often had to prostitute themselves to supplement their meagre incomes, and what they did earn was usually on a play-by-play (and movie-by-movie) basis and mostly went to paying the renting costs of the theatre, inn or what have you that hosted them. 

They depended on patronage so that they wouldn’t starve, and, along with the unfortunate fact that Plato’s railings against mimetic art in general still held strong, led to the moral and social disapproval against theatre and movies. It was lessened a bit by the fact that in the West during the 17th and 18th century more of the upper class attended plays, but this in turn only created a divide between “tasteful”  theatre and popular theatre. 

This was carried over to the movies –  nickelodeons (named for the fact that the entrance fee was a nickel in the US) and matinees were popular with a working class barely starting to transition out of the Industrial Revolution, drastically changing their leisure habits in an age when free time was still mostly a thing for the rich. Movies were projected to a large amount of people, usually in tents, converted store fronts, or even the street. 

It is of no surprise then, that a large portion of acting troupes and playwrights were made up of poor immigrants and the lower class in general – in the US, for example, the Irish and Jews (to say nothing of the overwhelmingly Ashkenazi presence in Western entertainment). Modern Jewish comedy has its roots in the big presence Jewish actors had in theatre, especially vaudeville – Ziegfield Follies, anyone?– and the subgenre of Yiddish theatre. Most people have heard of the Marx Brothers, Sarah Bernhardt, Sophie Tucker, Ida Rubinstein and Ed Wynn. 

With all of the prejudice towards the theatre extended to movies, again, this was one of the few places Jews could excel in. And it’s for this reason that all of the Big Six Hollywood movie studios, with the exception of Disney, were started by Jews. Not because some tinfoil toting conspiracist thinks that this is just ZOG in action.