Hi, Wil! I'm not trying to be antagonizing. You seem to be rather progressive, and really vocal on a lot of social issues. I'm bringing this up because I feel like you'd take it seriously. Using 'spirit animal' is kinda uncool. Different forms of it belong to specific cultures that are already having a hard time with erasure/delegitimization, partially through appropriation. I've heard suggestions of using 'patronus', or 'daemon' (from His Dark Materials trilogy) as alternatives. Cheers!
I got a lot of messages like yours that were bordering on antagonizing, but I’ll respond to you: this was entirely news to me, and I never meant to be offensive.
I’ll be honest: I think it’s a little much to get upset about this, but I am fully aware that I’m living life on Scalzi’s Lowest Difficulty Setting, with the Celebrity Cheat enabled, so I’ll own that reality up front. My ancestors murdered untold numbers of Native Americans, and I hate that my country was built on their blood, and I hate that the worst poverty in America exists on Tribal lands. What I hate the most is how many Americans don’t know or care. Those issues are, in my opinion, more important than words. Having said that, I see the point you make, that so much has already been taken from native people, and when a White Guy takes something more, it’s uncool.
I never meant to take anything from anyone. I think Spirit Animals are really cool, and I love everything I’ve ever learned about native or aboriginal culture. I’m not trying to appropriate or lessen anything by expressing how much Kelly Sue inspires me, and how I try to be more like her.
Do you believe that we've evolved from monkeys? I've always wondered how that can be a logical idea because monkeys still exist in environments we can survive in. Whenever I ask someone, they said I'm stupid (which I think means they don't know the answer). In my mind, Darwin's theory doesn't even work simply because there would have been so many adaptations between a monkey and something resembling a human, that the monkey wouldn't have survived.
We didn’t evolve from monkeys, but monkeys and humans do share a common ancestor. Just like how chihuahuas didn’t descend from great danes, but trace it back far enough and there’s a wolf-dog-thing that they’re both related to.
“In their outrage about “America the Beautiful” being hijacked to represent something it does not, conservatives are perhaps missing the irony that the song has been hijacked at least once before, by them. Perhaps they’re just mad that someone had the temerity to hijack it back.”—
Hi Wil. Tonight I was having a really bad night, just essentially overwhelming sense of being worthless and awful. I talked to someone on Hopeline and calmed enough to start thinking a little straighter but still felt shitty, and decided to read a bit to see if I could fall asleep. I went on your blog to find an old post but saw "On a Long Run." Thankyouthankyouthankyou for writing about cognitive therapy. It helped me tonight and will me help again probably. Best to you and yours. -Katie
You’re not worthless or awful. You’re beautiful and special, and you are important to the people who love you. Don’t ever let your brain tell you otherwise, because depression lies.
Many of you have probably heard of Paul Dini’s interview on Kevin Smith’s Fatman On Batman podcast, where Dini comments that shows on Cartoon Network with large female followings were actually being canceled, because ‘girls don’t buy the toys.’ So the network wants shows that appeal primarily to boys, at least in the superhero genre.
This is incredibly ignorant on many levels. Girls don’t buy genre stuff? Are these people THAT out of touch?
I have experienced some of this myself. A couple examples that spring to mind are:
1) The Wonder Woman animated film did not make as much money as some other DC animated films at first. However, over time, it outgrossed many of the other DC films. Keep in mind, it was competing with animated films that had major live action movies going at the same time…Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, etc. It outgrossed the Green Lantern animated films. But for inexplicable reasons, that is never mentioned…all that is ever mentioned is that it didn’t hit big right out of the gate. Neither did MOST of the animated films, but for some reason, only Wonder Woman is held accountable, despite making more money over time.
2) I also experienced some of this in talks with Disney right before they purchased Marvel. They asked me to develop tv ideas for them, interestingly NOT because I was female, not for a female audience, they wanted a BOY audience, and they felt I could help deliver that with good action stories. I bring this up because it’s interesting…people who are mad there’s no Black Widow film in the planning,(understandably) are upset.
But my meeting with Disney tells an interesting picture. The executive I spoke with put it very bluntly, to his credit. He said that at one time, Disney OWNED the boys’ adventure market on television. But over time, they had more and more success with programming for girls. To the point where boys actively started avoiding the Disney brand.
You think they bought Marvel and Star Wars for purely the intellectual properties, you would only be partially correct. They bought those properties to make Disney cool for boys again. To own the boys’ adventure market like they felt they already owned the market for girls’ progra…
This idea that girls don’t buy toys is completely and totally ridiculous even now. The companies don’t even have to change anything!
I was working at Pixar when Disney bought them and brought John Lasseter in as Chief Creative Officer, and the rumor was that Disney said he could make any changes he wanted to … except to the Disney Princesses line, because selling those toys and merchandise basically paid for everything else.
Girls already buy toys! I understand there’s this “Barbie” doll that’s pretty popular. But we’re not trained to look for them in the same way and the same places boys are.
I’ve heard in several places that Young Justice was cancelled because lack of toy sales, which producers blame on the female audience, but I never saw a single toy commercial when I watched the show (there’s a reason for this*). The only reason that I knew the toys existed at all was because my husband collects toys. Once I found out about them, though I was the reason we collected every single one.
And let’s be real, the YJ toys barely even “action figures” — the toys have less articulation than a Barbie doll, so if a girl buys a Barbie doll why wouldn’t she enjoy something along the same lines with these guys? (Not that I’ve ever heard anyone go “ew I can bend his knees.”)
We just need to know they exist and that *gasp* they’re in the toy aisle that isn’t coated in pink.
*But what’s really unfortunate is that companies can’t advertise toys for a show while the show is airing - if YJ is the only show girls watch, it’s impossible for them to see toy commercials for YJ toys. What networks need is MORE shows that appeal to both boys and girls so that they can catch those eyes later and advertise, for example, YJ toys (they could have gotten us during Green Lantern, btw).
Sorry, rant over. I just owned all the Turtles and She-Ra/He-Man stuff as a kid, and I’m pretty sure girls today would join me. :(
Oh. My. Fucking. God.
Networks, do you know why girls don’t buy the toys? It’s because NO ONE MAKES THEM.
Mattel, as far as I know, still straight-up refuses to make action figures of non-movie-versions of the Avatar characters. Outside of custom sculpts and mods, you cannot find a non-movie Katara, nor Toph. I have looked. I have been looking for years.
Because it is trickier to completely omit the title character than just half the main cast, there are still no Legend of Korra action figures. None. Can you imagine how much they’re losing in revenue because of that? But they would rather completely skip the market than risk making a toy based on a female character.
Think about that. Do you know what A:TLA's viewership and subsequent readership stats were? Do you know what A:LoK's are? And they still refuse to make toys, because “female action figures don't sell.” And then they cancel shows because girls don't buy action figures that are designed, picked, and marketed to exclude them as thoroughly as possible.
Just like girls will read comics if the comics are worthwhile and well marketed, girls will buy toys if the toys are fun and engaging and linked to properties they care about. Fuck, boys will buy toys linked to those properties, too—look at My Little Pony. Look at the number of worn-out and beloved Princess Leia figures in shoeboxes in my peers’ parents’ attics.
Networks, IP owners, the reason girls don’t buy those toys is that your licensing partners are shitty at their jobs. Ditch them, not the shows. And certainly not the audience.
I buy toys. I buy lots of toys. I also import toys for stuff I like that doesn’t get sold here.
okay so I love jennifer Lawrence to pieces and she was really good in American hustle omg but yeah she definitely didn’t deserve best actress
but my mom was listening to some talk show and they were discussing the golden globes and that the thing about the golden globes is that it’s judged…
The voters are the Hollywood Foreign Press, which not only means that it’s judged internationally, but that it’s judged by journalists who also want to sell articles and papers. So who they vote for could also be determined by who they think will get them the most money to write about.
It seems like everyone on this planet loves Jennifer Lawrence and for some strange reason, I don’t. I know she’s really funny and cute and genuine and all that, but for some reason, I can’t do it. Her acting does nothing for me. I try SO hard and it doesn’t work. CAN SOMEONE PLEASE HELP ME OUT?! I really want to like her. I really do. Am I watching the wrong movies? SOSOSOSOS
Why do you feel like you have to like her? Like personally for me, I like her, but if you don’t that’s okay too. Some people just rub you the wrong way or you just can’t get on with them even if other people do.
I appreciate that even though you don’t like her that you’re not like straight up bashing her like other people, but don’t feel like you have to join the “I love Jennifer Lawrence” bandwagon if you don’t feel it.
I really don’t understand why everything has to be about race and discrimination. I have seen at least 10 posts in the last 5 minutes about how Jennifer Lawrence won something at the Golden Globes over Lupita Nyong’o. Both actresses are fantastic and well deserving of an award but only one could…
Personally, I liked everyone in the category and couldn’t decide who was more deserving so I wouldn’t have minded the result no matter which way it went. The award should go to the person with the best performance and more people voted to say that Jennifer’s was better. Is it possible there was some bias in it? Yes, it’s possible, but that doesn’t mean Jennifer didn’t do a good job in her own right in her part and it disturbs me that people are bashing her ONLY because she’s not a POC. As much as I want POC to win more awards, I also don’t think it means that someone who isn’t can’t win awards when they’re in the same category as a POC. People are free to think that Lupita’s performance was better, but calling the winner a shit actress just because they won is stupid. They’re all fantastic actresses and IMHO, it was a tough category.
Really though. American Hustle. How predictable. Not that the film was bad, but it doesn’t hold a candle to Inside Llewyn Davis or Her…seriously.
The winners are determined by the HFPA, which is an association of journalists. American Hustle had more things written about it, so I’m not surprised it got chosen over anything else in the category, because it voted on by reporters.
is jennifer lawrence actually getting hate for winning an award how can you possibly hate on someone for winning an award? it’s not like she chose to win and are people actually saying that she won bc she’s white am I hearing this correctly she won because she’s fucking talented jesus christ
Everyone in the category is talented and all of them deserved the award and the nomination.
It just so happens that more members of the HFPA liked her (Jennifer’s) performance more. That’s it. They’re the ones voting and they liked her performance more, but looking at the list of the nominees, I like everyone in that category and I like all of their performances. If I were one of the voters, I would be hard pressed to choose which one I liked the most, but I’m not going to hate on the winner for being the one who came out ahead in the vote because I like all of them.
Awards should be given for performance and not for anything else and even if certain people don’t personally like the person’s performance, doesn’t mean that other people didn’t enjoy it. I agree that it’d be nice for more POC to be winning awards, but more than that I just want the person with the best performance to get the award. Isn’t that the most fair?
On that note, I was rooting for Tatiana Maslany for Best Actress in a TV Drama and she was going up against Kerry Washington. Neither of them won, which was disappointing, but I honestly think Tatiana was the most deserving because in her show she plays SEVEN CHARACTERS. As far as merit and acting chops, that’s a lot of work. I love “Scandal” and Kerry Washington too, but if I was voting I would have still voted for Tatiana because I honestly thought she had the best performance. The HFPA thought that Robin Wright had a better performance than either of them though and that’s okay too because that’s their collective opinion and House of Cards is probably viewed more than Orphan Black anyway.
Disappointed she didn’t win, but I dunno how much of the HFPA even watches BBC America and House of Cards is probably more top of mind than Orphan Black, so popularity contest and I’m not that surprised.
In terms of raw talent though, Tatiana Maslany still deserved it more though.
Really hoping Tatiana Maslany wins Best Actress. I haven’t really cared much about award shows or anything before, but seriously, she plays SEVEN PEOPLE.
The other ladies in her category are absolute stars at their respective parts and Kerry Washington is a great actress who does a fine job on “Scandal” and for helping to create diversity in entertainment, but at the same time…SEVEN PEOPLE.
I don’t think I’ve ever felt anyone was more deserving and Orphan Black is done so seamlessly. It surely takes a damn great amount of skill to play one part really well, but to play 7 roles and act and spar essentially with mainly yourself and be amazing at it I really think makes you the one with the most acting chops and deserving of an award.