Maria Sharapova: bigot, cheater, unattractive, and stoppable.

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I am tired of Maria Sharapova’s constant racist trolling of Serena Williams.   Serena Williams has specifically been a target for bigots simply because she is a black woman in a white space, but black women have been painted as “unfeminine” for eons, and it is gross that Maria Sharapova seems to enjoy contributing to this racist narrative.

Her book, Unstoppable drops one dirty, racist bomb after the next.

“Even now, she can make me feel like a little girl.”  Why?  You are quite a bit taller than she is.

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“‘I think Serena hated me for being the skinny kid who beat her, against all odds, at Wimbledon.”    Maybe she just hated you because you’re you?    But thank you for pointing at that you are “skinny” and she is, by contrast, hulking and intimidating.

“First of all her physical presence is much stronger and bigger than you realize watching TV. She has thick arms and thick legs and is so intimidating and strong. It’s the whole thing – her presence, her confidence, her personality.”    There is a GD net separating you.  You are hitting a ball.   This is not a wresting match.   Again, Maria Sharapova will like to highlight the fact that she is a tiny, fragile, 6’2″ fairy, and that Serena Williams ain’t hardly even a woman.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4845044/Maria-Sharapova-heard-Serena-Williams-cry-Wimbledon.html#ixzz4sS4BgStL

 

 

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Lust for Life

Finding this video made me happy:  there’s a fellow sister out there in the universe who likes Lana Del Rey.   I was one of those rather skeptical sorts when LDR appeared a few years ago.   I took pleasure in her disaster of an SNL performance because I just sort of allowed myself to be spoon-fed by the criticism.

But now I sort of love her.

How did this happen:   a fellow my sister was talking to was a fan of Miley Cyrus’ cover of “Summertime Sadness.”   I laughed, and I balked at listening to freaking Miley Cyrus (a person I just can’t take seriously) covering a song from someone I had already written off as a joke.

“Summertime Sadness” is a good song.

When I was in Greece a few years ago, at a shop in Santorini, the very nice young man behind the counter was singing along to what I found to be some sort of Mazzy Star-inspired song playing on the radio.    My sister asked him whose song he was singing.   “Lana Del Rey,” he said, happily.   “I love her,” he told us.

We smiled politely and felt sorry for him for responding so emotionally to such a weak artist.

That was a mistake, and I really need to stop dismissing people.

Lana is awesome, and I love this record.

 

 

 

Thank you, but #NoConfederate

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Game of Thrones Producers Benioff & Weiss

The blokes behind Game of Thrones are producing a show that creatively imagines an alternative universe in which the Confederacy has won the Civil War.    There is no actual way they could handle this correctly because they don’t seem to acknowledge the fact that the Confederacy pretty much did win the war (its dream was the preservation of racial subjugation, and that dream has come true).

Prior to the #NoConfederate hashtag campaign (led by the nominally blessed April Reign), the producers paraded the fact that they had persons of color on board as if that makes everything okay  (it doesn’t):   “There won’t be dragons or White Walkers in this series, but we are creating a world, and we couldn’t imagine better partners in world-building than Nichelle and Malcolm, who have impressed us for a long time with their wit, their imagination and their Scrabble-playing skills.”

So many problems with this statement.  First of all, it’s a damn lie.   There will be dragons and white walkers in this series:   Dark people will be dragon barrels of cotton, and there will be white people, walking.   Second, isn’t that comment about “Nichelle and Malcolm” mildly condescending?   It sounds like they are talking about newly-educated house slaves?

The network’s response to yesterday’s  hashtag was no better, really:  “The project is currently in its infancy so we hope that people will reserve judgment until there is something to see.”

The point of all of this is that a lot of people actually don’t want there to be anything to see.    The point is to keep it in its infancy, I think.   The point is to kill your project, dummies, before it ever sees the light of day.

The producers think they are being proper, provocative  historians by asking a “What If” question, but this is a pointless question.

Here are a couple other  “What IF….?” Scenarios  that are more deserving of production.

  • What if Bernie Sanders had won the democratic nominee?
  • What if Orlando Bloom never met Miranda Kerr?   Might he still have a career?   Dignitas?  His watches?
  • What if people were less stupidly evil?
  • What if black actors could play roles other than effing slaves?
  • What if the producers of Game of Thrones stopped antagonizing black people with dumb ass “What IF” scenarios about Confederate victories?

 

Source:   The Hollywood Reporter 

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whilst i know damn well that mozzers probably abhors the shit out of this, i am interested in checking this dramz out. it looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun since it will be covering aspects of the manchester music scene in the late 70s in addition to our morrissey. it’s being rated well on imdb to boot! it’s opening next weekend in the uk/ireland with nothing specifically slated for the states as of yet.

in news more relevant to the here and now, some u.s. moz tour dates for later this fall popped up on spotify earlier this week. they have since disappeared – not unlike many a canceled show in his more recent touring years :/ so enjoy this trailer in the meantime and if anyone on the other side of the pond sees this, please share your thoughts!

source: morrissey-solo

Someone other than Kate

 

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Because Kate Moss is an actual hero of mine, I’ve kept my thoughts about her lesser sibling, Lottie, to myself, but I’m really over the blatant nepotism in every industry in the world right now.   It’d be fine if Lottie were, like, humble and honest, but she’s just sort of not.

A while ago, Lottie told the Daily Mail:  “I am who I am and I do what I want, whether that is modelling or anything else. The success of my sister does not affect me in my choices. I feel no pressure in that respect.”  [Dido’s Roswell theme song just jumped out at me.]  Lottie has also said, regarding her half-sister,  that Kate Moss is “simply someone other than me.”  

I don’t think it’s that simple, though?   I think a whole lottie walls got knocked down for Lottie, on account of that “someone” who is simply someone other than her.

To be fair,  Lottie is a mere nineteen years old and doesn’t quite understand that if she were a rose by any other name she probably wouldn’t smell as sweet.

There are a lot of things Kate Moss deserves credit (or blame) for in this world:  Pete Doherty (aka Pete Dirtyho) and the modeling career of Lottie Moss (who appears to be all of three feet tall in some pictures) are just two of them.

If Lottie could just stop bristling every time someone references KATE, and just sort of own it and say, “Yes.   She’s my sister, and aren’t I lucky?,” I would probably not wince each and every single time she shows up in the Daily Mail.

Source:  The Daily Mail

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Fun With Cosplay

Now that I have a taste for fan cons, I’ve decided to step up my cosplay game. Con of Thrones was my first stab at it, and I have to say I was pretty happy with what I came up with.

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The problem with that costume was that I had to carry a sign, because my character was book-only and I was afraid no one would know who I was. Still and all I made the dress myself. It could have been worse. I think the bling pulled it all together.

There are other cons coming up so I’m going to take a stab at some more costumes. My ultimate goal is to do Maeve Millay from Westworld. If I can pull that off I’ll be really pleased. In the meantime I’m learning how to make a few simpler pieces so I can build up to the challenge.

This is what I’m working on right now. The skirt is inspired by my imaginary girlfriend Janelle Monae. When it’s finished I’ll look just like her, only 15 years older and 20 pounds fatter. You know, give or take.

Shag or Gag: Poldark Edition

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Aidan Turner (better known as Ross Poldark) seems like a very nice and humble man who doesn’t yearn to be objectified, so I kind of hate to do this to him.    You may have seen Aidan in either The Hobbit or Being Human on BBC, but you definitely have not seen him in  The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (because nobody saw that film).

He is also the subject of Daily Mail articles with titles like “Tall, Poldark, and Handsome”: He is all of these things and more (whatever that means)!

What say you:   Shag or gag?*

 

 

 

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Slaps at dinner

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Source:  The Daily Mail

Luann is, I think, the biggest fool on The Real Housewives of New York now that Kelly Killoren Bensimon  has been put to pasture.  Despite warnings from five hundred people and the truth-telling abilities of her very own eyesight (really, the word ‘douchebag’ is inscribed on his forehead), Luann de Lesseps actually went on ahead a married this person eight months ago.    If you’re watching the show, Luann goes on and on about how she is still in her “honeymoon phase” and keeps begging the rest of the cast to allow her to enjoy her bliss, and it’s uncomfortable to watch because everyone who is not Luann knows how to read forehead inscriptions.

In any event, The Daily Mail (the world’s most reliable news organization) says that Luann slapped her husband at dinner, which only makes sense.

 

 

 

 

Game of Thrones – S7E1

Welcome Thronies, one and all!

As you may know, I am the Mushroom Queen of Ithaca, NY. As such, I had to spend the day at the farmers market slinging fungus instead of preparing for the most important day of the year, the season premiere of GofT. As it turns out, I had the perfect outfit for selling mushrooms.

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I imagine we’ll have to keep the smelling salts handy, I hear it’ll be that kind of season. Stay tuned for the recap!

Slag Goes to Con of Thrones

For the longest time, my stupid brother tried to get me to watch Game of Thrones. I didn’t want to watch it, I had heard that there was too much pornographic violence. And pornographic porn. But somewhere around season 3 I gave in. I was instantly hooked! OK, not instantly. It took me a while to get past the guy screwing his sister and the cute little dire wolf getting executed, but eventually I was hooked! Since then I’ve watched all the episodes, read all the books, brushed up on the history of Westeros and geeked out all over the fandom. I haven’t learned any of the languages though because I’m not that much of a loser. Also because they haven’t put Dothraki on Duolingo.

You can probably imagine how excited I was when I heard about Con of Thrones, the  very first Game of Thrones convention, to be held in Nashville. I planned on going for over a year and dragged one of my bffs along with me. And my husband. And my girl-child. And my girl-child’s bff.

And OMG IT WAS SO FUN!

There were panels! I learned all about the costumes on the show and how much detail there is that you never get to see up close. And I found out about a cool podcast called Sistah Speak, I’ll be checking them out soon. One of the ladies dug my and my girl-child’s costumes but she says I can’t let the girl-child listen to the podcast. :/

Oh! We met Ramsey Bolton! Our friend Jackie was supposed to go but she couldn’t, but we worked it out so Ramsey could take a picture with her anyway. See?

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We didn’t get a chance to meet Syrio Forel but we did see him walking around the hotel. We didn’t go up to him though cause we were chicken.

The best part of the whole thing, I have to say, were the costumes. I decided to dress up as Arianne Martell, because let’s face it, I’d look pretty silly walking around in a Daenerys wig. She’s a book character that they cut out of the show. Since she’s not on the show I could pretty much make her costume any way I wanted. This is what I came up with:

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And since I had the girl-child with me, I dressed her up too. She was Lyanna Mormont. I had her working on her scowl for days.

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Before you ask, no, I don’t let her watch the (bad parts of) the show. Just a few scenes with dragons or whatever. I’m waiting until she’s old enough for incest and murdered dire wolves, however old that is.

Please enjoy some more awesome cosplay pictures, and maybe stay tuned for G of T recaps as soon as season 7 starts.