Here’s the deal, fandom people.
Laws against same-sex marriage affect actual same-sex couples. These laws do not affect your favorite same-sex couples involving fictional characters.
The only thing that determines if, for example, Dumbledore can marry Grindelwald is whether JK Rowling feels like jotting it down. “Dumbledore waved his magic wand,” she could write, “and all the governments of the world suddenly ratified marriage equality, and Harry Potter very much enjoyed the cake at the reception afterwards.” I realize Rowling would probably not write this, but the power is still hers to exercise, irrespective of real-world laws.
Or, y’know, you could write fanfiction. I mean, I’m pretty sure Dean and Castiel aren’t even in love on that TV show, but you used fanfic to change that. You can just as easily strike down DOMA and Prop 8 in your headcanon. So those guys don’t need the Supreme Court to do shit, they’re already fine. (Unless Dean is a mer-man in your fanfic and Castiel can’t figure out how to consummate the marriage, then I guess they’re not doing so hot. But they can still get married.)
The point I’m making is that the rights of fictional characters are somewhat trivial. So when you make a real-world civil rights issue about those characters, you’re kind of trivializing the issue.
Take the sign in the first picture above, which essentially makes the following points:
- I am a fangirl, which is very important.
- My fandom is The New Normal.
- My OTPs are Bravid and Klaine.
- They are “my gays.”
- I would like my gays to be permitted to marry.
- Also perhaps other gay people in general, kthx.
That’s the message you send when you bring your fandom with you to a civil rights rally: “I care about my fandom so much that I will talk about my fandom while demonstrating for an issue that would be important to my favorite characters, if they existed.”
Don’t get me wrong. It’s great that your fandoms have inspired you to campaign for social justice. But when it comes to how you campaign, maybe you should be asking yourself what your favorite characters would do, instead of telling everyone who your favorite characters are.
Charisma as Natural as Gravity
By Christopher Nolan
One night, as I’m standing on LaSalle Street in Chicago, trying to line up a shot for “The Dark Knight,” a production assistant skateboards into my line of sight. Silently, I curse the moment that Heath first skated onto our set in full character makeup. I’d fretted about the reaction of Batman fans to a skateboarding Joker, but the actual result was a proliferation of skateboards among the younger crew members. If you’d asked those kids why they had chosen to bring their boards to work, they would have answered honestly that they didn’t know. That’s real charisma—as invisible and natural as gravity. That’s what Heath had.
Heath was bursting with creativity. It was in his every gesture. He once told me that he liked to wait between jobs until he was creatively hungry. Until he needed it again. He brought that attitude to our set every day. There aren’t many actors who can make you feel ashamed of how often you complain about doing the best job in the world. Heath was one of them.
One time he and another actor were shooting a complex scene. We had two days to shoot it, and at the end of the first day, they’d really found something and Heath was worried that he might not have it if we stopped. He wanted to carry on and finish. It’s tough to ask the crew to work late when we all know there’s plenty of time to finish the next day. But everyone seemed to understand that Heath had something special and that we had to capture it before it disappeared. Months later, I learned that as Heath left the set that night, he quietly thanked each crew member for working late. Quietly. Not trying to make a point, just grateful for the chance to create that they’d given him.
Those nights on the streets of Chicago were filled with stunts. These can be boring times for an actor, but Heath was fascinated, eagerly accepting our invitation to ride in the camera car as we chased vehicles through movie traffic—not just for the thrill ride, but to be a part of it. Of everything. He’d brought his laptop along in the car, and we had a high-speed screening of two of his works-in-progress: short films he’d made that were exciting and haunting. Their exuberance made me feel jaded and leaden. I’ve never felt as old as I did watching Heath explore his talents. That night I made him an offer—knowing he wouldn’t take me up on it—that he should feel free to come by the set when he had a night off so he could see what we were up to.
When you get into the edit suite after shooting a movie, you feel a responsibility to an actor who has trusted you, and Heath gave us everything. As we started my cut, I would wonder about each take we chose, each trim we made. I would visualize the screening where we’d have to show him the finished film—sitting three or four rows behind him, watching the movements of his head for clues to what he was thinking about what we’d done with all that he’d given us. Now that screening will never be real. I see him every day in my edit suite. I study his face, his voice. And I miss him terribly.
Back on LaSalle Street, I turn to my assistant director and I tell him to clear the skateboarding kid out of my line of sight when I realize—it’s Heath, woolly hat pulled low over his eyes, here on his night off to take me up on my offer. I can’t help but smile.
Rest In Peace, Heath.
April 4, 1979-January 22, 2008
God, for two such smart people, we can certainly act like idiots, can’t we?
“And the second reason was — during the years that I spent running Walt Disney Studios — I learned about how hard it was to find a fairy tale with a good strong male protagonist. You’ve got your Sleeping Beauties, your Cinderellas and your Alices. But a fairy tale with a male protagonist is very hard to come by. But with the origin story of the Wizard of Oz, here was a fairy tale story with a natural male protagonist. Which is why I knew that this was an idea for a movie that was genuinely worth pursuing.”
TEN MILLION YEARS DUNGEON NO TRIAL
I AM SO ANGRY I COULD SPIT FIRE OUT OF EVERY ORIFICE WHY DOES SHE HAVE BOOBS
ALSO, LION KING, HERCULES, ALADDIN, TREASURE PLANET, EL DORADO, EMPERORS NEW GROOVE, JUNGLE BOOK, PETER PAN, 101 DALMATIANS, THE FOX AND THE HOUND, BAMBI, RESCUERS DOWN UNDER, ROBIN HOOD, AN AMERICAN TALE, OLIVER AND COMPANY, ARISTOCATS, THREE AMIGOS OMG THERE ARE SO MANY WITH MALE PROTAGONISTS HOLY SHIT
ALSO, those with female protagonists WIND UP HAVING TO BE SAVED BY MALES. OKAY.
RECONDITIONIIIIIIIIIIIIING EVERYONE NEEDS RECONDITIONIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINGNGGGGGNGJFNJLKJKJKS
BAUM NEEDS TO BE BROUGHT BACK TO LIFE SO HE CAN STAB EVERYONE INVOLVED IN THIS MOVIE. He was a feminist and surrounded by women’s sufferage movement supporters (he was active in it himself!) and wrote the story with A STRONG FEMALE PROTAGONIST.
El Dorado and An American Tale aren’t Disney films. Not that I disagree with everything else.
I grew up watching movies with male protagonists and pretending they were female so that there’d be heroes like me, ok? Yeah thanks.
FUCK. I love Oz retellings, but I was side-eyeing this movie from the beginning. Got a story with female main characters? Haha fuck that here’s a skinny pretty white boy protagonist. With the above quote, I’m not going to be able to turn my brain off and watch the movie, which is a damn shame because I’d started to look forward to it.
i know you like this dirty pop: i don’t trust you if you don’t like pop music
1. aaron’s party (come get it) - aaron carter / 2. wannabe - spice girls / 3. mmmbop - hanson / 4. barbie girl- aqua / 5. c’est la vie - b*witched / 6. never ever - all saints / 7. bring it all back - s club 7 / 8. 5, 6, 7, 8 - steps / 9. i want it that way - backstreet boys / 10. i think i’m in love with you - jessica simpson / 11. i do (cherish you) - 98° / 12. all or nothing - o-town / 13. candy - mandy moore / 14. another dumb blonde - hoku / 15. i wanna be bad - willa ford / 16. so yesterday - hilary duff / 17. (there’s gotta be) more to life - stacie orrico / 18. what a girl wants - christina aguilera / 19. everything - fefe dobson / 20. …baby one more time - britney spears / 21. he loves you not - dream / 22. whenever, wherever - shakira / 23. it’s about time - lillix / 24. miss independent - kelly clarkson / 25. beep - the pussycat dolls / 26. how do i deal - jennifer love hewitt / 27. smile - vitamin c / 28. crush - jennifer paige / 29. biology - girls aloud / 30. push the button - sugababes / 31. can’t get you out of my head - kylie minogue / 32. gotta get thru this - daniel bedingfield / 33. miracles happen - myra / 34. tangled up in me - skye sweetnam / 35. pop - nsync (8tracks)