(Content Note: links have content notes, end of the post discusses ableism and slurs for mentally ill.)
Apparently something has happened to make my entire main page (and possibly previous pages, I haven’t checked) appear in italics. I do not like this, but I also do not have time to deal with it just yet.
On to the links.
Picking up where last week left off, more from the new Riddick movie.
As cheesy as The Chronicles of Riddick was (and as stressful as that weekend was when I watched it; going to see it was my reward for taking the LSAT), I am really ridiculously excited about this movie. I hope it is more along the lines of Pitch Black, which was amazing. Amazing. (Note: I love Chronicles of Riddick, too, but it was damn cheesy.)
Excerpt: Selena Gomez is the daughter of a vampire in the upcoming animated feature called Hotel Transylvania, and not just any vampire, either. Her dear dad is the host with the most…blood lust? He’s Dracula and he’s voiced by Adam Sandler in the developing Sony Pictures comedy. Today you can see the Gomez character, Mavis, in all her animated glory. We have all new shots from the film.
This sounds delightful, and the pictures are too cute! I’m always up for more animated monsters.
Excerpt: Deadline has let us know that Horner has been recruited to play a lead role and title character in a drama pilot called Joey Dakota which would be airing on the CW. Joey Dakota is based on the Israeli show Danny Hollywood. The romantically based time travel show invokes elements of Smash with the male lead being a rock star. Joey Dakota will however center on Maya, played by Amber Stevens (Greek), who is a documentary filmmaker in the process of creating a film about her rocker idol Joey Dakota. Dakota meets his untimely death way back in the 90s which prompts Maya to make the documentary. At some point, and in some as of yet unknown way Maya travels back in time (to the 1990s) where she meets and falls in love with Joey. When she unexpectedly returns to present day she begins her quest to find her way back to the past in order to reunite with Joey and prevent his death.
I hope this makes it to production, because rockstars + time travel + 90s music could be one of the best parts of next season’s line-up.
(Surely I have something in my links file that is not from Boomtron and not about upcoming media.)
Fat Chicks Rule: Will Power Content Note: Discussion of fat hate.
Excerpt (RE Disney’s Epcot exhibit about the evils of being fat): My biggest issue has least to do with the villains (I actually like the Snacker. She can use her spatula wand to make food therefore solving hunger). Maybe they are villains because they are tired of people picking on them. My biggest issue has to do with the hero Will Power. It puts forth the old assumption that fat people are fat because we lack will power, that we are either stupid or lazy for being unable to stick to their diet. Something that simply isn’t true. Most fat people have done things with their lives that require will power and discipline. Fat Studies is an academic field that has people from all types of professional backgrounds including people who have advanced degrees. How do you think they got this far? Does the snacker also have a wand that grants degrees? No, we all worked hard for it (I have two master’s degree, when I did my thesis for my second one, I had to forfeit weekends for three months). So to say fat people don’t have will power is a misnomer. We have plenty of will power. What we don’t have are bodies meant to be thin and all the willpower in the world won’t change that.
Jezebel: Did My Rapist Find Me On Spokeo? Content Note: Discussion of stalking, rape.
Excerpt: Last week, I found my profile on Spokeo after getting a Google alert that there were profiles on that site listed under my name (these alerts can be a good way to see where you’re popping up on the internet). I went to the site, and found a number of listings for my old addresses, but most of them weren’t very complete. However, the one for my last apartment — where my rapist tracked me down — was incredibly detailed. It listed everything from the types of pets I had to my profession, and included a street-view map showing our building. I went to see if my profile appeared on any other directory sites (and there are quite a few out there), but none of them had anything nearly as comprehensive as the Spokeo listing. Was that how my rapist found out where I lived? Quite possibly.
And finally, a rant. (Or perhaps just a link and a lot of expletives. Hard to tell how it will go at the moment.)
Normally, I find adulting: how to become a grown-up in 387 easy(ish) steps to be fairly entertaining, if sometimes shallow (and sometimes really spot-on).
HOWEVER THEN I SAW THIS.
Content Note: Fucking ableism all over the fucking place, in case that wasn’t clear from that pair of titles. I will be quoting below.
The Step 128 post does include a “disclaimer” (and yes, I am using scare quotes as fucking scare quotes right there) that says: *By ‘crazy,’ I don’t mean people who are literally mentally ill, but rather people whose behavior is so far outside the bounds of reasonable human behavior.
Except then the posts go on to include “crazy,” “batshit crazy,” “insanity,” “sanity,” “madness,” “insane,” “sane,” and “formerly sane,” and has such delightful gems as “unquestionably crazy response” and “There is but one direction sanity will flow, and it is away from you as the madness spreads.”
Yes, it is shitty when people say nasty, horrible things to you. Yes, they shouldn’t do it. You know what else shouldn’t be done? FUCKING CALLING ALL OF THAT INSANE AND SAYING THINGS LIKE “DO NOT ENGAGE WITH CRAZY” AND “CONVERSING WITH THE INSANE IS AN EXERCISE IN FUTILITY” AND IMPLY THAT INSANITY IS NOT ONLY SOMETHING YOU CAN CATCH BUT SOMETHING YOU WOULD NEVER, EVER, EVER WANT TO CATCH.
You can disclaimer it all you want, but when you can’t use better language to describe horrible behavior than “crazy,” “insane,” “batshit crazy,” “madness,” and more, your disclaimer is meaningless. You are perpetuating the fucking ableism that so permeates this world. You are being the shitty person saying nasty, horrible things.
Fuck that noise.