Entertainment news really tows the line when it comes to the famously tragic. When the next Amanda Bynes or Tara Reid winds up in rehab or worse, these writers immediately turn to sympathetic hindsight: what could have been done to help this person before things got so bad? Well, in many cases they’re just messed up… Read more
First, apologies to everyone in the room. I got the voice thing backwards. To be honest, I haven’t seen The Little Mermaid since we rented a worn out copy from Erols in 1991, and it was my little sister’s movie night choice. Me, I was watching Barbarella and Cujo when I was 5. I was born a cynic and not much on Disney… Read more
I remember a few years back an artist did a mockup of what Ariel would look like if she was truly an aquatic species, and it was...horrifying. I forgot that in questioning a Disney movie I was encouraging the wrath of Disney-heads, but I absolutely love your take.
“I like my beer cold, women hot, and homosexuals flaaaaaming.”
The terminology seems to change monthly. I saw “2SLGBTQ+” in a TV show recently. That’s not a community, that’s a Wi-Fi password. When I came out in the ‘90s we were all about rejecting labels. Now we collect them like Pokemon.
The Little Mermaid is a story about a young girl who learns that to find a man, she needs to keep her mouth shut. No colorization will make its message less problematic. I understand why Disney wants to make its iconic stories more inclusive, and the visual results on social media are moving. I just hope that, after… Read more
For the love of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, please stop using “queer” as an umbrella term for the gay and trans community. Sure, cynical Gen X h*mos like me might have reckoned with the slur, but there are millions of kids who still face it every day in the halls of their high schools. If Mary Kate Carr is a… Read more
There are plenty of ways in which “the institution of the British monarchy has caused serious harm,” but this just isn’t one of them. When John F. Kennedy was assassinated, healthcare workers took time off.
Yes, the idea that Markel is responsible for the death of a 96 year old woman is absurd, a rage shared by a few cherry picked Twitter comments. But can we at least allow the Queen’s body to get cold before we start tearing her apart? She’s a mother and a grandmother, and her children and grandchildren are mourning her… Read more
Some of my friends are in mourning, which I do find odd as Americans. That’s not to say those friends don’t have every right to be sad, just as they were when Betty White died. What I find unnerving, especially on more anonymous social media platforms like Twitter, are the callously untimely jabs at the Queen and her… Read more
This is the most balanced comment I’ve read about this all day.
If vile whiteness was this movie’s premise, it would have had a purpose. But aside from a handful of wealthy private school stock characters, each as undeveloped as the movie’s two loosely tethered protagonists, its point never lands. Master had great direction, acting, and cinematic mood; but its story, or stories,… Read more
Thanks! My initial feelings were similar too, but the more I thought about it, and as I wrote my comment, the more I recognized the story’s very tight and organized structure, and just how solid and how prolific the allegories actually were. Every moment in this film had a meaning. Nothing was wasted on superfluous… Read more
G/O Media and other outlets need to stop using “queer” as an umbrella term for the LGBTQ+ community. I know it just makes it easier to write about us, but it undermines the inherent differences between sexual orientation and gender identity. We don’t all identify as “queer.” Some of us are just gay. Some of us are… Read more
I don’t usually play the gay card, but this deserves a big gay “Hell no, Mary!” Straight people have gentrified our neighborhoods, turned our bars into bachelorette safaris, but they’re not getting the nomenclature that labels the very baser desires that make us gay too. Read more