Most of you guys watch Game of Thrones right? I’m vaguely ashamed to admit that I was cruelly uneducated in the ways of Westeros until recently, when I binge-watched the entire first four seasons before Season 5 got underway. Now I’m up on what’s happening, and we can talk about these things as equals.
Season 5 has marked a serious departure for the series, as everyone has noted just how far off-book it’s been going, and I think that’s fine. HBO’s actualization of George R.R. Martin’s original story has become its own entity and allowed the books – well, what’s been written of them yet, anyway – to exist on their own. I don’t think either has to negate the others, though I know some people have their preferences.
Anyhow, this season has been absolutely ridiculous in ways I’m not sure I like. We’ve had Tyrion being dragged all over Essos on his journey to get to Daenerys, Dany’s inability to rule her kingdom all that well, Cersei’s grappling for power back in King’s Landing, Arya trying to learn how to become a skilled assassin, Sansa’s rape… I mean, it’s all over the place. And yet, I keep watching.
Here’s the preview for next week’s episode, if you’re curious about what’s to come.
What do you make of it all? Frankly, I really need Sansa to use the horror she’s been through to bite back, and from that small bit we see between her and Reek, it’s pointing towards that happening. Also, seeing Cersei (who I love to hate) getting her comeuppance is hilarious and totally delicious.
Admittedly, I don’t know much about the Marvel world in comic form or its big screen counterparts. I’ve seen a few of the films, but I wouldn’t call myself a fan, and there are plenty of intricacies about the storylines and the Marvel universe as a whole that I simply don’t know. What I do know, however, is the racist backlash Michael B. Jordan has been experiencing ever since being cast as The Human Torch in Fantastic Four is absolutely ridiculous and completely disgusting. And frankly, he’s not going to take it lying dow anymore.
In an op-ed for Entertainment Weekly posted this week, Jordan hit back at whiners who couldn’t deal with the fact that a black man had been cast in the role of a character that was originally described — in 1961, lest we forget — as “blond-hair, blue-eyed”. How dare they actually reimagine this part and update it to reflect the world we live in TODAY? I mean, it’s not like books ever get changed when they’re made into movies! It’s not like white people don’t play people of colour all the time! What were they thinking?!
The whole post is well worth a read, but here’s my favourite part:
Sometimes you have to be the person who stands up and says, “I’ll be the one to shoulder all this hate. I’ll take the brunt for the next couple of generations.” I put that responsibility on myself. People are always going to see each other in terms of race, but maybe in the future we won’t talk about it as much. Maybe, if I set an example, Hollywood will start considering more people of color in other prominent roles, and maybe we can reach the people who are stuck in the mindset that “it has to be true to the comic book.” Or maybe we have to reach past them.
To the trolls on the Internet, I want to say: Get your head out of the computer. Go outside and walk around. Look at the people walking next to you. Look at your friends’ friends and who they’re interacting with. And just understand this is the world we live in. It’s okay to like it.
For EW’s cover story this week, Pratt couldn’t confirm or deny the conversations but was definitely apprehensive about taking on such an iconic role. “You have to look at it and be like, ‘Is this right for me?’” says Pratt. “Is it right for me to do this? And is it perfect? You don’t want to be the guy who f—s that up.”
He does say that it’s kinda cool to even be included in rumors like that. He admits, “It’s pretty crazy that people hear that and they don’t go ‘What?!? That f—ing dude!’ What has happened in my life that you can see THAT?!”
I’m going to be honest – I’ve never actually seen any of the original Indian Jones movies, so frankly, I can’t really have an opinion on this one. However, I do think that casting Pratt could bring the franchise to a whole new generation of fans, so I’m not 100% against it.
Thankfully, TLC decided to step up to the plate and do the right thing by immediately removing 19 Kids and Counting from its schedule after Josh Duggar‘s history of sexually abusing underage girls (and his parents’ attempts to cover all that up) came to light this week. There’s no word as to whether the show is cancelled for good, and before all that, TLC was actually running a MARATHON of the show, full of episodes that focused a lot on Josh, so… take from that what you will.
Here’s the statement TLC released:
“Effective immediately, TLC has pulled all episodes of 19 Kids and Counting currently from the air. We are deeply saddened and troubled by this heartbreaking situation, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family and victims at this difficult time.”
Of course, they can’t legally say anything else about it, and there is precedence for this since they also cancelled Here Comes Honey Boo Boo after Mama June was letting a convicted child molester have access to her children, but WTF is wrong with these families? I honestly can’t deal.
Oh, and here’s another disgusting element to this whole thing: police have actually destroyed the records regarding Duggar’s crimes, because that’s totally what law enforcement does?
On Thursday, May 21, a spokesperson for the Springdale Police Department confirmed to Us Weekly that local circuit Judge Stacey Zimmerman signed for the offense report from 2006 to be expunged.
The records allegedly contained information of Duggar’s suspected molestation of the girls when he was 14 years old. According to TMZ, the now-destroyed investigation documents said Duggar allegedly fondled the breasts and genitals of the females.
Meanwhile, local Arkansas paper, the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, obtained a copy of the report on Thursday. The paper said the report was “heavily redacted” and did not include the identities of the kids involved.
I’m glad the kids’ names have been redacted – the victims should always be protected. But protecting this sick piece of shit and his equally sick parents? No, just NO.
Regardless of your sexual preference or even your religious beliefs, I’ve never really met anyone who has a problem with Ellen DeGeneres or flat-out doesn’t like her. After all, what’s not to like? She’s incredibly kind, loves animals, she’s hilarious… need I go on? Ellen is awesome, and everyone of every colour, age, and background seems to agree (though I’m sure I’ll have one or two of you correct me on that in the comments section). Anyhow, she’s doing something else that’s awesome now: releasing a gender-neutral clothing line called ED, along with a bunch of lifestyle items.
Here’s Refinery 29′s scoop:
Her new lifestyle brand, ED, features all things Ellen, including a clothing collection — slouchy sweaters, soft T-shirts, sleek bomber jackets, casual blazers — made for the rest of us. And, by “the rest of us,” we mean women who don’t want to deal with the bullshit of fast-fashion trends and hard-to-wear silhouettes, women who want to look good without sacrificing comfort. It’s what Ellen does best.
In addition to the style staples, ED is introducing housewares, and each piece bears the Ellen touch. From pillows and throws to serving ware, table settings, and bar accessories, classic simplicity — plus her love of animals! — runs throughout.
Nice. I don’t particularly dress like Ellen from head-to-toe, but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate a good basic when I see one. A crisp, tailored shirt? Sign me up.
I’m sure there’ll be an audience for this, so good for Ellen.
Okay, so this is a bit of a weird one. You know how a few months back, I said Kylie Jenner might be bringing out a single? That seemed – for the time being, anyway – to be a bit of a joke. Have you ever been more grateful for bad humour in your life? I don’t think so. But now she’s posted a Snapchat of herself “singing”, and people are freaking out. Can Kylie Jenner actually carry a tune, or was she actually lip syncing to a portion of a Pia Mia song, as many have claimed? What’s HAPPENING?
I think it’s pretty safe to say that Kylie will never be the next Katy Perry, and frankly, I don’t think this is her voice at all, but homegirl is desperate for attention any way she can get it, so of course she’d be all too happy to let people believe it’s her
Also, she did like, 1 bar, so you can’t even really tell what her voice is like anyway, if it was hers. Not impressed.