Aldro Thompson Hibbard (1886 - 1972). The West River Valley. Oil on canvas 40 x 50 in.
Margaret Houlihan + Trapper
favorite character meme → [2/4] relationships
↳ amy and her daughter
do you ever read a fic that is so much better than the actual canon that you get angry
A rare publicity shot of David Bowie taken when he was publicising Labyrinth with Jim Henson and George Lucas. This is a direct scan (by me) from a slide and as far as I’m aware this image is pretty much unique.
Enjoy, and please credit me if you share this scan elsewhere.
Maybe the reason Harry didn’t call his kid Remus is because of Teddy? It’s Teddy’s responsibility to live up to his mother and father’s ways, and it would be wrong of Harry to swoop in and steal it? Same for Hagrid and Neville. They still have the chance to have children who can live up to their fathers, whereas Dumbledore and Snape don’t.
and if anyone should be allowed to call their child “Fred” it should be George
David Bowie with his pig on the set of Just a Gigolo (1979)
"Everybody who was involved in that film – when they meet each other now, they look away (covers face with hands, laughs)… Listen, you were disappointed, and you weren’t even in it. Imagine how we felt… It was my 32 Elvis Presley movies rolled into one.” — David Bowie
M*A*S*H + scenerygasm
i’m probably an ignorant fuck but i don’t remember the blind banker as racist? i mean it’s been a while since i watched it, but seriously, i’d like to understand and i’d be really grateful if you could explain?This episode is essentially a collection of racist “Far East” stereotypes, of the sort which would have been most prevalent in Britain and the rest of Europe during the Victorian age, at the height of British imperialism in China. (Which is when ACD was writing, except that Moffat and Gatiss have a responsibility to improve upon ACD’s racist and sexist flaws—a responsibility at which they utterly fail—and this episode is not actually based on a single ACD story. So there goes that excuse. And yes, I know this particular episode was written by Stephen Thompson, but Moffat and Gatiss are ultimately responsible as producers, creators, and head writers for any part of this show that ends up on the air.)Soo Lin is described in the script as a “fragile little doll;” the script also calls for “Chinese music” (as if it all sounds the same) with “plucked strings, a bamboo flute — delicate; serene,” and uses the term “Oriental” to describe the artefacts in the Chinese wing of the British Museum, as if all Chinese and, in fact, all Asian historical artefacts can be summed up in a single word which was already out of favour even in Europe and the United States by the late 1950s. The tone of the term “Oriental” invades the entire episode, with anything Asian played as mysterious and exotic (the Chinese circus, anyone?), something to be gawked at and othered and then promptly forgotten. The Chinese smuggling ring villains are a trope as old as European worries about Chinese immigrants; none of the Asian characters in the whole episode has any agency of their own (which is also part of my problem with Moffat’s “everything comes back to Moriarty” habit, but that is an issue for another time); and Sherlock is seen near the beginning fighting, without any explanation whatsoever, a man dressed like the villain from an Indiana Jones movie, in an episode already loaded with racist stereotypes.The best explanation of BBC Sherlock's problem with race I've seen was part of a post (which I can't find now, but if anyone would like to send me a link I'd be much obliged) explaining the difference between Sherlock and Elementary. Someone had commented that Moffat obviously did not write Elementary, and someone else said, “No, if Moffat and Gatiss had written Elementary, there would be vaguely Asian music playing in the background every time Lucy Liu was on the screen.”That is the problem with this episode. The Asian characters are treated as a monolithic set of parasitic Chinese criminals who all live in London’s Chinatown and all die at the end because they had no real agency of their own, and were murdered by their evil family members, killed by Sherlock and John and that laughably impractical escape act prop they were inexplicably using as a murder weapon (another bit of mysterious Orientalism, I suppose), or shot by Moriarty.
fuck, it must be EONS since you answered this and i’ve been too stupid to look into my tag
Thank you so much for the explanation! I feel so blind right now, it’s almost sad. Have we been so conditioned to just accept racism that we don’t even notice it anymore? I’m honestly ashamed of myself :( But at least I can now explain to others. The more people get it, the better and you really helped ME get it, so thanks!
You’re welcome. It does take hard work to break out of society’s normalization of racism, and I’m glad my explanation both helped you to see it and can help you help others to see it. Thank you for caring enough to try and understand in the first place.
“[She’s] a broad, in the best sense of the word. She’s funny, fabulous, fearless, fragile…”
Photograph by Brigitte Lacombe.
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