June 16, 2008

...Speaking of which

My friend just forwarded me this tragic and provocative piece off a LiveJournal blog (sorry, haven't found the original link yet, but it's been passed around a lot so...).

Read and reflect-

"I am the boy who never finished high school, because I got called a fag everyday

I am the girl kicked out of her home because I confided in my mother that I am a lesbian.

I am the prostitute working the streets because nobody will hire a transsexual woman.

I am the sister who holds her gay brother tight through the painful, tear-filled nights.

We are the parents who buried our daughter long before her time.

I am the man who died alone in the hospital because they would not let my partner of twenty-seven years into the room.

I am the foster child who wakes up with nightmares of being taken away from the two fathers who are the only loving family I have ever had. I wish they could adopt me.

I am not one of the lucky ones. I killed myself just weeks before graduating high school. It was simply too much to bear.

I am the man who fears that I will never be able to be myself, to be free of this secret because I won't risk loosing my family and friends.

We are the couple who had the realtor hang up on us when she found out we wanted to rent a one-bedroom for two men.

I am the person who never knows which bathroom I should use if I want to avoid getting the management called on me.

I am the mother who is not allowed to even visit the children I bore, nursed, and raised. The court says I am an unfit mother because I now live with another woman.

I am the domestic-violence survivor who found the support system grow suddenly cold and distant when they found out my abusive partner is also a woman.

I am the domestic-violence survivor who has no support system to turn to because I am male.

I am the father who has never hugged his son because I grew up afraid to show affection to other men.

I am the home-economics teacher who always wanted to teach gym until someone told me that only lesbians do that.

I am the woman who died when the EMTs stopped treating me as soon as they realized I was transsexual.

I am the person who feels guilty because I think I could be a much better person if I didnt have to always deal with society hating me.

I am the man who stopped attending church, not because I don't believe, but because they closed their doors to my kind.

I am the person who has to hide what this world needs most, love.

I am the person ashamed to tell my own friends im a lesbian, because they constantly make fun of them.

I am the boy tied to a fence, beaten to a bloody pulp and left to die because two straight men wanted to "teach me a lesson"

Thoughts anyone? Funny how people are, at the end of the day, the least accepting and most judgemental kind walking this planet. To think that some people would be considered of different value because of their looks, thoughts, or feelings. And to realize that so many people out there DO value their peers differently. How is that for a 21st century on-going tragedy?

xo xo


June 15, 2008

GG proves a point

Eric ala GG


Adorable Connor Paolo, who plays lil' bro Eric Van Der somethingorother on the CWs teen drama Gossip Girl, has had an interesting twist for his character as of late. Although Schwartz has lost some (a lot) of that initial hardcore teen drama touch he had with early OC (and early GG episodes too), Connor's performance as well as the writing of this brother-centered episode upped the enjoyment levels a notch.

Turns out, after many rumours, that Eric and Jenny was not going to happen after all, not since this boy with a maturity level far beyond his age had figured out his stance on his sexuality.

Cudos for adding a little frisky twist to the storylines, but also for not batting around with cliches too much when it comes to issues of this nature. Oh wait, they did that! Nonetheless, a good eppi.

The rest of the latter part of the season though? Well, in true Josh Schwartz fashion there was bitchyness, relapses, drama, and faltering storylines already in the first season. Repetitive doesn't always work in the long run. The UPs include Blair's storylines, Nate and Chuck's friendship in all it's loyal quirkyness, and hey Serena pulled a Marissa and 'killed' someone... only she didn't... and there were drugs... but she didn't actually... only she did... and then Dan... and the confusion... and then Ryan...

Oh, hang on. Which show was which again?

Anyhow... Let's hope the CW makes sure those producers spend a little less of the budget on the clothing and a little more on, well, refreshing the show. Teens need their weekly drama too, let's make it quality drama guys!

xo xo

ps. There's just something about him, and if you wanna see more of Connor's acting check out 'Alexander' (the movie), or the first hour at least. He plays young Alex, and get's to sit by Angelina Joile.

June 1, 2008

'No rest for the Wicked'

Apparently Mr. Kripke (aka master of the Supernatural land=) had wanted 'No rest for the wicked' as a tag line for the show from the very start.

Personally I think that'd have rocked. And a small selfish part of me keep thinking that if the CW had only caved on that (instead of 'ghosts just got sexy') we might not have had to endure the finale of season three. Because, you know, sure it was a mind blowing, beautiful (cinematography and dialogue and story wise), fast paced, classic SPN, dark, and cliffy episode. BUT it left millions of fans out there shell shocked and muttering words that held no meaning. CLIFFHANGER MUCH?

Don't worry, won't leave any spoilers here... Just saying. It was cruel and evil and plotted, and positively genious.

Course, they knew they'd been renewed. More importantly perhaps Eric's got a plan. A five year plan. And he knows where to take the show, thank whoever's watching, and we are not risking to fall into a tragic grey's pattern of back and forth and nothingness.

As for cast updates (look away if you're not up to date post 3.15) Bela Talbot has bowed out of the show for the last time. The character that didn't really bring much of anything that brought the storyline forward to the show got a graceful and, honestly, quite wicked ending. From the add-on that stirred such dramz in the fan circles, Bela is now running the chance of being remembered quite fondly as the antagonist and evil bitch lord that... well... you know. Hell hath no fury and all that. Furthermore Lauren Cohan did a great job throughout the season despite being thrown a role that wasn't even supposed to be re-occuring, and is headed for a great career... Looking forward to seeing her (in other settings).

As for Ruby and Bobby, they're both staying on. Katie and Jim have both put in nice performances over the year, and will continue to be re-occuring in season four.

All in all, the latter part (post 3.7 ish) of the third season had Supernatural steadily heading back to the cult classic's roots and by the very end we were back to the good ol' school Kripke ways of intensity, lore, and darkness, and of course the brothers. As one of the few shows actually heading in a steady direction ever since the pilot, the next two years of the five year plan promise to be just as addictive and high class.

Not to mention, will someone be giving Jensen Ackles an emmy, or a film role with Oscar promise, anytime soon? The man is underrated in the awards circles. Seriously, give him something big screen to chew on!

xo xo