One of the best decisions that Disney has made in recent years is diversifying their films more. The way our society is slowly becoming more accepting of people who are considered ‘different’ is the ay films are starting to include LGBTQ characters. It’s the little things like including characters of the same gender dancing together or including a transgender student in a high school rom com that give films a lighter look at the future of acceptance and moralisation of LGBTQ people. Our future will be full of people that like the same sex or are different to a conservative societies expectations, so should be characters in movies.
Beauty and the Beast is a corner stone of live action movie reboots. As soon as we are introduced to Emma Watson's Belle you know that there is something there. You are assured that the story is a fresh take on the tale as old as time. I’m sorry. The visuals are amazing, the songs are, the artistry and nostalgia is all there. This seems like a perfect movie for everyone, but for some, it has caused uproar. They will not see it, they make a conscious effort to stop others seeing it. They write extensive, expletive filled blog posts with accusations of destroying morality and confusing children. All because there is the suggestion that LeFou is gay. We know for a fact that he is. The character was always intended to be gay, even in the original animation.
Here is where it gets ridiculous though. I went to see the film for myself. It was one of the best films i had seen in quite a while and I was nearly in tears in parts. LeFou, depicted by the already great Josh Gadd is seen to be slightly, really ever so slightly camp. In the films that spans over two hours, there are two instances where there is even an inkling of this character liking the same gender as his own. In Gaston he winks at a male henchman, near the end when Emma Thompson (the teapot) sings a part of tale as old as time, he is seen dancing with another man in the ballrooms where we see many men and women dancing together. That’s all, thats everything that has caused an uproar, led a country to say they will not air certain parts of the film, and probably made an old ‘Christian’ women in the deep south of America to cry about the state of her precious world where people can’t freely judge people about pathetic differences anymore. Poor lady, it must be hard. Eugh.
So basically, i’m all for freedom of speech but sometimes you just need to shut your mouth and understand that the world is changing slowly for the better. This is happening and it’s great. Unlike many things that religion seems to dictate as except able to judge, LGBTQ people are here to enrich and bring light to the world that is growing darker with outdated views. WE want to see these characters in entertainment, so please just sit down.
On Top Of The Car
We've all got a bit ahead of ourselves and found that we're dancing on the top of a car dramatically in a red hue while a smoking chaffeur watches on, except we haven't... It's so Lorde i'm surprised the chaffeur wasn't an illegal teen driver without a licence.
Did you watch her casually take the phone out of it's holder and just think 'same' to yourself? Or erm. It's so petty it's hilarious. You have to ask why, but then it's art so do you really have to. Appreciate the process perhaps. Sometimes a video just involves a part where the singer mimes while casually walking down a dimly lit street and taking a pay phone out of it's holder. Or it's symbolism for the obselete nature of pay phones. :P
Dancing With Jack Antonoff
I like this part. It's like he's there, but only in her head. He is the backing beats and all that makes the song. He is also the boyfriend of Lena Dunham, so that's all great. This is Jack Antonoff isn't it? I hope it is or it's a darkly lit doppleganger playing that piano next to Lorde. Also like the use of green light. It's symbolism, get ahead.
Lining Up To Ride Hamster Wheel
We line up for everything. If we need to go to the toilet, we stand in line. When we want to spend our hard earned money, we are required to line up in a dehumanising and monotonous way that makes us seem less human every time we do it. It’s a way of life now, it’s a normal part of society that we barely notice but should. The hamster wheel to me is a symbolism for the many products that are fed to us everyday as the most desirable things of the moment. We lap it up, spend more money than they are worth sometimes just so we can be the firs to get our hands on the latest in thing.
The image of the cartoon hamster is plastered everywhere. It’s an image that is plastered in the minds of all the smiling people in the theme park. This is the way brands get themselves known now. It’s all about exposure, and being the most seen and most known. It’s being seen and getting money for doing so. The cartoon hamster is everywhere, much like many brands in our real lives. To me, this is a stark warning of the realities of over commercialisation.
Most food is covered in chemicals, we drink soda that contains many chemicals that are considered unnatural. We drink petri dishes of bacteria when we drink from bottles and we think nothing of it. Then, we don’t care because we rarely experience the consequences of bacteria in western society. We rely so much on chemicals and interactions with medicines to save us from the realities of biological interaction, and this is scary because there is an increasing fear of these medicines working no more. When that happens, all the chemicals in the known world couldn’t help. We need to be more careful, we need to be more natural.
Every face and mannerism David makes
He is my spirit animal. Everything he does is humorous. As a character David goes through a development that you would not expect. Although you shouldn’t like anything about him and his vicious, bitchy personality, there is something very likeable about the character that makes you want to continue watching more and more of what he does.
His fashion sense is something I identify with, millennials seem to be quite separate in their fashion choices. He tends to wear black a lot which makes him come across quite dark just like his clothing He rarely smiles, which is absolutely hilarious because the things he says are often pedantic and outrageous. It’s great writing and great acting combined, much like Arrested Development and Parks and Recreation.
This High Strung Family
The family as a whole has been thrust into a paupers world from being rich and popular. It’s a good premise that you would think might get old really quick, but it doesn’t. The family are made to live in a small town the father foolishly bought as a joke for his son many years ago called ‘Schitt’s Creek’.
They are all people you kind of route for even though they seem like people you would hate. The are the perfect satire for the divide of the rich and poor, a perfect comical comment on the way society functions in the modern world.
Moira’s Wigs and Style
You could say that her style is eccentric, much like her. She is a typical rich mans wife who had become accustomed to the finer things in her life such as her vast wig collection that she has to hang on the walls of the motel room they are made to live in in Schitt’s Creek. I find it exciting to see what else she wears, as it seems that her wardrobe and wig collection are unlimited.
Every Look Made
One of the funniest things about this show is just how sarcastic most of the characters are. This doesn't just include the family too. The residents of Schitt’s creek have the same dead pan humour that makes this show so unique. It’s funny to see the previously rich family conflict with the people in the town they own, something we see mainly through every look they make of pure disgust or confusion. It’s like they are on a different planet and everyone is an alien. Again, this seems to be a commentary on the gap between the rich and the poor in our modern society, told in a humorous way.
Pointing Pout Gaga
Wherever this woman goes she dominates the room. Dressed in witch like attire, she is commanding this room of big personalities like they are her own children. Just from the seconds she is on in this trailer it is obvious that Lady Gaga is not a judge to be messed with. Her sarcastic pout is a big indicator of this! The way she point here is almost like she is directing the drag queens, suggesting she is the boss and is not to be messed with.
Stern Faced Gaga
As a judge on RuPauls drag race, Lady Gaga has obviously been preparing for this task all her life. She isn’t just this superstars who can strike a pose, she knows what she is talking about. For years she did exactly what these drag queens will have and will be doing, performing in clubs. She knows exactly how one should act to be popular in these scenes with niche audiences and mass audiences alike.
RuPaul looks like he has literally made the best booking of his life. In many ways, he literally has. He’s been able to book onto his show a mega star known to most people around the world. She could be the factor that helps RuPauls drag race become a mainstream television competition. At the moment it’s just starting to be seen as such, with a big move to mainstream television, but there is still a long way to go for this to be normalised. I think RuPaul knows this, and his expression in this trailer shows how chuffed he is to have stars like this on his show. So happy for Ru.
Like most people, i haven’t been able to watch even the first episode of RuPauls drag race season 9 yet. I’m counting down the days but until then all I have to go on in telling you who I think is my favourite before the show starts is their interviews, youtube clips and social media. So far Aja (on the left) is my favourite. She has an original look, dares to be different and seems to be n experienced drag queen who looks like she is in it for the long run. Judging by how well her Instagram following is shooting up, I don’t think she is the first to go… let me put it that way. Anyway, her novel reaction in this short clip is a good indication of her antics.
Purely Ecstatic Drag Queen.
I’m not sure who this is, but I really do like her. I didn’t know Peter Kay did drag! It seems that there will be a lot of excitable moments and big, great personalities on this season of drag race. It should make for an interesting competition, and if this 14 second clip is anything to go by and i think this may shape up to be one of the best seasons of the show yet. Plus, with Lady Gaga involved, this may be the biggest and most popular.
1) Focus More On The Looming Mysterious Death
I know… there is a demographic to make happy and satisfy but does there really have to be so much high school romance and teenage angst.
It’s really distracting from the artistic style and original plot that they seem to have worked out. It’s like they’ve satisfied the fact that they have the creative freedom to do what they want artistically with the show, but couldn’t really be bothered with mapping out original plots and unexpected storylines so they just added cheesy filler into the writing and lines like it’s a cheap sub sandwich at a backlot takeaway. I want more focus on Jason’s mysterious death.
I want to see more of his sister and her motives, and maybe we will see this and then i can respond as such, but until then, i’m seeing a lot of angst and serious looks. It’s been done, many times, and I know it satisfies a younger audience with little demand, but if they want longevity as a series, I really would invest some writing time into getting away from the angst like this is a remake of every stereotypical high school television series ever. Get away from that, and you will be successful.
2) We need comic relief
If i’m not mistaken, there are rarely any laughs. Its so serious. Even the most scary thrillers and horror movies tend to have a character placed into the story to provide comic relief, a stereotype or a bit of light irony. Its the basis of successful entertainment and i’m sorry but i’m just not seeing it. Has anyone else found themselves watching River-dale and getting the feeling that something is missing.
Well, i’m a little behind but i’m up to episode three at the moment and I have yet to find that comic relief. Is it Jughead, Oh… is he the character who provides this in River-dale. I hope not, he’s a serious person. Much like Archie, betty, Veronica, The pussycats. Which leads me onto the next point nicely.
3) Whats with all the lectures??
I’m all for television series or any form of entertainment with a substantial audience using it as a mode to promote fair living and equality, but sometimes the way the characters get these messages across is slightly over the top.
They are so in your face I tend to think i’m being shouted at. I’m watching an entertainment programme, you don’t need to be educated about a different subject at every point. My advice, and something I would do if writing River-dale would be to calm it down a little.
Plan out how to get the messages across about young LGBT, body image, women's rights and white priviledge across in a more lighter tone and at a slower pace. People nowadays are for the majority of the time quite open to listening to justifications for fair rights, but if they are spoken down to, especially through an entertainment programme, it won’t really get the message across that efficiently.
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