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Wax Lion

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  1. As I recall, ages ago she talked about keeping up with Jon Stewart by watching him online. Considering her early adopter history, she probably streams a lot of what she watches. Not sure if she still watches Ice T and Coco, now that most cable channels require a cable subscription to watch. I found the interview with Jane Sanders interesting, allowing for some interesting insights into an unconventional campaign. I get that some people just want her to just reflect their opinions but she's been very even handed with Democratic candidates. Chris Hayes is the one who has been asking challeng
  2. Thanks to the Vulture link. It explains how badly Beharie was treated which was ridiculous.
  3. I understand the concerns of erasing their heritage. Still, I feel like there's something limiting about saying that when a PoC is cast in a role, the character has to have qualities that are based in their ethnicity -- and since there have been qualities to Alex Parrish that take her ethnic background into account, there's a minimum. I feel like we just got past a hump where we were telling networks to stop defining a PoC character on their ethnicity, that we can have a variety of experiences. Now we're saying they're not defining PoC characters like Alex and Joan for not having enough "c
  4. If my husband weren't still interested, I'd be done with The Walking Dead (and Fear TWD). I'm fully hatewatching it now and if my husband weren't into it, I be keeping up by reading one of the flood of articles that come out the next day.
  5. Oh holy bleep, do they know the basic facts of what they're talking about? Springsteen is known for devoting long periods of time in his concerts to politics, not politics in the TV sense which is mostly gossip about politicians, but telling the stories behind a political issue and why the issue matters. It's like all the times people (usually conservatives) complain about an explicitly political piece winning an award and the winner's acceptance speech bringing up politics. It's like getting outraged that Instagram is no place for selfies. At this point, Kirstie Alley is fully in
  6. Frank was working my last nerve, while Reich started the discussion patiently waiting for his turn to talk, I thought Frank was doing his best Bill O'Reilly impression, acting like volume, interrupting and continuing talk after you've said what you were going to say. Reich started interrupting when it was clear Frank wasn't going to let Reich made a point uninterrupted but Frank was clearly not in the mood to have an actual debate. I got nothing out of that segment.
  7. Late last night there was an interesting conversation between Chris Hayes and Chris Matthews. Basically, Hayes tried to explain to Matthews that questions like "Is Sanders ready to be the next Commander in Chief?" and all the implications of the question -- the way "Commander in Chief" has become a shorthand for following a certain foreign policy view -- illustrate the kind of Beltway insider thinking that explains why people like Matthews have such a hard time understanding Sanders' supporters. To some degree, Hayes was finding nice ways to tell Matthews to get his head out of his own ass and
  8. In the US, "homosexual" has become associated with the rabidlt anti-gay right who have embraced the term to the point that when they reprint news wire stories, they have a scrip that changes any mention of gay to "homosexual," presumably because "homosexual marriage" and "homosexual rights" don't poll as well as when you say "gay marriage" or "gay rights". At this point, the term is theirs. They're the vast majority of people using it in the states. Perhaps in the future it can be reappropriated back the way queer has been but until then it's a word that doesn't put you in good company.
  9. Something pointed out to me in the debate over the Iron Fist casting -- SHIELD has the only major Asian characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. No Asians in the Netflix corner, none in the movies.
  10. Crap, crap, crap. Sorry about forgetting to spoiler tag that, grumpiness clouded my head. As I recall, Showtime treated Fuller terribly with Dead Like Me. One season had two clip episodes because of how small the budget was and an executive told Fuller he wasn't capable of knowing if Rebecca Gayhart was pretty or not as a gay man. (I guess Fuller didn't want to write her out of the show?) I didn't know homophobia prompted Fox to treat Wonderfalls so badly. The part line at the time was that the network got scared when CBS announced they were also making a show about a young woman who h
  11. I read on Twitter that there are two more lesbian characters expected to die in the next few weeks. Does anyone know who that was referring to? This is getting to the point where I'm starting to worry about the patrons at Jessica's favorite bar on Fresh Off the Boat. ETA: I hear it happens on , a show that previously had two gay male characters (at different times) and killed them both.
  12. Not always. The teenage characters who play 15-year-olds who take five seasons to turn 18 are usually played by twentysomethings. However, the characters of Jude and Connor are younger and those usually do get cast with teen actors. The Fosters has been going for a few years, now and according to a Fosters wiki, the character was 13 when the show started. Wow. I didn't know there was so much drama on the Fosters set. I've dropped any show I can't watch on Hulu that I don't watch with my husband so I'm behind on The Fosters. I figured the little screen time Jude got was about him being so y
  13. In hindsight, I was surprised the guy getting therapy from a dream ghost because he was debating if he was going to leave his wife didn't turn out to be involved with the prostitute who has been breaking up marriages all over town.
  14. My regional nitpick about TV weddings is that the ceremony is attended by everyone. Where I come from, only close family and friends are invited to the ceremony and everyone is invited to the reception afterward. That's usually because there's a good chance the church isn't close to banquet hall where the reception is held, probably a half-hour to an hour drive unless things are scheduled at an odd hour to avoid traffic, so there's often a chunk of time between the two. Plus, since the person in charge of decorating the church usually has a role in setting up the reception, anyone who drives f
  15. I've seen the first two episodes. It's pretty amazing. Sometimes I wish Ellen had a PoC friend because it feels a little uncomfortable for me from that angle but overall it's an amazing series. Ellen and Ian are just too adorable together. I'll be honest, I find myself putting off actually watching episodes because they tackle difficult topics. The Brazil episode was excellent but sometimes hard to watch and I'm putting off watching the Jamaica episode.
  16. I didn't really notice a different dynamic between Rachel and Nicolle. This might have been a little more firey than usually but not by much.
  17. Damnit damnit damnit. I'm probably a little too annoyed by this to say much for now.
  18. Sheesh, if they wanted to make sense they'd say Andrew Sullivan was spinning stories that Sarah sabotaged Todd snow... er, machine and was trying to become a widow. That makes far more sense for "liberals are saying horrible things in reaction."
  19. Even when the show was airing, there were Xena writers who said they saw Xena and Gabrielle as a couple. I thought I posted this in a reply already but I guess I lost another longish post here. Anyway, it would be really terrible for Tara or Denise to die on The Walking Dead since Robert Kirkman has a history with dead gay characters. He did a story about a gay male superhero who died when the series was cancelled and the bury your gays aspect of it was made much worse because it got drawn into a bigger controversy over stupid comments from a Marvel editor. He later said:
  20. I was amused when I ventured in to the replies going to the twitter account for USA's Queen of the South to see angry fans of La Reina del Sur (both series are based on the same novel but the USA version is apparently aiming for a different tone) who don't like the idea of their show being remade.
  21. I love that Autostraddle did the companion list. I almost said that anyone who wants to argue that there wasn't anything wrong about Lexa's death should compile a list of all the happy endings, except that they probably don't know queer representation well enough. Even better that the same experts did both lists. ETA: Looking at both lists, I realize why I have so much trouble keeping up with lesbian and bi female characters on TV. There's enough representation overall that it becomes a lot harder to track everyone nowadays. As a gay man, I'm willing to endure a terrible show for just for
  22. I don't watch The 100 because the early reviews were bad, Isiah Washington hadn't been long from making those off-putting interviews about his Grey's Anatomy firing and once word spread that the show improved I haven't found time to catch up (and right now I'm waiting to see how hard it will be to keep up with CW shows next year after the current Netflix deal expires) but Maureen Ryan did a great piece of Lexa's death in Variety: http://variety.com/2016/tv/opinion/the-100-lexa-jason-rothenberg-1201729110/ Ryan's piece breaks down a mix of issues and breaking down why it's not something
  23. We've seen Rebecca's doing work for W&A's real estate clients, so she's generating some billable hours. She also seems to be ridiculously efficient, based on her essay for Josh's application and the way she goes from gossiping about her life with Paula in front of clients to surpassing their expectations, which might mean she's due to ask for a higher rate from clients.
  24. Just to be clear, I'm saying I wonder if that's what bubbles underneath the talk about Juan Pablo being hard to control. It's not the idea that he was troublesome because he was a person of color, sometimes privilege shows up in media in the form of seeing everything wrong with your first X (in this case the first PoC Bachelor) as part of a grand experiment that didn't work and not the problem with an individual. Since that didn't work out, the thought tends to be "Let's not try that experiment again." instead of looking past race and seeing Juan Pablo problems as The Bachelor as being co
  25. I don't follow The Bachelor closely but I'll see stuff occasionally that mentions that ABC worries about having another "out of control" bachelor like Juan Pablo (who did create a lot of media controversies by not having a sense of things he shouldn't say to the press, like when he made homophobic comments). So while it's true that Juan Pablo was not the ideal bachelor, I sometimes wonder if those comments hint at a "We tried having a PoC Bachelor and it didn't work out."
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