Monday, 12 November 2018

Musical Monday #185

This seems like a pretty suitable song for the start of the week (if you're not enjoying how it's going so far anyway).  I mean, who cares, right?

I Could If I Wanted To from Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, episode 'Josh's Sister Is Getting Married!'

I haven't been watching season 4 of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend yet, although since I follow Rachel Bloom on most forms of social media, it's kinda tricky avoiding those spoilers.  But the season won't finish airing until April next year, and that's a long time to only watch one episode a week.  I just can't digest and enjoy television when it's stretched out like that.  I tried with season 3, and it was less enjoyable than the natural way to enjoy TV - BINGE IT ALL IN ONE WEEKEND.  But I hear that Greg will be in season 4 and that he has been recast.  I don't know if this is good or terrible news.  I wanted Greg to come back, but if it's a different guy then does it count, and also sounds like he's only going to be a guest star or cameo or something lame.  It's just a shame because Greg was the most interesting male character in the show - someone who felt real with real life issues, unlike Josh and Nathaniel who are ridiculous sitcom characters.  It's not like I wanted Rebecca and Greg to end up together - because I want her to be a strong character and finally realise she doesn't need romance to fix her life - although on the other hand if she had to end up with one out of the three, Greg would be the only acceptable answer (I really kinda hate Nathaniel) - but I want them to be mental health friends.  Season 1 set up that they are good friends and they both need support, so that would be my happy ending.  Oh well.  I'll see in April how mad the show makes me, I guess.  

How do you want the show to end?


Friday, 26 October 2018

Squish*


So I went to see Bohemian Rhapsody last night because I thought it would be a good idea to spend three hours at the cinema late on a work night (zombie me today was less fond of the idea).


Anyhoo, during the opening credits, when Tom Hollander’s name came up, The Housemate gave me a good dig in the ribs with his elbow.


And I was like, pfff, what, I’m openly asexual now, I don’t have to pretend to have crushes on actors any more.

And then after a while, Tom Hollander shows up as the band’s lawyer and I was like, 

OMG I LOVE YOU TOM HOLLANDER.


So apparently some things never change.




* ‘Squish’ is ace vernacular for ‘crush’ because we have our own words for everything, because we can.

Monday, 22 October 2018

Musical Monday #184

I Can’t Do It Alone from Chicago

Monday, 8 October 2018

Musical Monday #183

Jeez, stop crying, kids.  That traumatic scene was all of three minutes ago.  Learn to laugh again, already.  Look, one of them nearly said 'fart'.

Hakuna Matata from The Lion King

I, like all other kids, was totally won over/suckered in by the comedy double act. ..well, honestly I couldn't give a stuff about Pumbaa, but I was in love with Timon.

Monday, 1 October 2018

Musical Monday #182

And lo, they were good singers now...

Hail Holy Queen from Sister Act 

Monday, 24 September 2018

Musical Monday #181

I love it when the plant turns its nose up...

Grow For Me from Little Shop Of Horrors

Monday, 17 September 2018

Musical Monday #180

In season 2 of Crazy Ex Girlfriend, Greg reveals he is an alcoholic, which suddenly seems obvious when you look back at season 1.  He gets help, but then he leaves forever.  Even though he was in less than half the show, I still miss him.  :'(

Greg’s Drinking Song from Crazy Ex-Girlfriend 

Monday, 10 September 2018

Musical Monday #179

It's my birthday tomorrow, so I wanted to pick a musical number that in some way means something to me or I just really like and after watching about twenty different videos I got musical fatigue and decided to just go with something from Singin' In The Rain, coz it's one of the greatest musicals ever made, which is astounding considering it's just a dumb jukebox musical.

Good Morning from Singin' In The Rain

What I love about this number is that it's just three friends mucking about, having fun, like you might (if you were an amazing dancer and lived in a mansion).  You hear all these stories about what a cruel musical director Gene Kelly was and about crying and bleeding feet, but none of that seeps into the scene itself.  It's just a joyous demonstration of friendship.

Monday, 3 September 2018

Musical Monday #178

While selecting today's musical number, I seem to have fallen down a rabbit hole of youtube videos - specifically essay videos analysing comedy shows, which are never as interesting as they sound, because who wants to analyse comedy?  I had to study comedy during my English A-Level and the conclusion I came to then was the perfect way to kill a joke is to explain it.  I'm also fairly certain that the only thing I did for that module was photocopy Garfield comic strips.  Did you know I got an A at English A-Level?  My teacher was shocked too.


Anyway, here you go:
Experience from Road To Rio

This is kind of interesting because the song itself has the potential to be funny on its own, by subverting our expectations of where it is going, but then instead the gag of the number is the cartoon-logic of how a trumpet that had fallen in some washing up would work.  Oh no!  I'm trying to analyse comedy.  Let's get out of here.

I wonder what that dress looked like in colour?


Friday, 31 August 2018

Non-binary representation in Peter Pan

So I reread Peter Pan by J.M.Barrie recently and I was surprised by this line towards the end which I never really noticed before:

"I thought all the fairies were dead," Mrs. Darling said.
"There are always a lot of young ones," explained Wendy, who was now quite an authority, "because you see when a new baby laughs for the first time a new fairy is born, and as there are always new babies there are always new fairies.  They live in nests on the tops of trees; and the mauve ones are boys and the white ones are girls, and the blue ones are just little sillies who are not sure what they are." 

The use of the term 'little sillies' means you can't really call this a positive representation, but in a book so entrenched in stereotypical gender roles, I was pretty surprised to find out there's a species with openly gender queer individuals.  It doesn't affect the story at all and it's only mentioned in hindsight, but since we know so little about fairies, it's pretty cool that this is apparently an important enough fact to make it into the story.  And I like to think that since each fairy is born because of a human child, maybe each fairy shares the same gender as the child, and therefore genderqueer, non-binary or agender children are canon in this universe.  I also like that the colour attributed to these three genders are not the stereotypical ones (although gender colour stereotypes have changed in the last hundred years or so anyway).  (I am going to ignore any horrible double entendre relating to the word 'fairy'.)


***

Now that I come to think about it, Peter Pan is clearly an asexual character.  But you never see him on lists of such things (I think I have seen Barrie on those speculative 'here is a list of historical people we randomly think might have been ace based on circumstantial evidence and guesswork').  I assume this is because Peter is a child and therefore his sexuality is irrelevant, having never gone through puberty.  Also with all the creepy Oedipal and worse subtext, you don't exactly want to align yourself with it, especially when, coming out as ace, people are often told that they are being childish or there's something mentally wrong with them.  But I think it is relevant, because many people know what their sexuality is when they are a child - you don't suddenly gain a new one once you develop physically - and of course he's not a child-child, he's been alive for many many years.  The main giveaway is that every female in the book is attracted to him and often in love with him and he is totally oblivious and completely romantically uninterested and is left confused by their frustration (been there, dude).  He plays at being a husband and father for a bit, but finds the whole game faintly disturbing, which is really the perfect metaphor for how many ace people live their lives.

"Dear Peter," she said, "with such a large family, of course, I have now passed my best, but you don't want to change me, do you?"
"No, Wendy."
Certainly he did not want to change, but he looked at her uncomfortably; blinking, you know, like one not sure whether he was awake or asleep.
"Peter, what is it?"
"I was just thinking," he said, a little scared.  "It is only make-believe, isn't it, that I am their father?"
"Oh yes," Wendy said primly.
"You see," he continued apologetically, "it would make me seem so old to be their real father."
"But they are ours, Peter, yours and mine."
"But not really, Wendy?" he asked anxiously.
"Not if you don't wish it," she replied; and she distinctly heard his sigh of relief.  "Peter," she asked, trying to speak firmly, "what are your exact feelings for me?"
"Those of a devoted son, Wendy."
"I thought so," she said, and went and sat by herself at the extreme end of the room.
"You are so queer," he said, frankly puzzled, "and Tiger Lily is just the same.  There is something she wants to be to me, but she says it is not my mother."
"No, indeed, it is not," Wendy replied with frightful emphasis.  Now we know why she was prejudiced against the redskins.
"Then what is it?" 
"It isn't for a lady to tell."
"Oh, very well," Peter said, a little nettled.  "Perhaps Tinker Bell will tell me."
"Oh yes, Tinker Bell will tell you," Wendy retorted scornfully.  "She is an abandoned little creature."
Here Tink, who was in her boudoir, eavesdropping, squeaked out something impudent.
"She said she glories in being abandoned," Peter interpreted.
He had a sudden idea.  "Perhaps Tink wants to be my mother?"
"You silly ass!" cried Tinker Bell in a passion. 

So there you go.  I'll let you know the next time I come across some non cishet characters in a children's book.  Baum's usually pretty good for that.