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“How many of the defiant white youths causing mayhem and destruction come from fatherless families? Where are the leaders in the white community?”
Most days I hate Twitter. Thanks to #pumpkinfest today is not one of those days.
As horrifying — and horrifying typical of fraternities — as this story is, I can’t help but note that if this same fraternity had done something to a woman, conservatives would insist the students get the benefit of the doubt because she could be lying.
Thanks to campus rape culture, flamingos are more likely to get justice than women.
This podcast is a bit of experiment in format, production, and distribution, as was necessitated by the death of the computer that had all the LGM podcast templates on it.*
If all goes well, at the bottom of this post there will be a podcast, and if you’re subscribed to the podcasts via iTunes, there will be one there too.
As for its content — as you well know, I’m a fan of Doctor Who, as is my Raw Story colleague Arturo, and we were talking the other day and thought, “You know what? Our conversations might could make a fine podcast.” So we’re trying it out.
Arturo is also the editor of Racialicious, and this podcast is basically a live-action version of the kind of conversations we have anyway. If there’s interest, we’ll do more of these. If there isn’t, you’ll merely have hurt our feelings and we’ll resent you forever. On that note:
*They are in the process of being rebuilt, but it’s slow-going because once things work, I tend to forget how I got them to. Also, Steve and I have two more Game of Thrones podcasts in the can — or sort of in the can, as I have to reconstruct them — and are planning on covering the second season before the next one starts.
It is 4 a.m.
I am alone downstairs, when all of a sudden, in the kitchen, I hear someone saying, “Hello? Is anybody there? Hello?”
“Hello,” I reply, and walk in.
No one is there — except for my cat, Virgil, who is sitting on the counter.
I shoo him away, think it must have been the thunder, or the early hour, that confused me.
Then my roommate’s phone rings, and goes to voice mail. Rings, and goes to voice mail. Rings, and goes to voice mail.
Finally, I walk into the kitchen, grab his phone off the counter, and say, “Hello, this is my roommate’s phone. Can I help you?”
“Is everything OK?” a man asks.
“Why wouldn’t it be,” I reply.
“I got a call, heard strange noises, then a muffled voice calling for help.”
I assure him that everything is OK, and he seems satisfied. As I place the phone back on the counter, I realize:
GOD DAMN IT VIRGIL YOUR ASS JUST SCARED THAT POOR MAN HALF TO DEATH.
So, as noted yesterday, I went on Graphic Policy Radio and discussed the series of premier of Gotham, which you can listen to here:
The more serious discussion concerned how a show whose conclusion is foregone can actually survive — after all, even though Gotham is going to focus, somewhat Wire-like, on the internal conflicts of the police and various criminal organizations, in the end we all know that the situation’s going to deteriorate to the point at which the only answer is a wealthy orphan patrolling the night in a fetish bat outfit.
Still, that leaves room for a good 10 or so seasons of watching the city fall apart, and that could certainly be gratifying, but only if the series creators understand what they have and how to use it. Which brings me to the second David Simon reference in this post, because I think the show’s ceiling could be something like Homicide: Life on the Street.
Consider how that show began, with Tim Bayliss catching the Adena Watson case, and how it haunted him through all six-ish seasons. In a similar fashion, you know the deaths of Thomas and Martha Wayne are going to haunt Gordon, and you know that he — like Bayliss — is going to form an unhealthy attachment to both the case and those left in its wake. Do I think Gotham is going to reach these heights?
In all likelihood not. But do I think that it has a higher ceiling than most quasi-procedural cop dramas currently on television? I most certainly do.
On a side note, we also established the most appropriate possible context for one of those Internet traditions I started awhile back:
You know — because he is.
I’ll be on Graphic Policy Radio again tonight discussing Fox’s new Batman-related show Gotham. The show begins at 10 p.m. EST and you’re more than welcome to call in, tweet at me, or drop me a line on Facebook if you have something you’d like to add to the program — or if you’d just like heckle or berate me. The choice is yours!
If you’re interested in what I have to say about Guardians of the Galaxy, I was a guest on Graphic Policy Radio radio talking about it last night.
I made a number of claims about the film, foremost among them its indebtedness to mid-period Marx Brothers films.
I also said quite about something I kept calling “old-school sci-fi wonder” — though I have no idea why I became so wedded to that phrase — and Parks and Rec, because anytime I have the opportunity to discuss Parks and Rec, I will.
UPDATE: I forgot many of the interesting tangents we went on, e.g. What would a science fiction film that wasn’t anthropocentric actually look like, and would it ever get made? (For example, can you imagine a film version of an Iain M. Banks novel?)
AND ALSO: All of the “Bert Macklin, FBI” stuff on Parks and Rec — his deep commitment to his flights of fancy — always reminded me of what Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes would’ve grown up to be like, so Guardians of the Galaxy struck me like a “Spaceman Spiff” serial.
AND ALSO, AGAIN: A discussion of abusive relationships, in which I noted that “it’s a really weird thing to be talking about in the wake of the Ray Rice incident, but this was an abusive relationship, but also very clearly love. I think this is something that gets glossed over in popular culture — yes, let’s condemn people who abuse their loved ones, but don’t make it so that people don’t love the ones they beat, that’s where the pathos is, that’s where the humanity is…We tend to like to simplify things when we’re demonizing people. And I think the film did a really good job of showing that love exists in an abusive relationship — and God, is anybody recording this?”
Of course women aren’t fit to serve in the infantry. Men are pigs who will sexually assault and harass them at the drop of a beret.
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