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Why I don't like most shows on television
Kaleidoscope Tekulo posted a blog entry in This is my lawnLately I have noticed that I'm not particularly fond of too many shows on television. By this I'm specifically talking about sitcoms be them Seinfeld, How I Met Your Mother, Modern Family, The Big Bang Theory, and so on. Sitcoms are a type of show that I've watched for most of my life. I've gotten into a few of them, and I've generally enjoyed them over the years. But recently, I've grown tired of seeing one too many episodes of Big Bang Theory and Modern Family and I started to stop and think. It's fun to watch a show when I'm not thinking. I get to experience the jokes and playful humor without a second thought. And hey, the first two to three times watching an episode, things are generally funny. But then I stopped to look at these episodes and I realize something. I feel like these shows were not made for me. Let me try to explain myself a little here. Currently I am a twenty five year old man who has found work off and on as a baker. I define my sexual orientation as demi-homosexual and I define my gender identity as gender queer. I've lived my entire life overweight and my self esteem is generally on the low side. I have suffered from depression and anxiety among other things. I tend to let my emotions get in the way of seeing the world for what it really is at times, and I have to remind myself that I don't even know what this world is like to begin with. I often remind myself that the place I'm currently in, both emotionally and physically is... well, for lack of a better word, weird. I'm not sure there was ever a day beyond fifth grade that I ever felt normal, but I think I've probably mentioned this on my blog more than a few times in various entries. I suppose I could start with the obvious here and point out that while I'm not straight, most sitcoms revolve around straight men. These are characters that pursue relationships without a second thought. Ted Mosby on HIMYM seemed to date a fair number of women while searching for his one true love. Even if I were to ignore the fact that these relationships are heteronormative, this is something I personally find unrelatable. The very idea of me being comfortable enough to pursue even a casual relationship with someone else may as well be a work of fantasy. It's a bit of a strange feeling to be detached from a show's everyman on that level alone. Well then what about a show that actually has two men in a relationship? It is true that Modern Family has this, and these characters Mitchell and Cameron don't seem to have dated as much as say Jerry Seinfeld or Ted Mosby (Or Ross and Joey from Friends). They are two men in a serious relationship from the start with an adoptive daughter starting a family and a life together. Before I start complaining about these two, let me just say that to me this is a significant step forward in media and growing up I honestly never thought I would see anything like this in a television show. Love between men is something very hard to come by from what I've seen, and with anything like this I feel that in a way it's huge without really being anything all that tremendous at all. That being said, I personally don't see myself being represented much in either of these characters. Let me elaborate a little bit. It's true I am not in a relationship, serious or otherwise, and it is true I don't have an adoptive daughter and I am by no means starting a family myself. But let's put all of that aside for now and talk about why I don't relate to two characters on television who are gay, like me. For this I will start with Cameron. Cameron is generally, in my opinion, a walking, talking stereotype of what straight people think all gay people are like. Overly feminine, prone to drama, a love of arts and crafts with a sense of style and body language that is, generally speaking, flamboyant. As a demi-sexual and even gender queer individual (who tends to score as more feminine than masculine on gender identity quizzes) I can't help but watch this character and scream in my head "THIS IS NOT WHAT I'M LIKE." To me personally there is nothing quite so disheartening as to see a gay character on television that does not in any way represent anything that I am or anything that I stand for. For example, Cameron decides to come out to his grandmother (who is a bigot) that he is in love with Mitchell, has a daughter and a family and is going to get married. His grandmother responds with a close minded statement (accusing their identities as gay men to be the cause of a storm of all things) and Cameron's reaction? He's just glad his grandmother ultimately agreed to attend their wedding (in spite of Mitchell pointing out that she is bringing a sign and protesting gay marriage). Cameron shows no remorse that this family member will not accept him. He goes on without a care in the world, and honestly this is the scene that makes my stomach flip every time. I spent most of my life being closeted from my family, I have worried for years about whether or not I would be accepted (and, hey, even though I'm out of the closet I still struggle with this with my parents). This is something that to me is a huge deal. It's something that impacts my relationship with my family to this day and it's something I find utterly disgusting that people like me have to deal with because it is disgusting. This exchange to me feels like something out of a bad fantasy. It strikes me as totally unrealistic and it is why I hate his character for his carefree attitude towards bigotry. Granted his character has been about breaking the mold and not conforming to certain stereotypes, but this scene is something that I personally will never accept. Now then, let's talk about Mitchell. While neither of these characters truly captures what it's like to deal with homophobia in the modern day in my opinion, Mitchell does have his moments. Namely the relationship Mitchell has with his father. He talks about being closeted to his dad up until college when he finally built up enough courage to tell his father Jay that he is gay. According to Mitchell, his father used to call him every week or so when he was away at college to catch up. However, after he came out to Jay, those phone calls stopped. Mitchell is clearly upset about this and honestly this is another scene that sticks out to me. This is the only moment that his character feels real to me. This is the one scene in the entire show where I feel like I can even remotely relate to his character. I've been there. I am there now. Granted my relationship with my parents isn't the same as Mitchell's relationship to his father, but I often feel like my family just doesn't understand what it's like to be in my position. Sometimes they say things without thought and I get hurt because of it. It happens. Despite this one scene, however, I largely feel that these two characters do not relate to me. And that is shame considering, well, I thought they would. Both of them follow designers, be it a white couch or a decorative glass bowl, they seem to be into trendy, upscale material possessions. Meanwhile, I may spend some time planning my outfits, but I'm about as fashionable as a rock, honestly. I don't keep up with trendy things, and unless it's plating a dessert at the end of a five course dinner, I don't have much of an eye for style or the finer things in life. At one point, while their friend Pepper Saltsman plans their wedding, his assistant says at one point that planning a gay wedding is much more difficult than a heteronormative wedding because both grooms have such high standards. And um, again, THAT'S NOT WHAT I'M LIKE. When I'm watching characters like this, characters that are supposed to represent people like me, I can't help but feel that this was not intended to cater to me. This was intended to cater to people who think this is what I'm actually like. It feels isolating and on some level lonelier than I could have ever imagined. Well, this entry has gone on for quite a few paragraphs. While I could go on, I feel like I've at least covered the gist of things. Keep in mind, these are my opinions and my opinions alone. Not every gender queer gay dude thinks the same, and I fully expect there are going to be people to disagree with me. But these are just opinions from someone who never really felt like he fit in to begin with.
What are your thoughts on the future of BZPower's member titles? There is only one user who has over 20,000 posts and I don't know how they feel about this issue, but I would like to hear what you guys think as well.
Agent Carter Discussion Topic
Jobber posted a topic in Completely Off TopicI probably should have made this topic when the show started, but alas, here it is. So what are you thoughts on the show? Do you dislike/like it? What about the current episode? Discuss! I can say I actually enjoyed this mini-series, not as much as Agents of Shield though. I can totally see Marvel making a second season of the show, but probably not in the near future seeing as how season 3 of Agents of Shield is coming on March 3rd. P.S.: I don't expect this topic to last more than a couple days, since double-posting is against the rules. So I'll be making another topic once AOS airs again, and another when the Daredevil Netflix series drops.
My Opinions on the Movies I've seen so far this Year. (2014)
Toa Smoke Monster posted a blog entry in The IslandI've done it for the last two years, so why not do another? Here is my opinion on the movies I've seen so far this year in no particular order. Note: I do talk about some spoilers in each of these, so I'm putting them in spoiler tags. If you haven't seen the movie in bold yet and don't want it to be ruined for you, it would be best not to open the spoiler tag until you've seen it. You have been warned. Captain America: The Winter Soldier The Amazing Spiderman 2 X-Men: Days of Future Past Godzilla How to Train your Dragon 2 Transformers 4 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes So, these are my opinions on the movies I've seen so far this year. Here's hoping Guardians of the Galaxy is just as great as it looks.
My opinion on the movies I've seen this year. (2013)
Toa Smoke Monster posted a blog entry in The IslandI did something like this last year when I had my blog, so I think its would be cool to make another one for this year. Here is my opinion on the movies that I've seen so far this year. G.I. Joe: Retaliation I enjoyed this movie a lot. It had good action scenes and some really cool characters. The story wasn't the best, but I kind of knew it wasn't going to be when I went to see it. Though it did have a few surprising moments in it, like the death of Duke at the beginning. Even though it was shown in the trailers, it was still surprising to see a main character from the previous movie killed off so quickly in this one. One would think that he would've survived somehow, but no, he was a goner. And I like that the movie didn't bring him back. It made the stakes even higher for Roadblock and the other survivors. The only thing I really didn't like about this movie was Cobra Commander's voice. It's just not the voice I see him having. But I don't know a lot about the G.I. Joe mythology, so maybe he has sounded like that before. *shrugs* Overall, its an enjoyable movie. Not the best, but still good. Iron Man 3 The first movie from Marvel since the Avengers was released a last year, Iron Man 3 was the summer's first big blockbuster. And boy was it a good one. I know many people thought the story had a few plot holes in it, like why didn't Iron Man use all of his suits when his house was being attacked by the people sent by Killian. And I know a lot of people were not too pleased with the surprising reveal of who the Mandarin really was. But still, the movie had great action scenes. (Iron Man saving all the people who fell out of Air Force One and the final battle are standouts.) Robert Doweny Jr. is just as great playing the role of Tony Stark as he was in the previous Iron Man movies. Guy Pearce was a good villain, with his Extremis powers and all. And the movie showed that the members of the Avengers could still hold their own in their own movies. The only real nitpick I had with the movie was when Pepper's Extremis powers were taken away. Sure, she could've exploded if she overheated, but I think it would've been cool to see her use her new powers in a future Iron Man movie (if one was made) or the next Avengers. After all, she did use them to stop Killian for good. And yes, I was a little disappointed by the Mandarin reveal. But the real Mandarin could still appear in a future Iron Man movie. (Again, if one is made.) Overall, Iron Man 3 is one of my favorite movies I've seen this year, second only to Star Trek Into Darkness. While it does have some plot holes, its far more than makes up for it with its characters and actions scenes. Star Trek Into Darkness And speaking of Star Trek, this movie is the best I've seen this year. It has everything in it to tell a great story. Interesting characters, funny moments and dialogue, and a few twists and turns in the story to keep one guessing as to what will happen next. Chris Pine, Zachary Quito, and Benedict Cumberbatch in particular all do great work with their characters. The reveal of who Benedict's character true identity is a great scene to watch. In fact, the whole story itself is really great. My favorite part of the whole movie is when the Enterprise is falling towards earth in free fall, and what Kirk has to do to save the ship and crew. Overall, if this movie is still playing in a movie theater around you, go see it. If you've already seen it, go watch it again. It's my favorite movie I've seen so far this year, and I can't wait to see it again. Man of Steel This is the Superman movie everyone's been waiting for. With great music and some surprising big stars in it (Kevin Costner, Russel Crowe, Diane Lane), this movie is one of Superman's best since Superman 2. Henry Cavill, the Man of Steel himself, does a great job with title character. The action scenes are some of the best I've seen this year. And unlike Superman's last movie, it actually has some real enemies for Superman to face. Zod and his crew were a great challenge for the Man of Steel. I did have a few complaints about it though. One was that it wasn't funny enough. Superman did make a few jokes in the movie, but he was really serious through the majority of the film. I'm not saying that's a bad thing, but from what I've seen in the previous Superman movies, he was a little more lighthearted. Another was the fight scene between Superman and Zod in Metropolis at the end of the movie. Sure, it was awesome to watch and one of the best actions scene out of any of the movies listed here. But think of all the people killed in that fight! I read on another website that that battle alone would've killed thousands of people and cost the city billions of dollars in damages. It makes one wonder why Superman didn't try to lure Zod out of the city to avoid all that. Overall, this is a good movie. It's not as good as Iron Man 3 or Star Trek Into Darkness, but it does have some amazing actions that alone are worth the price of a movie ticket. Monsters University Pixar's first prequel to one of their movies, MU shows what happened to Mike and Sully when they were in college. Though I feel it's kind of 'Mike's story' than 'Mike and Sully's story.' Not that that is a bad thing. This movie basically is Mike's journey to becoming a scarer, with the other characters helping him on that journey. But I still liked these characters a lot. There was one other thing that I really enjoyed about this movie too. It was that it showed us what the Monster's world looked like. While some of it was shown in Monsters Inc., this movie showed us a lot more of it. Even though it's basically the same as ours, I still think its cool. Overall, this is a good kids movie that shows that Pixar doesn't need to have a sad story in it like Up or Toy Story 3 to make a good movie. The Lone Ranger When I went to see this movie, I had the same mind set that I did when I saw G.I Joe: Retaliation: it won't have the best story, but it will have good action scenes. And that would really be my opinion on it. Tonto (Johnny Depp) and The Lone Ranger (Armie Hammer) both do a good job with their roles. The story, while not the best, was still likable. And the Ranger's horse had a few funny moments in the movie. (To quote Tonto from the movie, "That is one strange horse." ) The villain, Butch Cavendish, was a little dark for this movie. He was a cannibal that ate a body part of the people he killed. That was something that was a little extreme IMO considering the tone of the movie. Overall, I did enjoy the movie. The action scenes on the trains were cool and Depp and Hammer both do a good job with their characters. It's an enjoyable movie if you take it for what it is. Pacific Rim Ever wonder how a 200 million dollar Power Ranger zoid battle movie would turn out? This is your answer, and it is awesome. This movie is simply giant alien monsters (Kaiju) vs the giant robots (Jaegers) humanity has created to defeat them. The battles between them are great and destructive. If you thought Man of Steel showed you how a city was destroyed, Pacific Rim does it tenfold. The battles destroy dozens of cities. Though to be fair, we're just shown a lot of the destroyed cities. The only city we really see destroyed in Hong Kong. The characters for the movie aren't the best in the world, but they're still interesting. My favorite is Stacker Pentecost, played by Idris Elba. He does a really good job with his role. Raleigh Becket (play by Charlie Hunnam) and Mako Mori (played by Rinko Kikuchi) are the other main characters, and they do a good job too. But Stacker is the best in this movie. Overall, if you go to see this movie, it's not because of the characters and their drama. It's to see Jaegers and Kaiji duke it out. And this movie delivers on that front. I plan on seeing the Wolverine when it comes out later this week. I've read good thing about it, so hopefully it will be good.
Well, the title of this topic is pretty self explanatory. Basically, what kanohi do you think The Yesterday Quest toa team should have, with the exception of Chiara, because its been confirmed that she has a volitak.
Think About It.
Jonathan Crane posted a topic in Completely Off TopicSooooooo, think about these questions, and answer them: [*]If Ben Franklin was killed, would he have been important enough in U.S.A. history to be concidered "assassinated"?[*]If you could have 1 free day (NOT A WEEKEND) to do anything you wanted, would you rather, a) go to Disneyland, or http://www.bzpower.com/board/public/style_emoticons/default/cool.png, LEGOLAND?[*]If Vegitable Oil is made from vegitables, and apple juice is made from apples, what is baby powder made from?[*]Since water is H2O, why doesn't it light on fire, since fire needs oxygen, and hydrogen is flammable?