A quick update on the vk situation.
I’ve gotten several messages that have stated that those are fan pages, that they source and they don’t mean harm, so I shouldn’t be upset about it.
I do understand this. I understand that it’s nice to be able to share stuff you like in a space you feel…
I mentioned having a series of off-days on twitter recently, and ultimate internet sweetheart HamletMachine drew this picture of Penny & Walter getting cozy to cheer me up! It put such a smile on my face, it’s actually on the wall next to my monitor now. I love it when people draw these guys.
HamletMachine draws Starfighter (18+), a comic about hot boys kissing in space! I like how she draws intimate moments, there’s always a lot of feeling in them.
Penny and Walter are from Lucky Penny, serialized on johnnywander.com right now! It’s a comedy about a scrappy, down-on-her-luck girl who loses her job and her apartment, so she decides to live in a storage unit and figure the rest out as she goes. You can read it from the beginning here.
Two things that I love have combined <3
Okay, now that the fog has cleared a little, I’m just going to try to make one thing clear, and let this lie.
Constructive criticism. You can send me it. I accept it and I listen to it. If you preface it with “please don’t publish” I will 100% respect that. Please don’t be afraid to send it to…
Omg hi tumblr it’s been a while @__@ Sorry, I got a job hahahah… T__T
So this has been bugging me for a few days now. Someone I know, who will not be named, when watching the news about refugees just recently said something along the lines of,
"I just think that if they live in our country they shouldn’t be allowed to wear burkas! It makes me feel like they’ve got something to hide! That’s not racist, is it?!"
I didn’t say anything at the time, because I try to be a good pacifist, and fights make my anxiety bad, so I talked to my mum about it the following day (I’m so adult), and her reply was,
"Well if it’s not racist, what is it then?"
So we talked about it, and eventually came to a few conclusions. As well as people needing more respect for other people’s religions, can you imagine what would happen if the British government decided that women couldn’t wear burkas?
What if they decided to ban baseball caps because they’re associated with gang culture?
What if they banned people from wearing skirts too short, because they think short skirts attract rapists?
What if they banned people from wearing head to toe black, because people find it intimidating?
I’m not ignoring the fact that the whole women wearing burkas thing is a huge feminist issue, that’s a whole other argument, I mean I hate the burkas that women wear because I think it’s oppressive, but that’s not the point.
Basically, what I’m saying is,
Respect other people’s religions, even if you don’t like them. Something as simple as clothing shouldn’t be something to get an arseache about.
And don’t make dumb suggestions like “They shouldn’t be allowed to wear that.”, because you’re opening up a whole big can of ugly worms, and you’ll end up regretting it.
What a weird way to return to tumblr ._.”
Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman talk Smaug in the new issue of Empire
Out this Thursday October 31 in the UK, the new issue of Empire features a Hobbit special with a choice of four newsstand covers and a special subscriber cover. Inside, a sidebar feature highlights the creation of the iconic dragon Smaug in the second film in the trilogy. Played physically and vocally by Benedict Cumberbatch, the huge creature faces off with Martin Freeman’s Bilbo Baggins in a scene that will likely prove to be very different from the pair’s interactions in Sherlock. Below are selected highlights from the magazine feature.
Benedict Cumberbatch: Playing Smaug was separate from any experience you can ever have as an actor – playing a fire-breathing reptile is quite out there! I just had to dive in at the deep end. I walked out and felt a bit of a prick. But no-one else seemed to notice so that was ok.
Martin Freeman: I was coming back from Christmas and Benedict was leaving. We had a quick cup of tea and he was off and I was on to do the Smaug scenes without him. But Peter (Jackson) played me his demo vocal, and I could hear it very clearly in my head. I was reacting to that and to fuckloads of lighting changes. I didn’t work with Ben at all really. Which was kind of ironic considering Sherlock has been bookending this.
Peter Jackson: We questioned whether we would have the dragon talking. I couldn’t get Sean Connery from Dragonheart out of my head. We did an animation test with some scenes from film two where the dragon is speaking purely psychically. We are hearing it in Bilbo’s head. It felt odd. Once you saw the dragon talking with Benedict’s voice, it was just fantastic. I had no more Sean Connery issues at that point.
Philippa Boyens: He is not anything, except maybe a psychopath.
Fran Walsh: He is quite English!
Benedict Cumberbatch: It’s not the riddles scene. There are similarities, but it’s not the same. There are size issues. Smaug is bigger than the hobbit. Smaug doesn’t engage with the hobbit the same way Smeagol does. Smaug is on much more of an ego trip. He likes to feel dominant at all times.
Phillippa Boyens: The first time I heard Benedict say “I smell you, thief,” it sent shivers through me.
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