Category: Television


Life certainly likes to keep me on my toes. This is a very good thing.

I’m still doing my internship. I’m going to be covering the San Francisco International Film Festival. This is huge and incredibly exciting for me. I’m hoping to be able to get an interview with some of the people. This is exciting on so many levels.

I’m still enjoying writing a lot. It still doesn’t feel like work. I wasn’t really sure if I would be OK with writing in volume. I wasn’t sure if it was going to feel like work. It doesn’t. This is a lot of fun. It’s something that I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy. Now I know this is something I love doing. It’s something that I would love to keep doing. Here’s to hoping.

It’s also that time. It’s time to go over my writing for the last week… so, here we go. Feel free to go and read my pieces I have written in the last week.

Talking about the LGBT points of “Empire”.
Rand Paul’s Moral Crisis (I just love that title).
A recap of the winners from the GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles
Tokyo is trying to make itself LGBT-inclusive by the 2020 Olympics.
A snarky look at the bill called the “Sodomite Suppression Act”.
Mika’s latest single
Gencon makes decides to stand by their LGBT attendees.
Looking is canceled after 2 seasons.

Feel free to go, read and enjoy! I’m still pretty proud about these pieces.

I may or may not be able to get another piece up here this week. I’m going to try to see if I can’t manage to make that happen. I would like to write about other things. So, I’m going to see if I can make that happen.

Until then!

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Here we are again, time for the round-up of other writing stuff I have done. This time it’s 2 weeks. This is longer than what I was planning. I’m still recovering from a respiratory virus. I apparently got worse than a cold, but better than bronchitis. On the plus side, I am on the mend. I still get moments of feeling pretty draggy and tired. Thankfully, I have today off. I can sleep and rest and relax. That is the plan.

So, what have I done in that time… I have a lot of stuff for you to read. I seem to be quite prolific. So, here we are.

A review of the memoir “My Avant-Garde Education”
Dr. Ben Carson Op-Ed
The embracing skeleton video
Skeleton Twins movie review
St. Patrick’s Day and the LGBT community
Elton John vs. Dolce & Gabbana
Planet Fitness really is a Judgment-Free Zone
LGBT offerings at Tribeca Film Festival
Another Op-Ed, this time about the staffer who sexually assualted 17 children
TBT: Ellen
Terry Pratchett’s death
Frank Underwood’s sexuality in “House of Cards”
Moar the Wicked + the Divine
LGBT characters represent on TV

I know, it’s a lot. It’s been a couple of weeks. I hope you enjoy reading more of my stuff. It’s been fun getting to write like this. I hope that I get to keep doing this. I wake-up every morning excited to go to work.

Huzzah to that!

Here we are once again… another week under my belt. Here is a listing of posts I made over at my other new job.
Enjoy!

Alan Turing’s family petitions British government to pardon 49,000 other men convicted for being gay.
Neil Patrick Harris at the Oscars
Poly in the tech industry. I’m not gonna lie, I love this post.
TBT, Will and Grace
Tegan and Sara, the duo of the moment
Transphobia and violence
Community, a show I love

I hope you enjoy and read these. I’m pretty proud that I’m getting published. I do hate that I’m still sick this week. I’m hoping to be up and running again by Thursday. I need to write more.

I’ll try to get more writing up here this week… possibly even tomorrow.

Until then!

Here are the posts that I made in the last week. There’s a lot of them. I didn’t realize that I could be this prolific.

Neil Patrick Harris at the Oscars: http://dot429.com/articles/5746-oscars-a-mixed-bag-even-with-neil-patrick-harris-hosting
Zachari Logan:http://dot429.com/articles/5742-zachari-logan-and-the-deconstruction-of-the-male-form
Bi Invisibility: http://dot429.com/articles/5741-the-problem-with-bisexual-invisibility
Japan and Gay Culture: http://dot429.com/articles/5739-shibuya-proposes-japan-s-first-formal-same-sex-unions
Polyamory: http://dot429.com/articles/5736-polyamory-a-primer
Kai Teichert: http://dot429.com/articles/5734-the-varied-work-of-kai-teichert
Chasing Amy: http://dot429.com/articles/5733-throwback-thursday-a-look-back-at-chasing-amy
Same_Sex Relationship Longevity: http://dot429.com/articles/5726-how-personality-affects-long-term-relationship-longevity

There you go. That’s all of them. Plenty of stuff there to enjoy! I’ll return tomorrow with some actual content. 0_0 (I know… I keep saying that. I mean it this time.)

Until then!

Of course, the fact that I had only gotten about 2-3 hours of sleep the night before made it that Friday… so I was starting to find it incredibly difficult focusing on panels. Instead, we decided to hit the dealer’s room. I hadn’t a chance to see it on Thursday, so why not check it out on Friday.

This guy was impressively still and did this for the whole con. It's a pretty impressive cosplay.

This guy was impressively still and did this for the whole con. It’s a pretty impressive cosplay.

And as prior years, it was a madhouse.

For some reason this year it felt more hectic. It seemed that anyone who was filming at Comic Con was filming in the dealers’ room. So, getting around was… interesting. This year we made the rounds from Artists’ Alley to the video game section (if you haven’t seen a map of the dealers’ room, this is it). It really is as massive as the map looks.

And, of course, I have an amusing (or not so amusing but ultimately frustrating) story.

We were walking around the video game section of the dealers’ room. Of course there was plenty of neat con stuff available for sale… and some places were giving away free stuff. So, we were walking by the Ubisoft both and they were pushing people buying Assassin’s Creed 5. They were giving away swanky shirts for anyone who pre-ordered a copy of the game. And they had guys outside the booth trying to get people in to order a copy.

Of course, Ubisoft had just put their foot in their mouth at E3 when they were asked about the lack of playable female characters. Their reasoning, that it’s too difficult to animate the female avatars. Yet

April O'Neil and Casey Jones

April O’Neil and Casey Jones

they also said that there were going to be a lot more women in Dead Island… just not Assassin’s Creed.

Of course, I remembered that… and I was very disappointed by this. After all, how is it too hard for a game franchise that makes more money than Dead Island can’t manage to have playable female characters… or any other female characters..

Needless to say, it’s something that annoyed many female gamers.

So, I mentioned my concern and the guy trying to get people in had told me that I needed to have a thick skin. That this sort of stuff happens all the time and I shouldn’t let that stop me from playing Assassin’s Creed.

I’m probably making it sound a bit less patronizing than it actually was. I felt like he was talking down to me because I was a woman.

The interesting problem was that he was also trying to convince 2 other women to buy the game. After he had said that to me, he asked if I was going to buy it and I said I would have to think about it. He

This is just a small potion of the dealers' room. There were some areas where you could walk or barely move...

This is just a small potion of the dealers’ room. There were some areas where you could walk or barely move…

then asked the other girls and they said no and walked off.

After spending a lot of time wandering the dealers’ room, we decided to call it day, go back to the hotel and get some drinks at the swanky tiki bar that is next to the pool of our hotel.

Later in the evening, while we were out in the rather large lobby of our hotel, near the restaurant and bar, Kevin Smith made a speedy beeline as though he were meeting someone and running a little late. I didn’t try to stop him to say hello because I could tell he was on his way somewhere. It’s a shame, because if there is one person I would love to have a conversation with, Kevin Smith is one of them. I have a lot of respect for him as a writer/director. It wasn’t meant to be though. perhaps one of these days I’ll actually get to meet Kevin Smith.

So, I’ve spent my time trying to learn a bit about things like Mens Rights Activists and Pick-Up Artists. And while I would like to say that my trying to understand them is fruitful, the truth is, I don’t understand them still. Thankfully, I found a place that manages to dissect all this vitriol and give me a good laugh or two while I’m at. It’s all thanks to The Manboobz.

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The more I was read the more I started thinking about the show “Married, With Children”. Does anyone else remember that show? It was so trashy and yet so much fun until the last few seasons… which happens with most series.

I kept picturing Al Bundy wearing his big NO MA’AM t-shirt and going to strip clubs. Giving the money that he refused to give to his wife to a stripper instead. NO MA’AM on “Married, With Children” was so full of delicious irony that one couldn’t help but find it as funny as it was absurd.

The more I think about it… the more I kind of miss “Married, With Children”.

Was the series offensive? Of course it was. That’s why it was watched. That’s what people expected. In many ways, Al Bundy was like a more modern update of Archie Bunker.

Of course, Al wasn’t the only one who carried the show. After all, if the characters didn’t support each other, the show wouldn’t have lasted the 10 years it did.

It’s certainly a good show of how an ensemble cast can make something magical. The show didn’t last only one or two seasons. It lasted 10. This in impressive as many series don’t make it that long.600full-married-with-children-screenshot

And in many ways, I miss it. “Married, With Children” filled an underutilized niche in sitcoms. We try to recapture something like it or “Roseanne”, but I don’t think that is possible.

“Married, With Children” had the right people playing the characters. People love Ed O’Neil as the loveable loser Al Bundy and Katey Sagal as his wife Peggy. They’re interactions at times are offensive, but also really funny.

That’s one thing I feel “Married, With Children” did really well… tongue-in-cheek humor. The ability to look at the people and still make it funny, but not in a way that’s entirely self-deprecating. It’s something that I don’t think could exist at this time.

Was it subversive? Yeah, it was. But that’s part of what made it good for so long.

It was a show that came out at just the right time (kind of like the Simpsons). It had its run and it was wonderful. A show that was blue-collar comedy. A show about a lower middle-class family, that’s something we really don’t see anymore. We don’t see shows where there are these families that are struggling. They’re trying to capture the American Dream. It was a show of the everyman. Did I relate to Al or Peggy? Not when it was on. I don’t know if I do now that I’m an adult. Peggy isn’t someone who I would talk to. For many years I understood what it was like to languish in retail, so in that respect I got Al Bundy. I could understand how someone become apathetic, but it’s not who I am.

If I had to say there was a character I could relate to, it was Bud. My sister was more popular in school. I was the girl who was largely looked over. I was bullied by others. And in that sense, it felt like me… if I was a boy.
I think to a certain degree everyone found something they could relate to in the series. It may have done things that offend, but that’s what the show was about.

I think that the one thing that reverberated with most people was the solidarity. No matter what happened, they would stick together. There was always a sense of family, no matter how dysfunctional they are.

And really that’s what made it great and why it lasted so long. Everyone found something that could relate to.

While sitcoms these days are largely escapism, there was a time where they were relatable. Television doesn’t seem to be at that moment now. I’m hoping that some day we’ll find another truly subversive show. Until then, all we can do as look back in nostalgia.child-married-with-children-249955