Yes to all of these things.
“I have a lot of feelings about this!” WHAT A SURPRISE
Best Support for a Supporting Actress: Christina Hendricks’ bras
This is awesome. And I’m home today, so I can actually participate! End of the world? Bring it on, I say!
Well, this literally means nothing. Domestic violence victims drop charges and protection orders ALL the TIME, largely due to psychological fuckery and pressure from their batterers.
Actually, all of the research and all of what we know about domestic violence is that it IS planned out. It is a pattern of behaviors chosen and planned by the perpetrator for the specific purpose of gaining control over his victim. Physical violence is seen by batterers as a perfectly acceptable form of maintaining “discipline” or control over their partner. The batterer is well-aware of what he is doing when he does it. He may very well consciously think “If the house isn’t up to my standards when I get home, I’m going to beat my wife’s ass.”
To suggest that the abuser does not have control over his own behavior, to suggest that his “mental state” is the cause of the behavior, then suggests to some degree that the blame lies with the victim.
Also, I knew what you meant by a “crime of passion”. It is still a dangerous misnomer.
This was likely due, in part or in whole, to the fact that Americans can tolerate violence much better than expressions of sexuality, because of how we are totally fucked in the head about sex. Thanks Puritans!
I really apologize, but I am about to get on a high horse. You can go ahead and skip this if you like.
Domestic violence is not a “crime of passion”, nor does it occur as a result of a “fit of rage”. Domestic violence is an entrenched belief system overwhelmingly occuring in men wherein they feel that they have the right to use power and control over their partner. This includes physical violence, verbal, sexual, and emotional abuse. Long before Chris Brown decided to beat Rhianna, long before a man decides to assault his partner, a cycle begins wherein she is systematically torn down mentally and emotionally. The beating and killing of women has, for far too long, been romanticized as a “crime of passion”. It is not a crime of passion. It is simply a crime.
“Desperately Wanting” by Better Than Ezra. You are welcome.
Yeah, those scenes sort of cemented my carnal desire for Ron Swanson.
That you folks are guest-bloggerati makes me happy to be at work. Well, sort of. I mean, it’s beautiful here, and today’s a state shutdown day but I’m HERE at WORK (budget matters! state government!), but if I have to be here it’s nice to have some wonderful guests on Videogum.
OMG!! Me too!!! We’re like twins!!
I am ridiculous…ly excited about today.
I know, right? That was weirdly hot.
Gwyneth Paltrow is turning into Donatella Versace.
Best Picture: The King’s Speech
Best Actor: Colin Firth
Best Actress: Natalie Portman
Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale
Best Supporting Actress: Hailee Steinfeld
Best Director: David Fincher
Original Screenplay: The King’s Speech
Adapted Screenplay: The Social Network
Editing: The Social Network
Cinematography: True Grit
Art Direction: Alice in Wonderland
Original Score: The King’s Speech
Orginal Song: 127 Hours
Costume Design: Alice in Wonderland
Makeup: The Wolfman
Sound Editing/Sound Mixing: Inception
Vusual Effects: Inception
Foreign Language Film: In a Better World
Documentary Feature: Inside Job
Documentary Short: Killing in the Name
Animated Feature: Toy Story 3
Animated Short Film: The Gruffalo
Live Action Short Film: The Confession
This is gonna be GREAT!!
I am probably more excited about this than is normal and reasonable.
“Forget it, Jake. It’s Salt Town.”
Look at all of those fucking hipsters, etc.
Agree to disagree! I completely disagree with you, agreed?
I like you! Upvote! Especially for the phrase “one eighth of a fuck”. I may steal that, if that’s all right with you.
I’d upvote this more if I could.
As a “lady on the internet” who considers Videogum a place where I’d “want to be”, I can honestly say that I do not give two fucks about this post or “what it all means”. I don’t think it signifies some deep-seated misogyny on Gabe’s part. It was likely posted because he posts quite frequently about Gwyneth Paltrow and how she’s an idiot, and this is one example of that idiocy. Or maybe not! But Christ, people, don’t we have bigger fish to fry? Yes. Yes we do.
Dear Cast of Jersey Shore (Snicki, The Laceration, Polly V, Lonnie, Smammi, and Dina),
First, let me tell you that I really like your show a lot! You all seem like very good people who enjoy fun times together, which include getting naked and drinking lots of alcohol! Nothing wrong with that! As your people in the mother country of Ireland say, “Bonny is the lassie who can suck on a pickle after a pint!”. I also like how you all have talents. You won’t always be on TV, so it’s good to have a vocation like writing (Snicki), playing records in clubs (Polly V), or really defined abdominal muscles (The Laceration).
Anyway, enough small talk! You are all busy stars who are busy doing lots of interesting things like talking on shows about your TV show that people watch. I am writing to you because I have a favor to ask: Would you be willing to endorse my new charity that I just created? It’s for needy Irish American youths (like yourselves) who do not have access to tanning beds or alcohol. Now, I know what you are thinking: Not another endorsement! But let me tell you, it would be worth it if you could help someone like how you used to be, wouldn’t it?
Write back to me soon! These kids need you so much! I can’t imagine being Irish American and not drinking. Can you? (I hope you can’t).