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Sep 3

What If, or The F Word- Faith

Katie and I have talked about this, but we almost never do written posts together, and there’s no way this is going to be heard unless it’s in writing. And when I mentioned it to my mum, she said “Why aren’t you posting about it everywhere?” and I was like “I’m not an internet vigilante anymore.” I’m not, but hell if we don’t run a blog that specifically comments on media.

So, you might be aware of the new Daniel Radcliffe film, What If, or The F Word, as it’s known in Canada. And it’s pretty romcommy, so I would normally just glance over it, but it does also have Daniel Radcliffe, so I watched the trailer. And it’s cute- Daniel Radcliffe meets Zoe Kazan and they talk about each other to their cute white friends, and go places together that are populated by cute white extras, and it’s all very cute and white. I wasn’t too bothered- I just tend to not patronise things if they don’t represent people well, but I try not to get worked up about it- but then, in the trailer, we were treated to a beautiful Toronto skyline, and suddenly I began to recognise places around town. 

This is the cast list:

These are Toronto statistics as of 2006 (source): 

  • 47 per cent of Toronto’s population (1,162,635 people) reported themselves as being part of a visible minority, up from 42.8 per cent (1,051,125) in 2001
  • The City of Toronto’s visible minority population increased by 10.6 per cent since 2001, and by 31.8 per cent since 1996
  • The top five visible minority groups in Toronto were:
    • South Asian at 298,372 or 12 per cent of our population
    • Chinese at 283,075 or 11.4 per cent
    • Black at 208,555 or 8.4 per cent
    • Filipino at 102,555 or 4.1 per cent
    • Latin American at 64,860 or 2.6 per cent

Are you fricking kidding me. 47 percent?? FORTY SEVEN PERCENT VISIBLE MINORITY and your goddamn film has exactly NO ONE

It’s so easy to live in Toronto and say, “But the world isn’t so bad, right?” We’re AWARE that the city we live in might lull us into a false sense of security until we believe that every where in the world cultures intermingle, that religious freedom is protected, that marriage equality or safe abortion isn’t up for debate. Toronto is one of the most, if not the most, multicultural cities in the world. Maybe that’s what makes it easier to brush off whitewashing, to ignore bad representation; because we have to keep ourselves in check, remind ourselves that “not every place is like Toronto.”

But then, you come into MY CITY, into MY HOUSE, and YOU tell ME that EVERY SINGLE person in this city is exactly your white fantasy, and you erase the existence of 50% of the people around me, and take away the HISTORY, the IMPORTANCE of an entire city?

I haven’t seen the film- but this blog says “The F Word is not only shot in Toronto, but proudly set here…The movie’s eagerness to show off our city every chance it gets is practically infectious.” I’m literally giving up on life right now. You’re telling me they even went to Chinatown and there are no PoC- oh wait? It was a cute date? To an exotic locale? Did they meet the shopowners with hilariously stilted English who tried to sell them- quote unquote- “weird animal parts”? How quaint and unusual !??! How quirky and romantic???!!?

How do you expect to produce a film that’s proud of Toronto while simultaneously taking away the aspect of Toronto that means the most? 

Toronto is not perfect, Canada is not perfect- I’m sick to death of people romanticising the BS that is “Canadian”, shut up, we’re really problematic- but that doesn’t mean you haven’t taken away what is metaphorically, and literally, a safe haven and refuge for so many PoC. Because it was cute? Because it didn’t match with your aesthetic? Toronto refuses in so many ways to be part of the melting pot mindset of the US- it’s a city that celebrates the many cultures that make it. Don’t take that away. Don’t hide it.



Jul 1

Emmett is so freaking in love with her this episode!!! THIS IS WHAT I WAITED SO LONG FOR. THANK YOU, LIFE. (And Sean Berdy)

I am so relieved. So grateful that Bemmett 2.0 has actually managed—SO FAR (don’t think I forgotten that awful dancing episode last season, Lizzy Weiss!)—to live up to all the expectations that us shippers built up over 2+ years. I read an interview with Ms. Weiss, and I have to agree: it is these two against the world (at least for right now) and this time, their relationship is actually mature enough to handle that. 


May 5
traceylincoln:

You go, Mindy.

I really love her for this. I saw a similar MSN article about Gabourey Sidibe the other day where she was asked basically the same question, for the exact same reasons and it just made me hate humanity. 

traceylincoln:

You go, Mindy.

I really love her for this. I saw a similar MSN article about Gabourey Sidibe the other day where she was asked basically the same question, for the exact same reasons and it just made me hate humanity. 


May 4
cutecurator:

The look on Danny’s face when he hears Mindy’s words to me is the moment he realizes “Wow, she is amazing” I see it as a look of surprise yes, because he feels rejected but it is also a look of respect for her as a woman. Danny has always given Mindy that kind of advice throughout all of her relationships. Here he sees her do it for herself and I think he is proud even though he may be sad at her decision. 

cutecurator:

The look on Danny’s face when he hears Mindy’s words to me is the moment he realizes “Wow, she is amazing” I see it as a look of surprise yes, because he feels rejected but it is also a look of respect for her as a woman. Danny has always given Mindy that kind of advice throughout all of her relationships. Here he sees her do it for herself and I think he is proud even though he may be sad at her decision. 


I want them to get together (come on, I’m human), but I am still so freaking happy and proud that Mindy actually took him to task like this. He COMPLETELY deserves it, after he’s screwed her around so much. Mindy stands up for herself, in a way that tv protagonists—particularly women—rarely do. She loves Danny—we all know that—but she is also an independent, intelligent woman who can see through Danny’s actions and fight for the respect she deserves!


Apr 5

Katie: Undergrad, Episode 5

Undergrad has not aired an episode in so long. And it has never aired an episode so good. 

Where can I even start? Nat Wolff, that’s where I can start. They finally decided to do some good character work on him, allowing us to see the genuinely good side of him in an amusing way. His phone calls with his sister were so cute. I love seeing him be so sweet and goofy like that and I like how siblingish they seemed. They have to have her visit one of these days. That would be an amazing episode. And not only because she would probably push him towards Cara some more :)

And yes, speaking of, that scene where they were watching the movie together in her room? Yeah, I’ve only rewatched it thirty times. That long shot of her staring at him and him so completely oblivious, staring at the movie the whole time is just so cute. I love couple stare moments like that (all time favourite you ask? Cappie watching Casey wake up, Greek season 4. Tied with Pacey watching Joey sleep in DC season 3). Clearly, Cara’s never going to say anything to Alexi, so it looks like these two have a long, long road ahead of them. If I wrote the show, I would just let them watch movies together all the time like that. If only. 

And I will admit, the superpower stuff wasn’t terrible this episode. Melinda Shankar clearly had a lot of fun with it. Like Alexi, her character is growing on me more and more every week. Maybe one day soon she’ll stop being “that girl from Degrassi” in my head. Maybe. If they give her a romance, almost guaranteed. 

I know people want me to comment on Ezra Miller and for once I have more to say than “yay, he’s on my screen again”. While I thought the first half of his storyline was rather stupid, Miller completely saved it in that last scene. That line “I never told mom”—it just broke my heart. It also dovetailed well with the stuff at the end of the final conversation between Alexi and his sister. Makes me think we’re going to get a parent’s weekend sometime soon, even though that’s not a thing in real life. Apparently, it’s a thing at tv universities. I wonder who will play their parents…

You know, I also wonder who Faith’s shipping at this point….I would try to guess, but that’s basically impossible. It’s not like I’d have ever guessed Neil/Jim, so how could I get this? (Hopefully, whoever she is shipping has more hope than those two. And hopefully, unlike them, neither one them turns out to be a horrid human being. Which reminds me, oh god, the Newsroom actually comes back relatively soon and ugh I’m going to have to watch it). 

Clearly, I’m a Carlexi shipper. What can I say? I’m a canon type of girl. And it looks like these two are going to make me suffer a loooong time for it. Can’t wait for next week for the (adorable) torture continue!


Mar 25

Criminal Minds (1.06, LDSK) and Firefly (1.02, The Train Job)


Mar 22

LITERALLY this has been the friendship between Faith and I for the last three years. Except it’s usually “which do you think should be a higher priority: mocking Will Schuester or mocking White Baby?”


Mar 18

Faith: Teen Wolf

Well, Katie, it turns out your desperate, far-fetched hopes for the masterpiece known as Teen Wolf have come true- Allison Argent is dead. Not in a “Oh my god, I can’t believe Derek’s dead but we’ll see him in a minute to confirm he isn’t” way, and not in a “Jackson went to London unexpectedly despite the previous season’s cliffhanger being about him so we’re just going to leave the door open just in case he wants to come back and stop ruining our show” way. In a very much, there-will-be-serious-repercussions way. Reaper-cussions. 

Am I happy? No. Am I sad? Nah… I mean, (apparently) it was Crystal Reed’s choice, and even though TW really needs to stop killing off all its female characters, I really can’t be upset with any decision that means there’ll be less romance on a show. And no offence to Allison, but if you INTRODUCE a character by having her RUN OVER A DOG, I’m just never going to be on board with her, no matter how awesome a relationship she has with her best friend.

I haven’t been writing my synopses, by the way, because I started them with the intention of mocking one of my favourite shows each week. Instead, suddenly, the whole show took a turn for the Dylan O’Brien and everything became amazing. Like, almost good TV (Almost. Like, a good episode of Teen Wolf is kind of equivalent to the Racist Truck episode of SPN). I probably wouldn’t have even written this, if Katie hadn’t been checking in with me every episode only to find out if Scott or Allison had been killed off yet.

What’s going to come of this? A lot of angst. A good father scene with Chris. A cringeworthy fight between Scott and Isaac. Sciles being bros. Lydia hooking up with Stiles? Kira sticking around for a while. Thank god, I was so worried she was going to be the death this episode. I know other things happened in this episode, like Agent Dad confessing to Scott and Deputy Walking-Fan-Theory not so subtly mentioning the beacon of Beacon Hills, but I really don’t think we’re going to see the former in the next episode, and the latter probably only in the last 2 minutes of the season finale.

I guess the next question is who’s going to be up for the new vacancy in the opening credits? With both Colton Haynes and Crystal Reed gone now, they either have to hire some more people or find a shorter song…


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