WTF Wednesday

I really feel for Michigan State and this Richard Spencer mess. It is so hard to explain to students why you have to let someone like him speak on your campus if a reservation is made through the correct channels. I would love to deny someone the ability to spread their messages of hate, bigotry, and racism on our campus, but their right to speak is consistently upheld by courts. And I completely respect the importance and value of free speech (including speech I am vehemently opposed to), but knowing that universities have to shell out hundreds of thousands of dollars for security and damage that was the result of a speaker who only shows up to cause crazy sucks a lot. Milo Yiannopoulos speaking at Berkeley cost the university $800,000.

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I wish we could just ignore these asshats so that they don’t get the reaction they are hoping for and more media attention. People like Spencer come to a campuses just to prove this completely inaccurate point: “No other group is treated with this kind of hostility. It is only us. Precisely because we’re white. We’re the only ones showing the real crisis in modern America today. There is a silent war going on.” They are betting on people letting their rage at their TERRIBLE beliefs get the better of them, and it works almost every time.

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I live in dread and fear for the day that one of our student groups finally manages to be able to afford having these kinds of speakers on our campus. It’s going to be a disaster.

OH MY GOD the Hannibal episode where the guy is sewed to the other guy and he has to RIP HIMSELF OFF. I almost vomited. I had to leave the room.

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One of my students was talking about getting “moon shoes” for the snow. I could not understand why she wanted these for snow:

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I wanted a pair of those SO BADLY when I was kid. A friend got two pairs (UGH RICH KIDS AMIRIGHT?) and we decided to jump on the trampoline with them which was a painfully stupid decision. Anyway, my student was talking about these:

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I don’t follow fashion, so I don’t know if these are a “thing,” but WHY? Can you please explain to me why you would want these? Anyone. Please.

I watched Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri this weekend and it pissed me off. Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell, and Woody Harrelson were great in it, but I loathed the story line. I have significant problems with the idea that because you are in pain, then it is reasonable for you to inflict pain on others. This made me angry when I read and watched Wild because she hurt a lot of people but exculpated herself from the responsibility of those actions because her mother died. I don’t know what it is like to lose a parent, but I do know a lot of people who have been through devastating losses, yet do not go around ruining other people’s lives because of their own pain. Both Mildred and Dixon should have been in jail for their acts of violence, and I am deeply disturbed by how quickly they were both absolved of their illegal and horrible actions.

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Dixon reminds me of too many people I know who are now in law enforcement or the military and are still horrible, racist, and bigoted bullies. That also gives me rage. And what a waste of Peter Dinklage! He’s such a talented, charming, and handsome human, and I sincerely hope people start hiring him for roles that are not specifically written for a little person. I would LOVE to see him in a romantic comedy.

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22 thoughts on “WTF Wednesday

  1. I felt the same way about Three Billboards. It was very well done, and well acted but I just couldn’t feel satisfied with it, only frustrated. No one learned anything. And Hannibal…so good, and yet, so ew, ew, ew!

    • That is the best way to describe it that I have seen – “No one learned anything.” Exactly.

  2. Oh man, one of my fondest childhood memories was walking into FAO Schwarz and picking out moon shoes for my birthday. I loved those things so much!!

    • LUCKY. My parents told me they weren’t paying for moon shoes AND emergency room bills that would come with them.

  3. Ugh that was also my fundamental issue with Wild as well. I’ve lost both my parents and didn’t have the luxury of treating everyone around me like disposable assholes. I had a life to lead and bills to pay and I respected the people who were my support system far to much to be willfully terrible to them. I know the author is beloved and I do think she’s a great storyteller but man that book pissed me off like no other.

    • I’m so sorry to hear that you have lost both of your parents. That is completely devastating. But, as you said, you had to keep living and maintain relationships. I hate how she justified being so terrible to her husband, and he still stayed in her life and helped her.

  4. My university had a professor invite Bannon and unfortunately, it seems like the event is still happening but no date has been released. I may work from home that day as I am concerned it will get very ugly. The graduate school I work in is completely opposed to the event as it goes against everything we teach and fight for and we are in good company across the entire campus.

    OMG, we had moon boots back in the 70s and 80s! That was a blast from the great past!

    • Oh nooooooo. We have groups working desperately to bring Milo. It’s going to be a mess. I would absolutely advise you to stay home. The police and security can do everything right to prepare and protect, but these things blow up so quickly. I wish everyone would stay home and not give them the attention they are seeking. IGNORE.

  5. My book club read Wild, and I was the only one who HATED it. She made me ragey (the red underline tells me this isn’t a word, but it is for me). Three Billboards is on my “to-watch” list, but will likely be removed. An hour and a half of my life saved. Thanks.

    • Same here. I just can’t accept people who treat others like shit because they are hurting. I was also so mad that she did NOTHING to prepare for that trip, then expected all of these other people to help her. And if Wild made you mad, then Three Billboards definitely will.

  6. Peter looks so classically handsome when he’s all clean and not GoT-y! I didn’t realize he was in 3B – it hasn’t really been on my radar. After hearing the initial backlash to the racist elements of the movie, I lost my desire to watch it. I loved the energy of Frances’s Oscar speech, though. She’s such a wacky devil-may-care lady.

    • Yeah, the racial issues are so terribly mishandled that it is not even worth mentioning. It’s just so pitiful. They should have not even tried to address it. I think it is very obvious in the way that race is handled and in how characters react to it that the person who made the film is not from the United States (and the southern US at that). The tone is wrong and the only person arrested in the whole damn film is a black woman who did NOTHING. It’s infuriating. Frances is amazing in it, and her speech was fantastic.

  7. My brother and I had moon boots when we were kids – they were all over in the late 70’s. But why they’re coming back is the real question…

  8. I saw someone wearing those moon boots (not the fun ones) in real life the other day and all I could think was ‘wtf are those??’ and ‘why the hell would you put those on your feet AND leave the house??’ and so yes, I was being very judgmental but I do not care because they looked ridiculous and not like any fun at all.

  9. Watch PD in The Station Agent – it was not exactly a “romantic comedy” but he was very good in it. And his being a “little person” is not exactly something the film maker can ignore or write around. (We don’t ignore other major attributes about actors, like sex or skin color. and lots of times it works to an advantage for them professionally) It was a pretty meaty role for him and he IS so talented. All three of the main actors were excellent and the story is both sad and beautiful. A great movie to add to your couch lying!

    • I understand that being a little person will always be one of his defining characteristics just like the physical attributes of anyone else (color, height, weight, gender expression, hair color…). I was thinking more of the movie Salt and how it was written for a man, but Angelina Jolie was the person hired for the role because she was the best fit. Or when people of color have stated that they want more opportunity for roles that are specifically written as a “character who is black.” I would like him to have opportunities for roles that are not specifically written for a little person. Does that make sense?

  10. Why is no one talking about the fact that Woody Harrelson is 57 years old and his wife in Three Billboards, Abbie Cornish, is 35 years old? Frances McDormand is more age appropriate than Abbie Cornish. Ugh, Hollywood. Also did they ever explain her South African dialect? I thought the movie looked beautiful, all the green, rolling hills.

    • It was supposed to be South African??? My sister and I actually paused the movie to try and figure out where she was from (Australia), but that didn’t explain the accent. Maybe her effort at sounding like she was from Missouri was so bad that they just decided to go in a way different direction. I thought it was pretty bad. And we totally googled their ages too! Missouri is a beautiful state!

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