You should so expand your Bollywood movie list :D By the way, where do you watch them?
hey ;) I have been working on my list for few days! I just don’t know how to organize the movies :) Do I go by what is considered popular…or do I go by what I like. I don’t like many of the popular movies that are considered classics.
Do you believe Obama is a good president. I mean do you believe he has the best interests for our country and do you feel he has made changes and kept his promises?
To be honest, I think it’s a complicated question — partly because not everything President Obama has or hasn’t done is directly attributed to him (i.e., what could he have accomplished if we hadn’t stupidly given the House back to the Republicans back in 2010?).
Overall, to answer yours question, yes.
It’s not sexy, but President Obama deserves credit for averting a Depression. The stimulus, while not large enough (Congress’ fault, not President Obama’s), stopped us from falling over the proverbial cliff. The Affordable Care Act, while maintaining a private for-profit status quo, is making lives easier.
Month after month of private-sector job growth (partially negated by public-sector job losses — thanks to budget cuts on the state level, mostly attributed to Republican governors and legislatures). A drawdown in Afghanistan, the end of the war in Iraq. Non-violent strategy involving Iran.
For the first time that I can remember, President Obama’s presence has meant an honest, serious discussion about how much money we’re spending on defense. That’s a good thing.
The LGBT community is moving closer to full equality under his administration. That’s a good thing.
Do I wish Gitmo was closed? Yes. Do I wish President Obama wasn’t as conciliatory and reach-across-the-aisle? Of course. His drone policy is all kinds of problematic, and his strategy for dealing with Libya damn near turned into a war in and of itself.
Some of President Obama’s flaws are a by-product of modern-day D.C. Others are a by-product of an obstructionist, petty minority party. Almost every unfulfilled promise thus far is, at least in part, due to Congress — specifically a Republican Party that hates him far more than any professed love for country.
“Man sucht sogar den Kontakt zu den Jungs, weil ich zu anderen Zeiten als sie trainiere. So sehe ich sie nicht oft, aber schon 2-3 Mal die Woche, und dann genieße ich das, weil ich es gewohnt bin mit ihnen jeden Tag den halben Tag zu verbringen, ob es Training ist oder ob wir im Hotel sind und ein Spiel haben. Ich sehe sie alle als Familie, als meine Brüder, und die sehe ich immer wieder gerne. Es ist übertrieben, aber ich spiele im Verein schon 5 1/2 Jahre und dann ist das wirklich so.”—
Neven Subotic über seine Jungs vom BVB. (via dortmundfan)
Did any trans woman audition for Jared Leto's part, do we have this information?
I’m not sure what difference this necessarily makes because regardless of how many trans women Jared Leto “beat out” for the role (and who was doing the judging? Cis producers?) there are still a lot of problems with this casting and the subsequent “Best Supporting Actor” acclaims.
If only 5 trans women auditioned for this role, then the production did not look hard enough before settling for a cis actor. If 2000 trans women auditioned for this role and the production still thought Jared was better than all of them, then that says more about the production and Jared’s cis privilege than the quality of his acting. I suspect the number was closer to 0 than 2000. There is no way to justify that Leto was the best actor for the role without also invalidating the work of every single trans actress as less talented. And, as trans advocates have pointed out, Leto’s gender as a cis man “is important to the perception of the role. He is perpetuating the ‘man in a dress’ trope.” The quality of his performance does not buffer against the reinforcement of this stereotype.
While there isn’t public information available about who else auditioned for the role of Rayon, Jared Leto has spoken about his audition experience. Leto believes that the director “may have seen Rayon more as a drag queen or someone who enjoys pushing a gender envelope or dressing up in women’s clothing.” In that case, it is more likely that cis actors auditioned fro the role of a drag queen, and Leto chose to interpret this character as a “transgendered" (not even the right language coming from someone who claims to be an ally) "beautiful creature.”
"There was a Skype meeting set up with the director [Jean-Marc Vallée]. It wasn’t really an audition, but it was kind of an audition, you know, underneath it all. But I decided to use it as a test really for myself to see what I had to offer. So I said hello via Skype, we were in Berlin, and it was wintertime. We were playing one of the biggest shows of our lives that night, I remember. I reached out and grabbed some lipstick and started to put it on, and you know, his mouth fell to the floor. I was wearing — I think this jacket — and I unbuttoned it and had on a little pink furry sweater, and I pulled it down over my shoulder and proceeded to flirt with him for the next 20 minutes and then woke up the next day with the official offer. Girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do, baby." - Jared Leto on his audition for the role of Rayon.
Director Jean Marc Vallee said of this audition:
Do you know this actor Jared Leto? I just Skyped with him and he hit on me; He was feeling me up through the screen! I don’t know, it was very uncomfortable but I think we found Rayon.”
It’s sad, because it seems like from the start Rayon was an amalgam of cis men’s stereotypes of a provocative trans women. So of course the perfect Rayon is overly flirtatious and sexualized in a way that makes people uncomfortable. Of course the perfect Rayon is someone who gets the job by playing up the sexuality by hitting on a cis straight man.