I have a question for my Australian followers: I apologize for ignorance, never having been to Australia at any point, but is Australia anywhere near as tacky as it looks in Strictly Ballroom, or is that just the Baz Luhrmann touch?
In my lunchbreak today I randomly got really angry that Chiwetel Ejiofor didn’t win an Oscar. 12 Years hung on his performance, he was practically in every shot and didn’t lose you for a second. Everyone was so caught up on Lupita, we slept on Chiwetel.
today I taught for 12 hours straight by the end my voice was gone my throat was killing but I kept on going cause I would never give up on my students
i do not understand this liberal obsession with nonviolent resistance, but neither do i understand this leftist glorification of armed resistance. we do not bear arms in struggle because we’re too hot headed to give peace a chance as liberals think, but neither do we bear arms because it is cool to do so. armed resistance isn’t fun, it is not sexy like deeq says, it’s about survival. there is nothing glamorous about violent struggle when you and the people you love are in danger and the country you are from is on fire.
The following comes from Sean Bell’s excellent 'Everyone Lost: Protest Art and the Iraq War', a look at how pop culture (music, movies, comics and TV) dealt with the Iraq War.
Music and the Iraq War: 'Tori Amos, Pink, the Offspring, Lamb of God, Muse, System of a Down, Bruce Springsteen, Nerina Pallot, Alabama 3, Dream Theater and many, many more, all produced musical protests of some kind or another in response to the war. And unlike the ‘60s model, there was little in the way of shared style or genre. This was not just a bunch of hippies, as told of in ‘60s legends; it was a fractured, multifaceted culture that had been stretching itself into the possibilities of the new millennium, and was now forced to awkwardly turn its various hydra heads towards a common goal.
The music scene, along with the arts in general, could not hope to oppose the war with any kind of army of its own; instead, it had to make do with what it had. It was not a well-disciplined force—it was a mass mobilisation of minds, but those minds were not thinking in unity. They were a rag-tag mix that used whatever weapons were available. They cannot be blamed for that.’
Movies and the Iraq War: ‘In stark contrast, the world of cinema has been oddly timid in its portrayals of the war, although Hollywood has always had a bad record in this area: the only film of note made during Vietnam that acknowledged the war at all was the turgid John Wayne fantasy The Green Berets .
For much of the industry - Iron Man , the superhero franchise that dances around politics but never fully engages with them, being a prime example - the safe route was to focus on Afghanistan, seen by most as a less controversial conflict. In the Stunt Man (1980), Peter O’Toole’s best film, in which he plays a megalomaniacal director filming an anti-war epic set during the First World War, there is a scene in which his cynical screenwriter mocks him with the fact that the studio wouldn’t let him film his impassioned polemic until five years after Vietnam had ended, thus robbing it of relevancy. That truth seemed to hold just as true with Iraq.
… Even The Hurt Locker (2008), probably the most critically acclaimed Iraq war movie yet produced, scrupulously avoided engaging with the rights and wrongs of the conflict, something which set the pattern for director Kathryn Bigelow’s cowardly and uncritical approach in her recent propaganda exercise Zero Dark Thirty. Paul Greengrass’s Green Zone (2010) took a braver stance, being one of the few films to acknowledge and deal with the falsity of the war’s supposed justifications, but many others simply used the Middle East’s latest warzone as a convenient backdrop for a summer blockbuster (like 2011’s the A-Team ), or for smaller, more personal dramas (such as 2008’s American Son ).’
Here’s to the women who died in 1908 – fighting the rights of a female. In New York (circa 1908), 129 women shut themselves in a cotton textile factory. Their act was a protest – to claim labor improvements, reduction of work day and the end of child labor. They were fighting, with no violence, to bring an end to the unfairness life held for the female sex. The owner of the cotton textile factory wanted to give them a lesson; he locked the doors and set fire to the factory, resulting in the death of all 129 workers.
On the 8th of March, 15,000 women reacted to this by marching through New York city demanding shorter work hours/better pay/a right to vote/an end to child labor. Their slogan was ‘Bread and Roses’.
Sometimes it’s really easy to forget just how much things have changed for women. Women should have never been discriminated, but with the complications of such a fucked up world, they were treated unjustly. The women, who stood up for their basic rights, are the reason we’ve managed to get here today. We have come a long way but we still have a long way to go. Hearing news like, rapists or abusers getting away with crimes against woman is something I hate hearing about due to how unreasonable it is. The story of the 16 year old girl in West Bengal who was raped and burnt alive – despite her passing away two months afterwards – gained a lot of fame. I hope, everyday, that the men who did this to her get the treatment they deserve. India’s women are subject to many, many terrifying cases like this and it needs to change. A woman should feel safe, happy and have the freedom she rightly deserves. Many of us have the pleasure of this. But in many parts of the world, women are still constantly being discriminated and being treated wrongly.
I like to think of all the women who inspired me. Personal people – my mum, my sister, my grandma, my aunty – those who opened my eyes to the world, taught me things only a family member can teach and made me happy countless times. I like to think of Malala Yousafzai who is perhaps the strongest young female we have seen in the media. She chose to stand up and speak for all those like her and suffered the consequences. Even those like Rabia Basri who despite living quite a poor life, let her love of the Muslim faith keep her alive. They asked if she hated Satan, she said; ‘My love to Allah has so possessed me that no place remains for loving or hating any save Him’. I think about Nana Asam’u who proved that the pen was mightier than the sword by writing instead of going out and inflicting pain. Ching Shih who started out as a prostitute on a ship and ended up the brains of Asia’s biggest pirate crew because she’s a badass motherfucker. Mother Teresa who we all know, for helping everybody from the poor to orphans because she dedicated her life to help those who led very difficult lives. And all those who left their legacy through words – Maya Angelou, Emily Dickinson, Louisa May Alcott etc. And modern writers – Maggie Stiefvater, Malorie Blackman, JK Rowling, Suzanne Collins. And badass artists and bands – HAIM, Regina Spektor, Lorde, Lana Del Rey. Awesome fictional females – Margo from Paper Towns, Hazel from TFiOS, Daisy from TGG, Franny from F&Z – everyone single lady out there because you all are fucking! amazing!
At the end of the day, those that inspire do so through their individual ways. Their sex does not and should not matter. Regardless if you have a boobs or not/penis or a vagina/a womb to have babies or not etc. – just be your own person and change the world in your own way.
I would like to thank all the women – past, present, future – who have allowed me to be born into a world that has allowed me to freely be who I want to be, make my own choices, not have to marry a man because it’s the right thing to do and not because I love him, get an education and all the other totally cool things I take for granted.
(Source: onedirectionareminebaby, via stabbicus)
- it shows company that there is blowback if you work with government on its inhumane asylum seeker offshore detention policy.
- there’s potential for it being effective. Biennale is one example. Another example highlighted by ASRC: the Dept of Immigration were having a hard time finding a business to replace the fencing on Manus Island, because at least 3 fencing companies refused to accept the work on moral grounds.
- with both political parties pro-inhumane treatment of asylum seekers, and with years of public sphere protesting achieving little, it is clear the government sphere is not listening. Moving attention to the private sphere might provide new resistance options.
- BDS is not a good idea if it would hurt the resources that get to the asylum seekers in Manus Island and Nauru detention centres.
- hurting arts industry stuff that Transfield sponsors is not the best. That doesn’t make Transfield suffer, it makes the arts suffer. Is the PR damage to Transfield worth it? Hard to say.