Oh, the horrors of vertical video :( I don’t have any program to edit it at the moment. I’ll look into it for future videos, if you have any advice, leave it in the comments! Hope you get some enjoyment out of this one anyway ;)
Some people were a bit upset that I posted Shoma Uno the other day instead of Yuzuru Hanyu so here you go, one of his best performances in all its glory!
You know you’ve got that thing
That makes the girls all swing
Forget bullying, forget discrimination. You know who really got the short end of the stick? Straight guys! You probably have no idea how hard it is to live your life as a straight man. Think about it! You can’t show any emotions beyond rage, you don’t get to have a fashion sense and, maybe worst of all, you can’t even eat ice cream!
🤗 hello & here's the full richard hammond 'ice creams are gay' piece and yeah, it's awful pic.twitter.com/JhDisRsc1Q
— Ollie Cole (@ProducerOllie) December 26, 2016
Shocking, I know! Living in your li-la-rainbowland of gayness you probably didn’t even realise how privileged you are to be able to enjoy some delicious, soft ice cream melting on your tongue! That sure explains why some straight guys always seem so damn miserable…
“Many queer men recall the loneliness of being a child in a heteronormative world. Longed-for Barbie dolls are off-limits. The sports-related games of other boys seem intimidating or just plain dull. Saturday Night Live captures this feeling perfectly…” writes Advocate.
In its fake ad for Fisher-Price’s Wells for Boys, the late night comedy troupe advertised a toy that seems desirable for many queer boys in the real world: “Wells for sensitive boys” are for boys whose hearts are full of questions, to provide them something “to wish upon, confide in and reflect by.”
The skit contains several dog whistles to queer viewers. La La Land‘s Emma Stone, who plays the young boy’s understanding mother, asks if he might want to watch the queer classic Y Tu Mamá Tambien. Stone also comes to her son’s defense after a football-holding boy criticizes the well as “weird.”
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This video was posted here seven or eight years ago. The original has probably been long-lost since but some guy downloaded it from here and re-uploaded it to YouTube (and got 30k views on it in the process). It’s just random video, the quality didn’t improve from all the down- and uploading but it’s a cute blast from the past so have it once again before we all move on with our lives ;)
Understanding, from director Terry Rayment, shot by cinematographer Kate Arizmendi, is a short film on the power of communication and acceptance.
Submitted by elmadaeu
Young musicianDeclan McKenna tells of how the death of Leelah Alcorn, a transgender teen from Ohio, spurred a flurry of songwriting he hopes will encourage people to care.
I’m 17 now. I wrote Paracetamol between the ages of 15 and 16. With many of my songs, I have this strange habit of spending months fumbling over song structure ideas before suddenly writing all the lyrics in one day, and that’s what happened here. What sparked that flurry was a story I read about a transgender girl called Leelah Alcorn who committed suicide in December 2014. Her mother told her she would never be a girl, and she had been compelled to undergo Christian transgender “conversion” therapy.
It was a disgusting story. Not only must it have been a truly horrific experience for Leelah, but knowing that this wasn’t an isolated case genuinely terrified me.
So I wrote this song called Paracetamol – without really noticing it at first – from the perspective of this ambiguous authoritative figure, talking about somebody they are oppressing, in a sort of disconnected tabloid speak. I guess I’m being the bad guy. I didn’t really want to write it as a victim, firstly because I’m not, but predominantly because it wouldn’t feel right to write it that way. Paracetamol is not written specifically about Leelah’s case, but about sections of the media’s representation of LGBT communities in general. On the odd occasion they are represented, the media tends to be handle it so horribly that the cumulative effect is that their readers – quite understandably – just don’t quite get it either.
It’s pretty important to note here that I’m not trying to suggest that I know everything about this topic, because I don’t, but I do care and I wanted to act, and I think more people need to start actively caring.
When making a music video, it becomes quite difficult to find a director who can puts all your words into pictures and convey the same message. Paracetamol needed somebody who genuinely cared about what the song was trying to say. Trans music videos can be pretty bad and send out the completely wrong message. We approached the brilliant Matt Lambert, whose previous work is fascinating. It’s provocative. Check him out, if you’re not familiar with his work already. I think he has done an amazing job with the video, and he had loads of really great, interesting ideas from the outset. One of the primary things he wanted to focus on, which was important to me and the song, was that it wasn’t portrayed as a tragedy. Many films about trans people have this weird suggestion that they don’t have the chance to be happy. We wanted to make something positive, with people who are actively affected by the topics in the video.
The teenagers that Matt and his team cast were from east London, and watching their friendship develop, almost in real time, was awesome. Those guys are 15, and the story resonated with them. This video doesn’t tell them that their life is going to be shit simply because some people won’t accept who they are. I really hope it’s a video that can speak to people.
It’s a cliche, but although we’re all different, we’re also pretty similar. Rather than caring about the problems that affect us alone, maybe we should start caring about the problems that we’ve created and start reversing them.