Ricky Gervais’s transgender gags present we’re all in a kind of transition
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The comic has been accused of transphobia after riffing about Caitlyn Jenner in his standup indicate. So does dedicating him a favourable review endorse those gags?
Ricky Gervais sometimes gets people backs up and so, it transpires, do reviewerswho write about him. B4 you write another @guardian review endorsing jokes about #trans people, I was advised on Twitter after covering Gervaiss recent reveal, please consider the impact. Gervais dedicates a section of his indicate Humanity to jokes about( specifically) Caitlyn Jenner but also, by sly association, the idea of transgendering more widely. If I tell Im a chimp, I am a chimp, one riff begins, as Gervais makes merry with the culture of identity as self-assertion and ratings dependable laughs with rudimentary monkey business too.
I wasnt surprised by that tweet, because Id been brooding on Gervaiss trans material( and, indeed, his cot death material ), and the degrees to which I discovered it appropriate, or offensive, or funny. Would I have reviewed him more harshly if those gags had been, for example, about race rather than gender? I feel like Im learning every day about gender right now, and I want to write about it sensitively and appropriately. Despite Gervaiss repeated affirmations that he wasnt being transphobic, it seemed clear that he was othering trans people and constructing them seem ridiculous. I stated that he could be callous and objectionable, and that his material was insensitive to trans people.
Sometimes, a comedians apparent opinions, or the style they convey them, can be so unpleasant, that no amount of joke-writing ability, and fantastic material elsewhere in the situated, can redeem them.( Ive found that to be the case with Gervais in the past .) But here, while it would be disingenuous to exonerate Gervaiss trans routine by arguing that it was about Jenner alone rather than trans people generally, it was specific to Jenner to a substantial degree. And Jenners celebrity and her public sparring with Gervais over his Golden Globes speech are fair game.
Gervais argues forcibly in the show as usual that theres no such thing as off-limits in slapstick; theres nothing you cant joke about. I agree with that just as I agree that comics, like anyone else, should take responsibility for what they say, do and impact. He deserves to be called out on his routine poking fun at the idea of transitioning, but I do think that the concepts he zeroes in on( deadnaming; identity as self-assertion) are fertile for slapstick, precisely because theyre new, theyre destabilising, and( whether you welcome them or not) were still establishing where the boundaries around them lie.( A process with which comedy may help .)
You may like to pretend you make the rules in your house, but the truth is it’s a dog’s world and you’re only living it.
All signs point to the fact that while you pay the bills, your dog is living her best life. If you’re not convinced, read the 21 red flag listed below. Sorry to be the one to tell you that you’re existing under a tyranny, but you had to find out some time.
1. There is a dog bed or blanket in almost every room.
2. Your personal home odor is a mix of Febreze and wet dog.
In his Spending Review response, Mr McDonnell accused George Osborne of “sheer economic illiteracy”.
He also attacked austerity and claimed a Labour victory over police cuts.
But it was his decision to quote Chairman Mao and throw a copy of the Communist leader’s Little Red Book towards the chancellor that attracted the most attention.
He had been referring to the UK’s relationship with the Chinese government, and said: “To assist Comrade Osborne about dealing with his new-found comrades, I have brought him along Mao’s Little Red Book.”
He then proceeded to quote from the book, telling: “We must learn to do economic work from all who know how.
You People Wouldnt Believe the Type Design in Blade Runner
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Dave Addey doesnt just watch movies. He dissects them.
Addey is the creator of Typeset In The Future, a website dedicated solely to fonts in science fiction. Whyyes, it is a bastion of gloriously esoteric nerdery.
It all started when Addey, a lifelong science fiction fan, started noticing the same font in every movie he watched: Eurostile Bold Extended. Designed in 1960, the typeface is geometric, functional, and appears good on the side of a spaceship ( Star Trek ). Or a computer screen ( Wall-E ). Or the wall of a fictional multinational corporation ( RoboCop ). Once I spotted it ,” Addey tells,” I couldnt unsee it .”
So he made sure nobody else would, either. That was back in 2014, and since then Addey has turned himself into nerd-dom’s preeminent archaeologist of typefaces. His exhaustive exegeses of the type and emblems in Alien , Moon , and 2001: A Space Odyssey provided entirely new ways to understand those iconic runs of science fiction; reading his essays and insuring his screengrabs was like find the movies for the first time. In his analysis of 2001 , for example, he not only identifies that the spacecraft’s hibernation devices” employ Futura for their numeric and medical buttons, and Univers for their Emergency Revival Procedures ,” he alsotranscribes the device’s emergency revival procedures( noting multiple typos therein ), and calculates the minimum time necessary to revive person in an emergency situation.Like we said: exhaustive.
This week, Addey fell a fourth essay, on arguably the most design-intensive science fiction movie of all time. Deep breath: It’s Blade Runner .
In filmmaking, a production designeruses visual details to sell the narrative that’s unfolding on screen. That’s especially important when the designer is trying to build a world that doesn’t exist. And typography, it turns out, can be as important as the appear of a spaceship or the voice of a light handgun in creating an immersive story. With typefaces you get a lot of context for free, says Addey. Youve established the time frame for your movie in seconds without a lot of special effects or backstory.
Addey employs easy-to-miss typographicdetails to guide readers through his synopsis, which, more often than not, end up veeringinto esoteric design trivia.
The new Blade Runner entry points out that the typeface used as the frontage of Los Angeles’ iconic Bradbury building, a” very lovely Berthold Block Heavy ,” isn’t, in fact, the font used on theentrance of the actual building.
Addey says the real typeface, with its curving, organicforms, was far more art nouveau, designed so long ago that it was probably a custom font.
From here, Addey segues into a discussion onthe Bradbury’s distinctive architecture, which was also featured in The Artist and 500 Days of Summer ( not to mentiona bunch more Hollywood movies ). And did you know that the building sits directly across the street from the Million Dollar Theater in Downtown LA? Because it does.
Addey’s analyses are delightfully jogging, but they’re also loaded with observations as witty as they are keen 😛 TAGEND
As we discovered in both Alien and Moon , omnipresent corporate branding is the single most important sign of a successful international conglomerate.
In the case of the Tyrell Corporation, the fictional company responsible for stimulating Blade Runner’s Replicants, Addey identified the corporate font as Akzidenz-Grotesk Extended. That was the result of a very productive hour spent with a typeface samples book, he says.
Addey’s articles blend everything that’s great about cinema obsessives and type obsessives. His process is meticulous, of course. First he watches a film all the way through, building notes about what he might like to revisit. Then he watches it again( and again and again ), taking screenshots. For Blade Runner , Addey watched various versions of the cinema 15 hours and took nearly 500 screenshots.
All that attention to detail meansAddey can tell you with certainty that Eurostile–the font that got him started down this road–appears just once in Blade Runner ( as the word caution, spelled out on the back of Gaffs flying police car ). Want your mind truly blown? He calculated that Deckards clunky yet somehow still amazingly capableEsper machinewould’ve had to zoom in 667.9 periods to actually spot Zhora in that grainy photograph. That’s one hell of an “enhance.” Some proof 😛 TAGEND
Its written as if Im somebody who takes all of this far too seriously, and thats part of the fun of it, tells Addey. Its meant to be funny first and foremost. Headmits that science fiction typography is an odd niche, but he knows that there’s a surprising bitof overlap between people who like science fiction and people who like design. Addey chalks it up to the fact that science fiction cinemas, perhaps more than any other genre, have to embracedesignminutiae, to be trulyconvincing. And the more convincing they are, the more there is to talk about. I couldve written another 20,000 terms about Blade Runner, he says. Theres that much detail in it. If a world is going to be more real than real, that starts with the writing on the walls. And control panels.
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Beyonce’s Wax Figure Is A Crime Against Humanity
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If you ever went on a group journey to any major city in middle school, theres a decent chance you spent an hour or two at Madame Tussauds wax museum. This was in the pre-selfie era, so you probably ended up with a whole lot of grainy camera phone pictures of you posing with Leo DiCaprio and Shakira. Some of the wax figures are more realistic than others, but people are now angry about some, um, questionable Beyonc lookalikes. Basically, they look nothing like her. In fact, they kind of look like Julia Stiles in. Or like, a cross between Ke$ ha and Shakira. Or…well, you know what, why don’t you just see for yourself.
The first one is at Madame Tussauds in Orlando. She wears a blue sequined robber and some knee-high boots that are definitely inexpensive fake leather, but the outfit isnt bad overall. I entail, I’ve never seen Beyonc wear anything like that but sure, maybe. The biggest issue here is the hair. The bleached blonde wavy seem is more knockoff-Paris Hilton than Beyonc, whose hair is almost always flawless.
The face looks Lindsay Lohan get plastic surgery to look like Beyonc, but objective up just looking like a fucking psycho. Literally , none of the facial features are remotely right, and the scalp is way too light. People have accused Madame Tussauds of whitewashing Queen Bey, who, if you didn’t get the note from Formation , is a black female. This statue, on the other hand, appears to be of a white woman who probably has at least one photo on insta where she refers to her friend group as “ma n-words” to be funny. In response to the criticism, Tussauds claimed that the lighting was simply off in the photo. Yeah, sure. When in doubt, blame it on bad lighting.
The second one is at the Niagara Falls Tussauds, which doesnt even sound like it should be a thing. This wax figure is wearing a genuinely tragic satin dress that looks like its from an 80 s music video, and we truly only know its supposed to be Beyonc because its wearing a name tag.
The hair is more accurate in colouring, but still limp and tired. The face, however, looks like Mariah Carey but if she starved herself and also turned into plastic. The eyebrows are genuinely frightening, and the arms are so skinny she likely couldnt even hold a microphone. Fucking help.
Last but not least is the Madame Tussauds in Hollywood. Youd think this is where theyd put their best run, but this Beyonc looks like a cross between Fergie and the lady who got plastic surgery to look like a cat. Her pose looks like shes checking in the mirror to make sure she shaved her armpit, and the orange and pink dress they set her in should be fucking illegal. Person assistance this Beyonc, shes lost somewhere between the 70 s and hell.
We might never know why these wax figures are so incredibly nasty, but were pissed about it. Like, how dare they? Kylie just got a literally stunning wax figure, so theres no excuse. Fucking fixing it, Madame Tussaud. This is Queen Bey we’re talking about.
In 1962, there was a trash fire in a strip mine beneath Centralia, Pennsylvania. Well, we say “was” — there still is. That unassuming little fire erupted an eternal hellish flame which burns underground to this day. Centralia is one of the most famous ghost towns on ground, but the word “ghost town” is not perfectly accurate, because a handful of people still live there. We spoke with a few former residents, Jack and Becky, as well as one current resident, Jack’s dad, “Guy.” They told us …
The Earth Literally Eats People And Animals
Centralia was a thriving mining town right up until that whole “perpetual hellfire” thing. The land beneath it is honeycombed with mines and passageways, and the flames have spread all through them. Sometimes the ground up and collapses, devouring whatever surface life lies above with its terrible burning maw. Jack explained: “The scariest things are the sinkholes. You need to watch your step in the timbers, because the ground can give way. The flame might have burnt through a foot of coal, but the ground looks like it’s at the level it’s always been. So you step out there and you have some people coming back with broken ankles.”
Really, broken ankles aren’t all that bad compared to some of the things people in other towns face. But Centralia’s sinkholes are more ambitious than that: “The incident that told everyone ‘Maybe we should move’ was when a young kid down the street had a sinkhole breakdown around him, and he was sucked down. His mother was watching him, turned around, and when she seemed back, he was gone into the pit. This cavity went 100 feet down, and looked like a cone if you seemed down. He would have died if his arms weren’t stretched out. When they pulled him out, a huge plume of smoke “re coming out”, and you could just see the fire at the bottom of the hole.”
That boy, Todd Domboski, survived and presumably went on to write a bestselling volume about his escape from the bowels of Hell. Other human-sized creatures in Centralia have not been as lucky.
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“Every once in a while, you would come across a deer sticking out vertically with steam billowing out. They looked like they were crawling out. The poor deer had fallen into a sinkhole and had either starved to death or suffocated to demise from the fumes. My friends would claim to see smoke coming out of its mouth, like it had been burnt alive, but it was just the route the smoking came out.”
This means the kids who grew up in Centralia before it was completely abandoned had to deal with demise on a pretty regular basis. Becky told us about watching the violent death of a neighbor’s cat: “We were swinging in the backyard, and this patch of grass abruptly turned brown. Their cat was standing there, and it abruptly became brown. It didn’t make any noise, and we supposed she had done something to make it all abruptly brown, like flipping a sheet over. But “its just” another hole, and the cat went down. We didn’t say anything until we jumped off and went over to the fencing to see that it was another sinkhole, and we called out to our neighbour, but after some light digging( NEVER go into a sinkhole by yourself ), her cat was gone.”
Sinkholes even caused an entire stretching of road to be rerouted after pits and gas buckled parts of it back in 1994. The nation did its best to hide the old highway, but because of the dangers lurking beneath, they never get rid of it. And it’s still there, waiting for George Miller to make a much more colorful Mad Max sequel.
Life In A Ghost Town Is … Interesting
Underneath Centralia, the endless fire has created an environment as deadly as the surface area of Saturn. While the gases aren’t lethal up above, they still play hell with the resident’s health. Poison gas has even built up in some citizens’ cellars. Guy explained how that all simply became part of the weather in Centralia. “We always had the smoking, and my wife felt sick if she was near it. We stay away from it. It’s bad news. Only the tourists go into the damn thing.”
And Becky elaborated: “There was a lot of coughing. If you know what black lung is[ this ], it’s what the coughing sounded like. It’s this cough which allows you hear the mucus. Worse than what smokers have. If you spend enough time near the smoke, you got a cough like that. And if only we a miner developing black lung, who smoked and spent time near the smoke, like my daddy, then you knew when they were home, because you heard the worst cough in the world. If you went to a nearby store and you heard the cough, odds are they were from Centralia.”
Due to all the underground damage, many homes need additional supportings( especially if the former homes next door were means of support for them ), so they look like they have six or seven chimneys.
Becky points out that the renown of Centralia also means a lot of tourism. She lived there until her 20 s, and while she was in elementary school, her dying town became a Halloween vacation destination: “Everyone wanted to trick or treat near me. They didn’t care that they get less candy. They wanted to be scared. A few years some of that steam would rise, or it would be foggy. With all the abandoned houses, it was better than a haunted home. To them. Me, it was another day.”
Even outside of Halloween, tourists would come by just to take in the poisonous “atmosphere” in Centralia. “Whenever people visited from, say, Harrisburg or Lancaster, they would get scared easily. The ground would give out from under them and they’d fall in to their knees, and they’d go ‘Oh my God! ‘ I was so used to it that I told, ‘Sometimes it does that, ‘ and went on. This wasn’t unusual. My mama or dad would say not to go into the steam and to stay away from the ‘openings, ‘ and they always asked what that was. When they found out, they asked if they were going to die, and my father, eloquent as ever, would say, ‘Oh, probably not.’ Not to be funny, but actually being serious about it.”
People Just … Didn’t Care About The Danger
People are remarkably good at ignoring imminent doom. For evidence of this, read absolutely any newspaper “in todays world”. It wasn’t until 1984, after several kids were sucked into sinkholes and the underground tanks at a local gas station nearly explosion, that the U.S. government ordered a total evacuation of the town. People still remained behind, so in 1992, the governor put the entire township under eminent domain. In 2002, the nation took their zip code away, and in 2009, the governor announced that all holdouts would be evacuated for their own good.
There are still seven people living in Centralia.
Jack explains why many of those residents ignored the governmental forces back then, even when it was doing something as reasonable as evacuating Toxic Firetown, USA. “We had meetings with scientists explaining what was happening. They were talking to miners, some of whom had degrees, so they didn’t got to go layman.” The denizens of Centralia understood coal and the mines, but they still weren’t able to accept that their hometown was now the abode of Satan himself. “The scientists, and even other miners, were telling them that the town could fall in piece by piece or get toxic gas, but they denied it, and said they’d continue to live here since they are didn’t see it. These were after pits started opening up, but they STILL said no.”
Jack’s father, Guy, isn’t exactly on the same page. He’s one of the few that stayed behind. And he did it largely to spite those damned scientists and government officials who rolled into township to talk down to him and his neighbours. “They thought they knew more than us, but they were wrong. How come the town hasn’t collapsed like they said? It’s not even worse as they said, and you see that now.”
Jack and Guy’s disagreement is nothing new. Back when the evacuation efforts started, Centralia itself was bitterly divided over whether the fire was a threat or not. Becky recollects: “My mothers remained, since they are didn’t think they could afford to move. But then they got an offer for doubled the value of their home, and they took it. My neighbour ([ the one] who owned the cat ), she remained. She had watched the threat firsthand, and lost something she loved to it, but she wasn’t budging. The last hour I was there, she was shouting from her porch at some humen in suits who patently wanted her house.”
Becky thinks that for some of those last remaining residents, staying in Centralia may be less about spite and more about living in a place so dangerous it’s effectively off the grid: “My old neighbor, until the day she died, would chase off journalists with a broom and hide sprinklers in her lawn to turn them on when people got near. I know before she died, she said she was ‘in talks’ to buy a cellphone jammer, which seems incredibly illegal, but this woman was also fine with threatening to spray bug spraying at tourist’s dogs.”
The Government Is Trying to Erase Centralia
Jack pointed out that 20 years ago, while Centralia was emptying out, the town still seemed more or less like it always had. But over the last two decades, the nation government has been doing its damnedest to wipe the town away. “As soon as they bought homes, they tore them down and encompassed them with plants. Then they took out as much of the foundations as they could. Then they removed the lip in the curb. They don’t exist, and it looks like they never did.”
We took a picture of Becky’s old house 😛 TAGEND
“See that? You can kinda tell where a driveway was. But that’s it. No sign of the enormous gate we had, or of the stairs, or anything.”
Jack continues: “They took away the name. One day, all the signs were run. All the signs presenting nearby towns had been replaced, with ‘Centralia'[ left] off. They even later encompassed up an arrow indicating a way to get to another city through Centralia, so people passing through can’t get here.”
They removed Centralia’s name from the city municipal building 😛 TAGEND
The county records office is slowly removing the town from history, which has made life tough on Jack’s dad: “When my father went in to check his property lines, it took almost half a day to find a copy, because they had trashed so much of Centralia.”
The county has also cut back on basic services for the 7 people who still live there. Says Jack: “My father doesn’t get mail. Officially, Centralia has no zip code, so nothing can be sent there. Everybody needs a PO box in another town, or require their family to collect it. All of my father’s mail is sent to me. He also stopped employing checks. You can’t set Centralia down anymore, due to the zip code, and he didn’t want to ‘burden’ me with putting my address down as his. He went full money and debit.”
Becky points out that the lack of a PO box has an even more disastrous consequence: It’s built pizza delivery much more difficult. “My mothers, after they took away the zip code, couldn’t merely give directions to people. If they didn’t know about Centralia, they needed to be specific. I overheard my mothers say to pizza guys on the phone ‘Go to Aristes. Then head south on 42. Third little street you consider, halfway turned off. We’re the only home on the street.'”
Tourists Are Destroying The Town
Centralia had 1, 000 residents in 1980. It was down to 63 in 1990, and ten in 2010. The coal industry left after the whole, uh, giant apocalyptic coal flame thing. But even with all that, Centralia could’ve survived. There’s the tourism aspect, and the fact that it’s kind of an ideal filming location.
Unfortunately, tourism’s largely benefited neighboring townships, since the country won’t issue new business permits in Centralia. The places selling keepsakes, gasoline, and lodges are all outside Centralia’s old perimeters. Since the tourists don’t bring money into town, residents have come to dislike them. Jack explained: “They’ll stroll on lawns and property freely, guessing it’s abandoned. They’ll always be asking, ‘Why do you live here? ‘ They dump junk everywhere … The worst are the tourists who leave graffiti.”
Guy has some even more complaints: “They chipped at my house. For a souvenir, like they wanted a piece of the Lord’s cross. Chip chip chip, and they took a part of my stairs. Then they wrote ‘Let it burn’ on it. Why would they do that? “
So what can he do about it? Basically nothing. Jack explains that staying in Centralia entails living beyond a lot of modern conveniences … like law enforcement. “We have no police anymore.[ State and county] police come through town, of course, but for something routine, it’s not a big deal.”
The town has been beaten up so badly by these visitors that, according to Jack, Hollywood doesn’t really have any interest in filming there anymore. He told us about one time that several locating scouts came through township( likely working on The Road ), but chose they just couldn’t work there. “The movie people came here, seemed around, decided it had too much graffiti, and shoot on another abandoned highway out near Pittsburgh. Other Hollywood people talked to my father speedily( Centralia residents don’t like the press ), and they liked the appear, but they said ‘It might be too much graffiti, ‘ and since they never came back, it probably was.”
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Becky adds: “For the last five years or so,[ tourists have] been style more destructive than the fire.”
Readers, trust us here: Don’t visit Centralia. And if you do, don’t draw on anything. And super duper don’t break pieces off of people’s houses. That’s only messed up. Residents have enough problems.
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Seth Rogen commentaries on Katherine Heigl and ‘Knocked Up’ disagreement | Fox News
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Director, novelist and casting member Seth Rogen waves at the premiere of “This Is the End” at the Regency Village Theatre in Los Angeles, California June 3, 2013. The movie opens in the U.S. on June 12. REUTERS/ Mario Anzuoni( UNITED State – Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) – RTX1 0AWD
Seth Rogen says he would “have made a dozen movies” with Katherine Heigl after starring with her in the 2007 comedy “Knocked Up.”
In a 2008 interview with Vanity Fair, the actress revealed that she thought Judd Apatow’s movie was “a little bit sexiest, ” and that it painted “the women as shrews, as humorless and uptight, and it paints the men as lovable, goofy, fun-loving guys.”
While on Howard Stern’s SiriusXM radio show on Monday, Rogen admitted that the comment caught him off his guard. “I thought we had a great dynamic. Person seemed to like it. We were funny together. I was having a really good time, and then when I heard afterwards that she didn’t like it, that she seemed to not like the process, and she did not like the end product either, ” he explained. “I believe when that happens — also your trust feels somewhat betrayed. We have a very open process. We’re like, ‘You have the ability to say anything at any moment. I don’t like how I’m coming across here.'”
Sympathizing with his former co-star, Rogen added that she had a right to express how she felt about the movie, and maybe didn’t deserve all the backlash. “I respect the fact that maybe that perhaps she realizes it has hurt her career, ” he said. “And I don’t want that to have happened to her at all. Because I’ve said a thousand stupid things, and I really like her. Especially if she is being honest, the only people who, in this situation, should in any way take anything from it is me and Judd. Because we are the ones she was talking about. For other people to not work with her because she didn’t like her experience with us is crazy.”
Rogen, 34, has been busy promoting his new prove “Sausage Party, ” and on Sunday’s “Watch What Happens Live, ” he weighed on the recent nude photos of Orlando Bloom and Justin Bieber. When asked to compare the -Alisters’ pics, Rogen seemed to be Team Bloom.
“I’ve considered Justin’s[ Bieber] before, so maybe I was just like, you know, I’ve been there done that a little bit and it’s a wonderful one, ” he told Andy Cohen, referring to the nude pics that leaked of Bieber back in March. “But Orlando’s, I was really happy with … good for him. And he’s in good shape overall.”