Wow. Modern-day Much Ado made me WAY more uncomfortable than I expected. So paternalistic and slut-shamey and domestic violencey.
I’ve been in this play twice and it has never made me this uncomfortable. While Claudio and Leonato were slapping Hero around I was literally squirming in my seat - like, why didn’t anyone stand up for her?!?
Nothing like modern clothing to throw truly horrible antiquated behavior norms into stark relief.
It’s almost like not having faith in the protagonist and underfunding a film leads to a self-fulfilling prophecy that something about that protagonist isn’t bankable!
- Chris Braak “Chris vs. Sobriety”
One of the best personal accounts of alcoholism, or something like it, I’ve ever read.
Incredible work, Chris. I salute you, and I encourage *everyone* who thinks (or knows) that their relationship with alcohol or any substance might not be quite what it should be to read this.
That includes you family members. Being related to an alcoholic has a profound affect on your relationship to alcohol.
there’s an ask i’m not going to repsond do directly, because the writer who sent it clearly didn’t mean harm and i don’t want to make them feel bad, or bully them, or set them up for mockery and or being bullied, but —
don’t send your ideas to writers you like. because, there’s now a thing i can’t write, because you sent it to me, and i read it without knowing it was there. because i had that very idea and, were i to get to such a place where it was appropriate, i would’ve written precisely that moment — and now it’s a thing i WON’T write, anyway, because you’ve sent me an unsolicited notion, inside of a couple of paragraphs that had no indication there was going to be a bit and… and that makes all kinds of things murky. i’m exposed, and my bosses are exposed, legally; and just, as a guy who, like, is kind of competitive about this stuff, and has never shied away from owning his influences… i don’t need help or someone feeling that i’ve stolen from them and not given them credit.
which i know was not your intention! i get it. I TOTALLY get it. THANK YOU for reading and digging my stuff enough to write, enough to think about it, enough to clearly be into it. Just, y’know — going forward, maybe, maybe don’t send writers YOUR ideas for what would be cool? because that means stuff goes unwritten sometimes and, guess what, your idea was awesome.
This is so important to understand. It happens to me pretty regularly, and I always feel bad because the person who sent the thing had no idea what they were doing.
This was posted/reblogged and signed onto by three creators who - if you don’t respect them, you probably just don’t know who they are yet.
Take notice. Don’t do this thing.
No one tell anyone I said this, OK…but Tumblr is cooler than YouTube now…
No one tell Hank I said this… it always was.
Ever heard the expression, “The squeaky wheel gets the grease?”
How about this, “Silence equals assent?” (Often used literally in rape cases, which is unbearably grotesque.)
Let’s get biblical, “Ask and ye shall receive.”
There are a million variations, and what it all comes down to is this:
1. If you don’t speak up, don’t expect anyone to be psychic and magically fix things they either don’t know are wrong or aren’t being told by other people, “THIS IS WRONG.”
2. Silence serves the status quo. Always. Whatever is happening in the world, that is hurting people, or making it an unhealthy and unhappy place to live, silence serves the people who benefit from things being the way they are.
3. Even in our personal lives if we’re being treated in ways that we do not like, something as simple and silly as being given roses when we hate them: if we don’t speak up in some way, nothing changes.
Not speaking up is a clear signal that either we’re A-Okay with what’s happening, we’ve given up on the possibility of change, or we’re afraid of the consequences of speaking up.
People who know me, know that I do a lot of shouting. I don’t do it because it’s fun. I think you’ll find that’s true of most people doing a lot of the shouting these days. It’s not fun, topical, trendy, or cool to be a boat-rocker. (Okay, sometimes it is. That’s not why we do it.) We do it because if we don’t, NOTHING HAPPENS.
Apathy and ignorance are the enemies of progress.
Progress, evolution, innovation, these are the things that have taken us from cave-dwelling to now. Somebody’s got to rock the boat or take that leap of faith and yell for everyone else to do it, but we don’t do it for fun.
It’s mainly not wanting the world to be a miserable place for ourselves or anyone else. And, here’s something really interesting about all that shouting: It actually means we think everyone around us who isn’t shouting yet, are capable of being so much more awesome than silence.
Shouting means we’re trusting other people to listen so that we can fix things together. Complaining means we think other people will care, too.
That’s faith in humanity in action, right there.(via carnivaloftherandom)
Reblogging because THAT ^ is what I meant to say, but didn’t have the erudition.