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Messages - Mister Pops

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 20 October, 2021, 12:54:27 PM »
I don't think this is an accident. They do function as a propaganda arm of the UK government for a "home" audience. It's particularly interesting that the "home" audience is England.

This becomes blatantly obvious when you watch international sporting events.

I can't speak to how badly the BBC misunderstand Scottish or Welsh issues, but I can't believe it could be worse than their understanding of Northern Ireland, especially when it comes to the NI protocol.

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 19 October, 2021, 10:22:54 PM »
I do however think that it is a little unfair to single out the BBC when the ownership of the rest of the British media leaves us with serious questions about the impartiality of the information we are presented with.

The owners of the rest of British Media can pay for all the bias and Tory propaganda they like, I do however think it is a little unfair when the BBC demands ~£120 a year from me for it.

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Film & TV / Re: Steven S.DeKnight vs CB Cebulski
« on: 15 October, 2021, 11:37:12 PM »
S'funny 'cos our Shark is like a vaccine against this sort of shite.

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Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 15 October, 2021, 09:55:55 AM »
What happened to our resident GREGG's specialist? I have a question.

Another question - has Brexit finally and definitively ruined the chance of some Gregg's branches opening in ROI?

< Samuel L Jackson voice / waving handgun wildly around the room > You stupid muthafuckas

You're not really missing much. We have a couple of them in Belfast, but they can't compete with our local bakeries. They don't even do filled sodas.

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Books & Comics / Re: Kiss His Cape..?
« on: 14 October, 2021, 01:52:24 AM »
Again I take your point, Shark.

However, romantic stories can be enhanced, and sometimes depend on strife and prejudice. A love can be more meaningful because the society says it's wrong. Romeo and Juliet. Dante and Marakov.

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Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 13 October, 2021, 04:08:11 PM »

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Books & Comics / Re: Kiss His Cape..?
« on: 13 October, 2021, 12:38:05 PM »

Maybe, and as I say I really have no solutions or even an understanding of what other people go through in this regard, it might be an idea to simplify things again, this time to loving and hateful. The subject doesn't have to be forced or signposted, just written as normal. Imagine a parallel world where the orientations of people had ceased to matter; would Casablanca still be a great film if Rick was Nikki and there were no other changes than that one name in the script? Would Raiders of the Lost Ark still be a great film with no other change than Henry Jones Junior becoming Henrietta Jones Junior? Or Marion becoming Mario? I like to think they'd still be classics, that I'd still love them, and that they'd convey the characters' orientations as effortlessly as the versions in our world convey heterosexuality without hanging big neon signs everywhere. (Tarzan might be a bit more problematic - just how did old Greystoke deal with puberty and young adulthood until Jane came along? And what if Jane had been John?)


I take your point in a broad sense, but the examples you have cited here are from a specific point in history when homosexuality wasn't just taboo, it was illegal. A time when gender roles were more rigidly defined. The characters in those stories were written in a specific way that was informed, to a degree,  by the prevalent attitudes of when they were written, and the perception of attitudes in the setting. Just changing the gender/orientation of a character and keeping everything else the same would be, at best, a bit anachronistic, or at worst, completely deny the ignorance, bigotry and prejudices faced by people in those times. Like the gay equivalent of one of those Oscar winning movies set in Antebellum America that try to make white people feel better.

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Books & Comics / Re: Kiss His Cape..?
« on: 12 October, 2021, 12:18:02 PM »
The reaction has been depressingly predictable from some corners of fandom.

Though of course we should celebrate the fact its been embraced by other. Tom Taylor (current writer) was on BBC Breakfast briefly this morning too. I think an extract from an interview elsewhere.

One day this won't even be news, but while it needs to be to shift mindsets lets embrace the slow progress.

If you were a cynical person you might think that making headlines was the motivation behind this. You might even cynically think this is just an attempt to stoke up social media  "discussion" for free publicity.

A less cynical person might think that's fair enough, it's a business and making money is their priority, so it's nice they can do that by making minorities more visible.

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Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 09 October, 2021, 12:13:53 PM »
I don’t deny that Roddenberry was a horndog but Star Trek’s sexiness served a purpose. The network killjoys were too busy measuring Uhuru’s skirt to notice all the boundary pushing social commentary and social justice advocacy. Nowadays you’re practically required to push boundaries and decry social injustice if you don’t want Twitter crawling up your arse*. Now I haven’t watched lower Decks because NuTrek just isn’t for me, but I assume it’s just being sexy for the sake of it. Which I’m fine with because I’m just sexy for the sake of it too.

*Although Twitter will crawl up your arse for any asinine reason. Resistance is futile

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Off Topic / Re: Life is riddled with a procession of minor impediments
« on: 08 October, 2021, 04:58:17 PM »
...I was effectively a manager without agency or authority, and was mostly being used as a front and fall guy for the owner...

This was my experience as a pub manager, and I suspect it's the same for most managers in small businesses, you're just a glorified key-holder, all responsibility and no power.

At least you might be able to avoid Marvel movies for a while.

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General / Re: Life Spugs because...
« on: 08 October, 2021, 12:30:42 AM »
Jesus Jaysis. That's sounds feckin traumatic, but it's a testament to yourself that so many rallied around to help you out.

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Film & TV / Re: Foundation on Apple TV
« on: 27 September, 2021, 02:45:20 PM »
Ah, so Star Wars would have been acceptable if it had been filmed as Leia and Luke sat telling General Dodonna about everything that happened?

Get Threepio in there to do sound effects, it wouldn't be the worst Star Wars movie ever.

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Film & TV / Re: Foundation on Apple TV
« on: 27 September, 2021, 11:50:08 AM »
If a big budget sci-fi wants to do three people in a room talking, at least one of those people damn well better have bits of rubber glued to their face.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 23 September, 2021, 01:01:03 AM »
I loved Batman in '89 (Skegness cinema, above the arcade), but the Prince* soundtrack and not-quite The Killing Joke plotting are marks against. Batman Returns wins because of the milk & the penguins.

Danny DeVito as Penguin in Batman Returns is my favourite portrayal of the character. Burgess Meredith's turn has it's charms. The Penguin should affect a sophisticated and urbane air. DeVito pulls that off while being grotesque and macabre and just villainous.

But Pfeiffer is no Merriwether, so Batman: The Movie is still the best.

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