Title: The difference between cowardice and heroism
Pairings: Gruber/Helga and unrequited Gruber/Rene
Fandom: Allo Allo
Word count: 1,124
Notes: The ending to Allo Allo has always really bothered me as I felt that it made all of Gruber's previous characterisation queer-baiting rather than actual representation and suggested that even a gay mans's happy ever after involved a heterosexual marriage. If show writers are going to base nearly every joke around a character being gay and make it a huge part of their characterisation then they owe it to the audience to stick with it to the end rather than chickening out at the last episode for fear of offending viewers. So I decided to reclaim the story a bit and try to explore the situation and justify it while not making Gruber suddenly straight or without demonising Helga or devaluing their relationship.
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(also posted on my blog: http://okaykaye.blogspot.co.uk/)
So today I decided to take up jogging again and found out that 1. I can't run, and 2. I turn a funny shade of purple when I try.
Yes it used to have touched rennet which was made from cow DNA, nowadays 90% of all cheese in the UK is made with Chymosin which is produced in genetically modified organisms that are no more complex than the bacteria we will ingest daily and it isn't even in the cheese when you eat the cheese.
In other news
OMG I HAVE JUST REALISED I HAVE HERE TO COME AND COMPLAIN ABOUT PEOPLE ON TUMBLR AND FACEBOOK.
Tumblr and facebook merged, it was bad, somehow I am friends with a manic social justice blogger on facebook. It was like being on tumblr but on facebook. I just really cant shut up when someone has the opinion of 'if a POC (because we like pretending to be americans and so refuse to use the English version of BME, which is less racist that POC but don't point that out) is offended by something then no one can question it because they are BME, not even other BME people can disagree.'
Seriously I hate it when in a discussion someone goes 'well a ton of BME folk agree with me, so you must be wrong, if you argue back you are racist cos you are white'. BME people aren't a card combo you can throw down in any argument to win it. And being BME doesn't mean you don't have to use logic, if your argument is stupid, its stupid no matter who you are, where you come from or the colour of your skin.
Okay so you are offended. Great what next. Being offended doesn't mean you are right.
So yeah I really walked into it and knew I was getting myself into a bad situation. I am fully respectful of someone saying 'thats racist because...' in those instances you have to stop and listen. But then you get to act upon that information. Yes you have to consider, okay I am white, this effects things and I have to go the extra mile to make sure I don't silence this opinion. But on the other hand you cant just throw logic out the window and say okay you are offended so you must be right. Especially when its another white person saying it to you, trying to represent everyone BME who has a problem with a film.
Last year I needed some interviewee's to help me do a mock-umentary and my friends on here rose fantastically to the occasion, with the resulting audio piece (no video) being this.
I am now in my third and final year at Northampton University and I am hoping to do another audio piece that focuses on people's relationship with different narratives.
- Is there a particular book, film or show that changed your life?
- Do you write fanfiction or make fanvideos and would like to talk about why you do so and what kind of topics and messages you are addressing?
- Would you be willing to share what goes on in your imagination when you read or watch your favorite story?
If you have answered yes to any of these questions then I need you! I would love to have representatives from a large selection of fandoms, so if you would like the stories that you love focused on do get in touch.
Please leave a comment if you are interested in taking part. Especially if you are in the UK but if not I can find a way around these distance problems (such as interviewing you via email and getting a voice actor to 'play' you in an interview).
The piece will be hoping to look at fanfiction as a modern folk tale and as reclaiming narratives for the people from capitalist co-corporations. In other words, it will be very pro-fanfiction and fandom activity - I will not be judgmental and understand how fandom works.
If you are interested in any of my other pieces, incase you want to check me out to check this is legit, then here are some links:
A victorian soundscape built from scratch - I intend to create soudnscapes around the fandoms I focus on.
A surrealist short film that has inspiration from several fandoms
Soundscape for buffy - more fandom stuff, I took a few scenes from buffy that had all of the sound removed and created a soundscape that would be broadcast worthy
(Don't contact me via youtube as I no longer use that account).