absolute unit

It was a beautiful day today, probably one of the best since the year began, so we stayed inside and built this huge and fabulous entertainment unit.

Totally tetris’d the bottom part with various Funko pops to hide the huge mess of wires behind it.

(no idea what to put on that empty shelf beyond ‘something that will hide the rest of the wires’)

We spent the rest of the day sorting out a big box of comics that has laid untouched for several years now. AND WHAT DID I FIND BUT:

A near-immaculate copy of Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #14, featuring an excellent Green Goblin story I wrote about on harryosborn.net not so long ago while having NO IDEA one of the original prints was sitting in the same house as me!

So ur, weirdly productive/surprising day?

RIP, The Baby-Sitter’s Club

100% score on Rotten Tomatoes but I guess that just wasn’t good enough for some people. At least it went out on a high and told some excellent stories along the way. (Still not over how well Janine’s character development was done.) Honestly? It was better than the books.

A tremendous grudge against Netflix’s cancel-happy execs has been forming for some time now and now I suspect it’s here to stay. They better not cancel Raising Dion next (although I strongly suspect they will.)

Death on Daytime

This expose of The Jeremy Kyle Show aired on Channel 4 yesterday. It made for difficult watching and invoked that all-too-common feeling of “Wait, this was happening in plain sight for ages and everyone just accepted it?” I never sought out the Jeremy Kyle Show but I always assumed from what I saw of it that everything was staged, not that people were being abused and belittled on a regular basis.

It sort of makes you wonder, which things that are currently commonplace are going to be seen as horrifying in a decade or so? I have a list. I hope I’m not doing any of them.

“Why did you say that name?!”

(spoilers for The Batman ahead)

I’m back from seeing The Batman and it’s a very good movie, absolutely deserving of all the hype. Excellent deconstruction of Bats and his supporting cast. But there’s one character I want to single out specifically…

As the founder of the Dead Fictional Mothers Club (it contains one member, me) I’ve always been quite interested in how Martha Wayne is used in Batman stories. I recollect the Nolan movies barely acknowledged her as anything other than an afterthought, and I admit it, I have quite a lot of goodwill towards Batman vs Superman and that scene simply because it didn’t do the same thing.

Now we have The Batman and Martha gets a new backstory, or I gather a mostly new one anyway: after witnessing a horrible tragedy as a child she suffered serious mental health issues and was sent to an institution. This information was used by a journalist to blackmail Thomas Wayne and it led to not only his and Martha’s deaths but also the various increasingly horrific things we see taking place throughout the movie. And I walked out of the theater thinking, “WAIT A MINUTE. Could a lot of this have potentially been prevented if a woman’s mental illness hadn’t been treated like a shameful thing?!”

Unfortunately the movie doesn’t go much into this, which is fair in many ways, it’s got a lot going on. But I do think – and bear in mind I’m not thrilled about the portrayal of the Riddler here either – that the Batman franchise in general has A LOT of heavy lifting to do when it comes to mental health stigma. So I really wish they’d taken the opportunity to delve into Martha’s backstory here. Hell, her thoughts, even. There’s lots of talk right now about potential Batman spinoffs, well, I want a Martha Wayne one.

By the way, that picture up there is seen for a couple of seconds in the film, but is also found on the secret tie-in website built for the movie. You can find it here! But I wonder what that image is meant to invoke when the audience sees it. Fear? Revulsion? I hope not.

‘Star Wars’ Fans Raise Money for Transgender Youth in Honor of Padmé’s Influence — The Mary Sue

Star Wars is a series that helps to inspire hope among fans. Whether it is through Leia’s determination to lead or Padmé’s willingness to do what she thinks is right, the women of the Skywalker family have inspired children for decades, and we’re just talking about the Skywalkers! That’s not even getting into the rest…

‘Star Wars’ Fans Raise Money for Transgender Youth in Honor of Padmé’s Influence — The Mary Sue

In a week of horrible news, this is a really nice story.

meeting Obi-Wan Kenobi again

Oh wow. I got chills when Duel of the Fates kicked in, it’s still one of the most stunning pieces of music I’ve heard anywhere, not just in Star Wars.

WHAT a day it’s been for prequel fans! I always wondered if it would come. It seemed terribly unlikely in the days where people preferred actors, directors, and teenage fans to kill themselves but it’s nice to know there were always some people out there who wanted to build. My fourteen-year-old self who posted endless fanfiction on theforce.net message boards is SCREAMING right now. (Her username on there was female_obi_wan.)

Casual ableism

J.K. Rowling and Julie Bindel dropped this yesterday:

…and it’s a joke, of course it’s a joke, and a pathetic one at that, but as someone with a mental illness I find this sort of thing so frustrating. (‘Section’ refers to being sectioned under the Mental Health Act.) I’ve gathered from retweets that these two are making fun of one particular person, who I do not know, but it doesn’t matter because if you’re making fun of someone’s X characteristic you’re also making fun of everyone else who has X characteristic.

I mean, I’m long past the days of expecting better from the British TERF society, but… yeah. Uh, happy international women’s day.

The Shame Of Britain — beetleypete

Originally posted on REDFLAGFLYING:

News today of an incident at Calais that rightfully shames the current despicable government running this country. 150 Ukrainian refugees escaped from their war-torn country. They spent days heading West, crossing through Poland and Germany into France. Their aim was to seek refuge with members of their families who were already…

The Shame Of Britain — beetleypete

As usual, I have no words, just the same old crushing disappointment and shame.