I’ve been staring at this for a few days now trying to think of something good to say, but all I can think of is Clint being the guy in the informercials who like can’t manage to do anything right without the help of whatever product the infomercials are trying to sell.
And it is really funny to picture.
And kate making fun of clint because he always buys the stupid products from late night infomercials but can’t even manage to get those to work.
also think about kate using his credit card to order things from the infomercials when he’s sleeping. when they get there he’s all, “i don’t remember buying this…”
and kate just lifts her coffee cup to her mouth and says, all nonchalant, “musta been sleep buying again, clint. you should really try to stop that.”
my finger slipped sorry
oh my god. BLESS YOU.
[echoes of eleven blowing up cybermen to get information in the distance]
People who don’t love Nine are the dumbest.
People think that Nine is dark sullen and a killer. They’re wrong. Nine not dark. He’s light and happy and in love. He wear a leather jacket and is the closest Doctor the the Time War but he is not dark. He is a light person who is fighting his dark past. He knows what he’s done and is fighting to write his wrongs. He just wants everyone to live.
Eleven on the other hand is the exact opposite. People think he’s a puppy in a fez. They’re wrong. He is not happy and joyful. He’s careless. He is having adventures while ruining lives and killing people. He is the man who forgets. He has forgotten the pain he felt after what he did and now is so comfortable killing.
He doesn’t remember Nine. Nine, the Doctor with depression. Nine, the Doctor who fell in love with an nineteen year old shop girl who didn’t need a magic back story to be special. Nine, the Doctor who went and saved his friends without killing. Nine, the Doctor who chose to lose instead of causing loss.
Nine chooses to give up being a god. Eleven pretends he is a god. Nine would make a merciful god. Eleven acts like a vengeful god. Nine is a puppy in a leather jacket. Eleven is a a killer in a fez.
Wow, that just summed up my feelings on where Doctor Who has gone better than anything else I’ve read.
shop girl who didn’t need a magic back story to be special
That right there neatly described probably my biggest issue with the Moffat era compare to RTD (who certainly wasn’t without his flaws, but was infinitely better than the shite Moffat has given us). Moffat’s female characters are all somehow intrinsically tied to the Doctor to the point where their entire existence is defined by him. Meanwhile every female character in the RTD era was there of their own accord; all of them were completely relatable characters living completely normal lives up until the Doctor rocks up. You’ve got Rose, the shop girl from a completely average working class family who joined the Doctor because she decided helping the crazy man stop the killer mannequins seemed like a better idea than going back home. Martha, the med student who kept her head when her workplace suddenly decided to fuck off to the moon and proved she would be a handy person to go adventuring with. And my wonderful Donna, the temp who was quite alright with floating along in life until she realised there was a big old universe out there to explore and who kept the Doctor grounded and called him out on his shit and just wanted to help everyone. Even the minor character had their own stories, got involved through their own actions. They all give you the idea that it could just as easily be you, that you don’t need to be “special”, don’t need some magical connection to the Doctor, anyone could do it. All you need is a small alien invasion somewhere nearby and bam, you’d be in there helping to save the day in your fucking pjs
I find it so fucking hilarious, men think about famous women and female characters sexually all the time, they masturbate to the thought of Scarlett Johansson and Black Widow all the time, there is an entire genre of porn dedicated to spoofing movies like Star Wars and Harry Potter
but women write (sometimes novel length) pieces of fiction featuring their favourite characters who sometimes end up in sexual situations and it’s “weird” and “gross” and “odd”
and I’m just, I didn’t see your double standard there, would you mind just shoving it a bit further into my eye socket that’d be great
A lot of white Americans hold this racist view that “this is America we speak one language” as a tool to discriminate against non-English speaking immigrants (and immigrants who speak with an accent) and it’s basically backfired because we have this whole country of people that don’t place importance on speaking multiple languages when it would actually be super beneficial. To answer your question though, I took three years of Spanish in high school but learning foreign languages in public schools tends to be kind of a joke (at least where I live) and most people are only taught enough to pass the class.
Excuse me but not all of America is like that. My highschool makes you take two year of a foreign language and many people are happy about this. I know plenty of kids who enjoy these classes. There are also middle schools where I live that offer Spanish and French classes and most of my friends took those classes. America as a whole may not be entirely found of learning more than one language but we are making progress and I think that is something very important to recognize.
NOT ALL AMERICA
My point is, based on the way that a lot of high school foreign language classes are structured, two years is not going to be anywhere near enough to become fluent in any language. Also, might I add that many schools and universities are cutting ethnic studies programs, rather than adding to them because they don’t understand their importance. It’s also incredibly difficult to implement these programs in the first place.
OK so in the UK languages are no longer compulsory at GCSE level (normally taken between ages of 14 and 16). The UK has seen a serious drop in the number of language students, language programmes are cut everywhere, and typically students aren’t given a strong, functional level of education in a language until maybe around A-level (normally taken between 17 and 18), depending one’s view of that description.
Languages other than French, Spanish and German are rarely taught at state schools in the UK, despite the fact that these languages are losing relevance in the UK compared to languages frequently used within our communities such as British Sign Language, Urdu, Polish, and Bengali.
So the point is that here language learning isn’t offered to the right standards, isn’t offered frequently enough, and on the whole language learning at secondary school is pretty irrelevant unless pursued at a further level.
Still, I, and a large number of other language learners I know, seriously pity the American education system, because its flaws when it comes to language education are far more severe than those in the UK, which is one of the two most monolingual countries in the EU.
In both cases, the lack of language programmes and enthusiastic learners stems from, as Marina puts it, a lack of awareness of the importance of these languages and the communities who use them. Multilingualism is seriously undervalued, and we cannot ignore the fact that racism plays a huge part in how polyglots are viewed. Speaking English - at whatever level - with a foreign accent or patchy grammar is ridiculed, while white UK and US citizens are congratulated and praised for knowing a handful of words in a second language.
Additionally, the importance of languages learnt in the UK (as I suppose it is in the US) is always placed on the economy. When one reads articles about the UK’s monolingualism and how this is a problem, the communication issues within our communities are never mentioned. The importance of different cultures is completely ignored. We’re being told ‘learn languages for money, not for people’.
tl;dr: yeah no Marina’s right