Ok, so I had snagged this screenshot during Priority: Tuchanka and now I’m headcanoning Wrex humming Carmina Burana during every battle.
Note to self: must adapt plans for future home library.
Using its suction discs for a firm grip, a red-eyed tree frog clings to a hercules beetle. The image, shot by Nicolas Reusens, is one of the entries for the 2014 Sony world photography awards. Entries are open until 6 January at www.worldphoto.org. Photographer: Nicolas Reusens
From The Guardian.
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Last night, I turned on the TV and unintentionally caught the first few minutes of ‘Entertainment Tonight.’ The top story centered around speculation on the potential pregnancy of an actress - speculation based on a recent photo (taken unbeknownst to the star) in which she appeared to be somewhat heavier than the grand public was used to seeing.
In addition to the many things wrong with their lead-in, the host then began to dissect the photo, focusing on specific body parts, drawing attention to perceived areas where the inches had increased. Finally, before I changed the channel in disgust and ventured on to the program I had intended to watch, the host called out a list of potential reasons for the actress’s physique, including “ate too much at the rehearsal dinner.”
So yet again, I was struck by the low the media had achieved - how by all accounts, part of “entertainment” was to hoist someone up on display and to initiate and encourage the spotlight cast upon all things considered flaws. To mock and deride. With every word, every zoomed angle, such shows are defining the acceptable and the unsuitable. The right and wrong ways to be, to look, to feel.
The actress in question is, imo and the opinion of many others, a beautiful woman, yet by media standards, that beauty is measured by how a certain form is maintained. Deviation from that means that said beauty, and all the elevation that comes with it, is lost, squandered, and she becomes some form of a fallen woman - at fault for no longer being what an audience deems (or is told to deem) desirable.
And I’m sure some would argue that as a celebrity, as a person whose livelihood is made in the public eye, that sort of scrutiny is to be expected. It’s part and party. Yet this kind of perspective is what leads us to dehumanize the individual - to see them not as a person whose “work” is on the stage or screen, but as an object. Bought and paid for by our attention, and therefore subject to the knife-blade criticisms, the demands of some warped sense of perfection.
In general, the penchant for scorn-laden ridicule, the degradation that is almost reflex, has become all too commonplace. And it is behavior that is promoted, expected, made to be the unspoken sport and routine. Because if we don’t cut down others, be they celebrities and notables, or the people we encounter in our day-to-day, we are the rare case, and thus the pariah. We are somehow wrong for resisting the urge to reduce someone, to take them low so as to elevate ourselves.
Perhaps there will be a shift in the tide, a pendulum swing that is well overdue. Perhaps in the days ahead, I can look forward to idly watching a few moments of some program and see not the cruelty and target practice, but the celebration of all facets of the individual, no matter the shape, size, shade, or sentiment.
It’s a lofty vision, but sometimes I like to dream big.