Yeah, I’m sorry, I’m all for being a fair loser but I don’t feel like congratulating the Hannibal fandom on their win in the poll, because it doesn’t feel like they had as much at stake as we did, and it doesn’t feel like the fight for first place was as tough for them as it was for us.
It’s an empty victory for them while it would have meant a lot more for us, because we don’t get as many chances to be cited in polls, let alone win them. It’s kind of hard not to consider the bigger fandom as heartless and rude, here.
Whom I would congratulate, though, is the In The Flesh fandom for fighting so hard and trying to win no matter what ; time and circumstances were against us, but what we accomplished together really was amazing. Well done, Fleshers, and your efforts didn’t go unnoticed !
"I like the slash, and I think I like it because I feel there are so many people who are under-represented - or not represented at all - in mainstream Hollywood entertainment. I really enjoy the fan fiction that embraces character and themes that showcase those people - their love, their desires, their passions.
"I think that’s really cool - and I hope the show as it continues embraces that more, because that’s an opportunity to tell stories that other people might not be familiar with. I mean, there’s slash of me and Ichabod… that’s like, ‘What?!’ and then I read it and it was really well-written.
"I get it - it’s another way to go but it’s no less valid than what we’re doing and it’s certainly interesting, so I really get a kick out of that. To read fan fiction and to see fan art and to watch other people’s artistry paint different colors on top of what we’re doing… how can you be mad at that? That’s just completely awesome!"
“Though Mean Girls was rated PG-13 for “sexual content, language, and some teen partying,” that was a rating Paramount had to fight for, says Waters. “We had lots of battles with the ratings board on the movie. There was the line, ‘Amber D’Lessio gave a blow job to a hot dog,’ which eventually became ‘Amber D’Lessio made out with a hot dog.’ Which is somehow weirder! That’s the thing we found: When you’re trying to make a joke obey the rules and not use any bad words, it can actually become seamier, even.” Still, there were some things that Waters simply refused to change. “The line in the sand that I drew was the joke about the wide-set vagina. The ratings board said, ‘We can’t give you a PG-13 unless you cut that line.’ We ended up playing the card that the ratings board was sexist, because Anchorman had just come out, and Ron Burgundy had an erection in one scene, and that was PG-13. We told them, ‘You’re only saying this because it’s a girl, and she’s talking about a part of her anatomy. There’s no sexual context whatsoever, and to say this is restrictive to an audience of girls is demeaning to all women.’ And they eventually had to back down.””—don’t fuck with tina fey (via brokenclocksrighttwiceaday)
So my cousin was in a gay pride parade and everything in her outfit and makeup was rainbow but she was wearing red contacts and while marching, a protester behind her yelled “You’re going straight to hell” and she turns around to face him with her fuCKING blood red eyes and she says “well duh, I got a kindom to run” and the protester nearly fucking passed out that is her legacy I want to be like her
"GENTLEMEN, WE ARE AT WAR WITH TROY AND MUST NOT DROP OUR GUARD AT ALL"
"sir, the enemy gave us a giant wooden horse"
"oh rad bring it in"
okay so i know this has probs been explained on this post five billion times before and it was made for humor but
see, greeks had this concept called “Xenia” (pronounced zen-ee-uh) that was all about hospitality. it was the most important thing, and even when two lands would be at war it was basically law (certainly required by gods, mainly Zeus) that the two leaders had to be cordial to each other, and part of that was the giving of gifts. in fact, if you were a host and you didnt give gifts, everyone would say you were shit and Zeus might even kill you, which is actually how the war start.
Bc when Paris stole Helen, he broke Xenia by taking advantage of Menelaus’s hospitality to commit a crime against him, which was a slap in the face to Zeus.
Another part of Xenia is, if you lose against someone, you’re supposed to give them something. As a mark of respect and also to admit that you done fucked up. So Troy, thinking after ten fucking years the Achaeans might be ready to go home, see this great statue (the wooden horse) and think, oh, it’s our customary battle gift, lets bring it in and celebrate because we’ve won!!!
but Odysseus, because he is a little shit in all ways, actually had his whole plan of attack (which was a super douchebag thing to do, and a lot of the other Achaeans weren’t happy with it because it wasnt the type of honor they were all about that involves the glory of battle and getting yourself killed, and also kinda breaks Xenia which might help explain why none of the gods but Athena, miss cleverness and strategy, really cared that much about getting him home)
No, this… isn’t even slightly right, sorry.
Xe(i)nia, guest-friendship, WAS a big deal for the Homeric and Classical Greeks, no argument there. You have certain obligations to your guest, and ditto to your host: don’t insult the food, for example, and don’t run off with your host’s wife. Paris’ notable fuckup on #2 there was indeed what got the whole war rolling; it was an offence against Zeus Xe(i)nios, Zeus in his aspect as the god of hospitality.
But xenia doesn’t oblige you to be friendly to someone you’re at war with, and it absolutely definitely doesn’t oblige you to leave them an apology-present if you lose the war. The Greeks didn’t pretend the Wooden Horse was a gift for the Trojans, and the Trojans didn’t assume any such thing. In the most common version of the story, which is basically how it appears in the Aeneid, the Greeks pretended the Horse was an offering to the goddess Athene, built in the hope that she’d grant them a safe journey home. The Trojans came out to find the Greeks gone and the Horse standing on the beach, and decided that if they took it into their city it would help them. In some versions there’s a fake prophecy that if the Trojans claim the Horse they’ll enjoy guaranteed divine support for ever. A sneaky Greek double-agent, Sinon, even tells the Trojans that the whole reason the Greeks made the Horse so damn big was so that it couldn’t be taken through the gates of Troy.
The whole thing is presented as a very clever bit of reverse psychology. It’s not: GREEKS: Hey, Trojans, sorry about the whole ten-year war thing! We got you this sweet horse. TROJANS: Oh wow, thanks guys, it’ll look amazing in our living room, no hard feelings <3
It’s: GREEKS: Okay. Whatever else happens, we must make absolutely sure that in no way do the Trojans take this sweet horse inside their city. That would be the worst possible outcome for us. God, I hope they don’t do that. That would be just awful. TROJANS: HA HA HA WE TOOK YOUR HORSE INSIDE THE CITY NERDS wait fuck
There’s a whole separate question over whether the Horse was a brilliant tactical ploy, a cowardly bit of treachery, or both. Vergil prefers (b), but since the Trojans go on to become the Romans, that’s hardly surprising. Certainly there’s no suggestion in any source I know of that Odysseus’ legendarily awful commute home was him being punished for the Wooden Horse. (His decision to blind the son of Poseidon and then Tweet an ironic selfie captioned just blinded the son of poseidon #yolo was really more the problem there.)
☆ there’s also a looooong argument amongst the trojans about whether or not to take the damn horse ☆ the fact that the one who says not to take it is eaten on the spot by giants sea snakes may have helped (via azaleecalypso)
Which is very important too, because Laocoon (the guy eaten by snakes) was an Apollo priest - and Apollo used to support Trojans. So it would mean that it’s harmless to bring the horse in: worse, that the gods would disapprove not to get the horse.
It’s indeed reverse psychology and the gods had their hand in it.
The difference between learning a modern language and an ancient language is that in first year French you learn “Where is the bathroom?” and “How do I get to the train station?” and in first year Attic Greek or Latin you learn “I have judged you worthy of death” and “The tyrant had everyone in the city killed.”