Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard have taken their just fight against the paparazzi to the next level.
After welcoming their first child, Lincoln, last March, the actors became vocal advocates of the “no kids policy,” boycotting every publication that features paparazzi shots of celebrity children taken without consent. In January, Shepard penned an op-ed in The Huffington Post explaining that shooting photos of celebrity kids should be off-limits to the paparazzi, a practice he and Bell nicknamed “pedorazzi.”
Most recently, Access Hollywood sat the couple down with the owner of a paparazzi agency and a celebrity reporter to talk out the issue.
Bell described how “terrifying” it is for a mother to walk by herself, without an entourage, holding her baby daughter — while an army of shutterbugs scream at her and stand in her way. “If you don’t have an ethical issue with that, then I don’t think you have ethics,” Shepard said.
In turn, AKM/GSI photo agency reporter Christian Zimmerman calls the term “pedorazzi” hysterical. The owner of the agency, Steve Ginsburg, told the couple he agrees something needs to be done. “Photographers need to be regulated,” he admitted.
In September 2013, California passed a bill aiming to do just that. Senate Bill 606 was drafted to protect the privacy of children of public figures and redefine harassment, with A-listers Halle Berry, Jennifer Garner and Adele all backing the legislation.
So far, Entertainment Tonight, Just Jared and People magazine have all agreed to stop publishing unauthorized images of celebrity kids, reports Jezebel.
New York actors, take note!
As a special present for Bikini Armor Battle Damage first anniversary, I present to you: Female Armor BINGO!
Feel free to use as a reference to quantify how ridiculous any female armor is.
edit: Updated the link into downloadable PDF!
Breakdown of all the squares under the cut.
This is pretty amusing. The most concise collection of tropes and cliches used in female character design that I’ve seen yet.
But it also got me thinking. Tropes and cliches are like knives: if you’re naive you’ll only hurt yourself and others, avoid them entirely and you’ll be safe but limited, OR learn how and when to use them to your advantage. Ignorance and prohibition are two paths to ruin.
Looking at this chart, I honestly think there’s a good chance that throughout my career I’ll use most of these (and many more that aren’t represented here). In fact, just reading through the list gave me a few design ideas. Of course if I’m doing my job right it should ALWAYS be in service of the story and character (not at their expense).
This issue raises a small red flag for me. As an artist, the one thing I dare not do is declare: I shan’t use this or that design element as long as I live, so help me God!
How tone-deaf do you have to be to come across this expression of anger and frustration over the systematic, widespread objectification of women in fantasy stories and open your mouth only to say “Wow, those are some awesome design ideas.”
It must be nice to not have any stake in this; to not have it impact you one way or the other when some male concept artist says “ignorance and prohibition are two paths to ruin” about underboob and armor nipple pasties. But it impacts me. You have female fans, Matt, fans who are tired of the men in charge of the depiction of women in our media claiming that it’s “in service of the story” to implement boob windows and metal bikinis and other ridiculous sexualizations of female characters. And when you express attitudes like this, especially as a response to someone else’s frustration about sexism and objectification, it reminds me of my place as an outsider, both in the fantasy genre and in video games. It reminds me that this is a boys’ club in which I am still not welcome.
I have loved your work for a long time, Matt. But this post of yours really, really upset and disappointed me.
Can we have a bingo card for male artists outing themselves as pompous and self serving in the face of issues in the industry that don’t effect them at all?
"This concept is charming to me because I don’t have 1 character in any given story to identify with who is then clad in skankwear. Since it doesn’t affect me personally, I think it’s hilarious and I shall use it as a checklist of stuff I shall eventually undertake to draw women in. For lo’, female bodies are paperdolls for male amusement, and I give nary a shit about making them feel welcome and represented in my art."
—-Every asinine comics artist ever
How the fuck can any of these “design elements” be used “in service to the story” unless you’re writing fantasy porn?
sashaforthewin replied to your photo:And here I thought the wallpaper was what we were…Ah, that’s in Tinley Park!
It totally is. I work in Country Club Hills.
Sometimes the internet is a tiny, tiny place.
Five hundred bucks a week is kind of a lot though, isn’t it?
That’s less than I made when I did that exact job for Manitoba Hydro.
That’s more than my husband made at his previous full time job, which required specialized knowledge and training and which he’d been at for years.
I’m not able to give you any advice because I’m cis and I would most likely just end up being well-meaning but ultimately unhelpful, but I was directed to this blog, called askatranswoman. I’m told it might be the perfect place for you to get some advice from someone who actually knows their stuff.
I really hope it helps!
(And thank you very much, whitecollargirl, for suggesting the link.xxx)
OP you might also like Matt Kailey’s blog and community. http://tranifesto.com/
These lockets are anatomically correct. The locket is held shut by the trunk of the aorta, which acts as a snap. The chain attaches to the pendant through the superior vena cava and left pulmonary vein, causing the heart to hang slightly anterioinferiorly, just like our hearts!
Get a job now.
Practice your violin more.
Don’t leave the piano.
This won’t be forever.
spare some junk, kid?
Run, really really fast.
Go be a jeweler.
Stay off the flovent
Auntie Honey is wrong.
Trust in your self.
You didn’t deserve that
Law is a racket.
See the fucking dentist.
Here’s a hilarious Helen Keller joke!
Do you know what no one saw or heard coming?
Helen Keller’s radical socialist activism for the rights of the poor, women, the disabled. And so people ignored and belittled her politics. They argued a deaf, blind person could not know what she was talking about. And so they reduced her to the safe story of a young girl who overcame disability, and nothing else.
Wait I mean haha she was blind! How funny.
I hate these moments in tv shows. Because it just reinforces the idea that there is no way you can be seen as attractive if your fat and the only way to get revenge on the people that were dicks to you is by conforming to their idea of what a worthy person is and giving them exactly what they want.
I was never fond of Friends— it just never “hit” for me— but the Fat Monica episodes, where she’s all gross and fat and shoving food into her mouth constantly and covered in mayonaise? Really made it clear how the show was just not FOR me. There was a very specific target audience in mind, and that audience did not include fat people, or people who consider fat people to be human. Rachel’s nose job storyline was also really gross, to be quite frank.
There. Fixed it.
Image descriptions: Image #1: Black text on white background reading “CURE AUTISM” with the word autism covered over by a green label reading “ABLEISM”. Image #2: Black text on white background reading “PREVENT AUTISM” with the word autism covered over by a brown label reading “HATRED”. Image #3: Black text on white background reading “COMBAT AUTISM” with the word autism covered over by a yellow label reading “STIGMA”. Image #4: Black text on white background reading “FIGHT AUTISM” with the word autism covered over by a red label reading “IGNORANCE”.
Dear followers, I submit for your consideration:
Minotaurs and laser tag
Minotaurs loving laser tag because of the labyrinthine arenas and the thrill of the chase
Minotaur teenagers spending every Friday night playing laser tag
Minotaur-owned laser tag arenas in predominantly minotaur neighbourhoods
Corporations going on team-building exercises to laser tag arenas and the one minotaur employee getting REALLY INTENSE ABOUT IT
Minotaurs and laser tag
Some interesting points, not addressing the exact situation in the news right now, but more the conversations spinning around that about “entitled” young adults.
While I cannot speak to the details of the case, I can speak to one simple fact: In the United States, undergraduate college students in their early 20s are not treated as adults by the financial aid system.
All government-associated aid for American college students, no matter what their age, is handled through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. In order to file FAFSA, you need tax return information. If you are an undergraduate student under the age of 24 and are not legally emancipated, you must provide your guardian’s tax return information in order to apply for aid, even if they have thrown you out without contributing a penny towards your education. The only way to get around it is to either get emancipated or get an override, neither of which are easy tasks. If you forgo the option federal aid, your other option is to obtain private loans, loans that require either a co-signer or a decent credit history. Scholarships and grants can be an option for some students, but such awards often hardly make a dent in tuition costs, let alone cost of living, books, and so on.
…The way in which the post-secondary undergraduate student financial aid system is set up heavily disadvantages students who come from already-difficult backgrounds. It ensures that filial stability is rewarded financially. Those with less fraught family lives are able to continue having easier lives, while those with issues find their lives being made more difficult.
I remember back when I was in high school, just starting to think about how to pay for college, I tried to talk to my dad about helping me file FAFSA and he basically straight up refused to share any of his tax/financial information, even to help me with college. Even though he expected me to go to college, and to do it without working a job, or taking out massive loans, or him paying any money. I think he expected me to magically get perfect grades while being abused and then get a full scholarship somewhere (with all those extracurriculars I never got to do). I didn’t know what the hell else to do, so my mom just paid out of pocket for community college, since that’s at least cheaper. And then at age 19 I cut off contact with my dad, so he was doubly unavailable for FAFSA purposes. But I just remember feeling really helpless and stranded by the whole prospect of trying to get financial aid because of that. Like, what are you supposed to do when you don’t have a dad but you can’t prove it on paper? I’m 26 now, and I’ve long since dropped out of community college, but I guess at least if/when I try to go back I’ll be old enough to not have to deal with that particular problem. Still, I think my life now would be a little easier if I had been able to finish/pay for a degree or if I was at least on that track. *sigh*
A friend of mine had a really abusive home life. Right before Senior Year his dad decided he was studying the wrong thing (art, at an art college) and demanded he switch to a different major. When Friend declined (even if he’d been willing to, it was too late to do so) dad cut off all financial support and refused to submit tax info for FAFSA. So Friend, who’d been rocking an A average at an expensive art school, was suddenly stuck with no way of paying to finish up. When he was unable to finish school, his dad used it as fuel to emotionally abuse him (such a loser, can’t even graduate college), and returning home put him back in a place of physical abuse until he could get a (minimum wage) job and afford a (tiny, unsafe, studio) apartment.
I have other friends whose parents made a lot of money but who refused to pay anything toward tuition, too. Those friends were fucked because they had no way to distance themselves from their parents’ tax returns or claim themselves as dependents. They were denied assistance because of their parents’ income, but their parents were also denying them.
It’s a really rough situation for a lot of people.