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28 February 2011 @ 10:46 am
he looks like my uncle, too  
I finally discovered a solid reason for disliking Natalie Portman, aside from 'her hair is not awesome enough to merit this adulation'. Apparently she's vegan, and to placate her no-animal-products-including-leather manifesto Dior made her vegan shoes. AND SHE WAS HAPPY ABOUT THAT. Dior continues to make shoes for other people with leather and god knows what in them, but once HERS don't, THAT'S OKAY. Holy hypocrisy Batman.

Please note that I'm not vegan and I don't give a shit about cows. Leopards, now, especially when their numbers in the wild only run into thousands. (Guess how many cows exist right now? Probably a billion trillion.) I just think that's so typically tunnel-visioned of a stereotypical Hollywood starlet, and Portman is always pimped out as the complete opposite of that. I'm really irritated that she won an Oscar for putting on red contacts, but I didn't see any of the other films nominated for Best Actress so I can't say she was worse than any of them.

I also have a sneaking suspicion that, were it not for Prince William and Kate Middleton's marriage this year, the King's Speech would not have done nearly so well.

And thus concludes my ill-informed and hugely biased contribution to Oscars 2011 commentary.
 
 
 
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every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: tattooscoradh on March 1st, 2011 11:09 am (UTC)
Ah, I was basing this information entirely on this article, which admittedly may not have thoroughly researched its sources.

The movie was one of those which sank under the weight of its own hype. And certainly ballet isn't portrayed in a pink ribbons way, but it may appeal to your budding BDSM affiliates. :P
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every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Fashion: heart sunglassesscoradh on March 1st, 2011 02:21 pm (UTC)
If she got Dior to make vegan everything for the rest of forever, I'd laud her success. As it is, it's a straw in the wind. And a pretty hypocritical straw at that.

I do know that I got a new Dior lipstick recently and it is very good, as a lipstick. Which is basically what I want from a lipstick, end of.
Merit: Hawaii Five-0meritjubet on February 28th, 2011 01:09 pm (UTC)
The companies or people who do produce vegan footwear are rather small so I don't care that she bought products from a company that also uses leather etc she might see it as rewarding good behaviour and to encourage them to make more. Idk, I'm not vegan. Though it irritates me when a so called vegetarian says they eat seafood and occasionally chicken. Unless it is for taste issues. /enjoys bacon way too much

Though yeah. I really did not want her to win. But she was a shoo in because eh. Everyone loves it when a pretty girl cracks.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: anumberonme tea party gunscoradh on March 1st, 2011 11:10 am (UTC)
I pretty much think anything bar health reasons to put a restriction on your diet is lolcakes, but that's just me. Like I said, cows and chickens don't exactly raise a maternal protective storm in my bosom.

That's just it; it would have been easy for anyone to play that role. A winner should be someone who made a role no one else could play look easy.
Merit: Miscmeritjubet on March 1st, 2011 11:26 am (UTC)
I have a lot of restrictions on my diet - because I'm a picky eater in some regards /misses point. I can see why people why view it as an ethical or moral issue, but I don't. This may be partly because my sister is a vegetarian and there was one intense mosquito season where she didn't want me killing them. Yeah, no.

Indeed. I think she got a lot of attention she didn't entirely deserve. Oh well. Even the losers have prettier dresses than me so I guess everyone wins!
me: penetrating staresurexit on March 1st, 2011 12:11 pm (UTC)
What about ethical issues like consumerism/fairtrade/global warming? I am not particularly concerned about killing cows and chickens, but I am fairly concerned about THE END OF THE WORLD.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on March 1st, 2011 12:45 pm (UTC)
...if we all became veggies it would stop global warming? Yeaaaah, I'm not quite buying that. The world will eventually switch to different forms of energy production because the current ones are unsustainable, but that will create a whole new set of problems. Whether or not people eat cows is irrelevant to that, although if we all stopped, it would cause another economic collapse. We don't need any more. One is my limit!

By all means let people eschew meat because of the fluffy bunnies, but "saving the world" is beyond the scope of any individual. As for the end of said world, it happens to us all. Death is a pretty effective solution to all these problems.
me: dirty hippiesurexit on March 1st, 2011 01:07 pm (UTC)
No, it probably wouldn't. But it would be a step - cows are insanely huge methane producers. Plus, the beef industry is environmentally eurgh in all sorts of ways. :( I'm not vegan! But I massively respect those who are. Well, less respect for the fluffy bunny kinds. But still, big up for having convictions and sticking to them!

it would cause another economic collapse
The amount I care about the implosion of the current economic system is... vanishingly tiny. Bring on the fucking revolution. Rar. (I'm also not in any way saying that everyone should stop eating meat right this minute. Meat is tasty. I just don't really think that environmental reasons to avoid/cut down on meat and animal products are lolcakes.)

"saving the world" is beyond the scope of any individual
...So no one should ever do anything that might improve the world? I'm so, so, so not down with that. I'm also not down with using the fact that I will probably die a fairly comfortable death after having lived a fairly comfortable life as, what, a reason to not care about the long-term implications of my actions? The world doesn't end with me, and I'd quite like to try to make it better for the people who will come after. Or at least not fuck it up beyond all recognition.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: collapsingnight: pink legsscoradh on March 1st, 2011 02:32 pm (UTC)
But still, big up for having convictions and sticking to them!

I agree, with the caveat of: don't preach to me. I'm a well-informed person with illimitable access to information, so if I ever made the decision to be vegan or anything else, I'd do so under my own steam.

The amount I care about the implosion of the current economic system is... vanishingly tiny.

Whereas I rather enjoy the money I kill myself to earn, and I resent it when I have to pay more and more taxes and potentially face massive paycuts as a result of this economic crisis. THE MONEY. I LIKES IT.

I think if we reach a point where we've discovered, idek, hydrogen cars and we run the electric on nuclear power or whatever - basically when we reach the point of non-reliance of fossil fuels - that is the point at which we can scale down and look at things like how much cows fart. (I mean, I'm pretty sure leopards fart too, but no one's saying we should encourage poaching them so as to save the ozone.) I'm not denying there's room to improve, but there's whole other houses to be redesigned first.

I'm speaking as someone with new and bitter experience of dealing with one of the huge corporations/organisations that run the world. You come up against so much inertia that it feels like trying to move a skyscraper-sized concrete block by putting your forehead against it and shoving with your knees. Also, maintaining that level of indignation and righteous rage is so very, very draining, not to mention depressing. Am I going to accept that things are shit? Never. Am I going to rationalise what I can do to alter thinking and actions among my peers? Hell yes. As a group, we are powerful. Here I refer to humans as a whole. By ourselves, it's scary and horrifying how little we can achieve. Unless we are Bill Gates. I'm starting to become a strong advocate of things like legislatory change as a way of bringing about results.

... although, my focus would be more on women's rights. idk, that's my bugbear. If I were in power, the first thing I'd do is pass a resolution on the gender stereotyping in advertising - rule that all adverts for cleaning products show men AND women using them equally, things like that. Cows come way down my list. (I don't know why I'm being so facetious about cows. Probably because I live near so many of them.)


mesurexit on March 5th, 2011 01:27 pm (UTC)
Mmmm, I agree with not preaching. Literally the only thing I object to is the idea that it's somehow ridiculous to choose to limit your diet for non-health reasons - I think there are seriously important and valid reasons to do so.

The comparison between leopards and cows is not entirely valid. (For lots of reasons, but most nitpickingly: most of the methane comes from belching, not farting. And leopards aren't ruminants, so I'm pretty sure they don't produce anything like the same amount as cows do. And they're not farmed. And, oh, I know you know all of this and were just being facetious, I just get on a roll. :D) And I think the global percentage of greenhouse gases from cows is about 15%. It's not a negligible amount, at all, and it's fairly valid to focus on it alongside fossil fuels.

maintaining that level of indignation and righteous rage is so very, very draining
Yes, which is why I can only do it about the things that really hit close to home - feminism and anti-racism, for me. The day-to-day activism that I do is being very careful about my word usage, aware of my privilege, and open to questions of social justice. But I am also pretty terrifyingly aware that the world is hurtling towards horrible drowning death, and I respect my friends who can maintain that level of rage about environmentalism, and for whom the day-to-day activism that they do involves making a conscious, non-health-related decision not to eat meat. (And who do stupid things like glue themselves to statues and climb on top of the Houses of Parliament, oh, the number of "eco-terrorists" I know is a little worrying when I come to think about it.)

Legislative change and personal activism are not mutually exclusive. Neither are acting as part of a group and acting alone. I totally respect the fact that for you, this is not an issue that massively exercises you. It doesn't really exercise me as much as I uneasily feel it should.
a work in progresswintersjuly on February 28th, 2011 01:51 pm (UTC)
i kind of thought the natalie thing was her trying not to dictate other people's stance on vegan issues? she is vegan by choice, but not everyone is (and i'm pretty sure her vegan shoe company fell through?)

at least, that's how i choose to take it her stance on it. (i did have some jehovah's witnesses asking about the 'occult' today and i managed to side swipe them with FREEDOM OF BELIEF BELONGS TO EVERYONE. you can believe in god and i can totally believe in vampires if i choose to and they kind of shut up and shoved a pamphlet at me before running off)
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: disco ballscoradh on March 1st, 2011 11:12 am (UTC)
I have no idea about her stance on anything, before or since this piece of news, because I find her 100% less than interesting. I just liked the new shade of hypocrisy she appeared to be wearing to the Oscars.

I don't understand believing in anything that exists. This computer exists, so I'm not wasting my time believing in it.
l.m.: pic#108369035incandescent on February 28th, 2011 02:32 pm (UTC)
I know how that is. I didn't see any of the other films for Best Actress either. D: I did like Portman in Black Swan, but there was others things that I have a niggling feeling were much better...

Oh well. It was all a bit predictable, yeah? At least, I thought so.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: maskscoradh on March 1st, 2011 11:12 am (UTC)
I think Oscars always are predictable. They exist so people can wear dresses.
l.m.: pic#108151784incandescent on March 1st, 2011 01:36 pm (UTC)
I do like looking at the dresses. :)
Margravine Palavarmargravine on February 28th, 2011 07:50 pm (UTC)
I've never been able to like Natalie Portman (outside of Leon) and I wasn't sure why. Then I decided that she just seems like that well behaved, perfectly polite girl who other childrens' parents hold up as an icon to their own less perfect children. "Look at Natalie's perfect clean sneakers. Why can't you keep your sneakers clean like Natalie does?"

Meh on Natalie.
amazing vaguely humanoid armadilloperson: srs businesscryptid on March 1st, 2011 12:06 am (UTC)
Yes, she really is quite a role model. :D

(Not that I care one way or another if people like or dislike Natalie Portman; your comment just happened to juxtaposition with that video in a slightly lulzy way. :) )
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Eddie Izzard: So ... yeahscoradh on March 1st, 2011 11:13 am (UTC)
She has a totally meh forehead, too. :P
down the hills and round the bendsnorton_gale on February 28th, 2011 08:38 pm (UTC)
I actually like Natalie Portman, but you crack me up. :D
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: halowrites: pink heart biscuitsscoradh on March 1st, 2011 11:14 am (UTC)
So do a lot of dudes, weirdly. Thinking man's totty, apparently. Yet no man admits Anne Hathaway or Zooey Deushanel to be the runaway beauties that they are. WEIRD.
Merit: ST Sulumeritjubet on March 1st, 2011 11:21 am (UTC)
I don't get that either. Anne Hathaway or Zooey Deushanel are stunning.
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every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Fooish: rainbow umbrellascoradh on March 3rd, 2011 12:00 pm (UTC)
It's one of those things.

I'm not saying it's not wonderful or whatever subjective things people are saying, it's just unusual for a British, non-tragic film to score big at the Oscars. It'd be like Terry Pratchett winning a Booker.
Sereniaserenia on February 28th, 2011 10:40 pm (UTC)
I was really disappointed that Geoffrey Rush didn't get Best Supporting. He is one of my favourite actors ever! I did hear that the other guy who won was amazing, though.

Hey, I have an Oscar, and I wasn't even in a movie! Mine chucks a lot more than the little gold ones, though. XD
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: halowrites: blue random thingscoradh on March 1st, 2011 11:14 am (UTC)
Aw man, I love Geoffrey Rush. He is the coolest dude to ever wear pants.

I think it's an adorable name!
Ria: stone stepskessie on March 1st, 2011 12:02 pm (UTC)
A friend of mine alerted me to this article by Nataile Portman where she likens eating meat to sexual assault. (It's towards the end of the article.)

Just... no. No. :(

Edited at 2011-03-01 12:02 pm (UTC)
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: halowrites: orange birdsscoradh on March 1st, 2011 02:36 pm (UTC)
Yeah, people have GOT TO STOP diminishing rape in this way. I mean, I get the argument, but present it differently ftlog.

When they come up with a vegan thing that tastes like a bagel with cream cheese and bacon, I'm all over it. My main beef (lol, see what I did there?) about vegan/vegetarianism is that I don't like vegetables.
ex_oddishly on March 1st, 2011 01:33 pm (UTC)
I also have a sneaking suspicion that, were it not for Prince William and Kate Middleton's marriage this year, the King's Speech would not have done nearly so well.

Nuh uhhhhhhhhhh, dude! Are you seriously serious?! I mean, if you're arguing from the AMERICANS LOVE THE ROYALS and everyone loves a wedding POV, well, if you say so -- but that film is wonderful! I don't think it had a single undeserved award, truly :) Also, ALSO, just to be contrary: &natatlie portman;

PS omg omg, my email fail is dire /o\ Story of the latest crush, does it continue as it was when you mentioned him first?
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: True Blood: sparkle?scoradh on March 1st, 2011 02:40 pm (UTC)
I'm probably biased in the direction of The Social Network. I just think it was a better film - better shot, better script, better acting. The King and Queen came off so snotty in TKS, which, fair enough, I guess they were; yet Mark Zuckerberg is a failure as a human being yet I still enjoyed watching Jesse play him a hell of a lot. It's petty, but I keep coming back to the last scene on the balcony where it's so obviously greenscreened. I did tear up at the end ... none of the nominated films I saw were bad, but they more they were hyped, the more I meh'd.

lololol, I was like '... who? Yours?' I guess to a small extent, but my focus has been so wholly work the last few weeks, what with not being paid, discovering how much I hated the job I didn't get paid for, and trying to plan escape routes, that I barely did my hair, let alone crushed on dudes.

Speaking of ... how's the beach? :PPP
ex_oddishly on March 1st, 2011 03:14 pm (UTC)
Ahhh, see, I just don't understand the hype around that one! I mean, I'm not denying that I enjoyed it, because I did very much -- I just don't understand where it got all those nominations from? Idk, as much as Jesse Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield are A+++, those were not especially challenging parts to play, imo. Maybe I need to watch it again ...

And, mmmmmm, yeah, I didn't get the snotty *g* Bertie could be a spoilt brat when he wanted, I'll give you that, but I honestly thought Helena Bonham-Carter trod the line between formality and -- well, snottiness, so very wonderfully ...

(I really should have emailed you instead, um.) Girrrrrrrrrrrrrl. Are you definitely not going to get paid for ALL THOSE HOURS /o\, then? Is there NOTHING that can be done? Argh argh argh I WISH you didn't hate your job so much! Did you come up with any escape plans of merit?

And finally, aha, yeah, the beach. I decided not to go in the end ... I just don't want to be Just Friends with him, um. And now I have come full circle to, well, I would rather be friends than not friends! but I am also not above wearing short dresses and high heels around him throughout Easter. YEAHHHHHHHH DEALING WITH THIS LIKE A REAL ADULT \o/