And then I saw that Melissa Fumero had been cast as Amy Santiago on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and I felt my guts roll up into my throat and try to escape out of my mouth. Omgomgomgomg that’s it then. There’s no way in hell a major network is gonna cast two Latina actresses in such a tight ensemble show I AM SCREWED.
And then next day my agents called and told me I’d booked it.
I couldn’t believe it. I had been saying to my boyfriend the night before how there was JUST NO WAY. Normally, The Latina is a singular element of the ensemble she is working in. She’s there to provide contrast, or sexuality, or humor. Or she’s there to clean the floors and/or steal your man. There are some serious stereotypes very much alive in film and TV today, and The Latina is one of them.
Here’s the thing though. The world is changing. Slowly but surely, television is changing. The character stereotypes are changing, or being turned inside out by some fantastic writers and actors (I’m looking at you, Orange is the New Black, Scandal, and The Mindy Project). People of color are on TV playing roles that are fleshed out, complex, human. And yes, some of those characters are maids. Some are sexy heartbreakers there to steal your man. Some own BBQ joints, while some are Chiefs of Staff. Some are prisoners, and some are cops. All are real people with hopes, dreams, ambitions, fears, and all the other vast human emotions and desires…
…This is important. Because young women are watching TV, and they are getting messages about who they are in the world, who the world will allow them to be. And in big important steps, television is showing a reflection back to those young women that YOU CAN BE WHATEVER THE HELL YOU DAMN WELL PLEASE, and that two Latinas on one show is NORMAL. I think that’s a win for everybody.
@gregorynolanphotography: I have such a tough job…
Thank you for these sweet messages, anon(s)! I suspect it is all too likely that Grantaire composes his bad poetry in Greek dactylic hexameter (the presented excerpt is not actually dactylic hexameter in any conceivable language, despite the unbearable Homerisms, but… please be lenient with me)
ROSES ARE RED
VIOLETS ARE BLUE
ALTHOUGH I DO NOT PERSONALLY SUBSCRIBE TO YOUR IDEALS, I BELIEVE IN YOU WITH ALL MY HARDENED CYNIC HEART AND WOULD BE MORE THAN WILLING TO LAY MYSELF DOWN AT YOUR FEET, CONTENT AS ARGOS TO EXPIRE THERE IF IT MEANS THAT THE LAST SIGHT TO GREET MY BERHEUMED EYES WOULD BE THAT OF YOUR WILD AND PROUD HEAD IN THE THRESHOLD OF THAT FANTASTIC PARADISE WHICH YOU CALL THE REPUBLIC
I LOVE YOU
i think we can all agree no-one was prepared in the least for george blagden’s torso
gosh grantaire are you always this loud
Jumping a day late into yesterday’s Les Mis 69 minute prompt for drawing your fave character (although I didn’t actually keep track of time but it felt about an hourish). Grantaire is mine, no surprise . I’m so happy I got a new tablet pen in the mail today, mine broke on Sunday. Huzzah!
Barry X Ball, ‘Purity’, 2008-2011
"Purity, a response to Corradini, is made of semi-translucent stones not traditionally used for sculpture that transcend the limitations of marble to blur the lines between stone, flesh, and cloth. The translucency of the materials creates the illusion of the sculptures emanating light, simultaneously conveying the warmth of human flesh and the diaphanous qualities of a veil. With sumptuous finishes that highlight the sensuality of exposed flesh, Purity is inevitably imbued with eroticism despite its virtuous title.”
1. Golden Honeycomb Calcite
2. White Iranian Onyx
3. Pink Iranian Onyx
4. Belgian Black Marble
-To drink or not to drink?-
-Let me drink till I die.-
So I did the hoarding thing again but you know.
From the West End productions currently running…
There are u/s on for most of these so check out the cast lists!
I’ve also been gifted a Phantom audio by it’s master who has yet to share it with anyone else and mentioned that I could so here’s a bonus for you!
And you know please don’t link outside of tumblr and like/reblog if you download and share with other lovely tumblrers!
For my last batches look here…