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Chevy Chase quits Community and other stories

Chevy Chase quits Community and other stories

More bad news for Community. First, Dan Harmon getting fired, then season four pushed to February; Now it seems Chevy Chase has quit the show. It isn’t a surprise of course, Chase was already disgruntled and in trouble. But Community definitely won’t be the same without the racist, sexist and creepy Peirce Hawthorn.

The nominations for this year’s Bad sex awards are out and The Guardian has some excerpts here. Some of them made me cringe and some of them, well, I didn’t really know it was about people having sex. I’m not even kidding.

The folks over at McSweeney’s did a great job of explaining the meaning and uses of punctuation marks. I love that they say the semi-colon “is actually a very masculine mark, due to its origins in the business of truck driving, erections and firearms.”

In the wake of news about the two girls from Palghar who were arrested for putting up a facebook status about the bandh following Bal Thackrey’s death, here’s another story that brings social media and responsibility into sharp focus. Allister Alpine is seeking libel damages over incorrect and defamatory insinuations that he was linked with child sex abuse from 20 ‘tweeters’. The opinions are completely split over this issue. Most people believe it threatens freedom of speech and some believe that people must be responsible and held accountable for what they say on a public platform.

– Sharanya

Why I will never be a reading snob again

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Why I will never be a reading snob again

Someone once told me that she would never take my advice about what book she would read next. Her argument was that I was too judgemental and choosy, that I re-inforced the snobby lit student stereotype.

She can have the last laugh though. Last year, I bought a second hand copy of Lady Chatterley’s lover because I wanted to read that rebel book that changed the very definition of female sexuality. I ignored that voice in my head that said “But you’re not a fan of DH Lawrence.” (It’s true. When I was 16, I tried reading my mother’s copy of Sons and Lovers and the first page gave me a headache that stayed for a week). I bought the book and I was all set to recommend it to all people who didn’t care either way, when I was done reading it.

The first chapter was…difficult. Still, I was a lit student, if I couldn’t go through this, who would? I laboured on. Oh my god. This was really something else. By chapter three I was coming up for air every three seconds. This. Book. Made. No. Sense. At. All.

Well, it made some sense. Lady Chatterley’s Lover is about the 19-year-old Lady Constance Chatterley who is doomed to a life of no sex because her husband was crippled in the war. Bummer, but you know, this was the early 19th century and women were not really as sexually liberated as they are today. Not Lady C. She wants some all the time.

The first half of the book alternates between Constance’s desperate “physical and sensual” needs and a lot of boring conversations around a fireplace. Her husband’s friends are all pseudo-intellectuals who frankly sound like total pricks. Whatever. Contance just wants to get lucky. She hooks up, briefly, with one of the pseudos. That doesn’t last.

Finally, we reach the place where she spots the gamekeeper. It’s evident that she has a new object of desire. By this point in the book, I was just about stopping myself from blacking out from boredom and irritation. She gets with gamekeeper man and for a while I’m almost relieved because she doesn’t gaze sadly at herself naked anymore but indulges in some serious dirty time. (In the 19th century that meant you wove flowers into a man’s chest hair. I actually laughed out loud at this bit.)

In between all this, you don’t get to feel sorry for the poor Mr Chatterley. He’s busy indulging in some mommy fantasy with his nurse. Good for him.

When I finally finished reading Lady Chatterley’s Lover, I lay for a full minute wondering what had happened to me. Then to clear my head, I picked up my roommate’s copy of The Sands of Time by Sidney Sheldon.

Awkward sex and Aamir Khan: Should you bother?

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Awkward sex and Aamir Khan: Should you bother?

Over the past week, I watched two new shows that have stirred much controversy, Here’s my take on them.

Girls

HBO’s new show Girls is about four girls living in New York City. There is a fat girl with an awful boyfriend, a pretty girl with an overly kind boyfriend, a virgin and a whore. Yup, friend group staples, of course.  Leaving the race and nepotism issues aside (because I don’t care about that), here are 5 reasons you should give HBO’s Girls a chance

1. If you like smart dialogues like “My medium baggage is that I bought four cupcakes and just ate one in your bathroom.” “What I’m having is a physical and inappropriate reaction to my total joy for you and your self discovery.”“I do explore, and right now I’m seeing this guy and sometimes I let him hit me on the side of my body, so…”

2. The characters, sometimes and in some moments, are completely believable.  20-year olds that deal with situations in a very insecure yet defiant fashion. Plus the protagonist is a chubby writer (ding ding ding).

3. If girl-centric shows are your guilty pleasure. (Every week I hate myself for watching New Girl and 2 broke girls, but I watch it anyway. This one’s a much better option.)

4. Lots of awkward sex. Finally, television acknowledges it. Finally.

5. It’s not Sex and the City

Satyameva Jayate

Aamir Khan’s much-awaited, much-debated, show airs on multiple channels in multiple languages. Two episodes down, here are 5 reasons, I watch Satyameva Jayate; you can use your own discretion with this one.

1. The cheesiness of the opening sequence and the overly emotional song at the end, though annoying, don’t take away from some of those stories the people on the show have.

2. We’ve forgotten that television still is a medium to create awareness. We might not care for the format or the set (that brick wall is eyuck) and the show may not change the world, but it might at least spark a thought in the minds of India’s large population.

3. Sure, NGOs and activists have been fighting against female infanticide and child sexual abuse for decades and now, just because a celebrity talks about it, it’s going to make a difference. I agree. But you cannot grudge Aamir Khan for using his ‘celebrity status’. At least he’s trying to do something with it. Bollywood has a major influence on us and sometimes, unfortunate as it is, it takes an Amitabh Bachchan to say “go get polio vaccines” for people to listen.

4. I’m a pseudo-cynic. I hope things will get better, and I hope someone will make it happen and I want to give this show that chance. Sure, many shows before have debated social evils, sure. But for whatever reason (they were English language shows, on channels that didn’t reach the masses, they didn’t have celebrities) they haven’t had an impact the way Satyameva Jayate has had. (I’m talking here, of course, about the Rajashthan government approving a fast track court for female feticide cases). Yes, he gets paid three crores, yes, there are aspects that aren’t focused on (What are the names of these illegal abortion clinics? And what is to be done when the parent is the sexual offender?) but he does get a lot of things right like…

5. The workshop at the end of episode two, where Aamir Khan teaches kids to differentiate good touch from bad, something most parents fail to do…wow.

– Sharanya

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