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Alan Turing was a mathematical genius who, along with a team during the early days of WW2, broke the Germans’ ‘unbreakable’ Enigma code, enabling the Allies ultimately to win the war. His designs and theories, moreover, set a generation of inventors on the road to the modern computer, pretty much creating life as we know it today. He was also gay.

The kicker was, even after Turing’s revolutioary work turned the tide of a WHOLE WORLD WAR, the British government persecuted him for being a homosexual—criminal at that time in the UK—and chemically castrated their own master code-breaker. Turning then killed himself and was only awarded a posthumous pardon from Great Britain LAST FUCKING YEAR. From the year of his conviction, 1952, until 2013, the man who practically single-handedly broke the Nazi’s codes and created the groundwork for today’s computers was a criminal.

So, what does the biopic show? LOTS and lots of well-costumed WW2-era Benedict Cumberbatch as the prickly, brilliant Turing, who’s just a bit different than his jolly colleagues—played by a who’s who of contemporary handsome British character actors, including Branson from Downton Abbey (Allen Leech) and Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance). Thankfully in this story of a famous and persecuted homosexual, Keira Knightley plays the OBVIOUS love-interest in this story with a tragic twist; however, that specific twist is BARELY MENTIONED AT ALL, except for queasy, vague allusions to Turing’s character having “secrets,” and, in a tortured voiceover, possibly “not fancying [Keira Knightley’s character] that way.”

That’s fucking awesome, y’all! There’s no way a queer audience would want the story of one of the few acknowledged heroes from our community who had a profound, hands-on effect on modern world history (meaning, that all of us aren’t now speaking German now because the Nazis lost) and then got truly and profoundly fucked over by his OWN government for the TRUTH of his queerness to ADDRESS that betrayal or even face the main character’s homosexuality WITH THE WORD.

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Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing Trailer Obscures Queerness for Heroism (via perscitia)

Oh for fuck’s sake, really? They’re really going to leave out the GIANT TRAGEDY OF THE STORY OF ALAN TURING!?

Are we not living in 2014? Did we somehow travel back in time to a period when historical characters had to be closeted IN MOVIES ABOUT THEM?

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ravynfuckingfrost:

mymodernmet:

On April 8, 2014, Philadelphia Zoo welcomed three new little ones to their home as a Black-footed Cat named Aza gave birth to an adorable litter of kittens. The first ever Black-footed Cats ever born at the zoo, the kittens— named Drogon, Rhaegal and Viserion—are little, black-footed felines native to southern Africa.

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I read a lot of fantasy/sci-fi books from the 70's and 80's and it seems to be a rule that they have to have at least bad sex scene and they can't get into too much detail omg I live for bad sex scenes in old fantasy books I read one a couple days ago where the guys' boners were called "need"s I was crying
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linksoppa:

metafictional-bomb:

Just a completely normal, healthy relationship. Nothing to see here.

I doubt he’d alter his conjunx’s memories, but maybe he’s read them in a possessive fit of jealousy to find out more about Rewind’s life with Dominus?

sweeology:

So i ordered Round Table today online and in the “special instructions” i wrote “draw your favorite attack on titan character”. This is what i got…

gayobamafanfiction:

blorgblorgblorg:

maxofs2d:

Hahaha

"Men’s Rights" activist and self-proclaimed philosopher Stefan Molyneux pretends to be a woman posting a positive comment on his own video “debunking” Frozen but completely fails at account switching

amazing

Men do things like this a lot

knightless:

dapperpants:

knightless:

knightless:

The tears of the people upset over our new female Thor gives me life and I’m not sorry.

It’s kind of hysterical to me because some of the comments are of the “Thor wasn’t a woman in the original myths so why the hell are you making him a woman?” variety. I’m legitimately having flashbacks to when the first Thor film came out and Heimdall was being played by Idris Elba. There were so many people who were getting all upset because Heimdall was said to be the “whitest of the gods” in the Eddas (and there’s actually debate over that translation, anyway), and apparently because of that, a black man shouldn’t be portraying Heimdall.

I just kind of want to take everyone who thinks like this and smack them upside the head. I mean, Marvel just used the original myths as a starting point and built from there. Marvel’s comics are not the Eddas, and people really need to stop trying to use the Eddas as justification for being upset over casting they don’t agree with.

It’s like Elementary all over again.

Thor is typically described as red-haired, but nobody complained he was blond in the comic/movies.

Thor is the husband of Sif, but nobody complained when that wasn’t the case.

Loki isn’t Odin’s adoptive son, but nobody complained about that.

YOU DON’T NEED TO STAY LOYAL TO THE SOURCE MATERIAL

(AS LONG AS EVERYONE REMAINS WHITE STRAIGHT AND MALE)

Bolding in the above is my doing because truth.

"Never trust the living!"

Beetlejuice (1988)

obshasatumbleriguess:

Date night. Saw Maleficent. We have decided the moral must be, “It’s not rape if her three grandmas say it’s OK.”

(It is funny how this version acknowledges how awkward that whole situation is.)

I appreciated that the point of deviation from the original was that Maleficent sent out her only competent underling FIRST instead of waiting 16 years. THAT was the point where it veered away from the original story: The point where she defied the Surrounded By Idiots trope.