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    Leaving Neverland

    I've been thinking about the extent to which the recalcitrance to acknowledge and accept that MJ was a true pedophile stems from his original start as a beloved and adorable child star. It's so easy to think of pedophiles as being so out there, so weird, so "other," that it just brings a lot of cognitive dissonance to see that little kid singing "A-B-C" and think that he grew up to be a pedophile. But acknowledging what appears to be the truth in this case is actually a good illustration of the fact that these people have to come from somewhere. MJ's story is obviously an extreme in so many aspects, unlikely to be duplicated again (fortunately), but I think there are also lessons in there about the cycle of abuse, the problems when family members and associates bury their heads in the sand, and the danger of not listening to your gut instinct and thinking "so-and-so would never do that."
  2. The thing that really guts me about this Luke Perry/Mick Jagger re-air is that you can see that Mick Jagger already looked ancient way back in 1993, but the reason it's getting aired is because the young vibrant guy is the one who died, from a stroke no less. (Not that I want Mick Jagger to die any time soon, but you know what I mean.) "Mick, you ignorant slut!"
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    S44.E15: Idris Elba / Khalid

    Although I enjoyed the conceit that Leslie refused to be on first-name terms with Che, I can't really believe that there is a real personal reason why she did this bit with him instead of Colin. It might have been that because discussing her funeral was a bit dark it worked better with Che so she could leave out the sexual flirting without making an issue of it in the bit. I think it was just a camera blocking issue. Pete was on Colin's side when he was on (and I think he usually is when on WU), so it was more expedient to put Leslie on Che's side when she came on soon after.
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    Leaving Neverland

    One of the things I thought was very telling in terms of how Robson and Safechuck describe what they experienced is that they both used the phrases "have sex," "perform sexual acts," "our sexual relationship," and so on, rather than (accurately) saying "Michael raped me." It just shows how hard it has been for them to come to grips with the fact that it what MJ did to them was abuse, assault, and rape. And how hard it is for all survivors of child sexual abuse.
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    S44.E12: Halsey

    Lara Flynn Boyle?
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    GBBO In The Media

    https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2019/02/friendship-files-great-british-bake-offs-selasi-and-val/581578/
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    The Annual Grammy Awards Topic

    And now we have QUEEN Dolly showing up to her own tribute to show these young'uns how it's done.
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    The Annual Grammy Awards Topic

    I wonder if they expected Gaga to win this category too, and hadn't planned for the event that one of the nominees who isn't there actually won. (But I'm thrilled "This is America" won!)
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    From Across The Pond: Royal Weddings and Scandals

    I refuse to click on the link and give them more page views, but I'm sure that any (pseudo)analysis of Meghan's handwriting is complete rubbish especially given that she has worked as a calligrapher in the past, and all other evidence when she has signed her name in visitor books, written on bananas (really), etc. indicates that she has lovely handwriting. These parasites are just jealous.
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    Figure Skating

    We need to be careful of survivorship bias in this, though. We know well of those skaters because they were the few whose bodies were able to withstand that level of training. Far more young girls' bodies wouldn't, though. When a 13-year-old is rewarded for doing multiple triple axels by being named US national champion, it only encourages other young skaters to try the same, when it likely isn't appropriate or healthy for them.
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    S01.E08: Pride & Joy

    Clearly the birth order and differential treatment of the two daughters played somewhat into how their personalities eventually developed, but it is also evident that practically from birth Elizabeth was dutiful and serious, and Margaret was narcissistic and spoiled. Can you imagine if the birth order had been reversed, with Margaret as heiress presumptive? Who knows if the monarchy would have even survived.
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    Tidying Up With Marie Kondo

    This is where the show really failed - there was never a good explanation that Kondo's methods and philosophy are rooted in Shinto. I'm not saying it should have been a show about her religion, but there likely would have been less mockery and confusion if it had been spelled out at the outset what her blessing of the house, the thanking of items, and such are based on. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/?icid=hjx004
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    Figure Skating

    Agree with those who see that Alysa is obviously talented but aren't that thrilled about her winning last night. Sorry, but I just can't get excited about a win by someone who hasn't gone through a single ounce of puberty, and isn't eligible for junior worlds, but yet is somehow allowed to compete in the "senior" ranks. I just don't find it artistic to see a child doing jumps that are likely going to ruin her body because she's doing them so young. Let's see how those triple axels hold up over the next 3-5 years, and then we can talk. US gymnastics obviously has its issues but at least they enforce the birthdate rule and only let gymnasts compete domestically as seniors when they meet the international age minimum.
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    Figure Skating

    Exactly - seeing the reaction from the skating community being so supportive of Coughlin, trashing SafeSport, and disregarding the victims shows that they have learned NOTHING from the Nassar saga in gymnastics. So what if he seemed like a nice guy? THAT'S WHAT THEY DO. No guy's going to come up and say, "Hey, can I be alone with your daughter/son? I'm a sexual predator." The original reaction from many in the gymnastics community (including USAG) to the first IndyStar article about Nassar was to trash Jamie Dantzscher (since even though she was anonymous, it was easy to figure out who Jane Doe was from the info in the court filing), but lo and behold, she was telling the truth! The same people who don't want a "rush to judgement" against the accused are so often the same who rush to trash the reputation and question the motives of accusers.
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    Figure Skating

    I watched the TSL video last night, and while I get that they needed to be a bit vague about who "Jen" was and what her connection to the Coughlin case is, the story of her primary connection being that both she and Coughlin trained at the OTC in the early-mid '90s seemed a bit strange given that he would have been only 10-12 years old at that time. Would SafeSport really have been investigating his conduct at that age? It really made me wonder if she was actually being honest about being questioned in the case - perhaps TSL got a tip in that regard that led them to remove the video. I think the point that SafeSport goes through a process of evidence-gathering before suspending someone is important (and that it's not just an automatic step that's taken as soon as someone files a complaint with them), but "Jen" was not a good interview and whatever the reason, it's best that they took that video down.
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    Tidying Up With Marie Kondo

    When I had only seen the first episode, which unfortunately featured that annoying couple who essentially distracted from the presentation of the KonMari system, I didn't follow the theory of "thanking" the items you are discarding because it wasn't explained well. But after watching the whole series, I realized that what's she's really doing is asking people to consider their relationship to items - if you have no use for an item, and it doesn't make you happy, then why keep it in your life? And maybe also getting people to realize that if you are clinging to an item for a sentimental reason or to remember someone or an event, getting rid of the item doesn't get rid of the memory (and in some cases, holding on to the item may actually be keeping you from moving on). Rather, it's best to curate a small selection of the most special items so that they are featured, rather than having a mountain of stuff in which nothing special gets to stand out. I think her overarching point is that at the end of the day, you can keep what you want, but have a way to either store or display it so that your environment makes you happy, rather than making you feel weighed down by the extra "stuff" in your life.
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    From Across The Pond: Royal Weddings and Scandals

    Also, when it comes to Edward's patronages specifically, he has lately been taking on more of Prince Philip's patronages and programs with Philip's retirement, since it's understood that he will eventually inherit the Duke of Edinburgh title. Since the Queen was patron of the National Theatre, not Philip, it also makes sense that she would transfer the patronage to Meghan rather than Edward at this point.
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    Potatoe/Potahto: Cast in other Roles

    Leslie Jordan also plays Beverley Leslie (Karen's nemesis) in "Will and Grace."
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    Tidying Up With Marie Kondo

    I almost died laughing when Marie said that she never needed to use a dog leash because growing up the only pets she had were "eel-like fish."
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    From Across The Pond: Royal Weddings and Scandals

    And in this article, ugh - the shade from Ingrid Steward. How dare the Queen give the National Theatre to Meghan and not Edward! Maybe because Meghan was an actual actress, and thus would know more about the theatre and plays than a tv producer? Or maybe she still hasn't forgiven him for "It's a Royal Knockout?" *eye roll* https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2019/01/10/meghan-markle-is-taking-over-two-queen-elizabeths-gigs/?utm_term=.f6fff1463136
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    S08.E07: Italian Week

    We're all uncouth compared to Mary.
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    Tidying Up With Marie Kondo

    I've now watched episodes 2-5 - the Akiyamas (empty nesters), the Mersier family who moved from Michigan to LA, Margie the widow, and the young gay couple (Frank and Matt). I enjoyed and got more out of all of these episodes/families' stories much more than the first one, so it really is unfortunate that the unlikeable Friend family was first. The Mersiers in particular were just utterly charming - I'd watch 3 episodes just with them! Margie's story was also very relatable to me - although I haven't lost a spouse, I have a lot of inherited items/photos/papers that right now are cluttered and I know that at some point I need to tackle that, and I think some of those themes that were touched on in her episode will be helpful to me. I can see now that they are spreading Marie's "lessons" across the different shows (e.g., it seems like books only started to get addressed in Margie's episode, although she bailed on that to deal with her husband's clothes). But there's so much emphasis on the "what sparks joy for you" aspect, and not enough on, "ok, you've identified what sparks joy, here's how to store it." Frank and Matt went through their books and papers, but then we never really saw how they ended up organizing them. I don't need the shot of them taking their stuff to the donation shop. Then there was the Marie vignette talking about how to store electronic miscellaneous items, but clearly the subtitles were not really keeping up with what she was saying (I don't speak Japanese but it definitely seemed like she said way more than what was in the subtitles). In person, Marie is probably best in small doses. She is just so twee and giggly, and I agree with the poster above that she can come off as an unfortunate caricature of the stereotypical Japanese ultra-girly woman. Really, you don't need to greet people every time you see them with a high pitched, long drawn out squeal. I love Iida the interpreter, though. One of my favorite bits was when Frank asked Marie to define what "spark joy" means in relation to clothes, and Marie let out this squeak of what the item should make you feel like, and Iida said, "I'm not going to translate that cute little sound she made." My other favorite was in the Akiyama episode when Marie was talking about storing Christmas decorations, and she turned to her daughter and asked, "Does this spark joy for you?" and the little girl just dispassionately said, "Yeah." She gets it.
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    Tidying Up With Marie Kondo

    I've only watched the first episode so far, and while Marie seems very sweet and delightful, I honestly didn't think that the Friend family's house was in all that bad of shape, to the point where they would need to hire an outside consultant to help them tidy up and organize (although I realize the primary motivation in this case was to be part of a TV show). Their living room looked fine, the kids' play room wasn't even all that messy, and the main issue just seemed to be Rachel's dislike of doing laundry (for which she already has someone hired to help)? Basically all they did was a spring cleaning and throwing out of old clothes and toys. I just didn't get the idea that tidying up their house was really going to be all that life changing for this family, since it didn't seem like there was that big of a change beyond emptying out the closets and organizing the kitchen drawers. I agree that an episode focused on Marie and her KonMari method, would have been a better choice for the first episode, especially for those of us who haven't read her book (I've heard of her previously through news articles but haven't had a chance to read the entire book yet). That said, I can see the value in using "spark joy" (or similar) as a criterion for whether you need to keep something or not, but that nonsense of saying "thank you" to every t-shirt you throw in the goodwill bin is ridiculous.
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    S02.E03: The Punishment Room

    There's a really big difference between joking about shrimp in the egg rolls and joking about sex and shotgun weddings, though.
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