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And I bear a list! Sort of. A short list.

1. I will not be getting married in California, apparently. But I wasn't going to anyway, or would have already done it. Because fuck it, I'm already married, and I know this whether the government recognises it or not.

(Besides, I still delight a bit in getting to tell fundamentalists that I'm married, but only in the religious sense. They love that.)

2. My addiction, that is So You Think You Can Dance, has started up again! In case you missed it, there were two men doing ballroom together at an audition and it weirded the judges out. The judges took a knock in the respect department, there. There are times when dance works best from the entwined energies of male and female, it's a sort of yin-yang thing. But don't pretend that men and women actually ARE the energy as presented. And other times there are dances that are most beautiful when done by only women or only men. These two were good together. They went back and forth being leader or follower in this give-and-take of masculine energy that was pretty compelling. But the judges were 'weirded out' by that, and said things like 'one of you should have been the girl'. Look, that's stupid. That's missing the point entirely. Dancing isn't about boys and girls, we're just what the rhythm dresses up as.

3. There wasn't going to be a 3, but I feel a new need to point out that my cat is chewing on my hair.

Date: 2009-05-26 11:31 pm (UTC)
gilded_lady: (Default)
From: [personal profile] gilded_lady
Hey :D :D

1. That does sound like fun. And I wasn't surprised by this at all--the hearings in March showed every indication of the decision going this way. But it won't be the end of this, that's for sure.

2. Yay SYTYCD! That bit of judge dumbness aside, I will say that SYTYCD > Idol in terms of minimizing bad auditions and generally respecting the auditioners.

3. Kitteh!

Date: 2009-05-26 11:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

I think SYTYCD has to be just by nature. Most of the planet thinks they can sing, and somewhere along the line someone told them it's a thing everyone can do. (No, everyone can't.) Most of the dancers, even if they aren't good enough, are people who have taken lessons and trained and perhaps most importantly have been conditioned to rejection. I don't even know how many times our teachers reminded us, "Look, life is a freaking Chorus Line and shit happens. You will get turned down a lot. Suck it up, practice, and show up the next time with a smile on your face," because that's what show business is. So there's respect on both sides, I think.

The worst thing ever is if they had like, some kind of Poetry Idol. Suddenly AI would look like a field of teddy bears. ;)

Date: 2009-05-26 11:41 pm (UTC)
gilded_lady: (Default)
From: [personal profile] gilded_lady
Kitteh is always win ;)

True, but the thing I especially like is how the judges are to certain contestants, like the girl with the spinal cord issue: he's still gave her a good critique and then led the others in a 'you kick ass for doing this' (I don't think I could have done what she did!). The Idol judges would never do such a thing.

Date: 2009-05-26 11:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I liked that his critique was honest, because that's the most respectful thing I think he could do. Though honestly I think the Idol judges might have. I mean, when Scott got voted off that was basically what Paula said. But I don't know--nobody with quite such a severe limitation has been on Idol, I think.

But they are randomly nice to people sometimes. ;) I don't know if you remember the old guy last year--he didn't want to audition for serious (and couldn't have, he was at least 20 years too old) but he and his wife had made a thing of going to the auditions and getting to know the contestants. So he went in and sang "You Belong To Me" and made everybody cry and it was uncharacteristically classy. ;)

Date: 2009-05-26 11:54 pm (UTC)
gilded_lady: (Default)
From: [personal profile] gilded_lady
Agreed w/ the SYTYCD critique, and I think the Idol judges are trying harder, but they still rely on the bad audition far more than they should!

Date: 2009-05-26 11:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
They do rely on the bad audition! It's good tv, or something. Well. Yeah, frankly, it IS good tv. I'm probably a bad person, but it makes me laugh. ;)

Date: 2009-05-27 12:06 am (UTC)
gilded_lady: (Default)
From: [personal profile] gilded_lady
Oh, I'm all for a bad audition, but I just object to being overloaded with 'em, especially when it means that you don't know half (only half, if you're lucky) of the top 36 or however many by the end.

Date: 2009-05-27 12:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Now that's a very good point. It's hard to get attached to the ones who do make it when you don't see anything about them before they get cut.

Date: 2009-05-27 12:09 am (UTC)
gilded_lady: (Default)
From: [personal profile] gilded_lady
I mean, that problem still exists with SYTYCD, but OTOH, they all but said "Hey! Remember Natalie? Remember Brandon? They are tots going to be top twenty this year!"

Date: 2009-05-27 12:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Natalie was amazing this year. :)

Date: 2009-05-27 12:35 am (UTC)
gilded_lady: (Default)
From: [personal profile] gilded_lady
She was! I look forward to seeing her on the show.

Date: 2009-05-27 01:13 am (UTC)
rhythmsextion: ([denver] big gay statues!)
From: [personal profile] rhythmsextion
I watched that episode of SYTYCD despite having never watched it previously and I loved those guys and then was immediately INCENSED by the judges' reactions. Seriously, I was STEAMING MAD. Ugh.

Date: 2009-05-27 08:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah, I was honestly surprised. I mean, you think it's a DANCE CONTEST, you'd think the judges would be used to being around gay men by this point. It's not like it's a stretch.

Date: 2009-05-27 08:32 pm (UTC)
rhythmsextion: (Default)
From: [personal profile] rhythmsextion
Exactly! I wasn't expecting that kind of reaction in a field TEAMING with gay men. Wtf. Talk about a slap in the face.

Date: 2009-05-28 07:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It was WEIRD. I mean really--how long have you been in this business and you've never seen two guys dance? I did it for like one year after college, and I've seen it. Done it. Whatever. :p


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