It’s a good question. How can you tell when something has outlived its usefulness?
This could easily be a post about some of my most recent dating disasters. The Pirate immediately comes to mind, since obviously I wasted way more time on that non-relationship than was necessary. Interesting, since I didn’t mourn the end of things with the Bartender or question it nearly as long as that, even though I was much more invested in him.
But today isn’t a post about relationships. It’s about words.
Ok… maybe not the entire United States, but it is by far the coolest place in Texas. Obviously not by temperature, but in awesomeness. Also obviously this is just my opinion, so take it for what it’s worth. The latest Tinderfella says he wouldn’t move to Houston on a bet because of the humidity.
First of all, I didn’t watch the Super Bowl, so if I’m wrong in my assessment, I will not be offended if you decide to correct me. Here’s what I know: 1) Coldplay, Bruno Mars, and Beyonce did the halftime show; 2) Beyonce released a new song only a few days before the Super Bowl and then performed the new song at the Super Bowl; 3) Beyonce’s backup dancers wore berets reminiscent of the Black Panthers, a relatively militant civil rights group of the 1960’s; 4) Bruno Mars’ backup dancers/singers were dressed more like old school hip hop artists; 5) Coldplay had orchestral and marching band support wearing all the vibrant colors of the rainbow and with a message of love; 6) the whole show is being touted as some sort of new age Civil Rights love fest supporting both the LGBTQ “agenda” and the Black Lives Matter movement.
Number 6 is obviously opinion, but it seems to be the popular opinion, so I’m going to include it as part of my list of facts I know about the half time show.
On the surface, there can be no complaints about the halftime show, given what we know. How can anyone find fault in support LGBTQ rights, or honoring different periods of black history during Black History month while making a positive statement about the Black Lives Matter movement?
I’m finding it difficult to wrap my head around what I have to do today, so I’m going to take a brief moment to say a few words and then (hopefully) get to work. Part of my problem is that my classroom is so cold I can’t feel my fingers. Or my toes. Or my nose. Someone asked me once why I would need a heavy wool coat in Texas; this is why.
Another thing on my mind is the new movie (not quite out yet) called Pompeii. I got to see an advanced screening last night, and I gotta tell you, I was impressed. The fact that it had a half naked Jon Snow was reason enough to get me into the movie, but there was an actual story line. And character development! Yes, between gladiatorial fisticuffs and erupting volcanic CGI, there was a story to be told! And it was good!
The Celt (Kit Harington aka Jon Snow) watched his entire family/village/people be massacred by the Roman army at some Celtic rebellion, and then is captured and put into slavery. Fast forward and we see him as a gladiator in Londinium (not sure if that’s a real place, but thanks for showing me the British as the barbaric outliers instead of the glorious Empire they would be later). He’s sold to be the final battle for a “barbaric” gladiator named Atticus (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) who is about to earn his freedom.
Somewhere in there, he meets and falls in love with the young lady Cassia (Emily Browning), who is being ogled by the lascivious and crazy Roman senator/general Corvus (Keifer Sutherland), the same man who killed the Celt’s people. And in the middle of it all, Mount Vesuvius erupts, causing mass chaos and death all around our main characters as they struggle to escape.
There were gasps amongst the audience members, and when Cassia’s mom (Carrie-Ann Moss) finally speaks up about the evil senator who is trying to force her daughter into a marriage, there were actually cheers! I think the audience was invested in the characters as well as the violence and effects.
I’d recommend it, definitely!
For me, though, it also touched on a subject that tends to be close to my heart: race issues. In a time when race was determined more by place of birth than the color of your skin, the Celt (white) was treated with the same disdain as Atticus (black), and they recognized each other as brothers. They recognized their equality through their trials and tribulations, not through the color of their skin. And that is a beautiful thing.
It is a sign that perhaps Hollywood is finally beginning to use their powers for good, because it was such a subtle thing that it might begin to take hold. There may be a day when race isn’t a major part of American culture. I hope I live long enough to see that day.