So much intersectionality fail here. I can’t even.
Love from my present home to my future home. Fight on, Boston.
Happy to be joining the Women of Cinematic Arts blog, where I will be writing about women in screenwriting (and maybe some other things, too).
where you’re going through your latest draft of a script and realize that all the notes you were given by the producer’s assistant made your script cliche, derivative, all-out terrible, whatever.
I don’t know who Tiffany was as portrayed by Jennifer Lawrence. I don’t know how come so many women I know liked her character and her part. I didn’t. It isn’t as though young women in roles like that have never won the Oscar. They have. But usually there is more to the person. Cher in Moonstruck was the lead performance. The plot turned on her inner world, her choices, her growth. Diane Keaton as Annie Hall, do we even need to go there? Compare those two — just those two — to Tiffany in Silver Linings Playbook. Even Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side had more going on. — Sasha Stone
Lots of people pass by that freeway intersection anyway. Freeways are our community gathering places in L.A., and I think it’d be great for Angelenos to share a new experience in a place where they spend a lot of time together already. — Mayor Villaraigosa
I’ve been seeing red for the last 24 hours. Here’s why.
Matthew Kennedy, CNN.com:
It used to be that kids got drunk and had fun, and oops she is pregnant, life starts then. Now the girls have figured out they don’t have to be responsible for their actions simply by saying I was raped. She simply had a few pictures of her acting like a teenage drunk on her side.
As reprehensible as this crime is, it likely wouldn’t have occurred had the young lady in question not put herself in that situation. Alcohol tends to make people less inhibited which can sadly lead people to do things they wouldn’t even consider if they were sober. This doesn’t make the boys any less guilty - it’s just frustrating here to see everyone treating this girl like some kind of hero for bravely speaking out when the whole problem could’ve been avoided had she taken personal responsibility for her own behavior.
I hope they ALL learned a big lesson, including the girl. I mean, after all, she did not have to get so wasted either. That’s against the law too isn’t it? Public intoxication?
The victim did almost everything possible to make the crime easy. She’s like the driver who leaves the keys in the ignition. She is a victim. They are guilty of a crime.
Young men need to be taught to respond with outrage toward any girl who becomes intoxicated like the victim. She drank about half a quart of vodka. She refused a ride home from friends. She knew none of the boys well. She vomited and passed out in the street. That type of conduct should result in an arrest for public intoxication. Just leave her in the road and dial 911.
lori santos, HuffPo:
Oh, the poor girl! Such a paragon of virtuosity! Who would expect a sixteen yr old that swills alcohol, uses vulgar language and texts about all of it, while rolling around on the floor, to have to put up with this public naming while she publicly accuses and names the boys that victimized her in a situation she does not recall nor remember! She is very brave and a solid example to all girls of the same age-do not pick up! Let us all know what her blood alcohol was, and the findings of the drug panel, at the time. She is also a shining example to parents of girls the same age, where are your girls?
perhaps they did not spend a lot of time dealing with the girl’s “side ” of the story because she slept through it in a drunken stupor. I mean they will ask her “what happened?” and her reply will be “gee, I don’t know”.
jonatha doe, LA Times:
I’m going to play devil’s advocate here- another very likely situation is that this girl got blasted with her friends, drove to a party, flirted with some guys, and ended up doing something sexual with both of them, and passed out afterward. We will never know whether or not this was the case. What disturbs me, though, is that the comments here are all in support of the verdict based on the scenario that a prosecutor persuaded a jury to believe. Think for yourself. If you were in the position of one of those boys and you knew that this girl was the one who initiated the chain of events, and that she even gave her consent (but conveniently forgot about it the next morning), would you feel alright about having your high school experiences, potential employment, collegiate future ruined over a story so hazy? Think about it- when these kids are out, they will not be able to go back to school, and trying to find a college to go to will be next to impossible. What happens after that? A life of resorting to crime to make ends meet, being an economic drain on society as they recieve government $$$ from your taxes, increased chances of substance abuse… There is no winner in this case. The girl (if her story is true), the boys, the school, and their town will all suffer from this to some degree.
If you lived in a townhouse in a busy part of town and your front door (that has locks) opens right to the street and you leave the door unlocked, and then you get robbed. Now, who is at fault? You, the homeowner, for not locking the door and the perpetrator for robbing the house. I think there should be charges relating to the girl drinking underage, too. I am a feminist so I believe in gender equality in many forms (with the only exception for anatomical/biological capabilities in reproduction); we are all the same species and it is time we start treating each other as the same species. Given that, I think there should be responsibility on the part of the rape survivor. Even at age 14 I knew drinking too much alcohol impairs your judgment and that males tend to be more sexually aggressive than females, due to hormonal differences.
the judge states that alcohol played a factor….the girl was drunk, so she gets off with no personal responsibility. The boys were drunk, but they face personal responsibility. Alcohol played a role with both parties….you cannot have it both ways.
Fuck everyone who doesn’t feel at least a bit sorry for what happened to these kids. First, what they did was horrible, terrible, inhumane, and disgusting. That much is clear. But at the end of the day we should all be feeling sad about the WHOLE situation-the rape of the girl, AND the ruining of all three lives. Kids make mistakes, even extremely huge mistakes, but mistakes nonetheless and I really don’t believe they should keep getting punished when they are in their 40’s and committed the crime more than 20 years ago. I feel sorry for all of them.
Ari Faucett, Gawker.com:
Meanwhile an underage girl drank excessively , but that seems to have been lost in the entire incident, plus that she was allegedly quite the whore.
or not writers conference? the great question of my summer 2013.