Monday, 27 February 2017

Charlie Chaplin

Behind the Screen is a 1916 Mutual Film Corporation comedy short, starring Charlie Chaplin and interesting for its early display of the 'sissy' stereotype. Chaplin plays a stagehand (David) who, along with coworker Eric Campbell (Goliath), finds himself overworked when the rest of the stagehands go on strike. Edna Purviance plays a struggling actress who disguises herself as a boy in order to get work as a stagehand.

Of course, Chaplin uncovers the ruse and wastes no time getting to better know the girl, who is still dressed as a boy... When Goliath catches them kissing he puts on an overtly effeminate act to make fun of them - until Chaplin gives him a kick!

It's a simple miscommunication joke that's as old as time, but it's unusual to see it played out overtly on camera at this time period.

Watch the whole thing on YouTube HERE, or enjoy the story in gif format:


Fainting Fit

Deceit is revealed


Caught in the Act



The End


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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

LGBT+ TV Adverts

LGBT+ TV Advertising in the UK

I've been writing a series of posts on LGBT+ themes in UK sitcoms over on Tumblr - read more HERE - and as an offshoot I started looking at TV advertising. This will serve as a master post for write ups on individual adverts.

 1995. When news of a male/male kiss in a Guinness ad hit the tabloid press the backlash was so strong that the brand chose never to air it. Read more HERE.

 1998. Impulse bodyspray.

☆ 2003. Marmite attracted 71 complaints with their ad featuring a prolonged same sex kiss of life. Read more HERE.

2008. An advert for Heinz Deli Mayo featured a same sex kiss - the company withdrew it after receiving over 200 complaints in six days. Read more HERE.

 2012. Barclays became the first UK bank to feature a same sex couple in a TV commercial with their ad for personalised debit cards. Read more HERE.

 2013. Amazon Kindle.

 2013. Microsoft Outlook.

 2013. NatWest bank ran a super sweet ad featuring twin sisters - one who loved her husband Jeff, and the other who loved her girlfriend Kate. There was no fanfare surrounding it, and little mainstream media coverage. Read more HERE.

 2016. Kellogg's cornflakes.

 2016. Lloyds bank featured a same sex proposal in their 'Your Next Step' advert, launched in March. Read more HERE.

 2016. Sainsburys.

☆ 2016. Thomas Cook launched a 'bold and contemporary' ad in time for Christmas featuring a same sex kiss and a family with two dads. Read more HERE.

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Monday, 20 February 2017

Cute Stuff My Kid Believes

Cute Stuff My Kid Believes

Cinderella is called ‘Maryelle’. I don’t know why.

 The stars are shiny because they’re where princesses and unicorns live, with their sparkly ball gowns and sparklier magic dust.

 We can’t turn the lights on in her room after she goes to bed because it will wake up Baby Samabelle, the doll, and Red Rum, the rocking horse.

 Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' is the pinnacle of human musical achievement. Other singers who are also secretly Swifty - because YouTube's play similar feature makes life easier - include Meghan Trainor, Avril Lavigne, Katy Perry, and Justin Bieber.

 Lack of size perceptions means she thinks she can wear Barbie’s shoes if she just keeps trying to get them on.

 Batgirl has two dads (Jim Gordon and Chief O’Hara) and both of them would be very upset if Batgirl didn’t clean her teeth and put her blocks away. (Trying to be like Batgirl is a full time occupation - she has a cape and everything.)

 All of her many many masterpieces depict Spiderman after the school of crayon scrawl. Including the ones all over my work agendas.

Kids, man.


Saturday, 18 February 2017

The Smoking Room

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Friday, 17 February 2017

Friday Frivolity - Dogs

Friday Frivolity

Take a look at some of these lovely retro canine companions. :D

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Happy Valentine's Day!

Political satire and tickets to a lecture about an historical serial killer. Anthony knows me so well!

I hope you've all had a great Valentine's Day! ♡

Monday, 13 February 2017

Law and Order in the UK

Law and Order

A while ago now I did a series of posts on 'the fic writer's guide to Britain'. I always intended to write one on policing, and law and order more generally, and now seems as good a time as any to finally get around to it! I'll mostly use media examples, and supplement with how things work in the Met (Metropolitan Police Service, second only to the NYPD in terms of size) and my local force, Gwent Police / Heddlu Gwent, which has around 1,350 sworn members.

Mention is made of Scotland and Northern Ireland, but they have seperate systems so unless I say otherwise I'm referring exclusively to England and Wales.

Friday, 10 February 2017

Friday Frivolity - Valentine's Day

Friday Frivolity

It's almost Valentine's Day - and I'm completely unprepared! Not only have I not even bought a card for Anthony, it's also my mum's birthday on the 14th and I haven't sorted out anything for that yet either. I'm still catching up on comments from last week too, along with a bunch of other stuff. I need to spring clean my organisation skills!

Anyway, enjoy these cute retro cards as we gear up for the festival of lurve. :D

Corny Valentine

Finally, here's the most perfect for Marianna. She is obsessed with Batgirl and insists on taking her doll everywhere. Seriously, that doll has a better social life than I do!

Batgirl Valentine

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Shipping Ask Challenge

Fandom Shipping Ask Challenge

I kept seeing this fandom shipping challenge doing the rounds on Tumblr, so of course I had to give it a go!

(If you're not up on the fandom lingo, check out the brief history post I did for last year's International Fanworks Day.)

Friday, 3 February 2017

Friday Frivolity - Groundhog Day

Friday Frivolity

This week we're talking about Groundhog Day! Supposedly the behaviour of a groundhog on February 2nd will predict the weather over the coming weeks. If it's cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow, spring will come early. If it's sunny, the groundhog will hightail it back into its burrow - naturally terrified of its own shadow - and winter will reign supreme for another six weeks.

To my shame, it's only relatively recently that I realised groundhogs actually exist and are not just a feature in a film starring Bill Murray! Still, it is a very good film.

Did you do anything for Groundhog Day? And have you ever thought something only existed in a movie? :)

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Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Heinz Deli Mayo

Heinz Deli Mayo
Heinz Deli Mayo
Heinz Deli Mayo
Heinz Deli Mayo

This advert for Heinz Deli Mayo - ‘Mayo with a New York deli flavour’ - aired for some 6 days in 2008 before the company withdrew it. They received over 200 complaints in that period, claiming the ad was unsuitable for children because it was ‘inappropriate to see two men kissing.’

AMV BBDO, the ad agency who made the spot, said that the concept behind the campaign is that the product tastes so good, “It’s as if you have your own New York deli man in your kitchen."

Nigel Dickie, director of corporate affairs for Heinz UK at the time, said: "It is our policy to listen to consumers. We recognise that some consumers raised concerns over the content of the ad and this prompted our decision to withdraw it.” He added that the campaign for the new Heinz Deli Mayo product, which was due to run for five weeks, was meant to be humorous and that the company apologised to anyone who felt offended.

A number of MPs, including current opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn, supported Diane Abbott’s Early Day Motion in Parliament, asking for Heinz to reconsider their decision. A petition to reinstate the ad was signed by over 12,000 people, but all to no avail.

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