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The Disgraceful New Trailer for the Alan Turing Biopic
Based on the new trailer for The Imitation Game, the Alan Turing biopic due this fall, it would be easy to conclude that Turing was a wily code-breaking genius whose chief struggle was against his own ego. Riffing on the roguish, Sherlock-y charms of the movie’s star, Benedict Cumberbatch, the trailer frames the movie as a wartime epic and romance between Turing and his contemporary, Joan Clarke (Keira Knightley). For viewers in-the-know about Turing’s sexuality, there are some coy allusions to what’s really going on (“What if I don’t fancy her in that way?”). But it’s not long before we’re back to tender scenes of the photogenic couple in duress.
Turing was briefly engaged to Clarke in 1941—before breaking it off after he told her of his homosexuality. That same sexuality, of course, led the British to convict him of indecency, strip him of his security clearance after his immeasurable achievements during World War II, and chemically castrate him. He died, apparently from suicide, not long after in 1954.
The Imitation Game’s screenplay has already come under fire from a Turing biographer, though in fairness, we don’t know what kind of movie it will be yet. But it is depressingly clear from the trailer that the Weinstein Company, the film’s U.S. distributor, thinks Turing’s story is best sold as an insidiously rewritten version of his life. That’s a deep insult not only to the movie’s potential audience but also to its subject, whose unimaginable treatment by the British has been in the zeitgeist recently after the U.K. government’s posthumous pardon last year. I await The Imitation Game and hope it’ll be an honest, incisive new front into understanding Turing’s true life and legacy, but this trailer and the logic it represents are a disgrace.
— Jeffrey Bloomer
Actually, literally screaming about this. I am sickened that Cumberbatch (or anyone) would agree to be involved in the cinematic straightwashing of a historical hero essentially murdered for his queerness. Sure, “we’ll see how it plays out”, but I should not have to cross my fingers and hope that they’re just playing up the beard for the ticket sales — they should not be playing up the beard for the ticket sales because it is two thousand fourteen.
Close-Ups on Detail of Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman costume for Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice
Okay, the heels are weird.
But I am pretty encouraged. This looks like a Wonder Woman who kicks ass.
It is SO important to SO many people that they get this right. I hope they understand the responsibility they have to people, not just women, all over the world.
Week ending 30 June ‘13
TBH, I’m still laughing hysterically about the Enquirer headline
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“Food doesn’t taste better or worse when documented by Instagram. Laughter is as genuine over Skype as it would be sharing a sofa. Pay attention. Take in nature, hold someone’s hand, read a book. But don’t ever apologize for snapping a photo of a sunrise after a hike, or blogging about the excitement of having a crush, or updating your goodreads account. All of these things are good and should be celebrated. Smile at strangers on the sidewalk and like your friends’ selfies. It’s all good for the human spirit.”—
The Agents of SHIELD cast being very serious and professional at San Diego Comic-Con