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  1. April

    [Spoilers] Season 11 Discussion Thread

    WTF is this cover??? Well, more like...
  2. April

    Chit Chat: Season 11

    Trump is a fool who's falling for North Korean state propaganda. I'd call it embarrassing but we've been way past that point for a long while now.
  3. April

    Chit Chat: Season 11

    Oh yes, I remember I was glued to the telly as well that afternoon (my local time). First plane was like "holy shit, how drunk was that pilot??", second plane was like an action movie plot unfolding live before the world's eyes. Then there were reports of two more flights missing, one would hit the Pentagon and the other eventually crashed after a fight with the hijackers. The thing is, I'm inherently sceptical about any conspiracy theory that assumes waaaaaayy too much competence in staging the events as they unfolded that day. Like, everything happened so fast and you'd have to have a ridiculous amount of people involved to fake a bunch of plane crashes in that short time frame. Not to mention all the insane details some people claimed were done like fake phone calls to relatives and then killing those poor souls just to dump their bodies at the scene while other scatter a bit of fake debris or whatever? That's just nuts. I once read an article about how hard it is to translate Trump. It's a real issue. The guy is mangling the English language beyond recognition and his speeches are an incoherent mess. People are believing he's suffering from some form of dementia and seeing my grandma-in-law struggle with that it feels familiar enough to me that I think it's absolutely believable. Not that Trump was ever particularly eloquent but people who've followed his career have pointed out how his speech patterns have deteriorated in the last years. Say what you want about Hillary but at least we wouldn't worry about her starting WW3 while angrily tweeting from a golden toilet.
  4. April

    Chit Chat: Season 11

    People are still believing that old chestnut? jeez
  5. April

    [Spoilers] Season 11 Discussion Thread

    Last hiatus we kept ourselves busy with some thread-specific "fave Shamy moments" votes and related discussions but this year I just don't have the time. :C
  6. April

    [Spoilers] Season 11 Discussion Thread

    What credibility???
  7. April

    [Spoilers] Season 11 Discussion Thread

    That wasn't "the past few seasons" though - that was the "Dark Shamy" era (to keep with the "Dark Lenny" theme of your other thread haha) from roughly S5-ish to S8-ish and thankfully we've gotten over it with the whole breakup thing. Since mid S9 we've gotten pretty much fanfic Shamy goodness with them still being quirky and weird (and thus easy to use for some humour). Maybe Lenny need some sort of quirk that the writers can exploit for stories and jokes cause being ~the normal couple~ certainly doesn't cut it in a sitcom like this. I do think Leonard appreciating Penny for something that comes a bit out of left field would work just as much as it does with Shamy. I mean, they make it work with Howardette who are somewhere in the middle in terms of quirky/weirdness so why not, you know?
  8. April

    [Spoilers] Season 11 Discussion Thread

    That's not the kind of low-key I'm talking about. Actually, I thought their engagement played out wonderfully cause it brought out their feelings in a big way. Penny yelling "You stupid Pop-Tart!" is probably my favourite Lenny line ever. lol No, it's because he's actually saying those things on screen. Like, with Shamy it was all ever about the relationship of the mind so Sheldon saying something about appreciating Amy beyond that is big. Even with the ever so guarded "Does Sheldon find Amy attractive?" question (because the writers were ridiculously cagey about Sheldon's deal ughhhhh) we now got a whole bunch a big moments where he flat out tells her how pretty/beautiful/awesome she looks, not to mention a whole bunch of flirty innuendo and what not. That is why it's big. I just want more equally nice Lenny things on screen, you know? Though since we already got plenty of moments with Leonard mentioning how hot Penny is so naturally I'd want him to say something that's more unusual for him.
  9. April

    [Spoilers] Season 11 Discussion Thread

    My point was that more often than not the writers fall back on that "the nerd got the hot chick" shtick for their jokes. I haven't denied that there are no examples beyond that (just not as many or as prominent than I personally would like) nor did I accuse any Lenny shipper of only shipping them because of the "nerd got the hot chick" dynamic. Look, usually when people ship a fictional couple it's long before they even become an item because as a shipper you see the potential that the couple has together, hence why you're rooting for them in the first place. That's just what shipping is. Sometimes the writers will back you up with all the lovey-dovey fanficy scenarios you could only dream of and sometimes they don't. I'm simply pointing out that for Lenny the writing is certainly lacking that lovey-dovey fanficy feel that I personally would want to see from them. Because, you know, I'm allowed to have positive wishes for Lenny, too, now aren't I?
  10. April

    [Spoilers] Season 11 Discussion Thread

    Thanks for the effort but the lack of big impactful moments here kinda proves my point: it doesn't really happen all that often and if it does it's very low key. It certainly comes down to what hookie said, that it's just the kind of comedy of this show and a gazillion "nerd got the hot chick" jokes in all their variations is kinda what Lenny are stuck with. I wish the writers would finally push their relationship beyond that. Last season they had a moment where Penny made it clear she's often underestimated and her contributions not valued enough (like when a colleague talks over her in a meeting) and I think that could work wonderfully if they'd ever tackle Penny really trying to make a career move (like the bit with Bill Gates but more serious) and Leonard actually supporting her (and not go behind her back) - including saying some nice things about her inner values. Penny can be really smart and determined and hard working and all that and I think it would be good for her to hear that more often than just another compliment about her looks or hotness or whatever.
  11. April

    [Spoilers] Season 11 Discussion Thread

    In addition to what bfm said: The instances where Leonard compliments Penny in a way that hasn't anything to do with her looks are few and far in between. I can't even think of something right now though I guess there has to be at least something in some episode or other, right?
  12. April

    [Spoilers] Shamy: Season 11

    Congratulations!!
  13. April

    Chit Chat: Season 11

    Neil Gaiman made a nice post along the same lines a few years ago that's always stuck with me since: " I was reading a book (about interjections, oddly enough) yesterday which included the phrase “In these days of political correctness…” talking about no longer making jokes that denigrated people for their culture or for the colour of their skin. And I thought, “That’s not actually anything to do with ‘political correctness’. That’s just treating other people with respect.” Which made me oddly happy. I started imagining a world in which we replaced the phrase “politically correct” wherever we could with “treating other people with respect”, and it made me smile. You should try it. It’s peculiarly enlightening. I know what you’re thinking now. You’re thinking “Oh my god, that’s treating other people with respect gone mad!” " http://neil-gaiman.tumblr.com/post/43087620460/i-was-reading-a-book-about-interjections-oddly
  14. April

    Chit Chat: Season 11

    It's not my intention to twist your words but what am I supposed to take away from your post when the topic at hand ultimately is racism in the USA and you're going on a tangent about gingers in the UK? It gives me the impression that you do not grasp the problem with Roseanne Barr's comments and the subsequent reactions to it. It's not about some goody two shoes "everybody has to be nice to each other" kindergarten thing. It's about a prominent person saying very offensive things and the general public, including the company that produced her show, not being okay with it. Since when has "being against racism" become a bad thing? And as an aside, the idea of "well, gingers are bullied in the UK and nobody says a thing" isn't true anymore today either. There's plenty of discussion about it in the media and people complain about offensive language in the UK as well. Heck, I remember one of the show runners of Doctor Who saying that the BBC got a bunch of angry letters because viewers felt the show was making fun of gingers. Turns out said viewers got the scene wrong in which the Doctor was disappointed that he didn't become a ginger after regeneration. Times are a changing and just because things may have been acceptable 50 years ago doesn't mean people still put up with everything now - no matter what side of the Atlantic. Racism still isn't over and I fear it will take a few more generations to fix this (if it even can be "fixed").
  15. April

    Chit Chat: Season 11

    It doesn't matter what you think you see. You don't get to tell a black woman that she's not black enough. She's NOT white. Black people come in many different shapes and shades of brown. Some have lighter skin, especially when there's some non-black ancestry in the mix. Race is a difficult construct and not something you can check with a "you have to be this dark" colour chart. The fact that you think being black in the USA is comparable to being ginger in the UK is just mind blowing but somehow not surprising given your other comments in this thread. You mind want to look up the little thing called "the history of slavery in the USA and its social and political ramifications to the present day". Racism is not the same as being picked on for having red hair.
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