I Stand With Moses Ingram

The world of Star Wars stands for everything that racism and hate are against. Diversity, inclusion, respect, democracy, etc are ingrained into this world. That does not mean, however, that everyone in the fandom is immune from the hate and racism in the outside world.

Earlier this week, Obi-Wan Kenobi star Moses Ingram spoke out about the racist messages she has been receiving via social media from a small group of fans who are unhappy with her character’s place in the universe.

Ingram is unfortunately not the first SW actor of color to have this experience. Both John Boyega and Kelly Marie Tran were also verbally attacked by online trolls. They could not fathom that there are more non-Caucasian characters than Lando Calrissian.

Thankfully, both the upper echelons at Disney and her colleagues have spoken up. Ewan McGregor, as both the lead actor and executive producer of the series, released a video in support of his co-star.

As a performer, Ingram is completely new to me. But in the three episodes that have been released so far, I have become a fan. Her performance is brilliant and I cannot wait to see where she will go in future episodes.

The haters can suck it for all I care. I stand with Moses Ingram.

The Verdict in the Depp-Heard Trial is Going to Set Women and Domestic Abuse Victims Back Decades

Domestic abuse is nothing new. It has unfortunately been part of the human experience since time immemorial. What is new is that if someone is accused of abusing their spouse or significant other, they could face jail time.

For the last month or so, the defamation trial of Johnny Depp vs. Amber Heard has captivated both the press and the public. On Wednesday the verdict was announced. The jury ruled in favor of Depp.

The mere thought that this trial had to happen in the first place is disturbing. What I find downright scary is that because those involved are A-list actors, it becomes acceptable. Instead of the accused abuser having their day in court, they could turn around and sue the abused for defamation. This person is given an out instead of facing justice.

Though I have not been following the trial closely, I admire Heard. She is not just standing up for herself, she is also standing up for the millions around the country and the world who are in a similar situation.

As a defense, Depp claimed that his ex-wife’s claims ruined his career. That’s bullshit. He hasn’t made a decent movie in years. If his career is in the ditch because of his choices, he has no one else to blame. Adding insult to injury, Depp’s female fans and some victim’s support groups were extremely vocal in their support of the actor. While they have every right to their opinion, they should have at the very least, listened to the evidence supporting Heard’s case.

We all know that those who are being abused by their romantic partner often remain silent instead of speaking out. The question is, who is going to believe them, and more importantly, will they be able to go to the police and get the help they need?

Flashback Friday: Work Out (2006-2008)

There are very few workplaces in which reality television has not touched.

The Bravo reality show Work Out aired from 2006 to 2008. The follow-up to another series from the network, Blow Out, the program follows Beverly Hills gym owner Jackie Warner as she both runs her business and deals with issues in her private life. As with every program in the genre, there is lots of drama that is supposed to draw the viewer in and keep them engaged.

Back then, it was appealing. It was a mixture of the beautiful people and their problems. Whether or not those problems were real or manufactured for the camera is another thing entirely. But just because I watched then does not mean I would watch it now.

Do I recommend it? Maybe.

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