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?
When you’re a kid, you want to fit in. The last thing you want is to stick out like a sore thumb. When you’re a redhead, you stick out whether you like it or not.
Though I am proud of my red hair now, there were many times as a kid that I wished that my hair was another color. It took many years and a lot of work, but at nearly 40, I have come to love my hair.
Today is National Redhead Day. Thanks to this day, How to be a Redhead and three of the characters below (which is a short version of a very long list), I appreciate my hair in ways that I did not in the past.
Zelena-Once Upon a Time (Rebecca Mader)
Zelena is a redheaded badass because she knows what she wants and she goes after it. Though she may not (at least in the beginning) care that she is hurting others, it is her confidence and her one-liners that makes me proud to be a redhead.
Mera is a queen in every sense of the word. But instead of being the standard female royal who waits for things to happen (i.e. rescued from the big bad), Mera takes charge of her own life. She is also unafraid to stand up for what is right, even if that means going into battle.
It takes a strong woman to be true to herself in an era when a woman is supposed to be meek, mild and subservient to her husband. Demelza Poldark (nee Carne) may have been born a miner’s daughter, but she has not forgotten who she is. Though she is a member of the upper class through her marriage, Demelza is still a tough as nails working-class girl who is intelligent and more than capable of standing on her own two feet.
I am going to end this post with a quote for anyone who has ever felt like an outsider. It’s time to not care what others think and embrace who we are.
“Why fit in when you were born to stand out?”-Dr. Seuss
Disclaimer: I know nothing of the cannon Aquaman from the comic books, this review is strictly based on the movie.
When a character is torn between two worlds, he or she must make a choice. It is that choice that defines who they are.
In the new movie, Aquaman, (based on the comic book character of the same name) Aquaman/Arthur Reed (Jason Mamoa) is caught between two worlds. His father, Tom Curry (Temuera Morrison) is an ordinary man who manages a lighthouse. His mother, Atlanna (Nicole Kidman) a Queen of Atlantis. While they are in love and happy to have a life together, the reality is that there are opposing forces to their love.
As an adult, Aquaman/Arthur Reed knows that he is born of two worlds. While he plays the super hero game, he is not ready to accept that he is a Prince of Atlantis. Then Mera (Amber Heard) comes to him and begs for his help. Mera is a member of another royal family of the sea and engaged to Orm (Patrick Wilson), Aquaman/Arthur Reed’s younger half-brother. Orm not only has his eye on the throne, but he is angry about the destruction of his world by pollution.
Can Orm be stopped and more importantly, can Aquaman/Arthur Reed find his place in the world?
I am not particularly a fan of super hero movies based on comic books, but I loved this movie. Jason Mamoa was tailor made for this role. I appreciated that the female leads (Mera and Atlanna) are bad ass and far from the sexualized, 2D romantic partner/damsel in distress female characters that often appear in comic books. I also appreciated the message about pollution and doing our part to ensure that we do not destroy our environment.
Though, I have to admit that the choice of hair color for Mera for me, as a redhead, is a little questionable. While I understand that Mera is a redhead in the comic books, I would have preferred a more natural red instead of a red color that looks like it came from a kool aid container.