There is nothing like the energy of a Presidential election season. Regardless of who is running, there is a feeling in the air that only comes every four years.
As a life long Democrat, the last 3 1/2 years have been nothing but pure political torture. It felt like this country was on a downward spiral that would never end. Then Joe Biden announced last week that Kamala Harris would be his running mate. It finally felt like the sun was starting to peak out from behind the clouds.
The Senator and hopefully future Vice President is the subject of Randy Rainbow’s latest video. Entitled KAMALA! – A Randy Rainbow Song Parody, Rainbow uses the title song from the musical Camelot to express his joy (and our joy by extension) that she is in the race.
The thing about politics and the political game is that it is incredibly easy to become cynical and hopeless. But when there is a candidate like Harris who is able to remind us the possibilities, then we are reminded that there will always be a sliver of light in the darkness.
Satire is often the only way to release stress and anxiety.
Speaking of satire, Randy Rainbow has released his new video.
Entitled “KAVANAUGH! – Randy Rainbow Song Parody”, the song is a parody of the song Camelot from the musical of the same name.
The latest news in regards to Judge Kavanaugh is that a second accuser has come forward. Deborah Ramirez has stated that he exposed himself to her at a party when they were in college.
Granted, one could again say that at the time, Judge Kavanaugh was young, drunk and stupid. We all do stupid sh*t when we are young and drunk. However, this is the second woman to come forward. At this point, I wouldn’t be surprised if more women came out of the wood work, accusing the Judge of similar acts.
The Judge has two young daughters. I wonder what he and the other male Senator who are trying to push his confirmation through would say if their teenage daughters came to them and admitted that they were sexually assaulted by an underage male classmate who was clearly very far into his drink. If I was a betting woman, I would say that they would react differently than how they are reacting now.
The hero or heroine’s journey is a common narrative. For some, that journey is the rocky road from youth to maturity.
The television series Merlin (2008-2012) told the story of the young man who would become one of the greatest wizards in mythology. Starring Colin Morgan as the titular character and Bradley James as the future King Arthur, Merlin is initially a servant in King Uther’s (Anthony Stewart Head) Camelot. As time goes on and Merlin grows up, he will become a friend, a companion and a trusted adviser to the man who will be known as King Arthur.
I wasn’t a huge fan of this series, but the fact that it lasted four years says something about the quality of the program.
The myth of Camelot usually incurs images of King Arthur and his loyal knights. While there are women within the Camelot myth, they are forced into the usual roles of the virginal good girl and the bad girl witch or sorceress with little to no shades of grey in between.
In 1987, author Marion Zimmer Bradley turned the spotlight on the women of Camelot in The Mists Of Avalon. Morgaine (formerly Morgan Le Fay) is the older half sister of the man who will be King Arthur. Gwenhwyfar (formerly Guinevere) is torn between two men: Arthur and his cousin, Lancelot. The plot also centers around the older generation: Morgaine and Arthur’s mother Igraine, and her two sisters, Lady Morgause and Lady Vivianne, the Lady of The Lake.
In 2001, The Mists Of Avalon was turned into a TV movie. The cast included Julianna Margulies as Morgaine, Samantha Mathis as Gwenhwyfar, Caroline Goodall as Igraine, Joan Allen as Morgause and Anjelica Houston as Vivianne.
The book is quite hefty. What I liked about it is that while it kept much of the basic story of King Arthur intact, the story is completely different when told from the point of view of the women who are closest to him. There is also an element of reality as the author threads in the traditions and beliefs of the local population as Christianity slowly takes hold of the island.
I did enjoy the filmed adaptation. As with most filmed adaptations, certain parts of the novel were edited or removed completely, but that is to be expected.
While I recommend the movie over the book, the book is still decent read.
Words, words, words... well said Hamlet! A little blog to go off on tangents within the worlds of history and literature that interest me. From the Tudors to Tom Hardy's Tess, or from the Wars of the Roses to Wuthering Heights, feel free to browse through my musings to pick up extra ideas and points for discussion!