Tuesday, September 21, 2004
--Added a couple of sites to the side-bar, including Behind the Times, a retro-review site by Rick Gebhardt, Will Pfeifer's blog, and Gaymer, a site for gay video-game players.
--Speaking of the side-bar...how do people feel about the "no lines" look? I'm not sold on it entirely...I thought it would create a "cleaner" look and I think it just makes it hard to differentiate between "content" and "links"...but I hated those stupid transparent bars on the table lay-out, and I couldn't find a way to easily code solid lines.
--So...the Fantastic Four movie...I kind of like the costumes and the make-up/costume for the Thing. If I have to gripe I'd say that they cast too old for Johnny and too young for Reed. And we need to stop pretending that John Byrne and his fans have anything of merit to say on any subject, ever.
From the man himself:
Personal prejudice: Hispanic and Latino women
with blond hair look like hookers to me, no matter
how clean or "cute" they are. Somehow those skin
tones that look so good with dark, dark hair just don't
work for me with lighter shades.
Isn't this the point at which someone should say that
casting a Black actor as Alicia is "interesting" and we
should not pass judgement until we see the
performance, because "the performance is what
matters"? You know, the usual PC bullshit.
From his sycophants:
Apparently, they've cast a black actress as Alicia Masters (I'm sure the director could find no white actresses who could play blind convincingly enough). This somehow manages to lessen my interest in the film, which was nonexistent already.
I AM wearying fast of this self-conscious, politically correct angle they're taking to the material. The Marvel universe already has terrific black characters w/o having to change everyone's race in some hollow, condescending gesture to a cliche.
A black Alicia? Silly, unless she happens to look
white. No, there's no law that says she HAS to be white but she
SHOULD be white.
PC "New Think" doesn't help anybody but if it makes you feel smug then I guess it does what it was intended to do...
Yes, that's right, calling a racist statement a racist statement is "Smug PC New Think!" The John Byrne Forum truly is the last bastion of reasoned discourse on the net!
And the capper, again from Byrne:
What we've seen here
today is an all too typical example of an all too typical
attitude: those who are the loudest to defend their
"freedom of speech" are the quickest to try to slap
down anyone whose "speech" differs from theirs.
The standard "all opinions are valid as long as I
agree with them".
From the man who regularly deletes posts that contradict the "World-According-To-Byrne."