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The White Culture of Violence
This is great.
Remembering that people rioted after every big VICTORY while I was at the University of Maryland.
Let me tell you a thing, about an amazing man named Patrick Stewart
I went to Comicpalooza this weekend and I was full of nervous energy as I was standing in line to ask Sir Patrick Stewart a question at his panel. I first had to thank him for a speech he had given at amnesty international about domestic violence towards women . I had only seen it a few months ago but I was still dealing with my own personal experience with a similar issue, and I didn’t know what to call it. After seeing Patrick talk so personally about it I finally was able to correctly call it abuse, in my case sexual abuse that was going to quickly turn into physical abuse as well. I didn’t feel guilty or disgusting anymore. I finally didn’t feel responsible for the abuse that was put upon me. I was finally able to start my healing process and to put that part of my life behind me.
After thanking him I asked him "Besides acting, what are you most proud of that you have done in you life (that you are willing to share with us)?". Sir Patrick told us about how he couldn’t protect his mother from abuse in his household growing up and so in her name works with an organization called Refuge for safe houses for women and children to escape from abusive house holds. Sir Patrick Stewart learned only last year that his father had actually been suffering from PTSD after he returned from the military and was never properly treated. In his father’s name he works with an organization called Combat Stress to help those soldiers who are suffering from PTSD.
They were about to move onto the next question when Sir Patrick looked at me and asked me "My Dear, are you okay?" I said yes, and that I was finally able to move on from that part of my life. He then passionately said that his mother had done nothing to provoke his father and that even if she had, violence was never, ever a choice a man should make. That it is in the power of men to stop violence towards women. The moderator then asked "Do you want a hug?"
Sir Patrick didn’t even hesitate, he smiled, hopped off the stage and came over to embrace me in a hug. Which he held me there for a long while. He told me "You never have to go through that again, you’re safe now." I couldn’t stop thanking him. His embrace was so warm and genuine. It was two people, two strangers, supporting and giving love. And when we pulled away he looked strait in my eyes, like he was promising that. He told me to take care. And I will.
Sir Patrick Stewart is an absolute roll model for men. He is an amazing man and was so kind and full of heart. I want to let everyone know to please find help if you are in a violent or abusive house hold or relationship. There are organizations and people ready to help. I had countless people after the panel thanking me for sharing the story and asking him those questions. Many said they went through similar things. You are not alone.
^ Here is the video of my question to Sir Patrick Stewart
Photos by Eugene Lee, Thank you
Recently read Save the Cat by Blake Snyder. A well known book on screenwriting. In it he shows you how to break down a story using a beat sheet. Breaking the 3 Act structure into 15 beats every Hollywood movie hits and when (what page). I’ve found it to be super helpful. It got me wondering if this could be done for sketch.
Congratulations to The Spoonmissioner, the Grand Prize Winner of the first ever Greendale GIF-A-Thon!
Last year when we were going through all the Progressive nonsense, there was a hashtag going on Twitter, #katiefisher, and people were using it to pass around updates about how the news battle was going and to give Progressive grief (for which grief I will be eternally grateful to you all).
It occurred to me then that even though so many people were working so hard for Katie and me and my family, we weren’t really talking much about her and her life. So I sort of jacked the #katiefisher tag and put up some tweets about my memories of Katie. One of those was about all the cookies that she mailed to me when I was away at school.
It was that tweet that inspired Porter and Kim Mason to suggest to me that we should memorialize Katie by seeing how many cookies we could get sent around between people who love each other.
Part of the reason that I was and am so excited to be working on Katie Fisher Day is that I want to remember Katie, and I want y’all to remember her too.
Everyone has again worked so hard to make Katie Fisher Day 2013 happen, and it means so much to me because it is a very Katie kind of day. She would have jumped all over this.
Hopefully the joy of the day is between the people baking cookies and the people receiving cookies, all of us enjoying their happiness. I won’t take this day to re-eulogize Katie or to try to put me and her in between you and the folks that you love.
Everyone should know, though, that by getting involved and baking and reaching out to your loved ones, you’re remembering Katie the best way possible— by doing for each other the things that she did for me and everyone around her.
TOP REPUBLICANS ON ROMNEY. Pretty much the only political ad you need to see this year.
The Line of Dwarves Of Erebor
My Sister Paid Progressive Insurance to Defend Her Killer In Court
I’ve been sending out some impertinent tweets about Progressive Insurance lately, but I haven’t explained how they pissed me off. So I will do that here as succinctly as possible. There’s a general understanding that says, “insurance companies— oh they’re awful,” but since Progressive turned their shit hose on my late sister and my parents, I’ve learned some things that really surprised me.
I’ll try to cleave to the facts. On June 19, 2010, my sister was driving in Baltimore when her car was struck by another car and she was killed. The other driver had run a red light and hit my sister as she crossed the intersection on the green light.
Reblog this, speak out about this, and exercise financial pressure on the corporate goons and lawyers that make gross inhuman decisions like these. Don’t buy Progressive insurance. If you already have Progressive, take your business elsewhere. Don’t support a company that is willing to defend a murderer b/c it’s cheaper than doing the right thing.
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