February 2, 2014

"Celebrate the Art, Not the Artist"




Woody Allen is a creep. Terry Richardson is a creep.

I don't think there's anyone who would deny those statements. The poignant first line of Dylan Farrow's open letter is heartbreaking: "What's your favorite Woody Allen movie?" I felt disgusted with myself after reading Dylan's words. My own blog title is partially inspired my Woody Allen and one of my favorite films Manhattan. I've memorized lines from his films the same way people memorize song lyrics. It's something I can repeat to myself when I'm feeling a certain way.

And what does that mean? I perceive Woody Allen to be an artistic hero, but Dylan Farrow sees him as an abuser. The same man who's words calmed me caused anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder for a victim of sexual abuse. While I was excited for an actor being a part of Allen's upcoming movies, to Dylan it was another person who supported Woody Allen's acceptance, an acceptance that silenced her. I am very much a part of a society that ignores sexual abuse in the name of art. I console myself with the fact that at least I recognize I'm a part of the problem, but that doesn't make me feel much better. That's not the point of this though  my guilt is trivial.

It doesn't matter if Dylan Farrow's story is true or not. Yes, there are a lot of weird things about the situation and the video tapes of her at 7 years old are suspicious. But I'm not going to contribute to blaming the victim. As for why she waited over 20 years to speak out? If I were in here position I'm not sure I would ever break the silence. I admire her courage in speaking up in the name of so many other victims who are silenced. The larger implications of this story are what intrigue me because this isn't the first time society has excused a white male for sexual harassment. Dov Charney. Terry Richardson.

Tavi Gevinson brought up several interesting points on her Twitter. The one that really struck me was the concept of celebrating the art without celebrating the artist. I'm able to enjoy a lot of problematic films because I realize that film is a collaborative medium and it's a lot more than one person contributing to the piece of art. However, it feels different with Woody Allen because he tends to write, direct, and act in all of this movies. Is it even possible to separate the two? Isn't the value in most art derived from the artist?

I'm not sure though as I'm still trying to process all of this. The industry  whether that's fashion, music, or film  continues to celebrate people who are genuinely creepy and excuse these people because of their "talent". Even if it was just the art that was awarded, and not the artist, (Best Picture instead of Best Director) it still is contributing to this cycle of silencing the victim. Also see Lorde's tweets and Marina Diamandis' tweets.

I'm not sure what to do. Because I feel guilty for reblogging Terry Richardson photographs & Woody Allen gifs, and wearing American Apparel clothing.

I'm looking forward to the Rookie commentary on this because then maybe I won't be so confused and conflicted.

EDIT: What I'm trying to say is that I wish it was easy to never watch a Woody Allen film again, but I turn to some of his films when I'm feeling lost and it makes me feel at peace. It's fucked up. It's fucked up that the movies I love cause anxiety for someone else. I can't even begin to imagine what Dylan Farrow has dealt with and will continue to struggle with. I know I will never purchase anything that supports Woody Allen, but is there harm in watching Manhattan over and over again on Netflix? I don't know. I really don't know, but it sure as hell feels wrong.

December 1, 2013

Blogmas 2013

One of my favorite bloggers Amy came up with the idea of doing 'Blogmas'. I was already planning on doing Vlogmas, where YouTubers vlog every single day in the month of December, but I think Blogmas would be more constructive. Forcing myself to write a post every day? I'm hoping my writing will improve during this month. It's like NaNoWriMo, but for bloggers. Oh, and next year I promise I'm actually going to complete NaNoWriMo. I don't know why but writing has always been something I want to conquer. I know I'm not the best, but I can't improve without forcing myself to practice as much as possible.

Here are some things I'm excited for in December:
  • Around December 15th, I hear back from the colleges I applied to early. Including a certain one I applied to early decision. It's innervating to play the waiting game when I'm wanting to hear back from my top choice school.
  • Seattle at Christmas - cities during the holiday season are what I live for. 
  • Turning in first drafts for IB. My extended essay draft is due this week and my business internal assessment. It's going to be so nice to truly have a winter break and not have to worry about finishing IB tasks. 
  • Filming holiday themed videos. I need to get back into YouTube and holiday videos are my favorite so it should be easy!
What are you excited for this December? Do you want to see me do Vlogmas as well?

November 29, 2013

Sail Bows Black Friday Sale

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My all time favorite Etsy shop Sail Bows is having an amazing Black Friday sale! My friends Shelby and Bailey make the bows and they're absolutely perfect. They would make perfect holiday gifts for your friends!