“You see, people’s lives don’t follow structure and we don’t go an a journey. We don’t cross thresholds, we don’t meet goddesses and we don’t return to our villages with elixir. We may occasionally be heroes and sometimes villains but mostly we’re just people… Truth is we’re mostly extras. — Dan Harmon”—(via llehctim-rolyat)
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Dan Harmon:I want to communicate. I'm going to step forward holding my hands in a non violent manner and I say, "Guys you are us, we are you. That means you don't want to do this either. Let's not do it together and we'll have twice as much a chance at that working. Of that working. You're probably drunk too a couple articles and prepositions aren't going to bug you. I wait for your answer take all the time you want." I step back.
Spencer:In unison the four draw their weapons.
Dan Harmon:You’re a fucking dick, Spencer! And you were born a dick and you’re gonna die a dick! You’re vindictive and you’re petty. This is why people don’t like Dungeons and Dragons! They think of nerds as being these people with all this anger welling inside them and they take it out on dice and things or they...Maybe we should go out on a football field and fuck each other up! If that's what you want! If you like pain! If you like discomfort LET'S GO PLAY FOOTBALL! You know this is supposed to be about fun! I don't wanna die! It's Mother's Day! She loves season four [of Community] If I die she won't even care! She won't notice! She was quoting lines I wasn't even there! She won't notice! She only knows I exist because of the fucking television and she's going, "Oh that was a good one!"
“We’ve burnt women at the stake, we’ve drilled holes in people’s heads. So much has been done wrong by powerful people in the name of religion. It’s not religion’s fault, it is powerful people’s fault. They will abuse anything you give them. If you replace religion with science or money, rich, old, white people are gonna burn women at the stake, they’re gonna do it for whatever reason, they’re gonna do it because they hate women.”—Dan Harmon - Harmontown Episode 56 (via bittersongs)
“In a world where we team up on specific words like “retarded” and the “N-word” and go, “OK, we’ll get rid of these words cuz these things are like abracadabra. If I say retarded enough in the wrong way the retarded people… are gonna be even more retarded. If we eliminate the word, retardation will go away. Uhh uhhh, not that it should because they’re amazing people and it’s language that’s the real handicap.” Meanwhile, people who say words that have no meaning at all are actually actively oppressing people and causing things that result in people being physically hurt. And they get away with it because their words are porridge instead of having any flavor. …Porridge shouldn’t be synonymous with lack of flavor. It gets a bum rep.”—Dan Harmon, Language is Thought and Spiders are Black People (via supercurtisman)
“I’ve told you this story, right? About me falling sleep one time…I was twenty-four, I had a girlfriend, and I was staying at her place and we were asleep, naked, and I woke up and there was a sound of what I thought was like a moth had gone into my ear. I was laying on my left side, and something that sounded like a one man band uh, was in my brain. And I jump up naked and I’m running around the room screaming, and she’s laughing cause she thinks it looks hilarious. But I hear ‘Brrrrrrrrrrr!’, it’s that loud, and it’s freaking out, and I’m trying to hit my head and get it out. And I’m punching myself in the ear, and she’s like, ‘What are you doing?’ and I’m like, ‘There’s a moth! There’s a fly or a bug in my ear!’ And it was so loud, and it was nonstop ‘Brrrrrrrrrr!’, like a beating, a flapping on my eardrum, and I punch myself in the head as hard as I can, dazing myself and the bug….I just dazed it and stunned it for a while. And it starts going again…and she turns a light on, but I have to turn my head up to the light, which makes it feel like gravity is going to bring it further into my brain…I was told later that if that happens, if a bug gets in your ear, pour alcohol in there. Like knock it out, get it drunk, fuck it up, at least then the insanity will stop. But I’m just losing my mind and punching myself. And she takes some tweezers out and tries to get it, and at long last, and it takes a long time. We’re both nude in the bathroom in the middle of the night. And she’s like, ‘We’ll get you to the hospital’, but I’ll be insane by the time we get to the hospital, I seriously will lose my mind, it was freaking me out. And the noise was so loud, and now it’s scrambling around and I feel the sensation of it burrowing in, it’s going the wrong way…so she gets my head up this way to the light so the ear is pointing up, and she manages to put the tweezers down my ear, and manages to get half way into my brain and pulls out a spider the size of a nickle. And it flies out and we both scream, because it’s quite alive and it’s pretty scary looking. And it hits the ground running, so I barefoot, just go WAM! and stamp on it with a size thirteen and a half barefoot foot, and I lift up my foot, and it just shrugs it off and gets up and keeps running…..so it just fell down my ear, and they say that we eat lots of bugs in our sleep and don’t know it, but I finally managed to kill it, and for the rest of the time that we dated, which wasn’t long, she kept putting fake spiders in the bed, just to be I believe the word is ‘asshole’. And it’s the worst. I used to sleep with like a pillow on my head and stuff. It’s terrible. So now sleep tight everybody.”—Jeff B. Davis (via because-i-win-and-you-lose)
“Here’s the one thing I want to say, is that I grew up in Pakistan, and […]—look, Americans have this assumed sense of security, which is a huge privilege, it’s a luxury, and most of the people in the world do not have that. I know I didn’t have it. And there were bombs in Iraq today, and 42 people died. And I’m not saying this to make this [Boston’s] tragedy smaller, but when you read about a bomb happening in another part of the world…try to remember how it felt here.
You read about bombs all the time, like bombs in Syria, and it always just goes off of you, you think it’s like some other world—but that’s the world! People are living their lives there, and they love their kids, and they love food and have favorite ice cream flavors. So just remember how awful this [Boston bombing] is, and how even now you are so distant from it, and how it happens to people all over the world.”
Pleasant discovery for today is Dan Harmon’s podcast; It’s pretty good and quite hilarious! They have a roundtable discussion about the Boston marathon tragedy, and I was worried at first at how it’s going to be addressed with comedy, but it’s actually done quite well and with much honesty (The reasoning behind the “I HOPE IT’S A CRAZY WHITE GUY!” consensus is thoughtfully explained), especially about the larger implications beyond the event itself.
And they’re discussing Zardoz right now, and the batshit insane description is actually moving me to find and see it!!!
It feels like an extended radio-play of classic Community :)
Just in case though, they talk a bit about bombings and violence, so head’s up if those are triggering. Also, filthy language for the delicate-eared :)
Dan Harmon's (Abridged) Discussion on Gender and Sexism
Dan:Do you think that, I'm trying to think of a way to phrase this without loading it, because it's easy to be politically correct, and we can talk about how unfair the performance world is to women, and I'm not saying it's not, but I want to figure out a way to actually, intelligently vivisect that and look at the beating heart of what's happening. Erin and I were talking about this: women, without even knowing that we're doing it, women, unlike men, who just...men, it doesn't matter if we're handsome, doesn't matter if we're ugly, doesn't matter what we are, doesn't matter what role we occupy, doesn't matter if we have a bad back, doesn't matter if one of our legs doesn't work, it doesn't matter. Our role in the world is to kind of, want, and like, shoot out torpedoes, and try and either fail or succeed, and I think that women on stage, when women are performing in anything, no matter how enlightened the venue, no matter what the case...it's like there's a fucking tightrope you have to walk as a woman because the most progressive, PC, super modern, metrosexual, futuristic Blade Runner-thinker is still, before he's even thinking of it, he's thinking of a woman as a woman and there's, the way Erin put it is something like: if you're THIS they're disappointed in you, if you're THAT they're disappointed in you, the only way to describe it is a tightrope, and I don't know what it's a tightrope between, really, but it's like you're doing some kind of balancing act all the time.
Fedora:Well, I feel like you addressed that with Genevieve last week, when you were talking abut her reception on the reality show she was on, about something Kevin Smith said to her about "Oh, you're a girl and you like comic books."
Dan:I mean, that was insane to me. I don't want to give myself some kind of Alan Alda medal. My thing is always, like, the same way with alcoholism or racism, I want to cut everyone off at the pass and go, "Fuck, I'm a misogynist, I'm a sexist," and here's why: because I don't want to have that conversation where it's like, "Are you or aren't you all this bullshit?" And I think the thing that gets me in the most trouble is that I think... why am I talking about myself with this? Because I don't want to sound like I'm on a soapbox, I don't want to rush to judge, but I thought in that moment that was a very odd thing that happened, where she actually got the better of this guy in this debate, and in the edited context of this thing, the first thing he said is, "Gotta give props to a chick who can correct a dude on Frank Miller." It's like, holy shit, we're nerds, we're down at the bottom of this valley, and there's still, down here where Gollum lives, male Gollums are still going, "Props to that pussy man! That pussy was good at knowing which fish to eat raw!" It's like, what? We're all Gollum down here. That was really weird to me. [...] I pontificate all the time about race, and it's much easier to obsess about race than it is about gender, for me anyway, I think because of the relationship I have with my mom, because women: sometimes you want to have sex with them, sometimes you don't, in between there's 8,000,050 things. There are women who, like, you can objectify them without knowing that you're objectifying them, and then even if you can get through that hurdle, then everyone else's weird objectifications of women come into play. So if you were a guy and you respected a woman that you worked with, and you were like, "Oh, she's really funny, I really like her, I want her to be my friend," it's like, then on the other side of that, there's all this like, it's crazy! Is that a problem that we solve or do we accept that that's the case?
Fedora:I think it's something that we always keep in mind and strive to understand, and hopefully change sometime.
Dan:...Yeah, I don't know, it's a weird epiphany to have at 40, where it's like I'm not going to be able to do anything about it anyway.
Fedora:That's not true, because you had a lady on the show and you talked about how, as a lady nerd, she got talked down to by Kevin Smith, who I would love to admire and respect as an artist, but then says shit like that.
Dan:I mean, off the cuff though, he doesn't even know he's saying it. [...] I mean, if he did come out right now, bro down with the cho down, like whatever, we're not going to be like, "We brought you out here to take you to task!"
Jeff:Let's not bring him out.
Fedora:I even feel like that's a conversation he'd be willing to have, about like, "Oh, yeah, so I didn't really...", like, he'd continue this conversation with us, rather than just try to defend himself.
Dan:I don't know, speaking as someone who's been on Twitter, and had people tweet at me being like, "Uh, point of honor, episode 3 of season 2, so-and-so made this joke-" and it's like: you can't help but like, the definition of your humanity, you have a certain amount of loaded guns out there, otherwise, who are you? If everything that comes your way, you're like, "Oh, I see your side immediately!", you can't help but go, "Okay, first of all, why is this person full of shit." I'm just speaking to that hypothetically, like, "Let's have Kevin Smith on and talk about gender and that one comment he made on that reality show!"
Fedora:Well, I'm not suggesting that's something you should actually do, what I was saying is that I don't think he's that guy all the time, at his core, I know he's not a misogynist.
Dan:I would go so far as to say I don't think ANYONE is that guy. I think that ANY of us from ANY perspective at any given time, we could accidentally [be that guy].
Fedora:[...] That's all I had to say, I just wanted to say I'm glad that you had a lady on the show, and that made me happy.
Dan:She was swell, and you know, that was Erin. Erin found that show, and Erin identified with Genevieve, and the Erin tweeted Genevieve, that was all Erin. And Erin comes up here and takes a punch to the ovaries every week and walks that tightrope for all women. And she has her own podcast, This Feels Terrible, where she talks about relationships, and I live with her, so I know that she'll get an email from somebody going, "Uh, regarding your interview with so-and-so, I think you did a huge disservice to blah blah blah when you said blah blah blah," and she'll get all wound up about it, the same way I would. It's like, half the people are calling you liberated for saying something, and then the other half of people are going "You just fucking Uncle Tom'd all women!" It's pretty complicated, and thank god for my little wiener.