Thursday, July 12, 2018

2018 Williams Watch - Serena's In The 'Williamsdon' Ladies Finals

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Serena Williams so far is having a wonderful business trip to London.   Because of a jacked up WTA rule, she lost her world number one ranking while she was on maternity leave and started ranked 453 in the world. 

After the French Open, whose organizers declined to exercise their prerogative to assign her a seed, she stormed her way to the fourth round at Roland Garros before she had to withdraw because of a muscle injury in her serving arm.  .

Williams was given a number 25 seed by Wimbledon tournament organizers that appears to be at this point way too low.  They forgot that the All England Club since 2000 has been hers and Venus' personal tennis playground, and she's proven it so far. that she's probably back at her Serena level A+ game.

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Considering the way she's playing at the moment, she might be back as the world's number one ranked player by the time the US Open happens, and hopefully after Saturday, in possession of another Venus (Williams) Rosewater Dish. 

She's won her 20th consecutive match at Wimbledon and is in her 10th Wimbledon ladies final after beating Camila Giorgi of Italy in three sets on Monday and Julia Goerges of Germany.   

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Serena in that match dropped the first set in that quarterfinal match to Giorgi,,but came storming back to post a 3-6, 6-3,6-4 win to punch her ticket to the semifinals to face the 13th seeded Goerges.

Goerges looked like at the start that she was going to hang with Little Sis, but with the first set tied at 2-2, Serena won the next four games to close out the first set. 

The second set had the same pattern.  Goerges was tied at 2-2, then stepped it up to Serena A+ level to take a 5-3 lead and have the opportunity to close it out on her serve. 

The best match closer in the tennis business failed to do that.  Williams went down in this game 0-40, got it back to 30-40 before a wicked Goerges crosscourt forehand handcuffed her for the service break that Goerges needed to get back to 4-5 with a chance to tie the set.

Goerges promptly handed that service break back to Serena, going down 0-40 and setting Little Sis up with three match points.  This time The Closer handled her business and finished off this game and the match in 1 hour and 30 minutes, 6-2, 6-4.

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Serena faces Angelique Kerber in the Saturday ladies singles final, who she has a 6-2 record against.   
Williams is not only attempting to capture her eight Wimbledon title, she's also trying to become only the fourth mom to win a Grand Slam tournament.

And yeah, should she handle her business against Kerber, it would be Williams' 24th career Grand Slam title, which would tie her Margaret Court's homophobic behind.

Monday, July 09, 2018

Hell Naw, We're Not Gonna Be Nice To Y'all!

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Republicans, did you fools think you were going to be able to oppress, disrespect and abuse the human rights and humanity of people and they were just going to take it?

Y'all been watching too much FOX Noise.  It was just a matter of time before people got tired of your antics and started pushing back. 

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You conservafools had it coming.  Frankly, I'm surprised it took this long.   But then again, stuff don't start happening until white peeps start feeling the GOP pain that non-white peeps have been dealing with for decades.

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So yes, it warms the cockles of my yellow dog Democratic liberal heart to see Mitch McConnell getting protested everywhere he goes in Louisville.  Racist Stephen Miller getting flipped the bird.  Steve Bannon getting called out. and Sarah Suckabee Sanders getting a taste of what she supported happening for LGBT people in terms of recently being denied service at a restaurant, and Trump administration staffers not being able to buy a date.

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And naw Tomi Lahren, you can stop trying to lie on Rep Maxine Waters.   Your Propaganda Barbie azz got water thrown in your face in that Minneapolis two months ago.

The bottom line is that you conservafools have been doing this for decades to abortion doctors and anyone else y'all didn't like, and now that we're treating you the way you have been treating us, you want to call for 'civility'.

Civility?   Frack civility.   You didn't care about civility during the eight years of the Obama administration when you were calling him and his family everything but a child of God. 

You've done the same thing to Hillary Clinton since the 90's, and come to think of it, you attacked Bill Clinton and their daughter Chelsea since her teen years. |

Don't make Moni start pulling receipts to show the people the many ways you conservafools have sinned and are now whining about it. 

You conservafools are political bullies. The only way to deal with bullies and get them to leave you alone is to punch them in the ballot box nose on November 6..

Make them fell the political pain of losing the US house,Senate, state legislatures and eventually the White House.  SCOTUS we'll have to fix later.

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So cry all you want in conservative media about how mean the liberals are being to you conservsnowflakes.    This is past due payback for previous sins.

And hell naw we're not obligated to be nice to people who are gleefully trampling on our civil and human rights and think we're supposed to just sit in the corner and cry about the abuse.

No democracy, no peace to GOP oppressors.

2018 Williams Watch- It's "Williamsdon' Time!

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The third major on the professional tennis Grand Slam calendar started on July 2.  It is one that my fave tennis playing siblings have dominated so thoroughly since they joined the tour in 1999 that I call it 'Williamsdon'.

Venus and Serena Williams domination of this tournament is so awesome that during the 2000's, the only times someone not named Williams won Wimbledon in this decade was in 2004 and 2006.

Maria Sharapova Sharadopa upset Serena in the 2004 Wimbledon final, and Amelie Mauresmo beat Justine Henin in 2006 after Venus was upset in the third round and Serena was sidelined with a knee injury.

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Four times during the 2000's, the Williams sisters played each other for the Venus (Williams) Rosewater Dish in 2002, 2003, 2008 and 2009.

They even won Olympic gold in singles (Serena) and doubles during the 2012 London Games on those same All England Club grass courts

This latest edition of The Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club found Serena seeded 25th and big sis Venus entering this tournament seeded ninth..

Five time champ Venus started this edition of Wimbledon trying to repeat her run to the 2017 Wimbledon finals.  She started a troubling pattern in her opening round match with Johanna Larsson of Sweden in which she would drop her first set, then come storming back to win the match. 

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In her match versus Larsson, Big Sis dropped the first set in a tiebreaker 6-7 (3-7), then took the next two by 6-2 and 6-1 scores  to get to the second round match with Romania's Alexandra Dulgheru.   Once again, Venus dropped the first set 4-6, then came storming back to win the next two by 6-0 and 6-1 scores.

But sooner or later, playing three set matches and doing it the way Big Sis was will catch up with you against a better player, and it did in the third round against 20th seeded Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands.

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Venus once again dropped the first set in this match 2-6, then took the second set in a tiebreaker 7-6 (7-5).. She dropped the third set and the match 6-8 to exit the tournament.

She wasn't the only seeded player to have problems at the All England Club   Ten seeded players went out in the first round.  One of those peeps who had to sashay away from Centre Court in the first round was (heh heh heh) Maria Sharapova. 

Four other seeded players got dispatched in the second round, including 2017 Wimbledon defending champion Garbine Muguruza.  Eleven others joined Venus in the third round including tournament number one seed Simona Halep.

Image result for serena williams wimbledon 2018All this to say that Serena thanks to all those upsets has to be considered a favorite to win her eighth Wimbledon title and her 24th career Grand Slam title.

But first she has to play and get through the matches.

Little Sis faced Arantxa Rus of the Netherlands in the first round, and beat her in straight sets 7-5, 6-3.   Her second round opponent was qualifier  Viktoriya Tomova of Bulgaria, who like Rus, got sent packing in straight sets 6-1, 6-4.

Her third round match was more of a challenge in Kristina Mladenovic of France.   Serena had to work a bit for this one, but still beat her in straight sets 7-5, 7-6 (7-2) in the second set tiebreaker.

That sent Serena to the fourth round, where she will face another qualifier in Russia's Evgeniya Rodina. 

Should she successfully navigate that match, it would put her in the quarterfinals versus the winner of the Camila Giorgi-Ekaterina Makarova match. 

Definitely looking forward to seeing how this second week of 'Williamsdon' plays out.

TransGriot Update:  Serena beat Ridina 6-2, 6-1 to advance to the Ladies singles quarterfinal round and play Camila Giorgi of Italy. 
 

Saturday, July 07, 2018

Trans Men Audition For Scarlett Johansson Roles

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For those of you who presume that trans masculine actors don't exist, prepare to have your mind expanded.

Here's a video in which trans masculine actors are auditioning for Scarlett Johansson roles/ 

Enjoy!

Thursday, July 05, 2018

Scarlett Johansson, This Is A Trans Role You Appropriated, Not A Cis Feminine One

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Scarlett Johansson obviously didn't get the message in 2016 when she took a whitewashed Major Motoko Kusanagi role that should have gone to an Asian actress in the movie Ghost In The Shell.  That pissed off fans of the manga looking forward to seeing it on the silver screen, and the movie subsequently tanked at the box office.

Now Johansson is slated to play trans man Dante 'Tex' Gill in the upcoming crime drama Rub & Tug directed by Rupert Sanders, the same person who cast her in the failed Ghost In The Shell movie. 

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Tex Gill in the1970's and 1980's operated massage parlors in Pittsburgh that served as fronts for prostitution.   Gill also lived his life as a trans man, which is why we're tripping about Johansson getting this role.

Why this latest casting controversy has the trans community pissed off is because once again, we have a cisgender actor playing a transgender role.  In this case the actor has an unrepentant history of cultural appropriation

Two high profile transgender actresses in Trace Lysette and Jamie Clayton took to Twitter to put Johansson and Hollywood on blast for it.

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"Oh word? So you can continue to play us but we can't play y'all?" Lysette wrote on her Twitter feed in reaction to Johansson's casting.  "Hollywood is so fucked.  I wouldn't be as upset if I was getting in the same roms as Jennifer Lawrence and Scarlett for cis roles, but we know that is not the case.  A mess." 

"And not only do you play us and steal our narrative and our opportunity but you pat yourselves on the back with trophies and accolades for mimicking what we have lived,"

Clayton echoed the same thoughts in her Twitter commentary about the jacked up casting .
"Actors who are trans never even get to audition for anything other than roles of trans characters.  That's the real issue.  We can't even get in the room.  Cast actors who are trans as non trans characters, I dare you."  
Trace and Jamie are both correct.  If the same reciprocity in being cast for cisgender roles was regularly extended to transgender Hollywood actors, we wouldn't be complaining about this casting of Johansson now. 

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But the equitable Hollywood casting for trans actors isn't happening at this time, and Hollywood casting directors, directors and studios know it.  To add insult to injury, cisgender actors are getting awards for doing so while perpetuating a 'men in dresses' stereotype that leads to trans women getting violently assaulted while Hollywood pats itself on the back at awards time. 

And now Hollywood is handing trans masculine roles to cis women that should be played by trans masculine and nonbinary actors.  This is also reinforcing a stereotype trans men have to constantly fight in that they are really butch women.

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Johansson poured more gasoline on the casting controversy by dismissively citing actors who have gotten awards for playing trans characters in a weak attempt to defend herself.

"Tell them that they can be directed to Jeffrey Tambor, Jared Leto and Felicity Huffman's reps for comment," Johansson said in a statement obtained by Bustle.

Naw boo boo kitty, not gonna work.   Even Tambor recognized the problem with casting cis people in trans roles when he accepted his second Emmy in 2016.

 "I'm not going to say this beautifully: To you people out there ... please give transgender talent a chance. Give them auditions. Give them their story," Tambor said in his Emmy acceptance speech. 
"I would be happy if I were the last cisgender male to play a transgender female," he added.
The bottom line is that trans actors are beyond sick and tired of not getting fair shots at auditioning for or getting roles written for cisgender people.  But you cis people get cast all day for the limited trans roles available with the weak excuse of 'we need a box office name to help this movie get made'.

Tangerine didn't have a box office name when they cast trans actress Mya Taylor as Alexandra.  The movie that cost $100,000 to make made $924,793 and received several awards, including a Spirit Award  for Taylor.

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Don't even try to peddle the 'we couldn't find a trans masculine actor' lie.   Let's see, there's Scott Turner Schofield, Ian Harvie, Chaz Bono, Emmett Jack Lundberg and nonbinary actor Ellie Desautels for starters.

So naw Scarlett, this Tex Gill role is made for a trans masculine actor.   What's going to happen with you in it is the same thing that happened to Ghost In The Shell.  Your appropriating appearance in it will cause this film to get boycotted and tank at the box office.

If You Want Trans TV Shows, Gotta Watch Them

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When I was growing up in the 60's and 70's, there were very few Black actors on television or TV shows that told stories from the African American perspective.

Anytime that we had a show that featured a Black person, like Star Trek and Nichelle Nichols,  Diahann Carroll's Julia, or the Flip Wilson Show, it was Must See Black TV.

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My Black community understood that ratings mattered, and if we wanted to see more Black TV shows, it was imperative that we supported the shows that were on the air.

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Julia and the Flip Wilson Show later led to The Jeffersons, Sanford and Son, Good Times, and What's Happening.   It  set the stage for the shows we would later see in the 80's and 90's like Cosby, A Different World and Living Single.

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It would also give Black actors the opportunity to draw paychecks for being on a successful series, and parlay that into other TV and movie work as they continued to blaze historic TV trails while slaying Hollywood stereotypes about what Black actors could and couldn't do.

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We have trans actors in Hollywood who need and deserve to be able to make a living plying and perfecting their craft. We are also in the trans community more than sick of cis actors playing trans people when we have trans masculine and trans feminine people who are more than capable of playing those roles.

We trans peeps are also capable of playing cis masculine and cis feminine characters if just given that opportunity. 

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That is why the FX series POSE is a critical to the future of trans actors in Hollywood as Nichelle Nichols playing Nyota Uhura on Star Trek paved the way for the shows of the late 60's and 70's to feature Black actors. 

POSE has five trans actors with major roles in this show in MJ Rodriguez (Blanca Evangelista) Dominique Jackson (Elektra Abundance), Hailie Sahar (Lulu Abundance), Indya Moore (Angel Evangelista) and Angelica Ross (Candy Abundance) 

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In addition, POSE has Our Lady J as a writer, Leiomy Maldonado as a choreographer for the ballroom scenes and Janet Mock as a writer and producer of this show set in the New York ballroom community of the late 1980's.

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I've enjoyed watching POSE.  This show deserves your support not only because it is well written and well acted, but it's potential to like the programs of the 60's and 70's that gave us the Black TV shows we watch today, could potentially act as a springboard to do the same for transgender actors, writers and producers in Hollywood. 

Ratings still matter and are the lifeblood for television shows.   They determine whether TV shows have long multiseason runs or die in one and done fashion.   It is why people who claim that accurate trans representation in the media is important to them, take some time out of their Sunday evening (or whenever they can binge watch or stream it) to tune into FX and watch POSE.

POSE's success could also lead to more studios being willing to take a chance on producing more trans themed TV shows with trans actors in them, along with trans people writing the scripts. 

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So let me repeat this once again.   If you want to see more trans themed shows and trans actors on your TV screen, it is imperative that you support shows like POSE.