Anonymous asked: what is your favorite swan queen scene? do you think that lana and jmo's chemistry is just as good as angie and sasha's?
My favorite Swan Queen scene is the one at the diner for the welcome back party. I think I like it because, out of all the times we’ve seen Regina apologize for snapping, Emma is the only person to ever accept the apology.
As far as chemistry goes? It’s different. It’s an apples to oranges thing. Harmon and Sasha have a natural chemistry that is very energized and organic. It’s there in every scene whether anyone wants it to be there or not because the actors themselves are naturally touchy, feely people.
Lana and JMo are not as naturally touchy, feely, so their chemistry isn’t that strong, outspoken kind of thing. It’s an undercurrent, which adds to the overall angst and drama of the series.
I don’t think that one is better than the other. I think they both have good and bad qualities to their chemistry.
I’d really appreciate it if you’d stop randomly coming up with scenarios in which I embarrass myself so badly that I can never be seen or heard from again.
Do you recall the time you made me randomly start thinking about how much of an idiot I’d look like if I ever met Kate Mulgrew? Do you? Do you remember how I was terrified I wouldn’t be able to look her in the eye or say actual words, thus enforcing for her whole “Trekkies have no life” thing?
When I finally managed to get over that, you made me have the same thought about Jeri Ryan, except I couldn’t take my eyes off of her chest, thus enforcing the whole “Trekkies have no life” thing, but in another way?
Do you remember when you’d make the thought cross by that, should I ever meet Sasha Alexander or Angie Harmon in person, I wouldn’t be able to form sentences thus making me look so stupid they’d wonder how it was possible I managed to walk around without falling over air? Do you remember that?
When I finally got you to stop with that scenario, you started throwing up the scenario of meeting Tess Gerritsen, and I somehow manage to sound like I had a malfunctioning brain? Yeah? I remember that, too, because sounding like I had absolutely no intelligence conversational skills at all when speaking with a bestselling author would be more embarrassing than looking like I lacked hand/eye coordination in front of a couple of (talented) actresses.
Then I finally get you to stop with that scenario, and now you’ve started with a new one where (inexplicably) I run into Lana Parrilla, and (I don’t know how) I manage to actually speak with her in coherent sentences, but the only thing I can hear myself saying is, “I know this is going to sound weird, and I realize you are not your character, but could I hug you because I’ve been wanting to give Regina a hug since the start of season 2.”
Yeah… thanks, brain. You suck. You suck so hard. Every single time one of these scenarios randomly runs through my mind, it makes me blush hard, and I can’t get it to go away for what feels like forever.
You and I both know these things aren’t going to happen, and, for God’s sake, we’re getting on up there in age. Come on, brain! Get it together. Can’t we think about non-embarrassing things? Couldn’t we randomly think about good books we’re reading or interesting news stories?
Why embarrassing, not-ever-going-to-happen events? WHY?!
Stop it. I mean it. Stop.
Both the beautiful thing and the ugliest thing about the internet is that it allows us to over analyze everything, to scrutinize it to death. We have plenty of time to pick it apart, tear it down, and look at every single piece, and, because we’re all human, we look at those shattered pieces through a filter of what we think is happening. However, we sometimes forget to step back and look at the overarching picture of everything that is actually influencing something.
I think what a lot of people online see as Harmon (and Janet) queer baiting is actually a misinterpretation of how some people actually interact with each other and the genuine and honest confusion many have as to why something might be considered queer baiting.
Let me explain.
Angie comes from a different place and time than about 90% of her fanbase. She’s older, and she grew up in a predominately white, Republican, Christian community that wasn’t (and still isn’t) holier than thou, but that community creates a very sheltered existence for the people growing up there, and, if you don’t remove yourself from it and educate yourself about things other than the white picket fences of that kind of community, you tend to not be able to see what the cynical people of the internet see.
There’s nothing wrong with that, mind you. Sometimes it’s nice to have people who are innocent about the cynicism in the world.
I grew up in that community, too, and I get it. I have friends that I’m touchy feely with like Jane is with Maura, and my friends and I have never, not once, had a sexual attraction to each other. In fact, every single thing that we all call Jane and Maura out on as being ‘so gay’ I’ve done with my best friend at some point, and, I promise you, the only sexual thing between me and my best friend is the fact we both once bought the same type of vibrator at the same time.
I cannot tell you how many times we’ve had to tell people we’re not dating, but, every single time we’ve had to tell someone “no, we’re just friends” it’s been to someone in the 25 years and younger crowd.
Societal norms are changing quickly, and the (mostly) younger generations tend to interpret things far differently than their (mostly) older generation counterparts. This is why people think Harmon (and Janet) are queer baiting. What Janet writes is a friendship like I have with my BFF. What Angie acts is a tomboy who platonically loves her best friend. What the older generation sees is a really strong friendship. What the younger generation sees are two closeted lesbians.
I tell you now that neither Harmon nor JTam are doing it on purpose. At least, they’re not to the extent that we on the internet seem to think. Rizzles isn’t going to happen not because Harmon and JTam are just being bitches. It’s not going to happen because the characters up on the screen are straight and written as such. They’re just written as straight based on the understood norms of the generation now in their 40s who were raised in upper middle class affluent neighborhoods as opposed to being written as straight according to what the younger generations have come to know as acceptable behavior for people not in the closet.
Look, if you follow me AT ALL, then you know I have my criticisms of Harmon in general and JTam’s writing, and you know that I love the Rizzles pairing. In fact, I’m willing to bet you found me because of my fan fiction, which is mostly Rizzles (with a little Swan Queen and J/7 thrown in for fun). I clearly am in support of the subtext interpretation of the show, but I accept that it is just that. It’s an interpretation. It’s not the reality of what the show actually is, and I don’t hold it against anyone who doesn’t support the pairing. That includes the actors and executive producer.
We of the internet are often far too quick to yell and scream when we see what’s clearly ‘obvious’, but we don’t always really look at the finite details. Janet writes the show, Harmon acts in it, TNT airs it and does most of the promotion, Warner Brothers owns it and makes the big calls, and the whole thing is based off a series of novels written by Tess Gerritsen, but you’d never know it unless someone told you that.
I’m not saying “just settle and be happy with the bones thrown your way” because I don’t think there are bones being thrown our way. Fight for lesbian characters that represent us up on the screen. Fight to keep Calzona happening. Fight to get characters up there that show who and what we in the Community are really like, but be smart about your fights. Be knowledgeable about who you’re fighting against and who you NEED to fight against.
Fight with the production companies who would rather show two hot women making out on screen to get the straight guys off than show a loving, married lesbian couple. Fight with the exects who hire their pals over talented writers and producers who happen to not be male, white, or straight. This is a fight where those at the bottom have to fight those at the top. We can’t start at the bottom and work our way up on this. You have to start with the production companies, not the writers. The writers ultimately have to do what they’re told, and the actors are paid to act out what’s in the script.
You want to really get to the meat of who is in charge of queer baiting on any show? Then you need to turn an eye to the production houses. Start with the source.
And anyone who wants to tag Harmon or JTam and show this to them to tell on me can go right ahead. I stand by what I say here.
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