It’s Pride Month! Yup, there’s a lot going on in the world right now so I wouldn’t blame you if it flew over your head. With the protests happening across the globe, it’s a good time to remind us all that Pride began as a riot against police brutality on the LGBTQ+ community, and it was lead by queer black women. So, no. Pride is not cancelled. More than ever, this is a time we should spend echoing and amplifying what our LGBTQ+ ancestors were fighting for at Stonewall in 1969.
In light of what is going on in America in 2020, we could all take a step back and remember lessons taught to us by the integration of the Peanuts gang. It began with Harriet Glickman, who was an African American school teacher. She died in March of this past year. Glickman contacted Charles Shultz in 1968 after the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. because she was concerned with race relations in the United States. She expressed her concern that there were no African American children in the Charlie Brown cartoons and in that same year Shultz introduced a little black boy named Franklin to his cast of characters.
There has been outrage recently over the unwarranted police killing of George Floyd. #BlackLivesMatter has been trending, and many have taken to the streets to protest the injustices that African-Americans have faced with the police in recent years.
"He has made money off his 'Good News' program while people are dying, laid off, can't get food, etc. Smart, John." Someone tweeted. "This is a sellout move made on the backs of fans who contributed almost all of his content, and he’s not even going to keep doing it..." writes another twitter user, "never forget the rich live in a completely different world and do NOT care about us."
It is safe to say that in the past decade, Netflix has created an online entertainment empire. With over 3000 movie titles available in most regions (and new ones being added every day), as well as around 700 Netflix Original series (so not even including the ones they licence from other networks), there is certainly no slowing down for the streaming giant.
Born in 1874 by a group of young artists in Paris who were exasperated by the recurring rejection of their works from the official Salon, Impressionism was controversially perceived with intense humiliation in its fledgling days. Thirty disaffected painters, pioneered by Claude Monet, decided to independently organise their own exhibition so as to display their novel ideals on art to the general public. Their work was greeted with both curiosity and scepticism by the public and utter disdain from the popular press. As the bullseye of the scrutiny, Monet's painting Impression, Sunrise (c.1872) sparkled a mocking critic with a name for the group that stuck: "Impressionists".
Once solely the domain of children's entertainment, nowadays, a lot more effort goes into making cartoons enjoyable for all ages. A big part of this is a lot more thought going into certain characters, their feelings and motivations.
If you're anything like me, you don't need to be in quarantine to be on your 100th run-through of the great family classic The Office (US). I have to admit, though, it wasn’t until about three years ago that I watched this series for the very first time, so I was a bit late to the party. But you know something? I am eternally grateful that I didn’t see this show when I was growing up, because I know I would never have appreciated it the way I do now.
As social distancing measures continue to (rightfully) be a mandatory practice in numerous countries, many strive to feel some kind of human connection through various social media platforms. Whether it be succumbing to downloading the House Party app so you can demonstrate your amazing drawing capabilities with eight of your closest friends or tweeting incessantly at a celebrity because they just might be bored enough quarantining in their 20 acre industrial complex to give that tweet a "like."