Somehow I got onto the topic of TV series with someone (she brought up Gotham) and of course it led to Root and Shaw eventually (naturally, courtesy of me) and at some point it went to BBC’s Sherlock. At which I went instantly, “Nope nope nope. Racist and misogynistic.”
The woman I was talking with is cool, so I knew she could be reasoned with. She didn’t feel it was either, likely because she couldn’t really remember the episodes very well. When I talked about the Chinese episode she couldn’t recall it until several minutes of me describing it, and she wasn’t aware that Moffat was both a douchebag and entirely a waste of space.
I also brought up Irene Adler’s character as being gay in canon and then made to fall for Sherlock. Someone else had come by by this point and he said, “Oh, but it makes it more interesting to make her like a man!”
And I swear to goodness I made the biggest nope face of abject disgust/horror being disguised as feeling mildly put off that I have ever made in my life. (I don’t believe the guy is aware that I’m a lesbian, but regardless, the general level of stupidity is not something I can comprehend.)
Also, as soon as the words “racist” and “misogynistic” left my mouth, this white guy (entirely separate from ‘but it’s more interesting to make gay women like men’ guy) basically excused himself from the conversation and said he was going to head home. Am I overreacting? No, because the conversation strayed a little to something else and he stayed on talking for several minutes more, but as soon as the conversation turned back to, oh, I don’t know SOCIAL INJUSTICES, he was like “See you all later! :D”
And that’s after him saying not five minutes ago that he liked to talk about “philosophy”.
Oh gee, I guess thinking about stuff that a bunch of dead white men said is infinitely more interesting and relevant than the bullshit that we have to deal w — oh, excuse me, I guess YOU don’t have to deal with it so it doesn’t exist.
Also, societal expectations of how gross men can be is disgusting. I had to shake hands with a white guy whose nails were caked with filth/dirt. I mean, seriously? I don’t care WHAT you do… gardening? Landcaping? Construction work? It took me five seconds to look up a video on how to clean your hands thoroughly* (and plus I HIGHLY doubt he does any of that, because there weren’t any calluses when I shook his hand).
*Let’s also set aside for one very small moment that the guy in the video says sexist bullshit.
WIOAFJSOIJFSLKJSDKFJSLKJFJKSJLFDJSDKLFJ. Is there a desk around somewhere where I can ram my forehead against repeatedly to forget for a moment that people are idiots.
In case anyone’s wondering WHY I subject myself to this, it’s because I like playing board games. I played Galaxy Trucker, DC Comics Deck-Building Game, The Resistance, and Coup today. Not really my genre (neither into sci fi nor comics particularly) but the games were pretty alright. Some I’ve played before (GT and Resistance), and others I have not.
There are 2 – 4 players (more with the expansion), but basically you build spaceships within a certain time limit and face the event cards and see if your ship can stand up to the things that the event cards throw at it. The little tokens and pieces are the cutest things ever.
DC Comics Deck-Building Game:
Sort of fun, but as you can see, the Smurfette Principle is in full force. I was also bummed out that I didn’t manage to get Wonder Woman into my deck or even any of her equipment. Unfortunately since I was the world’s biggest Gary Stu (i.e. Batman), there were certain cards particularly useful for me — particularly, equipment (instead of super powers) since, you know, that’s all Bruce Wayne uses canonically. I had a couple of super power cards but there were no bonuses to it for me.
A deductive game involving an informed minority (i.e. spies, and they’re aware of each other’s identities, and make up approximately a third of the players) and an uninformed majority that try to root said spies out.
I kind of like it because I get to point at people and say “YOU’RE A SPY!!!!” if I’m one of the “good guys”, and I get to lie to people’s faces when I’m one of the “baddies” (it’s really fun making someone trust me when I’m actually a spy).
And this may be the best game of Resistance ever, even if Scags is really bad at it:
Ashley had the logic down pat, and I don’t know if Wheaton sucks at Resistance or if he was just trying to be a “good host” and including Felicia in the game. Because it’s really easy to tell who’s the spy and who’s not with just five people playing. You can more or less safely assume that spies will try and avoid taking another spy on the mission (unless it’s a ‘two fails required’ one) because you can’t communicate WHO’s going to fail the mission… and outing both your spies is terrible. So we know there’s one spy in the AAA group (Allison, Ashley, and Amy), and Wheaton KNOWS he’s part of the Resistance, which makes Felicia the spy. But he probably just sucks at the game because he wanted to take both Scags and Felicia on the final mission. Also he is gross and a huge sore loser (which is especially evident in the Lords of the Waterdeep episode).
The game’s produced by the same company that made Resistance, and Coup’s set in the same universe as Resistance. It’s like Love Letter if you’ve played that before.
Basically both games are a more complex version of rock, paper, scissors, where each role or card has a positive but also a negative associated with it. It’s quite fun, really. Coup also has an element of bluffing to it, and I love bluffing games. :D
Incidentally, on how I did today:
In Galaxy Trucker, I came in last because I stood in for someone in the last round (there were three rounds total) and didn’t do well enough to make a comeback. I won the DC Comics Deck-Building Game by a few points. I was lucky enough to get quite a bit of equipment. And for The Resistance, the game was actually not too fun this time since it was obvious we managed to snag four resistance members and victory was easily claimed. =P I was on the side of righteousness and we prevailed. (I was a little disappointed when I first got my card, since I love being the spy). Coup was very fun, and I basically killed myself really quickly the first time, but I won my second game. :D