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Lisa Kudrow’s epic speech on sexism

If you haven’t started watching the TV drama Scandal, you are missing out. You’ve gotta watch at the very least the sixth episode of the show’s third season, because it will blow your mind, especially if you believe in gender equality. I know I do, that’s why this was so inspiring.

In this episode of Scandal, Lisa Kudrow’s character, Congresswoman Josie Marcus delivers a scathing take-down of sexism in modern politics and the semantics with which men subtly put females down to her interviewer James Novak in an interview that is broadcast live on national TV.

“I know what prejudice looks like. It’s not about experience, James. It’s about gender. [Political opponent Governor Sam] Reston’s saying I don’t have the balls to be President and he means that literally. It’s offensive. It’s offensive to me and to all the women whose votes he’s asking for.”

Wow, right? Can you feel the room heating up? And the congresswoman goes on firing her bullets.

“It’s not just Governor Reston speaking in code about gender; it’s everyone, yourself included. The only reason we’re doing this interview in my house is because you requested it. This was your idea and here you are, thanking me for inviting you into my ‘lovely home’. That’s what you say to the neighbour lady who baked you chocolate-chip cookies. This pitcher of iced tea isn’t even mine; it’s what your producers set here. Why? Same reason you called me a ‘real-life Cinderella story’. It reminds people that I’m a woman without using the word. For you, it’s an angle, I get that, and I’m sure you think it’s innocuous, but guess what, it’s not.”

Powerful. Cutting. Straight to the point. And the politician who strives to be nice 24/7 finally shows that she has the temerity to bite when threatened. Strength is not derived from your gender, but your character.

“You’re promoting stereotypes, James. You’re advancing this idea that women are weaker than men. You’re playing right into the hands of Reston and into the hands of every other imbecile who thinks a woman isn’t fit to be commander-in-chief.”

The background story for her outburst is that minutes before her interview, Marcus is shown an ad from her political opponent Reston. The ad shows a woman’s trembling hand reaching for a doorknob, as the voiceover says: “On the other side of this door sit the leaders of Syria, China, and Iran. On the other side of this door is America’s future — success and failure, life and death. Does America really want an inexperienced hand opening this door?”

The ad doesn’t say it outright, but its subtext is indicating that a woman would not be confident enough to lead a country. Anyway, later in the episode, it was revealed that the ad was fake and created by Marcus’ campaign manager Olivia Pope to motivate her. Kinda expected if you’ve been following Scandal religiously. But still, excellent scriptwriting from the team, great editing and, of course, the kick-ass performance from Kudrow (but I have to admit that I keep expecting Phoebe Buffay to appear any moment).

The whole time I was watching the scene, I was subconsciously thinking of Hilary Clinton and whether she’d have the balls to make a speech like that. And would the American public love her or crush her in return? I’m already looking forward to the US presidential election in three years’ time, when hopefully Clinton or another strong capable female would run for the presidency and win. But most importantly, she would be an inspiring leader who runs the country efficiently and effectively. Now that would be quite a story to tell our future generations, don’t you think?

Credits: Celebuzz.com, The Atlantic

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The one with the proposal

I love Friends. I mean, who doesn’t, right? I have watched the reruns so many uncountable times and yet I have always laughed at the same scenes all over again because it really is a brilliantly written comedy.

The actors played their roles perfectly and they were the sort of friends I wish I had in my life. They shared so many similar experiences that I could relate to and became such a huge part of my life that I was so sad when the series ended its run in 2004.

And the script below is from one of my favourite episodes ever Friends: Season 6, episode 24 and 25 (click here for the full script). It made me laughed and teared all at the same time. How brilliant is that? Here’s how.

[Scene: The Hallway, Chandler is running up the stairs and towards his apartment. Joey is taking out the garbage at the same time and stops him in the hall.]

Joey: Dude!

Chandler: I can’t talk to you now, I gotta find Monica!

Joey: She’s gone.

Chandler: What?

Joey: She’s gone. She had a bag and she left.

Chandler: What are you talking about?

Joey: She was all crying. She… she said you guys want different things, and that she needed time to think.

Chandler: Well, why didn’t you stop her?! Why didn’t you just tell her it was a plan?!

Joey: I–I did! I told her everything, Chandler! But she wouldn’t believe me.

Chandler: Well, where… Where did she go?

Joey: To her parent’s, I think and she said you shouldn’t call her. But if I were you, I would.

Chandler: I can’t believe I ruined this.

Joey: I am so sorry, man.

(Chandler walks dejectedly into his apartment to find it lit with about a thousand candles and Monica standing in the living room.)

Monica: You wanted it to be a surprise.

(He turns to look at Joey, who smiles slyly and closes the door, leaving them alone.)

Chandler: Oh my God.

(Monica gets down on one knee.)

Monica: Chandler… In all my life… I never thought I would be so lucky. (Starts to cry.) As to… fall in love with my best… my best… There’s a reason why girls don’t do this!

Chandler: Okay! (He joins her on one knee) Okay! Okay! Oh God, I thought… (Starts to cry, pauses) Wait a minute, I–I can do this. (Pause)

I thought that it mattered what I said or where I said it. Then I realised the only thing that matters is that you, (Pause) you make me happier than I ever thought I could be. (Starts to cry again.) And if you’ll let me, I will spend the rest of my life trying to make you feel the same way. (Pause as he gets out the ring.) Monica, will you marry me?

Monica: (Takes a deep breath.) Yes.

(The crowd goes wild as Chandler puts the ring on her finger. They hug and kiss this time as an engaged couple.)

One day, if I ever had the chance to propose to someone special, the text in bold quotes would be exactly what I’d say. Ok, now to stop tearing.

Because, darling, you look wonderful tonight. *hums the tune from Eric Clapton’s Wonderful Tonight*

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The one with the proposal

I love Friends. I mean, who doesn’t, right? I have watched the reruns so many uncountable times and yet I have always laughed at the same scenes all over again because it really is a brilliantly written comedy.

The actors played their roles perfectly and they were the sort of friends I wish I had in my life. They shared so many similar experiences that I could relate to and became such a huge part of my life that I was so sad when the series ended its run in 2004.

And the script below is from one of my favourite episodes ever Friends: Season 6, episode 24 and 25 (click here for the full script). It made me laughed and teared all at the same time. How brilliant is that? Here’s how.

[Scene: The Hallway, Chandler is running up the stairs and towards his apartment. Joey is taking out the garbage at the same time and stops him in the hall.]

Joey: Dude!

Chandler: I can’t talk to you now, I gotta find Monica!

Joey: She’s gone.

Chandler: What?

Joey: She’s gone. She had a bag and she left.

Chandler: What are you talking about?

Joey: She was all crying. She… she said you guys want different things, and that she needed time to think.

Chandler: Well, why didn’t you stop her?! Why didn’t you just tell her it was a plan?!

Joey: I–I did! I told her everything, Chandler! But she wouldn’t believe me.

Chandler: Well, where… Where did she go?

Joey: To her parent’s, I think and she said you shouldn’t call her. But if I were you, I would.

Chandler: I can’t believe I ruined this.

Joey: I am so sorry, man.

(Chandler walks dejectedly into his apartment to find it lit with about a thousand candles and Monica standing in the living room.)

Monica: You wanted it to be a surprise.

(He turns to look at Joey, who smiles slyly and closes the door, leaving them alone.)

Chandler: Oh my God.

(Monica gets down on one knee.)

Monica: Chandler… In all my life… I never thought I would be so lucky. (Starts to cry.) As to… fall in love with my best… my best… There’s a reason why girls don’t do this!

Chandler: Okay! (He joins her on one knee) Okay! Okay! Oh God, I thought… (Starts to cry, pauses) Wait a minute, I–I can do this. (Pause)

I thought that it mattered what I said or where I said it. Then I realised the only thing that matters is that you, (Pause) you make me happier than I ever thought I could be. (Starts to cry again.) And if you’ll let me, I will spend the rest of my life trying to make you feel the same way. (Pause as he gets out the ring.) Monica, will you marry me?

Monica: (Takes a deep breath.) Yes.

(The crowd goes wild as Chandler puts the ring on her finger. They hug and kiss this time as an engaged couple.)

One day, if I ever had the chance to propose to someone special, the text in bold quotes would be exactly what I’d say. Ok, now to stop tearing.

Because, darling, you look wonderful tonight. *hums the tune from Eric Clapton’s Wonderful Tonight*

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Super dreamy Neal Caffrey

Ok, I am a week late to the news but for those of you who haven’t heard, the super good-looking Neal Caffrey from TV crime drama White Collar, aka Matt Bomer, is officially out of the closet. (Whee!) And the 34-year old actor is happy and comfortable talking about his husband and children in public. (Yay!)

Yes, this is news to me because I have never thought Caffrey was gay and yes, I have the biggest crush on him. I love his hair and his sartorial style on the show so much that I really REALLY want to look like him. Maybe that’s why my gaydar wasn’t working. I mean, look at this guy:

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And look at that SOFT FLUFFY HAIR (and his chiselled jaws). How can anyone not want hair like that? I know I desperately do.

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I just want to accentuate those soft curls again. Sigh.

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Previously, Bomer was reticent about coming out. In a 2010 interview with Details magazine on his love life, Bomer said: “I don’t care about [rumours] at all. I’m completely happy and fulfilled in my personal life.”

Two years later when accepting an award for his activism against HIV/ AIDs at the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards on Feb 13, he thanked his partner, Hollywood publicist Simon Halls, and their three children from the stage.

He said in his acceptance speech: “I’d really especially like to thank my beautiful family: Simon, Kit, Walker, Henry.

“Thank you for teaching me what unconditional love is. You will always be my proudest accomplishment.”

HOW FRICKING SWEET IS THAT? Guess he knows there’s nothing to hide.

Here is a photo of him and his doting partner (the typical older distinguished gentlemen sort, if you ask me):

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Here are their three adorable kids:

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What a happy beautiful family and they look so sweet together. Seeing happy couples makes me happy. We need more good-looking gay people like Bomer to come out and show the world it’s okay to love whomever you want and be happy together, no matter what society thinks. Your thoughts?

[via The Daily Mail UK]