Mar. 7th, 2012

hradzka: Cassidy, from Garth Ennis's PREACHER. (Default)
Folks, a request: I am up at Ma's for a few days (Silver Spring, MD) to load up a moving truck with a bunch of my stuff from her house to drive down to NC. Unfortunately, the folks who we thought we had lined up seem to have hit a snag with their schedule and probably won't be available to help load on Saturday. (I've managed to partially herniate a disc and have been forbidden from lifting more than 10 pounds, which is why I need some help.) Anybody in the area have recs/advice? I would totally throw a "help me load the truck" party, but it's not just going to be lots of boxes of books; there'll be some fairly heavy furniture. I don't know where I could get a couple-three folks on short notice though.

Comment below, or drop me a line at my username at gmail. Thanks in advance.

ETA: Movers found! Thanks.
hradzka: Crixus, from SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND, labeled "Hello, my name is Crixus. I'm your woobie." (crixus woobie)
So, apparently one of the finalists to become a contestant on the new season of mixed martial arts contest/reality show THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER has starred in hardcore gay pornography.

To the people that know him best, Dakota Cochrane's secret wasn't a secret at all. It's not something he kept from prospective business relationships, either. As his mixed martial arts career took off, his friend Kirk Schuster, who was looking after his career, would often receive phone calls from other management companies about representing Cochrane. They would try to woo Schuster with promises of a UFC contract for Cochrane.

Do me one favor, Schuster would tell them, Google his name and call me back if you're still interested. A return call never came. Not once.

Everyone has a past. But in the testosterone-filled sports world, Cochrane's past proved impossible to outrun. What he describes as a temporary lapse in judgment from his college days continues to revisit him. It did again this week, shortly after FX announced that he had been chosen as one of the 32 finalists that will compete for a chance to be on that network's first season of The Ultimate Fighter. Within 24 hours, the news was all over the MMA blogosphere: while in college, he had participated in gay pornography.


Cochrane says he was gay for pay; he's engaged to be married now and has two children. It remains to be seen what broadcasting network F/X will make of it, or if he'll be chosen to be on the actual show. They have to be nervous about fan reaction, and the attitudes of sponsors and other fighters (former champ Brock Lesnar made some famously nasty anti-gay remarks and stayed top dog until he was revealed to be just a bully who never really learned to take a punch), but comments on the article are surprisingly supportive, and UFC President Dana White has expressed his hope that gay athletes in the organization will come out of the closet. So we'll see what happens.

ETA: via [personal profile] hjcallipygian, my resident MMA guru, some more links on the subject, with commentary from Dana White:

"I'm not out here trying to make something like, 'We're going to make friends with the gay community. We're going to do this and that,'" White said. "It is what it is. The guy was in a gay porn. Whether he's gay or not gay, I don't give a [expletive] one way or the other. I don't give a [expletive]. It doesn't matter. He's a good fighter. He made it into the house on his fighting skills and what he's accomplished."


"Of course I knew. Listen, the kid’s a fighter. He did what he did. He didn’t break any laws, he didn’t do anything illegal. When we do background checks on guys, we look for stuff that’s illegal, we look for criminal stuff, we look for stuff we just don’t like. " (Video)


Finding that stuff doesn't automatically *exclude* anybody, mind. Quinton "Rampage" Jackson lived up to his nickname with a stint that saw him nearly get shot by cops after a mad chase in which he caused a car accident that led a woman to suffer a miscarriage, and he had continuing success in the UFC and a big-budget movie role. But it's interesting to note that being in gay porn doesn't fall under stuff that the UFC "just doesn't like." At least, they don't dislike it *enough.* Interestingly, I just realized that they've canned a number of ring girls when it turned out said ring girls had done porn or naked shoots, though there may have been issues of disclosure there. (A non-UFC promotion, on discovering that its ring girl did porn under another name, essentially responded, "Hey, more power to her! What name was she using again?")
hradzka: Cassidy, from Garth Ennis's PREACHER. (Default)
And it's interesting. A lot of stuff doesn't work for me, which is okay and was expected, but one reason I asked folks to provide current recs is because I wanted to see to what degree my sense of what fandom was writing was more or less representative. I was surprised to find that it was a lot more representative than I'd expected, in terms of the kind of things folks are writing. I didn't see any *kind* of fiction that struck me as really new. The surprise comes because, in my nineteen-odd years in fandom, I've seen fanfic change quite a bit. When I started, fanfic was mostly gen; you had slash and porn, but it was much less common and was confined to dedicated forums, which was still an increase for that stuff over earlier years. RPF used to be completely anathema, but then became accepted and wildly common (my sense is that it really took off with bandom, because it would be hard to write anything but, but I don't know LOTR fandom at all and I know RPF was *huge* over there, so that might've been where the change occurred -- timelines, anybody?). Fandoms used to start off writing the more gen stuff, and then start to collect more porn and slash as they grew older, whereas now folks come home from the theater and start a kink meme. Fandom used to just write about the pretty white boys, and now fandom still mostly writes about the pretty white boys but there are chromatic challenges and more calls for representation from fans of color. And so on.

Lately, though, I haven't seen fanfic change as much. The change I keep expecting to see is more female-character-focused fic, but while there's been more in recent years it's still lagged behind what I've been thinking I'd see, given feminist fandom's increasing activism. To me, the biggest change in recent years is the increasing prominence of flashfic, with kink memes. But that doesn't seem to have changed the type of things that folks are writing so much as it's changed length. The recent popularity of texting fic is interesting, but I don't know how much of a change it represents. With tumblr, fannish activity has changed -- the popularity of fannish memes is a new kind of fannish activity all its own -- but this still hasn't changed the kinds of stories folks seem to be writing. Fanfic is wildly popular, and it's in more places than ever, but I don't know if it's still changing. Or if it's on a path to being subsumed by something else.

So is fanfiction in stasis? What do y'all think?

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