indian lgbt cinema; long rant; homophobic violence 

...the physical and sexual violence, the social ostracisation and othering, and the general emotional trauma and day-to-day humiliation that our society inflicts on queer people.

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indian lgbt cinema; long rant 

but yet a deeply cynical part of me can't help but feel that after the section 377 verdict, with parts of indian public slowly cosying up to the idea that gay people are human thanks of decades of activism, the movie is more a balm to the indian conscience absolving it of all the guilt it would otherwise have about the dark reality of being gay in india...

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indian lgbt cinema; long rant 

i'm not trying to shit on people who liked this movie, and felt inspired and liberated by it. to its bare bones, it's still a calssic love story told in traditional bollywood genre tropes complete with a perfect happy ending and all, and i'm happy that we're alteast at a point where such a thing can even be said of a same-sex love story. the fact that this movie exists is a net good, and i'm optimistic about the doors it's opened for mainstream queer cinema in india.

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indian lgbt cinema; long rant 

i get that to talk about such a taboo issue in india, they have to smuggle the movie under the radar of indian movie-going public by shrouding it in comedy and distractions and general bollywood masala. but the extent to which they're willing to go to not take *any* risks that may hamper the film's success is appalling to me.

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indian lgbt cinema; long rant 

the only time anyone actually says anything is near the end when m.c.s speak out to the family about how their generation will never accept, has been groomed not to accept them, but that they'll still keep fighting. but to make sure the cinema audience isn't made too uncomfortable by this, the ensuing scene quickly devolves into bollywood comedy.

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indian lgbt cinema; long rant 

comedy beatings aren't a new feature in bollywood films, but the sequence just seems to say to me that "oh no, gay people have to face physical and emotional violence for being who they are, but the song's lit, and violence is funny, haha". like. i just don't know.

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indian lgbt cinema; long rant 

...forced gags and melodrama. there's this one sequence in which the m.c. is *beaten* by his boyfriend's dad, by a bamboo and everything, and it's played off as one massive gag. not even black comedy which i could 100% get behind, but straight comedy, for the duration of one song, and the m.c. isn't in any way even bruised by the end of it, and just walks off like "ahh pitt gaye" and the audience is just... how exactly are they supposed to react to this scene?

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indian lgbt cinema; long rant 

on the other hand, the movie is just... bad. bad, in terms of a movie, and bad in how it portrays lgb issues (omission of 't' is intentional; the movie is strictly about same-sex relationships and makes no attempt to address any other facet of queerness or gender). it seeks to talk about the discrimination gay people face and the stigmatisation of gay relationships, but has no spine to *actually* talk about it and instead fills up the time with...

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indian lgbt cinema; long rant 

on the one hand it is the biggest lgbt-themed indian movie till date in terms of outreach; it's gained massive popularity, mainly due to the star-power of Ayushmann Khurrana, and as far as i've seen on my ramblings across the internet, is really beloved by tons of lgbt, mainly gay, people across india and lauded as a milestone for lgbt acceptance in india.

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i have seriously mixed feelings about Shubh Mangal Zyada Savdhan.

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In LS Amit Shah Lauds Police for 'Controlling Violence in 36 Hours

He thanked police in “not allowing the riots to spiral,” seemingly attesting to the fact that the death of 53 & immense loss of property did not count as violence that had indeed spiralled thewire.in/communalism/lok-sab

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i fucking love being out and queer even tho its hard its mostly beautiful and fulfilling.

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Deriving the wheel as a solution to the wave equation

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i know we all think our dog is the best but you're all wrong. yours are very good but my dog is the best

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Like if the outpouring of anti-Asian racism from coronavirus didn't clue you in to Point 2) idk what to tell you 🤷 Like, the cynical part of me thinks this isn't so much shock & outrage at some of the awful responses against Asians but a sense of *betrayal* that we still haven't "made it" in the racial hierarchy and we're still treated LIKE POC 😱 despite EVERYTHING WE'VE ACHIEVED 😖😩 Oh hey, breaking news bitches!

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When it rains, the green lichen valleys of the tree trunks come alive with a forest of tiny mushrooms

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bro says "I just want to discuss technology" 

It's a common sentiment on hacker news/lobste.rs and it's worth spelling out what's wrong with it.

1. technology does not exist in isolation, but interacts more and more with our world

Ok but still, aren't there enough places to discuss the ethics of technology? This leads to point 2.

2. When they say "just technology" they mean "just tech and implicit political positions that aligns with my views".

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