Up to his neck in blood.
Up to his neck in blood.
The head-turning Game of Thrones actress Gwendoline Christie is a towering 6ft 3in tall and admits she often felt she couldn’t relate to women on the big screen because of her Amazonian frame, but is now relishing the opportunity to play a tough, fierce warrior in the medieval fantasy drama.
She said: “It’s really vitally important to me the way women are portrayed. As someone who has always felt at times pretty genderless because of my size, it interests me to challenge ideas of prejudice and femininity, and what it is to be a woman.”
The towering actress reveals that she had numerous setbacks in her career before landing a prized role as Brienne of Tarth in the hit show, adding: “I found it so frustrating, particularly at the beginning, because I would be told, ‘Sorry love, you’re too tall.’ At one stage I was like, ‘I’ll give this another six months and if this persists, ‘I’ll become a nun.’ “
For her role as warrior Brienne, Gwendoline trained how to fight with swords and ride horses and says it’s “empowering” to know she can “break a man’s nose with my elbow.”
"I do all my own stunts and come away with bruises and scratches. After one scene I was absolutely covered in bruises all down one leg and up one arm. But it’s worth it. It’s quite fun. I enjoy knocking around with the boys."
I cannot get enough of this woman. She deserves all the awards.
TW: Transphobic slurs
RuPaul’s Drag Race has found itself embroiled in controversy in the last few weeks after an episode of the show used a transphobic slur in a contestant challenge. But finally, it seems Logo has realized their error and announced they will make changes to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
The episode in question included a challenge called “Female or She-Male,” in which contestants had to identify whether a photo depicted a cis woman or a former Drag Race contestant. The term “she-male” is, of course, a hateful anti-trans slur, and it’s not the first time Drag Race has used it in some capacity on the show. (See: “You’ve got she-mail!”
In response to the initial outcry, Logo released a pretty generic statement affirming its commitment to diversity. But now, they’ve decided to take a slightly bolder stand, issue an actual apology, and make a statement about how they will change their language use in the future:
We wanted to thank the community for sharing their concerns around a recent segment and the use of the term ‘she-mail’ on Drag Race.
Logo has pulled the episode from all of our platforms and that challenge will not appear again.
Furthermore, we are removing the ‘You’ve got she-mail’ intro from new episodes of the series.
We did not intend to cause any offense, but in retrospect we realize that it was insensitive. We sincerely apologize.
Now that’s more like it, although we could still have used something a little more robust and genuine from a network committed to LGBT people. Thoughts, anyone?
I was pleasantly surprised when I saw this apology posted on Facebook. It’s never really been my place to comment, but the transphobic slurs on the show did make me feel uncomfortable.
I can totally understand how this could come across as a bit too PC for a show that loves to push the boundaries, but I in time we won’t even notice it’s gone.
I didn’t think it was possible but it makes me like the show even more because they listened to the feedback and actually made changes to be more inclusive.
I just want everyone to get along and hug all the kitties under a rainbow of love you guys :’)
Ladies and lady boys, miss Bianca Del Rio.
lumpy space princess x adore delano = best thing ever.