I Hate Elle Woods

WARNING: THIS POST CONTAINS HATEFUL LANGUAGE TOWARDS THE FILM LEGALLY BLONDE.

I had already written my blog post for today, which was about food (my true love). This will now be postponed to next week. However, I have just re-watched Legally Blonde (for the 3rd time) and I have to say I now hate the movie with a passion (after years of loving it) and thought it warranted a blog post.

Firstly, Elle Woods is the most selfish character in the whole movie. I absolutely dislike her and her “better than thou” attitude towards the other characters. She judges everyone and even at one point states that she does not trust the statement of a character because of the colour of her hair, and then has the nerve to moan about others treating her badly because she’s blonde. She shows up to her first lecture in Harvard Law School with no preparation or background reading, and instead brings a mini notepad that can barely fit an hour’s worth of notes and then complains that she was kicked out for lack of prepardness. She actively tries to destroy Warner and Vivian’s relationship as if she owns him. If the roles were reversed and Warner ruthlessly stalks her to law school despite her being engaged to someone else, every feminist worth two cents would be up in arms ready to fight for Elle.

Secondly, the whole premise of the movie is blonde equals good and brunette equals bad, at least in the case of women. All the women that the audience are supposed to root for are blonde women, and we are made to dislike the brunette ones and assume they are bad people. The lack of depth and character development is appalling and also zero diversity in casting, none of this is Elle’s fault, but still contribute to a terrible movie.

To be clear, I am not holding Elle accountable to today’s standards, I am making her responsible for her reckless behaviour in a “feel good” movie which did not make me feel good. I vow never to watch this film again. I was told that all films from the early 2010s are problematic, I disagree with that profoundly. Salt is one of my favourite films of all time and I watched it again just last weekend and apart from one scene that I found questionable; I did not find anything problematic. To say that because a film is made a long time ago, we should hold it to a lower standard is bullshit. I refuse to waste my time watching bullshit films about bullshit characters and bullshit storylines. I deserve better than Elle Woods.

The thing I hate the the most about this “empowering” movie is the lack of ownership taken by Elle. Nothing in the film is ever her fault, no moment of self-reflection to see what she can do differently, no ownership at all! Even the scene where she almost caused a car accident on her way to the nail shop, she does not even acknowledge or glance at the mess she caused. Furthermore, how is changing your whole life/ career choice (she obviously loves fashion) to chase after a man to Harvard Law School, and trying to steal him from his fiancé empowering? In what world is that empowering? Taking your law degree seriously does not deserve a round of applause, it’s the bare minimum expected of people who do a degree.


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Week 1 of Social Distancing

So it has been just over a week since I began my social distancing and working from home. This means that I’ve been mostly indoors, except for the occasional grocery shopping trip. It has been an interesting week, so I thought I’d share my highlights, lowlights, and things I’m looking forward to in week 2 of social distancing.

Highlights:

  • Discovering Netflix Party – I absolutely loved watching netflix with my friends and debating over which movie was better.
  • Another highlight is my rekindled love for yoga. I forgot how much I love yoga, and how amazing it is to focus on mindfulness.
  • The best highlight has been my breakfast. I can finally spend hours making instagram-able breakfasts that taste so good. From poached eggs, to french toast to crepes. It has been a great week of breakfasts for me.

Lowlights:

  • In my attempt to beat boredom, I have jam-packed my days to a point that I can only go to bed at midnight after completing all of my to-do lists. This is something I will not be taking forward to week 2, there will 100% be less items on my to-do list.
  • It has been very easy for me to get distracted whilst working from home. My productivity is not what it used to be and this is something I need to get back on track. Working from my desk today instead of my bed has made a difference.
  • Another downfall has been my phone usage. I find myself constantly reaching out for my phone, to a point where I had to move it to the opposite end of the room just to concentrate.

What I’m looking foward to in week 2:

  • More awesome breakfasts, and to finally do some baking.
  • Continuing on with my yoga.
  • Going to bed by 10pm.
  • More video calls with the people I love.

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Mental Health in Isolation

In the past few weeks, the only thing that seems to be on everyone’s mind is the coronavirus. Currently, the UK has not been on lockdown, but according to rumours circling about, all this might change by Friday this week or by Monday next week.

One important point that I can’t help but thing about is our mental health. With so many people already suffering from isolation and loneliness prior to the virus, how much worse will this get because of the virus. Especially with vulnerable people being told to self-isolate and limit all social interactions, this will be detrimental for their health, to be stuck inside and away from loved ones. Even with technological advances such as phones, and facetime, it is not the same as face to face human contact. And what happens to those who have no one to call? Is there a helpline for them to call just to hear another human voice? Or will they be left to suffer in silence. I may not know a lot about coronavirus, but I do know that loneliness increases your risk of death by 29%, and this is without a pandemic virus looming over us. With over 2.2 million people over 75 who live alone in the UK, what measures are being put in place to ensure that they get the relevant support to combat loneliness?

It has been amazing to see the amount of people going out of their way to give care packs to vulnerable people who cannot panic buy. A lot of small businesses in the UK are taking money from their own pockets to make and deliver care packs with tissues, hand sanitisers, wipes etc. for those who need it the most. I love the fact that although some people are showing their worst self during the pandemic, there are those who are thinking of others and showing their best sides.

All this good deed has inspired me to play my part to ensure that I check up on people living alone or are in self-isolation and to provide any help that I can give.

To all my readers, I hope that you are all safe and taking the advice of medical professionals.


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The Prince of Egypt

I recently went to watch one of my favourite childhood movies, The Prince of Egypt, in the theatre. I was very excited about this, because it was not only a story I loved from my childhood but a story that I also connect with as a Christian, the story of Moses. So as a treat to myself on my birthday last month, I went to see the theatre production.

Whilst watching the show, I was unhappy at the changes that the director made to the story. Not only were there differences from the childhood animation, but differences from the bible story itself. I, being a person who hates change being sprung upon me, hated the changes immediately, until later on when I was able to appreciate the changes. The two biggest changes were:

  • More emphasis given to Moses’ relationship with his brother
  • Less focus being assigned to Moses’ relationship with God

Moses’ relationship with his brother was not something I truly considered before. I saw them as opposing forces when it came to freeing the Israelites from Egypt. However, the play emphasises their love for one another as brothers, that even as the Israelites crossed the red sea, the two brothers still regarded each other with love and mutual respect.

The second change, the most important one, was Moses’ relationship with God. In the theatre production, Moses battled his purpose in freeing the Israelites and the actions and steps he needed to take.

In the Bible story, Moses is portrayed as an obedient man, who although was hesitant to go to Egypt, obeyed God’s word and carried out his will without a word of complaint. However, in the theatre production, Moses becomes weary of the countless plagues that he set forth on the Egyptian people. When the final plague, death to all Egyptian firstborn, was instructed to Moses, he was heartbroken at the potential pain and suffering that he was to bring to countless innocent children and their families, especially after the Israelites had experienced a similar fate during Moses’ birth.

It is poignant that one of the few children who survived the Egyptian massacre of innocent children, was rescued by a member of the same royal family and was able to exact the same fate to the Egyptians, including Rameses’s own son. I cant imagine the pain Moses must have felt knowing the part he played in the death of his brother’s only son even if it did save countless people from slavery and continued suffering from the brutal hands of the Egyptians.

Although resistant at first, I am appreciative of the new perspectives and the human elements that were brought to The Prince of Egypt story. However, it does not compare to the animation or the bible story but it was a good attempt. I will definitely be spending this weekend re-watching the animation again.   


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Book Review: Two Brothers

I thought I’d start off the new month with a book review of my book of the month from February.

Two brothers is a novel written by Ben Elton, it follows the lives of two brothers, one Jewish and one Gentil, growing up in Berlin in the 1920s/30s. As most of you may know, this is during the time of the Nazi uprising. The story starts with the birth of the two boys, which coincided with the birth of the Nazi party, and takes readers through the key events in Hitler’s consolidation of power. The book, although hard to read at times, does not include any gruesome scenes from concentration camps, which I’m thankful for, as I may not have been able to read it otherwise.

What I love the most about the book is the diversity of personalities. Elton outlines the fact that being a victim does not stop one from exacting evil unto others. Although one sympathises with the characters and the unjust and horrific treatment that is being directed at them, you are still given the freedom to hate the characters themselves due to their treatment of others. One example of this were the Jewish Jew-Catchers, who were both victims and collaborators of the Nazi regime. It is clear to see how the need for survival drives one to betray not only themselves but the people they love.

The novel also emphasizes the question of passivity from the “Aryan” German populous. Although there were small scales rebellion against the Nazi regime by Communists, Christians, Jews and such, there was no mass scale, organised uprising against the Nazis. The masses were content to turn on their neighbours and friends. Whilst reading, there were chapters that I raced through as I could not stomach the passivity of the German people or the wilful aggression that they demonstrated towards those deemed as non-Aryans.

It is important to point out that the Nazis did not wake up and decide to murder 6 million Jews. Instead they started off slow, with small restrictions, and each time taking away from the rights of German-Jews. Even the Jews themselves would never have imagined in 1933, when Hitler first came to power, that by 1945, 6 million Jews would have been brutally murdered.

On the other hand, I must criticise Elton’s writing of ethnic minorities. He uses one to facilitate the overuse of the N word whilst giving the other an unnecessary accent. The book gives no other character an accent, although there were Germans who migrated to England and would have had German accents. It was a needless addition to a great story. Furthermore, the women in the story were left with very little character development throughout the novel, with chapters upon chapters describing the occupation of a husband and a few lines assigned to that of his wife. Mothers especially were given zero interests outside of their maternal roles.

Overall, I would recommend this book as it is a startling reminder of the atrocities that we, as a society, are capable of. Learning about the Nazi regime in school did not paint the full picture of the struggles and injustice that individuals faced, how each restriction placed by the Nazis hindered on their victim’s ability to provide a life for themselves and for their families. The novel is funny and gripping, it breaks your heart and by the end of the final chapter, mends it back together. I would give this book a 4 out of 5 stars.


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