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Stephen Fry, Benedict Cumberbatch and Alan Turing

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Few weeks ago, my husband and I finally managed to watch “The Imitation Game”. It is a story about one of the most celebrated mathematician in the UK, Alan Turing. He was one scientist whose work has probably saved the Allies’s arses from being whipped by the NAZI during World War II, the machine that would be the embryo of the modern computer we use today.

And he was treated like shit because he was gay.

Just two years ago, Queen Elizabeth II decided to give Alan Turing the posthumous royal pardon, for his conviction of gross indecency in 1950s. Alan Turing himself decided to end his own life, after being made to take female hormone to “fix” his homosexual behaviour.

For modern, knowledgeable, educated, and literate people, what has happened to Alan Turin is horrible. As civilised people, we would think that it is unthinkable to make someone do something that they don’t want, to deny their nature, and hormonally self castrating themselves to avoid prison time. It is unthinkable to treat someone who has done so much for human civilisation like that. And it is still unthinkable to know that Alan Turing is only one of so many.

Stephen Fry, and Benedict Cumberbatch, are two of so many people who think that this is an important matter to address. Not only that they have shared something in common with Alan Turing, but also that they believe that Alan Turing, and more than 40 thousands other people who was convicted for the same reason as his should be pardoned as well.

Stephen Fry, who just got married to his 30 year younger husband, went to the same university Alan Turing went — University of Cambridge. He’s one of my favourite celebrities in the world. Very intelligent, incredibly funny, and remarkably talented as a writer too, he’s probably one of the most amazing tv personality I have ever seen. Man, he went to Queen’s College, University of Cambridge… on scholarship, and made an incredible show in University Challenge. He’s a good friend of your well-loved Hugh Laurie too, you know?

While Benedict Cumberbatch, who ended up portraying Alan Turing in The Imitation Game, went to University of Manchester where Alan Turing worked as a lecturer. You might know him better on his appearance on BBC television show as Sherlock Holmes. Or if you’re watching Miss Marple too you might caught him in one of the episodes as Mr. Fitzpatrick. Incredibly handsome, with voice that could make me blush and gush, Mr. Cumberbatch had a private education (which means good education too).

These two incredible celebrities have been promoting a petition asking pardon for all other men who got convicted like Alan Turing. If you would like to join and sign the petition like them, this is the link:

https://www.change.org/p/british-government-pardon-all-of-the-estimated-49-000-men-who-like-alan-turing-were-convicted-of-consenting-same-sex-relations-under-the-british-gross-indecency-law-only-repealed-in-2003-and-also-all-the-other-men-convicted-under-other-uk-anti-gay-la-2?utm_source=action_alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=237031&alert_id=nHmUFUfpkX_0T949jjEWKeL8XsFdTJZNkiPxf1oEH1MRkofQgJ3MzI%3D

or you can click HERE

And, yes, I am helping the cause and I would be happy if you do too.

Akankah Blogging Jadi Trend (Lagi)?

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Pertanyaan saya itu muncul, tidak lain adalah karena mulai disebut-sebutnya blog milik putra bungsu presiden Republik Indonesia, Kaesang Pangarep di banyak media massa. Blog yang diberi nama Mister Kacang, yang diunggah di platform blogspot itu rupanya telah menarik banyak perhatian pengguna internet di Indonesia, bukan hanya karena blog itu milik putra orang nomer satu di Indonesia, tapi juga karena kontennya yang lucu.

Kaesang memang sudah beberapa lama terkenal dengan celoteh kocaknya di media Twitter sejak lama, tapi setelah akun twitternya ditutup untuk publik (hanya bisa diakses oleh user tertentu saja), blognya yang diberi judul Diary Anak Kampung itu pun menjadi target netizen selanjutnya. Jurnal digital yang sudah ada sejak 2011 (lebih muda dari superbyq) itu pun jadi populer mengikuti pergantian statusnya yang semula anak gubernur, menjadi anak presiden.

Tidak ada yang terlalu politis di tulisan-tulisan Kaesang. Kisahnya tidak jauh berbeda dengan apa yang dulu kita baca di Kambing Jantan milik Raditya Dika, yang sekarang tidak lagi terkenal sebagai blogger kocak, namun sebagai penulis dan stand up comedian. Cerita yang ditulis tidak jauh-jauh dari kehidupan anak muda jaman sekarang, lengkap dengan curhat-curhat yang dibumbui dengan self-deprecation joke, seperti mengatai dirinya sendiri berwajah ndeso.

Nah…

Kembali ke pertanyaan saya tadi, apakah popularitas Mister Kacang akan menyaingi Kambing Jantan? Tentu saja saya penasaran…

Kambing Jantan– terlepas dari apakah kita suka dengan humor ala Raditya Dika,telah menjadi tonggak sejarah per-bloggingan Indonesia. Atau setidaknya itulah yang saya rasakan. Blogger tidak lagi hanya sebagai platform curhat, tapi juga batu loncatan menjadi penulis betulan. Setelah Kambing Jantan, muncul pula blog-blog lain yang kemudian dibukukan seperti Naked Traveller, atau Sepoci Kopi. Bahkan Dewi Lestari, penulis buku kawakan yang sudah menerbitkan novel-novel berkualitas tidak ketinggalan kereta dengan memulai mempublish bukunya Perahu Kertas, bab demi bab di blog.

Tentu saja, berbeda dengan Kambing Jantan, Mister Kacang tidak diupdate secara reguler. Mungkin ada hubungannya dengan upaya untuk mengamankan keluarga presiden maka Kaesang tidak bisa seterbuka Dika dalam membeberkan detail kehidupan keluarganya. Tapi, entah kenapa Mister Kacang mengingatkan saya pada Kambing Jantan di masa jayanya dulu.

Laki-laki yang mengaku (atau merasa) tidak memiliki kelebihan secara fisik, curhat melalui tulisan di media digital, tidaklah lagi dianggap sebagai jomblo ngenes atau bahasa internasionalnya: forever alone. Sebagai celebrity blogger, mereka sekarang dimasukkan dalam kategori eligible bachelor dengan self deprecating humour yang menawan. Blogger tidak lagi dilabeli sebagai pecundang dunia nyata yang mencari fame di dunia online, tapi sebagai pribadi yang terbuka dan menarik, dan juga melek informasi dan teknologi. Geek becomes the new sexy… apalagi kalo pake ngegym kaya Kaesang.

Moral of the story: Kaesang, jangan putus asa. Ngebloglah lebih sering, seize the momentum. Inget yang jelek-jelek bisa dapet Sherina Munaf? You’re on the right track, Dude

Film Review: Mysterious Skin

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Title: Mysterious Skin
Year: 2004
Director: Gregg Araki
Actors: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michelle Trachtenberg, Brady Corbet

Review:

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, you said, squealing while fantasising the younger version of this handsome boyish looking man. I think I better put the disclaimer in the beginning of my review, because if you are expecting a romantic comedy or any kind of vanilla drama, this is not the kind of Joseph Gordon-Levitt you would like to see. This would shatter all your fantasy of the perfect Joseph Gordon-Levitt you might have had in your mind.

Mysterious skin is a film made from a novel of the same title by Scott Heim in 1996. It is a dark drama about the life of two adolescent boys: Brian and Neil. Brian grew up as a very quiet boy who believes that he was one of the alien abduction victim when he was young, and Neil who grew up being a gay prostitute. Their life entangled in the past in the little town where the setting of the story was taken.

It would take a lot to make me feel that a film is disturbing, and I was a little bit disturbed in a way that I don’t know. I would have to put a very big disclaimer in the beginning, that this is not for everybody. As much as I think that this film is really good, some people would find this film as too much too handle.

This is definitely not a family drama. It has a lot of explicit sexual content, strong word and violence. Not for kids, not for the faint hearted too.

I would still rate this 10/10 and recommend this for my friends. 🙂