ALSO: I'm ninety pages from the end of Clash of Kings. While there is no shortage of raping in the books OR the television series, the instances of rape that occur in the series precisely as they do in the books are basically zero.
There's lots and lots of raping in Game of Thrones. It's not like the scene in question here would have been a many-splendored thing if it had been faithful to the written word -- it would have been weird and gross anyway. So unless we're going to throw the baby out with the bathwater, I feel like it makes more sense to leave conversations regarding rape culture out of conversations about HBO original programming.
I agree with the vast majority of this but it really doesn't help when the director weighs in and says that he didn't think it was rape because she eventually consents. That shits unacceptable on any level.
I also don't think it's just Tom Bombadil-ism that's upsetting people about this. It really doesn't make any sense from a plotting perspective. It's an unnecessary change made by the director because he wanted to shock the audience more and/or completely does not understand what rape is.
I'm going to preface this comment by stating I don't condone rape in any way - fictional or not - but I thought the point of that interaction might have been to illustrate how emotionally destroyed Cersei had become. Throughout the first 3+ seasons, she had shown a lot of outward confidence and even recently tried to establish superiority over his lover/brother by spurning his affection since he returned. But she was so overcome with emotion over a large spoiler that she breaks her persona and succumbed to familiar affection.
Broken Bells announced a show at the Schnitz in Portland for 8/11, so they won't be headlining MFNW. Since their only previously announced PNW show this whole year before this morning was Squamish (and Sasquatch, I guess), I was starting to get afraid they might headline.
Music Fest NW posted a teaser video on Facebook today that says the lineup is coming soon. Considering their earlier announcement that lineup and ticket info will come at the end of April, unless they go full Pemberton and wait, more information will come out next week. All we know so far is that Alan Jackson is not playing (watch the video).
I kind of thought Death Cab might headline as they're definitely popular and MNFW will probably want to make a splash in the first year with their new format. They're playing Maha Festival in Omaha on Saturday, April 16th (the first day of MFNW).
If you see somebody without a face at Sasquatch, it's because Queens of the Stone Age melted mine off last night. I hope it regrows in time for it to be melted off again at Sasquatch. Fucking great show.
Moistboyz are gonna be opening for Queens of the Stone Age in Portland next week. I wonder if they'll have Deaner come out and play the songs he recorded with them on Songs for the Deaf? I'm gonna be pissed if I end up missing that.
He didn't play with QotSA, but Nick Oliveri sang on "You Think I Ain't Worth a Dollar, but I Feel Like a Millionaire." It was his first time performing with the band since 2004, and both he and Josh really seemed to enjoy it. I wondered why they didn't open their set with that song because they have for most of this year, but it made sense when they played it with him during the encore.