Saturday, July 21, 2007

Just Blocking

Today is a lazy day at my house which is perfect because I can get some serious knitting done. But before I get to that, I still have to finish the shawl:

Here it is taking a bath:

And now it is on the floor stretched out.

Measuring to 48 1/2 wide and 21 1/2 inches long, I have to say that this was a good first attempt at shawl making. I love how the stitch pattern hides behind all the color, which would urk some but doesn't bother me at all.


If anyone is looking for a good DVD to rent this weekend, last night I watched The Last King of Scotland with Forest Whitaker. Though Forest won an Oscar for his performance, the entire film is equally as good. The soundtrack is rather sexy, which is my favorite part of the whole thing.

One thing that interested me the most is the films potrayal of interracial couples, particularly white men with black women. In American society, though it is becoming more accepted, it is still somewhat looked down upon for people to date outside of their race. With that said, it seems to me that the majority of white/black couples in America are white women with black men. It is very rare to see a black woman with a white man. And because you rarely see black women with white men, its almost looked down upon even more than black men with white women!

I have only bought this up because I believe as society changes, movies, TV, and other creative media outlets reflect the issues and present day culture. For example, 10 years ago there was never a TV show where gay men where even minor characters, let alone the stars. Now there are several TV shows were these characters are playing major roles. Now whether these men and women are really homosexual is not the point. It is the fact that society has changed so much in the past 20 years that showing this on TV is not only accepted, but welcomed.

Does that mean that in 2007 Americans are still not ready to accept a TV show or movie where a interracial couple are the stars? This may be true in some ways, but The Jeffersons in the 70's was a huge hit that had a black woman with a white man as the neighbors of the two stars of the show, George and Louise Jefferson. Hopefully, one day television and other media outlets would show these types of relationships more frequently, so that maybe the television audience would be more accepting of interracial couples when they see them at the mall or in the grocery store. Please, do tell what you think about this topic. I would really enjoy the discussion.

That's all for now. If you would excuse me, I have a bag to make.


Valerie said...

I'm loving your shawl! You are going to feel very energized wearing it, I think. I always do love a bright shoulder shawl. Jazzes up an outfit.

I have many friends in interracial relationships, which I rarely think about anymore until you brought it up today. But, this is San Diego and actually, one of these couples told me long ago that the reason they were in San Diego was that they felt more comfortable here. It's a pretty multicultural place, multilingual too. I completely agree that it helps societal acceptance when Hollywood 'models' behavior as being normal. Apparently the first television interracial kiss was on Star Trek, and it was when some aliens forced William Shatner's character to kiss Nichelle Nichols'! It seems a shame it had to be a 'forced' kiss, but they later admitted that was probably necessary to get it past the censors. Man.

Linda said...

I see you aced the challenge of the scalloped edge; I look forward to full view modeling of your first lace project. Looks scrumptious thus far!

Nik said...

Those colors are beautiful. I can't stop looking at them.

Um, can I have the shawl?

noblinknits said...

It's your first shwal? Brilliant! I saw that film and found some of the graphic scenes disturbing but it was very thought provoking.