Let me tell you a thing, about an amazing man named Patrick Stewart
I went to Comicpalooza this weekend and I was full of nervous energy as I was standing in line to ask Sir Patrick Stewart a question at his panel. I first had to thank him for a speech he had given at amnesty international about domestic violence towards women . I had only seen it a few months ago but I was still dealing with my own personal experience with a similar issue, and I didn’t know what to call it. After seeing Patrick talk so personally about it I finally was able to correctly call it abuse, in my case sexual abuse that was going to quickly turn into physical abuse as well. I didn’t feel guilty or disgusting anymore. I finally didn’t feel responsible for the abuse that was put upon me. I was finally able to start my healing process and to put that part of my life behind me.
After thanking him I asked him “Besides acting, what are you most proud of that you have done in you life (that you are willing to share with us)?”. Sir Patrick told us about how he couldn’t protect his mother from abuse in his household growing up and so in her name works with an organization called Refuge for safe houses for women and children to escape from abusive house holds. Sir Patrick Stewart learned only last year that his father had actually been suffering from PTSD after he returned from the military and was never properly treated. In his father’s name he works with an organization called Combat Stress to help those soldiers who are suffering from PTSD.
They were about to move onto the next question when Sir Patrick looked at me and asked me “My Dear, are you okay?” I said yes, and that I was finally able to move on from that part of my life. He then passionately said that his mother had done nothing to provoke his father and that even if she had, violence was never, ever a choice a man should make. That it is in the power of men to stop violence towards women. The moderator then asked “Do you want a hug?”
Sir Patrick didn’t even hesitate, he smiled, hopped off the stage and came over to embrace me in a hug. Which he held me there for a long while. He told me “You never have to go through that again, you’re safe now.” I couldn’t stop thanking him. His embrace was so warm and genuine. It was two people, two strangers, supporting and giving love. And when we pulled away he looked strait in my eyes, like he was promising that. He told me to take care. And I will.
Sir Patrick Stewart is an absolute roll model for men. He is an amazing man and was so kind and full of heart. I want to let everyone know to please find help if you are in a violent or abusive house hold or relationship. There are organizations and people ready to help. I had countless people after the panel thanking me for sharing the story and asking him those questions. Many said they went through similar things. You are not alone.
^ Here is the video of my question to Sir Patrick Stewart
Photos by Eugene Lee, Thank you
- This is beautiful. Just had to repost this.
How does Superman shave?
With Man of Steel coming up to its big screen debut, many attentive fans have noticed a slight wrinkle in the movie plot from what has been revealed in the trailers so far. The trailers show quite clearly a heavily bearded Clark Kent on a journey of self-discover (or something…) that quickly gave way to a clean shaven cape-and-tights wearing Superman doing his thing.
Given Superman’s inherent inability to be damaged by earthly materials, the questions stands: How does Superman shave?
Typical filmmaker oversight I’m sure. But this is a question that goes quite well as an advertising campaign for Gillete.
Partnering with the movie’s launch, Concept One launched this clever campaign for Gillete by asking “experts” and fans this hair-raising question. Fans have taken to YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook to debate this question while the campaign itself launched with the four theories from Bill Nye (the Science Guy), The Mythbusters (who have taken a break from blowing things up), Kevin Smith (film director and all around super geek), and Mayim Bialik (actress from Big Bang Theory with an actual PhD).
The theories are interesting and witty, and overall this is shaping up to be a fun campaign.
Personally, I’d like to think that Superman has the ability to extend and retract his hair at will. It sure beats putting on a pair of glasses to hide his “secret” identity.
Or… maybe they’re right. They do have experience with facial hair:
Breaking out with Google
Nerds young and old can celebrate Atari Breakout’s 37th birthday in true Google fashion this year.
In keeping with Google’s web antics, the tech giant has brought the classic breakout game unto their search engine as an Easter Egg.
Simply search “atari breakout” under Google’s image search and the search results transform into a breakout board. After clearing a board the search results will update with a random search item and the game continues.
Simple, clean, and fun. This Easter egg follows a long line of Google powered web delights that users have come to expect and love from the brand.
And for those who haven’t seen this for I/O, here is the homepage for their I/O 2013 event.
Check out the different combinations of I and O to unlock different looks and games.
Superbowl Ad Picks
Well its that time of year again. The biggest day for TV advertising and football fans - at least Ravens and Niner fans. As usual we’ve got the fan made Doritos commercials filled with the usual sort of ridiculousness we’ve come to expect but nothing particularly special. Nevertheless this year’s Superbowl entries do not disappoint. My top three picks for the year are from M&Ms, Dodge, and Axe.
Good Clean Fun: M&Ms “Love Ballad”
Inspirational: Dodge Ram “Farmer”
Axe being Axe: Axe “Lifeguard”
Bond for 70 seconds.
Coca-cola has been at the center of some fantastic alternative advertising in recent years. From Google’s Project Re: Brief to their Happiness Machines, Coke is just one of those brands that can go anywhere. Their most recent foray into the exciting realm of alternative advertising is a partnership between Coke Zero and the upcoming Bond film: Skyfall.
The masterwork of communications agency: Duval Guilaume Modem; this ridiculously interactive experience gives everyday Coke Zero drinkers a chance to fall in line with the likes of Sean Connery, Roger Moore, and Daniel Craig for seventy intense seconds.
Starting with a Coke Zero vending machine, commuters in the Antwerp Central station who want a chance at free Skyfall tickets are prompted to make their way across the station to collect their prize. As the countdown clock starts, nearby street performers break into a well timed performance on the iconic Bond theme music and the race is on for the unsuspecting commuter. The mad dash through the station is naturally riddled with the usual Bond inspired obstacles before finally ending at another Coke Zero vending machine - and of course the tickets.
This wholly interactive experience is perhaps one of the most exciting alternative advertising effort this writer has seen to date. From the street inspired rendition of the classic theme song, to the well timed and choreographed performing obstacles. You’d be hard pressed to top this experience with anything short of giving away forty carat diamonds on the street.
As you might have already guessed, the first hand exposure to this experience is limited to only the handful of participants and intrigued passersby that were there. As is often the case for alternative advertising tactics success lies in media exposure. Within twenty hour fours of the video’s posting on YouTube, some 53,000 views and nearly seven thousand likes have been earned. Ideas like these don’t often have the chance to come to fruition as marketing objectives tend favor more traditional approaches. However, given the right brand, the right time, and the right idea, every now and then, something truly exhilarating can come along.
In stark contrast to experience depicted above, below is a TV spot done in France for Coke Zero on the same premise of Unlocking The 007 In You.
Cool, but not quite the same.