AV Club:Why did you decide to make the KGB and Russia such a big threat? It almost feels like the Cold War never ended in the show.
Adam Reed:It does. Part of that was just my personal weariness with real life, especially. But also, in thriller fiction these days, everything is always about terror. I get enough of that on the news, so I didn’t want to deal with fundamentalists or any sort of thing like that. I just wanted to keep it as lighthearted as the Cold War was, which obviously it was a fun time for everybody.
“Every time I read an article about conservatives being “pro- life” I am reminded of my brother who died of ALS at the age of 47. He spent the last 6 years of his life in nursing homes where the care, supervision and meals were abysmal. One of his former roommates was smoking a cigarette, fell asleep and burned to death because his diaper caught fire. Another roommate went home for the weekend to visit his mother and committed suicide in the garage of her home so that he wouldn’t have to return to the nursing home. I have to say that in all the years my brother was there I never once saw a group of conservatives out in front of the building shouting slogans about the sanctity of life and how all lives - no matter what age - are meaningful. I never once saw a group of evangelicals visiting with patients, pushing wheelchairs, or feeding the elderly residents. There were no Rick Santorums advocating on behalf of my brother who several years before had been a pro golfer and was still the father of two adorable young boys. When conservatives and evangelicals understand that ALL life really is sacred, including that of the elderly, the permanently disabled, the terminally ill, and the women and children who accidentally get bombed in the course of a war, then maybe I’ll listen to their opinions on contraceptives and/or abortion. For now, however, this is really just a politically heated argument about women’s reproductive rights and who gets to control those rights.”—
Wowwww, Watson has now beaten Kalinda Sharma, CJ Cregg, AND Mary Crawley in FMM. That is some commitment to boring white dudes you have there, fandom. I hope you and boring white dudes are very happy together.
Wow, that’s, uh, really special. Not only are all those women more awesome than Watson, they are on shows that are better than Sherlock.
“Everyone is trying to save the Muslim woman; Western society must save her from Islam and Islamic society must save her from Western influence. No one – NO ONE – assumes that the Muslim woman can make up her own mind about what is best for her.”—
There was a great article at the hockey blog Puck Daddy, of all places, on linking the tolerance supported by the ‘You Can Play’ ad campaign against homophobia and Canadian hockey commenter Don Cherry’s recent complaint that the Toronto Maple Leafs don’t have enough Ontario-born players on their roster and that is why they suck. The point of the article was that ‘You Can Play’ might be focused on homophobia but it’s a universal statement for any sort of intolerance: being a good hockey player is not dependent on the fact that you’re straight or were born in Ontario. Along those lines, I’d like to link this comment with other things that have been going on: things like Kony 2012 and the recent fights over access to birth control in the US. It’s all the same thing: one group of people, the more privileged group, is deciding what’s best for another group of people, without any real understanding of what that means. Help has to always be provided on the terms of those in need, not the terms of those lending a hand. Or else you end up with Afghanistan.