These pictures are a few days old but you know what? There’s no one out there who’s going to complain about seeing them even if you’re seeing them again, right? It’s Jodie Turner-Smith and Joshua Jackson. Seeing them is self-care for Kathleen. Every time they step out she texts me her fan fiction about them, in tears, good tears. And good tears are hard to come by these days.
Jodie and Joshua went out for a walk with the baby the other day. Do we know the name of their baby? The baby is a girl, that’s about all the information we have. And that’s all they’re willing to give us, like other celebrities who’ve been able to conceal the names of their children for as long as they possibly can. Evan Rachel Wood made a point of not revealing her son’s name for years. I think it’s out there now but she contained it for so long that even when it was finally made public, I don’t know that I retained it. And it’s my job to process celebrity headlines, so it means it works, if you want it to work.
I’m not going to pretend here that I’m not that asshole who isn’t curious about Jodie and Joshua’s baby name though. Of course I am. Both their names start with “J”. Will their baby’s name start with “J”? Have they hyphenated the last name(s)? Jodie’s last name is hyphenated, and I wonder if they keep that as a tradition. As Duana has been telling us over the years, names are identifiers in so many ways. Names carry meaning but also hopes. Names are expressive, they’re personal, sometimes they’re political. The names that are chosen for their children often tell you more about the parents. Jodie and Joshua are thoughtful and they’re artistic and they’re responsible with their platforms. I wonder how that’s reflected in the name of their child.
By the way, if you missed it, here’s what both of them posted in support of Black Lives Matter. Jodie educated her followers on the history of anti-Black racism and the KKK, an organisation that has NEVER been declared a terrorist group.
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on this day 99 years ago, a mob made up of white residents, the KKK, and police officers took to the streets and the air and razed the greenwood district of tulsa, oklahoma. they attacked and killed Black residents and destroyed Black businesses in what was the wealthiest Black community in the United States, known as Black Wall Street. 35 square blocks. destroyed. today, as protests about the murder of George Floyd continue to erupt all over the country, the president tweets that he is declaring â€œANTIFAâ€ a terrorist organisation. meanwhile, an ACTUAL organisation that has been the author of so much violence and terror against Black peopleâ€” THE FUCKING KKKâ€”has never been declared a terrorist organisation. meanwhile, we are watching the police CONTINUE to terrorise our communities and terrorise us when we object to their state-sanctioned violence! This country has continued to demonstrate that it does not care about the gallons of blood of its Black citizens that it has on its hands. This country continues to brutalise us to kill us to tell us we are less than to put its foot on our necks in plain sight with no repercussions. WE ARE TIRED. link in bio for bail funds to donate to for protestors in your city putting their bodies, lives and livelihoods on the line.
Joshua, as a white man, called out white privilege, and pressed on white people, who have created the problems, to feel the consequences of the problem, and then be part of the solution. Warning: these images are hard to watch. For Black people it’s a trigger because they’ve probably been on the receiving end of this violence. For the rest of us, it might be difficult viewing, but imagine actually being the target.
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dear white people, particularly white self-identifying liberals, we need to understand that what happened to Christian Cooper in central park is a problem. The killing of Breonna Taylor is a problem. The assassination of Ahmaud Arbery is a problem. The murder of George Floyd is a problem. and none of these are problems that belong to the black community. WE are the problem. We built the political structures that are in place today. We created the cultural divisions that continue to separate us. We created the financial system that has reinforced the wealth gap between White and Black America. We created it. We are the intended beneficiaries of this violence and oppression. Every time we accept that America is unequal and unjust towards Black people, we are complicit in supporting the structures of oppression and repression that underpin this society. So today donate to a bail fund like @mnfreedomfund. Support @blmlosangeles and @blklivesmatter. Go to a protest and march. Hold your elected officials accountable. And your friends and your racist uncle and yourself. Use the benefit of your protected voice. The video above is of LAPD members attacking unarmed non-violent protestors today. Love and respect to @kendrick38 and everybody else who was out there in the front lines.
And then I hope it’s OK, since it shouldn’t diminish our concern about the most important issues, please note Joshua’s haircut. He has thick, wavy hair. But these are pandemic times. Instead of managing it, he’s just like, f-ck it, and it’s gone, much less to manage with a newborn.