Top ten TV moments of 2012
Imogen Bailey on Go Back To Where You Came From series 2
Of all the participants in SBS' second series of its "refugee journey" reality show, Imogen Bailey turned out to be the real surprise. Picked to represent a neutral stance - concerned for refugees' wellbeing but aware of the media's role in shaping our opinions on the topic - her journey throughout the show revealed an eloquence and empathy that, it's safe to say, most people weren't expecting the former lad's mag model to demonstrate. Plus she knew how to rock a hijab.
TV Republicans get sad about the Election result
I know that feel bros :(
Madonna gives the Super Bowl crowd a lesson in vogueing
It was said best by blogger Dan Fishback: "I generally just feel like this is a huge triumph for feminine and queer energy in the universe. The Super Bowl is such an ugly symbol for everything that is brutish and stupid about American/Western masculinism, and this was like an INTERVENTION. Not only did this woman make millions of football fans watch VOGUE — not only her GAYEST song, but a song that is LITERALLY ABOUT BEING GAY, AND IS BASED ON AN APPROPRIATION OF GAY STREET CULTURE — but she made it even gayer by projecting images of VOGUE MAGAZINE . “FUCK YOU, FOOTBALL. FUCK YOU, AMERICAN MALENESS.” “BETTE DAVIS, WE LOVE YOU” - that sentence was said AT THE SUPER BOWL. The major theme of that performance was that FEMININE GAYNESS IS AWESOME, and WAY MORE INTERESTING THAN CONVENTIONAL AMERICAN MASCULINITY. As soon as it was over, I tweeted, “It got better.” Pretty much.
Simon Sheikh's Q&A appearance ends abruptly
The flu is a helluva drug.
Lane Pryce on Mad Men
While I'm still smarting about the fact that our cruel and indifferent god Matthew Weiner decided to send Lane off in such a cold fashion, he was the highlight of Season Five for me (all you Zou Bisou Bisou fans can sod off). Jared Harris's sympathetic, complex performance was one of the year's best - and he made the days of many a Mad Men fanatic when, back at the start of the year, he belted Pete Campbell.
BBC commentator delighted by avian interruption (click image to watch)
"Oh, there's a little pigeon on my foot" :D
* * *
See you in 2013, square eyes!