Rewatching S6 of “Downton Abbey” is literally just. painful.
I watched Downton Abbey movie and was disappointed cousin maid-companion didn't turn out to be a girlfriend of hers.
Loch Downton Abbey????? 😂😂😂😂
I think about Thomas in that tug-of-war fairground scene on an hourly basis
When Downton Abbey met Breaking Bad? Ft. Thomas Barrow
Thomas Barrow | Downton Abbey | series 1
Richard: loses all brain cells
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@mr-barrow tagged me in the WIP game and seeing as I have a million I guess I’ll play again 😁
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He looked the picture of middle-class respectability, except for the way his thickly-framed glasses were balanced asymmetrically on the painfully bruised bridge of his nose as to avoid pressing on the sore spot caused by one of Jimmy's wayward fists.
From the next chapter of The Greenwood Institute (I promise I am writing it, stupid RSI makes it slow going 😭)
I think pretty much everyone has done it by now so no tagging!
my tenure in spn fandom during which i read pretty much any meta that came across my dash and then some allows me to apply the framework of 'gay character locked in a homophobic story by homophobic creators' to downton abbey which i'm currently watching for some reason. thanks spn fandom for that. anyway while canonically gay character castiel supernatural got to break out of his story thanks to a lot of factors that all unexpectedly came together, such as the fandom being insane, misha collins being insane, the show lasting for 15 years with cas being there for 12, the showrunners changing three times, and, finally, the writers' room having zero coherency between themselves with some writers steadily pushing the gay cas longcon for years and other writers repeatedly saying 'i am looking away i do not see it'. and probably much more.
well in downton abbey there's this scheming gay butler you've probably heard about (actually he's not even a butler for the majority of the series but i think that's how everyone knows him anyway). the poor chap suffers incredible homophobia at the hands of his creator. with regards to supernatural, people frequently say that it's upholding the values of white american masculine hegemony and we know that it appeals both to the liberal and conservative audiences because it mostly manages to Not Say Anything at all. the split in the writers' room probably has something to do with that but i am ill-equipped to produce any 'analysis' of the cw's supernatural. well pretty much all of downton abbey is written by one man, and that man is a member of the fucking tory party which instantly explains everything about downton abbey. which means the show has a coherent tone (if not plot or character arcs which as i've gathered it does not). any attempt to break the status quo is always punished because downton abbey is one tory's fantasy about the good old times. in supernatural, cas' confession is at least a gay man's idea finally come to fruition, but in downton abbey there's no one batting for thomas except for his large fanbase which doesn't really hold much sway.
here we all like to think thomas barrow should burn the abbey and guillotine some people as the infamous facebook group post shows. or at least he should leave the service for his own good (if you really enjoy thomas being trapped in downton because there's just so much tragedy in this and you absolutely do not wish for a happy ending well sorry for generalization then). supernatural fans for the most part wanted cas to stay with dean and raise their canonical adopted child (the adopted child is a real thing that happened on the cw's supernatural). we know that didn't happen because the divide in the writers' room can only go so far but it cannot destroy what supernatural was in part built on without support from the showrunner (which who knows if it had because one hand *gestures at the entire dabb era* what's all this then but on the other hand that's the guy who wrote that finale and like. what happened there) and the network (which it probably did not have, see the long history of well supernatural the show in general). but cas did break the story, even if the story tried to immediately dispose of him and then ultimately fell short for a large part because of this. thomas barrow can't ever break the story for even one moment because there's no one in his corner among the creative team behind the show which seems to largely consist of one man (if there's someone else and i don't know about them they don't seem to contradict his vision much). we finally get a moment's happiness for him in the movie (there's a guy who's genuinely interested in him without any ulterior motives or manipulation. they KISS! and nothing bad happens after this! unbelievable feat from downton abbey) and we are now assuming that was the end of it because richard ellis' actor has not been cast in the second movie (i don't know how these things work, can we have some hope that he'll be back for like two minutes to whisk thomas away to london from All That? or has all hope been lost?). of course We Will Always Have 432 Fics In The Ao3 Tag but still the canon has once again set out to crush thomas' (and ours) hopes and dreams it seems.
jesus that got long. basically what i was trying to say is that thomas can never escape downton because he has just one creator whose views are obviously ingrained in the show he's writing and those views prevent anything that we, gay downton abbey enjoyers gathered here on tumblr dot edu, would consider actual progress for thomas. he won't ever get to diss the abbey, the crawleys, carson and bates and everyone else who's been an asshole to him (the reverse has happened often enough though), the service industry, homophobia, and society in which he can never ultimately fit in when he so yearns for a sense of belonging, and then drop the mic and walk out while hanging off the arm of a hot guy who's head over heels for him with no manipulation and no betrayal waiting right around the corner because the showrunner would never allow that and his grip on the story and the characters is tight enough that they can never break out even for a second.
this was not to compare the experiences of canonically gay character castiel supernatural, who came out in the last episode he was ever in and died immediately, and canonically gay character thomas barrow, who we know as gay right from the very first episode in which he also immediately gets his heart broken and then continues to suffer a string of terrible misfortunes including conversion therapy (happened to castiel supernatural too except he wasn't even out back then. wild) and a suicide attempt and being outed at his workplace and other things. the only conclusion that can be drawn from this is that i like good media as much as anybody else but every once in a while i just have to get stuck on a terrible show that mistreats its gay character in every way imaginable. when thomas barrow gets sent to superhell at the end of the second downton abbey movie, due to be released this december, he'll probably say that it's at least better than it was up there.
lord g: i hope youll stay in one piece
matt: touch wood.
lord g: i never STOP touching wood
me: EXCUSE???????? ME???????
Honestly, I wish Downton Abbey continues all the way until they reach present day. Like I know most of the original cast won’t be part of it if it continued on, but like I wanna watch the kids grow up and still trying to maintain the estate.
Conversion is one of the most beautiful processes in the world. Full stop. Becoming Jewish is the best choice I’ve ever made in my life. It’s also one of the most difficult. It took years of finding myself and figuring out what Gd wanted for me. It took months of reading, praying, crying, talking to others, more crying, and more reading. It created tension within my family and my friends. It made me isolated on my university campus as I was shut out from queer organizations. It meant months of struggling to learn how to keep up with Hebrew transliterations, marking me out in the crowd at Shul as the person who didn’t know the prayers. It was hard and it was emotional but by Gd it made me strong and happy.
It made me Jewish. It brought me to my partner. It brought me to a Jewish family of my own that I’ll one day marry into. It brought me to preparing to be the wife of a rabbi. It brought me joy. And it was hard.
Being Jewish is inherently difficult. We are persecuted. We are called to wrestle. We are called to study and work at our faith every day. We are called to work.
And it pisses me off when people treat conversion as something dirty. And it pisses me off when people treat conversion as something to be avoided or “gotten out of”. It pisses me off when people say “oh even though I wasn’t raised in a Jewish environment I don’t technically have to convert so I’m not going to”. I have spoken to so many people through this blog; converts, patrilineals, and Jews disconnected from their practice, who are so EAGER to have the privilege of going through a conversion course, because it’s what teaches us how to be Jews in a xian-centric world.
I’m tired of being angry. I’m tired of seeing people crap on this beautiful, holy, blessed, most WONDROUS of processes that I was so privileged to get to experience. It made me happy. It brought me joy. It made me a Jew. It was the best thing I ever did.
So stop treating it like a dirty word, because I pity the kind of person who can’t see the glory of it.
Words can’t describe how happy I am with my newest display! Everything is antique.
- The suit is from ca. 1910-1912. It is made of blue wool with a silver silk lining!
- The gorgeous hat is from about 1909-1910. It is a wire base structure covered in light blue netting which has intricate straw braid completely sewn over it! There’s navy blue tulle and light blue silk ribbon all around the crown with two large wired bows! It’s further decorated with small flowers and one show stopping handmade satin rose with velvet and silk petals! The label inside the hat reads “Downing, Ladies’ Hatter, Boston.”
Other objects I chose are an antique metal mesh purse, an antique lace blouse insert, antique leather gloves, and an ermine stole!
What do you all think? Would you wear this?
wow julian really just made matthew the best character and then simply moved on
Henry Talbot (Matthew GoodE) and Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) in Emmy and Golden Globe-winning TV series, Downton Abbey. Downton Abbey movie sequel filming is currently underway!