Beauty and the Beast Episode 12 | Watch Beauty and the Beast Episode 12 Online
Beauty and the Beast Episode 12 is next. Watch Beauty and the Beast Episode 12 Online as There's good news and bad news for Cat (Kristin Kreuk). The good news is Vincent's (Jay Ryan) blackouts aren't her fault. The bad news? They are her mother's fault. Didn't see that one coming, did you?
J.T. (Austin Basis) has been locking Vincent in that little cage (which isn't going to hold and we all know it) and inducing blackouts. While Vince is unconscious, he has flashbacks of repressed memories of his time in Afghanistan, when the "project" that turned him into the beast first began. He remembers that Cat's mother, Vanessa, was the one who gave the injections and was a key scientist in developing the serum.
At first, everything was great. Vincent was told he was receiving vitamin shots, and he felt stronger and healthier than ever. Even his hearing was drastically improving. But, he knew something was wrong when a female soldier suddenly had a blackout episode and broke a picnic table with her fist. When he tried to ask questions, Cat's mother couldn't answer him, but he knew she was concerned. She does say, however, that blackouts are a side effect of the injections.
Soon, a commander wants to shut down the project and terminate the soldiers. When Vanessa speaks out against the death of her subjects, he tries to kill her, but Vincent turns into the beast and saves her.
This news isn't exactly news to Cat since the FBI agent already had informed her that her mother worked for Muirfield. Vincent is hurt when he realizes she kept something that was so important from him. "I thought we were past keeping secrets." This girl is always hurting his feelings. He's just trying to do right by her all the time. Make it easier for me to like you, Cat!You're a Halston woman from the very beginning," the advertisement proclaims. The model stares provocatively at the viewer, her long blonde hair waving around her face, her bare chest partially covered by two curved bottles that give the illusion of breasts and a cleavage.
The average American is accustomed to blue-eyed blondes seductively touting a variety of products. In this case, however, the blonde is about five years old.
Advertising is an over 100 billion dollar a year industry and affects all of us throughout our lives. We are each exposed to over 2000 ads a day, constituting perhaps the most powerful educational force in society. The average American will spend one and one-half years of his or her life watching television commercials. The ads sell a great deal more than products. They sell values, images, and concepts of success and worth, love and sexuality, popularity and normalcy. They tell us who we are and who we should be. Sometimes they sell addictions.
Advertising is the foundation and economic lifeblood of the mass media. The primary purpose of the mass media is to deliver an audience to advertisers, just as the primary purpose of television programs is to deliver an audience for commercials.
Adolescents are particularly vulnerable because they are new and inexperienced consumers and are the prime targets of many advertisements. They are in the process of learning their values and roles and developing their self-concepts. Most teenagers are sensitive to peer pressure and find it difficult to resist or even question the dominant cultural messages perpetuated and reinforced by the media. Mass communication has made possible a kind of national peer pressure that erodes private and individual values and standards.
But what do people, especially teenagers, learn from the advertising messages? On the most obvious level they learn the stereotypes. Advertising creates a mythical, mostly white world in which people are rarely ugly, overweight, poor, struggling or disabled, either physically or mentally (unless you count the housewives who talk to little men in toilet bowls). In this world, people talk only about products.Last month, actress and activist Ashley Judd took a lot of heat from mainstream and social media. Pundits and bloggers alike went after her, sometimes viciously, for her appearance, pointing out that she seemed to have gained weight, especially in her face, and was no longer the "familiar beauty audiences loved her for."
Nevermind that she had been ill and treated with steroids for a month, let alone that she is now 43 years old and still quite stunning. Word went out that she'd "had work done" and it had gone badly, "messing up" her face. Ironically, Judd has countered, when she has no visible wrinkles on TV, she is also accused of having had "work done", attested to by plastic surgeons who weigh in even though they have never set eyes on her.
Judd, usually averse to publicity, did not let the insults stand. In commentary posted on The Daily Beast she faced down the frenzied media (pun intended). Underscoring that "the conversation is really a misogynistic assault on all women," she wrote, "The conversation about women happens everywhere, publicly and privately. We are described and detailed, our faces and bodies analyzed and picked apart, our worth ascertained and ascribed based on the reduction of personhood to simple physical objectification. Our voices, our personhood, our potential and our accomplishments are regularly minimized and muted."
The key word in that quote for me is "voices," because while it may be time to revisit The Beauty Myth that Naomi Wolf wrote so eloquently about in 1991, I believe there is more than meets the eye in the assault on Judd's appearance. I think she was pilloried as part of the so-called War on Women.
Judd is a fine actress but she is also a strong woman who actively advocates for other women in this country and abroad (in addition to her work related to HIV/AIDS). She is therefore part of a sisterhood that has found its individual and collective voice and refuses to be silenced, ever again.
Women like that get punished. I know because it's happened to me. I've been called ugly, unlovable, unfeminine, and "probably fat" just for voicing my opinion on matters ranging from gun control to Israeli politics.
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