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Gwendoline Christie Nominating Herself For An Emmy Is A Valuable Lesson To All Women

Back yourself.

Being a woman in a male dominated world is hard. I’m not sooking – this isn’t a sop story, so put the violin away – I’m just stating fact. 

We get paid less than men, are judged on our appearance more than we are judged on our ability, and are criticised for not conforming to social expectations. In other words, we are expected to be softly spoken, maternal angels. If we do not fit into this box, there’s something wrong with us. 

Any woman who is assertive is labeled as bossy. If you’re confident you’re vain. If you’re headstrong you’re mean and unlikeable – headstrong people don’t have friends. 

Females know deep down that this is bullshit but sometimes it’s hard to block out the noise. The labels and name calling can get to you and the self-doubt creeps in. 

Well, Gwendoline Christie is about to squash your doubt once and for all because she just pulled a huge power move which we can all learn from: 

The actor, who is best known for playing Ser Brienne of Tarth in Game of Thrones, nominated herself for an Emmy. 

Rather than accept that HBO didn’t nominate her for the award, Gwendoline took it upon herself to submit her own name for consideration because she knew it was what she deserved. 

Lesson: be your own champion, ladies. 

Don’t sell yourself short because you’re scared of the labels. If you back yourself, there will be some pay off. Maybe you’ll get the Emmy, or the promotion, or just some recognition. 

Or, maybe you’ll get nothing. But one thing’s for sure: you’ll feel so much better for standing up for you. I for one would rather be “bossy” and visible than quiet and invisible. 

We Shouldn’t Be Surprised Kit Harington Has Checked Into A Wellness Retreat

We know nothing.

When I heard the news Kit Harington had checked himself into a wellness retreat, I was surprised.

“That doesn’t seem like Kit” I thought, because I definitely know him personally. Also because, in my mind, wellness retreats are only for celebrities with serious mental health or addiction problems.

Both of these things are very far from the truth.

I wouldn’t know what does and doesn’t “seem like Kit” because I don’t know him at all.

And wellness retreats are definitely not just for completely broken celebs who’ve fallen from grace: they’re for any and all individuals who want to do some self-care. Which is exactly what Kit has done and is completely relatable.

“Kit has decided to utilise this break in his schedule as an opportunity to spend some time at a wellness retreat to work on some personal issues,” read a statement released by his representative.

It follows an earlier report in the NY Post that claimed that Kit had been working on methods to deal with “stress and negative emotions”, including mindful meditation and cognitive behavioural therapy

I understand these decisions. I respect them. Actually, I advocate for them; our mental health is just as important as our physical health.

The voice in our head is with us every single second of every single day whether we like it or not. The voice in MY head isn’t always kind, which means some days are harder than others.

So, Kit checking himself into a wellness retreat isn’t shocking, it’s not even a little bit surprising – it’s totally normal.

It especially makes sense when we remember that Game of Thrones just ended- a show which wasn’t just Kit’s job but his entire life for ten years. Kit said goodbye to a familiar routine, a family of cast members and a part of him in Jon snow all at once, which is a lot to take.

Kit’s co-stars Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams have both been open about their struggles with mental health while filming Thrones. Being part of something so big comes with very high highs but also crushing lows.

“Having your adolescence being displayed in public, that’s something I really wish hadn’t happened,” Sophie said in an interview with The Sunday Times.

“Being in the age of social media when that’s happening, I think I would be a much saner person if I hadn’t been documented from 13 – your most awkward, uncomfortable, unsure-of-yourself years.”

Whether you’re a Sophie Turner, Kit Harington or *insert your name here* of the world, a little bit of self care goes a long way.

Game Of Thrones' Reason For Why Jon Snow Didn't Farewell Ghost Is Weak

Not good enough. <br />

Game of Thrones Season 8 has been a wild ride, and I don’t say that positively.

The first four episodes have been a mix of pure love, shock and hatred directed at HBO.

But the biggest shock of them all nay, the biggest let down in the history of Game of Thrones came this week when Jon Snow left Ghost behind without so much as a goodbye.

Ghost has been around for about half of Jon’s life but apparently loyalty means nothing to the ‘honourable’ Jon Snow.

Long story short: Ghost deserved better.

Posted by Game Of Memes on Monday, 6 May 2019

The director of the episode, David Nutter, has attempted to explain why Jon didn’t have any interaction with Ghost in this scene.

I say attempted because, frankly, it’s not good enough.

“Well the good thing was [Ghost] wasn’t right next to the actors and so forth, so there wasn’t any issues with green screen or situations where we’re dealing with any kind of rotoscoping,” he told INSIDER.

Simply put, Ghost and Jon were kept seperate to simplify the filming process and streamline editing in post-production.

Jon has been shown patting Ghost in past seasons so I call B.S. on this ‘reason’. It feels like more of an excuse to me.

HE TOUCHED THE GHOST

The whole thing felt like HBO saying “we’ve run out of money for CGI direwolves, sorry guys” which just makes me mad. Fair enough if you don’t have money guys (I get that, I really do) but you could have at least made the scene more impactful.

I don’t know, maybe show Ghost running after Jon or something. I wanted to feel things. I wanted to CRY. Instead I just wanted to punch Jon in his constipated face for being a heartless idiot.

Ghost. Deserved. Better.

*louder for the people in the back*

GHOST. DESERVED. BETTER.

DESERVED. BETTER.

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