Steroids, what’s got to do with it?

There are some people who believe that there are Hollywood actors who do take steroids, while there are those who take it for beneficial reasons like dealing with asthma, others take steroids to improve their chances of gaining muscle especially when older (that’s when testosterone levels drop). I think I talked about this before, but if there are Hollywood actors who do take illicit drugs then steroids is one of them. It may be true, it may not be true. It’s pretty much Schrodinger’s drug, either they took it or they didn’t.

If testosterone levels do drop at an older age, then those nearing middle age or are middle-aged themselves are at risk for this. Especially if they stopped exercising for a certain role, that’s when it gets worrisome. Those who keep on exercising from youth to middle age would be exempt from this, unless if one them also takes steroids which’s just as bad. There are those who do get fit without being high on steroids, though that still takes time to get this fit (possibly several or a few years to get really fit).

Still, there might be only a handful of Hollywood actors who admit to using steroids. No doubt, it has become more commonplace for them to take steroids but since steroid use among athletes dates back to the 1950s they have set a precedent for actors to follow. If I’m not mistaken, steroids are used to enhance one’s physical activity. They may not always make muscles grow, maybe not to the same extent as exercising does but it does make it faster and easier to gain muscle.

There are however negative side-effects to this; not just more acne but also gaining breasts for some men as testosterone gets converted to oestrogen. I’m not going to be judgemental, though I do think it’s not that impossible for some actors to take steroids especially when it comes to superhero roles. This doesn’t mean every superhero actor does steroids to play a fictional character, but it does raise the risk for steroid use for some people especially if they’re tempted to do it the fast and easy way.

I wouldn’t really know if they actually did steroids or not, but some of them likely do and one of them would be caught dead for it. This may be true, this may not be true. Though if one of them gets caught dead for steroids, it would have ramifications for the superhero film and television industry. Actors and models would be tested for doping, the same way athletes have been subjected to for years. To be fair, there are certainly athletes and models who don’t do steroids at all.

Some actually do things the hard way, though there are others who dope and cheat. This is probably true for superhero and action actors, there are those who do things the hard way and those who cheat. There are also a few superhero actors who were truly athletic, something like Dave Bautista being an actual wrestler before he did acting. Who knows if he does steroids or not, he could be one of them but he could also be not of them too. Somebody would come out and be caught dead doing steroids.

They could be anybody, Dave Bautista could be one of them. But as I said before, he may not even do steroids at all. However, there’s a strong possibility that one day one of them would be caught dead doping which could have damning effects for the superhero industry. Perhaps even leading to a strong push for more body diversity. That might even be a good thing, especially for those who’re fat or thin. They needn’t to be pressured to look in a certain way, now that they have role models to look up to.

There would be a backlash to people who do campaign for bodily diversity, though I think it’s most likely going to be the same misogynists and racists who complain about more diversity in geek media assuming if a superhero actor were caught dead doing steroids at all. This person would be the Zoe Quinn of superhero television, in that she was the subject of controversy when it came to Gamergate. Gamergate, being a misogynistic and racist gaming movement, created Vivian James to spite people.

Chances are they’ll also create a character to spite him and his cohorts as well. No doubt, there’ll come a time when superhero actors start showing their hands and get caught dead for it. Not all superhero actors necessarily do steroids, but some of them would be caught dead doing it. This would be the start of a big controversy, perhaps bigger than Comicsgate when it comes to the world of superhero film and television.

The worst thing about Philippine television

To me, the worst thing about Philippine television is that outside of nonfiction programmes and possibly a handful of fiction programmes light-skinned actors are almost always cast in every Philippine television production ranging from Encantadia to Pedro Penduko. Most Filipinos don’t look like these characters but network executives keep on casting fair-skinned actors to play these characters anyways, even if they’re not people most Filipinos can relate to. Let alone outside of escapism and it wouldn’t hurt if they ever casted either regular Filipino looking actors or even half-black. You might say that this is unrealistic to see more half-black actors on Philippine television but it’s already being done with half-white actors that it’s only fair to include more half-black actors in non-stereotypical roles.

It’s like how the only times or most of the times you see darker-skinned Filipinos (including half-blacks) are on news programmes and some game shows, but fair-skinned actors almost always get cast in telenovelas that it’s practically unfair to those with darker skin. It’s not necessarily wrong to be fair-skinned and Filipino but if we go by citizenship based on blood descent wouldn’t half-black Filipinos count as well? If we go by nationality by citizenship then Aetas also count as Filipinos, so it’s not always about half-whites appearing on television fiction series. I suspect this also extends to music to some extent where fair-skinned Filipinos are almost always groomed to be pop musicians whereas dark skinned musicians tend to be less groomed to be pop musicians.

That too isn’t always the case and they’re not necessarily any less talented, but I think there’s the odd possibility of a darker-skinned actor being just as talented or even more talented than the usual mestiso typecasting in Philippine teleserye that has to be considered. It’s even parsimonious to say that they get overlooked in favour of those mestiso actors who might not have much acting chops (save for some of them). This is a vicious cycle where being an artista’s always associated with having fair skin, even though there are others who’re just as talented or even more so in some respects. A darker-skinned actress would be a better fit if we go by acting talent and relability, but the light-skinned actress prevails as a beauty standard and object of desire.

I even think there exists a pool of highly-talented darker-skinned actors and actresses waiting to be cast but they often get marginalised in favour of those fair-skinned actors, some of them might not even be that talented in acting and singing. The problem with those fair-skinned actors is that they don’t look like most Filipinos and they’re not always characters Filipinos can relate to. A good number of Filipinos live in poverty, some of us are middle class but there’s the tendency to portray rich mestiso characters that it’s like shooting oneself in the foot when it comes to creating characters people can see themselves in.

It’s not that fair-skinned actors can’t exist but they need to share the space with dark-skinned and even half-black ones to even things out and also to be made more relatable to most Filipinos. I know somebody on Reddit who said that she can’t relate to one character from the programme The Proud Family because she’s fair-skinned, so there are probably some Filipinos who can’t see themselves in the teleseryes they watch and go watch something else instead. The tendency to cast fair-skinned actors in Philippine programmes has to stop and it has to make way for darker-skinned actors to shine and play those roles, which makes them more relatable to the masses than the fair-skinned actors do.

Media effects

There are some Christians who say that some demons use media to infiltrate the souls of people that even if you take out the spiritual angle, media still affects people enough to be remarked in secular sources. This is as if media does shape the way you view the world, not to mention people imitating acts they see in the media as to reasonably cause alarm.

It’s possible to exercise discernment when using and consuming media, just don’t make them idols or let them consume you and your soul. Without the spiritual angle, you are still being affected by some media you like as to be cautious and careful about your usage if you can manage it with God to help you out. Not that watching telly’s inherently bad, as much as you avoid the bad ones (as in the content’s not morally good).

Or any other medium that you have to carefully use and consume, if at all as to be generous to many folks.

It’s a hallmark

I did watch a lot of telly before, but where one channel (Hallmark or at least this version of it) not only aired Clifford the Big Red Dog, Caillou, She-Ra and He-Man but also Sliders and Star Trek as well as biopics of The Osmonds and Marilyn Monroe. (For another matter, the Knowledge Channel had European programmes.)

If I recall, Hallmark was practically licenced so the licence lasted as long as it did before/when it expired in due time (this makes me think if K-Zone and Total Girl were licenced from Australian publishers and given Philippine editions, this would’ve been the same thing essentially and practically speaking).

Still surreal in hindsight that the Philippine Hallmark channel wasn’t adverse to airing cartoons and science fiction programmes at some point, that even if I’m misremembering things I do recall watching those before.

Unthinkable in hindsight

When it comes to things appearing in certain children’s programmes and the like recently, I have the feeling that a generation ago or two these would’ve been very niche and/or something that usually existed in fans’ minds. DC and Marvel only had openly queer characters recently, though the roots did go as far back in the 1980s and 1990s where one author had actually intended one of their characters as gay but wasn’t allowed to.

That’s not to say queer characters were nonexistent, usually the thing of underground comics and the like. Likewise there weren’t that many openly occult stuff at least from the 1950s to the 1960s though that would be attributed to censorship (Comics Code Authority in the US, though similar censorship bodies* do exist outside of America to an extent).

Somebody said the same thing about Sabrina where it would’ve sunk generations ago and even its 1990s incarnation was assumed to be evil and witchy (though that actress changed her mind and became a Christian). Though I still think a lot of things appearing today would’ve been unthinkable in hindsight and even then there are still people who take issues with those.

*Classics Illustrated does horror but then again much of it’s based on old literature, as if that’s its loophole.

Reversed

Considering some media have a habit of mocking and demonising Christians, should the reverse happen on the Flash where Caitlin’s a murderous wolf witch who hunts Christians with her pets and goes on drinking their victims’ blood together as well as attacking Barry Allen’s faith by summoning wolf demons to torment him and Cait herself appears as a wolf to do the same.

But Barry has had enough so he runs away from her, stays in church and prays to God to keep him safe from her that the next time she does that, Barry stops her immediately. She might go on destroying churches and bibles, she can’t destroy Barry’s faith at all. But that would be realising how demonised Christians are that depicting them as sympathetic and vulnerable to witches like Caitlin would be close to Christian beliefs.

Uncomfortable at first for some people, at least it’s not offensive as it affirms Christian beliefs.

Showing you the problem

I suspect if a good number of secular media have a habit of taking Christianity lightly and others ignoring it, though I’d say the latter’s better off by being so indifferent as to leave it alone than constantly mocking it (which might be offensive to some people).

Supposing if the Flash programme develops the guts to mock Satanism, where Caitlin is a crazed witch whom she and her pets are out to drink the blood of their victims and whenever Cait goes wolf, she attacks Barry Allen but he defeats her and heads to church for safety.

But that would be realising how and why Christianity’s so mocked and trivialised that when you have a hero fleeing away from a Satanist witch wolf and her pets, that’s actually in line with Christians fleeing from the Devil and why not too many people take religion seriously.

In a negative light

Though not all television series, comics and movies do this as many others ignore Christianity altogether, when you have stories mocking Christians and Christianity that makes stories that ignore Christianity seem all the more innocuous and tolerable, in good taste by Christian standards even (if because they leave those alone). It’s one think to know such a religion is imperfect, it’s another to make light of it that’s going to be tasteless.

Supposing if the reverse happened in the Flash where Caitlin Snow is a stark raving Satanist who has a habit of drinking people’s blood in her wolf form and with her pets, who cause witchcraft with her pets and often attacking Barry Allen for his faith that whilst that wouldn’t be any better to some extent, that’s actually in line with Christian beliefs where the Devil has a habit of attacking Christians by any means possible (like what that wolf witch Caitlin does).

There are also television programmes that promote Christianity and sermons as well as treating those respectfully, that to choose between the secular blue pill and the holy red pill choose wisely and not lose yourself to the world (like what Cait did).

Has this been fulfilled?

Yes in a way if you believe the prophecies or predictions of David Wilkerson and the girl from Valdres when it comes to explicit content on television and perhaps many other things like rebellion (which I assume some youngsters rebel by becoming occultists or something to that effect).

Like I think at some point or another, there used to be theatres for porn and still does to some extent but now accessible online in many forms, including many things like crush fetish. As well as the ordination of gays and lesbians, which has also been fulfilled as well as cohabiting in Norway.

(Bear in mind, several generations earlier a good number of Norwegians would have their marriages arranged to varying degrees depending on their consent and output.)

Heck, this got me into thinking that a generation ago or two Skins (a sexually explicit programme) would have been a porn series but come the 21st century it’s a legitimate telly series with quite a fandom.

Logically, there was a time in Hollywood where explicit content had to be regulated but with the rules gone it seemed Hollywood may’ve dipped into things formerly reserved for midnight theatres.

Looks like time has time and the prophecies have been fulfilled in a way.

How far they’ve come

Like I said, television has come a way when it comes to showing more explicit stuff but the same can be said of any other media to a degree (the really gory 120 Days of Sodom was written in the late 18th century but only got published in the 1900s and the other really gory erotica was restricted to Japan and possibly India). I actually think it’s safe to say newer media has made it much more accessible, for better or worse.

It could be argued any of the more infamous porn cliches like crushed animals and the like could’ve existed in Japanese guro and the like but wouldn’t get infamously big until much later, again that’s how far we’ve come. Likewise, there could’ve been porn shown on television but that was historically more of a late night thing until it crept into daytime stuff, slowly I supposed.

Not to mention the Simpsons was really controversial in the 1990s, much more controversial than some would remember. That’s how far we’ve come, even if it’s not always for the better.