Comments: Tilda Swinton can be the squiggly mark over my "n" anytime

But ... but ... Ted Casablanca is a dork who writes blind items for a living. Of course he's going to snigger about nontraditional relationships. Ignore him.

Posted by Debby at February 25, 2008 09:37 AM

I have until now given him nary a thought and will henceforward do the same, but a respectable news outlet shouldn't be running his juvenile musings. I guess it's because the media currently have a crazy concept of what it means to give equal time to opposing viewpoints. (Like when they get all "Well, we let the Democrats talk about how they're critical of this Republican position, so we should quote a Republican saying something that's balls-out untrue without calling them on their shit.")

Posted by Francis at February 25, 2008 09:50 AM

I'm sorry, did you just call E! a respectable news outlet? Time is a respectable news outlet. CNN, for all their faults, is a respectable news outlet. E! is the Us magazine of the cable world.

Posted by Debby at February 25, 2008 10:57 AM

Yes, but he's being quoted in an ABC News story.

Posted by Francis at February 25, 2008 11:15 AM

Oy. Now that's some lazy reporting.

Posted by Debby at February 25, 2008 11:22 AM

You're missing the important facts here:

(1) "The person who is getting what they want" is a truly stunning case of "they"-as-singular; it's being used within a clause whose entire point is that there's only one x such that x gets what x wants, and yet "they" is used.

(2) Tilda Swinton is hot.

Posted by Lance at February 25, 2008 02:52 PM

Without wishing to get all terminological or semantic, I wouldn't call her relationship "polyamorous" or a "threesome" anyway, based on these articles. It doesn't sound as if Tilda still has sex with her 68-year-old former partner. They only "technically" (her word) share a mailing address, while in practice she is usually elsewhere.

It sounds to me as if they would be amicably divorced, if they had ever been married in the first place.

Cf. Bruce + Demi + Ashton going on vacation together.

Posted by Richard at February 25, 2008 09:01 PM

Well, of course, I don't know what they call it (and I can't find the "technically" you refer to), but it's not necessarily "not polyamorous" even if Tilda and her partner of 18 years happen to not currently be having sex. They live together and are co-raising children and are reportedly happy with whatever their current arrangement is. I think for a monogamous couple, even one that wasn't sleeping together anymore, if one partner started seeing someone else, it would cause a relationship crisis. Here, it hasn't; that's kind of a hallmark of polyamory.

"Threesome" is definitely a stupid thing to call the relationship, however.

Posted by Francis at February 25, 2008 10:57 PM

Gah. She did not say "technically." I am shamed.

She said "ostensibly."

"We ostensibly live in the same house." (first article)

Posted by Richard at February 26, 2008 12:32 PM

I've always been meaning to ask you this, Francis.

Last year, on Studio 60, first we had one episode where Matt remembers an old writer that is actually an anagram of his name (i.e. him). Then, the next episode, we had Matt making a donation to some polyamorous society as a sort of karma offset for attending a function at one of Harriet's Christian groups.

At that point, did you think that Sorkin had been poaching your blog? I did.

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