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29 December 2016 @ 11:00 pm
Rest In Stardust.  
I was so busy over Christmas that I never got a chance to make one of my tribute graphics for George Michael. I can't believe we lost him. Yes, when I was a kid I listened to his music, but that wasn't what made him such an interesting and iconic person to me. It was the way he shaped gay culture and the way he was a pioneer in gay acceptance, because he fought back against the image that they forced upon him for so long. By being in the spotlight he felt like he had to conform or give up his dreams as a musician, and eventually he let all of that go and spoke out on the AIDS crisis and the stigma of AIDS and the gay man...and just in general, he was an amazing and very brave person and talented man.

Jump forward a few days after that, where I was still feeling bad about George Michael, and then we lose Carrie Fisher. Which I can't even wrap my head around. I am heartbroken. I am devastated. I have cried for this loss. I knew she was quite ll, but she had been doing so much better, I thought she was stable and out of the woods. And then she was just gone. The first woman I ever truly looked up to. Before Audrey Hepburn even, there was Princess Leia. Before She-Ra and Teela and April O'Neil and Ororo Monroe...there was Princess Leia. And then after that, there was Carrie Fisher. The more I learned about her and her struggles in life, and the way she fought back against them and against society's stigma of her mental illness and the societal culture of sexism, and just in general told the world to 'fuck it' when she didn't like what she heard, all the while dealing with her own demons and anxiety (something of which I know a thing or two about) - the more I found her to be the hero that she played in Princess Leia. I am sorry we have lost her. I'm sorry we won't get to see her reaction to the fascist presidency we are about to get. I am sorry we won't get to see her storyline finished in Star Wars. I am sorry we will miss out on so many more words of wisdom from our favorite space-mom.

As if all that wasn't bad enough, but the shock of losing her daughter sent Debbie Reynolds on her way as well. I feel so badly for that poor family and everything they have lost. And, because I am me, I have been worrying about Carrie's dog, Gary. It was his job and life to take the worry and stress away from her. But who will now take the worry and stress away from him? Hopefully her daughter will bring him comfort.

Rest In Peace, George Michael. Rest In Peace, Carrie Fisher. Rest In Peace, Debbie Reynolds.
 
 
 
Shirebound: heart red - Primula Bagginsshirebound on December 30th, 2016 04:44 am (UTC)
I feel so badly for that poor family and everything they have lost.

I can't even imagine what they're going through. Thank you for this lovely post.

*sending love to GaryDog*
dodger_sister: griefdodger_sister on January 14th, 2018 12:23 am (UTC)
I can't even imagine what they're going through. Thank you for this lovely post.

We lost so many good people that month. We keep on losing them too.

*sending love to GaryDog*

On the anniversary of her death, there was a tweet post going around (from Gary's official twitter? From Carrie's daughter?) that was a picture of Gary with a framed photo of Carrie behind him and the caption, "I miss my mom everyday." And I, of course, burst into tears. Who would repost that on my twitter feed, dammit?!
Jo Ann: Cats: Meow means I love youyeuxdebleu on December 30th, 2016 05:03 am (UTC)
I have been worrying about Carrie's dog, Gary.

Gary is going to live with Billie Lourd, Carrie's daughter/Debbie's granddaughter.
dodger_sister: griefdodger_sister on January 14th, 2018 12:26 am (UTC)
Gary is going to live with Billie Lourd, Carrie's daughter/Debbie's granddaughter.

I know he did, the sweet puppy. But still, he must have been looking for his mom and then of course, they lived right next door to Debbie Reynolds, so he must have been looking for his grandma too. Now, seeing how my mom's dog has adjusted to living with us, I know Winston is doing okay here and he loves us and this is a good life, but we can't say the word 'mom' around him and we made the mistake of bringing some of her blankets into the house that smelled like her and so for Winston, and for Gary, I get all emotional. I keep getting more emotional the older I get! By the time I reach 60, I'm gonna cry about everything! <3
Jo Ann: Crying childyeuxdebleu on January 16th, 2018 03:10 am (UTC)
I keep getting more emotional the older I get! By the time I reach 60, I'm gonna cry about everything! <3

I know the feeling. The older we get, the more people close to us die. It's very sad.
Jo Ann: Shocked/scared babyyeuxdebleu on December 30th, 2016 05:07 am (UTC)
All the celebrity deaths this year got me to thinking about the deaths that have affected me most strongly in my lifetime so I did and entry about them. I chose only three, but I could have included many, many more. I hope 2017 doesn't bring the death of the US at the hands of Donald Trump. Ackk!
dodger_sister: the daily showdodger_sister on January 14th, 2018 12:29 am (UTC)
All the celebrity deaths this year got me to thinking about the deaths that have affected me most strongly in my lifetime so I did and entry about them.

I missed this entry of yours somehow - who were the three? Carrie Fisher & Adam Yauch are probably my top 2.

I hope 2017 doesn't bring the death of the US at the hands of Donald Trump. Ackk!

Well, we made it through 2017. I'm still holding my breath though.


edited bc I used a really inappropriate icon for this on accident & it was gonna bug me!

Edited at 2018-01-14 12:37 am (UTC)
Jo Ann: Black mourning ribbonyeuxdebleu on January 16th, 2018 03:07 am (UTC)
Here is the LJ entry I did in December, 2016 about celebrity deaths.

https://yeuxdebleu.livejournal.com/226636.html
Kate: Hiding Catceitfianna on December 30th, 2016 06:43 am (UTC)
*hugs* I love your graphic and ugh, this year sucks.
dodger_sister: the daily showdodger_sister on January 14th, 2018 12:30 am (UTC)
I love your graphic

Thank you. I just wanted to do something small for Carrie Fisher. I loved her so.

and ugh, this year sucks.

2017 wasn't much better for losses, that's for sure. Maybe 2018 will be better?

edited bc I used a really inappropriate icon for this on accident & it was gonna bug me!

Edited at 2018-01-14 12:37 am (UTC)
Trigger Warning: Life: cutematchboximpala on January 7th, 2017 03:19 am (UTC)
There have been so many losses this year and Carrie Fisher's and Debbie Reynolds's were definitely a blow. Singin' in the Rain is my all-time favorite movie and I have seen it over 40 times.

My cousin Kate lives in Goring-on-Thames, where George died in one of the houses he owned. I've visited there a few times and took pictures of his lovely home, but never spotted him. She says people are still bringing flowers and candles there.
dodger_sister: griefdodger_sister on January 14th, 2018 12:35 am (UTC)
There have been so many losses this year and Carrie Fisher's and Debbie Reynolds's were definitely a blow. Singin' in the Rain is my all-time favorite movie and I have seen it over 40 times.

One right after the other, I can't even imagine. Whenever my bff and I have a night to ourselves, with no Sis around, we have a tradition of watching a dance movie. Singing in the Rain was oddly next on our list when Debbie Reynolds passed, so we ended up watching it like a month later. It was a nice tribute. (we'd both seen it before, but you can never see it too much!)

My cousin Kate lives in Goring-on-Thames, where George died in one of the houses he owned. I've visited there a few times and took pictures of his lovely home, but never spotted him. She says people are still bringing flowers and candles there.

I think that's lovely that George Michaels' tribute went on so long, that so many people showed up to honor him. I don't think he ever fully accepted the impact he had on the world, but he surely did.