chainiewen said: Oh THANK YOU for speaking the truth. What you said about Gotts ruined Tom's beauty. I mean seriously, I just message the other blogger about how Tom looks like aging so much. How could no one notice that? Even the styling is wayyyy off. Why don't they just let the shirt hanging outside of his pants? Put slip it in. It makes his waist looks so short and kind of awkward look for a grown up man. They ruin my HIddles!!! And Gotts have the gals to ask for more followers be4 he release other shot. Meh
I like the b&w edit better than the colored one, but he looks old in both. Which is not a bad thing, is just a fact. Not old like in “tired and wrinkly and ugly”, just old like “hey, he’s not twenty anymore”. Still sexy though. The b&w one sort of looks like a modern greek statue.
Which edits are we talking about?
The “Save the Arctic” photo:
Wow, I actually haven’t seen this. It’s fucking bad lighting and REALLY bad photoshop. Seriously, what the fuck is up with the weird desaturation on his skin?
Someone (or a lot of people) colored it. I like the colored one, but the saturated one makes me think of a modern greek statue, an Adonis Tom… I like it.
I’m sorry. When I first saw this, I was not thinking old, wrinkled, bad lighting, crappy photoshopping. I was thinking Arm Veins, nom nom neck, and how fast could I get that belt off.I was thinking the EXACT SAME THING
Yes! I think Tom looks amazing. And so he’s got a few laugh lines? Big whoop. Still sexy as hell. He’s still human. And yes, he will get older. If we’re all about embracing our own imperfections, each other’s imperfections, we need to embrace his too.EXACTLY! That’s why we’re BFF,beautiful! 😽 He still LOOKS GOOD. And he’s my sisters age…and my most recent exs age…and Kat Dennings is my age and they went out… And there I go again…off on a tangent… STOP IT BRAIN! YOU HAVE NO CHANCE WITH HIM. Aargh
Wait, someone is upset because he has laugh lines?? Have they even SEEN ho much this man laughs and smiles and just enjoys the everliving hell out of his life? And rightfully so! To me, his lines make him beautiful. They tell a story of how hard he’s worked to get to where he is in his life and his career and how much he had enjoyed every moment of it. I hope my lines portray that same lust and joy and zest for life. He is damn beautiful, and I hope we get another shot soon :-)that’s what I was gonna say!!! He looks AMAZING! And laugh lines are a sign someone is enjoying their life!!!! I still think he’s one of the most(if not the most) gorgeous men I’ve ever seen
Oh God, yes. Bring on the laugh lines. It means you’re happy and enjoying yourself. Far better than botoxed frozen-face. I think he looks stunning…
If he’s old… man, there’s no hope for me. I could have been his babysitter when I was in HS.
Um…he’s not a spring chicken. Boyfriend is pushing 34, y’all. Nothing wrong with aging. He is STILL as fucking beautful as always. IMHO that shot is sexy as hell.
Sweetie, from my POV, that’s still close to Spring, but I prefer the more mature Beltane Rooster over a Spring Chicken any day!! He looks so amazing, and his spirit just shines.
Given the chance, oh, yeah…
eamo2747-deactivated20140924 said: I'm confused about what Beethoven was doing in the black composers post. He was German.
By golly gee! I keep forgetting that Black people didn’t exist until the Fresh Prince of Bel Air came on television! Or that Black people existed in anywhere else than Africa even with slavery going on :) My apologies.
Anyway, here’s proof that Beethoven was Black:
"… Said directly, Beethoven was a black man. Specifically, his mother was a Moor, that group of Muslim Northern Africans who conquered parts of Europe—making Spain their capital—for some 800 years.
In order to make such a substantial statement, presentation of verifiable evidence is compulsory. Let’s start with what some of Beethoven’s contemporaries and biographers say about his brown complexion:
(Louis Letronne, Beethoven, 1814, pencil drawing.)
"Frederick Hertz, German anthropologist, used these terms to describe him: ‘Negroid traits, dark skin, flat, thick nose.’
Emil Ludwig, in his book ‘Beethoven,’ says: ‘His face reveals no trace of the German. He was so dark that people dubbed him Spagnol [dark-skinned].’
Fanny Giannatasio del Rio, in her book ‘An Unrequited Love: An Episode in the Life of Beethoven,’ wrote ‘His somewhat flat broad nose and rather wide mouth, his small piercing eyes and swarthy [dark] complexion, pockmarked into the bargain, gave him a strong resemblance to a mulatto.’Beethoven’s death mask: profile and full face
C. Czerny stated, ‘His beard—he had not shaved for several days—made the lower part of his already brown face still darker.’
Following are one word descriptions of Beethoven from various writers: Grillparzer, ‘dark’; Bettina von Armin, ‘brown’; Schindler, ‘red and brown’; Rellstab, ‘brownish’; Gelinek, ‘short, dark.’
In Alexander Thayer’s Life of Beethoven, vol.1, p. 134, the author states, “there is none of that obscurity which exalts one to write history as he would have it and not as it really was. The facts are too patent.” On this same page, he states that the German composer Franz Josef Haydn was referred to as a “Moor” by Prince Esterhazy, and Beethoven had “even more of the Moor in his looks.’ On p. 72, a Beethoven contemporary, Gottfried Fischer, describes him as round-nosed and of dark complexion. Also, he was called ‘der Spagnol’ (the Spaniard).
Other “patent” sources, of which there are many, include, but are not limited to, Beethoven by Maynard Solomon, p.78. He is described as having “thick, bristly coal-black hair” (in today’s parlance, we proudly call it ‘kinky’) and a ‘ruddy-complexioned face.’ In Beethoven: His Life and Times by Artes Orga, p.72, Beethoven’s pupil, Carl Czerny of the ‘School of Velocity’ fame, recalls that Beethoven’s ‘coal-black hair, cut a la Titus, stood up around his head [sounds almost like an Afro]. His black beard…darkened the lower part of his dark-complexioned face.’
Engraving by Blasius Hofel, Beethoven, 1814, color facsimile of engraving after a pencil drawing by Louis Letronne. This engraving was regarded in Beethoven’s circle as particularly lifelike. Beethoven himself thought highly of it, and gave several copies to his friends.
Beethoven, the Black Spaniard(read more here)
They whitewashed BEETHOVEN? O_O
Thank you, history/fact-checking Tumblr.
I now feel the need to go burn every white-skinned image of Beethoven I can find.
beethoven was totally black! how do people not know this?
jk because erasure
I have been playing Beethoven’s music for 10+ years now and had absolutely no idea he was black.
My life has been a lie.
OH MY GOD HOLY SHIT.
I HAVE A BACHELOR DEGREE IN MUSIC, MY MAJOR WAS “MUSIC HISTORY, THEORY, AND LITERATURE”
I TOOK MULTIPLE CLASSES SPECIFICALLY IN BEETHOVEN’S STRING QUARTETS AND MY SCHOOL HAD AN INTERNATIONAL BEETHOVEN SYMPOSIUM WHERE THERE WERE PAPERS ON THINGS LIKE THE KIND OF FUCKING PAAAAAAPER HE DID HIS MANUSCRIPTS ON, IN DIFFERENT CITIES, TO SEE WHERE AND WHEN HE WROTE SPECIFIC SNIPPETS OF MUSIC.
NEVER IN MY EDUCATION OR READINGS DID I EITHER
A) NOTICE THIS
B) WAS SPECIFICALLY TOLD THIS.
I think there’s a combination of systemic racism in this, and my own internalized racism. I have, in fact, read Maynard Solomon’s biography and didn’t pick up on this. I have read the Czerny sources as well. My Beethoven teacher (Bill Kinderman) is one of the top Beethoven scholars in the world, and I don’t remember hearing any of this from him.
I even did a semester of graduate work in musicology, specifically focusing on the Beethoven string quartets (I really fucking love those things) and we never spoke about this.
I cannot say I am in any way surprised at this. I am embarrassed, angry, and upset that this was erased from my DECADES of music education.
Which doesn’t surprise me at all, because classical music is very specifically in our culture for white people, especially men, especially upper class white men.
Oof, this one is going to take a while to fully fucking digest, I am in angry tears.
Holy shit. One of the greatest musical minds of all time and he got whitewashed.
The truth needs to be spread.
Johnny Carson voice: “I did not know that.”
This isn’t the first time that I’ve read on tumblr that Beethoven was black, but I feel compelled to reblog it now because casually scrolling past evidence of erasure and noting it is not enough. I’d love to see a documentary about this.
White people’s inability to deal with black genius is astounding.
Boosting this because I had no idea about any of this and it’s ridiculous. And yet I expect that all the people who cry about “historical accuracy” whenever there is a POC doing something other than being a slave or servant in things set in Europe and America before 1960s would doubtless be very quiet should they make a Beethoven movie and cast a white actor to play him.
Mind. Blown. And I have a B.A. in Music, too. Must do more research. This also will make it difficult to watch ‘Immortal Beloved’ the same way.
I wonder what Schroeder would make of this…
Reblog if you’re a slore, because I only know like 5 of you and I really want to tag all of you in a lot of things but I have no idea who you are. Please & thank you! ☺️
Jesus, there’s a small army of us.
Loki wasn’t lying when he said he had an army