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Day 23: The Tragic True Story of My Attempt to Liveblog 'Love Actually' - 25 Days of 'Love Actually'

By Courtney Enlow | Love Actually | December 23, 2016 | Comments ()

By Courtney Enlow | Love Actually | December 23, 2016 |


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At Christmas, you tell the truth. So I’m going to tell you the truth about what happened to this liveblog I’d promised.

Turns out the human brain cannot liveblog a film that’s been viewed on a daily basis for three full weeks. I got about halfway through and realized it was boring and dull and dumb, even with copious robot references. And if there’s one thing I’ve learned from watching countless competitive cooking shows, you don’t serve dumb dull shit to your judges.

But you *do* have to put something on the plate. And I’ve got an apple cider mimosa in my hand and a lot of feelings in my soul. So let’s TALK.

I did this 25 Days thing because it gave me an excuse to not talk about the real and horrible things going on in the world. “Oh, abortion rights are being destroyed and we’re all going to die from global warming unless Trump’s holy or nuclear wars get us first, but I really need to watch Love Actually again and talk some nonsense about sex robots, lol.” And now it’s almost over and I don’t have an excuse anymore.

The thing about resistance is it requires a strong voice. We need heroes to scream and make change. And I’ve never had less faith in my voice, in my ability to scream. And the closest I’ve ever come to making change didn’t make a difference. We’re here now and things are horrible. And I want to give up. And I can’t give up, because I have the privilege and an audience, however smallish, and the capability of being heard in ways others with a stronger voice and more to say cannot. And so I feel…trapped. But I feel like I shouldn’t and can’t feel trapped. And I’m complaining and I shouldn’t complain and it’s wrong to complain and, fuck, I’m no better than Lena Dunham no matter how much I write about Lena Dunham.

But, sex robots, lol, right?

It’s been fun doing this with you all. It’s been fun to see all your comments. I’m happy you were all there as I distracted myself from the actual horrors of the world with funny made-up robot horrors. I needed it. I hope it distracted you, too.

And, um, if you were coming here for more distraction, um, sorry.


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