Welcome to the official blog of Fat Pink (Pod)Cast! Join us on our weekly voyage as we navigate the vast and torrid seas of GRRM's epic fantasy novels "A Song of Ice and Fire," the HBO hit television series "Game of Thrones," and beyond.
Every week we’ll publish a post on a new historical figure who we think should be included as part of the Sleepy Hollow flashback mythos. We’ve seen Franklin and Washington—why not some lesser known and super awesome diverse figures from the past?
HISTORICAL FIGURE: Margaret “Molly” Corbin (1751-1800)
Born in West Pennsylvania to Scots-Irish immigrants, she was orphaned at age 5 when her father was killed and her mother kidnapped by Native Americans. She married a Virgnian farmer, John Corbin, who ended up enlisting with the revolutionaries.
Rather than stay at home, Margaret Corbin became a camp follower, accompanying her husband during his enlistment. Her husband was in charge of loading and firing a cannon at Fort Tyron and Margaret would assist her husband’s squad by providing water to cool the cannons.
Her husband was killed when Hessians attacked on November 16th, 1776. Rather than retreat, she immediately took his place at the cannon and fired continuously until she was shot in the arm (almost entirely blown off), chest, and jaw and subsequently captured by the British. Her cannon was the last one to stop firing in the battle.
She was released by the British and eventually petitioned to receive a pension as a disabled soldier from the Continental Army—making he the first woman in the United States to get veteran’s benefits. She continued to work even with her disabilities but was known for being unladylike and kind of a drunkard (she had convinced the government to give her a rum ration.)
In 1926, the Daughters of the American Revolution arranged to have her exhumed and re-interred at West Point. She is one of only two Revolutionary War soldiers to be buried there. Margaret Corbin Circle can be located in New York City’s Fort Tyron Park.
PLOT BUNNIES: For starters, Ms. Corbin shares the same surname as Abbie’s dearly decapitated and departed mentor, Sheriff August Corbin (Clancy Brown). While I can’t find historical records about whether or not she had kids, this last name can’t be a coincidence!
Ichabod was “killed” in 1781, a few years after Margaret Corbin was injured. He could have run in to her while she was working as part of the Invalid Regiment at West Point, or even earlier (perhaps after her capture by British forces if he was still Team Redcoat back then?)
+10 TO THE PLOT: The Witnesses could definitely use someone who is a good shot with a cannon. Plus, Hessians killed her husband so she’s probably got an axe to grind.
Before Sleepy episode 2.2—The Kindred airs tonight, here’s our recap of 2.1—This is War!
Find out fascinating information such as when did the term “alarm clock” come into fashion? What’s up with Ben Frankin’s modern day Philly accent and why did he advocate for sleeping with older women? Why is Katrina similar to an iphone? How many times did we utter the word “cute” in relation to (hashtag) Ichabbie?
Come travel up the Hudson River with us (at your own risk).
(One out of three of the) Fat Pink Cast interviews the Sleepy Hollow Cast at SDCC, plus more Fall TV news!
What up next:
FPC crosses fingers and clicks their heels together in hope that Katrina will spend at least one episode out of captivity (no shade). We’ll also be recapping The Kindred.
As always, you can always catch us on our tumblr or on itunes under FatPinkCast! (or rather, you should be able to find Sleepy recaps under a separate series-specific feed, Sleepy Pink Cast, as soon as itunes stops being a pain in the ass)
I loved this scene so much. The actors play off this pairing as flirty and adorable in a way the characters really weren’t in the novels IMO.
That said, when she said the line, “Girls see more blood than boys,” my husband was all confused and like, “What, warrior women, she means?”
So I just looked at him and started listing off, “Blood from their periods every month, maybe blood from sex, blood from childbirth, blood from tending and washing the wounded and dead…That’s been true for most of womankind all through history.”
And he got very, very quiet.
Game of Thrones is one if the only shows I can think of that depicted menarche/menstruation. Are there any others?
I’ve reblogged this before, but I’m reblogging again for the commentary because this little exchange is like a wink to the female audience that I really loved and I guarantee you that any woman who saw this would know exactly what she means. There are a pretty big chunk of men in the world who don’t think that “women’s work” or women’s bodies are worth knowing about. Also I think find it really amusing when he tries to pass off his ignorance with, “you’re different, you’re not like other women” and she immediately shuts that down.
I love you guys, but I feel like you're being disrespectful to your followers outside of the us :( if you really think the us view of race etc is the only one that's valid then I'm a bit disappointed ://
You’re reading books written by a white American man, a series adapted by two white American men, produced by a predominantly white American company, cast by a white British woman etc. The material you’re viewing is incredibly Eurocentric and some of it is pretty damn racist for that very reason.
The three of us are poc and immigrants to the US or first generation and we’ve mentioned this before. We all hail from predominantly poc countries where race isn’t like it is in the US (although white supremacy still exists). I didn’t know what anti-blackness was until I moved to a predominantly white country as a kid and experienced racism, so please don’t disrespect my experience. I’m not sure how anything I’ve written or anything that we’ve said in various podcasts regarding race gives you the impression that any of us thinks “the us view of race is the only one that’s valid.”
And I’m really going to need people who live in predominantly white European countries to stop pretending as though similar racial binaries don’t exist because ethnicity is taken into account and ethnic discrimination exists.The previous anon who kept going on and on without actually reading our posts was from Italy.
Meanwhile, the US Embassy in Greece has warned US citizens travelling to Greece to be wary of “a rise in unprovoked harassment and violent attacks against persons who, because of their complexion, are perceived as foreign migrants.”
“US citizens most at risk are those of African, Asian, Hispanic or Middle Eastern descent in Athens and other major cities,” the statement on the embassy’s website, first posted last November, reads.
(please note who the embassy warned about traveling abroad)
The concept of race, racism, and anti-blackness exists in these countries and people of colour are still treated as less than. I shouldn’t have to google the evidence.
Talking about how people of colour should be represented on an overwhelmingly white show =/= erasing specific ethnicities of white people. At the end of the day, Southern Europeans aren’t being erased from this show considering that they were actually cast in several roles as royalty. At the end of the day, dark-skinned people of colour are still portraying slaves and servants on this show.
To the anon referencing "europeans who are not white in the american meaning of the word", I recommend Cybelle Fox & Thomas Guglielmo's "Defining Americas Racial Boundaries". Europeans were always considered white, even if some might have been an thought an inferior variety of white.