This week we’ve lost two legends to cancer. My heart goes out to the family and loved ones of David Bowie and Alan Rickman. I hope to see their names commemorated at this year’s Academy Awards.
These two talented people were prominent members of my childhood, and I’m sure many others of my generation can relate. I feel it’s only right to pay my respects and tribute.
Labyrinth was always a childhood favorite, and I watch it at least once a year. It’s that weird movie that I tell my friends is so awesome, and then they watch it and just don’t get it because their childhood was deprived. As I grew up, I grew more in love with Jareth. I’ve always said David Bowie is a god for pulling off pants that tight, hair that long, and make-up that bright all the while still looking incredibly hot. His music and subsequent music videos also were revolutionary, paving the way for modern pop artists, such as Lady Gaga. He’s been an icon in every respect. See you waiting among the stars, Starman.
As for Alan Rickman, I don’t know where to begin. Today was kind of an ironic day for him to pass for me personally. My Slytherin outfit that I’m wearing to a Yule Ball on Saturday showed up in the mail today. I woke up this morning, eager to check and see if my package had arrived, when everyone told me to check the news. A melodramatic, Luke-Skywaler-esque “NO!” involuntarily erupted from my lips. I’m so sad, but glad that his suffering is over.
Alan Rickman was a figure in my life from a young age as well. I grew up watching him, pre-Harry Potter era, from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves to Galaxy Quest to Sense and Sensibility. He seemed to always steal the show in my opinion, and I long awaited the day when he would win an Oscar; he is more than deserving in my opinion. Then, when I saw Harry Potter, I was not disappointed with his brilliant portrayal of Professor Severus Snape, the unlikely hero. He captured fans’ hearts around the world and left us a beautiful legacy. Alan Rickman, thank you for your brilliance and the joy you’ve spread. You’ll be in our hearts always.