Clown - Emeli Sande

This is my halloween entry for my blog. For Halloween I dressed up as Harley Quinn, and it has more to it than first appears.

Her name and identity comes from the word harlequin. Harlequin is the best-known of the zanni or comic servant characters from the Italian commedia dell'arte. Essentially, a clown.

Just like, the joker, her psychopathic boyfriend.

One of her close friends is fellow supervillain Poison Ivy; the former being one of her patients when she worked as an intern psychiatrist at Gotham City's Arkham Asylum. The character has been part of a short-lived alliance with Poison Ivy and Catwoman; the trio being known as the Gotham City Sirens.

Harley Quinn was created by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm for the 1992 Batman: The Animated Series episode entitled "Joker's Favor"

Dini thought of giving Joker a female henchperson, inspired by the molls of the 1960s live-action Batman series, and then decided she would be a "funny counterpart to the Joker to maybe work up a little Punch and Judy attitude between them"; Dini stated, "she could crack a joke and the henchmen would laugh, and the Joker would kind of glare at her"

Harley Quinn is a sympathetic villain, with many redeeming features, and due in large to her poor treatment and secondary role in regards to the Joker. It is seen as an abusive relationship, as established in The Batman Adventures: Mad Love.

One of her, many, iconic, quotes from the famous films is: "You think I’m just a doll... A doll that’s pink and light. A doll you can arrange any way you like. You’re wrong. Very wrong.

What you think of me is only a ghost of time. I am dangerous. And I will show you just how dark I can be.”

I spent a lot of my life feeling like a doll, being Baby. I was not a natural in front of the camera but i would try. I would not relax about my appearance in public, never cry. Especially if men were around. I would want to look pretty. Someone once told me I looked like a broken doll, I treasured that. It was the look I was going for.

But just like Harley Quinn, Baby was far more complicated, darker, and more nuanced than that.

She certainly wasn't a clown, she'd barely crack a smile let alone a joke

But when I started writing Paper doll I tried very hard, in one of the earlier versions. To make it funny. Not for the audience, at large. No, for the men reading, to distract them from the fact that I wasn't beautiful anymore. So they wouldn't bite

"it soon became clear to me the Joker, so often described as a raving, homicidal madman … was actually a tortured soul crying out for love and acceptance. A lost, injured child trying to make the world laugh at his antics."

Okay, finally, some more of her best quotes:

"You thought I was just another bubble-headed blonde bimbo! Well, the joke’s on you, ’cause I’m not even a real blonde.”

"Mama's gonna paint the streets with blood."

“If you want boys to respect you, show them you’re serious. Shoot something, blow it up!”

“Number one, no one is like me. If you wanted to even come close, you would have to go to medical school. Become a psychiatrist. Work in an asylum. Fall in love with your patient. Break said patient out of said asylum. Begin a life of crime. Jump into a vat of chemicals to prove yourself to a madman. Get arrested by the Batman. Go back to jail. Get out of jail with a bomb on your neck. Save the world, go back to jail, and break out of jail before breaking up with the aforementioned madman, and going out on your own.”

“You know what they say: behind every successful man is a badass broad.”

- "But the clown-spankin' truth is this, our strength comes not from being whole, but from bein' broken differently. Because there's enough of us, we are whole together."

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