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Doctor Who’s Amy Pond – Karen Gillan – Gets Naked (NSFW)

or, The Pornification of Amy Pond

Science Fiction and fan-created erotica (ie, porn, in fancy clothes) go way, way back… Slash—a term for fan fiction depicting romantic or sexual relationships between fictional characters—began with fan-written stories, often very sexually explicit, about Captain Kirk and Mister Spock from the original Star Trek TV series.

Since then, slash-type fan produced material has blossomed to cover a wide-range of television shows beyond Star Trek, and even some non-televisual popular cultural texts, and has been the subject of a number of academic studies. Science fiction and fantasy is still the genre within which most such fan creation takes place, though fans have branched out somewhat into other genres—and also into other forms beyond the original fan fiction short stories.

In recent years, fan videos have also become popular ways of exploring romantic or erotic subtexts—with fans splicing together clips from TV shows depicting steamy or suggestive moments with an appropriate song as soundtrack. Needless to say, both the use of the song and the clips violate copyright, but in general producers and studios have preferred to turn a blind eye to such practices.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer for years proved particularly fertile ground for fans’ imagined relationships between favorite characters. Of course, Buffy made it pretty easy, what with the soap opera-like love lives of its characters. But even before Willow had come out and gotten involved with Tara, fans were already writing lesbian sex scenes between Willow and Buffy. Similarly, fans depicted a romance between Buffy and Spike long before that relationship actually actually appeared on the show, near the end of the series.

Given Doctor Who‘s strong fan base and long history, it’s no surprise that there has been, for a long time, a great deal of fan activity associated with what is perhaps the most popular sci-fi TV series of all time. And given the Doctor’s penchant for scooping up attractive young women to accompany him on his adventures in time and space, it’s also no surprise that there has been a fair amount of fan-created material exploring romantic and sexual relationships between the Doctor and his companions.

I was surprised, though, at how quickly a large amount of faked nudes and pornographic images of the latest companion, Amy Pond, played by Karen Gillan, appeared on the internet.

Fake nudes and fake pornographic images of pop culture figures are not slash, and mostly are not associated directly with the fan communities that spring up around TV shows such as Star Trek, Buffy and Doctor Who, and that generate the slash (and non-slash) fan fiction, fan videos and the like. (There is a related phenomenon of artistic, often drawn or painted as opposed to photographic, images of an erotic nature, generally pretty soft-core and romantic, and that does arise within fan communities.)

These fake nudes and porn shots have been around since the early days of the internet, when they circulated in usenet newsgroups devoted to such images of popular celebrities and public figures. They are made from nude photographs or porn images, downloaded or scanned in, which then have the faces or features of a celebrity “photoshopped” onto them, with varying degrees of skill. Most often they are clearly identified as fakes, but every now and then one is taken as possibly genuine, though usually not for long, and it seems to be a point of honor with many of the fakers to identify their work as such, and even to sign it.

These fakes might be dismissed as little more than technologically sophisticated versions of crude caricatures in toilet stalls, but it is also possible to see them in a much more disturbing light—as the products of, or fuel for, the deranged sexual fantasies of celebrity stalkers. The truth is probably closer to the harmless end of the spectrum. As long as there have been stars, and hormonally-addled teenagers, there have been sexual fantasies about stars. Photoshop and the internet have simply provided a way of producing elaborate visions of those fantasies, and sharing them (for which I am at times, against my better judgment, quite thankful). (All that being said, I do want to acknowledge that the women—and occasional man—depicted in this way may find it disturbing and offensive.)

As I said, though, I was a bit surprised at how quickly faked images of the Doctor’s newest companion appeared. Before the second episode of the new series of Doctor Who had aired, I’d already stumbled across one fake—albeit a fairly mild one, shared via a link in a chat session on a website devoted to Doctor Who (see below; there is some mild NSFW material below the fold, but nothing hardcore).

This faked, graphic nude—which references a famous nude photo of Marilyn Monroe—is by no means an isolated case. Faked nudes of Gillan/Amy Pond, of varying degrees of explicitness, have been popping up all around teh Interweb, on sites devoted to celebrity fakes as well as some sci fi fan sites.

So far, I haven’t seen any faked hardcore images—which are fairly common with other fantasy and sci fi women, such as the stars of Buffy, Star Trek, Stargate and Charmed—but I’m sure they are out there, and more will rapidly appear.

Whatever you may think of the morality, fairness or appeal of such fake nude images of celebrities, it seems to me that the mainstream and fan hype around Karen Gillan as the Doctor’s new companion has been complicit in the rapid appearance and circulation of these images—the rampant sexualization of the discussion of Gillan/Pond generating a kind of  porn-ification.

Over on tumblr, I fished this picture of  Karen Gillan/Amy Pond out of a stream devoted to reposting porn images (who knew you could do that on tumblr? not me—I hadn’t used the system until Amy Pond sucked me in):

(via The Porn Cull, New Dr Who companion Karen Gillan [definitely NSFW].)

It’s apparently a legitimate picture, not a fake, and while it is quite sexual it’s not explicit. Nonetheless, it’s appropriate that this picture appeared in a stream of generally hardcore porn images, as it is this image of Karen Gillan that has been getting the widest exposure and in its blatant sexuality – almost nude, the inviting expression – has done so much for the instant pornification of Amy Pond.

(Ironically, I have yet to see a fake based on this photo; you’d think that because she is almost nude, and already in a sexually inviting pose, it would be an easy and obvious target for image-doctoring, but in fact her pose makes the creation of a explicit nude—bared breasts and/or exposed genitals—next to impossible.)

The same photo was used to the illustrate a News Of The World article on the Doctor’s new companion: “Sexy Karen Gillan is set to be the real star of the new Doctor Who show”. With the headline “Red-y for action” accompanied by that picture, this piece left little doubt about what kind of “action” they thought Amy/Gillan was ready for… and did a lot for the pornification of Amy Pond. And that same inviting lingerie image has appeared in dozens and dozens of places around the internet, from the websites of mainstream commercial tabloids to a whole range of blogs and celebrity sites, pretty much always with a more or less titillating overtone such as that of the News piece.

The focus on Karen Gillan’s physical attributes rather than her role as the latest of the Doctor Who companions is regrettable. Gillan can really act—she has none of the awkwardness that Billie Piper displayed in her first few outings as Rose, and she brings some real verve and presence to the role of Amy Pond. And the way she first meets the Doctor as a child and has her stories of that meeting dismissed as fantasy gives an interesting added dimension to their dynamic—or did, as it seems to have been dropped after the first couple of episodes.

While most of the perving on the Doctor’s new companion has a distinctly boyish or blokely quality, Amy/Gillan’s charms have not been missed by the other side. Over on AfterEllen.com—”News, Reviews & Commentary on Lesbian and Bisexual women in Entertainment and the Media”—that same panty picture appeared in a “Karen Gillan appreciation post” with the caption “She’s the Doctor’s new companion and well she’s a goddess.”

Exemplifying the blokey approach, though, the online site for the UK’s Sun again used that same lingerie picture to illustrate their coverage, and the article focused on her scantily clad sexiness above and beyond any real discussion of the show or her role on it:

Doctor Who’s new assistant looks fab in lingerie shoot: NEW Doctor Who assistant Karen Gillan looks simply out of this world as she lazes in her lingerie.
Karen will join new Time Lord Matt Smith next year when she makes her debut as Amy Pond in the fifth series of the BBC1 sci-fi hit.
And the 21-year-old will certainly brighten up the Tardis with her waif-like figure.
The flame-haired Scot is no stranger to stripping off – she donned a bikini in Channel 4’s The Kevin Bishop Show.
And she appeared in the last Doctor Who series – as a soothsayer in The Fires of Pompeii.
Phew! We all need to cool down after that. (via The Sun.)

Perversely (no pun intended), the somewhat sleazy sounding Hot Celeb Star Diary Blog did not use the popular panty picture, instead—shock—going for an image from the season’s first episode, albeit one of Gillan in her stripper cop uniform. Still, it was nice to see at least one article use an actual image from the show rather than that endlessly recirculated lingerie shot.

Karen Gillan in pantyhose: Karen Sheila Gillan (born 28 November 1987) is a Scottish actress who is best known for her current portrayal of Amy Pond in the British science fiction series Doctor Who. (via Hot Celeb Star Diary Blog.)

As The Sun noted, Karen Gillan has appeared regularly on The Kevin Bishop Show, a British sketch comedy show (which I have yet to see), and her appearances there have provided a wealth of bikini and similar shots for circulating as part of this “pornification of Amy Pond.” Again, any break from that one sexy picture of her in her underwear is welcome, I suppose, but it is clear that the news coverage is more interested in getting into her knickers than in exploring her role as the newest companion on Doctor Who.

Karen Gillan underwear: her greatest pictures and videos: “To celebrate the 23 day anniversary of Karen Gillan being on our screens in Doctor Who, we thought we’d take a look at the Scot’s previous TV and modelling career (ie shots of Karen’s underwear) … (via Celebrity News | Holy Moly!.)

New companion poses in her underwear – Page 2 – Doctor Who and Torchwood: “Did anyone see her dressed as Lara Croft (well Angelina Jolie playing Lara Croft) on Kevin Bishop last night? Nice! (via Digital Spy Forums.)

Another tumblr blog in which Karen Gillan appears is the recently-started fan-blog called The angels have the phone box, dedicated exclusively to Doctor Who-related images, and most of its posts to date have featured Karen Gillan/Amy Pond—some, such as the one below, with captions added:

This caption and an earlier image posted on angels show how even real Doctor Who fans such as the creator of angels have adopted a particular view of the Doctor’s new “companion” pretty much from the beginning, a view which is often very overtly sexual—though many Who fans are more focused on the romantic subtext between the Doctor and Amy. The sexualized view is exemplified in another posting on angels:

So Karen Gillan isn’t the sexiest woman alive then?
WOW if anyone knows where this is from LEAVE ME A MESSAGE IN THE ASK BOX!
(via The angels have the phone box..)

Here we have that “pornification of Amy Pond” in full effect—her instant sexualization, which we haven’t really seen with any of the previous companions of the Doctor and which seems to me a bit intense for a lead character on any TV show that isn’t overtly trashy and sexualized to begin with. You’d expect this focus on sexiness for a show like, say, Baywatch, or Melrose Place, or Gossip Girl, but for Doctor Who?

(An aside: angels‘s URL is wibbleywobbleytimeywimeystuff.tumblr.com—if this means nothing to you, you’ve probably only just come to Doctor Who. Go ask a longtime watcher about it, and then get that person to sit with you while you watch the episode to which it refers—about which my son still has nightmares. Yay quality television! Seriously, no one dies, there’s no blood, no dismemberment, and it still gives both him and me the willies. That’s what a good script will do.)

angels draws much of its content from the myriad of other tumblr feeds by Doctor Who fans, many of which have sprung up recently in response to the new Doctor and his new companion—such as  ONCE UPON A PIRATE NIGHT—aka amypond-.tumblr.com – from whence we have

…that look of longing. makes me ship them so hard! (via ONCE UPON A PIRATE NIGHT.)

The “ship” in the quote is a term from the fan fiction/video community and is short for “relationship.” To “ship” characters is to construct a fan text that explores overtly a romantic subtext between two characters—or sometimes creates a relationship even when one isn’t even hinted at on the show. Generally, shipping is less pornographic or explicit than slash.

(Wondering about that hyphen in the blog’s URL? So was I, and the explanation is as I expected: someone already grabbed the amypond URL/user name for love, amy pond. Sadly, they have just parked the name and haven’t done anything with it. They’re missing an opportunity—the consensus on the internet right now clearly is that you can’t have too much Amy Pond, or too little clothing on Amy Pond…)

Here’s another image from a tumblr feed of Karen Gillan/Amy Pond with a caption:

surprise buttsex.jpg

Despite the obvious “sex” aspect, this image—from ~hardertospell (missamypond: andriajeanne: …)—is really just humorous. I found it hysterical when I first saw it—even before I clicked to the subtext/buttsex angle—and it’s a great example of the kind of culture-modding wit that comes out of tumblr. But it’s existence nonetheless can be seen as drawing on and feeding into this rapid sexualization of the character of Amy Pond.

Karen Gillan has not been blind to this aspect of her exploding popularity, nor to her own part in creating it, though she says it was not intentional:

My sexy look on new series of Doctor Who was an accident, says Karen Gillan: “NEW Doctor Who companion Karen Gillan has defended her short skirts and sexy image on the show. Karen, 22, plays Amy Pond and is seen at the start of the first episode as a police strip-o-gram. She then changes into other outfits that show plenty of leg and are sure to attract attention from teenage boy fans of the show. But Karen claims “the look” came about by accident. She said: “I tried on different things and when it came to the short skirts, I just thought it… (via celebriFi.)

Even if her sexy look came about by accident, it has clearly contributed massively to this pornification of Amy Pond—in the way Karen Gillan’s character on Doctor Who has been discussed in the press, and on blogs and tumblr, and of course in the overtly pornographic fakes of her already circulation.

I’ll be interested to see how this progresses, as we see more of Amy Pond and Matt Smith’s Doctor. It’s clear that the writers and producers of this season of Doctor Who are indeed “shipping them hard”—we’ve never before seen so much overt romantic tension between the Doctor and his companion, not even with Rose and David Tennant’s Doctor, at least not initially. And the recent apparent death of Amy Pond’s fiancee would seem to clear the decks for more romancy moments. (I may be out of date here—as everyone in the US is, due to the crazy fact of showing the season at different times around the globe, creating truly outrageous opportunities for spoilers, about which I’ve complained already.)

I’ll leave you with my personal favorite of the various fakes of Amy Pond/Karen Gillan I studied as “research” for this piece:

This is very much what one would expect to come out of the Doctor Who fan community, rather than the porn fake community—though that is where I found it. It’s softcore, obviously, but more than that it is based on an image from the TV show, rather than a generic nude or porn photograph, and in the Doctor’s look it is clearly “shipping” the characters, rather than just constructing a titillating image.

If you are interested in the porn fakes, I have assembled a sample collection which you can download (adults only, please). Many of these images appear on Fake For Life – Nude Fakes, though they can be found on a variety of sites, and no doubt more images will be appearing there as well as elsewhere on a fairly regularly basis, as the pornification of Amy Pond… uh.. approaches a climax?

ADDENDUM

Since this post has been getting a lot of readers from the Doctor Who / Amy Pond fan community on tumblr, I wanted to add a few things. I love Doctor Who. I think Gillan/Amy is sexy. And I find a lot of the stuff posted about her on tumblr fun, funny—sometimes hilarious (Surprise Buttsex!)—and generally enjoyable, and I follow a number of the tumblr feeds devoted to Doctor Who / Amy Pond. I am also a fan of fan fiction (fan fiction fan?) and of “shipping”—in videos or in the captioned photos posted on tumblr.  I’m not even utterly opposed to fake nudes; if I was, I wouldn’t have posted that selection of them for download. But I was surprised, and a bit miffed, that Gillan’s undeniable physical charms seemed  so quickly to swamp completely the discussion of Amy Pond, who I think is just wonderful, or of Gillan’s skilled portrayal.

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27 Responses

  1. Jesse says:

    Awsome breasts

    • zerode says:

      Possibly. I tend to think that a lot of men – and some women – find just about any naked breast awesome… But I guess my point is maybe that Gillan’s awesome breasts seem to be making it harder to see Amy Pond.

      Who was really interesting in the episode I watched last night – the one with Vincent van Gogh. Oddly enough, I had just been to see a collection of paintings from the d’Orsay. I found the episode, and thinking about van Gogh as a real guy, with bad dreams and lustful thoughts about Amy Pond, quite moving.

      • randyr55 says:

        just saying its not really about finding it apealling its about seeing something ur not really supposed to and thats what makes it interesting and gets people going

    • lol? says:

      You do know them pictures are fake. lol

  2. Lolarose says:

    To an extent I agree with some points made. The attitude taken towards Amy by the mainstream media (e.g all tabloid newspapers) has been quick to objectify Karen Gillan and not to concentrate on the character of Amy or her skills as an actress. I find this deeply unfair and something which criticism should be targeted towards.

    But, I don’t believe Tumblr is an example of damaging sexism directed towards Gillan. The sexualization on the website is simply the work of teenagers who have too much time on their hands and like inside jokes. Tumblr is rife with sexulization of almost every male and female, especially Doctor Who which has a massive fan base. The reason Amy has been targeted on Tumblr in the first place is because of a deep love for her character, first and foremost. Not as in the newspapers simple and damaging objectification of a woman. The newspaper reaction is what Gillan speaks of when she defends Amy and any Doctor Who fan on Tumblr would be right there with her.

    • zerode says:

      You’re absolutely right about tumblr. I hadn’t spent any time on it before, and my first encounter was with a very graphic feed. Most of the stuff on tumblr does seem harmless to humorous, very much fans being fans, and a lot of it stuff I enjoy.
      And the shipping is very much a part of sci fi fandom at this point.
      But some of the more overtly sexual stuff – like endless speculation about the colour of Gillan/Pond’s pubic hair – is clearly complicit in the sexualization of Pond in the media more generally, and in a way of looking at women in general that is deeply problematic.
      Yes, it is mostly kids being kids – but if kids are using racist or homophobic language we would call them on it. I’m not sure whether the treatment of Gillan/Pond qualifies as really problematic – the point about sexualizing the Doctors (Smith/Tennant) is worth considering… I’ll have to think about it.

      • Kimberly says:

        (…this is so late. like next year late. but i was
        googling doctor/amy/van gogh porn and found this. :X) ‘Slash’ isn’t
        a term for fanfiction writing in general – ‘slash’ is a term for
        fanfiction for same-sex couples only. Though people do put slashes
        between ships such as Amy/Rory, ‘slash’ is only relative to
        male/male or female/female (which is usually referred to as
        femmeslash.) Now that the nerd-knowledge is out of the way: PSHT,
        AMY/RORY IS WHERE IT’S AT. Because they had the best hug I’ve ever
        seen on television. Doctor/River is also where it’s at (because
        River is secretly the Master – totally. ;]) But yeah, they really
        sexualize a lot of things on Who lately, which serves as a huge
        issue for a lot of Classic Who fans. While I think Matt Smith is
        perfect for the Doctor and the Doctor’s age as far as looks are
        concerned means nothing to me, he’s been getting progressively
        younger – which isn’t entirely new (Fifth and Eighth Doctors) but
        definitely something to point out. The companions are being made
        more attractive ‘for the boys’, and the Doctor’s been made more
        attractive ‘for the girls’. And as far as people with different
        sexual orientations – same thing. Everyone’s sort of been made more
        attractive for the viewer’s pleasure. And while it worked
        brilliantly in bringing in a slew of fans and making Who a hit
        again, like I said, it’s something to point out. Me, personally – I
        find most of the Doctors sexy. I really can’t help it. I would let
        the Fourth Doctor take *me* fishing~. And while Simm!Master was a
        fine piece, Delgado!Master out-sexies him times a million. And as
        for the way people view Amy Pond, I think it’s so much more blatant
        with her because people feel like they have more leeway to portray
        her sexually simply because of the character’s wardrobe, dominant
        personality, and macho mannerisms. Which, btw, I don’t think
        excuses the over-sexual portrayal in the media and fandom. The fact
        of the matter is – Karen Gillan *is* sexy as hell. She is an
        absolutely gorgeous woman. The character she plays? Knows it. Amy
        Pond knows just how attractive she is – and she dresses
        accordingly. She’s proud and very confident about her form. And
        when it comes to sex – confidence is a huge deal, it *adds* even
        more sexual appeal and attractiveness. The fandom doesn’t need a
        character to be confident and aware of how attractive they are in
        order to sexualize that person – give them a character who is both
        of those things, and they’re gonna have a field day. And if it’s a
        sexist thing for them to do that, then the boys who play the
        Doctor, Rory, Jack, Mickey, the Master, etc. deal with just as much
        sexism as the girls do. In this day and age of Internet
        fandom-loving, having yourself put in erotica and porno-pics
        unfortunately comes with the job of acting. Jeez, I wrote an essay.
        Sorry! I’ll close this out with: River Song is, by far, the sexiest
        character on Doctor Who for me, personally. :D In both looks and
        personality and general badass-ness.

      • zerode says:

        That was really insightful. Thanks. Not sure I agree with all you choices for “sexiest,” but horses for courses as they say.

        As to the issue of “slash,” it certainly started out as fan fiction depicting same-sex relationships—specifically Kirk/Spock. Though interesting, it was written, pretty much exclusively in the beginning, by women, mostly apparently heterosexual women. Like all genres, it has mutated profoundly and exuberantly, particularly since the advent of the interwebs. I’ve seen it used for any relationship fiction, and I’m not sure that there is much merit in trying to purify/limit its meanings at this point. I do think “shipping” is a better term for a lot of the fan fiction. And it is maybe significant that slash is used much less frequently to refer to fan fiction that does not feature explicit sex than that which does. I like the shipping-romance, slash-hardcore sex pairing.

        I would not like to see any such distinction in terms used for distinguishing between hetero and homo relationships and sex, as I wouldn’t appreciate any kind of ghettoization of the queer fan fiction from the non-queer. The fan community seems to me much more tolerant of queerness than society in general, and I suspect/hope that it contributes to tolerance and understanding about straight fans who end up in a fan community where not everyone is straight.

  3. calim says:

    Amy pond is definately the Doctors Sexiest and Most Desired Companion yet.
    Even off the show she is extremely hot

  4. yo mama says:

    the first one is SO fake. look at her head, then at her (gourgous) body LOL

  5. Edward says:

    Can u add some new stuff to it eg pitures cos these r good but there are not enuff there is just some pics not even including the whole body of Karen gillen. ( please reply maker of the website)

  6. morbidboy says:

    I’d like to take her for a spin on my tardis.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I, personally, having met and talked to Karen Gillan, do not think that she is bothered by this. Many actresses (as well as some actors) fall victim to fans and thier desires. Granted, being a model, Karen somewhat set herself up for this kind of targeting, but still.

  8. karen gillan is HOT says:

    SHE IS SOOOOOOOO HOT!!!!!!!!1

    • zerode says:

      Yes, I think we’ve established that. The point of my article was to suggest maybe we could move on to discussing the character and the actor, rather than just her physical attributes.

  9. Joe Grice says:

    These pics some are real some are fake but yes Karen Gillan is sexy but doing some of those is stupid but the reals turn up the tension…

    • zerode says:

      None of the naked or partially naked pics are real. As far as I know, there are NO real naked pictures of Karen Gillan in circulation, and I probably wouldn’t post them if there were. I was interested, here, in fandom generally, the discussion of Karen Gillan and Amy Pond, etc. Not just in sharing naked pictures—real or fake—of Gillan.

  10. Professor Who says:

    Karen Gillan is SUPER HOT and she oozes sex out of every pore <3

  11. Jack Nist says:

    Karren Gillan is mega sexy she can use my sonic screwdriver anyday any time any space

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  13. asas says:

    I think you all need to go to Specsavers – or maybe a Home-For-The-Unobservant. Ms Gillan/Pond is undeniably lovely and a more than decent actress, but – as is abundantly clear from her clothed pics – that big on top she isn’t! Don’t let your Photoshop efforts give the poor girl a complex…

  14. paul says:

    asas well duh smart photoshop duh i did 1 of these find out which… clue fake porn industry

  15. roy says:

    because i enjoyed her comic con 2012 acting i found at youtube, i search her career and find your site as a more reflective background to fanart in progress to her carreer.
    so, i must say your articel is good, ’cause you get a bit more the spotlight on the actress, and her actress-role of the DR WHO person she played, it works.

    to say that a british-scotisch “mädel” = maid is sexy, is in times of internet showroom a little easy.

    i like DR WHO (since i see some tin-modells of the monsters) but cant watch it, ’cause i have no TV, and if i would have a TV- i have no commercial programm were i can look this serie.

    so luckily i use some hotspot to “news” me on some series i like, or sites with stuff of my other hobbys like devianART, were fans often made selfmade pics with pen or pencil. thats a good honour of an actress or actor, what i like.
    some of the more than romantic stuff is not even boring, but shows not the respect to the person. that many many kids, or (schlimmer) body-older persons with a not more-than-kid spirit thinking go a more “porn” way isn’t good.
    so i describe it with german words: was hänschen nicht lernt, lernt hans nimmermehr (means what a kid not learn, would this person not learn after adulthood).
    some parents hadn’t do well there homework till now would i say. this persons must do her work in puplic area with direct eyes starring on there doing, but it’s mostly to late to remember of respect and fanship with the red line not overflight.

    so, dear actress k.gillian -> be yourself, be wonderfull and make a good job like a worker it do, we all will show respect withot overfly the red line.

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