After reading the anon who called those who like Niall’s music naive, I have something to say.

I didn’t really know 1D and I only got here for the solo careers. Yes, I did gravitate towards Niall. No, I don’t think his work (or anyone’s) is perfect and no, I don’t expect anyone to agree with me. I just think Niall made a high quality folk rock album that’s easily, no contest one of my 10 best listens of the year so far. And that’s not even taking into account how he brings the songs to life live—because he’s a really gifted live performer. That iHeart album release show was ridiculously good, maybe because it’s the first time we heard him perform the album not from phone snippets. It even prompted the iHeart host to say that the greats make it look effortless.

This is just my two cents and to each their own, always. But some of the criticisms of Niall’s work really bother me because they strike me as veiled (and sometimes not so veiled) criticisms of 1D, boy bands, emotional and confessional music, and the cultural forms that are seen as appealing to females. It’s a sly way to continue degrading the tastes of young females who embraced 1D.

But this isn’t just about Niall. I don’t care about reviews one way or the other—reviewers have their agendas and opinions like the rest of us—but some reviews have relied on lazy comparisons to an embarrassing extent. And Liam and Louis get dragged into this, disrespecting and stereotyping their work too, often to prop up the well-connected Harry. Harry gets coded as “rock” which reads as automatically more legitimate in the eyes of many reviewers. Liam and Louis haven’t even released albums yet and this is unfair to them.

There’s almost a cheesy, cliched script for Making Yourself Legitimate Post-Boyband. I notice much of the media and even parts of the fandom run with it. Niall doesn’t fit that script very well. But honestly, one of the reasons I wasn’t drawn to Harry’s hype is that his album struck me as an attempt to seem “hard.” It had a look-at-me-I’m-edgy contrived vibe that backfired with me because I had no investment in Harry (or any of them) to begin with and I couldn’t figure out who he was beyond the rock star cliches. Plus, he wasn’t even making rock, but power pop and acoustic pop. Which I have no problem with, but then why market yourself as Jagger Pastiche?

So no, Niall doesn’t necessarily fit the script well. But that’s a big part of why I’m drawn to him. He’s not trying to be anything else than what he is. If he likes the Eagles or the golf channel or Sinatra or his socks, then he doesn’t pretend differently. He’ll write a song about a woman taking the sexual lead if he wants, or he’ll say it feels fucked up to lose love because that’s how he feels, or he’ll plead with his lover not to leave him even in those awful moments when you know in your gut it’s already over. I respect that.

I also respect that in a critical world skewed towards “hard” rock music, especially music that’s packaged to appeal to hipster males, Niall was willing to be what was genuine to him. I saw someone express this better than I could: for someone from a boy band, choosing to be “soft” and vulnerable and emotional is brave as fuck. And he made some sweet old school grooves while he was doing it.

So, anon, by all means, find the music that works for you. Maybe you dismiss me as naive, but I think emotional vulnerability, especially in an industry ready and waiting to sneer at you for it, is bold. Certainly, bolder in my eyes than the extremely safe route of making music designed to appeal to critics at Rolling Stone. Again, to each their own.


Originally posted by yourreactiongifs

thisgirl-knm  asked:

Omg your answer about the amount of times you've watched The Punisher trailer; I am the EXACT same way!! Like I have the same mentality of not watching it a crazy amount so it still gives a huge impact!

Yes, it’s good to know I’m not alone! Like once the show is released, I’ll watch it into the ground but until then I wanna stay as hyped as I can and that means saving my watches of the trailer lmao. I can’t become immune to it, ya know?

predictions for the rest of 2017:

  • netflix releases yet another show about lesbians that everyone gets into for a week before it turns extremely racist
  • a popular user is revealed to be kin with one of those space probes and aggressive doubles run him off the site
  • one of steven universe’s story-boarders literally murders someone and a 22 year old who still uses the word kek starts a petition to pay their bail
2017 episode of friends

Rachel and Phoebe are getting pedicures. Monica discovers someone is catfishing people with Joey’s picture. she and Joey create a fake account and talk to him. Ross buys a fedora and then gets arrested after someone in a similar fedora robs a convenience store. he calls Rachel to bail him out. Monica falls in love with the catfish and tells him she knows the truth but wants to meet him anyway. Ross won’t tell Rachel and Phoebe what he was doing at the time of the robbery. They refuse to bail him out until he does. He admits that he was writing Indiana Jones fanfiction. The police overhear this and release him. Monica shows up at the coffee shop and waits for her catfish. It was Chandler all along. They laugh. Phoebe does a dramatic reading of Ross’s Indiana Jones fanfiction. Ross dies of influenza because Mrs. Gellar was an anti-vaxxer.

It’s working guys! Keep it up! 👍

FOr those how don’t understand Autism $peaks is a hate group in disguise.

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Voltron Trailers: A Contrast
  • Netflix Leaked Exclusive Preview: A whole crowd of aliens cheer for the paladins, Lance WHOOPS and urges his friends to "help the others", enjoys being a paladin, Hunk is sweet and pure, UPBEAT ROYALTY-FREE MUSIC plays as Voltron strIKES A POSE, you are reminded that this is a kids show.
  • Officially Released Season 3 Teaser: Soft piano, Allura has given up on Shiro because he is DEAD, everyone looks so deafeated and h o p e l e s s, Lotor reminds everyone that they can't form Voltron--probably while smiRKING, the blue lion FALLS INTO AN OMINOUS BOTTOMLESS PIT, Keith's eyes are wide with shock before he witnesses his death, safe and sound humAN HEARTS ARE BEATING

anonymous asked:

I'm not a shipper, but @ every shippers who want a canon mlm representation, should stop erasing Keith and Shiro's relationship just because it's notp. Because from the look of it they're the ones that seems to have chance in becoming canon. People are screaming broganes! in every posts to the point of sounding like old homophobes, and even from non shipper's view, it's transparent as fuck. Like it'd be easier if people just admit that KL are not important to each other as people make out to be.

Yes, I agree with you wholeheartedly. The very earliest Voltron interview I heard was before the show even released, and when asked about providing more lgbt rep the way they did with korrasami, Lauren said: “We have those first 13 episodes and if we ever went beyond that, we would like to push the envelope.” Which tells me any gay relationship they planned to expand on has been present right from the start. Add to that comments about how “Keith latches onto Shiro,” “Keith’s always scared he’s gonna say or do something wrong that’ll cause him to lose Shiro,” “He supports Keith one hundred percent, he’s stuck his neck out for Keith a lot,” and “Keith and Shiro have the closest relationship”–if they were ever hinting at anything, I think it’s sheith. 

From onscreen canon interactions, Keith and Shiro’s relationship has always read as romantic to me. And claiming what they have is just brotherly when it’s so obviously different from Matt and Pidge’s dynamic–I just don’t understand it. So many of Keith and Shiro’s scenes are incredibly intimate. They confide in one another, comfort each other, offer physical reassurances and hold each other close. Keith prioritizes Shiro’s safety first and foremost and literally vows to save him, “as many times as it takes.” We see from Keith’s very first scene a tenderness between them that’s never replicated with anyone else. So much of their relationship reads as a veritable fairytale romance. I don’t think that’s an accident. 

It’s really transparent to me when people claim that this season was somehow homophobic for veering further towards allurance or not having Keith interact with Lance?? Like, people are literally claiming the staff don’t care about representation and never had any intention of including it, but?? The crew has already blatantly informed us that it was never their intention to tease Kl/ance, and they directly said they wouldn’t queerbait it. Because it was never there. Fans making serious accusations like this is incredibly transparent–if the only representation that matters to you is your ship, then I think you should reevaluate why. As a bi guy, kl/ance has always made me uncomfortable and I never saw any precedence for it in canon. 

Lauren literally said, “we’re working in animation. Our schedule is so far in advance for that–even if people shipped Keith and Lance, we couldn’t go back and just change the story–to be like and now they’re in love!” When asked about Lance’s future “Mr or Mrs Blue Lion,” Lauren responded exclusively with female pronouns. This isn’t like the bait and switch with building up leader Keith only to throw Shiro back in the pilot seat. Representation is serious, there is no gotcha moment, they’re not continually pushing aside kl/ance so they don’t “ruin the surprise.” 

Representation is a very real concern for Joaquim and Lauren, and they’ve already outright said teasing kl/ance was never their intention. They’re completely against queerbaiting. We’ve been definitively told no. If fans are unable to let go of fanon and refuse to acknowledge the narrative we’ve been given, then that’s on them. But it seems hypocritical to me to claim they were led on when they just refused to listen. As Lauren said: “they start out at odds, but then they grow to kind of respect each other. And if that leads into people being like–they’re spending time together! Then that’s a ‘thing,’ but…We’re not trying to cater to or bait anyone into anything, we’re just trying to do what’s right for the story.”

And I’ve seen people claim–but, kl/ance is so popular! The fans love it so much, they shouldn’t discount it just yet! Things can change! And it’s incredibly clear to me that those fans are naive in their understanding of the animation industry. Joaquim said this best: “There’s just no way. We’re already years past that storyline, you know?” He and Lauren outright confirmed they can’t go back and make kl/ance canon, because the decision to do so would’ve had to have been made years ago. Animation is not a medium conducive to major change. That’s just something fans will have to learn to accept. 

Lauren and Joaquim really seem like they actually care and they’re fighting for more representation. That means something to me. And if people expect me to feel sorry for fans who harass them simply because they didn’t make their OTP canon and are trying to focus on their own narrative, then they don’t know me. If it’s representation fans are concerned about and not just ships, then they shouldn’t see kl/ance as the only viable source for it. I’m sorry if people were disappointed and wanted representation in another form, I really am. I understand, I do. But I don’t think it’s fair to tear down the creators for it when they’re trying their best and act like kl/ance was somehow our only chance. 

You know what’s a shame?

When your favorite VOD streaming service cancels  one of their most diverse Shows right at the beginning of Pride Month!

I mean srsly…..

When was the last time I saw a Show that wasn’t either dominated by white folks or kinda exclusive to POC? Instead Sense8 has a mix of 8 wonderfully different main characters, such as…

Will Gorski:

The cop from Chicago, the loyal friend, the lover; a man confident enough to trust the woman by his side with his whole conscious & unconscius being to save him. 

Riley Blue:

The DJane from Iceland, the mother, the lonely spirit; the woman who would walk trough hell and back to save the ones she loves.

Capheus Onyango:

The Matatu driver from Nairobi, the optimist, the one who won’t let himself be defined by poor or rich but just his courage to make a difference. 

Sun Bak:

The Warrioress from Korea, the unbent, betrayed by those closest to her but not even prison could break her. Now she’s on her way for justice.

Lito Rodriguez:

The closeted telenovela star from Mexico, the passionate dreamer, along his career he learnt to be the hero of his own destiny. Can he make it big beyond the borders of his homeland?

Kala Dandekar:

The Pharmacist from India; the believer, once she learnt that traditions are not necessarily the safest option she finds the courage to fight for her happiness.

Wolfgang Bogdanow:

The safecracker from Germany, raised by a brutal and bullying father he found family much closer then bound by blood and even love where he least expected it.

Nomi Marks:

The transgender hacktivist from San Francisco, rejected by her family who refuse to accept her new Identity as Nomi, she made herself a name by blogging about political issues. Her fiancee Amanita a beautiful WOC with 3 father figures have her back in all this.

Now imagine these 8 completely different characters living their individual life finding out that they’re mentally connected with one another. Called a cluster  they explore step by step each others world by visiting one another. Visiting means they can only use the regular given senses of seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting etc from the person they visit. Another ability is sharing. Sharing means they can use each others skills  regardless of their own but this works only within the cluster.  So in short word that means Capheus can share his driving skills with Nomi who can’t drive as much as Lito can feel Sun Baks menstruation symptoms sometimes. Yes they have very a lot of funny and emotional moments together along they way. 

Originally posted by amanitacaplan

Other Characters:

Angelica Turing:

Better known as the mother she appears to be the one capable of giving birth to clusters by releasing/activating their connection to each other. When her last cluster awoke she commited suicide. She was in a relationship with Jonas which whom she released several clusters.

Jonas Maliki:

He shows up when Angelica’s last born cluster awoke to guide and teach them their abilities as sensates. He’s doing this mainly through Will Gorski. Jonas and Angelica were in a relationship and part of the same cluster. 

Dr. Whispers:

He’s the main antagonist of the Show goes by several aliases but best known as Whispers. Although as a sensate himself he’s part of an organisation that hunts down other sensates. He can only connect with a cluster by making direct eye contact. 

Amanita Caplan:

Amanita works in a bookstore, supports LGBT charities, she has a mother named Grace and three father figures because they never cared to find out who’s the biological one. They loved her all the same. She is Nomi’s fiancee.

Hernando Fuentes:

He’s an Art professor, loves to cook and is the lover of Lito. Despite his relationship with Lito needs to be kept a secret due the career of Lito he’s very supportive. Nontehelss he has strong beliefs of its own and is mostly the more grounded part in their relationship.

Daniela Velasquez:

She comes from a wealthy background, is an actress and Lito’s friend as well as his cover at events. Later she finds out about his secret and formes a close bond to both Lito and Hernando based on her fascination with gay men in general.

Felix Berner:

He’s Wolfgangs best friend since they were kids. Although he’s having the talent to getting himself in trouble and Wolfgang along with him hes fairly loyal and the only one who knows about Wolfie’s abusive childhood.

Despite this amazing concept of 8 fully developed individual characters forming a worldwide bond to defeat a greater enemy who’s after them for experiments and killing them in the process Netflix canceled this Show after only 2 Seasons. Sure filming in 8 differerent cities all over the globe is expensive but that makes the quality even better and so much more authentic. There is no need to kill off characters for the shock effect, no need to sideline anyone for the sake of one major pairing. They’re equals, they’re individuals, not dependent on each other but stronger together if it’s necessary.

If you don’t believe me go and watch it for yourself on Netflix if you have it!

Here’s a little preview:



[info] exo’s schedule (thus far) for the remainder of july

  • 170718 “The War” 4th full album digital release!!! (6 PM KST)
  • 170718 Kokobop on One Summer Night V Live Broadcast (8 PM KST)
  • 170719 “The War” 4th full album physical release!!!
  • 170719 Cultwo Show SBS 107.7 Power Fm Radio (2 PM KST)
  • 170719 MBC Kangta’s Starry Night Radio (10:05 PM KST)
  • 170720 M COUNTDOWN Comeback Stage (6 PM KST)
  • 170721 Music Bank Comeback Stage (5 PM KST)
  • 170722 Music Core Comeback Stage (3:50 PM KST)
  • 170722 “Knowing Bros” Episode Airing
  • 170723 Inkigayo Comeback Stage (12:10 PM KST)
  • 170724 2017 Ulsan Summer Festival - Show! Music Core
  • 170727 SMTOWN Live World Tour VI In Japan (Tokyo Dome) Day I
  • 170728 SMTOWN Live World Tour VI In Japan (Tokyo Dome) Day II
  • 170730 “The War” Group Fan Sign (3 PM KST)
The Phantom Thieves of Hearts


Protagonist and Arsene

I am thou, thou art I…

Thou art willing to perform all sacrilegious acts for thine own justice.

Call upon my name, and release thy rage!

Show the strength of thy will to ascertain all on thine own, though thou be chained to Hell itself!


Ryuji Sakamoto and Captain Kidd

I am thou, thou art I…

There is no turning back…

The skull of rebellion is your flag henceforth!


Ann Takamaki and Carmen

I am thou, thou art I…

We can finally forge a contract…

Nothing can be solved by restraining yourself.

Understand? Then I’ll gladly lend you my strength.


Yusuke Kitagawa and Goemon

I am thou, thou art I…

The world is filled with both beauty and vice…

It is time you teach people which is which!


Makoto Nijima and Johanna

I am thou, thou art I…

You have finally found your own justice…

Please… Never lose sight of it again.

This memorable day marks your graduation from your false self… 


Futaba Sakura and Necronomicon

I am thou, thou art I…

The forbidden wisdom has been revealed.

No mysteries… No illusions shall deceive you any longer.


Haru Okumura and Milady

I can finally display my true strength.

I am thou, thou art I…

Let us adorn your departure into freedom with a beautiful betrayal.

So this picture still really hurts and I remember it felt so different for such a lighthearted show and I never really thought about it until recently.  Stan has saved his family before; punching a pterodactyl in the face to save Waddles, clobbering zombies to save Dipper and Mabel, but in those instances he was either super goofy/over the top or he was cracking jokes the whole time.  This time, it’s so somber.  We all depend on him to lighten the mood with his ridiculous humor but he isn’t able to here.  The Stan Pines we know is not “there”.  He’s just gone, and at the time, we were afraid he was never coming back.


Realized not everyone has seen these.

These are from Chu’s GDC 2017 talk that he gave ealier this year. In it, certain events are roughly outlined. Note that Reflections was the last comic released.

1. 30 years ago from in-game present time: the Omnic Crisis occurs. Duration of the event is not given.
2. The Omnic Crisis ends and the Golden Age of Overwatch begins. This duration lasts approximately 20 years according to the Soldier: 76 origin video.
3. During the Golden Age of Overwatch, “The Last Bastion” occurs.
4. Approximately 5 years ago from the in-game present time, the “Fall of Overwatch” begins. Duration is not given.
5. However at least four major events occur: Halloween (“Junkenstein’s Revenge” comic), Null Sector’s Uprising (not pictured), Doomfist’s arrest (not pictured), and Ana’s battle with Widowmaker (Ana’s first comic “Legacy”).
6. Shortly before the in-game time, “Recall” occurs.
7. “Alive,” “Dragons,” and “Hero” occur “around the same time” as Recall.
7.5. Winston’s “Are you with us?” Recall message is sent out.
8. Six comics occur in approximately the same time frame as Recall and the other shorts - McCree, Junkers, Torbjörn, Symmetra, Reinhardt, and Pharah.
9. Sometime after Pharah’s Mission Statement and after Recall, the Old Soldiers comic occurs.
10. Holiday season “post the game’s release” (so November - December after Recall) is when Reflection occurs.
11. Hypothetically, after Reflections comes “Infiltration” and the Bastion comic.
12. Approximately February after Reflections, “Masquerade” occurs (Carnival in Venice gives us a timeframe).
13. Sometime after Masquerade, Doomfist attacks Numbani and destroys the OR-15s. Efi Oladele rebuilds one into Orisa.
14. Post-Orisa PTR updates: the Numbani map has been fixed up (mostly). Lucio’s concert on Numbani is either over or not being advetised anymore.

Number 14 is now approximately the current “in-game time,” although the game itself is not canon. The game’s “official release” is marked in the canon timeline to show both: 1) the environmental story-telling that occurred in the game at the time of the release and 2) to show any changes to environmental story-telling since release. This includes things such as: Necropolis/Castillo/Black Forest being developed, Horizon Lunar Colony being included, and the new Chateau Guillard map. I personally tend to see each map (or changes to maps such as on Numbani) as a “snapshot” into a canon moment in the timeline rather than as an explicit timeline event. The exception to this is Uprising.

Hope this helps!