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On Racism and Bigotry: Put Up Or Shut Up

“In a democracy, the majority of the citizens is capable of exercising the most cruel oppressions upon the minority.”- Edmund Burke

There is much consternation going on right now with many Trump supporters because they are upset at being labeled, “racists” and “bigots.” I’ve read a few dozen, “I supported Trump and I am not a racist/bigot” posts from friends and family.  Every single one of them misses the larger, more important point about why so many people are upset and concerned right now.  Are all these people, even my friends and family, racists and bigots?  Maybe.  Perhaps, to some level.  I would hope not, but I don’t know what is in their heart-of-hearts.  I don’t know what their motivations or intentions were for supporting Trump.  All I have to go on is what they do say, what they don’t say, who they stand with, and who they don’t stand with.  In a lot of cases, their reassurances they aren’t a racist/bigot, are not all that reassuring.

Telling me you’ve done a lot of soul-searching and you’ve come to the conclusion you aren’t a racist/bigot, isn’t very reassuring.  If you ask the most ardent racist in a Klan meeting if they are racist, they’ll say, “No.”  They’ll say, “No,” and honestly believe it.  Being a racist is a bad thing.  It is something that just about every single person in society things is wrong.  Yet, it exists quite a bit at varying levels in society.  How is this possible?  People don’t believe they are racists/bigots, even when they are because people don’t view themselves as being bad people.  Pretty much everyone thinks and wants to believe they are good.  Since there are a lot of racist/bigoted behaviors going on, even more now that Trump’s been elected, there is a serious disconnect between what people believe about themselves and what is really the case.  This is why someone’s self-analysis about whether they are/aren’t a racist/bigot is not very reliable or reassuring.

Telling me that the real racists/bigots are not that prevalent in society because the number of Klan, white supremacist, white nationalist..groups are not that many, doesn’t address the issue of whether or not an individual is racist/bigoted.  You can really like Taylor Swift, know all her songs by heart, buy all her albums, go to her concerts…and not be a member of her fan club.  Being a member of the Klan makes someone a racist/bigot.  However, just because someone isn’t a member of the Klan doesn’t make them not a racist/bigot.  To put it in logic parlance: All Klan members are racist/bigots but not all racist/bigots are Klan members.  Granny might not be a member of the Klan or be a subscriber to Stormfront, but if she gets upset because “the blacks moved in down the street” or because “a couple of lesbians bought the house next door,” she is a racist/bigot.  Racism and bigotry aren’t about what group you belong to.  Racism and bigotry are about what you believe, what you say, what you do towards people who are not like you.  Trying to make racism and bigotry not that widespread because the number of groups that openly, actively profess it is not that many completely misrepresents the issue and problem.  If the only opposition to blacks was from white supremacist groups, there wouldn’t be voter suppression in predominantly black voting districts.  There wouldn’t have been redlining.  There wouldn’t have been Jim Crow.  These things existed/exist because of both broad acceptance and tacit approval from a lot of people who don’t belong to extremist groups. During Hitler’s reign of power in Germany, only 850,000 out of 66 million Germans were members of the Nazi Party.  A little more than 1% of Germans were Nazis, but when we talk about Germans during WWII, you don’t say, “They aren’t anti-Semitic.  Only a small portion of the country are Nazis.”  The reason we don’t say this is because the problem wasn’t so much the horrible beliefs of the 1%, it was the tacit approval, agreement, and support of a lot of the other 99%.  I have a problem with white supremacist groups, but I have a bigger problem with people who agree with a lot of what they believe.  Just because you don’t agree with the methods of the Klan and aren’t a member doesn’t mean you don’t agree with some of their beliefs. Beliefs that are rooted in racism and bigotry.

Okay, let’s say, for argument sake, you aren’t a member of a white supremacist group and tell me you don’t subscribe to any of their beliefs.  Great.  So far so good.  Now, what if you both support and vote for the same candidate?  What am I suppose to think now?  Does supporting the same person as the Klan (or any other white supremacist group) mean you believe what they do?  Perhaps.  At worst it means you and the Klan are simpatico.  At best it means some of your beliefs, your motivations, your attitudes and the Klan’s overlap.  If this doesn’t give you pause and lead to some serious soul-searching, it should.  From an outside perspective, if you support the same person the Klan does, I know your views overlap.  I just don’t know how much.  Telling me you aren’t a racist/bigot when you and the Klan’s views overlap is not very reassuring.  Am I supposed to believe the Klan’s “economic anxieties” are rooted in rational arguments and data and your overlap with them on this issue is somehow separate from their racist views?  I can’t because it isn’t. Their “economic fears” are rooted in, steeped in racist attitudes and beliefs.  Their economic plight isn’t because they are mostly undereducated white men but because blacks/immigrants have taken their jobs and because the government is spending their hard-earned, white tax dollars on minorities.  Supporting the same person as the Klan might not mean you support the Klan but it sure as hell means you aren’t standing up against them.  At the very least you are giving them your tacit approval.  

Don’t try and “both sides” this with me either.  There are no examples you can give where hate-filled, fear-mongering, racist, bigoted groups on the left exist to any level as those on the right nor have progressives stood in support of candidates they do.  

“I voted for Donald Trump because of his economic policies, not because of his views towards Mexicans, women, Muslims, immigrants…”  This would be a good argument if his views towards these groups were not inherently linked to his economic policies.  You can’t campaign on a nationalist, xenophobic, anti-immigrant platform blaming others for the economic plight of white working class America and neatly and cleanly separate the economic parts from the racist/bigot parts.  It cannot be done.  When you buy the one, you buy the other and no amount of telling me, “But I don’t agree with his views towards the groups he’s denigrated,” somehow magically makes the inherent link disappear.  All this tells me is you either don’t see the link or you are willing to overlook it.  I’m not a big fan of ignorance, especially with regards to racism/bigotry and I’m even less of a fan of people who can look it right in the face and say, “Meh.”  If you want to have a discussion about a specific policy, I will gladly have that discussion.  It the policy is tied to racism and bigotry, you cannot pretend it doesn’t exist or talk about the policy sans the racism and bigotry because then you are not dealing with reality.

What I’ve seen recently from my Trump supporting friends and family is more an effort trying to convince others they are not racists/bigots and very little time recognizing why some people might think they are and even less time worrying about and standing up against the words and actions of Trump, his surrogates, and other supporters.  Whether or not you personally are a racist/bigot on some level isn’t really worth my time to suss out.  Again, I can’t get into your mind and see what lies in its darker corners.  What I can do.  What I will do is look to see who stand up against racism and bigotry, who sits idly by, and who gives cover for it.  Actions are the only things by which I can judge whether or not you are a racist/bigot.  This doesn’t just go for Trump supporters, this goes to a lot of people I know on the left who opted out of the election for one ridiculous reason or another.  I don’t care who you are, I don’t care what your political affiliation, I don’t care what your religious affiliation if you don’t stand up against racism/bigotry, you are on the side of the racists/bigots.  I know this might sound harsh and too cut-and-dried a position to take but it has to be done.  The single greatest failure in American history was giving wiggle room and moral cover for the Confederacy after the Civil War.  Instead of eradicating the beliefs and attitudes behind slavery and sedition, America allowed the South to retain their culture and honor.  We allowed them to push the idea the War was about “states rights” not about racism.  We allowed them to cloak their racist/seditious views behind “cultural heritage.”  We allowed them to still display the flag that represented their racism and treason.  We let them pretend that Confederate soldiers were good, honorable, Christians.  The result of not having a cut-and-dried approach to these treasonous racists was seventy years of Jim Crow.  Because white Northern America didn’t want to hurt the feelings of white Southern America, millions of blacks suffered and died.  From an ethical point-of-view, I cannot think of a single action outside the Civil War itself that led to more pain and suffering caused by immoral beliefs than the failure of Reconstruction.  This is why there is no leeway when it comes to racism and bigotry.  This is why I hold people accountable not just for their actions but their inactions.  When you don’t stand up against racism/bigotry, you are lending support.

How does all this apply to the election of Donald Trump?  On the right, a lot of people willingly voted for or willfully ignored the racism and bigotry not only from his campaign speeches and policies but personal choices of who he would align himself with.  If Trump’s campaign speeches and policies were not enough of a red flag, his actions spoke louder than his words.  When it comes to anti-LGBT bigotry, it is hard to find a politician more so than Trump’s selection to be his VP, Mike Pence.  When it came time to get a new campaign manager, he could have selected any of a dozen, highly qualified, highly regarded individuals.  Instead, he chose the CEO of the most popular, anti-Semitic, conspiracy websites, Steve Bannon from Breitbart.  Once elected, Trump could have easily distanced himself from Bannon and his white nationalism.  Instead, he tapped him to be Chief Strategy Officer in his administration.  These are just some of the people who Trump has surrounded himself with.  You can talk about this specific policy or that specific policy all you want, but the people close to Trump are deeply bigoted and racist.  Then there’s the support of groups like Stormfront, the KKK, Alex Jones, and every single major white supremacist, white nationalist group out there.  They aren’t supporting him because of his tax plan. They are supporting him because of his racist/bigoted talk and promises.  No amount of linguistic or mental gymnastics can make it so you can disassociate Trump and all these.  

The real problem which is being intentionally ignored by some and denied by others is how all the racism, bigotry, and hate, all the blatantly white supremacists and anti-gay bigots around Trump have been and are being normalized.  Steve Bannon isn’t described as a white supremacist, he’s a “provocateur.”  Mike Pence isn’t described as an anti-gay bigot, he’s a “concerned Christian.”  This should be very concerning to everyone who claims to not be a racist or bigot. When you normalize these kinds of behaviors among those in power, this is how a little over 98.8% of Germans allow Nazism.  Racism and bigotry are problems.  Racism and bigotry in power are dangerous. I’m not equating Donald Trump and his supporters with Nazis so don’t Goodwin’s Law me.  I’m saying when racism and bigotry are normalized and have control of the political and legal systems, very bad things happen to very good people.  I’ve already seen many Republicans, the media, and even a lot of Democrats start the normalization process of racism and bigotry.  This scares the hell out of me and makes me very concerned for the groups who have been marginalized and demonized by Trump and his supporters.

A lot of my liberal friends tell me I need to not be so angry, so mean, so hateful.  I need to understand those I disagree with and “find some common ground” from which to work towards peace and understanding.  No, I don’t.  Sorry, I don’t Kumbaya when it comes to racism and bigotry.  No amount of online group therapy is going to get me to be okay with people not just willing to do physical, legal, and economic harm to others but do it will glee.  I cannot comprehend a situation where I’ll ever be okay with people mistreating others, period.  I will never be able to rationalize the powerful punching down on the powerless.  I’m not intellectually or morally constructed to do this.

I had a philosophy professor in grad school who had been hounded by Joseph McCarthy and the FBI because he was a vocal opponent to McCarthy’s witch hunts.  He was threatened by the FBI.  His wife was threatened.  His office was bugged and ransacked multiple times.  The FBI demanded the president of the university fire him (luckily, the president at the time had some cajones and said, “Absolutely not!”) I asked him one day why he did what he did and if he ever regrets it. He told me he never regretted a thing and the reason he felt compelled to speak out against McCarthy and his supporters was because of what he termed, “The Silence of the Professors.”  He told me in the 1930s, professors in Germany were held in very high esteem.  Their opinions had a very special place among the German people.  When Hitler started his rise to power, most of the professors in Germany were very worried about his rhetoric, his methods, and his policies but they didn’t speak out.  They kept silent.  After the War, a lot of these same professors publicly rued the fact they didn’t step up when they had the chance.  My professor told me he never forgot this and swore he would never be in the same position where he had to apologize for horrible things being done because, in part, he didn’t use his position and speak out against it.  It is a lesson I took to heart and told myself I would live up to to the best of my ability.  This is why I feel the need to speak out more now than ever before.  I’m watching racism and bigotry being normalized and put into power.  I’m watching a good chunk of the country really okay with this.  I’m watching another good chunk play along because they don’t want to come across as “mean” or “angry.”  The pox on both of them!.

If you are a Republican and you tell me you are not a racist or a bigot, then I’m going to expect you to stand up against members of your party and policies that are.  Being silent isn’t going to cut it.  So far, a lot of you have failed this basic test.  If you are a progressive, you have a lot to atone for.  When the groups you proudly say are members of your Big Tent, who are the ones who you claim to care about and defend needed you the most, you failed to stand up for them when they needed it the most.  We live in the most powerful, greatest economy in the world but when it comes to helping those who need it the most, protecting the defenseless, making sure everyone has equal opportunities, we as a country SUCK and suck royally.  This is both a moral and cultural failure.  We can either make it better or a whole lot worse.  Right now, the scales are heavily tipped to a whole lot worse.  It is going to take a concerted effort to move the scales back in favor of justice and equality.  I am going to do everything I can.  I will encourage and support anyone who wants to help.  I will not tolerate for a second anyone who chooses the other side or who remains silent.  If you tell me you aren’t a racist or a bigot, the time has come to put up or shut up.

“All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.”-Edmund Burke

Quick centering exercise

1. List five things you are grateful for right this second. Maybe it’s ‘my good health’ or ‘my warm bed’ or ‘my fun workmates’ or ‘my new jacket’. 

2. List four things you’d like to achieve today. Maybe it’s just ‘take a shower’ or ‘go for a walk’, or maybe it’s ‘follow up a resume’ or ‘talk to my friend about my issue with them’. 

3. List three things that you’re worrying about right now, and in a few words why you’re worrying about each. Be completely honest with yourself. 

4. List two people who genuinely lift you up and make you feel supported, hopeful and happy. 

5. Write this down - “I am a person with all of the colours within me. I’m capable of many different lives, and I get to decide which one I live.” 

6. List two things you do that you’d like to do less in life. Maybe it’s ‘do less late night shifts’, or ‘ stop hanging out with that person who brings me down’ or ‘argue less with my sibling’. 

7. List three things you do that bring you genuine self-esteem. Maybe it’s ‘working out’, ‘playing a computer game’ or ‘finishing a book’ or ‘making a good coffee’.

8. List four things would like to improve upon. Maybe you’d like to be more organised, maybe you’d like to get up at the same time each morning, maybe you’d like to listen more and talk less. 

9. List five things you genuinely love about yourself. Maybe you’d do anything for your mother, maybe you are really good at helping a friend in a crisis, maybe you’re a very loyal employee, maybe you love your handwriting, maybe you like the scar on your leg. 

10. Lastly, write this down - “I am powerful. I am strong. I am full of all things - love, sadness, light, anger, fever. I deserve happiness and only I can create it.” 

I'm actually fucking appalled and shocked and angry and just plain fucking horrified by the acephobia I just saw

I’m disgusted.

I hate all of you, I hate humanity.

You’re all beasts.

You can’t even mock boys for being horny heterosexual hormone bags.

Fangirls are just as FUCKING bad, just in a different way.

You just can’t even accept the IDEA of someone being aro/ace/demisexual, for all your “Tumblr activism”, for all your posts about tolerance.

So much for believing in love.

Oh wait.

My apologies.

You don’t think asexuals are capable of love, do you?

They’re robots, aliens, robot aliens who can’t be used in your sexual fantasies, which makes them undesirable.

You know what?

I said I wouldn’t hold back, and I won’t.

IF asexuals are really so despicable to you, take your hands off your genitals for two FUCKING seconds, and unfollow me right now.

I am a demisexual.

An I will not tolerate the bashing of asexual people on this blog.

So fuck off.

Hux carrying his favourite ginger. 

Bonus: Kylo enjoys carrying his favourite ginger as well.

I am capable of serious Star Wars art, I swear. One day I will prove that to you all.

One day. 

As far as I can tell, I am supposed to be mad about a thing.  Or if I AM mad about the thing (and I am mad about many things), I should have been mad before.  Or I should have been much madder before if I was just a little mad before, that didn’t count.  And, I am certainly too mad right now, or not mad enough, but definitely not mad the correct amount.  And certainly not about the correct things.  

It’s a little exhausting.  I know I’m mad (we’re all mad here), but…  The whole “You should be madder about this”, and “Ignore this, and be mad about this other thing I am telling you about” and “Why weren’t you mad about this?”…  It’s starting to wear on me.  

I…  I am capable of being mad about multiple things at a time, in fact I sort of live that way, but… The “Not being mad enough about the thing at the correct time of madness”?  I need, like, a checklist?  Or a calendar or something, of when I am to be mad about the thing…  And the other thing…  And this thing over here…  

And I’m not really sure where I’m going with that.

There’s a squirrel in the back yard.  This is the other problem with me: I can get very mad, and then a squirrel shows up.

One of the many ways, in which I am not entirely like a wombat: A wombat is a single-minded animal, that does not stop, and cannot be persuaded from its path, usually.  

Kevin, am I occasionally stubborn, and you can’t persuade me from my path?  (Kevin: “Yeah…”)  Okay, well, there’s that too.  I contain multitudes.

—  Ursula Vernon, KUEC #232, El Diablo Tortilla, 28:10 onwards
Mixtape: Get Your Thunder Back

Hey, you. 

You’re probably going through something tougher than your mom’s cookie dough right now. You’re thinking why does this have to happen? Why am I capable of feeling all of these things? Why does the universe think that my heart is designed to carry all of this weight around? You don’t want to bear with it anymore. But listen, giving up on yourself isn’t an option.

It should never be an option. Yes, you don’t have to prove yourself to everyone else. But, you have to show them that nothing and nobody can gust your tower down. You were born with a thunder above your head to do all the things that makes you happy and that keep you sane. Don’t let anything take it away from you. 

And for that… I made you a playlist about it, babe. 

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Let’s say I get called a ‘selfish, arrogant asshole’. I’ve learned how to not get defensive. 'Selfish’ comes into my life now and I count all the times I was selfish. I count all the times I was arrogant - so many times. 'Asshole’ - again, so many times. And I start smiling and think, 'This person is so right: I am a selfish, arrogant asshole - sometimes. Similarly, I am a kind, humble, gentle human being - sometimes. As is everyone. Everyone is capable of everything.
—  Damien Rice

anonymous asked:

Hi, I used to be extremely bulimic. I was really depressed and at one point let my mom find out what I was doing bc I was scared of this part of me. Looking at all this self-hate makes me sad again. I am still trying to find peace with myself, but as a Low Fat HIGH CARB ❤ vegan I am slowly losing weight and scoping my metabolism back up. I have more energy now and a much better mood. Everyone compliments me on my health and I think thats most important. Pls take care and nourish your body 💕

Thank you. Yeah I read about this a lot as well. But I am not capable of doing this right now.

And sometimes, I feel a little lost, not knowing where to go or how I’m going to get there. I wonder if I’m going in the right path almost all the time and I find myself often day-dreaming of a time when things were much simpler. Where life ran it’s course smoothly like the way the leaves change color in the fall. I wish I could go back to that sometimes. But then I remember that I am a much stronger version of myself now. That I have gone through hardships that have made me more capable. And it is then that I realize that there is no time I’d rather it be than right now.
  • Regina: Why do people still call me the “Evil” Queen. Always the villain, even when i’m not. Rumple made me the Evil Queen, it wasn’t my fault. Why don’t people just forget my past and pretend it never happened? People need to let it all go. Forgiving my past crimes isn’t enough, people need to believe in me and tell me hourly that i’m a strong and capable hero. I can be the Savior if I want to. I deserve happiness. Why is the world out to get me?
  • Also Regina: Stop playing the victim. You don’t deserve any more chances, you’ve already had too many. I may have done far worse things than you but I am so much better than you are, i’ve changed and am now the perfect example of growth and reform. I’m going to take your child away from you, after all, it would be irresponsible to let a psychotic remorseless murdering rapist see her child, right? But never forget, I am the Evil Queen.

But no I’m sitting here nervous as scrap right now because I promised my next headcanon would be sparklings and I promised diagrams or drawings but oi my confidence actually isn’t all that great and now I’m sitting here like “am I really capable of making this clear and easy to understand without the drawings being totally derptastic?”

youresuchagem  asked:

hey! I just wanted to say thank you so so so much for being so honest and public about your decision to bring some animal products back into your diet so that you can recover from your ED. Veganism is an absolutely amazing concept but I've found that for someone like me, veganism as some tumblrs advertise it is toxic to my mental health and relationship to food. It honestly means the world to see you openly make the decision to choose your recovery over it. Thank you xx

Yeah of course! I agree with you 100%. I unfortunately am not capable of being vegan without falling into restriction/obsession/relapse, as a result of my disorder. If I was without an ED, I would definitely be vegan right now. And maybe I will in the future! But for now, I’m not really considering it at all. I’m still too early in recovery to make that decision. I will always be open about the choices I make! I know I’m doing what’s right for me, even though it’s really hard as a person who was vegan initially for all the right reasons

My internal monologue needs a very serious adjustment.

I just realized that I spent all day with my mind cycling through “YOU’RE THE WORST! EVERYBODY SHOULD HATE YOU! WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?” over and over and over again. Which is very bad for my productivity, and very bad for my health, and will simply not do.

Conscious phrases I’m using instead, starting right now:

1. I am worthy of good things.

2. I am capable.

3. I am whole.

Im so tired and the problems keep coming. I just want some peace so I can have time to find myself again. I have terrible mood swings and one thing can ruin my day. It’s horrible. I can’t give people the attention they deserve because I’m too busy keeping myself from breaking down. I am not capable right now of giving the love people deserve, and my heart has been torn so badly that I can’t think of anything other than blocking everyone from having access to it.

I don’t know whether I’m growing or failing, and I don’t know who I can talk to or who I can’t. I’m all mixed up and all I want is some solid ground. I thought I had it, but I’m not sure. I’m not sure of anything except that I literally can only make it until tomorrow.

I lost all of my old life when my van was towed. I have none of my mom’s papers, my dream chest, her cipher, my old memories - nothing. I have two bags full of clothes and toiletries.

I don’t have a home, I don’t have a family anymore, I have friends but they need to focus on themselves and they have no real obligation to me.

I’ve lost everything. Everything. I still have myself, but I’m broken and failing.

I don’t want to conquer the world right now. I don’t want to change it. The world isnt so beautiful anymore, and I’m not the me I knew.

I don’t know where I’m going or what I’m doing except that I don’t want to die yet.

How can I do anything? I won’t get any closure to my questions for a long time, I’m not allowed to talk to the one person I want to talk to the most for a myriad of reasons.

Im learning and I’m getting better, I guess I can look forward to a possibility, but even that has been so tainted that it feels like I’m just the pity case. I can’t talk to anyone because I’m grieving my failures with the person I love, I can’t get any sort of solid recognition without it being fake because I’m bitching, and I don’t know what I’m going to do.

Who wants to be with a broke homeless girl who can’t master her own self?

I can’t find a solid place to live, I can barely eat, and I’m living off the largesse of others.

And I’m *trying*. I’m *trying*. I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing.

I’m going to die.

its not about who crosses the finish line first, its about what you’ve become in the end. your failures are your battle scars
— 

from someone i know

I’ve been crying for the last 30 minutes now. Why? Maybe I am over thinking things. I am full of what if right now. I know my strengths & my capabilities but somehow I can’t deny that for the struggles that I’ve been through, I am starting to doubt myself. But who am I to worry this much? I am so blessed to have this life after all. My life is not perfect & maybe if I am not the person I am today, I already give up. I will try to be stronger. I will be a believer. I still have faith that after this, everything will be worth it.

The schools as things I've thought/said in school
  • Fire: Would I get caught if pulled the fire alarm?
  • Storm: Why am I learning this? I already know this! Oh. Wait. Nevermind.
  • Ice: I am perfectly capable of finishing all this work, but I'm way too lazy right now, so, no.
  • Life: Everyone is special. Except that guy. He's not special.
  • Death: I might be small, but I could seriously fuck that guy up.
  • Myth: I wish I was in Narnia. I bet I would be a majestic unicorn.
  • Balance: I don't like drama. Actually, I don't like being involved in drama. Now watching drama is something I could do all day.

You… don’t have to be… the bad guy. You are the most talented, most interesting, and most extraordinary person in the universe. And you are capable of amazing things. Because you are the Special. And so am I. And so is everyone. The prophecy is made up, but it’s also true. It’s about all of us. Right now, it’s about you, and you… still… can change everything.

okay but can you imagine Sam’s reaction to deserumed Steve? Like looking at all ninety pounds of him being just as sassy and stubborn as when he weighs in at 240 and Sam’s just like “where do you put all of that? I mean i just assumed it was all just hanging out in your pecs but now I don’t know? You are so small and I don’t know what to do with that?” Bucky looking at Sam like “I TRIED TO TELL YOU AND YOU DID NOT BELIEVE ME NOW DO YOU SEE WHAT I HAD TO DEAL WITH?” Steve continuing to be the embodiment of “don’t tell me what to do” and Sam being like “but that’s literally why we are in this situation right now can you find it in yourself to just fucking chill for a second?” only to discover that steve has never possessed an ounce of chill in his life, regardless of size.

I know the boys see what’s happening and lurk on tumblr so here’s stgh I need to say. I genuinely hope after this transition you hire a new team. Not because I’m selfish or like to complain or am a bitch. I hope you find people who are capable of making you look good. If it’s Topshop, so be it. Me and the rest of the fanbase could care less about designers as long as the clothes fit you and make the world see how great you look. Right now you’re a running joke. I’m not saying this lightly, I’m not throwing it out there - it’s by now something I’ve heard a lot, from various people who are very involved in the industry. If you want to be taken seriously, you need to look the part. Hire people who can pull stuff for you for every appearance, who will fight for you, who will be proud to send you off looking like a million bucks. Find the team that will make you be listed on the best dressed list even if that list doesn’t exist for menswear. The right team will dress you so well they’ll make the list just for you. I hope when you turn the new page you’ll let someone show the world just how great you are. And I hope it will happen soon. 

“Fashion is the most powerful art there is. It’s movement, design and architecture all in one. It shows the world who we are and who we’d like to be.”