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anonymous asked:

You've probably got told this many times but its so reassuring to have someone like you being proud of being a sjw and an ally in this industry that struggle so much with these themes recently! Im forever grateful for you and the whole star crew !! (Sorry for my english Im from sweden hehe)

Hey! I’m glad it’s reassuring for you! 

I would not personally label myself an ‘SJW,’ not because I don’t believe in fighting for social justice (I do) but because honestly I’m not that politically active? So using any label that identifies me as such seems a bit disingenuous. I have a lot of Opinions and Convictions and I talk about them a lot but that doesn’t necessarily help anyone much.

But: the term ‘SJW’ is now mostly used to silence anyone who says anything even remotely political (well, left-leaning political) on the Internet, and that is real dumb. Like seriously: when did “caring about social justice” become an insult? If someone wants to “accuse” me of being a “”””Social Justice Warrior”””””” as a way to discredit me, I’m happy to embrace the label! 

I have so many questions in my inbox right now. A lot of them are about who wants to go solo, whether or not there was a falling out, who gets along with who, who’s gay and who’s straight. Why some members look sad all the time while others don’t, who’s being shady and who’s loyal. I’m just going to put this out there right now while I have a few minutes to spare.

I want you to imagine waking up one day at the ripe age of 15 or 16. You wake up, have strangers dress you and put makeup on your face and do your hair. They teach you how to dance and tell you what songs to sing. They tell you what to say and what not to say. Who you’re allowed to interact with and who you need to ignore.

I want you to imagine being interviewed by people who are only interviewing you because it’s their job and they need to make money off of an article about you, even though they don’t really know you.

I want you to imagine being infront of a camera for a photo shoot, having your picture taken, being told to look cute or look sexy. Just so that a magazine can have your pictures in an article to make money off of you, even though they don’t really know you.

I want you to imagine meeting new strangers everyday and doing your best to express your gratefullness to them and show them love because they’re the reason you’ve got all this success. But there are still the ones that will hate you, even though they don’t really know you.

I want you to imagine having your face and name everywhere, all the time, for people to criticize and judge you, even though they only think they know you through these interviews and photo shoots.

I want you to imagine doing this everyday for 4 years. From the age of 15 or 16. Everyday. Imagine being a product of the industry for 4 years. A product that everyone wants a piece of, to make money. Imagine being objectified in such a way, just for other people’s profits. Imagine how degrading that must feel sometimes for any of these 5 young women. Imagine what kind of mind games that must play with someone’s head and self esteem. Imagine how much that changes you as a person.

Take a moment to think about all of this. Because that is the reality. They woke up one day, and they had people grooming them, making them “pretty”, dressing them, choreographing them, all so they can be POP STARS! To make the greedy folks MONEY!

Just imagine, feeling like you are just an item to be sold to a group of potential buyers. It’s consumerism, and it can be very deteriorating to a young person’s mental and physical health when taken into these circumstances.

Just imagine, if it were you. If it were a sister or brother, a friend, niece or nephew. If it were someone you really knew personally. Would that change how you see the situation?

I want everyone to remember these girls are more than what they are sold to be.

I’m going to leave you with some quotes from an article about Zayn that I posted previously.

“Everyone has an opinion on social media, even though they don’t know you, and it gets exhausting. You get misquoted in the press or a bullshit rumor gets printed and it’s frustrating to watch people believe those things and form opinions on you based on what they read.“

“I struggle with the invasion of privacy that comes with this job. I also think one of the most negative aspects of being in the public eye is that you have no control over people’s perception of you.”

The “it girl”

I’ll be using some extracts from the next post (it could be a fan whoever submitted it, still it’s got some valid points to elaborate). The extracts will be in bold to stand them out.

We’ve all concluded & agree that Lauren will be the next girl to be placed at the  front.

Originally posted by nojauregui

Most of the fans want the next album to be led by DNA. I’m positive the distribution of solos will be so much better. If anything I believe this time around not one of the girls will be left without a solo throughout the album. Nonetheless out of the 4 voices, I would say Lauren’s tone it’s the one that the GP immediately tells apart. Also I’ve notice many outsiders still think she hasn’t been given the opportunity to shine. To conclude this paragraph:

Lauren will lead 5H3 & I’m calling it some fans are not going to be very receptive of this…

“There is a concerning issue however. As there is now 4 members in the group. One in particular has a lot, a lot of potential even more so than the former member. Why do you think they did not send this never out? Their recent solo project was just a simple test and the test has been passed with an A+”

We’ve already established how if Lauren would have been the one to leave first, it would have meant a loss of stans, a loss of money for the label….

“As sad to say but when the group was a whole two members where the presumed stars of the group. Now there is only one. The pressure is going to be on this member. Heavily. This particular member may or may not cope. Just I’m urging - this is of utmost importance that you guys continue to support this member regardless. I can not give in to much to this but just be wary and do not make the same mistake you made with the previous member.”

Evidently, Lauren will have so much pressure to endure… By making the same mistake that was done with the previous member, I understand our anon is talking about not to blame her for the stealing of scene like some did with C.

“All of you need to be open minded and not naive believing everything that has been broadcast to you. The biggest mistake made was separation.“

I’ve accentuated in other posts how the division of the fanbase into the different branches was clearly a deliberate attempt to bring about this whole plan in the most successful way possible. 

“The current concern should be on the existing members of the group. You guys need to get them out and I’ve seen some good suggestions so far but show your support to them. When I say them I’m talking about the individual members the real people because they will need it in due time. Things aren’t going to be easier for them if anything the fun has just began.

That last line makes me get a lump on my throat. Despite of this information being true or not, our dear anon is stating facts here: The fun has just began. Lauren’s audio tells enough on how that far they were being treated… Now that one is gone, comes the next part of the narrative– the production of juicy headlines; keeping media & the GP attached to their sits with the unfolding of the storyline. I can’t even begin to imagine under what type of manipulative methods they are going to be put through. Yes, let’s hope change in this case directs to betterment but I would be lying if I tell you that I’m not worry.

The other day a fan tweeted how she currently is handling fine this whole situation but it’ll surely hit her once they present & do interviews as a four piece group. Applies for each one of us & so to LAND I would say… It will definitely hit them once they return to work. It’s not a simple process. Adapting is key.
As fans we need to show utter support not only by voting, streaming, etc. Also by being committed in comprehending the situation behind them. The fandom tends to complain about their working system. About the lack of promo, the time they spend rehearsing, the output, etc.
E.g. Bear in mind the schedule is not up to them, mgmt is in charge of arranging dates & their days off (if they don’t rest them properly, or when they overwork them last minute). The promo depends on the profit Epic provides. Without budget Maverick can’t do much & got to function with what they can.

“You guys need to support both former and current members because this is not easy in them emotionally. STOP BEING NAIVE!  Keep and open mind and focus on hints and clues been dropped. “

Originally posted by electra-heart2001

About our head girl… She’s being positioned as the face & as much as it is unfair to DNA, I’m sure the label won’t change their mind.

Sometimes I sense L is not fully confident with her singing voice, however, given the circumstances, she’ll have to step up that aspect (not exactly by choice but forcefully). Like our anon is politely asking: Don’t turn this harder for Lauren… I wonder if certain parents will now shade on her as well? If that happens, don’t follow those manners. People will start to start to tag her as Camila 2.0 but understand this is not up to her.

P.S. Last but not least, stop giving them all a hard time on social media. The way hatred has unraveled on each girl is insane. IF YOU’RE GOING TO SUPPORT ONLY ONE PARTY IT’S YOUR CHOICE BUT DON’T TRY TO BRING THE OTHER ONE DOWN.

I have been a JoJo fan since I was literally 6 years old. Her album was the first that I ever owned; I literally taught myself how to sing by listening to her over and over as a child.
It confused me when after her highly successful sophomore album (The High Road) she stopped releasing music; it made no sense. Come to find that she and her mother naively signed a record deal when they were poor and vulnerable and looking for a way out. They did not read the fine print.
The label had legal ownership of her name and her voice and kept her in limbo for upwards of 7 years, barring her from releasing any new music unless it was on their terms.
This is why upon hearing that Camila Cabello left Fifth Harmony and reading the official Fifth Harmony statement I noticed certain things did not add up.
Reading into it further, I noticed the circumstances under which the groups deal was signed; the majority of the group were 15/16 years old when they signed their contracts, and without going into the details (you can find them with a simple search on Google/twitter), their management and label found a loophole that enabled them to essentially have full ownership of the girl’s image/music/name without their realising, as they were so young and genuinely uneducated on the ins and outs of the industry.
It took JoJo 7 years and a hell of a fight to sue her way out of her deal - if you are a Fifth Harmony fan, I urge you to voice your outrage and help these girls out. I had the misfortune of hearing the leaked audio of one of the girls crying/distraught over the issue, referring to herself and the girls as ‘slaves’. Contractually speaking, as of right now, they are just that.
Speak up, voice your concern, have it make the forefront of media/the news. These girls are contractually trapped and unable to speak for themselves; please shout as loudly as you can for them.
As an artist myself, I know that your doing this will be intrinsic to their respective careers in the future.
Do you want your idols to stick together out of contractual obligation, or do you want them to be free and wholeheartedly thrive?
Speak up, and #FreeFifthHarmony.
And best of luck to you and the girls.

anonymous asked:

As an N stan, I'm just glad she's in a band with girls that seemingly love the shit outta her. She's in such a good space, and her relationships with all the girls appear to be thriving. I'm glad my girl is surrounded by positivity that uplifts and celebrates her. Same for Ally. The way they've been gassing her up and cheering her on this era is beautiful. OT4 is thriving, and I am living.

This was so pure 😭😭 but I agree whole heartedly