because the cast made the show

okay so I just feel the need to say why Brooklyn nine nine is the best show so strap yourselves in it’s gon be long 

 * first off, hella diverse cast 

 * and no “token” characters there just for the sake of diversity, each character has very different personalities from each other and represent the actual population

 * despite totally different personalities they are all really good friends and care about each other so much- each character’s relationship is different and I find that beautiful 

 * wE HAVE A BLACK GAY MAN IN THE HIGHEST POSITION OF POWER IN THE PRECINCT?? that’s so cool

 * amy santiago is never played off as “just Jake’s love interest/girlfriend” she has all her own plots and stories and is amazing and strong and the best

* healthy communication in amy and jakes relationship !!! making sure it doesn’t stop them from doing their job to the best of both their abilities !!! 

* Terry is a very macho “man’s” man but isn’t afraid to show his feelings and it’s real nice to see them show how being emotional doesn’t make you a weak man 

* the solidarity between the girls because we gotta stick together 

* “I met god” “what does she look like?” “Ethnically ambiguous" 

* constantly calling out the world for all it’s shit (homophobia, racism, gun laws, corruptness of the police, sexism, I cOULD GO ON) 

* and now the reason I decided to make this now: THEY JUST MADE A WHOLE EPISODE ABOUT HOW BULLSHIT RACIAL PROFILING IS 

* a show about cops still managed to find a way to talk about it bc they know it’s an important issue and did it in such an incredible way 

* showed two sides of dealing with the situation, holts plan and terrys, and neither were ideal, both would have backlash for Terry more than the dickhead who stopped him tbh

* and showing Jake doing hella suspicious shit and not getting stopped 

* oNCE AGAIN CALLING OUT THE WORLD FOR ITS SHIT 

* (but this time with a whole ep not just mentions bless) 

* also Jake and amy having to explain it all to Terry’s kids was v upsetting to see how scared they were at first that this would happen just because they were born as they were 

* AND mentions of transphobia and telling the twins it’s okay if they don’t identify as female, what other show would 

 this ain’t even everything it was just getting v long BASICALLY no show is as woke as brooklyn nine nine, it’s hella funny too with great plots and ships too if that’s what you look for and everyone should watch and @ fox if you don’t renew I will fight it is better than all other shows

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I wanted to try some new stuff with embroidery this summer, so I suggested to the bf, @powersimon, that we should do a collab. And since we’ve been binging on The Adventure Zone almost every night, it seemed only right to do one of the gang. He did the linework, and I transfered them onto the fabric (which was a journy in itself lmao) and stitched it up. Took ages, but it was real fun as well!

  • i can never stress enough how you all should be watching crazy ex-girlfriend.
  • i gather it’s for free on the cw app
  • i gather netflix uploads the episodes weekly in most regions
  •  it has everything tumblr claims to desperately want and yet its fandom is made of like three people.
  •  drop the “sexist title” bullshit and try to actually watch: the entire show is about deconstructing the “crazy” world by dealing with a young woman with untreated anxiety and depression. yes, anxiety and depression
  • and yet the writing is so clever for some reason it feels bittersweet rather than intoxicatingly sad
  • it’s not about romantic/sexual relationships. there are those, but they’re just a means to explore the female protagonist’s life and journey.
  • you get anti-heroes. because you don’t have to be a man making drugs on a cable drama to be an anti-hero. you have to be deeply fucked up and that’s what these characters are.
  • it’s the most diverse cast i’ve ever seen. 
  • one character gets a number on coming out as bisexual. the word is said multiple times. you don’t like shows shying away from it? fucking watch crazy ex-girlfriend.
  • they sing and dance their ass off, and well, and showcasing meta commentaries on storytelling and how even music videos are made. they do pop, rap, rock, old hollywood musicals, you name it. they do everything and they’re brilliant at it. the soundtrack’s online. the music sheets too.
  • it’s just overall brilliant. it won the cw a golden globe and two emmys. rachel bloom is out of this world
  • rachel bloom also led this anti-trump anthem
  • again: cw app and netflix.

remember that time travis literally hunted wil wheaton down in the geekandsundry offices and made him touch matt’s dm space before the kevdak fight because he hoped it would rub off on him and matt would roll ones

and then that game was one of the most cursed games in the history of the show for everybody, and there were a disproportionate number of nat1s and nat20s being rolled because wheaton came in and knocked the balance of the d20 gods out of whack and the entire cast was confused and scared

i don’t think tyra banks really got enough credit for what she did with americas next top model. she did some very progressive things way before they became mainstream in the industry. she always casted a very diverse group of contestants, she had people of all different ethnicities and sexualities, she had plus sized models, she had trans women, she had men, she had people with disabilities, and she always celebrated those differences/quirks that made people unique. tyra offered real advice as a working supermodel, and launched tons of careers through that show. looking back on it years later as an adult, ANTM was a great show that never got taken seriously because tyra is a little eccentric. but a show doesn’t run for 23 seasons without a genius behind it and she really was one

anonymous asked:

Wait what happened with supergirl? Never really watched it but as usual theres chaos. I know theres an lgbt couple there did they die or something soph?

Well there’s two LGBTQ+ pairing in the show, one is canon “Sanvers” (Alex Danvers + Maggie Sawyer) and one is non canon “Supercorp” (Kara Danvers aka Supergirl + Lena Luthor)

This week-end was the Comic con and during an interview a member of the cast was asked to make a singing recap of the season, but while singing that recap he isolated the Supercorp ship and sang the words “They’re only friends! They’re never gonna get together!” while laughing hysterically, a majority of the cast present there laughed with him, including Melissa Benoist who plays one half of Supercorp - basically mocking the ship. 

Songs starts at 1:30

Later in the interview Katie McGrath who plays the other half of Supercorp tried to defend the ship (7:15) but she was rudely interrupted, which pissed everyone off even more.

Now what those actors don’t understand is that an LGBTQ+ fandom, whether their pairing is canon or not, is always gonna be a very sensitive and vulnerable fandom. Because there are so little representations of the community, those ships are extremely important (you can include Camren there), and a LOT of fans felt attacked and ridiculed by the “joke” that this actor made. 

After that things escalated quickly, the actor in question, Jeremy Jordan, send out a message to apologize but basically didn’t, he made it about him and not about what the real issue was,

He later understood his mistake and send another message :

Also a few tweets - I think he got it

Other members of the cast also responded, using the basic “I can’t be homophobe, I worked in theater, I have gay friends, the show has a canon gay ship…” etc - trying to defend their behavior.

Then a fan (https://chloeniccole.tumblr.com) send an fucking incredible email to Melissa’s rep to explain why the fandom was so upset and what an important thing shipping is for the community

To which they responded, completely missing the whole point 😒😒😒

Hi Chloe,
Thank you for your email.  
As someone who was present in the room yesterday during the impromptu, musical recap of S2 during MTV’s live stream with the cast of SUPERGIRL, I can speak as a voice of reason and with objectivity as this situation requires.  It’s entirely up to you to accept or deny the following…
I will not undermine your feelings or those of anyone who took issue with what you’ve perceived to be offensive.  However, as an activist, it’s very important that you take a step back before inflicting public scorn.  As a role model, it’s incumbent upon you to shape your understanding and engage in meaningful and respectful dialogue based on fact and motivation, and not just on whether your feelings were bruised.
You cannot fairly denounce Melissa or Jeremy or the cast for what they DIDN’T say. You cannot fairly characterize their verbiage or actions as “aggressive,” on the contrary.  They were having fun in a riff session and hardly at the expense of the LGBT community. You cannot fairly assume or rationalize why David Harewood or Katie McGraff didn’t participate so to substantiate your argument.  To enter into a sensitive debate, you have to be really careful about making baseless claims based solely on emotion.
Chloe:  neither Melissa or Jeremy or any of the cast members marginalized any individual, regardless of orientation, by saying “Kara and Lena” are just friends. They didn’t say “can’t be friends” or “shouldn’t be friends” OR remotely imply that “two female characters would never see each other in a romantic light in their whole lives.”  Then you take it one step further to accuse them of declaring “the incomprehensibility of a woman loving another woman” and “blatantly made a mockery of non-heterosexual women.”  It’s wholly irresponsible to publicly admonish anyone, as you have on your social media platforms, and I mean anyone, for such a broad and unsubstantiated interpretation of the S2 recap.
That, Chloe, is actually the definition of defamation.
Allow me to also clarify for you that other than Melissa who MTV brass placed next to host Josh Horowitz, the cast seated themselves. As did all 13 casts of films and television shows that I guided through MTV.  Unless David and Katie said they felt “isolated” in their positions in the back, I would recommend you walk back these statements as well.  
There are gross injustices globally of the LGBT community. This was not one of those occasions. You may feel slighted because the creatives behind the SG series didn’t lead the Kara-Lena relationship in a direction that would have made you happy and proud in S2. You cannot therefore accuse them of being anti-gay.  If Josh Horowitz instead engaged in a serious Q&A with the cast as to why they didn’t take that path and Melissa, Jeremy and the cast responded “Kara cannot be in a relationship with Lena because she’s SUPERGIRL” then I invite you to protest loudly and with far more aggression and passion than what you perceived from the cast yesterday.
You’ve indicted people who are genuine ambassadors of acceptance, compassion and equality and have proven as much, not on only Glee but on SUPERGIRL and in their own personal lives.  
As you continue your mission to right the wrongs in society and especially those inflicted on the LGBT community, I highly recommend you postulate your arguments soundly.
Thank you Chloe for reaching out.
Kindly,”

And now apparently Melissa’s team is threatening to sue her for defamation…

Also other people who are in the LGBTQ+ tv-show horizon responded to the whole thing - Kaitlyn Alexander from Carmilla 

And Emily Andras who’s the showrunner of Wynonna Earp 

Anyways this whole thing has just reached the medias, so I think we’re gonna be hearing about this for a little while.

The issue here is a very common one unfortunately - public figures just don’t take the time to think and educate themselves - even if it doesn’t look like it, this is homophobia, a very latent, unintentional, type of homophobia, but still homophobia. 

It might seem silly and taken out of proportion, but the community has been shut down and mistreated for so many years by the television industry that now even the smallest thing matters. Those ships have such a huge impact on people’s lives, it’s important, and it has taken fucking years for showrunners to understand that, and some still haven’t caught up #fuckyoujasonrothenberg. Showrunners like Emily Andras and a cast like the one of Wynonna Earp are what this community needs - people who take the time to educate themselves, learn from other’s mistakes and most importantly listen and respect the fans. Because at the end of the day the fans are the ones calling the shots, I know for a fact that a majority of the fandom would stop watching Supergirl right now if it weren’t for the Sanvers storyline. The LGBTQ+ community is one of the most loyal source of fans a show and an actor can have, we’re the fucking bomb, we get shit done and we love and ship harder than any other fans, but if you betray us or disrespect us, there’s no coming back, and we will fucking roast you.

I want to apologize

Yes, I ship Karamel, yes I don’t like supercorp.
I made a post a few months ago saying that liking those will not make me a racist nor a homophobe. But now seeing what the cast did to the fans I am starting to think so. You just don’t make fun of fans, period.
First of all they give you the work you are doing, because after all a show gets renewed based on the number of viewers and the merchandise it sells.
Second because maybe you are an inspiration to them, to small kids, to teenagers in trouble, to young adults and adults trying to scape shitty sceneries in their life’s.
I shipped Sanvers and I am also a bisexual girl who has suffered from discrimination and racism in Japan, a country that not many people identify as racist but it is, a lot.
And I will not accept mockery in any kind, not to supercorp fans, Sanvers fans or any kind of fans in this world. You have to respect what people like and think, you have to understand your liking is not the only one. You have to get that the people have so many things going on that sometimes watching a show on tv makes them happy.
Because that’s what tv shows are supposed to do.
I want to apologize for my previous post, the one where I complained about being called racist because of Karamel, now I get that the people that act that couple are also homophobic and probably also racist
I will not support nor watch Supergirl anymore.
I don’t like shows that disrespects their fans and the actors that were not involved in the situation deserve better than that.

let us not forget fall out boy is literally made up of the weirdest cast of characters like

there’s pete “pisslord” wentz, ex-emo kid/king of the chicago hardcore scene turned relatable emoji snapchat dad whose favorite show is legitimately teen titans go

r&b tmnt stan, patrick “soft boy” stump, the fan favorite who despite popular belief is actually not a sweet shy child, and is actually a married grown man with children and also way more of a music snob than he’s made out to be

joe “reverse fan favorite” trohman, actually a really legitimately funny and awesome guy who gets overlooked because he’s “not hot” (that’s a lie, send me an ask i have loads of hot joe PROOF…) who manages to be a critically acclaimed, amazing guitarist and also have his twitter look like a shitpost tumblr run by a white 7th grader named daniel

andy “i’m sorry, i made gifts for joe, pete and patrick but i totally forgot to make one for andy im so sorry :(((((((” hurley, a vegan straightedge ICON, a friend of like literally everyone and a true beautiful boy that deserves flower crown icons just as much as the other three…… a strong guy he could lift me up……. love that man

anonymous asked:

What's happening with Super Girl?

The ship known as Supercorp (played by Melissa Benoist and Katie McGrath) is a non canon same sex ship that is really popular among most fans of Supergirl, and some critics have even picked up on the possibility of it becoming canon. To break it down, this ship has become really important to a lot of young members of the LGBT+ community, even those who don’t watch the show (me included). Supercorp is pretty much the new Clexa

Yesterday at SDCC the cast was asked to sing a S2 recap and one of the actors, Jeremy Jordan, then sang “Kara and Lena are friends and that’s all they’ll ever be!” without anyone ever mentioning the ship at all. He did this in a mocking way that felt like a personal attack on the LGBT+ fans of the show. The rest of the cast (except Katie, David, and Odette) joined in/laughed. The three who did not join in looked very uncomfortable and Katie later made a point to mention that there is something between Kara and Lena and seeing something between them isn’t delusional

To add insult to injury, Jeremy later said that he “debunked Supercorp” to which Melissa Benoist replied with “you’re so brave”. And while Katie was talking about the sapphic undertones of the show, one of the actors, Chris Wood, interrupted her and said that your sexuality was all up to whatever people think you are and not actually what you are. It was obvious that he was making fun of the ship and the idea that the main character of the show could be queer in any way and made fun of queer fans who identified with Kara and believed that she could be queer too

(I’m not even going to go into Jeremy Jordan’s non-apology letter)

So to recap: Almost the entire cast of Supergirl spat all over their primarily queer fanbase unprompted, viciously, and repeatedly. Response has been swift and immediate and fans are angry and even other actors (most notably Kaitlyn Alexander from Carmilla) and critics very angry at them and now a lot of them are saying that they won’t watch the show anymore because of the incident and are going to start watching shows that treat their sapphics better (like Wynonna Earp and The Bold Type)

go-powers1111  asked:

Have you heard about the racist concepts with Amethyst?

I assume you mean the yellow image in the middle, right? I can easily see how someone might see that as racist, but after this whole Concrete thing I’m too drained and frustrated to give an impassioned speech about it, and frankly I think we’ve lost sight of what this was all supposed to be about

Is it offensive? A little, but it’s not exactly exceptional compared to the stuff we’ve seen elsewhere. Hell, Gravity Falls has done something worse than this pretty much once an episode. The only reason tumblr hasn’t thrown a shit-fit over that is because in the end, SU made one critical mistake: It tried to be perfect.

Lets be honest, for the first few seasons, SU was considered a godsend for representation. Even early on the cast spanned a wide variety of races, sexualities, body types and disabilities, none of whom had been deemed a token or “problematic” at the time. The fact that I can have serious discussions with people about whether the main character of a children’s TV show is trans on 4chan of all places, and actually convince them the answer is yes should tell you just how big a deal this all should be. Even now, several years later, I have yet to see another cartoon that even comes close to doing what SU did. So what happened?

Simple: we got used to it. SU had made itself look so perfect for so long that some viewers lost any sense of relative scale, so when the crew or an innocent fan artist made a slip-up that wouldn’t have even caused a second glance elsewhere, they became a menace to society that had to be driven to destroy itself less it corrupt this beautiful cinnamon bun. Of course, it was inevitable the show would eventually disappoint them in some way or another, turning an unhealthy obsession into a feeling of utter betrayal.

I honestly find it incredibly ironic that the criticals refer to us as “Stans,” seeing as the song they’re referencing is about an unhealthily obsessed fan who goes off the deep end after being let down by his favorite content creator and ends up acting increasingly irrational and violent. I guess in the end, with people like this, self awareness isn’t exactly their strong suit

“The Office” Facts & Trivia
  • During the first season of the show, NBC seriously considered cancelling the show because other shows like Wife Swap were outdoing The Office’s ratings, but after Steve Carell’s “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” the show made a breakout. 
  • Rainn Wilson, who played Dwight Schrute, originally auditioned for the role of Michael Scott. 
  • Originally, the TV show Parks & Recreation was supposed to be a spin-off show with Rashida Jones (who played Karen in The Office), but the spin-off idea was scrapped. 
  • The Office was originally supposed to air on FX or HBO before it landed on NBC with a wider audience. 
  • The episode “The Farm” in The Office’s final season was supposed to be a backdoor pilot for a new spin-off TV show starring Rainn Wilson (Dwight Schrute). However, NBC passed on The Farm and the episode was simply another one in a very long final season. 
  • Jenna Fischer (Pam) and Angela Kinsey (Angela) are best friends in real life. 
  • John Krasinski (Jim) and BJ Novak (Ryan Howard) went to high school together. 
  • Some of the writers of the show actually acted in the show. Mindy Kaling (Kelly), Paul Lieberstein (Toby), and BJ Novak (Ryan) were among them. 
  • Steve Carell almost missed out on being Michael Scott because he was working in another NBC sitcom titled “Come to Papa.” 
  • The Officer’s producers originally wanted to make Jim and Pam’s relationship an interracial love story. 
  • Oscar Nunez being gay was unplanned. He would not have been gay if not for a pink shirt he wore because of the wardrobe staff. 
  • When the show was still airing, tons of people came up to Jenna Fischer (Pam) and told her they were disappointed with Pam’s “strong willed personality and assertiveness.” 
  • John Krasinski (Jim) shot the videos of Scranton in the opening credits and theme song of the show. 
  • The opening credits of The Office revealed the real Penn Paper Building on Mifflin Avenue in Scranton.
  • The show’s cast often surfed the Internet in between takes. 
  • Four characters had the same name as the actors who played them - Angela Kinsey, Oscar Nunez, Phyllis Smith and Creed Bratton. 
  • The character Ryan Howard got his last name from a popular athlete. 
  • Brian Baumgartner (Kevin) and Ed Helms (Andy) were batch mates together in a school in Georgia.  
  • Poor Richard’s Pub is actually a pub in Scranton. 
  • The opening credits of The Office revealed a section of the Los Angeles Municipal Code. 
  • Steve Carell was never a fan of the British version of the show. 
  • Steve Carell placed a British flag on his desk in the show to honor the British version, although he didn’t even have a desire to watch it. 
  • Jenna Fischer kept her character Pam’s engagement ring in the series. 
  • The value of Pam’s engagement ring was around $5,000. 
  • The warehouse used in the basketball episode was really just below the actual office. 
  • Dunder Mifflin is now recognized by the Chamber of Commerce. 
  • Paul Giamatti was NBC’s first choice for the role of Michael Scott; however, Paul turned down the role. 
  • Before his audition, Steve Carell had only seen 5 minutes of the British version of The Office. 
  • Seth Rogan auditioned for the role of Dwight Schrute. 
  • Angela Kinsey originally auditioned for the role of Pam. 
  • Kate Flannery (Meredith) originally auditioned for the role of Jan. 
  • Phyllis Smith, who played Phyllis, was originally the casting director for the show, but producers loved her so much, they created a role for her. 
  • Oscar Nunez didn’t think the show would be a hit, so he kept his jobs as a server and babysitter after he got the role. 
  • Jenna Fischer’s real-life pregnancy was not an issue for writers because they were already planning a Pam-Jim pregnancy. 
  • Dwight Schrute was supposed to leave the show after the ninth season and have his own spin-off show titled “The Farm.” 
  • In the episode “The Launch Party,” John Krasinski accidentally signs Meredith’s pelvic cast with his name and not Jim’s name.
  • In the episode “A Benihana Christmas,” Michael, Andy, and Jim dine at the exact same Benihana restaurant that Carell’s character goes to in “The 40-Year-Old Virgin.”
  • Before the show, most of the show’s writers had never had a writing job before. 
  • Mindy’s roommate made an appearance in season two of the show, playing Brenda Matlowe, an executive from Dunder Mifflin corporate who came to evaluate Michael’s “leadership training exercise” in season two’s “Booze Cruise” episode. 
  • Before B.J. Novak was hired on the show, he was working as Ashton Kutcher’s lead accomplice on MTV’s Punk’d in 2003. 
8 reasons why you should watch Sense8

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Most people probably know by now that Sense8 fans just pulled off the impossible and brought the ridiculously expensive and technical/organizational nightmare that is this show back from the death for a 2 hour special.

We believe we can get more than that, so does Lana Wachowski, creator of the show, who wrote: ‘It’s my great pleasure (…) to announce that there will be another two hour special released next year. After that… if this experience has thought me anything, you NEVER know

Netflix says it needs a bigger audience to be profitable, I’m here to fix that problem, here’s why you need to watch Sense8:

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Richard Madden as Peter Leigh in Oasis

NRK livestream: TRANSLATION, ULRIKKE!

translated by @maksisskambackwards and @linneaxskam and me :) 
we’re gonna space out each interview so it’s a bit easier to read (and work with) first up we have ULRIKKE!  (important to note: she walked in leading the girls and took her shoes off to start the night) 

Host: I think we´ll have a little chat with Vilde, or Ulrikke. Who would you like to be tonight?

Ulrikke: I am Ulrikke, generally.

Host: It is easy for me to forget that, because I´m so used to seeing you as Ulrikke.

Ulrikke: Vilde

Host: Sorry, Ulrikke.

Host: We have 100 questions both for Vilde and Ulrikke. And I´m thinking we will begin with you picking three of these. (pictures of actors on popsicle sticks.) Fuck marry kill. (Explains the rules).

Ulrikke: Marry (holds up Noora)

Host: Why Noora?

Ulrikke: Why? It’s mostly because of Josefine, since I’m so fond of Josefine. Intercourse (shows Elias).

Host: You call it the classy word intercourse?

Ulrikke: Yes, intimacy, yes. And that’s because Simo is so incredibly charming. And then it’s kill (shows William) because I’ve never really had any high thoughts about William.

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  • someone: stories with queer/trans/PoC protagonists just don't perform as well because they're not relatable to everyone!
  • me: RENT is one of the most successful Broadway musicals ever and ran for 12 years after its debut in 1996, making it the 10th longest-running Broadway show of all time. Its core cast is made up of a Jew, a gay Black man and his transgender partner, a recovering drug addict, a Hispanic teenage sex worker, a lesbian, and a bisexual woman, all of whom are complaining and commiserating about how hard it is to be an oppressed person with no money but plenty of passion.
  • them:
  • me:
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  • me: also capitalism is terrible and measuring success by monetary value is destructive and demeaning
Musical Theatre is going downhill

So kids listen up I need to rant and I’m putting it here:
The reason Musicals such as Great Comet and Bandstand are closing down is because they’re not profitable enough. Despite them being great shows and having a fan base the fan base still isn’t enough to keep them running, they need people who aren’t that big fans of theatre to come see the show too and one of the main ways they do this is to win Tonys but because the awards were so concentrated on a small number of musicals this year a lot of good shows had to try to find other ways to profit (this is why the Great Comet had so much drama with casting) and since these shows can’t profit they have to shutdown.

Now that these shows are shutting down Theatres want to put on profitable shows which is why we see so many movies being adapted into musicals coming to Broadway, a lot of non theatre people will want to see the show since they already know the story. The whole reason why the Frozen musical, the Spongebob musical and the Mean Girls musical are being made is because they’re going to make a lot of money- don’t get me wrong I’m not trying to say that every musical adapted from a movie is bad (take The Lion King or Matilda for example)- I’m just saying that this shows that musical theatre is going in the wrong direction, there are so many good original musicals that can be put on instead of remaking a story and I fear that these amazing stories won’t be told due to an easily profitable adaptation being picked over them.

@shaymitchell: The streets of Rosewood will always feel like home. I will hold each of these girls close to my heart always, as I will Emily. She changed me as a person and I will never be able to say thank you enough. Thanks to the cast, crew, and of course, the fans. The little show that could kept chugging along because of all of you and I am forever grateful for the impact you all have made in my life the last 7 years. So tonight, as we say our final farewell to Rosewood, I say the biggest thanks to all of you. 💋 #PrettyLittleLiars #PLLGameOver 😥

It is so intriguing to me that some of you are saying “stop making everything about race”, “this show only became interesting when Laura’s story became part of the plot”, and “you’re only hating on Laura because you’re a misogynist who lets male protagonists get away with everything”. It’s interesting because these three statements are all contradictory. 

You’re blatantly ignoring that race is an integral part of the show, just like it was an integral part of the books. Shadow is meant to be a biracial person of color. In the books, he’s frequently asked racialized questions. Neil Gaiman made it explicitly clear that he did not want any of the characters of color to be whitewashed, especially Shadow, which is why Ricky Whittle’s casting was so important. Ricky Whittle is also a biracial black man. To cast a biracial black man who is visibly black brokers no arguments as to what race the character is - it is a deliberate and specific choice. You’re also ignoring that race is part of both the books and the show because this content is about Americana and the American identity. That’s exactly why all the American Gods are immigrants. These Gods are diverse - Eastern European, indigenous (and not just from one monolithic indigenous tribe but from different tribes with different histories), Arab, German, Norse, South Asian, East Asian, Irish, Egyptian, West African, etc. That they rally against the New Gods and their reductionist ways shows you that race absolutely is a very crucial point. Hell, if race wasn’t important to the show, why the hell do you think Mr. Nancy aka Anansi, the African trickster god, predicated his entrance on race and the centuries-long brutalization of black people? If race wasn’t important to the show, why does Shadow (in both the books and the show!) get asked about his racial composition and why is evident that he gets racialized treatment as a result? If race wasn’t important to the show, why do you think Bryan Fuller made it a point to emphasize that there would be no whitewashing on the show? 

Race, immigration, and nation are part of the tapestry that Gaiman (and now Fuller) wove to create his conceptualization of the American identity. Those of you who keep screaming about how “interesting” Laura is or make pseudo-intellectual statements about how “morally complex” all the characters are fail to understand one of the most salient and significant points of the story. 

And while you ignore race, you still use identity politics to shield criticisms of Laura. While you ignore that racism exists, you think every person who hates Laura is a bearded MRA with a fedora. It’s already interesting to lump people of color in with these MRA types, given that these MRA types tend to be the most racist people on the internet (so they aren’t exactly “on our side”, lmao), but what’s worse is that you’re claiming we “make everything about race” (when race is in fact a huge part of the show) while also accusing us of being misogynistic. I don’t see any of you rushing to talk about Bilquis or how significant she is. Clearly this isn’t about “feminism” or about misogyny. Or sure, it’s about a whitewashed, warped, liberal-individualist version of feminism that of course engenders racist hypocrisy and white female entitlement. 

Let’s also talk about this whole “typical male protagonists get away with everything”. You’re right. Typical male protagonists cheat on their wives, mistreat their girlfriends, get glorified by fandoms just for breathing. But I wonder if you ostensibly clever fans can tease out what makes Shadow an atypical protagonist. I’ll give you the answer: he’s black. How many shows are there with a diverse cast in a show about fantasy, mythology, and Americana with black protagonists? Little to zero. So this already makes Shadow an atypical protagonist. But that’s not all. Unlike other male protagonists, he is NOT arrogant, domineering, apathetic, cynical, selfish, abusive, adulterous, overpowered, mediocre, boring, or predictable. This is exactly why so many people gather around him, or try to fight him, or can’t figure him out. He’s just a “regular guy” in many ways, yes, but he’s a genuinely kind person with a big heart, a startlingly clever mind, and the capacity to be loyal and compassionate which has gotten him in trouble time and time again. 

Laura herself knows this. Audrey knows this. Mr. Wednesday knows this. The Zorya sisters know this. Mad Sweeney knows this. Czernobog knows this. The Technical Boy detests him for this reason. Every person who meets Shadow comes to understand that he’s a good person. Some hate him for it, others love him for it, and still others don’t know what to make of him because he’s a third party in this war between old and new gods. He is an important character because he is a black man who breaks stereotypes and refuses to be typecast because he’s a black man. He’s a tall, muscled black man who is nothing but gentle, who hates violence, who just wants to love his wife and friends and go home. He likes reading books, he’s been to prison because he wanted to make his wife happy, he used to be a thief but he redeemed himself, he wants to learn magic tricks, and he’s just trying to navigate a new and dangerous world. He’s been lied to, beaten, cheated on, manipulated, betrayed, and brutalized so many times. But he still remains kind. 

So please don’t use the “if Laura was a man” argument now. None of us are the type to salivate over bland male characters because as it is most of those male characters are WHITE male characters. Nonwhite male characters receive the opposite treatment - they don’t get the benefit of the doubt, and that’s exactly what’s playing out here. You’re randomly accusing Shadow of misogyny and his fans of misogyny when in fact Shadow is one of the very few male protagonists who hasn’t done anything wrong. He wholeheartedly loves his wife. He does not treat women like sex toys. He is nothing like most male protagonists, so stop using that argument because it just won’t work. 

Sebastian 2x15 *long rant*

I’m so tired of seeing showstans attacking bookstans over the clusterfuck that was Sebastian’s reveal last episode. Stop making us out to be shallow by saying we’re only upset because he’s ugly ffs. The reason we’re upset is because they’ve completely fucked up an iconic character’s backstory.

And, yes, they HAVE fucked up his backstory before anyone comes at me saying nothing’s confirmed yet. Valentine was meant to raise him, turning him into a monster, but it’s obvious that Valentine has never seen him before in his life. Sebastian’s upbringing is a massive part of his character; it’s the reason why he turned out the way he did and why he believes what he believes in. Valentine influenced him so much, and it just doesn’t make sense that now that connection is gone. Sure, Sebastian can hate Valentine for condemning him to hell (a stupid rumour that’s going around) but is that really what his ultimate revenge is being reduced to? What happened to the corruption of his ideals, and how eventually, he would go even further past his fathers footsteps to hating his own half-kind? (shadowhunters)

The matter of his appearance is important also. It’s not that he’s ugly that’s the problem. It’s that the fact that he’s handsome that adds to the ultimate deception of his character. It’s a brilliant contrast: his beautiful face to the horrible acts he commits. He invites you in, and you trust him, only to be slaughtered by his hand. The devil with an angel’s face.

Having him be a full on demon (judging by his appearance) takes away all of that completely. He’s reduced to wearing a mask, almost hiding behind it, which I hate. Sebastian Morgenstern is confident and deadly, he knows he’s good looking and uses that as a weapon. It’s who he IS not who he’s pretending to be. A beautiful villain is not something that’s common, and that’s why he was so amazing.

An ugly villain on the other hand…. that’s just going back to stereotypes.

I’ve also seen people saying that bookstans are upset that an incestuous murderer is not handsome. Firstly, I don’t agree or support ANYTHING Sebastian has done. Second, my reasons for him not being ugly are listed above. Murder and attempted rape are the horrible acts.

“But Will Tudor will still play him” - but he’s not Sebastian Morgenstern. He’s portraying Sebastian Verlac, a disguise. Which is such a shame because I would’ve loved for Will to have been the final version. He was such a good casting, probably the best. And now every time I see him, I’ll just be reminded that it is a disguise and nothing more.

We’re not shallow. We’re not overreacting.

We’re just heartbroken that a character who could’ve made TV history and was saving this show until now, has been reduced to this.

I just don’t get it. There’s amazing source material with such complex amazing characters and relationships. Why would you not want to portray that? All right, a few differences to switch things up a bit, but almost everything?

If I was Cassie, I’d honestly be so insulted.

Farewell, Pretty Little Liars.

Today is the day that we must finally say goodbye to Pretty Little Liars. With its never-ending theories and constant renewals, the PLL endgame always seemed like an intangible, abstract and theoretical concept that is just so far away, that it will simply never come. It feels so surreal to say that today is that day, which again, over the years, was never in sight. I thought watching Pretty Little Liars would just be some light, weekly, background entertainment. On June 8 2010, I did not truly know what crazy rollercoaster I had stumbled upon. Through numerous ups and downs, these past 7 years have certainly been unforgettable. If you told me seven years ago that a television show will have such a positive impact on my life, I would have laughed at you and called you dramatic. Tell me that today, and I’ll smile in appreciation at the positive influence and power a television show can bestow upon its viewers.

Not every show makes it to seven seasons, particularly mystery shows. Seven years is a long time. I started watching this show when I was 13, and I am now 19. (I realise I am probably very young in comparison to most other PLL fans!) Just to visually see this: Pretty Little Liars was with me while I was 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 and 19. These are arguably some of the most important years of one’s life. As I grew, PLL grew too, in a literal sense, as we got a time jump where the characters matured, but also in figurative sense, since the stories gradually shifted from being high-school oriented to dark and twisted themed through a demented dollhouse and a psychologically straining board game. All while PLL was on the air, I graduated from primary school and high school, started university, got my driver’s license, my first job, credit card, car, gone overseas by myself, and made life-long friendships. Achieving all that never was easy, but it was made easier by PLL. If I ever struggled in my personal development, I always had PLL to fall back upon for psychological stability and security, aside from general entertainment. A part of me sees the end of PLL as if the training wheels are coming off my bike: for 7 years, I was learning how to become a young man, and now that I finally am one, I no longer need this safety rock that is PLL in order to continue developing.

This long, personal post is dedicated to me and my seven-year relationship with Pretty Little Liars.

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