blatantly manipulated

wild things

pairing: harry potter x pansy parkinson

setting: modern, non-magical au; loosely based on this post

link: ao3

notes: prologue + ch. 1 / 15 (?)

Pansy was thirteen when her parents finally pulled the trigger on their divorce.

She was mostly indifferent to the whole thing—her dad was an asshole, and her mom was a cheating asshole with slightly better hair, and they’d been fighting and fighting and passive aggressively attempting to destroy each other’s lives for basically as long as Pansy could remember.  

She was over it.  

Love was clearly a lie. And a scam. And she said as much, at their very first session of court-ordered family counseling, rolled her eyes when her mom started to fake-cry and her dad started to loudly mock her mom for fake-crying and the therapist just sat there, slack-jawed and silent, as the argument escalated from sharp little jabs about bad parenting to much sharper, much bigger jabs about emotional neglect and blatantly manipulative selfishness and creating a veritable harem out of all the hot single PTA dads—

Pansy stopped listening at that point, partially out of habit, and partially because the therapist had begun to frantically scribble on her generic yellow legal pad; but later that week, when there was an official-sounding phone call from the judge that her parents’ mediator insisted on Pansy being present for—well, she definitely listened then.

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You really gonna look at marketing which is blatantly about manipulating people and think yeah there’s nowhere else that could be used, they just want to sell you fidget spinners

lysander-tc replied to your post: “the crytyping meme is ableist”  I mean whats…

whats crytyping ?

Today you gone learn a thing, my guy

Lets pretend for a minute you’re an average tumblr hooligan who likes to treat people like shit in your spare time, bullying over ships, sending death threats, claiming to have mental disorders that literally cannot coexist, whatever tickles your peach, and some Big Meanie comes along and says “hey, you’re a fucking asshole.” 

Now, you COULD take it on the chin like an adult, but who does that kind of thing nowadays? No, clearly the correct answer is [drumroll]…A harassment campaign! 

So you round up your buddies and you all send this guy a bunch of anons telling them to kill themselves. 

But oh, no, oh jeez, oh fuck my guy, you accidentally sent one…OFF ANON

Oh shit man, now YOU look like a real piece of shit! Their followers are talking shit about you! Callout posts are being compiled! They dug up that time you called a black person a coon for contradicting one of your social justice posts! Fuck Fuck FUckity Fuck its all gone to shit! What do you do now?!

This is the moment where you fire up the old Cry-Type, which transforms this boring blatantly manipulative apology

“I’m sorry I’m such a waste of space, I should just kill myself” 

into this heartwrenching plea for acceptance and forgiveness, typed through shaking hands and tears during a panic attack:

“I’m so  ssorrry II’m ss;ucd.h aa  wast;;e of spac,e, I s,h,,o  uld, jus  t kkill mmyse,lf”

and thats what crytyping is. Its blatant emotional manipulation but apparently FUCK anyone who makes fun of the people who do it. 

You know how I made that? Theres a generator for it. That’s how fake this shit is. 

Fuck crytyping, Long Live The Crytype Meme. 

The entire concept of “Look What You Made Me Do” is such BS. Kim K would have never had to expose Taylor if she hadn’t decided to go up in front of the world and blatantly lie and manipulate a situation to try and make herself try and come out on top and look like a victim. No one MADE her do that and the reaction she got from the world was due to her own actions nobody else’s.

And the most blatantly manipulative award goes too… (x)

I’ve seen “think of the children” before… but I’ve never seen “think of the homeless children” before.

ANYWAY LOOK: the origin of Dex-Starr the Red Lantern Kitty is some of the most blatantly emotionally manipulative shit DC comics has ever put out, it is absolutely shameless and I hate it but it FUCKING STILL GETS ME EVERY TIME, HE JUST WANTS TO BE A GOOD KITTY, HE JUST WANTS HIS PERSON TO PET HIM AGAIN, HE DOESN’T EVEN UNDERSTAND

|| Miscalculated Mainipulations and Smoke + Shadow ||

Måi is manipulative, self-serving, exploitative, and cruel as a character, and particularly in Smoke and Shadow. This META explores how. Anti-måiko, somewhat anti-Måi, Bryke/Gene Yang/A:TLA comic critique/criticism. You’ve been warned. Continue at your own risk. Will contain spoilers

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anonymous asked:

Okay but what if Jim and Bones were actors and shooting a movie together and their characters have to kiss and when they kissed on screen they realise they're actually in love off screen too?

  • Most of his acting career, Jim Kirk has played the boyfriend to a female protagonist in Hollywood RomComs. It’s fine; most actresses are likable and kissing is great anyway. Though eventually, Jim just wants to be more than the boyfriend. He wants to explore his own characters, and when he gets cast as the main character of an upcoming sci-fi drama, he’s all for it. He’s going to play one of the survivors in an underground bunker while a nuclear war destroyed most of the planet. It’s extremely interesting to think about, and during a table read session, he’s given the freedom for feedback and input. One thing that really intrigues him is the fact that he’s supposed to kiss a guy. That’s  a real difference from usual, too. 
  • He meets Leonard on the first day of shooting. Jim’s sipping coffee quietly. They’re filming in an actual bunker, and it’s extremely creepy. They’re not technically supposed to wander off alone, but Jim already knows he’s going to be exploring that anyway. Leonard is sitting by himself in his chair, huddled in a warm jacket and reading through his script while the stylist fixes his hair so it looks extra messy. The skin around his eye is darkened, and a few ugly bruises and cuts are skillfully drawn on visible skin. He’s supposed to be a survivor from the outside who joins the group later, and his very presence is supposed to create tension and raise questions among the others. “I liked you in Blues,” Jim says, sitting down next to Leonard. “Thanks,” Leonard replies, shrugging it off rather casually. “I saw– what was that called again? The wedding one?” “Black Wedding, yeah,” Jim laughs, rubbing the back of his neck, “not great.” “Hey, not even your decent acting could save that film from being a disaster,” Leonard replies, and Jim huffs out a laugh. “Thanks.”
  • The first few scenes take forever. Everyone needs to get in character properly, the set directors make a few final changes. Jim runs through his lines a few more times, drinks more coffee, and rehearses with Spock and Uhura. Then finally, they get rolling. They start with the scene where Leonard shows up at the bunker, and Jim argues to let him in rather than let him stay out to die. Leonard is a terrific actor. Genuinely scary when he needs to be, and though Jim knows from the script that Leonard’s character is blatantly manipulating Jim, he plays it so convincing that Jim actually feels it tug his own heartstrings when the other characters try to get Leonard kicked out again– to no avail.
  • But for all Leonard plays this quiet, confident, yet reserved character, Leonard himself is quite the opposite. Sure, he’s often grumpy because of their irregular sleeping schedules, but so is Jim. In their free time, Leonard is on snapchat and Instagram pretty much all the time, recording small videos mostly for his daughter, but also for his fanbase. Jim starts showing up in those videos too. They often hang out in each other’s trailers, either both falling asleep on the couch, or watching TV together. While the others are filming their scenes, Leonard naps in the bedrooms of the bunker. Jim often falls asleep right next to him.
  • There’s a scene where Jim watches Leonard walk out of the shower. And honestly, none of his impressed expression is in any way acted. Leonard may not be Ryan Gosling ripped, but he’s pretty close - and much better to look at. “What is it like out there?” Jim asks, fully in character, but a little distracted by how Leonard’s body tenses after Jim asks him that question. “Dead,” he replies shortly. “Everything?” Jim continues. “Enough of it is,” Leonard says. Jim watches Leonard’s tense shoulders as the other has his back turned to him, putting on a t-shirt before turning around to face him. Jim gets up from bed on cue, approaching Leonard and resting a hand on his shoulder. Leonard shrugs that hand off, also on cue, and the eyes trained on Jim are so intense that Jim remains speechless for a few seconds. “Stay,” Leonard mutters under his breath, and Jim frowns. “Huh?” “That’s your line.” “Oh,” Jim grins, even wider when Leonard breaks character, too, and shoots the camera a laugh. It looks too cute, and Jim has trouble focusing after.
  • Then comes the one scene Jim is surprisingly nervous about. He’s never really been nervous about filming a kiss before, but something feels different. Leonard spends almost the whole night with him, coincidentally. They were going to run lines, but they end up mostly talking about everything and nothing. They Snapchat with Joanna for a while. Leonard puts Irish liquor into their coffee, and suddenly they find the energy to stay awake all night. So they’re very tired on set. Leonard naps on the floor just outside frame,  and after Jim wraps up his individual scene, he naps right next to Leonard for a while. When they’re both up, the scene is a little sluggish at first. Leonard’s just woken up, he’s not playing angry enough, and Jim can’t really remember his lines. They’re supposed to have a big argument, Jim’s questioning Leonard’s real reasons for entering the bunker with only a few scratches, and in the heat of that argument they’re supposed to just make out. It takes a while to really get that argument going, continuously pacing down the room. Jim’s following Leonard - who clearly doesn’t want to talk, and when he grabs his arm, Leonard spins around to kiss him. Leonard’s lips against his own is surprisingly soft, but it still knocks the breath out of him. Jim reaches out, cupping Leonard’s cheeks and kissing him back. He almost forgets to pull away when he hears a distant “cut!” from the director. “Again,” the director concludes, “a little less soft. You’re arguing, this isn’t a happy ending kiss.”
  • And so they kiss again. And again. And again. Different positions, too. Leonard pushes him against a wall before kissing him. Jim pulls on to Leonard’s shirt to keep him closer. They stumble around and kiss until Jim nearly trips over a desk. And finally, they have the right scene. By that time, he’s so used to kissing Leonard, it feels weird to stop. 
  • Leonard meets him in his trailer to go through more lines, and he’s sitting closer to him than usual. “We’re gonna be almost done,” Jim says, “what are you gonna do after shooting’s over?” “I’m taking a holiday with Joanna,” Leonard says, “we’re going to Hawaii. I’m supposed to shoot there soon, too.” “That’s awesome, Hawaii?” “Yeah, a family drama set there.” “I’m still in LA,” Jim says, “CIA agent saving his girlfriend.” “Ah, at least you’re not playing just the handsome boyfriend this time,” Leonard says, and Jim huffs. “You been watching my movies?” “Yeah,” Leonard replies casually, “I wanted to see the movies you’ve played in. Looked real handsome in 10 First Dates.” Jim smiles at that, then turns his attention to the script. Leonard, instead, reaches out for Jim’s arm to grab his attention. “Want to rehearse the kissing scene again?” “We don’t have another kissing scene,” Jim points out, a little confused, and he looks through the script quickly. Leonard nudges even closer. “I know,” he says, and Jim’s attention is instantly back to Leonard instead. “I was thinking,” Leonard continues slowly, “if you have some time left, I was just wondering if you wanted to join me to Hawaii for a week.” “With Joanna?” Jim asks. “Yeah,” Leonard says, frowning a little, like the whole thing makes him a little insecure. It’s odd, because Leonard plays a confident - though somewhat broody character. Jim smiles, leaning in to press a kiss on Leonard’s lips. Softer this time, like the first time on the set. Leonard smiles, too, when Jim pulls back. It’s just that confirmation that Leonard has been feeling the same, and that makes all those late nights rehearsing and talking together absolutely worth it. “Okay,” Jim says, “yeah, I’ll absolutely join you.”

me making aus like: let me take this thing i like…….. and put it with…………………… heathers………………………… the musical…………

but itd be like if jd wasnt just a blatantly evil manipulative shitbag and actually thought what he was doing was for veronicas own good

so I’ve been thinking a lot recently about why Tony Stark tends to get a lot of hate

like, I get he’s made a lot of mistakes. I understand that, accept it - I embrace it, because it’s nice to be able to relate to an imperfect character- a canonical PTSD sufferer, someone who is mentally ill on screen! He wasn’t always a good guy either, but he changed, and pulled himself up from rock bottom. 

But I’ve always wondered why people talk about AoU, and how Anthony Stark Is A Villain™, yet don’t mention Wanda, and her role in Ultron. How what happened in Siberia is All His Fault, despite the fact Zemo blatantly manipulated a man who was clearly on the edge of an emotional breakdown.

I worked out why this has always bothered me, other than just being a decent person.

I was at a family get together once and my little cousin, who’s autistic, got so frustrated that he knocked over a table of food. He struggles to express things, and the number of people there made me and his parents concerned, but he usually retreats instead of lashing out. My aunt sat down and told him off - quite rightly, because he does know better. But I also noticed that the kid who had been teasing him and stealing food off his plate got away with it? Despite the fact that this kid had been the one bullying my cousin, and had caused his outburst.

Taking this back to Tony Stark’s treatment in fandom, I noticed the pattern. Sure, Tony should know better. So should my cousin. Does that mean that all the blame lands on either of them? 

Wanda knowingly used Tony’s PTSD against him. Zemo used Tony’s already fragile emotional state against him by showing him something he should have been told. I’m not excusing his behavior, however, I’d like people to acknowledge he wasn’t completely at fault.

I could go on to discuss how fandom’s treatment of non-neurotypical and mentally ill characters is symptomatic of society as a whole but I’m not really qualified to talk about it. I just wanted to get this out there.

some counterpoints: 

  • not all character development is good 
  • vriska being nice to some people does not say anything pleasant about her character, nor is it indicative of change; she’s always had people she was nice to when she wanted to establish alliances (see also aradia and equius right before the game) 
  • “actively works toward the benefit of everyone”?? so i guess jake and tavros aren’t people now? tavros didn’t even get assigned his mission; tell me how that is beneficial to the whole party. jake is a god tier and his powers could be extremely useful, but he’s being put aside because vriska doesn’t happen to like his class. how is any of this “useful”?
  • i will commend character growth as i see it, and i’ll give you credit: vriska has grown as a character. she used to be blatantly manipulative, whereas now she’s more covertly manipulative. leaps and bounds, friends, leaps and bounds! 
  • vriska being “an asshole to somebody” isn’t a problem. her abusive behavior being lauded within the narrative and not critiqued IS a problem. put your strawman away, it’s not even autumn yet. :)
DR3 Zetsubou Hen Episode 10 ‘Smile At Despair In The Name Of Hope’ Impressions

No easy way to put this: I did not like this episode. At all. All my worst fears about this arc have been confirmed by this episode. In a sense, I knew this was coming, judging from past episodes. So I was prepared. But this somehow exceeded all my expectations for being predictable, cliché and blatantly manipulating the audience’s reactions. Despair Arc is kind of… badly written, at this point. I can’t really say it any kinder. Does anyone really argue that Despair Arc is better than Future Arc, at this point? The latter is leagues above the former. Spoilers under the cut.

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My Ranking of Big Brother’s Season 18 Contestants

Big Brother’s 18th season commenced a couple weeks ago. Although it’s still a miracle millions of people are still invested in this show it continues. I’ve been watching for as long as I can remember. The magic in the show is that it casts a bunch of hot people, comes on in summer when nothing else is on, and most of us have probably been watching for over a decade so we stay loyal. 

I’m annoyed that the show still casts based on archaic stereotypes. Ghetto black girl. Token gay guy. A dozen hot white jocks and perfect bodied bimbos. Blah blah blah. Then they throw in twists, keep bringing back past contestants, and keep finding new ways to make the game as convoluted as ever. 

Yet here I am glued to this season as well. Well I haven’t been watching religiously, but I do have my favorites and list of those I want gone already. 

So here’s my ranking of Big Brother’s Season 18 contestants. 


Glenn was the first contestant eliminated when his team came in dead last in the opening night’s competitions. I was a bit annoyed that the show finally decided to cast someone over the age of 35 for the first time in like 5 years, yet made him the only older contestant only for him to be sent home first. I wish they would have cast multiple older housemates. The show used to be way more diverse age wise, but in recent seasons they only cast hot 20 somethings with maybe an occasional contestants in their early 30s. 

Glenn was definitely the biggest contestant and most “out of shape” but I thought his daddy bear body was sexy. He was thick and juicy and a total Bronx stereotype but I found it sexy. 


I never found the Asian with the southern accent because he was adopted by rednecks amusing. I found James annoying in his previous season, and am annoyed to have him back in the game. It seems like the producers chose all the most unbearable “favorites” from past seasons to include. I wish the game would do a season where no one is a past contestant or relative of a past contestant, but those seem to be new requirements every seasons because viewers allegedly want to see past favorites and their family members compete. I just hope the newbies rise up and eliminate all the vets as soon as possible. 


I don’t even remember Frank from his previous season. I do remember his voice, but completely forgot his face. He’s very unremarkable looking. I don’t understand how he’s a favorite, since he’s not attractive and didn’t win. He may have come close, but I really don’t remember him whatsoever. Apparently he was the best at competitions in his season, and he’s doing well this season, unfortunately. Again, hoping the newbies rise up and get the vets gone as soon as possible. But considering how blatantly Big Brother producers manipulate competitions so that their favorites win, I doubt Frank will leave anytime soon. Ugh! 


Nicole is another past contestant who I couldn’t stand. I only remember her as the ugly girl with the glasses and the grating voice. She was definitely a horrible person, and hated every girl that was prettier than her, which was basically everyone except her ugly friend with the glasses. I don’t know how Nicole is considered a favorite, since there’s nothing likable about her. Though Big Brother does seem to love basic white bitches, so I guess Nicole found her niche. She was the first HoH, but I can’t wait for her to be eliminated. 


Although I’ve always loved the name Bridget, Bridgette on this season is the ugliest girl in the house so I anticipate her elimination so I don’t have to look at her anymore. She has the “cute and quirky” thing going for her, but I’ve never been a fan of quirky. So she can go. 


I’m not even sure if Michelle has gotten any screen time since being on the show. I forget she’s even in the house. I don’t know enough about her to genuinely dislike her. But I hate her glasses and she reminds me of that hideous cunt Christine from 2 seasons ago that was bff’s with Nicole that’s on this season. Therefore Michelle resembling a past contestant I dislike makes me not like her. 


As soon as she started speaking it was obvious that Tiffany is the sister of last season’s lesbian poker player Vanessa Rousso. Tiffany’s at least prettier than her sister, but has the same annoying butch bro voice. Eh. Vanessa was annoying enough and she made it all the way to top 3. Hopefully her sister doesn’t last as long. 


Bronte’s voice is absolutely irritating. Though I have an annoying baby voice too so I can’t judge her too harshly for it. She has the annoying quirky thing going for her too, but Bronte’s at least prettier than the other alternative quirky girls in the house so I find her more tolerable. Though even though she’s an aspiring mathematician, she doesn’t seem like she can out maneuver her other contestants. Though part of me is rooting for her. Even though I don’t care that much about her. Also I like her cool name. Her mother must have been a Bronte sisters fan. 


It seems obvious that Natalie is the hot girl with big boobs cast to get on a showmance. I have no idea what showmance are currently forming since I haven’t been paying much attention, but she’s pretty. Natalie at least is attempting to get an all girls alliance going. I wish the women would start dominating the game for once, but every season the girls quickly turn on each other and start getting picked off one by one by all the men. i wish for once the girls would rise up, unite, and start picking off all the annoying bros, but we’ll see if that ever actually happens. 


I see potential in Corey to be this season’s true villain. There’s something about him that seems mysterious. I see him as a cunning loner that has no real alliances but with himself. He kinda sparks my gaydar too. I wish for once this show would let a gay power showmance develop and dominate this game. I doubt that will happen with Corey, but I do hope he is this season’s villain and makes everyone suffer and they can’t get him out of the house. He kind also comes across as bland basic muscular white boy, so maybe all my hopes for him are just in vain for hoping he gives us something. He also is as bland as cauliflower. 


Honestly I keep getting Paulie and Corey confused. They both seem like bland basic muscular typical frat boy white boys. Though Paulie is the brother of past contestant Cody Califiore. I think Paulie is hotter, but it feels like he’s trying too hard to come across as an even bigger narcissistic Jersey douchebag than his brother. I guess he’s living in his brother’s shadow and trying to out do him. It’s annoying, but at least Paulie is hot so I find him tolerable. 


Jozea is the worst! I’m only rooting for him since he’s the only (openly) gay contestant this season. Also he’s a gay person of color. But he’s unbearable. Everyone else in the house hates him after the first week. I think he may have even been eliminated last night in the first eviction, but I haven’t watched last night’s episode yet. The boy is delusional. He’s egotistical, narcissistic, and completely out of touch by how everyone around him is turned off by his delusions. Jozea kept thinking everyone in the house loved him and would never evict him, yet his own team members helped get him on the nomination block. 

I’m  more upset that Big Brother only casts one gay contestant usually to root for. I wish they would put at least 3 gay guys in the house at the same time. Drama would surely ensue and it would be ratings gold! 


Even though Da’Vonne is the stereotypical loud ghetto black single mother whose big mouth gets her into trouble, I like her. She was eliminated 2nd in her season and everyone hated her because she was too hood for the house. She’s the only one of the returning contestants I like, and I hope she redeems herself this season. Da’Vonne is very intuitive. She was the first to figure out the twins twist in her season, and quickly realized Tiffany is Vanessa’s sister this season. Hopefully her ghetto bird ways don’t sabotage her game this season. I’m rooting for her! 


Zakiyah is definitely the most beautiful woman in the house. I hope she makes it far. She’s aligned herself with Da’Vonne. That could go either way, but I hope they make it far. After many seasons of black women being bullied by racists with no intervention from the fellow housemates or producers, it’s time for retribution. I hope Zakiyah makes it far, and her team is my favorite. 


I’m loving Victor. I think he’s super sexy. He works at a gym, so I can relate, and he’s got a hot body. Sometimes he comes across as a sexy cholo and others prince charming. I hope he gets in a showmance. I know I’d want him if I was in the house. I do worry he’s not the brightest. Though all 3 of my favorite guys seem to be aligned but aren’t the smartest of boys, but at least they’re hot. I’m rooting for you Victor! 


As soon as I saw Paul’s beard I was in love and he was my instant favorite. That tattooed bearded hipster looking musician/fashion designer is who I’m rooting for. Things weren’t looking good for Paul week one when Frank put him on the block as the road kill nominee, but luckily my boy Paul won the veto! He’s very outspoken and not flying under the radar so there’s already a target on this back. He’s also close with my other favorites Jozea, Zakiyah, and Victor, and he’s on team Da’Vonne. So all of my favorites are closely linked, but hopefully Paul makes the right alliances, so he can win this season of Big Brother

topaz-ii-deactivated20161101  asked:

Um you made a post about Crowley being stabbed in the heart and I agree but I don't know how so I was wondering if you could explain it to me? If you're not busy, I mean...

Short answer: Crowley is terribly, wholly infatuated with Dean in a way that’s unbefitting any demon, much less the King of Hell, but Dean does not reciprocate the feeling.

Long answer: Here follows a lot of rambling about Crowley’s developing relationship with the Winchesters and me trying to unravel some of the nonsensical turns it’s taken.

His fixation on the Winchesters has been haltingly growing since season 5. In the beginning they were a means to the end of defeating Lilith and Lucifer so that he could a) not be smished by his vengeful archangel boss and b) become first in line for the throne. They were a natural choice for the job since they were the ones who created the power vacuum that allowed Lilith to rise to power when they killed Azazel.

Working with them personally to capture the demon inhabiting Tyson Brady was a means to an end too, and he clearly enjoyed fucking around with the boys along the way. Most of 5.20 was Crowley jerking the Winchesters along on a leash, dancing one step ahead of them, and occasionally reaching back to backhand them just to see the looks on their faces. Things got muddled up from there, though. They’ve gone back and forth between being outright enemies and reluctant allies of convenience for a few years now; the Winchesters have worked with Crowley against other demons and with other demons against Crowley. There’ve been a lot of game-changers along the way, but I think the biggest one so far was 8.23 when they nearly succeeded in making Crowley human. He might have kicked the human-blood-and-feels habit but Crowley hasn’t been the same since his “I just want to be loved” meltdown.

Now season 9 was a bit of a clusterfuck. Wasting Abaddon’s potential by not introducing her soul-milling operations early in the season left a lot of us wondering why in the fuck the Winchesters were still rolling around with Crowley and why Crowley was still cooperating with them — but both those things happened, so here we are. Crowley’s had ample opportunity to kill the Winchesters. It’s not like he has a hard time finding them or that humans are hard to kill. Of course he’d have a grieving seraph and his buddies storming Hell all over again for it but Heaven has been pretty well decimated so that’s not as big a threat as it used to be. By the same token the Winchesters have had ample opportunity to kill Crowley, and through most of the time they’ve known the guy that’s literally been one of their top goals. Yet they keep sparing him. Why? Dean had the First Blade in hand, power coursing through him between it and the Mark of Cain, and Crowley was stuck to a chair or something — but in spite of their explicit intent to kill Crowley too, Dean did no such thing. Why?

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It actually scares me that the voices of mentally ill people can be silenced and disregarded as invalid and untrustworthy so easily.  It scares me that all it takes to effectively silence us and cause people to not believe our words is for someone to say “well they’re not right in the head so you cant trust that anything they say is true an accurrate - they could even be blatantly lying to manipulate us!” 

It scares me because it puts us all into such vulnerable positions where people with power over us can more or less do what they like and get away with it by using the excuse that the words of mentally ill people cant be trusted. 

I have heard people say that excuse to my face after I have told them about accounts written by neurodivergent people about ableism,  saying that they must be wrong and/or just trying to manipulate people bc they are mentally ill so cant be trusted at all. 

It really scares me. 

I didn’t want my first post following a three week hiatus to be like this, but… sorry, I just have to.

If you’re going to make a scene comparison post, then show what really happened. Don’t cut scenes, don’t mess up sequences, don’t twist events just to suit whatever point you’re trying to get across. 

You know what happens when you do that? You lose something called INTEGRITY. And if integrity is not important to you, then maybe it’s time you evaluate just what kind of person you are.

This is how I’d compare the 4x23 Klaroline and 6x22 Steroline scenes. 

From the moment they began, where you can see clearly how Caroline smiles at both Klaus and Stefan’s arrivals.

To how they start to talk. Klaus teases Caroline about the graduation invite she sent him and Caroline laughs, teasing him back by suggesting he get her a mini fridge. Stefan says he understands Caroline’s list of bad things that’s happened to her since she fell for him and admits that he hasn’t been easy on her. She swallows wordlessly as she listens to him.

To how the conversation turns serious. Klaus tells Caroline that he wanted to offer her tickets to New Orleans - she shakes her head and looks away. But then he says he knows what her answer will be, so he decided to give her something he knows she will accept: Tyler’s freedom. She’s stunned and stammers “W-what”. Meanwhile, Stefan tells Caroline his own list of the ways his life has changed because of loving her - she was there when he needed a friend, she made him laugh and dance and told him that he’d find love again. You see in her eyes that Stefan’s words affect Caroline, but she keeps silent.

To the part where they kiss. Klaus says that Tyler is Caroline’s first love, and that he intends to be her last, making Caroline look at him again. He adds “No matter how long it takes”, and there’s a wistful expression on her face. He kisses her on the cheek and she doesn’t move. Meanwhile, Stefan says that he understands if she needs time to heal, and that he’s willing to wait for her. When she’s ready for him, he’ll be ready for her. Caroline looks at him, purses her lips lightly, and he kisses her cheek. She doesn’t move.

And finally, after the kiss. Where you can also see clearly that Caroline smiles. Again. In both scenes. 

Those are the entire scenes, in the sequence which they happened, nothing more, nothing less. I dare anyone to find any scene that I cut out or sequence I messed up, save for the Delena dance scenes which are utterly unneeded in this post, and this handful of frames from the fourth Steroline GIF which I had to cut to get within the 2MB limit gif size. Here, for anyone who wants it. Because I don’t need to manipulate anything to make it look like Klaroline is better than Steroline. 

There are a lot of things I want to say to defend 4x23 from all the Steroliners who’ve said so much shit about Klaroline to glorify 6x22 Steroline. But that’s for another post. Right now, I just want a post that shows the two scenes side by side, presented in a complete, truthful, unmanipulated manner. Because I can’t stand doing nothing about the fact that there’s an incomplete, dishonest, blatantly manipulated Klaroline/Steroline comparison post out there shitting on Klaroline to glorify Steroline. You can like your ship better than ours, no problem - but really, you’re stooping so low as to manipulate a comparison to turn the tide into Steroline’s favor?

Why? Because if you were to be completely honest, then you wouldn’t have anything to support your argument?

People are free to ship what they want to ship, to promote what they want to promote, to express whatever opinion they want to or to disagree with other people’s opinions, hopefully having extended the courtesy to tag their posts appropriately. 

But when it gets to the point where you trade your integrity and intentionally manipulate facts in order to glorify someone or something and get a handful of tumblr notes - or when you defend people who do that, or when you think that defending your ship matters more than the fact that your friend is all too willing to trade moral principles for ship promotion - then you have a problem. The kind that doesn’t end when you log off tumblr.

like honestly though the “anyone can die and we’ll kill a character here to prove it + introduce tension” thing doesn’t work so much anymore cuz people are aware of that too, and unless you straight up kill the lead character, and do it fairly early, nobody’s gonna buy it. there’s no surprise there anymore. everybody reads the walking dead knowing full well that kirkman will kill off some well-loved supporting cast member long before he blows rick grimes’ shithead brains out and you gotta pretend it’s still surprising instead of just tiredly frustrating and a blatantly emotionally manipulative tactic that has long since run out of juice.

the trick of tension and drama isn’t in actually killing characters off, but in the text, whatever it may be, subsuming you into the moment and making you feel the tension right then, even if the character’s survival is inevitable. it’s about pulling you in.

“‘Das heißt in den Lebensbedingungen der Rolle des Rollens in völliger Übereinstimmung mit der Rolle dem Rollen auf der Bühne der Straße logisch, folgerichtig, menschlich denken, wollen, streben, handeln. Hat der Schaupieler Radfahrer das erreicht, nähert er sich der Rollengestalt und beginnt, analog mit ihr zu empfinden.
In unserer Sprache heißt das: die Rolle das Rollen erleben. […]’“

intetionally misquoted from Stanislawski - Die Arbeit des Schauspielers an sich selbst