There’s way too much
discussion taking place under the protective veil of ‘Word of God’/’Death of the Author’.
“He’s not human; stop holding him to human/earthly standards.”
“He was born into a slave-owning society; that’s not his fault.”
“When he said [x-y-z], he didn’t mean [x-y-z], he meant [a-b-ampersand]; stop taking things so literally.”
He didn’t do anything. He wasn’t born anywhere. He isn’t real.
He isn’t an actual person functioning under the circumstances of his upbringing, or reacting to outside stimuli based on the chemical impulses in his brain, because he doesn’t have one.
He’s a fictional character, whose actions, speech, history, and traits are written for him, by actual, living, breathing, thinking human beings, who sit down in a room and consciously decide who he’ll be, where he’ll come from, what he’ll say, and how he’ll react.
So when he does something on-screen, it’s reflective of the Supergirl writers who decided he would do it.
He is not real, but the people who control him sure-as-hell are.
So when we criticize the racism of replacing James - a successful black
man with a good heart and a deep, continued respect for Kara - with Mon
El - an irresponsible, entitled white prince, who owed slaves and has
openly mocked, criticized, and degraded Kara (in public) on multiple occasions that
span the entirety of the season - we’re criticizing the writers, who
purposefully decided to make these things happen.
When we criticize Mon El’s abusive behaviors - the disrespect, the mean-spirited hyper-criticism, the lying, the possessiveness, the ignoring and defying Kara’s wishes, etc. -
we’re criticizing the writers, who purposefully decide to continue this behavior, episode after episode.
When we criticize the huge amount of screen-time dedicated to Mon El at the detriment of the other characters who play more relevant roles in the greater plot of the series, we’re criticizing the writers, who have purposefully decided to write him into more and more of the script in increasingly more irrelevant ways, while purposefully deciding to leave out the veteran characters to give him a spot (like James).
None of your arguments are actually relevant to the discussion that’s clearly going right over your head.
You’re angry that we’re attacking your ship and your character, so you jump on the defense like you think we’re grasping for unfounded arguments in a jealousy-driven ship-war, instead of acknowledging the problematic aspects of it and joining the conversation to rally the fandom against the writers who continue to disrespect and portray the character you love, and relationship you adore in a way that undermines the reasons you love it, and the potential you see in it.
The writers didn’t have to break Kara up with her black love-interest in order to be with a character who didn’t haveto be a white slave-owner.
The writers wantedto break Kara up with her black love interest, and they wanted her new white love-interest to own slaves.
They weren’t obligated to make him this way.
Someone chose to give this white man the title of slave-owner, when only 151 years prior to that decision, white people literally owned enslaved black people. That means there are absolutely middle-aged people watching this show whose parents and/or grandparents either were slaves, or owned slaves.
This is not an irrelevant issue, and you cannot argue that the writers didn’t make a harmful, racist choice to include it.
They did that, they chose that, and they will continue to make this same kinds of choices regarding your favorite character if you don’t start getting angry at the writers who keep giving you a shit character to work with.
tl;dr - Mon El didn’t have to be a such terrible person; how are you not angry at the writers who continuously choose to degrade him as a character
Sure, when Sour Cream was born, Marty wasn’t around, but that’s because Marty was never a real part of Vidalia’s life. She didn’t love him, he wasn’t interested in being a father, and so Vidalia had to be a single mom, sure (if Yellowtail hadn’t come into her life yet), but she didn’t have to deal with a big loss at the same time as getting overwhelmed with a baby.
But Greg did love Rose, and she did want to be a part of his life, and now she’s gone.
Greg’s not naive; he knows you can have more than one great love in your life, but…right here, and right now, that doesn’t change a damn thing. His family is down by one, and she’s never coming back.
I have been working on finding my voice for years. As an artist, I always want everything I create to represent what my soul feels and sounds like – whether it’s a video concept or a lyric or melody.
Two years ago on a rare rainy day in Los Angeles, in a songwriting session with Owen Thomas and Lily May Young, I was venting my frustration about my music not connecting the way I wanted it to. Lily looked me in the eye and asked, “Tell me something nobody knows about you, something you are afraid to sing about?“ I immediately thought, well I like girls and that’s what I want to sing about, but even then I struggled to say it out loud. Finally, I told Lily that I always say “you” and “them" and never the pronoun “her" in all my songs because I was afraid it wouldn’t connect. We talked more about concepts and my experiences, and how I loved the idea of stealing another guy’s girl because that was always a fantasy of mine. Growing up, everything I did was always about girls. I took dance because of girls. I got involved in student council because of girls. Not that I ever expected any of them to like me back, but I just felt comforted being around them, even if I could never date them. So there we were. The song “Girls like Girls" was born.
I imagined a very emotional, heart-wrenching but real music video to go along with the song. When we shot the music video for “Girls like Girls,“ I felt like I was finally telling my story for the first time. The yearning feelings I had and also the feeling of being so alone. I think that’s why people connected with the music video. Not only because they too have experienced deeply liking someone, but also the sadness and longing that comes with it. You could be around so many people, and still have the feeling of being so alone and misunderstood. It’s that fear of rejection and uncertainty of whether the person will like you back that makes you question everything. I struggled with these feelings so much growing up. I’d fall in love with girls who would never give me the time of day, or if they would, they had no idea I had other intentions. I had my heart broken over and over again; I never felt good enough. My life was led by these crushes as far back as first grade, when I had a crush on my teacher. That was the first time I realized I liked girls. But the problem is you feel like you can’t share these true feelings with anyone for fear of outing yourself and facing judgement. So you struggle. And feel alone. Growing up, there were some [out] celebrities who were much older than I was and I wondered if I had to wait until then to be happy. I didn’t have role models who I could relate to at the time, where I could think, if they can do it, I can do it.
Most of the time, you become confident after years of struggling during your young adulthood. I want to encourage the youth to find that confidence now. Not later. For them to know their own self-worth at an earlier age. It’s been really cool at my concerts to see all of these young fans showing up alone, and then leaving with friends. The music and stories I create have built this judgement-free safe zone. But most of all, they have inspired me to be comfortable with myself, and to let them in. They unintentionally gave me a gift that I am forever grateful for. Most of my music isn’t necessarily about heartbreak or other people, but more so everyone’s personal journey and falling in love with yourself.
I think that’s why my fans and I relate to each other. My music reassures them that they aren’t alone – that their feelings are valid, that they are enough and they will find someone to love them back. I didn’t have that hope growing up, so I get emotional and inspired (or encouraged) every time I meet a fan who looks at me that way.
It’s hard sometimes, especially after this election, because I feel a responsibility to these girls. I know they are looking to me for guidance and comfort. It breaks my heart that fear is so present in our world right now. School is hard enough and it breaks my heart to see these kids under attack by hate crimes and bullying.
Hope. That’s my cause. I strive to inspire hope through human compassion and through music. Hope leads me through my lyrics, stories, and melodies. You must continue on, and know in your heart you are not alone, and have confidence that love will find its way back to you.
This is my first bopo body picture…and I’M SHAKING while I write this post .
I’m 20 , I was born with mid CP (cerebral palsy) which affected my achilles tendons to be shortened and caused hypertonia.I didn’t walk until i was 4 and to be able to do it I had to do a surgery which strengthen my tendons and went to physiotherapy twice a week until I was 7. I’ve never been “thin”, I always remember myself “the tallest of all girls in my class” “the cubby” “the weird walking legs”. For a couple of years I had to walk with AFO braces which was the worst thing for me when I was young.I loved to sing and dance. And even took some dance classes when I was 8.
When I grew up I learned myself to hide my disability and walked “almost” normal.I really loved to volunteer, I volunteered to a youth movement, I was teaching kids to play the bass for free, everything was “normal” until the bus accident I had last September.
After what happend I wasn’t able to walk on one leg (I reptured my tendon and it shortened again). I had to leave the movement(which I really loved),I had to stop everything I loved and stayed home. I was using a wheelchair and later moved to Canadian crutches. I couldn’t take a bath alone. I couldn’t dress without help.I was depressed again…all my friends left me and I wanted to end my life for once again.
Today, 8 monthes since the accident ,I’m walking using a brace and crutches. I can’t work out, or standing without crutches and only able to walk for short distances….but I feel like I’m moving forward everyday… I feel like I’m starting to gain my confidence again, I feel like I’m learning to love my self and be fearless.
Please always remember that you’re amazing no matter what, you’re not worthless, actually you worth alot,you’re beautiful and smart and it doesn’t matter what happen you’re the strongest person in the world ❤️. Just never give up.
i was born in space. i’ve never felt the sun on my face or breathed real air or floated in the water. none of us have. for three generations, the ark has kept what’s left of the human race alive, but now our home is dying, and we are the last hope of mankind. one hundred prisoners sent on a desperate mission to the ground. each of us is here because we broke the law. on the ground, there is no law. all we have to do is survive. but we will be tested: by the earth, by the secrets it hides, and most of all, by each other.
Instead of “he or she” (when you don’t know someone’s pronouns), say “they”.
Instead of “boys and girls” or “men and women”, say “kids” or “people”.
Instead of “preferred name”, say “real name”.
Instead of “born male” or “born female”, say “assigned male at birth (amab)” or “assigned female at birth (afab)”.
Instead of “transgenders”, say “trans(gender) people”.
Instead of “transgendered”, say “trans(gender) person”.
Telling us that it’s inconvenient for you to use appropriate terminology, is essentially saying that you don’t care about us. It’s never inconvenient to be respectful.
Well the title of this clip waasssss - you guessed it
What does 21:21 mean?
a couple things -
firstly 21 is an angel number which symbolises that your ideas and beliefs are becoming a reality and that changes are coming into your life. - I think this could be the thing that made Even go “are you serious? we’re going” when Isak told him this time because….to him it was practically a sign that he needs to make his dreams become a reality right now with Isak….
Second - in the bible (which was a major theme in Isak’s season because of his mothers messages and connection to religion) genesis 21:21 is literally The Birth of Isaac. i am not kidding
you would also be aware that water itself is a symbol of birth… so many of us believe that the use of 21:21 and Isak and Even having their first kiss underwater is symbolising that Isak is being roborn. He is finally becoming the person he was always too afraid to be. The real Isak has just been born the moment he leaves with Even at 21:21 and kisses him under water.
The thing that makes this interpretation super obvious in this clip is the fact that Even is literally dressed as god lol.
and then of course the reveal that
ISAK WAS LITERALLY BORN AT 21:21
so yeah rebirth of Isak alright.
and then finally
21:21 doesn’t just mean something significant for Isak…or for Even it means something special and important to the both of them. Together
which is why when Isak posted this on the 21st of May 2017
we all died, because this was a reminder from Isak that it is 21:21 right now in this universe….and guess what? Him and Even are together. Right now at 21:21 the Isak and Even lying together in each others arms in this universe are together and safe and happy and loved.
the fact that his background is very universy further emphasises this.
they are together and happy in this universe at 21:21 and Isak wanted to share it because dear god isn’t it beautiful?
Air travel, spaceflight, robotic solar-system missions: science fiction to those alive at the turn of the 20th century became science fact to those living in the 21st.
America’s aerospace future has been literally made at our Langley Research Center by the best and brightest the country can offer. Here are some of the many highlights from a century of ingenuity and invention.
Making the Modern Airplane
In times of peace and war, Langley helped to create a better airplane, including unique wing shapes, sturdier structures, the first engine cowlings, and drag cleanup that enabled the Allies to win World War II.
In 1938 Langley mounted the navy’s Brewster XF2A-1 Buffalo in the Full-Scale Tunnel for drag reduction studies.
Wind Goes to Work
Langley broke new ground in aeronautical research with a suite of first-of-their-kind wind tunnels that led to numerous advances in commercial, military and vertical flight, such as helicopters and other rotorcraft.
Airflow turning vanes in Langley’s 16-Foot Transonic Tunnel.
Aviation Hall of Famer Richard Whitcomb’s area rule made practical jet flight a reality and, thanks to his development of winglets and the supercritical wing, enabled jets to save fuel and fly more efficiently.
Richard Whitcomb examines a model aircraft incorporating his area rule.
Langley researchers laid the foundation for the U.S. manned space program, played a critical role in the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs, and developed the lunar-orbit rendezvous concept that made the Moon landing possible.
Neil Armstrong trained for the historic Apollo 11 mission at the Lunar Landing Research Facility,
Safer Air Above and Below
Langley research into robust aircraft design and construction, runway safety grooving, wind shear, airspace management and lightning protection has aimed to minimize, even eliminate air-travel mishaps
NASA’s Boeing 737 as it approached a thunderstorm during microburst wind shear research in Colorado in 1992.
Tracking Earth from Aloft
Development by Langley of a variety of satellite-borne instrumentation has enabled real-time monitoring of planet-wide atmospheric chemistry, air quality, upper-atmosphere ozone concentrations, the effects of clouds and air-suspended particles on climate, and other conditions affecting Earth’s biosphere.
Crucial Shuttle Contributions
Among a number of vital contributions to the creation of the U.S. fleet of space shuttles, Langley developed preliminary shuttle designs and conducted 60,000 hours of wind tunnel tests to analyze aerodynamic forces affecting shuttle launch, flight and landing.
Space Shuttle model in the Langley wind tunnel.
Helping aeronautics transition from analog to digital, Langley has worked on aircraft controls, glass cockpits, computer-aided synthetic vision and a variety of safety-enhancing onboard sensors to better monitor conditions while airborne and on the ground.
Aerospace research engineer Kyle Ellis uses computer-aided synthetic vision technology in a flight deck simulator.
Fast, Faster, Fastest
Langley continues to study ways to make higher-speed air travel a reality, from about twice the speed of sound – supersonic – to multiple times: hypersonic.
Langley continues to study ways to make higher-speed air travel a reality, from about twice the speed of sound – supersonic – to multiple times: hypersonic.
Safer Space Sojourns
Protecting astronauts from harm is the aim of Langley’s work on the Orion Launch Abort System, while its work on materials and structures for lightweight and affordable space transportation and habitation will keep future space travelers safe.
Unmasking the Red Planet
Beginning with its leadership role in Project Viking, Langley has helped to unmask Martian mysteries with a to-date involvement in seven Mars missions, with participation in more likely to come.
First image of Mars taken by Viking 1 Lander.
Touchdown Without Terror
Langley’s continued work on advanced entry, descent and landing systems aims to make touchdowns on future planetary missions routinely safe and secure.
Artist concept of NASA’s Hypersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator - an entry, descent and landing technology.
Helping to create environmentally benign aeronautical technologies has been a focus of Langley research, including concepts to reduce drag, weight, fuel consumption, emissions, and lessen noise.
With a history developing next-generation composite structures and components, Langley innovators continue to garner awards for a variety of aerospace inventions with a wide array of terrestrial applications.
Boron Nitride Nanotubes: High performance, multi-use nanotube material.
okay but seriously, i love how relatable bill is i mean, instead of running around the tardis, laughing and pushing different buttons she just storms off to calm herself down she compares a time machine to a kitchen and asks all those questions because she wasn’t born with this magical-sci-fi knowledge the girl is real