Compilation of Jackson’s pre-debut interviews as a fencing athlete
Jackson: My name is Jackson. I am a fencing athlete. I will participate in Sabre fencing in the Youth Olympic Games. I am currently in the 11th grade of American International School. Jackson: I started practicing fencing when I was 10. I first represented Hong Kong in 2008 at Italy’s World Youth Championships. Jackson: I competed this April in Asia’s World Youth Championships. I placed first in Asia. That’s why I’m able to go to the Youth Olympic Games. I have a lot of confidence I will be able to enter the top 8. But my main goal is to enter the top 4 and receive a medal. Jackson: The most memorable competition was this year’s World Youth Championships. Knowing that I achieved my goal and I’m able to go to the Youth Olympic Games, and that I was the first from Hong Kong’s southern district to enter the top 10 in the Youth Championships. Jackson: My hobbies are playing basketball, swimming, and dancing. My favourite movie is ‘The Hangover’.
Jackson: Hi everyone. I am sabre fencer Jackson Wang. 2010 Singapore Youth Olympics Games exclusively on Young Post, yp.scmp.com.
Nicholas: So we’re at Singapore airport right now. The very moment we qualified during the Asia Championships, Jackson hugged me and started talking
about what it’ll be like in Singapore / what we’ll do. Now we’re finally here. Jackson: We’re finally here. Nicholas: We’re extremely nervous right now, extremely excited. Hong Kong, fighting! Both: Fighting!
Camerawoman: Okay, begin. Nicholas: I’m afraid it won’t be pretty. Jackson: That doesn’t matter for this. Let’s do it together on the count of three. 1, 2, 3, open! Nicholas: Wow it’s so pretty! Jackson: Wah~~ Nicholas: Let me see if it fits. Jackson: Why’s it like this? Jackson: It looks like it’s good quality. Oh my god. It’s really okay. It’s really okay. Where’s Youth Olympics? Nicholas: It doesn’t have it. This is our Youth Olympics /holds up shoe box/ Nicholas: These pants. Jackson: Pants, pants, pants, pants!
Jackson: (ending part) Mom I’m on TV! /blows kiss/
Cadit quaestio: “the question falls”; used to indicate that an issue is no longer in question, often because a dispute between two parties has either been settled, or dropped.
When Cecily got home late on Thursday night, Georgie was sitting on the couch waiting for her, enough snack foods spread over the table in front of her to feed a small army. She looked up with a hopeful smile as Cecily shut the door behind her, leaning heavily against it as she let out a sigh.
“How was it?” she asked, tossing aside the bag of crisps she’d been picking out of and leaning forward with an excited clap of her hands. “Did it go alright? Was it terrifying?”
Cecily chewed on her lip as she considered the events of the interview she’d just come from. She’d been a bit nervous before going in, which would have been no surprise to Georgie who had been forced to listen to Cecily practice her speech about a hundred times the night before. But surprisingly, once she was in front of the panel of judges and Queen’s Council barristers, having difficult questions hurled at her like rapid fire, she’d kept her cool. She didn’t want to jinx it but she had to admit that she did pretty damn well.
and I s2g if anyone fights me about this I will throw my fridge at you
• HE’S GAY
like, really gay. full, raging homo. why on earth would you ship him with a girl?
- “but it’s not confirmed!” / “he could be bi!”
“What made you want to add a gay character into the Percy Jackson series? What inspired you to write the series?” was asked and answered on Rick’s Goodreads a while ago. Note, “gay”, with no dispute in the answer.
“Nico had once read a story from Plato, who claimed that in the ancient times all humans had been a combination of male and female. Each person had two heads, four arms, four legs. Supposedly, these combo-humans had been so powerful they made the gods uneasy, so Zeus split them in half - man and woman. Ever since, humans had felt incomplete. They spent their lives searching for their other halves. And where does that leave me? Nico wondered. It wasn’t his favourite story.” (Blood of Olympus, chapter 15) Yes. Very bi/pan/poly. So much fyi i like vagina. He’s entirely into girls. What is a dick anyway?
• SO RESPECT THAT
It’s his sexuality. Idk about you, but I’m aro/ace, and people even jokingly shipping me with anyone else makes me, like, really uncomfortable.
- “but you ship straight characters in same-gender/polyamorous relationships!”
Since we’re talking about Nico here, we’ll leave other fandoms out of it. Not a single character in any of Rick Riordan’s mythology series has a confirmed sexuality - except for Nico. And if you’re going to assume characters’ heteroromance/sexuality from their lack of canon attraction to their gender, you and your straight-until-proven-otherwise mindset can just leave.
- “I’m only shipping it. What’s the harm? I think they’re cute.”
Would you vote for Donald Trump in an election? Y’know, it’s not the nicest thing to do, but, like, it doesn’t really matter. It’s one vote. But you wouldn’t, would you? (if you would, please, please just leave right now) However insignificant it might be, it’s just wrong. Also, you’re adding to all the other people that have voted for Donald Trump - quite possibly thinking the same thing. So don’t vote for Donald Trump, and don’t ship Nico with Thalia or Annabeth or Reyna or the bloody genderbent Will that this demonic corner of the PJO Instagram fandom is a fan of. (don’t even ask)
• HE’S REPRESENTATIVE OF THE ENTIRE LGBTQIA+ COMMUNITY
I’m sorry, but I can name exactly two book series aimed at middle-grade kids that have LGBTQIA+ characters; Pretty Little Liars and The Heroes of Olympus. (we’re not counting Harry Potter here. saying years later that Dumbledore was gay with only minor implications in canon isn’t representation imo, sorry Jo.) Having representation in kids’ series is so important, and wiping out that representation by ignoring his sexuality or erasing it and headcanoning him as bi/pan/poly is pretty homophobic and disgusting. We have representation. Respect it.
• HE HAS NO CHEMISTRY WITH ANY GIRL IN THE SERIES, WHAT ARE YOU EVEN DOING
Reyna sees him as a brother?? He barely knows Thalia or Annabeth?? And as for “”Willow”” (genderbent Will. It’s hellish, I promise), that’s straight down homophobia if you keep Nico as a boy.
reading for art history can be so rough bc I get so into looking at the pictures. like a picture of a bust will come up and I’m like *___* she’s so beautiful & I forget abt what I’m actually supposed to be reading
One of the things I like best about the idea of a social space specifically designed with fandom in mind is that you could have so many things built right into the fabric of the website oriented around the idea of facilitating fandom involvement. Categories of posts like ‘Fanfic’ and ‘Meta’ and ‘Recommendations’ for easy searching (and dear god, imagine there being a template for rec posts where you just plug the title/author/summary/link in and it formats everything for you so that you don’t have to spend one million years bolding and italicizing and worrying that you’re linking to the wrong fic by mistake).
A ‘communities’ section of the site that doesn’t just accommodate things like Big Bangs and kinkmemes, but is actively designed with them in mind. Then there would never be another situation like when LJ removed headers and fucked up an entire segment of fandom involvement and didn’t give a shit because we weren’t their target demographic.
Some capacity for a built-in tagging system for things like pairings so that we wouldn’t have to flail around like idiots before it’s clear when the pairing name for a new ship is, and being able to find that content and those communities easily!
Just… wouldn’t it be incredible if we could have a Social Network of Our Own, too?
jackfalahee: It was 90 degrees today in LA but I’m missing my Midwest February. Wrapped season 2 of @howtogetawaywithmurder and feeling jazzy. Thanks to all of you for your support during the season, I hope you enjoy the remaining 6 episodes.