copyright warning

This artwork just got taken down from my Redbubble shop because of a copyright claim by the Really Useful Group.

I didn’t even reference Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical version, but Gaston Leroux’s original novel, which is by now public license.

But obviously everything Phantom of the Opera is now solely the monopol of Sir Andrew.

And yes I do not just come across pissed off I am pissed off.

Also see this as a warning, fellow Phan artists, who have a Redbubble shop. It could happen to you too.

While the mod enforces the fact that he’s Bendalice Trash…

“So Bendy, what’re we doing tonight?”

“Same thing we do every night, fellas…”

“…try to take over da world!”

What Do You See In Her? [F!MC x Jake]

Author’s Note: This whole piece is written and dedicated to this post here. Thank you to @shirinalshabra for giving me this wonderful idea in the first place with your post. I hope this little fic does it justice. Also, side note, I love Jake. Diego, on the other hand, is most likely apprehensive so I wrote him that way. I view Jake like MC views Jake in this story and in Endless Summer. (Sorry for any errors, by the way).

Summary: In which Jake tells Diego exactly what he sees in MC. And vice versa. Set in book 2 during the gang’s time at the ski lodge before the New Years Eve events.

Rating: T

Disclaimer: I don’t own any of the characters. I don’t own Zac Efron’s namesake. I don’t own Endless Summer. I don’t own High School Musical. This is just for fun! No copyright infringement intended!

Warning(s): Crude language/humor.

Word Count: 1400+

Originally posted by holidayhoarder


Diego trusts MC’s decisions unquestionably.

If MC says to jump, he would ask, “How high?” If MC tells him something, he believes it without a shadow of a doubt. If MC says their only way to survive was to jump into a pool of lava, he would be the one to convince the rest of the gang to join them.

MC is the leader of the pack and he knows his rightful place as jester. The sidekick that goes along to get along, and maybe sometimes provides comedic relief (or at least he hoped).

However, when it came to MC’s love life he was a bit more protective. To be fair, he trusts his best friend like he said, but this Jake character that she suddenly seems to fawn over was a bit of an… how do you say?…asshole. And that’s putting it lightly.

Jake always acts like he knows what is best for everyone. He walks around like he is bigger and tougher than he really is. His smile always comes off disingenuous and sarcastic. And what irks Diego the most is that he has the audacity to call him Pop Culture Petey! Pop Culture Petey!? What kind of nickname is that anyway? Definitely not the worst in the group, but he still took offense because he much rather have something tasteful like “Captain America” or “Drax.” Sean and Craig didn’t appreciate it, but they should, knowing that there were worse “pet” names to be had!

Oh god, he now understands why Jake calls him Pop Culture Petey.

Still, “Top Gun,” as MC lovingly calls him, was number one on his suspect list out of the whole group. Which is why he came up with the most clever idea to ask both of them (at different times) how they felt about each other. Just to gauge how serious this “relationship” actually is. (And since his own love life looked like it was going nowhere and fast, considering Varyyn lives in the future and he lives in the present…Well, why not snoop in on his best friend’s love life?)

So, starting off with asking MC…

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This is a fandom courtesy thing, I guess:

Artists and meta-writers, if you would like to post fanart/meta/thoughts containing spoilers onto Japanese online platforms like Pixiv or Twitter, please wait after the official release date of Bessatsu Shonen Magazine. Please do not drop spoilers to Japanese readers without warnings! Copyright infringement (aka uploading and sharing unauthorized magazine scans) is an extremely serious issue in Japan and other fandoms may not enjoy seeing early spoilers as we do! Please respect it.

Red Velvet’s Dumb Dumb MV (Music Video Analysis)

The views presented in this analysis are a part of my own individual interpretation of the video, which means they are subject to error. This post is based off of the Dumb Dumb, Ice Cream Cake, and Automatic videos from SMTown’s official Youtube channel. 

“They all look the same”: It’s a phrase that we’re all familiar with as kpop fans. It’s annoying as hell, but I think we’ve all gotten used to hearing it. I’ve heard it a million times about Red Velvet. I’ve seen people criticize SM for making no effort to make any one of the girls stand out beyond their assigned colors. Happiness Era they sported rainbow colored ombre (different colors, but still), during Be Natural they all had black hair, during Ice Cream Cake they all had shades of blonde, and even now with identical red-dipped bangs for certain Dumb Dumb promotions. Their costuming, similarly, is uniform, with slight differences. They’re intentionally made up not to look the same, but similar. The intention, of course, is to communicate that they are a cohesive unit, complementing each other whilst maintaining individual charm. Efforts to evoke this can be seen within their past videos, paralleling Dumb Dumb. 

The above screenshot is from Automatic, while the second is, of course, from this video. (They’re both at 33 seconds, he he). In both videos, the girls sit at a table, as if in conference. The Knights of the Round Table come to mind. They come together to share ideas, to make plans. The chess set indicates the discussion of strategy. It shows they are all equal, they are all of one mind.  

In Automatic, Ice Cream Cake, and Dumb Dumb all feature the girls in a car together. Irene drives, reflecting her position as leader, but ultimately they’re all in the same car together. Where Irene leads them, they must follow. Their journey is a shared one. They are not only of the same mind, but of the same body. 

It seems a little contrary that a girl group that went through such lengths to communicate their unity would produce a video apparently criticizing the uniformity within the idol industry. I will, of course, seek to reconcile these two concepts. 

Doll Factory, Idol Factory: In Dumb Dumb, we see our heroines cast as both the dolls and employees of a doll factory. They are both the product and the productive. Their purpose is to create yet they were created–a paradox that points to their careers as idols. As idols, they were “manufactured,” or trained, by a company and presented to the public as artists, meant to create music. The kpop industry has long been criticized for this “manufacturing” of talent, as members of groups are often replaceable. The video indeed criticizes this commercial side of kpop, but Red Velvet is exempt from this criticism. Here we see that when assigned the role of dolls, simple clones, they cannot function as group. If they were truly idol clones as they have been accused, the factory would have continued its productions smoothly. They are not compatible with one another. In fact, when placed within such a system, their mere presence creates a sort of revolution–and not just in relation to the cloning criticism, but in kpop as a whole.  

The very first image we see is a table set with five chairs in a room without windows or doors. This room is representative of the kpop industry–inescapable. Even before Red Velvet’s arrival into this room, it was furnished and waiting for them, just as these criticisms of the industry existed before their debut. They are placed within a room, trapped, within this preconceived notion that they adhere to the kpop cliche of mass produced idols. 

The inclusion of recording equipment doesn’t fit the doll factory theme. It’s included as a reference to music, as a tip off that this doll factory is actually a metaphor for an idol factory. 

These dials are marked with seemingly obscure Latin phrases. However, anyone familiar with publishing, graphic design, or even just Microsoft Office will recognize this as the filler text included in templates in order to avoid distracting from the layout and design. If it’s in Latin, you can’t read it. You’re forced to pay closer attention to layout. This makes for an interesting comparison to the kpop music. Kpop has a global audience, the most of which doesn’t speak Korean. The language isn’t what’s important, it’s the music. In light of all the debate about whether or not the industry has become too commercialized, it’s a reminder of what it’s all really supposed to be about.

They sit at the table, hands in. They wear matching red nail polish. In the center of the table is a chess set with orange and blue pieces. Both the blue and orange sides have one knight and two pawns moved. The chess sets mirror one another. And then the chess pieces begin to float. 

The chess pieces, as before mentioned, indicate strategy–something wholly linked with business. And in this kpop business, the pieces all copy one another. Under Red Velvet’s influence, the pieces begin to float. They’re disrupted. They cannot copy one another if they are not even touching the board. In this way, they are shown to revolutionize how idols are conceived. I say that this happens under their influence because of their placement of their hands toward the chess board, as if their collectively power is going toward this goal of disrupting the chess pieces. Think of it like a ouija board. In order for it to move, all participants must place their hands on the piece. 

There’s a birdcage positioned between silverware as if the cage itself is the plate, the meal–or rather, what goes inside the cage. The cover of Ice Cream Cake shows each member with a bird perched on their shoulder. They are the birds that would be eaten. This industry is one that would eat them alive. 

In the windowless, doorless room, the girls look upward toward the camera above them. This indicates that they’re aware of the system they’re in, that they realize they are trapped, that perhaps the only way out is up. In order to break the preconceptions people have about them, they must succeed. 

Here, we see them in glasses with painted-over lenses. I believe this is a play on the idiom ‘rose-colored glasses,’ as these glasses are blue and yellow. ‘Rose-colored glasses’ tends to refer to someone who has an optimistic–too optimistic–view of something, perceiving the situation as better than it really is. In this way, they’re not really seeing the truth of the matter. These colored glasses literally prevent them from seeing what’s in front of them, an inversion of the rose-colored glasses idiom. 

Inside the school bus, Red Velvet and their doubles sport pig tails, oversized bows, freckles, and oversized striped shirts. The oversized shirts hide their mature figures, making them look boyish, younger. Here they are made into children. Not only does this childlike concept appeal to the doll theme, but it speaks volumes of how idols are treated: every moment of their life scheduled, driven around by their managers like children in a school bus. 

These scenes where the girls dance and pose are references to the performance aspect of their careers. 

We see Seulgi leaning on an outdated television. On the screen we see Red Velvet performing. This insinuates that the way they’re viewed is outdated. To try to put them in such a small box would be as logical as using such an old piece of technology in modern day. 

She’s wearing a boater hat, which were fashionable in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.  The other members follow this fashion in other shots of the video. This is as well a reference to outdated modes of fashion. Contrast the old prejudices that have been applied to them to the new reputation they want to build with their success, just as these old costumes are contrasted with the later more modern clothing they wear in the end of the video. 

This falling doll is the embodiment of the conception that they are just another set of kpop clones, or dolls. It’s falling, and later we see it break as they shatter this conception. 

The inclusion of the rising pressure gauges are a clear allusion to the high pressure they’re under. 

On a conveyor belt, we see a purse, a shoe, and tubes of lipgloss. This is a reference to the fashion side of kpop, where they must maintain a flawless appearance. Yeri looks disillusioned with these items before her, tired of the expectation placed on her appearance. 

The cassette tapes are another reference to outdated technology, this time musical technology. The tapes have writing on them: French copyright warnings, Canta U Populu Corsu, Renucci, Seru Giran, Barbara, Mozart. Canta U Populu Corsu was a Corsican music group. They spurred a revival in traditional Corsican language songs. Renucci was a French film director. Seru Giran was an Argentine rock group. Barbara was a French opera singer. Mozart was a Viennese composer. Like these artists came to represent their language and culture, Red Velvet will do the same with Korean. 

In the first screenshot, the ‘FM’ is most likely a reference to radio. Unlike the cassette tape, radio has remained relevant in the music industry. In the second, we see a more modern stereo system. The technology being presented is progressing toward the enduring, the more advanced. This progression is, of course, spurred by Red Velvet. Even if the way they’re viewed is outdated, they’re still progressing, working to change how they’re viewed. 


They’re seen in the car. There’s a nighttime city skyline behind them. It’s a strong contrast from the image of them in the school bus. Here they are presented as mature adults. They drive their own car. Their are no clones. This is a more accurate representation of who they are as artists than the school bus scenes. 

Eggs, in the traditional Easter sense, represent rebirth, resurrection, and growth. Even as this egg is shattered by a hammer, there isn’t a baby chick as maybe expected, but bright pink liquid. With each rebirth, or comeback, they will continuously present the unexpected. 

Wendy and Yeri read the results presented by this machine. Though they keep moving the paper as if they’re reading the results, they’re not actually looking at the paper. The actual results are irrelevant. Public opinion is irrelevant to them. It takes a back seat to their growth as artists.  

The old rotary dial phone, viewed for the second time in this video, is another reference to outdated technology. 

The miniature globe in the mannequin hand shows that while some are criticizing them for being “mannequins,” they’re meanwhile spreading their influence throughout the world. 

And finally the doll hits the ground, shattering. 

Throughout the video, Joy is presented as a sort of lookout. She’s seen looking into the machine where the dolls are produced, looking through the blinds. Here, she wears a worried, shocked expression on her face. She foresees difficulty in what they’re trying to accomplish, and hints at the malfunction of the machine system. The malfunction is made only clearer through the many clones running around the factory. 

Irene’s rap references Michael Jackson and his songs. The choreography, with the hand placed over the crotch, is another reference to Michael Jackson. As the “king of pop,” as he was called, he of course influences the careers of all pop artists. It gives the impression that just as Michael Jackson influences them, they’ll one day become such important influences. 

In case you didn’t know, people thought that bees were the tiniest birds for, like, 2000 years. This ‘bees are birds’ idea ties into Red Velvet’s representation as birds. Bees were considered by Greeks and Romans to be the birds of the Muses, enabling poets to write great poems and lyrics with their honey. This elevates the level of music Red Velvet is capable of putting out. Bees are also industrious, an entire hive unified with one goal. Their message of unity is also strengthened by the bee analogy. 

Like Joy, the other members can foresee difficulty. With the malfunction of the machinery around them, they face hardship. 

However, they manage to overcome this difficulty. And when they dance, the machinery dances with them. The factory that produced them now looks to them for guidance. 

In the end, we see the factory in absolute chaos. There’s paper everywhere. Yeri is throwing cheesepuffs. An alarm clock, a fan, a typewriter, a record player are flying around. And despite this chaos, there’s obvious joy. The factory can no longer function and that is how it should be. They’ve broken free of the system it tried to impose on them. They’re unified, but it doesn’t mean they’re mass produced. This unity is not a weakness or a cause for criticism. They are not dolls, or clones, or mannequins. They each have a vital role, their own color. Their unity is not anything except a force to be reckoned with. 

WARNING

If you are reading this then this warning is for you. Every word you read of this useless fine print is another second off your life. Don’t you have other things to do? Is your life so empty that you honestly can’t think of a better way to spend these moments? Or are you so impressed with authority that you give respect and credence to all who claim it? Do you read everything you’re supposed to read? Do you think everything you’re supposed to think? Buy what you’re told you should want? Get out of your apartment. Meet a member of the opposite sex. Stop the excessive shopping and masturbation. Quit your job. Start a fight. Prove you’re alive. If you don’t claim your humanity you will become a statistic. You have been warned…… Tyler

 

After all the copyright warnings Tumblr sent out over the past week for the Toyota commercial, those of you still posting stuff about it should be in the next Keds commercial #BraveGirls. I admire your bravery.

Hey guys, just a heads up. I’ve received a “final warning” copyright violation notice. So, I’ve deleted all audio posts that originated here on fystv within a year and a half that were from st. vincent albums. I’ve made an effort to only reblog audio out of fear of ever having this blog I love deleted. Anyway, if one day I wake up and this blog is gone forever or if you wake up and you find this blog gone forever, I just wanted you all to know (I’m devastated) its been too fun running it. It has brought a lot of calm my life wouldn’t have had otherwise. It’s been an outlet unlike any I’ve experienced. Years ago I was too good at going on and on about the things I loved. It was made horribly clear to me that I needed to not do that and that people didn’t want to hear me go on and on about certain subjects. This has been that outlet for me. I haven’t always been the best at answering your messages or communicating but I’ve enjoyed reading a lot of your comments and messages.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the way this blog has gone about following annie’s music and performances over the past six or seven years (whoa). Before I took it over its what I appreciated about it most. If fystv is ever deleted I will not be remaking it here on tumblr, or anywhere else.

On the plus side, she on that level now, and has many fan blogs to follow.