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Pirates of the Caribbean sentence meme!
Quotes from all four movies under the cut - 300 total! Send in a sentence or send in  for a random starter!

1. A wedding? I love weddings! Drinks all around!
2. Best start believing in ghost stories. You’re in one.
3. I feel nothing.
4. You’ve seen a ship with black sails that’s crewed by the damned, and captained by a man so evil that Hell itself spat him back out?
5. But I have seen a ship with black sails.
6. So this is where your heart truly lies, then?
7. I’m actually feeling rather good about this.
8. I thought I had you figured. Turns out you’re a hard man to predict.
9. A dishonest man you can always trust to be dishonest.
10. Honestly, it’s the honest ones you have to watch out for.
11. So we’re all men of our word, really.
12. Well, you’ve proven they’re mad.
13. That’s not much incentive to fight fair then, is it?
14. In a fair fight, I’d kill you.
15. Put it away. It’s not worth getting beat again.
16. I want you to leave and never come back.
17. I’m disinclined to acquiesce to your request. Means ‘no’.
18. Well, I suppose if it is worthless there’s no point in me keeping it.
19. The code is more what you’d call ‘guidelines’ than actual rules.
20. One good deed is not enough to save a man from a lifetime of wickedness.

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Hey, here’s my wild Steven Universe theory … The Homeworld both represents forces of violent colonialism, slavery, and bigotry, and also is made up of individuals that are each ultimately portrayed as three dimensional people with sympathetic motivations and needs. And why is that? 

Because colonialism, slavery, and bigotry all exist in the real nonfictional world, and all exist because of the actions and inactions of every day people.  Yes, all people - but I’m looking at you specifically, fellow white fans!!  We all knowingly and unknowingly exploit the oppressive structures we live in, to get a leg up, to get by, to protect ourselves and our families.  And we hurt people.  And most of the time, we rationalize away that fact, and we refuse to face it, because facing it is hard, frightening, and humbling work.   But it’s the exact kind of work that Steven Universe champions, and we do it a great disservice to ignore that message!

SU is not about how a few “Villains” with cruel, wicked intentions ruin it for all the Good People of the world.  SU is about how every last living creature in the world has a right to be alive in their own way, about understanding how and why we hurt each other in our attempts to to live - AND - it’s about taking responsibility for the ways we do great harm to each other, and taking active steps to change that.  And perhaps most subversively, SU is about how decent intentions are not enough if you aren’t willing to change yourself.  If you don’t fight to be truly kind in this world, you’ll stay trapped in toxic systems and relationships where you keep hurting and being hurt. 

Again and again, SU has stressed that “healing” is neither an easy or a simple process.  Steven’s greatest abilities are of course not his sparkly magical ones, but his great empathy and willingness to understand every living creature - intertwined with his choice to defend those who are being hurt, even when doing so means he has to stand up against the people he loves (Monster Buddies, Mirror Gem). 

If you walk away from SU thinking that you’re nothing like Homeworld Gems and our culture in the USA is nothing like Homeworld’s, you’re wrong.  If you only take away the theme that bigots also deserve a chance to learn and heal, and don’t also understand bigots must work hard to rectify the harm they’ve caused, you’re missing half the show!  If you thinking that the show’s message is simply a passive “love everyone,” you’ve missed an incredible vital message that love and healing take action, and a willingness to challenge both injustice and your own assumptions about people.

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