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Concerning Hobbits (of Color)

Okay it’s been a whole day and I’m still angry about that hobbit casting thing, so let’s lay down some Tolkien canon here.

Fact 1: Per Tolkien, there were originally three races of hobbit. The Stoors were a small group, they were broad and stocky, they grew facial hair, they liked rivers, and their skin color is not specified, so Tolkien probably meant them to be white (but there’s no reason they have to be, since again, not specified). The Fallohides were a tiny group, they were thin, pale and tall, they were bold and good with languages, and they like trees. The Harfoots were the distinct majority, they lived in holes, they had hairy feet, and they were brown. Tolkien is super clear on this. He explicitly calls out Harfoots as having browner skin than other hobbits when describing the races and he uses phrases like “nut-brown skin” and “long brown fingers” when describing specific hobbits to back it up.

Fact 2: Britain planted its ravenous imperial flag firmly in the soil of India three centuries before Tolkien wrote The Hobbit. He knew what a brown person looked like. He would know he was not evoking a slightly darker shade of Caucasian when he said a person had brown skin.

Fact 3: Bilbo, Frodo, and all of their friends are aristocracy. Sam is the only hobbit we ever meet who is an actual laborer. In Tolkien’s time, laborers worked in the sun and middle class and aristocracy stayed inside where there was something resembling temperature control. Apart from Sam and Aragorn, no one in the Fellowship (or Company) ever voluntarily got a sunburn. If Tolkien talks about brown skin he’s talking about brown skin, not a farmer’s tan.

Where does this leave us?

Well, Tolkien says that after colonizing the Shire, the three hobbit races mingled more closely and became one. This leaves us with two options.

Option A: He’s talking about that thing that sci-fi writers sometimes do where “everyone is mixed race.” So all three races would have smeared together into a single uniform color. What color? Mostly Harfoot, aka brown. The “strong strain of Fallohide” in the Tookish and Brandybuck lines means maybe they’re white-passing, but in this scenario all hobbits are brown.

Option B: He’s talking about a more melting-pot scenario where visual racial distinctions still exist but everyone lives side-by-side in a fairly uniform culure. The Tooks/Brandybucks having a “strong strain of Fallohide” means that they are themselves remaining strains of Fallohide, and are straight-up white. Merry, half Took and half Brandybuck, is thus white (possibly part Stoor, given Brandybuck comfort with water); Pippin, half Took and half Banks, is either white or biracial. The Baggins family, sensible owners of the oldest and most venerable hobbit-hole anyone knows of, are blatantly Harfoot, making Bilbo and Frodo (half Took and half Brandybuck respectively) also biracial. Fallohides being exclusively adventurous high-class types, and the Gamgees being staid low-class homebodies with a distrust of moving water, Sam is obviously Harfoot and thus completely brown. (Smeagol, a Stoor, is probably white, but as discussed above, doesn’t have to be.) In this scenario, a minimum of three of five heroic hobbits are various shades of brown, four out of five of them could be, and most background hobbits are brown.

In conclusion, if you think all hobbits are white, you are canonically wrong. If you geek out over Aragorn wearing the Ring of Barahir, rage about Faramir trying to take the Ring, and do not even notice, much less complain, that Sam, Bilbo and Frodo are being erroneously portrayed by white guys, you need to reexamine the focus of your nerdery.

Batchix did the transparent glittery BJD thing before Culur did. Check the dates. Batchix posted some of her BJD boys with iridescent/glitter/transparent stuff goin on (and they look exceptional) and a few days later Culur experimented with clear glitter heads. I don’t think either are claiming credit as obviously it’s been done before many times, but in terms of ‘I saw this this week’ the source is Batchix.

~Anonymous

anonymous asked:

Hello, I read your comment about culur and it left me curious; as far as I know the only thing culur was guilty of was buying recasts and she's since gotten only legit dolls. Can you elaborate on the "scamming" part that I read? I'm not trying to argue your point, just looking for information. If you don't want to type it, could you please point me in the right direction? Thanks. :D

I don’t mind answering this because most of this information is pretty hard to find now unless you know where to look and it’s more than just the scamming of why there is so much negativity toward Culur.

To explain the scamming part of Culur infamous reputation, it comes from her failing to label her sales posts of the recasts she sold. When you don’t specify a doll is a recast, it’s automatically seen as a legit doll, which is something very looked own upon both pro and anti recast people because it is scamming for not being honest of what’s being sold legitimacy (plus it’s illegal). I don’t know the specific number of how many times Culur has done this, but it’s several and each time she says she forgot, however, she somehow didn’t forgot because she only told the doll was a recast if she was asked in private messages so you can tell why not many people see her to be trustworthy and known for shady behavior. Because of her mislabeling, she has been banned from various sales groups, including recast sales groups, because she doesn’t properly label her sales posts.

The only one that can be found as an example of her “forgetfulness” is this sales post:

http://winonaflammery.tumblr.com/post/97331294018/okay-just-a-fair-warning-i-advise-anyone-who

She didn’t specify in the original post that she doll she was selling was a modded recast Doll Chateau Christina with the ornate neckpiece sanded off, just as a “fixer upper” project she did over the summer (notice how the doll is missing it’s clavicle and the top of her neck isn’t straight and curved at the second joint). When Winonaflammery and other people caught on to what this doll really was and Culur admitting it was a recast, she deleted the original post because she got caught again. Instead of apologizing after being caught with her fraudulent sales post, she decided to make a post on her blog “revealing” that she has recasts (even though was already obvious and common knowledge), gave a back story as to why she had them and her early days in the hobby, then blamed her age at the time she bought them, and then said she was now going to be anti recast from now on, not even mentioning the Doll Chateau Christina fiasco until Quezycoatl had brought it up.

Here’s the apology post:

http://semiotickitten.tumblr.com/post/97546917807/recasts

And also this link below of when Quezycoatl questioned her about the sales post and can also another example of what Culur does (and usually says) when she gets caught by saying she “forgot”:

http://quezycoatl.tumblr.com/post/97544499756/recasts

Even though Culur apologized for her actions, seemed like she cleared everything up, and even said she was now anti recast, she was, again, caught lying and this time by AmaranthCastaways and also bring us to the second part of why Culur is infamous, her dishonesty. The proof of her lies in her apology post can be seen here in these links:

http://amaranthscastaways.tumblr.com/post/97566339552/sleeepsalot-amaranthscastaways-in-light-of

http://amaranthscastaways.tumblr.com/post/97566580417/she-probably-doesnt-remember-at-least-two-people

AmaranthCastaways showed in those links of proof of the lie Culur told in her apology post. Culur mentioned that she was banned on Den of Angels, but never why other than it happened suddenly when that wasn’t true. The first link shows proof that’s she did post her recast on Den of Angels, a forum that has a zero tolerance toward recasts and will ban you if you post them, and even cross posted from DoA and the Haven at the same time, plus speculation that she must’ve know the rule as well (plus it’s plastered right on the front page of the forum). When confronted about her posting her recast on the forum, she claims with her per usual excuse she “forgot” it happened. The second link shows that’s she did at one point did try to get back on the forum even though she is banned. It could be considered another scam because she was duping someone to get back on the forum not telling them that she was originally banned, also could’ve risked the person who gives her the invite to be banned as well because it’s against forum rules to invite a banned user, accidental or not. Another lie she made in the apology post is that Culur said she also, again, sometimes forgets to tag the photo posts of her recasts. She said never knew it was an issue when she didn’t tag them when the truth is that she never tagged her posts with her recasts and this subject is brought up constantly in the bjd tag when it comes to recasts not being tagged, including people make confessions targeted at her for not tagging them.

In case you case you didn’t notice, all the links I’ve provided cannot be directly found in Culur’s blog, but from others who reblogged them because after the fiasco with the Doll Chateau Christina, plenty of proof countering what she said, and showing she doesn’t tell the truth, they were removed. Culur deleted the original recast apology post along with every single her post of recasts her tan Volks Lorina Lane, sleeping head Volks Lorina London, and all her other recasts from not only her tumblr, but also her Flickr, Blogspot, and Deviantart with no further explanation. As for her recasts, she no longer showed anymore pictures of them and no signs that she sold or got rid of her recasts, so on other words they disappeared also without further explanation .

After the mess she caused, she disappeared for a little while, the came back and continued as if her getting caught with her lies never happened or her recasts never existed. Ways that shows she denies the past is that she says “no recasts” on her Instagram and even more when she made a post also Instagram saying the at “the hobby can be se so cruel” and her post of being confused of why she is being questioned about the legitimacy of her dolls and also agreeing those people are haters in the comments. And now due to her deleting everything that happened, many people like you and her new wave of fans have no idea what Culur has done. Only a few know she used to have recasts and believe that the hate is because of that and not much more, so they still continuously give her support and defend Culur even though they don’t know what’s she’s done to attract all the negativity.

So in conclusion, the source of Culur’s infamous reputation is rooted from her dishonesty and not that she had recasts (for only a small margin of people). She constantly never told the complete truth or the truth at all and whenever she is caught she says she forgot, she was too young at the time, or a mistake. Culur has been given many second chances to improve herself and the one time she could have really changed, she wasted it by lying more and then hiding after being caught in her instead of owning up to them. From what I hear, with the way she still is acting shady, not following commissions instructions properly, and rigging a giveaway, I personally don’t think she will change or will ever admit to what’s she’s done.

I hope this explains everything you and others who wanted to know about Culur, think of what you will about her.

this is where everything clashes.

what islam says

vs

what our culture says

vs

what our parents expect from us based on their interpretation of islam and our culure

vs

our own way of thinking what our mind says

vs

what the western world says

vs

our own interpretation of islam and our culture

vs

our relationship with our parents and siblings and not wanting to hurt them or ourselves in front of society in that

vs

what our feelings and emotions are

vs

the choice we make.

being a person of faith living in the western world, is not easy.

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•Currently learning Spanish, but I know enough to get by
•Also trying to learn ASL
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I would probably be only comfortable through email at first, but eventually exchanging addresses

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dinobuttz  asked:

Lmao I have to ask if you've heard JonTron's interview with Destiny on YouTube holy shit this guy

omg

ive had a number of asks like this on top of a posting backlog i want to get to.. i mean

fUCK

OK so i went to check it out and:

this horsehit is 2 hours long…

i was gluing manga to a wall and cutting out lil jebs and gabs to hide on it while i listened to it because fuck (below is the cut out sheet i made lol)

so i had my email open to write notes for later and this is what i wrote, no fixes or anything:

destiny is wrong -> 14 mins -14:30

both dumb at 16 mins for the commies and nazis statement. destiny is compared to commies for noooo reason?? I dont think destiny is backed up by communists???? as a bizarre kneejerk TU QUO QUe when jon tron is thrown a guilt by association argument from destiny because of the neo nazi followers of his. destiny says nazism is a race ideology while communism is an economic thing, i cant wrap my miand  around thisis. he has no idea what hes talking about. jon tron dumb cant adequently adders it either

none of them are using gaslighting right

jon tron loves saying tribalism


at 18:40 desitiny is ignorant as fuck with regards to riots. because he hasnt heard about it, therefore it doesnt exist, which is is about one of the most frustrating fucking things about this shitty clusterfuck of a debate besides jon tron asserting random made up facts and imploring destiny to look it up. Jon tron laughs and references the boiling frog analogy fittingly.

Jon tron continues to bring in international examples while dentiny tries to reel it back to the USA and the USA alone. This is annoying on two fronts:

1. Jontron is merely refering to situations rather than go in depth, such as compare tibet to “displacing white perople” when what ttibet is experiencing is hardly comparable to american white flight since the chinese are engaging in conquest/imperialism/ethnic cleansing and the west just simply isnt replacing their own population enough on their own for their corporate overlords tastes, so immigration fills the economic growth hole for better or for worse in their super simplified concept of economy (see: economies stop growing when ethnic civil strife brings it to ruin). but destiny doesnt have a clue what happens outside of his boiases. ;et alone the country, to even call him out, howeever when destiny has the proper misinformation, he will assert things like how japan is dying off or worse off for its homogenity without backing up his argument as well. which is a sign of liberals generally being ignorant to world issues unless their favoured media makes it a big deal ie with japan needing immigration. It’s clear both jon tron and destiny are parroting shit in hilariously broken, scatter shot fasihion

destiny thinks america is the most diverse country in the world, which is fucking wrong. Both of these asshoelss are throwing out garbage statements that are flat wrong that benefit their respective close minded, unresearched biases. Niether of them know any better so they cant even properly dismantle eachother’s argument. Clearly jon tron, nor destiny showed up to the debate with notes or preparation, which is a given considering they are both hot headed gamer shithead youtuber Know-It-Alls becuase they heard something in passing before and just throw out the garbled memory of that soething in debate.


jon tron thinks white people are more libertarian?? for some reason? destiny throws out a garbled statement akin to that MY THING WAS MADE IN THIS COUNTRY WHICH HAD PARTS IN THAT COUNTRY DESIGNED BY THAT COUNTRY YADDA YADDA DIVERSITY IS AMAZING when all these components werent built by americans but by different nation states engaging with others/.

at 37 minutes jontron says rich blacks commit more crime than whites, with no source but smugly tells destiny to look it up, confounding the shit out of destiny and the chatroom becuase hes put the burden of researching a fact that doesnt exist on his opponent.

destiny has

at 42, destiny is called a virtue signaller by jon tron, who is running through a list of things he learned a week ago on a mr metokur video to call destiny, which is every bit as cringe and awful to watch as the australian mp who called another sitting member of government out for man splaining

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOXh5repOWI

desinty throws back a solid rebuttal that jontron side steps going “what im saying is…” and totally fuckign forgets what destiny even said 10 seconds later because jon tron is running through his recently learned, stupid diluted “”facts”” rather than listen and speak to any argument of destiny’s, especially in cases like this when destiny lands a solid question

at 45, destiny gussies globalization with how its great and necessary it is and how cutting off bringing in workers to make stuff in the usa (spoilers: jobs leave the USA, not come in) and trade would lower american standard of living since iiphones will be worth $3000 which is the most liberal, whitest fucking statement of argument because, while yes, iphones would get more expensive, but at least they arent being made in slave labour assembly plants where workers commit mass suicide in protest to their working conditions and that the west isnt pilfering the future leaders and skilled workers from these societies that need them most.

destiny, true to his ignorance, thinks cheap shit is awesome because its made elsewhere, unaware that it’s only so cheap because people die and get crippled in hot, unregulated slave labour factorys making his shitty overpriced electronics

desinty is right though that the american identity goes beyond just being white, because american culture is informed by its various ethnic gorups and peoples, for example it’s black community that does a disproportionately great job of establishing culure, music, activism and art for america as a whole

jon tron again doubles back, shifts the subject to other shit and starts talking about balkanization upon facing a solid argument

at 48 i start to lose my fucking mind because they are talking at eachother and jontron accuses destiny of deflecting when it is jon tron doing all the deflecting. jon trons smug laughter is grating

jon tron has to rely on telephone game “MUH EUROPE” over and over because he cant acknowledge that america is exceptional in how it assimilates and functionas as a melting pot in a way that europe fucking cant, which is creating the situations jon tron fumbless at with greasy game controller fingers to conflate with the USA in the first place.

desinty then claims that germany’s economy is doing great because of taking in refugees, here again he is talking out of his rose tinted ass because not only is it too early to tell if they are mkaing germany money or not, but that the reality is that they are likely a net drain on the germany given other countries and historic precedent

at 50 mins destiny thinks anti-abortion is a white christian thing, further enshrinign his white, middle class, youtuber ignorance. i guess catholic latinx or muslims are pro-choice

at 1 hour desinty says “its ok to keep a country frfom progressing as much as it can in order to maintain a rcaial identity"destiny clarifies it as “stifling growth” which is exactly what jon tron was asserting, to which he goes yeah dude, japan etc and this fucking knob destiny asks jon tron why he came to america instead of japan then, thinking his strawman homerun is about to take off - until jon tron says he was born in amerca.. destiny goes “oh… well…  y-your parents/// ijjuhhhUHH FUCK IM NOT TALKING ABOUT JAPAN IM TALKING ABOUT TEH UNITED STATES!!! which is about the best backfire ive seen all debate long considering the smug setup for it destiny had. furhtemore, what the fuck does “progressing” entail?? Neve raxplained

which is funny because when it isnt a country desinty can use as an argument against jon tron, destiny shrieks IM TALKING ABOUT AMERICA to disguise his ignorance unless it befits him (japan)

soon after though, destiny catches jontron on his shit about slowing immigration down so they can “enter the gene pool”

jontron couldve articulated around this but jontron is a moron, so, he just stutters and gets walked all over

i want to stab jon tron. laughing nervously is anot a good cubstitute for a credible argument

destiny stinks, though he fucking is destroying jon tron because jon tron is regurgitating even more  regurgitated shit arguments gleaned from someone else than destiny, who at points is arguing from his own values.

i have stopped paying attention rea

“that is what im talkibg about” -jon tron, who cant articulate what the fuck hes trying to verbal diarrhea for himself

“my oral ulterior motive is to maximize economic growth, and to maximize the slice of the pie for everybody in the united states” -destiny

destiny’s disposition is clearly and decisively about maximizing economic growth, but it rests upon ignorant hopefulness that these immigrants will arrive and abandon their cultures and become “american"this simultaneously exposes destinys humanitarianism as self serving (so long as it leads to economic growht:) ) which is partly why the immigration model in countries like sweden have completely collapsed (jontron touches on sweden but clearly has no fucking clue besides MUH RIIOTS) beause they took on an ABSURD amount of migrants and immigrants thinking it will pay for itself and transform sweden into a post-ethnic nascent economic power like a jr. america, except what the swedes have done is import a shit ton of people to be a “humanitarian superpower” and threw the lot of them into commie block ghettos and stopped caring about them, assuming they would naturally become swedes, permitting the transformation of these immigrant slums and neighbourhoods into economic and cultural parallel societies that frequently are violent toward swedish authorities and outsiders visiting their area, hence the term “no go zones” where police are instantly attacked and services like ambulances require escort.

“how do you grow an economy if the populatio n is dying off” says destiny, unaware that people can reproduce and will do so the moment people die off enough for real estate prices to collapse from housing supply outpacing demand and wages to skyrocket and make living costs manageable to have enough children to make replacement rate. You know. Naturally rise and fall and rise again. as humanity has done naturally for fucking ever and has fared PRETTY WELL without having to drive the environment and civil stability into the shitter for the ponzi scheme INFINITE GROWTH meme. Destiny argues this yet has no fucking clue what he’s arguing for. fuck destiny, fuck this argument, fuck “economic growth” that means demand from immigration and globalization that makes 600 square foot apartments cost $750,000 and ramshackle crackhouses cost $2million in vancouver. wow, im really feeling the economic growth, fucker.

jon tron brings up the disproportionate violence of black youths, but when asked to explain that, jon tron backs out and laughs about how destiny asking jontron to clarify that point is just like those shows on CNN where people are trying to “TRAP YAH”

Yah, jon tron, it’s called backing up your argument

jon tron jesterly mentions crime rates being consistent across africa when destiny addresses the court systems in america, as if jon tron’s hints toward his earnest views on race were subtle enough

destiny asks jon tron to name 5 african countries

why??

who cares

i am finding myself wishing i were arguing in place of eachotehr, because i see where they are both coming from but are too busy screwin g up their delivery to actually win a point over eachother

they are literally just talking at eachother and calling it a debate

Jon tron accuses destiny of bringing up irish and italians when its convenient

…as if jon tron doesnt bring up MUH YUROP and other whatevers when it’s convenient.

i hate this

they both suck t this. Jon tron has dug a hole through the earth and is now reaching escape velocity with his shovel and is soon to break earths orbit

jon tron brings up turks and iranians being able to assimilate into a culture than a romanian and hungarian would. If jon tron were knowledgeable to pursue this point, he couldve described how Kurds (an iranian people) and turks often fight and engage in conflict with each other in say, Germany to the dismay of germans who expected these groups to assimilate, forget their animosities from their homeland and become good forklift simulator playing germans.

i ahve wasted my hour

i like how i stopped keeping track of time on the video and just started ranting, rambling at the halfway point

I loved it for moments like this tho:

lmao

i feel jon tron is going through a PHILOSOPHICAL AND INFORMATIONAL BLOSSOMING which i guess is taking the red pill for some people. So he is on the same tier as a 16 year old who just discovered holohoax and bell curve graphs for the first time on a 4chan thread loaded with A. Wyatt Man drawings.

He will eventually (hopefully) research for himself these positions if only because he’s constantly being stomped and fighting people over these regurgitated opinions. Which means he is going to try and read up on them to better argue them. Which means he is going to have a hangover of sorts when he realizes what he’s done lol