even if it is all pretend

Laura Moon is not your “iconic badass female character” at all, and I’d appreciate it if white women stopped pretending otherwise. 

I do think it’s important and necessary to portray female characters who are complex, flawed, selfish, dangerous, and even a bit villainous. I also think it’s crucial to represent female characters with mental illnesses properly. So yes, in that sense, Laura is written quite well. Her depression is not aestheticized or glorified in the slightest, nor is it fetishized for a male viewing audience. She’s not a typical wife to a male protagonist because she is dangerous, she is apathetic, she is both a liar and casually blunt, she is self-aware, and she is cynical. These are not typical traits for the love interests of male characters. I get that. 

But Laura is also meant to be a character you dislike, or, at the very least, one that you should have quite a difficult time empathizing with. Not only did she cheat on her husband - she cheated on him with his best friend, a man who also happened to be her best friend’s husband. Her selfish desires caused Shadow to get imprisoned, and she committed adultery while he was in prison because she lied to both Shadow and to herself when she said she could wait for him. She chose temporary relief over honesty. She treated Shadow apathetically, selfishly, and patronizingly, and in fact even after her death she continues to condescend to Shadow and expects him to be at her beck and call. She was callous and flippant with a god (Mr. Jacquel, AKA Anubis) and expected him to listen to her whims. Mr. Jacquel is a serious but compassionate person - if even someone like him is irritated by her actions, then you know that Laura is not a nice or good person at all. 

You don’t need to justify her behavior. You need to accept that she’s a selfish and bad person. If you truly want complicated and different female characters, you cannot spend time trying to prettify or justify their awful behavior. 

Audrey, who justifiably hates Laura, still cares for her because Laura, albeit her actions, was her best friend. It’s difficult to fully hate someone when they you found out about their death and their adultery at the same time. But she has no qualms about letting Laura know what she truly thinks about her. And she’s right - Laura did not love Shadow. Laura did not treat him properly. Laura was selfish. Laura is still selfish. Laura thinks of nothing but herself, and it doesn’t matter that she’s depressed; depression does not excuse treating your loved ones like toys to play with or manipulate. 

The only reason any of you are justifying Laura’s behavior is because Shadow is black. The protagonist of the show is a black man, and that’s exactly why you think the show is only good now that Laura is on it. I’ve seen people say “well the show passes the Bechdel test because of Laura now”. Setting aside the sad reality that the Bechdel Test was created by a lesbian to measure lesbian representation (so the show doesn’t actually pass the test since there are currently no lesbian characters on it), there are actually interesting and unique female characters already. These same fans who are touting Laura Moon as the height of “revolutionary” female representation ignore Bilquis. 

If Shadow was a white man, he’d definitely get more sympathy from white fans. Conversely, if Laura was a black woman, she’d get villainized by the same people who are currently defending her. Or alternatively, if Shadow had cheated on Laura, he would be deemed persona non grata by these “Laura defense squad” type fans. Hell, if Shadow was a white man, white fans would not be saying that the show was “boring” until Laura came along - they’d hype it up from the get go. 

This show is incredibly important because the main character is a black man who isn’t reduced to stereotypes at all, and it’s important because it has many characters of color who are written well and aren’t typecast into boring roles. Laura Moon is not what makes this show great. Sure, she’s one example of the great writing behind the show precisely because she’s such a challenging character to figure out and analyze. But even her actress, Emily Browning, acknowledges that she is supposed to be a character you have a hard time liking or empathizing with. Do not excuse her actions or lessen the degree of hurt she caused. 

anonymous asked:

except dinah is black canary? and that's kind of weird to find someone hot who's now taking on her dead sister's vigilante persona?

Why is that weird? It’s not like Laurel’s DNA is infused in the name. It’s literally just a fucking code name. 

And honestly, Sara “No woman should ever suffer at the hands of men” Lance, would take one look at Dinah, hear her backstory, and buy that girl a drink. Because they’re cut from the same cloth.

And I’m also pretty sure, she’ll be happy someone is carrying on the canary legacy, which started with her, not Laurel.

Originally posted by bazingagubicorn

Hey remember when Bughead stans tried to convince themselves that they weren’t absolute dicks contributing to aroace erasure by saying Jughead is only asexual and asexual people can be in relationships and even then, it was only in ONE comic while ignoring decades of canon? And then the Bughead sex scene happened and they all pretended like they ever said any of those things and made millions of gifs, posted about the sex scene for days and wrote and read smut and got off to that scene?

170528 The Letter

During one of the first VCRs Taemin got up to go get a lightstick but they were sold out so he had to get one of the one-use glowsticks. He was holding his glowstick at the end like a conductor’s baton and he was pretending to conduct the music the entire time. He chanted “Kim Jonghyun! Kim Jonghyun!!” with the shawols during the encore. During Deja Boo we were all standing and Taemin was riding the rhythm and having fun, he even yelled shawol’s “wow!!” part.    
Cr: kimkeyy

Taemin didnt have a kazoo neither a lightstick so he used the one time lightstick and act as if he was blowing the kazoo.
Cr: kjh080525, iheartshinee

  • BPD: I want attention!! I want A t t e n t i o n!!!! gimme dat validation and love!!!
  • Also BPD: is what I would say if anyone loved you. i bet no one has even thought about you all day. Everyone is forgetting about you and no one needs you like you need them.
  • Still BPD: also pretending you don't have a fp isn't gonna make it stop hurting when you see they've gone a whole day without talking to you and are 100% fine.
  • My Avpd: you can't ask for attention what will you do when everyone's worried about you that's manipulation™ you can't make everyone worried abt you you're problems aren't as bad as theirs you can't be the center of attention what if everyone is looking at you what if someone is depending on you to be the strong one Y O U C A N T T E L L A N Y O N E abt how bad you are rn just don't talk to anyone until someone notices something's off
  • BPD, showing up again 3.2 seconds after I start isolating: wow look no one is concerned guess they all hate you and everyone is actually just pretending to like you and-
  • Me: okay wtf it's been ten minutes clam urself me

anonymous asked:

I agree with the other anon. I legit think that Archie and Veronica think Bughead are just like pretend dating, like all they do is hold hands and shit otherwise, why would V have stood up at the table making that announcement and then effing archie acted like Betty would be sooooo upset (mouthing no to her)- the ef? She's dating your boi now Archie, she don't need you!!!! If he was more confident, they would have done even more physically by now! And they will Archie, OH THEY WILL.

Not “pretend dating”, but at the sexual activity level of 12 year olds….Ummm…..yeaahhhhh….

Juggie (Cole, duh) is already breathing super heavy, there, no? Bet the boy makes a lot of noise…..

I can’t believe TWP has me rooting for Perkin Warbeck. Starz has made EoY obnoxious, stiff, traitorous, harsh and completely unsympathetic. And HVII lost all ability to be likable when he was turned into a rapist. At this point, the only satisfying ending would be for the pretender to be real and for him to end up on the throne. Starz already threw all historical context to the wayside, so why not?

anonymous asked:

I love how they try and pretend that Bex and Aaron would ever even be in the same orbit let alone be mates!! I don't see how they'd come into contact, unless she was paying him for a service or passing him in the window of the local Nandos on his lunch break with Adam, while she walks past on her way to have her nails done. No way my little Northern scruff would bother with the likes of her. I wish he'd tell her to stuff it for good. Of all the people Robert could have had a baby with!! 🙄 🙄

that has always made me laugh. robert being friends with her is one thing, but aaron? or just a dingle in general, any dingle? no damn way!

anonymous asked:

I hate when white people pretend to care about social issues to feel some kind of morally superior. You shit on flori*na lima but you're fine with Sar*h shahi? She has literally taken latina roles without being latina. You don't give a shit about my representation lol. You're just a hypocrite.

Where did I even mention Sarah Sh*hi at all skfnsjsnfns


Did you know? If you catch a falling maple leaf, you’ll fall in love with the person you’re walking with.


Neil tried to piece it all together, but the more he pushed, the faster it fell apart. It didn’t make sense. He didn’t know what he was supposed to think. It could be a lie, but Neil knew it wasn’t. Andrew was a lot of unpleasant things, but a pathological liar wasn’t one of them.


I wanted to draw Keith having a pet dog growing up and I was like, ‘okay, he’d probably have a rottweiler, or maybe a German Sheppard?

but when i started drawing I was like no this kid is gonna have a floppy mop dog.

i love jeremy’s GMod Murder strategy. lulling everyone into a false sense of security by playing little games with them. jumping over desks / putting snowmen hats on people and then brutally shanking them when they’re distracted. it’s so fucking ruthless. i love it.

episode two :: Yuri realizes, suddenly and terribly, he might be a little bit in love.  

Victor doesn’t even try to go to sleep.  He just lays in bed with his laptop, watching the thirty-seven takes of Yuuri trying to get “hi, I’m Yuuri Katsuki, and I’m the Bachelor” out of his mouth.

Don’t they know who I am?” Yuuri slurs on screen.  

Yuuri, you have to put the champagne bottle down, you have to pretend to be sober,” Phichit says off camera, all authority gone from his voice.  He’s trying not to laugh.

Phichit,” Yuuri says, and he takes a big swig from the bottle, bubbles pouring down both sides of his lips. “You can’t tell me what to do.  I’m Yuuri Katsuki, and I’m the motherfucking Bachelor.

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I never thought I’d be the kind of person to say I can’t be friends with an ex… but I can’t be friends with you.
I’m sorry – I just can’t.
I cannot sit across from you at a table and not want to reach for your hand. I can’t talk with you about mundane everyday things that don’t matter and not want to tell you that I love you. Nothing upsets me more than the thought of ‘acting casual’ around you when I am so completely head over heels in love with you it’s just not funny.
I’m sorry.
I can’t pretend like we never happened or suffer the indignity of being downgraded to ‘just friends’. I used to be the person you told all your secrets to… how can you expect me to sit there and talk about the weather!? As it stands, I can’t even see a picture of you and not get emotional… there’s just no way I can be in the same room as you.
I’m sorry… You’re the most amazing person I’ve ever met and it kills me to lose you from my life forever – but it’s nothing compared to slow agonizing death of being close to you when I know in my heart I’m no longer close to you at all…