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Cole Sprouse Says Keeping Jughead Asexual Is “Severely Important”
The actor is advocating for the representation on ‘Riverdale.'
By De Elizabeth

Cole Sprouse plays Jughead Jones in the CW’s upcoming Riverdale, a new show reimagining the Archie comic series. Based on the character’s repeated, emphasized disinterest in girls, Jughead has been the focal point of much speculation regarding his sexuality over the course of the comics’ eight decades of publication. As recently as last year, the characters was revealed to be canonically asexual.

With the aging comics’ relevance revitalized via the CW’s Riverdale, many fans are wondering just how much the underrepresented sexuality (or rather, absence of) would be specifically emphasized. And there’s no greater advocate than the character’s actor himself.

“I hope that huge corporations like the CW recognize that this kind of representation is rare and severely important to people who resonate with it,” Sprouse tells Teen Vogue, “That demands representation. It would be a wonderful thing if that were the case.

Sprouse does reveal that the first season of Riverdale will not directly touch on asexuality; however, he does call the show an origin story, where the characters will learn, grow, and discover who they are. In the meantime, Sprouse says he will “keep fighting for this pretty heavily.”

Riverdale airs Thursdays at 9 on the CW.

Yuri on Ice could just keep making episodes about yuuri and viktor just like buying groceries together or taking makkachin to the park together and I would still wake up every wednesday screaming about the new episode and how much i love this show

Keith and Shiro Bro’s AU

here are some sad bro!au things I came up with bc I hate myself

  • Shiro is 19
  • Keith is 14
  • they were going to the movies with their parents when they got hit by a drunk driver running a red while they were trying to turn left on a green arrow
  • Shiro tried to cover Keith, but only succeeded in covering him with his right arm
  • Shiro had been going to Garrison University for over a year and was on winter break
    • a very kind donor paid for their hospital bills and Shiro’s prosthetic
  • Shiro fought tooth and nail with CPS to be able to keep Keith
  • being the University’s golden boy, Shiro was able to work with them and another extremely kind donor to make a deal:
    • his apartment would be paid for
    • they would be given a monthly allotment of money to cover food, bills, etc
    • Keith’s schooling and textbooks would be paid for
    • he could go to school part-time
    • he had to work in the cafeteria as a chef
  • Keith had to transfer to the public school because the University wouldn’t pay for public school
  • Keith is now 15, Shiro is now 20
  • Shiro had to sit down with Keith and tell him that he always had to be on his best behavior because CPS could rip them apart on a dime
  • that meant no fighting, no pissing off teachers, and absolutely no slacking off
  • Keith is constantly bullied at his new school
  • Shiro goes out with friends one night, they introduce him to a beautiful woman named Allura
  • they hit it off immediately
  • they go on their first day only a month after they meet
    • Shiro promises him he’ll be home early enough to make dinner
    • he isn’t
    • Keith is Really Upset
    • he goes to bed without eating
  • Shiro tries to make it up the next morning by making a huge breakfast
    • Keith has to go in early to help a kid with their physics homework
    • He leaves with a small tupperware of eggs and bacon
  • Shiro feels like guilty as fuck
  • when Keith comes home Shiro brings them over to the couch so he can apologize
    • he makes Keith chamomile tea with a tiny amount of honey and what Shiro thinks is way too much lemon, the exact way Keith likes it
    • Keith cries and tells him about all the shit the other kids did to him on an almost daily basis
    • Shiro cries with Keith as the dam finally breaks
    • Shiro feels like Absolute Shit and even more guilty for not knowing
  • months pass and things are slowly getting better
  • Shiro is 21, Keith is 16, Allura is 20
  • Allura and Shiro are the couple everyone despises
  • Keith and Allura are new bffs, even after a long time of Keith unwilling to open up to her
    • the kids at school are all in love with her and frightened to death of her after she scared the ever loving fuck out of a kid who pushed Keith down the stairs after school so they don’t fuck with him anymore
    • She also has anger issues, and works with him to help him work through it
  • Keith becomes really close with Hunk, Pidge, and Lance
    • he crushes hardcore on Lance
    • Lance is Oblivious as FUCK
    • Keith is also very good at hiding it
  • Allura has unofficially officially moved in with them
    • she stays there 3-4 days out of the week, and in her own apartment the rest
  • christmas is coming up
    • Shiro re-arranges their budget so he has enough money to buy Keith presents
    • he essentially gives up all his own wants
  • They have a kick ass christmas together, even though they didn’t get much for each other
  • Keith finds Shiro’s re-arranged budget
    • he sees all of their Needs and Wants written out
    • all of Shiro’s wants are crossed off, but none of Keith’s are
    • he immediately give up all the movies and lunches with Hunk, Pidge, and Lance
  • Shiro totally forgot Keith’s birthday is only 2 weeks after christmas
    • he doesn’t have enough money to buy him anything really
    • he’s so upset that he cries himself to sleep christmas night
  • Shiro scrounges up enough money to buy him a nice set of colored pencils to go with the adult coloring book Allura got him
    • Allura also gets him the lamp that casts stars all around the room when it’s lit up because Keith had been gushing about it for months
  • Shiro, yet again, feels like shit for not getting him worthwhile and cries in his bedroom
    • Keith hears him on his way to the bathroom
    • he just goes into is room and wraps Shiro in a huge hug
    • he tells him that he saw the budget and not to worry about anything and that they are in this together

so yeah, that’s all I’ve got for now. when I have my shit together, I’m probably gonna actually write this. I also took quite a bit out so that I could have some surprises, so if shit doesn’t make sense that’s why

I understand

that as the phandom we like to make fun of dan and participate in his self deprecating humour, but it needs to tone down a lot. Instead of congratulating or talking about his accomplishments we put a focal point on all of his failures. He was in an actual documentary, he co wrote two books, he wrote the script for tatinof, he wrote a song for the show, and in the middle of all of that, he has weekly liveshows and makes videos for his main channel and for the gaming channel. He deserves all the love and appreciation we can give, not an endless list of memes created to bully him

we constantly praise Phil because we feel that as the “underdog” or the one with less subscribers he needs the extra motivation, but Dan deserves the same. He is wonderfully kind and intelligent, and we should start to recognize that.

Like on this particular protest event I will give a sort-of-pass to the focal language of ‘pussies’ and ‘pussies claw back’ because it’s a direct response to a horrible misogynist ripping at his own language and stated views on sexual harassment. Mostly by people who own the organs in question.

But let’s not kid ourselves. Unless you’re talking back at a quotation like that, don’t hyper-emphasize the ‘pussy.’ Womanhood is not aligned with the uterus, vagina, any sort of anatomy. It’s Donald’s language that reduces women to reproductive organs, prescribes who should have what organs, and what those who hold them deserve. It shouldn’t be our own language.

  • INTERVIEWER: And how, exactly, do you fight?
  • IRON MAN: I created a suit of armor that contains all the technological advancements cutting edge science allows. I am the focal point of all scientific pioneering.
  • DR. STRANGE: I've harnessed the power of the multiverse and can bend that energy to my will, even when it rewrites reality.
  • DAREDEVIL: I hit them with sticks really hard.
  • IRON MAN: ...
  • DR. STRANGE: ...
  • INTERVIEWER: ... Like, big sticks?
  • DAREDEVIL: Not particularly big, no.
Planets in the 7th...

Sun:
• relationships are the focal point of your life
• you attract males in authority
• you want to be noticed physically

Moon:
• you are attracted to sensitive people
• attracted to people who love children
• you crave meetings and encounters
• you might talk to your partner like you talk to a child (lol)

Mercury:
• you need an intellectual relationship
• you’re attracted to young/slim people
• you love writing, esp. poetry

Venus:
• you need an aesthetically pleasing partner
• you cannot live without people in your environment
• may be attracted to passive people
• you feel like you need a person in order to shine

Mars:
• you blame other people when things go wrong in your life
• you might feel like you compete with your partner
• your partner will act on impulse too much

Jupiter:
• attracted to wise people
• you need humorous people in your environment
• you have an idealistic view of others
• need a partner to feel happy

Saturn:
• you’re attracted to older people
• love may be at a distance or unavailable at the time
• you’re cautious and hesitant towards others
• don’t frickin marry young or Saturn will bring a bitter divorce

Uranus:
• attracted to unconventional, intellectual people
• you want to live by your own rules
• you’re not easy to catch in matters of love
• there’s often a major difference between you and your partner (ie. age difference, social background)

Neptune:
• you tend to want intimacy much sooner than your partner
• you may believe in fairy tales
• you long for an ideal and imaginative person

Pluto:
• may be attracted to complicated people
• your relationships are intensely emotional
• you and your partner might isolate yourselves from everyone else
• your expectations are usually very high leading to dissatisfaction



lemme know if these apply to you!!!

Hey remember when the writers tweeted right before GLONY: “The best way to care about somebody? Find out their story”

And remember how a big focal point in that episode was Farkle’s discovering the story of his ancestors?

And remember how in ACM, Riley says to Farkle, “Ever since the day after our culture week, when you found out that you might have a new ancestry, I started reading about it. Because I love you”.

Yeah me too :)

So after giving up on complicated math I decided to just try perspective-ing the pic and doing more basic math. So assuming the focal point is directly behind the middle of Yuri’s body (because I am waaaaay too lazy to actually figure out what it would be) that would make the stuffed shrimp about 72.6cm (~2.4ft) tall. This is a fairly nice sized stuffed shrimp and I would like one, please and thanks.

thoughts i woke up with this morning, in no particular order

  • okay but if they do an even-focused season it would potentially be the most interesting season they ever do?
  • just in terms of cinematic storytelling style and technique
  • like you’re talking about a character who is into film! who actively cares about film style and directing choices and how films get made!!
  • “i think it’s possible to be the director of one’s own life”
  • so imagine that character trait paired with skam’s demonstrated ability to build really unique and immersive narrative povs for each of their focal characters
  • how! would that look!!! for even!!!!!!
  • would they adapt the camera work for the show to blend in aspects of even’s style?
  • like would we get more use of steady cam to set up deliberately framed/angled shots when we’re in the moment of even observing a scene
  • would the use of handheld and/or shaky cam become more pronounced to help break us out of even’s directorial/observational frame of reference and mark the times when he is reacting to something really emotionally
  • note to self: dig out old intro to film book to refresh on different types of shots
  • but also THE SOUNDTRACK
  • what kinds of songs would they use to characterize even’s pov
  • i hope it’s a super eclectic mix of genres with a few Iconic Movie Songs peppered in
  • even walking off into the middle distance at the end of an ep to “don’t you forget about me”
  • even goofing around at home to “old time rock and roll”
  • even and isak doing something cute and sweet while “time of my life” plays faintly in the background as diegetic sound like from a radio in the room or smth
  • just all these songs that throw back to the fact that even is constantly thinking about film
  • not bc he still thinks his life/his relationship is a film
  • but bc filmmaking is his passion! movies are his passion! and these are the moments in films that are deliberately created with the hopes that they’ll stick with you and spin through your head all the time waiting for you to connect them to your real-life experiences bc that helps them feel more personal! and even gets that!!!
  • okay this got way too long but on one final note
  • have u ever heard that idea that all movies are about making movies
  • well what if even’s season really unabashedly Went For That
  • and one of the major plotlines was him making a student showcase film for his end-of-year project or portfolio or whatever
  • (i was not a film student but i have heard this is a thing they do?)
  • and he’s struggling to find what perspective he wants to build and deliver as a filmmaker bc he has too many ideas and nothing feels exactly ~right
  • so it’s about even exploring and coming to understand his own perspective
  • while we, the viewers, are immersed in a season narrative that is all about exploring and coming to understand even’s perspective
  • what kinds of things would he learn that we wouldn’t? conversely what kinds of things would we learn that he wouldn’t? what kinds of things would we, he and us, learn together???
  • the great and glorious meta feedback loop
  • truly i would Die

What I love so much about Victor and Yuuri’s relationship is that it is exactly what I want. I’m ace (and sex-repulsed at that), so it’s unbelievably hard to find partner. I actually start panicking if I feel like someone is flirting with me because I may have to have “the conversation” about how I don’t want sex and that it isn’t negotiable.

But Victor and Yuuri just have this beautiful trusting connection. They look at each other with such love, and they are so comfortably intimate without sex being the focal point.

What they have shown so far in this series is what I want so badly, and I don’t even care if we get an onscreen kiss or if they ever explicitly say they’re dating. It’s pretty obvious that Victor and Yuuri are in a relationship, and it’s beautiful.

Thank you, lovely creators, for giving us a healthy, loving relationship that focuses on trust and emotional intimacy.

2

My main focus right now is film, but music is one of the most important things in my life and will always be a focal point. I’m constantly writing and exploring, and figuring out what I want to do next. So as far as album two, I think I might start working on it really soon. It’s just all about timing and figuring out what makes the most sense. My dream is to make films and to make albums, so if I’m lucky enough to do that I’ll be happy.

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Orion Nebula Complex by Neil Winston
Via Flickr:
This is the first deep sky photo I’ve taken with my Canon 6D. The camera is unmodified, and I’m impressed with its performance. Exposure: 53x300s, 15x60s, 20x20s second exposures at ISO 1600 Camera: Canon EOS 6D (Unmodified) Filter: Unfiltered Telescope: Orion ED80 with .85x Focal Reducer Mount: Losmandy G-11 Guider: Orion SSAG through ST80 Date: 11/27/2016 Exposures shot RAW in BYEOS, stacked in Deep Sky Stacker, and processed in Photoshop

“You’ll always be my lily of the lamplight. My own dear Roderich.”

Lily of the Lamplight has got to be my favourite George deValier fic. A scene in Chapter 1, where Gilbert sees Roderich in Berlin for the first time. I was listening to Vera Lynn songs this entire time my heart hurts. 

I tried to incorporate everything I learnt from last term’s classes– Mainly focal points and controlling values and hues. Most of all it’s nice to be able to paint stuff that you feel moved by. :) 

Self-interest and self-concern are the focal points of the false. Your daily life vibrates between desire and fear. Watch it intently and you will see how the mind assumes innumerable names and shapes, like a river foaming between boulders. Trace every action to its selfish motive and look at the motive intently till it dissolves.
—  Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj