harder mike

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Everyday people do everyday things but I
Can’t be one of them
I know you hear me now, we are a different kind
We can do anything

Korrasami is canon.

You can celebrate it, embrace it, accept it, get over it, or whatever you feel the need to do, but there is no denying it. That is the official story. We received some wonderful press in the wake of the series finale at the end of last week, and just about every piece I read got it right: Korra and Asami fell in love. Were they friends? Yes, and they still are, but they also grew to have romantic feelings for each other.

Was Korrasami “endgame,” meaning, did we plan it from the start of the series? No, but nothing other than Korra’s spiritual arc was. Asami was a duplicitous spy when Mike and I first conceived her character. Then we liked her too much so we reworked the story to keep her in the dark regarding her father’s villainous activities. Varrick and Zhu Li weren’t originally planned to end up as a couple either, but that’s where we took the story/where the story took us. That’s how writing works the vast majority of the time. You give these characters life and then they tell you what they want to do.

I have bragging rights as the first Korrasami shipper (I win!). As we wrote Book 1, before the audience had ever laid eyes on Korra and Asami, it was an idea I would kick around the writers’ room. At first we didn’t give it much weight, not because we think same-sex relationships are a joke, but because we never assumed it was something we would ever get away with depicting on an animated show for a kids network in this day and age, or at least in 2010.

Makorra was only “endgame” as far as the end of Book 1. Once we got into Book 2 we knew we were going to have them break up, and we never planned on getting them back together. Sorry, friends. I like Mako too, and I am sure he will be just fine in the romance department. He grew up and learned about himself through his relationships with Asami and Korra, and he’s a better person for it, and he’ll be a better partner for whomever he ends up with.

Once Mako and Korra were through, we focused on developing Korra and Asami’s relationship. Originally, it was primarily intended to be a strong friendship. Frankly, we wanted to set most of the romance business aside for the last two seasons. Personally, at that point I didn’t want Korra to have to end up with someone at the end of series. We obviously did it in Avatar, but even that felt a bit forced to me. I’m usually rolling my eyes when that happens in virtually every action film, “Here we go again…” It was probably around that time that I came across this quote from Hayao Miyazaki:

“I’ve become skeptical of the unwritten rule that just because a boy and girl appear in the same feature, a romance must ensue. Rather, I want to portray a slightly different relationship, one where the two mutually inspire each other to live - if I’m able to, then perhaps I’ll be closer to portraying a true expression of love.”

I agree with him wholeheartedly, especially since the majority of the examples in media portray a female character that is little more than a trophy to be won by the male lead for his derring-do. So Mako and Korra break the typical pattern and end up respecting, admiring, and inspiring each other. That is a resolution I am proud of.

However, I think there needs to be a counterpart to Miyazaki’s sentiment: Just because two characters of the same sex appear in the same story, it should not preclude the possibility of a romance between them. No, not everyone is queer, but the other side of that coin is that not everyone is straight. The more Korra and Asami’s relationship progressed, the more the idea of a romance between them organically blossomed for us. However, we still operated under this notion, another “unwritten rule,” that we would not be allowed to depict that in our show. So we alluded to it throughout the second half of the series, working in the idea that their trajectory could be heading towards a romance.

But as we got close to finishing the finale, the thought struck me: How do I know we can’t openly depict that? No one ever explicitly said so. It was just another assumption based on a paradigm that marginalizes non-heterosexual people. If we want to see that paradigm evolve, we need to take a stand against it. And I didn’t want to look back in 20 years and think, “Man, we could have fought harder for that.” Mike and I talked it over and decided it was important to be unambiguous about the intended relationship.

We approached the network and while they were supportive there was a limit to how far we could go with it, as just about every article I read accurately deduced. It was originally written in the script over a year ago that Korra and Asami held hands as they walked into the spirit portal. We went back and forth on it in the storyboards, but later in the retake process I staged a revision where they turned towards each other, clasping both hands in a reverential manner, in a direct reference to Varrick and Zhu Li’s nuptial pose from a few minutes prior. We asked Jeremy Zuckerman to make the music tender and romantic, and he fulfilled the assignment with a sublime score. I think the entire last two-minute sequence with Korra and Asami turned out beautiful, and again, it is a resolution of which I am very proud. I love how their relationship arc took its time, through kindness and caring. If it seems out of the blue to you, I think a second viewing of the last two seasons would show that perhaps you were looking at it only through a hetero lens.

Was it a slam-dunk victory for queer representation? I think it falls short of that, but hopefully it is a somewhat significant inching forward. It has been encouraging how well the media and the bulk of the fans have embraced it. Sadly and unsurprisingly, there are also plenty of people who have lashed out with homophobic vitriol and nonsense. It has been my experience that by and large this kind of mindset is a result of a lack of exposure to people whose lives and struggles are different from one’s own, and due to a deficiency in empathy––the latter being a key theme in Book 4. (Despite what you might have heard, bisexual people are real!) I have held plenty of stupid notions throughout my life that were planted there in any number of ways, or even grown out of my own ignorance and flawed personality. Yet through getting to know people from all walks of life, listening to the stories of their experiences, and employing some empathy to try to imagine what it might be like to walk in their shoes, I have been able to shed many hurtful mindsets. I still have a long way to go, and I still have a lot to learn. It is a humbling process and hard work, but nothing on the scale of what anyone who has been marginalized has experienced. It is a worthwhile, lifelong endeavor to try to understand where people are coming from.

There is the inevitable reaction, “Mike and Bryan just caved in to the fans.” Well, which fans? There were plenty of Makorra shippers out there, so if we had gone back on our decision and gotten those characters back together, would that have meant we caved in to those fans instead? Either direction we went, there would inevitably be a faction that was elated and another that was devastated. Trust me, I remember Kataang vs. Zutara. But one of those directions is going to be the one that feels right to us, and Mike and I have always made both Avatar and Korra for us, first and foremost. We are lucky that so many other people around the world connect with these series as well. Tahno playing trombone––now that was us caving in to the fans!

But this particular decision wasn’t only done for us. We did it for all our queer friends, family, and colleagues. It is long overdue that our media (including children’s media) stops treating non-heterosexual people as nonexistent, or as something merely to be mocked. I’m only sorry it took us so long to have this kind of representation in one of our stories.

I’ll wrap this up with some incredible words that Mike and I received in a message from a former Korra crew member. He is a deeply religious person who devotes much of his time and energy not only to his faith, but also to helping young people. He and I may have starkly different belief systems, but it is heartwarming and encouraging that on this issue we are aligned in a positive, progressive direction:

“I’ve read enough reviews to get a sense of how it affected people. One very well-written article in Vanity Fair called it subversive (in a good way, of course)… I would say a better word might be “healing.” I think your finale was healing for a lot of people who feel outside or on the fringes, or that their love and their journey is somehow less real or valuable than someone else’s… That it’s somehow less valid. I know quite a few people in that position, who have a lifetime of that on their shoulders, and in one episode of television you both relieved and validated them. That’s healing in my book.”

Love,

Bryan

You were addictive. My own personal cocaine. So when you left I turned to alcohol. But I don’t even need that anymore because I’m done being addicted to you.
—  Getting over you
Things Mike Pence Heard at Hamilton

- “Immigrants: we get the job done!”

- “There is no more status quo. But the sun comes up and the world still spins.”

- “We are engaged in a battle for our nation’s very soul”

- “I’ve been reading ‘Common Sense’ by Thomas Payne. Some men say that I’m intense, or I’m insane. You want a revolution? I want a revelation! So listen to my declaration: 'We hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal,’ and when I meet Thomas Jefferson (work!) I'mma compel him to include WOMEN in the sequel!”

- “History has its eyes on you”

- “A civics lesson from a slaver. Hey neighbor: your debts are paid cuz you don’t pay for labor. 'We plant seeds in the South. We create.’ Yeah. Keep ranting. We know who’s really doing the planting.”

- “But when all is said and all is done, Jefferson has beliefs. Burr has none.”

- “Winning was easy, young man. Governing’s harder.”

Stormy weather - Mileven

It had been a year. A year of Mike daydreaming about seeing Eleven again. A year of Mike staying in his room and refusing to see anyone but his three best friends. A year of fighting with his Mom over imaginary frustrations. A year of slamming doors and crying in the shower and nightmares. A year of constantly asking Will about the Upside Down so he knew just was Eleven was facing. A year before she finally returned, completely unconscious and on the brink of death. A year before Mike felt whole again.

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baker151910  asked:

The whole team came out to the club at an away game when it happened...

Ginny hadn’t wanted to go out.  She had wanted to go back to her hotel room, snuggle into bed with Mike, call Evelyn, and have her baby babble at her incoherently before shutting her eyes to the world and wasting away the hours until she could get on a plane and fly back to Kaia.

It was her first away trip from her daughter, and while she was trying really hard to rein in her emotions, and keep things professional, reminding herself that this was something she’d chosen, she couldn’t help but feel the tugging of her heart being separated from her baby for this long.

And where Ginny had mastered the art of schooling her expressions, Mike had completely thrown in the towel and was surly with his distaste for being away, and this wasn’t even his first time.

During Ginny’s time out, Mike had been able to calm himself with the knowledge that Kaia was with her, safe and sound.  But now that they were leaving her with Evelyn, the facade of just how okay he was with the situation had slipped off, and what they were met with resembled more of an angry bear, demanding proof of life be presented to him it seemed every hour.

Ginny would’ve found herself laughing at the sheer ridiculousness of the situation, but she was able to reap the benefits of his demands while appearing to maintain some modicum of composure.

Their teammates had teased them endlessly, all but dragging them out to the club, and so there they were.  Sitting in a booth, pretending to have some semblance of fun out, while she found him checking his watch every five seconds, his leg bobbing up and down with impatience, while her fingers hovered over the send button on her texts with Evelyn, not wanting to bug her friend.

They were quite a pair, both having surrendered themselves up to the mercy of their daughter, her tiny hands having both her parents wrapped securely around her little fingers.

“You guys are worse than I was with the twins,” Blip practically yells over the music, sitting down at the booth they were currently residing in.

“Does it ever get easier?” Ginny asks, a deep sigh at the thought of having to say goodbye again, over and over, the scene replaying in her head.

“No,” he says with a laugh.  

“Great, thanks for all the help,” Mike barks at him, pulling out his phone the background illuminating to show a picture of a smiling Kaia staring back at him, before tossing the phone on the table with a frustrated sigh.

“I think the separation is harder on Mike than it is Kaia,” Ginny teases, her hand finding itself resting on his thigh with a reassuring squeeze.

“It always is,” Blip agrees.  “Just wait until she gets older and can talk, then it gets really hard.”

Ginny cocks her head, pursing her lips, fighting a smile, at how tense Mike is underneath her touch at Blips words.

“Not helping,” she mouths at her friend.

He holds up his hands, signaling the white flag, before taking a drink.

“She should’ve called by now,” Mike says, throwing his hand out at the silent phone resting on the table.  “Right?” He asks, his voice dripping with irritation, but his eyes pleading with her to make it better.

“She’ll call,” Ginny tries to dispel his aggravation.

“What if something happened and that’s why she’s not calling?” He asks, a slight panic lacing his words.

Ginny holds back a laugh.

“Mike, she just sent a picture thirty minutes ago, I doubt anything’s happened since then.”

“You better be right, Baker,” he says with a grin towards her.

“I’m always right,” she says with a satisfied smile.

“I’m gonna go get us something to drink,” he says, getting up, leaving Ginny with Blip.

“Someone’s wound tight,” Blip throws out.

Ginny rolls her eyes, as she flips through the messages on her phone until the screen flashes to video, indicating a call.

Her face is immediately highlighted by excited dimples, as she accepts the video call and her baby’s face fills the screen.

“Hey Kaia bean,” she coos at the girl, but the music is loud and she can’t hear Evelyn’s response in the background.

“Hold on a sec, I need to go somewhere quieter,” she says, moving out of the booth, passing by Mike, as she motions to her phone.

He immediately abandons the drinks, following Ginny’s lead until they’re outside.

“Say ‘Hi,’” Evelyn says to Kaia, as the baby just wiggles, and makes faces at the phone being put in her face, the reaction of her parents far more entertaining.

Mike’s irritation immediately dissipating into one of lifted brows, and a smile not even his beard could hide.  

“There’s my baby” he says in a scratchy voice, as he tries to make it higher, attracting her attention.

A night out for the two of them now consisting of slinking out of nightclubs to speak to their baby daughter, Evelyn tickling the girl to get her to laugh into the phone.

And they wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Little Prick


Drabble Challenge - Prompt 2 - “Hey, hey, calm down.  They can’t hurt you anymore.” Filled for anon.   

Thank you for the prompt, I tried to give you a little bit of hurt/comfort.  I hope you like it and thank you for your kind words. x :) 


“Hey, hey, calm down.  They can’t hurt you anymore,” He remembers his mother whispering to him the first time it happened. 

He was only three and needed to be immunised. As soon as he saw the needle he became hysterical, the doctor had had to chase him around his office and trap him against the wall to administer the inoculation.  He had cried all the way home.

When he’d done his shoulder in college and needed to have it operated on, he’d breathed into a paper bag as the nurse put in the IV drip and even then he had very nearly blacked out from the panic.

Harvey had always hated needles.  He knew it probably seemed silly to most people, but seeing someone with a sharp pointy object that was going to inflict pain on him, move toward him sent a reaction of fear and panic that overrode his usually cool and composed demeanour.  And nobody except Lily knew.

After last year’s flu season had taken out half of Pearson Hardman, Jessica had basically laid down the law.  You had a flu shot, or you faced her wrath.

He was staring ashen-faced at the e-mail revealing his appointment time when Mike bounced into his office.

“Hey boss, got your flu shot appointment?  I got 5 pm, lucky hey?  I usually get a dead arm from those things!” Mike babbled, dropping a file in front of him.

“Hmmm.“  Was his tight-lipped response.

“I’m finished with the Cortland file, found something interesting actually,” Mike explained, gesturing that he pick up the file.  

When he replied with another hum and didn’t even look at the folder, Mike pressed harder.

“Harvey,” Mike insisted, “What’s going on?”

He looked up at Mike then, realising that he had missed an integral part of this conversation.  He grabbed the file and buried his face in it, reading it over quickly.

“Harvey?”

“Sorry, this is good work, Mike,” He said, attempting to distract Mike with compliments but instead found that Mike had managed to slip around his desk and was now reading over his shoulder.  Damn kid and his disregard for personal space.

“Hey, you got the 5.05pm appointment, I’ll come grab you, and we can go together,” Mike confirmed, and exited the office before he could refuse the offer.

True to his word, Mike escorted him down to the 40th floor where the flu clinic had been set up.  They were sitting outside, and he was watching a steady stream of people enter, and exit like this was just your ordinary occurrence, and not the end of the world. 

“Mike Ross.” The nurse announced.

Mike stood and turned to him.

“Want to distract me while she stabs me in the arm?”

He blanched but managed a nod.  Maybe seeing Mike have his needle would help? 

It didn’t, and it was his turn sooner than he expected.  The collar of his shirt was drenched in sweat, and his hands had started to tremble.

“You’re up,” Mike called out, turning to find him pale and shaking, and plastered against the wall.  “Harvey!” Mike said, arriving by his side in the blink of an eye.

He swallowed nervously.  “I can’t,” he muttered, closing his eyes and willing the dizzy feeling away.

“It’s okay,” Mike soothed.  Mike loosened his tie and undid the top button of his shirt, then took his hand and gave it a squeeze.

“Why didn’t you tell me?  I feel like an asshole for dragging you down here.”

He attempted to laugh, but it came out as a choked cough.  “I thought I could,” he replied, cheeks flushing slightly.

Mike started to unbutton his shirt sleeves. “You’re sweating, just take it off, and we’ll relax in here for a bit okay?  I’ll just let the nurse know, stay put,” Mike directed, leaving him to fumble with the buttons and work his shirt off.

He felt better with his shirt off, maybe a little foolish but at least Mike wasn’t laughing at him.  In fact, he enjoyed the way Mike seemed to take control of the situation, and know just what he needed.

He watched as the nurse nodded at Mike as though she understood, then smile over at him.

Mike turned back to him, and for a second he forgot to breathe because for some reason, Mike was walking toward him like he wanted to take him apart and devour every inch of him.  He managed to huff out a “Wha-” before Mike grabbed his face and placed a hard and unrelenting kiss against his lips.  Without any further thought except maybe ‘fuck yeah’, he kissed him back, Mike’s tongue demanding and receiving entry to his mouth as they lost themselves in a moment that both had wanted for over a year now.

He didn’t even feel the nurse administer the shot.

Authors note: Thanks for reading. There are 7 more drabbles to come, I’ll probably post one every few days. I feel like I could have edited more, but then these would never get posted. Now posted over on AO3

Originally posted by svuscenarios

I’ve been promising a Mike for practically ever and I have finally kept my word. Apologies for how long this took :)

“For Mike, how about public sex? He’s so straight edge, but his SO is more naughty and convinces him to have sexy time in a public place. I mean, not completely obvious, sex in the street. Like more discreet, but still with a chance of being seen” 
Requested by: @not-my-yacht 


He took your hand as you left the restaurant, smiling down at you as he tucked a piece of hair behind your ear.

“Ready to go home?”

“It’s such a gorgeous evening, Mike, why don’t we walk?”

Nodding his assent, he turned south, your pace slower than usual as you breathed in the scent of spring in New York. It was your favorite season in the city, a time where everything seemed magical and anything seemed possible.

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anonymous asked:

you are an absolute fever dream; the sweated fantasies of a life we could have led, disassociated into our imaginations only as we furiously hotbox our friend's friend's oldsmobile in a desert just outside suburbia as cans of lukewarm mike's harder mango lemonade are pushed into our hands. you are the personification of the longing of those fantasies as jealousy consumes us before we sober up and they fade away. may you live a hundred thousand years exactly as you want. i'm enjoying the mike's.

i don’t know who you are but im blown away by this!!! im in love with this thank you so much…..this is so crazy. this is IT

But as we got close to finishing the finale, the thought struck me: How do I know we can’t openly depict that? No one ever explicitly said so. It was just another assumption based on a paradigm that marginalizes non-heterosexual people. If we want to see that paradigm evolve, we need to take a stand against it. And I didn’t want to look back in 20 years and think, “Man, we could have fought harder for that.” Mike and I talked it over and decided it was important to be unambiguous about the intended relationship.
—  From Bryan Konietzko’s excellent post about the Korra finale. I’ve read that post at least 5 times now, and this is the point where I have started tearing up/legit crying every single time.
No Bryke Just No......

You can celebrate it, embrace it, accept it, get over it, or whatever you feel the need to do, but there is no denying it. That is the official story. We received some wonderful press in the wake of the series finale at the end of last week, and just about every piece I read got it right: Korra and Asami fell in love. Were they friends? Yes, and they still are, but they also grew to have romantic feelings for each other.

I’ve been watching the show ever since it first premiered back in 2012, I’ve seen every episode but for the life of me I cannot seem to find the moment between Korra and Asami that didn’t feel badly written and forced. The car scene in the opening of Book 3 comes to mind because I’m sorry but Korra stole Mako from Asami and kept it a secret from her at the end of Book 1 and yeah I know that time heals all wounds and all that but Korra’s half assed apology to Asami in the car was horrible and the fact that Asami didn’t call Korra out on her crap during that moment really pissed me off. Also going back to the original series the reason why Aang and Katara worked so well was because we actually saw their relationship develop over the course of the series, Katara may have started out having a crush on Aang but as the series went on and they got to know each other better Katara started to like Aang for who he was and not just for being the Avatar. In Legend of Korra the interactions between Korra and Asami are so few and far between that it’s impossible to even think of them as friends let alone lovers, I mean hell Asami’s role in Book 2 was pretty much nonexistent so how could Korra and Asami possibly fall in love when there was little to no interaction between them during Book 2?

Was Korrasami “endgame,” meaning, did we plan it from the start of the series? No, but nothing other than Korra’s spiritual arc was. Asami was a duplicitous spy when Mike and I first conceived her character. Then we liked her too much so we reworked the story to keep her in the dark regarding her father’s villainous activities. Varrick and Zhu Li weren’t originally planned to end up as a couple either, but that’s where we took the story/where the story took us. That’s how writing works the vast majority of the time. You give these characters life and then they tell you what they want to do.

What spiritual arc? Korra’s character is pretty nonexistent and bland that it’s embarrassing, she was cocky as all hell in Book 1 and when Amon took away her bending I thought for sure she would finally understand what it meant to be the Avatar and strive to beat Amon with only her air bending but nope Aang shows up gives her back all her bending and gives her access to the Avatar State thus making what little development she goes through in Book 1 pointless. In Book 2 when Unalaq destroyed the past Avatar lives and took away her bending what did Korra do? She mediated inside a giant tree to get enough power to grow giant and fight Unalaq and even then she got her ass handed to her until Jinora came and saved her. The only time Korra went through anything resembling character development was when Zaheer poisoned her and she had to deal with the trauma of almost getting killed, but this arc was rushed and was wrapped up by the end of the fourth episode of Book 4.

I honestly would have liked for Asami to be a spy that would have been an interesting premise but instead you just kept pushing her to the back in Books 2 and 3 to the point where she became a background character at best.

Also the only reason Varrick and Zhu Li ended up together was because Varrick was the breakout character of Book 2 and the fans liked him so much that you decided to give him and Zhu Li their own arc because you love to pad out the show with as many subplots as possible.

I have bragging rights as the first Korrasami shipper (I win!). As we wrote Book 1, before the audience had ever laid eyes on Korra and Asami, it was an idea I would kick around the writers’ room. At first we didn’t give it much weight, not because we think same-sex relationships are a joke, but because we never assumed it was something we would ever get away with depicting on an animated show for a kids network in this day and age, or at least in 2010.

I call bullshit on this because we all know that Legend of Korra was supposed to be a 12 part miniseries and I know the original plan was to have Korra end up with Mako because you wrote Book 1 as a miniseries without the intent to continue but because the premiere ratings were so good Nickelodeon ordered a full series and you had to figure out a way to continue Korra’s story.

Makorra was only “endgame” as far as the end of Book 1. Once we got into Book 2 we knew we were going to have them break up, and we never planned on getting them back together. Sorry, friends. I like Mako too, and I am sure he will be just fine in the romance department. He grew up and learned about himself through his relationships with Asami and Korra, and he’s a better person for it, and he’ll be a better partner for whomever he ends up with.

You broke them up because fan reaction to the Mako character was so fucking negative that people have written entire essays on how much of a douche Mako really was and the break up in Book 2 was just as bad as the “romance” in Book 1 i.e. forced drama that’s shoved down our throats because you guys have obviously forgotten how to write compelling characters. And no Mako learned nothing during the start and end of the series he stayed the same cocky asshole he always was ever since he was first introduced.

Once Mako and Korra were through, we focused on developing Korra and Asami’s relationship. Originally, it was primarily intended to be a strong friendship. Frankly, we wanted to set most of the romance business aside for the last two seasons. Personally, at that point I didn’t want Korra to have to end up with someone at the end of series. We obviously did it in Avatar, but even that felt a bit forced to me. I’m usually rolling my eyes when that happens in virtually every action film, “Here we go again…” It was probably around that time that I came across this quote from Hayao Miyazaki:


“I’ve become skeptical of the unwritten rule that just because a boy and girl appear in the same feature, a romance must ensue. Rather, I want to portray a slightly different relationship, one where the two mutually inspire each other to live - if I’m able to, then perhaps I’ll be closer to portraying a true expression of love.”

And yet you forced the Asami and Korra scene down our throats in the finale, if you’re that against romance then don’t fucking do it! It’s that simple, you could have had the entire series be about Korra and Tenzin bonding like a father and daughter or Korra and Jinora or you could have had the entire series be about Korra living up to the high expectations put on her by Katara and Tenzin.

A forced romance is still a forced romance Bryan it doesn’t matter if its boy/girl or girl/girl if it’s forced then it’s forced. Like for example the How I Met Your Mother Finale did this as well by forcing the Ted and Robin relationship down the viewer’s throats that it just became downright infuriating.

 I agree with him wholeheartedly, especially since the majority of the examples in media portray a female character that is little more than a trophy to be won by the male lead for his derring-do. So Mako and Korra break the typical pattern and end up respecting, admiring, and inspiring each other. That is a resolution I am proud of.

Oh yeah I remember watching Buffy back in the day and being disgusted by the fact that Buffy was just a prize to be won by Angel. I mean she never accomplished anything on that show that’s why Angel had to always save her whenever she got in trouble.

Are you for fucking real Bryan? Just because you see a lot of relationships in TV shows between men and women doesn’t mean that the women are just there to be the main character’s love interest and nothing more, look at Starfire from the Teen Titans cartoon she’s a competent superhero and is part of a team not once did the writers ever imply that she was just there to be Robin’s love interest and nothing more. And if you need proof go watch the episode “How Long Is Forever” and then come back and tell me female characters only exist to be prizes to be won you stupid SJW twat.

However, I think there needs to be a counterpart to Miyazaki’s sentiment: Just because two characters of the same sex appear in the same story, it should not preclude the possibility of a romance between them. No, not everyone is queer, but the other side of that coin is that not everyone is straight. The more Korra and Asami’s relationship progressed, the more the idea of a romance between them organically blossomed for us. However, we still operated under this notion, another “unwritten rule,” that we would not be allowed to depict that in our show. So we alluded to it throughout the second half of the series, working in the idea that their trajectory could be heading towards a romance.

And you did that by giving Asami a smaller role in Books 2 and 3, good job Bryan!


But as we got close to finishing the finale, the thought struck me: How do I know we can’t openly depict that? No one ever explicitly said so. It was just another assumption based on a paradigm that marginalizes non-heterosexual people. If we want to see that paradigm evolve, we need to take a stand against it. And I didn’t want to look back in 20 years and think, “Man, we could have fought harder for that.” Mike and I talked it over and decided it was important to be unambiguous about the intended relationship.

Yeah sorry not buying it Bryan you knew you had a shitty finale on your hands and the only way you could possibly salvage it was to pander to the fans that wanted to see Korra and Asami get together. And you knew you were gonna get in good  with the “progressive” crowd if you did an ending with Korra and Asami getting together, because fuck the loyal fans that got you to where you are now pander to the SJW’s because those people will defend your show if it panders to their stupid ideologies.

 We approached the network and while they were supportive there was a limit to how far we could go with it, as just about every article I read accurately deduced. It was originally written in the script over a year ago that Korra and Asami held hands as they walked into the spirit portal. We went back and forth on it in the storyboards, but later in the retake process I staged a revision where they turned towards each other, clasping both hands in a reverential manner, in a direct reference to Varrick and Zhu Li’s nuptial pose from a few minutes prior. We asked Jeremy Zuckerman to make the music tender and romantic, and he fulfilled the assignment with a sublime score. I think the entire last two-minute sequence with Korra and Asami turned out beautiful, and again, it is a resolution of which I am very proud. I love how their relationship arc took its time, through kindness and caring. If it seems out of the blue to you, I think a second viewing of the last two seasons would show that perhaps you were looking at it only through a hetero lens.

Funny how you only tell people to watch the last two seasons and not the ones that came before (gee I wonder why?) also I don’t care what you say the moment still came off as forced because like I said before Korra and Asami’s interactions where so poorly written that they came off as laughable. Also how are we supposed to root for them when it’s Asami who constantly had to play second fiddle to Korra? Oh yeah did I mention Korra stole her boyfriend in Book 1? And oh yeah Asami’s father fucking died! Shouldn’t she have more time to grieve before she plays handmaiden to an ungrateful Avatar?

 Was it a slam-dunk victory for queer representation? I think it falls short of that, but hopefully it is a somewhat significant inching forward. It has been encouraging how well the media and the bulk of the fans have embraced it. Sadly and unsurprisingly, there are also plenty of people who have lashed out with homophobic vitriol and nonsense. It has been my experience that by and large this kind of mindset is a result of a lack of exposure to people whose lives and struggles are different from one’s own, and due to a deficiency in empathy––the latter being a key theme in Book 4. (Despite what you might have heard, bisexual people are real!) I have held plenty of stupid notions throughout my life that were planted there in any number of ways, or even grown out of my own ignorance and flawed personality. Yet through getting to know people from all walks of life, listening to the stories of their experiences, and employing some empathy to try to imagine what it might be like to walk in their shoes, I have been able to shed many hurtful mindsets. I still have a long way to go, and I still have a lot to learn. It is a humbling process and hard work, but nothing on the scale of what anyone who has been marginalized has experienced. It is a worthwhile, lifelong endeavor to try to understand where people are coming from.

Ah yes there it is! There’s the homophobia card! Yeah because the people criticizing your shitty writing skills must be homophobic!  It couldn’t possibly be because the show is poorly written and the characters are unlikable, no all the people who have criticized Legend of Korra MUST BE HOMOPHOBES!

Its SJW’s like you that make me lose faith in the entertainment industry Bryan.

There is the inevitable reaction, “Mike and Bryan just caved in to the fans.” Well, which fans? There were plenty of Makorra shippers out there, so if we had gone back on our decision and gotten those characters back together, would that have meant we caved in to those fans instead? Either direction we went, there would inevitably be a faction that was elated and another that was devastated. Trust me, I remember Kataang vs. Zutara. But one of those directions is going to be the one that feels right to us, and Mike and I have always made both Avatar and Korra for us, first and foremost. We are lucky that so many other people around the world connect with these series as well. Tahno playing trombone––now that was us caving in to the fans!

I hate to break it to you Bryan but even if you pander to one side of your fanbase it still is considered pandering! Not to mention you’re pandering to the SJW’s and “progressives” by having a same sex couple in your show because you knew that once that finale aired shitty sites like The Mary Sue, The Verge, Huffpost etc. where all gonna line up and write a shit ton of articles praising your shitty show by talking about how “progressive” it is. Also the “It’s my show I can do whatever I want!” excuse never gets old does it? I hear the HIMYM writers used that same excuse when their shitty finale aired.

   
But this particular decision wasn’t only done for us. We did it for all our queer friends, family, and colleagues. It is long over due that our media (including children’s media) stops treating non-heterosexual people as nonexistent, or as something merely to be mocked. I’m only sorry it took us so long to have this kind of representation in one of our stories.

Translation: LOOK AT HOW PROGRESSIVE WE ARE YOU GUYS! LOOK! LOOK! WE HAVE TWO FEMALE CHARACTERS GETTING TOGETHER AND WE VOTED FOR OBAMA DON’T YOU LIKE US YET?

I’ll wrap this up with some incredible words that Mike and I received in a message from a former Korra crew member. He is a deeply religious person who devotes much of his time and energy not only to his faith, but also to helping young people. He and I may have starkly different belief systems, but it is heartwarming and encouraging that on this issue we are aligned in a positive, progressive direction

“I’ve read enough reviews to get a sense of how it affected people. One very well-written article in Vanity Fair called it subversive (in a good way, of course)… I would say a better word might be “healing.” I think your finale was healing for a lot of people who feel outside or on the fringes, or that their love and their journey is somehow less real or valuable than someone else’s… That it’s somehow less valid. I know quite a few people in that position, who have a lifetime of that on their shoulders, and in one episode of television you both relieved and validated them. That’s healing in my book.”

And I’ll wrap this up by saying Bryan and Mike fell into the trap of putting their own personal feelings into their work and took what was once a great universe and put it through the meat grinder to satisfy the SJW crowd.

Good job guys bravo!




   

 

you got green on your mind - Rated: T

Ginny Baker wears a dress with a thigh high slit on the red carpet. Mike Lawson forgets how to exist.

Inspired by this entire Tumblr conversation. But mostly inspired by the way Kylie Bunbury looked in this dress at the Critics’ Choice Awards:

Your move, @mikeginsanity. (Oh, and @baker151910, I know you wanted a tag when it was finished…)


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Mike wasn’t sure exactly what he’d done to deserve this.

He thought he’d lived a good life. Sure, he’d messed around with a few too many groupies, maybe over imbibed on cheap beer once or twice, driven too fast on the highway…but all in all, Mike was a good person. He gave to charity, helped his fellow man…

So what the fuck had he done to deserve this?

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Oops? (Mike Fuentes Smut)

A/N: this was going to be my original first smut but I uploaded the Vic Fuentes truth or dare and idk
Summary: Y/N is in a band at warped and Mike comes into Y/N’s tour bus and then smutttt
I sat on my bus. Mike stumbled in, obviously high as shit and he smirked at me. He sat down very close to me and put his arm around me. 
“Hey there.” I rolled my eyes.
“Hey.” He looked at me and licked his lips. I could feel him looking down my shirt. I looked at him and he glanced at his zipper on his jeans then back to me. He pointed at his dick and looked at me. 
“Hm? Yeah?” He asked. I knew what he wanted, he wanted to fuck. 
“Go lock the doors.” I said, lowering my lashes seductively. He ran to get the door and I unbuttoned my shirt. He came back and smirked at me as I stood up and pulled his shirt off. I threw it off to the side as he stuck one hand down the front of my pants and kissed me on the lips, hard. His tongue begged for my entrance and I gladly let him in. 
With his tongue dominant, he unbuttoned my shorts and pulled them off me, leaving me in nothing but my bra and underwear. Mike ripped my underwear off and I yelped. He looked at me and smirked. 
“You owe me new underwear, those were my favourites.” I muttered and took his pants off 
“Oh well, you look better with them off anyway." 
Mike undid my bra and looked at my body in awe. I pulled his boxers off as his long member sprung out. I threw him a condom as he laid me down carefully on the couch. He then position himself I between my legs. Without a warning, he thrusted into my dripping core. I groaned in pleasure. Thrusting harder and harder each time, Mike gave grunts of satisfaction. I moaned loudly and held onto his back, leaving claw marks. 
"Mike!” I screamed. 
“Say it again! Louder!” He said. 
“Mhmm! Yes! Right there! Oh fuck me harder Mike!” I moaned. 
“Your a dirty slut! Say it!” He said, flipping me knot my stomach. 
“I’m dirty slut! Ah! Ah! Yes right there! Nngh fuck!” I screamed, grabbed the couch. He hit my g-spot and I could hear him grunt in satisfaction. I screamed at the top of my lungs. 
“Baby, I’m close..” I whined.
“Hold it until I say so.” He told me. I groaned. He thruster faster into my special spot. I could barely hold it, and I was already dripping wet. 
“Now!” He said as he released his hot seed into me. I let go, my orgasm spilling everywhere. He gave one last thrust and leaned over me before he slowly pulled out, causing me to moan again. “Next time, I’m gonna see how many times I can make you squirt.” He got dressed again and walked out. I smirked to myself. 
I just fucked Mike Fuentes. 

Anonymous asked you:

one with mike fuentes (from his point of view if you can) he has a really intense sex dream about you and then he feels kinda uncomfortable around you and cant get it out of his head. then you hear him masturbating and moaning your name and then somehow it turns into smut smut.

“Fuck y/n” I moaned out. I thrusted harder into her.  “Mike!” she moaned.  I flipped her over so she was on her stomach and thrusted into her from behind. I felt her clench around me, i was so close “Y/n I’m so clos-”

“Mike! We have practice in a hour!” Vic yelled from outside my door. I woke to see my bulging member in my boxers. “Shit” i sighed.

(Later at practice) “Hey y/n!” Jaime yelled to y/n as she walked. She smiled and waved at us. She was a friend of Jaime’s who was helping make shirt designs for our next tour.

“Hey guys, sorry to interrupt but I have some designs I wanted to show you guys.” She said. She must have saw me staring at her cause she smiled right at me. I blushed.

She showed us the designs, they were great, but all i could think about was how hot she was. Her ass looked amazing in her tights and her shirt was cut low exposing a little bit of her cleavage. I imagined her soft voice moaning my name.

“Okay well I’ll see you guys later” she said and waved at us. I swear i saw her wink at me but it was probably my mind messing with me.

“Looks like Mike’s in love” Tony laughed. I punched him in the arm. “whatever man” i replied. “She’s coming over later by the way” Vic said. “Great” i thought.

I sitting on the couch watching tv and Vic was talking to y/n. I wanted to talk to her but i felt to awkward. I got up from the couch and went into my room. I laid on the bed and pulled off my pants and started touching myself. I tried to stay quiet. I couldnt stop thinking about y/n. I started to go faster. “Y/n” i moaned. Suddenly i heard the door open.  “oh shit”

It was y/n, she smiled at me. “Did i do this?” I didnt say anything. “Vic went to get more guitar strings, he won’t be back for like a hour, we should have a little fun” she smiled and winked. She walked over to me and grabbed my member.“Let me help”,she started giving me a handjob.

She started going faster and moved her thumb over my tip collecting my precum.She put my cock in your mouth, swirling around the tip and sucking in your cheeks, jacking off the untouched half.

y/n moaned onto me. I sharply took a breath. “Fuck…”

Y/n bobbed her head up and down, now deep throating my cock into her mouth. Y/n felt me thrusting into her mouth, fucking her orally and tugging at her hair.

I let out a long sigh. “God, this is nice…”

She bobbed faster and faster, grabbing my balls.

“Mmm, fuck, I’m close…” I whispered, closing his eyes in pleasure.

Y/n moaned onto me once more. “Fuck…” I growled lowly. You felt his warm liquid twitching into the back of your throat. You swallowed his cum, licking his member to get the rest.

She quickly climbed on top of me kissing me again, grinding against my hard erection. She left my lips for a second and pulled my top off.throwing it off somewhere. I flipped her over and  went down to her neck, to my breast. I sucked on her breast, leaving wet kisses all over her nipple, while my  hand played with the other. My mouth trailed down to her stomach leaving a wet trail. I finally reached her wet slit that was waiting for me. My fingers found the edge of my panties, as I slowly and painfully pulled them down, throwing them off somewhere and attacked her dripping core.

“Fuck Mike! Yes baby right there!” I sucked and licked on her clit pushing her  over the edge. I felt slipped fingers into her, making her grip onto the sheets.  I thrusted my fingers quickly, making my hips buck up, to get them deeper. As my tongue and fingers worked on her dripping cunt, I could feel the familiar feeling in my stomach.

“Mike! Don’t stop!” she screamed out, her  toes curling, her hands gripping onto the sheets , as I kept going, driving her closer and closer to her climax, but before she  could release, I pulled away.

  I grabbed her waist and pull her closer. Her back still on the bed and me in between her legs. I put  the tip of my cock on her clit to tease her. She let out a small whimper. I thrusted into her and began to thrust in slowly. Rocking my hips. Then I slammed into her with so much force, causing her to gasp and moan a loud.

“God, Mike, yes!” she screamed, as she wrapped her legs around my  waist tightly, her hands tangling into my hair.

“Faster Mike!” she screamed and moaned. My grip tightening on her hips as he growled in my ear.

“Cum for me (Y/N)!” I groaned as I kept penetrating her.

“Fuck Mike yes!” she screamed as I reached her orgasm, gripping and scratching onto my back. My jaw clenched, as I gave my  final thrust of satisfaction, spilling his hot seed into me.

I continued thrusting slowly, riding out the waves of my own pleasure. My head getting closer to hers.Our foreheads touching, my breathing trying to get back to its normal pace, as well as hers.

I slowly pulled out, making her gasp slightly, and I finally collapsed next her. Holding her tightly against my chest, feeling it rise and fall with every breath he took.

“ That was..”

“Amazing” she finished my sentence.

We heard the front door open and y/n jumped up and grabbed her clothes quickly putting them on she threw me my underwear and jeans.

“Hey guys i’m back!” Vic called to us.

“oh hey Vic, I better get going but it was great to see you guys!” y/n smiled as she went out door.

As she got in her car, i got a text from her.

“That was  really fun and we should do again sometime, call me;)”

.  I smiled at my phone and looked out the window, she was just pulling out and when she saw me she winked and waved goodbye.

I was really starting to like her. ~Jade

Sorry it took so long i just haven’t been inspired to write much and writing smut is kinda getting boring but keep sending requests and i’ll try to do as much as i can. Thanks guys!!!!!!

The Boondocks Comic Strip #1128

1rst Panel
Huey Freeman: If you keep messin’ with me… I’ll hit you harder than Mike Tyson hit Mitch Green!

Riley Freeman: Oh yeah?! Well, I’ll - waitaminute… Mitch who?

2nd Panel
Huey Freeman: Well, Mitch Green was this boxer who Mike Tyson got into a street fight with back in the late ‘80s and -

Riley Freeman: Whatever.

3rd Panel

4th Panel
Huey Freeman: Well… Old people with really good memories think I’m clever, so there!!

Riley Freeman: Nerd.

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ICYMI: Legend of Korra creators confirm show's queer ending

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The Legend of Korra ending you’ve always wanted is real. 

After their animated series ended last week, show creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko have released statements confirming what we all saw in the last scene: a romantic relationship between the lead character Korra and the character Asami, both of whom are women. 

Here’s what DiMartino said: 

Our intention with the last scene was to make it as clear as possible that yes, Korra and Asami have romantic feelings for each other. The moment where they enter the spirit portal symbolizes their evolution from being friends to being a couple. Many news outlets, bloggers, and fans picked up on this and didn’t find it ambiguous. For the most part, it seems like the point of the scene was understood and additional commentary wasn’t really needed from Bryan or me. But in case people were still questioning what happened in the last scene, I wanted to make a clear verbal statement to complement the show’s visual one. I get that not everyone will be happy with the way that the show ended. Rarely does a series finale of any show satisfy that show’s fans, so I’ve been pleasantly surprised with the positive articles and posts I’ve seen about Korra’s finale.

And Konietzko added:

Just because two characters of the same sex appear in the same story, it should not preclude the possibility of a romance between them. No, not everyone is queer, but the other side of that coin is that not everyone is straight. The more Korra and Asami’s relationship progressed, the more the idea of a romance between them organically blossomed for us. However, we still operated under this notion, another “unwritten rule,” that we would not be allowed to depict that in our show. So we alluded to it throughout the second half of the series, working in the idea that their trajectory could be heading towards a romance. 

But as we got close to finishing the finale, the thought struck me: How do I know we can’t openly depict that? No one ever explicitly said so. It was just another assumption based on a paradigm that marginalizes non-heterosexual people. If we want to see that paradigm evolve, we need to take a stand against it. And I didn’t want to look back in 20 years and think, “Man, we could have fought harder for that.” Mike and I talked it over and decided it was important to be unambiguous about the intended relationship.

All this on a kids’ show. On Nickelodeon. This is outstanding, and I cannot wait for it to become the norm. If you watched the episode, what did you think?