hope stop

that interview with Zach Sang is probably the best interview BTS’s has had since coming to the US for the AMAs. like, Zach obviously did his research and he didn’t ask petty questions like ‘who is your celebrity crush?’ instead what he did were:

  • he actually asked questions the boys’ wanted to answer and you could see that they’re very comfortable. 
  • yoongi even spoke up a couple of times and joked about making it to the billboard
    zs: what was your dream growing up? like, when you first realized that you wanted to sing. what was your end goal? what did you wanna see yourself do?
    yg: go the billboard. i made it <laughs>
  • he talked about how BTS’ music embodies change and the belief of the next generation and that even when their songs are in Korean they’re proving that music is w/o borders wHICH IS ONLY WHAT NAMJOON HAS BEEN TALKING ABOUT EVERYTIME SOME IDIOT ASKS THEM ABOUT RELEASING AN ENGLISH SONG
  • he did his research about the history of their songs and their lyrics and Namjoon legit sounded surprised when Zack reference their earlier lyrics of studying and being turned into working machine bECAUSE SHIT SO FAR HE’S THE ONLY INTERVIEWER WHO TALKED ABOUT IT
  • instead of talking about how the boy’s are dealing with the glitz and glamor of being a celebrity/idol, he asked about how they deal with the pressure of being idols and basically being looked up to by their fans and how do they deal with it (of course he mentioned about the glitz and glamor of being a celebrity but that it’s just material and he asked them how they stay in touch with themselves)
  • he understand that BTS’ journey isn’t an easy one and he knows what their work is all about calling them ‘socially charged since the beginning’
  • HE’S THE ONLY ONE WHO ASKED ABOUT THEIR UNICEF WORK SO FAR and you could practically see the boys light up at the question. they all smiled and nodded and Namjoon thanked him and enthusiastically discussed about their UNICEF #EndViolence campaign
  • he asked them about how they remind themselves to love their selves and not as BTS - which for me is a very relevant and good question bc so far all we see people ask them is ‘how does it feel like to be one of the biggest boy bands in the world??’
  • the boys are comfortable enough to answer in Korean and let Namjoon translate for them unlike in the other interviews where they really struggle to speak in english for the interviewer (but idk. maybe that’s just me)
  • yg: please don’t compare yourself with others
    jh: finding my dreams and something that i really want to achieve is the best way to love myself
    nj: simply just call yourself (…) if i’m zach i’ll tell myself ‘zach, you’re doing just great. zach, i love you.’ pat your shoulder 3x a day. that can change you.’
  • he asked them if anybody in the group has the goal of learning english and everyone is just like ‘of course!’ (suga said ‘why not?’ V was very cute raising his hand and saying ‘me!’ and jhope sang the english alphabet. omg these boys.)
  • namjoon said they’re practicing and studying and memorizing words for the interviews and he’s really very, very proud of them.  (◡‿◡✿)
  • ZACH TOLD THEM TO JUST KEEP RELEASING MUSIC IN KOREAN because BTS is connecting people through music, telling the same struggles and experiences wherever they may be, and it’s a Big Deal.
  • He thanks BTS for their UNICEF work, telling them it’s very appreciated that the boys are working towards making the world a safer place and Namjoon legit said he’s the first one to ask them about their UNICEF campaign and said they’re so touched.



Katy: So that one time you brought him in and he was sparking all over the place–

Keith: Yeah.

Katy: Oh. Oh my god

There will never be a day when I won’t think of you.

You’re sitting in the theatre. Everything is perfect. It’s accurate, it’s visually stunning, everyone is on point. It’s a perfect adaption. The title flies on screen.
Deep voice: Fullmetal Alchemist
Everyone in the theatre:(slightly different intonation) Fullmetal Alchemist.

How To Not Whitewash Your Art

I noticed some people have trouble with whitewashing in this fandom, so I’ve put together an in-depth, step-by-step tutorial to help you guys out <3

Here’s my lineart that I’m going to color, a simple Lance:

But now we run into a problem….Oh No! How do I decide what skin color to use? Well, that’s what I’m here to help you with, silly!

Step One:

Find an image of Lance with his canonical skin color. For this step I’m using this revolutionary tool of the modern age called Google, that lets you search for images in no time at all! You could also use images saved to your computer but Google is much faster.

Here’s a good Lance!

Step Two:

Open your Lance image in your drawing program.

Voila! A Lance for reference!

Step Three:

Now here’s the tricky part, where I think a lot of you mess up on. I’m assuming most of you don’t know about this tool, so pay attention! Look at your toolbar, and locate your Eyedropper tool.

In most programs, it should look like this:

I use Manga Studio 5, so here’s what mine looks like:

Once you find the Eyedropper tool, select it!

Did you select it?

Good Job!!

The Eyedropper tool lets you sample the color from any image so that you can use that color in your art! Amazing, right??

Step Four:

Now that your Eyedropper tool is selected, simply click on the color that you want to sample, i.e. click on Lance’s skin in the Lance image you Googled!

Your primary painting color should now be the color of Lance’s skin!


Step Five:

Color your Lance! Now that you have the right color, you can finally color his skin properly without whitewashing him!

Look at that Lance!! What a beautiful brown boy.

As some final notes:

Some of you like to overlay colors and textures to give your art a finished look, but keep in mind the steps of this tutorial before you post your art! If you think you may have whitewashed Lance, simply use your Eyedropper tool to compare your Lance’s skin color to canon Lance’s skin color! If yours is lighter, adjust your base colors or the overlay to avoid whitewashing him.

And there you have it!! I hope my tutorial can help some of you guys out. Representation is important in our racist and colorist world, so I hope you can acknowledge the value in accurate representation in both canon and fanon, and can listen when people of color tell you your art is whitewashed!


Thank you and happy coloring!! :D