i agree with the above statement

anonymous asked:

What do you have against Bex? (Can u also provide evidence thanks 💜)

When I first got this ask, I was tempted to play it off as a joke and say “the fact she exists,” and leave it at that. But I feel like it’s important to stay informed. And if you genuinely don’t know, I’ll give you the complete rundown. It’s long, it’s messy, and it’s nasty, so bear with me.

First, and introduction. When I talk about Bex, I’m referring to the actress Bex Taylor-Klaus, who is the voice actor (or VA) of the character Pidge in the show Voltron Legendary Defender on Netflix.

It all began a while ago when Bex liked a comment of a picture. The picture involved a ship called Shei//th. I censored the name so it doesn’t show up in the tags of that on tumblr. But essentially it’s a ship between two characters, Takashi Shirogane, a 25 year old pilot who is the leader of the team, and Keith Kogane, one of the other “paladins” or fighters on the team. People like me find this ship to be distasteful, since Shiro is an adult, and the others are teens (it’s actually a bit messier than that, since an official Voltron source listed Keith as 18, but the producers of the show, Lauren Montgomery and Joaquim Dos Santos, said they were not consulted on the book so there’s some question as to whether it’s canon or not). Either way, the consensus by most reasonable people is that it’s probably not a healthy thing to depict in children’s media, when you consider the considerable age difference, the power imbalance (leader, senior officer with someone they are in charge of), and finally, the iconic line by the character of Keith himself when he defines their relationship as a familial one.

Nonetheless, the ship persists, as nasty things on tumblr are wont to do. There’s a lot of shipping discourse on tumblr between two distinct groups which can be labelled as “antis”–people who are not in favor of any Shiro/paladin ships, or what has become to be known as “shaladins”–people who ship any variation of Shiro with the paladins.

Here is where Bex got involved. On Instagram there was a picture of a black shoe and a red shoe together and the joke was about the shoes being a prophecy that Shei//th would be canon. A joke, mostly, considering all the evidence above. But here’s where Bex got herself in trouble. She liked a comment on the picture where someone said “Keith is a power bottom confirmed.”

Obviously, this caused a bit of an uproar within the fanbase, especially between the discourse between antis and shaladins. Shaladins were celebrating that an Official Voltron Source liked their ship, and antis were angry about that acknowledgement of the ship at all by official sources, and the sexualization of a kid’s show (more on this later.)

So of course this sparked the discourse on tumblr. One user, @lancehunks, who was receiving asks about Bex, tagged her in the replies.They were definitely unfavorable. 

and 

and a few more. 

Bex, being the big strong, adult, woman she is, decided that she could not take this obviously grievous insult to her name [sarcasm], and decided to reblog them all and respond to them. Keep in mind, that @lancehunks was just 13 years old. And Bex (22) decided that these were appropriate responses:

Yep, you read that right. Not only an adult but employed on a kid’s show! To a 13 year old! The target audience of the very show she’s a part of! (Oh, the hypocrisy). But wait, there’s more:

Just in case you’re confused, let me tell you the many, many reasons why this is unacceptable. 

  1.  Bex is an adult. You’d think she’d be a little more mature by now just in general. It’s the internet and there are trolls.
  2. The person she was addressing was 13!!!! Do I think it was mature to tag Bex in all those posts? No. But it’s… behavior that you can expect from 13 year old’s on the internet. If we swore at and tore down every single one of them every time they did something dumb, we would need a lot more therapists for teens in the world. Plus it’s really disingenuous to pretend that we wouldn’t have done something similar when we were younger if we were in that position.
  3. Bex is famous. While she’s certainly not on the caliber of massive A-List stars like Tom Holland or Zendaya, she has a fanbase that exceeds the normal person’s friend group. Just because she’s been on TV before, she has groupies that will support her no matter what, who will troll for her, who uncritically and unconditionally worship her. I’m not a Bex fan, nor do I really care to know her well enough to know just exactly how many fans she has, to be certain she does have them. When she publicly reblogged those words, that “motherfucker,” those fighting words, she weaponized her fanbase. What I mean when I say that is her behavior gave her groupies permission to behave the same way. By targeting someone who didn’t like her (a thirteen year old!!!!!), she opened the gates to her fans and groupies doing the same thing, to a kid.

This lead to some terrible things happening. The 13 year old was getting death threats, sexual violence threats, and nsfw content, all because Bex just couldn’t let it go. 

What does this mean? Finish it? Finish the kid? If you’re so sick of the fighting, then why did you even respond in the first place? Bex is the one who escalated the situation. Bex is the one who caused the fighting in the first place (by that I mean the fighting between the two that night, the fighting between antis and shaladins has been going on for as long as the show).

There we go. Now he have something resembling dignity. But unfortunately the damage was done, and user @lancehunks deleted their blog. As a direct response to Bex’s actions. Bex caused a 13 year old to leave tumblr. 

When hearing this news, Bex offered a half-assed apology:

This is the most insincere apology I have ever seen. “The internet has Bad things on it and it’s YOUR fault for seeing them” is not an apology. The best part is that she’s a big fat hypocrite. “Sometimes, when it’s harmless, the best thing I can do is shake my head and keep scrolling.” So why didn’t you Bex? Why didn’t you keep scrolling instead of targeting a 13 year old?

In light of recent political events, though there’s one thing that stands out to me: 

Sound like anybody you know? The esteemed President, perhaps?

*disclaimer* I am in no way claiming that Bex is a Trump supporter. I don’t know enough about her–and I don’t want to know enough about her–to know where she leans politically. I’m just drawing the attention to the similarities in moral equivalency going on, here.*

Sure you targeted a 13 year old and weaponized your fanbase, but someone tagging you in a snarky post is just as bad, right? (Wrong.)

You’d think that would be the end. You’d think that Bex would be capable of living and learning, or maybe even just taking her own advice, and keep scrolling. But here we go again.

The next bit of drama started when the possibly canon guide book was released, stating Keith’s age as 18. There was a big celebration on the shaladin side because technically, that would make it “legal” for Keith and Shiro to have sex. Besides the fact that legal  ≠ moral, again, Voltron is a kid’s show. But on tumblr this time, Bex posted this.

This time, the discourse surrounding Bex was a little different., This time, the discourse mostly focused on the fact that even if Shiro and Keith disregarded canon and morals and the fact that it’s a kid’s show ever did get in a relationship, the only thing that matters is how they like to have sex.

This is a problem for a lot of reasons. There’s a culture, pretty prominent on tumblr of women, mostly white, who are obsessed with gay sex. They write fanfiction and p*rn solely for their own personal gratification. This, of course, is a gross misinterpretation to wanting LGBT+ representation. If you aren’t a mlm (an acronym for men-loving-man, that includes many sexualities) then writing p*rn about is sexualizing them, using them as a tool to get yourself off, and not like complex human people. Mlm are more than how they like to have sex. In fact, that shouldn’t be a part of a discussion for anybody except between willing partners. This also feeds into the popular and damaging stereotype that gay men are predatory by nature.

So, as a whole, not good. 

And again, we have a whole situation escalated by Bex. The worst part is, to people who tried to explain this to her, the only response they were given was a gif:

So once again, a minor dared to express their distaste for Bex on tumblr. But this time, they didn’t tag her. This time, they censored her name. But Bex found it anyway. And she decided to do the exact same thing that led to a minor leaving the website, and to stop watching the show. 

Have no fear, this time though. This time, Bex is going after a 14 year old, at least she’s not going after kids anymore, right? [sarcasm]

Some final notes. 

Bex claims to be an LGBT+ rights activist. I’m also pretty sure she’s a lesbian herself (again, I already know too much about her, I’m not looking to get to know her better.) So, you’d think, as someone who wants equality for LGBT+ people and communities, she’d have the wherewithal to listen to specific subsets of that group when they say something about themselves, like, for example, young mlm who don’t appreciate being sexualized by a white woman. So I couldn’t help but laugh out loud when I saw this on her blog:

Now, I happen to agree with the above statement, but it’s so ironic, so hypocritical that Bex is talking about the sexualization of anything. Because kid’s shows aren’t safe from her sexualization and mlm certainly aren’t. How can one person be so incredibly oblivious? A mystery that I don’t have any interest in solving. 

I also want to address something a little more devious and a little more dark. I personally know of at least 12 different people who sent Bex asks, politely explaining some of the things I’ve talked about here, or relaying how her words hurt them personally. Bex never answered any of them. But she did answer this:

Just to be perfectly clear, I do not condone or encourage hatemail. Do not send people anything wishing them death or harm in any way. I have never sent nor do plan on sending hatemail, and you should be ashamed of yourself if you do.

However, this is incredibly nefarious. Bex doesn’t answer any of the many asks she got that were polite, but proved her wrong. She didn’t answer any of the young mlm who gave her their personal stories and who weren’t anonymous. Instead, she publishes this. And she did this on purpose, to make her look innocent, to make her look like she’s the one being attacked. I get hatemail every single day too. Things along similar lines to this. I block the user. Delete them, One, because I don’t want to expose my followers to that kind of negativity on a daily basis, two, a mature person knows that deleting them is the best kind of revenge because the user will be constantly looking for a response and they will know they had no effect on me and three, because if you do that, eventually they stop. This is intentional on Bex’s part to make the people who don’t like her look bad. I don’t like Bex at all, and I certainly do not support that message. Any reasonable person wouldn’t. Also the fact that it’s an anonymous message adds a certain air of doubt as to who sent it. 

The point is, Bex is purposely ignoring polite and well-meaning people and posted this to “prove” she’s the one on the “good” side because no good person would send that message.

This is also worth noting: 

This was posted after the lancehunks debate but before the power bottom comment she made. In this post, Bex admits that a relationship between Shiro and any of the paladins is predatory in nature. She said that. Her words. And then after that she said that Keith was a power bottom. 

The last thing I want to say, is that Voltron is a kid’s show. It’s rated US-TV-Y7. Which means for years 7 and older. Regardless of the ship, there should be no sexual content, be it fanart, of fanfiction of Voltron characters at all. We are all collectively responsible for keeping content age-appropriate for the target audience. So, stop it. All and any ships. 

For minors, this is my advice to you:
Bex is a predator, a hypocrite, and a liar. Do not engage with her. Block her. Do not tag her in any of your posts. She has a history of targeting minors. Protect yourself. Do not engage.

cupids || jeff atkins

prompt: based off my post

warnings: fluff :)

a/n: this is for my man jeff who i love and appreciate !! also first 13 reasons why imagine !! feedback is appreciated and requests are always open


You and Jeff walked into the gymnasium, your arms interlocked at the elbow. You had worn your favorite dress, which complimented your body perfectly. The moment you stepped out your house door, Jeff was swooning. Your cheeks had turned a bright shade of red. “You look beautiful Y/N.” Jeff said before giving you a kiss on your lips. “You don’t look so bad yourself.” You replied. You weren’t lying, the man looked heavenly in suits.

But as you entered, you saw white snowflakes along the walls and blue lights illuminated the gym. You headed over to the table with food, grabbing a light snack. You looked around the crowded gym for Jeff, spotting him sitting on bleachers, next to Clay Jensen. You walked over and sat on the other side of Clay. “And what are you boys talking about now?” You ask, taking a bite of your snack.

“Um, nothing Y/N. Jeff is just meddling with my love life.” Clay replied, looking across the gym. A small smile had appeared on his face, and you followed his view only to see, Hannah Baker. “Go talk to her. Ask her to dance.” You speak up, looking at Clay with a grin on your face. “You know I can’t dance.” He shot back, leading to Jeff letting out a laugh. “Nobody here could dance.” He claimed, and the three of you looked around, laughing and agreeing with your boyfriend’s statement.

“C'mon Jenson. We made a deal, if i got a C or above, you would come to the dance. Now go and talk to her.” Jeff spoke, Clay sighing then standing up, mumbling a rushed ‘Fine.’ You and Jeff watch as Clay and Hannah walk up to each other. You see Hannah speak and a smile appears on her face, then the two start to dance, if you could call it dancing. You and Jeff high five each other, big grins on each other faces.

“I totally ship them.” You spoke. “Our meddling has totally worked.” Jeff replied and you nodded your head in agreement. The two of you intertwine your fingers, leaning into a passionate kiss. Jeff cups your face in his hands as you both pull away. “I love you Y/N Y/L/N.” Jeff said in admiration. “And I love you Jeff Atkins.” You stand up, stepping off the bleachers and reaching out your hand. “Now c'mon Atkins, dance with me.” You smirk, Jeff stands up and takes your hand in his.

The two of you walk and start to dance but making sure the both of you could keep an eye on Hannah and Clay. “Look Atkins, we’re cupids now.“ You said motioning Jeff to the view of Hannah and Clay kissing. Jeff brings you into a hug and kisses your forehead. “You’re my sweetheart Y/LN. I love you.” Jeff speaks and you feel yourself blush. “What did I do to be blessed by Jeff Atkins?” You ask before the two of you continue to spend the rest of the night in the company of each other.


oh my i hope you like this because i didnt know how to end it also this isnt edited sorry if it sucks ://

Tags: @somewereinthegalaxi @koehlerhwu

ᴄʟᴜsᴛᴇʀ ᴜᴘᴅᴀᴛᴇ + ɴᴇᴡ sᴛʀᴀᴛᴇɢʏ.

After an hour spent discussing anything we saw as relevant with Netflix, this is the outcome of the situation:

Netflix accepts our help in the promotion of Sense8.

It was stated that Netflix will only commence to promote the special once the release date is closer.

However they would be delighted if until then we could continue with our campaign.

We have the green light to organise billboards, and any type of promotion as long as we don’t make any profit from it. Billboards however are out of questions for us fans because the costs are too high, however we can organise flyers and distribute those. Or those paper posters you can stick to walls for everyone to see.

Viewership is very important. Rewatching the show definitely counts however she refused to give me a number. Netflix doesn’t, under any circumstances, release this type of data and there she was very clear. (This is no news but we are including ANYTHING that was discussed just not to leave any kind of plot hole or unanswered questions.)

Regarding season renewal she said there is no talk about this at the moment, which we all were aware about.

I asked her IF we organised numbers, meaning old members back and new members in if Netflix would agree to a renewal.

She said it’s possible. I asked if it was possible to receive those words in an official statement coming directly from the Netflix page for our Cluster to read.

She didn’t want to say much on it and kept going around her words and was afraid to say too much, but what she kept making clear is “Feedback is what makes the decisions”.

So we have to organise email days in which we contact all the people above the customer service. Reed Hastings and all chiefs executive and whoever is above. Those emails need to be focused on Netflix making a statement regarding them being open to negotiations.

One of the @Global_Cluster representative is working on writing templates that we can all use as it is VITAL to stick to the script and not go off topic.

She said numbers are the alpha and omega of Netflix.
So we HAVE to bring back our subscriptions but also bring in new people.

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Merchandise. We’ll be getting DVDs 100%. They just don’t have a release date but she told me to sit tight and I said we won’t. 😂

She said Orange is the New Black as well as House of Cards have their DVDs already so she doesn’t see why we shouldn’t be getting Sense8 ones.

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Regarding comic con well there wasn’t much to say about it because they have nothing to do with the organisation so it’s yet again all up to us.

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ᴛʜɪs ɪs ᴛʜᴇ ᴇɴᴅ ᴏғ ᴛʜᴇ ᴜᴘᴅᴀᴛᴇ, ɴᴏᴡ ᴛᴏ ᴏᴜʀ sᴛʀᴀᴛᴇɢʏ.


𝐅𝐄𝐄𝐋𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝐆𝐎𝐎𝐃 𝐏𝐑𝐎𝐉𝐄𝐂𝐓:

The feeling good project comes in different stages. The first stage is focused on bringing back our subscriptions back in masses.

ɪᴍᴘᴏʀᴛᴀɴᴛ ɪs ᴛʜᴀᴛ ᴀғᴛᴇʀ ᴏᴜʀ sᴜʙsᴄʀɪᴘᴛɪᴏɴ ʀᴇɴᴇᴡᴀʟ ᴀʟʟ ᴏғ ᴜs ᴡɪʟʟ ʜᴀᴠᴇ ᴛᴏ ᴄᴏɴᴛᴀᴄᴛ ᴛʜᴇ ᴄᴜsᴛᴏᴍᴇʀ sᴇʀᴠɪᴄᴇ ᴛʜʀᴏᴜɢʜ ᴛʜᴇ ʟɪᴠᴇ ᴄʜᴀᴛ ᴛᴏ ɪɴғᴏʀᴍ ɴᴇᴛғʟɪx ᴛʜᴀᴛ ᴡᴇ ᴀʀᴇ ʀᴇɴᴇᴡɪɴɢ ᴏᴜʀ sᴜʙsᴄʀɪᴘᴛɪᴏɴs ʙᴇᴄᴀᴜsᴇ ᴏғ sᴇɴsᴇ8, ᴛʜᴇʏ ɴᴇᴇᴅ ᴛᴏ ᴋɴᴏᴡ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ᴡᴇ ᴀʀᴇ ʙᴇʜɪɴᴅ ᴛʜɪs ᴀɴᴅ ɴᴏ ᴏɴᴇ ᴇʟsᴇ.

The second stage of the Feeling Good Project consists in promotion: As we mentioned above, billboards are way too expensive but we can organise groups in each city that can print in colours some flyers to give around and maybe stick posters to walls like the ones you see for concerts or local festival, any kind of visibility is great.

We should also contact conventions other than SDCC and see if there’s still time for them to make a Sense8 panel happen. More on this later.

The third stage of the Feeling Good Project is focused on rewatch parties. We will organise a schedule to mass rewatch Season 2 all together and live tweet, so we will bring views as well as attract more attention towards the show.

#Sense8Rewatch it’s the hashtag we will follow during the live tweets.

The fourth stage of the Feeling Good Project consists in getting the FunkoPop industry to produce the Sense8 Cluster for us. A banner has already been created and we’ll be posting it in due time.

The FINAL and second most important stage of the Feeling Good Project consists in a rally.

We need to organise PACIFIC rallies in front of the most important Netflix offices which are in Amsterdam, Paraiso, Tokyo, Seoul and Los Gatos. We require the help of the locals to organise those.

The rally will only consist on people standing outside the Netflix offices with Banners, posters and anything requesting a season renewal.

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We will be organising everything for you with specific dates so please for now this is all you need to know, trust us we are working hard to get you the best results.

With love, your Global Cluster.

anonymous asked:

hi! i really liked your meta on the recent chapter and i wanted to know your opinion on why levi chose armin instead of erwin? im not trying to start drama but i just keep thinking about what flock said on chapter 90 and i dont know how i feel about it still. what are your thoughts on the subject??

Ahh. I understand, anon. I’ve given my thoughts on this before but, not since the original spoilers came out. After rereading the entire arc, I definitely have a few things to add. So, get comfy because this answer will be a really long one, and also best read on a computer because this will contain a lot of images.

DISCLAIMER:

This is my personal opinion. In no way am I stating what I say here is entirely canon or completely accurate. if you disagree with my opinion, that’s perfectly fine! Everyone has a different point of view, but if you are going to send me messages trying to argue point of views with me, tell me I’m wrong, or send me hate messages; do us both a favor and please just don’t even bother.

Let me start this out by saying that I’m positive a lot of people will not agree or even like my opinion on this but, I will be completely honest in my statements on the matter. 

Flocke’s little speech made a lot of sense to me. Especially when it comes to Erwin but, it also pissed me off for a couple of reasons, and no, not because of his tone. It’s because of his ignorance. However, I am fully aware that I, as a reader of the story, get a first hand view of everything that happens. Flocke is a new recruit who was, up until recently, completely unaware of a lot that has gone on with the Survey Corps. 

Regardless though, he still slightly pissed me off and you asked so therefor, I will answer lol. The first thing I want to touch on is how he complains about being a coward who didn’t understand the dangers of the role he was playing in the Wall Maria reclaiming mission because people weren’t honest with him. 

BRUH…

For seventy years it has been no secret that at least 60% of all Survey Corps soldiers die on missions. Erwin point blank stated this when the 104th took to their ranks during his little joining speech. The dangers of fighting titans wasn’t something anyone tried to hide or keep tucked away in the hopes that soldiers would ignorantly join their ranks, and I doubt VERY highly that the dangers of the BIGGEST MISSION THE SURVEY CORPS HAD EVER PLANNED TO ATTEMPT was some massive smoke screen.

This dude knew his chances of survival were slim, and he also knew that his chances of having to sacrifice his life was very, very high. Especially since he originally refused to join to SC in the first place! Truthfully, this part right here just read off as someone who joined their ranks in the hopes of gaining some glory to me, and that made me salty. 

I did agree highly with his last question though. They all have every right to know how much their sacrifice is worth. I had this feeling deep in my gut the first time I saw the female titan arc. No one knew the dangers they were actually being put in, save for the veteran soldiers in the legion. Granted, it’s entirely understandable as to why but, at the same time, hundreds were lost without knowing why. That was a sad, and unfair thought, and a move I didn’t entirely agree with. So, I can understand Flocke’s viewpoint here. However, as I stated above, IT WAS NO SECRET PEOPLE DIED ON MISSIONS. 

Which leads me to the second and final reason his speech pissed me off:

That statement right there made me want to strangle this dude because he just outright undermined Levi to a severe degree. Not just Levi but, his bond with Erwin as well. As if Erwin wasn’t important to Levi too. Like Levi didn’t threaten to break this mans legs to try and keep him alive. Plus, he undermined how hard it was for Levi to ultimately make the choice he made. He shat on all of that in one sentence, and to make it worse, he called the choice an irrational one when he point blank states just one panel above this that he doesn’t know Armin well at all. 

HOW DO YOU KNOW IF IT’S AN IRRATIONAL CHOICE IF YOU DON’T EVEN KNOW THE PERSON YOU’RE BITCHING ABOUT?! 

Ugh, anywayssssss, let me lower my salt intake here and get to the point. 

I understand why people would question Armin’s survival over Erwin’s. I get it. Erwin was The Fucking MAN™ . He got shit done. Changed things in the walls for the better. He was the man with a plan and someone who sacrificed everything he had to learn the truth of the world. This leads me to why I think Levi ended up ultimately choosing Armin. 

Let me start off with this panel here and then work my way up.

Some of Kenny’s parting words to Levi. These words played a massive factor in Levi’s final decision. 

Erwin’s main goal, his dream, was to learn the truth of the world. He wanted to know what was beyond the walls and where the titans came from, and he wanted to learn all of this for the sake of his father. His goal was a worthy one and I am sad that he did not get to see it through but, his dream would have ended in Shiganshina one way or another. Whether he died, or whether he saw the basement; that was as far as his dream reached as far as Levi was aware at the time. [

Then we have Armin. 

Armin’s dreams would start outside of the walls. They stretched far beyond one end goal and one thing to fight for, and his dreams were ones he wanted to share with close friends. Much like how Levi had a dream he wished to share with his close friends back in the day too. Armin wanted to see the world. To explore and learn everything their was to know about life and land outside of their walled prison. This was Armin’s reason for becoming a Scout. 

So here we have two different people with different goals. Both of which Levi cares about and doesn’t want to see die. Both could help humanity. Both were brilliant and extremely intelligent. So, why Armin and not the seasoned commander?

Levi’s last words to Erwin are for him to let that dream go and to trust him to carry it out instead. I’m sure that Erwin was full aware that Levi had every intention of saving him if it was at all possible but, even knowing the risk towards his own life; Erwin accepted Levi’s order’s full on and with a relieved smile. Thankful to not have to burden himself under the guilt of wanting to abandon his post as Commander simply to learn the truth. For no longer having the chance to consider betraying all of those that were lost for a selfish goal. 

In the end, Erwin was absolutely selfless. and rid of the desire plaguing his heart. He was at peace with the position he was in and chose to ride with his men into the fray. All because Levi took the burden of their lives onto his own shoulders - something he never does - and because he trusted Levi to succeed. 

So, after this is said and done, we are left with Levi having to make a choice and duking it out with Eren and Mikasa on a rooftop for who will get the serum. Levi seems entirely hell bent on saving Erwin but, I believe what shook his firm resolve was this moment right here:

Ironic that Flocke is so quick to shit talk Levi’s choice when his comment right here is most likely one of the reasons Levi ended up choosing Armin.

Levi’s expression says a million different things in this one panel. The idea of reviving Erwin as a titan, to still lead and sacrifice people for a goal that Levi isn’t even sure exists at all breaks his determination. As far as he could see, Erwin just wanted to learn the truth. What Erwin would do after that was a mystery, even to Erwin himself. So, would it have been fair, after choosing to take his burden from him, to bring him back into the hell they scrounged in? All so he could continue to live as a “demon” even after achieving what he set out to accomplish? 

Levi still seemed to think so to some degree. Though, his intensity on the subject wanes just a bit after Flocke’s comment here, and a lot more after what Eren had to say:

Eren speaks of the dreams Armin lives and fights for. The very same dreams Levi had overheard the young boy ranting and glowing about the night before. Armin had something left to fight for, Eren was sure of it. Levi was too because he saw it for himself. 

Would Erwin have something left to live and fight for once he cleared his goal? Once he saw what was inside that basement and finally learned the truth? 

Would he have something to be drunk on to keep him going?

Would he make Erwin remain a slave to his inner demons in the hopes that he could continue on torturing himself?

The answer was no. In the end, Levi chose to let Erwin have his peace. Just like Kenny chose to finally lay down his desires and trust them to Levi for the sake of peace with a smile, Erwin did exactly the same and thanked Levi for doing so. Instead of betraying that trust, and possibly breaking his friend in the process; Levi let the “Demon Commander” rest, and gave the boy with so many dreams left to live and fight for a chance at making his dreams a reality. Levi made his choice out of care, experience, and what knowledge he had. Just like he always does. At least that is my opinion on that matter. 

Thank you for the ask, anon. I hope this answer is satisfactory for you. I apologize for the length and the lack of a Read More but, for whatever reason, that feature isn’t working on my laptop right now TT_TT

anonymous asked:

Could you please write your essay on the zutara, kataang and maiko analysis? I would like to hear what you have to say...

Yes! Okay so I recently reblogged this post about Yin and Yang and how Zutara does not represent it, but Mai/ko and Kat/aang do. As I said in my tags, as a zutara shipper I do have a lot of thoughts on the interpretations of these three ships written in this post. 

The interesting thing about this anti zutara analysis and the reason I reblogged it is that I almost completely agree with everything said about zutara.  

In the original post, OP goes on describe the two most popular ways that people associate yin and yang with zutara and refute them:

I have seen two flavors of the yin and yang argument for Zutara. The first is the somewhat grounded point that Katara is a female waterbender and represents yin, while Zuko a male firebender and represents yang. The second is the completely clueless assertion that Zuko is “dark” and therefore yin and Katara “light.” therefore yang.

I could not agree more. So many anti zutara shippers (and even a lot of casual zutara shippers) like to picture zutara as the good girl/bad boy ship and I really hate that because the ship is so much more complex than that. Katara is not a goody two shoes pure angel, and Zuko is not an evil badboy who needs Katara to redeem him. 

The first of these arguments, of female, water-associated, yin Katara and male, fire-associated, yang Zuko is true as it goes according to the traditional concepts of yin-yang, but it’s incomplete, outdated, and even dehumanizing in my opinion. It’s basically saying two people are right for each other based on what they are, characteristics that were inborn or cannot be changed, instead of who they are, their personality and individuality. Their actual personalities tell a very different story, as I will discuss below…

…Also frankly, the parts about masculine yang and feminine yin are the products of heavily sexist societies from two millennia ago. They reflect archaic gender roles where men are expected to be aggressive and assertive and women to be submissive and supportive….

…That’s why I don’t like the “female waterbender and male firebender are yin and yang = instant romance!” formulation. It’s sexist and heteronormative, and literalizes what were meant to be symbolic representations…

…If you’re actually interested in applying philosophical yin-yang to individuals and their relationships, it may help to think of yang as “drama” and yin as “chill.” Yang is starting things, getting in people’s faces, wearing your heart on your sleeve, raised voices. Yin is resolving things, calming down, contemplation, quiet conversation or just silent contentment. Everyone has some drama and some chill, but some people have more of one or the other. If one person in a relationship brings tons of drama, it strikes a good balance if the other can bring the chill.
In this understanding of yin and yang, it should be clear Zuko and Katara are both drama llamas, that is yang ascendant. “But female waterben-” shush. Katara is more than her gender and element. Also the gender and element are symbolic representations of yin anyway, not the actual thing.

Based on what OP has written (I recommend reading the original post, even though the quote above is very long, I cut a lot of good stuff out for length) I completely agree that Katara and Zuko are both Yang. Up to this point in the essay, I 100% agree with everything written about Zutara. 

Here is where I start to disagree…

Zuko and Katara, then, don’t personify the yin-yang balance at all. They both have too much fire, too much drama, and that’s why their interactions can spin out of control and bring out the worst in both. Remember “The Southern Raiders?” Where Katara set out to murder a war criminal and Zuko egged her on? It was Aang’s calming words, his chill, his yin that ultimately moderated her rage and helped her remember her better self. Aang is the yin to Katara’s yang.

Countless essays and analysis’ have been written about how ‘The Southern Raiders’ does not, in fact, bring out the worst in both Zuko and Katara, and so I’m not going to directly respond to the above statement. I will respond to the statement about Aang and Katara, however. 

If you take Katara and Aang’s individual personalities, traits, and mindsets, I absolutely agree that Kat/aang could be a wonderful representation of Yin and Yang. Aang’s role as Avatar is to be a mediator and to bring peace. Keeping in mind Katara’s fiery personality and emotional drive, I think that the two could have had a really amazing balance if written well. The issue, however, is that we don’t see this at all, which can all be boiled down to the fact that Aang doesn’t understand Katara. Let’s look at the scene between Aang and Katara in ‘The Southern Raiders’:

Aang: Umm… and what exactly do you think this would accomplish?
Katara: (sighs and shakes her head) I knew you wouldn’t understand. (She begins to walk away)
Aang: (Cut to a close up of Katara as Aang and Sokka look on behind her) Wait, stop, I do understand. You’re feeling unbelievable pain and rage. How do you think I felt about the sandbenders when they stole Appa? How do you think I felt about the Fire Nation when I found out what happened to my people?
Zuko: (off screen) She needs this, (everyone turn their eyes towards him) Aang. This is about getting closure and justice.
Aang: I don’t think so. I think it’s about getting revenge.
Katara: (off screen) Fine! (Cut to an angry and frustrated Katara) Maybe it is. Maybe that’s what I need. Maybe that’s what he deserves.
Aang: Katara, you sound like Jet.
Katara: (defensively) It’s not the same. Jet attacked the innocent. This man, he’s a monster. 

These are not calming words. Rather than see Katara’s determination and anger and calm her, Aang riles her up even more. He doesn’t try to understand where she is coming from. He just assumes that he already knows. And then he delegitimizes her need for closure. Rather than try to empathize, Aang tells her she is wrong and refuses to see where she is coming from. He even goes so far as to accuse her of being a murderer. 

The ultimate irony here, I think, is that when Appa was stolen, rather than show the sandbenders forgiveness, Aang entered the Avatar State and almost killed them. He would have, too, had Katara not been there to calm him down and be his yin.  

The way Aang tries to be there for Katara mimics how Mai tries to be there for Zuko. Let’s look at this Mai/ko conversation in ‘Nighmares and Daydreams’:

Mai: Zuko, it’s just a dumb meeting. Who cares?
Zuko: I don’t.
Mai: Well good. You shouldn’t. Why would you even want to go? (Cut to shot of Zuko and Mai standing in the window, the Fire Nation Palace before them. Mai puts her arm around Zuko) Just think about how things went to the last war meeting you went to.
Zuko: (sighs)I know.  

Zuko has been completely distraught about not being invited to the war meeting. This is a huge deal to him, he wants to be the perfect son to Ozai, and he feels like a disappointment and an oversight. Mai can’t understand why this is a big deal to Zuko, and rather than try to understand, she invalidates it and acts like it’s the stupidest thing in the world to be upset over. On top of that, she throws in his face one of the biggest shames of his life, all for the sake of making him feel bad for caring. 

Let’s compare these two scenes to two scenes of Katara and Zuko supporting each other. First, Zuko supporting Katara in ‘The Southern Raiders’

Katara: But, we were too late. When we got there, the man was gone. (voice cracks slightly) And so was she.
Zuko: (Cut to a sorrowful Zuko) Your Mother was a brave woman.
Katara: (Cut to a front shot of Katara as she touches her necklace) I know.

Katara just opened up to Zuko about one of the most traumatic moments of her life: the murder of her mother. Zuko doesn’t make this about him; he doesn’t talk about the disappearance of his own motheR. He doesn’t try to defend the Fire Nation, his home or tell her not all Fire Nation people. He hears what happened to her, accepts how awful this was for her, and affirms that her mother was a wonderful woman. 

Now for Katara supporting Zuko in ‘The Old Masters’:

Katara: Are you okay?
Zuko: No, (turning his head away from Katara) I’m not okay. My Uncle hates me, I know it. (Katara lowers herself to the ground) He loved me and supported me in every way he could and I still turned against him. How can I even face him? (Cut to a sideview of a regretful Zuko with Katara looking on.)
Katara: Zuko, you’re sorry for what you did, right?
Zuko: More sorry than I’ve been about anything in my entire life.
Katara: (raises her shoulders) Then he’ll forgive you. (Zuko looks at her) He will. 

Zuko considers betraying Iroh his greatest regret. Iroh is the father figure Zuko never had growing up, and one of the most important people in his life. Right now Zuko is terrified out of his mind that the only adult figure who has ever loved him and supported him is now done with him forever. He is convinced Iroh will reject Zuko, and he doesn’t even want to face his uncle. Here enters Katara. She sees the regret and fear in Zuko. She knows there isn’t anything to worry about, that it’s ridiculous to think that Iroh wouldn’t forgive him. But Katara doesn’t say any of this. She doesn’t tell him to suck it up, or that he’s being dumb. She allows Zuko to reaffirm his sincerity and then reassures him that everything will be okay. 

In these interactions, you can see that even though Zuko and Katara’s personalities are traditionally ‘yang’, when they come together like this, they find a perfect balance. They don’t egg each other on or bring out the worst in each other, they bring out the best, most vulnerable, and their truest selves. 

This is what I love about zutara. It isn’t about ‘opposites attract’ or ‘good girl saves bad boy’. It’s about two people with very similar, but ultimately complementary, personalities coming together on equal playing grounds and supporting each other in the most positive way they can because the level of understanding between the two goes beyond words. It’s just natural for them to know exactly what the other needs. 

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Can we just acknowledge the fact that both Emma and Hook were following their statements long before they actually made them?

I mean, I agree with the things they both were saying, but what they said felt a lot like, “well, weren’t you already doing that???”

I sometimes feel that both of them are so insecure about themselves that they are late to come to a conclusion that was already there all along. It’s the TL confirmation all over again, they were so surprised that they were true love, while the test itself showed them how they were ALWAYS proven to be such whenever they placed the other person’s life above their own. In 5x11 I didn’t like that Hook said “being the man I want to be” because I felt that he was already that man. I didn’t like in 6x10 that Emma suddenly realized that she makes her own fate when she spent more than 28 years doing just that, fighting against all odds to be an incredible person despite her childhood experiences.  

I just wish both of them would come to the point in which they know how valuable they are without having something from the outside making them suddenly see the truth.

fck-tamlin  asked:

Nessian prompt: nesta finding out she's pregnant

Nesta knew.
After spending so long with Death surging under her flesh, coursing​ its way through her very being, she knew there was a different presence. A life forming.
A life that would make itself up from pieces of her…and pieces of him.
She stood in their bedroom, staring at her reflection in the mirror, unsure of what to feel.
A heavy yoke of responsibility and uncertainty weighed on her- uncertainty about how she would be… Throughout pregnancy, childbirth, then raising and teaching everything she knew to someone who would depend on her. She loved children, but never knew what mothers were supposed to be like. Proper, loving, non-withholding mothers, that is.
Not for a moment did she doubt Cassian, the most loving and honorable man she would ever meet. Her mate. The love of her life and the next. He would radiate with uncontainable joy.
“Cassian…” she thought as she ran the blade of her index finger across her abdomen. There could be no better partner for her to share all the experiences that life had to offer.
The thought of Cassian as a father- the father of their child- replaced her anxiety with a feeling of absolute pride.
Hard-working, loyal, kind, generous…the traits she hoped would be passed on to their child.
As she was trying to invision their child, with his dark hair and hazel eyes, a loud crash ripped her back to reality.

•••

Standing in the doorway, hair soaked from sweat or rain, was Cassian.
His nostrils flaring, those unreadable eyes, and his stance…like he was ready to walk in front of a thousand firey arrows for her…Nesta could tell what that meant.
He knew.
Perhaps in the moment that she realized, and accepted it, her scent of Death was replaced by that of the life growing inside her.
Tears running down his cheeks profusely, he closed the space between them. With his mud-caked hands, he delicately dragged his fingertips across her abdomen.
“Tell me…” His voice was guttural and filled with such emotion, his breathing uneven and heavy. “Tell me it’s true.”
Nesta looked into his eyes and cradled his unshaven cheeks with her small hands. In a clear voice, she announced: “It is.”
Squeezing his eyes shut, he wrapped his arms around her, and began to sob. His entire body shook.
“I love you, I love you, I love you…” he repeated as he kissed the top of her head.
“I love you too,” she responded and buried her face in his chest. For what could’ve been hours, they stood like this. Barely saying any indecipherable words, holding each other. All their armor was torn off.
“Are you…happy?” Cassian whispered into her hair. He knew the answer, could feel it in his bones. He needed to hear the words aloud.
“I am,” she began. “I am happy. I’m happy that my children will grow up taken care of, knowing that they’re loved and have worth.” Cassian’s arms tightened their embrace and he began to rub her back in small circles with his thumb.
“But?” He pressed, knowing she left her thought unfinished.
“But I’m worried,” she admitted.
“About what, exactly?”
“What if I screw this up? I don’t want to make the same mistakes that-” She paused.
That her parents made.
“Nesta, love,” he began. “Mistakes are as unavoidable as life itself.” He released her from his embrace so that he could look her in the eyes before continuing.
Moving errant curls from her face, twirling one between his fingers, he continued, “There’s a life growing inside of you at this very moment. That, we know, wasn’t a mistake. It was created by two people who are dedicated to each other, who love each other. How many people can say that they were wanted from the very beginning?”
Not him. Not her.
“If this child is anything like me, they’ll see you for the tenacious and fiercely loving force of nature you are,” he assured her. “We have 8 months, give or take, to prepare ourselves to welcome this child- our child- to the world. Everything will be okay, sweetheart,” he kissed her forehead endearingly.
“Promise me…”
“I will never, ever leave you. Either of you”
Nesta looked into Cassian’s burning hazel eyes, then grabbed his hand and repeated, “I will never, ever leave you. Either of you.”
“Forever.” Not a question, but a statement.
“Forever,” she agreed. Knowing what their promises meant, she prepared herself for the consequences.
A tingling sensation above their ribs, and they both knew that their promises were now to be worn on their skin as a reminder.
Forever.

•••

Today was the beginning of the best chapter in their entwined eternities.
Soon, their two would become three.

How Gem fusions work (probably)

So one of the coolest, most intriguing parts of Steven Universe to me is the concept of fusion. I am a huge frickin nerd and I will spend hours just sitting here trying to comprehend what it must be like to experience being a fusion. 

For a long time though, there have been certain things that have had me stumped:

1) How could Pearl hide her intentions from Rose and Garnet during their respective fusions?

2) How could Jasper not realized Lapis was going to trap her while there were fused as Malachite?

3) Why was Alexandrite so quiet and (imo) uninteresting during fusion cuisine, despite being a fusion of so many gems? 

Before, I was under the assumption that when gems were in sync during a fusion, their minds “melded” and became one. However, the above scenarios wouldn’t make sense if that were the case. 

But then I realized, we’ve been blatantly told how fusion works. And during one of the most memorable episodes at that. 

“I am their conversation.” What if we take this statement as literally as possible? 

How about this: When gems are fused, each gem in the fusion is actually having a conversation with each other. In order to stay fused, the gems have to communicate, agree, compromise, debate and plan together. When this is done perfectly, their voices “sync up”, and the fusion’s amalgam personality arises. 

At the same time, whenever gems within a fusion have a difficult time communicating, the fusion’s personality dissolves and each gem speaks separately through the fusion’s mouth. 

The concept of fusion as conversation also perfectly explains how Pearl could hide information all the time during fusions, as well as how Lapis could fool Jasper while becoming Malachite. Because a fusion can only know what each gem discloses.

THIS ALSO MAKES ALEXANDRITE FRICKIN HILARIOUS. She wasn’t quiet and to herself because she lacked personality. She barely talked because Ruby, Sapphire, Amethyst, and Pearl were so awkward and had no idea what to say or do. But she had a stoic face because they all agreed they had to play it cool.

Viewing fusions as conversations just changed so much for me about this show, there’s a lot of little things I’ve noticed that I don’t want to get into cause this is already really long. Overall, it’s deepened my appreciate of the fact that fusions are metaphors for relationships. Remember what Garnet said to Stevonnie:

“You are not two people. You are not one person. You are an experience.”

Because relationships aren’t about changing, or gaining, or becoming something new. Relationships aren’t about who you are as individuals or as a group. Relationships are what is created between people. They’re the result of conversation and contribution and compromise. They are an experience.

The Team: Built on Weak Foundations

Anakin and Obi-Wan love each other to bits. Most of fandom can agree on that. Anakin and Obi-Wan made a great team; they were even “the team.” Most of fandom can also agree on that, and I, personally, agree with the above statements as well. However, as amazing as the Anakin and Obi-Wan partnership was, it was built on poor foundations. No matter how awesome your house is, if you build it on bad ground, it will sink. Below I will examine the two major unresolved issues that destroyed “Anakin and Obi-Wan.”

1. Jealousy and Insecurity

When Obi-Wan and Anakin meet, Obi-Wan is very dismissive of Anakin. He doesn’t realise yet how strongly Qui-Gon feels the boy should be trained. Anakin is just one of many “pathetic lifeforms” that he’s encountered. Obi-Wan barely even registers his presence beyond a roll-your-eyes-at Qui-Gon’s-latest-charge mentality. Anakin, who’s survival has often depended upon whether or not people liked, or needed him is more than aware of this fact. However, he’s not too bothered by it, as it’s unlikely to affect his future…yet.

When Anakin meets the Jedi Council things changed. The Council doesn’t want him trained, and Anakin has no clue what to do with that. The rejection would be devastating to anyone, let alone a former slave-boy with no education, no credits, nowhere to go, who left his mother behind, and is at the mercy of strangers, (who don’t seem to like him…) To make matters worse, he can tell the Council is apathetic towards him. (They don’t even bother to consider what to do with him if he’s not going to be a Jedi. It’s beyond callous! Only when Qui-Gon points Anakin’s poor situation out do they just palm him off on Qui-Gon while admonishing him not to train him.) Naturally, Anakin is deeply uncomfortable. If the people in power don’t like him, it means he’s not safe. As a consequence, he sidles up to Qui-Gon afterwards, and murmurs “I don’t want to be any trouble.” He’s trying to find out a) what he did wrong, and b) how he can fix it. He’s just trying to do what he has to to survive. Pleasing the Masters is what his life has been about since he was born. This is the lens through which he views his world. It’s all he understands.

Nevertheless, his question to Qui-Gon is not only spurred on by what happened with the Council. It is also because Anakin was right there when Obi-Wan complained to Qui-Gon about how “the boy is dangerous.” Obi-Wan was jealous, and insecure about his place as Qui-Gon’s apprentice since Qui-Gon had said he would train Anakin. Qui-Gon didn’t mean for it to go that way, of course, he cares a great deal about Obi-Wan, but if the Council were going to be difficult, what else could he do? Maturely, Obi-Wan comes to realise this, but before he does, he is undeniably seething with jealousy, and Anakin knows it. This knowledge made him feel increasingly uncertain about his position with the Jedi. Thus, he nervously approaches Qui-Gon. I really feel quite bad for Ani. He must have felt so insecure, like no one cared a whit about him. (They didn’t, except for Qui-Gon and Padme.) Who knew what horrible things could happen? Alone, in a foreign place, with nowhere to go? It would be terrifying for anyone, let alone a nine year old boy from the slave quarters of Mos Espa.

Therefore, after Qui-Gon dies, at the funeral, we see Anakin finally work up the nerve to ask what’s been bothering him for awhile: “What’s going to happen to me now?” Obi-Wan tells him that he will train him, and you can see that Anakin looks uncertain about that. Obi-Wan has shown no indication up to this point of liking Anakin. Anakin knows this. He knows that when they first met, Obi-Wan dismissed him, and when they came to Coruscant Obi-Wan became jealous of him. Anakin doesn’t bring this up, lest it make a bad situation worse, but it is on his mind. It’s plain as day in his demeanour and expression at the news. For Anakin, it is intrinsically important to be valued, if not liked. Right now, he isn’t certain of either. All he knows is Obi-Wan is in charge of him now, and with Anakin’s history, that means that if his “master’ doesn’t like Anakin, or is upset with him, things could get nasty very fast…

Naturally things got better. Obi-Wan proved himself to be benevolent, which helped earn Anakin’s affection. He didn’t beat Anakin, starve him, treat him cruelly etc. Also, as he was one of the only people to ever be in Anakin’s corner, Anakin really came to rely on him, and look up to him: Anakin learned to love Obi-Wan very dearly. By the same token, Obi-Wan got to know Anakin and became very, very fond of him. He came to believe in Anakin when no one else would. Nevertheless, the beginning of their relationship, the foundations of it were never shored up, and fixed. Obi-Wan, out of fear of attachment, never told Anakin he was loved. That if he could do things again, he would choose Anakin, and not dismiss him so casually. Furthermore, not only did Obi-Wan fail to reassure Anakin of his place in Obi-Wan’s life, but out of fear of censure by the Council, he was often very critical of Anakin, constructive criticism to be sure, but without more praise to balance it, (lest Anakin become arrogant, oh the irony), it did nothing for Anakin’s mental health. Anakin, as an insecure abused boy, required praise to feel sure of himself and his position.(That’s why he acted out. Arrogance comes from insecurity. He was trying to prove himself.) Did Obi-Wan like him? Did he not? Would it last? 

Anakin’s well-being has always rested on knowing he was good and useful. Now, he’s unsure of himself. He’s a self-confident boy in the beginning of TPM, but by the end of TPM we can already see him become the insecure, scared, awkward individual we see in AoTC. With the insecurities that began their relationship never dealt with, Anakin must always wonder in the back of his head if things will really last. This is why in AoTC he says “He’s overly critical; he never listens,” and at his most emotionally vulnerable he yells, “He’s jealous. He’s holding me back,” because this uncertainty about Obi-Wan that has existed from the beginning of their relationship has never been dealt with. Obi-Wan was jealous of him once upon a time, after all. Sure, they love each other now; they work well together. They’d die for each other, but it’s built on sand. As we know, it will come back to bite them. 

2. The Fraternal/Paternal Dynamic

Anakin was also looking for a father-figure. He never had one growing up, and Qui-Gon fit the role nicely. Ani was a child, and need a parental figure in his life. When Qui-Gon died, and not being with his mother anymore, Anakin turned to Obi-Wan as a parental figure to cling to. However, Obi-Wan felt uncertain about being a master. He hadn’t anticipated being knighted so suddenly, only to immediately take on an apprentice. As a result, while he throws his all into training Anakin, he does step back from areas where he could afford to act more like a paternal than a fraternal figure. Anakin needs someone he can bring his problems to, and look to guidance from: A father who will look out for him. Due to the above first point, Anakin’s comfort in bringing his needs to Obi-Wan is limited, but it is exacerbated by the fact that Obi-Wan just wants a little brother to hang around with. Obi-Wan sees himself and Anakin as orphaned sons of Qui-Gon, and he became responsible for his brother when their father died. (Not that he would ever describe it in such terms, attachment and all that.) 

This means that Anakin doesn’t get the guidance, the discipline, the benevolent support, the role model he needs from Obi-Wan. He doesn’t have the father he needs. In fact, to some extent he turns to Palpatine to fill the void, (whom Obi-Wan left him with, and probably felt a weight off his shoulders in doing so), but it is really from Obi-Wan that Anakin craves paternal approval, but he rarely feels as if he receives it. Obi-Wan just wants to pal around with him, and that’s an entirely different sort of thing. Thus, you get the “you’re the closest thing I have to a father,” comment from Anakin, which is ignored by Obi-Wan who had not signed up for that kind of responsibility, and the “he’s like my brother” comment from Obi-Wan in RoTS which just highlights how these two were never quite on the same wavelength. Again, as we all know, this comes back to bite them. 

They didn’t realise that they expected different things from the other.  Anakin’s needs were never quite met by Obi-Wan who didn’t even realise what Anakin’s needs were in the first place. Obi-Wan starts to clue in at the end though, far too late: “I have failed you, Anakin. I have failed you.” He did. He never fixed the relationship. To be fair, Anakin never made his needs clear either. Nonetheless, he was the child, and in an environment he was not allowed to feel safe in. Opening up is hardly going to occur under such pressures. It was up to Obi-Wan to raise him, and provide that environment/support. By the time Anakin is an adult, the war has started, and it’s basically too late. Anakin can be blamed for a lot of things, but the weaknesses he had from poor support in his youth had their source with Obi-Wan. How Anakin dealt with that, as an adult, is up to him, but the reason for their existence, in and of itself, is not. Worse still, it puts Anakin at a disadvantage as a grown-up. Nor do I blame Obi-Wan alone for his inadequacy in his role as mentor. He was at a disadvantage too; he was still young himself when he was given custody of Anakin. It takes a village to raise a child, as they say, and Obi-Wan’s inability to offer proper support stemmed from his own lack of proper support by the Council. It is a cruel dynamic, a cruel cycle even, and it is devastating in it’s tragedy. Thus, did brother turn on brother/father turn on son to Duel of the Fates.

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Hey @forthepalette ! It’s been quite a while. I purposely tried to avoid reading your posts just to avoid any more conflict with you, but to no avail, I still see some of your posts because you still kept using the Sprousehart tag and you seem to continually spur some anger from various Sprousehart accounts. Despite that, I still tried to look past whatever you post since I personally see no point in confronting you. You have your mind pretty much set on things. Whatever I say won’t go through you so I thought, what’s the point? 

Unfortunately, I stumbled upon some of your posts again this morning and I couldn’t find it in my own morals to just let it slide. 

I saw people calling you out and letting you know how offended they are by your statement but you tried to escape their judgment by claiming that it was done out of innocence not of spite. I’m sorry but I really don’t buy this.

When people replied with much anger (which is understandable- I’ll get to this later), your initial defense was that you were merely just asking a question and that you genuinely didn’t know.

Now, here are my comments regarding the whole thing. 

First, the statement you made was not a question at all. It was an imperative or permissive sentence demanding us to prove what you think of us wrong. The mere fact that it has a question mark in the end doesn’t make it a question. I’m very particular with syntax and grammar. I was sort of a nerd for diagraming sentences back in High School so I can say with full conviction that what you said wasn’t a question.

Second, the post itself bore an accusation or an assumption that Sprouseharts are homophobic and racist. You can argue with me on this and claim that is not true but technically, that’s how you formulated your post. You made a claim that we, Sprouseharts, are homophobic and racist. Then you made a further assumption that it’s the reason why we ship Sprousehart. To be clear here’s the premise you made:

1. SPROUSEHARTS ARE HOMOPHOBIC AND RACIST

2. BECAUSE WE’RE HOMOPHOBIC AND RACIST, WE SHIP SPROUSEHART

You can argue again that it’s not what you meant, but I’m just merely rewriting your statement in bulleted form. I just removed that “please tell me you aren’t” part because that’s the part asking for a counter argument. Again, the premise is those two points written above, then you asked us to counter those two points. I’m sure any person with some proficiency in the English language would agree with how I deconstructed your sentence. If you claim that it is not what you meant, I suggest that you brush up with your writing skills and be very careful with what you post because you aren’t getting your message across properly.

Lastly, I got the impression based on your replies that either you’re feigning innocence or you really have no idea as to why this post has spurred some anger from various Sprousehart fans. I’m, personally, leaning towards the former but I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt by explaining to you why your post gained some anger. 

Sexuality and race have been volatile topics for quite some time now. Volatile in the sense that a lot of debates and judgments have been exchanged as to various stands and views on certain issues involving the said topics. The current trend (trend as in the line of thought) we’re on now is more inclusive in the sense that we recognize the issues and push for more acceptance of all types of sexual orientation and race. This is reflective on political landmark events such as the USA having the first black president and your Supreme Court deciding the Obergefell v. Hodges favoring same-sex marriage. I personally love this shift in the ideals of the people and hope that this continues, but alongside this trend of thinking, another train of thought which I perceive as equally damaging as the evils we hope to curtail is emerging. This is the hyper-judgement or categorizing of other people.

Because of the sudden shift in ideals, which can be rather overbearing, some people tried to oversimplify the issues by creating a false dichotomy. This, essentially, tramples upon the goal of having an inclusive society. This line of thought categorizes people into something bad just because they don’t agree with everything.That’s what I’m getting from your argument.

You’ve made this false dichotomy that because we Sprouseharts don’t ship a homosexual ship, we are therefore against all homosexuals, which is terribly wrong to assume.

The argument is overgeneralizing and a slippery slope. It is also very hateful.

You’ve automatically excluded us from being part of a community that supports LGBTQ rights and anti-racism just because we love a straight white couple. You’re making it seem that loving a straight white couple is tantamount to going against the ideals of supporting LGBTQ rights and anti-racism. As far as I know, fighting for LGBTQ rights and anti-racism is fighting for equality and against discrimination. It’s recognizing that all races and all sexual orientations are equal and should be respected. It doesn’t mean that straight white couples cannot co-exist with LGBTQ couples with different races.

Now, your statement basically asks us to disprove your unfair assumption of us by declaring that we aren’t homophobes and racist. To be frank, who are you to ask that of us?

I’m actually troubled whether I should give you the benefit of giving you my answer but just to settle your “confused” mind, I am a firm supporter of LGBTQ rights and I hope for a world where race will no longer be an issue. I’m a person who particularly dislikes labels. I believe you are not defined by a single act or a single decision, but your collective actions and decisions throughout your life, so for me no one can judge you, label you, or characterize you as something until you are dead.

It’s very dangerous to be Pro-Life on this website because of the rabid Pro-Choice / Pro-Abortion supporters. They’ll say that your way of thinking is wrong and that you’re evil because you’re anti-woman if you think that a baby’s life is separate from the Mother who’s carrying it in her womb.

Which is ironic considering a lot of Pro-Choice / Pro-Abortion people are feminists who believe that every woman has a right to their own opinion. But apparently that doesn’t factor in if you’re not part of their hive-mind mentality.

You’re a woman who’s Pro-Life? HOW DARE YOU BE ANTI-WOMAN YOU INTERNALIZED MISOGYNIST APOLOGETIC CUNT!!!

When I made my post announcing that I was Pro-Life I was met with immediate scorn and outrage from the people who didn’t agree with me. Thankfully the mature ones simply unfollowed me and blocked me but I got a lot of angry messages saying close to the statement above.

But I don’t apologize for my coming out post. I don’t apologize at all. Everyone has a right to their opinion and their own stance when it comes to Abortion.  I didn’t go after the people who were Pro-Abortion or Pro-Choice. I just made a post saying, “I’m Pro-Life and these are my reasons why.

But I should’ve learned by now that it’s dangerous to state your opinion on Tumblr because of the immature attention seekers who’ll immediately cry you’re attacking them or call you an idiot.

But guess what? I don’t care if you hate me. I don’t care if you despise me. I don’t care if you think I’m some sort of phobic bigot. I’m not changing my stance on this topic and there’s nothing you can do to change my mind.

Titanic (AU) - 3/4

Originally posted by oelx

Originally posted by admirerofthenight

Steve Rogers x Reader

In which you meet you and fall in love on the one ship that is doomed for all eternity.  

Warnings: I DO NOT OWN MUCH OF THE DIALOGUE!; swearing; emotional abuse; mentions of nudity; mentions of sex

Word Count: 5,661

A/N: I WANT YOU GUYS TO LISTEN TO “ROSE’S THEME- TITANIC” WHEN YOU READ THIS CHAPTER! PUT IT ON REPEAT! LISTEN AND FEEL EVERYTHING IN YOUR BONES! THIS WAS WHAT I WAS LISTENING TO WHEN I WROTE THIS! I’M SO EMOTIONAL!!!!!

PART THREE


April 13th, 1912

“I truly am sorry about my actions,” you stuttered, regaining your posture. You were now walking on the vacant first-class deck, a respectable distance between you and Steve. You had kissed him at the party, the action igniting a million emotions within you that you had long forgotten about since you were old enough to begin wearing a corset. If your mother knew about this, she would have your head. If Loki knew about what you just did, he would plant it. 

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Heeey, can you do trimberly number 5 pls pls? I'm a sucker for jealousy fics ❤️❤️

5. “Wait a minute. Are you jealous?”
Sorry it’s short - I’m really tired - halp
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Kimberly makes her way to their usual lunch table, back pack thrown over her shoulder as she tucks her head against her chest, brown eyes glued to her phone as messages keep popping up, her ranger powers helping her from bumping into anyone. Her lips pulling into a small smirk as she reads the last message sent to her:

Weenie

She shakes her head, a small chuckle escaping her lips before she looks up towards their usual lunch table. A frown quickly sets when she only sees the guys huddled around, shoulders shaking with laughter as Zack let one of his usual smirks play on his face. She takes a few seconds before she looks down at her phone, fingers quickly tapping at her keyboard as brows furrow with confusion.

Where are you?

The message is small and innocent, but something gnaws at her stomach as she thinks about whether or not she should have sent it. Trini was her own person; she could do what she wanted without Kimberly needing to have tabs on her, so she shakes her head, tucks her phone into her pocket, and makes her way to the table, letting her book bag fall on the empty seat beside her.

“Hey, Kimberly,” Billy greets, a large smile sketched on his face as lips pull back to show white teeth. It’s contagious and Kimberly can’t help the smile that spreads on her own face.

“Hey, Billy.”

“Hey, where’s Trini?” Zack asks and Kimberly wants to punch him. Mostly because she’s aware her phone hasn’t vibrated in her pocket.

She shrugs her shoulders and shakes her head, “no idea, she wasn’t near the water fountain - said to go ahead.”

“Oh, okay.” Jason says with a small nod, a smile playing on his lips as he looks at her. Kimberly hates how reassuring it looks, how comforting she finds his expressions, and it seems to do the trick; her stomach settling as she shifts in her seat.

She forgets about it as much as she can, so much so that she doesn’t feel the vibration in her pocket to notify her that she had received a message. She’s to busy laughing along with the guys as they tease Billy about his training, the small cut above his eye being dabbed at every few seconds as his lips twist into a pout.

“You guys are gonna need me one day to defend you,” Billy promises, a half hearted glare twisting with his wounded puppy look, “and I won’t care.”

It takes two seconds - she knows because she counts.

“Okay, I would.” Billy corrects himself, nodding his head as if to agree with his own statement. Kimberly chuckles, a large smile playing on her lips as she pats Billy’s shoulder.

“Isn’t that Trini with the new girl?” It’s Zack, his eyes looking towards the entrance of the cafeteria as the rest turn to look.

Trini was talking with the new girl, her usual annoyed expression missing as a small smile seems to ghost her lips. Kimberly frowns as she watches her girlfriend nod her head, brown hair falling down Trini’s shoulder is waves. She can’t help look at the new girl - Jenna - Kimberly thinks - and she’s tall, with blonde hair, piercing blue eyes, and porcelain skin, and Kimberly finds herself wanting to go over there. Kimberly doesn’t pay attention to that for long, though; her eyes seem to be glued to the hand on Trini’s bicep, her stomach coiling as her heart begins to beat against her chest. Her fists tighten at her side, the fork bending with ease as her eyes glare at the hand touching her girlfriend.

“Yea,” she answers, and she feels like she’s running out of breath, like all her energy is being drained, as she sits up and her shoulders tense, teeth clenching together as she cocks her head slightly. She turns around quickly - there’s no need to be possessive; Trini could handle herself - and looks down at the fork in her hand, a frustrated sigh escaping her lips as she tried to bend it back into shape with annoyance.

“You okay?” Jason asks, raising his eyebrow as brown eyes filled with amusement. She shoots him a look, rolling her eyes when he and Zack laugh into their hands, sharing small looks as Kimberly looks at them irritated.

“Why wouldn’t she be okay?” Billy asks, confusion rolling onto his face as he gives her a concerned look.

“Who’s not okay?” Kimberly jumps, the feeling of the other girl’s hand on her shoulder heavy as the Latina leaned into her, bending down slightly to peck her cheek.

“Ki-”

“Nothing.” Kimberly interrupts quickly, a small mirthless chuckle escaping her lips before she asks, “Jessica right?”

“Oh, yea.” Trini says with a nod after a few seconds, grabbing Kimberly’s bag from the seat and sitting down in its place, her usual look of indifference and annoyance falling into place. “We have English together, and there’s a project we have to do that counts for most of our grade this semester.”

“Oh,” Kimberly says, nodding her head. She snickers when she sees Jason and Zack huddled together giggling, and frowns when she gets a confused look from Billy.

“Why do you ask?” Trini asks, raising an eyebrow as green eyes look at her with interest.

“No reason,” Kimberly says with a shake of her head, a small nervous chuckle bubbling up her throat. She pulls Trini seat closer before wrapping an arm over her shoulder.

“Wait a minute.” Trini says as she sits up, a large smile spreading on her lips as brown eyes swirl with amusement and cockiness. Kimberly sits up before rolling her eyes, looking anywhere but at Trini. “Are you jealous?”

Kimberly feels her cheeks redden as the guys burst out laughing - Billy, too, once he understands - and she wants to hide from everyone. She tries to wave it off, scoffing as each member of her team giggles into their food, Trini never taking her eyes off of her as a smirk appears on her lips. There’s nothing left to do but grumble as Trini laughs, pecking her lips before cuddling into Kimberly’s side, picking off her plate as Kimberly bowed her head, wishing she had kept her longer hair to cover her red cheeks.

“Shut up.”

Starting off the morning right??????

Before i start I’d just like to say I love my job at my local big box electronics store (The blue one).
Anyway starting off the day I walk into the store and start walking to the back in order to get my radio (which I need because it helps keep the whole store connected and able to communicate). As I’m passing by my computer department a middle aged man waves me over even though I’m wearing my hoodie to cover my uniform. He’s got sunglasses even though its cloudy and also 10 am and he asks me “ do you have the google computer”. Me knowing the market and what most people would consider a “google computer” I lead him over to our selection of chromebooks. He looks at them and the sign above and says “ you guys got it all wrong they are not chrome books they are google computers”. From that statement alone im already seeing the shit storm that is coming my way from this “ I totally did 3 seconds of searching on Facebook so I know what I’m talking about” customer. I just agree with him , mostly cause trying to educate him on something like this is going to be more trouble that its worth. He looks at them and asks me if {market competitor} has the same one. I say I don’t know what the store down the street has but I know i can price match it if it is the same. He smirks at me and says “ aren’t you guys supposed to keep track of that?”. I’m getting kinda annoyed by him and just say “yeah we aren’t {Market competitor} so I don’t have a reason to keep their prices in mind, my pay check comes from [My employer].” He gets real smug and asks “ ok smarty pants does this thing have a plug for a monitor” . I go to pick up the chrome book to check and show him and he grabs it out of my hands and then drops it and says “yeah that’s not the right one you guys don’t know anything I’m going to go buy the right one from the store down the street"  then he walks out. I just kinda step away and pray I never see that guy again.

Funny enough though I went to the store down the street and checked to see what they had. apparently they haven’t had a stock of chrome books since last week and didn’t know when they were getting any more.

We Did Science!

First of all, THANK YOU SO MUCH to everybody who participated and who helped spread the word around!  I would mail all of you hugs if I could.  

Second, I asked people who ran Hetalia Google History (hgh) blogs about themselves and their experiences running their blogs, and you all delivered. We’ll walk step by step through what we learned.

Woah! It’s the results!

The Basics

28 participants took the survey!  These 28 participants collectively owned 65 hgh blogs!  More about that:

Blog ownership

I asked everyone to tell me how many hgh blogs they owned, and they told me that:

  • Most people own 1 hgh blog
  • The most hgh blogs that any one participant owned was 6
  • The average number of hgh blogs per participant was 2.41

But how much do they enjoy these blogs?

Gruntlement (The Good Stuff)

The first set of questions was designed to asses, on a five-point scale from Strongly Disagree (1) to Strongly Agree (5), people’s feelings of satisfaction about running hgh blogs.  Here is what we found:

“Friendly”: The owners of hgh blogs seem friendly.

“You interact”: You interact frequently with other hgh blogs

“You feel involved”: You feel involved witht he community

“You enjoy hgh”: Exactly what it says!

These results tell me that most people seem to be enjoying themselves around here, and that most participants agreed that hgh blog owners seem friendly!  So why wouldn’t people be enjoying themselves? Well…

Disgruntlement (Not So Good Stuff)

This was a set of questions a lot like the above, but designed to see what kind of unpleasantness was happening with people.  We found:

“Anon hate”: You receive a lot of unpleasant messages/ “Anon hate” through your hgh account

“Out of the loop”: You feel “out of the loop” when it comes to the hgh community

“Chore”: You feel like running your hgh blog is a chore

“Do not enjoy”: You do not enjoy running an hgh blog.

On average, participants did not agree with any of these statements, and that gives me hope.  Out of the problems I asked about, most people seemed to be feeling out of the loop more than anything else.

For better or for worse, what do we do with these blogs?

Activity

I asked, on a five-point scale from Never (1) to Always (5) how often people did certain activities.  Here is what we found:

The most common activity seems to be reblogging from other hgh accounts, while the least common seems to be making art for one’s hgh blog.  Interestingly, people report that they send more asks than they receive.  I speculate that, for whatever reason, people notice sending asks more than they notice receiving them, or that people tend to send their asks to the same blogs repeatedly.  More research is needed.

Events

Remember Pirate Week?  That was fun!  Thankfully, a lot of you seem to agree with me.  When I asked people what they thought of events, this is what they told me:

*This individual noted that anxiety prevented them from participating.  

It must be noted that int he case of the three individuals who selected the “Other” option and gave me a comment, I sorted them into a category that fit what they told me.  One went to Do not want to participate, one went to Want to participate, but do not, and the last went to Want to participate and do.

People who commented told me that anxiety and life kept them from participating.

About You!

I asked people how old they are, what their gender identity is, where they’re from and if English is their first language.  Some people declined to say, and they are represented by the “Nope” category.  The graphs for age, nationality, and gender identity are rather self-explanatory:

Please note that the chart for gender identities represents the identities people shared with me.  For example, there is a category for “Male (Trans)” because people told me that that is how they identify, and not because of any personal belief of mine.

In addition, some people listed regions or ethnicities as nationalities, so they were listed under “Nope” because I could not reasonably sort them.  Sorry!

That being said, most of you are 14! And most of you are from the USA! And most of you are female!  Holy smokes!

Also, most of you grew up speaking English as a first language! Those of you who didn’t told me that you grew up speaking German (there’s two of you!), Mandarin, Afrikaans (Dutch), Spanish, Italian, and Swedish!

Comments

Thank you to everyone who commented on the survey!  I have received such gems as 

  • One very long “Yeah boi”
  • A heart
  • A series of question marks
  • A single dab
  • And a whole slew of people who gave me valuable information that I used to help interpret the results.

Thank you all so much for helping me science!  If you have any questions, comments, or complaints, please don’t hesitate to let me know.

Love,

Jay

P.S. My own information was not included in this survey because that’s what we scientists like to call unethical.  Also, @itsromanosgooglehistory kindly asked to be tagged in the results!

Topic #1: Why I dislike Brandi Tinklenburg

Brandi is a girl who Eric had a huge crush on. She is most commonly known as the girl Eric was with and talked to/about in one of the home videos, called Eric Harris Inside Columbine. (link is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-l90HbShgM)
 Eric had feelings for Brandi; however, Brandi did not return those feelings and saw him as a friend. I dislike Brandi, and although not many people agree with me; here’s why (all of these statements can be found in the link above)-

  1. Eric made it evident that he was interested in her. She didn’t feel the same way, which is perfectly fine, but she flirted with a guy infront of him (the Jeremy incident.) There is controversy on whether or not Brandi knew if Eric liked him at that time, but it’s common sense that if a guy is flirting with you: DO NOT FLIRT WITH ANOTHER GUY AROUND HIM. As Mean Girls once said, “That’s just like the rules of feminism.”
  2. This goes along with number 1, but when Brandi was giving another guy (Jeremy) attention, Eric got upset and walked away. Now, Eric is a very jealous person, so you can only imagine how angry and sad he must have felt. Now, I guess it’s not entirely Brandi’s fault for making Eric feel that way, Brandi cannot control how Eric reacts to certain things, but she could have atleast asked him what was bothering him when he got up and left. When Eric got up and left, I dont know if many of you heard, but Brandi didn’t acknowledge him. She didn’t ask why he was leaving, she didn’t seem to notice- let alone care.
  3. Eric asked her to meet him in the cafeteria, and she agreed. She never came to meet him, though. She came into the cafeteria with a group of friends who walked passed the table he was sitting with. Eric saw her walk by and then got seemingly upset. Then, Eric saw her sitting at a table with a group of friends and sat next to her. Then, the Jeremy incident occurred, causing him to leave very upset.
  4. When Eric asked a friend to ask Brandi to the prom for him, Brandi declined; which is fine, I’m not mad at her for that. What I am mad at her for is that she never apologized or gave him an explanation. She shook her head no to him, and since then they haven’t spoken. I understand why Eric didn’t make an effort to talk to her, he was still bitter about the rejection, but my question is: why did she just stop talking to him? If you reject a friend, wouldn’t you want to see if their okay or still want to remain friends or something? Maybe I’m too nice, but if I rejected someone who meant something to me, I would be making sure that they were still cool with me and give them an explanation. To my knowledge, Brandi never gave him an explanation. She told the media that she rejected him because it was late notice, but she never said that to Eric.

In my opinion, Brandi didn’t seem like a very good “friend.” She made Eric feel like shit on two occasions without giving him an apology and/or an explanation. If I am wrong with any of the information I just stated, let me know. And tell me, what are yall’s opinions on Brandi?

Some trivia about Mahiru

I am so happy to have acquired the official guidebook and it’s so great! I was looking forward to to see what extra info I could find that was not mentioned before.
Because Mahiru needs more love, I’m gonna share what I have found on his character profile, mainly his first characterization.

  • Apparently, instead of the name Mahiru, in the preliminary stage, he was named Hanamaru ( 花丸 ) and his nicknames would be Hana or Hana-chan (omg that would have been adorable xD Instead of MahiMahi, we would have heard Hana, which if you didn’t know, it means flower). I am glad it got changed to Mahiru. Shirota Hanamaru doesn’t quite have a nice ring to it, in my opinion (try and say it out loud!)
  • He is shown wielding a knife in one of the early drawings of him. He has has good reflexes and his legs can reach far.
  • In regards to Mahiru’s high school, the guidebook states that he attended a private one and that he was an average level student. Might not be such a great detail, but it was there.
  • Uncle Tooru is the younger brother of Mahiru’s mother (perhaps some of you thought that he might be his father’s). Also, there is a phrase mentioning his dad, but it’s a bit vague, that could be translated as “not acquainted”. Somehow, to me at least, it kind of implies that Mahiru hasn’t made acquaintance with him, as in, maybe his father disappeared or died when he could have been a baby, thus not having memories of them together. Only the mother was mentioned, Mahiru’s entire world, as she was described in the guide.


And there is a section where some characters say a few words about the featured character, so let’s see what Kuro, Sakuya and Licht have to say about Mahiru ^_^

Kuro: You are way too energetic in the mornings..If you become tired in the evening, you should take afternoon naps. Just do everything at a slow pace from the start. I can’t deal with that…oh, and the food is good.

Sakuya: It was fun when l  hanged out with Mahiru at his place after school and had dinner. Even if they were simple meals, they were delicious!

Licht: With great effort and guidance, he could become a splendid angel. Also, his cooking is really good.


 Now we know a little bit more about our dear Mahiru, aka Team Mom, Mamahiru, who a lot of the characters agree that his cooking skills are great :D

While the above statements of the characters were meant to be a few short words, I had to expand Sakuya’s, hoping to explain better what he was saying. For Licht, it was a bit hard because he used the same word twice in his sentence ( 見習い-minarai, which means apprentice). In the end, I think that he was trying to say that maybe he could guide Mahiru on a path of becoming an angel? Maybe take Mahiru under his wing? Haha, get it? xD Yeah, well I sure hope I got the meaning across :)



My DMCA Form Letter

A friend of a friend found their fan art being sold without their knowledge today, and it prompted me to send them the form letter I keep handy for when that happens to me. In case anyone else wants it, here it is. I’ve had this for so long I can’t remember where it originally came from, (likely another artist dealing with the same crap, who got it from another artist). It’s helped me get my fan art removed from Amazon, Teechip, and shady sites trying trying to sell it hundreds of times by now. When using it, it’s important to make sure you fill out everything!

To whom it may concern,

It has come to my attention that your company is selling an image that is in direct violation of the Digital Millennium Copyrights Act and in violation of my rights as the artist creator and copyright holder of said image. The image in question may be found here:

[ link to stolen work here ]

The sale of this image directly violates the copyright I hold as the artist creator and copyright holder of this image:

[ link to your work here ]

I did not authorize use of the image in question. I request that all products containing the image in question be removed from your store and all copies of any merchandise containing the image be destroyed, and that any other appropriate action is taken against the person in violation according to your company policy.

If no immediate action is taken then I will not hesitate to pursue a stronger legal direction.

I hereby agree that I am the owner or person acting on behalf of the owner of the image in question and the above statements are accurate under penalty of perjury.

Sincerely,

[ your name ]

[ your address ]

[ your phone number ]

Good luck fan artists, I hope sharing this helps whatever situation you might find yourself in!

It is not enough to be “sorry for having hurt sexual minorities’ feelings.”

Candidate Moon should not try to wrap it up but should admit his mistake and properly apologize on a nation scale. It is not enough to be “sorry for having hurt sexual minorities’ feelings.” Recognize that such statement cannot be tolerated.

He should at least say this: “I deeply regret that I said ‘I am against homosexuality. I do not like homosexuality’ in public as a candidate of the presidential election. I was trying to express my political position on military matters and same sex marriage, but such response was not appropriate. It was never right to use careless words that put a minority’s life and existence as an object that can be either liked or disliked. Especially when the remarks from a candidate Moon Jae-in have greater representation than an individual’s remarks. The statement above, which places the minority in favor of the majority, must not be stated in any official occasions. I did not mean that I didn’t agree or like homosexuality, and it was a indiscreet statement.”

The speech of anyone in Moon Jae-in’s position does not show only the feelings of that specific person. The fact that during two days since the debate was aired, a lot of homophobic remarks were pouring out from many supporters pf Moon Jae-in proves it. Because of his statement, many sexual minorities feel more insecure and even more alarmed in their lives. Since Donald Trump became president, we are witnessing the conservative US citizens revealing their prejudice and discriminatory perceptions, throwing out the moral limitation that says one should not be a racist. If Moon does not want to cause a harmful influence to the society as Trump did, he should acknowledge the gravity of his remark and apologize with his head bowed.

In addition, homosexual people are not sex offenders. Will anyone institue a law that bans and punishes heterosexuality to prevent sexual harassment to female servicepersons in the military? It is obviously homophobic to blame homosexuals before taking action against actual crimes and actual offenders.


문재인 후보는 뒤늦게 와서 포장하여 얼버무려 넘어가지 말고, 실수였다면 대대적으로 머리 숙여 사과 하라. 성소수자에게 아픔을 준 것을 미안해 하는 데 그치는 걸로는 모자라다. 그러한 발언이 용납될 수 없다는 사실을 인정하라.

“동성애에 반대합니다. 동성애 안 좋아합니다. 라는 경솔한 말을 대통령 후보자의 신분으로 공적인 자리에서 한 점에 깊게 후회하고 있습니다. 군대 내 문제와 동성혼 문제에 있어서 정치적 입장을 표명하고자 한 것이나, 그와 같은 응대는 적절치 못했습니다. 그 자리의 발언이 문재인 개인의 발언보다 더 큰 대표성을 갖고 있는데도 불구하고, 경솔한 어휘롤 사용하여 소수자의 삶과 존재를 좋아하고 싫어할 수 있는 대상처럼 들리게 한 점은 결코 옳지 않았습니다. 소수자의 존재를 다수자들의 선호에 부치는 위와 같은 발언은 어느 공식 석상에서도 발화되어서는 안 됩니다. 동성애에 반대한다거나 좋아하지 않는다는 등의 말은 진심이 아니었으며, 경솔한 실언이었으므로 깊이 고개 숙여 사과 드립니다.“

이 정도는 해 주셔야 된다. 그 자리 문재인의 발언은 문재인 개인의 감정만을 표시하지 않는다. 그 증거로 문재인을 존경하고 지지하는 수많은 지지자 층에서 하루사이에 수많은 동성애 혐오 발언이 쏟아져 나왔다. 문재인의 실언으로 많은 성소수자들은 삶을 한층 더 불안하고, 한층 더 위태롭게 느끼고 있다. 도널드 트럼프가 대통령씩이나 되자, 인종차별을 해서는 안 된다는 도덕적 마지노선마저 내던지고 마음껏 편견과 차별적 인식을 드러내기 시작한 미국의 보수주의자들을 우리는 목격하고 있다. 문재인은 자신이 트럼프와 같은 악영향을 사회에 끼치고 싶지 않다면, 자신의 발언이 갖는 무게를 인정하고, 사안이 중대한 만큼 고개 숙여 사과 해야 한다.

덧붙여, 동성애자들은 성범죄자가 아니다. 군대 내 여성 군인들에 대한 성범죄를 막기 위해 이성애 처벌법도 제정할 것인가? 이미 벌어지고 있는 범죄에 대한 적극적인 조치를 하기에 앞서 동성애자를 탓하는 것은 명백히 동성애 혐오적이다.