Hello fandom. I am adriexnette, and also a former admin at miraculousdaily. Even though i was one of the first people to start to blog, I finally decided to leave the blog for my own mental health. This past Thursday afternoon, I left the blog, clocked the main admin as well as the blog itself, and looked towards a new start.
However, I’ve been bottling these feelings out for so long, that to create a true new start, I had to get it out. So here I am, letting it out.
The reason i left is the main admin, captainpoe. Without further a do, here is a list of some of the things he made me go through as an admin of that blog:
Deleted I post that i reblogged onto miraculousdaily from my own blog, and made another post with the exact same information.
Deleted a post that i reblogged onto miraculousdaily from zagtoondaily and made another post with the exact same information.
Yelled at me for asking him to delete a repost
Yelled at me for deleting a piece of fake information that was starting to circulate
Refused to use the zagspoilers tag and insulting me for wanting it
Not giving me credit when he was told that he had to use the zagspoilers tag when he was blogging
Yelling at me for not posting on the blog during my college apps
Insulted the fandom and pretended that he didn’t want to take part in it
Yell at me every time i forgot to tag something
Insult zagtoondaily behind their backs
Repeatedly told me that he wanted us to be the number one blog for everything.
Repeatedly telling me he wants to be the only blog posting news
Making me shake every time my chat box rings
Yelled at me when I was trying to get him to listen to something i had to say but he disagreed with
Insulted my friends and called them “whiny babies”
Insulted gifmakers in the fandom and calling them “whiny bitches”
Made the same gifset as me right after I explicitly messaged him and told him that I already had done it
Posted the exact same thing as me after he saw it on my blog
Refused to reblog any of my original stuff on miraculousdaily unless I “payed” for it later with gifs and news on miraculousdaily
Prohibited me from coming up to him if I disagreed with something he was doing.
“banned” me from deleting any of his posts that were spreading false news about miraculous
deleted a post i made on miraculousdaily trying to shed light on fake information he was trying to spread
Has legitimately made me cry more than a few times
(and while it is true I hadn’t been posting at all, this past year has been the busiest of my life and i’ve been barely keeping my own blogs active)
I had to leave miraculousdaily to get away from this toxic atmosphere. My heart beat always picked up when my chat box rang because i thought it was him yelling at me. I was even afraid to do stuff on the blog because i would get blamed for something.
So if you also do not condone behavior like this, I would advise to unfollow or even maybe block the blog. I hate seeing abusive people like this getting all of this love and attention, justifying their behavior. Miraculousdaily was a beautiful idea, but its toxicity ruined it for me.
HOWEVER, do NOT send the blog hate. do NOT send captainpoe hate. and PLEASE PLEASE do NOT hack into the blog and ruin it. I am very sorry that happened yesterday, especially on the anniversary of Miraculous. No one deserves that. Even after all that he put me through.
Anyways, here it is. It is out now and after this, I don’t want to talk about it ever again. I want this part of my “fandom life” to be forgotten, and I don’t want to dwell on it any longer.
I have given you my point of view, you decide what to do with it. You can believe me, or you can call me a brat who just acts like a victim. But whatever it is, please leave me out of it.
PS: I know people like proof, so i have a couple excerpts of things he has said to me that i saved or screenshotted during my time there. again i’m putting this on here so i can be free of it, because even reading it again makes my stomach turn and my breath unsteady. i’m done.
I like the idea that they think they are keeping it a secret, but Keith’s students know.
Also this is me. This is my blog. So, this is going to be a sickfic, lol..
Classes drag, even for a teacher. It’s not that Keith doesn’t like teaching, but with Christmas only a few weeks away, he’s just as anxious to have a couple of weeks off as his students are. He knows that he doesn’t necessarily need to teach, not with Lance’s YouTube channel kicking off as quickly as it is, but he didn’t bust his ass at college for nothing. So, he’s going to teach; he’s going to contribute toward his family with Lance.
He walks into his third period class only seconds before the bell. His students are already in their seats, glued to their phones as they have been since the semester started, but he ignores this for now in favor of setting his backpack down across his desk.
He’s never been a fan of briefcases. They make him feel old, strict, and he’s got a reputation for being a favorite among students. He’s second behind Shiro because, as it would seem, no one can compete with Shiro. But, Keith’s always been competitive in nature, so he’s going to keep trying to win all of the students over. And, that’s why he allows them extra time on their phones before he actually starts class.
He drops into his chair and kicks his feet up on his desk as he pulls his own phone out. YouTube notifications light up across his screen, and he sees that Lance has posted a video a couple of hours ago. That would be the first out of three, Keith thinks as he swipes out of the notifications in favor of shooting the brunet a text.
[To: Lance] Someone’s started his day early.
He gives it two minutes before he locks his phone with a sigh. Not only did Lance not reply, but the brunet didn’t even read the text. Keith’s not too surprised considering Lance is probably recording a video to be edited and posted within the next two hours, but a text would have been nice.
“Okay, class,” Keith says, his signature warning for the students to put their phones away and pay attention. “Your texts and tweets can wait until after class.”
Most students oblige, but a few girls that occupy the back corner of the room continue typing on their phones as if his words went in one ear and out the other. Keith knows these three well; they are always keeping him on his toes.
“Claire, Jessica, and Jody. Phones up.” He keeps his tone light, casual, yet it still holds enough color of authority that has all three girls looking up at him.
Melodically it might not be the strongest one in the album, & not the favourite one for many, BUT conceptually is the perfect song for single choice. Let me elaborate…
Mainstream media regularly doesn’t touch subjects aside of sex, love, heartbreak & partying.
Logic stated something similar during his VMAs performance: “I just want to take a moment right now & thank you all so much for giving me a platform to talk about something that mainstream media doesn’t want to talk about…”
Speaking about mental illnesses on his song “1-800-273-8255” is such a powerful, raw & real statement. If you have heard the song or watched his performance that night, don’t tell me you didn’t get chills or a lump in your throat.
Now, this is an statement that has achieved a #1 on Spotify’s US Top 50 chart; got a new peak of No. 5 this week on the Hot 100, a platinum certification & continues to rise (not to mention the impact that has had on the lifeline, it’s unprecedented). Personally, I’m extremely happy that a song like such is getting that amount of success. Doesn’t mean there hasn’t been anyone that has treated this subject in the music ever before but take a look at the BB charts from these days & there is not another similar single on the market right now. The GP appreciates these songs that convey a different type of message other than the trivial ones we’re used to hear on the radio all the time.
Take a look at other very successful pop singles by female singers that have spoken about matters that don’t have anything to do with the common “mainstream-ish” ones:
Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song”… Reached double platinum on the US, & did very well on the BB lists)
Katy Perry with “Firework”… Commercially successful, reaching number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and the top five on 20 charts around the world. It has sold 7.1 million copies in the United States, and over 1 million in the United Kingdom.
Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way”…
[“I really can’t believe it. I’m humbled, honored and overwhelmed at the reception to ‘Born This Way’. This has been so life-changing for me. Between Billboard and the international No. 1s, and the radio numbers… I couldn’t be more blessed to have the fans I have. I knew when I wrote the song it was special, but I also knew that perhaps my fans or my label were hoping for me to deliver ‘Bad Romance the Third’ or ‘Poker Face the Third’. I wanted to do exactly the opposite.”]
— Gaga talking to Billboard about the commercial reception of “Born This Way”.
These are just the first examples I could come up with, surely there are other options that I’m missing right now. My point here was to highlight how these sort of songs do great in terms of the commercial reception & sometimes even better than expected.
Back to Bridges, by making it a single the girls would totally be showing the GP a side of them, musically speaking, that they have never been given the chance to showcase. I want to believe it would get them the respect they deserve. I’m positive it would change the GP’s view on them since it’d be a total different approach. I would even dare to say that they could go viral since anything that slams Trump’s administration, rightfully does (like Miss Texas two or three days ago). Concerning stan Twitter, hopefully it would lessen the slander towards them.
I know most are begging for Lonely Night or DSYLM for the third single. Almost everyone is rooting for the powerhouse ballad that DSYLM is, don’t get me wrong this song is everything we all have ever wanted from them since “Who Are You” but the absolute best time to have gotten this song out would have been their debut as a foursome, releasing something no one would have expected nor sonically nor vocally. But we know Epic adores sabotaging them. Regarding Lonely Night, the girls are known for bops, adding another one to their hits list won’t bring a change onto their name. Here’s what I mean:
For a girlgroup that’s not taken seriously more than half of the time; that has sadly secured a solid place on the stan Twitter bandwagon hate list; & the label that loves fucking up their singles choices… just look at Down, as much as they want to sell us the idea that they all agreed with it as the debut, it’s obvious that LAND didn’t pick it. Tbh if it had actually been for them I don’t think they would have included it on the tracklist.
For a band that’s been doubted since always, having a single out there climbing the top spots on the charts protesting about today’s political situation; speaking on behalf the lack of love & division reigning over society; stating about equality in general… It’s such an outstanding concept.
Four POC women basically singing in harmony a big fat fuck you to the giant Cheeto head & his regimen founded on racism & bigotry while taking over the mainstream radio it’s such an statement, I just got chills from merely thinking about it.
Apart from the fact that the GP could be very receptive of it, most importantly, it’s a much needed message that don’t even doubt for a second, Lauren, Ally, Normani & Dinah wouldn’t want to share with the world on a bigger scale.
Yeah the song is out there, sure thing. But not every outsider will give themselves the chance to hear it. Many don’t even know the song exists.
With a well budgeted music video (preferably that contains an actual storyline) & the adequate amount of promo it’s a song that could definitely get the recognition & appreciation it deserves.
I repeat, Epic won’t ever pull this card (I’m sure it must be true that they have already selected Sauced Up) but if the fans unite to demand this, definitely the girls won’t reject the idea & maybe we could really get them to change it EVEN if the third song is put out there by that moment. Many moves likes this have been done in the past, due to the fans’ petitions.
E.g. Lady Gaga had everything prepared to promote “Ayo” & she changed it last minute to “Million Reasons”. One Direction had begun promoting “Infinity” but directioners wanted “History” instead.
We could do it, we could get the label to exercise this option. Besides aren’t we told almost daily that we’re the fifth member? Just saying…
If you have made up your mind about other song for the next single, remember the other songs talk about about the trivial topics that the mainstream media consistently push. Not that there’s anything wrong with them of course, but from my POV it would just be another hit added to their brand & that’s pretty much it. Not that this last is not a big deal but imagine if they could have a hit with an anti-Trump anthem, love encouraging piece. Sounds better or is it just me??
Idk, don’t want to sound like I’m exaggerating but this could be huge for them. Plus bringing a different element into the table for a change seems persuading enough to me.
By the way, the girls just said recently said in an interview that they wanted to be remember for spreading love & positivity… What a perfect opportunity to exhibit this to the GP than with Bridges.
Not convinced enough? The portion of the general public, that got to hear it already, praised it quite A LOT.
(I’ll attach later some ss with tweets demonstrating this last point)
The world deserves this message. The girls have it. It’s just a matter of pushing it & spreading it a little bit more.
This shouldn’t be an opportunity gone to waste. Especially if this is really their last project as Fifth Harmony. In the end it’s not the girls who got to decide this latter, it’s the label, (even if they try to sell us otherwise).
Not to mention right now it’s the most fitting time. The situation in America, the world crying for love & compassion… It’s a must to get this anthem out as soon as possible. The time is now.
Request: Is ok to ask for a Jensen x reader? If yes, can you do something where y/n is an angel of Victoria’s Secrets, and Jared and the others often (especially at the conventions) joke about Jensen being jealous, he play along but in reality he is very supportive of her career. But then she stops doing her show and photo shoots, even the jokes stop leaving the fan wondering if Jensen’s jealousy was true. After some time come out a really cute photo shoot of them and the reader has a pregnant belly?
Arrow is moving to Thursday nights at 9 pm next fall for their
sixth season. Reactions varied from chill to… not. Do I think this
is a bad thing? No, I don’t.
Allow me to preface this post by saying this: I’ve been talking
about Arrow’s ratings and The CW network since I started this blog.
Long before there was ever a ratings drop, my opinion was that The CW
has a different business model than the other networks. If you cannot
accept that The CW’s profitability is not based on live ratings,
then this is not the blog for you. You don’t have to take my word
for it. Stephen Amell confirmed it at HVFF Chicago. Mark
Pedowitz has spoken about it. I’ve done my research
on this folks. They are structured differently than the Big Four.
It’s just facts. (X)
Yes, I was surprised by the move mostly because I had grown
complacent about Arrow on Wednesday night. Wasn’t expecting it. I am no expert, but I’m happy to share my thoughts. I’ll talk about what I like about the move. Then we’ll shift to concerns.
shawn doing a livestream and the fans don't know about y/n and shawn's relationship yet, but y/n accidentally calls him babe from the other room so they have to explain? thanks so much! i love your blog!!!
You wake up from a nap since the jet lag has been kicking your butt. For some reason, Shawn is completely fine, and he didn’t even take a nap. You console yourself with the fact that he’s been doing this for a long time and you haven’t. When you finally gather the strength to get out of bed, you can hear Shawn strumming his guitar from somewhere down the hall. You realize that you’re only in a sports bra, and it’s cold, so you open Shawn’s drawers in search of a long sleeved shirt. Specifically you’re looking for his pink John Mayer Love on the Weekend shirt, but you can’t find it in any of the drawers. You start walking down the hallway, and you call out, “Babe? Where did you put your long sleeved shirts?” You assume he didn’t hear you over his guitar, so as you get closer, you shout, “Babe?” Again just as you enter the living room. Shawn’s back is towards you, but he stops playing and reaches out to grab his phone that you didn’t realize was propped up on the table in front of him. He quickly and almost frantically taps the screen a few times before turning around to look at you with a slightly shocked look on his face.
“What?” You question, not understanding why he just did that with his phone and why he’s looking at you like that.
“I was live streaming on instagram.” Is all he says in response, and immediately your face mirrors his and your eyes get wide.
“How much did they see, how much did they hear?” You question immediately. It was your choice not to go public with your relationship, but if the fans watching his live stream heard what you said and saw you come out of his bedroom, you might have just involuntarily gone public.
He puts his guitar down, and stands up. He grabs your hand and leads you back to the couch where he sits next to you. He pulls you close to him, and opens his phone silently. “Whatever happens now, it’s going to be okay, y/n. I promise you that.” He tells you honestly.
You just take a deep breath trying to compose yourself as Shawn opens up his twitter app. Immediately you can already see all the tweets about the two of you. Some of his fans already knew you, since you and Shawn had been friends for a really long time. However, you’re a very private person, so your instagram is set to private, and even your twitter is private.
The tweets are basically all the same, everyone is freaking out about you and Shawn being together. At this point, they’re almost positive, but they’re aware that there hasn’t been any confirmation. There is a lot of questions and disappointment regarding how abruptly Shawn ended the lifestream. After you read the tweets on his phone for a few more moments, you finally speak. “I think we should tell them. I mean, they already know already, but we should still tell them now.”
Shawn nods, silently thinking. After a few more seconds, he says, “You’re sure you want to tell them?” You just nod, and he says, “Should I tweet about it?”
“I think we should go live on instagram. I mean, that is how they already kind of found out already.”
He looks at you, searching your face for any signs that you’re not okay with live streaming. Even when he can tell you’re telling the truth, he still says, “Babe, it’s fine if you don’t want to.” knowing how terrified you’ve been about going public with your relationship and how nervous you get in front of a lot of people in person or on camera.
“I think we should, I’ll be okay.” You tell him. “Lets just keep it short. Answer a few questions, and kind of say that we’re together, but not much more than that.”
He pulls you closer to himself, resting his chin on the top of your head briefly. “Okay, but if you want to stop it at any time, just squeeze my hand and I’ll end it.” He tells you seriously.
You nod, and say, “I need a shirt first.”
He laughs, breaking the tension of the moment, and stands up to help you find the shirt you were looking for. He hands you the John Mayer shirt that was still in one of the boxes he hadn’t unpacked yet. You take it, hesitating. “Maybe this is too much all at once. Maybe I should just wear my shirt, where did I put it?” You ask, looking around.
“Hey, calm down baby.” He tells you kindly. “That shirt looks good on you.”
You do as he says, taking a deep breath in an attempt to calm yourself. And then you say, “I’m ready.”
He nods, then opens up his instagram app, and sets his phone up again on the table, fixing it so both of you are in the shot. After that he sits back, and looks at you again, “Ready?” He asks with a slight smile, and you smile back. You know that Shawn has wanted to share your relationship with the fans and the world for some time now, but he respected that you weren’t ready, and he wouldn’t ever want to push you. But now that it is finally happening, he’s excited.
You just nod, and he squeezes your hand one last time, reminding you, “If you want me to turn it off, just let me know and I will.”
“I’m good, Shawn, I’m ready.” You respond, trying to reassure him.
He nods, and leans forward to start the live video. “Hey guys,” Shawn says, sitting back on the couch so that you’re both in frame. “I want to introduce you guys to y/n, my girlfriend. Most of you figured it out by now, but we just wanted to say hi again, and I’m sorry for leaving so suddenly earlier. I just got startled. She was taking a nap, and I didn’t think she would wake up so soon.” He puts his arm around your shoulder, and holds you close to yourself, as you just smile at the camera briefly and then look away shyly. “We like to keep our private lives private, as you probably already know, but we also wanted to share this with you. So we’ll answer a few questions, but this is definitely going to be very short.
It is short, and some of the questions have you blushing and hiding your face in Shawn’s sweatshirt. He takes those questions, and you answer a few of the others. You’re only answering questions for a little over five minutes before you both decide thats enough. You say goodbye and end the livestream. As soon as you end it, you breathe a sigh of relief, knowing everything is out there now, and Shawn looks over to you with a smile. “Now they know.” He says.
You just nod and bury your face in his chest. “They know.” You mumble back and he chuckles and wraps his arms around you, holding you close.
After a few minutes of silence, where you both think about what just happened and how unplanned that all was, Shawn asks, “Are you hungry?”
You sit back, looking at him with a smile. “Starving.” You answer before standing up to head into his kitchen with him following behind.
hello loves! so no, this is not part two to ‘Dust’, and i know that you all have been waiting patiently, so i will be posting part two next time. i haven’t had a ton of inspiration for it, because i always saw it as just one part, but i want to give you guys what you want, so it’ll be out next! this one is a little heavy, and not usually something i would right, but having dealt with this myself, i feel comfortable enough writing about it and sharing it with you guys. anyways, keep sending in requests! i hope you enjoy!
trigger warning: mentions of anorexia so viewer discretion is advised
I’ve been reading too many imagines on @theartofimagining13 … this is the first chapter of the story monster it created.
Chapter One - Mutual Nerdery
You sneak up behind your co-star where he is stretched out on your couch, a beat up copy of the play and your cat settled on his lap, and take a quick picture with your head on his shoulder, both of you making faces. You looked a little ragged after working for hours together in your cramped living room, going over the different versions of the text and other insights into your characters. You posted the picture on twitter for your modest fan base, “Hours discussing Shakespeare? I can think of worse ways to spend a Saturday night. #MutualNerdery.” When he’d suggested these little “dates” to help develop your character’s chemistry and to research together, you half thought it was just his way of flirting, being that smart and charming, but it wasn’t, it was just wonderful conversations, food and kinship with your co-star, you were getting use to it now, you were friends. Less than ten minutes after you posted the picture, you look at your cell phone and can’t help but laugh, you knew that your best friend would not let the selfie you just posted slide by without a comment.
Please tell me you did not just post a no-makeup selfie with your hair in pigtails. – Lou
She would focus on your hair. She seemed to miss the point of the tweet. You had been keeping your next job underwraps for weeks, not even telling your best friend, Lou, that you were headed to Broadway. You shoot off two texts in a row.
No comment on ANYTHING else in that picture?
You’ve been begging me for weeks to tell you about the next project, well…
“What are you giggling about?” You show him the texts and he laughs too. “I’m looking forward to meeting Lou, by the way.”
You wave him off playfully, “You’ll love her, everyone does, she’s me, but younger, prettier, and put together. We always say I got the brains and she got the looks.”
His head tipped back in laughter as my text alert went off again.
Yeah I saw, Tom Hiddleston, that’s no excuse for pigtails. – Lou
You start to reply when Lou’s ringtone, The Pet Shop Boys, Opportunities, starts playing and Tom just laughs harder as you pick up and put her on speaker. “Hey Lou. How’re the kids?”
She launches into a mini-rant, ignoring you entirely. “Why was Tom Hiddleston wearing your glasses, in your living room, looking like he slept there last night? (Y/N), I swear to God that if you were wearing those damn pajama pants when you took that picture, I will find a way to teleport to New York just to punch you in the tit.”
Another, frankly adorable, round of full bodied laughs shake Tom as you look down at my outfit, an oversized Steven Universe T-shirt and grey flannel pj pants that were easily a decade old, and shrug. Tom piped up, “Your guess is spot on. Tom Hiddleston here, I am guessing you are the notorious Lou.”
“(Y/N)! Am I on speaker?” You can hear her start to shift around. Only Lou would primp because she was on speakerphone with an attractive man. “Hello, Tom, Yes, I’m Lou. I am the woman who is going to punch your co-star in the tit for posting a selfie on twitter looking like she just rolled out of bed with you.“
Tom’s eyes went wide a moment before another boisterous round of laughter started up.
You choke a bit, “Jesus, Lou! So classy.”
“Hey, at least you can’t see her stripey socks in the picture. Small miracles.” He kept laughing.
Lou’s light and pretty laughter rings through the room as you bop Tom in the back of the head with a throw pillow before he follows suit and almost knocks you onto his lap with the pillow next to him. You shove his legs off the couch and park yourself next to him.
“(Y/N) I swear to God. Can take me off speaker, Darling?” You just shake your head, and put the phone back to your ear. “Are you trying to repel an attractive, single man? Wait, have you already slept with him and that’s why you are comfortable giving up on looking fuckable? But wait, Shakespeare? What show? Why are you two researching in your apartment? What is HE wearing?”
You answer in order once she’s wound down a bit. “No and God no, not yet anyway.” Tom raises his eyebrow and you give him an innocent look, ”Yes, Much Ado, Because I live in this city and he doesn’t, hoodie and trackpants, and to the answer the first question, we have the same prescription and didn’t notice for an hour that we had accidentally swapped glasses. Did that cover it all?”
You could hear Lou shaking her head, “You’re going to marry him, just watch.”
That made you laugh and Tom raised an eyebrow at you as you put up one finger and shook your head to get your breath back. He just pats you on the head, standing to answer the door buzzer and fetch the take-out you had ordered. “Never, Lou, I will always be yours. Now, we need to go, our food is here.”
“See, you’re already we and our, it’s curtains for you and me (Y/N). Just make sure my Matron of Honor gown is pretty, I want to look good in the pictures next to Benedict.”
“You’re cute, shut up and call me later, love to Max and the kids.”
You hang up and grab plates and utensils from the kitchen before settling in again with dinner, Shakespeare, and Tom.
“Hey, Y/N, can you come down to the dorm? Hoshi hurt himself during rehearsal today and we’re not sure if it’s a serious enough injury that needs to be taken care of at a hospital.” Seungcheol called your cell phone in the middle of you stuffing your face with your favorite ice cream. It was your first day off in almost a month and you were trying to make the most of it.
“I can, but why isn’t your manager calling me? You’re supposed to tell your manager and then he calls me.”
You were Seventeen’s personal nurse. After Wonwoo’s time in the hospital, the company thought it would be beneficial for the boys if they had a nurse a personal nurse. That way, in the event of injury or illness, they can still attend some parts of rehearsal.
“All of our staff is in a meeting. We weren’t even scheduled for a rehearsal, but you know Hosh; he always pushes himself.”
“Alright. I’ll be there in-“ you looked at the time and then looked down at your stained pajama shirt, “about 20 minutes. Tell Hoshi to hang tight.”
“Aye, aye, captain!” You heard a faint voice in the background that you could only assume came from Soonyoung.
Once I get arrested for something I didn’t do, I’ll get to make a phone call. I’m not going to call a lawyer. There are a handful of people I’ve discussed this with and they have the contact info for the lawyers I want them to reach out to. More importantly, they have access to all of my social media information.
I want them to tweet, blog, and Facebook on my behalf. I’m going to tell them exactly what’s happened to me and what I expect to happen next and I want them to tell the Internet. I want them to post as often as they can so the police know that there are thousands of people who know I’m locked up. I want them to know that there are people who will continue looking for the truth even if they’ve decided to plant evidence, make up a story, or worse. I can’t count on the system to protect me or to make a earnest effort at uncovering the truth. The public will have to do that. I’m not going to be pressured into taking a plea so that I can get out sooner. If my friends can’t raise enough money to bail me out, then I’ll take my chances behind bars while they try to drum up support.
Last night I had a dream that I got arrested, which isn’t really a nightmare because I’ve been arrested before. But in this dream, I was accused of committing a serious crime that I didn’t do. I just fit the description and I had to wait in jail until my trial, which was a year away. This has actually happened to me before. I fit the description of a robbery suspect and was stopped & frisked by the police a few years ago in Harlem. I just knew that was the end of my freedom, but I also knew it was highly unlikely that a Black man in Harlem robbed someone with as much hair as I have. So when they pushed me against the wall, I pressed my head against the brick so that my ballcap would fall off and hair would tumble down. They were looking for a suspect with close-cropped hair and let me go. If I had no hair, would I have been sitting in Rikers for the next couple of years?
Anyway, I woke up and it reminded me that I already had an arrest plan in place, and the last time I discussed it with a white friend, he kind of looked at me like I was overreacting. But I’m a Black man in America. There is a 1 in 3 chance that I will spend time in prison before I die. One in three. If there was a 33% chance of something happening to you, wouldn’t you have a contingency plan in place, no matter how outrageous the circumstance? If there was a 33% chance that you’d get hit by a car for crossing the street on the Don’t Walk sign, you probably wouldn’t cross. If someone put three pieces of pie in front of you and one of them was laced with arsenic, you probably wouldn’t eat any of them. There’s a 1 in 3 chance that I’ll spend time behind bars, so yes I do have a plan in place.
And I just wanted to share that real quick, because it’s ridiculous that I even feel the need to consider it at all. I don’t think white people realize the daily stress of being Black for those of us who have truly paid attention to this country.
So you know you’re REALLY special when someone who never - ever - makes a post, or finishes any kind of writing and prefers to stick to behind-the-scenes beta-ing goes full out and does a one shot for you!
I know it’s not on YOUR level, but in my defense, i didn’t have a beta as good as you do ;) I hope you enjoy it!! @the-captains-ayebrows
Birthday Fic based on this prompt;
“I’m on a date at a hockey game and my date is being a douche. Now we’re on the kiss cam, but hes on his phone, so i’m just going to kiss you instead, okay?”
“Great!” Emma huffed, as she slammed her battery depleted phone down onto her thigh. The impact made her skin sting under her jeans. Taking a deep breath, she rolled her eyes at the fact that – apparently - iPhone batteries don’t do so well in near-frigid temperatures. The motion caused her to catch a glimpse of Neal to her right. In his worn jersey puffed up atop layers of thermal clothing and backwards baseball cap, perched on the edge of the hard, cold, plastic arena seat he was every bit the Hockey Fan she decidedly was not.
I don't know why so many people start to attack Rick after all he has done. He has listened and worked so hard at inclusion that was in no way necessary. Yet he embraced his audience and educated himself. Please keep in mind how little authors do this. Also, I noticed your post about subtext. With all due respect, please remember that this is his book. He wrote and invented the subtext of everything you love.
like i just want to be clear that your answer is so painfully, banally predictable and i and numerous others have, in fact, answered it dozens of times today alone, not to mention over the past two days, so keep in mind that you lack basic reading comprehension skills and are immensely, massively annoying.
but i guess u caught me at a good time so i’ll actually answer this bc why not i have time and i’m bored.
the crux of your argument boils down to “beg for scraps from authors, because that’s all you deserve, and they’re gracious for giving them to you.”
inclusion is necessary. inclusion is indisputably very much necessary for lgbt kids. it’s a moral obligation. not carving out a space for lgbt kids to exist is inherently homophobic and transphobic. it is your duty to make sure lgbt kids have places where they know they are heard, can see themselves, and feel comfortable existing. once again: it is not a suggestion, or an important thing to keep in mind,it is a moral obligation. if you do not feel it is a moral obligation to make sure your job (in rick’s case, writing books) is inclusive of lgbt people, you are inherently homophobic and transphobic.
he did not embrace his audience, and he did not work hard. nico’s outing was violent, triggering, and sloppy. solangelo is rushed and underdeveloped. alex fierro gets kicked out of her house and dies as a teenager. apollo’s boyfriends are heartbreakingly tragic and murdered brutally. emmie and jo get kicked out of their home, lucky to have escaped with their lives, and then their daughter is taken from them. this is not good representation, and a very quick google search could tell you that the number one trope lgbt people are begging, literally begging, not to see anymore is “make your lgbt characters have lives full of suffering for being lgbt.” this is not a difficult trope to avoid, and rick has never bothered, because he does not care enough to try and avoid it.
he wrote and invented the subtext, yeah, he did. and then he denied that it was there, said he never put it there and doesn’t see it. but it’s there. we know it’s there, HE knows it’s there, because he dug himself into a hole where he had to say “yes i consulted lesbians and bi women about not applying this trope to reyna”, which means he knows that reyna is lesbian/bi-coded. he also claimed that making reyna gay would invoke lesbian stereotypes, which would be impossible if a character was not strongly implied to be a lesbian. how is it a damaging stereotype to make a character a lesbian, if this character has no similarities to a lesbian? that is how subtext works. you parallel a character to a lesbian, give her experiences that are common for lesbians in fiction, but never make them a reality and claim she’s straight at the end of the day. that is called queerbaiting.
authors who build their brand on representing lgbt kids, accept stonewall awards for their work in accepting lgbt kids, give a speech asking lgbt kids to correct him when they screw up, and vow to keep listening to lgbt kids, are holding themselves to a higher standard than mainstream authors. they are stepping up to the plate and saying “i understand that this is important and this is my duty, and i am willing to do better, do more, be better, learn, work harder.” he chose to accept that standard. he showed up in person and gave a speech on it. he put it on his website. he got his name engraved on the award. once you hold yourself to that standard, that means you expect, even request that others hold you to this standard as well. so what, exactly, gives, in this warped fandom, where we’re all suddenly completely off our rockers for daring to bite the hand that feeds us scraps from his half-assed books? it’s not a felony for me to not go into the navy. it is a felony if i register myself in the navy and then desert when they expect me to show up to bootcamp. i can’t get fired from a job i didn’t accept. i can get fired if i accept the job and then can’t fulfill the job requirements that i swore i would when i was hired. that’s just how the world bloody fucking works.
demanding an apology is not an attack. tweeting “this is unacceptable” is not an attack. writing lengthy posts about why he’s wrong is not an attack. memeing out of exasperation is not an attack. saying “fuck him” or “i hate him” could technically scrape a pass as an attack, although that’s a weak argument, since this is all happening on tumblr and a bunch of people with blogs and twitters pose no threat to a rich man who is directly profiting off of us, nor have we threatened anything beyond “i’m not touching anything with his name on it anymore” (and most people haven’t even said that). holding someone accountable for their actions is not an attack.
we have explained, time and time again, why we are angry, why we are hurt, why this isn’t fair, why he should apologize. but i’ll do it again. in a nutshell, this is why we’re “attacking” him even after “all he’s done”:
he invoked stereotypes about lesbians and bi women, of which he is neither, and then proceeded to lecture lesbian and bi women on our own stereotypes.
when called on this, his apology boiled down to “sorry i hurt your feelings, but i stand by what i said and won’t revise it *[even though lesbians and bi girls have assuredly told me i am wrong, which is obviously what happened, considering i know people were upset at me].”
the stereotypes he mentioned were misinterpreted, and much less harmful than some of the other stereotypes that he is keeping in place by NOT allowing reyna to be canonically gay or bi. namely: queerbaiting, bc as i said, the subtext is there. that warrants a whole separate post, but it’s there, and that’s WHY it became such a popular interpretation of her in the first place. another stereotype would be “beating up your lesbian-coded tough latina girl but refusing to give her an arc about happiness/healing”, and yet another stereotype would be “gay-coded mentor never gets a love interest”.
he knew what he said was going to be received badly, which is why he wrote a disclaimer at the beginning about saying it anyway “at the risk of having things thrown” at him. that should be a clue that maybe you need to revise what you’re going to say, before you start telling lesbians and bi girls about our own stereotypes.
none of his books, of which there are now five series and over 15 books, have a lesbian or bi girl in them. there is one lesbian couple, and they are older women, and minor characters. this is a kids series, if he claims to know that representation for lgbt kids is so desperately important, then why aren’t there any lesbian or bi girls who are his target audience’s ages, and why aren’t they main characters?
in his shitty apology, he referenced that this older lesbian couple were based on real life experiences. aka, “i already wrote a lesbian couple what more could you possibly want from me?” well, rick, we want a lesbian main character, and/or a bi girl who is a main character. is that really so hard? is that really so shocking?
as numerous people have pointed out, a stereotypical lesbian character (who, btw, wouldn’t even be stereotypical, she would just be realistic lmao, like it’s not a stereotype that “lesbians can’t do heterosexual relationships” that’s the fucking definition of a lesbian) would, in this case, be a hell of a lot less harmful than not having a lesbian character at all. bc in this case, the subtext is plainly there, and readers are picking up on it.
he says that we can interpret it however we want, which is actually one thing he did remotely right in this whole mess. but it’s still a mostly empty gesture that i see more as an attempt to cover his ass than as a heartfelt desire to make sure that lesbians and bi girls felt respected and heard. and this is why: he said, “you can interpret it however you want, but i think giving her a girlfriend would be playing into bad stereotypes.” so, basically, rick says that he’ll think you’re playing into bad stereotypes if you imagine this character with a girl.
he also said “just because i think she’s straight doesn’t mean she is”, which is the only other thing he did right. but it’s also backhanded, because he also said “i wrote her to be straight and i can’t see the subtext”. even though it’s there, and he knows it’s there, and we know it’s there. he knows it’s there because like i said, he was aware enough of what he was doing to know “hey, this story arc that i gave reyna seems like a lesbian stereotype, better not give her a girlfriend, then” lmao, and he apparently talked to bi women and lesbians that he knows about it. so, basically, the author is saying “do whatever you want but i think you’re wrong” and that’s….i mean, yeah, i get it, fiction is a living piece of work and the author is dead and blah blah blah, but we all KNOW that what the author says has meaning and holds weight. it makes us seem like he thinks we’re delusional, and i don’t appreciate that.
the stereotype that he’s trying to avoid is a common experience for lesbians and bi girls. by saying “it would be a bad stereotype to make her date girls because she’s liked boys” he’s 1. ignoring how this is true for many lesbians 2. literally operating on the assumption that bi girls do not exist.
a fan asked him to give reyna a girlfriend and he immediately started going on about lesbian stereotypes and how he wrote her to be straight. that was unnecessary, callously dismissive of bi girls, and insulting to his lesbian fans.
Summary: Could you maybe do an imagine where y/n and Grayson like each other a lot and fans obviously see them flirting all the time and all over each other’s social media. But Y/N is about 3 years older then Grayson and some fans give her hate about it saying it’s “gross and weird” so they don’t date. And Y/N decides it would be best to leave Gray alone. But she’s still good friends with E. and he convinces them to be together so they go public in a video? And the fans end up shipping it? Thanks love ❤️
A/N: I hope you guys enjoy this and remember requests are OPEN
@Graysondolan: You’re so electric⚡️
@Graysondolan: Girl you’ve got my heart racing💕❤️😊
@Graysondolan: You’ve got my head spinning just wow you’re so 😍
I knew full well that these tweets were directed at me. Grayson and I had met at Coachella and we just hit it off. We both actually live in LA and we all, Ethan Gray and I, have hung out on numerous occasions. Grayson and I always flirted and I knew fans knew something was going on. Grayson has definitely direct messaged me plenty of times wanting to go on a date, but I always turn him down. It wasn’t that I didn’t like him, but he was 17. I’m 20. I’m a college student while he’s a youtuber with millions of fans. I couldn’t be that person. I didn’t want people to call me a cougar. I was currently sitting in my living room when my phone buzzed with a notification.
@Graysondolan: Let’s d8💐 @your_username I’ll pick you up tonight at 8 :)
@your_username: Alright as long as you’re buying ;)
@Graysondolan: Of course! My mother always told me to pay for a beautiful woman’s meal and that’s what I plan to do 😝
I just simply started laughing before realizing I needed to change. I ran up the stairs to my bedroom and threw on a maroon crop top with blue high waisted jeans. I grabbed my white vans and laced them on. I looked myself over once more in the mirror before walking downstairs to feeling my phone blowing up.
@Dolanfan1: OMG WHAT IS HAPPENING
@Dolanfan2: Isn’t she like 25? What a cougar lol Gray stick with women in your age range please.
@Dolanfan3: @your_username stealing the cradle are we?
Don’t get me wrong. Some fans were supportive and have been shipping this since day 1, but most of them were not. They were calling me a cradle robber, a cougar, child predator, basically anything to hurt me they said. I was worried this would happen. I sit on my couch as I read more tweets.
@Dolanfan1: Haha @your_username thinks she really has a chance? The only chance she has is getting thrown in jail…
@Dolanfan2: What trash. Stay away from him he’s too young for you! Predator!
I could feel tears welling up in my eyes. I knew this was a bad idea. I needed to cancel this now. I couldn’t do this. I then heard a knock at my door knowing full well it was Grayson ready for our date.
“Go away!” I choked out through tears.
“Y/N? Are you okay?” He asks through the door.
“Grayson please leave.” I begged still scrolling through twitter. I started to feel sick.
“Y/N if this is about what’s happening on twitter–” I cut him off.
“Grayson please! I don’t want to date you. Just please leave! It’s best if we don’t see each other either. Just please,” I started to choke again. “Forget about me.” I didn’t hear him say anything but I heard the faint sound of footsteps leaving my porch. I sat there and I was still scrolling through twitter. It was nothing more than what I read earlier. I was feeling sick to my stomach. I liked Grayson so much and I know he liked me a lot too. I knew this was for better though. I could focus on my education and he could focus on his YouTube.
I decided I needed to shower the day away. I threw my phone on the couch and I walked into the bathroom stripping my clothes off. I stepped in the shower to feel the hot water tingling my back. I rinsed my hair and scrubbed my body as I relaxed against the wall just thinking. I thought about Grayson. As much as it pained me I thought of us holding hands at the park and giggling. I thought of Ethan and Gray filming a YouTube videos while I did my best to mess them up or make them laugh. I thought of Grayson’s tweets and comments on my Instagram photos telling me how stunning I was. I could feel the cool tears roll down my cheeks as the now warm water patted against me.
“Y/N?” My thoughts were interrupted by a familiar voice. “Y/N where are you?” I recognized the deep voice as Ethan. What was he doing here?
“I’m in the shower! I’ll be out in a second.” I hollered as I washed the remaining soap off my body and dried myself off quickly. I threw on some sweats and a tank top while I wrapped my hair up in a towel. I hurried downstairs to see Ethan sitting on my couch. I had a feeling I knew why he was here. “Ethan go. It’s over.” I said softly wanting to cry again. Ethan then started laughing.
“Haha no it’s not. Grayson told me what happened and I saw the tweets. Look what you and Gray have is real. You may not see it but I do, and obviously the fans do too.” Ethan put his phone in his pocket and stood to his feet. “If they didn’t see it then they wouldn’t feel the need to hate. You need to understand that this happens to everyone. Yes you’re 20, but so what? Age is just a number. You and Grayson have something that I wish I could find. Some people never find what you two have. Don’t throw it all away over some haters.” Ethan says sounding sincere. Since Gray and I have had our thing Ethan and I have grown really close. I could actually say he was my best friend. “Give him another chance.” Ethan pleas.
“I think I can do that.” I said smiling to Ethan which he then tackled me into a hug.
“I’ll be back.” Eth then runs outside and is gone for a minute before coming back inside with a Gray behind him. I felt this huge sinking feeling when I saw him and I instantly felt awful for earlier.
“Gray I’m sorry. I’m so sorry about what I said.” I apologized but Gray just wrapped his arms around me and his lips landed on mine. I could feel a blush creeping on my face. He pulls away smiling.
“I don’t blame you but I promise with me no one will hurt you.” Grayson says and this time I hug him. I then see Ethan pull out his camera and angle it towards us.
“Let’s film a video! The fans always support it if we do it in a video.” Ethan says and I hide my face in Gray’s chest and I feel him chuckling. We sat down on my couch while E filmed.
“Hey you guys you’ve probably already noticed that this isn’t E sitting next to me. He’s behind the camera.” Grayson introduces and Ethan puts his hand infront if the camera and waves. “This is Y/N and she happens to be extremely special to me.” His hand grabs mine and I start blushing. He starts talking about who I am, how we met, why I was special, and so on. Ethan and I would crack up at how cheesy Gray was being and he would kiss my cheek throughout the video. “Peace!” We all screamed at the end of the video and I looked to Grayson.
“So about that date?” I asked which just made Grayson laugh.
“Well it’s almost 9 now so the reservations I made are cancelled.” He says and I frown.
“Let’s just order a pizza and watch something on Netflix?” I offered and he smiled.
“While you guys do that I’m going to edit this video and get it ready for Tuesday.” Ethan then leaves the room after we all share our goodbyes and thank yous. I snuggle into Grayson’s arm and wrap a blanket around us.
“Smile babe.” He says as he flashes his phone on us while he’s kissing my forehead and posts a pic of us on snap captioning ‘New Vid Tuesday :)’.
@Dolanfan1: @Graysondolan and @your_username are so freaking cute! #shipname
Dolanfan2: #dolantwinsnewvideo was so freaking cute with @your_username I just can’t get over how amazing they are ☺️❤️
Fans were overly supportive of Grayson and I’s relationship and I couldn’t thank them enough for being so supportive. It had been about a few days since Grayson and I put everything out in the open. Even though I still got some hate, many more fans were supportive that the haters were drowned out. I was currently lying with Grayson while we were attempting to nap but we just couldn’t get over that we were actually here right now. He gives my nose a kiss and runs his thumb across my cheek.
“Thanks for giving me a second chance babe. I couldn’t be happier.” He says smiling.
“Back at you. Sorry for overreacting before.” I said as he kisses my forehead.
“Don’t apologize. Just ignore the haters and remember even if you are older than me know that age is just a number. And you’re my number one.” He says being cheesy which makes me giggle and kiss him gently as I fall asleep in his arms.
Summary: He moves on to Twitter next, where things get marginally weirder. His newsfeed is full of tweets about someone called Larry, and that apparently everyone is trying to ship him somewhere. There are a good amount of people though, mostly his hardcore gamer fans and ones with little crushes on him, that are screaming about how this Larry guy is gross.
Fifteen minutes of scrolling tells Louis that Larry Stylinson isn’t a person, but instead a combination of his and Harry’s names. The people that are claiming to ‘ship it’ are apparently rooting for them to get together, which. Okay.
Or, Louis is a gamer and Harry is a beauty guru, and VidCon is a good place to fall in love.
Summary:The picture showed Harry smiling widely (with a fucking dimple) at the camera, his glossy brown curls situated artfully around his shoulders. Louis couldn’t see his whole outfit, but it seemed to consist of a pink, floral button-up with most of the buttons undone. Louis could also detect the dark outlines of tattoos on his chest, although he couldn’t quite make out what they were underneath the shirt.
What he could make out was that his own heartrate seemed to have picked up significantly.
This was so not good. Not only had Louis drunkenly sent messages in a deliberate attempt to interact with this man, he was now insanely attracted to him without ever having met him in person.
Maybe Liam was right – drunk tweeting really was a horrible, rotten idea.A famous/non-famous AU in which Louis banters back and forth with his new record company on Twitter, only to find out that Harry is the man behind the tweets.
Summary: About a week after Harry started visiting this particular chat room, he was watching some kid argue with the whole room about football, personally disinterested as he tipped a bag of crisps into his mouth. He happily chomped on the crumbs, taking a swig from a glass of Ribena to wash them down, glancing at the screen and very nearly spat the squash back out again.
His heart was pounding wildly. The display icon of the argumentative newcomer had caught his eye, and not in a good way. He gulped as he clicked the picture, and when it popped up in full resolution, his heart nearly fell right out of his arse.
Sixteen year old Harry Styles’ world turns upside down when he logs on to gay teen chat to discover somebody has stolen his photos and used them as their own.
Summary: Harry has everything someone would need to make them happy: money, fame, a stunningly attractive albeit fake girlfriend, a supportive family, good friends, and a cat. But maybe he isn’t very happy.
Louis sleeps around and no, he definitely does not have a problem admitting to that thank you very much, but maybe he’s just a little tired of waking up alone in the morning with only a bowl of instant macaroni and cheese to comfort him.
Maybe letting Zayn play matchmaker wouldn’t be such a bad thing
Summary: That shirt was what held his attention again. How many other guys had the same shirt that H and Harry had, and – wait. H… Harry. Harry did yoga. So did H. They both had the same shirt, and had both gotten home ten minutes ago and were cooking dinner.
Louis looked at the picture again, and stared more closely at H’s lips. They were pink and pouty, with the lower lip a bit plumper than the top, just like Harry. And H had brown, curly hair that reached his shoulders, just like Harry.
Louis looked over at Harry, who was putting his hair back up into a bun as the kitchen was most likely getting warmer.
“Holy shit,” Louis whispered. Have I been flirting with my own roommate all this time?
Or, the one where Harry wants to get over his crush on Louis, so he makes a Grindr account to find someone new. Of course, Louis messages him, not realizing H’s real identity. It only takes a few days for them to figure it out.
Summary: Louis Tomlinson has made a great start on his first year of uni. He gets on really well with his three flat mates, who’ve just become his mates. The lessons themselves aren’t bad. And even though he’s not sure when they started dating (no one told him about it) he likes his girlfriend Eleanor well enough.
Then he gets an accidental @reply from this @Harry_Styles kid. Which would be no big deal, except it keeps happening. Soon Louis has struck up a friendship with Harry, but can a relationship online ever really be real?
Summary: Tyler Joseph, an insanely talented lead singer and multi-instrumentalist of the world famous band ‘Twenty One Pilots‘. Little do they know, that the young gentleman is also the secret admirer of an angelic voice, without knowing whom it belongs to.
(A/N): Let me know if you want another part, I‘d also love receive some feedback. Enjoy x PS (Y/H/C) means (Your/Hair/Colour) and ‘Birdy‘, the nickname, has no relations with the artist x
“Hey there, this is my cover of ‘Can‘t Help Falling In Love‘, a song by Elvis Presley and it goes something like this…“
Tyler instantly turns up the volume of the audio as the pure and heavenly voice, that he adores so deeply, begins to vocalise the melodies of the song. The voice, that he has been listening to non-stop for the past months and yet doesn‘t know who it belongs to. But that‘s not him to blame, every week, an anonymous user on Tumblr would post an audio of herself singing a song either followed my an instrument such as bass, piano, guitar, his personal favourite ukulele & etc. or just plain vocals, without any additional information. No name, no pictures whatsoever. Sometimes she‘d even cover one of his songs, which would make him deliriously happy for an entire week, giddy even. That‘s actually how he came across her talent for the first time. Someone on Twitter sent him a link of her cover of ‘Holding Onto You‘ and he completely fell in love with it during first seconds.
So I didn’t know if I would post this but here I am, doing so. Because compared to my other blog I run (aka my personal) I have more followers here. So here it goes…
I can’t believe you are all letting Timeless slip through our fingers??? Honestly???
The main cast is comprised of 7 people, 4 of which are POC??? And one of these in the main cast is a lesbian who is married to another WOC with 2 daughters??? And literally all the bad guys are white???
And the show is surrounded by 3 of them time traveling but it has explicitly shown that traveling to past decades is only good/non dangerous for one of them (because that one is a white male, while the others are a woman and a black male)???
They’ve also had the focus of their time traveling episodes on real historical figures who were forgotten, more often than not other POC??
Travels back to the Alamo?? Time to tell you about the fact that most of the people who fought on both sides were black and latino (if that wasn’t obvious since Texas was part of Mexico and the other side was Mexico), and in fact that Mexico had outlawed slavery years prior and it wasn’t until Texas won their independence then the US came back in and grabbed it that they had slavery.
Travels back to the French and Indian War?? It’s time to meet Nonhelema, a real, powerful Shawnee chieftess who often led her tribe into battle, as well as stood in front of the US Congress to request land for the Shawnee in Ohio, and married 2 Shawnee men, as well as a white general at some point and would write the first English-Shawnee dictionary.
Travels back to the 1969 Moon Landing? Time to meet Katherine Johnson, the mathematician who wasn’t allowed in the room to watch the landing (which I found a fault in “Hidden Figures” because by showing her in there for the John Glenn thing then not showing the moon landing day at all they make you assume she was allowed in for the moon landing, she wasn’t) but basically did everything to make sure it was successful, such as figuring out how fast they’d have to go to break the barrier, where they would need to find them when they came back down, all that.
Next week they’re traveling to the Wild West? Time to meet the Lone Ranger, who maybe people don’t know because of the myths put out by Hollywood, was a real man, but he was an African-American man named Bass Reeves who lived on tribal lands with Seminole and Muscogee tribes after he escaped his white slave owner, but as you should know, found and brought to justice outlaws. And time to meet Tonto, who wasn’t exactly one person in real life but based off Seminole and Muscogee friends who helped him.
And this show isn’t even on fucking, I don’t know, HBO or the CW or some network who is usually more like this. It’s on NBC, yeah one of the three main commercial television networks. But what is happening to it?
It’s on the brisk of possibly being cancelled, it’s currently considered a “bubble show”, which means their ratings aren’t good enough to renew but not bad enough to guarantee cancellation. However, no show with ratings under 3.5 has ever been renewed by NBC, and last week, their ratings were 3.45.
I don’t know how everyone can argue for representation and acknowledgement like this, then not actually watch it and so they end up cancelled after one season.
I don’t know how I want to end this but plead with you to please watch this show if you are not already, and watch it live (also this Monday, during it’s broadcast at 10est/9cst people are planning to try to have #RenewTimeless trend on twitter so tweet it). Or well it’s bye to probably the only realistic, inclusive time traveling/sci fi show, and probably sent a loud message to NBC on their future endeavors.
Should you tip on to-go orders? My answer may surprise you (it won’t).
I’m hesitant to write about this because I love the Bachelor franchise and the former cast of the series, and I don’t want this cast member to read this blog and get offended or talk shit.
In order to avoid that, I’m not going to tag Tanner Tolbert or the Bachelor franchise.
Disclaimer, I adore Tanner and his wife, Jade. I watched both their seasons, and their season of BIP + watched their televised wedding, so in case this makes it way back to Tanner, no disrespect, I just want to provide an inside perspective to tipping on to-go orders.
So here it goes. Maybe I should explain first. I have a twitter where I follow some people and I happened to see this tweet from Tanner Tolbert, from the Bachelorette & Bachelor in Paradise, tweeted this poll:
“We are having a debate at work, how much do you tip for a take out order at a restaurant?
Nothing-its take out. 55% agree.
$1, just to say thank you. 31% agree.
20%, the standard amount you should tip. 14% agree.” (What I voted for).
Here’s why I think I’m a credible person to have this discussion. Out of serving, hosting, and doing to-go orders, I’m probably the best at doing to-go orders. I’m a trainer at my job for host, to-go, and server, and even though I was good at all three job titles, I can admit that I’m the best at to-go.
So hi, I’m serverthoughts, I’m credible and I’m here to inform you all that you should tip the to-go person. There were many nights where no one would tip me when I would do to-go which is why it’s my least favorite thing to do, and at times the hardest.
Although juggling 10 tables and having multiple things to do is still pretty difficult.
I was the main person answering the phone (when I did to-go), and sometimes, occasionally, a server would answer it, but for the most part everyone would ignore the phone.
Sometimes three people would be calling at once, and I’d be the only one answering calls, while putting in a to-go order while the damn phone won’t stop ringing.
When food was taking forever and I quoted my guests a certain time, it’s not like serving a table where I can just tell them that the kitchen is behind and they’ll get their food shortly. People are literally 10 feet away from me, looking pissed off and impatient, as I ask the cooks how much longer for a well-done steak, a well-done hamburger, and three kids meals.
Also, your guests aren’t meant to be there for long. They don’t want to eat at the restaurant, they want something quick and easy (I’m available. Sorry, I couldn’t not make that joke), and want to get out of there fast.
Your friendly to-go person is yelling at the cooks to hurry up because the food should of only took 15 minutes and their customer is waiting, and they have someone on hold who wants to place an order, and then someone came in and wants to place an order, and they have to grab the melting milkshake that should of been in a to-go cup but the bartender put it in a regular glass, and great, they just got an online order that takes up half their screen, and they’re already short two cooks so food is taking forever to make, and then they have to make sure that the burger you asked for no onions with, and a side of loaded mash potatoes, is actually no onions and not with french fries.
But serverthoughts, why not just quote your customers longer? Well young padawan, at our restaurant they typically don’t want us to quote more than 15 minutes unless it’s a big order or well done steaks, then maybe we can extend the time to 20 minutes. Twenty-five if I’m drowning in the fucking weeds.
Things I hated about being a to-go hoe:
When people would order online and come before their pick-up time and ask me if their food was ready.
Fries with no salt. There’s a story behind this, read it here.
When people would order online and either call or come in person and ask if they could have the order earlier than their pick-up time, so I would have to show the cooks proof of the order, and they would still not believe me and begrudgingly make it for me, and the order still not be ready by the real pick-up time.
Always running out of stuff. Silverware, cups, spoons, soup cups, lids, boxes, ramekins.. you name it, we’re out of it.
The stupid stuff people ask you on the phone. Someone told me to go fuck myself once, and I said, “thanks, you too,” and hung up because fire me. They didn’t fire me, my manager actually laughed when I told her. Read that blog post here.
Being the only person doing to-go and being swamped with taking orders, cashing out people, and boxing up food. It’s a lot more stressful than you think, and I tried to describe above the different issues you might face while doing to-go, but I can’t truly describe how it feels to be in the weeds if you’ve never worked in a restaurant.
Literally just find any server ran account on Instagram that posts pictures of server memes, and you’ll see the struggle.
So no, Tanner and fans, I never expected people to tip me because I wasn’t personally waiting on them, like I would while waiting the table. But I am still feeding you and making sure your food is correct - so maybe that doesn’t warrant a 20% tip, but you should always tip the to-go person something, unless they completely fucked up your order. Even then you should tip. Maybe? It depends on the circumstance, really.
Or if their insanely rude. One of our current to-go people is very timid and quiet and if I didn’t know her, I might think she was coming off snobby or rude, so there’s that little tibbit you didn’t need to know.
But I do think you should check your order yourself before you leave the restaurant to make sure everything is right.
I was pleasantly surprised when I got tips because most people, (55 percent) of the poll, don’t think you should tip the to-go person, and 31 percent only think you should give a dollar.
5 dollars is cool for a to-go order, I looooooved when people would tip me 5 dollars. Obviously the people that tipped 15 percent and up were my favorite, but I was a realistic person.
I always tip when I order to-go and even sometimes when I get a coffee or sandwich. Minimum wage is not enough to live on and I get that struggle. Tipping $5 on a to-go order is not going to break the bank, and if it does maybe you should cook at home.
I was going to post screenshots of some of the replies that Tanner got from this tweet but I don’t want to get upset and rant about it, so I’m just going to quietly exit and hope Tanner or anyone from the Bachelor family never reads this, k bye.
P.S.S. Maybe I’ll include the replies to the tweets in my next “Replying to Yelp reviews” because I already screenshot the replies and blurred out the twitter handles.