i think he's over killing the wrong person

anonymous asked:

ok, i'll try again. why are true crime bloggers so against the capital punishment? i'm as interested in tc as anybody else but i strongly support death penalty in certain cases ( brutal murders, serial killers etc.). i don't view it as revenge, it's JUSTICE. why do you think a person that took many lives, ended many people's dreams hopes thoughts 'just like that' has a right to live? in my opinion, he doesn't.

I’ve explained why I’m against the death penalty over and over again which is why I ignored your ask. How is killing people to show that killing people is wrong logical? It isn’t just crime bloggers - look how many states and countries have abolished the death penalty. In a modern-day society, most can see that capital punishment is archaic.

Why support a racist, bias, and hypocritical system which has seen innocent people executed as opposed to one which has the same outcome - life imprisonment gets the killer off the street and sees justice served. Do you know POC are sentenced to death at an alarming disproportionate rate to whites? Why support that? Furthermore, it isn’t about who deserves to live or die but how we should not have the right to decide someone else’s fate, period.

When you support the death penalty, you do not pick and choose which aspects you support.
Dumbledore is the master of deflection

The following exchange is fairly incredible, and I think deserves more commentary and critique than it receives:

“I thought…you were going…to keep her…safe…”

“She and James put their faith in the wrong person,” said Dumbledore. “Rather like you, Severus. Weren’t you hoping that Lord Voldemort would spare her?”

Snape’s right to be devastated and to confront Dumbledore over his lack of action; he did anything for Dumbledore because he believed Dumbledore would save Lily.  

And what’s Dumbledore’s response?  

No admission of guilt.

No apology.

Instead, Dumbledore deflects, and seemingly blames Pettigrew and Voldemort.

And yes, Voldemort cast the killing curse whilst Pettigrew provided the weakness for Voldemort to exploit.

But really, it’s an incredible response.  As head of the Order, Dumbledore had the power to insist that he was Secret Keeper…and that would’ve kept the Potters safe. 

This isn’t even credibly presented as an option in the books - it’s as if Dumbledore shrugged and said, “Yes, some naive 21 year olds wanted to trust their ratty friend, and what could I - a powerful, impressive, war hero of a wizard who is in charge of the Order - do to stop them?”

But most of all, Dumbledore deliberately twists events to absolve himself of blame.  Sure, Snape did go to Voldemort to request that Lily be spared.

(…incidentally for me, one of the most interesting pieces in the books is that Voldemort DID attempt to spare Lily, but Snape hadn’t truly trusted that he would.  I could write an essay on that juxtaposition alone.)

But the point is, Snape didn’t put his faith in Voldemort; he clearly wasn’t convinced that Voldemort would spare her, which is why he came to Dumbledore.

Thus, Dumbledore’s response is ridiculous.  

“She and James put their faith in the wrong person,” said Dumbledore. “Rather like you, Severus. Weren’t you hoping that Lord Voldemort would spare her?”

When in fact, Snape did no such thing.  He had no faith in Voldemort, and he was so desperate for Dumbledore’s assistance, he offered Dumbledore anything in return for Lily’s safety.

Snape did put his faith in the wrong person.  But that person wasn’t Voldemort.

So the best bit of this whole exchange?

It’s the fact that Dumbledore doesn’t actually say, “Yeah, it was definitely Pettigrew and Voldemort.” 

What he actually says is that Lily, James and Snape all put their faith in the wrong person.

…and then he casually mentions that Snape had hoped Voldemort would do the right thing and spare Lily.

Which makes this an incredibly intelligent, and wonderfully deft comment by Dumbledore - because it makes the reader see something entirely different to what he said.

“I thought…you were going…to keep her…safe…”

She and James put their faith in the wrong person,” said Dumbledore. “Rather like you, Severus.”

Lily, James and Snape all put their faith into Dumbledore. 

And Dumbledore had no intention of sparing the Potters, because his only hope of defeating Voldemort was if the prophecy was fulfilled.

The inconvenient truth is that Dumbledore wasn’t about to let a little thing like Lily and James’ lives get in the way of the emergence of ‘the Chosen One’.

In defense of Passengers

There’s been a lot of controversy and criticism surrounding Passengers recently. This is my defense for why I love the movie.

Firstly I would to start with the fact that this isn’t just a space romance movie. There’s an ethical depth to it. Many are saying that it was wrong for Jim to be treated as a hero for waking up Aurora and manipulating her to fall in love with him but he was lonely and depressed for over a year. People do irrational things when they’re alone for that long. Even Aurora understood what he had gone through when Jim was willing to sacrifice himself. She said “I can’t live on this ship without you”.

I think most people would wake someone up and essentially ruin someone’s life for 90 years. Maybe not necessarily for companionship but you’d find the person with the highest IQ or who knows most about the ship so they could figure out what’s wrong. It’s a better option than just killing yourself and letting the 5000 other passengers eventually die due to the ship’s failure.

Don’t get me wrong, I think Aurora had every reason to react the way she did. It was selfish of him to wake her up. But we could see Jim’s guilt showing through in certain moments. It would be wrong to classify him as a villain but instead as a man of desperation who eventually learns that everything is not about him. He’s no more a villain than any other superhero who constantly endangers their loved ones but takes a chance on love anyways because they are merely human. Indeed, I think Jim was simply being human, making human mistakes due to human needs.

Now, in relation to the clichés and the cheesyness of the movie. Can you really expect a movie starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence to be entirely serious. I mean, come on, even The Martian was funny. And Matt Damon didn’t even have a companion on that spaceship. This movie is original in its theme’s because, unlike The Martian, it involves other people. It questions why people shift their burdens onto others, why robots aren’t enough, how important human connection is. The romantic aspect was also integral because it questions how far we can use love and infatuation as an excuse. It puts a great twist on the star crossed lovers concept. You cant think their relationship is creepy but have no problem with Harley Quinn and The Joker or Romeo and Juliet or Bella and Edward or pretty much every couple for that matter. When relationships are put into grave situations, they end up having to work through a lot more.

The film makes quite a lot of references to other films, Titanic being a prime example. These two are so intertwined it’s crazy. A couple is aboard a sinking ship. Everyone else on the ship is essentially irrelevant as the focus is shifted onto the couple. There are periods of romance and happiness that are ruined immediately. But the Titanic doesn’t make you think. Ok maybe the plank part does but generally, you see it knowing that everyone is gonna die and there’s nothing anyone can do because it’s history. Passengers benefits by being futuristic. By making us consider our choices in the future and what we would do in their places. It has a lasting impact on us, not just emotionally like Titanic.

In conclusion, I think Passengers is an excellent movie. The performances were amazing, the visuals were amazing, the script was amazing, the themes were amazing. Few movies this year have made me consider life the way this one has.

Is it just me, or..

does anyone else notice how different Anakin sounds when he’s talking to Ahsoka?

Like, it’s not even just his tone of voice, but his facial expressions change completely from person to person. 

So in Storm over Ryloth, Ahsoka fails and gets the majority of her troops killed during an aerial battle. In this picture, Anakin is trying to comfort her and help her understand what she did wrong. 

Look at his expressions, they’re much softer, and he’s being very gentle as he speaks, as he tries to help her. 

See, in this picture he’s in “General mode”. He speaks harshly, because he’s giving orders, and his expression is much more closed off than the other picture. 

I just think this is interesting, because Ahsoka, Obi-Wan, and Padme make Anakin look like the top picture. Warm, kind, and open, because that’s who he is. He wears his heart on his sleeve, he’s not really closed off. 

This fascinates me because in Episode III, he’s already lost Ahsoka, so that warmth and that openness goes away because he’s lost her, and he’s thrown himself into his work to distract himself, and the only person who can help is Padme. 

Idk, everyone just complains about episode III “emo-Anakin” and I’m like, “He’s not an awful, cold, emotionless fish, he’s just upset and broken by the war.” 

TL;DR I’m a nerd with too much time on her hands. 

“Murphy, it’s over.”

This is what Bellamy says after Murphy demands that Charlotte should be punished for killing Wells, and it’s only now that I’m re-watching the series that I’ve realised how angry this makes me. I know Murphy did some awful things, but he’s right in saying that it’s wrong how they accused him of murder and strung him up without even giving him a chance to defend himself, but when the true murderer was revealed, everyone was happy to let her off the hook. 

Bellamy is definitely one of the main enablers in this scene, from kicking the chair out from beneath Murphy to hiding Charlotte and protecting her, and even Clarke isn’t innocent because she’s the one who accused Murphy in front of everyone in the first place even though she knew that it could incite a riot. 

It’s stuff like this that really puts into perspective how some characters are glorified regardless of the mistakes they’ve made while others are damned until the end even when they’re innocent, and it shows that almost everyone on the show (no matter how beloved and wonderful they are) has made bad decisions, even if we don’t want to acknowledge them. 

However, I also appreciate this a whole lot, because it makes the characters human and real, as opposed to putting them up on some pedestal where they can do no wrong.

I know this post seems like it’s on the wrong blog, but it isn’t, bear with me here.

So, I was re-watching the Avengers, and y’all know the bit with Loki’s speech in Germany? Well, I was thinking: personally, I probably would have knelt when he yelled “KNEEL!” but then I think I would have slipped into DnD mode (my brain goes to strange places when adrenaline takes over) and I would have started mouthing off from my knees and probably gotten myself killed.

In other words, I would have died from inappropriately-timed comments about kink-shaming. And Nazis. I most likely would have pointed out the total lack of subtlety about his “freedom in subjugation” speech taking place in Germany. It was a bit on the nose, you have to admit.

So this is what DnD has done to me: theoretically gotten me murdered by disgruntled Norse gods by training me to respond to powerful and vaguely deific figures with inappropriate snark that may or may not have been in character, people usually just pretend I’m not talking at that point.

Thanks.

PS: Also, it’s like… holy fuck it’s after 4 in the morning, why am I still awake. So anyways, just telling you that to give you context for this very bizarre post. I’m probably going to delete it before it makes it out of the queue. (who am I kidding I’ll totally forget about it and then wake up later today and be like “what the fuck have I done??”)

PPS: It is now precisely one hour later, this post goes up in a little over 45 minutes, and I refuse to acknowledge any regrets.

Listen, I don’t like to watch people be bullied or pushed from spaces. I don’t think fans should encourage people to kill themselves over projects, but people who are focusing on that minority of fans over the ones who expressed valid concern over the hurtful stuff in Age of Ultron and the other harmful things Joss Whedon has done are focusing on the wrong thing.

I love Joss’ work and it’s brought me a ton of enjoyment and a ton of friends. It made me a better person. But I’m not above learning, and neither is he. We can enjoy something and still be critical of it. People saying “Whedon never hurt anyone” need to take a look at the Romani people who are silenced and erased daily, like he erased the Maximoffs ancestry. They need to look at Chinese people whose culture he hijacked while casting white people in their roles in Firefly. They need to look at all the women who are unable to or don’t want to have children and who have now been told by one of the biggest movies in the world that this fact makes them a monster. Look at the genderqueer individuals whose identity he erased in his Runaways run by saying unequivocly that a canon genderqueer character was really a girl or the Jewish people who live with the memory of the holocaust only to have the children of holocaust survivors be portrayed as volunteers for a fictional neo-nazi group.

Look at all the lives this man touches on a daily basis. He has the power and the intelligence to be a real force for good, solid, representation. He has the chance for his stories to matter. If he’s a fan of these characters he shouldn’t be beyond criticism in the way he portrays them. Nobody is perfect. I’m not. The people criticizing Joss aren’t. Hollywood isn’t. But what makes a good ally and a good person is the ability to listen to the people you’ve offended. Hold your hands up, say “I’m sorry, and I’ll try and do better next time.” That’s all it takes. Actively try to do better by the people you’re representing. Acting as though Joss is a completely innocent party doesn’t help anyone, and defending a cis het white man over the queer, poc, female, genderqueer, marginalized individuals his stories ignore or actively harm is an act of violence against those communities.

All we want is for a grown man to acknowledge he’s wrong and try and do better. Remember, there’s a reason the monsters in stories can’t see themselves in mirrors. To destroy people, you deny them an accurate portrayal of themselves.

Representation matters. It can change the world.