journey of reconciliation

Imagine Daycare Teacher! Izuku and Single Hero Dad! Bakugou

ALSO KNOWN AS THE BAKUDAD AU

A good wholesome AU where Izuku decides that the best way he can be a hero for the people is to be the best mentor/teacher™ to all kids at this Daycare like #1 Big Brother! Being a daycare teacher gives him an oppurtunity to help anyone and everyone he can, especially the children! These kiddos either call him Izu-nii or Izu-sensei.

In this universe, Bakugou has a child. The origin of the mother is unknown (I’d like to say she died from childbirth because I’m a cruel person). As a single father, he is forced to raise his child until they are old enough to go to day care which gives him the perfect opportunity to drop them off so he can go back to his hero duties (he took a maternal leave aaa).

Bakugou’s child becomes super attached to Izuku and these two hit off really well. (At some point, like any kid would, he declares to be Izuku’s future spouse while the daycare teacher laughs it off). For the the first few months, Bakugou grows curious whenever his child talks about (more like GUSHES) about this “Izu-nii”. Then that curiosity turns into jealousy because fUCK THAT GUY I WILL BE MY CHILD’S NUMBER ONE. 

One day when Bakgou is picking up, he asks to meet “Izu-nii” only to come face-to-face with Izuku. Suddenly years of GUILT AND PAIN drop on Bakugou.

From that point, it’ll be Izuku and Bakugou’s journey toward reconciliation!

Izuku is super wary and un-trusting of Bakugou at first, but he’ll soften up eventually! 

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Hostiles (2017)

1892, New Mexico - legendary Army captain Joseph J. Blocker (Christian Bale) undertakes one final mission before retirement: escort Yellow Hawk (Wes Studi) – a dying Cheyenne war chief – and his family back to sacred tribal lands. After 20 years of violent struggle, this gesture of peace is as unthinkable as it is harrowing. Together they battle against a punishing landscape and the brutality of men alike, coming to the rescue of a young widow (Rosamund Pike) amidst the carnage of her murdered family. Two great warriors, once rivals across the battlefield, must learn to trust each other and find peace in an unforgiving land.

A heroic odyssey of survival, Hostiles- becomes a story not about the miles traveled nor the battles fought, but the journey towards respect, reconciliation, and forgiveness.

Directed by:   Scott Cooper

Starring:   Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike, Wes Studi, Jesse Plemons, Rory Cochrane, Pilou Asbaek, Timothee Chalamet, Adam Beach, Q'orianka Kilcher, Ben Foster, Stephen Lang, Scott Wilson, Peter Mullan

Release date:   2017

MRJ's S3 Performance Review for OUAT (Probably)

In which MRJ’s OUAT S3 Performance Review probably went something like this…

Adam Horowitz: Hi. Good to see you. Good mid-season hiatus?

Michael Raymond-James: [cool, but engaged] Yeah. Good. Doin’ good.

Eddy Kitsis: Great, so…we’ve been working on Neal’s journey after he helps rescue Henry and reconciles with Rumple.

MRJ: [interested] Awesome. ‘Cause I was thinkin’–

Adam: Can I just interject that you’ve been doing a really phenomenal job so far?

MRJ: Well, yeah–thanks, but I was…

Adam: We’ve really loved writing your arc. It’s so character-rich.

Eddy: And we’re very excited about writing the finish to it.

MRJ: The finish? Already? Don’t you think after everything Emma said to Neal in NeverLand that it’s gonna take some time–

Eddy: Look, Michael, we can’t thank you enough for coming on-board with us.

Adam: And we’re more than willing to publicize that you asked out of your contract with us in order to pursue other projects. There’ll be nothing released by us saying you’ve been let go. We’ll release that you were totally in charge of the decision.

Eddy: Yeah. What happens in this room stays in this room.

MRJ: But–I don’t–Neal and Emma are going to reconcile and then–what? If I’m going, is Neal going to be magically turned into another actor? Are you gonna use Dylan and have Neal zapped back into Bae and then it’s sort of a Prelude to a Kiss-type thing where Emma’s in love with teenaged Bae? I mean, what? Tell me. I’m dying to know what you’ve got for him.

Eddy: (laughs) Well, you will be dying.

MRJ: Huh?

Adam: Yeah. Neal’s gonna die. It’s a bold move in storytelling, we know. But that’s what Once Upon a Time has always been about!

Eddy: But he gets to rescue everyone–just like his heroic dad.

MRJ: Heroic dad?

Eddy: Yeah. He’s learned a lot from Rumple about sacrifice.

MRJ: [trying to figure it out] So there are gonna be some flashbacks to Bae learning sacrifice from Coward Rumple? After Milah left him but before he took on the Curse of the Dark One?

Eddy: Um, no.

Adam: But it’s gonna be a game-changer!

MRJ: But all those talks we had, I mean–about Neal abandoning Emma and why he had no choice and how we were going to explore how two people come together again after there being so much pain in their past, and the journey to reconciliation, and–like, what do they say?–the Swan and the Fire, man. Nothing can put it out. You said that, Eddy. Right here, to me. Last week.

Eddy: What happens in this room stays in this room, Michael.

Adam: Look, we’re gonna have to let you go. Let NEAL go.

Eddy: We’ve decided to go in a different direction.

MRJ: How?

Adam: Let me put it to you this way: it’s talk like a pirate day. From now on.

Eddy: Arg! [giggles]

MRJ is speechless.

Adam: No, really, you were awesome.

Eddy: We love you!

Adam: Quality work.


Eddy: Feel free to use us as a reference.

MRJ: [cutting his losses] You know, let’s just go with that: 'he asked out of his contract’. Works for me.

Eddy: Super.

Adam: One last thing: would you mind, maybe, being the one to tell Robert you’re leaving?

MRJ: [taken aback] Me? Why?

Adam: Eddy’s scared of him.

Eddy: Am not.

Adam: Are too.

Eddy: [pleading, trying to affect puppy dog eyes] Please?

MRJ: Fine. Whatevs. [so done]

People often describe the journey of transsexual people as a passage through the sexes, from manhood to womanhood, from male to female, from boy to girl. That simplifies a complicated journey of self-discovery that goes way beyond gender and genitalia. My passage was an evolution from me to closer-to-me-ness. It’s a journey of self-revelation. Undergoing hormone therapy and genital reconstruction surgery and traveling sixty-six hundred miles from Hawaii to Thailand are the titillating details that cis people love to hear. They’re deeply personal steps I took to become closer to me, and I choose to share them. I didn’t hustle those streets and fight the maturation of my body merely to get a vagina. I sought something grander than the changing of genitalia. I was seeking reconciliation with myself.
—  Janet Mock, Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More (Pg. 227)
Arrow 5x07 “Vigilante” Review: It Really Was Full Of A Whole Lot of Suck

This episode was so bad. It was messy. The dialogue was awful—not even talking about the cut and paste crap referenced in the review title. The hope that I came into this season with diminishes each week. I came into S5 with an open mind even though the PR did nothing to persuade me to watch. Each week feels worse than the last, both in insult and injury. My beloved characters are not recognizable, the looks of the show has changed, and not for the better, even though we have recycled plots and dialogue.

What we have is stagnation.

What we have is audience apathy—which honestly feels like a reaction to the apathy behind the scenes.

THE RECRUITS

Evelyn Sharpe

The big a-ha moment of the episode was her last second meet-up with Prometheus. This kind of shock value wasn’t enough to raise the episode up. It was just that bad. I might have also cared about the twist more if I cared more for her. I don’t. And last week when she was all “Serial Killer” to Oliver, she burned that bridge with me.

I will say it certainly puts a new light on that fight scene between Evelyn and Prometheus last week. I couldn’t understand why he didn’t snap her like a twig. I figured she’d just been LL’d with skills. Maybe not now? But I’m not entirely sold on her being a mole in Team Arrow. Maybe she’s double-crossing Prometheus (or at the very least beginning to regret joining forces with him). What I do know is they have given us zero insight into her character. So we’ll see where this goes. But even if she isn’t Oliver’s double agent then they made the only new girl on the team evil.

Not exactly the most female positive move to make in a show that is truly suffering in its treatment of females. And 5x07 had more to add to that particular pyre.

Last week I commented how entirely idiotic it was that Evelyn is fine for dropping out of school and playing vigilante but they drew the line at drinking at 17. This week they double-downed on the double standard and spiced it up with some disgusting sexism. A 17-year-old girl was dressed up like a hooker and used as bait in an episode that talked about teenage trafficking. A. Seventeen. Year. Old. Girl. Was. Dressed. Up. As. A. Hooker. When last week she couldn’t drink.


She can’t fight crime with a buzz but her boobs and ass are okay.


Why am I not surprised? This is the same show that had Felicity treat her vagina like a credit card with the boyfriend she still refuses to name.

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Black History: Bayard Rustin

Bayard Rustin (1912-1987) is one of the most important and least appreciated figures of the Civil Rights Movement. Rustin was openly gay and advocated for gay rights as well as fighting for civil liberties for black people. Actually lemme go back a sec. He was an openly gay, black, Quaker pacifist. And he was born in 1912. Think on that shit for a minute. Anyway, being openly gay, to the point that a friend of his said, “He’d never heard there was a closet,” and championing gay rights is probably why we don’t give him the renown he deserves. 

So what’d he do that was so important? Well, what do y'all remember about the Civil Rights Movement?

Freedom Rides?

He was on and organized one of the first (the Journey of Reconciliation).

Nonviolent resistance?

He advised Martin Luther King, Jr. on Ghandian tactics. Before him, MLK was was planning on doing the Montgomery Bus Boycotts strapped.

The March on Washington?

HE PLANNED THAT MOTHERFUCKER.

Bayarad Rustin is a Civil Rights hero, an American hero, and responsible for so much that we have today. Learn about him. Thank him.

Oh and on top of all that, when he was younger he went to California to help protect the property of Japanese Americans that had been put into internment camps. Because, fuck it, if you’re gonna make a bid for sainthood, you may as well start early.