Yesterday, Flynn & I were walking down a narrow path,
with brambles either side. Flynn was behind me & wanted to be in front.
I wasn’t prepared to throw myself in the brambles & he wasn’t prepared to
push through them in order to pass me. I assumed Flynn would just wait until
we got to a wider section & then nip around me.
I took a slightly bigger than average step, to avoid some
mud & suddenly there was a brown dog running between my legs. This is the same dog, who, in the past, on more occasions
than I care to count, launched himself at me & bit my feet - hard, multiple
times - because I made the mistake of simply walking too close to “his space”.
It was a moment that only lasted a split second but I was left
standing on the path, feeling totally bemused by what had just happened, watching as
Flynn, ears perked, tail jauntily curled up over his back, trotted on like
nothing had happened & he did this kind of thing every day.
But… yeah… I
mean… for Flynn, with his extreme aversion to being touched on his
sides/ back & of feeling in any way “trapped” it was quite a moment. Well, if you’ve
been following his story over the past 2 years, you’ll know why I was kinda
Welcome back. So glad you’re still listening. Are you having fun? You must be wondering who’s next, and why. Is it you? What did you do? How did you end up on these tapes? Maybe you did something cruel. Or maybe you just watched it happen. Maybe you didn’t even realize you were being cruel. Maybe you didn’t do anything at all. And maybe you should have. Too late. I think you know exactly what you did. And after these tapes, you’ll never forget it. I know I won’t.
13 Reasons Why: Tape 1, Side B
Beach Year: Lup, Magnus, Barry, and Taako played beach volleyball with the Light of Creation for a solid twenty minutes before Davenport came and broke it up. He was very upset with all of them. That’s the power to shape worlds! You can’t just let Lup serve it into people’s faces! Lucretia, why did you just sit and watch this happen?
(Lucretia whispered “Because I’m not a goddamn narc,” and Taako giggled so hard he almost got honest to goodness grounded. Davenport carried the Light of Creation around in a baby sling for the next week.)
if you haven’t watch Mark’s video, I suggest you you go now before reading this post (if you actually even read it xD) because it might contain spoilers.
Ok so we now have physical proof of Darkiplier’s existence, just like Anti’s. I love how they both act alike with the glitches and all, but they’re still so different from each other. from what I saw with Jack and Anti, it seems like Anti fights Jack for control of the physical body. Anti was restless, he’d do anything and everything to take full control of Jack’s body, including killing Jack which is kinda what he did in the halloween video when he cut his throat. He just wanted freedom, and he has no problem in blaming us (the fans) for his actions towards Jack (“you all said my name”, “YOU” “its all your fault” “you all made this happen” “you could’ve stopped me… but you just watched as this happened” “now he’s gone forever”). He knows exactly what to say to make us feel guilty. that sounds an awful lot like a sociopath. I might be wrong but I just did some research (I wouldn’t be writing this without doing my homework ahah) and some of the traits are:
Repeated violations of the law
Pervasive lying and deception
Reckless disregard for safety of self or others
Consistent irresponsibility in work and family environments
Lack of remorse
you can see most of these behaviors in Anti. Antisepticeye is a sociopath.
now Darkiplier on the other hand…
from what I saw in mark’s valentine’s day video, Dark looked like he had more self control. he seemed awfully calm. he wasn’t trying to fight Mark for a chance of controling the body. he was waiting for Mark to actually let him in (”I’ve been waiting patiently” “he promised he would let me in again”) and this makes me think… Dark is strong enough to take over Mark’s body without actually attacking Mark the way Anti did with Jack. and Mark knows it. so he made a deal. he would let Dark get in from time to time, if he promised not to hurt anyone. obviously Dark wouldn’t keep that promise like we see in the14 million subs video for example. now lets take a look at some of the psychopath traits:
Lack of guilt/remorse
Lack of empathy
Lack of deep emotional attachments
I don’t know about you but these scream Darkiplier to me. you can see how emotionally detached he is from us. he just wants to toy with our emotions. this is all but a game to him. and he doesn’t care about the consequences (”take your pick. anything of four different choices”, “and lets see how far down this rabbit hole really goes” “so take your pick. show me what you got”, “and maybe we’ll have a good date after all”). he gives us a sense of security and happiness(?) (”if dinner is what you want, then I can provide”, “and I can take you to wherever you’d like to go”), only to be crushed by a statement that makes us fear for our own life (”I can specially take you to places where you DON’T want to go”), leaving us on the edge. he makes us think he actually cares about us (”I’ve been waiting a long time to get some personal space between us”), when he actually just wants to hurt us (”THERE’S NOTHING YOU OR HE CAN DO TO STOP ME”, “youre never, ever going to escape me”).
and if you notice, after you’ve chosen who to kill, you’ll see that if you choose the left option, Mark looks so worried and empathetic over us, trying to reassure us… after all we just killed someone and he’s worried about us (compared to the Mark we’re left with, if you choose the right option). at the end, it turns out we killed the wrong Mark, and we’re left with Dark in front of us. for a second we believed we killed the right Mark, seeing how calm and not evil M(D)ark was acting towards us. that is manipulation. Dark made us believe we were safe now, that we made the right choice, only to crush that sense of safeness right when we were starting to get confortable and at peace (”oops… looks like you made the wrong choice”, “but now we’re going to be together…. forever”)
I strongly believe Darkiplier is a psychopath and Antisepticeye is a sociopath. they both act differently towards Jack and Mark and their fans, but at the same time, in a very similar way. I believe the reason Anti is so glitchy and Dark is so “HD quality” (xD) is because Anti forced his way into Jack and obviously thats gonna leave some damage, while Dark waited (im)patiently for his turn to take over the body.
I just want to congratulate @therealjacksepticeye and @markiplier for portraying these characters, made up by the fans, so unbelievably well, and thank them for taking their time to make something, created by the community, come true like this. you guys are amazing.
this is just my theory, if you disagree or have something to say, I’d be more than happy to hear your theories, but don’t be rude or anything.
also, if you read this giant post till the end, thank you so much for taking your time to do so :) sorry if this was a bit confusing xD
edit: if you want a bit more input on their disorders, take a look at this post
So I did a song interpretation master class with Will, which was really fun and informational. I got up there and sang “Watch What Happens” from Newsies, my go-to audition song. If you don’t know the context, Katherine is a courageous reporter writing a story about the striking newsboys to do herself and the boys justice.
After I finish, he asks: “What’s the circumstance of this song?” I explain to him what I told you above.
He then asks: “Who would be an opposing force in this situation?” I replied with: “Maybe a friend who wants me to settle down and become a housewife?”
“Alright. I’ll be that friend. Sing the song to me.”
And that is the story of how I stared at Will Roland’s shaking head and into his disapproving eyes and screamed “AND THEN JUST WATCH WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THEY DO!” angrily in his face.
Subtitles: 2:33 [Hello] | 8:07 [Die] | 8:43 [I’m here] | 10:46 [Don’t] | 11:06 [Help me] | 11:16-11:45 [You. His body was WEAK. You. You all said my name. Kept me. I AM here now. Inside YOU. It’s all your fault. TOO LONG. Listen to me. You all MADE this happen. You could’ve STOPPED me. But you just WATCHED as THIS HAPPENED. Now he’s GONE FOREVER. SAY GOODBYE.]
Description: You thought I was gone. Tried to replace me. I’m always here.
Webcam: 1:06 | 1:09 | 1:14-2:20
Subtitles: 1:25-1:30 [Hahaha. Jack is dead. You’re too late.] ⁴
| 1:34-2:20 [Did you miss me? (Did you miss me?) LOOK AT YOU ALL. JUST SITTING THERE. YOU ALL THOUGHT I WAS GONE. NOT WORRYING ABOUT ANYTHING. YOU ALL THOUGHT I WAS GONE. BUT I’VE BEEN HERE THIS ENTIRE TIME. KEEPING AN EYE ON THINGS. YOU STOPPED PAYING ATTENTION. wElL I HoPE YoU’Re hAPPY. YOU FOUND SOMEONE NEW. THREW ME ASIDE. SOMEONE TO REPLACE ME. I’M NOT GOING ANYWHERE. I’M ALWAYS THERE. ALWAYS WATCHING. (Help me!) YOU CAN’T GET RID OF ME. ENJOY THE SHOW.]
¹ The whiteboard behind him says “Don’t Watch.” It’s visible through the whole video, but this is the earliest you can clearly read it ² The webcam doesn’t glitch, but his head twitches as if it should ³ Voice distorts to read the phone call ⁴ Not shown in subtitles, just the audio from the clip mashup
DISCLAIMER: The YouTube subtitles in Jack’s videos are fan-made, meaning any hints to Anti are false. “Subtitles” in regards to this masterpost simply means a translation of what Anti is saying, and not what’s in the video subtitles.
For all of the witches who struggle with Sabbats sneaking up on them, here is a guide to help whip up an easy celebration so you never have to miss out on Sabbats again!
A Sabbat is a seasonal festival mostly celebrated by Pagans and Witches. Sabbats are like any other holiday, except these are normally celebrations of the changing of the seasons, or the “turning of the wheel.” Each person will celebrate each Sabbat differently, as each season is completely personal to you.
The First Step
The first step I recommend to planning a Sabbat celebration is to figure out exactly what the Sabbat is to you. Figure out how you feel about the sabbat and what you naturally associate each one with. This can take some time to work through, especially if you are new to sabbats or if you tend to avoid nature at all costs.
What to ask yourself:
- What does this Sabbat mean to you? - What is the Earth doing right now? What does it look like outside your window? - What is in season (this includes foods, herbs, flowers and decor)? - How do you feel this time of year? How does this particular Sabbat make you feel? Is this normal? - What sort of things make you feel “witchy” or connected to this Sabbat? - Why is this day special to you?
Things to Do:
- Perform a ritual. Rituals can be as elaborate or as simple as you want them to be. Sometimes all you have to work with is a tealight candle and a week old pack of cookies.
- Cook. Some of us feel connected to the world around us when there is food involved. After all, it’s not a party unless there is food. Try out a new recipe with in-season foods, or make your favorite comfort food dish.
- Go outside. The easiest way to celebrate the changing of the seasons is to go outside and experience them. Even if it’s a short walk (because not many people want to go for long strolls in the dead of winter), take a moment to step outside and experience nature and observe what it’s currently doing. If you are able, plan a day trip to somewhere special or new to explore.
- Decorate. Nothing gets me in the holiday (or Sabbat) spirit like decorating. As a child decorating for Christmas was the best because that was the only time we put up decorations. Now, as an adult, I use whatever I have handy to decorate for every Sabbat I can to make me feel more festive.
- Offerings. If you work with spirits of deities, you may wish to put together some sort of offering for them when you celebrate. This can be food, special rocks or flowers from outside, or something you’ve made yourself.
- Spells. Sabbats are prime times to do spells for me. The spells I cast are reflections of the coming season and what I want from them.
- Crafts. There are a ton of different little projects for Sabbats floating around on the internet. Get creative and make something! If you are on a budget, make something with what you have, or modify a craft to include what you have. I like to make something new each year for the Sabbats (it’s an easy way to get “decorations” too!)
- Divination. Nothing says celebration like a good old fashion look into the future. Choose any form of divination that you’d like and do a reading for yourself.
- Journaling. Sometimes the easiest way to celebrate and connect is to get into your own head. Let the Earth inspire you. Stare out a window (or sit outside if you can) and just watch what happens around you. Let it inspire you to create. Journal about your own feelings, write a freestyle poem or sketch and paint what you see.
Creating a Ritual
Not all rituals have to be long and elaborate. Some of my favorite rituals are just sitting around in sweatpants with a hot cup of cocoa and my journal, reflecting on the season and my life. Ask yourself these questions to help piece together how a ritual would be best done for you.
- What am I celebrating? How can I celebrate this? - Who am I worshiping? - How much space do I have? - How much time do I have? - Why am I celebrating this Sabbat? - What do I/can I buy for my celebrations?
The important thing for Sabbats isn’t how grand your ritual is, it’s all about gaining something from it, whether that be a nice warm fuzzy feeling or a great insight into your life.
Reflection and Meditation
After each Sabbat day, I find it helpful if I reflect upon what I did that day and how my celebration went. This is when I do most of my journaling, but you don’t have to write anything. You can simply sit and rest and meditate on the day if you wish. Use this time to unwind.
- What did I do today? How do I feel about it? - What ideas do I have for next year? - What did this year’s Sabbat teach me? - What was my favorite part of today’s celebration? - What was my least favorite?
There in the middle of the hangar, sat Lance surrounded by a hurricane of black that swirled faster with each passing second. His eyes were squeezed shut, not seeing the paladins, yet they all felt like he just knew. It was when he opened his eyes that all hell broke loose.
Lance’s eyes glowed a pale blue amidst the chaos of the black storm surrounding him. He almost seemed to stare at the team unseeingly, his eyes shining unnaturally.
“Lance?” Shiro asked,”…What’s going on?” He didn’t reply, the only movement he made was the slow blink of his eyes. “Buddy, I need you to work with me ok? What is happening?” Shiro tried again, only to be greeted by silence. The team was beyond freaked out at this point, because where the Lance they knew? What was this, this thing in front of them?
“Lance you better knock it off! This isn’t funny man!” Hunk yelled, taking a step forward, “Let us help you!”
Lance cocked his head to the side, his brows furrowing. “Blue is someone here?”
If the team thought they were freaked out before, then damn, they were terrified right now. Lance’s voice was creepy, it was as if someone layered his voice a thousand times, each one seeming farther away than the one before it.
“Can he not hear us?” Pidge whispered, her voice sounding smaller than usual.
“Blue can you please tell Lance that we’re here to help?” Shiro asked, but the Blue Lion was not listening. Her eyes were fixed on Lance and Lance alone, who was now slowly standing up, the storm around him condensing to two black orbs that sat in each of his hands.
“Whoever it is, can you please tell them to leave? I’ve almost got this part down! See,” Lance said, dispersing the two orbs into multiple orbs that circled his head,”I’m finally getting the hang of this thing!” The team stared at the menacing blackness that loomed over Lance, who seemed unaffected by the eerie energy it was giving off.
“That’s it, the show is over,” Keith growled, stomping over to Lance determinedly.
“Keith no! We don’t know what’s going on!” Shiro shouted, reaching out for Keith, only to just miss him. He could only watch as Keith made his way to Lance and grabbed his arm.
The movement above Lance’s head stopped as he turned to face Keith, his eyes still glowing that pale blue.
“Snap out of it Lance! You need to tell us what’s going on!” Keith shouted, gripping Lance’s arm tighter.
“Keith? W-what are you doing here?” Lance stuttered, his eyes going wide and his breath beginning to stiffen. “Blue? Why is he here?” He began to shake, the black orbs above him started to reform into a storm. “Y-you need to let go of me Keith. Y-you n-n-need to let go of me r-right now.”
“Like hell I am!” Keith yelled, “You need to let us help you Lance!”
He didn’t seem to be listening, his eyes gaining that unnatural glow to them once again. The hand touching Lance’s arm began to burn, causing Keith to let go briefly. The effect was already beginning, however, despite Keith letting go. Big fat tears welled up in his eyes and hole seemed to form in his chest, this aching feeling setting root within him.
“Oh god, oh god, oh god, I’m sorry Keith, I-I didn’t mean to give that to you, let me help ok? Let me just-” And just like that, the feeling was gone, contentment taking its place. Keith could only stare at Lance with his mouth open in shock. The glow began to dim from his eyes, returning them back to normal and the darkness practically vanished in moments.
“How the hell did you just do that?!”
“Umm… what do you mean?” Lance asked, playing with his fingers.
“What do I mean? How about the whole, my-emotions-just-went-from-fucking-depressed-to-sunshine-and-rainbows in two seconds??” Keith shouted, causing Lance to shrink into himself even more.
“Um.. well you see-”
“Hold up, wait just a moment. What just happened. Like right now, in this moment, what is going on?? Because there was a huge storm above your head like a minute ago and now its gone??? You had glowing blue eyes and did something to Keith?? What is happenning?????” Hunk interrupted, stepping in between Lance and Keith.
“What the fucK?? Don’t give me that look Shiro, because I just watched some freaky shit happen. How did you even do that? When did you even start doing that? Could you always do that? What even is that? What-” Pidge rambled, gesturing around her as Lance refused to meet any of their eyes.
“All right, how about we all give Lance some space ok? Let’s all go to the lounge and talk about this peacefully, alright?” Shiro intervened, going to place a hand on Lance’s shoulder before hesitating. “We’re going to need you to tell us what’s going on, ok Lance?”
Lance continued to stare at the floor, simply nodding before leaving the hangar.
Lance was in a state a shock at the moment. He couldn’t believe how stupid he was, what idiot lets their biggest secret get discovered that easily? He barely even put up a fight and now here he was, sitting in the lounge, about to explain to the team how much of a screw up he was. He let out a sigh and stared at the empty couches in front of him. Maybe he could just take their anger away so they wouldn’t kick him off the team?
No, that would just prove he’s more pathetic than he already was. For once, Lance wished he couldn’t feel, that all these dark emotions would disappear like he had done for others in the past.
“Lance can you explain to all of us what happened in the hangar?”
“Well umm… I was practicing,” Lance said, twiddling his fingers nervously.
“Practicing?” Allura questioned.
“Yeah I was practicing my…powers. Trying to make them stronger I guess.” He refused to meet anyones’ eyes, choosing to stare at his fingers instead.
“And what are these powers?” Shiro probed, leaning forward a bit,”What are you able to do?”
“I can, I can… control emotions. Not like that! Like I can take away emotions and kinda harvest them I guess? And replace the emotions I took away with different ones,” Lance clenched his fist, forcing himself to explain further to avoid having to look at his teamates, his friends. “I was trying to put them into a physical state, so I could use them in combat and just to get them out of me. I’ve never tested one of the orbs on someone, but I know if you were to touch one you’d feel all the emotion pent up in there.” He created a small one, reaching inside of himself for that energy that was always there, ignoring the slight gasp that came from Allura. Lance shrugged half-heartedly, “It’s something I’ve been able to do since I was fifteen.”
“Have you ever…took some of our emotions?” Hunk asked quietly, placing a gentle hand on Lance’s shoulder.
“I uh…yes. I just, I couldn’t stand knowing you guys were upset and that I could do something about it. Everyday I could feel your emotions and I just felt so, so guilty that I wasn’t doing what I could to help!” Lance spit out bitterly, rubbing a hand through this hair.
“Lance… you shouldn’t have done that. Those were our emotions and you shouldn’t just take them from us without even telling us!” Keith yelled, standing up, “You had no right to make that decision!”
Lance looked up at them all, his eyes beginning to glow once again. “What did you want me to do? J-just sit there and let you feel that pain, watch as it festered and boiled inside of you? How could I do that to a person, to my friends?” Lance clenched his fists, his eyes slowly turning to that pale blue color. “Why can’t you just let me feel useful for once?”
You wholeheartedly stand with Felix
You wholeheartedly stand with Mark
You wholeheartedly stand with G
You wholeheartedly stand with Ken
You wholeheartedly stand with anyone and everyone who’s been supporting Felix and being a genuine friend to him in this time of hate.
You will not stand for hate towards the guys who’ve helped so many people through shit.
You will not tolerate something so insane to change you’re opinion on them
You will not hesitate to stand beside them
Summary: After being rejected by your best friend Bucky, Sam sets you up with one of his friends, on the condition that if the date doesn’t go well, you have to sign up for a dating app. The date doesn’t go well. As you begin to look for love in other places, Bucky starts to feel something he never felt before. Jealous.
Bucky Barnes X Reader
Word Count: 1274
Warnings: It’s a little angsty.. And there is bad language!
A/N: All of the support and comments that I have been receiving on this series has really made me feel so great and totally inspired!! I’m sorry this part is.. Well.. You’ll see.. Feedback as always would be amazing!! Thank you for reading xoxo
post is going to be a longer one but with different sections to break
it up a bit, per loose theory bits and I’ll try and keep it
organized. Includes images woo! Gifs
and images are compiled by me (first tries at video gifs yay). But
without further ado!
At PAX Anti sported two, very deliberately, neck stab wounds. Maybe
from one jab, maybe two. (That
they are stab wounds is sortof confirmed by a post from @wubkins that
placement is rather suspicious, its right where the vocal cords are.
Most likely to shut Jack up and to not get interrupted during his
little message to us (but Jack did try though with a very broken
‘Help me’). And
Anti probably doesn’t need vocal cords anyway since he is most likely
some kind of spirit/ghost/entity
capable of 'out of body’ speech.
kind of being could he be? The Tulpa has been going around as a
theory and Jack himself has said that it’s fairly accurate (answered
in an ask). A section of the Wikipedia page about it gives this bit:
the part of a real being’ is the part that creeps me out the most.
Anti pretending to be Jack, slowly taking over the channel. People
find it difficult to distinguish between them.
despite Anti being the chameleon that he is, he is not flawless in
his doings. He gets impatient very quickly, is often very rude and
more aggressive than Jack. Absolutely loves violence. Going as far as
wanting to chop off fingers for fun (EVERYTHING IS AGONY | Clone
where did Anti come from? Another part of the Wikipedia page says
that Tulpa’s are generated by a powerful concentration of thought.
Who’s thoughts in the case of Anti? The community? It might have
started when the community started drawing/imagining/writing about a
counterpart to Jack, his anti version. That was most likely the start
of the inevitable snowball that accelerated during the October of
2016 and on Halloween itself Anti 'solidified’, was powerful enough,
thanks to the attention the community gave him, to take over. “You
could have stopped me, but you just watched, as this happened”.
then proceeds to brag about Jack being gone forever but that might
not be the case. Anti has taken over Jacks body but Jack is still
around, in the background, crying out for help. Or in the case of the
intro of EVERYTHING IS AGONY | Clone Drone #5, shouting stuff to Anti
about what not to do. Two 'souls’ in one body kind of thing.
Glitchverse and dimension breaking. What exactly are the glitches
that Anti is doing? Just video glitches or something more.
like his 'green’ dimension a lot, as well as fades/cuts to black.
During these bits the viewer can’t see what is happening. During
these blackouts the switch between Jack and Anti seems to happen a
lot. Also during the blackout of the Detention episode the character
went through a door with doors usually being the symbol for gateways.
Might be a far stretch with the blackouts but it has happened quite a
few times. Down below are gifs of the several blackouts, in
chronological order of appearance.
4. Anti’s message at PAX. Ohboy.
This was just brilliant. I attended the livestream and when Jack
mentioned the participation thing, I too grabbed my phone to start
recording but then Anti said hi. After finishing recording and
getting hyped from that and watching the panel itself I did not think
much of it at first. But the day after I realized something, why did
Anti wanted that we record him…? Now I don’t know if there are any
Whovians around but my mind immediately strayed to the Doctor Who
episodes of the The Time of Angels, where a recording of a Weeping
Angel came to life. Quoting the Doctor: 'That which holds the image
of an angel becomes itself an angel’.
if that’s the case with Anti, well, he’s probably just be grinning
his ass off of the fact that we just multiplied him everywhere. And
are we going to delete that footage? Not likely. It was too much
hype. But watch your back.
'͞I͝'͝m ̛not ̕going ̀a͘nywher̡é,́ I̧'́m̨ a̶l͡wa͏y͜s t͜hére, ͏a͘l̶w͟ays̛ ̧wàt͝c͟h͞i̸ng̀'͘.
glitch video montage.
Gif is at 50% percent of original speed, my
brain is molten from seeing it at full speed too many times haha. @amycampbell00 did an amazing job at splicing the segment down, frame
by frame, game by game over here.
quite odd to think that Clustertruck, Totally Accurate Battle
Simulator and Happy Wheels are in this compilation since it’s before
the Halloween event but if Anti has been lurking around for some time
then these series are perfect. Why? Clustertruck is a high energy
game and Jack has mentioned that he gets all pumped up from it. Anti
could sneakishly drain this energy from him, tiny piece by piece
since he probably wouldn’t miss it anyway.
TABS and Happy Wheels? Well… Death, violence and gore. Again, Anti
getting energy from this.
what if the other games in the montage are the series that Anti has
played/is playing. The Japan World Cup is probably one of the
distraction ones, just like the Pipe Job one with a sneaky Anti at
Portal Collab and Don’t Starve ones have gotten me a tiny bit worried
about Jacks friends. If they can’t tell the difference then, yikes,
I’m still trying to figure out the message of the montage. The
different audio segments. My feeble guess at what he says?
ha, ha. Jack is dead, bitch. Now I’m terrified.’
part makes kind of sense, second part, not so much. I’ve listened to
the segment a heap load of times now but I’m not getting much wiser
these are my Anti theory bits for now. To
anyone reading this, thank you. Also, have a cookie!
free to share your thoughts about things.
It’s a lot of fun going through all the theories that people have
come up with so far and it gets me all excited. Good for story
inspiration stuff too.
― 13 Reasons Why: Season 1 Hanna: Maybe you did something cruel. Or maybe you just watched it happen. Maybe you didn’t even realize you were being cruel. Maybe you didn’t do anything at all. And maybe you should have.
Jughead Jones is a returning inmate at Rykers State Prison in New York. Betty Cooper is a small town Bakery Owner and Art teacher in Riverdale. When a letter arrives for Jughead addressed by Betty Cooper he has no clue his entire world is about to change. Will a strong willed young women looking for a pen pal become something more than he bargained for or will he push the best thing in his life far away for fear of ruining another beautiful thing?
He’s a murderer. Well atleast that’s what the judge had decided. But now he’s free, after spending his entire teenage life in Jail Jughead Jones has moved to Riverdale for a fresh start, Unfortunately for the dark haired boy he’s grown accustomed to his reputation following him everywhere. When he catches sight of his beautiful blonde neighbor Betty Cooper he almost believes in love at first sight. But everyone has a story to tell. Will he stay away from the girl next door for her own good or will he finally let go and let love in.
He left her years ago but now she’s back and currently taking care of one of his fellow Serpents children. Being apart of this life style may be more dangerous than she had planned but Betty Cooper has never been one to go down without a fight
Jughead comes back three years after being forced to run away and finds out he has a son with Betty. He’s willing to do anything to win his family back, but its never that easy when it comes to Riverdale.
Jughead Jones is desirable. He’s handsome and confident and the very definition of a bad boy. Gone is the gangly, loner from the wrong side of the tracks, replaced by a prominent member of the Southside Serpents. When a motorcycle accident lands him at Mechanic, Betty Coopers shop, his life is about to change. Can he get the one girl he so desperately needs? Or will the man he’s become take over his new life?
There’s war beginning between the Southside and the Northside in the tiny town of Riverdale. Betty Cooper is living in absolute anguish at the hands of her abusive boyfriend Chuck Clayton and her overbearing parents. Jughead Jones is just trying to do what he was born to do. When the two meet the instant connection is enough to make both of them feel that maybe there is a way out. Maybe together they can make it better. Maybe together they can make a home
Riverdale High has a fresh new crop of students. Southside students to be exact, the very same students Riverdales finest despise. When Betty Cooper, prominent member of the very dangerous gang “The Southside Serpents” stirs things up at Riverdale the entire base of their town may begin to crumble. Could she be exactly what Jughead and his friends are missing? Is acceptance something this tiny town can handle? Jughead sure as hell hopes so.
Why could no one see? Why was no one paying attention? She was drowning. Betty Cooper was falling apart and everyone was just watching it happen. Jughead Jones couldn’t understand how the girl who helped everyone had no one to help her. Could he help her? No. he was too damaged to fix anything. But maybe he could try. While he was trying to fix Betty , it was Betty who was putting him back together again.
Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun use their many talents to send a message of hope and community to those who feel hopeless and alone. The band’s mission is for this message to reach those who struggle (usually with depression, since this is the struggle they (specifically Tyler) understand best), in hopes that it will also help the listener overcome the obstacles they share. They do send other messages, but this is the most immediate and by far the most important.
When a fan base selflessly rallies around this kind of mission and message for the sake of helping others to stay alive, it’s unspeakably beautiful and actually lifesaving. When that same fan base selfishly rearranges its priorities to put fan-status ahead of the mission, it’s unspeakably ugly and detrimental to everything it stood for to begin with. It isolates the message from those who genuinely need it most. It’s an ego-driven, life-threatening mentality.
If there wasn’t so much at stake, I wouldn’t care enough to write a single word about this. The reality, however, is that a truly lifesaving message is getting heavy pushback from many who claim to believe and live out these truths – all in the name of self-glorification. When that happens, we withhold goodness from so many people. Again, we withhold aid from those who need it, and I refuse to just sit here and watch that happen.
I’m not just assuming this negativity and selfishness exists, but rather watching it unfold firsthand. Furthermore, I’m not just assuming that people could really benefit from the message. How many times have you read “Your music saved my life” in the comments? Has it saved yours? Would you want it kept from you?
Let’s take a look at some (paraphrased) attitudes we constantly see:
1) “I’ve been a fan since [album title/year]”
I completely understand why somebody would be proud to have watched a band grow from the beginning. In that case, there would be few who could claim to have seen what you’ve seen, and that’s special in and of itself.
However, it’s not meant to be a trophy for you to shove in anybody’s face. The most likely reason somebody would do this is so that others might acknowledge and validate some high-level of fandom that they possess. Instead of seeking this approval for no good reason, acknowledge your fandom to yourself and move on. Validate your fandom by being a fan. Support the band and its mission.
Honestly, you’d be hard-pressed to find more than one legitimate instance in which you should bring up how long you’ve been a fan. The only one I can think of (and it’s rare as hell) is if somebody asked you directly, but even then, just tell them and move on. Somebody was a fan before you, and there’s likely a band you’ll love that – through no fault of your own – you haven’t even discovered yet.
Boasting the number of years you’ve served in the clique doesn’t drive any of your points home. Not a one. Instead, it divides us, which is foundationally against the message and mission of the band to come together and stay alive.
2) “I hate that they’re getting famous.”
If that’s the case, you simply don’t love or support this band. Let me clarify.
There are only two cases (that I am aware of) in which it makes ANY sense to be upset about your favorite band getting famous: 1) They did so by way of “selling out.” In other words, they sacrificed their mission and message and abandoned what they once stood for as a means to an end (but even in this case, you’d be more upset about the means (selling out) than the end (fame)). 2) Their concert tickets are now much more expensive, which makes it more difficult for you to see them live. In these two cases, absolutely be mad.
The reality you need to accept is that if you love this band, it should bring you unspeakable joy when fame allows their message to reach more people. Otherwise, you’re pushing back against the mission of the band, likely because you just don’t want to share, which brings me to my next point…
3) “This is my band.”
I believe the “this is my band” mentality is responsible for a lot of the issues I’m discussing. When you link your personal identity so heavily with something that is fundamentally meant to be shared, you will inevitably forfeit your identity to the public when it actually becomes shared. You will lose yourself entirely.
4) “I hate how people call themselves fans but they only know Stressed Out/Tear in my Heart/House of Gold/Car Radio.”
Show me even one person who claims to be a Twenty One Pilots fan while simultaneously admitting to only knowing one or a handful of song(s). Seriously, if you see somebody do both at the same time, comment it below. Let’s see how many actually exist.
In other words, those who are upset about self-proclaimed fans only knowing one song likely have no way of proving that the person actually only knows the one song. Rather, they assume the worst of a stranger based solely on whichever song they listed as their favorite. If it’s a radio hit, they often call out the poor soul who simply said they like Stressed Out. Even if they do admit to only knowing the one song, in most (if not all) cases, it’s paired with something like, “…but I love this band,” suggesting they expect to dig further into the discography based off of how much they love what little they’ve heard.
The truth is that these songs are powerful enough for one of them alone to move somebody. If you’re not willing to accept that truth because you feel somebody isn’t doing the entire catalog justice, you don’t even understand these songs, let alone support the mission they drive. No matter how ideal it would be for someone to know the whole catalog, no matter how cohesive and intentional each album is as a whole, that can’t possibly diminish the fact that each song can speak volumes by itself. It’s no crime for somebody to recognize that. In fact, it strengthens this community and allows it to grow.
5) “It’s ‘Twenty One Pilots,’ not ’21p’ or ‘TOP'”
I actually agree that we should spell out the band’s name. They requested that we do so out of respect. However, we need to realize something.
Those who abbreviate the band name are almost never doing so to diminish what Twenty One Pilots is. Abbreviating is common with band names, and people are usually just being people. If you’re seeking to invite the person to understand the spelling-out of the band name, do so kindly and in a way that fosters community. This is usually the route the clique takes, and I’m grateful for that. This is just a friendly reminder.
Again, this is no time to take people’s innocent ignorance personally (see point 3). There is never a need to prove how much you know just for proof’s sake.That divides the fan base and pushes back against the band’s mission and message.
EDIT: Since this article was posted, Twenty One Pilots has released official merchandise with their band name abbreviated in nearly every way imaginable (2NTY ØNE PLTS, TØP, etc), which I have to imagine was their decision. Do what you will and remain inviting.
6) “Vessel is not their first album”
Again, those who suggest Vessel is the band’s first album almost never do so just to get under your skin. Don’t let it anger you. Instead, realize that it actually makes a lot of sense for someone to believe Vessel is their first album considering the difference between independent releases and label releases (some of their work isn’t actually allowed by law to be sold commercially or publicly). Be welcoming and kind. Nurture the clique. Let it grow.
7) “Twenty One Pilots is not indie/rock/pop/rap/whatever.”
The lines separating genres have become so blurred at this point that it’s almost pointless to even try to assign one to a band anymore. There’s no reason to get upset if you think Twenty One Pilots has been misrepresented by genre. That being said, by all means have a discussion about what you think it might be. But don’t get upset. That just doesn’t make any sense.
For the record, they’re self-declared as “Schizoid-Pop” and I have no idea what that’s even supposed to mean. Discuss.
Being a part of the skeleton clique should make you feel proud. We are the foot soldiers in places the band can’t reach alone. By spreading this message, you help the band help others, and that’s all they want. That, and to see the clique grow.
If somebody flat-out disrespects the mission and message of Twenty One Pilots, by all means fight back. Don’t be rude, just be real. Defend the truth with more truth.
In that same vein, spreading this message is crucial. Let it through. Do not keep it for yourself. This band is not yours, it’s ours. Not everyone in the clique is guilty of this selfish mentality. In fact, I’d say the vast majority is still on track. However, I say again, we are slipping. Let’s find our footing.
Hannah: How did you end up on these tapes? Maybe you did something cruel. Or maybe you just watched it happen. Maybe you didn’t even realise you were being cruel. Maybe you didn’t do anything at all. And maybe you should have. Too late.
Welcome back. So glad you’re still listening. Are you having fun? You must be wondering who’s next, and why. Is it you? What did you do? How did you end up on these tapes? Maybe you did something cruel. Or maybe you just watched it happen. Maybe you didn’t even realize you were being cruel. Maybe you didn’t do anything at all. And maybe you should have. Too late. I think you know exactly what you did. And after these tapes, you’ll never forget it.