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Della Reese Has Passed Away at 86


Della Reese, who many know to be a spectacular jazz singer and a popular actress responsible for bringing us the magnificent Tess from Touched by an Angel, passed away on Sunday night at her California home.  She was 86 years old.

From her buttery smooth yet powerful voice flowed hits like “Don’t You Know,” which was drawn from an aria from Puccini’s opera La Boheme.  Reese’s delivery of the ballad left listeners with chills that could only be credited to her widely extensive range.  Her clear and concise pronunciation allowed fans to sing along with the dreamy track.

Over the course of her exemplary career, she received four Grammy Award nominations.

In 1969, Della became a pioneer in television history by launching the first ever talker hosted by an African-American woman called Della.  Not only did she pave the way for women who craved a fearless model to glean from, she also blazed her own trail for the start of a rather prominent acting career.

Although Della Reese had always proven mastery with her impeccable vocal abilities, perhaps she is more recently known for the role she played as experienced angel Tess on the magnetic and iconic television series Touched by an Angel.  Throughout the show’s journey, Reese comfortably settled into the wise matriarchal character of Tess as she guides the other angels to understand their purpose.  Despite the program being canceled during its debut 1994-95 season, a letter-writing campaign persuaded executives to return the show to its rightful place, proving its great significance.  In the end, a halo clad Della Reese sparkled as the heavenly Tess for a total of nine glorious seasons, landing herself seven consecutive NAACP Image Awards as best lead actress in a drama and two Emmy nominations, along with a 1998 Golden Globe nod.

Regardless of how you came to know the multi-talented woman named Della Reese, there’s no doubt that you are now a better person because of it.  Her profound accomplishments and amazing presence will continue to put a smile on all of our faces for many years to come.

A Partial List.

A partial list of things people did to try to cancel Milo’s appearance at UC Berkeley before Wednesday:

~particularly following MY’s outing and sexual harassment of a trans student at UW Milwaukee (but also before), we talked with our communities about their thoughts on free speech versus harassment and realized many ppl supported the former but not the latter

~wrote op eds in high-profile news media about the differences between free speech, hate speech, and harassment

~met with many folks targeted by both MY and the Trump administration to hear their concerns and solutions to MY’s talk; many asked for us to begin urging for cancellation
*the above was all in November, immediately following the election of DT and the dramatic spike in hate crimes against the same groups MY targets*

~we developed a large-scale letter writing campaign to faculty and administration urging for the cancellation of MY on the grounds that his speeches have targeted and harassed students and created unsafe campus environments

~worked with members of the community who wanted to draft letters to UCB administration urging for cancellation (particularly trans and poc people)

~once the sale started, we urged friends to buy out all of the tickets so the auditorium would be empty (we later learned that a only fraction of MY tickets were made available for public sale, and that his camp is very familiar with this tactic and just lets more ppl in the day of)
*this was all in December*

~organized a mass call in campaign to the Chancellor and to President Napolitano urging for cancellation

~visited other schools that invited this speaker and saw how many white nationalists use these talks to build their movement and how violent these spaces can be

~faculty wrote a letter to administration urging for cancellation; they were doxxed on Breitbart for signing on and began receiving personal messages meant to silence and intimidate them

~faculty wrote an op ed about MY’s harassment and hate speech; some faculty received death threats for this

~submitted over 50 union grievances stating that the MY talk constitutes a hostile work environment under Article 20 of our contract, which protects against harassment and discrimination

~developed a toolkit that critically examines the history of free speech, pointing to its historical exclusions as well as limits outlined in the constitution, and how MY uses this argument to help build the white nationalist movement and to instruct people how to purge its others; some students who helped write this toolkit were doxxed and began receiving personal messages meant to silence and intimidate

~wrote numerous op eds in our school newspaper, writing for which some students opposed to MY’s visit received very chilling death threats

~consulted lawyers on the matter of free speech vs. harassment so we could better understand the legal framework

~after the near-death shooting of a Milo protester at UW Seattle, we reached out to local and state politicians to convince our administration that this talk was a threat to public safety

~held several large public meetings to discuss and debate the merits of allowing this speaker a platform vs. urging for cancellation on the grounds of certain harassment and likely violence; it was at this point that the Berkeley College Republicans began following some of us in attempts to intimidate us

~actually met several times with UCB administrators and read aloud death threats we’ve received, urging them to protect our right to free speech in the context of threats meant to chill us

~learned that undocumented students would be targeted by MY and that the UCB administration knew this and offered them no protection
*this was all in January*

This is, again, a partial list that only includes things I remember. I’ve seen many op eds shame protesters (esp. black bloc) and say, why didn’t you do x, y, z first? Believe me, if you can think of a tactic, we tried it. Next time someone shames us for not pursuing the polite route of asking nicely for the psychological and physical safety of us and our friends and loved ones to be honored, start reading this long list of things we actually did before Wednesday.

I’m fucking tired and glad that creeper wasn’t allowed anywhere near a UCB mic.

Adi TV Studios is still fighting for Eyewitness, and we cannot give up either!

USA Network has canceled Eyewitness after one season, but this does not have to be the end. This is not what we were hoping for, but there is a point in keeping at it and fighting for our favorite show! Shows have been un-canceled before and it can happen again!

  • Scrubs moved from NBC to ABC in 2008
  • Stargate SG-1 was canceled by Showtime after 5 seasons and it moved to Sci-Fi for another 5
  • Star Trek The Original Series was in danger of being canceled after season 2 and look what it is today
  • Cagney & Lacey was canceled by CBS after 2 seasons and a letter writing campaign brought it back for 4 more
  • The Killing was canceled by AMC and moved to Netflix
  • The Mindy Project was canceled by Fox and picked up by Hulu for more episodes
  • Nashville was canceled by ABC and found a new home with CMT
  • Roswell was canceled twice - first the WB picked it up again and then it moved to UPN
  • Southland was canceled by NBC and picked up by TNT for another 4 seasons

These are just a few examples of a lot of times it has worked. THERE IS HOPE. DON’T GIVE UP!

Tweet #WeWantEyewitnessSeason2 , #Eyewitness , #Philkas and @ your Tweets to Netflix, AmazonVideo, Hulu or anyone else you can think of.

Let’s make ourselves heard! We’re still here! We still have a chance! And we have Adi TV Studios on our side. Let’s do this!

You are a well-meaning member of a victims’ rights group and are really mad at SHIELD’s decision to send Loki back to Asgard after the Battle of New York. So you organise a letter writing campaign to have him returned to Earth. Because you have no actual address for Loki, all letters are sent to Thor (c/o Stark, Stark Tower (aka Avengers Tower), 200 Park Avenue - East 45th Street, New York City, New York), who dutifully forwards them to Odin.

Loki finds all those letters when he starts impersonating the All-father, and more messages are still arriving on an almost daily basis. Naturally, he soon gets fed up with this and decides to stop it. Since he has tracked you down as the organiser of the campaign, he decides to pay you a visit.

Much to your surprise, Loki arrives with Tony Stark in tow, who is seriously annoyed with all the letters flooding his place, and the demonstrators in front of his door.

This is the moment you realise that being the good guy is a complex business, too.

P.S.: Any narrative point of view is possible: first, second, third or alternating person could work, I think.

misselaineofoz  asked:

So I just read all your HP what ifs and I was just thinking? Is there a place where Cedric doesn't die? That seemed to be a constant

Cedric does not die in his sixth year at Hogwarts, a Triwizard champion, a prefect, and a fair young man. Amos Diggory does not cry himself to exhausted sleep that night. He does not bury his son. 

Amos does not cry at all that year, except for at one particularly striking sunrise and of course also when Cedric gets him a homemade photo album for his birthday. He starts a fervent letter-writing campaign, trying to get the Ministry to a) recognize He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named’s return and to b) publicly apologize for doubting his son. 

Cedric becomes a major lynchpin in the DA during what would have been Harry’s seventh year. Cedric’s already graduated, so he gets himself hired on as Keeper of Keys and Grounds since Hagrid’s gone– he’s a Hufflepuff, sure, but at least he’s wizardborn and it’s not like any of the Death Eaters are chomping at the bit to trim the hedges and grow giant pumpkins. 

Hannah Abbott, Ernie Macmillian, and Padma Patil all have quietly massive crushes on him and form a little support group. When Cedric comforts crying children or wears shirts that are too tight over his biceps or smiles like he’s really genuinely happy to see you– you! especially you! you are important! – Hannah, Ernie, and Padma give each other sympathetically pained glances over his head.  

He and Cho grew apart after the incident in the graveyard. Cho was not yet ready to look that close at dark things– she was fifteen and she was scared. He did not push. 

After Umbridge, after Marietta, after Dumbledore’s fall, the Ministry– amidst hiding Muggleborns in her little Diagon Alley apartment, feeding news to Lee Jordan’s radio station, and helping smuggle squibs far away, Cho picks up a pen. She does not try to apologize and he does not ask her to. She is not less scared, but she is older now. Cho and Cedric stay penpals and good friends for the rest of their lives. 

After the war, Cedric moves north, where he works as a rural elementary school teacher, teaching wizarding kids ages four to ten their reading, writing, and arithmetic. He buys his father a little house to retire in. Amos grows rutabagas. 

Cedric falls in love with a Muggle named Gladys who works as a large-animal veterinarian. He leaves steaming coffee and fried eggs on the bedside table for her to wake to, every morning, before he walks out into the cold dark, warmly scarved and mittened (before school he coaches the early morning practices for the amateur Quidditch league that he helped found). She smiles at him, sleepily, soft, and it’s even better than flying. 

“your tumblr reblogs aren’t actual activism, you’re just pretentious little shits smugly circle jerking in an echo chamber! you’re not doing anything real!”

bullshit. a good number of the posts i reblog taught me something new or made me think of something from a different perspective or alerted me to a situation, event, or struggle i wasn’t aware of (often through the insulation of privilege, or localized blinders) and i am for damn sure not the only one. sharing these posts helps offer the same chance to discover, learn, or unlearn something that i got to somebody else.

it may not be loud, sign-waving protests or letter writing campaigns or speeches before crowds of hundreds. it may be me in the safety and comfort of my own home, from behind a screen.

but it’s connecting disparate people with varied viewpoints and experiences, creating a community and network to share information and help to educate those around us.

it’s a medium, like any other. i can make a post ironically wondering if bananas scream when they are peeled or i can spread the news of a global event other people may not have otherwise heard about through their normal circles, just like i can go to a march and stand in solidarity with hundreds of others or plant myself on the street corner waving a humorous sign that says “why are are we screaming.” it’s a microphone, and if you dismiss anyone who moves up to the stand because you think the stage is sloppy and ridiculous, you’re shutting down innumerable voices before they’ve even begun to speak.

one tumblr post shared once or 5000 times can, in fact, effect change in the world, in people’s lives, whether as a seismic epiphany or through slow, gradual shifts in perspective and broadened understanding.

so in true tumblr fashion, next time you go to sneer about how pointless tumblr activism is and how the people reblogging the latest social justice/global awareness post are lazy or cowardly or only pretending activism for appearances, i want you to think of this meme:

anonymous asked:

omg what is dead chicken i haven't seen it i'm curious now. but i do hope he wears the costume from 4cc at worlds. it belongs on a runway it's the most beautiful costume i've ever seen

you sweet summer child whose eyes have never been sullied by the sight of the chicken costume…i almost feel bad for answering this because your innocence will forever be gone. but you asked for it.

imagine the betrayal. going from one of the best costumes of the season, to this:

i can’t believe i had to go take these screencaps, i need to cleanse myself now

MAIL NETFLIX!

Every successful campaign to get a cancelled show back on the air has something in common: physically mailing letters/items to the people in charge.

Cagney & Lacey: letter-writing campaign got it back on the air.

Roswell: fans sent bottles of hot sauce– 3,000 bottles to WB. 

Friday Night Lights: fans sent light bulbs and eyedrops to NBC.

Jericho: fans sent over 20 tons of nuts to CBS executives.

Arrested Development: Fans sent crates of bananas to executives–they renewed it for another short season before Netflix picked it up.

I suggest we mail letters, and if you can afford it, Magic 8 Balls. There’s a good selection on amazon, and you can even ship it as a gift directly to Netflix offices.

The address is:

100 WINCHESTER CIRCLE

LOS GATOS CA 95032

You should address it to Reed Hastings, CEO, and Ted Sarandos, chief content officer (he’s the one in charge of original content!).

Please reblog and spread the word!!!

Lost Love Letters to STARZ โœ๐Ÿผ

Cathleen Kucz recently submitted a letter to STARZ “Lost Love Letter” campaign. I felt compelled to resend it to them followed with a note by me.

Hello! Thank you for providing the opportunity for fans of Outlander to share their stories! I am pleased and excited to share mine with you!
My letter is probably not what you would expect to receive with the subject of your invitation, but I hope you will receive it and read it in the spirit it is given — it is sincere, genuine, and hopeful.
I am a 60 year old woman. I believe I am quite representative of the demographic that constitutes the Outlander fandom — female, between the ages of 30-70+, grounded, intelligent, accomplished, and self-confident. Very interested in entertainment that stimulates and challenges my MIND as well as my HEART, and eager to share that which is important to me with friends, family, and acquaintances alike. Like many fans, I have read all 8 novels (more than once!) and I am eagerly awaiting book 9! In my estimation, Outlander is THE BEST TELEVISION SHOW I HAVE HAD THE PLEASURE TO ENJOY (and to be addicted to and obsessed with!) IN THE ENTIRETY OF MY ADULT-VIEWING LIFE. I applaud you, STARZ, for having the vision and insight to bring Outlander to the screen!
However, I must be truthful in confessing that I have been deeply frustrated in the run-up to the premiere of Season 3. I feel your PR department has lost sight of just WHO your audience is! You are missing the boat (pun intended!) and failing to CAPITALIZE ‘on the fandom YOU DO HAVE in a seemingly fractured attempt to garner more people into the fandom. While I understand there is always potential to increase your viewership and subscription numbers, I don’t believe that you have to necessarily find a new avenue to do that.
Has your PR department asked FANS to tell them WHY they love Outlander? Does PR realize that it has an untapped, enormous, dedicated, and devoted base from which to mine material to push the show, the actors, your network?
At times I feel that STARZ is somewhat … oh, I’m not quite sure … chagrined? Embarrassed? Very dismissive of the fact that they have a female-centric fan base? Is this actually seen as a problem or weakness, rather than the strength it is?
Women comprise the majority of your audience and the fan base because we recognize and celebrate the deep, enduring, heart-and-soul connection between Claire and Jamie — a married couple who remain devoted to one another through extremely challenging and life-altering circumstances!
As a fan, I feel disrespected, demeaned, and frustrated by the direction your promotion of my beloved show has taken of late. I sometimes wonder, do you envision the majority of the Outlander fandom as besotted women who lust after the fictional character of Jamie Fraser? Women who lust after Sam Heughan? Is this the narrative you seek to push? Jamie/Sam as the hunky, sexy, manly-man who makes all women weak in the knees? Because if this does enter your decision-making, I must say that I find that to be an extremely misogynistic and emotionally-stunted viewpoint! Yes, Sam Heughan is gorgeous and sexy and an immensely talented actor! He IS Jamie Fraser! But to assume that women are drawn to Outlander solely because Sam/Jamie is “THE KING OF MEN” and the “JAMIE FRASER” of our fantasies is demeaning and shallow and, quite frankly, very maddening. What about Caitriona Balfe? Remember her? The beautiful, sexy, and immensely talented actress? Her portrayal of the bold, confident, intelligent, brutally honest, and empowered Claire is the perfect complement to the loyal, determined, strong-willed, intelligent, and emotionally mature Jamie. I am confident that I am but one of millions of fans who believe that NO ACTORS other than Caitriona and Sam could so masterfully inhabit and embody the characters of Claire and Jamie Fraser!
Fans LOVE Outlander, they are wholly devoted to Outlander — and they love and are devoted to the two lead actors! Would you like to know the reason? It is primarily because we so seldom see this type of relationship on our TVs, or in/on any other medium — the depiction, celebration, revelation, and elevation of a partnership/marriage/romantic-sensual-erotic relationship that CONNECTS with the lived experiences of the audience/fans! We KNOW how transformative and heart-expanding and soul-fulfilling it is to blessed with such a relationship because we HAVE such a relationship with a significant other/partner, or we HAD such a relationship in the past, or we are endeavoring to achieve this type of relationship and commitment!
I want to respectfully and truthfully inform STARZ that fans “hang in there” not because of how you market Outlander and Sam and Caitriona, BUT IN SPITE OF IT!
Please, please, please STARZ — listen to my story of a love I hope never to lose! Please value your fan base and seek input from us — we are a treasure-trove of information and ideas and suggestions!
In parting, I would like to leave you with three suggestions I feel you might find helpful moving forward:
1. Please do more to promote the friendship/partnership and the obvious and genuine love and bond that exists between Caitriona and Sam! This is an untapped treasure! Fans won’t turn away, thinking they “have no chance” with hunky Sam or sexy Caitriona! Fans LOVE the closeness, sense of ease, and respect shared by these two lovely people — and the flirty times between them, too! Capitalize on it!!!!!
2. Consider that, with the coming of Season 4 (and hopefully 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9!) you have an entirely new and different group of fans to capture and add to the existing fandom: history buffs, those interested in life in early America as our democracy was forming, and those who are interested in the history of the American Revolutionary War! Market to them too!
3. Caitriona and Sam are both patrons of charities that raise awareness and funds for foundations that fight to eradicate cancer. This is truly admirable and inspirational! Not many “celebrities” actually do the “work on the ground” to promote and benefit these types of essential charities — most seem to feel that “lending their name/face” to the cause is enough. Not our Sam and Caitriona!!! THEY WALK THE TALK! They take us with them as they travel the world to make a difference! Is it any wonder that fans have so completely embraced their giving nature and support their charities??? No, it is not. We are inspired by their selflessness and love and global vision! We support them and their endeavors to make this world a better, safer, healthier place. I believe that STARZ as a brand and studio would benefit immeasurably by acknowledging, promoting, and partnering with Caitriona and Sam in these beautiful, meaningful, and absolutely essential acts of charity and goodwill!
Whew! I’ve come to the end of my love story. Thank you for taking the time to read my message. I hope that in some small way I have given you food for thought. Outlander is a once-in-a-lifetime show that is meaningful and inspirational! It grabs its audience and has the potential to MAKE A DIFFERENCE in viewers’ lives — and in a society/industry that is all too often bent on quick fixes, short spurts of attention and even shorter terms of commitment, and fickle viewing habits — Outlander is a jewel and rarity in the entertainment industry! This lovely show, and Caitriona Balfe, and Sam Heughan, and the amazing supporting cast/dedicated and professional crew/ writers/producers/directors/costumers/set designers/show-runners and artisans deserve nothing less than the most careful, intelligent, meaningful, and loving shepherding and promotion!

Sincerely and lovingly submitted,

Cathleen Kucz

And, now for my note: ✍🏼
STARZ, you have squandered valuable treasure because you have forgotten that age and gender do not affect the numbers. They just are what they are.
I hope these words from Cathleen Kucz do not just end up being one of your “Lost Love Letters”.
There are thousands of us who are like minded fans, male, female, young and old, who love Outlander. We know how to support STARZ programming, but we also know how to walk away. Your PR is so poorly conducted and so many games have been played that many have already exited the fandom and show.
I hope we will see you show more respect for your actors and fans in the future.

How The Bloody Hell Did We End Up Here?: A Rant

Originally posted by nighean--donn

The problem is that Starz does not respect it’s audience.

Fans of the OL books are predominately female, and older. Not much in Hollywood caters to that demographic, though the few networks and studios that do produce content for them earn quite a bit of money.

The leak of the Print Shop still is the latest display of Starz’ ignorance of how to treat an audience. It was not a leak. It was a “leak” in the same way Rihanna’s last album “Anti” was available for free on her website if you clicked on the right icon. They’re backpedaling now because people are angry that such an anticipated moment was spoiled.

Comic Con was another example of not understanding their core audience. When you think of OL and the beautiful love story between Jamie and Claire, do you think of a dozen, buff, kilted men running around San Diego so people could get pics of them while they flexed their biceps? Or a t-shirt that says “It’s a Sassenach Thing”? Or gold temporary tattoos that say “Outlander Forever”? JHRC. This isn’t fucking Twilight, okay?

Or how about starting a Lost Love letter writing campaign that encourages people to share deeply personal information with Starz, a corporate monolith with no feelings and dollar signs instead of a soul? Then, they instructed Sam and Cait and the whole cast to slip in an out-of-place relationship denial by bringing up a fan letter as “their most awkward fan encounter”, but have them record a video asking for these emotional and personal letters the very next day. Are you fucking kidding me?

The biggest piece of disrespect: the IFH and everything that came after, but mainly that summer. They are THAT calculating that they would force their stars to deny a romantic relationship on camera, and then have them revert back to the behavior that led people to believe they were together in the first place to generate interest in the show. I am going to take off my tin hat for a moment and say that if they are really not together, said it, stopped acting like loved-up teens, and introduced the public to their actual SO’s in a normal, un-trolling way, we would not have this epic fandom clusterfuck. People are confused, and have every right to be.

I do not hold Sam responsible for using the “fans think we’re really Jamie and Claire and can’t tell the difference between real life and TV” during the IFH, and then “if me and Caitriona were together, we wouldn’t say…” two months later in a print interview. He says what he’s told to say, and if Starz wanted another outright denial, we would have gotten it.

Sam and Cait’s chemistry sells the show and generates huge amounts of goodwill and publicity. That they went back to behaving all lovey-dovey and flirty shows that Starz didn’t mind, and maybe encouraged it because they knew how well it would be received. But God forbid we read into it and ruin the “official” narrative they’re selling. Enter Cap Kirk. He bullied and harassed and shamed anyone who believed such a far-fetched idea. And what did Starz do when they learned some of OL’s biggest fans with the most popular fan blogs were targeted and hurting? NOTHING. We can be sure that they told the cast not to speak out on the issue, too. After all, they control everything.

I don’t think that Sam and Cait are fake and that their banter and affection is all for publicity. But I do believe that Starz knew it was a good tool for marketing and encouraged them to share what came naturally to them. Go on acting like a couple, flirt on SM but deny, deny, deny. Bring some dates to events to confuse the matter, but don’t publicly mention them. Sam and Cait have been used and now they are taking the fall for Starz’ contempt for their audience. It’s really, really sad that a production of such talented actors, technicians, writers, and craftsmen is not honored with a marketing and PR team of the same caliber. Starz is shitting it’s own bed and I hope that after S4 another network picks up the show and gives it, and its audience the respect it deserves.

The new Starz campaign . . .

Leaving aside for a moment, the irony of asking for fan letters after mocking a fan letter, this campaign is a really bad idea in other ways.

Some of you know I teach a course called @writing2heal at a NE college in the U.S. I am super careful about what I ask students to write about and how I ask them to write. I have access to trained professionals on campus (and a 24 hour service off campus), and these professionals can deal with problems that can come from students’ exploring past losses. Still, I warn my students very explicitly about what it may mean to share past losses– especially before they are ready– and this is only to a class of 15 people! This sharing of loss is serious stuff and not to bantered around for entertainment. It’s exploiting genuine emotion like a reality show. The whole thing makes my skin crawl.

on dream daddy

i’m going to preface this by saying i haven’t played the game, and i don’t plan to. therefore most of my knowledge about the game is second hand, so i apologize if i get anything wrong.

the game immediately turned me off because of it’s heavy involvement w/ the game grumps. the game grumps are homophobic, transphobic and racist. i’m not going to argue that point. the choice to involve people who are known for being homophobic and transphobic on a game about gay (and I think at least one trans dude?) people sends 100% the wrong message. it automatically alienates lgbt people. on the other hand, i think both of the developers are some form of lgbt themselves… but they still chose to work w known racists/homophobes/transphobes so how you feel about that may vary.

as the game was released recently, it was promptly datamined and people found a very disturbing, homophobic ending which cast the entire game in a very ugly light. apparently the ending isn’t in the actual game proper and is just rough code, so it either was cut or is for upcoming (presumably halloween themed) dlc. again feelings may vary on this but i feel that seeing as it isn’t actually IN the game, it’s not a huge bother to me.

the game itself seems nice enough from what i’ve seen and heard. i can get why people are playing it and enjoying it. however straight people playing a gay dating sim can definitely be a little voyeuristic, and already some of the lets plays done by straight people are Uncomfortable. this by itself wouldn’t be the game’s fault if they hadn’t involved the game grumps which imo makes the game seem like a gay game for straight people. that’s just my hot take but others may disagree.

if a sga person plays it, especially mlm (because ostensibly the game should be for mlm) and enjoys it, good. as a gay dude i know how starved ppl are for good Gay Games, especially sfw gay games/dating sims. so if people who should be the intended audience can enjoy it, good. that doesn’t mean that they can handwave the game grump’s involvement tho. they should never have been involved in the project and do not deserve defending. 

tl;dr if you’re gay and enjoy it I Get It, but be aware and don’t support the game grumps. i’m not going to send people on a letter writing campaign but try and let the devs hear your discomfort with the game grumps and why. make a fucking stink. 

Things Trump has done for America (no lie)

Making the rounds:

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but it looks like Trump is actually making America great again. Just look at the progress made since the election:

1. Unprecedented levels of ongoing civic engagement.
2. Millions of Americans now know who their state and federal representatives are without having to google.
3. Millions of Americans are exercising more. They’re holding signs and marching every week.
4. Alec Baldwin is great again. Everyone’s forgotten he’s kind of a jerk.
5. The Postal Service is enjoying the influx cash due to stamps purchased by millions of people for letter and postcard campaigns.
6. Likewise, the pharmaceutical industry is enjoying record growth in sales of anti-depressants.
7. Millions of Americans now know how to call their elected officials and know exactly what to say to be effective.
8. Footage of town hall meetings is now entertaining.
9. Tens of millions of people are now correctly spelling words like emoluments, narcissist, fascist, misogynist, holocaust and cognitive dissonance.
10. Everyone knows more about the rise of Hitler than they did last year.
11. Everyone knows more about legislation, branches of power and how checks and balances work.
12. Marginalized groups are experiencing a surge in white allies.
13. White people in record numbers have just learned that racism is not dead. (See #6)
14. White people in record numbers also finally understand that Obamacare IS the Affordable Care Act.
15. Stephen Colbert’s “Late Night” finally gained the elusive #1 spot in late night talk shows, and Seth Meyers is finding his footing as today’s Jon Stewart.
16. “Mike Pence” has donated millions of dollars to Planned Parenthood since Nov. 9th.
17. Melissa FREAKING McCarthy.
18. Travel ban protesters put $24 million into ACLU coffers in just 48 hours, enabling them to hire 200 more attorneys. Lawyers are now heroes.
19. As people seek veracity in their news sources, respected news outlets are happily reporting a substantial increase in subscriptions, a boon to a struggling industry vital to our democracy.
20. Live streaming court cases and congressional sessions are now as popular as the Kardashians.
21. Massive cleanup of facebook friend lists.
22. People are reading classic literature again. Sales of George Orwell’s “1984” increased by 10,000% after the inauguration. (Yes, that is true. 10,000%. 9th grade Lit teachers all over the country are now rock stars.)
23. More than ever before, Americans are aware that education is important. Like, super important.
24. Now, more than anytime in history, everyone believes that anyone can be President. Seriously, anyone.

- Susan Keller

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Now, if we can only hold onto and REMEMBER these things, past the initial crisis/awakening…

@vardasvapors made a good post about how, uh, filtering our relationships with a text through fandom can get really weird and dysfunctional, so I thought I’d take a (short) break from calling him a Horrible Orc Creature to talk about why Maedhros is actually a character I find really compelling. 

Someone (okay, VV again) mentioned that they enjoy how well Tolkien does double edged character traits and never is that more evident than with this dipshit no I promise to do this properly.

The most obvious place to start is duty. Or, maybe more accurately, cussedness. I hardly need to write an essay on where a refusal to stop or consider other options leads (i.e. off a cliff, into a lava pit), but it’s also important to remember where we started:

It is said indeed that Maedhros himself devised this plan [i.e. holding the front lines in a war with a godmonster that only just got done torturing him], because he was very willing that the chief peril of assault should fall upon himself.

Ouch.

Of all his brothers (…of damn near all the House of Finwe even, humility isn’t exactly a family trait), Maedhros is most able to put aside pride and personal honour in favour of accomplishing his goals. Which is pretty fucking laudable when it involves giving up the crown his father did any number of dubious deeds to secure, taking the most distant and least hospitable land available to lessen potential conflict, or laughing off Thingol’s dickwaving. His pragmatism is significantly less appealing when he’s ambushing messengers at peace talks (we tend to misremember his capture as a result of naively expecting Morgoth to honour terms when really the opposite was true; Morgoth just ambushed harder), sacking refugee camps, or taking children hostage. 

While Maedhros’ record as a war leader is shaky, he does pretty well as a diplomat. It’s hardly surprising given the likely education Finwe 3.0 received in politicking (lots) vs doing wars (none), but, like, how hard was it to maintain even the pretence of friendly relationships with Fingolfin and everyone that crossed the ice with him? How hard was it to form any kind of alliance in the aftermath of the Dagor Bragollach, with the three Cs systematically alienating everyone they crossed paths with? …never mind that, how hard was it to hold together a dying, defeated people and lead them into performing increasingly monstrous acts without a one of them faltering until the third disastrous attack on a civilian population? Does this make his increasingly desperate and utterly ineffectual letter writing campaign funnier or sadder?

Also, cause I hate myself and want to be sad, let’s talk about Estel - trust or hope in the absence of any certainty which, in Finrod’s words, “is not defeated by the ways of the world, for it does not come from experience, but from our nature and first being.” Like, how much does it cost to hold onto that in the face of, you know, the entire damn book? Well, we know the cost to other people and it’s a corpse pile so fucking high they had to update the maps. (I’m not really sure if this counts though, is it fair to call daring to hold onto hope a flaw? Would not uniting in one last attempt to overthrow Morgoth have ended any better?)

Anyway yeah, Maedhros’ most admirable qualities are also the flaws that lead, irrevocably, to monstrosity and death, and that’s a damn tragedy (in the proper greek fuck-your-mother half-cousin sense of the term)

Day Seventy-Four

-Update on my gradual descent into coffee-drinking: Due to lack of resources and need for sleep-substitute, I drank a large cup of coffee with minimal creamer. I was able to finish the whole drink without being overly disgusted. I am more upset with myself than the coffee at this point.

-An older woman began raving about how nice it was of me to scan a coupon for her. She had been cordial enough before, but she suddenly dropped her conversational tone, looked me directly in the eye, and told me that something good would happen to me today. I feel that I may have been blessed by a benevolent witch today and I hope to see how this pans out.

-Upon checking a woman’s ID, I found that her name was Sandrade. You know, like Sandra Dee, except wrong.

-I stumbled across evidence of several gift card having been shoplifted. I have no problem with this crime and, in fact, wish whoever took them a long and happy life surrounded by their newfound unactivated scraps of plastic.

-A magazine at my lane posed the philosophical question, “What if your boobs could talk?” I did not care enough to pick it up and read it myself, but I can assume it simply outlined the only possible conversation: “Who said that? What the hell? My boobs can talk? Have my nipples been small mouths all along? Quite down down there!” This entire exchange would naturally take place in a hastily-called Uber on the way to a mastectomy clinic.

-I had never considered this to be necessary, but I would now like to formally request that you do not hurriedly approach a cashier with one hand firmly buried in your pocket and a menacing look on your face.

-I have come to the realization that the entire brand of humor I use for my Target stories is essentially just John Mulaney’s stand-up specials. Apparently, everyone already knew this. I am far from upset about this discovery. 

-I find that there is a direct correlation between days in which I drink coffee and days in which I have my most entertaining stories.

-I sold someone a book with a battery pack in the back. I do not know why this book needs batteries, but the future is here, and it is incredible.

 -Yesterday, a bookshelf rang up as a a box of baby diapers. After three attempts, it deleted the entire transaction. Today, a box of cooking utensils rang up as a wedding registry. There is a conspiracy afoot with no clear endgame, but I will not let my guard down.

-I heard the cashier at the cafe call out an order, “Pepperoni breadsticks!” For the brief moment before I realized it was a combo, I was thrilled to believe that my letter-writing campaign to Pizza Hut had worked out and the menu was finally being expanded.

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@RealVIXX:

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T/N: This was an event where Starlights could write a letter to their future self, which will be sent out in a month.