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Fightstarter Karaoke (DC TV)

Oh, I have an idea for a silly, quick fic! 5K words later… Title from the song by Dropkick Murphys.

Title: Fightstarter Karaoke (AO3)
Fandom: DC TV
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 5237
Characters: Len, Mick, Lisa
Summary: Mick does not approve of Len’s diet and decides to start up a wager.

Living with Mick is the fucking worst. It’s not actually- even trying to cram two grown men into a shitty one bedroom with a crappy sofa bed and crappier mattress, it’s better than living with Lewis. But staying in the same place as someone he doesn’t have to tread lightly around quickly became a game of ‘Is This Habit A Previously Unknown Pet Peeve of Len’s’. Mick is horrendously good at that game. He leaves wet towels on floors or counters, switches television channels in the middle of a show, puts his dirty projects on the table and hoards trinkets both valuable and not. Which isn’t hypocritical of Len at all because at least Len organizes his stolen hoard and not just shoves them into whatever free space is available.

Len’s aware, of course, that this is a two-way street and Mick doesn’t hesitate to bitch about which of Len’s habits is driving him up the wall this time: talking- making legitimate criticisms! -over shows and movies, putting his booted feet on everything, letting Lisa stay over for days at a time. Her staying Mick never actually minds, it’s Len’s tendency of informing Mick of this by dropping Lisa’s bag on his stomach and kicking him off the least lumpy side of a sofa.

And his eating habits. Nothing gets Mick fuming like seeing what crap Len puts in his mouth. It comes to a head one day when Mick gets back from a grocery run and catches Len squeezing ketchup packets into a bowl of macaroni. Mick glowers at him and says, “You better be done with that by the time I finish putting refrigerated stuff away.”

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bts is gay

alright. now that i’ve got your attention, please listen. i’m sick of staight fans telling lgbtq fans that bts aren’t gay, or “i don’t care if they’re gay i just don’t know why you have to obsess over their sexuality!!” and so i want to turn this question on it’s head and ask het fans:

why are you so obsessed with idols being straight?

yes, lgbtq fans make a lot of posts about bts being gay, but every time you make a post trying to insist that they’re not, you’re doing the exact same thing. why is it so important to you that they’re straight? why is us speculating that idols might be lgbtq too explicit for your poor heterosexual eyes, but your posts about how you wish min yoongi would dick you down and call you a wh*re somehow pure and wholesome? i want you to really think about this for a moment. why is the idea of an idol being lgbtq so upsetting?

because while you’re meditating on that, i can give you a very good reason why it’s important to me, as an lgbtq fan, to be given space where i’m allowed to speculate and discuss the idea of idols being lgbtq. i can’t speak for other lgbtq fans but i can definitely speak for myself. and maybe this might come as a surprise to some of you straight fans, but guess what: it’s not so i can “ship” them. i don’t actually ship any idol outside of confirmed couples i think make a good pair (ex. kai and krystal), and none of that “shipping” involves anything sexually explicit or invasive. 

you want to know why it’s so important to me that some of these idols might be lgbtq? here’s why–being lgbtq means you have certain experiences and feelings that come with that. experiences that very few celebrities are actually able to share with us, lgbtq fans. and it’s not always experiences that have to do with our sex lives, or experiences that have to do with being out, publicly. it’s experiences that have to do with identity, self-doubt, self-hate, guilt–themes that, may i add, are very much present in and often time at the center of a lot of bts’ music. the idea of these things being experienced through a queer lens? the idea that just one idol, just one, might actually be able share in these experiences with us, and know what we’re going through? know where we’re coming from? empathize with us and validate our experiences? that’s means a lot to us. a lot. it’s important on a level that’s really hard for me to convey through words. it’s a precious feeling, and every new hint that idols might really be lgbtq–whether it’s another piece of queer art they took inspiration from, or something as crude as yoongi alluding to performing oral sex and both men and women–is something that’s taken to heart and really gives us a hope that we have an ally in this person.

and honestly, how dare you try to take that from us. how dare you.

and for what reason? so that you can live out your little heterosexual fantasies? or so that you don’t have to live with the discomfort that your oppa might not be into girls? there’s no solidarity in being straight. your insistence that all idols are cis and heterosexual comes off as petty and overprotective–”he’s not your toy, you gays!!!! he’s MINE!!!” and it’s honestly very unsettling how easily you seem to overlook the fact they’re real living people that don’t exist to serve your heterosexual fantasies, or to be another doll in your little heteronormative bubble.

and you know what, most idols probably are straight. but surprise bitch!! lgbtq idols actually do exist, however few in number, and they exist for more than the purpose of being shipped with other idols. our identity as lgbtq people means a lot to us; it’s part of our community. part of out culture. lgbtq fans don’t have to resort to starring real people in their explicit fantasies in order to have a reason to believe an idol is queer; our reasons are more important and sacred than that. but your reasons for insisting their straight? i don’t think i can say the same.

For #BlackHistoryMonth, we highlight @iamhalsey for educating folks on#bipolardisorder #mentalhealth &#bisexuality through her music and#IntersectionalFeminist lens 💖
“I find myself representing, and I say that word apprehensively because I don’t think one person can represent any community of people, a number of communities. I’m open about having bipolar disorder, I’m open about being of mixed-race, I’m open about being #bisexual, and I have this wantingness to talk about it, and for me, it’s about more than being a role model for any specific community. I think it’s about wanting to be a role model that’s comfortable with myself. That’s unafraid of being myself.” 💖

anonymous asked:

what is hamilton and how can i get into it

Okay Anon, if I knew your name and address, I would send you a bouquet of freshly sharpened pencils because I love this question with all of my heart. 

Hamilton is a new musical on Broadway about US Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton told through the lens of hip hop, R&B, and rap. It’s the most creative, inventive, intelligent thing I’ve ever listened to and I have been listening to it non-stop since the end of September. 

I don’t think I would do as good of a job of describing what exactly it is as how it’s been described before, so:

HERE IS WHERE YOU FIND IT ON SPOTIFY (I recommend you listen to it from start to finish while doing your best not to multitask. It’s basically an audiobook in boss-ass musical form.)





That is your starter-pack! GO! BE FREE! 

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I don’t feel there is any injustice when people expand beyond my music and speculate on who certain songs might be about. I’ve never named names, so I feel like I still have a sense of power over what people say—even if that isn’t true, and even if I don’t have any power over what people say about me. The fact that I’ve never confirmed who those songs are about makes me feel like there is still one card I’m holding. So if you’re going to look at your life and say, “I get to play sold-out football stadiums all over the world. I get to call up my favorite artists and ask them to perform with me, and most of the time they say yes. I get to be on the cover of this magazine”—this is all because I write songs about my own life. So I would feel a little strange complaining about how it’s covered.
—  Taylor Swift when asked “does the fact that you write about yourself in such a confessional style require intelligent people to look at your music through that lens?” for GQ Magazine

Ok I keep seeing these whites complaing cuz ppl don’t like Macklemore even though he’s apparently like a Model Citizen or Exactly What Tumblr (the One Entity) Wants White People To Be or some shit.

Butlike? Maybe he’s just annoying? Maybe we are freaking annoyed by him because no matter how self-aware he is. He’s still a white guy who is getting praised to the ends of the earth and back for doing things Black people have been doing for ages. That’s freaking obnoxious! We don’t gotta praise him or kiss the ground he walks him or wtf ever because he is self-aware. Being self-aware as a white person should be fucking baseline. Same as you don’t get praised cuz you didn’t punch a random stranger in the face cuz that’s fucking baseline.

So a white guy talks about racism and how he benefits from it and all that other shit. So what? Black people have been rapping about racism and how it effects us since the dawn of rap. And y’all have criticized and pigeonholed our music and our words as trashy and angry and horrible until some white guy comes along and does the same exact thing in a way that’s more palatable to your delicate white sensibilities.

It’s obnoxious. It’s annoying that nobody thinks we’re worth listening to until some white mouthpeice comes along and says it. And it’s worse that if we’re at all critical or sour about this bullshit situation, we’re all yelled at for being unappreciative assholes.

Like get off your fucking high horse. I get that sometimes cirticizm of him seems unfair to you but like? Most of the time it’s not even about him in particular. It’s directed at the greater context of the situation… And the bizarreness of all these white people who didn’t even consider rap music to be music until Macklemore came along, suddenly caring about racism through the lens of defending their precious white.

anonymous asked:

I'm glad someone else was a little offended by Bryan's announcement too. I also didn't like the fact that he said people saying that Korrasami was rushed feel that way because they watched the last two books through a "hetero-lens"? That's what made me feel a bit upset. You know, I felt the Korrasami was rushed because I was watching through a "hetero-lens", not because of the obvious music swells and prolonged hugging and pure admiration happening between Mako and Korra. What do you think?

Me? For my part, I’m only mildly annoyed, because that’s the only right I have to be. If Bryan wants to throw that accusation my way, fine. I consider myself an objective and open-minded consumer of media. And I will argue back that it had everything to do with the way the show was executed instead. But I’m willing to consider that feedback a valid point and try to watch the show again, if that’s what he thinks.

But I don’t agree with it ultimately.

On a separate level, I feel bad watching several friends I’ve made (and then on top of that people I never became friends with, but they’re still reacting this way) express that they feel slapped in the face, because they have had to deal with the accusations that they are “not gay enough” from other fans throughout this whole ordeal. They don’t feel like they have a place in the lgbt+ community. And it’s made being able to enjoy this show–even outside of the shipping element–very difficult for them.

That’s all I can say on it, because I have no authority to say anything else. I see what I see, and I’m sorry for them on it. (Shrugs.)

The crowd was wild and the vibes were … well all over the place, from being up-close and sometimes way too personal with Die Antward to getting groovy at the trusty Cocoon stage…. Heres a little taste of Sydneys Future Music festival 2015 through my Lecia Lens.

i accidentally typed “first things first i’m the realist” like iggy azalea really wants people to know that her music should be examined through the critical lens of hobbesian realism