not that i hate branson

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Tom and Sybbie play Poohsticks.

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Branson: What? You up and leave us then never visit and you think you can come here and tell me what to do?.. Piss off Cullen, I used to think you were so cool, I don’t know why because it turns out you’re just a boring asshole like everyone else!!

Cullen: Don’t you dare speak to me like that! I’m still your brother weather I live with you or not! 

Branson: Yeah, My BROTHER not my FATHER, I don’t have a FATHER REMEMBER!! 

Cullen: I can’t do this with you right now, Branson! You need to get her home… NOW! 

Branson: Whatever.. 

Cullen: NOW, Branson!

Branson: Fine… I hate you!  

Branson Cecil, One of Us

So I really hate sharing posts from private accounts but I have to break my own rule this time cause this is just too cute. As you all know, Brett Cecil is no longer a Blue Bird, in fact a totally different colour bird now, but that doesn’t mean his son’s loyalty has wavered:

Extra awesome that JD was ranked higher than the Disney crew. Just in care you need to be reminded about how big of a fan Branson is here you go:

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Bouncy bouncy Sybbie.

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Top 5 favourite characters: Tyler Lockwood, Bonnie Bennett, and Stefan Salvatore

Other characters you like: Lexi Branson

Least favourite characters: LMAO EVERYONE ELSE I HATE EVERYONE THEY’RE ALL AWFUL 

Otps: FORWOOD AND STELENA FOREVER AND ALWAYS. I also quite enjoyed steroline and bonenzo.

Notps: dullena, klarotrash, st3ferine, d3fan, and the list goes on to just about every popular ship on this show tbh.

Favourite friendships: LOL. Well way back when this show was good I loved baroline, bonlena, carolena, barolena, mattlena, tylena, steroline, myler, stefonnie, tyler x jeremy, and a few other friendships but since everyone on this show turned into a fucking asshole the only friendship I can still stand is Stefan x Lexi.

Favourite family: Tyler Lockwood and Carol Lockwood. Bonnie and her Grams.

Favourite episodes: 3x01, 3x04, 3x05, 3x14, 2x07, 2x08, 1x22, just everything s1-3.

Favourite season/book/movie: s1-3

Favourite quotes: “Everything I like about me is you.” “You won’t be sad forever Elena” and “I love you Stefan, hold onto that, never let that go.”

Best musical moment: The 1920s dance in s3 and the party in 3x01.

Moment that made you fangirl/boy the hardest: When forwood finally got together in s3. And when Stefan and Elena were at the school carnival in season 2.

When it really disappointed you: LMAO I AM CACKLING EVERYTHING AFTER SEASON 3.

Saddest moment: TYLER LOCKWOOD’S DEATH. Stefan Salvatore dying is a close second.

Most well done character death: NA

Favourite guest star: idk maybe Arielle Kebbel who plays Lexi

Favourite cast member: Paul Wesley, Candice Accola, and Nina Dobrev seem pretty cool. The entire cast seems pretty amazing except Ian. (Lol idk because I don’t really follow celebs). Character you wish was still alive: TYLER LOCKWOOD

One thing you hope really happens: Bonnie ends up happy and Tyler lives and they leave Mystic Falls forever and everyone else dies. Also I hoped that the show would end and it did thank god.

Most shocking twist: Hybrid Curse storyline/finding out about the original vampires. Basically all of s2-3.

When did you start watching/reading?: Last year.

Best animal/creature: I always thought the witches were really interesting.

Favourite location: idk maybe Mystic Grill and Lockwood mansion.

Trope you wish they would stop using: ABUSIVE TOXIC RELATIONSHIPS AND CHARACTER ASSASSINATION AND ROMANTICIZING RAPISTS OVERALL TERRIBLE DISGUSTING MISOGYNISTIC WRITING

One thing this show/book/film does better than others: lmfao nothing

Funniest moments: LOL everyone is obnoxious now.

Couple you would like to see: none. Although I do wish this show was written better and that forwood & stelena had ended up together like it should’ve been.

Actor/Actress you want to join the cast: NA

Favourite outfit: Caroline’s entire wardrobe

Favourite item: idk daylight ring maybe

Do you own anything related to this show/book/film?: nope thank god.

What house/team/group/friendship group/family/race etc would you be in?: I WOULD LEAVE MYSTIC FALLS. Or maybe I’d be a witch and bring Tyler and Stefan back so they can live the happy lives they deserved. I’d bring Enzo back too so he and Bonnie can be happy.

Most boring plotline: s4-8

Most laughably bad moment: see above.

Best flashback/flashfoward if any: The Original family flashbacks in season 3. Basically all the flashbacks in s1-3.

Most layered character: Bonnie Bennett. Stefan Salvatore is a close second.
Most one dimensional character: lmao Alaric Saltzman, he should’ve stayed dead.

Scariest moment: NA this show is more stupid than scary.

Grossest moment: That time when they decided to make Caroline and Damon friends after he raped and abused her; and just pretty much the writers not acknowledging the fact that Damon raped Caroline and instead joking about it multiple times and romanticizing and glorifying demon salvatore. Oh and dullena getting together which included that disgusting sirebond storyline. And you know there are tons of other repulsive moments because this show is a misogynistic mess but these are the few that come to mind atm.

Best looking male: Stefan Salvatore

Best looking female: Caroline Forbes

Who you’re crushing on (if any): maybe Tyler because he’s way too good and pure for this show.

Favourite cast moment: NA

Favourite transportation: Car. Maybe vamp speed.

Most beautiful scene (scenery/shot wise): The shot of stelena on the roof. Also all the shots in the woods.

Unanswered question/continuity issue/plot error that bugs you: THE ENTIRE SHOW TBH

Best promo: NA

At what point did you fall in love with this show/book: The second half of season 1.

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Edna Braithwaite and Tom Branson

There’s something I want to talk about. It’s not a very nice subject.

Trigger warning for discussion of rape (mostly rape by ‘victim unable to consent’) and spoiler warning for Season Four of Downton Abbey.

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There are two rapes in Season Four. If you watch the show, you already know without a doubt what one of them is.

Anna is accosted in a downstairs room when everyone else is upstairs at a party. When she rebuffs the man, he gets violent, throws her on the floor, rips her clothes. She comes out of it not only with bruises but with a nasty wound from her head hitting a table, and that’s only the physical damage. She’s horribly traumatised, she feels dirty and unworthy of her husband, and she can’t tell him what happened because she’s afraid he’ll take revenge and be sent to jail. This last results in her sitting across from her rapist and being forced to make pleasant conversation when his employer comes back to Downton for a visit. The story arc gets a lot of attention, and it should; it’s dreadful and horrible.

But something that really bothers me about this: that it is the only one that gets attention.

Tom Branson is raped that night, too.

There’s a woman on the staff who’s set her cap at him, in probably the most mercenary and unpleasant way possible, even before now. She’s preyed on his insecurities about not really belonging to either world, saying things like, “Are you ashamed of us?”, of being originally working class. And she’s made herself helpful to Tom throughout the party, commiserating with him in ways that seem sympathetic and understanding but which are actually encouraging him to feel alienated from his in-laws and their world. She has also, very importantly, deliberately plied him with alcohol.

Now, by the end of the night Tom is very drunk. Edna slips into his room (without being invited; this is not remotely a previously-arranged dalliance). We don’t see the details of exactly how she ends up in bed with him, but he’s definitely surprised to see her, and all their past interactions have Edna as the aggressor.

The next day, it’s made clear he feels guilty and ashamed. But when Edna finally gets him aside to talk about it (or rather, to play the wronged, love-sick woman and try to coerce him into marrying her), it is explicitly spelled out that he was too inebriated to be able to consent.

To start with, he doesn’t remember exactly what happened. Edna has to confirm for him that yes, they had sex. But then there’s this bit of dialogue, which absolutely tore my heart out:

Edna: If you were good enough for Sybil Crawley, then I’m good enough for you.

Tom: *intensely angry and upset* Don’t speak her name!

Edna: You were free enough with it last night.

He was so drunk, he thought she was his dead wife. That’s not consent. That would be rape by fraud if Edna had done it on purpose. But even though she didn’t try to convince him she was Sybil, she deliberately got him drunk, she deliberately preyed on his insecurities to get him more drunk, and she deliberately took advantage of the fact that he was too plastered to say no or, clearly, to really know what was going on.

It’s rape.

And it is NOT ACKNOWLEDGED.

I wouldn’t expect Tom to call it rape. I wouldn’t expect Mrs. Hughes, the only other person who finds out, to realize that’s what it is. I wouldn’t expect Edna to care even if she did know. But it is rape, and we know. We don’t live in the nineteen-twenties; we should be calling it what it is. Even the setting is a tenuous excuse for not making it clear that the show considers Edna to have committed rape, but there is none at all for not treating it as what it is in out-of-character forums.

So why, in the descriptions of the episodes on Wikipedia, are they fine with using the word rape to describe what happened to Anna, but what happened to Tom was an ill-advised ‘dalliance’? Why do recaps of the episode clearly acknowledge that Tom was incredibly drunk when Edna slept with him – and then continue on with the summary as if he suffered bad luck, not rape? Why have people put a lot of effort into considering the possibility that Mary’s seduction by Pamuk in Season One was actually rape (Pamuk was a sexual predator who might indeed have raped her if she hadn’t responded to his seduction, but that’s probably not what happened), but don’t seem to have ever acknowledged that Tom’s sexual encounter with Edna was absolutely rape? Why is it that Edna is cast by Sybil/Tom shippers as a harpy, a schemer, devious, but she’s never called what she is – a rapist? I could write an entire essay on how the common practice of writing Edna into Modern!fic as Tom’s needy or cheating ex is a problem – it reinforces the idea that Edna was a choice he made, a bad idea but a consensual relationship. It wasn’t. It was rape.

And I am really angry, because if anything similar had happened to Mary, there wouldn’t be this silence. When she was reluctant to have sex with someone but then changed her mind, the fandom was full of people calling it rape. If it had been Edith who’d been in that situation, there wouldn’t be this smoothing over of what actually happened. If Rose had had a man plying her with alcohol and then taking her home when she was so drunk she didn’t know what was happening, there would be a huge reaction and a new least favourite character for everyone. And if the show played it off as a ‘mistake’ on her part, there would be a furious outcry.

Tom didn’t get that. Not from the writers, not from the fans. Not that I’ve seen.

Men can be raped too.

Rape is not always violent.

I don’t which one of those misconceptions is standing in the way of people realizing what happened, but it needs to stop. It needs to stop right now.

Edna Braithwaite is a rapist. Tom Branson is a rape victim. What happened to him was horrible and criminal and no less than what happened to Anna. He was treated as if he was responsible for it because the show is set in the nineteen-twenties, not because that is true.

And if you are saying, “Yeah, but…” you need to stop, go back, and realize that that’s rape apology. We’ve been conditioned to say, “Yeah, but…” – that doesn’t mean it’s an acceptable response. I want parts of the Downton Abbey fandom to see this and tell me that I’m not the only one who noticed, not the only one who’s angry. I don’t know if that’s going to happen, but I’m hoping. Restore my faith in humanity.

razzmatash started my love for the Branson Rutherford x Bethany Hawke ship in her fantastic Avaar!AU. I love the two nuggets together and I just want them to be happy. Also, I can’t draw fur to save my life and what do the Avaar fuggin wear? Fur. A shit ton of it. I need to get good. 

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“Fire!”