on national flags

Happy National Dog Day! You can celebrate dogs AND Pride with our Pride Puppies! Find them here [x] 🐶

We hope you’re doing something extra fun with your dogs today! 

What’s Going on Over There!?

In response to questions about my earlier post from a C-EXOL in regards to Yixing (Lay) not being able to attend the upcoming Exordium in (insert country name) 2017 tour, I’m going to attempt to give a run down of what’s going on as I understand it. Any citizens of either country please correct me if there are any inaccuracies.

As of Today (yesterday for Korea) the South Korean court officially removed Park Geun-Hye as president…she gone. However, while she was in office (around summer time 2016), S. Korea and the U.S. of A came up with, agreed to creating and executed a THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) defense system to protect them against the missile threats that were coming from N. Korea. China was not a fan of the system for they believe “it will enable deep military surveillance that undermines Chinese and Russian security.”

Once S. Korea gave the thumbs up to execute the system, China began restricting all things Hallyu:

Some of the restrictions reportedly outlined in the prohibition are:

  • A ban on Korean organizations filming in Korea
  • A ban on investing in new Korean agencies
  • A ban on Korean idol concerts with over 10,000 audience members
  • A ban on Korean-Chinese collaborative projects
  • A ban on broadcasting dramas with Korean actors

These bans include satellite broadcasts and online video sites. 

Remember when Uncontrollably Fond came out and Suzy and Kim Woo Bin were supposed to go over to China to promote the drama and do a fan meeting but it mysteriously got cancelled like the day before? yeah, this is why. Remember when EXO was supposed to do an Exordium in Shanghai and that abruptly got cancelled too? Yeah, this is why. Remember when Chou Tzu-yu from Twice waived a Taiwan flag on national television and some of y’all ripped her to shreds publicly causing the girl to have a mini nervous breakdown and Twice was banned from Chinese TV as a result!? yeah, China also opposes Taiwan’s independence. Remember when Yixing posted the Chinese flag on IG and dang near all of y’all ripped him to shreds too!?!? yeah….i’m gonna save that rant for another post.

So why are C-EXOLs asking for support for Yixing from international & K-EXOLs? because he is literally banned from any Korean activity!! our dear unicorn can’t be with EXO at this time because of political differences and this applies to any kpop group that has a Chinese member: F(X), Miss A, Super Junior, EXO, etc. etc. Yixing was the face for Lotte Duty free in Korea with EXO but all the Chinese uproar has cancelled that and he has been removed. 

So there you have it folks. It’s always unfortunate and discouraging to read about these things not just in your own country but around the world. Politics is a beast and it feeds on greed, fear and corruption. It’s like Biff Tannen from Back to the Future, like Scar from The Lion King, like Sid from Toy Story. Hopefully you will keep the other innocent citizens of said countries who are now caught in this mess in your thoughts as well.

Sources:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/12/04/south-koreas-k-pop-stars-caught-crossfire-diplomatic-spat-china/

http://www.vox.com/latest-news/2017/3/3/14795636/china-south-korea-pop-culture-kpop-attacks-thaad

The Finnish flag has come a long way since the first Finnish proto-flag was introduced in 1848. This picture introduces nine selected flag designs from over the years but in reality there are many more proposals and unofficial flag designs out there that are not featured in this picture. When Finland declared independence in 6th December in 1917 the blue-white cross became the official national flag the following year.

People who equate Wakanda not allowing its country to be ravaged by Imperialism like the rest of Africa to capitalists “hoarding resources” are being racist and also sound ignorant. First, capitalists exploit resources for profit, they don’t share them equitably so that the whole society can succeed.  They don’t protect land and resources, they exploit them for the benefit of a small group of people. Second, Wakanda participates in world politics and had sent aid workers to Lagos. T’Chaka was assassinated while he was participating in such a process. Third, none of your white favs or their countries of origin represent any of these values you are talking about, so why are you so upset when Wakanda comes on the scene?

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Hi friends,

I am in the process of re-uploading all of the existing pride galaxies to redbubble. From now on, each pride galaxy will be uploaded twice: once with the pride name and tags, and once with a generic “colorblock galaxy” title.

The hope is that this would make pride designs accessible to people who want to buy them, but don’t feel that they can comfortably or safely order something that comes with a packing slip that says (for example) “bisexual pride!” 

Coming out is something that happens in stages. My hope for all of you is that you one day reach a stage where you can buy and wear whatever you want, regardless of its name. If you’re at a stage where you need some plausible deniability, well—hopefully this makes your life a little brighter, a little easier.

Thanks to the thoughtful folks who brought this up to me.

Colorblock galaxies are here.  Pride galaxies are here.  I think I’ll have finished uploading and updating the “colorblock” group by the end of next week. Feel free to send me an ask if there’s an existing pride galaxy you’d like to see uploaded as soon as possible, and I’ll bump it to the head of the list.

Be good, be safe, I love you.

S