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it’s exhausting to keep seeing people talk about marvel’s hydra problem as an issue of them just being tone-deaf or obtuse or clueless, this “boys will be boys” mild eyeroll attitude to the entire conversation that so vastly downplays just how fucking evil these people are

do you honestly think that the CEO of marvel who is an outspoken trump supporter and pumped millions of money into the trump campaign doesn’t know what he’s doing by pushing the nazi faction into the limelight of his comics?

turning captain america, the literal symbol for american nationalism and patriotism, into a supporter of hydra and therefore a nazi, is not a writing accident. it is deliberate.

their latest little ~fuck up~ of asking comic stores to re-brand their stores and work uniforms with hydra logos, is not just a PR gaffe. it’s deliberate.

their continuous campaign to make nazis into a faction readers are supposed to find exciting, supposed to align themselves with, supposed to wear on their shirts like a uniform, is not an accident in the kind of political climate we’re in right now. it’s deliberate.

i don’t care that hydra is fictional, this isn’t like the empire in star wars or w/e where it’s just about some sort of vague fascism aesthetic. hydra were always explicitly n a z i s, since their very conception, have always been called nazis by marvel, have always stood for nazi values. and now marvel is trying to make them cool again. and it’s not a fucking accident.

stop giving them the benefit of the doubt. stop talking about this like it’s something that can be fixed with civil conversation and a stern finger wagging.

nazis and anyone who defends them don’t deserve that much consideration from anybody. just, yknow, a friendly psa from your neighbourhood romani jew.

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75th Anniversary of the Women’s Army Corp (WAC)

Congresswoman Edith Nourse Rogers of Massachusetts proposed a bill in May 1941 with the support of Chief of Staff General George C. Marshall to establish the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corp (WAAC). The bill was passed a year later and the first enlisted auxiliaries arrived for training at Fort Des Moines in July 1942. In July 1943, the Reserves was incorporated into the Regular Army and reestablished as the Women’s Army Corp (WAC). During WWII, about 150,000 women served in the WAAC and WAC.

During the war, Eleanor Roosevelt continued the ceaseless activism that had long marked her as America’s most public First Lady. Mrs. Roosevelt was outspoken in her support for gender equality. She championed women’s entrance into the armed services.

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Famous Lesbians:

JD Samson - musician

  • member of Le Tigre
  • came out as a lesbian at age 15
  • well known for her outspoken support of both LGBT and feminist causes
  • graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 2000 with a degree in film
  • she put out a video addressing her facial hair:
    • “to change the way girls value themselves and teach them to be loud.” Samson does this through opening a dialog about her facial hair. Celebrating body positivity, Samson’s video seeks to remove the shame and stigma that comes with feeling the need to change certain parts of ourselves to conform to societal beauty standards.

anonymous asked:

I'm a rangers fan so I don't like the bruins out of spite™ but I've seen a lot of stuff about how they're actually really good guys off the ice. I don't like how dirty they can be on the ice but I get that it's a part of the game so I was wondering if there's anything you can share about why you like them I guess :)

They’ve explicitly supported Both of their Pro womens teams and have donated money to support the womens games. Individual players and the organization itself.

The players and the organization have also been one of the most outspoken supporters of the LGBT community, making a big deal about supporting gay rights and transgender rights (they released a video of patrice bergeron talking about how the team supports trans people). 

Zdeno Chara has literally raised all these children from birth to be respectable and compassionate adults.

They’re fun, they’re not concerned with elitism and being “classy” in the old school hockey sense, they’re here to entertain but know when to draw the line. for instance Brad Marchand is always compared to Andrew Shaw. Andrew Shaw called someone a f*ggot on live tv. Brad Marchand has explicitly stated no one is allowed to use that word and has gone out of his way to hold people accountable for it. 

also they have a tv show called behind the b and they don’t take themselves seriously at all and they call their coach dad??? they literally at one point made a line so that every guy who entered the dressing room was told they were missed after the bye week??? both jarome Iginla and jaromir jagr who have been around for a long tiem have said that there isn’t a room closer and with a more positive energy than the boston bruins team??? zdeno chara doesn’t like rookie culture because he thinks it ostracizes the young guys and he wants them to feel apart of the team??? chara also has learned 7 languages so that no guy can come to the bruins and have no one to talk to??? they’ve never really had a super star they just all work so hard ??? claude julien (who isn’t their coach anymore) refused to say anything bad about them when they were knocked out of the playoffs becuase he loved them so much??? and on fathers day he said he couldn’t be more happy because the 20+ guys in the room were the best sons he could ask for?? and bruce cassidy their new coach goes around hugging players who had bad games to make them feel better???

There’s just this huge atmosphere of positivity and love and accountability and support not just for each other but for their fans as well. They hold themselves to a certain standard and to get there they do it with good vibes and love, but they also don’t let people get away with bullshit. 

like 100% you shouldn’t like them on the ice cause rivalries make sports fun and i love habs fans and i live in toronto and I got booed going to school in my krejci jersey but when i flipped the guy off he laughed and smiled at me and i smiled back and !!! that was nice and good !!!!

I wrote a longe rmore comprehensive post about this but I can’t find it. 

Farokhroo Parsa (1922-1980) was an important figure in Iranian politics and in the women’s rights movement of the Middle Eastern country. She served as Iran’s Minister of Education during the last pre-Islamic revolution, and was the first female cabinet minister in the Iranian government. She was an outspoken supporter of women’s rights, and pushed heavily to secure votes for women.

She was elected to Parliament in 1963, and was a driving force behind legislations that improved the status of women. She also had a medical degree and worked as a biology teacher and a physician. She was executed by firing squad after the Islamic Cultural Revolution.

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Eric Arthur Blair (25 June 1903 – 21 January 1950)

Better known by his pen name George Orwell, English novelist, essayist, journalist, and critic. His work is marked by lucid prose, awareness of social injustice, opposition to totalitarianism, and outspoken support of democratic socialism.

Orwell’s work continues to influence popular and political culture, and the term Orwellian – descriptive of totalitarian or authoritarian social practices – has entered the language together with many of his neologisms, including cold war, Big Brother, Thought Police, Room 101, memory hole, newspeak, doublethink, and thoughtcrime. (Wikipedia)

From our stacks: 1. Dust jacket detail from Nineteen Eighty-Four. A Novel by George Orwell. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1949.  2. Dust jacket detail from Coming Up for Air. George Orwell. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1950. Jacket drawing by Hawkins.  3. Dust jacket detail from Keep the Aspidistra Flying. George Orwell. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1956. Jacket design by Milton Glaser.  4. Dust jacket detail from A Clergyman’s Daughter By George Orwell. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, n.d. Jacket design by Seymour Chwast.

anonymous asked:

Curious but why do people hate Justin trudeau so much? I'm not from the U.S or Canada so I don't know the deal with him

He’s a master at photo-ops by making himself look hip and progressive and people bought it. He calls himself a feminist, apparently an outspoken supporter of LGBT rights, and came off as a huge proponent for diversity (filling quotas to make his cabinet 50/50 male/female with a significant number of non-white people). All of this completely undermined his poor leadership skills, but it is refreshing that some people are starting to see through his well-executed PR campaign.

But basically:

He advocated and signed the Canada-Europe Trade Agreement (CETA) which prioritizes the welfare of corporations (in this case rich foreign investors) over workers. This deal extends legal protections towards these foreign investors and gives them the power to form lawsuits over government policies (within Canada) they don’t like which in turn pressures the Canadian government to abandon regulations AND leaves Canadian taxpayers to pay billions of dollars in compensation towards those wealthy interests. The cause of all this comes from Investor State Settlement Dispute privileges which are often found in trade deals (including NAFTA).

Like Obama, his foreign policy record is awful. I think a lot of you know the “Saudi Arms Deal” where 15 billion dollars’ worth of armed vehicles were sold to Saudi Arabia. There are videos of similar combat vehicles being used by Saudi authorities to kill civilians - particularly Shia Muslim dissidents. So there’s a good chance that some of those vehicles being sold from Canada via the arms deal are being used for those particular actions.

And under Trudeau, Canadian arm dealers (countries where Canada can export such weapons) have more leeway. Previous laws forbade Canada from selling weapons to countries where those weapons could be diverted to “threatening the security of Canada, their allies, other countries, or people”. That would have prevented the Saudi Arms Deal from happening in the first place, but Trudeau removed the reference to the last two categories which enabled Canada to export those weapons.

He’s extremely phony. He lectures China on having a history of poor human rights but says absolutely nothing about Saudi Arabia which has a misogynistic government among other issues (considering he’s a **feminist**, that’s pretty rich). But I guess him prohibiting exports on arms or speaking out on S.A’s bad history of human rights would possibly affect Canada’s close trade/economic interests with them.

He’s either backtracked or contradicted his initial campaign promises. That’s primarily the reason why his approval ratings are going down rapidly.

He attended a cash-for-access-fundraiser and received 1 million in donations (to his foundation) from wealthy Chinese businessman – Zhang Bin. Mr. Xian – another businessman who also attended that fundraiser – was waiting for approval from federal bank regulators for his bank to start business within Canada. As of July, the Liberal party approved this, enabling Xian to open his Schedule 1 bank in multiple cities across Canada. xxx

Which completely contradicts what he said within his ‘ethical guidelines and standards of conduct’ page when he was elected, “There should be no preferential access to government, or appearance of preferential access, accorded to individuals or organizations because they have made financial contributions to politicians and political parties.”

He also promised to run small government deficits, not exceeding 10 billion per year in order to balance the budget by 2020. But the Liberal party projected that the 2016-2017 deficit was estimated to be $29.4 billion and the one for 2018 being nearly $23 billion. xxxx

And there’s that time he promised the middle class would be getting tax cuts at the expense of increasing the income of higher income households. He promised that the tax cuts and tax hikes would cancel each other out. But instead those tax changes he enacted left the government revenue short of 1.2 billion because raising the taxes on people with higher incomes didn’t completely pay for the cuts “given” to the middle class. Guess who probably gets to pay that 1.2 billion?

And never forget that letter to Fidel Castro.

IMO he’s just another spineless, big government politician who advocates for government transparency at first, but completely changes his tune when elected.

anonymous asked:

It seems the Erins take well-written characters (ashfur, spottedleaf) and just goes, "well, lets make them do something completely out of character and ignore everything we've written about them before). Look at what you did Erin! You took a perfectly good character and ruined them! Ashfur's a sadist now!

Precisely. And you’ll also note that a lot of these sudden-ooc-twist characters, only has that happen to them so it can influence the plot on other characters’ behalf… And mostly, it’s so that we will pity/support/empathize with the other character(s). 

Make Spotty’s “loving” ghost haunt Fire: 
                         -> Make us feel bad for Fire because of his “lost love”
                         -> Also to make us feel bad for Spotty herself
                         -> And of course to make us feel bad for Sandy who has to live her whole life with this constant shadow over her marriage (however the Erins never seemed too concerned with this, they had her -accept- it instead which was… even worse)

Make Ashfur a homocidal maniac: 
                         -> Make us support Bramble and Squirrel against this “antagonistic force” that wants to split them up

But there are hardly the only examples, a LOT of characters are forced under the asshole bus for the sake of other characters, and the plot. 

-Leafpool was made into a nasty mentor towards Jayfeather so that we would feel supportive towards him, and more empathic towards the “forbidden kits” plot.

-Crowfeather’s assholery never ended because the Erins felt it suited their purpose to make him a consistent jackass in the “forbidden kits” plot too, so that we would feel bad for Leafpool and the three. 

-Nightcloud had no proper personality prior to PoT, but once she got one, it was to become a bitch, so that we would have another semi-antagonistic figure which would make it easier to sympathize with Leafpool.

-Blackclaw of RiverClan was turned into a jerk because Hawkfrost needed at least one outspoken supporter of his evil cause.

-Mudclaw was “given the appearance” of a jerk so that we would understand Onewhisker was the “true WindClan heir” even though that was false.

-Bumblestripe being turned into Ashfur 2.0 in order for us to sympathize with Dovewing, and more easily support her relationship with Tigerheart instead. 

-Molewhisker turned into a jerk mentor so we would pity Alderpaw, and then later they made Jayfeather an even more abusive asshole than he already was so we would feel bad for Alderheart AND Twigpaw. 

-Pinenose and the majority of ShadowClan turned back into “old ShadowClan” behaviours and assholery to make way for the plot, AND to make us feel bad for Violetkit/paw.

-Stormpaw/tail was turned completely ooc-malicious and cruel in Goosefeather’s Curse so that we would feel -extra- bad for Goosefeather, who was already being unreasonably abused by StarClan for gods know what reason. 

And those are only the ones I can think of right now, and I’m pretty sure there are more of ‘em out there. Oh, and this doesn’t even touch on all those “born jerks” characters who’re especially prominent in the Special Editions, whose only job is to insult the main character. T_T

Can we talk about Magnus Hirschfield for a moment?

The man is a Jewish German physician and he is a part of and founded the Scientific Humanitarian Committee: they advocate for sexual minorities’ such as homosexuals and trans people.

He passionately defended the rights for homosexuals and wanted to repeal Paragraph 175, an article which criminalizes homosexuality. He says “homosexuality was part of the plan of nature and creation just like normal love”.

And with that said, Hirschfield was condemned by German media, who called him a freak scientist. His testimony lead him to be hated by the German people, if not outraged.

Hirschfield was an outspoken supporter for sexual minorities and stood for women’s rights during the early 20th century (where they actually needed it) and joined the League for the Protection of Mothers: he campaigned the decriminalization of abortion, and was against the ban for female teachers or civil service workers to get married or have children.

Hirschfield died on his birthday, 14th May 1967 in Nice, France.

Hirschfield inspired people like by Henry Gerber, an American homosexual rights activist who started the short lived Society For Humans Rights in 1924; it was known to be the first known gay rights organization of America. In 1979 in Ireland, the Hirschfield Center was established which was the first gay and lesbian community center.

People like Magnus Hirschfield is the LGBT hero we all should talk about. People who strongly defended and advocated for our rights and having our place in the world back in the day, where being yourself is worth of being arrested, euthanized, and hated by society.

If not for him, we wouldn’t be here at all.

So I’ve been thinking a lot about all the Thomas Sanders hate, and trying to pin down actual explanations for my vague feelings… I think I finally figured out what to say. Why TS isn’t the real person getting hurt here.

Now I want to start this off by saying… I honestly don’t care that much about Thomas Sanders. I mean, I like him enough as far as celebrities go, but I’ve never really cared about celebrities in general. I like Thomas Sanders to the extent that one might like a particular cashier at Target better than others. So I’m in no way trying to white knight for him here, and if it was just about TS, frankly I wouldn’t care much.

I was always very surprised by how universally loved on Tumblr he was. I spent a long time thinking “Man, I like Thomas Sanders enough, but it’s not good to act like celebrities are perfect people. That’s dangerous. It’s annoying when people say he’s a ‘literally flawless perfect angel uwu’ or whatever.” But somehow I only ever saw praise for him. People loved his vines, people loved him for being sweet and trying to be inclusive and mindful of his actions. I never saw criticism of TS, ever.

Fast forward to a few days ago. Recently, someone sent TS a rude ask condoning him for accepting ace and aro people as part of the LGBT+ community. (And no, he’s not straight. He’s made that very clear many times.) In response, he posted a detailed, well thought out response about why aspec people are LGBT+, and why it’s important to support and welcome them.

All of a sudden, it became trendy to hate Thomas Sanders. People started posting all sorts of things mocking him, usually with little basis other than “he’s annoying and cringey” or “he acts too young for his age”- He’s 28. What, are people supposed to suddenly become technologically incompetent office dads the minute they turn 25, or what?

There is no doubt in my mind that the sudden Thomas Sanders hate is a smear campaign started by aphobes. In fact, I’ve noticed some of the people I follow who I know to be exclusionists suddenly hopping on the TS hate bandwagon, when I know they used to be his fans. It’s not a coincidence.

You might be thinking, “Ok, well maybe I’m not an aphobe, but I do have some legitimate criticism of Thomas Sanders.” And like I said, it’s good to be critical of celebrities. But the thing is, the timing and the way people are hating on him is dangerous.

Thomas Sanders is a positive role model. He is one of few online celebrities who tries to be mindful of his actions and his influence on people, and is open to criticism of himself. He tries to be inclusive and provide diverse representation in his videos. Is he perfect? No. But he’s a hell of a lot better of a person for young kids to look up to than some people. More importantly, he is one of very few people who has been outspoken about supporting aro and ace people, which is extremely important.

By contributing to this anti-TS campaign, you are removing this positive role model- deliberately removing a positive role model who supports aro and ace people. He’ll become nothing but a joke, and anything he says will be deemed bad. Instead of kids going, “Oh, Thomas Sanders, I know him! He’s cool! He supports aro and ace people, so I will too!” they’re going to go “Lol, Thomas Sanders, he’s so annoying. Who even likes that guy? Of course I don’t support aro and ace people.”

That’s really dangerous. Every time I see one of my mutuals posting Thomas Sanders hate, I feel afraid- not because I like TS, but because I am aromantic.

Chadwick Moore, a 33-year-old journalist who lives in Williamsburg, had been a lifelong liberal. Then, last September, he penned a profile for Out magazine of Milo Yiannopoulos — a controversial and outspoken critic of feminism, Muslims and gay rights (despite being openly gay himself). Although the Out story didn’t take a positive stance — or any stance — on Yiannopoulos, Moore found himself pilloried by fellow Democrats and ostracized by longtime friends.

Here, he tells Michael Kaplan his story — including why the backlash drove him to the right.

When Out magazine assigned me an interview with the Breitbart.com rabble-rouser Milo Yiannopoulos, I knew it would be controversial. In the gay and liberal communities in particular, he is a provocative and loathed figure, and I knew featuring him in such a liberal publication would get negative attention. He has been repeatedly kicked off Twitter for, among other things, reportedly inciting racist, sexist bullying of “Ghostbusters” actress Leslie Jones. Before interviewing Yiannopoulos, I thought he was a nasty attention-whore, but I wanted to do a neutral piece on him that simply put the facts out there.

After the story posted online in the early hours of September 21, I woke up to more than 100 Twitter notifications on my iPhone. Trolls were calling me a Nazi, death threats rolled in and a joke photo that I posed for in a burka served as “proof” that I am an Islamophobe.

I’m not.

Most disconcertingly, it wasn’t just strangers voicing radical discontent. Personal friends of mine — men in their 60s who had been my longtime mentors — were coming at me. They wrote on Facebook that the story was “irresponsible” and “dangerous.” A dozen or so people unfriended me. A petition was circulated online, condemning the magazine and my article. All I had done was write a balanced story on an outspoken Trump supporter for a liberal, gay magazine, and now I was being attacked. I felt alienated and frightened.

I lay low for a week or so. Finally, I decided to go out to my local gay bar in Williamsburg, where I’ve been a regular for 11 years. I ordered a drink but nothing felt the same; half the place — people with whom I’d shared many laughs — seemed to be giving me the cold shoulder. Upon seeing me, a friend who normally greets me with a hug and kiss pivoted and turned away.

Frostiness spread far beyond the bar, too. My best friend, with whom I typically hung out multiple times per week, was suddenly perpetually unavailable. Finally, on Christmas Eve, he sent me a long text, calling me a monster, asking where my heart and soul went, and saying that all our other friends are laughing at me.

I realized that, for the first time in my adult life, I was outside of the liberal bubble and looking in. What I saw was ugly, lock step, incurious and mean-spirited.

Still, I returned to the bar a few nights later — I don’t give up easily — and hit it off with a stranger. As so many conversations do these days, ours turned to politics. I told him that I’m against Trump’s wall but in favor of strengthening our borders. He called me a Nazi and walked away. I felt awful — but not so awful that I would keep opinions to myself.

And I began to realize that maybe my opinions just didn’t fit in with the liberal status quo, which seems to mean that you must absolutely hate Trump, his supporters and everything they believe. If you dare not to protest or boycott Trump, you are a traitor.

If you dare to question liberal stances or make an effort toward understanding why conservatives think the way they do, you are a traitor.

It can seem like liberals are actually against free speech if it fails to conform with the way they think. And I don’t want to be a part of that club anymore.

It used to be that if you were a gay, educated atheist living in New York, you had no choice but to be liberal. But as I met more Trump supporters with whom I was able to have engaging, civil discussions about issues that impact us all, I realized that I like these people — even if I have some issues with Trump himself. For example, I don’t like his travel ban or the Cabinet choices he’s made.

But I finally had to admit to myself that I am closer to the right than where the left is today. And, yes, just three months ago, I voted for Hillary Clinton.

When I was growing up in the Midwest, coming out to my family at the age of 15 was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. Today, it’s just as nerve-wracking coming out to all of New York as a conservative. But, like when I was 15, it’s also weirdly exciting.

I’ve already told my family, and it’s brought me closer to my father. He’s a Republican and a farmer in Iowa, and for years we just didn’t have very much to talk about. But after Trump’s inauguration, we chatted for two hours, bonding over the ridiculousness of lefties. But we also got serious: He told me that he is proud of my writing, and I opened up about my personal life in a way I never had before to him.

I’ve made some new friends and also lost some who refuse to speak to me. I’ve come around on Republican pundit Ann Coulter, who I now think is smart and funny and not a totally hateful, self-righteous bigot. A year ago, this would have been unfathomable to me.

I even went on a date this past week with a good-looking Republican construction worker, someone I previously would not have given a shot.

I hope to find out that it pays to keep an open mind.

And I hope that New Yorkers can be as open-minded and accepting of my new status as a conservative man as they’ve been about my sexual orientation.

anonymous asked:

did you have to email your teachers individually to ask them to use your chosen name and pronouns? if yes how did it go / how did you do it?

if you’re talking about high school, i came out to the most outspoken supporters of LGBT kids first individually and eventually i had a huge crowd of teachers correcting other teachers and would help me if i needed it and it pretty much just spread, haha. there was only ever one teacher in high school who refused to call me by my name/pronouns and so after a month of dealing with it i walked out of class, dropped it, picked up an independent study course and got an A by teaching myself.

but it really depends on the size of the class and what i’ve read about the teacher. as a disabled person i have priority registration for classes so i can find the best and most approachable teachers and i do a lot of research on every professor before i make a commitment to taking their class! also i need to change my name in the database still but i’m lazy. usually it’s pretty easy to change how you show up on roll sheets.

usually i say it on the first day of class,

1) in classes small enough that they do roll-call they say my name and i say ‘i go by jack’, in the case of my spanish class i did that and then at the end of class i approached my professor and told her that i would be referring to myself in the masculine in discussions since spanish has those. nobody’s gonna remember if they call out your name on the first day, but if you’re worried enough about it then come in early and talk to them beforehand. 

2) in big classes i usually wait until the end of the first lecture and shake hands with the professor and tell them my preferred name to make an impression. most professors in college aren’t going to remember your name. i don’t remember most of my teacher’s names. 

i also sign all emails with jack and my last name. since my last name isn’t very common they usually remember that more than anything else.

i’m a very engaged student but only really with subjects i like, my intro to sociology teacher knew me pretty damn well as jack. in some cases i just never mention it because when you get to classes with 500, 600 students you will never be called by your name. you’ll have an ID number that they’ll check on their rosters and use for clicker points. 

Rohana Kudus

Rohana Kudus was born on December 20, 1884 in Agam, Indonesia. Kudus was her country’s first woman journalist. She was the founder and chief editor of the newspaper Sunting Melayu. Kudus was an outspoken supporter of women’s emancipation, and founded a school to teach women skills and crafts outside of their household obligations.

Rohana Kudus died in 1972 at the age of 87.

Nothing in my view is more reprehensible than those habits of mind in the intellectual that induce avoidance, that characteristic turning away from a difficult and principled position, which you know to be the right one, but which you decide not to take. You do not want to appear too political; you are afraid of seeming controversial; you want to keep a reputation for being balanced, objective, moderate; your hope is to be asked back, to consult, to be on a board or prestigious committee, and so to remain within the responsible mainstream; someday you hope to get an honorary degree, a big prize, perhaps even an ambassadorship.

For an intellectual these habits of mind are corrupting par excellence. If anything can denature, neutralize, and finally kill a passionate intellectual life it is the internalization of such habits. Personally I have encountered them in one of the toughest of all contemporary issues, Palestine, where fear of speaking out about one of the greatest injustices in modern history has hobbled, blinkered, muzzled many who know the truth and are in a position to serve it. For despite the abuse and vilification that any outspoken supporter of Palestinian rights and self-determination earns for him or herself, the truth deserves to be spoken, represented by an unafraid and compassionate intellectual.

—  Edward Said 

@rebel-sun he did some interview talking about his new “ultra political” approach to twitter and they asked him about the fact that he was constantly praising and supporting Tom Brady even though he’s a massive outspoken Trump supporter and Chris said he “gets a free pass” 

‘He and Brady might have what Evans calls “political disagreements.” But that’s OK, says Evans, who spoke to USA TODAY about his comedy-drama Gifted , which opened in theaters this weekend.

“Well, I tell you what. If anyone gets a pass it’s Tom Brady,” says Evans.’

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The World Of Ice And Fire meme
5/8 Characters: Rhaenys Targaryen, The Queen Who Never Was

From their union sprang the Lady Jocelyn, who married the eldest of the Old King’s sons and became mother to the Princess Rhaenys—"the Queen Who Never Was" as the glib jester Mushroom called her—and Boremund Baratheon, who succeeded his father as Lord of Storm’s End. At the Great Council of 101 AC, convened by King Jaehaerys I to debate the matter of succession, Lord Boremund was outspoken in supporting the claim of his niece, Princess Rhaenys, and her son, Prince Laenor of House Velaryon, but found himself on the losing side of the argument.

anonymous asked:

on the subject of Gal Gadot discourse, it should be noted that she was required to serve in the army because of her nation's laws. I mean, you wouldn't blame the soldiers drafted during Vietnam for doing what they had to do, would you?

It’s not necessarily the fact she was forced to do so, it’s the fact she’s actively mentioned her support for the ideology. Of course if someone has to serve in the military without a choice, they can’t do anything about it, but you still have the ability to look at the situation in front of you and see what’s right and wrong. It’s the fact she’s been outspoken in her support for a man who is fundamentally a terrorist and who has killed thousands of innocent refugees. As much as Wonder Woman seems like a good film that admittedly I will probably go and see and it has had a great impact on female super hero movies, I don’t think it should be forgotten that the lead actress actively supports what is basically terrorism and genocide of Palestinians because the fact she was forced into the IDF doesn’t mean she is being forced into openly supporting genocide way after she was in the IDF, that’s her own conscious decision. Imagine being Palestinian and a woman who actively supports the genocide of your people is being portrayed as a superhero. That’s going to be upsetting. That’s why WW has been banned in Lebanon, not just because Gal Gadot is simply Israeli as the media is portraying to try and paint her as a victim. I simply think it’s important to remember what she actively supports because I don’t think supporting genocide should be simply brushed under the carpet because she’s been cast in a successful movie. If it was the other way round and she was a Palestinian supporting Israeli genocide, people would be up in arms.

What about Stiles as a late night talk show host and Derek as an actor/activist.

The show always opens with a recap of the days news with a comedic spin on it, and Stiles has made it abundantly clear that he doesn’t support the Republican nominee, Gerard Argent, because of his regressive stances on global warming and many social issues.

Derek has been an outspoken supporter of Melissa McCall, the doctor turned politician after she saw what the healthcare system was like on the inside. She is a 4 term Senator and the former Governor of California. She has made huge strides in environmental reform, universal healthcare, and lowering the cost of higher education. 

Derek is set to appear on Late Night with Stiles Stilinski to promote his newest film, a blockbuster superhero movie.  He’s been using the press tour to talk about real issues and the elections.

So Derek comes on the show and Stiles, who has spent the last 3 years of his life interviewing incredibly famous and talented people and before that he was on SNL, he’s seen his fare share of attractive actors and singers, but when Derek walks out his jaw nearly drops.

He had seen Derek before sure, but not this close, and pictures didn’t do him justice.  Honestly are his eyes magic? Does he pay someone to perfectly shape his stubble? Are the arms of his shirt going to rip because of his muscles?  But he’s a professional so he get’s himself together and starts the interview like he does most of them, with a handshake and a smile. 

He’s his usually goofy self, he flirts in most interviews because that’s just who he is but maybe he flirts a little more with Derek. And Derek seems to be flirting back.  This happened sometimes, but he wasn’t expecting it from Derek freaking Hale.  He’s one of the biggest movie stars of the decade and could probably have anyone he wanted. 

And Derek’s having a blast, usually these interviews feel forced but this ones just flowing and he won’t admit it, but he loves Stiles’ show. He’s watched since the start almost three years before and the show has just gotten better and better. He can’t tell if Stiles is just being extra friendly with him or if he’s flirting, but he’s hoping it’s flirting because he’s watching Stiles’ mouth and he wants to kiss it. 

They go to commercial  and Derek breaks down and admits he’s a fan of the show and that he really loves how Stiles talks about the issues and Stiles is bright red but he’s still his charming self when he tells Derek he really does love his movies and he’s a huge fan of his advocacy work.

The show ends and as soon as the cameras shut off Derek asks Stiles out because he’s just as amazing in person as he is on TV. Stiles has to make sure he’s not being punked before he says yes.

They end up having a great time and dating for years, Stiles even presents Derek with his first Academy Award three years later, and Derek proposes to Stiles on the after show that Stiles is hosting. 

It’s a great proposal, President McCall called them after to congratulate them and thank them for the campaigning they had already started for her reelection. She even went to the wedding.  

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Britney Spears pens a lovely short letter for her LGBTQ+ fans

I am so emotional right now. You have no idea. On top of the confused road and changes in life that I am facing right now, I am also a closeted bisexual. Well, technically closeted. I have not come out to my family yet.

Reading Britney’s letter made me even more emotional. I legit started crying. My heart melted. You may say that she was never an outspoken supporter of the community but she is a supporter. She loves us. She cares for us. She respects us.

Britney Spears is a gay icon for a reason. The LGBTQ+ community and Britney Spears have similarities. Like us, the public went after her like crazy when she went out of her shell. She had a very small voice with all the people controlling her and trying to control her. She wants to break free, to be unchained, to be happy, to be herself.

We see ourselves in Britney even if she is not gay or bi. And she is right in saying that the LGBTQ fans are the least judgmental, most loyal, most accepting, and most unapologetic fans. Why? Because we know what it feels like to be judged and discriminated against with.

Britney Spears, don’t ever change and we love you always. To my brother and sisters in the LGBTQ community who have came out of the closet, I salute your bravery! You can now spread your wings and fly. To the people like me who are still scared to come out to their family, we’ll get there.

Happy Pride Month everyone! We have come a long way. And remember that love is love is love is love is love.

When the Left Turns on Its Own

Bari Weiss, NY Times, June 1, 2017

Bret Weinstein is a biology professor at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash., who supported Bernie Sanders, admiringly retweets Glenn Greenwald and was an outspoken supporter of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

You could be forgiven for thinking that Mr. Weinstein, who identifies himself as “deeply progressive,” is just the kind of teacher that students at one of the most left-wing colleges in the country would admire. Instead, he has become a victim of an increasingly widespread campaign by leftist students against anyone who dares challenge ideological orthodoxy on campus.

This professor’s crime? He had the gall to challenge a day of racial segregation.

A bit of background: The “Day of Absence” is an Evergreen tradition that stretches back to the 1970s. As Mr. Weinstein explained on Wednesday in The Wall Street Journal, “in previous years students and faculty of color organized a day on which they met off campus–a symbolic act based on the Douglas Turner Ward play in which all the black residents of a Southern town fail to show up one morning.” This year, the script was flipped: “White students, staff and faculty will be invited to leave campus for the day’s activities,” reported the student newspaper on the change. The decision was made after students of color “voiced concern over feeling as if they are unwelcome on campus, following the 2016 election.”

Mr. Weinstein thought this was wrong. The biology professor said as much in a letter to Rashida Love, the school’s Director of First Peoples Multicultural Advising Services. “There is a huge difference between a group or coalition deciding to voluntarily absent themselves from a shared space in order to highlight their vital and under-appreciated roles,” he wrote, “and a group or coalition encouraging another group to go away.” The first instance, he argued, “is a forceful call to consciousness.” The second “is a show of force, and an act of oppression in and of itself.” In other words, what purported to be a request for white students and professors to leave campus was something more than that. It was an act of moral bullying–to stay on campus as a white person would mean to be tarred as a racist.

Reasonable people can debate whether or not social experiments like a Day of Absence are enlightening. Yet reasonable debate has made itself absent at Evergreen.

For expressing his view, Mr. Weinstein was confronted outside his classroom last week by a group of some 50 students insisting he was a racist. The video of that exchange–“You’re supporting white supremacy” is one of the more milquetoast quotes–must be seen to be believed. It will make anyone who believes in the liberalizing promise of higher education quickly lose heart. When a calm Mr. Weinstein tries to explain that his only agenda is “the truth,” the students chortle.

Following the protest, college police, ordered by Evergreen’s president to stand down, told Mr. Weinstein they couldn’t guarantee his safety on campus. In the end, Mr. Weinstein held his biology class in a public park. Meantime, photographs and names of his students were circulated online. “Fire Bret” graffiti showed up on campus buildings. What was that about safe spaces?

Watching the way George Bridges, the president of Evergreen, has handled this situation put me in mind of a line from Allan Bloom’s book “The Closing of the American Mind.” Mr. Bloom was writing about administrators’ reaction to student radicals in the 1960s, but he might as well be writing about Evergreen: “A few students discovered that pompous teachers who catechized them about academic freedom could, with a little shove, be made into dancing bears.”

At a town hall meeting, Mr. Bridges described the protestors as “courageous” and expressed his gratitude for “this catalyst to expedite the work to which we are jointly committed.” Of course, there was also pablum about how “free speech must be fostered and encouraged.” But if that’s what Mr. Bridges really believes, why isn’t he doing everything in his power to protect a professor who exercised it and condemn the mob that tried to stifle him?

The Weinstein saga is just the latest installment in a series of similar instances of illiberalism on American campuses. In March, a planned speech by Charles Murray at Middlebury ended with the political scientists escorted off campus by police and his interviewer, Professor Allison Stanger, in a neck brace. In April, a speech at Claremont McKenna by the conservative writer Heather Mac Donald had to be livestreamed when protestors blocked access to the auditorium.

Shutting down conservatives has become de rigueur. But now anti-free-speech activists are increasingly turning their ire on free-thinking progressives.