I like that every time a new person is added to the team, they take specific positions around Akira. Ryuji, Morgana, and Ann close ranks around Akira in this sort of tight protective circle since they’re the original four. Then Yusuke and Makoto took these lookout positions where they are constantly observing the crowd, ready to alert their new little family about any danger.
Henry the Eighth's Wives Ranked by Friendability: History Ranked 1 (REISSUED)
So, there is a reason I’m reissuing this. Sometimes I forget that people don’t automatically know what my intent is and what posts mean. Also, I forget that people actually read there. So, instead of going by personal opinions(which the title stated were a main basis) which made people upset, I’m going to go by a more objective Friendability scale.
1. Anne Boleyn. We don’t really know that much about her personality, but we know enough to say she’d be pretty fucking chill to hang with. Many people say she was a feminist. But, how can you be a feminist if that’s not a thing? One reason people think of her as the OG feminist queen is because she displays what we think of as traits of more modern feminist. Active in politics? Check. Charming? Check. Probably pretty damn funny? Check. Raised in French court with Marguerite de Navarre, who ran one of the most influential ladies’ intellectual salons of not just the time, but possibly ever? Fucking check. But this doesn’t mean that other wives weren’t as progressive. They just didn’t showcase their ideals to the world in as modern of ways as Anne did. That doesn’t make them any less feminist. You can fight me if you think so. Tied with…..
2. Anne of Cleves, aka “Wasn’t she the ugly one?” Nope. Don’t. Fucking. Go. There. With. Me. Some ugly ass obese motherfucker is gonna come out here, say “I like her not!”, and ruin her reputation for good? Not on my fucking watch. Anne didn’t push the boundaries, which is normally not a good thing, but in this case, it was exactly what needed to be done. She was like, “Hey, maybe I won’t push it with this dude who doesn’t like me all that much and literally had the last wife he didn’t like anymore killed.” You shouldn’t have to think like that, and the other wives didn’t force their own fate by being “too pushy”. Henry is just the worst. But whatever Anne did during her time as queen fucking worked. When Henry wanted a divorce, do you think she was fucking sad? No, bitch! It was probably more like, “Oh thank god, I’m not going to be fucking murdered by this grotesque asshole.” Due to her cooperation, she got a shit ton of money and land and was granted status as the king’s sister.
3. YOU THOUGHT I WAS DONE. YOU THOUGHT I WAS FUCKING DONE WITH ANNE OF CLEVES. YOU FUCKING THOUGHT. *clears throat* I digress. Anne was the only wife other than Katherine Parr to outlive Henry, and she lived a pretty dope, peaceful life. She kept up good relations with both Mary and Elizabeth. She even rode in the carriage with Elizabeth at Mary’s coronation. And when Mary, Catholic™, was told that Anne, Lutheran, Mary didn’t even check that shit out. And yes, this is the Mary that burned Protestants at the stake.(not meant as a jab at Mary, just gotta state the facts).
3. Katherine Parr. Pretty damn close to Anne of Cleves on the Common Sense-o-Meter. Also, mad props for being married to Henry at his oldest and most grotesque. She was supes into politics, even becoming regent while Henry was being a douche fighting in one of his precious lil wars. It was Katherine that pushed Henry to restore Mary and Elizabeth to the throne, and helped to educate Elizabeth and Edward. But Kathy Kat Kat did all of this without bein fuckin beheaded or divorced, and while anti-Protestant courtiers were spreadin rumors and shiz. She did outlive Henry, but only by one year. She’d be the chill, pacifist seeming friend that’s also low key liberal.
4. Katherine of Aragon. Hey, you’ve moved up since last time! Good for you. I didn’t give poor Katherine a fair shot. Maybe because I wrote the original late at night after reading an Anne Boleyn biography, which inevitably had some Katherine hate. And I’m still mad about the Chapuys shit, and don’t approve of the way she treated Anne. But, really, would you not be at least a little bit petty to your ex’s new wife? Katherine did some feminist shit, dude. She did it more quietly than Anne Boleyn, much like Katherine Parr, but she did it. Katherine was also regent for a time, and may I say she was pretty damn good. After the divorce, she stayed stuck in her ways with Anne and protestants, but hey, who wouldn’t? The fact that everybody loved her after the divorce may be in a small part due to some bad reports of Anne, but Katherine may have actually been the one to influence those reports(looking at u Chapuys). But she also held her own for pretty much all her life. No man is an island, but this woman is. Also, she kept faithful to Catholicism her whole life. Religious and feminist? Hell yes.
5.Katherine Howard. Poor, sweet, Katherine Howard. She deserved 0% of what happened to her, including being married to a repulsive old man at 17. If you have ever called Katherine Howard a whore fuck you. Fuck you and your entire fucking family bitch ass cunt. Sorry, got a lil out of hand there. Neither she nor her cousin deserved execution. We don’t really know much about her, but she would’ve been pretty fun at parties, and she definitely has more friend potential than….
6. Jane Seymour. Not the best. Subservient, product of a patriarchal society. Pretty uneducated, which isn’t her fault, but would probably make her less fun to talk to. “Bound to obey and serve.” Tiptoed around Henry so as not to disturb him for her whole queenship, but that’s totally understandable. I still love her. Bonus points for helping poor Mary out and for marrying a dude right after he murdered his wife, that’d have to be pretty scary. But hey, we can’t really say, can we? We can’t talk to these ladies. All we know is the man-made history we were given. Maybe she was a badass. But, alas, right now we are working with the history of “Men, and also their wives sometimes”.
So, there was my more objective assessment. Of course, Friendability is always sort of in the eye of the beholder. What are your thoughts? And is there anything I missed?
Okay, so here’s the first one. Let me know what ya’ guys think. :D
10. Party Party Party
I don’t think anyone will disagree with me at least the first two. The only
reason this is number ten is because Abby’s voice overs, the fake applause, and
the stupid camera angles. You can hardly even SEE the dance.
And once again, I don’t think anyone will disagree. This dance was completely
unnecessary. I feel bad for the girls, having to dance like that, on television
in those costumes.
8. Sugar Daddies
The song was pretty inappropriate but I get that the dance was based off the
candy, Sugar Daddies…or at least I hope. But it was kind of a sloppy number on
top of that, with really ugly props.
I have never seen the girls look so bored in a dance routine together. And
Kelly was right—Brooke and Brandon could not have been more disconnected.
6. Make You Mine
Not necessarily their worst, but I always forget about this dance. And it’s not
really one of those underrated gems—it’s just really, really forgettable.
5. Ups and Downs
Very pretty, and you gotta love Brooke as the lead. She was so good in this
style of dance. And all the other girls did really well too, especially
considering they don’t do just straight acro a lot.
I would like to see this dance again without the shitty camera angles. BUT from
what you can see, it looks like the girls did a good job portraying their
3. My Pumps
Cute, sassy jazz and yay Nia gets featured! The wigs were awful though. The
dance would have been so much better without it lol.
2. This is my Beauty
This dance is lovely, and aside from a few timing issues, it’s very clean and just
easy to watch. Like the props—not too
extra like sometimes the ALDC has a habit of.
1. Where have All the Children Gone
I don’t think this will surprise anyone. I always loved this number, ever since
I saw it for the first time. I love the numbers that feature all of the girls’
strengths individually and this did—aside from Kenzie and Vivi because they
didn’t really dance. The only thing I didn’t like were all the girls’ exits
besides Brooke and Paige. They were a little too cheesy and when Chloe ‘got
shot’ she wasn’t completely off stage before she stopped really…pretending she
had gotten shot. Lol.
In honor of me finishing Persona 5 and planning on getting to work on Jamais Vu and streaming the Persona 5 fanfiction run, here are some things that are definitely a thing with me in regards to the characters:
No one on the team is straight.
Poly Phantoms is a thing.
Ryuuji has ADHD.
Ryuuji is too far into the closet that he’s found Narnia. (He’ll get better when he comes out, tho)
Protag has anxiety and does things to ease it (things like adjusting gloves a lot, plays with hair when answering, and so on)
Protag has cat-like fangs (because Protag was based off a cat and I thought let’s take it a step further since Ryuuji has sharp teeth so aaay teeth buddies)
Protag was a former gymnast and is very flexible. (adds more to the cat thing and explains the confidence in doing all those flips and so on)
Ann sees Shiho as more than just a friend. (I ain’t ignoring that “I love you” from Shiho to Ann in Rank 9)
Yusuke is nonbinary. (Usually goes by him/his pronouns since it’s what he’s used to, but otherwise, he doesn’t really have a preference)
Yusuke is autistic and so is Futaba.
Futaba and protag get along rather well because of anxiety issues.
Makoto is lowkey bi with a preference for girls.
Makoto drives the cat bus in Mementos after joining, no ifs, ands, or buts, she’s taking control of the wheel.
Makoto manages to money the team earns while out in Mementos or in Palaces. It’s absolute chaos when she isn’t around to monitor spending.
Morgana is prone to doing cat things, like following after laser pointers and getting affected by catnip.
Haru is trans. (it was a headcanon I had in mind before the game came out, which got SUPER validated when the Catherine DLC outfits were revealed and Haru ended up with Erica’s outfit)
Protag goes to Haru for tips on how to care for the plant in the attic. In their spare time, the two like to talk about gardening.
Sleepovers at Cafe Leblanc are a thing. Especially after a Palace heist. Soujiro pretends he minds, when he really doesn’t.
This is about all I have for now, but yeah, just something I thought I’d share, since I’ve had these on my mind for a while.
Ann was given a really hard time on the show. The judges constantly criticised her photos and put her in the Bottom Two - but she really wasn’t that bad. I actually think that Ann took some really beautiful pictures that were completely underrated. My main issue with her is that she was maddeningly inconsistent. She could take a beautiful photo one week and a tragic photo the next week. Looking at her portfolio is a bit like being on a rollercoaster - and that’s exactly why she’s landed sixth on my Final Ranking.
I have to admit, I could never quite work out Ann’s personality. I think she was desperate to come across as a tough, hard-assed bitch. I mean, she was constantly arguing with people and was usually at the centre of the drama in the house. But at times she also came across as really insecure and codependent. You could tell from her friendship with Eva that she needed someone to look out for her.
At the end of the day, no one can deny that Ann is stunningly beautiful. She naturally looks like a model - which is probably why she’s done so well since appearing on ANTM. She’s been signed to some pretty huge agencies, including Elite and Wilhelmina. She’s also done a ton of editorial work and has walked for loads of mega-famous designers. I guess it goes to show that the judges don’t always know what they’re talking about.
Cersei Lannister & Anne Boleyn : closer than you think
Recently, I’ve seen some metas linking Margaery Tyrell to Anne Boleyn. While the similarities are undeniable (though Margaery isn’t a clone of Anne, they do have differences), I found some of them could also be applied to another character. Who ? Well, Cersei Lannister.
Cersei isn’t the first choice when you ask which character would be inspired by Anne Boleyn. She is clearly from a higher rank than Anne, daughter of one of the main houses in Westeros, a bride worthy of a king ; while Anne was far below Henry or even his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, even if her family was noble and old. Thus, Cersei’s access to the Queen title was much easier (the prospect of marrying her wasn’t offensive with her rank, beauty and family’s wealth), while Anne had to fight tooth and nail to get on the throne - for all the good it had done to her. And ultimately, their main difference is physical. Cersei is amazingly beautiful, often referred as « the most beautiful woman in Westeros » - funnily, her features are what was known as the beauty standards in Henry Tudor’s age : long blond hair, clear eyes, pale unblemished skin. Anne was known to be the opposite : dark hair, dark eyes and an olive complexion. The authors of this time said she was pretty but far from being the most beautiful woman in the court. Her attractiveness came from other features.
But despite these differences, they do share a lot.
Both come from a very ambitious family. Both Tywin and Thomas Boleyn wanted and pushed their daughters on the throne. They didn’t hesitate to throw them in the kings’ hands (Robert and Henry, who are also surprisingly similar), despite knowing their reputation, to use them and their position to raise their families’. They both saw them as means to gain power, probably not caring about their happiness or safety.
« A very ambitious family, Ned thought. He had nothing against the squires, but it troubled him to see Robert surrounded by the queen’s kin, waking and sleeping. The Lannister appetite for offices and honors seemed to know no bounds. » Eddard, AGOT
Now I’m not sure if Tywin would have allowed Cersei to be beheaded, even if he had known about Jaime and the incest, while I’m fairly sure Thomas didn’t think twice about letting Anne die ; but that didn’t keep him to use her, to marry her and contemplate new alliances, even when she says she doesn’t want to.
« ‘Three children is quite sufficient. I am Queen of the Seven Kingdoms, not a brood mare ! The Queen Regent !’
'You are my daughter, and will do as I command.’ » Tyrion, ASOS
So the fathers of these families both had a role and no remorse using their daughters’ position. But to say it’s only because of them that Cersei and Anne became queens would be untrue, and unfair. Something sure about these two women is they would do a lot, if not anything to gain power. They were driven by it. It is Cersei’s ultimate goal to reign, to have the absolute powers for herself, and Anne used her influence on the king to help her family and rule through him, showing him some reforms and ideas he, in his infatuated state, actually considered seriously (ironically, his interest decreased after their marriage…).
« I waited, and so can he. I waited half my life. She had played the dutiful daughter, the blushing bride, the pliant wife. She had suffered Robert’s drunken groping, Jaime’s jealousy, Renly’s mockery, Varys with his titters, Stannis endlessly grinding his teeth. She had contended with Jon Arryn, Ned Stark, and her vile, treacherous, murderous dwarf brother, all the while promising herself that one day it would be her turn. If Margaery Tyrell thinks to cheat me of my hour in the sun, she had bloody well think again. » Cersei, AFFC
It’s also funny to note how their means to gain power are similar. Cersei and Anne enormously play on seduction to obtain what they want, not only on the king but on the court too. They use their beauty but also their courtesies, their skills on womanly arts (dancing, singing, etc…). They charm everybody around them. Anne offsetted her « lack » of beauty by her erudition, her charming personality, her vivacity,… And Cersei charmed with her beauty and by doing what was expected of a queen, sometimes by flirting.
« Sansa sat with her hands in her lap, watching how the queen moved and laughed and tossed her blond curls. She charms them all, she thought dully. How I hate her. » Sansa, ASOS
Anne played on the king’s (sexual) desire to marry him and rule, and Cersei often plays on the men’s desire to get things from them. Their only difference is Anne was smarter, as she waited enough for the king to have an obsession for her. Cersei gives the treat too fast !
And sadly, they also both believed being Queen would give them power and recognition. They learned it was quite the opposite…
Which lead me to talk of their fate. If Cersei and Anne were good at gaining power, they didn’t know how to keep it. They were both politically astute, intelligent women but their times and societies weren’t ready for them. Contrary to Margaery who is all in subtetly and manipulation, Cersei and Anne are far more straight-forward, agressive. They wanted to rule « like a man » (according to the idea that women must be sweet and passive – which is a big NOOOO), with people doing what they want without having to manipulate them. They both had a quick temper and were quick to anger, cold and calculating, and combined with them doing what they weren’t supposed to, people/their kings started to like them less and less.
« His Sister liked to think of herself as Lord Tywin with teats, but she was wrong. Their father had been as relentless and implacable as a glacier, where Cersei was all wildfire, especially when thwarted… She does not lack for wits but she has no judgement, and no patience. » Jaime, AFFC
« The longer Cersei waits, the angrier she’ll become, and anger makes her stupid. I much prefer angry and stupid to composed and cunning. » Tyrion, ACOK
When you think about it, their « storyline » (if I can call it like that for Anne) are very much the same. Both rose as high as could be, as high as women could in their societies. And yet, their falls were harder than anyone else’s. Ultimately, they both fell from grace, ended hated by their people (Anne wasn’t very liked to begin with, as Catherine of Aragon was really appreciated, and Cersei drew their hate by not caring at all for their needs/them) and scorned by the court – and all that mostly by men’s doings (Henry/Kevan). And something really surprising is they were both accused of the same crimes : adultery, incest and treason ! Even if in Cersei’s case they were true and not in Anne’s, the coincidence is big. And they were both punished and shamed for them (Penance Walk/Anne’s execution).
I also believe (but it’s an assomption from me) that Anne and Cersei’s mental state must have been quite the same as the end came close. Cersei slowly becomes more and more paranoid and desperate after Joffrey’s death, when she unconsciously realizes that everything can be taken away from her, when she sees even her position doesn’t give her what she craved for. I imagine Anne must have been in a similar state of mind when she saw the king loose his interest for her and that he was going to get rid of her.
And they had a kin with a similar name : there was Joffrey, Cersei’s son, and Anne had a great great great grandparent named Geoffrey. Coincidence ? Probably. But it’s interesting to note.
So they had the same temperament, the same ambitions, the same weapons, a similar background with ambitious fathers - and most of all, they very much had the same development. Where Margaery is all water, sliding and modelling herself to adapt to others’ desires and expectations (but, in the end, she always passes), Cersei and Anne are born of fire, burning brightly and consuming everything on their way, attacking head on – until they find something stronger, or somebody throws water on them.
Edit : this is not to say Cersei is Anne made fictional character. To tell the truth, Anne was a more suited and a better ruler than Cersei, despite her volcanic temper. She knew the importance of friends, of allies, and actively tried to make some whereas Cersei thinks she is the strongest and doesn’t need anyone. Anne could actually have been very good - she was intelligent, charming, charismatic, progressive, a diplomat,… - but she was born in the wrong era. Cersei is plainly terrible at ruling, for reasons I won’t say in this meta. My point was only to show the parallel between the two, and that Margaery isn’t the only character similar to Anne.
Scritti Politti: “The Word Girl” (Cupid & Psyche 85, 1985)
Like “The ‘Sweetest Girl’” this functions as a reggae song. Unlike “The ‘Sweetest Girl’” every instrument here is rendered crisply, precisely cropped, details lifting from the song’s surface like temporary relief sculptures. “The Word Girl” is only dub at its edges, in the weird, shuddering percussion that opens it, like a bloom of dark smoke pouring into the track.
Otherwise it’s severe and glossy, sharing the topography of every song on Cupid & Psyche 85. It’s less crowded with information, though; the only element of the song that implies the crashing mosaic structure of the rest of the album is the bright constellation of notes that develops out of each chorus, as if the song had sprouted crystals.
This is another of Gartside’s songs about the language of pop music, this time focusing on a pervasiveness of “girl” and its associations. As he told 200%, it’s meant to interrogate “[‘girl’’s] reasons of meaning, its emptying out of meaning.” The song assimilates theories of language originated by Ludwig Wittgenstein and Julia Kristeva. Wittgenstein’s early work suggested that the limitations of language corresponded to the limitations of thought. Kristeva, who modified Lacanian theory, suggested than in a child’s development, after they recognize themselves in a mirror, they enter a hybrid symbolic stage and semiotic stage, where identity, instead of solidifying, remains in flux, a kind of absorbent blur, always in the process of making itself and making meaning. This stage is primarily associated with women. Kristeva also coined the term “intertextuality,” a process by which different works of art modify or are consumed by each other, and with all the philosophical data and in-jokes Gartside compresses into his songs they could be considered functionally intertextual acts.
“The Word Girl” identifies the abstractions and prescriptions packed into “girl,” which, as a word used by men in pop songs, is a method of fictionalization and manipulation; it’s used to imprint ideals and restrictions (which are basically the same thing) on the identities of women. “A name the girl outgrew / The girl was never real,” Green sings. “She stands for your abuse / The girl is no ideal.”
A remix entitled “Flesh & Blood” appears on the B-side of the single; the instrumentation is essentially identical but Gartside’s voice is subtracted and replaced by dancehall DJ Ranking Ann. Ann was known for the fierce yet relaxed couplets she delivered over knots of bass and drums produced by Mad Professor, making long, digressive reggae that could be both radical and gentle. On “Flesh & Blood” she raps in slanted, conversational syllables which transfer the perspective of “The Word Girl” to a woman: “Me say no use me, abuse me / I’m flesh and blood.”
“On Tuesday, executives and board members got their turn, as Comcast’s $3.8 billion purchase of DreamWorks closed — with outgoing CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg’s writing a heartfelt final memo to his workers, on the day he received a more than $391 million cash-out package. The founder (along with Steven Spielberg and David Geffen) of one-time uber studio DreamWorks SKG walked away with 10 times more money than the next highest ranking studio employee, President Ann Daly.
Katzenberg suggested in a farewell memo to employees that his final hours as DreamWorks boss were filled with anything but thoughts about newly-claimed riches or about ‘the beautiful campus, the fountain, the panini maker or even the movies.’ Instead, he said said that when he drives out the DreamWorks gates for the final time he will think about people — 'incredibly talented individuals from around the globe, united by an amazing goal: to bring joy, wonder and laughter to the world.’
[Katzenberg] will work as a consultant to Comcast. And he will serve as Chairman of DreamWorks New Media, including looking for growth possibilities for properties like the studio’s Awesomeness TV unit.
Sources said Katzenberg got to sell a total of 9,186,260 shares he held variously via direct ownership, a trust and a series of entities he owns with his wife Marilyn. That part of the deal netted him more than $376.6 million. He also got to exercise options on more than 1 million additional shares, priced at $24.28 a share and at $35.30 a share — bagging $14.9 million more.”