Coming back from Game Studies class, and I held a presentation about “Choices and Moral in Games.” And.. like.. i prepared this presentation really quickly only yesterday, and when I was done like 3 different people suddenly told me “wow… That was really really good!” “How long did you need to prepare that?” “Really that was great!” One girl that claimed to never game even said “Now I want to play this.” and im like: ????!!????? Thanks?? :´D Now my ego feels good. Seems like I did one hell of a presentation.
I haven’t seen it addressed much, but do you know how much i fucking love the sniper scene as i call it? You know, the scene were Eggsy and Charlie are staked out in a camouflage hide and Charlie thinks it’s a good time to start talking shit?
Charlie: New target, eight hundred meters. You know, it’s unbelievable you’re still here, lingering like some big, steaming shit that just won’t flush.
Eggsy: Roger that. Target identified. And how about you shut the fuck up?
Charlie: Positive discrimination, that’s what it is. It’s like those fucking state school kids who get into Oxford on C grades because their mum is a one-legged lesbian.
Eggsy: You don’t know fuck-all about my grades.
Charlie: Forgive me, I’m sure you’re highly educated. Fire when ready.
[Eggsy immediately shots the target perfectly]
Eggsy: How’s that for positive discrimination?
[Charlie throws binoculars down in a huff]
Let’s look at this, shall we? This exchange, punctuated with military jargon, is Charlie trying to negatively affect Eggsy’s performance on this exercise by telling him that the only reason he’s here is as a handout. Charlie tells him that he is not up to snuff, so might as well stop trying. He tries to undermine Eggsy’s intelligence, a common thing more “cultured” people will do, while being ignorant of Eggsy’s real merits. Eggsy, mildly offended, keeps his cool, out performs Charlie, and then points out the fact that he can do this better than Charlie.
First, just who the hell is Charlie, to think he’s so much better than a guy like Eggsy? The best way I can say it is: Charlie is a toff to Eggsy’s pleb.
“Toff” is a derogatory slang word for a rich/aristocratic person in Britain. The term “Hooray Henry” also applies, though it is a bit more selective, focusing on rich public school grads, always male and usually young. I’m actually very surprised no one is called either throughout the movie (Hooray Henry isn’t really used in normal conversation, but toff most definitely is). Toff is the word someone of Eggsy’s background would probably use for the vast majority of the Kingsmen.
Why are toffs hated? Because they are stereotypically selfish, entitled, elitist airheads, who devote their lives to pointless pursuits, and may do so simply because they can afford it. Toffs aren’t necessarily stupid, but they don’t use their smarts, if they have them. They’re corrupt, oversexed, uncaring, in search of the next thrill that might make them feel something. They care nothing about anyone in the lower class, and consider it a personal affront if a pleb dares to be better than them at something.
But toffs are most hated because some of them do things like this. I don’t know if you’ve seen the news in the past 100 years, but upper class, aristocratic people matter less and less with each passing year. Money matters, yes, but only massive amounts. Many people who inherit money feel very little need to make more of it. In this day and age, it is the people who start successful businesses and invest well who have the most money; the “new money”, not the “old money”. Toffs are worth less and less, but not all of them recognize that or try to make their own. It’s an adapt or die situation, but very few recognize it as such.
And of course, no one cares if you inherited money. Leeches, maybe, but the general population? Fuck off. This is the era of not caring about a person’s birth. Increasingly, you see the common folk become increasingly angry about buying into respecting the well-born and rich, just because they are.
What do animals do when they are cornered, with no way out? They lash out. That’s what Charlie is doing.
He thinks, mistakenly, that enough “positive discrimination” will wear Eggsy down, and make him give up. Or preferably, Eggsy will lash out and doom himself, all while Charlie keeps his cool. But Charlie feels he needs to demean Eggsy (and Roxy, that “awww” was the most patronizing thing i’ve ever heard) to disprove him. As long as Charlie can talk about him like this, it undermines that he is threatened by Eggsy’s performance. It’s a mental game: Charlie is trying to convince himself that Eggsy is worthless, and saying it out loud will make Egssy feel that way, so Charlie thinks.
Just speculation, but I think Charlie was performing-third best in the class, with only Roxy and Eggsy above him. It’s implied he is the best qualified of the Aristo male candidates. I think he was incredibly aware of the fact that, without the girl and the pleb, he would have the Lancelot spot in the bag. I think this way by how he mentions the underprivileged kids at Oxford, which is are very hot-button issue. It’s a dicey subject, and i won’t bore you with my thoughts on the matter, but it’s obvious what Charlie thinks: certain institutions need to remain in the possession of the upper class. Skill, qualification, and intelligence are not as important as connections, money, or birth.
This is obviously not the first time a discussion has turned this way. Eggsy’s tone here isn’t one of surprise or defense. He sounds mildly affronted and annoyed. He doesn’t try and defend himself. He knows nothing he can say will change Charlie’s idea that he is uncultured swine.
But Eggsy lets his actions prove that he belongs there. He doesn’t waste his breath talking shit like Charlie. He keeps his focus on the exercise, not stooping to Charlie’s pathetic attempts to sway his focus. Eggsy has a quick tongue, but at his heart is a man of action.
Growing up the environment that he did, Eggsy had to rely on his actions to prove his worth. He talks shit, but it’s more of a virtue of his person than a happenstance of birth that he’s got a quick and clever tongue. Eggsy is a master at denial. He doesn’t know what you’re going on about because words are nothing. He knows that even if he spilled his guts, the man would never cut him off the rails. So it makes no difference if he does.
Compare that to Charlie: undoubtedly went to a public school (message me if you would be interested in a rundown of UK public schools/elite unis cause i want to write one but i don’t know who’s interested), probably was in some form of debate club, grew up in the elite world of aristocracy. A world where you are taught from a young age to talk; talk with elegance and wit. A silver tongue will make you as many friends as enemies. But it is necessary it that world. If you cannot hold your own in a conversation, you have no place in society. Charlie is rich, well-educated, skilled, qualified, but ultimately spineless and a flake. He’s all talk and no walk, if you will. He thinks his words will get him off the rails. But they won’t.
Notice that while Eggsy is usually fine with arguing, he doesn’t really bother with Charlie. He offhandedly tells him he’s a prick when Charlie is trying to sway his focus. It is when Charlie does something physical (ie, pouring water over him at night) that Eggsy reacts (I also would argue Eggsy was also worried about JB, but another day). He does the cobra posturing thing and needs Roxy to talk him down. But while Charlie sees it as simply another way at getting at him, Eggsy knows the difference between words and actions. Eggsy does not care so much about words, but when threatened physically, he fights back. Because he knows what it’s like to be hurt.
Touch works strangely in British society. It’s known that Brits aren’t overly touchy, but the circumstances also matter. In the upper classes, touch is usually used to demean or belittle, when it’s not used for formalities. The touches Eggsy exchanges with Harry are all formalities, or in the case of Roxy, giving a lower class show of intimacy (holding her hands as a show of support). In the lower classes, touch, when it’s not as a sign of intimacy, it is a confrontation. You don’t touch someone in Britain without a purpose, and there isn’t much unconscious touching like in the US and other places.
The two scenes where Charlie “touches” Eggsy are the bucket of water and the knife/whatever it was was at it’s throat. It was all done to Eggsy on unawares. It’s sneaky, cowardly. Most fighters will tell you how much they disdain people who make a make a move when their opponent is on the unaware. Eggsy seems fine with playing dirty, but he telegraphs that he’s fighting you. He doesn’t use ignorance to start a fight (i’m thinking that once the fighting has begun, do whatever the hell you want). I don’t see Eggsy surreptitiously stabbing or poisoning people in the future, unless they are at “war”. Eggsy is fine with poisoning Arthur because Arthur was willing to poison him. Eggsy always makes sure that his first move in forthright, showcasing his intent to fight. He’ll play your game, but on his own terms.
Physical action is what speaks to Eggsy the most. He doesn’t care for words. He doesn’t really respect anyone unless he sees them take action. He doesn’t respect Harry until he sees him beat Dean’s thugs up, he changes his view on Merlin when Merlin unleashes the parachute, he likes Roxy as soon as she puts her hand out. (The only person who is able to strongly affect Eggsy with his words is Harry, which adds to the undercurrent of UST there.) But Charlie’s only touches are hostile, demeaning. He uses actions and words to try and unnerve Eggsy, but only makes Eggsy angrier and more obstinate. Charlie doesn’t threaten him, but Eggsy sure as hell threatens Charlie.
This scene underlines how for all of Charlie’s upper class sophistication, Eggsy is doer. It foreshadows that Eggsy can keep his mouth shut and be successful, while running his mouth will be Charlie’s downfall. It’s a really significant scene, i think, and really comments on the class conflict in the movie.
au where meeks works at an apple store and charlie goes in every week with something that’s wrong with his iphone or macbook and pitts (who also works at the apple store) is just like “no one under the age of thirty is that clueless when it comes to this stuff. he just comes in to flirt with you” and meeks just kinda blushes and tell him to shut up
C- Caraphernelia - Pierce the veil
H- Holding on to you - twenty one pilots
A- American beauty/American psycho - Fall Out Boy
R- Run dry - Patrick Stump
L- Life on Mars - David Bowie (or the Patrick stump cover ayyyy)
I- Irresistible - Fall Out Boy
E- everybody wants somebody - Patrick Stump
2) Why did you choose your url?
I was playing a soccer game and was bored and was thinking of bad urls and was like “haha gothicstump wait that’s not bad … Imagine Patrick as a goth… Good lord send help”
3) What’s your middle name?
4) If you could own a fictional/fairytale pet what would it be?
5) Favorite color?
Black and purple and turquoise
6) Favorite song?
Coffees for closer or xo or the shipped gold standard or I’ve got all this ringing in my ears and none on my fingers all by fall out boy oops
7) Top three fandoms?
Fall Out Boy, twenty one pilots, my chemical romance
8) Why do you like Tumblr?
I made a lot of new friends, and get a lot of support on stuff (like gender, sexuality, and my hair cut)
I just want someone who i can snuggle up to in my boxers and a loose t shirt under a blanket and watch tv with and scroll through tumblr on our laptops together, showing each other dumb shit we find and sometimes we kiss each other and they mumble cute things while kissing my neck and the vibrations give me chills jfc i want that so bad
I am male. I am female. I’m tall. I’m short. I have long hair. I have shoulder length hair. I have short hair. I always wear my hair down. I always wear my hair up. I wear it both ways. I wear pigtails. I’ve dyed my hair. I am single. I am taken. I am in love. I am married. I want to get married eventually. I’m not sure if I want to get married. I have/had children. I want children someday. I’m not sure if I want children. I like long surveys. I’m a random person. I’m shy. I’m friendly. I’m loud. I’m quiet. I have brown eyes. I have blue eyes. I have green eyes. I have hazel eyes. I’m a vegetarian. I wish I lived somewhere else. I like where I live. I’ve traveled out of the country. My favorite kind of movies are romantic. My favorite kind of movies are comedy. My favorite kind of movies are horror. My favorite kind of movies are musicals. My favorite kind of movies are dramatic. My favorite kind of movies are action. My favorite kind of movies are something not mentioned. I have a best friend. I’m gay. I’m a lesbian. I’m bisexual. I’m straight. I’m pansexual. I have a fetish. My favorite kind of music is rock. My favorite kind of music is pop. My favorite kind of music is country. My favorite kind of music is rap. My favorite kind of music is hip hop. My favorite kind of music is classic rock. My favorite kind of music is punk. My favorite kind of music is metal. My favorite kind of music is industrial. My favorite kind of music is classical. My favorite kind of music is gothic. My favorite kind of music is grunge. My favorite kind of music is emo/screamo. My favorite kind of music is 80s My favorite kind of music is club/techno. My favorite kind of music is something not mentioned. I’m scared of clowns. I’m scared of spiders. I’m scared of death. I’m scared of heights. I’m scared of commitment. I’m scared of the supernatural. I’m scared of blood. I’m scared of the dark. I’m scared of thunder/lightening. I’m scared of needles. I’m scared of something not common. I get scared easily. I’m not really scared of anything. It takes a lot to scare me. My favorite TV show is a reality show. I always eat breakfast. I’m online too much. I watch too much TV. I like video games. I love art. I can draw well. I can’t draw to save my life. (apparently i can but meh) I like school. I’m in high school. I have at least one mean teacher. I’m planning on going to college. I have a job. My future career has something to do with the arts. My future career has something to do with the law. My future career has something to do with medicine. My future career has something to do with entertainment. My future career has something to do with kids. My future career has something to do with animals. My future career involves something else. I dont know what I want to be. I wear make up. I can’t live without my guitar. I can’t live without my drumset. I can’t live without my piano/keyboard. I can’t live without my phone. I can’t live without my computer. I can’t live without my camera. I can’t live without my TV. My favorite type of food is Mexican. My favorite type of food is Italian. My favorite type of food is Chinese. My favorite type of food is American. My favorite type of food is something exotic. I don’t have a favorite type. My favorite color is blue. My favorite color is red. My favorite color is green. My favorite color is orange. My favorite color is black. My favorite color is yellow. My favorite color is white. My favorite color is gray. My favorite color is pink. My favorite color is purple. My favorite color is something else. I dont have a favorite color. I like a lot of colors. I’m against war. I support war. I dont really care about war. My room is messy. I share a room. I have my own. I live with both my parents. I live with my mum. I live with my dad. I dont live with my parents. I have brother(s). I have sisters. They’re older. They’re younger. Some are older, some are younger. They’re stepbrothers/sisters. They’re half brothers/sisters. I get along with my siblings. I’m an only child. I get sad easily. I get mad easily. I get annoyed easily. I get disappointed easily. I get bored easily. I’m easily amused. I laugh when I’m nervous. I stutter when I’m nervous. I bite my nails. I chew on pens. I shake my leg. I love to sing. I suck at singing but I do it anyway. I sing in the shower. I’m kind of ok with my body. I dont like my body. I like gorey movies. I’ve been in a car accident. I’ve been stung by a bee/wasp. I’ve sprained my ankle. I’ve broken a bone. I’ve gotten stitches. I’ve been rushed to the hospital in an ambulance. I have an iPod. I have an MP3 player. I have a CD player. I download music. I have pets. I’ve smoked a cigarette. I’ve smoked weed. I’ve done hard drugs. I like to read. I like to write. I’m allergic to something. I’m sick. I’ve thought about suicide. I’ve tried to commit suicide. I regret some things I’ve done. I believe in God. I’m Atheist. I’m Christian. I’m Wiccan. I’m Satanic. I’m Catholic. I’m Jewish. I’m Muslim. I’m Mormon. I’m Agnostic. I’m a Jehovah’s Witness. I’m something not mentioned here. I’ve kissed someone of the same sex. I’ve kissed someone of the opposite sex. I’ve dated someone for over a year. I’ve never had a boy/girl friend. My first kiss was amazing. I never had a first kiss. I didnt like my first kiss. I’ve gotten attached to someone. I like someone right now. They like me, too. They dont like me. They dont know I like them. I like one of my friends. I have a lava lamp. I have candles. I have incense. I have a black light. I wear jewelry. I have a favorite actor. I have a favorite actress. I still have something from when I was a baby. I have stuffed animals. I’m a shopoholic. I’m eating. I’m drinking something. I’m watching something. I’m listening to music. I’m a hypocondriac. I have ADD. I have my ears pierced. I have my eyebrow pierced. I have my lip pierced. I have my tongue pierced. I have my nose pierced. I want more piercings. I have a tattoo. I want a tattoo. I chew gum. I eat mints. I paint my nails. I wear glasses. I wear contacts. I wear perfume. I wear skirts. I wear body spray. I wear a watch. I carry a wallet. I have braces. I wear retainers. I mostly wear trousers. I mostly wear skirts. I mostly wear shorts. I mostly wear tank tops. I mostly wear t-shirts. I mostly wear long sleeved. I have lots of clothes.
I have lots of shoes.
My favorite season is winter. My favorite season is summer. My favorite season is spring. My favorite season is fall. I’m a hopeless romantic. I’d rather live in the country then the city. I’d rather live in the city then the country. I like writing letters. I’d take another survey like this if it came around
This is my (small) collection of books that survived being stuck in storage for nearly three months. I’m VERY HAPPY that all of my Alex Rider books are okay! :D (slightly annoyed that Snakehead and Crocodile Tears don’t have the same style covers, but hey! I can always change that if I really want to!). It’s a shame most of them suffered really bad water damage :(