-I passed a two year-old singing in an angelic voice. She could undoubtedly go professional if only she knew any real words.
-A woman’s card got stuck in her purse, prompting her to bellow, “GET OUT.” I am happy to share that today I met the voice actor from every possession-based horror film in cinematic history.
-A man pressed his phone against the card reader. He became confused when nothing happened. The store not having a mobile pay reader did not seem an acceptable answer for him.
-“Can I get a birthday?” I asked. With a stern tone and an offended face, I was told, “No.” Sure that I misheard, I followed up, “Sorry?” “I said no!” she replied, growing more and more adamant. She wanted to stay out of the store’s systems. I wanted to verify her age for her purchase.
-I made a new friend today. His name is Stanley the Stinkbug. He is a stinkbug. He walked around my screen for about twenty minutes and made for pleasant company. He was very nice, but since he spent his entire stay walking in circles along the same path, he was not quite the brightest bug bulb in the bug bulb bunch.
-Unfortunately, a woman came through my lane with a static-filled robe. Unfortunately, I immediately felt myself get charged up. Unfortunately, I could tell that I would be met with a horrendous shock the next time that I touched metal. Unfortunately, my register is precisely pelvis-high. Unfortunately, the unfortunate happened.
-Children who sing to themselves are amazing, adorable, to be protected, and my best friends.
-At several points throughout the day, the ice machine at the cafe would turn on without a soul in the vicinity. Whether the machine is broken or possessed, it was reassuring to know I could lay down in a pile of ice if the desire so struck me. This is truly my comfort zone.
We want to address fan fatigue with regard to campaigns, and where Stands... stands on that.
When we work with a cast, we leave the door open for everyone to have a voice and we actively encourage cause marketing. That means when we work with an ensemble cast, there could be 15 actors who would like to participate, but only 12 months in the year (usually). We are never going to say “no, your voice is not important enough to make the cut.” It’s just not in our DNA. Additionally, we have a handful of competitive merchandisers out there, and none of them are sharing their business plans with us. That means there’s often overlap, and as the buyer, you see a double-up or a too-rapid succession of offerings. It’s super frustrating, and it leads to buyer fatigue.From us here at Stands, and on behalf of the talent we work with, we want you to know this: we do not expect you to buy every single item available. No retailer expects that. Think of it like shopping anywhere else.
Do I like this design? Not every human likes a good burnt orange or a radioactive lime green. That’s just a fact. Ask yourself: is this an item I’ll feel good wearing? Each of us reserves the right to decorate our meatsuit in a way that makes us happy.
Does this cause appeal to me? Oddly, some people don’t care about preserving the Hissing Stinkbug’s natural environment, and you’re allowed to be one of them. Chances are something you DO feel passionate about will be along shortly enough, and it’s perfectly OK to wait.
Do I have the disposable income for this specific thing, at this specific time? While it’s probably possible to eat t-shirts, we strongly suggest letting food money be food money before it is t-shirt money. Because if we have to cook for you, no one is going to like it. Take that at face value. (Shirt… value..?)
Sometimes we see people feeling troubled that they feel unmoved by a campaign, and that’s okay. Not every project is designed to appeal to every person. This family is huge—different messages are going to resonate with different people and different interests.
On the other side of that, we sometimes see people feeling helpless to make an impact in support of a cause or actor that does very much inspire them. There are ways to do that don’t require money, and their impacts are as real as the dollars or t-shirts in question. Even just boosting the cause with a share or RT makes an important difference. Learn about your fave’s charity of choice. Talk about it with your friends. Ask the actors questions. They want to share this thing they love.
You haven’t disappointed us yet. You can’t.
Finally—it’s important to note that we are single now and will be seeing other fandoms. It does not* mean we love you less. Just branching out. Growing, even. So look forward to even more variety, and lend us your support when it feels right.
Over ‘n out, Shirts
*….unless it’s Chris Pine’s fandom, in which case we want one of those freebie pass things. You understand.
name is nico, from italy! favorite hobby is scratch door, screme in shower, look into toilet, smell feet and make big :0 face! love eat food and delicieuse cronchy stinkbugs. when i eat stinkbug, hoomaine dad always angry. says nico smells bad! bad girl! and he gives me… bath! 🙀🙀🙀
I’m working on a character of Haitian descent–her name is, according to Google at least, the Haitian creole word for butterfly, upon which many of her powers are based.
My concern is that, in my excitement for what I saw as an adorably beautiful/cute character, I only belatedly remembered that I’ve seen a post on here before about too much association between characters of colour and animals/bugs. Should I find another theme for her besides butterflies?
In the majority of cases, It’s all about association. Seeing as butterflies have a more positive connotation (More so than bugs like beetles and stinkbugs as in the other ask we took issue with), and doesn’t overdo the connections to her with this insect, I don’t see a problem with it.
By not overdoing it, I mean I would not mirror the majority of heractions to a butterfly or any animal, even if you do allude to some similarities at times (such as grace, beauty or gentleness). Same goes for her physical appearance.
Additionally, it would be nice if others were given some slight animal connections so she’s not singled out, preferably a non-Haitian and/or white characters if they exist in the story.
I’m not Haitian, though, so Haitian followers feel free to comment.
Further note on association:
Don’t always take your own perspective of what is positive or not-positive. Do your research, as connotations and symbolism can vary by culture, have more meaning than you’re aware of, and have historical implications that make something offensive.
Search fields like “butterflies in x culture, symbolism/importance of butterflies in x culture” may give you a start.
Am I the only person on this planet who does not die at the sight of a spider?
I was just on my laptop, minding my own business, and then suddenly I see a spider right behind it. And I’m just sitting here watching as he scuttles along the wall. I think I freaked him out a bit cause I moved my pillow to see him.
I don’t want him on my bed, because then when I go to sleep I might squish him into the sheets or something, so I’m just mentally telling him to go in the other direction.
STINKBUGS HOWEVER ARE NOT OKAY.
The spider jumped away somewhere, the last I saw he was exploring my trashcan. So about 45 minutes later, I hear
And I almost fall off my bed. Cause sitting on the back of my laptop right now, RIGHT NOW, is a stink bug. He’s freaking gigantic and I know that any second now he’s gonna crawl around to the screen and I’m gonna run out of my room like a person who is wearing swim fins and their hair is on fire. It’s not gonna be pretty.
I’m terrified for my life. I don’t want to touch it but I want it to leave ;_;
DUDES HE’S SITTING ON THE TOP NOW AND HE’S STARING AT ME. HE’S STARING INTO MY SOUL.
HE’S CRAWLING ALONG THE TOP. HE’S GONNA FLY AT MY FACE IN LIKE A SECOND.
DO YOU SEE THIS PLAGUE BEAST? THIS IS WHAT I HAVE BEEN VALIANTLY BATTLING ALL DAY TODAY. THE HORDES OF THESE MONSTROSITIES CHOOSE THE PERFECT TIME TO STRIKE. WHEN I AM DEFENSELESS, RELAXING AND TRYING TO ENJOY MY SPRING BREAK. I HAVE NOW MADE A VOW TO SLAY ANY OF THESE BEASTS THAT I FIND.