things of which i am a fan

There’s such a weird fixation in media about “firsts”. Beauty and the Beast boasting disney’s “first gay scene” is the one I’m thinking about in particular, and Power Rangers with the “first gay superhero”, and in both cases it’s a blink and you’ll miss it thing, something that maintains plausible deniability of queerness within the film itself, but establishing explicit queerness in everything outside the film. We know Lefou is gay because the interview told us he was in disney’s first gay scene.

And most of these discussions of firsts devolve into which first is first. Bill gets announced as the first gay companion on doctor who, and then follows the argument of whether Jack counts as companion, whether he was the first pansexual companion while Bill is the first gay companion, whether Amy or Clara was ever canonically bisexual and should that be a factoring in calculating firsts as well. (I remember a similar argument going on when Martha was announced as the first black companion, and people were like “but Mickey?” And there’s definitely commentary waiting about contentious Firsts and characters of color, but my white ass has nothing incisive to offer on that front except the hope we are kinder and better towards Bill than we were towards Martha.) And meanwhile, here is Bill, a black gay female companion, and while that fact has definitely not gotten lost, it is still very very cool and good that she is the companion even if she is not the Absolute First.

The language of Firsts is everywhere when you start looking for it, the idea that this show/movie/video game is doing something New Never Before Done Whoa Look At The Unprecedented Gay. And when this trend worries me, it’s because:

1) it gives off a strong whiff of performative representation, where the representation isn’t as important as people knowing you’re doing it

1a) the corollary being that the emphasis on First First First makes me worried that creators are not interested in Second Third Fourth. That having had the First *spins wheel, throws dart* Lesbian Asian Marvel character (a guest star in three episodes of the Defenders, maybe fifteen minutes, every gif set celebrating her has the same three quotes because that’s all there is), they are now exempted from every having to write a Second Lesbian Asian Marvel character. Because they already did that. Didn’t you see the article in Entertainment Weekly? It was a very big deal.

2) the trend of press on the First Gay Thing tends to vastly outscale the actually gayness, which traps us in an endless loop of hype and disappointment (versus Dumbledoring where the gayness is revealed retroactively for a previously ambiguous character or relationship, and it’s a weird combination of vindication because you thought they might be gay, surprise because you didn’t expect them to be gay, and disappointment because why didn’t the work just say they were gay)

And this, even more than the rest of this post, is a personal grievance but 3) queer fandom has spent decades finding representation in subtext, in coding, in wishful thinking and disciplined literary analysis of the text. This whole First thing seems come with a subtext that every other character who had significant ambiguous relationships, was flamboyant or butch, was in anyway queercoded? Not queer. This here is the first gay thing, and we’re very brave for being the first to have done it. Gay characters must formally come out to count.

Putting aside explicitly queer characters (which exist! Which have a history that creators and fans are welcome to build upon instead of thinking they have to invent gay representation every time they launch a franchise), queer history and queer art has always entailed writing and reading in between the lines. Which requires there be lines. If the new trend is unwritten in text, out and proud in press, what does that offer? I’m happy that Explicitly Confirmed Queer is a thing that’s happening, I very much am, but if a gay child who has never read a think-piece cannot recognize themself in your Brave Unprecedented Gay Character because they didn’t read your interview with the av club, then what use is that character? What was the point? What have you actually contributed to us?

sternenmaler  asked:

h-hello! If I remember correctly, you like yugioh, right? Not sure how familiar you are with the first series but how about a crossover where Kamukura is Hinata's ancient egyptian spirit, so every time Hinata is in a duel he and Kamu switch places and Kamu destroys the oponent---

yes

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The 100 Tarot for @storyskein

part 1 * part 2 * part 3


“…and I handed [Roddenberry] my resignation that I’d written out. And he took it, and he just, and I finally laid it on the desk and he looked at it and he said ‘Take the weekend, Nichelle’, 'cause that’s how I know it was either Thursday or Friday, and he says 'and think about it. And if you feel the same way the beginning of next week, if you still feel that way, think about this. It’s more than you think it is. Just think about it, and if you still want to go on by Monday morning, then… go with my blessings.’ And he took the resignation, and he stuck it in his desk drawer. And I said 'Thanks Gene.’ and I skipped out of there, that went better than I thought. And as fate would have it, I’ve always used this word because I believe in fate, I believe it was fated, I was to be a celebrity guest at some fundraising thing in Beverly Hills…And so I went to do this on that Saturday night, and I had just been taken to the deus and been sat down when the organizer came over and said, 'Miss Nichols, …listen, there’s someone here who said he is your biggest fan, …and he’s desperate to meet you… really want’s to meet you.’ And I said, 'Oh, thank you’… And I stand up and I turn and I’m thinking, 'It’s a Star Trek fan. He said a Star Trek fan. I’m looking for a young man who’s a Star Trek fan.’ I turn, and instead of a fan, there’s this face the world knows with this beautiful smile on it. And I remember thinking, 'Whoever that fan is, is gonna have to wait because Dr. King, Dr. Martin Luther King, my leader, is walking toward me, at not ten feet away, with a beautiful smile on his face.’ And then, this man says, 'Yes, Miss Nichols, I am that fan, I am your best fan, your greatest fan. And my family are your greatest fans. As a matter of fact, this is the only show on television that my wife Coretta and I will allow our little children to watch, to stay up and watch because it’s on past their bedtime.’ And I said, {mouths words}, and that was all I was able to say, my mouth just opened and closed. He said, 'We admire you greatly, you know.’ And he said some more things and 'the manner in which you’ve created this role has dignity’ and so forth… I said, 'Dr. King, thank you so much.’ And then I got the courage to say, 'and I really am going to miss my co-stars.’ And he said, 'What do you mean?’ Dead serious. 'What are you talking about?’ I said, 'Well, I’ve had an off-’ …going to say 'have an offer to star in’. I never got that far… He said, 'You cannot. You cannot.’ And I felt like that little boy Willis, 'Whatcha talkin’ 'bout, Willis?’, but you know I didn’t say that, but I was taken aback. And I didn’t say anything, I just looked at him. He said, 'Don’t you understand what this man has achieved?’ …and I thought deja vu all over again. I just looked at him. He said, 'For the first time on television we will be seen as we should be seen, every day. As intelligent, quality, beautiful, people who can sing, dance, …but who can go into space, who can be lawyers, who can be teachers, who can be prof- who are in this day, and yet you don’t see it on television? Until now.’ And he went on, so many of the things, perhaps some of the things he said, but I could say nothing, I just stood there, realizing every word that he was saying was the truth. And he said, 'If you leave, Nichelle, Gene Roddenberry has opened a door for the world to see us, if you leave, that door can be closed because you see, your role is not a black role, and it’s not a female role. He can fill it with anything including an alien.’ And at that moment, the world tilted for me, and I knew then I didn’t want to know it, 'cause I was going to go through some more turmoil for the rest of the week, but I knew that I was something else, that the world was not the same. And that’s all I could think of as Dr. King, everything that he had said, 'the world sees us for the first time as we should be seen.’ And I remember being angry come Sunday or whatever, 'Why me? Why should I have to-?’ Whatever happened, Monday morning I went to Gene, and I’m not sure to this day if I knew what I was going to say. He’s sitting behind that same danged desk, and he had whoever he was talking to had to leave 'cause I wasn’t there first, and I said, 'Gene, …if you still want me to stay, I’ll stay. I have to.’ And he opened his drawer, and he looked up at me and said, 'God bless Dr. Martin Luther King, somebody knows where I’m coming from.’ And he took out my resignation, which was torn into a hundred pieces, and handed me the pile, and we just stood there looking at each other, and I finally said, 'Thank you, Gene.’ And he said, 'Thank you, Nichelle.’ and my life’s never been the same since, and I’ve never looked back, I’ve never regretted it because I understood the universe had somehow, that universal mind had somehow put me there. And we have choices, are we going to walk down this road, or are we going to walk down the other? And it was the right road for me.”

-Nichelle Nichols, Archive of American Television

anonymous asked:

how do you feel about the sudden increase of posts criticising su?

I initially felt like some of them are actually making valid points, but the way many people are acting in some posts like that has kind of made me hate all those posts now lol. Like i just don’t understand the mentality of putting so much effort into something you hate, or acting like the show was made for you specifically or something. That kind of attitude has turned me off to that whole like, subsection of tumblr. plus their blogs are just 1000% pure negativity and honestly?? I don’t need it in my life lol.

Another thing is that it seems like for people who claim to be critics, they take criticism VERY poorly. i.e. upon posting this im very confident that some of those blogs will probably send me passive aggressive anon asks saying I’m an idiot (which like, ya that’s fair tbh but I’m doin my best)

So I am definitely being subjective here but I’m not a fan of the blogs that post that kind of stuff generally. Like don’t get me wrong, they are obviously totally free to post and share what they want, you do you. Just for me personally, I don’t like to see it.

ContactSH and Johnlock

The main reason on why I am so excited about the twitter accounts @ContactSH and @ContactJHW… it is because if those accounts turn out to be BBC canon— then Johnlock is BBC canon.

I have been trying to be logical about anything that has been coming out so as to not get my hopes up.  I have been VERY careful with anything coming out that could be potentially troll or malicious in any way— (thus I’ve been turned off the websites for different reasons)

The twitter accounts had never shown to be either malicious or troll, and they have been really entertaining so I had been rather happily following them on the side even while experiencing a LOT of angst regarding BBC and season 4.

However this has started to drift from the “well isn’t this a fun and well done fan account” and more into “omg this might actually be legit tin hat stuff going on here” lately.

I’m having a hard time not getting my hopes up over the twitter accounts.  In addition to the accounts being a professional level (yes they are just that good) there has been at least three things out now -heavily- implying that they are BBC connected.  At this point I am convinced that at the very -least- whoever runs them works for BBC.  We have yet to see proof that it may not be another BBC Three situation where it is being run by a Johnlock fan who happens to also be a BBC employee… but with the time and expense put into this whole deal… I’m starting to wonder if it is leading to more.

As for the confirmed Johnlock in the twitter and for those who have not been keeping up:  On the anniversary of when Sherlock and John met in BBC Canon, On twitter ContactSH and ContactJHW both got drunk to celebrate.

Well come to find the next morning that after a few drinks, they had apparently gotten to know each other better… in a biblical sense.  The next day Sherlock complained about a hangover and then bragged a bit about their ‘activities’ the prior night, much to John’s chagrin.

There is more, and it proved to be both amusing and entertaining.  A lot of tweets were deleted, and I think it was due to John ‘censoring’ Sherlock.

So moving on, a case happened, they traveled, and then comes valentine’s day where sherlock and John went out to a VERY nice restaurant– and then John drug Sherlock to a sex museum afterwards for kicks and giggles.

There is a LOT more of that whole episode.

Anyway, overall they have gone to some rather exotic locations (and no I’m not talking about the museum. They went out of the country) and have shared a lot of really interesting photos, all of which are original… also not talking about the museum, this is one of my fav:


There is a LOT more in those twitter feeds and I encourage anyone who wants to see what had been going on to check the twitter accounts out out because I left out a TON of stuff that happened in the feeds. 

The accounts have been of really decent quality, and now with the links towards BBC I am gaining hope. One of two things are happening.  Either this is a very highly paid employee of BBC, or something more is going on here and the twitter accounts are sanctioned.

Considering that Johnlock is canon in the twitter accounts (rather blatently so), that means that they are canon with BBC if it turns out that this is a part of a larger promotion thing.

And that… That would be absolutely wonderful. 

So that is why I am a freaking out and pleased as punch about this whole deal.  I have been treating every ‘ARG’ thing so far with a heavy dose of skepticism because I didn’t want to be taken for a ride- but so far nothing has happened with the twitters (in contrast to the websites) to raise suspicions of their being anything other then either VERY well done fan run sites or BBC related. Both of which are just grand.

I’m getting very hopeful for the later.

McCree says it, but I’ll say it again too.. Hello everyone!

I wanted to announce you through this quick sketch that the next update on the comic will be most probably during the upcoming weekend. I have lots to finish this week and I don’t think I’ll be able to update it any sooner, thing for which I am sorry.. T.T 

Speaking of the McHanzo comic.. It’s close to the end! End of this part/chapter at least! I am planning on doing more, but first I must finish the one I started AND also post the short fan fiction I wrote, that stands at the base of the comic. 

Thank you all for the support and sorry to let you wait more for the next update! *hugs* Also thanks for all the McHanzo fanfiction suggestions! 


Original post | Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 | Part 9 | Part 10 (coming soon)

i feel like lots of mlm fetishization discourse is just appropriated from the concept of fetishization of lesbians and bi women by straight men but with changed target and perpetrator. which has little to do with reality, because the analogy is not there

that’s not to say there’s no shitty yaoi, that m/m content created by straight people is never homophobic, or that m/m fiction created by straight women doesn’t often have its problems - the point is, it’s in no way comparable to lesbian porn industry or in general to how straight men fetishize lesbians. hell, it’s not even something that gay/bi men face to any significant degree outside of fandom circles. and even then it’s less prevalent than tumblr will have you believe, seeing how, if it’s convenient for the argument, anything can be fetishization here, any contact one might have with m/m content (any ship, or even shipping in general, sexual content, non-sexual content, etc etc) that’s not fitting inside very very narrow “allowed” criteria that seem to always change

so much mlm positivity I’ve been seeing focused on the issue of being fetishized by straight women as a primary issue that gay and bi men face compared to the fetishization and dehumanization of lesbians and bi women including the lesbian porn industry - hell, some of those posts, that put mlm being fetishized by straight women at the front as one of the major issues, failed to even mention fetishization of wlw by straight men when listing examples of lesbophobia faced by wlw.

i understand a lot of us spend lots of time in fandom spaces. because of my bigoted environment and people yelling slurs at me just for existing and being outside, ive been using fandom as escapism ever since i can remember. but basing your interpretations of oppression dynamics based on your very narrow fandom experience is just foolish. it’s how we get “gay content is privileged over straight content (because of ao3 statistics for my obscure fandom)” or, in this case, “being fetishized by straight women is one of the major issues that gay and bi men face”. it is not. it’s not even close.

and… guys. guys. i know that once upon a time, when “monosexual” discourse and all kinds of liberal feminism were really big on tumblr, this phrase was used as an excuse for homophobia and you’re probably sick of hearing it, but: being gay doesn’t mean you can’t be misogynistic. and a lot of mlm fetishization discourse is misogynistic as hell. look, when you start to talk about women (and let’s be real, that’s who you mean by “non-mlm”, seeing how straight men creating and enjoying m/m content is completely fine by you; and that’s not even touching upon when it’s deliberately aimed at women without any codewords) you deem immoral the exact same way as people who coined the term “fujoshi” did - and let me remind you, those were straight homophobic neckbeards disgusted by both gay content and by women enjoying something they deemed immoral - throwing the word “ugly” around, treating women as these vile, sexual creatures, making your language very emotionally and sexually charged by accusing them of “getting off” to this, “masturbating” to that - don’t you think there’s something wrong? don’t you think it’s dehumanizing and misogynistic to frame all women who do something you dislike as motivated solely by their “sexual urges” (which are apparently bad and revulsive when they’re women’s), because it is unthinkable that one could simply enjoy m/m content the way they would, say, m/f content

straight women in fandom are not the biggest threat to gay and bi men, period. straight women ought to be held accountable for their homophobia, but there is little to no unique ways that straight women oppress gay people that straight men don’t, they do not hold unique power under heteronormativity (which is, in fact, a double-edged sword for straight women, as much of it is built on misogyny), and your small corner of a fandom on a blogging website is not a micro-cosm of society. fan content is niche.

last but not least, feeling strongly about something doesn’t make it more important than it really is. i feel strongly about many things. i have comfort characters i feel very strongly about, as projecting on them and relating to them helped me deal with some of my issues. still, character hate is just character hate. having strong feelings about a ship, be it negative feelings or positive feelings, are just that (sometimes different things tie into it, such as racism, or transphobia, or erasing gay characters, or pedophilic/incestual content, but i am not talking about that). by participating in a fandom, one doesn’t automatically consent to being an activist, or to having the fan content they create and consume branded “representation” and judged as such - headcanons are not media representation. fan content is not media representation, not in the same way that the source material might be. the standard to which creators are being held should be proportional to the impact they have - and i do not see that happening, as some obscure fanartists and fanfiction writers or even just regular headcanon-havers are often under much, much, muuuch more scrutiny than creators of popular franchises (interestingly enough i’ve observed content creators that belong to some minorities, and are often indie artists, are put under a magnifying glass much more than white cishet male creators). which makes no sense. the responsibility comes from the impact. trying to get everyone to appeal to your taste and your idea of The Right Way To Interpret Things is futile. shipping is not activism.

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Do you have a flaw and which one are you most insecure about?

As a female, i feel like i pick apart my body a lot. Sometimes it is hard to be kind to myself and that is something i struggle with. And that is why i am very honest with my feelings to the fans because sometimes i say “I’m enough, i’m enough, i’m enough”. But there are times that i don’t believe it. And i think that that is the hardest thing…to accept my body.

Something Missing (something strange) - Gaston/OC

Okay, so this is my first foray into Beauty and the Beast fics. I blame the 2017 movie (though I’ve been obsessed with the original movie since I first saw it as a child). I ended up writing the ending to this before the beginning and it turned out far longer than I had expected. It’s pretty rough right now but seeing as I’m leaving tomorrow for vacation, I wanted to give you something. (Also I could not get this out of my head). Let me know what you think (and if you find any errors both grammatically and characterization wise). 

Title: Something Missing (something strange)
Pairing: Gaston/OC
Fandom: Beauty and the Beast 
Rating: PG
Warnings: None really. Some misogyny because it’s Gaston.
Summary: Elise has finally returned to the village of her childhood. Things are not quite as she left them.

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We should not forget this...

Remember? This is one of their last peformances (maybe the last??) before filling lawsuit against TS…

You see that? They were tired, Himchan didn’t feel well but still had to sing in backstage… see Daehyun’s hand on thumbnail? He was dragged on stage straight from hospital… you see how unhealthy and tired he was… you see frustration on Yongguk’s face and how angrily he rapped (I can’t imagine how angry and frustrated must’ve felt)… You see how they can’t look straight to the audience… It still breaks my heart T_T

And still… despite this fact they give their everything there… they sang it live, not just lipsyncing… they danced… and audience was still hyped… and I can’t help it but be angry to TS… when you hear audience… that year they finally won first show… they started to getting more and more attention… and if it wasn’t because of TS and how they treated them I think that they will be among top groups…

But every bad thing is good for something… I am still doubtful towards TS, but I see them more happier than before, they are just so grateful to BABYz… I can’t think of other group which is so much grateful to their fans and show that much of affection towards them through social media and so on… I was happy when Yongguk was diagnosed with panic disorder and they let him rest, even though it was before their comeback… it look that TS learned some lesson and are more considerate… they know that they can’t screw it again…

So B.A.P maybe lost their popularity which was growing during their best/worst year, but seeing them right now… I have to say I don’t mind… they are still getting new fans (especially after Skydive), they get so many steges during two gayos… and I just hope that 2017 will be like the last year or maybe even better for them… but we really shouldn’t forget this performance and video!!!

[MAGAZINE INTERVIEW] 170418 JINWOO & SEUNGYOON for CECI May Issue

Another long hiatus that lasted 1 year and 2 months, reorganization from 5 members to 4. Upon its release, WINNER’s third mini album, “FATE NUMBER FOR” wiped out all doubt that surrounded them and recorded first place on the iTunes Charts in 21 different countries. Even now, two weeks since the release, “REALLY REALLY” refuses to drop from the top of the digital charts. We met with the two people who are at the center of all this talk, Kang Seungyoon and Kim Jinwoo of WINNER. We will suppress the urge to share all the details about how they were deeply natural with each other and how the melodies they hummed together matched so well. That is because it is unnecessary to talk about how WINNER is strong like they always have been and the fact that they still have much to show us.

I saw you two at a restaurant the other day. It was the day after the release of your album and the music videos for “FOOL” and “REALLY REALLY”.

JINWOO

Really?

SEUNGYOON

Oh, that was the day we went to eat nasigoreng and pasta!

It was fascinating. Your songs swept the charts and your music videos recorded ten million views in a day but you guys were eating lunch as if it was just another ordinary day. How did you feel?

JINWOO

The amount of attention and love we received for our debut album was unusual for a rookie group. We experienced many different things after that and after a long hiatus, we’re receiving so much love with our comeback so the greatest feeling we have right now is gratefulness.

SEUNGYOON

Oh, could you wait a second? Song Mino just video-called me saying that he wants to be interviewed with us. Hello? Hello? Oh, I can’t hear him well so I’ll hang up.

(Laughing) Is it really Mino?

SEUNGYOON

I just hung up (laughing) Like Jinwoo-hyung said, we received a lot of love with “Empty”, which was in our first album. Personally, I think I tried not to have much expectations for this album (FATENUMBERFOR). I put in the effort not to get excited even when our song got first place on the charts because it might drop soon after.

But even after 2 weeks have passed, it is still at the top of the charts. Is that satisfying?

JINWOO

It is very satisfying.

SEUNGYOON

I am a little satisfied? We were in a situation where we had to prove to people that it was possible for us to overcome the unfortunate things that happened to us and I think that’s been proven to some extent. Also, how it does on charts isn’t very important to me. I’m satisfied that our fans are liking our music.

You talked about which song you liked better in your V LIVE, right? I like “REALLY REALLY” a little more than “FOOL”.

JINWOO

Seungyoon made that.

Seungyoon took part in writing lyrics and composing the songs, right? And Jinwoo shouldered more weight as a vocalist. How did you feel when you listened to the songs for the first time?

JINWOO

Seungyoon usually sings the guide. He knows the color of our group and the vocal tones of the members so he makes songs that suit those things. Seungyoon took a large part in bringing a song that matches my voice well. I practiced and thought about how I should sing it but it feels like I didn’t need to prepare something more than my usual singing voice.

(Laughs) Aren’t you being too thankful to Seungyoon?

SEUNGYOON

I think the reason why “REALLY REALLY” is doing well is because all the members shine in it. For a group to get known by many people and to receive love, it is important for one member to really pull in the attention but the whole group getting shown is also important. I felt that this song could spotlight Jinwoo-hyung so I purposely put a lot of emphasis on Jinwoo-hyung’s parts. When someone thinks, “This person’s voice is pretty good,” then they can comfortably listen to the song while enjoying that vocalist.

Thanks to the start of the song, Jinwoo has also been called the “Where Are You Man” so it seems like what Seungyoon wanted is coming true.

SEUNGYOON

I’m personally very happy because Jinwoo-hyung’s voice tone and singing method and his other styles balance the song.

“REALLY REALLY” is a feel-good love song because it is really honest. Have you ever taken the step forward to honestly confess your feelings like the song?

JINWOO

I did have a time when I was innocent.

Do you think honestly confessing to someone would be difficult now?

JINWOO

No, I think I’ll always be like that…

SEUNGYOON

I didn’t write my experiences into the song. I just wanted to write the feelings I felt when I was very young. In a vague context. If you look at the lyrics, it doesn’t sound like a love story between adults. It has the vibes of a middle school student in a shoujou manga saying, “Where are you? I came because I missed you so come outside.” I purposely did not include the words, “I love you” in the lyrics. It’s not about loving someone, it’s about liking them.

Because you didn’t use strong words, it became a more lighthearted and innocent love song.

SEUNGYOON

It is also my style. I’m straightforward on a daily basis but when I’m confessing my feelings to someone, instead of saying, “I love you”, I say, “I like you” like a tsundere.

So it’s something like, “I love… I love… No, I like you”. On the other hand, “FOOL” is a breakup song. Excluding dating, what is the most regretful thing you have done?

SEUNGYOON

Hmm. You can say that we were at fault for our long hiatus after releasing our second album, “EXIT:E”. That is regretful to me. When I think about our fans who waited for such a long time, I become more regretful about that. I feel like I should’ve worked harder to do something. When I think about it now, I might’ve been blinded by the overwhelming response we got with our first album.

JINWOO

I regret small things. For example, if I had worked harder and studied a foreign language or learned how to play an instrument when we debuted, I would be really good at it now. I regret how I started learning how to play the drums but that has fizzled out now.

You learned the drums? Why?

JINWOO

There were no special reasons at first. But while I was learning it, I relieved stressed with it and my sense of rhythm improved too.

Talking about instruments reminds me about Seungyoon’s guitar. You were always with your guitar when you were on “Superstar K2”. What about now?

SEUNGYOON

I always have my guitars in my room but it’s been awhile since I properly played them. There is a preconceived notion that playing the guitar means that the person does rock or acoustic music. Because of that, I felt that WINNER’s music was getting discolored by me. It’s possible for people to think, “Kang Seungyoon probably does this kind of music. He plays the guitar so he probably can’t do that kind of music.” I wanted to avoid those kinds of obstacles when I’m promoting as WINNER. It is not like I didn’t practice at all but in the past year, I haven’t purposely used my guitar.

There are many people who look forward to your solo activities. Is the music you are working on right now going to influence solo activities?

SEUNGYOON

I think there will be some influence to an extent. Acoustic and rock music will not be completely gone. That type of music is one of the fields I can do. However, once WINNER solidifies as a group more, if I receive the opportunity for a solo album, I have an indefinite wish to title it, “Everything You Want” and include hip-hop, jazz, ballad, rock, and dance songs. I want to make an album that contains all kinds of music so that I can enjoy it, as the person making it, and so that people who listen to my album can enjoy it too.

Both of you are members who act. Jinwoo, do you have plans for any solo or acting activities in the future?

JINWOO

Hmm. Firstly, I’m still scared about challenging myself in releasing a solo song. I lack the certainty in knowing what song or style that will suit me best. I do think about continuing my acting. Since I started it, I want to properly work hard in it.

You made an unprecedented decision to perform in the Korea National Contemporary Dance Production of “The Little Prince” last December.

JINWOO

I really wanted to challenge myself in a new experience. When I was spending my days working out, taking lessons, practicing, and wanting to do something other than those things, I received a very good offer. I thought to myself that I needed to work really hard for it. The Seoul Arts Center stage is not a stage where even modern dancers perform on often. I also received a lot of stress because I was worried that I would be told “he’s like an idol”.

You two are part of a company that is known to make the most “hip” content in Korea. There are sub-labels of YG that produce subculture content too. Is there something you find interesting in the mainstream right now?

SEUNGYOON

DPR LIVE. I think he’s cool because he makes his own music, performs alone, produces videos alone, and just makes everything by himself. I also get inspired by what he makes.

JINWOO

I like DPR LIVE too and contemporary dance is fun too. It’s very liberating. I’m not saying this because I was in “The Little Prince”… (Laughing)

There are many WINNER songs that deal with loneliness and empty feelings. It is a universal emotion but are there times when you are more lonely because you are celebrities?

JINWOO & SEUNGYOON

Yes, very often.

JINWOO

It can’t be helped because there are always limitations on what people do every day and where people can go.

SEUNGYOON

I think celebrities are a little different from people who are recognized by others. We are aware that we are people who are recognized by other people, not celebrities. It’s not just about not keeping ourselves from drinking excessively or having harmless hobbies, we can’t easily do anything. In this context, we ended up growing apart from [non-celebrity] friends and the people who we can meet gradually become limited. It’s not like Jinwoo-hyung and I don’t contact our childhood friends at all but because we can’t meet each other comfortably like in the past, it feels like our surroundings are being compressed.

JINWOO

Once that happens, you naturally end up being alone most of the time. Even if I meet someone, it’s usually my members.

On top of that, both of your hometowns are far from Seoul. Jinwoo is from Imjado Island in Sinan and Seungyoon is from Busan. Do you guys like Seoul?

SEUNGYOON

We really love Seoul! There’s so many things to do here.

(Laughs) That’s a relief.

SEUNGYOON

There are many things to do but there’s not many things we can do. But I like shopping and I can do that to my heart’s content. Most of the friends I’ve met while working are in Seoul anyways so I’ve become comfortable with this city. It’s like my home.

JINWOO

There are really not many people on Imjado Island. I like Seoul because there are so many people. But I don’t like how there are many cars too.

You’ve been to many cities [in and out of Korea]. Is there a city you want to live in?

SEUNGYOON

We went to LA recently. Seunghoon-hyung says he wants to live in LA because the weather is nice and it’s relaxing. But if I were to choose between LA and New York, I would live in New York. For now, I like being in a busy place. I feel like if I live in a relaxing place, I would get depression. I think that’s because I don’t have a peace of mind yet.

JINWOO

I want to live in Sokcho. Unlike my hometown which is in the west coast of Korea, the east coast of Korea has really blue seas. When I saw it for the first time, I was really surprised. I thought I was overseas! I want to live in Korea while looking at a clean ocean. I don’t really like busy cities.

Your choice makes sense.

SEUNGYOON

But I still like Seoul best. New York is nice but Seoul is better.

JINWOO

That’s right. I like being in Korea the best.

I’m going to ask a heartwarming question. What are you to each other?

SEUNGYOON

You go first because you’re the hyung.

JINWOO

Hmm… I’ve been with Seungyoon for a long time. I’ve received a lot from Seungyoon but I’ve never directly thanked him before.

Then can you two say thank you to each other while looking into each other’s eyes?

SEUNGYOON

(Laughing)

JINWOO

Thank you, Seungyoon, really! I want to tell my other members thank you too. Hmm. I’m really thankful for them.

SEUNGYOON

I’m also thankful. I get lonely easily and even though we’ll probably live separately in a few years, I feel safe that my family lives with me. Jinwoo-hyung is more special to me because we’ve been together for the longest time.

JINWOO

When I look at Seungyoon, I feel really proud.

SEUNGYOON

Hyung raised me like a parent. When I joined YG, he took care of me a lot.

When Seungyoon joined YG as a trainee, he was already pretty famous but Jinwoo didn’t feel burdened by him?

JINWOO

I thought he would act like he’s all that but he wasn’t like that at all. Almost to the point where I found it fascinating.

SEUNGYOON

I really started from the bottom~

You two are more heartwarming than I expected. It’s a beautiful sight

JINWOO & SEUNGYOON

Thank you!

Translated by @chrissy96_

Scans by @goduandme5     

Here’s a silly one. Rank Katie’s roles in terms of hawtness (@rtracker).

Alrighty. This killed me, because personally, I would just choose them all. Can’t I just have them all??? It was almost as difficult as having to decide which character I would date (a high point in my life), so thanks for that! But first I had to consider my criteria for Maximum Hawtness™. It was necessary. I mean we all know Katie is gorgeous and hot af no matter what. So instead I had to consider things beyond Katie’s perfect face.

Sooo personal style, attitude, the way she carries herself, innocence vs. …naughtiness? Sauciness? Can that be a thing? Sure! Oh, and chemistry and interactions with other characters. That’s a big one. Leaving out the usual characters. So here is my list.

1. Kate Foster (But of course!)

Pretty sure a lot of you have seen me freak out about Kate. When it comes to judging hawtness, I am all for the sharp and pointy. When did the question of wanting fries cause anyone to become uncomfortably aroused?? When Kate Foster asked the question, that’s when! Kate is smooth, seductive and she spends pretty much her entire date with Erica looking like she is ready to rip her clothes of with her teeth. …Yeah that’s pretty hot. Bonus points for the lingering touches and the sex hair the morning after. #shooketh

2. Lena Luthor

Originally posted by luthorial

The perfect combination of sharp and pointy and soft and squishy. There is definitely something about her that has drawn so many in. The heart-eyes, the perfect buns, the eyebrows, the lip-bite, the red lipstick… Then there is the fact that she dresses like she’s on her way to view the next big line during fashion week (That Magenta Coat™ tho). Speaking of the lip biting, heart-eyes, and eyebrows, is it me or is Lena more flirty than pretty much all of Katie’s characters combined? Throw all of that on top of the fact that she is an angel and classy af and you can just consider me deceased.

Pssst. If you are for any reason interested in more of Katie being hot and/or my somewhat warranted opinion/endless thirst, keep reading! Ok let’s move on.

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ajcook1fan  asked:

..) She doesn't do social media, so how would she know people want an apology or a updated statement? Honestly hasn't society as whole changed in the last 2 years nevermind 10. Why not focus energy on people who actively are anti trans or make public comments who hurt the community (Micheal Che, Leslie Jones). If someone likes someone why actively try and point out the wrong in that person esp from their past??

Because honestly, Kate McKinnon helped me get the courage to come out and seeing something like this page demolish her for something like a sketch done (poor sketch now, but was a bgss hit) hurts me. I understand people are sensitive and triggered so a warning tag I get but to actively repost and hate comments? I just don’t get the point. She has done nothing recent to suggest and knowing what she has done and what being gay means to her I know with all my heart the skit wasn’t done for target.

sorry for the long messages - I don’t want to start anything with one that was a legit question for you on your reasoning. I say If you don’t like Kate just don’t reblog her? No need to reblog comments/posts and write negative things with no recent backings.

It looks like we might be missing a part here but I think I understand what you are saying and we have gotten a lot of messages on the same vein but yours is the most put together so I am going to respond to what I do have.

First these are the posts this person is referring to if anyone wanted to check. The exact thing you are talking about seems to be this: 

“Reminder also that Kate Mckinnon is transphobic. Lily Tomlin however seems to not be transphobic (though if anyone has any evidence to the contrary please feel free to add it)”

Which I added to a post talking about Kate Mckinnon and Lily Tomlin and how they are both lesbians who played Miss Frizzle the Magic Schoolbus character. 

So let’s dive in. Right out of the gate let us address your first point saying that she doesn’t have social media so how would she know people want an apology. 

She should know what she did was wrong. Without people telling her, as a person with critical thinking and someone who keeps very involved in politics she should have come to the conclusion on her own that what she did was wrong. But let’s say that she didn’t only because of ignorance, not because of malicious intent but because she truly did not know that her sketch was transphobic- then this is how we tell her. 

If she doesn’t know yet then she probably isn’t going to learn from quiet reflection, she probably needs someone to tell her and since it seems like the people in her life haven’t yet I am not holding up much hope that they will. So her fans do, social media does. 

And maybe if we spread the information enough then it will get to someone who can tell her and she can apologize and do better next time. That is the best case scenario, and that is what I am personally aiming for.

Now your next point- why not focus on something bigger. This is an argument used against any complaint brought up by marginalized groups until we reach the complaints that involve us being massacred. But what is missed is that those “little” complaints are the steps that come before a massacre, the little “jokes” about transgender people that no one calls out so everyone assumes is okay. 

And these jokes for a lot of people don’t make any conscious change though they subconsciously let the person know that transgender peoples lives are something to be joked about. But for a select few these jokes reinforce already held belief. For those terrible people that you sited- jokes are what let them know it was okay to have those terrible beliefs and what gave them the courage to be public about them. So jokes are important. 

Now the “why point out something wrong with someone I like” argument. I am not saying you can’t like them. But if you can’t handle objective facts about your hero then you are putting them on too high of a pedestal. 

Kate Mckinnon is a human being and she has made mistakes, and when I make mistakes I want people to point them out so I can fix them. I hope she wants the same thing, but even if she doesn’t ignoring the mistakes is not helping anyone. 

It isn’t helping her fans because it brings them into this false belief that she is perfect which only further separates her from them. It doesn’t help Kate Mckinnon, who is kept in the dark about this problem and may never fix it and may hurt people unknowingly. 

Again as you said it is completely possible that she actually didn’t know her sketch is hurtful, and just personally if something I had done was hurtful and I wasn’t aware I would want people to tell me so that I didn’t continue hurting people. 

And in regards to her being your hero to come out, that is fantastic and I am proud you got that strength and I am glad Kate Mckinnon could help you with that, but because she helped you doesn’t mean she can’t harm others. 

Consider this- a transgender women like you who also looks up to Kate Mckinnon. Imagine how it would feel for her to be watching old sketches and to come across one that painted her and people like her as predatory and just boys trying to be girls. Can you empathize with how horrible that experience would be? 

So maybe me posting that wasn’t for you, I have no interest in your beliefs about Kate Mckinnon, it was for that transgender woman. So that either she wouldn’t have to go through that moment, or so that after she went through that moment she would know that other people in the world saw that what Kate Mckinnon did was wrong, and so that person knows she isn’t alone. 

And in regards to “hate comments” maybe it is time for you to think about the fact that if me pointing out something that Kate Mckinnon did is hateful, what does that make her actions? Because my addition was mild. 

It was a statement of fact followed up with a positive affirmation about another lesbian actress. I think it is possible that you are just upset at what a hero of yours did and you want to forget it ever happened. And I have been there, I have been there this week actually, so I feel I may understand what you are going through. But I am sorry you can’t stay mad at the world for turning against someone you love forever. And at some point you are going to have to recognize that it was the one that you love who is actually at fault. 

And lastly I reblog her because she is a part of queer history. She is making queer history right now with her actions, and we need to decide if this is what we want the next generation to see as something we allowed. 

As someone who has studied queer history extensively I have worked against a lot of forces that wanted to erase the parts of history they don’t like. And I have learned that a lie of omission is still a lie. Silence is a choice, and it is not one I am going to be making anytime soon. 

Thank you for sending in your concerns I hope I addressed all of them.

Constant struggle: Not wanting to participate in a fandom where standard operating procedure is to denounce and push out those with different opinions, who aren’t fans in the way deemed acceptable vs. Not wanting to let those people get to define the fandom and deny people the opportunity to enjoy something they love.

People are welcome to disagree with me. I honestly am fine with that. If after thinking about things, you think that how this arrest has been handled is part of a smear campaign ruining his reputation with the GP, then that’s fine. Discussions of differing opinions are healthy. But that’s not what usually happens. Differences of opinion become criteria upon which people are put on “lists” and “kept an eye on” and will be “remembered later.” (And it’s usually not even differences of opinion so much as the level of protectiveness language used that becomes the relevant criteria.) Discussion is replaced by calling out and some sort of moral record keeping, usually based on isolated statements. 

And, to me, that creates an environment that’s about policing each other and not allowing different opinions to be proffered. People who do offer different opinions regularly get silenced or pushed out altogether. In the year or so I’ve been here, I’ve seen it happen more than once. Sometimes I’ve agreed with the dissenting opinion, sometimes not, but the process is the same. (And I’m not talking about people who have changed their minds on fundamental things and have been cut out. While I don’t always agree with the tactics, those people are choosing to step out of the community when they’ve changed their mind on something that is fundamental to being a member of the community. I’m talking about people who had new theories to speculate about or who have had different opinions on the severity or importance of things.) 

And that process leads to my above dilemma. If that sort of policing and name-taking is a defining feature of the fandom, do I want to participate in that? It would certainly be less aggravating to just move on to something else and let people have the fandom they seem to want. To just bow out. But that just cedes the fandom to those policing it, ensuring that nothing ever changes. And denying myself something that at one point I really enjoyed. I’ve seen that struggle with others – a few people can make life here so miserable that some just leave, but in doing so they’re letting those people define what they can and can’t enjoy. I don’t have an answer. I don’t know what I’m going to do. I welcome advice, because I know I’m not the only one who feels this way. 

[So that it’s very clear, none of my fundamental opinions on anything have changed. I still think Louis and Harry are together, I still think that Louis is not a father (and Briana isn’t a mother), I still think that most of their PR is being controlled by contractual obligations, I don’t think Louis is choosing to closet himself willingly, I still think that to the extent OT is involved they are targeting Louis as part of a smear campaign, I still think that Harry is unlikely to release music before Dunkirk but that stranger things have happened and I’ll welcome his music when it comes, I still think the band will stay together and be managed probably by Full Stop. But I also think that we can get trapped in our perspectives and have a hard time being objective about how all of them are perceived by the GP. I don’t think that every single thing that happens is intentionally done to smear them. I think sometimes incompetence is just incompetence, sometimes we set high standards that aren’t met through inefficiency or inability, not intentional efforts to destroy. I think there are more things we don’t know than we do and we can maybe be too quick to judge the people involved when we’re lacking facts. I think that we can get very protective of our favorite and ignore the little agency they do have. I think we get competitive with other fans who have different faves and that can influence our opinions. I think these aren’t radical viewpoints and yet people often see them as heretical.]

Anyway, I know this is long and most people don’t care at all about what I’m feeling. But I think it helped me to write it down, and if anyone has advice, I’ll listen.

What is going on with Vilde this season? Love vs Sex Edition

Hallla! First off, I am working on a long Vilde meta but since it is not done yet I just want to point out a few things I’ve noticed so far about this season and the possible psychological drivers behind Vilde’s behavior thus far (which many fans have rightly pointed out has been quite careless and inconsiderate to Sana’s feelings and religious beliefs, particularly in regards to sex and dating). Keep reading after the jump!

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Aiiiight, fam: so I met the Queen of #TheFlash, our Fierce Trailblazer, the one the only, Ms. Candice Patton at the #ComicPalooza this weekend. And since I am a die-hard IWDS member, I thought: “what better way to let our fave and everyone know how special she is to us Candicanes/IWDS + #IrisWest + #WestAllen + #TheFlash fam?"🤔🤔🤔🤔
I got inspired to have this BEAUTIFUL shirt made in a version of the well-known Scarlet color our fave superhero Barry Allen loves and VOILA!!👍🏾
I threw in a shout-out to our Iconic Lovebirds #WestAllen in the back because a TRUE IWDS also reps these #DCComicsRoyalCouple, half of whom is Queen Iris West✊🏾✊🏾
I AM PSYCHED that our fave’s bestie Caity Lotz aka Sara Lance aka White Canary reciprocated and wore a "Candice Patton shirt"😲😀😲😀👍🏾
So I had a blast on my Birthday Weekend🎉🔥🎂⚡🎶👑👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾

Both Candice and Caity made the Saturday Women of CW panel so much fun👌🏾💯 and I am glad I had the opportunity to ask a burning question for all #IrisWest & #WestAllen fam: WHEN IS IRIS GONNA USE HER JOURNALISM FOR WHICH SHE IS ICONIC FOR IN THE COMICS👊🏾⚡ There are 23 epis/year and 5 can easily be spread through the year and be used to have an Iris West Reporter-driven plot from beginning to end.

Our Queen answered by saying the usual true things: that she advocates for more agency for Iris and more of her using her investigative skills to drive storylines. SHE ADDED SOMETHING NEW: If we, fans, want more Iris West #AceReporter, to keep letting the producers know that we are interested in seeing Iris do more journalism.

If anyone wants to get a shirt to support the Queen of #TheFlash, let me know.

KEEP SUPPORTING OUR FIERCE TRAILBLAZER WORKING HARD TO SHOW HER ACTING TALENT IN A TOUGH INDUSTRY👊🏾✊🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾