this is a controversial choice

anonymous asked:

"there's only 2 genders" u didn't specify which ones the only 2 genders are Coke and Pepsi that's the new gender binary pick one special snowflakes

I’m not making this choice, because I feel like this is more controversial than any politics.


(161204) @realjonghyun90: and i would like to share some thoughts on my comment: “i respect others’ preferences, but i don’t swing that way”, which i made during the talk segment of the concert. (*)

i do not recall my exact words, but at the moment i was thinking that i need to speak accurately so as to prevent controversy, which led to my word choice of “preference” and “swing that way”.

the meaning of preference is “tendencies caused by one’s natural disposition”. disposition is the essence of one’s heart. tendency can be understood as things such as happenings, ideologies and actions that run along a similar vein. therefore, preference, in other words, can be defined as “a particular course one’s identity takes”.

so, i used the word “preference” in trying to say that i don’t share the same tendencies as some other people, and not because i fear to use words such as “gay”, “homosexual”, or “sexual minority”. however, if “swing that way” is used by others as a colloquial expression to degrade sexual minorities, then my use of it is my own ignorant mistake. should that be the case, i apologize for it as well, but that was not the intention behind what i said. the world “preference” was the focus.

around five or six years ago i used the phrase “that kind of hobby”, which became a widely used internet expression. it was wrong of me to express a sexual orientation itself as a hobby. it happened in my early twenties, and after realizing my mistake, i stopped using it to people.

i heard that it is now being said in my fandoms. anyone who is familiar with the meaning of that expression, i hope you will stop using it in the future. that was an ignorant mistake when i was even more unaware, and even if it is not by much, i would like to set things right.

[translator’s note: he’s referencing a fanmeet where he said: “taemin, i love you”, and when the audience erupted in excitement, jonghyun said to the fans that: “i don’t have that kind of hobby” with a smile and everyone laughing.

ever since, fans adopted “that… hobby” as a roundabout way to refer to homosexuality in a fanfic context. after several years, it’s now widely used as slang amongst various (korean) fandoms.]

these words have been posted without any company meeting and describe entirely my own opinion. i thought i should be the first to give feedback since the concert is held in my name. i will use more discretion in order to not cause problems in the remaining performances.

if i haven’t recalled the controversial words precisely verbatim, then i will say that in my head i probably came up with the sentence: “i respect others’ preferences but i do not swing that way,” however i was unsuccessful in clearly delivering that message. either way, i do not think the implication was hugely different. my thoughts remain the same. 

[translator’s note: the point of this post is to explain that he might have slightly misquoted himself - because, as he mentioned, he doesn’t recall his exact words during the concert, however, his explanation and apology remain the same.]

many of you must have been excited for tomorrow’s concert and i’m so sorry that it seems i’m making you come with heavy hearts. this situation has occurred because i am lacking, but the reason why i quickly apologized and fixed my blunders is because i want to make tomorrow’s performances more perfect. everyone coming tomorrow please scream even louder.

i hope we can move on and get lost in the two to three hours (together during the concert), feeling time pass in a flash. hurry and sleep, it’s late. let’s meet tomorrow in an even better condition.(source: shineetalks)

[translator’s note: jonghyun made this comment during a portion of the concert in which he acknowledged a few men in the audience. one was a boyfriend of a female fan, and jonghyun remarked that while singing a racy line he happened to look into the guy’s eyes. after describing that, he went on and made the comment in question in response to the awkwardness he had just explained.

for many of the fans there, the tone made it seem he was implying that he was not coming on to the man, despite the circumstance. it truly did not come off as critical of any sexual orientation, however, he is apologizing. anyway, tl;dr: he said that he respects other people based on whatever sexuality they are, but that he isn’t gay himself, and he wasn’t using the word to refer to any specific sexual orientation but some people took it that way.]


January 22nd 1973: Roe v. Wade

On this day in 1973, the United States Supreme Court ruled in Roe v. Wade that women have the right to an abortion, thus legalising abortion in the United States. The case was brought to federal court by a Texas woman under the alias of Jane Roe, against Dallas County District Attorney Henry Wade, who represented the state. After a decision was made in the district court, the case was referred up through the court system, eventually reaching the nation’s highest court in 1970. The all-male Supreme Court, led by Warren Burger as Chief Justice, ruled 7-2 that a right to privacy under the 14th Amendment covers a woman’s right to an abortion. The majority opinion was written by Justice Harry Blackmun, with Justices Bryon White and William Rehnquist penning dissents. The Roe decision was issued the same day as a related case called Doe v. Bolton which overturned Georgia’s anti-abortion laws. Roe v. Wade was immediately controversial, sparking celebrations in the pro-choice camp and protests from anti-abortion activists. It is still a divisive issue today, with its supporters arguing the decision forms a vital part of a woman’s right over her own body, and those opposed to abortion calling for the decision’s repeal. The Court’s 1973 decision has since been challenged, and abortion rights have been gradually eroded in subsequent rulings, but the fundamental right to an abortion remains.


How ‘Overwatch’s Tracer went from sex object to LGBTQ icon

  • Overwatch snuck some big news into its Christmas comic, “Reflections,” on Tuesday, revealing Tracer is in a same-sex relationship.
  • The announcement doesn’t come as a huge surprise — Blizzard has long hinted that some Overwatch characters identify as LGBTQ
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Men, please explain to me why you think that it’s okay for you to dictate what happens to a woman’s body? What makes you think that you get a say in what happens to MY body? Why do you believe you know what’s best for me and my body if you are not me but not even a woman? Who are you to judge whether I can or can’t get an abortion? Unless you have a uterus and vagina, unless you are physically able to give birth, I don’t want you to ever dictate for me and other women what we can do with our bodies. It’s my right to choose, it’s a women’s right what happens to her body. The fact that some of you think it’s up to you, and not to the woman herself is despicable. If a women is pregnant, let her decide what she wants to do with it, it’s her body and her choice.

  • woman: has period

I started to reread the Hitchikers Guide and found some passages that seemed eerily familiar to the current mood (a meaningless coincidence of course)

“It was for the sake of this day that he had first decided to run for the Presidency, a decision which had sent waves of astonishment throughout the Imperial Galaxy—Zaphod Beeblebrox? President? Not the Zaphod Beeblebrox? Not the President? Many had seen it as a clinching proof that the whole of known creation had finally gone bananas.”

“The President in particular is very much a figurehead- he wields no real power whatsoever. He is apparently chosen by the government, but the qualities he is required to display are not those of leadership but those of finely judged outrage. For this reason the President is always a controversial choice, always an infuriating but fascinating character. His job is not to wield power but to draw attention away from it. On those criteria Zaphod Beeblebrox is one of the most successful Presidents the Galaxy has ever had- he has already spent two of his ten presidential years in prison for fraud.”

OK HERE THEY ARE!!! vivid dark sapphire (aka lady sapphire) and bluegreen pearl (aka seeing eye pearl)

lady sapphire came out with an eye gem, which rendered her effectively blind to everything immediately around her, but still with her future vision. since she couldnt navigate the blue court, a controversial choice was made to give her a pearl. a lot of soldiers who had done more than enough to earn a pearl were peeved about this choice since  lady sapphire hadnt done anything to earn her pearl

despite the backlash, lady sapphire is considered a bit eccentric for wanting to be friends with all the quartz soldiers (which higher ups in the court think is a crazy mindset since the quartz soldiers are “below her”) but even so most pilots, soldiers, and other lower ranking gems adore her because she genuinely wants to know how their day went

bluegreen pearl is pushed around a lot by other higher up gems since hey, shes just a pearl, right?

well lady sapphire caught on eventually that bluegreen pearl was considered her property and a lesser being than her, so she escaped away to earth because she has a future vision of the crystal gems pearl being free and her own pesron and she wants that for  bluegreen pearl, lady sapphire wants bluegreen pearl not to be her pearl but her friend or girlfriend coughs

they dont have that “my pearl” romance thing bc that was sorta creepy, lady sapphire and pearl learn to be indiviuals then over that process fall in love


If I should stay
Well, I would only be in your way
And so I’ll go, but yet I know
That I’ll think of you each step of my way
And I will always love you
I will always love you
Bitter-sweet memories

That’s all I have, and all I’m taking with me
Good-bye, oh, please don’t cry
Cause we both know that I’m not
What you need

I will always love you
I will always love you

Originally posted by shixpe

What daydream runs through my mind when I hear this song: Okay, I know this is a controversial choice. Because obviously, the Dolly Parton and Whitney Houston versions are legendary.

But man oh man, there is little Alex Chilton did that I didn’t adore. Box Tops to Big Star to solo endeavours. He’s fucked up out of his mind during this performance (1975) and I absolutely can’t get through it without sobbing.

Real talk, in the wake of the “I love you” of 12x12, my sad, sad heart has gone in a million directions. Of course, I imagine Dean and Cas’s happy ending. But also, I feel all the sad feels.

And yeah, 12x15 has got me shook. Cas has admitted the Winchesters are family, that his home is with them. Because, love.

But the three episodes since haven’t really given us much in the way of how TFW responded to his admission. In that gap, Cas has been absent. In that gap, he has - once again - felt the pull towards heaven.

So yeah, I listen to Alex Chilton sing this and I have all my bitter Cas!girl feelings. That he once again feels like he must go. Because Dean says…

Originally posted by misha-is-weird

So there’s part of me that thinks that when the line “we both know that I’m not what you need” is quite possibly the saddest thing Cas could ever feel.

Originally posted by omg-humor

#commence ugly crying

Guys i saw beauty and the beast last night...

and i just… 

was kind of… baffled (?) by some of the choices? 

caution: spoilers/controversial opinions/randomy thought-vomity thoughts under the cut. I didn’t hate it as much as this makes it sound… I promise! 

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Yo, I’m scared to post this. I GOTTA COME OUT OF THE CLOSET Y'ALL!!

So, in support of our president I got this shirt in December right outside the white house. Let me just say, I am a rabid conservative. I don’t stand up for the b.s. that liberals are starting. Personally I’m not excited about some of the stuff he’s said and done. However he has not done anything detrimental. He was not involved in a crap ton of scandals (*cough* *cough* Bengazi, turn IRS into ‘gestapo’, covering bill’s dirty deeds (remember she lied about that??), looting of the white house when they left office, filegate, Vince fosters death, emailgate, Chinagate, travelgate, whitewater, oh one of my favorites 'landing under fire’ in Bosnia (a CNN newscaster tried to pull the same crap, remember??), 'missing’ law firm billing records, pardongate, exploiting the cattle business, the supposed body count, Sal Alinsky, defending the child rapist and laughing about it, Iranian fundraising, the Clinton foundation as a whole, Peter Franklin Paul, and Watergate. These are just the major ones folks. 22 of them). Trump’s is the Russia scandal (which they are starting to disprove). His first 'scandal’ as president. Let me tell you, the DNC rigged Russian elections. They rigged their own election (sorry boutique that Sanders). Hillary for goodness sake said back in the 90’s she was against gays, no look at her 'queen of the community’. It’s sick, absolutely sick that she can receive funds for her campaign from outside countries and even from ones that stone people in the community. She can laugh about a child rapist, but as soon as a leaked, years old, tape of trump (which we don’t even see his face) saying “grab her by the pussy”. I’d rather have Donald Trump look me dead in the eyes and say “I’ll grab you by the pussy” than Hillary Clinton defend the sick and vile man who raped me. Remember she’s all about the girls and rape victims? What about the girls Bill raped? What about them? She just ignored them. Do you know what she said about Bengazi? “Who cares, they’re dead anyway.” Why is trump the bad guy when the Clinton’s have done all this crap to people and to our government? Do you know why it was such a shock he won? Because we stood silent afraid of 'Antifa’.

A lot of controversy has spurred since the casting choice for the Assassin’s Creed movie (feat. Michael Fassbender for the protagonist for a film set in 15th Century Spain)

Being Spanish myself, I’d like to give my two cents on the topic.

First of all, it’s not white-washing due to the fact that it’s not a latino actor. We are not latinxs. We are Europeans. 

Yes, it’s Southern Europe. Yes, we have darker skin (as Italians, Greeks,… do). And yes, the history of this country is built on so many different cultures and ethnicities, including Roman invasion, and almost two centuries of Al-Andalus have left an Arab trace.

Yes, I’d have liked that the actor put in place for a movie set in Spain was actually Spanish, because there are Spanish actors perfectly fit for the role, and it’d given the movie more accuracy than Fassbender (who’s actually German)

But. We’re not latinos. Much as we might be seen “less” by Northern European countries, much as we might be POC, we’re still. Not. Latinos.

And frankly, calling us that is an insult. Not for me, nor for us, but for the real Latinxs.

It’s an insult to History.

You’re quite literally equiparating us with the very same people whose land we conquered. We stole. The people whose blood was spilled, whose culture was burnt to a crisp.

There’s a reason South American countries speak the same language as us. And it’s built on Imperialism, oppression, and so, so many lives taken away. The language was imposed, the Old Gods forbidden. It was an imposition. It was a genocide.

We don’t get to be called the oppressed. 

Because we were -are- the oppressors.

Being put in the same place as the very same people we killed is an insult. To History. To truth.

But, most of all, to the real oppressed people.

Mao Asada, All-Japan Figure Skating Championships 2009 (Free Skate)

I love it when Mao skates to Rachmaninoff, because she always brings the intensity and drama that such powerful music demands. This costume, for Mao’s Bells of Moscow program, is certainly no exception.

I also honestly really liked her brief love affair with thick-ribboned chokers? Potentially controversial, I know. 

The sparkly grey flames are a really interesting choice and part of what sets this costume apart to this day. It would’ve been really easy to go with ombre, melding black up slowly to red, but the grey makes the black blacker and the red redder by contrast. And the chest ruffles add to the whole smoke and fire impression, especially during Mao’s spiral sequence. 

And the flutter on that skirt is out of this world. Fantastic and unforgettable. I will even temporarily pretend I don’t see the tights-over-boots and not penalize for them.

Grade: A+