Tyla A. Johnson, right, part of the praise dancer group of the Mother Emanuel AME Church, throws a white rose from the steps of the Mother Emanuel AME Church while Jaelyn Nelson, left, watches during the Hate Won’t Win Unity Walk on Saturday, June 17, 2017. Johnson is the niece of the late Myra Thompson. Nelson is the cousin of the late Tywanza Sanders and the great niece of the late Susie Jackson.
I feel like we’ve had a rough few weeks in this joint so I’m gonna make myself feel good and remind y’all of my fave Zacts:
Zayn’s voice is a gift from God brought on Earth to bless us all
Zayn’s face is made to humble us but also remind us every day that there’s beauty in the world and that if we just hang in there, we’ll get to see it once more
Zayn’s nose alone could make empires crumple
Zayn loves animals so much. He literally has a zoo???? His latest videos ends with a monkey and an alligator for no goddamn reason, just cuz Z felt like it…. my fave weirdo
Every single person that’s ever worked with Z has only had positive and warm things to say about him. Gentle, respectful, warm, dedicated, kind…. these were all words used to describe people who’ve met him.
Also Zayn’s an amazing hugger? I mean of course he is, but still??? people always comment on that. And the fact that he smells amazing.
Zayn is aware of his position in the world. He knows who he is and who he represents and what he means to a lot of people and he’s only ever used that position for good and refused to let the world tell him his roots are not good enough.
Zayn is brave. He faces so much hate and discrimination every damn day and he hasn’t let any of it deter him. He always perseveres and prevails and comes out with only positive things. He’s an inspiration.
Zayn loves his fans and is constantly trying to find new ways to reach out to us and makes us feel included in everything he does. Remember when Zayn said he appreciate fanficion writers???? That he encourages all kind of creative endeavours. He sent fanartists their own art on canvas with a personalised note. He organised release parties where he just chills and hangs out with fans.
Remember when Zayn used the puppy filter. Man, that was so dope!
Mind of Mine still gets random, heartfelt praise form the general public, one year later. Because it’s such an authentic and original and raw and beautiful album. An album made with so much love and care and with so much feelings. It’s such a masterpiece.
Zayn cuts his hair and suddenly the whole goddamn world loses it. A true moment of unity. World peace achieved. King of hair styles.
He’s such a warm, loving and funny guy. I just love him to bit and pieces.
The true-self is beyond observation (i.e. formless). Only the ego-self can be observed, perceived, and judged by others. This means that the image people hold of you, no matter what it is, is only a reflection of their own mental projections. The only way they can know your true identity beyond your physical form is to first discover it in themselves.
You may think that this is a lot of text and too long to read but I implore you to try so that you can better understand these points of view.
I apologise if this isn’t as eloquent or measured as I intended it to be but I am honestly so angry at the Sherlock fandom right now. Not all, obviously, many are conducting themselves amazingly no matter their opinion on the episode. However, there are a large (and loud) number who are not and not only are these people making the rest of us look bad and acting as if they speak for the fandom as a whole, I fear that they are doing (and may have already succeeded in doing) irreparable damage to what could have been a great community.
There are several points I wish to address in this post so I will try to dissect each one individually to the best of the ability.
No matter what you thought of the episode it is NOT okay, or even productive, to harass members of the cast or crew in any way (whether it be through social media, through official complaints (which can actually have further effects on their professional lives also which are definitely not yours to mess with) etc.). It started with Amanda back when season 3 was announced and that was just downright cruel and now it seems the lesson has not been learnt. They have worked hard on this show and even if it did not turn out as you personally expected it or wanted it to you cannot hate them for having a different view of where things should go than you. I have seen many people on Tumblr saying things along the line of ‘it our show anyway we can do what we want and it can be what we want it to be’. No. It is their show, we merely enjoy it - they created it and they have final say on what happens. I for one would not wish to see a world where the fans get to decide what happens as that would only ever cause further divide in communities and result in one section of a fandom having superiority over the others which is already happening in the Sherlock fandom with some Johnlockers/TJLCers.This harassment also extends to the harassment of other member of the fandom - labelling someone as homophobic because they don’t ship a same-sex ship is not only detrimental to the LGBT+ cause it puts up further barriers for the normalisation of non-traditional relationships.
On a similar topic, complaining to the BBC because you didn’t like the episode is not only petty but also counterproductive - these people are not asking for change in doing so they are calling for an end to the show and a witch-hunt in which those who created it are to be mocked in a public sphere. I have seen many people proudly posting images of their complaints and encouraging others to do the same and even petitions to a similar effect and it saddens me that people have become so arrogant in believing that the show is theirs and they were owed more that they would stoop to such levels. You were not owed anything. You didn’t like it, deal with it, move on.
I cannot express how much I dislike this term. Sometimes, yes, the teasing of fans with a potentially queer couple is done in an interpretably malicious way. With Sherlock, this is not the case. The cast and crew have said from the start that Johnlock (the main ship brought up in such discussions) was not going to happen. If you missed that and were not aware - fine; but if you knew this and then continued to be upset that it wasn’t happening - that is on you. It is not queerbaiting if there was never any potential for the relationship in the first place - especially when neither character has been canonically stated to be queer.
Fetishisation of Gay Relationships and the Anti-Straight Trend in the Progressive Community
Wow, that was a long title. I have seen many of the aforementioned complaints to the BBC, petitions and Tumblr posts claiming that by not making a ship such as Johnlock canon they have let down a large portion of the community who are LGBT+ and have not given them the representation they deserve. Whilst representation is good and everyone does deserve to be able to see someone like them on television, as I said before, we have known from the stat that this was not going to happen with these characters. If you didn’t understand that clear message - again, it is on you, not the creators who have always been honest about the future of such a ship. You can be upset that they did not become canon in the same way that you would for any other ship but you cannot claim that you have been robbed of representation, misled in any way or owed better because you were never promised it in the first place.
As for the title of this section, I have seen a common trend in fandom communities towards making canonically straight characters gay, which whilst harmless if not taken to the extreme (as I feel some members of the Johnlock community have) actually highlights a double standard and serious problem that must be addressed. If one were to take a canonically gay character, strip them of their identity and make them straight they would be called homophobic in an instant. However, when it is the other way around, no one complains. Heterosexual is an identity too and to keep classifying it as separate from the others, in a class of its own, is only going to slow down progress and make it harder for true unity to occur. By stating that two characters, one of whom has categorically stated that they are not gay (and of course only one would be enough) have to be gay because of they way they interact (via your personal interpretation - often though tinted lenses) you are not only arguing that two men cannot be simply very good friends without harbouring romantic feelings for each other, you are also denying John of his own self-proclaimed identity.
The Bad Side of TJLC
(The previous paragraph is also relevant to this section and thus again I must state that whilst shipping two characters is fine, outright ignoring their identity and labelling them yourself is not.)
On paper, TJLC (The JohnLock Conspiracy) is not too harmful, you can speculate as much as you want. Where it becomes harmful is where people delve into the realm of delusion. There are many TJLCers who wholeheartedly believe that Johnlock is already canon or has to be canon and it is these people who appear to harbour the strongest negative beliefs about the recent episode and who are doing the most damage to this community.
I have seen countless posts recently along the lines of the following: 'clearly we know more than Moftiss’, 'how could they not see it was so obvious’, etc. Such arrogance as to your own beliefs is extremely harmful to the wider community. You do not know more than the creators of the show, the show is as they intended it to be - anything that you find within the show (with your TJLC-tinted glasses) that supports your predetermined theory is simply you putting two and two together and making five. It was not intended and therefore not symbolic of your beliefs and so your interpretation is no more than that - an interpretation not fact.
Believe it or not, for those of us not in the TJLC community, JohnLock was not obvious - for someone like me, when I first heard of this ship and TJLC I was incredibly surprised because I saw no romantic connection whatsoever - just two friends; and that was all that they were intended by the creators to be. If you were aware of the cast and crews comment of the subject and still deluded yourself into believing that TJLC was true - that was on you. No one else is to blame for your beliefs not lining up with the facts of the show.
Your ship does not rule this fandom and you do not speak for the whole fandom so those of you saying they didn’t give the fandom what they wanted - you are wrong. They didn’t give you what you wanted. You don’t speak for me and you don’t speak for the countless others like me who actually enjoyed the episode and/or are not in any way JohnLock shippers.
Sherlock Holmes and the Delusion of the Fake Episode
For those of you who still believe in some way that the episode was a fake one, that a new episode will come out and say that it was all a dream etc. Again, you are deluding yourself and this is not healthy and will only lead to disappointment. It is what it is. Failure to accept reality for what it is and move on from there, living in a constant state of denial is a serious problem.
I have so much more to say and honestly not the words to say it without going off onto too much of a tangent right now. I may add continuations (in fact I most likely will once I can formulate sentences again) to this if I think of anything.
I know that one post on Tumblr isn’t going to make a whole lot of difference and the fractures in this community may never heal but I honestly could not hold this in any longer.
You are welcome to ask questions or for clarification on any point made or any point you wish me to address.
Ships are arguably an integral part of any fandom, and the fanart, fanfic, and all mediums of art they inspire are fantastic!
Ships create communities and spark discussion in their fandoms, and honestly a lot of fandoms wouldn’t be the same without them.
But ultimately? The ships don’t matter.
These are fictional characters, living fictional lives, in a fictional universe, fictionally. You should never let a ship rule your every interaction in the fandom and you must never, ever, become so obsessed and fixated on it that you go so far as to threaten the series’ creators.
Demanding that your ship should be made canon and blackmailing the creators to fulfill your own selfish desires is beyond despicable. I’m actually disgusted. Not just at the sheer level of entitlement, but the fact that this person is willing to put the people of Studio Mir’s jobs in jeopardy over these leaks; aka the very fucking people we should be grateful to for creating the thing we enjoy in the first place.
The sheer lack of respect is, quite frankly disgusting, and I’m actually ashamed to call myself part of the Voltron fandom, if these are the type people involved.
I don’t care what you ship, you can ship Keith with the fucking moon for all I care, but you never, ever actively try and forsake someone’s career in lieu of pursuing your own selfish agenda.
Again, ships are just ships. Voltron, at this current moment in time, is not about romance and/or relationships of the more intimate variety. Voltron is about a force for good rallying against oppression and true evil, and showing unity through diversity.
Would it be great if, some day, we got a same sex relationship in Voltron some day? Yes, of course it would be, but it is not our place to tell the creators when or who it should involve. For goodness sake, even if Voltron isn’t fulfilling your expectations for these characters, the real benefit of these characters being fictional is the fact that fanfiction exists and you can read any number of AUs where your ship gets together!
Just let the creators tell the story they have to tell, and for the love of God show some fucking respect.
If you come across any leaks please report them and do your best to get the leaks removed. Do NOT share them, do NOT repost them, and do NOT save them.
You know I feel bad for Echo, she’s been shaped by her harsh environment and an even harsher ruthless queen. It really doesn’t surprise me how she acts because that’s what she was trained for and always expected to do. So she can’t be expected to change over a couple of weeks just like that to Roans way of thinking.
Also in my opinion what she has done is no worse than what Clarke has done or is doing. Everybody has their reasons for doing things and the most popular reason on this show is “for my people” or in Clarkes world “because I have no choice”…
Everyone has a choice,you only have to look at Octavia for that. She won but she chose equality and unity. True it’s a harsh reality their facing and people do crazy stuff in those situations but at the end of the day they are all people and not any one of the deserves to survive anymore than the other.
Echo does what she thinks right, just like Clarke, and is loyal,unlike Clarke. So in my opinion Clarke and Echo are similar. Both are willing to do the worst possible thing for their people, even if that means cheating.I mean at least Echo didn’t betray her own “clan”. Sure she’s tried to kill all of them probably at least once but Clarke locked Kane and Octavia and god knows who else out of the bunker and condemned them to die. Octavia was fighting to the death for Skaikru!! I’m looking forward to Echo’s interactions with people now she’s basically alone and no longer has a royal to protect.Maybe this will be the turning point for her.