unpopular opinion that needs to be heard

per-marre asked:

Unpopular opinion: Nedcy is better than Francy >:) ok for real though my unpopular opinion (maybe not unpopular, but I personally just haven't seen much about this) is that the Nancy Drew Dossier games are REALLY awesome and underrated :( I think they deserve so much more love because they're really fun!!

I almost passed out.

BUT yes I’ve heard great things about those games and eventually need to give them a try.

anonymous asked:

supernatural

  • Favorite character: dean winchester
  • Least Favorite character: JOHN WINCHESTER
  • 5 Favorite ships (canon or non-canon): destiel, dean x happiness, sam x happiness, castiel x happiness, bobby x life
  • Character I find most attractive: dean
  • Character I would marry: dean
  • Character I would be best friends with: cas
  • A random thought: i heard that they call cas expendable in the mid season premiere and i’m pissed
  • An unpopular opinion: i think the show should have ended already i’m sorry but it’s gone downhill from the show that i used to adore
  • My canon OTP: NONE GOODBYE
  • Non-canon OTP: all of my fav ships
  • Most badass character: team free will
  • Pairing I am not a fan of: do i need to say
  • Character I feel the writers screwed up (in one way or another): lmao
  • Favourite friendship: team free will
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I’m about to express, what I’m sure, is going to be an unpopular opinion for a number of reasons, but I just need to put this out there. Macklemore’s track, “White Privilege II” has put me on the verge of tears every time I’ve heard it.

I’ve listened to it at every time of day, in every state of mind, and no matter what, I get lost in it and am put into the exact same mindset each time. Yes, it’s musically incoherent, chaotically structured, and can be seen to serve as Macklemore’s lyrical excuse for his presence in the hip-hop community. Yes, it has a pretentious element. Yes, it’s unnecessary, but that’s what makes it amazing.

The whole track is a complete package. It sets the tone of its own message, it acknowledges its own faults, and wouldn’t be nearly as effective if it wasn’t so disjointed in its musicality. It addresses a slim sliver of the grey area in race relations that seems to go unaddressed by many. I’m am not black, gay, female, Muslim, Hispanic, poor, disabled, nor part of any number of underrepresented/oppressed segments of our population, but it doesn’t mean I feel any less passionate about the tensions present in our world.

“White Privilege II” overtly invites discussion its lyrics. It addresses double standards, the fine line between ignorance and prejudice, and sitting at nearly 9 minutes, is an incredible gutsy choice to release to accompany a highly anticipated sophomore album announcement. Its release is unnecessary artistically, ill-advised commercially, and has the potential to be a P.R. nightmare, but I think that’s what makes it all that much more powerful.

That power, however, isn’t drawn from Macklemore’s lyrics or Ryan Lewis’ production, but from the very carefully chosen dialogue clips that serve as transitions between movements of the song. Without directly stating as such, they address why Pride is appropriate, but White Power rallies are not and they give a humanized justification as to why avoiding tense discussion of these issues is just as detrimental as active prejudice. Via subtle suggestion, the whole song reinforces that we can never progress unless we can discuss the changes we need to make.

I have said before, and will say again, that the injustices in our world cannot be resolved overnight, and that no amount of sheer legislation can put these issues to rest. We need to seek an understanding on a global level, an understanding that begins with the way we raise the next generation of youth on this planet. It takes a cultural shift that can only succeed on a generational level. It begins with removing the word “tolerance” from our vocabulary, because no one should need to be tolerated, when we all should be accepted.

The greatest subject this song tackles is the addressal of the fear that stems from being put on the defensive for discussing such issues. There needs to be an open dialogue, and that requires a lot of patience from all parties involved. Ignorance does not equal prejudice, and the line needs to be drawn as such. We are never too old to learn, we are never too far to be lost, and as long as we can be as open minded as we are honest, we can make equality a reality.

[Lyrics]
Pulled into the parking lot, parked it
Zipped up my parka, joined the procession of marchers
In my head like, “Is this awkward, should I even be here marching?”
Thinking if they can’t, how can I breathe?
Thinking that they chant, what do I sing?
I want to take a stance cause we are not free
And then I thought about it, we are not we
Am I in the outside looking in, or am I in the inside looking out?
Is it my place to give my two cents
Or should I stand on the side and shut my mouth for justice? No peace
Okay, I’m saying that they’re chanting out, “Black lives matter”, but I don’t say it back
Is it okay for me to say? I don’t know, so I watch and stand
In front of a line of police that look the same as me
Only separated by a badge, a baton, a can of Mace, a mask
A shield, a gun with gloves and hands that gives an alibi
In case somebody dies behind a bullet that flies out of the 9
Takes another child’s life on sight
Blood in the streets, no justice, no peace
No racist beliefs, no rest ‘til we’re free
There’s blood in the streets, no justice, no peace
No racist beliefs, no rest 'til we’re free
Blood in the streets, no justice, no peace
No racist beliefs, no rest 'til we’re free
There’s blood in the streets, no justice, no peace
No racist beliefs, no rest 'til we’re free
(Ben, think about it)
You’ve exploited and stolen the music, the moment
The magic, the passion, the fashion, you toy with
The culture was never yours to make better
You’re Miley, you’re Elvis, you’re Iggy Azalea
Fake and so plastic, you’ve heisted the magic
You’ve taken the drums and the accent you rapped in
You’re branded “hip-hop”, it’s so fascist and backwards
That Grandmaster Flash’d go slap it, you bastard
All the money that you made
All the watered down pop bullshit version of the culture, pal
Go buy a big-ass lawn, go with your big-ass house
Get a big-ass fence, keep people out
It’s all stubborn, anyway, can’t you see that now?
There’s no way for you to even that out
You can join the march, protest, scream and shout
Get on Twitter, hashtag and seem like you’re down
But they see through it all, people believe you now
You said publicly, “Rest in peace, Mike Brown”
You speak about equality, but do you really mean it?
Are you marching for freedom, or when it’s convenient?
Want people to like you, want to be accepted
That’s probably why you are out here protesting
Don’t think for a second you don’t have incentive
Is this about you, well, then what’s your intention?
What’s the intention? What’s the intention?
Psst, I totally get it, you’re by yourself
And the last thing you want to do is take a picture
But seriously, my little girl loves you
She’s always singing, “I’m gonna pop some tags”
I’m not kidding, my oldest, you even got him to go thrifting
And “One Love”, oh, my God, that song – brilliant
Their aunt is gay, when that song came out
My son told his whole class he was actually proud
That’s so cool, look what you’re accomplishing
Even an old mom like me likes it cause it’s positive
You’re the only hip-hop that I let my kids listen to
Cause you get it, all that negative stuff isn’t cool
Yeah, like all the guns and the drugs
The bitches and the hoes and the gangs and the thugs
Even the protest outside – so sad and so dumb
If a cop pulls you over, it’s your fault if you run
Huh?
So, they feel that the police are discriminating against the, the black people?
I have an advantage? Why? Cause I’m white? What? Haha. No. People nowadays are just pussies.
Like, this is the generation to be offended by everything.
Black Lives Matter thing is a reason to take arms up over perceived slights.
I’m not prejudiced, I just–. 99% of the time across this country, the police are doing their job properly
Damn, a lot of opinions, a lot of confusion, a lot of resentment
Some of us scared, some of us defensive
And most of us aren’t even paying attention
It seems like we’re more concerned with being called racist
Than we actually are with racism
I’ve heard that silences are action and God knows that I’ve been passive
What if I actually read a article, actually had a dialogue
Actually looked at myself, actually got involved?
If I’m aware of my privilege and do nothing at all, I don’t know
Hip-hop has always been political, yes
It’s the reason why this music connects
So what the fuck has happened to my voice if I stay silent when black people are dying
Then I’m trying to be politically correct?
I can book a whole tour, sell out the tickets
Rap entrepreneur, built his own business
If I’m only in this for my own self-interest, not the culture that gave me a voice to begin with
Then this isn’t authentic, it is just a gimmick
The DIY underdog, so independent
But the one thing the American dream fails to mention
Is I was many steps ahead to begin with
My skin matches the hero, likeness, the image
America feels safe with my music in their systems
And it’s suited me perfect, the role, I’ve fulfilled it
And if I’m the hero, you know who gets cast as the villain
White supremacy isn’t just a white dude in Idaho
White supremacy protects the privilege I hold
White supremacy is the soil, the foundation, the cement and the flag that flies outside of my home
White supremacy is our country’s lineage, designed for us to be indifferent
My success is the product of the same system that let off Darren Wilson guilty
We want to dress like, walk like, talk like, dance like, yet we just stand by
We take all we want from black culture, but will we show up for black lives?
We want to dress like, walk like, talk like, dance like, yet we just stand by
We take all we want from black culture, but will we show up for black lives?
Black Lives Matter, to use an analogy, is like if there was a subdivision and a house was on fire.
The fire department wouldn’t show up and start putting water on all the houses because all houses matter.
They would show up and they would turn their water on the house that is burning
because that’s the house that needs it the most.
My generation’s taken on the torch of a very age-old fight for black liberation,
but also liberation for everyone, and injustice anywhere is still injustice everywhere.
The best thing white people can do is talk to each other.
And having those very difficult, very painful conversations with your parents, with your family members.
I think one of the critical questions for white people in this society is what are you willing to risk,
what are you willing to sacrifice to create a more just society?
[Jamila Woods:]
Your silence is a luxury, hip-hop is not a luxury
Your silence is a luxury, hip-hop is not a luxury
Your silence is a luxury, hip-hop is not a luxury
Your silence is a luxury, hip-hop is not a luxury
What I got for me, it is for me
Why we may, we may to set us free
What I got for me, it is for me
Why we may, we may to set us free
What I got for me, it is for me
Why we may, we may to set us free