disney out here saying that han solo isnt really han solo’s name and were gonna get a new one and im trying to think of a name they could come up with that would warrant someone into thinking that han solo would be a better alternative
Hello everyone, I don’t usually make these sort of posts, but I feel like it can have a bit of a positive impact.
So somewhat recently, I posted a drawing of Naruto rejecting Hinata with a sassy line while drinking starbucks. I drew this because I love the idea of sassy Naruto, not to seriously upset people. It was clearly drawn as a joke, but here is an example of it being taken too seriously.
I want to say that we can respond to these hateful message with hopeful ones that could possibly change a person’s approach to a view that doesn’t match their own. Try to give a sense of respect.
Two days later
Unfortunately, this is the message I got back…
Quite an insulting and disrespectful response…
One that decides to bring in another commenter who simply wrote how they liked my drawing.
My response to this
I sort of snapped at this person, but I felt it necessary.
Listen guys, whatever fandom you are in, there is no need to go out of your way to try and insult another human being. Insulting the character? Fine. A person? Not fine.
OKAY, SO. LET’S HAVE
A TALK ABOUT HELGA HUFFLEPUFF. BECAUSE. I HAVE SO MANY THINGS TO SAY.
Here’s the thing; in my head, Helga Hufflepuff has always been a soldier. Yes, she’s kind
and fair, but she also knows when a good hex or a punch in the face is the only
solution. This does not happen often. She’s friendly and accepting and patient.
But when someone threatens her friends, or her family, or her students, that
someone better be prepared to have her wand aimed at them. Or better yet, a
sword. Use what you know and all that, and while she’s great with her hexes and
curses and even some charms used in a way her old mentor would definitely not
have approved of, there’s just something incredibly satisfying in meeting
someone sword to sword. She and Godric spars every now and then, though it’s
clear he’s more of a dueler than a soldier. But Helga. Helga joined the war
when she was 15, and she never regretted it. It was grueling, and it was painful,
and she watched so many of her companions fall. But she joined for a reason –
to protect (her family, her little nephews and nieces and all the children of
her village) and to, one day, try and change the world enough that war wouldn’t
be necessary. She fought for years, rising in rank as fewer and fewer of her
friends were left, and she refused to give up. This was for the children. This
was for the future.
was 23, she became general. And at 24, the war finally ended. And then she had
to find something else to do.
back to her village, to the little houses and fields and her family. And for a
while she was content, but not for long. She wanted to do something, because that was the reason she joined the war in the
first place. For change. She wanted peace, and quiet, and a place to call home.
But when she had it, she realized she only knew how to fight. And she was not
going to accept that.
She went to
find her old mentor, an aging wizard who kept forgetting his wand in odd places
but who also knew a lot of spells and had more magical books than she had seen
anywhere else in her life (later, when she met Rowena Ravenclaw and saw her
collection, she would stare at it for ten minutes and then just go “nope” and
walk out of the room). She asked him to teach her as much as he could. What he’d
taught her before she left for the army was useful, but if she was gonna change
the world she needed more.
to her, listened to her reasons and her dreams and then he sat her down with a
cup of tea and started talking about magical theory. Most of her went over her
head. She listened anyway. And she kept
coming back. And when she realized how many children he’d helped out through
the years (her among them), she asked him about that. He started spouting even more magical theory. And she kept
listening. And when it was over and he said he couldn’t teach her anymore, she
knew more about accidental magic and magical cores than she thought possible.
And she was satisfied, because this
was what she needed to know. Something that could help. Something that could
change a life, or two, or a hundred, if you only had the people to teach it to.
This was for the children. This was for the future.
she met two wizards and a witch, constantly bickering and joking and everything
in between. And the wanted to start a magic school. Of course she went with them. It was the purpose she had been looking
for. It was a way to do what she’d always dreamt of.
started planning how to do it, and moved into Godric’s family castle up in
Scotland. As they decided to split the students into four groups, Helga started
to get irritated. She had spent half her life fighting a war, she knew that you
couldn’t always get the brave or the smart or the cunning. You had to use the
resources that were available. Anyone
could become a good soldier (or student, she supposed) if they were trained
She was a general, and she’d take anyone who wanted to learn. She was
a soldier, and she’d take anyone who would work hard, because that’s all you
need to change the world. She was a 15 year old girl who joined the army, and
she remembered what it was like when people judged you for your bravery, for
your intelligence, for your strength. She was a 26 year old veteran, and she
would punch anyone who said you couldn’t learn because of something as stupid
as who you are. In the face. They’d
deserve it, for implying that her students weren’t good enough.
@egdramaqueen I said it “needs a bit of polishing” which apparently means I sit here and write another 700 words into it in less than an hour, so here it is. I finished it.
Bucky nodded. “I can’t say too much. Highly classified wartime efforts.”
“-That was like eighty
years ago!” Tony protested.
Bucky slid into the spot
on the couch between Falsworth and Dugan, who seemed to smile even wider,
seeing Barnes again. Apparently, this
was not their first reunion. Tony
made a mental note to get to the bottom of that another time.
“All I can disclose is-“
“—The goat headbutted a
HYDRA operative in the stomach so hard he passed out. It raised the alarm on the perimeter and when
reinforcements were called in, they had a laugh at the guard’s expense and it
kept attention away so we could slip in.”
Dugan laughed. “Sarge is right, though. Dernier did
try to lure the goat away when we left.”
He sighed. “She had gumption.”
“That’s it?” Tony felt a little depressed. “That’s the Eleanor story?”
grinned. “Dernier didn’t just try, he succeeded. He got the goat to follow
Barnes, Dugan, and Steve
were stifling laughter, now.
“And the Colonel,”
Falsworth continued, “He didn’t take too kindly to her.”
“That was mostly because
of his hat, though.” Steve managed, strained.
“There was more than one
Goat Incident?” Bruce looked far too
curious for Tony’s comfort, which was saying something.
“Pal,” Bucky grinned, “every day was a Goat Incident until she
was Honorably Discharged.”
sputtered. “You can Honorably Discharge a
“Turns out you can,” Dugan
corrected, “Though the Colonel wasn’t happy about that, either. It found one of Peggy’s shoes. It was the only agreement we could come
people who say “you cannot unequivocally hate the us military because it provides opportunities for poor people / lgbt people / women / people of color” sound exactly like the clinton cronies who claimed that despite clinton’s reputation as a bloodthirsty war-hawk, it was necessary to support her as the “lesser of two evils”. if you think the military or neoliberal politicians are “necessary evils” what you’re really saying is that you value american lives over international lives. and for people who claim to be “tolerant” and “progressive” and “pro-immigrant” that’s pretty contradictory, don’t you think? not to mention that those victimized american lives you keep throwing around as political pawns don’t actually gain anything when you use them as justification for imperialism.
hi! I'm writing a story with the 'government keeps dark secrets from the people' trope, but I'm having trouble developing the political aspect of it, like the power balance of different classes of society and such. do you have any tips for me?
Every governmental balance is messed up to some extent – no system of power is perfect, because corruption doesn’t lie in the government as a whole, but in the people in the government. That said, “corrupt government” can encompass a few things.
1. Propaganda. “Propaganda” is defined as “information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view”. That said, propaganda can be issued by way of political posters, spoken statements, or written articles. If you’re familiar with the concept of rhetoric from AP Language and Comp, propaganda is basically rhetoric (“language designed to have a persuasive or impressive effect on its audience”), but not confined to words – it also uses pictures. For example, the “I WANT YOU” posters featuring Uncle Sam were World War Two propaganda – they were meant to show U.S. citizens that they were valuable to the war effort – not necessary (Uncle Sam said he wanted citizens, not needed), which could have incited feelings of guilt or resentment, but valued and important. It was also meant to bolster pride and determination – Uncle Sam’s stern face and stiff pointing finger were meant to imply that he held high expectations for you, but he felt you could meet them and possibly even exceed them. In fact, he almost looked similar to a father figure: stern but not angry, holding you to high expectations but not too high. (All of the observations are mine – this is simply my take on Uncle Sam.)
2. Class Systems The most effective class system for an oppressive government is an abundance of poor people/people living in poverty, and a few people on top that hoard all the riches and fortune (there can also be a middle class – well-off but not rich – but they don’t necessarily matter). What this does is keep the people divided – the poor hate the rich because they have everything handed to them, and the rich hold the poor in contempt because they feel the poor should just “work harder”. If the people are divided, they won’t come together and defeat the system oppressing them all. (And anyways, the rich wouldn’t want to defeat anyone, because this system treats them well.)
3. Fear-mongering. This point kind of piggybacks off the former point, but the government can also use fear-mongering to control the people and keep them under its thumb. They can fear-monger by claiming things are worse than they are (for example, if war is happening, they can say that their armies are weak and require monetary donations), or by turning the classes against each other. Mainly when I think of the classes being at odds, I think of the government telling the rich that the poor are lazy, that the poor are criminals, that the poor hate them and want to steal their riches. This will cause the rich to fear the poor, and that my show itself as aggression.
4. Making things out to be better than they are. The opposite of fear-mongering. If fear-mongering is the government telling people things are worse than they are, then the opposite is telling people things are better than they are (instead of “our armies are poor and need donations”, it would be “our armies are doing great!” even if they’re retreating and giving up territory to the enemy). That inspires a sense of patriotism and trust in the government (”the government has things all under control!”).
5. Giving no information at all, or at least as little as possible. This necessitates people blindly trusting the government. Without any information, the public can’t fight. Knowledge is power, as they say.
I would also recommend you read 1984 by George Orwell – you’ll see a few of these tactics in action, and also learn more about others.
I hope this helps! If you need anything else, please feel free to ask. - @authors-haven