we still have power

anonymous asked:

Thank you for talking about your concerns re: Sony/Columbia and Rob Stringer. I thought I was the only one who felt sick to my stomach at the thought of the man who has been friends with Simon for years, and was head of the US label that helped to closet H & L, being the one to sign H. I don't know why people are excited, because the power dynamics are really messed up now, and there's no guarantee that the stunts are going to stop for L anytime soon. Trying to have hope, but it's hard. :(

It’s very hard, and you’re perfectly welcome, anon.

I thought I had posted about Rob Stringer in the fall, but all I can find is some articles I uploaded, so I’ll revisit now. Stringer has spent his career at Sony, he’s been running labels there since the early 90s, and his brother was a main exec and CEO of Sony Corp (not music) for quite some time. Stringer has headed Columbia since 2008, and he’s done extensive business with Simon Cowell in that capacity. Indeed, Simon was the first quote in the Billboard article announcing Stringer’s appointment as head of Sony this October. Their working relationship has been extensive, as far as I can tell. He has credited his work with Simon on XFactor acts as his gateway to success for getting Glee to work, which was hugely responsible for his success turning Columbia around. [Adele as well, and he’s partly responsible for a lot of a resurgent trend of U.K. artists’ US success.] He has called Simon the “best A&R guy he knows” in multiple interviews.

One Direction signed to Columbia in 2012 as they were breaking the American market; the closet clamped down during this time.

Sony purchased controlling shares in Syco in July of 2015 – paying £85 million total for it, and absorbing the £70 million debt it had accrued. While making £45 million from it personallyis somewhat pathetic for Simon, that’s a far better fate than being jettisoned from Sony and declaring the company bankrupt within five years. The buyout was, it would appear, the best possible outcome for Simon given the failures of his television series, losing One Direction, and being unable to produce a suitably earning substitute.

Rob Stringer was announced the new head of Sony mid-October 2016.

I say all this to suggest that thinking of a ‘fresh start’ for Rob Stringer or Harry is not logically sound. Rob Stringer has been involved in their business since 2012 – but even say for argument’s sake that perhaps he didn’t determine their marketing. But Rob Stringer has been calling the shots at Sony since this fall (and potentially had input before that official announcement). And we know Sony now holds the Syco strings and has since July 2015, a date we are all very aware of – so Rob Stringer stepping into the office in the last six months has certainly had power to ameliorate the situation, and he has not done so.

Harry has been constructed as the big fish, the Justin Timberlake, almost since the beginning. It seems Sony’s going to be damned if they don’t get what they’ve always angled for, by hook or by crook. Given what we have seen, they’ve been successful at backing Harry into a corner, as well as Louis, with profound effects for Liam and Niall as well.

Columbia and Sony are sure to promote Harry’s music thoroughly, because it could make them a great deal of money. But that is the equation. It is very much in their best interests not to help Niall, Louis, and Liam or One Direction, as that would distract dollars and time from Harry’s solo work, which will make them a fortune. It is quite evident by now that Sony has had the power to step in but have not, because such an extreme power imbalance in negotiating is much more expedient for their bottom line. They’ve been monstrous and it’s gotten them Harry’s contract, which is what they wanted.

Hope is not any easy thing in such a situation. I think patience will continue to be the watchword. 

#justFrenchMP100things

Since the mob psycho manga was released in France on June 8th (i know. it’s still the 7th. i have it anyway)

• “BY THE SALT SPLASH POWER”

Tomé Kurata

• (LOL) is now the Smiley cult. I don’t know either.

• Dimple’s name is Smile

• Not Sourire, which would have been the correct french translation. Smile. In english. I don’t know.

• Dimple basically calls Mob the french equivalent of “sweetheart” and i’m uncomfortable

• This panel

also what the fuck is the deal with liberals saying “LOL DONALD TRUMP ISNT AS RICH AS HE SAYS HE IS!!!!! HAHAHAH!!!!” like who on earth does that hurt exactly??? he’s still rich as fuck and we’re still poor as fuck and he still has basically all the power and we still have basically none of the power. i know there are people out there who think mocking a rich megalomaniacal narcissist for not being as rich as he said he was counts as “resistance” but seriously what exactly is achieved by laughing at a man whose administration is doing and will do horrible things because he’s not as wealthy as he made the world think???? 

there’s like 2 eps left and i’ll admit a very small smart of me is still hoping that they let bamon happen at like, the very end. the build up is there, they just need to follow through. the satisfying thing about it happening in the finale is that the writers can’t fuck it up after that, you know? they can walk off into the sunset together, bickering, and smiling at each other in that way they do, and i can fill in the rest of the blanks without the writers twisting it up unnecessarily

space orcs

But like, aliens being really surprised at how seriously we take our fandoms. I mean they only just got over the fact that we have fiction and not strictly non fiction. They have mostly been convinced that we don’t have powers but they’re still suspicious. For example,

*cue alien accidentally overhearing conversation between two female and one male recruits *

“ HOLY CRAP HELEN, I BET YOU DIDNT HEAR WHAT I HEARD.”

*sigh* “and what exactly did you hear Mary.”

“ DAVE HASNT READ HARRY POTTER.”

“ WHAT” 

“I know right!!!! AND THATS NOT THE WORST PART IS HE WAS DISSING NOT ONLY HUFFLEPUFF BUT SLYTHERIN AS WELL.”

“"ExCUSE ME. OHH I KNOW HE DIDNT DOES HE WANT TO GO. HE WANTS TO GO DOESNT HE. I WILL SHOW HIM WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A SLYTHERIN.”

“"Oh, and did I menTION THAT HE WAS ALSO SAYING THAT PERCYJACKSON WAS FOR CHILDREN.”

“THATS IT HES GOING DOWN, THE FILTHY MUGGLEHEADED MORTAL.”

“"Umm, guys you know that I haven’t read them and they are technically written for kids.

“…” 

“THATS IT IM GOING TO DECAPITATE YOU STEVE”

*alien uncomfortably slinks away to update the human manual to “ not insulted the Hairy Potty or Percy son of Jack*

Axis25′s theory corner!

Hello friends and followers, and welcome back to another exciting instalment of Axis25’s theory corner! And hopefully by now everyone who is reading this should have seem up to Starcrushed (especially since that is the main point of this theory) so if you haven’t then considered this your spoiler warning. Now how about we get right to it?

So after watching Starcrushed, crying for a bit, writing a fic to help me get through the pain, and trying to think of how Jackie will take Star’s confession and subsequently trying and failing to form a theory around Jackie wanting Star and Marco to get together in the long run, I came across something that is … interesting (I would like to point out that I couldn’t focus on the first because this caught my attention, I’m not saying it’s not possible). Let’s talk Toffee, you know, one of the smartest bad guys in all of SVTFOE? He has always played the long game, it almost seems like everything he does is to further his own goals, like … nothing is for nothing. For example, take Mewnipendance day,

We all know that he planned for it to only work for him (I’m not sure how exactly) so that he could get Yvgeny, the only person who was trying to speak against him, thrown out. In simpler terms, he was removing potential threats but let’s be real, this was a precaution, Yvgeny wouldn’t have been able to stop him from enacting his plan. Sure, he would be against Ludo getting thrown out but we all know that the odds were still in Toffee’s favor. Does that mean he should have left him in? Heck no, I’m just saying that Toffee isn’t one to overlook a simple annoyance, and yes, that is important for today’s theory. And what is that you ask? Only something Toffee said.

Creepy, isn’t it, but … that’s just it, everyone remembers what happens next, right? Moon goes to Star and convinces Star to leave Earth but … why would he want his finger? Sure, it might make him hole again or he couldn’t regenerate it but I would like to remind you all of something, at this moment, he’s missing a bit more than his finger.

Now sure, that doesn’t mean much, maybe for reasons we don’t know yet, he does want his finger, so let’s assume that, he wants to get his finger back … for whatever reason, why tell her that? To scare her? To boast? Because of pride? That doesn’t seem like Toffee, telling Moon that he is after her daughter and something that is in her possession would cause Moon to take Star and try and flee as far away as possible. Given, that may have happened anyway but this is Toffee, wouldn’t he avoid something like needlessly invoking fear in Moon? Wouldn’t the best thing to say be that he’s out to get revenge on Moon and he will destroy anyone who tries to stop him? That would make moon distance herself from Star and make her easier to track down along with his finger. And another thing

Look at this, he took Moon down with ease, sure he might have gotten the drop on her but look at this

This guy, Omnitraxus Prime, the space time guy, was taken out in a single hit, as well as the rest of the magic high commission. But … not a few moments later, he’s fighting Moon

Now one could say that he took her by surprise at first … but … look closer

Oh, and before someone says that he didn’t knock her down to get at her magic

That’s about as knocked down the others were … he was playing with her, letting her survive, oh, and look at this.

He took that blast to the face and was unscathed, you really think that he couldn’t have taken her in a single hit? Now I know what you are thinking now, maybe he was just savoring the moment? Well then why not just incapacitate her and savor it when she can’t retaliate? He was showing her just how outmatched she was, he let her live and escape

Do you really think this would be enough to slow him down? No, he is more powerful than that, he is letting her get away, and he is letting her run to her daughter to deliver the message

He wanted to make Star run. He isn’t after his finger, not yet anyway, he is after something else, something that will help him in the long run.

And yes, I do see you there shouting that he was after what I’m about to mention all along, I’m aware I’m not the only one to realize this but there is a bit more too it so just sit for a moment while I get through this part and I will get to something you may not have known soon enough.

Now where was I? Oh, yes, what was Toffee really after? Well …

Yup, that’s what I think, Toffee is after Marco, he gets Star to run away and Marco will be more than easy to take, but here’s the burning question, why would he want Marco?

Well, one thought is that he might want a better vessel than Ludo and those two are the only two to be affected by the forbidden chapter

(Now that I take a closer look at it, his teeth almost look like monster Arms teeth)

But a better theory is that he will use him to get Star to give him what he wants. I mean we all remember that scene from the end of season one.

How easily she gave up her wand for him (and that’s before any of us were sure she had a crush on him). Now we can’t say for sure if she did have feelings for him at this point but the presence or absence means nothing, she will give up the same or more for this boy and that will make things so much easier for Toffee.

But here’s part two of this theory … why? I mean sure, he wouldn’t have to fight Star (or Moon) but we all saw how powerful he is now, he would still have to track down Star and Moon (Assuming there on the run which they should be if their smart) so why go through all this trouble, why make more work of tracking them down … when you could just … *ahem* kill Moon and wipe the floor with Star, like you did Moon and the magic high commission? Well, the answer is simple, and I will show you using a series of clips

Did that get your attention? Star is significantly stronger than her mother, ‘she’s far beyond it’ as Baby put it. And did you see the clip of Toffee’s face? He saw this power, and he … is at least concerned, concerned enough to not want to risk a fight with Star if he can help it. Concerned enough to want to avoid this unnecessary risk.

Normally this would be where I would put my conclusion, summing up everything I just went over, but I would like to make a quick note here. Moon is the DUMBEST queen I’ve ever layer eyes on. Even if she doesn’t put Toffee’s plan together, Toffee has already kidnapped Marco once already and used him to make Star destroy her wand, don’t you think … I don’t know, he might try something like that again?! Oh, and less we forget,

And who heard this song? Only THE ENTIRE KINGDOME OF MEWNI!!! Moon you idiot! At the very least tell Marco to go into hiding or say something along the lines of ‘Hey Marco, I know this must be difficult times for you what with my daughter, who just so happens to be your best friend, having feelings for you even though you’re dating someone else but I really need you to go into hiding so an evil lizard person that I know from when I was young, and has a vendetta against me and Star, who has kidnapped you in the past to make Star do what he wants, doesn’t try and kidnap you again and use you to blackmail my beloved daughter who is actually more powerful than I am and may be the only hope of stopping said lizard.’ You know, something like that? But no, she leaves him unguarded in a dimension with no means of contacting any other dimension (Moon doesn’t know about Marco’s dimensional scissors probably) so that he could literally be picked up like milk at the supermarket!

*Sigh* enough raging, let’s get to the conclusion, Toffee let Moon escape and scared her into taking Star away from Marco so that he could steal Marco and use him as leverage so that he doesn’t have to fight Star who he knows is much more powerful than her mom and might be a problem. There, I’m done, what do you think? Agree? Disagree? Have something you want to add? Have something you want me to examine? Then send me a message or add a comment, now if you’ll excuse me, I have to get back to Jackie wanting to get Star and Marco together.

anonymous asked:

greed caring so much about his dublith gang though, like here is someone who SHOULD HAVE BEEN FUHRER

fuck you for putting this idea in my head because im now imagining, based on the roughly 400 separate instances of Greed trying to save individual humans during the Promised Day, him trying to be Fuhrer.

Greed: Well it’s not the world, but ruler of the country aint a bad gig for now. Wrath better be turning over in his grave seein’ this.
Adviser: Fuhrer sir! You’re needed for an urgent meeting. Our spies in Creta say the country’s consolidating their military power and planning an attack. They’re trying to take advantage of our vulnerability while we rebuild.
Greed: Ah shit. Really? Well what are we supposed to do?
Adviser: Uh, well we suffered a lot of losses from the Promised Day, but we still have about 50,000 troops available. We could focus our power near the Creta border preemptively.
Greed: What? You want to send humans out there?
Adviser: Uh…..yes. As opposed to–?
Greed: You idiot, humans are fragile! Most soldiers aren’t even alchemists how do you expect them to survive when you just toss them out on the battlefield like that?
Adviser: I mean we….we do have some state alchemists. too. They would–we would send them also. We just–
Greed: Nah shut up. Screw the meeting. Where’s my car? I’ll go talk to this “Creta” myself. Teach them a thing or two about threatening my property.
Adviser: Creta is…an entire country, sir. 
Greed, summoning his full-body shield: Yeah and it’s MY country now. Someone GET ME THE CAR. Let’s see how Creta’s president plans to argue against THIS. *punches out a window with his carbon fist*

This leads to quite a strange blip in Amestrian history. Looking through the timeline is pretty much: The first Fuhrer, “Fuhrer X” was well-known for his military strategy. “Fuhrer Y”, his successor, was gifted in negotiating for land and weaponry. “Fuhrer Bradley” was a conqueror who earned absolute trust and loyalty from his men. Following him, “Fuhrer Greed” just…he stormed into other countries and beat up their presidents until he got what he wanted. A lot. The military shrunk to 1/5 of its size because most of Amestris’s foreign policies were handled by the Fuhrer kicking the shit out of other rulers and declaring the country “mine now.” The next Fuhrer, Fuhrer Mustang, rather boringly went back to “foreign policy” and “negotiations”. Retired Fuhrer Greed stated that this was “lame” and out of boredom decided to go conquer Xing, much to everyone’s satisfaction.

However this did lead to several instances of Fuhrer Mustang having to turn down invitations to “fight me” passed along from Emperor Greed.

No one should ever try to reason their way out of someone calling them out for calling asexuals, aromantics, and/or agender people “cishet.” There’s no valid reason why you should deny someone’s identity and coercively assign a different label to them that does not define them.

What that basically says is that you don’t believe that they are actually asexual, aromantic, and/or agender. What that says is that you believe them to be an imposter, trying to worm their way into marginalized community spaces that “cishet” people have already been a part of for a long time. 

No amount of perceived “shared” privileges they may have with “cishet” people makes them cisgender or hetero-, and if you are assuming that “cishet” is just another word for “privileged,” then you’ve decided that identities don’t have any meaning anymore and intersectionality doesn’t matter.

Calling people “cishet” when they are not is a violent denial of someone’s lived experiences and their capability to define those experiences. Assuming their privileges without consideration for those experiences, also denies someone the ability of examining their experiences for injustices they may want to correct.

Furthermore, coercively assigning labels to people – especially people who do not identify with the term you are giving them – does more to shut down the examination of privilege and the conversations that may follow. Inaccurately referring to people as “cishet” isn’t a simple act of little consequence.

Also, the rampant use of the term by cisgender people who are not “hetero-” has stripped its value to people who are not cisgender and who are not “hetero-” in that it no longer exclusively and explicitly defines someone who is privileged entirely by cisheteronormativity, a system that greatly impacts them.

Finally, it also shuts down the intercommunity conversation surrounding cisgender and transgender and non-binary relations in shared community spaces, lending power to people who are cisgender but otherwise not “hetero-” to deny the privileges they then hold over people who are not. 

We can still have valuable conversations surrounding the level of power and privilege that some asexual, aromantic, and/or agender people have access to without rabidly referring to anyone who does not use LGBT identity labels as “cishets” to the point of destroying that word’s meaning. 

Let “cishet” stand for who its intended for: cisgender heterosexual and heteroromantic people, people who will never experience a denial of their validity, an absence of education of their identities, no identity based psychological and physical abuses, and no lack of resources. 

  • INT: And with a plot twist worthy of Game of Thrones, you invited Noel Gallagher, your enemy from the 90s, to sing along with you on the last song of the album!
  • DAMON: To be honest, I didn’t know what to do with him at first. He is one of the kings of Britpop to use your analogy with Game of Thrones, but his universe doesn’t fit too much to the project. We are very good friends now, but it was still weird to find myself singing “we have the power to be loving each other” with him, whereas we have spent years at war! So, I also invited Jehnny Beth [the singer of Savages] and Graham Coxon, to the song: with the four of us it sounds better.
  • Le Point - April 2017

ambitiouswitch17  asked:

Alex, I've seen people say that the Russo favor Tony as a character and I wanted to laugh Like? Wasn't a great issue last year because RDJ had to put condition about doing CW and one of them was that he could have a word about Tony's scenes? God, imagine what it would have been that already bad written movie without him Look what they did to Wanda and poor Ms Olsen. The Russo don't favor Tony, they favor Steve. The first thing that they said about the next movie was about him and Bucky

So, I tried to answer this on mobile but my phone screwed it up, so this is probably going to be slightly less elegant, cause repeating myself.

I have not seen (or at least I don’t think I have seen) anything the Russo Brothers directed outside of Civil War. So everything I know about their directing style is based on this one movie.

However, the Russo brothers said in the Infinity Wars teaser that the reason for Civil War, was to set up Infinity Wars. That’s not a good reason to make a movie, if any of you write fics (and I know some of you do) when you start with an ending and try and work up to it, the characters don’t behave, and by the time your done you’ve had to force them into that situation in a way that seems awkward and unnatural. It muddles everyone’s motivations, and ideas. You can alter the ending to fit better with the direction the story took, or shoehorn it into the ending you originally wanted. It seems pretty obvious the Russo Brothers, shoehorned.

This means that their characters are a mess.

Wanda before the Russo Brothers took over, was a dark character, at the end of AoU she was on her way to being redeemed. (Sloppily but it could have gone somewhere had the Russo Brothers worked on her arc.) Despite that she is still shown as an adult, maybe a bit confused and in need of some guidance (re. clint) but still a grown woman with incredible powers. 

Then We have Russo Wanda, Ms. ‘He locked me in my Room’, just a kid. Rather than the sloppy redemption arc we had at the end of AoU which could have been built on, we get ‘nothing is her fault, because she’s just a kid’ which is so incredibly lazy. They made her look physically softer, lighter hair, lighter make up, as if that counted as a redemption. It’s so lazy, ugh.


Then we have ‘Captain’ Steve Rogers, the man out of time.

While his actions in Civil War are understandable, defending his best friend, and the last link to his past. They aren’t in character. This is the man who kept going when his best friend fell, who values justice over his own life, and who understands the necessity of collateral damage in some situations. This is a man who should have accepted Tony’s offer to compromise with the guarantee of Bucky’s safety. 

He’s out of character. Even though he is the Russo’s clear favorite, his motivations are made understandable.


Then we have Tony, now remember this is a Captain America movie, which makes Cap’s opposition the bad guy in the story, even if they aren’t a bad person. That was compounded on by Clint and Scott, who seemed to be present mainly for numbers, and to call Tony Evil, and without a conscious. It’s definitely Robert Downey Jr. that saves Tony from being the Bad Guy.

His acting, the way he show’s Tony’s anger and his pain is absolutely incredible. The writing attempts to make Tony the bad guy every scene RDJ isn’t in paints him as evil, but every one he is in paints him as a beautiful flawed character with a depth of emotions. 


One other Pet Peeve I have about this movie. 

This entire scene but specifically the fact that Bucky has a vibranium arm, yes, it can deflect bulets, but when multiple people are shooting at you from different angles your arm is not going to block all of the bullets. It doesn’t make any sense.

Anyways, Tl.dr The Russo Brothers did a shitty job with all of the characters in Civil War. 

What this world needs

After watching WW, I truly had the epiphany that our world was never good. There is no good, who defines it anyway, it’s so broad and subjective and truly mankind are wasting away in a world where evil is prevalent and suffocating us all. And a movie like Wonder Woman, I think it gives us hope that while we’re not kind, we still have the power to change. It’s not about what we deserve yes, because we sure as hell do NOT deserve much but if we believe in good, we do good. So yes thank you Steve and Diana for portraying that strong belief that humanity lives on, and it’s safe to say i’ve never been so impacted by a movie before. It has been more than 2 weeks and I still am not able to forget the heroism that is Steve Trevor and the kindness that is Diana Prince.

and they’re also the best couple to grace the movie screens (just saying)

last exam tomorrow morning and then your girl is one day away from high school and IB graduate status!! gonna kick these french essays’ asses UGH send good thoughts please and thank you g’nite!!

Urbosa: Things aren’t looking good. We’re up against a silver lynel, the snow is making it hard to move, and Link’s at death door.

Revali: Hey, Link. Just wanna say. Great idea going into the mountains without supplies.

Daruk: Our powers are still recharging and we only have bows and arrows left.

Revali: We’re out of arrows!…except.

Mipha: Link still has a few of those ancient arrows.

Revali: Those things are meant for guardians. Will they even work on anything else?!

Daruk: He’s coming right for us!

*Link shoots ancient arrow*

*The lynel vaporizes*

Everyone:….

Revali: HE DISINTEGRATED?!

Daruk: His weapons too. We could’ve used those.

Revali: Uhh yeah but who needs weapons when WE HAVE AN INSTANT DEATH ARROW!

Urbosa: We also could have used their guts for potions.

Revali: I think you are missing the implications of our discovery.

Mipha: Seems like a big waste.

Revali: Link, help me out here.

Link: *disappointed sigh*

Revali: Knew I could count on you.

The Signs + Quotes about The Flash Rogues being a family :')
  • Aries: “I never felt more at home than I did with the Rogues.”
  • Taurus: “What they fail to understand is that what we got here is tighter ‘en any of their stupid groups.”
  • Gemini: “The Rogues have an unspoken code, a bond stronger than death itself. We watch one another’s backs to the end.”
  • Cancer: “They made mistakes. But they’re both still Rogues. They’re still family. And there’s nothing more important than family…..”
  • Leo: “The Rogues take care of one another, Mirror Master. No matter what.”
  • Virgo: “Only real family I ever had was with The Rogues.”
  • Libra: “It’s not about blood. Not with us. It’s about spilling it together.”
  • Scorpio: "You still have family. Me, for one."
  • Sagittarius: "We got money. Power. Women. [..] I used to thank Captain Cold every chance I got because there was something else we got outta this, too. A.....warm feeling inside. You look at us. All of us. Our histories and such. It's the common trait among the Rogues. We lost family. Gettin' them back was all we ever wanted."
  • Capricorn: "Each one of the Rogues have their own set of skills....but that isn't what makes the Rogues special. It's that you have each other, you're a family."
  • Aquarius: "When push comes to shove, they've always taken care of their own."
  • Pisces: "When yer a Rogue, you know you've got someone watchin' yer back."