…some men are quite perturbed about a women-only screening of Wonder Woman at an Alamo Drafthouse movie theater in Austin, Texas….
One man was so angry about the screening that he wrote a letter to Austin Mayor Steve Adler. In addition to writing some — ahem — eyebrow-raising ideas about women and bringing up a 1966 mass shooting, the man threatened to not grace Austin with his presence.
This is the email that Adler received on May 26:
“I hope every man will boycott Austin and do what he can to diminish Austin and to cause damage to the city’s image. The theater that pandered to the sexism typical of women will, I hope, regret it’s decision. The notion of a woman hero is a fine example of women’s eagerness to accept the appearance of achievement without actual achievement. Women learn from an early age to value make-up, that it’s OK to pretend that you are greater than you actually are. Women pretend they do not know that only men serve in combat because they are content to have an easier ride. Women gladly accept gold medals at the Olympics for coming in 10th and competing only against the second class of athletes. Name something invented by a woman! Achievements by the second rate gender pale in comparison to virtually everything great in human history was accomplished by men, not women. If Austin does not host a men only counter event, I will never visit Austin and will welcome it’s deterioration. And I will not forget that Austin is best known for Charles Whitman. Does Austin stand for gender equality or for kissing up to women? Don’t bother to respond. I already know the answer. I do not hate women. I hate their rampant hypocrisy and the hypocrisy of the ‘women’s movement.’ Women do not want gender equality; they want more for women. Don’t bother to respond because I am sure your cowardice will generate nothing worth reading.
"Richard A. Ameduri”
Today, Adler posted his response:
“Dear Mr. Ameduri,
"I am writing to alert you that your email account has been hacked by an unfortunate and unusually hostile individual. Please remedy your account’s security right away, lest this person’s uninformed and sexist rantings give you a bad name. After all, we men have to look out for each other!
"Can you imagine if someone thought that you didn’t know women could serve in our combat units now without exclusion? What if someone thought you didn’t know that women invented medical syringes, life rafts, fire escapes, central and solar heating, a war-time communications system for radio-controlling torpedoes that laid the technological foundations for everything from Wi-Fi to GPS, and beer? And I hesitate to imagine how embarrassed you’d be if someone thought you were upset that a private business was realizing a business opportunity by reserving one screening this weekend for women to see a superhero movie.
"You and I are serious men of substance with little time for the delicate sensitivities displayed by the pitiful creature who maligned your good name and sterling character by writing that abysmal email. I trust the news that your email account has been hacked does not cause you undue alarm and wish you well in securing your account. And in the future, should your travels take you to Austin, please know that everyone is welcome here, even people like those who wrote that email whose views are an embarrassment to modernity, decency, and common sense.
Also special mentions @miny4rds and @exybee who I’m not mututals with because I don’t post tfc stuff because I don’t actually know what it is. But I’ve learned a lot about the charactes from following them and I love them a lot!
William “B.J.” Blazkowicz is a very large, very physically imposing, tough-as-nails, PTSD-stricken, fatalist warrior poet berserker from Texas that nearly every Nazi he doesn’t kill on sight (which is exceptionally rare) compliments on his “strong, Aryan features.”
He is also Jewish. Fans of Wolfenstein have debated and speculated over it for years but what I’m showing you up there is “Word of God” confirmation.
Why do I care about this so much?
Well, part of it is because I’m displeased and bothered by some people’s reaction to the Wolfenstein II trailer, poo-pooing it as just a game about a “white man” defeating fascism with a machinegun. And I think that’s a judgemental way of looking at it and at B.J. as a protagonist. At worst, it’s erasure of much-needed Jewish representation in videogames.
But there’s a snag. See, some of you Wolfenstein fans may know that John Romero and Tom Hall, despite instrumental in bringing the series (and the entire first-person shooter genre with it) to life, haven’t been involved with it in years. The franchise is currently steered by Machinegames, a Swedish-based subsidiary of ZeniMax media which famously also owns Bethesda Softworks, which currently publishes the Wolfenstein games. In 2013, Kotaku editor-in-chief Stephen Totilo wrote an article where he talked about how he posed the question of B.J.’s potential Jewish heritage to the developers of Wolfenstein: The New Order at the time. The spokesperson for Bethesda that he spoke to responded, “
It’s never explicitly stated in the game…
They leave it up to the player to interpret.”
The game was released. It was awesome. In one level, the player as B.J discovers plans for a Nazi lunar base and included within are documents written in Hebrew. He translates them with ease to his fellow resistance fighters. And the interpretation that B.J. MUST be Jewish hasn’t stopped since. But the game’s developers, as far as I know, have kept to their line about it being up for interpretation. And despite that very distinct moment, they seem to do everything in their power to downplay the possibility, playing up the fact that B.J. is just a rough and tumble good ol’ boy from Texas who plays the guitar and loves country music and has Polish ancestry.
I think I’ve made my conclusion quite clear and I know I’m not the only one. But I think that room for doubt that the developers have left open holds the franchise back from reaching its full narrative potential. See, I was born in 1990. I’ve been playing Wolfenstein and games like it since I had motor skills. I was splitting virtual Nazi melons before I even knew what a Nazi was. Medal of Honor, Call of Duty, Brothers in Arms, Secret Weapons Over Normandy, Army Men: World War, I’ve played them all. All of them filled with narratives about brave men facing the odds, outgunned and outmanned but prevailing against the forces of evil, saving the world from Hitler’s tyranny. They put all of that romanticism about the Greatest Generation in your hands.
But you know what’s missing? Jewish people. And the realities of what they faced in the world at that time. That’s what made Wolfenstein: The New Order stand out to me, on top of being just a phenomenal game in so many other ways - they actually kinda sorta started to address stuff like that. I say kinda sorta because like, there’s a part where you literally get yourself captured and sent to a concentration camp to rescue a Jewish inventor named Set Roth who is the key to toppling the entire regime, but neither him nor B.J. really talk about it outside of the immediate “okay, we gotta get out of here so we can go to the secret lab where hidden superweapons are.”
You know, I get not wanting to gamify one of the worst genocides in history. I get not wanting to make suffering porn in order to tug at players’ heartstrings or illicit a visceral reaction. But if your goal is to be in your face about how much the world would be a creepy and depressing shitheap if the Nazis won World War II so as to make blowing it all up cathartic and pleasurable, I think the people in charge of Wolfenstein owe it to the people that real-life Nazism harmed irreparably to let them see themselves behind the trigger. To me, B.J. Blazkovich is not just an angry white man with a gun. He is a continuous, defiant Jewish survivor getting to do something that many Jews actually did but scarcely get the credit for. And to see critics of Wolfenstein’s admittedly heavy-handed approach dismiss that is something that troubles me. But I also understand why they do that because Machinegames and Bethesda, in their attempt to make B.J. a sort of everyman have stripped him of an identity that could give representation to people who are extremely hard-pressed to see themselves in entertainment mediums like this. So I thought I’d say something about it. But hey, who knows what the future holds? Maybe The New Colossus will develop B.J.’s character in ways we haven’t yet seen. Either way, I’m there. Get psyched.
So you’ve just found out about prettymuch and you are confused. Im here to help! BEANZ is the fandom bame for the new vocal group prettymuch. It stands for the first letter of the boyz names. Brandon, Edwin, Austin, Nick, and Zion. The boyz were scouted by simon cowell 2 years ago and were finally united together last march. Every sunday at 12 pm PST the boyz go on ig live for a special prettybrunch so make sure you tune in!!! So now I’ll give you the low down on our favorite men.
This is brandon. He is the youngest member at 17 years old. His birthday is December 14, 1999. He is from Corinth, Texas and is Mexican-American. Loves to produce beats and a known workaholic.
This is Edwin. Fandom calls him Eggwin tho because he always cooks eggs during prettybrunch. He is 18 years old ans his birthday is February 12, 1999. He is Dominican. Loves Fashion and artsy stuff. He is originally from the Bronx, NY.
This is Austin. Austin is the oldest at 20 being born on August 14, 1997. He is from a small town near Charlotte, NC. Loves anime,skateboarding, and being a chill dude. He also loves to draw.
This is Nick. Nick is 19 years old, and his birthday falls on November 8, 1997. Nick may look familiar to you as he previously appeared on ABDC with the ICONic Boyz. He is from Manapalan, NJ. Besides being an extremely good dancer(and also my fav), he enjoys sleeping.
And lastly here is Zion. Zion was born on June 29, 1999 making him 18 years old. He hails from Ottawa, Canada and is of black/white descent. Zion enjoys being a goofball and is a living meme and forever my mood (search meme in tags!!!). Feel free to click links of the boyz on my blog, or search up their first name in tags if you’re on mobile. Any other questions, comments, or even conversations y'all wanna start feel free to hit up my ask box or private message me 😊 BUY THEIR DEBUT SINGLE WOULD YOU MIND OUT EVERYWHERE!!!!! REBLOG TO HELP THE NEW BEANZ OUT!!!!!
I wasn’t able to take any videos, but I think this con records their panels and posts them online. (Or at least they did the last time I was there.) Hopefully a video will come out. But until then, I came up with a little (long) summary of some of the Candice/Caity interactions.
(I live tweeted as much of the panel as I could, so check there if you want Candice, Caity, or Danielle specific stuff.)
You and Dean go undercover in Dwight Correction Centre, Illinois to
catch a rogue Reaper, luckily for you two, the prison houses both Men
and Women together.
So, after seeing the gifs of Dean in Prison again it spurred my muse
to write a one-shot about the Reader and Dean in prison together, now
I did my research and there was a Prison that temporarily housed both
Men and Women convicts before closing in 2013, it was based in Denver
– Illinois however I have absolutely zilch idea on how accurate
this would possibly be so lets just take the accuracy with a pinch of
Swearing, Smut, Dom!Dean,
hand-on-throat sexy action but not too intense, Violence
“Well, personally I thought that it took you a little while to get
here but looks like you finally made it” you said from the back of
a riot van.
“Can it princess, you and your lunatic boyfriend enjoy your time in
there together while you still can before the trial where you both
get put away, apart, for a long, long time” the driver warns you.
You roll your eyes and shake the shackles that are binding both your
arms and legs which are attached to the bottom of the van “yeah I’m
sure we will.”
Dean just shakes his head, sat next you and in the exact same
position “y'know, we robbed four stores
before you amazing cops made your appearance.”
“Shut the hell up, didn’t get away though did ya?”
You and Dean both share a look before deciding that it’s probably
best if you do cram it for now, so how did you end up here?
so my name is Hannah,, I’m 15 and I’ve submitted here before and made some really good friends (:
*I’m a sophomore
*I love Frank Ocean, Khalid, Kehlani, and Drake atm
*I’m from Texas
*I have a girlfriend so I’m really only looking for friends tbh