His body isn’t even cold yet and the New York times has already put out a shameful article declaring Nelson Mandela to be an “icon of peaceful resistance”. News outlets around the Western world are hurrying to publish obituaries that celebrate his electoral victory while erasing the protracted and fierce guerrilla struggle that he and his party were forced to fight in order to make that victory possible. Don’t let racist, imperialist liberalism co-opt the legacy of another radical. Nelson Mandela used peaceful means when he could, and violent means when he couldn’t. For this, during his life they called him a terrorist, and after his death they’ll call him a pacifist — all to neutralize the revolutionary potential of his legacy, and the lessons to be drawn from it.
Don’t fucking let them.
So this is me addressing this.
It took maybe four minutes after the episode for the kiss issue to invade my dashboard. And y’know what? I’m gonna go ahead and say that both sides have made some really, really specious arguments here and it’s driving me insane. It’s easy to see why we’re bickering when these are the points being thrown back and forth. And so that means I’m gonna be a giant asshole to both sides for a minute and address all of these really bad points. Sorry!
- People calling this a “pointless” episode already show your bias and lack of partiality because this episode frankly did a lot of things for a lot of Glee’s characters, including Kurt. It just so happens that it didn’t do anything for Kurt and Blaine.
- If you take this episode as proof that Fox has no issues with anything Glee does and never interferes in any way whatsoever with the content shown on Glee (and its other shows), I have a beautiful gold-slathered bridge to sell you next to my estate on 666 Narnia Lane, East Westeros County, Sensational Transylvania. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, this sort of information about the behind-the-scenes practices at TV shows is documented, it is genuine, it is not up for debate; writers and even executives have gone on clear record about how they have to fight networks at every turn. It is, factually and contextually, a thing that happens. A cracky episode mocking people for thinking that it happens doesn’t make it magically not happen.
- If your argument to encourage equal representation involves Sam in any way, you’ve already lost, in life and also in love. Sam, how any character interacts with Sam, and how much they interact with him, has literally nothing to do with this. If Blaine didn’t interact with Sam so much, you’d use Blaine’s interactions with Tina instead to campaign about interaction that Klaine should have. So I say this as someone who is deeply invested in media representation and absolutely want to encourage further activism on this front: Stop. There is no reason Sam’s name should even come up in these discussions. It doesn’t make you sound educated or objective about the situation, it makes you sound like a slighted shipper. Literally stop.
- Finally? There is a difference between Kurt making out with this guest-starring stranger, more or less as a set up to a punchline, and Kurt making out with someone with whom he is invested in a longterm, emotional storyline. Both are queer representation, yes. But there is a reason why the representation of Kurt and Blaine’s relationship, culminating in their first kiss, was described as something monumental and significant for queer youth while this perennially-shirtless con-artist tricking, drugging, and then robbing Kurt will be forgotten by the masses in two or three weeks’ time. I don’t know why anyone thinks this negates or invalidates the documented lack of parity between same-gender couples on this show. You might as well say that Santana paying the rando Louisville cheerleader to pretend to be her girlfriend makes up for her and Brittany’s relationship being left entirely unexplored on the show. Context matters, not just when it makes this show easier to digest. Half the usual thinkers on my dash have already guessed that this whole thing was Ryan Murphy taking the piss at people who want equal representation on this show. If that’s actually the case, why in the world would you expect those people to be happy with this?
christmas eve what about christmas adam
happy christmas adam to all men’s rights activists
Please stop pestering us with things like this. This has nothing to do with men fighting for their rights. Eve is short for ‘evening’. Please don’t turn activism into a joke. Thanks.
Someone isn’t having a good christmas adam
When Friends on the internet get sad and you don’t know what to do except sit there.
because of that last post, I just want to note to dudes who say, “Well men don’t notice/care about [insert body feature women might be insecure about here,” as a way of trying to help women with their insecurities, you should note before you speak that:
-not all women are attracted to men
-even women who are attracted to men don’t necessarily care about what you think about their body
-emphasizing your feelings about women’s bodies and what is beautiful (even to say that you think certain things society deems undesirable on women are desirable) perpetuates the idea that women’s beauty and confidence is about and should resolve around male desire and regardless of your intention that’s hella problematic
so next time you’re gonna say, “men don’t care if you have a thigh gap” or “I as a man like women with body hair” or something along those lines, stop. don’t speak. just sit down and listen to women.
Oh shit the Otis Redding is playin’ Cyrus you done messed up. I hope James had some damn good sex with Daniel Douglas.
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the quote is from this review
"We live in a world where losing your phone is more dramatic than losing your virginity"
Um ok but I don’t recall my virginity having 16 GB of memory with all my contacts, music, photos, calendars, and apps or costing over $200.
my phone is an expensive and important material object and not a useless social construct put in place to shame and commodify women