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    eldenhenson:

    I’ve been reading Common Sense by Thomas Paine

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    lookdifferentmtv:

    Marlon Brando’s words on why he refused to accept his Academy Award for his performance in the Godfather 43 years ago still resonate in 2016 as Hollywood tries to grapple with their glaring diversity problems.

    h/t Indian Country Today Media Network 


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    kaishabackwards:

    tastefullyoffensive:

    (via 9 News)

    What if the dog just came home with a medal. Would you question it? Or would you just accept that your dog is the star of an animated movie and has earned this.


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  • stopthatbluecat:

    Rey: He’s with the Resistance.

    BB-8: *Looks Finn over*

    BB-8: Bitch, I ain’t seen your ass on base.

    BB-8: I would know.

    BB-8: Poe would climb that like a tree. 


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    cozy-purple-socks:

    lagonegirl:

    4mysquad:

    Flint isn’t the only city with a water crisis. This majority black town in Louisiana has had brown water for years

    petition

    #BlackLivesMatter #Louisiana #Government  #StayWoke

    Damn! Make it viral.  Sign the petition 

    This needs 96,000 more signatures by February 19th. Please sign and share.


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    notluvulongtime:

    Hubby just told me that a director friend of his sent out an open casting call for minority actors in Atlanta, Georgia and only White actors showed up. Their conclusion is that acting is a very difficult profession, often supported by parents (i.e., living with them) that finance them during the lean years. This is true, since I have read an interview in which Idris Elba has said that he lived and slept in his car for a time before he got The Wire. This is a tough profession and there’s really no excuse for under-representation. Directors should just go into a community and cast from that community (the way they did with Beasts of No Nation, especially with the younger members of the cast) if they are short of people to audition.

    We need representation of people of color, all minorities, the differently-abled, anyone disenfranchised. It’s the only way we can educate for the good of our future as a species.


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    aprillikesthings:

    dduane:

    annlarimer:

    lodgesorceress:

    teenwitched:

    teenwitched:

    can you imagine if tumblr was around when the original star wars came out and in the two year gap between movies there were heated arguments between luke/leia shippers and han/leia shippers and all kind of vague posts and fandom wank and thousands of luke/leia fics on ao3 and people devotedly making gifsets of luke/leia with florence + the machine lyrics only for it be revealed that they were SIBLINGS like can you imagine the fallout 

    like i’m imagining something akin to the great ron/hermione vs harry/hermione ship war of 2011 and all the thousands of words of meta and hate blogging debates over the dancing scene in deathly hallows, like if all that had happened  and people became so deeply entrenched in their points of view and then jk rowling was like “word of god is that harry and hermione are long lost twins” like IT WOULD BE INCREDIBLE

    But this sort of stuff DID HAPPEN.

    fandom shit WAS THERE since 1977 and onwards. Just because the technology was different doesn’t mean it wasn’t there. 

    BEHOLD YE OLD FAN ZINE!!!!

    found this gem at celebration v………………………. !

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    @teenwitched

    • There were fan clubs like The Royal Order of the Rebel Forces, started in 1977 by “Paula Truelove”. There was an official newsletter Bantha Tracks that published fan art and meta.
    • There was a HATE WAR of Han fans vs Luke fans called “Church of Ford and Cathedral of Luke” I kid you not. It grew tenser with each film’s release.
    • There was adult het and slash (Han/Luke) themed fan fiction since the early 1980s, much of which (especially the latter), had to be circulated privately bc of the uproar it caused with some of the fandom and Lucasfilm.
    • Before the internet, fans kept in contact via regular mail and letterzines, which were small, cheaply produced zines that printed letters from the subscribers, often including new zine announcements, meta discussions and essays, and flame wars as well as friendly chat and news about the movies and the fan community. Some fan club groups also produced their own letterzines, some including members’ fan fiction and fan art.” Check the vintage zines out, they’re still selling on ebay

    source: Read the Star Wars Fanlore history here

    pay respect!!!!

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    Don’t forget the Luke and Leia themed weddings. 

    I imagine perusing the family photo album leads to some awkward moments nowadays. 

    …People forget. Or in some cases, they were just born too soon.

    The only thing that has changed about fandom is the communications technology. Everything else remains the same.

    (And at this end of things, I’ve been around long enough for my first-and-only Star Wars fanfic to have been published in paper. [Happy accident associated with this: someone involved with the fanzine was instrumental in helping the FBI catch the woman who was running around impersonating me.])

    Every time this post goes by there is a totally different Fandom Elder pointing out that fans did do all that shit, just on paper and slower.


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    imrosetyler:

    kelseycantmath:

    David Tennant’s Visible Accent Appreciation Post

    FUCKING CHRIST


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    Chick-fil-A Just Dropped A BOMBSHELL On ‘Black Lives Matter’ They Won’t Forget:

    i-will-not-be-caged:

    landofdoom:

    oak23:

    bogleech:

    Well this is fucking repulsive.

    Guess now that they lost the war on gay marriage they decided to join the fight against minorities not getting murdered.

    Just so no one actually has to click on the link because it’s a “Proud Conservative” site 

    It’s not too often a large company like Chick-fil-A gets involved in a controversial topic, but they have thrown themselves right smack in the middle of the Black Lives Matter movement with a statement that has millions of people talking across the country.

    Police Lives Matter is a movement that counters BLM by encouraging citizens to support police officers that put their lives on the line every single day for citizens across the country. Police officers are here to protect citizens and will do so regardless of color, as long as you cooperate and obey the law.

    To show support for law enforcement, Chick-fil-A has unveiled their “Back The Blue” t-shirts:

    Chick-fil-A has taken a stand against the ridiculous rhetoric coming out of the BLM community and wants to show support for those who risk their lives for the safety and service of others.

    Do you agree with Chick-fil-A? Click to SHARE below…

    For the love of fuck, STOP GIVING MONEY TO THIS COMPANY’S PIECE OF SHIT OWNER. YOUR CONTINUED BUSINESS MAKES THEM THINK THIS IS ALL OKAY WITH THE PUBLIC, ‘CAUSE GEE WHIZ, YOU’D TAKE YOUR MONEY ELSEWHERE IF YOU DISAGREED, RIGHT?

    You can get your precious waffle fries frozen from any grocery store. They’re not more important than human lives. I’m sorry that the store employees have to be in the middle of this, but their jobs aren’t worth more than human lives, either. Encouraging the executions of American citizens without trial, is disgusting.

    As gross as it is, fact-checking matters:

    -it was ONE Chik-fil-a in Texas, not the entire company
    -franchise owners make independent decisions - depending on the company, they may have a lot of freedom. From everything I’ve read in the past, it appears that Chik-fil-a is one of the companies that gives franchisees a lot of freedom.
    -the company’s foundation ended all donations to anti-LGBT organizations in 2012, with the exception of Fellowship of Christian Athletes (and the amount they gave to that organization was something like $25,000)
    -just last year, Chik-fil-a sponsored Level Ground, a faith-based LGBT film festival

    The CEO responded to the criticism he received in 2012 from the LGBT community and changed. If you still want to not spend your money there, feel free, especially if you know that your local franchisee is doing shit like in the above article, but at least do your due diligence.


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    fvckybucky:

    “Today sucks. I’m goin’ back to bed.” Mug (x


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    I went into a store because they had these things called “fascinations” in the window. They’re like 3-D models. They have the London Eye and The Empire State Building, but also others like Star Wars and Star Trek ships. And I like Puzzles and beau likes Lego so it seemed like a thing we might enjoy. So I went inside the store to ask about their price and this happened.

    Me: Can you tell me the price of those shiny model things in the window? The Star Trek and others?
    Clerk:Yeah those are really neat for men to put together. Men really like them.

    And obviously immediately I’m like okaaaay I was not aware my lack of male gender meant I couldn’t ask.

    Clerk:Come on in. I’ll show you them. Men love these.

    Me: Yeah or women. Women might like them too.

    Clerk: (clearly reading my signals I’m thinking) oh you’re right. Some women might like them. So they start at 9.99 and go up to 19.99

    (A beat in which I look at the choices consider buying them and theeeen)

    Clerk: it was just that valentines is coming up and I assume you’re buying them for a husband or boyfriend.

    Liiiike could not let it go.

    Me: Yes, well my WIFE loves models so I was going to buy some for her.

    And I walked away. And just like damn man people just suck. I am not married to a woman, but all I could think was jeez. Even when I corrected the clerk they would not let it go. Buuuuuuuuut they actually are way cheaper online so yay heteronormative bs saved me money.


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    ladiesoftheatre:

    “Bobby is my hobby and I’m giving it up!”

    Day 35: April, Marta, and Kathy (Company)


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    ajthelush:

    agnesanutter:

    I went into a store because they had these things called “fascinations” in the window. They’re like 3-D models. They have the London Eye and The Empire State Building, but also others like Star Wars and Star Trek ships. And I like Puzzles and beau likes Lego so it seemed like a thing we might enjoy. So I went inside the store to ask about their price and this happened.

    Me: Can you tell me the price of those shiny model things in the window? The Star Trek and others?
    Clerk:Yeah those are really neat for men to put together. Men really like them.

    And obviously immediately I’m like okaaaay I was not aware my lack of male gender meant I couldn’t ask.

    Clerk:Come on in. I’ll show you them. Men love these.

    Me: Yeah or women. Women might like them too.

    Clerk: (clearly reading my signals I’m thinking) oh you’re right. Some women might like them. So they start at 9.99 and go up to 19.99

    (A beat in which I look at the choices consider buying them and theeeen)

    Clerk: it was just that valentines is coming up and I assume you’re buying them for a husband or boyfriend.

    Liiiike could not let it go.

    Me: Yes, well my WIFE loves models so I was going to buy some for her.

    And I walked away. And just like damn man people just suck. I am not married to a woman, but all I could think was jeez. Even when I corrected the clerk they would not let it go. Buuuuuuuuut they actually are way cheaper online so yay heteronormative bs saved me money.

    Oh god I deal with this same shit constantly. Unfortunately, it also happens pretty bad in reverse.

    I’m a clerk in a local grocery store’s liquor department. I’m one of three women, one of whom is our manager. All three of us love beer (though different styles), and both my boss and I are huge whiskey fans. I also personally have a certification in both liquor and wine. Perhaps the two most infuriating questions which are constantly posed to me are “what does your boyfriend/husband like?” and (usually from women) “what do guys usually like?”

    My favorite answer to the first question is to tell them he has good taste, so he drinks whatever I’m drinking. >.>

    Ha!!! I love your response.


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    thequintessentialqueer:

    I love Hamilton, but something about the way white fans engage with the musical really bothers me: a lot of them are posting in the tag about the actual, historical revolutionaries and founding fathers in a way that makes them seem like funny, sweet, good people. They weren’t. I don’t just mean “Jefferson was a piece of shit”: none of them were good. Every one of their asses saw black people as inferior, even if not all of them supported slavery. All of them participated in genocidal policy against indigenous peoples. If you’re watching/listening to Hamilton and then going out and romanticizing the real founding fathers/American revolutionaries, you’re missing the entire point.

    Hamilton is not really about the founding fathers. It’s not really about the American Revolution. The revolution, and Hamilton’s life are the narrative subject, but its purpose is not to romanticize real American history: rather, it is to reclaim the narrative of America for people of colour. 

    Don’t romanticize the founding fathers and the revolution. They’re already romanticized. It’s been done. Your history books have already propagated those lies. The revolution is romanticized as an American narrative because it was a revolution lead by and for white men. Their story is the narrative of the nation and it is a narrative from which people of colour are utterly obliterated. 

    Do you understand what it’s like to live in a nation where you are made marginal and inconsequential in the historical narrative that you are taught from your first day of school? In the Americas, to be a person of colour is to be made utterly inconsequential to the nation’s history. If you are black, your history begins with slavery, and your agency is denied; they don’t teach about slave rebellions or black revolutionaries. You learn about yourself as entirely shaped by outside forces: white people owned you, then some white people decided to free you and wasn’t that nice of them? and then you’re gone until the civil rights movement. That is the narrative they teach; in which you had no consequence, no value, no impact until less than a century ago. If you are indigenous, you are represented as disappeared, dead, already gone: you do not get to exist, you are already swallowed by history. If you are any other race, you are likely not present at all. To live in a land whose history is not your own, to live in a story in which you are not a character, is a soul-destroying experience.

    In Hamilton, Eliza talks, in turn, of “taking herself out of the narrative” and “putting herself back in the narrative.” That’s what Hamilton is about: it’s about putting ourselves in the narrative. It puts people of colour in the centre of the damn narrative of the nation that subjugates them; it takes a story that by all accounts has been constructed to valourize the deeds of white men, and redefines it all. 

    Why was the American Revolution a revolution? Why were slave revolts revolts? Why do we consider the founding fathers revolutionaries and not the Black Panthers or the Brown Barrettes or Yellow Peril? Whose rebellion is valued? Who is allowed to be heroic through defiance? By making the founding fathers people of colour, Hamilton puts people of colour into the American narrative, while simultaneously applying that narrative to the present. Right now, across the United States, across the damn world, people are chanting “black lives matter.” Black people are shutting down malls and highways, demanding justice for the lives stolen by police, by white supremacy. And all across the world, indigenous people are saying “Idle No More,” blockading pipelines, demanding their sovereignty. And “No One is Illegal” is chanting loud enough to shake down the walls at the border; people are demanding the end of refugee detention centres, demanding an end to the violence perpetuated by anti-immigration policies. People of colour are rising up. 

    …And white people are angry about it. White people are saying “if blacks don’t want to get shot by the police they shouldn’t sag their pants”; saying “get over it” about anti-indigenous policies of assimilation and cultural genocide and land theft; Jennicet Gutiérrez was heckled by white gay men for demanding that president Obama end the detention of undocumented trans women of colour. White people see people of colour rising up and they tell us to sit down. Shut up. Stop making things difficult. The American Revolution was a bunch of white men who didn’t want to be taxed, so white history sees their revolutionary efforts as just; they killed for their emancipation from England; they were militant. That, to white people is acceptable. But those same white people talk shit about Malcolm X for being too violent–a man who never started an uprising against the government leading to bloodshed. Violence is only acceptable in the hands of white people; revolution is only okay when the people leading the charge are white. 

    Hamilton makes those people brown and black; Hamilton depicts the revolution of which America is proud as one led by people of colour against a white ruling body; there’s a reason King George is the only character who is depicted by a white man. The function of the visual in Hamilton is to challenge a present in which people of colour standing up against oppression are seen as violent and dangerous by the same people who proudly declare allegiance to the flag. It forces white people to see themselves not as the American Revolutionaries, but as the British oppressors. History is happening, and they’re on its bad side.

    So don’t listen to or watch Hamilton and then come out of that to romanticize the founding fathers. Don’t let that be what you take away from this show. They’re the vehicle for the narrative, and a tool for conveying the ideologies of the show, but they are not the point. Don’t romanticize the past; fight for the future. 

    This is definitely one of the reasons it was a lot of work for me to not hate Hamilton. In fact I hated it to start out. But I found hope in the reappropriation. I found hope in the possibility of inspiration that just might come from it. But yep. This is a big reason Hamilton is hard to love when you’re a person of color. For sure read this if you are white and in love with Hamilton. This is very important.


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