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Loved the movie, loved the main actress, the message, but did NOT love the ‘shaky handheld artistic for effect camerawork’ that was prevalent though easily 75% of the movie.
THAT aside, I am super excited to see the next one! I also kind of wanna read the books and I am NOT a reader who like, reads a lot of books.
Most importantly though, is the message the movie (series) holds like many cautionary tales before them. While it may not be as glaringly obvious as a book like 1984 - this series basically IS how our society is today.
99% of the population is owned and controlled by the 1%. Right now, we’re at war (All respect to the people who have sacrificed, this is not about war good vs war bad, keep with me here - ) Whose sons and daughters are sent as tribute to fight for the ‘good of the people’? You can bet, not a lot of those 1%’s sons and daughters join the army. We give incentive to those who join - money for school, healthcare, your family taken care of. It’s for honor, pride for your town and family, the risk is worth the prestige and aid for your country. The media drives this into our heads.
In the world of the hunger games, people in the poor districts can get extra help in the form extra food or supplies, but your name is put more times into the Russian roulette pot of the hunger games the more outside help you accept. Their world is driven by media, the masses controlled by a balancing game of hope and fear. Distract them with propaganda, give them just enough hope to stay happy, but never enough they rebel and realize the real situation.
You can see in this interview how Robin Roberts gets antsy when Donald Sutherland goes off script near the end of this interview and really tries to press the connection of this tale to society right now. He brings up the Occupy movement and the 99% vs the 1% thing and how young America is ripe to change things.
Not that I was ever a puppet of the media before, but especially after all this, I’ll never look at things the same way again. It’s not all black and white and I’m not all doom and gloom, but basically, shit’s gotta change and people gotta stop letting the media distract them from what is really important.
But most of my followers don’t watch the show and don’t wanna hear about it while the rest of you will probably fucking crucify me because that’s what happens to people with legitimate fucking grievances in this fandom apparently because these cartoon ponies can do no wrong. So I’m slapping it under Read More and preparing for angry asks and unfollows like a bitch.
Probably not enough people care for those things to happen.
Also, for the people who care, trigger warning! Ableist shit.
I looked this up argument in general as I heard Hasbro apparently pulled the online downloads of the Episode that highlighted Derpy Hooves in a cameo with Rainbowdash and named her thus officially/gave her a voice. It’s speculated it was due to copyright issues in copyrighting the character name (They might go back to “Ditzy Doo”) -
But the internet is in a flurry about the offensiveness of the depiction of “Derpy” as “Unfit to work according to Rainbow dash because she is so clumsy”, AND HOW KIDS (the target audience) might start using the word as the slur means to some, to mean ‘stupid and retarded’.
For me, I did not know how much ‘derpy was an “Ableism slur” (I did not even know what that ism was, I had to look it up). I myself never saw it as such before…tho now I might think differently. I learned a lot from the above article and other ones I read.
Here is an argument on the other side who makes some good points too: LINK
My Devil’s Advocate to the whole thing and closing comments:
- How would her original name of “Ditzy Doo” be better? Isn’t Ditzy a slur too to her intelligence and ability?Why not just name her “Bubbles?” Then she is just ‘clumsy’ and lets not forget there have been PLENTY of clutsy characters in kids shows as comic reliefs.
Don’t get me started on all the GAY comic relief characters, if we are pulling that card.
- Rainbowdash reacted how she did/would with any pony who was falling behind her, she acts like that to EVERYONE.
- ‘Ditzy Doo’ is shown doing plenty of work (clumsy sometimes yes, but still, she works!), and doing lots of non-clutsy things shown as able and participating in plenty of pony events like anypony:
From Winter wrap up:
To being a Mail carrier (Her mistake could have easily been made by any new to the job pony - and tbh it was just as fault as that pony next to her):
And at events / parties:
I’m in support of naming “Derpy” Something else if they will be naming/highlighting her more like in the Last Roundup - so as to not associate ‘derpy’ with how they portray her (combination of the eyes/voice/clumsy), cause yes I’d not want my kids (if I had kids) using the term to other children, especially to those who might have disorders that make them unable to control their face or actions and are not ‘mentally challenged’ at all.
Though if you think about it she is like Ed’s long lost sister based on her voice /portrayal?
Was Ed offensive too?
How about Patrick?
Kids see it as funny and they love those characters, they don’t see ‘mentally challenged retarded people’, and those kind of words are not used in the shows.
The only issue is that they used the term ‘Derpy’ associated with someone like “Derpy Hooves’
THAT is where the issue lies, if you wanna make an issue.
Cause then you might be teaching kids a slur they don’t know is a slur.
“I think the people hoping for a lesbian princess need to be reminded that Disney movies are aimed at kids. I don’t think there is anything wrong with being gay, but to push the idea at kids before they understand what that means will only confuse them. Also as a parent, I would be pissed at Disney for addressing such controversial topics in a movie intended for children”.
This is bullshit. Kids are a lot smarter than people think, this isn’t a concept that would confuse them. It would teach them that love isn’t exclusive to happening between a man and a woman, that there are many forms of love.
wait…it’s okay to throw heteroexual relationships at kids, ones that involve minimal interaction and sometimes even no verbal communication…
but kids can’t handle seeing homosexual relationships?
what an insult to children
“but to push the idea at kids before they understand what that means will only confuse them.”
(This is in reference to mainstream kids programing/movies, not the focus group or adult programs with lots of nice gay representation)
Yea cause we bathe them in girls blushing over guys, little boys getting little girls flowers, straight parents all over, and like every Disney princess movie where she’s kissing the prince at the end- THAT doesn’t ‘confuse them’ at ALL right? As it’s been said before, the ‘teaching’ is invisible when it’s girl-guy, but it’s suddenly ‘in your face, controversial, and not for kids / not appropriate’ when it’s girl-girl or guy-girl in anything mainstream for kids.
Sadly though GLBT people are a small minority - that doesn’t mean it’s right to ignore them, but it does make it easier to not include them. No one bats an eye at representation of African American, Asian, Hispanic, disabled, or the various religions of people (to name a few), that’s diversity man. Teach kids there are people out there that may be different then us but that’s okay, you know? But sally down the street can’t mentioned as having two mommies, that’s CONFUSING.
First of all, said coworker should not really have been talking about such a thing at work in the first place so vocally, seems inappropriate. If you feel they are making you uncomfortable - talk to your manager (if you feel they are someone you can talk to comfortably about this kind of thing- just rememebr it’s part of their job to help you have a good work environment).
If that is not an option, just tell people the rumors are not true if it comes up. It’s none of their business, first of all, and can re-butt with, “Just because I support gay people’s rights doesn’t mean me and/or my females friends are all gay” (As I don’t know your orientation). And also from the sound of it your coworkers giving such looks and spreading rumors are acting like a bunch of middle schoolers.
I got into a similar discussion with an older coworker (she is 55 I’d say) only it was over religion in general. It came up in casual conversation as she apparently is a Jehovah Witness, and I said something like “well I can’t comment I don’t believe in God.” And she kinda latched onto me with things like ‘why, how can you, evolution this etc etc.’ I basically shyed away from the conversation and bascially was ‘lets agree to disagree’ and didn’t get mad or let her sway me any. None of her business and she can believe what she desires, I don’t care. She let off and after a few days things were back to normal and she never brought it up again.
Either way, take a deep breath, go to a higher up manager if you feel your cowokers are making your workplace uncomfortable, and hold your ground calmly and without having to divulge as much personal info as possible (it’s none of their business).
No, this isn’t an anime post, and I hope our followers, and the other runners of this blog, will forgive me for posting “politics” here.
This is too serious though, and with 3400 followers, you are my best audience.
i *am* sorry if people are sick of hearing about politics. but politics or not, this is fucking scary: fema detainment camps are going live. FEMA DETENTION/DETAINMENT CAMPS. IN AMERICA. ALL FIFTY STATES. this is following the bill passed by the senate in a 93 to 7 vote that the government can, at it’s discretion, arrest any american citizen at any time without trial or reason, and hold them indefinitely.
sure, obama says he’ll veto, but with a 2/3+ approval in senate, the veto will be over-ridden. so, they’ve passed the bill to detain us indefinitely, and now they’re activating the detention camps, all shortly after occupy wallstreet starts.
google fema detainment camps, google the NDAA bill. google what occupy wallstreet stands for. please please please, research for yourself online what is going on in america right now. this is very very serious, and very very scary. don’t think about this as politics, don’t use that as an excuse to ignore this kind of thing. i’m not asking anyone to agree with me, or declare themselves as a 99%, i’m just asking everyone that reads this status to EDUCATE THEMSELVES on the shit that’s happening right now. read up on what’s going on and draw your own conclusions, but for pete’s sake, EDUCATE YOURSELF.
- info on the NDAA bill
- occupy wallstreet’s message & goals
- pretty graphics to help perspective a bit
- breaking news (12/06/2011) on FEMA camps going live
- also, this alex jones video talking about the fema camps
- a message from anonymous about the global situation right now
this is no longer about politics - this is literally about our freedoms & liberties.
AS AN EXAMPLE: say you have a pen pal in iraq, that can be labeled as “suspected terrorism” - off to fema camps you go, indefinitely, no lawyer, no family visits, no guarantee of leaving.
say you put up a tweet: “i don’t like the president” — bam, suspected terrorism - off to fema camps you go.
say you…. oh, have more than 6 days worth of food in your house - SUSPECTED TERRORISM, OFF TO FEMA WITH YOU. (yes, the last one is true, along with “missing fingers” or looking muslim, etc, check it here)
PLEASE REBLOG. Seriously. This is your life & your freedom. Spread the word, educate yourself, friends & family.
You know I only re-blog politics when it’s important or hilarious, and this isn’t the latter. This isn’t meant to shcok and awe you but definitely educate yourselves on what is going on in our senate RIGHT NOW. I’m pretty much assuming
hoping Obama will veto this shit.
Cause if not
a simple soundless video I did for Sociology.
I really liked the animation though it made a good point without any sound or words! And not to throw a discussion onto your animation but it kinda sparks for it -
Aww I feel bad the GLBT community is seen as not open to genderqueer people in this, though I can see why some feel that way, but every GLBT place I’ve known has had genderqueer people in it and has been welcoming.
Gender IS such a basic biological thing across all animals, and it’s hard for the world to accept that perhaps there are some humans who feel don’t fit into one or the other concretely (and it has nothing to do with their physical gender), or don’t think about physical gender at all when choosing a mate. Humans are supposed to be higher thinking then animals, right (well we try at least)? We can go beyond our physical nature in terms of thinking of all kinds of things, why not beyond what our chromosomes say?
Everyone isn’t genderqueer, but hopefully down the road that third gender will be a normal thing as boy and girl, just as how gay / straight / pan is slowly becoming more accepted in terms of what people are attracted to (or not attracted to for asexuals!). Just in a society where the majority is cismen/ciswomen attracted to opposite gender, where SO much is focused around gender roles and physical man/woman is how nature is biologically, it’s going to be a BIG uphill battle. But it’s one that has my support and understanding. <3
Basically there’s a rainbow of people out there and we should embrace that!
73 million sharks are killed for their fins, annually.
And the rest is dumped back in the ocean :|
You are more likely to be struck by lightning than you are to be killed by a shark.
This is one if those things I know about the world but also know I am powerless to stop… So to prevent from raging I try not to think about it, but yea, there are horrible wasteful people out there. This practice is cruel and wasteful, not to mention driving many shark species, who have been around over 300 MILLION YEARS before we were even monkeys walking upright, to extinction.
I hate to show such a horrible thing to my followers but if you didn’t know it you should.