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Thread Lil Nas X's debut album Montero just dropped
Finished the album. It's cute or whateva. Tbh I've never had much use for Lil Nas X's music. It's usually very well produced, and catchy. I can see why his music is popular. It just isn't for me. And that's fine. I'm still going to stream and buy the album tho, and maybe some merch. Because I don't know how big the rock people are living under has to be to not understand how big a moment this is. I liked Dead Right Now.
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Thread Awkwafina (Shang-Chi) is being accused of cultural appropriation by some, for previous use of a “blaccent” while she was rising to fame
(Again, putting on my "I don't speak for every Black person!" hat) But...speaking for myself and Black people I've spoken to about this, it's not even so much that we want Awkwafina (and entertainers like her) to change. Maybe update their references, be a little more committed to the performance of Blackness, but not exactly "change." I think what a lot of people want from folks like Awkwafina is to just acknowledge what they're doing. Black people know that our culture is awesome. We give you life. You LIVE for what we do. We been knowin this. But the extent to which people won't acknowledge "this, what I'm doing, is Black culture" even in 2021 is fucking astounding. And yes, that is Awkwafina. What a lot of people don't acknowledge is that what makes cultural appropriation so problematic, PARTICULARLY when it comes to Black culture, is the erasure that is tied to it. We're tired of seeing people get praised for shit we've literally been doing for years. We're tired of being criminalized and look down on for the very aspects of our being that you ACTIVELY mine and mimic in a desperate attempt to make yourself something other than...well, absolutely boring.
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Thread Awkwafina (Shang-Chi) is being accused of cultural appropriation by some, for previous use of a “blaccent” while she was rising to fame
Pro-tip: there's not much of difference between having a controversial opinion, and going out of your way to state "I have a controversial opinion! But I won't say it because I might get banned!" My ears perk up either way. So you might as well just...you know, stand up in it.
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Thread Awkwafina (Shang-Chi) is being accused of cultural appropriation by some, for previous use of a “blaccent” while she was rising to fame
Awkwafina is a weeb. But...niggas. (Hi! Black person born and raised in Los Angeles here! We think it's corny as when non-Black people from LA and NY do it too. People just don't listen to us.) For me at least, I think the remedy is to just be authentic. That seems obvious and too simplistic a response. But, like I said earlier, I can usually tell when someone is expressing "Blackisms" because that's what they were raised around (and thus, it's intrinsic to their own culture), versus someone who's mimicking it for cred...like Awkwafina.
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Thread Awkwafina (Shang-Chi) is being accused of cultural appropriation by some, for previous use of a “blaccent” while she was rising to fame
These threads always make me think of one person, especially when the question of how non-Black people can partake in Black culture gets raised: Teena Marie. For those who don't know, Teena Marie was a fairly popular R&B singer in the 80s. Came up through (and dated) Rick James. If you're a Black American, you know who she is (or you've heard her music). Extremely talented, was an R&B singer to her . To the point that when she had an opportunity to cross over into mainstream Pop and leave that "Black shit" behind, she didn't. She was a pretty white woman with an extraordinary voice. She could have been a bigger presence in music if she wanted to be. But she didn't. She died making R&B music and working with Black artists, because that was the music she was called to make. And while I'm sure there were some Black people out there who criticized her, and yes white privilege was definitely something she benefited from, she was nonetheless respected. Adored even. Her music is a mainstay at the Cookout. When she passed, Black people mourned the fuck out of her. And that's the difference. If you want Black people to "buy" you, to get you, if you don't want to be considered a culture vulture...well, the best and easiest thing you could do is not treat Black culture like it's disposable. Unfortunately, for people like , that's all Black culture is good for. Use it then lose it. She gets the smoke she asks for. Anyway, listen to some Teena Marie.
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Thread Awkwafina (Shang-Chi) is being accused of cultural appropriation by some, for previous use of a “blaccent” while she was rising to fame
The fact that you could type all of this, and not once acknowledge that it's Black culture specifically that we're talking about here is kind of the issue. There's a reason why a lot of Black people are so raw about this. It's because over the generations we've seen our culture just get taken. And taken. And taken and taken. We get none of the benefits for it, and hell, as this post unintentionally highlights, we don't even get credited for it. Black culture, and thus Black people, only exists to be commoditized, but not actually valued. Awkwafina's just parroting some nebulous that's dominant in the region of the country she grew up in. It goes down more smoothly to put it that way than to acknowledge that she's parroting Black people, historically one of the most maligned groups in this country.
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Thread Awkwafina (Shang-Chi) is being accused of cultural appropriation by some, for previous use of a “blaccent” while she was rising to fame
...Mark Wahlberg? NOT going back to the Marky Mark days! I'm dead! Deceased! (To your point, yes...there were Black people criticizing even him back then.) I don't know what to do with your "Well what about the Black people?" point though, because that is...I dunno, very obvious? It's obvious why Black people would want to mimic the dominant and accepted culture and mannerisms in order to, you know, survive and get work. It's called code switching.
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Thread Awkwafina (Shang-Chi) is being accused of cultural appropriation by some, for previous use of a “blaccent” while she was rising to fame
Putting on a horribly mangled version of another race's dialect to make yourself more interesting... ...I dunno, pretty worthy of critique!
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Thread Awkwafina (Shang-Chi) is being accused of cultural appropriation by some, for previous use of a “blaccent” while she was rising to fame
But see that's the thing, then it wouldn't really be a "blaccent" as the term is used. Can't speak for every Black person (obviously), but I can usually tell the difference between a non-Black person who grew up around Black people and naturally absorbed the culture, versus a person that is simply mimicing Black culture (either because they like it, or because they see dollar signs). Awkwafina is very much the latter. And to me, that's what "blaccent" is. It's like, you're a fan. You're an obsessive fan of a culture.
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Thread Awkwafina (Shang-Chi) is being accused of cultural appropriation by some, for previous use of a “blaccent” while she was rising to fame
I don't understand posts like this. At best, you're amplifying the topic while criticizing the amplification of the topic. At worst, you're tut-tutting Black people for having the gall, the nerve, the audacity, for criticizing non-Black people mimicing our culture and dialects for a quick come-up. It's almost like people truly believe Black culture has no worth and exists merely to be pilfered. Hmm. I guess we'll wait until nothing else is going on in the world. (And again, I LIKE Awkwafina. But posts like these are silly.)
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Thread Awkwafina (Shang-Chi) is being accused of cultural appropriation by some, for previous use of a “blaccent” while she was rising to fame
LOL - the wording of this thread title is silly. I actually like Akwafina. That said, I wasn't born yesterday; the blaccent is very obvious and very fake. And any Black person who wants to criticize her for it is well within their right, because it can be considered quiite offensive. Especially because it's very obvious when she chooses to use the blaccent, and when she "opts out." Which, must be so convenient when you're not actually Black. I DID roll my eyes at that recent interview where she attempted to justify not using a stereotypical Asian accent under the guise of cultural care. Gurl...bye. (fake edit: apparently that interview is not recent)
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Thread Awkwafina addresses controversy of her using a ‘blaccent’ in films. (See Threadmarks)
I mean, if this was the direction she wanted to take her response, there's a lot that could have been said to make it that way. But she wasn't prepared to even do that. It's like she didn't consider she'd be asked about this at all. Look, being real, I'm not going to sit here and act like I'm losing sleep over fucking . She ain't the first to do a blaccent, she ain't gonna be the last to do one, and will continue to reward this (because that's who it's for). But this is such an avoidable PR blunder. Like, sis, you couldn't even BS your way through this? I thought the blaccent would have at least lent her some improv skills.
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Thread Hey ERA, I need some art to put on my walls.
If you already have some art in mind, you can't go wrong with plants and color blocking if you're wanting to add more points of interest to your walls. I don't have a lot of stuff on my walls, but I've gotten creative with paint to accentuate what I do have. (an example of color blocking)
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Thread how do peope talk for long periods of time?
This is true, but...in many cases it's not just being uncomfortable. Conversation, the act of , can be a form of intimacy and connection. This was me a few weeks ago. I got to catch up with a dear friend of mine who I hadn't been able to see in person since the beginning of lockdown. And we got to meet up at our regular dive bar no less! After three hours or so of sitting at the bar, you could we were both actively searching for things to talk about, because neither of us wanted it to end. Talking with my friend felt familiar, and comfortable, and . Talking to my friend felt like a hug, as corny as it sounds. I mean, yeah, it's different for everyone. But for some people that's how it be, y'know?
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Thread Music artist Nicki Minaj claims COVID vaccine inflames testicles, sterilizes man
Nicki knew she didn't get an invite to the white house. Just like Soulja Boy knew Atari wasn't actually trying to make him CEO. This is social media clout chasing of the most desperate sort.
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Thread Music artist Nicki Minaj claims COVID vaccine inflames testicles, sterilizes man
Looking at Nicki's twitter feed right now is sad. She's retweeting everyone of note who is defending her, without the self-awareness that she's retweeting a bunch of right-wing opportunists and hoteps. But then I realize...oh, wait, she knows this. Because on some level, Nicki Minaj has always been like this. All validation is good validation; integrity be damned. I expect, I fully expect, to see Nicki either call into Tucker Carlson, have a sit-down interview with Piers Morgan. go to dinner with Candace Owens (maskless, of course), or all of the above. Because all she cares about is the fawning, unquestioning validation of every move she makes. It's the Kanye West playbook.
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Thread Something to remember: Larry Elder is the Black face of white supremacy. You’ve been warned
Amen. And extend this to surrogates. Note to white progressives: stop campaigning with Killer Mike. That man ain't gonna do shit for you.
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Thread Music artist Nicki Minaj claims COVID vaccine inflames testicles, sterilizes man
As per usual, don't read the tweet replies. Ugh, silver lining, it's nice to have the question "what would humanity do during a zombie apocalypse?" so thoroughly answered.
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Thread Is flirting with a 19 year old at 28 creepy?
Two things worth pointing out: 1) This is an excuse. 2) It's a bad one. With respect to how OP identifies, emotional manipulation is a thing, and it's not always intentional. And, in a lot of cases, the ways a person (especially a young person) can be taken advantage of or emotionally compromised have not a thing to do with the act of sex. So, weaving the argument, "well, in most cases I'd find this weird but there isn't going to be any sex involved so..." I mean, what are you really saying? What are you really implying about ace individuals? There's so much effort here to not grapple with the central question. Do you think it's ok to romantically pursue a 19-year-old as a 28-year-old? I think the answer to this is complex and it would help to actually know the two people involved, and I don't think OP is "creepy". But there is, undeniably, a power imbalance here; and no amount of "she's mature for her age," "she pursued me," "it's technically legal," "well, there's not going to be any sex," changes that. Ultimately, I still believe what I did back on page 4. OP and this 19-year-old are technically adults and OP is going to do what they want. But they should be aware and hyper vigilant over the fact that there is a power imbalance, and not paper over that. We're talking about a 19-year-old. You can't wish or excuse it away.
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Thread Today in Black Excellence: Ari Lennox drops new single/video, Pressure
It's giving Black excellence, Black beauty, Black talent, Black moisture, Black Queen, Black R&B, Black-black-blackity-black-black. Shea butter. skin. This is classic style R&B at its finest (a given since it's produced by the legend himself, Jermaine Dupri).. Ari Lennox has been one of my favorite artists for a few years now. A true R&B artist, for those who think R&B is dying. Her new single is catchy as all get out. Do you like Ari Lennox? Do you know who she is? (you should) Praise her, and post some modern "classic" R&B,
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Thread Is flirting with a 19 year old at 28 creepy?
Well...of course. Obviously. But 1) relegating someone to their age almost like it's a countdown can in some cases be a little concerning. It's giving me very Olsen twins. 2) People should try to have a justification for dating a younger person that doesn't make them sound like this guy:
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Thread Is flirting with a 19 year old at 28 creepy?
Yes. Very similar to how therapists...tend to have their own therapists. Being educated and trained in treating other people does not necessarily make one qualified in (or even capable of) treating themselves. I was trained in conflict mediation in high school and majored in Social Work in college. Was still an immature 19 year old.
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Thread Is flirting with a 19 year old at 28 creepy?
Well, yeah. lol I think we all know an example of a huge youth/age gap that worked (or at least convinced themselves it worked). But, speaking for myself, for every one that worked I know twenty that didn't...and usually for the same reason.
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Thread Is flirting with a 19 year old at 28 creepy?
Wow, this really resonates with me. lol When I was in college, it was nothing for me and peers to hook up with professors. I was 18 years old, hooking up with educated 30-somethings who probably should have known better. And so were my friends. It was a badge of honor. We'd all hang out and gossip about it, like having these older dudes enamored with us was a sign of our own maturity and prowess. I think something that a lot of people don't know how to acknowledge or talk about is that, for a lot of younger people, that age difference, that power imbalance.... And while everyone's experience is different, I do think the responsibility lies with the older person to always keep that in mind. Which is why I personally could never date someone that young (speaking for myself here). Because frankly, it ain't nothing for me to get a 19 year enamored with me. All I gotta do is say the word "mortgage" and it'll get a lot of 19 year old's hooked. Because at 19, a lot of these base experiences are still so new, and the attention of an older person can often validate what most 19 year olds want to feel: grown.
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Thread Is flirting with a 19 year old at 28 creepy?
This is all true, just be careful. Nobody owes you an explanation for their opinion. You asked for one and I gave it to you. You don't need to sus out my motivations. lol Again, this is an advice thread, on an internet message board. None of us are going to order OP's steps. But these are things they should consider. And that particular line (among a few) jumped out at me as trying to convince one's self. And I think that's the key here. In most situations (including this one), I've learned that it's best to stay vigilant for situations where it sounds like you're trying to convince yourself of something.
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Thread Is flirting with a 19 year old at 28 creepy?
I will say, as the person who was 19 and dating professors in their 30s and thought they were so grown...a lot of maturing happens at that age. A lot. At 19, I thought I was so wise to the world. Now, in my 30s? I look back at 19 year old me like, "...oh you poor sweet Summer child." It's not about how mature you think you are. You aren't. You can't even get into bars yet in this country. lol
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Thread Is flirting with a 19 year old at 28 creepy?
Because with age gaps starting that young (and 19 is legal, but it's still ), this is often the form that power imbalance takes. It's easy to have this conversation online devoid of nuance and subtlety (as is the online way). In that way, people tend to think of power imbalance as an obvious thing that people willingly and knowingly abuse. But that's often not the case. In reality, power imbalance can be as subtle as the fresh adult enamored by the older person giving them the time of day, and the older person infatuated by the doe eyed youth who isn't experienced enough yet to see their flaws (which we all have). Granted, the term "red flag" is not a definite. It's by definition pointing out warning signs, which is all I'm doing. OP is grown, and so is that 19 year old. But they also created this thread asking for advice from strangers on the internet. And there are red flags. I would ask OP to consider why this 19 year old who seems mature for their age also makes them feel wanted. Ultimately, they're going to do what they want, but they should keep that in mind.
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Thread Is flirting with a 19 year old at 28 creepy?
In my experience, any version of "she/he/they are really mature for their age" is a big ol' red flag to hear. It almost always comes off as convincing yourself. Obviously, don't know you, take this with a grain of salt. But, you asked.
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Thread World of Warcraft: Shadowlands |OT| Anima Crossing: New Prison
The AoE cap changes are baffling to me for a different reason. Because I remember one of the reasons given for adding it in the first place was to make pushing high level keys in mythic+ fairer, because some people were complaining that certain classes with better AoE had an "unfair advantage." And really, that explains so much.
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Thread RuPaul's Drag Race UK Season 2 |OT| Corona? I don't even know her
Really, at the end of the day, the real winner is the UK... Because, , that was a perfect season of Drag Race. The originality of the challenges. The personalities. The talent. That was Drag Race at a level I didn't think was possible anymore.
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Thread RuPaul's Drag Race UK Season 2 |OT| Corona? I don't even know her
It's been down to Lawrence and Bimini for the last few episodes for me, so I wasn't going to be mad at the result either way. There's a fair argument for why either of them deserved it (which are the BEST seasons, imo). Still, Happy for Lawrence. Funny enough, the placement of this season, and the fans reaction to it, kind of reminds me of season two of US Drag Race. Raven started out rough but in performance and likability in the latter half of the season, whereas Tyra didn't really care about being likable, but was the most consistent competitor of the season (and thus never got an underdog edit). EDIT: Damnit LOL
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Thread RuPaul's Drag Race UK Season 2 |OT| Corona? I don't even know her
I just watched it, and I agree. I feel like some people still want to view RuPaul's Drag Race as this "little old show" that should be it gets queens coming on it. But no. It's not that and it hasn't been that in a long time. RuPaul's Drag Race has become a brand that can launch you into global stardom just by being on it. I personally know queens who would to be on Drag Race, because it sets you up in a way that wasn't always accessible to drag performers. And it has RuPaul's name attached to it. If I was Ru I'd have torn into Joe too. Don't make light of an opportunity that so many other queens would kill to have. Throw some glitter on that damn H&M dress or , don't brag about your lack of effort. Yeah these COVID times are hard, but they're hitting all of us.
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Thread Britney Spears' father petitions to end her conservatorship
In this case I think that's unlikely, only because the thing they're now litigating in court is where the missing money from Britney's estate over the last year has gone. I mean, it's obvious that Jamie was mishandling her funds. But it would be a weird time for him to be...well, smart. Jamie Spears literally lives in a trailer park. No, for real. He does. I think the obvious answer is Jamie Spears not knowing how to handle money worth a damn, and spending all of his daughter's money on dumb shit. But he knows now it's either step down and pray they leave it at that, or be obstinate and more likely than not face jail time.
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Thread "Proficient at Excel [or some other software/skill]" Why do people lie about these things on applications where said skill is a prerequisite?
I think it's a backlash to the insane requirements most employers place on basic positions these days. We live in a generation where a vast majority of positions in the modern workforce require college degrees when their equivalents just a decade or so ago required only a high school diploma. And t's not because the jobs have gotten more difficult. If anything, thanks to modern technology, they've gotten A lot of these jobs just aren't difficult enough to forgo on-the-job training, and I would include Excel in that. I know a lot of people who have lied on their resumes and gone on to be quite successful in their fields.
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Thread THR: Phoebe Waller-Bridge exits Amazon’s ‘Mr. & Mrs. Smith’ Amazon series due different creative visions for the show
...meh Wasn't particularly casting that I thought either Waller-Bridge or Glover was good for, off top. And not in the No. To me it screamed "we don't know why the original was good."
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Thread I'm trying to understanding whether my dating preference has been/is a fetish - and why
There were a few stories like this in the last few years. I think another thing worth pointing out, is that oftentimes, fetishization presents as stereotypes that are on surface reads considered positive but are actually harmful when given more than a cursory introspection. See: I like dating Black women because they're strong, independent and don't take no shit. See also: I like dating Black men because they're aggressive stallions in bed. These are both stereotypes that seem positive, because they can be directly linked back to the acceptance of harmful treatment when it comes to Black people as a whole. So yeah, while I don't think it's wrong to experience attraction to other racial groups, if it comes to a point that you're expressing it as a "preference", you owe it to yourself if nobody else to explore why that is. Where does this preference come from? Not to imply that it's always from a harmful place, but this shouldn't be an intimidating thing to question.
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Thread Old man at the bar we are talking to gave us 20 dollars
I would be as polite as I possibly could in extracting myself and wishing him a good night. I would then quietly explain to the bartender that I don't know this man, and that he seems a little drunk and emotional/vulnerable. Bartenders at most bars are equipped on handling these things, through experience or policy or both. I also wouldn't accept his money.
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Thread I'm trying to understanding whether my dating preference has been/is a fetish - and why
I think that how fetishistic this is (or isn't) depends on the people involved. OP, if you're on good terms with any of the Black women you've previously dated, they'd be the best people to ask. Them, and your current girlfriend. I will say that for me, personally, as I've gotten older I've learned to take non-Black men telling me they have a preference for Black people as a huge red flag. Because 9 times out of 10, again in my personal experience, this has come with fetishization, often times that the guy themselves weren't acutely aware of. I will echo that I don't think you mostly dating Black women is in itself a problem. But if it's a trend that you've noticed, and is causing you concern, it's good to at least be aware of it. And always been cognizant of ways in which, even unintentionally, you might be seeing the race of the person you're dating, and not the person.
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Thread I'm trying to understanding whether my dating preference has been/is a fetish - and why
Oh yeah, I think it's very possible for you to have dated these women and truly connected with them, and them being Black was just a coincidence, product of your environment, whatever. I mean, that happens. Its happened to me. To me, feeling fetishized is one of those things that's kind of hard to put a definite pin in. Because, unless we're talking seriously cartoonish scenarios, it's usually based on feelings and micro-aggressions, y'know things with plausible deniability and a certain amount of is-this-in-my-head? It's vibes. I will say an immediate clue and turn-off for me is if I get the impression you're telling me you date Black people because you think it will impress me, or challenge me. If you call me any version of Cocoa, Chocolate Daddy/Ebony Queen, Blackberry Bae (...ok, I made that one up). If you assume anything of my tastes based on what you believe Black people stereotypically enjoy...hmm, this one isn't a deal-breaker, but it is annoying. lol I will also admit that when I say 9 times out of 10, it's because I'm thinking of one guy in particular. Who was guilty of none of the above, with whom the topic only came up mostly because I mentioned it. Months into us dating, because I had asked my own version of your question. He was Asian, and it was one of those late-night, laying in bed, "hey...you awake?" conversations that I think minorities tend to have with each other. The kind that result in mutual sharing and vulnerability. I think it's a good thing, ultimately, that you're cognizant enough of the potential for their to be an issue that you're exploring this question yourself. I think that says a lot.
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Thread Lil Uzi Vert has gotten a $24m pink diamond implanted in his forehead
I mean, I think it's silly. But Mr. Vert isn't the first person to get a weird piercing in a weird place. Outside of making fun of him, I mind my business. I'm not in his tax bracket to care too much.
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Thread Good news! Richard Spencer is divorced, getting booed out of restaurants, and unable to afford a lawyer
Not surprising to me. Spencer's whole schtick was trying to brand himself as the Respectable Nazi. Tailored suits and tapered haircuts Only problem is this highlighted how incredibly boring and inept he is. And the right doesn't want "Resptable Nazi." They want the clownery. Thus, he had nowhere to go except straight into somebody's fists.
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Thread Good news! Richard Spencer is divorced, getting booed out of restaurants, and unable to afford a lawyer
Oh wow damn that's crazy... ANYWAYTHO I'm sitting here trying to decide between painting my nails a mint green, or a coral red...I haven't been this conflicted in a while.
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Thread How do you think Falcon and Winter Soldier handled the racial topics it sought to explore?
I think they handled Isaiah Bradley very well, although I honestly can't tell if that's because of how the show positioned him in Sam's narrative, or if the actor who played Isaiah was just...well, . I did not like how they handled Sam's story, just keeping it 100. Mostly because Sam was one of the characters that felt the most hollow to me going into the Disney+ shows. And while the show seemed to flirt with giving him some character development (especially in the first episode with the bank loan scene, and introducing his family), it ultimately kind of pulls its punches by the end and makes Sam the bland good guy pontificating with the Captain America shield. If you're coming into the show expecting a statement on the positioning of Black bodies within the of this world, you're gonna get that from Isaiah way more than you do Sam. I still don't really have a sense of who Sam is as a really. Although, I will say, the show left the door open for us to get more of a sense of Sam in a season 2. And I hope we do. I walked into the show not liking Bucky. I walked out not liking Bucky. I think the Flag Smashers were woefully underserved by their narrative. I understand that this storyline was the most affected by COVID, but at the end of the day we can only judge what we got. At best, it was just hard to watch what felt like a overly sanitized take on what's happening in the world with the global refugee crises we've been facing. At worst, taking your rag-tag group of refugees with powers (most of whom are people of color, it must be said), and devolving them to levels of cartoon villainy in the final act just to drive home that they're the bad guys (until Sam saves them via monologuing) was...well, I don't want to say offensive. But it was boring. To me, Falcon and the Winter Soldier was just...eh. It wasn't bad. It was nice to see these themes tackled at all; and considering this is Disney, it could have been a whole hell of a lot worse. But, of the three Disney+ shows, FatWS was the show that flirted the most with meta-commentary on the state of the world and even race within this world and the Marvel universe as a whole. And so I can't let it off the hook for pulling its punches at every opportunity.
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Thread Spider-Man: No Way Home - Trailer #1 (no spoiler/leak discussion)
Ummm... Maybe it's the pomp and circumstance that has surrounded the trailer to begin with. Creating sky-high expectations and whatnot. But...not excited? The plot of the film, as presented in that trailer, is kind of...dopey? I dunno, the whole "everybody knows I'm Spider Man waaaah Dr. Strange please help me but also don't help me!" premise is just...uninteresting. Phase 4 hasnt failed me yet though, so I'll still go see this.
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Thread Should my friend boycott a racially-insensitive bachelorette party?
That's also not an afro. That's curly hair. It would honestly be less offensive, and even make more sense, to imitate this look if you're going to do Beyonce. Because she often does wear her hair curly. And that look if actually quite close to a style non-Black people rock all the time, even if the hair textures are visibly different. Like this:
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Thread Should my friend boycott a racially-insensitive bachelorette party?
It's to point out that, although afros are synonymous with Black people (as one of the more common hair textures among Black/African people naturally forms afros), Black people are not the only ones who can have them. There are non-Black people with hair textures that can form afros. Believe it or not, there are Black people with hair textures too loose to naturally form afros. So why would it matter that a costume shop sells afros to non-Black people? The problem isn't "white people wearing afros." The problem is "white people wearing afros to represent a Black woman who wears afros." Like, I really want to stress how unintelligent this is. It is a racial association so basic I would honestly expect it from a 6-year-old.
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Thread Should my friend boycott a racially-insensitive bachelorette party?
The video for her single Work it Out (still a bop, too). But again, this was more Austin Powers promo. All instances of Beyonce in a fro is tied to this one movie from 20 years ago that nobody talks about anymore or remembers. lol
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Thread Should my friend boycott a racially-insensitive bachelorette party?
I do not understand why Black hair continues to mystify people so much. This shit is so basic. lol Like...would you wear a blonde pixie cut to dress up as Princess Leia? No. Because she never wore her hair like that. It is THAT simple. Seeing Beyonce and thinking "afro" is JUST AS OBTUSE! With an extra dollop of racist.
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Thread Should my friend boycott a racially-insensitive bachelorette party?
Being a "big Beyonce fan" and immediately picturing an afro is...a reach. In Beyonce's entire 24 year career, spanning albums, videos and movies, she has worn an afro once, and that was for the movie Austin Powers: Goldmember, that came out 20 years ago. Well, she also did promo for that movie with an afro look dressed as her character. But still, that's such an obscure reference and I doubt it's what your friends are thinking. MOST Black folks are going to find it basic and comical at best, insulting at worse. That said, if they got a honey-blonde afro, 70s costumes, and went FULL Foxy Cleopatra cosplay, that would be a serve.
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Thread Should my friend boycott a racially-insensitive bachelorette party?
Not gonna lie, it's giving mad corny. It's very much giving "We're all gonna be clowning this on Black Twitter in 5...4...3...2.." vibes. It's the "how can you be this obtuse in 2021?" for me. Actually, tell your friend to go! You should all go! See you soon.
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Thread Heroes Rescue Man Attacked by Two Loose Pitbulls in Texas (VIDEO)
These are powerful animals we're talking about. I don't think anybody defending them in this thread is disputing that. Aggression != power Plenty of aggressive dog breeds (and don't get me started on cats) out there. Only the bigger dogs get shamed by their breed. And there are infinitely more humans who should have never been stewards over animals in the first place.
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Thread Heroes Rescue Man Attacked by Two Loose Pitbulls in Texas (VIDEO)
As i pointed out earlier, Rottweilers, on the whole, are a bigger and stronger breed than pitbulls. So why isn't this association with violence and extinction so dominant with their breed? I can think of reason. And that reason is rooted in why pitbulls went from being called "America's Dog" to being associated with violence and thuggery.
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Thread Heroes Rescue Man Attacked by Two Loose Pitbulls in Texas (VIDEO)
Exactly. The problem is too many people conflate "love your pets" with "humanize your pets." You should love your pets, or else you don't deserve them. But you should never humanize them. They're animals. I've always found this quite creepy. Humanizing your pets leads to shit like not leashing them, not properly fortifying their areas, not properly and safely socializing them with other humans and/or animals. Because you see them as your "whittle baby" when, no, it's an animal. Its telling to me, at least, that the only time I've been bitten was never by one of my dogs, or even an "aggressive breed."
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Thread Heroes Rescue Man Attacked by Two Loose Pitbulls in Texas (VIDEO)
Purebred Rottweiler males get huge. Much bigger than pitbulls and with greater jaw strength. They're formidable animals that must be raised with love and care. They're also insanely goofy, prone to arthritis, and really love butt scratches. Like...a lot
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Thread Heroes Rescue Man Attacked by Two Loose Pitbulls in Texas (VIDEO)
Would be interested in reading the behavioral science data by qualified professionals that is so damning of pitbulls that it's ok to label the entire breed the plague. I will admit, these threads are difficult to read. I think of my rottie from my childhood, who's only act of aggression was going from person to person at family gatherings and aggressively presenting her butt for scratches. And my pitbulls, who loved to aggressively... Hide shit around the house.
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Thread My partner is posting risqué pics on Instagram and I don’t know how to feel about it
Yeah, that they know OPs partner in person (thus implying they know they're in a relationship and may even know OP) and still hit on them would make me a lot more uncomfortable than if they were random strangers on the internet. And I say that as someone whose best friend is an ex, but there are just lines we don't cross in our relationship as friends.
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Thread My partner is posting risqué pics on Instagram and I don’t know how to feel about it
The only reason I know this tho is because OP felt it important enough to mention it. So to me, the connection is implied. If it's not, OP can correct me.
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Thread My partner is posting risqué pics on Instagram and I don’t know how to feel about it
I just... Can't agree with this. A healthy relationship takes all partners feelings into account. OP has described their attempts to be OK with their partner's behaviors. But if, at the end of the day, they're uncomfortable, then that's completely valid too. It's not just jealousy involved. A healthy relationship requires all parties involved to be on the same page.
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Thread My partner is posting risqué pics on Instagram and I don’t know how to feel about it
But you're basically saying the same thing I am. Either OP trusts his wife or doesn't. Either she's crossed a boundary of his or she hasn't. He hasn't the right to force her to do anything, but nor is he obligated to sit in a situation he's uncomfortable with. That's the rub; the knife that cuts both ways. I only spoke personally. Which, for me, is thus: I wouldn't have a problem dating someone who posted titillating photos of themselves online. But if I, for whatever reason, asked you to respect not posting me or my kids, then we're no longer having a conversation of your personal agency. Either respect me, or don't.
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Thread My partner is posting risqué pics on Instagram and I don’t know how to feel about it
First thing, OP, actually 2 first things... 1) Your partner is entitled to do whatever the hell they want. 2) You are entitled to feel how you feel. You should voice your opinion to your partner, have the conversation, and acknowledge how you feel. As for how I would feel personally... Wouldn't care so much about nudity so much as posting me and my kids on this same Instagram. In that Instance, it's not just your body.
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Thread This thread serves no other purpose but to show you this Lil Nas X tweet
It's the stalker vibes for me. Giving very much obsession. Also, and this is important to note: While I don't necessarily think it's wrong to crack jokes about this particular situation (since Lil Nas X is clearly trolling him back at this point), I relate to this thread a lot. Growing up a Queer Black person, some of most overt instances of hatred/violence aimed at me came from men who would privately admit attraction. What would preface it was obsession; what followed was usually the threat of violence. Thought it worth bringing up, because Boosie is being...well, quite a textbook example.
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Thread Why is unhealthy food so cheap/How can healthy food be made cheaper?
See, this was the benefit of the elders in my family teaching the children how to cook. We could then help. Me and my younger sister, once we hit our teens, constantly started (or finished) preparing meals when mom was running late, working late, had something come up, etc.
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Thread Rupaul's Drag Race All Stars Season 6 |OT| May I Call You Jiggly?
This is all true, but at the same time, people shouldn't fall into the show's editing. You're not making this argument, and it's not aimed at you, but Kylie Sonique Love didn't win because she's Trans. She won because she's Trans AND Sickening, and she played the game. She didn't get a pity crown, she earned that shit. I've had to clock too many people today.
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Thread Candace Owens Might Have Covid. A Tale In Three Tweets
The thing for me is, this is highlighting an important contradiction. The main voices you hear sewing COVID denialism are themselves rushing to doctors and vaccines when they come in contact. Good on Suzzana, because where did Candace go when she thought she and her family might have been exposed? The same doctors she allegedly loathes.
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Thread ABBA is holding a press conference today
This is sublime. There is just something magical and evocative about 70s Pop songwriting, and Abba has always captured that. The 70s were about capturing a . The kids could learn something. And I'm saying that as someone who wasn't even born during Abba's prime.
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Thread Why is unhealthy food so cheap/How can healthy food be made cheaper?
While these are all good solutions, the Healthcare argument, applied to this debate, seems kind of after-the-fact ("here's some Healthcare for when you junk food your way into poor health!"). And not so much based on addressing why it's become so difficult for Americans to eat less healthy in the first place.
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Thread Joe Rogan has COVID
I'm flabbergasted (I'm actually not, but let's just say that flabbergasted is how I I should feel right now). We've seen these people, for months, express skepticism in the science, in the doctors, and in the government as their reasoning for not trusting the vaccine. But then some of these people, will flock to who? the and make themselves the test dummy for every experimental or rumored-to-be-effective drug they heard about on Facebook. So it's not a fear of drugs, doctors, the lack of data, or the government. It's not even belief in your own immune system (clearly, in Rogan's case). It's just denialism. It's not just believing in a conspiracy; it making that conspiracy a part of your very identity.
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Thread Why is unhealthy food so cheap/How can healthy food be made cheaper?
I didn't mean to imply that stuff like salt and basic seasonings were expensive. Just that those little costs add up. Especially if you, like me, cook a lot, and have a diverse palate. I have two shelves in my pantry devoted to just seasonings. I also cook with a lot of fresh herbs, which be expensive and do perish quickly. There's also a healthy limit of cheese people can maintain. It comes down to people being people, not living spreadsheets. A lot of people are going to eat cheese. You can do so in a healthy way. But ultimately my point is cooking for yourself has a lot of benefits, and it can be cheaper. But it's not cheap, especially when you consider things like time, skill, and wanting diverse meals. I really get a Costco membership... But I do a lot of my grocery shopping at the locals markets.
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Thread Why is unhealthy food so cheap/How can healthy food be made cheaper?
Whew! You're describing me in my early/mid 20s. Fresh into adulthood, knew how to cook and, damnit, I was gonna cook ALL the things! ...I have since learned the importance of weekly meal planning.
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Thread Why is unhealthy food so cheap/How can healthy food be made cheaper?
To me, I think it's down to 3 classic factors. 1) The ability to cook 2) The time/energy to cook 3) Access I think it's telling that with all the posts on the first page that are mentioning how cheap rice, beans and frozen veggies are none of y'all have described anything that's...appetizing. You're essentially just talking ingredients. But people don't want to just eat to sustain themselves; lots of people want to eat to enjoy food. And for that you're gonna need more (sometimes way more) than just beans and frozen veggies to make a good You're gonna need herbs and spices, meats, cheeses, fats and butters, etc.. Keeping a full pantry with a diverse ingredient list to turn those cheap basic ingredients into flavorful and healthy meals is in itself expensive. And time consuming. And you have to know how to cook (which is a skill that's been grossly undervalued in the US). Me for example, cooking was prized in my family. And growing up, cooking was passed down and the children were intentionally taught how to cook. Which is to say, I'm damn good in the kitchen and proud of it. And it comes with a special guilt, the few times I eat out, knowing that I could have cooked something better, cheaper, and healthier for myself. But fuck, sometimes I just don't have time. And I'm a single person with no kids or other existing commitments besides my job and my D&D group. Shit, if I had a family, and an even more demanding job, I honestly don't know how I'd find the time to cook for myself even half as much as I do.
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Thread Roe v. Wade (technically Planned Parenthood v. Casey) effectively overturned in Texas.
While the idea that Democrats need to earn their support does have merit, I don't think it's fair to bring that up absent the context that Republicans...don't earn their support either. The Republican strategy has been, for decades, to play up racial grievance and limit those who can vote (mostly would-be Democratic voters, but also people in general). But they don't campaign on solutions, on promises kept, on any actual plan to better the lives of predominantly white class of voter they need to maintain power. And yet, conservatives march to the polls dutifully in every election. I'm not putting the blame 100% on leftist voters. But I do think it's fair to question why the priority to vote is so different.
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Thread Roe v. Wade (technically Planned Parenthood v. Casey) effectively overturned in Texas.
The comparison of Biden to Clinton is too complex a discussion for this thread. Suffice to say, there were other factors for why the attacks against Clinton didn't work against Biden (and politician with arguably more baggage than her), including one rather big factor. And with respect to the work you did (and I seriously mean that, ideological disagreements aside, I reserve a high minimum amount of respect for anyone who puts their money where their mouth is) , I was also involved in 2016. Enough to see how Trump bowled over the entire Republican field. Close enough to know how much Hillary's camp actually cautioned against Trump being treated like an easy mark. That thinking went out the window when, again, he cut through the Republican field like paper. I knocked on doors and talked to potential voters who, even if they were ambivalent about Hillary, knew they hated Trump. If favorability were an accurate measure of a viable candidate, neither Trump or Hillary would have been their party's nominees. But all of this is moot. People are tired of 2016 litigation and I get that. But to a certain extent... Strap in. Like 2000, That election is going to hang over several presidencies. That's just how pivotal it was.
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Thread Roe v. Wade (technically Planned Parenthood v. Casey) effectively overturned in Texas.
That Trump beat 17 Republicans, around 5 of them popular Republicans, defeats this argument. That the very mention of the man's name still holds incredible sway within the Republican Party to this day, and for years to come, defeats this argument. That a majority of Republicans still believe that the election was stolen from him, based on nothing but his word, defeats this entire argument. That 75 million people still voted for this man... I've made my point. It is 2021. We have to finally dispense with this idea that Trump was an easy candidate to beat. He was not. He was a manifestation of the racism and recklessness that has plagued this country for decades. It is dismissive of all the people who worked, tirelessly and thanklessly, to keep insisting any ol' body could have defeated him against all evidence.
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Thread Is there a reason the Democratic Party is so terrible at politics?
This, basically. I'm not giving a blank check to Democrats. There are aspects of modern politics the party is woefully behind on, imo. That said, anybody asking this question better not pretend like they don't see the shit Democrats get from the media, the right AND the far left whenever they do anything even close to playing dirty. Democrats are expected to both play dirty and be arbiters of perfect politics and process. It's a challenge that they should approach better. But let's not pretend like that isn't the challenge.
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Thread Rapper 'DaBaby' Doubles Down on Homophobic Rant Attempting To Explain Comments
I'm pretty sure at this point DaBaby has rapped ABOUT getting his dick sucked in a parking lot. Even when trying to clear up his statement he can't help his hypocrisy which just reinforces the whole thing as false. Because one thing we NOT gonna do is act like DABABY of all people suddenly cares about propriety.
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Thread Rupaul's Drag Race All Stars Season 6 |OT| May I Call You Jiggly?
To me, Manila will always be one of the first jaw dropping lip syncs the show's ever seen. When she pulled out those iconic dramatic eyes for MacArthur Park??? EVERYTHING. Which has been a problem for several of the lip syncs, imo. If you're going to bring out a past queen as an honored lip sync assassin, let them do a song that shows off their stuff. Manila's style is drama, that's not "Dirrty." Dirrty IS Sonique though. And whew did she remind y'all that she is THE GURL who FIRST brought gymnastics to the Drag Race. She DID that!
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Thread I love pizza but my friends keep mocking me
I dunno... Maybe they're personal pan pizzas. I've just learned recently to not offer corrective advice on someone's behavior unless specifically asked for. There are worse things OP could be doing to their body. lol Still, either way, OP deserves better friends. If I had a friend whose diet fluctuated wildly in this way, the first thing I'd show is concern, maybe offer a shoulder. Last thing I'd do is mock them
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Thread I love pizza but my friends keep mocking me
I would caution people not to give unsolicited dietary advice if that's not what OP's asking for. Sometimes you really just want a soundboard. And, from where I sit, the bigger issue seems to be OP's friends. Then again, I'm not OP's keeper. I could be wrong.
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Thread I love pizza but my friends keep mocking me
Ummm...with all due honesty and respect...tell your friends to kiss the deepest, darkest part of your ass. There's something to be said about processing criticism from people who have your best interest at heart. But sometimes, that's not always your friends. OP, you just started a new job, your routine (I'm guessing) has been completely rocked. Do what you need to do to get yourself centered.
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Thread Marvel Studios' Loki |OT| Kate Herron, Open the Bi-Frost! (Wednesdays on Disney+)
Sweet. I don't know much about Kang as a character/force as I don't read the comics. But the idea that this creepy goofball operates at a level of power/technology that renders the infinity stones (and thus Thanos) as meaningless was pretty terrifying to .
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Thread Marvel Studios' Loki |OT| Kate Herron, Open the Bi-Frost! (Wednesdays on Disney+)
That was a great finale. Loki was overall fantastic. A few of the character development bits in episode 4 and 5 felt a bit like stalling for time to me but, overall, wonderful television. Not getting into the time stuff, because that gives me a headache. But, I am wondering if Kang is being set up as being the next MCU big bad, or is he pretty much going to be relegated to the show, since there is going to be a season 2?
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Thread Racist Karen hits a woman at a store, then starts acting like a victim by weaponizing racism by fake crying & throwing a tantrum. (See Staff Post)
I think this thread is so far serving as an example of why inserting a mental health discussion into these topics can be an issue. For starters, none of us are this woman's therapist or in any way qualified to weigh in on whatever mental health issue she may or may not be dealing with. None of us know her. None of us have any sort of preexisting relationship with her to establish an emotional baseline from which to ascertain a motive even tangentially related to mental trauma. But besides that, just look at the last few pages of this thread as a sterling example. See how the Black woman, the actual victim in this situation, the person who had to record her own harassment and yet still wasn't supported, has been near completely sidelined in a thread that started off as supportive of her. That is white supremacy at work. And personally, I don't need a mental health excuse to buy it. The accounts throughout history are well-told. The feigned tears that ultimately lead to Black death. These are learned behaviors. They're not passed down through generations because they work. They do work. Over and over again.
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Thread Alice DJ - Better off Alone is an all time great track and I don't care who knows it
Better Off Alone is a classic. There's just something magical about 90s EDM in general. Let me toss my hat in the ring with La Bouche's "Be My Lover" as another 90s song that gets me aggressively posing whenever I hear it.
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Thread World of Warcraft: Shadowlands |OT| Anima Crossing: New Prison
An interesting thing to me about all the Shadowlands backlash from where I sit (i.e. having to constantly remind myself that I've been playing this game since Burning Crusade because I largely feel disassociated from the community) is that it exemplifies the idea that it's easier to find common ground in negative feelings for a thing, even if those negative feelings are not the same. This is that Shadowlands is a perfect expansion and all the criticisms are unwarranted, bla bla bla...just that, it's easy to come together under a banner of "I hate Shadowlands!" but, when you dig deeper under the deluge of "this is KILLING WoW!!!!!1" there isn't a whole lot of agreement on what the "thing" is that is killing it. Like, I'll take the aspect of the game that draws the most consistent ire: the systems. Once I finally isolated what people meant when they said systems (this took me a while, because WoW for as long as I've played it has always been a game of systems built on systems...it's an MMORPG) and realized what they were really talking about is the defining gameplay feature of any given expansion going back since, ummm, WoD, the more confused I got. Because I remember a time, I guess long ago now, where those "systems" were a response to a growing complaint from "the community" about WoW's core gameplay feeling bloated and stale after multiple expansions of minor tinkering but no real change. The "systems" became a tool for Blizz to gameplay in a way that didn't contribute to long-term bloat which, let's be honest, is a problem of a scale that only WoW has really had to deal with. And therein lies the problem: it's almost like people can't remember that systems a response to a community agitation, that unless it's something that SUPER flopped like garrisons the complaints about expansion systems have largely been inconsistent and have changed from expansion to expansion, and that a lot of these complaints about systems aren't at all but the ways various endgame progression is tied to them, and that no matter how loud and in-accord complaints about WoW are, there always seems to be a significant base of players who ultimately like what WoW is doing (I'm proudly raising my hand here; I'm loving the shit out of this expansion, flaws and all). Not all, but some of the people complaining about timegating in Shadowlands were some of the same people complaining about Azerite Power in BfA and how "grindy" that felt. Forgetting, or not acknowledging that AP was Blizz's response to the timegating complaints. A flawed response, but a response. Same with Covenants being a response to the growing lack of "meaningful choice" in WoW. And shit, those complaints were forgotten by some of WoW's most prominent content creators who spent years bartering in them before the systems even hit alpha to be tested! Or how the six months leading up to Shadowlands' launch was noted with a vigorous level of community engagement and response to feedback that even folks like Bellular and Preach were acknowledging as unprecedented. So much so that they (and others) got a little high on their own supply and thought they could influence major aspects of the game months before launch with stunty shit like "PULL THE RIPCORD!!!!!11!" I mean yeah, shit's complicated. But after so many years, so many expansions, so many changes in direction, it's how quickly nuance gets scrubbed and how what survives always seems to be and .
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Thread Normani and Cardi B drop "Wild Side," an Aaliyah-sampled banger and one of the best music videos of 2021
Wow. I mean, I knew Normani's performance ability was kind of hampered by the group dynamic of Fifth Harmony, but damn. She went off for this video. The song grew on me. I was ready to pass on it for the Aaliyah sample, but the beat STILL slaps, and Normani glides on it, particularly like the vocal layering that kicks in on the second verse. Song didn't really need Cardi though? Her verse isn't bad, it's typical Cardi. Just didn't fit the flow of the song for me.
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Thread Racist Karen hits a woman at a store, then starts acting like a victim by weaponizing racism by fake crying & throwing a tantrum.
What was that? Do we even need another season of American Horror Story? When she started chasing her I--
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Thread Rupaul's Drag Race All Stars Season 6 |OT| May I Call You Jiggly?
I could be wrong, I didn't really follow Scarlet prior to Drag Race, but something about her aesthetic gives me strong pageant vibes. And the blue dress from two weeks ago. I'm still choking. With envy.
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Thread Number of past intimate partners.
Whenever I have gotten this question, I've looked the person who asked directly in the eye, and with all seriousness tossed out a number like "98" and adjusted my perception of them based on how they responded to that. I think it's an absurd question to ask.
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Thread Black Widow |Spoiler OT| Starring Florence Pugh as Black Widow
Just finished it. Probably one of my favorite MCU movies. I'm a sucker for some good character work, and being so used to the MCU developing characters and relationships across multiple films, it was nice getting all that character development in one movie. Halfway through I completely bought into the fake "family dynamic." The big ending set piece was classic MCU, which for me means I could have largely done without it.
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Thread Rupaul's Drag Race All Stars Season 6 |OT| May I Call You Jiggly?
Trinity broke the Beyonce curse, and rightfully so. That performance was everything. This season has me constantly amazed at who gets centered and who doesn't. Scarlet Envy, to put it bluntly, has GAGGED. ME. . RUNWAY. (but y'all know me, I will always go up for the Pageant Queens). Her runways are hands down my favorite. Jan wasn't bad. But I honestly felt her win was more for the narrative than anything. AKERIA!!!! GURL!!! I wasn't Akeria's biggest fan on her season. But that runway??? My goodness, I don't understand how she was in the bottom. Ginger Minj...I dunno. Queens who actually know and have worked with her speak highly of her. But, I think I'm falling into the camp of people who just don't think Drag Race is her format.
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Thread World of Warcraft: Shadowlands |OT| Anima Crossing: New Prison
Sylvanas was the leader of The Forsaken. The no-we-only-look-evil-we're-actually-good-I-swear race in WoW. That she got conned by the Jailer is actually one of the more believable bits of the story to me. lol Also, the level of negativity and toxicity in the WoW community has reached a fever pitch. I haven't seen anything like it in my 10+ years playing this game. It's gross, tbh. No amount of systems or retconning or bad story or whatever justifies it.
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Thread World of Warcraft: Shadowlands |OT| Anima Crossing: New Prison
This. Revendreth went from being my most anticipated zone to one I actively avoid even more than the Maw, for just how frustrating it is to navigate. I love that Blizzard is playing more with verticality in zones, but it's for that reason that I'm glad they're making flying easier to get.
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Thread White supremacist group marches through Philadelphia, chased away by Philadelphians.
Independence Day. Philadelphia is considered to be the nation's first capital, where the Declaration of Independence was signed, the Liberty Bell, Betsy Ross' house, etc.. They were a few blocks away from all that shit.
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Thread White supremacist group marches through Philadelphia, chased away by Philadelphians.
LOL I frequent the area where this went down, and I knew something was coming when I saw a dude in a "Trump 2020" shirt stomping down the street the day before. A Trump shirt? In Philly? A surprisingly rare sight. So, when my friend sent me video she took of this it made sense. The irony that most of these dummies probably held up in luxury hotels for this stunt.
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Thread Do you wash your hands before sex?
Umm, I don't do what OP does. But my hands tend to already be clean. I wash my hands when I wake up, before I go to bed. Whenever I bathe (obviously). I wash my hands whenever I touch something that has a residue on it and after using shared gym equipment. I wash my hands whenever I've coughed or sneezed into them or whenever I've touched my hair. I keep my nails trim and clean. What I'm getting at is if I'm about to engage in sex, the chances are high that my hands will already be pretty clean.
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Thread Miya Ponsetto (Attacked teenager Kenyon Harrold JR in NY hotel) claims she can't be racist because 'She's a woman of colour'
I think the reason this story has gotten so much attention is because it's such a naked example of what Black people have to deal with just existing. If you're Black, you've been that 14-year-old boy. A teenager, practically a child, going through life in a society that refuses to view you as such. Refuses to see you as a worthy of understanding and protection. And that's what makes Miya's defense so craven and so fucking racist. It requires you to buy into the inherent maturity and criminality of Black male bodies, and the inherent innocence of white (and white adjacent) bodies. It's why she refuses to acknowledge Keyon's name and age, and yet constantly refers to her own age as an implication of her innocence. It's probably why she thought wearing that "Daddy" hat on national tv was a good idea. But no, we see you girl. Yeah, 22 is young, but not when you juxtapose it with the fact that This racist woman in her BIG age needs to go jail. Period.
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Thread Miya Ponsetto (Attacked teenager Kenyon Harrold JR in NY hotel) claims she can't be racist because 'She's a woman of colour'
This racist adult has issues that should be nobody's, and certainly not young Keyon Harrold's, problem.
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Thread Marvel Studios' Loki |OT| Kate Herron, Open the Bi-Frost! (Wednesdays on Disney+)
Another great episode. Despite minor issues here and there, I think it can be said that Loki is operating on such a higher level than FatWS and even WandaVision (which I actually really enjoyed) that it kind of makes me wonder to the other two. And yeah...kinda weirded out by the Loki/Loki. When the fanfics start getting written I'll be shipping everything that. Also, that I just watched this today: (Basically the story of Loki cutting Sif's hair)
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Thread Do older men have a warped perception of attractiveness?
...I'm confused about what this thread is about? lol The title of the thread poses a larger existential question about older men. But the meat of it just seems to be about a particular older man who doesn't think a particular younger actress is attractive?
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Thread NYTimes - Progressives’ Urgent Question: How to Win Over Voters of Color
Don't just listen to us, us. Black people are the force behind some of the largest and most successful Progressive movements in this nation's history. Period pooh. There's a reason why Occupy fizzled out while BLM grew into a legitimate power (with its own faults, but that's for another thread). We're not your soundboard or your testing ground. We are the spring from which your progressive movements get their life.
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Thread NYTimes - Progressives’ Urgent Question: How to Win Over Voters of Color
I've worked around Larry (and was tangentially involved in both of his election campaigns...emphasis on I ain't nobody), but I think Krasner is an instructive counterexample to the problem as I see it -- namely, that the Progressive wing needs to do a better job connecting with voters on the left who would potentially be in their camp but aren't already. Regardless of how anybody feels about it, is still just as important as policy-on-paper. Because yeah, Krasner sailed to renomination, but it wasn't without some opposition that a few people were nervous about. A lot of people in the city (in both parties) were really buying into that bullshit, and his primary opponent Carlos Vega built his campaign as a response to that. But Krasner sailed to renomination on a cool breeze because he built his original campaign as a response to the needs of Black and Brown Philadelphians, and after he won his first election.... Krasner has a lot of support in the city -- among progressives and the more conservative wing of the Democratic party. He has a ton of Black and Brown support too, and that's largely because he didn't forget his constituents. He didn't pivot from Black/Brown people and the priorities he ran on once he won. And, most importantly, he kept his machine alive. (this is the big one). He constantly reached out to PoC neighborhoods, endorsed and campaigned with candidates of color. He maintained a presence and continued building relationships. I was at one of the last GOTV events for Krasner before the primary election this year, and the first thing I noticed was how diverse the attendance was for a relatively small GOTV event. It was just as Black/Brown as it was white, and the organizations I saw represented at the event ranged from "far left" to "centrist." This is the type of coalition you can only build when your organization does the of ingratiating itself with the people in your community whose votes you need. And I don't want to paint with too broad a brush and say that no Progressive does this; but I will say the most of the Progressives who win seem to have this in common. And too many Progressives that I've encountered don't have this skill.
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Thread Zack Snyder's Justice League |OT| #ReleasedTheSnyderCut (HBO Max)
Yep. Heck, I even think just saying "Cyborg has a character arc now" is selling it a bit short. Cyborg's character arc is one of the emotional cores of the entire movie. His dad narrates the epilogue through the lens of his journey!
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Thread Zack Snyder's Justice League |OT| #ReleasedTheSnyderCut (HBO Max)
Uh, not trying to talk over this discourse, as I am not a woman and can't claim authority over this discussion. At the same time... Feminism != Masculinity. Wonder Woman is not a less feminist character because she wears heels or backless tops. One of the pillars of feminism is that all women are equal and valid regardless of how they choose to present themselves. In 2021, this shouldn't be hard.
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Thread Zack Snyder's Justice League |OT| #ReleasedTheSnyderCut (HBO Max)
It's criminal how much character work was stripped from the original cut of the movie. I actually really like Victor Stone and am invested in the relationship with he has with his father now. They were complete afterthoughts in the original movie.
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Thread Zack Snyder's Justice League |OT| #ReleasedTheSnyderCut (HBO Max)
Both of these explanations make sense, thanks. I'm willing to rock with it either way. I'm a little over an hour into the movie and I have to say I'm enjoying it. Some of the "new" scenes are really exposition heavy and I can see they were cut. But the upside of them now being in the new film is...we're getting a lot of exposition and I'm suddenly more emotionally invested in these characters and what's happening in the story. Funny how that works. Some of the scenes are a bit over stylized, and Snyder could have turned down The Snyder Filter to about 85%, but I'll give the movie so far the same compliment I give every DCU movie: it's gorgeously shot and beautiful to watch. Also have to say that when Snyder is at his best, he's really good at the surprise emotional gut punch. I paused the movie after the football scene, when Victor scores the touchdown and looks up in the bleachers at his mother cheering for him...and then the camera pans down to the empty chair next to her. Whew, that was good.
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Thread Rupaul's Drag Race All Stars Season 6 |OT| May I Call You Jiggly?
Oop, haven't watched the episodes yet, but wanted to comment on the cast right before I did... This might be my favorite All Stars cast next to AS2. I know people have been pretty down on it, but Kylie Sonique Love, Jiggly Caliente, Trinity K Bonet, and Yara Sofia are some of my favorite queens who I've been dying to see again.
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Thread T-Pain reveals he went through 4 year period of depression after Usher told him he "fucked up music"
I mean, not cosigning Usher's opinion on auto-tune, but he is responsible for some of the biggest songs and one of the biggest albums of the early aughts. It wasn't that long ago he was considered a top contender for the title "Next King of Pop"...not that there will ever be such a thing.
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Thread 60% of millennials earning over $100,000 say they're living paycheck to paycheck
I actually agree with this. Then again, I've been forced to realize lately that I'm getting older. Once upon a time, "paycheck to paycheck" meant "if I miss a pay period, I might end up out on the street." Nothing I see described in this thread in support of the 100kers comes close to that. It's a debate of comfort. Not immediate needs, which is what defines "paycheck to paycheck" imo.
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Thread 60% of millennials earning over $100,000 say they're living paycheck to paycheck
Exactly. A lot of people need to understand that there's a difference between living paycheck to paycheck and paycheck to paycheck.paycheck to paycheck means that, without the guarantee of my next paycheck, my ability to live within the socially acceptable minimum standard of means would be in peril. I.e. I may not be able to afford my rent, my food, I might have to live with one of my utilities shut off for a few weeks, etc.
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Thread 60% of millennials earning over $100,000 say they're living paycheck to paycheck
The thing that really isn't established here, as someone born and raised in Los Angeles, is that 100k might not be a "huge" amount of money in that city, but it's enough to live. And quite comfortably, too. But, if you're comparing your standard of living to that of a social media influencer or reality tv star who's living in Calabasas and flaunting their lifestyle as something attainable for the average person, of course you're going to come out wanting. If anything, I think that is the point of this article.
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Thread 60% of millennials earning over $100,000 say they're living paycheck to paycheck
I don't understand how the data presented in this article is at all representative of an entire generation of people, or why people are trying to assume that it is. This is about folks making 100k a year. That is not most millennials.
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Thread 60% of millennials earning over $100,000 say they're living paycheck to paycheck
To cut to the chase, I think most people participating in this discussion can agree that if you're making 100k, in any city in the US, you are not "poor." So I really think people should think twice before appropriating those arguments. It verges on callous. We're debating measures of comfort here, when it comes down to it. Not measures of
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Thread 60% of millennials earning over $100,000 say they're living paycheck to paycheck
I don't think anybody is disputing this reality. I think the problem comes when you try to frame this reality around people who are making 100k a year and are, by their own admission, spending a lot of that money trying to "keep up with the Jones'" as it were... It's a misrepresentation of the millennial generation; the majority of whom I'm going to guess are not making close to that much, and have a much more understanding of what it means to live paycheck to paycheck.
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Thread 60% of millennials earning over $100,000 say they're living paycheck to paycheck
I don't think anyone in this thread is ignoring people who are faced with overwhelming medical debt. But that's also because the article this thread is based on is largely not about that. Also, the extreme cost of healthcare in the United States impacts everyone. Not just those who make six figures a year.
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Thread 60% of millennials earning over $100,000 say they're living paycheck to paycheck
Same in Philly. Heck, you can find a decent 1 bedroom in Philly for around $1000. A $1000/month food budget strikes me as odd too. But I can cook. My monthly food budget is around $300 at most.
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Thread Grilled Cheese: Do you butter the bread, or the pan?
I've become a huge fan of the mayo method. Although, my preferred method when I have time and I'm really trying to show off is as follows: - Take room temperature butter and spread a thick layer on the 'outside' of the two slices of bread. - Put the buttered bread slices in the fridge or freezer until the butter as chilled and resolidified. - Add your cheese (and tomato) and grill as normal. Bam, so buttery. So crispy.
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Thread Today President Biden will sign the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act, establishing June 19th as a federal holiday
I mean, you can do what you want. But I don't see anybody in here who's . So, I don't understand where the animosity aimed at people who are trying to see some good in this (and relating it to their own mental health...*raises hand*) is coming from. That was a little hurtful. But, as I said, not everybody is going to agree.
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Thread Today President Biden will sign the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act, establishing June 19th as a federal holiday
I think this is a false choice. I won't speak to your motives or anyone else's. But in as much as you were responding to me, my willingness to acknowledge "symbolic victories" is not equivalent to my disassociation from Black people's struggle both in the US and abroad. I can do both.
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Thread Today President Biden will sign the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act, establishing June 19th as a federal holiday
No apologies necessary, and I take ownership of the fact that after I responded to your post, I read it again and realized that I probably interpreted it incorrectly. So, there's that. lol I sympathize with what you wrote here, because a lot of this reflects what's been happening at my day job, and I understand where the Black people in your office are coming from. Because, frankly, lip service isn't enough. We need more. The issue that I wrestle with, is that whenever this comes up, and there's a minor victory to be had, I fail to see who is arguing that this enough...except for white people, whose opinions on this I don't necessarily take at full stock because this has happened before and will happen again. Juneteenth or not, white people as a demographic sit at the top of the socio-political power structure and will use any and every "minor victory" to dismiss entire movements. This is nothing new. I want to be very clear that I'm speaking for myself here; you will find Black folks who disagree. But a lot of the internal work I've done over the last few months, in order to prevent myself from falling into a pit of debilitating pessimism, is knowing when I need to take a step back and breathe, and learning how to accept all the victories, big and small. Because I want everything for Black people. More Black federal holidays? Yes. More equity in hiring and pay? Yes. A dismantling of the racialized and discriminatory justice system that exists terrorize us? Yes. More Black people in positions of power? Yes. More visibility for Black people in general? Yes, throw that in the cart too. I want for Black people. And I try to take care that I don't get to this place where I'm paradoxically arguing that Black people should have less. Make Juneteenth a federal holiday. It deserves. I'm still going to be organizing tomorrow. Ain't shit changed.
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Thread World of Warcraft: Shadowlands |OT| Anima Crossing: New Prison
Is it? A lot of the streamers I follow who've been testing the patch have said that the patch has been pretty much done for the last few weeks outside of minor tuning, which is why the long wait for a release date had been so frustrating. I haven't dipped into the ptr to see for myself though.
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Thread Today President Biden will sign the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act, establishing June 19th as a federal holiday
I do have something to say to this. Who are these "a lot of us?" I think it's important to be specific about who we're talking about here when we make these claims. Where's the historical precedence for this idea that another federal holiday is going to make Black people take the foot off the gas pedal? Because most Black people I know, especially those who are active in the work of Black liberation, aren't that easily distracted. And that's really just, unintentionally and in my opinion, contributing to the dehumanization of Black people in its own way. It refuses to engage with what Black people actually think and perpetuates this idea that Black people are incapable of walking and chewing gum at the same time. Regardless of how anybody feels about the significance of Juneteenth being recognized as a federal holiday, I find it difficult (based on my own lived experience) to buy into this idea that this is going to meaningfully change anything in terms of Black activism. Specifically, are these people who would have been activated for the cause tomorrow, next week, or next month, but who now won't be because...Juneteenth? If Juneteenth is enough to make you disengage, I question how engaged you were to start with. EDIT: I realize on second read of your post that you were probably talking specifically about white people here? But a lot of what I said still stands to that.
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Thread Today President Biden will sign the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act, establishing June 19th as a federal holiday
As someone who does a lot of organizing work and activist work, last year (and early this year), to the point where I had to take a mental health break and separate myself from a lot of it, because I began to feel like I was falling into an endless fog of depression and hopelessness... I am happy about this. I happy about this. And that doesn't mean the work is done. That doesn't mean I've lost sight that this same government is trying to impede on the rights of Black Americans and our ability to exercise our rights or that taking a moment to appreciate the little victories (and the people who made them possible) along this winding road that we'll probably never see the end of in my lifetime is somehow betraying what we're trying to dismantle. It doesn't mean that the people who involve themselves in this work on the regular are just suddenly not. For me, it means that sometimes you have to give your soul a break, and note the progress you have made or else, paradoxically, you haven't made any. I happy about this. Tomorrow, the work continues.
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Thread WandaVision | Paul Bettany is in this | Fridays on Disney+
I will continue to die on the hill that the first two episodes of WandaVision are some of the best episodes and my personal favorites. I think a lot of people fall into this idea that because a lot of shows/movies have parodied classic sitcoms before, that merely doing that makes your rendition uninteresting by default. I think this really glosses over that a lot of those parodies...aren't good? I love the first two episodes not because they were a homage to the B&W era of sitcoms, but they were also The production put a lot of care into even the minor details of classic sitcoms, and it showed. Even more so than the later episodes, where the sitcom motif got kinda sidelined. And these episodes really helped to frame Wanda and Vision's love story. What they ultimately wanted to build together, which made their inevitable goodbye all the more heart wrenching.
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And so did the Vision she created. But they all lacked physical forms, they were essentially manifestations of her magic. And my only point there is that the kids Wanda quite literally dreamed up can't be used as an after-the-fact excuse for all the terrible shit she did.
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I mean, a lot of this is true and I agree with it. But then you're not talking to , because been pretty clear since the Halloween episode that I think WandaVision is setting up an antagonist storyline and that thematically it works better that way. Wanda is not "good," she's complex, and her complexities have led her to doing some pretty awful things that I hope the MCU eventually accounts for. I just don't have faith in that story being told, but I'd love to be wrong. I think a lot of this read comes from how Monica reacted to her. Monica for most of the show was set up as the heroic audience surrogate. That she handwaved Wanda's actions without much of a thought for the people she harmed was jarring, to say the least. And it actually made me less excited for a Monica story, moving forward. If she's going to be this feckless.
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This is true. But I think a lot of people are using the "denial" excuse to claim that Wanda didn't realize what she was doing. When, no, the show told us that she knew what she was doing. Denial works for Wanda processing her grief. Denial for assessing Wanda's actions. She knew what she was doing, and she knew it was wrong. Again, her not knowing that her psychological enslavement was causing actual pain to Westview residents does not make her psychological enslavement anymore ok. It was still bad. She was still "bad."
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Yeah, no no no, this does not work. I'm sorry, and I'm a fan of Wanda too, but for reasons I've listened already, Wanda has let on that she KNOWS the consequences of her magic on the people of Westview. She knows she's controllling them. She knows they've been robbed of their autonomy. Her reasoning relies on the belief that her subjugation wasn't "hurting" them. But that doesn't matter. you're still robbing them of their autonomy.
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Vision, the love of her life, literally had an argument with her spelling out that what she was doing to the town was wrong and that the people were suffering. She knew what she was doing and she chose not to care.
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I mean, this is true. It just doesn't seem like a story the MCU wants to tell. I'd love to be proven wrong though. I see a lot of potential in Wanda as a complex villain, and that's to WandaVision. Because she is not "good" in her actions. Oh no she is not.
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And that's not bad? Keep in mind, by the time she has the conversation with Fietro, we the audience have been told that Wanda knows that what's happening in Westview is because of her. That she didn't spare a thought for the lives and families of these people, and even when confronted with that reality (by both Fietro and Vision) chose to say "my grief takes precedence," is pretty damn...well, villainous.
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I think the show struck the perfect tone with Agatha. Because I can totally believe that she's motivated by selfishness and a desire for Wanda's power; but, at the same time, there was a sincerity in her "...wtf? This is chaos magic Wanda you have no idea how fucking dangerous you are. And you don't even know what runes are holy shit you're going to kill us all." And I'm a sucker for a
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I'm of the mind that the kids are fake, until Wanda makes them real. I mean, they figments of her mind. It's just that her mind is that of a Nexus being. My whole point is that the kids came she enslaved an entire town full of people and separated them from their actual, real life children to live out her Dick Van Dyke fantasy. So they are not an excuse. At all. They are a plot device.
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This doesn't track. Yes, it started as an accidental manifestation of her powers. But throughout the show, we got multiple instances of Wanda letting on that she was well aware of what was going on: 1) Her reaction to the bee keeper. 2) Her reaction to the SWORD drone. 3) He reaction to Agatha "breaking character." 4) Her argument with Vision. 5) Her conversation with Fietro at the Halloween festival, where we 6) Her final confrontation with Agatha, where she she knew what she was doing, that she had enslaved the town, but just didn't think it was hurting them...as if that makes it better (it doesn't). Wanda's denial is only an issue for Wanda. There is no reason why anyone else in this world should care. It's the insidiousness of imparting the responsibility of one's feelings onto other people.
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LOL! But this is TERRIBLE. I literally cringed watching this scene. "Yes, I completely robbed you all of consent and your bodily autonomy, but my happiness is happiness, right?" There is absolutely no good way to contextualize what Wanda did to those people. It was awful, and she was awful for doing it. Regardless of whether or not the MCU wants to tell that story. I doubt they will.
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After a few days to think about it and a rewatch, I still feel the same about the finale and show as whole as I did when the finale aired: WandaVision makes a more sense if it's a setup for a villain/antagonist story. Because there's just no washing away the horrible things Wanda's done, and continues to do. They've hit this "Wanda does bad things but she really didn't mean it oh super tragic" story beat multiple times now. And it's like...shit or get off the pot, there's really no justification for it. I'm sorry, but her grief doesn't cut it when she's literally torturing a town full of people. Vision is technically still alive, and the kids ARE fake. You don't get to use the kids as some ex post facto excuse for torturing a town full of people. WandaVision made me Wanda; it did make me sympathize with her. And that's a pretty damn good setup for a villain (or a misguided antagonist, which Wanda has already been). I just really don't see the MCU going through with it; it really felt like, through Monica, the show just wants to gloss over that Wanda essentially created a human rights atrocity that only ended because an evil witch rolled through town and trolled her.
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Actually, despite being disappointed with the ending I will say I liked the fight. I was hoping that it wouldn't come down to power levels, and it didn't. Wanda's got the raw power advantage, but Agatha is 400+ years old with the knowledge and skills to match, and the fight showed that. I didn't like how Wanda was suddenly able to replicate runic power she's never studied and only seen once but, well, I guess that's what makes her The Scarlett Witch. Still, the way they played the fight makes it possibl# (likely) for Agatha to return, and to still be a threat to Wanda.
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I also can't jive with Monica's sympathizing with Wanda because of the circumstances of the loss of her own mother. It's implied by the show that Monica's mom died of cancer caused by her exposure to a being powered up by an infinity stone. But, if that's the case, why doesn't she expend one second's worth of concern for that has been suffocated by the power of being souped up by an infinity stone for ? And it's not that she's not aware that radiation is potentially at play here: she's told that by TWO different characters. Hell, because of it! Nothing about Monica makes sense the more you think about it. And I get this is the MCU, and "thinking about it" may be fundamentally incompatible with the stories they're trying to tell. But there are just so many elements to the WandaVision story, now that we have all of it, that they didn't need to introduce. It just makes no sense to me to put Monica in such stark contrast to damn near every other character whose been exposed to Wanda's power, when those other characters concern when they get freed is "HOLY SHIT we need to help these people!" Does it make Monica heroic? Not really, when one of those people is Vision - another hero AND Wanda's lover. And even he's got his priorities straight. And maybe Monica was onto something when she said "to help these people we need to help Wanda." But that just makes her going out of her way to absolve Wanda afterwards even weirder (god that line was horrible).
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They're not real, at least not yet. If they were, they wouldn't have vanished with the hex. They're still fragments of her awesome powers and after-the-fact rationalization for why she tortured a town fu of people for weeks.
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This. The writers literally could have done the "huh...where am I? What happened? I dreamed that I was in the 50s lol" trope. But they chose to reinforce, multiple times, that what Wanda was doing to the town was painful, invasive and traumatic. Wanda did that. So it makes me not care about her fake kids or husband who's technically still alive. Wanda didn't actually sacrifice anything, she begrudgingly STOPPED doing a terrible thing.
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It's not so much that she didn't get the same care as Wanda. I was never expecting that. Wanda's name is in the show title after all. It's that she got no care at all. And yeah, it does sting a little, because Monica at the start of this was hailed as being a new level of Black representation in the MCU. But Black characters have been the "support class" plenty, and this was no different than that. Removing the racial argument from it, in a show that was already strapped for time, if you weren't going to do anything meaningful with her character you could have used some of her screen time for the bits of the show that were underdeveloped.
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MY thing is I totally believe the Monica we've gotten to know over the last 9 episodes would say that line. But that's because, in my opinion, Monica's gotten shitty character development from the moment she was introduced in this show. And it's a shame. Who is she other than a reference to a character from the first Captain Marvel and an apologist for Wanda Maximoff? And I don't mean that flippantly. What independent character development did she get in this entire series, other than super powers that were born out of her one-track impulse to serve Wanda?
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Huh? I didn't say that. I was referencing the fact that this one person's tears (yes, a white woman), until a future MCU thing modifies it, are being used to excuse the fact that she held an entire town hostage and under psychological trauma while she gathered her feels. It's awful. Period.
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I will say, they used those 8 episodes to build Agatha up to being one of the more compelling MCU villains, and I hope we see a LOT of her going forward. But Wanda? No. This entire show was basically "White Woman Tears: The Miniseries"
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LOL Like, I don't get it. This entire show just made Wanda horrible. Which, to be clear, I'm here for. If you want a villain origin story than WandaVision is perfect! I just...don't feel like this was a villain origin story. I feel like the writers are going to use the audience sympathizing with Wanda as an excuse to gloss over all the, frankly, horrible shit she's done.
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Eh, my initial gut impression of the finale is...it was shit. And that's not because I was tied to any particular theory. I had my favorites, but ultimately, I'm here for good storytelling. It's just...a lot of what we saw were red herrings. And the final battles were typical MCU fare, big glowy things going "pew pew!" in the sky. Which sucked for a show that made its mark by not being typical MCU storytelling. I hate that Agatha's 400+ years of witchcraft was undone by Wanda just remembering what her runes looked like; that was cheap. The whole thing felt like a tease. Nothing really got answered...unless you stay tuned for the next MCU property that will feature Wanda Maximoff which, I won't. My superpower is not being tied to the MCU when the content sucks. Why was Monica even in this for more than just a second camero to explain her powers? Why did we even suffer thought the shitty SWORD scenes? They could have built White Vision's 2 seconds of screen time with much less. I'm going to stop, because the more I think about it, the more I realize how shit the story was. I'm glad that Agatha wasn't outright killed, but that's it. C-
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I had a lot of problems with the last episode. But one of them was NOT that line. The greatest lines of dialogue are often corny, but that's because in our society acknowledging humanity and is seen as corny. (*cough*Snyder*cough*). We have an almost allergic response to genuine displays of emotion and fragility, and seeing those emotions validated and instead of reacted upon. In a lot of shitty superhero movies, emotional scenes are usually relegated to being the catalyst to get the hero/villain to something. Go beat somebody up. Go blow something up. But Wanda and Vision just...sit in it. And watch reruns. The MCU needs more of this. I think the line hits because it's so fundamentally true, not just to Wanda as we've seen her develop, but just people. You grieve the most over the loss of the things you love. You grieve the loss of life because you acknowledge that people are deserving of it.
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Fietro has at no point in the show acted mind controlled. That he knew everyone else was and that Wanda was responsible was the whole weird thing about him other than Even Peters doing the role. You could argue that Fietro was being mind controlled to act like he mind controlled. But then we're hopping out of the weeds and right into the bushes, imo.
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Personally, I'm not very much interested in the "X-Men/Mutants" theory crafting...because there isn't much theory to craft. I mean, fans are going to be fans and speculate, and that's fine. But the show itself isn't really doing that. I stopped bothering with the speculation after the Halloween episode when it was shown that memories weren't real. They weren't MCU or FOX Pietro's memories. And since then Feige has come out and said that Even Peters' casting was more a wink to the fans, but that's it. And, when you think of the context of the show's sitcom framing, it makes sense: Pietro was introduced like a guest star on a show that breaks the fourth wall every episode. And the show hasn't really tried to give us much more than that since. Again, not invested, so if mutants do get introduced somehow...heh, look at that. But the show itself hasn't really done much to build this up, and with one episode to go and so many questions left to answer, I do think mutants would be a bit hollow at this point.
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I totally get that. The only problem is, there are victims here. Thousands of them. I was rocking with the theory that the citizens of Westview were under some sort of hypnotic effect and they weren't actually experiencing what was happening. Then episode 4 happened. And since then, the show has told us, over and over again, that the people under Wanda's magic are aware of their bodies being controlled and are essentially being traumatized. I don't see how Wanda escapes repercussions for this when all is said and done. And I'm wondering if that's the setup for Doctor Strange 2. But other than that, I overall enjoyed the episode. And I wish actually giving us character exposition was something the MCU did of.
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Sooo... It really was just Wanda on her own. Enslaving and torturing the entire town due to her grief? Agnes/Agatha is bad...but also good? She seems to be of the same mind as Hayward here. If Wanda is capable of all this (and more, apparently) then she fucking dangerous, and WandaVIsion was a villain origin story the entire time. I DID appreciate all the scene chewing we got from Kathryn Hahn. But I'm going to need some time to process this episode.
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I like your reasoning, and I do think a lot of decisions the writers are making are factoring in the time crunch of each episode. I just personally think that could have been a big emotional moment for Vision. But hey, I'm a lover a . Anytime I can get characters to wallow in feelings I usually take it. lol My issue with Darcy specifically is that, since Darcy doesn't really have much in the way of character development, the little attempt she does make to empathize with Vision ("The love you two have is real...") just fell flat to me. Like, the I watched the scene and I couldn't help but wonder why it should matter to Vision that Darcy is telling him this.Yo, cicadas are fucking scary.
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Not to discount your opinion of the episode (if people liked it, they liked it), but this was the biggest problem with the episode for me personally. Up to this point, Vision has been the co-lead of the show. He's not just another player; his name is in the show title and his perspective is one through which we've seen the events of the story play out. And figuring out that something is wrong with the town, and something is wrong with has been a huge part of his character arch. Like, these are not minor beats. So Vision getting this information from and largely off screen (!!!), felt really cheap to me. It felt like the writers looking for a reason to include the SHIELD characters, when Vision learning what's going on and the nature of Westview and his existence in it should have been a big moment in the show...and not an excuse to make Darcy relevant.
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Agreed, even on second watch. I'm just not at all invested in the larger MCU SWORD plot. It's incredibly stale and generic. It's what we get in damn near all the movies. And they're really not doing anything to make it interesting. Even when the sitcom bits falter, I still give Marvel credit for using the episodic medium to tell a unique story. I'm really trying hard to like Monica. I'm a HUGE fan of Teyonah Parris, and I get that not every superhero's origin is profound (or even a major event), but she still feels underwritten to me. Where's her development? Who is she outside of this single-minded drive to help Wanda? I know she's going to play a prominent role in the MCU going forward, so they've got time to flesh her out. But I'm not seeing what makes Monica compelling in WandaVision. Also, Darcy ...whew, Darcy. Marvel really loves its fan insert characters, but Darcy is egregious. She really only exists as an exposition drone or to reference previous MCU movies. Kat Dennings is giving her every drop of charisma she's got, but what can you do when there's really no character there. All of her scenes feel like a huge drag on a show that's already strapped for time. Still, that reveal saved the episode. It was a minute long concentrate of everything that has made WandaVision so entertaining to me. It was hilarious and campy, and it used the format of the story to poke fun at itself and the history of television sitcoms. It was also a lesson that, as long as you're telling a good story, and you're being consistent with your characters, your big reveal doesn't have to come out of nowhere to be good.
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I am so sorry. I was this close to shitting on this episode, because it started out slow, and I still hate the MCU parts. But that reveal? HONEY, that reveal!? EVERYTHING about it was correct. It was campy. It was unexpected. It was FRESH. FUCK the rest of the MCU. This is the best thing they've done!
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The wording of that definitely makes it sound like someone older. Someone Bettany (49) would have grown up idolizing. That leaves only a handful of actors I can think of that have done something either MCU or Fox's X-Men...
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There are plenty of ways it out so that Wanda doesn't know the details of the deal or, heck, that she even made one. That Wanda has no recollection of the events leading up to her creating alternate Westview actually makes that likely.
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The reason why I think there's a 3rd party influencing/manipulating Wanda at this point is because if the big bad here is "Wanda's grief" then the show has done nothing to establish that. The only thing so far that has even touched on Wanda's grief as a major catalyst are the fake commercials, and that's speculation. It would require a level of "you have to have seen previous MCU-movies to understand what's going on" that we haven't seen in any MCU movie that wasn't a direct sequel. The MCU is connected, but it's not connected. This would just be bad storytelling. The show has dropped too many hints that if not Mephisto, if not Nightmare, if not Agnes or the several other suspicious characters, then is pulling the strings here. Otherwise, you have to begin asking why "I R Sad" is a good enough motivation for Wanda to take an entire town hostage.
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I just rewatched the episode, and something jumped out at me. Pietro spends the entire time being a prankster with the kids. But, more importantly with Wanda, he spends the entire episode enabling Wanda. Giving her permission to continue doing what she's doing. Acting as though he's completely in on everything that's happening. Suggesting their parents would have approved. Telling Wanda that what she's doing isn't wrong (even as she's telling him she doesn't know that she's doing all of it). Complimenting her on how she got around all the "ethical questions" with the children. Telling Wanda that she could confide in him, because he's not Vision. That might have been obvious, but I just got it and I'm pleased with myself.
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I'm totes fine if none of my theories pan out. But I do think that collective fan theorizing has reached a critical mass. It's less likely that the conclusion will be both good and something the fans haven't thought of, at this point. But I'm fine with that, too. I just hope we leave the "SubvERtInG EXpectAtIONs" bullshit back in 2019.
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I agree. This would be a super cheap origin story. Especially because the thing that makes mutants in X-Men so compelling is not their powers (to me at least), but who they were before their powers manifested and how that shaped their perception of a world hostile to them. Wanda blipping a bunch of super beings into existence in a world already crawling with super beings would be...really boring.I still suspect something's up with Agnes. The first impression I got watching the scene, and seeing where her car was, was that she might have sensed Wanda's hold on Westview was weakening and was trying to escape. But whoever Agnes actually is, she wasn't strong enough to break through Wanda's power. She looked like she was actively struggling when Vision found her.
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Probably my least favorite episode of the show so far. Then again, I hated Malcolm in the Middle; hated that show. So props to the writers for nailing the tone, I guess. It was so good it was bad. lol This felt like a setup episode, in that a lot happened but nothing really . We didn't learn anything; nobody's motivations are any clearer than they were an episode ago. The pieces are now in place for the final act. I'm invested. The outside world bits are still falling flat to me. I get that Hayward is the prototypical Bad Military Dude, and I'm not thinking Wanda needs to be taken out or anything, but Monica's "I must help " tunnel vision is getting a little grating, especially as we learn more about what's happening to the people in Westview. The show has hit the beat, over and over again, that what the people in Westview are experiencing is painful and . The scenes of Vision walking through the town and talking to Agnes were dark as fuck. The single teardrop? Agnes revealing that they can't even have Wanda doesn't want them to have? The people in Westview are essentially being tortured, and that's before we even get into the potential radiation poisoning. I kind of there to be a 3rd party manipulating Wanda at this point, because grief alone don't cut it. What Wanda is doing to the people in Westview (or what someone is doing to them through Wanda), is . Point blank, period. At least Vision gets it. Monica, sis... Also, Pietro? You ain't slick. How did he know that the lack of children was becoming an issue, when that was from an argument Wanda and Vision were having before he showed up? He's acting as though Wanda conjured him, but then what's with the fake childhood memories? Pietro, right off top, knows way too much. But more than that, he's too invested in gaslighting Wanda into believing she's actively doing all of this (and I don't think it's a coincidence that Wanda expands the hex after he does).
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I'm wondering if they're seeing it. I've always thought that Wanda being the one to control the camera views was a assumption everyone was making. Agnes, in pretty much every episode we've seen her in, has essentially functioned as the cleanup crew.
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Yeah, I also think Agnes = Good. I also think Agnes has to do with the commercials we see every episode. Because the Lagos commercial, with the woman cleaning up multiple spills, seemed to mirror what Agnes was basically doing all episode... ...and uh...
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I actually got the strong impression that Wanda did know that wasn't her Pietro. The look she gives him before he speaks came off as dumbfounded to me. It's like the twins, and Agnes not reacting to her powers. Wanda knows something is going on, but her grief is leading her to just go along with it.
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I think there could be multiple "factions" of people involved. I also keep going back to Dottie. She's the only character besides Agnes to not be ID'd, the only character to show blatant distrust in Wanda and implied understanding that is going on. But, the biggest thing to me, is that in both scenes we see Dottie, the people around her behave as though they're being compelled, and not by Wanda. Just spitballing, but I think Agnes is in Westview to keep Wanda on the road she needs to be on, and is there to keep the construct intact. And somebody is Dottie (she's been described as the key to everything in this town).
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Same for me. I mean, there are ways to logically work out how the characters would know. But the whole Woo going, "some people think Captain Marvel could have bla bla bla..." really just came off as the show acknowledging fan debate, because it's one thing to know the details of the Endgame battle, but they were basically arguing power levels.
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Yeahhhh, I agree with this. Even if there's a third party involved, the show has made clear that Wanda is willfully a part of whatever is going on. Which is especially shitty now that we know the experience for the hundreds (did they say thousands?) of people in the town is painful and a type of torture. I'm suspicious of Hayward, but he's not wrong. Monica wants to see the good in Wanda, but that doesn't change what Wanda is doing.
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I do agree that the characters are a huge part of what makes WandaVision come together for me. Wanda explaining death to her sons, existing in a construct seemingly created so she could run from the very thing she's explaining they can't run from, was one of the more emotionally poignant moments I've seen in an MCU movie...and they didn't kill it with a joke! But I don't think character drama is mutually exclusive from the sci fi and the likelihood that there's a larger hand guiding what's happening. Afterall, there's grief, but needs to explain how Wanda goes from "grieving, but still resigned to Vision's passing" in Endgame, to "Fuck it, I'm stealing Vision's dead body, and taking an entire town in Nowhere, NJ hostage to live out my I Love Lucy fantasy." This isn't a natural progression, and I think the "what started this?" question that was formally introduced this episode has been the central question hanging over the entire series so far.
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GREAT episode. I still think the real-world bits are a drag on the show overall (the dialogue is awful, and these scenes really just seem to be there for easter eggs and "in case this is the first MCU thing you've ever seen..." backstory filler). I'm much more intrigued by how the mystery is being unraveled inside the bubble than outside of it, but I suppose for MCU purposes those scenes have to be there, so eh. This episode furthered a working theory I've been going on for a while now, that this world is certainly being created with Wanda's power, but she didn't it. I think Wanda's power is being used as a conduit by someone else. I'm mostly basing this on my gut belief that during the "credits" argument, Wanda was largely telling the truth. The jig is up with Vision, he they're in some sort of construct, so I don't think she'd lie to him at that point, she'd just deflect like she did when he asked what's outside of Westview. So when she says, "I don't know when this all started," and "do you really think I'm controlling every minutia of everyone's lives here?" I think she's being as honest as she can be. I think what we're seeing is something that Wanda, in her grief, willingly entered into; but she's not aware of all the forces at play. It would also explain her nabbing Vision's corpse. If this was all just a delusion she crafted for her own sake, I think she'd just manifest a version of Vision with her own power. Stealing his dead body (and the show goes out of its way to tell us this would be against his will) to reanimate it and play house is a little too macabre...even for Wanda. Unless...someone told her that Vision's body was a necessary ingredient... And Agnes is in on it. But Agnes is acting like she's aligned with Wanda and acting on her direction, but it's just that: an act. Because Wanda herself was initially surprised when Agnes broke the fourth wall in the opening. Another thing I noticed: When Monica and Vision's coworker "come to", they're . They have their memories of before and during, and the know Wanda (or "her") is in their head. Contrast that with Dottie, who didn't seem to know anything about what was going on when SWORD broke through the hex in episode 2, and who had an otherworldly suspicion of Wanda even before that. Dottie also seems to have compulsion powers of her own... FAKE EDIT: Clearly I'm enjoying the show if I'm willing to type this much about it. Heh...
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I'm starting to get the impression that Wanda isn't in complete control herself. Like, this is all happening under her power, but somebody else is pulling the strings. I keep thinking about the dark and aggressive shift in Wanda's manner when Monica gave herself away, and how Wanda seemed to be having an out-of-body experience after she expelled her. She's made a devil's bargain with someone.
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I continue to be very intrigued by the mystery, but that episode was just ok for me. I still enjoyed it, but not more than the previous three. I think the setting of the show being "classic sitcom" really gave cover to a lot of what I don't like about the MCU's clunky/cheesy writing (or, at least, gave them the perfect setting to pursue that dialogue style in a more earnest and authentic way). But in the real-world setting, the dialogue was cringe worthy at times for me. It was the MCU's classic aversion to allowing any scene between multiple characters to build up emotional tension without it devolving into a battle of who can out "awkward joke" the other. And I like Darcy, but when she hit the coffee bit I rolled my eyes (). Funny thing is, had one of the characters trapped in Sitcom-land hit that same bit, I probably would have liked it. Overall, though, that's a minor gripe. WandaVision continues to be one of my favorite things the MCU's attempted. It's so (for the MCU), and the relationship between Wanda and Vision as this increasingly eerie mystery blooms around them is really compelling and well done. Also, I'm curious about what's going on with Vision. He's supposed to be dead, but this episode made it really clear that he has an awareness completely independent of Wanda. Also, going to disagree with my girl Monica. Do not think it's all Wanda...
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I'm on day 2 after the second shot of pfizer, and so far the side effects have been MUCH milder compared to the first shot. The first shot had me feeling groggy and achy for a good 3 days. Now, only the area around the injection site is still a little sore.
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Thread What's up with the recurring Pride Parade discourse on displaying kink?
I understand the concern here, I guess. But, I think the thing that needs to be understood is that LGBTQIA+ people being visible or exhibiting pride or hiding in the shadows, marching in slacks and button-ups as opposed to stomping down the street in daisy dukes and platform heels: none of this has ever stopped the "middle-class cis-whites" from attacking us, fearing us, hating us, scapegoating us, legislating against us, etc.. Not attributing this to you specifically, but a lot of this really comes down to "respectability as progress." And there's just too much history proving this to be untrue. And what scares me, legitimately scares me, about this discourse is that this isn't new. Fearmongering over queerness and sexuality is older than I am. What is new, at least to me, is how these old arguments have been given a new shade of lipstick and repurposed as progressive.
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This is literally the opposite of what Pride is or should be about. ---- I'm going to echo what a lot of friends of mine have had to say on this debate this year: how many of the people raging in these debates have actually been to a Pride? I mean, it's hard to know, and I will admit that I'm not an authority, but I have been Out and participating in Pride events since I was 17. I'm 35 this year. I have been to Pride parades in Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, New York, Atlanta, and DC. And I can honestly say that based on my experience it sounds like people are describing events like Folsom Street Fair when they're talking about Pride. Sure, there's some decadence (mostly because it's Summer, there's decadence and skin being shown I hope you're not taking your children to the beach if you're concerned about this); sure, some people with breasts go topless (which, really, shouldn't be scandalous at all). Sure, you see "kink" and some folks in leather (which, again, if you live in a major city is not that scandalous)... But so many people in these conversations describe Pride like you're going to be tripping over people fucking in the street. And, uh, I have yet to go to that Pride parade. These descriptions sound so unlike what Pride parades actually are. Hell, most older Queer folks I know have come to loathe Pride parades not because they're too hedonistic, but the opposite! They seem to be the place to go these days if you're want a new Checking and Savings account more than to showcase pride in your identity. I am actually quite terrified by the form this conversation has taken this year. Because a lot of these arguments about Pride and I'm used to hearing from the right. Only they're being parroted from the Left now. And this has been the case for a few years in general. You're starting to see a lot of conservative and puritanical arguments dressing themselves up in "progressivism" and "inclusivity" when really, when you think about it, who does this serve? Who benefits from Queer groups policing each other this way? Hint: it ain't the Queer people. And this is why history is important. Pride started as a riot.
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You know, despite whatever challenges they may face suddenly having 10 additional little ones to care for, I can't help but think this is a beautiful picture. Can you just imagine being one of those 10 kids and seeing this picture 10-20 years from now?
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Thread Wonder Woman 84 vs Birds of Prey - which was more disappointing?
WW84 easily for me. I mildly disappointed in Birds of Prey, I'll admit that much. But I don't know if I would say it was a bad movie. It was a fun movie that had the potential to be a whole lot better. I could see what they were going for, even if I thought it was very...Disney Channel (to ). But WW84 just... about that movie worked for me. And as a huge fan of the first movie (final act and all), isn't even the word. Legitimately a movie that had me mouthing at my computer screen when I finished it and tried to contemplate what must have gone wrong between 84 and the first movie.
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There is much to criticize about the Biden administration's response to GOP governors ending unemployment assistance in red states early, negatively impacting millions of people. However, the framing of the headline and article have made it difficult for this thread to stay on topic and the facts centered, and now that the thread has been derailed, it will be locked.
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Thread Is it gross to not shower after sex?
It depends on how long it has been since I showered that day. For me personally, I live by the saying "if you stay ready you ain't got to get ready." So, when I shower at the start of my day, or before I go out in the evening, I take care of my hygiene in a manner so as to be prepared for the possibility that, at any moment, my activities could be interrupted by a quick detour to pound town. An , if you get my drift. I have a pretty strict regiment for staying clean and fresh down there for most of the day, so long as I'm not doing anything strenuous. It's just safest for everyone involved.
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Thread Is it gross to not shower after sex?
1) If the sex is good the last thing I want to do immediately after is stand in a shower. So, usually, no. 2) I'm usually very clean already before the sex. So, what we're really talking about is, what? Sweat and lube maybe? Hardly the grossest thing, imo...
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Thread Live-Action Powerpuff Girls Update Is Being Reworked at The CW
I don't know if I would say it's gatekeepy. Only because after reading the script myself, the central takeaway I have, before I can get into any of the many flaws, is that it just doesn't seem like whoever wrote this (Diablo Cody, apparently) knows the original show, or liked it if they did. And I really don't want this to come off as fanboyish entitlement. I don't care about callbacks. I don't even care about minor details. There just seems to be a fundamental misunderstanding about what made The Powerpuff Girls such a loved franchise. First off, reading this script, this shit is waaaay too fucking jaded. That was the first thing that jumped out at me.
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Thread RuPaul's Drag Race Season 13 |OT| oh, ya'll wanted a twist, ehh!?
This is a good point. I think we're all unintentionally buying into the idea that budget is an unsolvable problem for Drag Race when it's really not. There are several ways they could level the playing field, and we see this on other reality shows. The problem is this would likely come at the cost of showstopping runways, and the producers don't seem to want to do that. Heck, if this finale was any indication, queens for future seasons better be prepared to go even deeper into debt than ever before. Because each queen had to bring ball looks, PLUS two lip sync looks (and there had BETTER be reveals), for ONE episode of the show. Don't get me wrong I loved watching the extravagance, but I do think it's fair to say it's becoming too much. It almost feels like the show is becoming divorced from actual drag, which is a problem because that was already a long-held criticism of the show.
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Thread RuPaul's Drag Race Season 13 |OT| oh, ya'll wanted a twist, ehh!?
Hot take incoming, but this was so disqualifying for me personally. These girls are so Instagram. lol Gottmik's looks were works of art, but sometimes I feel like these queens take "art" too literally, because during 2 of Gottmik's 3 runways I was openly laughing at the weird duck walk she was doing because she couldn't move. Like, she couldn't even give you a graceful those outfits were so inhibiting. It was a jarring and unintentionally hilarious juxtaposition. I easily gave Symone the runway win. Because while her looks were the simplest in terms of silhouette, they were elevated versions of her traditional aesthetic, and they allowed her to do what she does best: Stomp the runway henny. Which worked to her advantage, because compared to the rest of the girls, Symone looked the most comfortable and winner like on that stage. She was all moxy, and zero nerves.
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Thread RuPaul's Drag Race Season 13 |OT| oh, ya'll wanted a twist, ehh!?
Symone is a member of the House of Avalon, so I'm pretty sure the bulk of her wigs and costumes are made by Gigi and her mother. That said, I'm willing to give Symone a pass because she has the strongest brand aesthetic I've seen from a queen on the show in a while. She's that Y2K Urban Girl, and it feels like she could work with just about anyone and get a look that screams because she knows her aesthetic and her references so well. And that's not for nothing, because we've seen some girls go into debt for their Drag Race costumes and still flop half the runways because they themselves had no sense of style or fashion. And some really crunchy wigs. Also, random aside...I don't know HOW we managed to get both the best AND worst wigs in one season. Symone's wigs were great. OLIVIA had some of the best hair I've ever seen on the show, period. Meanwhile...Rose? Gurl...some of them wigs y'all just pulled right out the bag, huh? Kandy should have been sent home for the black bob alone.
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Symone is my favorite kind of lip syncer because she treats lip syncs like mini acting challenges. And it's one thing to be a dancer and perform the house down; but if you can sell the song with your face and body language, that's it right there. From the first moment the camera zoomed in on Symone you could tell she was dialed in.
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Thread RuPaul's Drag Race Season 13 |OT| oh, ya'll wanted a twist, ehh!?
I don't think Kandy is a bad person at all, really. I wouldn't say that. I think she's a bit braggadocious, not very accepting of critique, and her level of drag doesn't really match the shit she talks. One might say she's a bit... ...
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Thread RuPaul's Drag Race Season 13 |OT| oh, ya'll wanted a twist, ehh!?
While I DO think that the ballooning budget for the average drag race queen is getting out of control, I also think the problem is a little more complicated than "RuPaul and Michelle are evil." Because don't forget RuPaul and Michelle were also there for the early seasons, when design challenges dominated and the popular criticism, at the time, was "Waahh! Why is Drag Race trying to be a wannabe Project Runway!? Not every talented queen is a seamstress!" because people's faves were losing out to the girls who could sew. And, even today, for every queen that spends a shit-ton of money on drag and essentially tries to buy their way into Drag Race fame (...Miss Cracker, I said what I said), there's is a Jaida Essence Hall -- the current reigning queen who made all but two of her costumes herself. And while none of Jaida's looks were big and bombastic in the way that's become the Drag Race norm, they were nonetheless chic, well put together, and fit her aesthetic as a queen. And, I mean, there's also Utica from this season. Made one of the best runways of the season out of a sleeping bag. There's a multiple factors that are contributing to the problem, but at the core, I think I the culprit is the show overcorrecting from the early seasons and trying too hard to chase what gets the fans talking. I would personally love to see more design challenges, more challenges (because when you're a new queen, this is STILL where most of your drag is coming from). Bring back the old school limits on what girls were allowed to bring with them. Will it lead to less "show stopping" runways and give an advantage to the girls who know their way around a sewing machine? Yeah. But I prefer that to the current advantage to girls with coin.
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Thread RuPaul's Drag Race Season 13 |OT| oh, ya'll wanted a twist, ehh!?
Whenever I BEG for more day drag/thrift/creative challenges, this is the episode I'm thinking of. And you're right, Drag Race is lucrative enough at this point that they could afford to do more of these challenges without leaks getting out.
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Thread RuPaul's Drag Race Season 13 |OT| oh, ya'll wanted a twist, ehh!?
COVID might mandate it, but I personally wouldn't mind a more stripped down season of Drag Race with less explosive runways. Give them girls fabric and supplies, and some (working) sewing machines, and let them get creative. Bring back more "here's a pile a literal garbage; construct a garment" challenges (those are my favorite lol). Is it an unfair advantage to the girls who know how to construct garments? In a way yeah. But while I understood the "Project Runway!" criticisms from back in the day, that doesn't mean I agreed with them. Personally, I think a somewhat necessary pillar of drag as an artform is being able to construct your own aesthetic. Sure, as working queens gain a budget and access they are going to work with designers, get hand-me-down costumes from drag mothers, etc. But I think every queen should have the fundamental ability, barring any sort of handicap, to put together their own look. Because runways are kind of boring now, because these girls are going to the same handful of designers. I'd rather see some interesting hot ass messes from a design challenge on the runway, than Gigi's mom on half the queens.
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Thread RuPaul's Drag Race Season 13 |OT| oh, ya'll wanted a twist, ehh!?
See, and people thought I was being salty when I shaded Rose for this (and, to be fair, I WAS salty lol). But this is what I'm talking about. I damn near spit out my vodka soda when Rose told Olivia that she didn't know her drag when, sis, that's what people have been saying about YOU all season. lol. To me, Rose reminds me so so much of Alexis Michelle, in that she's got that New York theater kid background, so there's a very workman approach to her drag. She's not BAD at anything, she's competent. There's nothing you can really shade her for, especially at this point in the competition. Her wigs are very YouTube tutorial, but that's about it. She is the definition of a well-rounded queen. But she doesn't really have that thing that makes her memorable. That thing that screams Like, with Olivia gone, there was a noticeable lack of sparkle and glam on that runway. Because that was HER thing. Likewise, since Utica's been gone, there definitely been a lack of high fashion (Gottmik kinda gives this, but she's more edge than weird, imo). Same with a few of the other eliminated. If Rose had been eliminated at any point, I struggle to think of what would be missing from the cast. And that's almost not even shade...
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Thread RuPaul's Drag Race Season 13 |OT| oh, ya'll wanted a twist, ehh!?
Can we stop tip-toeing around it and just admit that too much of RuPaul's music is embarrassingly catchy? I came to terms with this during quarantine. lol Realness -> Butch Queen -> American (justice for Kitty Girl) are just...way better than they have any business being. I can't deny it anymore. Hell, I still unironically listen to some of the season 6 tracks. Darienne Lake's >>>>>>
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Thread RuPaul's Drag Race Season 13 |OT| oh, ya'll wanted a twist, ehh!?
Yeah, I actually preferred them lip syncing individually. It gave the girls the space to take on the song without having to fight the other girls. I feel like I'm giving Symone an unfair advantage (because she's the Black queen left in the competition). But fuck it, Whitney Houston was a global superstar not some unknown that only Black people knew. Symone BODIED that lip sync. I feel like while everyone was giving generic drama (or, in Kandy's case, one-note flailing), Symone was giving WHITNEY. The facial expressions, the pointing, the WHITE HAND TOWEL! That was literally Whitney on that stage, and this season's group has already thoroughly pissed me off with their ignorance of Queer cultural icons. Symone wins simply for doing her homework. Also, that GOWN. I'm a sucker for exaggerated medieval sleeves, and somehow Symone managed to seamlessly combine that with her Hood aesthetic. That was beautiful. I did come around on Gottmik though. To the point where I won't be mad if they win. But Symone sealed it this week, at least for me. Rose I've never been able to get into. And that final runway dress...was a bulky choice. I just don't get the fashion story with her, and most weeks her looks feel unfinished or like they were made for someone else. Tsk, Kandy...I actually feel bad for Kandy, because she's getting a ton of hate online, which is NEVER Ok, but I feel like it's really pronounced with her because the riggamorris has been so obvious with her from the beginning. The production really needs to dial that back. Tonight...just nothing about Kandy said "Top 4" to me, even if she was admittedly great TV and wasn't BAD.
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Thread RuPaul's Drag Race Season 13 |OT| oh, ya'll wanted a twist, ehh!?
For real though... 3 = 4 > 5 > COME ON SEASON 6! = 9 With season 1 always having a place in my heart. I was 21, hardcore into the drag scene at the time, and just watching season 1 on TV as it aired was just...something so surreal and special. Well, of what you could see of it through that season 1 filter.
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Thread RuPaul's Drag Race Season 13 |OT| oh, ya'll wanted a twist, ehh!?
I feel like Symone is getting a version of the Lawrence Cheney edit. I.e. Frontrunner from day 1. Which sounds great but leaves you vulnerable to queens who improve as the show goes on. It makes good TV. Gottmik and Rose as though they're on the same level as Symone, even though Symone has been at the peak since the very beginning, while those two (especially Rose) were comfortably in Basic tier until a few episodes ago. I'll just say it, but by every metric Symone SHOULD win this season. She's been far above the other girls this entire time. But I'll be surprised if she does.
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Thread RuPaul's Drag Race Season 13 |OT| oh, ya'll wanted a twist, ehh!?
Ok, well, maybe not "basic". That was way harsh, Tai. I was still heated over my girl Olivia's drag being dressed down like it isn't fucking and these girls could BUT, I will say, we can't talk about how production is protecting Kandy while ignoring how they've also sheltered Gottmik from the bottom. There were two challenges (the Disco challenge and the commercial), where general opinion was Gottmik was one of the worst, and was spared bottom two. And I'm not taking my foot off of Rose's tragic early runways. Her being the one trying to lecture Olivia about drag? Far too much. Anyway, this season's a mess. It's making Season 7 look like All Stars S2.
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Thread RuPaul's Drag Race Season 13 |OT| oh, ya'll wanted a twist, ehh!?
Ok, watching this Untucked, I'm fucking heated. Was it Olivia's time to go home? Yes. But I hate these "You don't know who you are" takes about her drag. Because I look at Olivia, and I know EXACTLY what her drag is. It's so dismissive of her. Olivia is young pageant glam. She is big hair, glitter and gowns. She is poise and elegance. She's young Whitney Houston, young Mariah Carey. She is the sweetheart 80s dream prom date. I totally get her aesthetic, it is to me. And the other girls can suck it because she is the most girl on that stage, even if it WAS her time to go home. They could NEVER be so snatched. Olivia does need to grow. As she herself said, she came on the show to explore. But it's so rude to look at this girl, who has delivered one of the most consistent aesthetics of the all the queens on this show, and say that she doesn't know herself...while she's sitting next to KANDY. And Rose you need to be cute and quiet because your tulle monstrosities only just started coming together. And it irks me, because I feel like there was a backlash to the "glam/pageant" queens because they were so dominant in the early seasons of the show. And now they have to do 150% to even be seen. Meanwhile, the "weird" queens can walk on stage doing whatever they want, and it's "fuck the judges" if they don't get it.
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Thread RuPaul's Drag Race Season 13 |OT| oh, ya'll wanted a twist, ehh!?
Oh Lord.... I don't usually watch Drag Race until the day after, but I don't care about spoilers so it's never been an issue for me. But imagine my intrigue when I saw "Utica Fatphobic" trending on Twitter. I really want to know what the hell happened. Buy VH1 only airs Drag Race once
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Thread RuPaul's Drag Race Season 13 |OT| oh, ya'll wanted a twist, ehh!?
I do agree that the show needs to rebalance the challenges. And also limit the queens on what they're allowed to bring with them. Part of what makes Drag Race fun to watch is actually seeing the queens challenged to take random shit and make drag out of it. But even as I'm typing this, I don't know what I want. Because if you add more design challenges, then that won't be fair to the girls who can't sew, but who are talented and polished in other ways. It'll be like seasons 7-9, where we were getting way too many acting challenges. But ultimately, I think it comes down to production needing to be more diligent in who they bring on the show. Because drag is an artform, but it's entertainment. And these girls aren't entertaining. I'm just bored watching them. Like, I can respect the remaining queens for their individual talents. But I wouldn't go to any of their gigs, and would survive an actual drag pageant. EDIT: Except for Olivia, who has won a pageant.
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I dunno, I feel like this might be a little bit of a reach. (I see where you're coming from tho). One, toxic Drag Race fans are going to be toxic, and we've seen in the past that they don't need much of reason. But, besides that...Bob Ross isn't exactly an unknown figure. Bob Ross is pretty iconic, in that even younger people know of him, and if you know Bob Ross at all, the thing you know about him is his iconic "white boy fro." Heck, I put "white boy fro" in quotes very intentionally, because it's an actual phrase, because Black people do know that some white people have frizzy enough hair textures to form natural fros. Heck, a white character from the show Euphoria dressed up as Bob Ross in the Halloween episode, and nobody said anything about it. Her going so out of her way avoiding that minefield caused her to inadvertently step on another one, imo, because now she has to explain why she replaced a man's afro-like hair texture with a pile of rodents. Heck, even after Lenovox explained it to me in here I was still like, "...ehhh, he didn't wear them in his hair though." Like, Utica would have had to really sell that in her bit. But she didn't. Instead, Black queer people watching the show dragged the shit out of her...and rightfully so from that perspective. The popular Black/Queer podcast The Read spent a whole segment on it. lol
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Thread RuPaul's Drag Race Season 13 |OT| oh, ya'll wanted a twist, ehh!?
Just reading some critique and tweets and stuff (also just watched Trixie's pit stop), and there's one thing I do disagree with on the critiques of Olivia. Sure, it wasn't her best look, but I thought it was fine. And really, a good example of how hard it is to translate one drag queen's style onto another queen. First of all, Olivia is just...gorgeous. She's fucking stunning. And not just in her facial features, but in how she her face and how she moves her body. She gives me total debutante vibes. If you told me Olivia had a drag mother and came up in traditional pageant-style drag I'd believe you, because that's how she carries herself, and that aura is hard to imitate. Looking at Denali, I could see all the components of Olivia, I just don't think Denali knew what to do with them. The signature Olivia eyebrows were there, and I disagree with Trixie and Nicky Doll about the dress. It was Olivia, did they miss her Yellow runway look? Olivia does ball gowns with huge adornments. But you gotta know how to work a ball gown like that, and Denali's walk was...so weird.
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Thread RuPaul's Drag Race Season 13 |OT| oh, ya'll wanted a twist, ehh!?
I'm laughing at Utica in this episode. Just...LOL This was a shining example of trying so hard to be performatively unproblematic that you actually end up doing something that IS problematic. So, you won't wear a fro to imitate a white man who famously (had a natural fro, because that seems problematic to you (despite Black people in the room telling you it's not). But representing his afro (and thus afros in general) with ...didn't set off any alarm bells in your head? Not one? Chile... The poor dear. And I'm not saying she's racist or anything, but this just highlighted what I don't like about her approach to drag. She overthinks EVERYTHING to a confusing degree. To the point she inadvertently ends up being offensive with the thing she's trying to pay homage to.
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Just...ugh, I really feel like I'm picking on these girls. But, this season is really replacing Season 7 for me as the season nobody talks about. Nobody feels original, nobody feels especially talented. Every contestant feels derivative, like a cheaper version of a queen we've already seen walk the runway. And, I mean, you're going to get some of that in a show that's on its 13th season...but, meh.
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I've noticed this for a few seasons now. And I wonder how much social media plays a role. I was rewatching some of the older seasons at the start of quarantine, and I noticed that while a lot of the looks from the earlier seasons would be considered pedestrian by today's standards, the average queen up to about season 7 I'd say was a lot more well-rounded in their capabilities. And that's probably because back then, if you wanted to get noticed as a drag performer, you had to have a name. Which meant you had to come up in pageants, which often meant you had to be part of a house. Or you could come up in the club circuit, doing gigs. But that meant that you had to get booked, which meant you had to be somewhat talented with a crowd. A lot of newer queens on the show seem to really lack these fundamentals. And my working theory is that a lot of newer queens have reverse engineered the drag circuit by building a social media presence based largely on aesthetic, and then using to break into the business. I dunno, and it's not all bad. I think social media has brought awareness to and helped a wider range of drag get representation on the show. And that's always a good thing. But, yeah, a lot of these girls just aren't entertaining, and lack that "drag professionalism" that you would find in queens who really had to "pay their dues" to get a spot in the business. So much of what constitutes "popular drag" these days is just aesthetic (and I remember a time when "aesthetic" was an insult for just the pageant queens, just sayin...)
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Thread RuPaul's Drag Race Season 13 |OT| oh, ya'll wanted a twist, ehh!?
LOL It really feels like the producers no longer care about the fix not being obvious. That was not a double shantay caliber lipsync. The producers want her in it until the end (which, to be fair, she's great TV), but they could have orchestrated that better. It took me out of the episode. Also, that was the worst Rusical, imo.
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Thread RuPaul's Drag Race Season 13 |OT| oh, ya'll wanted a twist, ehh!?
Also, lets dispel the notion that "The Edit" is 100% to blame for the reception some of these contestants get. I rewatched the last episode, and while you can definitely see the hand of the producers at work...I was surprised by how much Kandy, Gottmik and Tina are playing into being the villains of the season. Do what you gotta do to get that screen time, but I don't think it's working for them (mostly because I just don't think they're as talented as some of the other cliques we've seen on the show).
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Thread RuPaul's Drag Race Season 13 |OT| oh, ya'll wanted a twist, ehh!?
I too was a little annoyed at the lack of Disco knowledge. I mean, I get that the Disco era was 50 years ago, but it's an iconic Queer era, with influences that still persist to this day in pop/queer culture. Nobody's expecting you to know what song was topping the charts in February of 1975, but really? Give us nothing? Also, I...agree with the Utica critiques this week. I mean, there's no denying the girl's talent and fashion, but it's something Ru said that was spot on, that sometimes you can take camp and caricature too far to the point that it becomes a mockery, which is not what "camp" is. I agreed with that, and in a sense Utica reminds me of Milk in that way. Like, you're trying to be different and unique in your approach, but it sometimes lacks focus. Totally agreed with Olivia Lux's win this week. I didn't really place much stock in her at the start, and she's not doing anything on the runway. But she's consistently good, and sweet and kind, and she nailed the spirit of the challenge. Oh, and her WIGS. I'll give her that; homegirl has some of the best wigs ever on this show. And somebody said she makes them herself? Work. I'm going to miss Tamisha Iman. I didn't see her winning, but I felt her presence on the show was so important at a time when Drag Race seems to be further removed from "traditional" drag. Tamisha is an actual LEGEND, Mother of a LEGENDARY House. Her just being on the show gave Drag Race a legitimacy that I think was starting to slip away from it.
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Thread Pose - Queer ball culture in 80s New York from Ryan Murphy - Sundays on FX (S3 premieres tonight!)
I haven't caught the episode yet, but according to rumors..."messy" doesn't even BEGIN to describe what it was like on that set for this last season. Lord chile, the tea is spilling all over the place and it is HOT.As an example. Excerpts:Which was FIRE. Really disappointing. There have been rumors for years that Ryan Murphy is a weasel, and he can never stick the landing on ANY of his shows. But somehow I thought Pose would be spared this, because there was so much talk in the beginning about how much control Murphy was giving to Mock and trusting her to bring in a team of trans women to write. So good on Janet for calling his ass out. All well and good, until...Yikes. I'm a HUGE fan of Janet Mock. I've been following her for years and will be there for whatever she's got coming next. That said, I hope she's ok, and I hope Angel Curiel is ok too, because...wow. There is so much wrong with what she did there.
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Thread Tulsa Race Massacre centenary: major event canceled after payment dispute (Talks break down over how much survivors would be paid)(100k per person)
This is what it comes down to for me. Especially since they're exploiting the image and presence of these survivors to help raise this money, and the lion's share of it seems to be going towards something that's not going to help the Black residents of Tulsa at all.
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Thread World of Warcraft: Shadowlands |OT| Anima Crossing: New Prison
Time for another Random Royalan Hot Take: Don't get me wrong, I understand the criticisms, and I even agree with most of them. But there's just something about the core idea behind Torghast that really appeals to how I like to play the game. It's a lot slower, it encourages you to plan your pulls (if you're running it alone), it's surprisingly a way to get used to a new class. I'm at the point in a patch where I'm just logging in 2 or 3 times a week to play the game, and to this day one of those times will be just to do a few rounds of Torghast.
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Thread World of Warcraft: Shadowlands |OT| Anima Crossing: New Prison
Wow, and this coming from Hiru (whose videos I've always enjoyed). I think its become something worth talking about at this point. WoW deserves criticism, just like pretty much every game, but within the last year or so there's been a noticeable uptick in just blatant "outrage!" videos from YT creators who I could usually trust to be objective enough to be above that sorta thing. And hey, maybe you that Shadowlands is an exceptionally bad expansion (I'd disagree), however, there does come a point where hyper-focusing on every perceived flaw of the expansion morphs into you complaining about WoW not being the game that want it to be, and I just wonder how valuable that is. Like, I agree about Bellular. I used to love his content, but now I find him insufferable. ESPECIALLY since he started this "podcast" that's essentially just him ranting to his buddy and then chopping it into a dozen YouTube mini-clips with click-bait headlines like "BLIZZARD WHY!?" "IAN WHAT ARE YOU THINKING!?" "I'M JUST SO SAD!!!" absolutely polluting my timeline. It's just exhausting if "hate content" is just not something you're into, but that's what gets YouTube's algorithm going these days. I find myself gravitating to smaller WoW content creators like Hazelnutty Games (who is ridiculously sweet), Signs of Kelani etc. -- people who still have their criticisms of WoW and talk about them, but ultimately it comes from the perspective of someone who clearly still enjoys the game they're playing. Because if you're not enjoying the game anymore, it's "MAKING YOU SO SAD!!!"...then why tf am I watching you?
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Thread World of Warcraft: Shadowlands |OT| Anima Crossing: New Prison
Hmmm... I know y'all are right. I don't know what is for me. I've been maining a hunter for as long as I've been playing this game, but something about my rotation just feels off this expansion so far. Doesn't help that my favorite spec is survival, and survival just feels bad right now.
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Thread World of Warcraft: Shadowlands |OT| Anima Crossing: New Prison
Hunter main since TBC here... I love Hunter, but am I the only one who feels like the class has been overly neutered? I remember a time when Hunters had a lot of utility. But now we're just our DPS, which wouldn't be bad if we were topping the charts, but we're not. We have no real utility in our rotation. Our pets used to, but they've been nerfed so much over the years that they're basically cosmetic at this point. Am I wrong?
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Thread World of Warcraft: Shadowlands |OT| Anima Crossing: New Prison
I agree. I mean, I figured we were going to see some significant deaths this expansion. I just don't understand Blizzard's love for setting up interesting characters only to kill them off before they actually do anything interesting. Also, I'm really nervous for the WInter Queen now... <_<
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Thread World of Warcraft: Shadowlands |OT| Anima Crossing: New Prison
I don't mind 9.1 being primarily setup of the Shadowlands and an introduction to a bunch of brand new lore. But yeah, I hope we get more WoW figures in the upcoming patches. However, you mentioned something else I've noticed. Unless I've missed it, we've not run into a single (Azerothian) dragon in the Shadowlands other than Ysera (who we know was basically air-lifted there). Even outside of the 3 Aspects, we've killed a TON of dragons at this point, and they are curiously absent.
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Thread World of Warcraft: Shadowlands |OT| Anima Crossing: New Prison
Can I just say, as a random observation, that Ardenweald is the best zone Blizzard has ever done in this game. IMO I'm a sucker for a good forest zone in games, and WoW has a few top tier ones at this point, but man everything in Ardenweald just comes together. The pacing, how every area just flows into another. How it feels large and busy and lived-in, but you don't get lost. The MUSIC. There have been a few times now where I opted not to use my hearthstone to get to the sanctum and take a flight path from Oribos instead, because I wanted to experience that moment when you come through the gate and you get that great scenic shot of Ardenweald right as the theme kicks in. Bravo to the art team.
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Thread World of Warcraft: Shadowlands |OT| Anima Crossing: New Prison
I'm having so much fun with this expansion that I decided to honor it with my avatar. Only thing is I'm moving so slowly through it. Combination of real life shit and being so engrossed in turning over every rock when I do have time to play. And following everyone I know who's playing the game is starting to make me feel so behind. lol
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Thread RooPaul's Drag Race Down Under |OT| Queens Of The Desert
I honestly hadn't watched until today, when a friend of mine texted me with "Art Simone is eliminated. She's gone." And I gasped. I watched the first two episodes and I got it. I guess it was because I'm so used to what has become the Drag Race "standard" that it seemed impossible to me that a queen of Art's renown wouldn't make it far even if their performance didn't merit it. She had the clout, she had the cash and the costumes....and she was booted episode 2. Refreshing. So far, the lower budget of this season is clear, but...I dunno, I find it charming? Everything about this season -- from the smaller set and budget, to the blurry camera filter, to the queen everyone expects to coast getting booted immediately, reminds me of the early seasons. This season so far feels like a homage to early Drag Race, before there were proven formulas, before the queens cared about their "brand", when you really didn't know what would happen next. I'm really enjoying it so far. Also...I really want to know what Coco Jumbo said when she walked off stage after winning the lip sync. CC is telling me she said, "Soz Bitch." What does that mean? And if it isn't too offensive it's about to be my new catch phrase.
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Thread It's Trans Awareness Week! (Nov 13th -19th)
It wasn't necessary. I want it to be clear that I always had permission to say whatever I want. From the very top. But I asked to speak anyway, out of respect for the mod team, and the desire to not make the situation worse. I'm sorry that wasn't clearer.
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Thread It's Trans Awareness Week! (Nov 13th -19th)
Yes. When you get involved in advocacy for minority groups, one of the first things you realize is that it is a continual work. Striving to be an ally (not to be called one, because you can't give yourself that label; but to work to one), never finishes. There's no finish line. It is a constant work to check yourself, to reflect on your biases and see them for what they are, and to strive to be better. I was advocating for Black queer people in that thread. I was triggered by the idea that our experiences were being compared and devalued. In doing that, I devalued ace people. I don't offer that as an excuse.
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Thread It's Trans Awareness Week! (Nov 13th -19th)
I haven’t said anything publicly yet. I’ve been given permission to speak openly and honestly now, and respond to people. But first, an apology. To the Resetera community at large; I am sorry. To the Resetera Mod team who are now being held responsible for my words; I am sorry. To the NB/Asexual/Trans community that has been made to feel devalued and erased by my words; I am sorry. To the Black and Queer communities who looked to me to advocate for them; I am sorry. I will be stepping down. If there is anything else that people want me to respond to? I am currently able.
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Thread It's Trans Awareness Week! (Nov 13th -19th)
I also want to add to the staff message, from the perspective of a mod who's been here a while, and is somewhat detached from this issue while being part of the Discord channel in question. As one of the mods who was a part of the initial mod team, I have seen mods come and go, often due to the pressure of doing this job. I have seen my fellow mods be doxxed. I have been privy to the stories of mods receiving threatening tweets on their private accounts, and even threatening phone calls at their jobs. And I want to stress that I'm not expecting sympathy here. We understood this was a risk when we signed up, and I also know that a lot of you understand all too well what it's like to be targeted in this way online. I'm only mentioning this to make the point that, when it comes to the privacy of our designated safe spaces, we value it as much as anybody else. Most of you are members of community Discords that have private channels that function in a similar way. And while I don't expect this to take away the anger and frustration of Ketkat being banned, I sincerely hope that it will allow some of you to consider how important this is to a lot of us. The mod chat that was violated is not a harbor of the nefarious. It isn't a place where we retreat to say all the evil stuff that would be ban-worthy if any of you said it, or unveil our "true selves." This channel is where we go to share mundane aspects of our lives. Where we gripe about our jobs, share our frustrations about our partners (or...lack of partners), post pictures of our pets, and ask the dumbest fucking questions. It's a place where we go to question ourselves, or uplift each other - about any number of things. It is where go to share things that, while mundane, are personal, and private, and shared under a blanket of trust. We don't stop being Black, or Queer, or Trans, or Women, or NB when we become mods. And again, many of you are members of community Discords that have private channels for similar purposes. The idea that somebody would violate that and dissect our lives is unforgivable to me. We are not the law. We are not elected officials. We are not paid with tax payer dollars. We are not paid at all. Our status as Resetera Mods does not extend to our real lives when we log off. We leave our computers, and our phones, and our tablets, to live the same lives that you do. We do not owe you our lives in order for you to trust us. We are not undeserving of privacy in order for you to trust us. If that's what it takes for you to trust us, then you weren't ever going to trust us at all. I didn't really have a relationship with Ketkat, but I respected her. But when she crossed that line, she crossed the line. Banning Ket was not easy and it was not secretive. It was discussed, and in all of my time here, among a team more diverse than any group of people I've worked with in real life, I have never seen a decision with broader support. We hope you continue to hold us accountable as mods. We hope more threads on trans issues will be created in the future, and we hope to continue to absorb your feedback to be better in addressing and handling trans issues. But Ketkat, unrelated to any of the above, is banned. And that is final.
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Thread Pete Buttigieg rising to the top in Iowa polls
--Never really responding or taking ownership for the poor leadership he has shown for the black people in his own damn city for starters. But that goes back further than a month. --His campaign leaning in on the dogwhistle that homophobia in the black community is the reason why he's not doing well with them is probably the clearest dog whistle I've heard on the left since the last time Bernie Sanders complained about "identity politics." --
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Thread Pete Buttigieg rising to the top in Iowa polls
Here's the thing, and I say this full-throated as a black gay man. I don't care. Buttigieg hasn't displayed, at any point in his career as a politician or gay person, a particular care about Black people, Black gay people (because we exist, and we don't like him either), or homophobia in the Black community. He has not been a part of that effort or work. He has not ever used his position to shine a respectful light on that issue or on black queer people in general. So no, you don't get to use "Black people don't like me because I'm gay!!!!" as a crutch now because you're polling badly with us. You ain't do any kind of work to get our respect, bruh.
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Thread Pete Buttigieg rising to the top in Iowa polls
I mean... I to be disgusted, that Buttigieg is surging after spending the last month throwing Black voters under the bus is borderline despicable to me. But then, I get it. This is Iowa we're talking about. One of the whitest states in the country gets to set the tone for the primaries of the party of diversity, and this is the role black people traditionally play. Ignored until you need us.
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Thread Another day, another fight at Popeyes (video)
I really feel for these Popeyes employees. I've been to three different Popeyes in Philadelphia since the whole chicken sandwich craze, and despite being in different parts of the city all three had several things in common: They were all packed, they were all disorganized, customers were RUDE AF (seriously, something about a product going viral just brings out the absolute worst in some people). Also, and this is important, all three of them were . Just, boiling. I couldn't imagine being in one for an hour. Much less 8...on my feet...dealing with these rude ass people trying to create a viral moment. This isn't the employees. As someone who's worked in food service, I'm wondering what kind of training the managers have gotten to handle this sudden influx of demand. And, I mean, Popeyes are already poppin BEFORE this sandwich. This has nothing to do with Chick Fil A. Chick has had its business model for decades. Their hiring, , and managerial practices have been fine-tuned to handle their demand. The "what is it about Popeyes...?" questions are starting to make my dog perk up. Keep it cute.
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Thread Warren details timelines to achieve Medicare For All
I'm getting concerned. Because it seems like Warren's camp is spending more time tailoring her M4A plan to respond to telegraphed attacks from her primary opponents, and not so much on a drafting a plan and strategy that actually makes sense to the average person. Screw what Bernie and Biden are going to say. This healthcare debate is important, but it's becoming more convoluted as time goes on, not less so. I had initial problems with Elizabeth Warren's healthcare proposal because it requires several big things (immigration reform, redistributing military spending, gutting our entire private insurance apparatus) to even begin to make her numbers work. Are these all things that need to be done? Yes. Are these all fights I expect even the most charismatic and driven President to accomplish in their first term, much less their first year? Yeah...that's a from me. I would also be remiss if I didn't point out that this timeline, fundamentally, is a sloppier version of the Medicare plan Kamala Harris released months ago. Somehow, I don't think Warren is going to get dogpilled the same way Harris was.
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Thread PopERA |ERA1| R9 to Drop in December. "All I Want for Christmas is You" Is Shaking
Lord, just watched the Fenty show. That girl Victoria AND the VMAs are canceled.
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Thread PopERA |ERA1| R9 to Drop in December. "All I Want for Christmas is You" Is Shaking
Who is Kim Petras? Like, no, seriously, HEW? Nothing I've heard sounds good. Like, nothing. So, she has to be somebody, right? Like a Paris Hilton "I'm talentless but rich as fuck and can make an album just cuz" right?
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Thread Trying to understand people who sincerely don't like children...
I used to think I disliked kids. Then I realized...no, actually, kids are fine. I dislike parents.
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Thread Watchmen |OT| HBO Lost Moore's Leftovers
This has been my favorite thing Lindolof's done up to this episode. Lindelof tends to annoy me as a writer because, to me, his penchant for mystery-box plots tends to hide overambitious (and sometime just plain lazy) storytelling. It often doesn't seem like he has an end goal in mind, so he gives you a little bit of everything, and whatever the endgame consensus is that's most flattering to his story... But I've said to friends I watch this show with, Watchmen is the first thing I've watched by Lindelof that actually felt like it was . There's a ton of mystery, but the narrative tight, like this is all going to matter in the end. Until this episode. I like that they didn't waste time with Lady Trieu's character and establishing where she fits in with the other characters. But the mystery is starting to feel overly obfuscated just to keep the audience in the dark (which, to me, is Lindelof at his worst), which made the conversation between Trieu and Will pretty hilarious and meta. And I'm already tired of Veidt. So he's in a prison. That much is obvious. Why the hell should we care? We were introduced to a new character this episode and already have a better grasp of her purpose for the story than Veidt, who's just been doing a different version of the same thing for 3 episodes now. Get on with it.
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Thread ‘No discipline. No plan. No strategy.’: Kamala Harris campaign in meltdown
So, here’s what I know: —Kamala’s record. —Her record compared to her predecessor’s record. —How other progressive prosecutors view her. None of that is speculation. It’s legal record. I was The mod on this board who wore a Kamala Harris T-shirt in my avatar before she even formally announced her run. I weep over the incompetence of her campaign. The Harris 2020 campaign was a mess. But I won’t let a Black Woman whom transformed the criminal justice system in my home state be lied on in regards to her record and what she accomplished. Bring receipts.
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Thread ‘No discipline. No plan. No strategy.’: Kamala Harris campaign in meltdown
Even the “progressive” older candidates who not only signed the crime bill, but ran on it in re-elections in their totally white home states? The very crime bill she fought against?
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Thread ‘No discipline. No plan. No strategy.’: Kamala Harris campaign in meltdown
Harris is to the far left of Krasner. Krasner, only just this year, instituted a city-wide public DoJ criminal database. So you can now see crime rates and arrest rates for the city of Philadelphia and hold law enforcement accountable. Over 5 years ago, Kamala did this....for the entire state of California. Her program was the model that Krasner used. See what I mean about receipts and not resting in ignorance? I’ll be waiting for them there receipts.
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Thread Mo'nique sues Netflix for discrimination because they didn't offer her Chris Rock or Ellen money for a special
You’re putting the cart before the horse here. Let’s be clear, Mo’Nique being “difficult” behind the scenes on Precious was only industry chatter. The public didn’t give a shit. Black folks celebrated her Oscar win knowing nothing about the okie doke happening behind the scenes. They celebrated it because....black folk LOVE Mo’Nique. Always have. So the idea that Mo has always been this unlikable person doesn’t really pan out. Not with her audience. Her reputation of being bitter and “unlikable” is really stemming from THIS situation where she’s demanding what she thinks she’s worth. And yeah, here’s where I absolutely agree that her husbandger is doing her NO favors.
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Thread Mo'nique sues Netflix for discrimination because they didn't offer her Chris Rock or Ellen money for a special
It should also be pointed out that Mo’Nique is a modern meme queen and a lot of people don’t even know it. I see so many people (even white people) using “The ___________ jumped out,” and “See, when you do clownery...sometimes, the clown comes back to bite” and not even know that was Mo. And those are just the two that immediately spring to mind
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Thread Mo'nique sues Netflix for discrimination because they didn't offer her Chris Rock or Ellen money for a special
I didn’t know who Deray Davis was, so before opening my mouth only to sound foolish I went and looked him up. Via Google. Paid no fees, info poured forth freely. Technology, sure is wonderful. And yeah, I’ve seen this guy in stuff. But that he got 5 mil? Really? That CANT be right
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Thread Mo'nique sues Netflix for discrimination because they didn't offer her Chris Rock or Ellen money for a special
Here’s where I stand with Mo. She’s a Black comedy icon. Point blank, full stop. If you don’t know this, you’re only telling on yourself. Go do some homework. Don’t disrespect the greats. That said...Mo is a She makes comedy for Black American audiences, and unapologetically so. THAT means that, when the time came, she DIDN’T do what Steve Harvey did, or what Wanda Sykes did, or what Dave Chappell did: she didn’t cross over to white audiences. And no disrespect to those Black comedians who chose to do that, but people who made that choice shouldn’t be shitting on Mo because she made the Choice not to. That’s why I’m of two sides in this. I don’t fault Mo for asking for more, she SHOULD have. She’s a name regardless of what she’s done recently, and I know for damn sure that a comeback special would have had every kid who grew up on The Parker’s (and are now in their 30s), and all the aunties who know her standup tuning the fuck in. And I don’t know how many times black audiences have to show up with our money before our-of-touch execs learn that if you give us content, we’ll consume it. But Dave Chappelle money? Eh....I dunno about THAT, sis. But definitely more than 500k.
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Thread Mo'nique sues Netflix for discrimination because they didn't offer her Chris Rock or Ellen money for a special
Netflix does plenty of niche content that they’re willing to shell out money for. I’m willing to bet that Mo’Nique’s comedy special would have brought in more that that odd Marvel niche binge they were on for a while. To say that Mo’Nique isn’t worth 500k is...a stretch. She gets paid more than that to do movies. Also, Mo’Nique’s beef with Oprah has nothing to do with this. Oprah brought Mo’Nique’s estranged mother onto her show to dish on Mo’s upbringing after Mo specifically asked her not to behind the scenes. That was messed up.
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Thread We need to talk about responding to Trans related issues
Alright now that this thread has become about people's personal relationships it's time to close this down. We do appreciate the OP making the thread and regret the way it's ending. For the record: This was never about what anyone saw when they were looking where they shouldn't. Personally, the idea that someone who was not supposed to have access to our private conversations had access makes me uncomfortable, and that has nothing to do with fear of being "outed" as a secret bigot. It's an invasion of a privacy we're entitled to, its us in our private moments, and us being mods does not give you the right to violate that. To think otherwise is, frankly, not something that sits right with me or anyone else on the staff. I guarantee you'd feel the same in our shoes. We put in work every day to make this community welcoming to LGBTQ+ members and although recent events may have overshadowed that, we will continue to put in that work because we care. We wouldn't be here otherwise.
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Thread Mo'nique sues Netflix for discrimination because they didn't offer her Chris Rock or Ellen money for a special
It’s strange to me the particular types of threads that inspire people to enter them and boldly proclaim their ignorance of the subject. Bing is a click away, y’all.
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Thread Mo'nique sues Netflix for discrimination because they didn't offer her Chris Rock or Ellen money for a special
My GOD yes.
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Thread Mo'nique sues Netflix for discrimination because they didn't offer her Chris Rock or Ellen money for a special
That Hwyte money will do it.
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Thread Mo'nique sues Netflix for discrimination because they didn't offer her Chris Rock or Ellen money for a special
If you grew up with any knowledge of the 80s/90s/early 2000s black comedy scene, you know who Mo’Nique is. Mo was quite simply a titan in her prime. I don’t know where I personally stand in her beef with Netflix, because I can see both sides of this particular fight, but let’s not play silly. Also, if you don’t know “who” she is...Google is my good homegirl, and she can be yours too.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT9| I'm really glad I'm not on Twitter nearly enough to understand all the references
Because there can only be one Black Woman candidate? Look, I know I'm the "Kamala Harris" guy in this thread. But...you're trying too hard.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT9| I'm really glad I'm not on Twitter nearly enough to understand all the references
I'm not comfortable with the framing that certain candidates (, the PoC candidates) are "attacking." That just rings...kind of gross to me. Castro isn't attacking anyone. He's speaking truth to power. Black women are the backbone of this party. They aren't represented at all in the first two pivotal contests.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT9| I'm really glad I'm not on Twitter nearly enough to understand all the references
Yeah, Castro has no chance. Still, it’s so refreshing to see a charming candidate go into the devil’s den and say this out loud:
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Thread It’s been 245 days since the last White House press briefing
Frankly, can't say I miss them. They stopped being a tool to hold the administration accountable long ago: by the end they were mere punditry "can you believe that happened!? can you believe she said that!?" fodder that didn't really matter, and that nobody cared about until something outrageous enough happened to be made fun of on SNL. The only unfortunate thing is that press briefings ended because the administration shut them down, and not because the media in our country joined together and collectively refused to be used as propaganda tools which is what should have happened.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT9| I'm really glad I'm not on Twitter nearly enough to understand all the references
Black people in his own damn town were going, “...now wait a fuckin minute.” Should have listened. DAMN I’m still pissed about that $20 I donated to Buttigieg. That could have been my WoW subscription. That’s a month of Netflix AND Hulu. That’s a drink and cover at the gay club on Friday night!
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT9| I'm really glad I'm not on Twitter nearly enough to understand all the references
Maybe. But then I remember a certain politician bursting onto the scene, going viral, and outperforming Democrats for generations in his home state of Texas...because he was asked a tough question in a hostile environment and answered it, with grace and honesty. Everything about Warren's response to this question, from the answer itself to the tone, was dismissive and, worse, didn't seem to respect the validity of the question at all (when, as someone else said, primary order is not a new topic). There was no honesty in Warren here, and there damn sure wasn't any grace. And it's not lost on me, and my black ass, that Warren's otherwise campaign seems to always have its missteps when it comes to race.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT9| I'm really glad I'm not on Twitter nearly enough to understand all the references
Democrats need to stop downplaying the importance of political theater. Political theater is exactly how Republicans have maintained power despite their atrocious political aims. Politics IS theater, and GOD I wish more Democrats knew that. Besides, the thing that's so crazy about Warren in this moment is how otherwise she and her campaign have been with the "bullshit" political theater! I know that's what got my attention.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT9| I'm really glad I'm not on Twitter nearly enough to understand all the references
Besides, the only person who framed it as attacking Iowa and NH...was Warren herself. Although, to be fair to her, her tone to me sounded like she might have initially meant that as a joke, then got somewhat defensive when the joke didn't really land and Goodman continued to press her question.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT9| I'm really glad I'm not on Twitter nearly enough to understand all the references
Just frame the question as it was presented. She was asked about state primary order and how it reflects the diversity of the Democratic primary. That's not an attack on Iowa and NH. That's just facts. To me, this question only reads as an attack if you view primary order as some sort of declaration of the value of a state and its voters.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT9| I'm really glad I'm not on Twitter nearly enough to understand all the references
LOL I get the politics behind Warren's answer, but this is like the third time now she's used that "I'm just a player in the game" duck and that's just hilarious to me because it goes against her branding as the fighter candidate. So, hypothetically, we're to believe that Warren's going to bravely take on Republicans, the health insurance industry, the military industrial complex, and big banks...but she cowers before an honest question about Iowa and NH (that anybody aware of the diversity of the US understands: it's complete bullshit that the presidential race is defined by two of the whitest states in the country)? That she took it as a call for her to attack those two states, instead of an opportunity to display her wonkish chops and discuss a complex problem with nuance is...a shocking lack of creativity on her part.
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Thread Senator Kamala Harris introduces new bill to extend school day to 6PM
For what it’s worth, Harris’s first proposed legislation as an official candidate was for expanding teacher pay. The very first one.Albatross has made it pretty clear that they’re not defending Harris. Whether or not we try to see the sense in a candidate’s proposed legislation should have nothing to do with whether or not we already like that candidate.
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Thread Senator Kamala Harris introduces new bill to extend school day to 6PM
This is possible in a lot of places in the US. However, I'm from Los Angeles, one of the largest cities in the US. It's not uncommon for kids in a city that big to go to a school a significant distance from home. Especially if you went to a magnet school outside your district or, horror, had a parent who borrowed a relatives address who lived in a better neighborhood so you could go to a better school (which is also common). Also, there's a component of this that doesn't have much to do with transportion. One benefit of after school programs is providing kids with a safe and space after school. Not , but studying, doing homework, recreational activites, bla bla bla. Because if not for these programs you kids are out on the streets after school. And if they're out on the street after school...they might join The Gangs.
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Thread Senator Kamala Harris introduces new bill to extend school day to 6PM
The bill doesn't claim to be a fix-all solution. I think the part that you're missing is that this plan isn't requiring kids to stay at school until 6PM. IF schools want the grant money, it requires them to be until at least 6PM. There will still be plenty of busses dropping kids off in broad daylight.
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Thread Senator Kamala Harris introduces new bill to extend school day to 6PM
No, because this is not “schooling” nor is it mandatory. Nor does it increase the workload of teachers. It’s all in the bill. This is a plan to incentivize schools through federal grant money to employ additional staff through community programs for the purpose of keeping schools open until 6PM, so that working parents who don’t have the ability to pick their kids up right after school have more time to do so without their kids sitting in the curb waiting for them. In basic terms, it is extending after school programs. But people see “school day” and stop reading.
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Thread Senator Kamala Harris introduces new bill to extend school day to 6PM
School buses? The whole point of this plan is to address poorer communities and families who don’t have means to pick up their kids after school. This isn’t a plan for you if your kids are in a community where they’re getting bussed home from school. Respectfully, you’re far removed from who this plan is designed to address if you’re thinking in terms of school buses.
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Thread Senator Kamala Harris introduces new bill to extend school day to 6PM
You should read the plan, which doesn’t propose any of what you’re suggesting.
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This is a valid critique. But honestly, I don’t know what happens here. You’re right, the kid waiting on the curb needs help now regardless. But if you’re the President, not a state legislature, what do you do besides federal grant money and incentivizing?
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Thread Senator Kamala Harris introduces new bill to extend school day to 6PM
Welcome to the life of a lot of inner city kids already. Except it isn't indoors with funded activities; it's waiting around outside the closed school for your parents to come pick you up.
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Thread Senator Kamala Harris introduces new bill to extend school day to 6PM
I simply don't follow that throughline. 'Not enough funding so...Corruption!' doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me of a plan that has accountability measures embedded within it. You might think 3 years congressional oversight is too long, but yearly reporting still makes grift a whole lot harder. Besides, I'm not denying the right of anyone to have concerns. This isn't a perfect bill (no candidate has yet released a perfect bill). My entire point in addressing you at the start was simple: address the bill on its merits. You claimed the language of this bill required teachers to work longer hours. It simply does not. Period.
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Thread Senator Kamala Harris introduces new bill to extend school day to 6PM
Don't do that. I didn't say I don't understand what you're saying. I said I don't follow it. Which means I don't reach the same conclusion you do. Where I think you're making a leap is the idea that school districts would have to search for, hire, and train a brand new staff to provide extended after school care; and that if they can't do this their only option (if they want the grant money) is to pressure their teachers to work more hours. This ignores a few things: 1) That this plan itself incentives schools working with established community organizations to provide staffing (which has already been addressed). 2) That schools relying on extending teacher hours to cover staffing will be reflected in yearly reporting as required by the plan. Again, you can disagree with the effectiveness of that, but you're taking that disagreement to write a complete fanfiction of what you're "sure" is going to happen. That's where I disagree with you. There a plenty of school programs that go underfunded (oftentimes severely so) while still providing lifechanging programs to students and their families. I benefited from some of them. Besides, if you're so concerned about what this will do to teachers, why aren't you acknowledging that Kamala's plan was endorsed by AFT? One of the largest teacher unions in the country?
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Thread Senator Kamala Harris introduces new bill to extend school day to 6PM
Ummm, did you read the last 10 pages? Quite a few people are saying that.
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Thread Senator Kamala Harris introduces new bill to extend school day to 6PM
LOL -- you got to admit that you're moving the goal posts here. Your original posts in this thread were along the lines of this proposal not just being "inadequate" but actively harmful to its stated goal. You even went as far as insinuating that plan said things it clearly didn't. If your point this entire time was that the proposal didn't "adequately address the problem" then...there might be an actual avenue by which I could agree with you!
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Thread Senator Kamala Harris introduces new bill to extend school day to 6PM
Just going to drop this here because, you know, who could possibly like this idea...
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Thread Senator Kamala Harris introduces new bill to extend school day to 6PM
This is addressed in the very part of the bill that I already quoted. I'll bold the relevant parts:1) This bill prioritizes working with community organizations (and if you don't believe that many already exist who would love a bill like this, I don't know what to say). 2) This bill already provides a means of oversight on the progress of the schools using this funds. That includes . You can doubt that things will work as proposed in this bill. But you can't claim that those concerns aren't addressed by the bill.
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Thread Senator Kamala Harris introduces new bill to extend school day to 6PM
While I low key agree, there is a reason for this: This bill, as stated in its enactment clause, is meant to amend which is where the "school day" terminology is derived from. That alone conflicts with your idea that this bill is "poorly written."
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Thread Senator Kamala Harris introduces new bill to extend school day to 6PM
I'm not saying you're wrong here, because 5 million seems like not-a-lot to me on instinct as well. But as someone willing to give this plan a charitable read (because no recent candidate I can think of has talked about something like this), my follow-up is basically...compared to what? We don't really have a whole lot of national programs of this type to compare here.
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Thread Senator Kamala Harris introduces new bill to extend school day to 6PM
Again, this is false. This is not what the bill says or "encourages." This is your slant on the bill. To take the bill at "face value" means to take it on what it says. Anything else is your slant on it. That is taking the bill at face value. That is value judgment, which is meaningless here. We could apply this exercise to literally any bill proposed by any candidate.
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Thread Senator Kamala Harris introduces new bill to extend school day to 6PM
So, as was pointed out by the guy on the internet to defend Kamala's dumb last ditch effort, how do you rectify your claims of what the bill "encourages" with the fact that, stated in that same bill, a requirement to even receive the grant money is that teachers and staff are not given more hours? If your answer to this is some form of, "Well, institutions are corrupt, they'll find a way." Well then, sorry to tell you, but no candidate has figured out a solution to that one as it pertains to the various legislation they plan to introduce. Guess they should all go home!
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Thread Senator Kamala Harris introduces new bill to extend school day to 6PM
Two things: 1) I'm not really concerned about how this bill could be "twisted," because you could aim that concern at any bill proposed by any candidate. I'm addressing this bill on its merits. You described it falsely in multiple ways across several pages. I was merely highlighting that you were incorrect. 2) ...so now your problem with the bill is that it doesn't extend after school programs ? Are there schools with programs that go into the late evening, yes. But that is far from the norm. I was raised in good ol' "Progressive" California, and most of the schools in my district were lucky to provide an hour of after school care.This isn't "overtime labor" it's "volunteer labor." As in no teacher will be required to do it. Why are you repeating talking points that have been proven false?
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Thread Senator Kamala Harris introduces new bill to extend school day to 6PM
Matching the federal money is a failsafe in the event the grant money runs out if the program isn't extended. The goal is to ultimately be a self-sustainable program. Many federal programs, including the ACA, run this way.
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Thread Senator Kamala Harris introduces new bill to extend school day to 6PM
To be fair, the headlines on this bill are fucked, and her campaign should have better anticipated that. Which is a shame, because this bill really is a very good thing for working parents who want a guaranteed safe place for their kids after school. The lengths that people are going to mischaracterize the intent of this bill when the language of it is plain as day (while at the same time claiming they read the thing) is just...sad to me. Should the working day be shorter? Absolutely. This bill doesn't dispute that. But this bill, to me, rings as the work of a candidate who looked at the problems we're facing with the intent of coming up with immediate solutions. It's going to take a lot of time and persuasive efforts to shorten the national work day. In the meantime, provide more funding for after school programs.
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Plenty. But here's the other thing: It's not just about traditional 9-5 jobs. The struggle to find (and keep) work and the gig economy can keep even parents above the poverty line from being available to pick their kids up after school or arrange for childcare. My mother was a stylist when I was a kid. That came with an insane schedule. Having school programs available until 6 would have made it not just easier for her to pick me up, but to arrange for someone else to pick me up in the event that she couldn't without me spending hours sitting on the curb with my gameboy.
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Thread Senator Kamala Harris introduces new bill to extend school day to 6PM
I don't see what's wrong with this bill. It isn't advocating for a longer "school day." It's not proposing more work for teachers. It's a proposal to advocate funding for more public after school programs because, guess what, a lot of (poorer) schools don't have that and, guess another thing, not all parents are able to take off work to pick their kids up after school. It's all right there in the bill. I grew up in Los Angeles. My elementary school was about a 30 minute drive from home, and an even longer walk. From what I remember, there was only an extra hour of after school activities/care, after which, I had two options: sit outside the school for hours until my single mother was able to take off work and come pick me up. Or, when I got a little older, find a way home myself. When you are a kid growing up in the inner city, neither of these options are what most parents to be faced with. But it IS the reality for entirely too many kids. Since when did we, as the left, get to the point where we're shitting on a candidate for...*checks notes*...making after school care more accessible for parents?
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Thread Senator Kamala Harris introduces new bill to extend school day to 6PM
Again, not true. It's not "calling on" teachers to work additional hours. Teachers will have the option to volunteer their time to this program, and they're compensated for the additional work. It's literally right there in the bit of the Mother Jones article I quoted, in the language of the bill itself. Here's that:Like, it is really incredibly difficult to misinterpret this. The goal of this legislation as, again stated in the bill, is to incentive schools to create Extending the time of existing teachers and staff will literally not be possible through this legislation.
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Thread T.I. Reveals He Goes To The Gynecologist Every Year With Daughter To Ensure Her Hymen Is Still Intact
This isn’t overprotectiveness because, theoretically, he’ll already be “too late” by this method. This is fear-mongering and, more importantly, this is for him. This is for his own bruised, fragile, irrational, and just plain pathetic male ego. This is a need to control the women in his space. This is toxic masculinity. See Also; T.I. getting into a very embarrassing “feud” with Floyd Mayweather a few years back because he DANCED with his wife Tiny at a party, and this just weeks after the internet caught him cheating on that same wife for the 500th time.
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Thread T.I. Reveals He Goes To The Gynecologist Every Year With Daughter To Ensure Her Hymen Is Still Intact
Ho-Tep Mo-Tep Holiday-INNNNNN
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT9| The Assassination of Tulsi Gabbard's Campaign by the Coward Hillary Clinton
Meanwhile, nobody's talking about Steyer stealing Kamala's campaign data. I shouldn't be the only person getting deja vu. Just because she's not going to be the nominee doesn't mean this shouldn't be fucking alarming.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT9| The Assassination of Tulsi Gabbard's Campaign by the Coward Hillary Clinton
I think anybody on Kamala's campaign or caring about a fair Democratic process would have a lot to say. I imagine Team Bernie will be silent.
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I respect that, even if I disagree. I loathe Biden. But I've remained clear-eyed enough on what the Republican party has become to know that, insinuating that Biden is in "the wrong party" is incredibly fucking bonkers. These people are defending children in cages.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT9| The Assassination of Tulsi Gabbard's Campaign by the Coward Hillary Clinton
Oh, he don't represent me either. A LOT OF Democrats don't represent me. Being a member of a political party sometimes means that, surprise shock horror, IT AIN'T ALWAYS ABOUT ME. Biden, for all his flaws, is a Democrat. Warren can piss off insinuating he's not. There's a real elitism showing itself with Warren as she gets comfortable, and I'm not liking it. At all.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT9| The Assassination of Tulsi Gabbard's Campaign by the Coward Hillary Clinton
If we want people who change their minds, we should also want people who represent the broad range of the Democratic Party, from the far left to the center left: basically, Biden. I say that to say this: Warren's point was gross. Biden had every right to come for her throat. We will not redefine this part as only representing the far left. Fuck that.
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Thread Fantastic Beasts 3 to be set in Brazil, will film Spring 2020
I don’t care about setting, frankly. What Fantastic Beasts needs is a writing partner for Rowling who’s not afraid to constrain her. The biggest problem with these movies is that all narrative control has been given to someone used to spreading their plot across 600+ pages.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT9| The Assassination of Tulsi Gabbard's Campaign by the Coward Hillary Clinton
None of this means a single shit until it comes from the candidate’s mouth. Until then, put knows the forces he’s flirting with. FAKE EDIT: My phone interpreted “Buttigieg” as “put”. And I’m leaving it.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT9| The Assassination of Tulsi Gabbard's Campaign by the Coward Hillary Clinton
She may not have much of a chance, but she will Always be my candidate. Such a wonderful response. And of COURSE it’s the Black Woman taking on Buttigieg’s nonsense.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT9| The Assassination of Tulsi Gabbard's Campaign by the Coward Hillary Clinton
I’m going to say something about Warren’s messaging that I’ve said in the past about her in regards to black voters, but now I’m wondering, looking at these numbers, if it might be worth widening the tent on my opinion Her “You don’t get what you don’t fight for” style of messaging is inherently elitist. It’s almost disrespectful in tone to the people out there who view just getting by day-to-day as a “fight.” if I were a person of color in her camp with sway, I’d be shouting that right about now.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT9| The Assassination of Tulsi Gabbard's Campaign by the Coward Hillary Clinton
It’s not just stupidity it’s stupidity + racism. Unless White Americans have a monopoly on all of the country’s abundant supply of stupidity.
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Thread Stephen Miller, advisor to Trump, engaged to Katie Waldman, communication director for Pence
You know... Sometimes... Two people can both be terrible and find each other. I wish them both hell.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT9| The Assassination of Tulsi Gabbard's Campaign by the Coward Hillary Clinton
Speaking of Pete Buttigieg... Boy George can politely get on a Tardis back to the 80s. Certain white gays are really showing their asses over this man.
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Thread World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth |OT2| Bless Your Heart
To me, it just comes off as the writing team trying to have their cake and eat it too. There's a way that Sylvanas' behavior makes sense and that the revelation that she's been soulbound (I'm assuming that's what this is) to The Jailer makes sense...if you make it recent history. There was a notable shift in Sylvanas' perceived motivations all the way back in Legion, and yeah the idea was that this had a lot to do with her deal with Helya, but there's room to make it deeper than that. Sylvanas binding herself to the Jailer back in Edge of Night? That...just doesn't track. Sure, it makes sense in that the place Sylvanas went to when she died was likely the Maw. But Sylvanas had so much character growth between that moment and Legion that...it doesn't really work that all this time she had all these behind-the-scenes machinations going on.
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Thread World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth |OT2| Bless Your Heart
One thing I'm confused by... Are the new death knights created before Sylvanas destroys the helm? Or does Bolvar somehow maintain that power even after the helm is destroyed?
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT9| The Assassination of Tulsi Gabbard's Campaign by the Coward Hillary Clinton
"No one's plan is paid for" is a really reductive way to look at this. I mean, yes I know this (we all know this), but clearly it's not that simple or she would have put out a plan months ago. Some candidates have put more effort into making feasible plans than others. I get the politics of Warren's strategy here. But, not gonna lie, I was expecting her plan to be a little more approachable than this.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT9| The Assassination of Tulsi Gabbard's Campaign by the Coward Hillary Clinton
That's not what I said at all. Passing immigration reform should be its own fight. It should be the thing we do of whether or not it's going to make your medicare 4 all numbers work. I don't care if immigration reform adds to medicare costs: .
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT9| The Assassination of Tulsi Gabbard's Campaign by the Coward Hillary Clinton
I don't think Warren's plan is very feasible for a whole host of reasons. This continued harping on what I must think about immigration reform is...weird. I'm not giving Warren a cookie here. Immigration reform is a part of her overall message because it had better fucking be.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT9| The Assassination of Tulsi Gabbard's Campaign by the Coward Hillary Clinton
I don't really care much about Warren having a debate soundbite. It's true that she needed a better answer to the taxes question...but I'm not sure this is that? "Will your plan raise taxes?" --> "Not one penny" --> "How?" and where does she go from there? This plan is weedsy, even for her. But that's neither here nor there. (Lord help me, I'm reading policy papers on my day off) The Immigration Reform bit makes sense as you put, and you're right: not the part to get tripped up over. Although, where are you getting 20.5 trillion from? Warren seems to be saying that her plan is going to cost around the 52 trillion we're currently spending? And reading her plan, I'm still seeing a lot of fantasy on where she's going to nickel and dime to bring down spending, I'm not seeing much addressing people/businesses who actually like their private insurance, and I'm not seeing much addressing how she proposes people transition to her version of medicare for all. She's proposing passing immigration reform, reforming military spending, closing significant tax loopholes AND taking on private insurance all at once to make this plan happen. Don't get me wrong, that's all great shit that needs to happen anyway, but you have to start , and you have to WIN all these fights (simultaneously) for your plan to work. This is actually the thing I respected the most about Kamala's plan, even if the 10 year timeline opened her up to a lot of heat. Kamala's plan (and Biden's) seem to do the most work in laying out how they propose to get from A to B in a way that makes sense. So far, Warren's plan is coming across as sensible, while still basically requiring the stars to align in much the same way Sanders' plan does. Not to mention, if this is how she's working the math to get Medicare 4 All to work...where is she getting the money for everything else she's planning to do?Why do you keep conflating these two things? Being skeptical of Warren's medicare for all plan says nothing about my opinion on passing immigration reform (which I'm for, but I shouldn't need to say that because that's not what I'm talking about). Because yeah, our government is keeping kids in cages, some of us haven't forgotten that.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT9| The Assassination of Tulsi Gabbard's Campaign by the Coward Hillary Clinton
Did she tho? Because what I read doesn't make a whole lot of sense. Correct me if I'm wrong, because I've been really busy this week and haven't had time to read her plan in full myself...but doesn't a large part of paying for the plan involve passing immigration reform and getting an increased tax revenue bump from the population influx? Because if that's the plan...it's a dumb plan.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT9| The Assassination of Tulsi Gabbard's Campaign by the Coward Hillary Clinton
You're not talking to a centrist. I think it's really important to be able to have these conversations without erecting strawmen to respond to. I'm not advocating "centrist" politics by expecting my politicians to be accountable for their ideas.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT9| The Assassination of Tulsi Gabbard's Campaign by the Coward Hillary Clinton
My point is...even within the realm of "thinking big" this plan is still dumb. And...we're talking about people's health care. This is the one place where candidates should be putting out ambitious but ideas. Not fan fiction. You're not running for president of Tumblr. Warren's plan from what I've seen is DoA, and that's disappointing coming from her.
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Thread "Lock Him Up" Chant Breaks Out at the World Series (Trump shown on big screen)
Whew! The ratio on that Morning Joe tweet. Does a soul good. Done coddling fascists.
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Thread Watchmen |OT| HBO Lost Moore's Leftovers
Boring? By my view, "leftist" vs "alt-right" bullshit is one of the defining social issues of our time. And I don't know about you but I don't see a whole lot of current media telling that story and reflecting that reality. So far, television has displayed an annoying fear of telling those stories (ESPECIALLY in a way that frames white supremacists as the terrorists they actually are). Also, you can't really divorce your "defense" of Watchmen while ignoring that a huge theme of the original comic...was social anxieties in a post-WW world and anti-Reaganism. It wasn't a superhero deconstruction taking place in a vacuum. The politics of the moment were literally the setting of the original comic, and it was in how the heroes navigated that world that we got the character studies and deconstructed the idea of the "superhero." In the HBO show we literally have the US' police force to conduct normal, everyday police work in a world swallowed up by white supremacist terrorism. If you don't think there's room for a deconstruction of the idea of the superhero in that..well, I don't know what to tell you.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT9| The Assassination of Tulsi Gabbard's Campaign by the Coward Hillary Clinton
I was out at a gay bar with my best friend the night Obama announced bin Laden's death. I'm telling you, drunk gays do patriotism the best.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT9| The Assassination of Tulsi Gabbard's Campaign by the Coward Hillary Clinton
Ugh...we're going to get more Nobel chanting, are we?
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Thread World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth |OT2| Bless Your Heart
Waitaminute... WAIT A MINUTE THE SHIRTS ARE ONLY 30 DOLLARS!?!!? Where's my pocketbook!?
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Thread US carriers kill Google's RCS messaging initiative
Exactly. Facebook Messenger is proof that Google's deficiencies have less to do with "We can't piss off the carriers!" and more to do with "We don't want to rock the boat with carriers." Facebook Messenger works EXACTLY like iMessage does, falling back to SMS within the app. This is the main reason Facebook Messenger has been more successful than ANY Google text venture. It took a system most people in the US already had and integrated rich texting features on top of it. It's just so frustrating. Google had the app in place with Allo. Allo was a great messaging app. But Google refusing to integrate Allo with SMS doomed it right out the gate.Exactly.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT9| The Assassination of Tulsi Gabbard's Campaign by the Coward Hillary Clinton
Here's where I'll acknowledge my own potential bias: I'll accept that interpretation as implicit if it's coming from another black person. If you're an old white man? No. You need to spell out to me in plain language that you get it. Because, frankly, old white men have not earned the benefit of the doubt here. Hillary knew this. God, her campaign was like fucking manna from heaven compared to the jokes this year.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT9| The Assassination of Tulsi Gabbard's Campaign by the Coward Hillary Clinton
Bernie's answer didn't sit right with me. Yes, the instruction black people get as kids is to be very compliant and meek with police, because police are looking for any reason to do harm to you. That is very real. But Bernie's answer seemed to be couched in respectability. The idea that we should be polite and respectful because that's what the police deserve, and that black people are brutalized by police because we give them those things. There was too much emphasis on how black people "should behave" and no real acknowledgment that black people who do behave "properly" are still brutalized and killed by cops.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT9| The Assassination of Tulsi Gabbard's Campaign by the Coward Hillary Clinton
And shame on Corey Booker for using his presence to legitimize this. I'd say shame on Sanders...but I don't expect better from him.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT9| The Assassination of Tulsi Gabbard's Campaign by the Coward Hillary Clinton
PI saw this yesterday. First Step Act or not, Donald Trump has enabled and generational damage to Black folks. Giving him any sort of award for "criminal justice" is a slap in the face. Especially considering that this same group awarded Kamala in 2016
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Thread US carriers kill Google's RCS messaging initiative
The line that I put in bold is the problem with your position here. You're expecting a "sea change" movement in a hyper diverse country of over 300 million, while completely underestimating what it would take to actually make that happen. Again, if the solution to the US' texting clusterfuck was as simple as "well, why don't we all just move to this [predetermined app]?" then it wouldn't be a problem because we'd all have already done it. Nobody is sticking with SMS/MMS because it's better or even preferred. You have to examine the forces that are keeping people exactly where they are. Google was on the right track when they tried to incentivize carriers into implementing RCS on their networks last year. Where they, once again, fucked up is in thinking that carriers would just go along with this without needing to be strong-armed. Carriers are stupid, and when they're not being stupid they're incredibly profit based. Google is simply not going to be able to make a unified RCS platform happen on its OS without throwing it's weight around. "We're Google. Android is our platform. We're doing this. We don't care what you think. Tough shit. Where are you going to go? Windows Phone? LOL"
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Thread US carriers kill Google's RCS messaging initiative
These conversations are frustrating. If you don't live in the US, and don't seem to be willing to understand that Unlimited SMS/MMS evolved differently here and drastically changed how people in the US adopted apps like WhatsApp, then what are you really getting out of this conversation? I'm just seeing people going to great lengths to explain this difference, while continuing to be ignored by people who would be quite upset if that same ignorance were shown in reverse.
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Thread US carriers kill Google's RCS messaging initiative
The United States is a country of over 300 million people. The vast majority of those people are not international travelers. Born and raised in Los Angeles here. Currently live on the East Coast (Philly). Again, a grand total of two people I know use WhatsApp.
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Thread US carriers kill Google's RCS messaging initiative
This is incredibly reductive. The US is not Europe, and vise versa. It's strange that, in almost any other subject, people seem to be more willing to understand this. I have hundreds of contacts in my phone. Of those contacts I've collected over the years, a grand total of use WhatsApp. So what should I do to change that situation? Other than waste my precious time becoming essentially a brand ambassador for an App for free? If your grand solution to the issue of messaging in the US is just "well, why don't you all just start using [insert app here]?" Maybe posit that you don't have much to contribute to this conversation.
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Thread US carriers kill Google's RCS messaging initiative
This made sense once upon a time. But Android is a juggernaut now. Google could absolutely throw their weight around if they want to. It's just depressing. I vastly prefer Android, but for the first time since I left iPhone with the 5s, I'm feeling the pressure to return...almost solely because of iMessage.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT9| The Assassination of Tulsi Gabbard's Campaign by the Coward Hillary Clinton
Putting on my tin hat for a second...One thing I've been on the record saying in this thread is that I don't think Donald Trump is afraid of Biden at all. I've long suspected that Biden is the candidate Trump WANTS to run against. The ingredients are all there: He's the establishment candidate (so he'll immediately suck up critical support), but he lacks enthusiasm with key groups of the Democratic base. Over time, Biden has actually become to key points of the base. Joe has always been the candidate Trump would most be able to "dirty" in the way he did Hillary. And over the last month, we've seen why they wanted Biden. We've now learned that this entire time, they were conspiring to pressure Ukraine to not only investigate Biden, but to do so . We've learned that the plan was to drag Biden through his son's work in Ukraine, and we've also learned that Putin's hands are all over this through that stupid Cloudstrike bullshit. We've also learned that this trap sprang early. They wanted this bomb to go off closer to the election. Going back to the first debate, it was ALWAYS weird to me (and not just because I'm #KHive), that Tulsi became almost on Kamala after the debate. Tulsi had never talked about her before, never really seemed to have any opinion of her or any of the candidates, but suddenly she was attacking her in every interview she did in the lead up to the second debate. Then we get to the second debate, and she hits her with talking points. At the time, people thought I was just a butthurt fan, but no...it was weird. Weirder still that after that, she promptly forgot Harris. Even when Harris was wounded but still very much top-tier, nothing. And then Warren surges, becomes a threat to Biden in much the same way Kamala had been at one point, and it's like suddenly someone flipped Tulsi's switch again. And is she doing this out of some sort of affinity for Biden? There was early speculation that she might be vying for a VP slot, but I don't buy that either! Because she doesn't display any sort of actual affinity for him. She just goes after whoever threatens his status as a frontrunner. I know this kind of sounds crazy, but...put a pin in it.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT9| The Assassination of Tulsi Gabbard's Campaign by the Coward Hillary Clinton
Honestly, there's an important lesson here, that we've seen play out over and over again... The inclination to appear is causing a worrisome number of people who really should know better to overlook blatantly obvious things because Republicans and bad actors in general have learned that if you pull your grift right out in the open, the "smart people" will actually bend over backwards to come up with your alibi for you. Every move that Tulsi is making has been obvious. So, so obvious.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT9| The Assassination of Tulsi Gabbard's Campaign by the Coward Hillary Clinton
Neither did Kamala
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Thread Tulsi Gabbard Meets With Wall Street Fat Cats, Said To Be Eyeing Third Party Run
Here's the rub: She has ALWAYS been this. But she throws bombs at the DNC (which is so hot and "in" right now) and kissed Bernie's ring, which was apparently all it took for a bunch of "progressives" to forget that she was a conservative, warmongering, dictator loving homophobe and trip over themselves to support her. In short: no. I have absolutely zero faith in the same far left folk who adored her in 2015/16 to not be swayed by her potential third party run. if Bernie doesn't get the nomination and she runs on a "Bernie was robbed!" platform.
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Thread Tulsi Gabbard Meets With Wall Street Fat Cats, Said To Be Eyeing Third Party Run
And every Democrat who spoke up in defense of Tulsi looks like a damn moron. I swear, people are eventually going to get tired of Hillary Clinton being correct.
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Thread Tulsi Gabbard Meets With Wall Street Fat Cats, Said To Be Eyeing Third Party Run
I want to think that Tulsi going third party won't have an effect. But I also refuse to pretend like 2016 didn't happen. Jill Stein had an effect. We can't forget that. And so far Tulsi is being taken a whole lot more seriously by the media than Stein ever was. It's best to treat Tulsi like the trash she is, while not losing sight of the fact that, in a close election, she could do damage. So...vote, kids.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT9| The Assassination of Tulsi Gabbard's Campaign by the Coward Hillary Clinton
Because, you know, when black people raise their voices in concern, it's because we're being irrational and complaining about not getting enough special treatment and free stuff.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT9| The Assassination of Tulsi Gabbard's Campaign by the Coward Hillary Clinton
Kamala is also a good one. I'd actually say that, policy-wise, her's has probably been the most consistent and bullshit-less. She puts out detailed plans, and takes the heat while formerly progressive champions slowly absorb them months later. Throw Castro in there too.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT9| The Assassination of Tulsi Gabbard's Campaign by the Coward Hillary Clinton
...but doesn't Pete's heel turn sort of prove all the bitch eating crackers people right? I mean, I KNOW I saw his ass for what he was and openly said so months ago. Once again for the people in the back: black people are this country's canary in the coal mine. Shit stopped smelling right with Pete the second the black folk in his own damn city started reading his ass for filth.
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Thread TikTok's New Local Moderation Bans LGBT Content
Somewhat an aside, but the rise of TikTok in the US itself was always...strange to me. Granted, I'm definitely aged out of the core demographic. But as someone who frequently uses social media and with two younger sisters who are part of the core demo, I hadn't heard of TikTok until about 3 years ago when it was suddenly everywhere. There seemed to be a year long period when I couldn't get away from its ads. Then I downloaded it in its early stages and...I really couldn't figure out who it was for. It seemed like a clumsier, more complicated Vine.
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Thread Trump calls the impeachment inquiry a "lynching"
'Racist president says racist thing,' is more correct. Let's not excuse the blatant hate and racial ignorance he exhibits daily as mere idiocy. The man is vile and irredeemable, the latest stain on our country's wretched tabard and we should all look forward to the day when people who once proudly supported him are relegated to meeting in dark alleys behind dumpsters. That's more than just being a dumb man. Donald Trump is evil. Though I agree, that shouldn't be a headline.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT9| The Assassination of Tulsi Gabbard's Campaign by the Coward Hillary Clinton
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT9| The Assassination of Tulsi Gabbard's Campaign by the Coward Hillary Clinton
This wasn't her plan...unless she's psychic and knew something as blatant and specific as Ukraine-gate was coming. Multiple forces came together to move her hand.
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Thread tulsi gabbard responds to hillary clinton (NYT corrects reporting, Clinton said Republicans and not Russians are grooming her for a 3rd party run)
With each video she puts out, it gets more difficult to argue that Tulsi's just being a "useful idiot" here. This shit is getting blatant. I'm not linking to the shit, but I half expected her to start chanting "Lock her up."
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Thread Trump calls the impeachment inquiry a "lynching"
Ahhh... So today is going to be yet another day where we learn how many media sources need more black people in their newsrooms. I'm not surprised Trump would say something like this. He's irredeemable, racist scum; of course he would. But everyone else...?
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Thread tulsi gabbard responds to hillary clinton
Continuing with the red scare nonsense is weird enough when there are things out the open indicating Russian interest in Gabbard (and that he continuing to dodge on this isn't doing her any favors), but...People have literally called Trump both of these things in the last month alone.
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Thread tulsi gabbard responds to hillary clinton
Yep. To inject another perspective, this is how this whole "scandal" is playing out on my black ass twitter timeline:
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Thread Contrapoints - Opulence
I mean, do we? I think people really need to take pause here. In no way does Lindsey defend Natalie's choices. She even offers her own perspective and says she wishes Natalie hadn't worked with Buck Angel. But the extent to which people are asking her to apologize for a video that (people are forgetting) she wasn't involved with, or to renounce her private friendship with Natalie (that none of us know anything about, really) is unreasonable. And she's within her right to speak on that, because that does involve her. It's one thing to criticize Natalie. She deserves it and, other than that, I won't speak on it. But there is an effort to isolate Natalie from anyone who has associated her. And that's... problematic in itself.
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Thread tulsi gabbard responds to hillary clinton
I think it had the desired effect. Maybe it's just my timeline, but people have been dunking on Tulsi for the past day. Yeah, she has some defenders, but those same people have defending her. But the facts are there. We've known for the past year that Tulsi's campaign is the favorite of Russian bots online. We know she's the favored candidate of RT. We know she had some shady early fundraising. We know she buys ads on sites like Breitbart. And we know she uses Breitbart talking points to attack her opponents. She positions herself as "anti-war" but all of her stances so far are aligned with Putin's interests. If she's not an outright plant, she's playing the role of useful idiot at minimum. And the facts are there. Frankly, I'm tired of people pussyfooting with the obvious. This is our Democracy we're talking about. Hillary said something because, honestly, somebody should have already called her out.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT9| The Assassination of Tulsi Gabbard's Campaign by the Coward Hillary Clinton
I don't know if I want to call Tulsi a useful idiot. A useful idiot to me is someone like Kanye West. Yeah, his anti-black/pro-Trump stuff is what makes the news because of the times we're in. But pay attention to Kanye and you realize he's saying random dumb shit. I don't think she's got a secret line to the Kremlin in her hat closet or anything, but Tulsi's "dumb shit" is fitting an increasingly clearer pattern.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT9| The Assassination of Tulsi Gabbard's Campaign by the Coward Hillary Clinton
I don't know what's more desperate at this point. Tulsi. Just everything about her. OR, the people whose hate for Hillary has gotten so freaking irrational that all it takes is a comment on a podcast about something to send otherwise "thoughtful" people into a mouth-foaming rage about how Hillary is going to going to "ruin everything," and should "go away already"...which apparently at this means just stop breathing.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT9| The Assassination of Tulsi Gabbard's Campaign by the Coward Hillary Clinton
There is only one Nina and one Turner I recognize.
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Thread is rap dead?
Hip Hop has been mainstream for decades. The problem Hip Hop faces is the same problem facing most popular genres in the new reality of streaming. Everything has been hit with The Algorithm, digestible data is more available then ever before, so artists, producers and (more importantly) executives know exactly what the masses like and why they like it. The execs are also risk-adverse, and only want to toss money to what is safe. The result of all this is, while trends have always permeated popular music, these days when a trend is identified, they become all-encompasing. I avoid this problem by avoiding the Top 40.
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Thread tulsi gabbard responds to hillary clinton
Exactly. It's not just on Tulsi's opponents to not be divisive. If she were a serious person, she'd bear some of that responsibility too by not constantly parroting Breitbart/RT talking points against her opponents, or attacking her opponents and the DNC at large on Tucker Carlson of all places. But Tulsi's not a serious person.
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Thread tulsi gabbard responds to hillary clinton
Hillary is smart enough to know the power of her words as a high profile public figure. She's talked about this before. This idea that basic ideas and concepts need to be explained to a woman as decorated as is strange to me. So "why doesn't she know this?" isn't the correct question. The correct question is, "why doesn't she care?" And why should she care? Tulsi Gabbard is not her responsibility. She didn't put her there, and she had nothing to do with Tulsi raising enough money to get back into the debates after not qualifying for the last one. The People did that.
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Thread tulsi gabbard responds to hillary clinton
Messenger? It wasn't like this was a campaign stop. Hillary isn't on the stump. This whole controversy started because Hillary said something non-controversial (because Tulsi being a stooge for Putin has been obvious and talked about all year) on a podcast. A podcast. It's only blowing up because Tulsi is being the hit dog who hollered, and too many people, too many people, are stuck in this idea that Hillary Clinton should no longer be allowed to have opinions.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT9| The Assassination of Tulsi Gabbard's Campaign by the Coward Hillary Clinton
Van Jones sure likes being strong and wrong.
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Thread US Representative Elijah Cummings Dead at 68
Elijah Cummings was more than just a great civil servant and profile in courage. He was one of the last high profile connections we had to one of the most significant civil rights efforts our country has ever seen. We lost more than a man today; we lost a bit of history.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT8| The sexual deviancy of Elizabeth Warren
At this point, I actually do agree that playing...ummn, we'll call it "loose with the details" on the answer here would go over a lot better for Warren than being so obviously evasive like she was last night. Because that was ultimately her problem in that segment: optics. We all know WHY Warren does not want to get pinned down on that talking point, but we all expected her to dance around it better. If you're layperson who doesn't know the finer details of the healthcare debate (and I wouldn't blame you, those segments in these debates are trash), you didn't need to know a single detail to perceive that Warren was being knocked off balance.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT8| The sexual deviancy of Elizabeth Warren
Exactly. Any other day we're bemoaning Trump's ability to air hate, lies and threats on Twitter unchecked. We've had actual murderers cite Trump's tweets as inspiration. Keep that same energy when Kamala calls it out.
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Thread US PoliEra 2019 |OT8| The sexual deviancy of Elizabeth Warren
Hmmm, maybe. I still see him being too far behind the pack to make that much of a dent, though. Nate's argument only makes sense to me if Buttigieg suddenly surges.
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I don't understand the idea that Warren has anything to worry about from Buttigieg. To me, that's yet another "PoC voters. They exist???" take. For all the shit I give Warren and her strategy to win Black voters, she has an infintely better chance than Buttigieg does. For all of Buttigieg's meager gains, he's still dead man walking to black voters. Until that changes, Warren is not threatened by him. At all. This is offensive at this point.
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For those watching MSNBC. Kamala is standing by her Twitter position, and DAMN she's spitting fire.
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I don't understand the calculus behind the squad endorsing Bernie so early. Even if they're fans of his, they know they're big names in the party. And big names don't endorse this early...much less endorse the candidate that just had a heart attack and, for good reason, is sinking in the polls.
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Thread The Black Culture Community [OT 4] - Melanin and Estrogen - The new Kryptonite
I get it. I do. And I don't mean to speak for Slay, and the other black mods, but none of us want black members to feel like they can't post here.
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Thread The Black Culture Community [OT 4] - Melanin and Estrogen - The new Kryptonite
Ok. Which one of y'all gave Gina permission to say nigga? Looking at you,
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He didn't take credit for it. He just pointed out that he went out to lobby votes for the CPB...which he did.
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Y'all have y'all points. As someone who's done with Trump's tweets and sees the harm they do, I agree with Kamala. This isn't a game.
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But is Kamala wrong? You can't say you want to hold tech accountable...but give Twitter a pass. We've literally had people in this country commit mass shootings based on the words Trump...tweeted. If you're a politico treating this like a game, of course you don't want Trump to give up Twitter. But he's actively using their platform to do harm.
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i mean, it was his best debate in that...he was really of no consequence? His campaign is on the down wind. He's needs to seize frontrunner status again. Not sticking his foot in his mouth won't do that.
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Honestly...the only loser tonight is Biden. I completely forgot he was here in the second half. Oh, i forgot Warren was here too. But I don't think this one debate will kill her. But yeah, not a good reaponse to the first time she was really attacked.
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Pete is proving me correct right now when I said him being a fellow gay gave me no comfort.
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Ummm...are we getting a criminal justice segment this debate? Seeing as a 28 year old black woman was murdered in her home playing video games with her 8 year old nephew? How about an equal rights segment? Seeing as 17+ black trans women have been murdered so far this year?
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I get the wisdom here, but this is the basic strategy that cost BIden his lead. Warren needs a smarter way to do this.
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On no planet does Klo gain on Warren because of this debate. But damnit, I'll give her credit tonight for exposing Warren's weaknesses. Hopefully Warren's campaign is taking note.
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...I don't know who on Beto's camp told him that not having teeth in his answer made calves cramp. But he needs to fire that person.
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Biden AND HArris gotten worked on Debate 2. I have no sympathy. I'm a fan of Warren, but she NEEDS to be tested.
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I'm honestly not being shady here...every time Bernie speaks i hold my breath. One of my favorite uncles had a heart attack when I was a kid. He survived, but care was extensive. It took months for him to be able to talk or be active without getting winded. I don't know why Bernie doesn't drop out.
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I told y'all. I told y'all weeks ago. Warren's playing a dangerous game being the "I have a plan for that" candidate. The dangerous game being, churning out plans like a McDonald's means.....that a lot of those plans are fucking bad. If a candidate has the guts to call her out on that, she's toast on a response.
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It's not Republican talking points though. I can't stand Bernie, but even he has a clearer answer here. This is something Warren should have been taken to task for a long time ago. Her answers of M4A have been bad since debate 1.
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Warren, stop volunteering to speak if you're just going to say the same thing. She's getting spanked here.
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When it's a video showing Donald Trump killing popular media figures and promoting his "Fake News! Enemy of the people!" bullshit. I really couldn't care less that the guy knows his way around Premier Pro. Like, priorities.
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I know the turd is gone now, but this is just vile. Not much coming out of the campaigns so far has made me so plainly disgusted. He needed to be gone. Whoever hired him needs to be gone. Bernie proving, yet again, a complete lack of discernment...needs to be gone.
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I think Beto has somewhat lost the plot on the difference between being bold and leading with conviction, and being the political equivalent of a shock jock. Just say something crazy big and loud. Only Yang is better at that, partly because he's totally aware of what he's doing.
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Two things: 1) Too long. Terms like "wokeness" and "white guilt" take root in the first place to take complex social phenomena and condense them into terms that could be fit into conversation and were honest. 2) This is similar to the "why call it white privilege? That just makes white people angry," argument, in that ultimately, it has never really mattered what we call these things, when we're describing actual compulsions. "Woke" white people aren't going around doing over-the-top performative acts of contrition and self-flagellation we called it "white guilt." The term was born to describe this behavior that already existed.
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Bingo. Honestly, that Kamala came up here as a source of blame at all is...
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I JUST had this conversation! 'I feel like just 4 years ago "woke" was in reference to the brothas in suits selling bean pies on Sunday. Or the guy who had no less than 5 incense burning in his crib at one time, but you put up with it anyway because you heard from your friend that the brotha was good at...certain things. I don't know when it became what it means today.
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"White guilt" is waiting until I get in the lyft to change to the Hip Hop station. You knew from my profile pic I was black, but you wanted me to see you do it. And I just sit there smugly.
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Thread Texas (Fort Worth) police officer shoots woman to death inside her home.
Posting this, because I think it's important for people unfamiliar with black neighborhoods to grasp the normalcy that is constantly being invaded and violated by people who are supposed to protect us: When police enter our neighborhoods, their training AND their racism train them to see superhuman "thugs" with guns and fangs or some shit lurking around every corner. And normal, every day, tax paying Americans pay the price.
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Thread Texas (Fort Worth) police officer shoots woman to death inside her home.
This is true. Still, I feel bad for the neighbor. He truly seemed to believe he was doing the right thing and looking out for his neighbor. It just speaks to the dual reality black people have to live with. We KNOW not to trust police while being constantly told that we should.
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Thread Buying a camera is a daunting task..please help
Oh! We should also point out that post-processing has also gotten a easier in recent years. Of course, there are free programs that get better and better every year. But if you have the 10 bucks enough to splurge on Adobe's Photoshop/Lightroom Classic package, it comes bundled with modern Lightroom...which is basically VSCO on steroids.
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Thread Contrapoints - Opulence
So, still only halfway through, but I had to pause the video at the moment where Natalie jokingly (I think?) refers to Anita Sarkisian as "the most notorious art critic of the 21st century." And it's like...waitaminute. If you still consider games to be this thing "for kids" with no significant cultural impact, you might not get it. But if you view "Games" as this multibillion industry that both employs and entertains countless numbers of people, with untold societal impact, the bedrock from which movements (bad and good...mostly bad) have formed and by how culture has been significantly shaped...and the way Anita Sarkisian basically functioned as a bomb going off in the middle of all of that... ...holy shit, she might just be right. Trippy to think about.
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I don't see what's wrong with Bernie saying this...in a way. It's fundamentally a true statement, I guess. Warren has described herself as a capitalist. Bernie has not. That is a difference...on paper. Really cheap paper. I think it just comes off as petty because these two different labels don't really seem to be describing two different candidates in terms of the problems they see facing the country or how they'd solve them. Warren is kicking Bernie's ass because she's a better and more charismatic politician (...and she didn't just have a heart attack, no tea no shade). But she's not really anything different than Bernie is. So why do the different labels matter?
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I mean, the joke didn't really bother me. If it did, I'd have brought up that night. It didn't take me days to come to this conclusion. I was more responding to that Nate tweet.
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You said, "it's not even close." It traditionally has been. What's "visible" depends on where you're looking. If you're a member of twitter/youtube culture, I can see that stereotypical "figure" looking a particular way. For me? Growing up in the black church in LA, I can't say that some of the most homophobic and threatening language I heard growing up didn't come from the women I was raised around. So I honestly didn't even need to be varified by polling data to go, "....ehhhh..." at that particular bit of Warren's joke.
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Women have been more enlightened on the issue. But there isn't a "chasm" separating men and women here by any means.
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Funny enough, the only real problem I had with Warren's joke is, somewhat ironically, addressed in the top response to that tweet: And it reminds me of this picture: And the problem is this: the continued insulation of women (particularly white women) from the perpetuation of bigoted ideas that harm at-risk minority communities. The crux of Warren's joke is the assumption that the person insisting marriage is (and must be) between one man and one woman a socially maladjusted incel figure. But history and polling...shows that's not true at all. The men who believe this tend to be socially adjusted men, who have no problem getting female partners...who think just like them.
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Thread Texas (Fort Worth) police officer shoots woman to death inside her home.
The whole thing is heartbreaking. I've had this conversation before. Black people don't say "fuck the police!" because we're inherently anarchists or don't want police. We say "fuck the police!" because the protection and safety that the police are supposed to provide has not only been systemically denied us, but actively used against us. This man knew the danger of calling the police as a black person in a black neighborhood, but did it out of concern for his neighbor. I can't imagine how he must be feeling right now.
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Thread Mirror Edge felt repetitive because you could only run; there was room for much more
The parts the forced you to stop and engaged in combat were aggravating. But, not going to lie it felt pretty badass whenever I managed to knock someone out without breaking stride.
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Thread Mirror Edge felt repetitive because you could only run; there was room for much more
I thought the original Mirror's Edge was close to perfect as it was. The gameplay was deceptively simple. Sure, you could get through the early levels easy enough (emphasis on early levels, shit gets hard in the final act). But it was replaying the levels, learning the layout, and getting through the stages with real finesse that made the game fun to me. Also, not fair to compare to Ac Creed and the Batman games. Parkour was ME's main gameplay feature and it showed: the mechanics are on a completely different level in terms of seamlessness.
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Thread 6ix9ne aka the whistleblower, scores record deal
Yeah. A 10 million record deal in and of itself is nothing. It's not going to MAKE people like him, and labels have made bad bets before. I'll be interested in seeing what he does when gets out. Not buying his music by any means because he's hot trash. But he pissed off a lot of industry people and performers who SHOULD be his peers. Not to mention he's now a snitch. I can't imagine the field being the same for him, deal or not. I mean, what the hell does he rap about now? What his new brand angle going to be?
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Thread Kamala Harris just murdered Donald Trump Jr, metaphorically.
No, I'm not touching that other claim you made that is refuted in that one article I just linked you. Do your reading. Besides, I didn't say that Kamala was flawless. All I said to you, was "That's certainly a take." You're the one who copy/pasted a Breitbart smear in response.
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Thread Kamala Harris just murdered Donald Trump Jr, metaphorically.
Of course I did. You're the one who didn't. Also, I'm not "giving" you anything. All I ask is that you check your sources before making bombastic statements and then trying to back them up with even more bombastic lies. We have enough of that to deal with.I'm not understanding why this particular thing has to be a competition. Kamala ethered Don Jr. on twitter. Warren delivered a good joke (not an original joke) on a completely different subject in a town hall. One doesn't invalidate the other.
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Your take is an absolute lie.And no, I'm not bothering with the rest. Reconsider your own sources when you lead with something this bad.
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Thread Buying a camera is a daunting task..please help
This is the answer. Sony's ASP-C sensor is pretty damn good and, more importantly, the a6000 is their beginner model that uses Sony's e-mount standard. So you can use the kit lens (which is great for a kit lens), but if you decide to spend more money on photography later on down the line, you can experiment with higher quality glass that will work just fine with a a6000 now AND a more sophisticated Sony camera should use decide to upgrade the body later. Fuck, not even the a6000, I shot with the for years (and just kept buying lenses) before I upgraded the actual camera body.
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Thread Elizabeth Warren trolls Facebook with 'false' Zuckerberg ad; Facebook doubles down on not caring about truth, just collecting ad $$$
The nag in me can't help but point out that this is a waste. Facebook allows misinformation on its platform in exchange for ad money, and so to point that out to an audience primarily made of people who are already quite aware of this, you give Facebook even more ad money. It's hard for me to see this as anything more than dunk tailor-made for Twitter blue checks. But hey, it is clever.
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Thread Clean ERA, Do You Use Body Wash or a Bar of Soap?
I mean, you would be "fine" in the sense that you would smell of the oils, sweat and odors natural for the human body to create. But...that's it.
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Thread Popeyes takes a swing at Chick-fil-A with new Spicy Fried Chicken Sandwich
Hey! I rebuke this devaluation of "spicy mayo." A quality is a culinary art in itself. If the heat component ios flavorful and complimentary, why does it matter if it's coming from the breading or not?
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The whole post is great, but this paragraph especially is why claims of Pelosi playing 3D chess and knowing that this is how things were always going to go down are particularly eye-rolling. At this point, the Ukraine scandal is, in my mind, the most blatant act of a God saying "HERE! HERE! For fuck's sake " that I have seen in my adult life.
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I wouldn't go that far. Mueller and his team worked for 2 years and gave us a report that absolutely would have began impeachment proceedings under a bolder Congress. It wasn't in his purview to craft the narrative and sell it to the public. It was his job to gather the facts within the scope he was given.
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Ukraine actually needs US aid, so they can't afford to piss off Trump too much. Oh, and corruption.
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Thread How important is logic, consistency, and lack of plot holes to you in media?
I wish there were an option between mildly and extremely. LOL. For the most part, I don't care if the story is good. There are certain story types of avoid almost entirely, though, because plot-holes and logic loops are almost unavoidable. Time travel, for example.
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Thread Bill Barr: Secularists marshaling unremitting assault on religion and traditional values
Sessions was just as bad, just with a particular focus on Black people.
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We're in a world where the current AG has his tongue permanently attached to the muddy heel of Trump's boot. The justice department will be used to dirty whoever the D candidate is. I don't think at all that an investigation would hamper Gillum if he were picked. I mean, you have a pretty squeaky clean figure in Warren. Her VP choice should absolutely be a charisma pick and an olive branch to minorities. Gillum's got both in spades.
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I see three names when I think of potential Warren VPs... Gillum Booker Beccera (This spot would have gone to either Castro or Beto...but both have made themselves kind of toxic in the recent months)
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Pete is pretty close to poison with the black vote at this point. And black queer people in particular? Whew child the South Bend!
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The media fascination with Shep Smith stepping down is so fascinating to me. It's almost like this news company didn't have a corporate-wide sexual harassment scandal stemming from the highest levels of its infrastructure and implicating dozens of people just three years ago.
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Thread Prettiest person of the 80s? Madonna or Prince
Despite the fact that I actually consider Prince to be a very pretty man, there's also a component of "you had to be there." Prince was undeniably one of the biggest music heartthrobs of his era. Shit, TO THIS DAY if that man comes up my mom and aunties will talk about the assless chaps.
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Agreed. Especially because in a reality where something like this happened, I would have to be completely naive to believe this country wouldn't apply tax exempt status with absolute bias. Expect to see any black church attended by a member of BLM to lose tax exemption overnight. Beto's call to ban semi-automatic weapons made sense. This...just doesn't.
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To be honest, I don't understand this. There are people who don't identify as trans who subscribe to and promote open pronoun identification. Cuomo's "joke" was crude and not at all funny. But I think it's a reach to claim Harris was weak to blatant transphobia because she didn't do...what exactly did people really want her to do in the .02 seconds in which this moment happened?
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I just...I think it's really odd that, when it comes to Kamala Harris, people are always expecting her to police other people's speech in the most succinct-yet-nuanced way , without any thought to the very real concern Kamala has to have as a black woman doing that.
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Of course, everyone is entitled to how they feel. But for me, it's going to take a lot (a LOT), to believe that the woman who was a part of the fight and multiple significant victories for LGBTQ+ people, who was ignoring federal law and marrying gay couples in 2008, who's AG campaign manager was campaign manager...it's going to take a lot for me to believe that person is "trying too hard." Because, to me, "trying too hard" is implying disingenuous intent.To me, the "....alright" was calling it out.
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[/QUOTE]Here's my thing. I'm not a gay who particularly cares about pronouns. In that sense, that moment from Harris wasn't for me. But there are a lot of queer people across the gender spectrum that do care. That not only care, but actually want a reality where open pronoun identification becomes normalized. We see those arguments play out all the time. I have problems with Cuomo's joke there, but giving Kamala shit for being one of only 3 candidates in this race to embrace pronoun identification is a bit bitcheatingcrackers.jpg to me.
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While Warren told a joke that's been told by drag queens at every gay bingo since 1997, Kamala actually got a substantive question from a black gay man in the audience, and gave a substantive answer on the importance of access to HIV treatment and how this effects gay communities of color:
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NOW can I insist that Tulsi is a plant without people thinking I'm a butthurt Kamala stan?
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Thread Prettiest person of the 80s? Madonna or Prince
One of the many things i admired about Prince was his aesthetic, and how consistent it was even as he evolved. He always found the masculine in the feminine. For me, it's always his video for When Doves Cry.
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"Kamala is a cop" is a smear and a clear distortion of her record. She talks about it in that very video.
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And, to be clear, as a fan of Warren, I don't doubt her ability to correct and speak to black people. People forget because she's surging, but early in her campaign when everyone thought her campaign was dead, she literally kept herself afloat by aggressively campaigning for black support. She was one of the first (and still, I think, only) candidates to address the disproportionately high maternal mortality rate among black women. As the son of a mother who almost died from complications after giving birth to my youngest sister (and racist doctors who thought my mother, literally screaming in pain for several days as gangrene developed in her ovaries, was just being dramatic) that spoke to me in a very real way. I think I posted about it here at the time. I suppose my frustration is that effort...really stopped when Warren got her feet back under her.
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You have to understand that, for a lot of Black folk of a certain age, every white person has the capacity for racism. There WAS a time in this country where "Ok, they're a racist, but not as racist as that dude over there" was literally the best black folks could expect to get. So when we're living in a time where white people across all age groups just elected the most blatantly racist (and blatantly stupid) man to the !? Y'all made that racist kumquat the ??? Black folk of a certain are not gonna give a shit that Biden says some thoughtless things and was friends with segregationists. He's a rich white man of privilege in his 70s. . But this is what y'all want. And at least this old white man's racism won't harm us as much at that guy's.
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This. She also needs to give black people a seat at the table. I know I keep harping on her Clinton College event, which was relatively minor. Still, it was quite telling to me about the makeup of her team in terms of who actually has power to shape her campaign strategy. Overall, her campaign has to fundamentally understand that when they are pitching to progressives, I said this about Bernie in 2016 in terms of his strategy: You need to understand that black people, by large, are inherently distrustful of "progressives," because progressives and progressive movements are historically not innocent of throwing black people under the bus this country. The progressive is the white person wearing ugly denim and hemp clothing, volunteering at shelters on Thanksgiving, but then going MAGA when someone tries to introduce low income zoning to their neighborhood. For all Biden's failings, he knows how to "talk" to black people, even if it's bullshit. Warren is still talking to the young(ish) white progressive.
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I'm not giving any candidate the benefit of thinking they'll just that vote.
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It's also desperation, a need to get some knock in on a candidate that's rapidly gaining in popularity. A lot of these same people calling Warren a liar will turn around and slam Biden for being old and having no stamina while backing a candidate who just had a heart attack.
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