A Soliloquy of Sorts
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beatlesblaine:

the price of a popcorn and soda at target: $1.99

the price of a popcorn and soda at the movies: an entire month’s rent and your first born child

Yeahhhh but that’s because these are the primary source of revenue for a movie theater so I understand why their prices are so high. Movie studios generally receive all of the profits from theater ticket sales until several weeks after a film is released, when those sales begin to gradually go directly to the movie theater.

22 hours ago
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NEED COUCH - DC AREA

transhousingnetwork:

Hello - I’m in need of a couch for this upcoming week 08/24/14-08/30/14.

I’m 35 y.o. gay transman who passes.  I’m new to DC and my temporary living situation ran out a week too soon.  I will have my first month and a deposit for an apartment next Friday.

It would also be really refreshing to be around other members of the community or allies.  The friends I’ve staying with don’t see their internalized homophobia and translated transphobia.

I have a really cute six year old cat who is really a little dog in a catsuit who sits for treats.  She’s pretty badass.  I work Monday through Friday 9-5 and so I wouldn’t be in your way too much.  I just can’t go to a shelter with a cat who is really the love of my life and I can’t afford to spend money on a motel/hotel right now.  I just started working about a month ago after moving across the country in June.  Money just started coming in.

Please e-mail me at evan.kirry@gmail.com.

Any friends in the DMV area who can help this person out? I would if I could :-(.

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Just for clarification: Wilson shot at Brown anywhere from 10 - 12 times, but the autopsy shows that there were six bullets in his body. Audio and weapons experts who have listened to the audio of the shooting haven’t determined what exactly the pause means - whether Wilson paused to reload, whether he felt like Brown was “charging” after him (*sigh*), if Wilson was determining if Brown was dead, there’s nothing from the audio to even determine that Brown was dead during the pause. It’s something that is just being looked into today so there aren’t any positive conclusions so far.

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racebending:

Totally intrigued by Dallas Theater Center’s summer production of Les Miserables directed by Liesl Tommy.   The story is reset in modern day with an awesome racebent cast.

Check out the highlights video here!

MAN THIS PRODUCTION IS AWESOME.

The protagonists are all POC with Javert and all the police officers and soldiers being white. The revolutionaries are modern people, many young and lead by people of color, who are standing up against institutional violence perpetuated by the white establishment. It shows how modern institutions continue to perpetuate violence onto the people. Man It’s such a GREAT concept for such a fitting show, and a perfect example of clever and unfortunately very apt setting that shows how relevant the content of the show is. And this show was conceived many months ago, as if foreshadowing what’s happening in Ferguson and across the nation.

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jean-luc-gohard:

What fucks me up about the Darren Wilson fundraiser is that he hasn’t been charged with a crime. He doesn’t have to hire a lawyer. He’s on paid leave, so he’s not losing wages. This is not covering his expenses, because he doesn’t have any additional expenses. This is a reward. He’s getting a $250,000 reward for murdering an unarmed black kid.

HE HAD TO GO TO THE HOSPITAL. MIKE REACHED FOR HIS GUN. HIS FRIEND THAT WAS WITH HIM EVEN ADMITTED THAT HE LIED ABOUT THE COP JUST RANDOMLY SHOOTING HIM AND CONFIRMED THAT THEY ROBBED THE STORE. SELF DEFESE.

None of this is true. This is how good the Ferguson PD’s smear campaign has been. Not one sentence here is accurate. Let’s break this down:

  1. "HE HAD TO GO TO THE HOSPITAL." Michael Brown’s autopsy showed no sign of struggle.The picture of the CT scan that’s being passed around to show that Wilson had an orbital blowout fracture is actually from 2008 from the University of Iowa, and a right-wing pundit photoshopped out the date and hospital info.
  2. "MIKE REACHED FOR HIS GUN." Officer Wilson’s story is that the first shot that went off was an accidental discharge while they were fighting over the gun. However. there was no gunpowder residue on Mike Brown, meaning that he was absolutely not holding the gun when it went off and furthermore that he was not even that close. He was fired on from a distance.
  3. "HIS FRIEND THAT WAS WITH HIM EVEN ADMITTED THAT HE LIED ABOUT THE COP JUST RANDOMLY SHOOTING HIM AND CONFIRMED THAT THEY ROBBED THE STORE." This is actually a compound lie, which is kind of impressive. His friend, Dorian Johnson, did not say that. His lawyer said they were together in the convenience store, the police said there was a robbery, and the media put those two statements next to each other to imply a statement was made that never was. Johnson isn’t being charged with anything because the Ferguson PD “determined he committed no crime." The Ferguson PD also admitted Officer Wilson didn’t know about the scuffle at the convenience store before he stopped Brown and Johnson. You may be wondering why I say scuffle instead of robbery. That’s because there wasn’t one: the owners of the store didn’t call the police and video shows Brown paying for the cigarillos! The clerk confronted Brown about reaching across the counter instead of waiting for him to hand over the cigarillos, he put his hand on Brown, and Brown pushed him. Yes, he pushed him too hard, but the clerk apparently didn’t care enough to call the police. The police were called by another customer in the store, who apparently didn’t know what was actually happening.
  4. "SELF DEFESE." The autopsy shows that he was shot on the inside of his arm, meaning his hands were up, and the top of his head, meaning that, since Brown was 6’4”, either he was on his knees or the officer was 8’ tall. The officer was not 8’ tall.

The evidence clearly shows that Officer Wilson, who had no idea of the not-actually-a-robbery, executed the unarmed Mike Brown while he was on his knees with his hands in the air. Just like all of the eyewitnesses said (except for “Josie,” who turned out not to be real).

But the Ferguson PD’s already tainted public opinion. They’ve spread so many lies so effectively that no amount of evidence will bring justice. Your ignorance here is proof of just how effective it’s been.

smackDOWN.

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I will never pass for a perfect bride. Or a perfect daughter.

This song meant everything to me when I was eight and I couldn’t watch it without crying until I was sixteen.

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1 day ago
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Why Do People Think “Shake It Off” is Racist?

queendarthzannah:

daughterofmulan:

queendarthzannah:

daughterofmulan:

Normally I don’t defend white artists when they are being accused of using black people as props in music videos and appropriating black American culture since most accusations are usually true, but after watching “Shake It Off” several times, I just don’t see it. And frankly I feel that people who are judging it have not actually seen the video at all.

Swift is not using any of the black people as props in the video nor is she appropriating cultures. It’s merely a showcase of different styles of dance as we watch Swift literally just try to dance with everyone and observe as she clearly doesn’t fit in with any of the dance styles, including twerking and breakdancing. In every style, we see that she is definitely not adept at any of them. While white artists like Miley Cyrus try to claim some kind of ownership over twerking, we’re clearly meant to laugh at Swift’s terrible impression of twerking as she’s alongside women who actually know how to do it. Same with breakdancing, same with every style in the entire video except at the very end when people are just dancing freely. As opposed to Katy Perry, Swift is also not using black people as props. She’s not trying to grind on them, or slap them, or using them as background decoration, she’s literally just trying to dance with them, because they are people who know how to dance and she is not one of them. I actually think it’s pretty charming.

I get it that there are a lot of women of color in the twerking part, but there are women of color in almost EVERY dance group in the video. In the modern dance group, cheerleading, ribbon twirling, in the band, in the final part where non-dancers are dancing. The presence of black people in the video is not specific to twerking or breakdancing, they are nearly everywhere except the ballet group. So there’s also no deliberate erasure of black people and particularly black women in all forms of dance.

Furthermore, by placing twerking in the video alongside ballet, modern, and others, the video acknowledges that twerking is a legitimate form of dance and artistic expression and doesn’t make any judgements of it, which is a lot more than I can say for other white artists who feature twerking as grotesque props.

Ummm I have some thoughts. Firstly, I am white and what I say on the matter has like 0% relevance. But Im gona take a stab at it.

From what ive read and from what ive seen, the main issue i think is the camera angles of the twerking girls. The part where it is just a shot of the girls butt, and the part where taylor is literally crawling through their legs and looking up, I dont think thats okay to do.

I think your point about putting twerking alongside something like ballet is a nice idea, and its very possible that she had good intentions, but i dunno i just dont think it was her place. Because its not like black folks are waiting for whites to legitimate their art forms you know?

I think its a very colorblind video, when that is not fair to do. Like as a white person, if I was friends with taylor or her video person whatever, id be like, if youre gonna include twerking you need to do your homework and talk to every black person you can think of to see if its possible to do it respectfully. but really i think she should just not touch it. especially with the trend of black appropriation, it is silly to think audiences dont notice this trend and see the video independently.

Also as an aside, im pretty sure the phrase “haters gonna hate” is AAVE. Im not 100% positive on this but im pretty sure.

I don’t think it’s “colorblind” in the way that you mean. Clearly the video has an understanding that there are going to be more people of color in the breakdancing and twerking parts than all the others. If the video was entirely colorblind, then all group would have an equal representation of all races, but “Shake It Off” accepts the context that more black people have a handle on breakdancing and of course, twerking. So I find that the diversity in the video is actually very much color-conscious because it demarcates which styles would have more people of color and which would not.

I understand the critique about the close ups and the choreography of Swift moving under them, but it makes sense to me that that would be the focus on the twerking just all of the ballet scenes are pretty much about the upper bodies of the dancers except when Swift tries to run through them like a child. And I think it shows Swift admiring twerking, since in an intwerview with Rolling Stone, she said, "Those girls [who twerked] were trying to teach me how, and it’s just never gonna happen. I tried really hard. They were teaching me what they do, and there’s like a science to it – they’re like digging their heels into the floor without you seeing their legs move, but their butts’ moving. It’s mind-blowing to me. They were explaining it all to me, and it’s so above my comprehension of how to understand your body." And even with that part itself, that’s not even Swift’s decision in the first place; it would be more of a director or cinematographer thing to place her there. 

Ultimately, I think people are extremely adverse to the imagery of Taylor Swift trying to “act like” the black dancers in the video and connect it to other artists who have entire videos and personas devoted almost entirely too the misappropriation or mocking of black culture. However, those same people who try to critique this video with that same point of view completely ignore the entire rest of the context of the video, which is that Swift is trying to act like EVERYONE in the video and ALL of the dance styles including twerking are supposed to highlight how she herself is terrible at all of them and doesn’t fit into all of them. Of course, you could critique how this is a very common theme in Swift’s music and so it’s not “edgy” or whatever, but it has no bearing on the racial politics of the video. And clearly she has respect for all of these styles by trying to emulate them, before ultimately deciding that like, you know, being yourself and dancing the way you want is what is ultimately the solution yada yada. It just doesn’t fit into any narrative we often see with white artists trying to mock or “fit in” to black culture. Swift’s video is just not about that, incidentally or tangentially.

Well by colorblind i meant treating each dance form as equal. the video has a context, but the video also exists within the context of the real world. Like each contrast can communicate different messages. With the ballet dancers the message could be that swift is an “everyday girl” or whatever. With the twerking girls, the message is just: im really white. so thats what i mean when i call it colorblind. it looks like its treating them all equally but i dont think that is the case. (also this is not really related to what im saying but i was really taken aback that Michaela DePrince was not included in the ballerinas?????? like that really threw me off)

I dont know if anyone is saying swift is as bad as perry, allen, etc. I think the bottom line is, even if she was somehow able to include it in a way that wasnt harmful, we still have artists like nicki minaj getting absolutely hounded for essentially doing part of what swift admires. swift continues her legacy of “virgin white girl” with this video plain and simple.

and the bottom-bottom line i think is that if black people call it racist/appropriative, its not non-black ppls place to disagree.

I just don’t agree with the characterization of Swift in the video as if it’s different when she does twerking vs. any other of the dances. Clearly she is not adept at any of them and is being a goofy white girl in ALL of them; it’s simply not exclusive to the way she is responding to the twerking or the breakdancing parts of the video. The reason it’s not pejoratively color-blind is all in the casting - it’s very color-conscious in the diversity of the dancers and how some POC are more populous in some than others. And because of that diversity in every group besides ballet, it’s clear that Swift’s lack of dance skills across all styles is not race-based.

I do understand and agree that Swift will definitely not get any hate from white people on her presentation of twerking - but the way she presents it is simply completely different from the way that black female artists like Nicki Minaj present it her videos and performances, and still vastly different from the way that white artists like Miley Cyrus presents it in her performances and videos, the latter receiving more ambivalent responses. So I don’t agree with equivocating this video with others on the mere fact that they both feature twerking.

And of course I try to defer to black people on this, but though there are some who don’t like the video, there are A LOT of black people who are simply not upset at the video. It’s just not cut and dry like with other white artists.

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Why Do People Think “Shake It Off” is Racist?

queendarthzannah:

daughterofmulan:

Normally I don’t defend white artists when they are being accused of using black people as props in music videos and appropriating black American culture since most accusations are usually true, but after watching “Shake It Off” several times, I just don’t see it. And frankly I feel that people who are judging it have not actually seen the video at all.

Swift is not using any of the black people as props in the video nor is she appropriating cultures. It’s merely a showcase of different styles of dance as we watch Swift literally just try to dance with everyone and observe as she clearly doesn’t fit in with any of the dance styles, including twerking and breakdancing. In every style, we see that she is definitely not adept at any of them. While white artists like Miley Cyrus try to claim some kind of ownership over twerking, we’re clearly meant to laugh at Swift’s terrible impression of twerking as she’s alongside women who actually know how to do it. Same with breakdancing, same with every style in the entire video except at the very end when people are just dancing freely. As opposed to Katy Perry, Swift is also not using black people as props. She’s not trying to grind on them, or slap them, or using them as background decoration, she’s literally just trying to dance with them, because they are people who know how to dance and she is not one of them. I actually think it’s pretty charming.

I get it that there are a lot of women of color in the twerking part, but there are women of color in almost EVERY dance group in the video. In the modern dance group, cheerleading, ribbon twirling, in the band, in the final part where non-dancers are dancing. The presence of black people in the video is not specific to twerking or breakdancing, they are nearly everywhere except the ballet group. So there’s also no deliberate erasure of black people and particularly black women in all forms of dance.

Furthermore, by placing twerking in the video alongside ballet, modern, and others, the video acknowledges that twerking is a legitimate form of dance and artistic expression and doesn’t make any judgements of it, which is a lot more than I can say for other white artists who feature twerking as grotesque props.

Ummm I have some thoughts. Firstly, I am white and what I say on the matter has like 0% relevance. But Im gona take a stab at it.

From what ive read and from what ive seen, the main issue i think is the camera angles of the twerking girls. The part where it is just a shot of the girls butt, and the part where taylor is literally crawling through their legs and looking up, I dont think thats okay to do.

I think your point about putting twerking alongside something like ballet is a nice idea, and its very possible that she had good intentions, but i dunno i just dont think it was her place. Because its not like black folks are waiting for whites to legitimate their art forms you know?

I think its a very colorblind video, when that is not fair to do. Like as a white person, if I was friends with taylor or her video person whatever, id be like, if youre gonna include twerking you need to do your homework and talk to every black person you can think of to see if its possible to do it respectfully. but really i think she should just not touch it. especially with the trend of black appropriation, it is silly to think audiences dont notice this trend and see the video independently.

Also as an aside, im pretty sure the phrase “haters gonna hate” is AAVE. Im not 100% positive on this but im pretty sure.

I don’t think it’s “colorblind” in the way that you mean. Clearly the video has an understanding that there are going to be more people of color in the breakdancing and twerking parts than all the others. If the video was entirely colorblind, then all group would have an equal representation of all races, but “Shake It Off” accepts the context that more black people have a handle on breakdancing and of course, twerking. So I find that the diversity in the video is actually very much color-conscious because it demarcates which styles would have more people of color and which would not.

I understand the critique about the close ups and the choreography of Swift moving under them, but it makes sense to me that that would be the focus on the twerking just all of the ballet scenes are pretty much about the upper bodies of the dancers except when Swift tries to run through them like a child. And I think it shows Swift admiring twerking, since in an intwerview with Rolling Stone, she said, "Those girls [who twerked] were trying to teach me how, and it’s just never gonna happen. I tried really hard. They were teaching me what they do, and there’s like a science to it – they’re like digging their heels into the floor without you seeing their legs move, but their butts’ moving. It’s mind-blowing to me. They were explaining it all to me, and it’s so above my comprehension of how to understand your body." And even with that part itself, that’s not even Swift’s decision in the first place; it would be more of a director or cinematographer thing to place her there. 

Ultimately, I think people are extremely adverse to the imagery of Taylor Swift trying to “act like” the black dancers in the video and connect it to other artists who have entire videos and personas devoted almost entirely too the misappropriation or mocking of black culture. However, those same people who try to critique this video with that same point of view completely ignore the entire rest of the context of the video, which is that Swift is trying to act like EVERYONE in the video and ALL of the dance styles including twerking are supposed to highlight how she herself is terrible at all of them and doesn’t fit into all of them. Of course, you could critique how this is a very common theme in Swift’s music and so it’s not “edgy” or whatever, but it has no bearing on the racial politics of the video. And clearly she has respect for all of these styles by trying to emulate them, before ultimately deciding that like, you know, being yourself and dancing the way you want is what is ultimately the solution yada yada. It just doesn’t fit into any narrative we often see with white artists trying to mock or “fit in” to black culture. Swift’s video is just not about that, incidentally or tangentially.

Why Do People Think “Shake It Off” is Racist?

Normally I don’t defend white artists when they are being accused of using black people as props in music videos and appropriating black American culture since most accusations are usually true, but after watching “Shake It Off” several times, I just don’t see it. And frankly I feel that people who are judging it have not actually seen the video at all.

Swift is not using any of the black people as props in the video nor is she appropriating cultures. It’s merely a showcase of different styles of dance as we watch Swift literally just try to dance with everyone and observe as she clearly doesn’t fit in with any of the dance styles, including twerking and breakdancing. In every style, we see that she is definitely not adept at any of them. While white artists like Miley Cyrus try to claim some kind of ownership over twerking, we’re clearly meant to laugh at Swift’s terrible impression of twerking as she’s alongside women who actually know how to do it. Same with breakdancing, same with every style in the entire video except at the very end when people are just dancing freely. As opposed to Katy Perry, Swift is also not using black people as props. She’s not trying to grind on them, or slap them, or using them as background decoration, she’s literally just trying to dance with them, because they are people who know how to dance and she is not one of them. I actually think it’s pretty charming.

I get it that there are a lot of women of color in the twerking part, but there are women of color in almost EVERY dance group in the video. In the modern dance group, cheerleading, ribbon twirling, in the band, in the final part where non-dancers are dancing. The presence of black people in the video is not specific to twerking or breakdancing, they are nearly everywhere except the ballet group. So there’s also no deliberate erasure of black people and particularly black women in all forms of dance.

Furthermore, by placing twerking in the video alongside ballet, modern, and others, the video acknowledges that twerking is a legitimate form of dance and artistic expression and doesn’t make any judgements of it, which is a lot more than I can say for other white artists who feature twerking as grotesque props.

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benwinstagram:

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Yup. But I’d rather she had cast Black girls in the twerk scene than just used a bunch of white people.

Still, the differences are startling.

THIS IS NOT TRUE AT ALL did people even watch this video? There are SEVERAL women of color all over the video - in the modern dance part, in the part where she plays in a band, in the ribbon twirling group, in the cheerleading squad, and the end part in which regular non-dancers danced! There were WOC in every dance group of the video except the ballet group and the breakdancing group. I totally get it that white musical artists LOVE to use black women as props, but this video is not evidence that Taylor Swift is one of them. My goodness, PLEASE conserve your hatred for white artists who are actually doing something wrong and actually watch the video.

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wyattsalazar:

the “you live with your parents” insult is really flaccid because a metric shitton of cultures don’t see “leave the house forever” as some grandiose moment of liberation that’s so important to the development of a person that it has to happen as fast as possible. until i came to the USA i didn’t know a single person who was pressured by their parents to leave the house because they’re “too old to stay there” or whatever. in puerto rico it is really common to stay with your parents until they and you are both stable enough that you can leave. whaddaya know, there are cultures that don’t place a stigma on being poor or wanting to care for your family or needing your family to care for you for some other reason.

It’s very much a United States thing to shame people for living with their parents. Our culture is focused on independence and individual achievement and so we try to push young people to have no financial support from adults as fast as possible. Most other countries would never imagine pushing their kids out of the house the moment they turn 18 and/or leave college.

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Yes, it’s as bad as it sounds, and this article can’t stop gushing about how ‘fresh’ and ‘interesting’ the idea is.

As a reader of Ariel Schrag, I’m confused. This really isn’t her typical MO, and she’s normally very adept at discussing these issues in fictional manners. I hope it’s not the awfulness it sounds like, but I’ll wait until people actually read it.