LET’S RUN THIS SHIT INTO THE GROUND: SWORD OF TRUTHINESS EDITION

boyacrossthestreet:

jumpingjacktrash:

vastderp:

The people off at the end of the street all turned when they spotted Richard’s force coming. More people—men and women from the city—surged into the street in front of the compound of buildings the soldiers had taken up as barracks and a command post. The people looked like a scraggly lot. 

TARGET ACQUIRED: FILTHY HIPPIE STRAW-LIBERALS

"No war! No war! No war!" the people shouted as Richard led the men up the street at a dead run.

"LEFTISTS," HE SNARLED LOGICALLY, AND PREPARED TO COMMIT MURDERS

"Out of the way!" Richard yelled as he closed the distance. This was no time for subtlety or discussions: the success of their attack depended in large part on speed.

JUST LIKE ON THAT AWFUL DAY IN SA’TEMBER OF 6001, WHEN THE NATION WAS ATTACKED BY ITS GREATEST ENEMY: IRAKIST’AN

"Get out of the way! This is your only warning! Get out of the way or die!"

CRIED G’ORGE BUSH, PRESIDENTIALLY

"Stop the hate! Stop the hate!" the people chanted as they locked arms.

NO TIME TO PASS A THINLY DISGUISED FANTASY WORLD VERSION OF THE PATRIOT ACT AND PUT THESE UNAMERICAN SLEAZEBALLS IN JAIL! THE ONLY SOLUTION POSSIBLE IS MURDERS

They had no idea how much hate was raging through Richard.

THE AUDIENCE, HOWEVER, GLISTENS WITH THE RIGHTEOUS SPRAY OF AUTHORIAL SPITTLE, AND HAS A PRETTY GOOD IDEA

He drew the Sword of Truth. The wrath of its magic didn’t come out with it, but he had enough of his own. He slowed to a trot.

TRUTH WILL STOP THESE FOUL SOCIALISTS PROTESTING IN PUBLIC! BY THE POWER OF THE WIZARD AYNR’AND, I AM HE-MURICAN!

"Move!" Richard called as he bore down on the people.
A plump, curly-haired woman took a step out from the others.

FEMALE BIPED SPOTTED

WEIGHT ANALYSIS: INADEQUATE

ATTRACTIVENESS: INADEQUATE

ACQUIESCENCE LEVEL: ASSERTIVE, LOUD

INTELLECT: IRRELEVANT 

CONCLUSION: USELESSEXTERMINATE.

Her round face was red with anger as she screamed. "Stop the hate! No war! Stop the hate! No war!"

"HI MY NAME IS OBESE ANGRY FEMALE AND I’LL BE YOUR FROTHING IRRATIONAL STRAWMAN FOR THIS FANTASY REVENGE SCENARIO”

"Move or die!" Richard yelled as he picked up speed.
The red-faced woman shook her fleshy fist at Richard and his men, leading an angry chant. “Murderers! Murderers! Murderers!”

"DIE, AMERICA" SHE PROTESTED FATLY THROUGH A MOUTH FULL OF FOOD PAID FOR BY THE WORK-SWEAT OF TAXPAYERS. "MAUSLIM MAN, COME IMPREGNATE MY CORPULENT MASS SWIFTLY SO I CAN GET RICH ON BENEFITS!" 

HER PIGGY FAT EYES NARROWED IN A CLEAR IF PUDGY CHALLENGE TO THE GREATEST NATION ON EARTH

SLYLY SHE CASHED A WELFARE CHECK

On his way past her, gritting his teeth as he screamed with the fury of the attack begun, Richard took a powerful swing, lopping off the woman’s head and upraised arm.

AND THE AUTHOR GETS AN AWKWARD PUBLIC BONER…. NOW.

Strings of blood and gore splashed across the faces behind her even as some still chanted their empty words. The head and loose arm tumbled through the crowd. A man mad the mistake of reaching for Richard’s weapon, and took the full weight of a charging thrust. 

THAT WILL TEACH BITCHES TO DISAGREE WITH ME, THE FEDORA-CLAD TEEN BELLOWED MANFULLY FROM BENEATH HIS SCRAGGLY TEENAGE MUSTACHE AS HE SHOT UP THE SCHOOL

Men behind Richard hit the line of evil’s guardians with unrestrained violence. People armed only with their hatred for moral clarity fell bloodied, terribly injured, and dead.

YES

YES

AYN RAND ARE YOU WATCHING

IT’S ALL FOR YOU AYNNIE

ALL FOR YOU

The line of people collapsed before the merciless charge. Some of the people, screaming their contempt, used their fists to attack Richard’s men. They were met with swift and deadly

HANZO

steel.

AND THEN THE ENTIRE ARMY STOOD UP AND CLAPPED AND THE PROTESTER BODY PARTS GOT UP AND SLUNK AWAY IN SHAME AT BEING SO TOTALLY OWNED BY THE HERO’S NECESSARY USE OF LOGIC AND VIOLENCE AND HE WAS GIVEN A COUPON FOR A FREE BIG SCREEN TV TO WATCH GAME OF THRONES ON AND THE MANAGER PERSONALLY THANKED HIM FOR GETTING RID OF THOSE JERKS AND HE TOTALLY GOT TO SECOND BASE WITH THE USELESS FEMALE SIDEKICK THAT VERY NIGHT AND SHE SHOWED HIM HER BRA

AND THAT WARRIOR’S NAME WAS… RON PAUL.

(yes this really is an actual excerpt from the book “naked empire” by Terry Goodkind. AVOID)

are we supposed to be cheering for this walking asscancer as he slaughters unarmed civilians?

Hrm. I actually read like 7 books into this series, and maybe because I tend to suspend disbelief really easily when reading, I actually didn’t pick up on a lot of the themes that you just pointed out.

I remember, though, what made me stop reading these, was that Kahlan got kidnapped or taken hostage for like, the 8th time, and I was done. While it feels like the sexism is more subtle than a lot of fantasy - especially lofty philosophical fantasy - that I have read, it’s still really obvious that no matter how incredible and accomplished the female is, her power is really obviously only about “love”, “sex”, and “the home”, and will always have to be saved by either her feminine wiles or the kind of clueless farm boy that one always sees as a main character.

And that kind of broke it for me, because I looked back at all the women characters in this and it irritated the fuck out of me.

Yikes! I haven’t read any of the books, I’ve heard rumours that Naked Empire was some sort of jingoistic rage snake, but this is way over in Poe’s Law territory. (I’m not sure if it would’ve been more or less terrible if the sword was in red “righteous rage” mode or white “love & forgiveness” mode instead of remaining inactive.)

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(Honestly, I’m kind of disappointed that Legend of the Seeker never made it past season 2. I was morbidly curious about how the writers would handle that trainwreck after they got to the point where it jumped the shark with the doomchicken and the hamfisted late nineties Clinton parody villains.)

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subseed-parasect:

sharpestrose:

ak-english:

sendificator:

geneticlifeform:

haha wow. you get the asswipe of the year award

LMFAO HOW FUCKING DUMB WOULD U HAVE TO BE TO MAKE SOMETHING LIKE THIS YES SJ WARRIOR LFMOA FLMFLAO YES SJ WARRIOR

i DONTKNOOW WHAT THE FUCK TO TAG THIS WITH BECAUSE I DOTHN KNOW WHAT IT IS.
It’s transphobia. OP is pretending that “male” means “has a penis” to make a point about transstuck.

Aside from the idiotic attempt at being edgy, this is hilarious because THERE IS NO ACTUAL WAY THAT CALIBORN WOULD EQUATE GENDER WITH GENITALS that is NOT EVEN A THING FOR CHERUBS???

how would caliborn even know what kind of genitals john has
or what gender humans associate said genitals with
this is just phenomenally stupid i can’t even be mad

Yeah! I mean, what?
Is the OP seriously arguing that Caliborn, an alien who doesn’t know how human sex works and doesn’t want to know, an alien from a species with dramatically different systems of sex differentiation and reproduction, an alien who has very strong, very bigoted opinions about gender but doesn’t know or care about biological sex (at least for non-cherubs), ended up researching human biology and decided to start disregarding gender and start referring to humans as “male” or “female” based on anatomical features cherubs don’t have and he’s gone on record as not caring about, at some point between A6A5 and A6A6?
Does the OP not know basic gender 101 stuff, or is the OP just pretending to not know it for trolling purposes? Is this a sincere and unironic attempt to troll SJ bloggers? Is the OP trying to mock those people who submit terrible “Character X absolutely must be canonically cis, if you disagree with me, you’re reading the comic wrong.” arguments to UHSO?
#Poe’s Law

subseed-parasect:

sharpestrose:

ak-english:

sendificator:

geneticlifeform:

haha wow. you get the asswipe of the year award

LMFAO HOW FUCKING DUMB WOULD U HAVE TO BE TO MAKE SOMETHING LIKE THIS YES SJ WARRIOR LFMOA FLMFLAO YES SJ WARRIOR

i DONTKNOOW WHAT THE FUCK TO TAG THIS WITH BECAUSE I DOTHN KNOW WHAT IT IS.

It’s transphobia. OP is pretending that “male” means “has a penis” to make a point about transstuck.

Aside from the idiotic attempt at being edgy, this is hilarious because THERE IS NO ACTUAL WAY THAT CALIBORN WOULD EQUATE GENDER WITH GENITALS that is NOT EVEN A THING FOR CHERUBS???

how would caliborn even know what kind of genitals john has

or what gender humans associate said genitals with

this is just phenomenally stupid i can’t even be mad

Yeah! I mean, what?

Is the OP seriously arguing that Caliborn, an alien who doesn’t know how human sex works and doesn’t want to know, an alien from a species with dramatically different systems of sex differentiation and reproduction, an alien who has very strong, very bigoted opinions about gender but doesn’t know or care about biological sex (at least for non-cherubs), ended up researching human biology and decided to start disregarding gender and start referring to humans as “male” or “female” based on anatomical features cherubs don’t have and he’s gone on record as not caring about, at some point between A6A5 and A6A6?

Does the OP not know basic gender 101 stuff, or is the OP just pretending to not know it for trolling purposes? Is this a sincere and unironic attempt to troll SJ bloggers? Is the OP trying to mock those people who submit terrible “Character X absolutely must be canonically cis, if you disagree with me, you’re reading the comic wrong.” arguments to UHSO?

#Poe’s Law

(Source: unpopular-hs-opinions, via ssp-arch)

"

[TW: Sexual Assault, rape culture, victim blaming]

His lips crushed mine, stopping my protest. He kissed me angrily, roughly, his other hand gripping tight around the back of my neck, making escape impossible. I shoved against his chest with all my strength, but he didn’t even seem to notice. His mouth was soft, despite the anger, his lips molding to mine in a warm, unfamiliar way.

I grabbed at his face, trying to push it away, failing again. He seemed to notice this time, though, and it aggravated him. His lips forced mine open, and I could feel his hot breath in my mouth.

Acting on instinct, I let my hands drop to my side, and shut down. I opened my eyes and didn’t fight, didn’t feel… just waited for him to stop.

"

Twilight: Eclipse p. 331 (Bella and Jacob’s first kiss)

This is rape culture.

Young women are taught to think of this passage - which describes sexual assault - as erotic. Young men are taught to force their will on young women, regardless of any (non)verbal cues, because sex is conquest and women are objects - not something to be done between two consenting individuals because it’s pleasurable for both people.


The most frightening thing about this excerpt is that many survivors of sexual assault who have disclosed to me describe stories that sound exactly like this one.

(via profeministbro)

tumblr user clockward submitted this to us. read at your leisure.

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Vomiting everywhere

(via arilyn-anson Well shit, i didn’t know it was this bad. Wow. (via fuckthacistem)

The lines before that:

    He still had my chin—his fingers holding too tight, till it hurt—and I saw the resolve form abruptly in his eyes.
    “N—-” I started to object, but it was too late.

And after he assaulted her she punched him in the face but due to his “super human strength” she broke her hand, said “Don’t touche me!” and then:

    “Just let me drive you home,” Jacob insisted. Unbelievably, he had the nerve to wrap his arm around my waist.

    I jerked away from him.

And then:

    When he got in the driver’s side, he was whistling.

AND THEN while he was driving:

    “…There is so much I can give you that he can’t. I’ll bet he couldn’t even kiss you like that—-because he would hurt you. I would never, never hurt you, Bella.”

    I held up my injured hand.

    He sighed. “That wasn’t my fault. You should have known better.”

And then:

    He grinned over at me. “You kissed me back.”

    I gasped, unthinkingly balling my hands up into fists again, hissing when my broken hand reacted.

    “Are you okay?” he asked. 

     “I did not.”

    “I think I can tell the difference.”

    “Obviously you can’t——that was not kissing back, that was trying to get you the hell off me, you idiot.”

    He laughed a low, throaty laugh. “Touchy. Almost overly defensive, I would say.

    I took a deep breath. There was no point in arguing with him; he would twist anything I said.

Then when she gets home, to where her father, Charlie, the police officer, is:

    “Why did she hit you?”

    “Because I kissed her,” Jacob said, unashamed.

    “Good for you, kid,” Charlie congratulated him.

(via wejustkeepswimming)

God

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teira-chan:

newfriendly:

Never mind the part where a lot of those crappy portrayals are infantilizing people with mental disabilities.  Not cool guys, not cool.

aaaagggghhahaggh THIS
for a fandom that loves being offended, how does nobody realize that sort of thing is skeevy as fuck?

Signal boost!
He isn’t a baby or a puppy, he’s a clever, talented adult troll with a disability which tends to make many of his capabilities unreliable. Sometimes he can pull off amazing skateboarding stunts, sometimes he can’t walk. Sometimes Cronus can easily mess with Mituna, sometimes Mituna can easily mess with Cronus. He can’t do everything perfectly at any time, but he can do many things reasonably well most of the time, with some hiccups, especially in stressful situations. (FYI I’m using the hiccups analogy because that’s the analogy I generally use to explain my personal experiences with epilepsy.)

teira-chan:

newfriendly:

Never mind the part where a lot of those crappy portrayals are infantilizing people with mental disabilities.  Not cool guys, not cool.

aaaagggghhahaggh THIS

for a fandom that loves being offended, how does nobody realize that sort of thing is skeevy as fuck?

Signal boost!

He isn’t a baby or a puppy, he’s a clever, talented adult troll with a disability which tends to make many of his capabilities unreliable. Sometimes he can pull off amazing skateboarding stunts, sometimes he can’t walk. Sometimes Cronus can easily mess with Mituna, sometimes Mituna can easily mess with Cronus. He can’t do everything perfectly at any time, but he can do many things reasonably well most of the time, with some hiccups, especially in stressful situations. (FYI I’m using the hiccups analogy because that’s the analogy I generally use to explain my personal experiences with epilepsy.)

(Source: unpopular-hs-opinions)

vanfera:

newlemons:

myotpwasoncecanon:

Idk, maybe it’s because Roxy was fiercely coming onto him, ignoring his obvious signs of NOT WANTING TO MARRY OR HAVE BABIES WITH HER SO HE WAS CONSIDERING NEEDS OF FUCKING SELF DEFENSE

This is Homestuck.
What the hell are traditional gender roles?

I am almost 100% sure that he was only thinking about it and had no intentions of going through with punching Roxy. And don’t hold Roxy’s pushiness against her she was after all out of her mind, normally this wouldn’t make a difference if she was say drunk, but she was a crazy candy alien drug induced freak and also still didn’t kiss him till he (though reluctantly) caved in and agreed. 

Is the OP seriously suggesting that Dirk contemplating self-defence while Roxy sexually harasses him and pressures him into getting high on magic candy drugs makes him the bad guy?
*attempts to upload reaction image, notices that Tumblr seems to have broken image uploads again, grumbles*
I’m not sure if the OP’s trolling or serious, but either way, the post reeks of victim blaming and old-fashioned, sexist attitudes. (And holding this incident against Roxy is victim blaming too, she never asked for anyone to drop a pumpkin full of extremely powerful magical candy-themed allegorical drugs on her head.)

vanfera:

newlemons:

myotpwasoncecanon:

Idk, maybe it’s because Roxy was fiercely coming onto him, ignoring his obvious signs of NOT WANTING TO MARRY OR HAVE BABIES WITH HER SO HE WAS CONSIDERING NEEDS OF FUCKING SELF DEFENSE

This is Homestuck.

What the hell are traditional gender roles?

I am almost 100% sure that he was only thinking about it and had no intentions of going through with punching Roxy. And don’t hold Roxy’s pushiness against her she was after all out of her mind, normally this wouldn’t make a difference if she was say drunk, but she was a crazy candy alien drug induced freak and also still didn’t kiss him till he (though reluctantly) caved in and agreed. 

Is the OP seriously suggesting that Dirk contemplating self-defence while Roxy sexually harasses him and pressures him into getting high on magic candy drugs makes him the bad guy?

*attempts to upload reaction image, notices that Tumblr seems to have broken image uploads again, grumbles*

I’m not sure if the OP’s trolling or serious, but either way, the post reeks of victim blaming and old-fashioned, sexist attitudes. (And holding this incident against Roxy is victim blaming too, she never asked for anyone to drop a pumpkin full of extremely powerful magical candy-themed allegorical drugs on her head.)

(Source: unpopular-hs-opinions)

martinguerre:

coelasquid:

ryannorth:

It feels crazy that I have to say this, but I would pay good money for a version of Red Letter Media’s reviews that didn’t feature all those added scenes where, you know women get kidnapped and murdered.  

It’s like you sit down in front of these feature-length reviews of Star Wars and Star Trek films and you think, hey, wow!  Here is some really well-thought-out commentary on the structure and content of narratives that’s incredibly entertaining, insightful AND funny, I’m gonna share this with my mothe— oh wait, no, here’s a scene where we watch the reviewer gas a kidnapped woman to death and here’s one where a prostitute tied up in the basement begs for her life and here’s one where he shows us how he murdered his wife.

There’s some great filmic insights here, all baked together with scenes of women (it’s always women) about to be murdered that do absolutely nothing except to maybe make you laugh?  Because look that one woman is begging that her life be spared and saying she’ll do anything!  Hah hah hah that IS a good one!!

It’s so frustrating because the actual review parts verge on brilliant, and I keep thinking “oh, they’ll definitely cut out the violence towards women played for laughs in the next video” but noooooooooooope.

tl;dr: internet, what is wrong with you

I feel the exact same way, It’s the one thing that stops me from watching the newer ones and passing them along to other people. I know the dude’s internet famous and losing my viewership is a totally negligible but… yeah… it’s like… nothing is less pleasant to watch than people trying and failing really hard to be funny. Especially when this is the humour they’re trying to sell.

+1

i see what he’s trying to get at with the morbid humor but it falls flat most of the time

the star wars reviews actually gave me new appreciation for cinema in certain respects, but i wish i could actually recommend them to other people

North really hit the nail on the head. To paraphrase Porrim Maryam, a lot of writers have a habit of being especially nasty toward female characters. And for every Margaret Atwood or Joss Whedon trying to viscerally communicate the awfulness of misogyny or teach dudebros to empathize with women, it seems like there are dozens of hacks throwing around disposable female victims of the week for shock value, or to stoke the fires of the hero’s Manpain(tm), or to shoehorn in some extra T&A, or take another clumsy whack at some other undead horse trope (and then there are the hardcore misogynists hiding in plain sight in the ocean of hack writers).

I just finished watching Plinkett’s reviews, and the whole misogynistic serial killer thing really leaves a bad taste in my mouth (same goes for the whole pattern of all the really nasty stuff happening to women, and that really awful Star Trek skit). And this is coming from someone who giggled at a lot of the other shock comedy in the series.

"Autistic Americans and individuals with other disabilities are no more likely to commit violent crime than non-disabled people. In fact, people with disabilities of all kinds, including autism, are vastly more likely to be the victims of violent crime than the perpetrators. Should the shooter in today’s shooting prove to in fact be diagnosed on the autism spectrum or with another disability, the millions of Americans with disabilities should be no more implicated in his actions than the non-disabled population is responsible for those of non-disabled shooters."

ASAN Statement on Media Reports Regarding Newtown, CT Shooting (via lesmurs)

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fuckyeahsexpositivity:

sexetc:

Great news: Teens in NYC will be able to get emergency contraception in school!

Hope this spreads like wildfire. This is important.
—BB

Good, preventing unwanted pregnancies should be an inalienable right, not something parents can veto.

fuckyeahsexpositivity:

sexetc:

Great news: Teens in NYC will be able to get emergency contraception in school!

Hope this spreads like wildfire. This is important.

—BB

Good, preventing unwanted pregnancies should be an inalienable right, not something parents can veto.

(via stfuconservatives)

granolapaladin:

theladyoftherocks:

This makes me sick like few things do. If I ever meet someone pulling this shit in real life, I honestly don’t know how I’d react. My mother died of breast cancer several years ago, and she’d have happily lopped off her other breast, too, if it had saved her life and helped her to watch her grandkids grow up. Also, I was sent to a screening center because of a cancer scare only two fucking days ago (false alarm, phew), and I couldn’t sleep properly for days because I was so, so afraid. But it’s nice to hear that that some dudes might be worried about losing the hypothetical possibility to touch my boobs. Not, like, about me dying. I’d rather cut off any bloke’s hand before I let a guy like that fondle me (hint: hyperbole for emphasis - cannot stand sight of blood, alas).
pynapel:

aboutmaleprivilege:

Male privilege is the sexualization of Breast Cancer awareness.

THIS
it reminds me of what Randall Munroe said:
“The frustrating thing about the “Save the Boobies” campaign and similar things (like the “Booberday” meme going around G+) is that they get it exactly backward. Often, the point of breast cancer treatment is to destroy some or all of the boobies in order to save the woman.
Saying that we should work to cure this disease because it threatens breasts is really upsetting. For starters, it suggests that women are worth saving because they’re attached to breasts, rather than the other way around. But worse, it tells any woman who’s had a mastectomy to try to save her life that she’s lost the thing that made people care about her survival. What a punch in the stomach.”


And that’s why that whole “save the boobies” joke / meme is stupid, unfunny, and, most importantly, really frakkin’ insensitive.

Signal boost. People with recovering from cancer already have way too much shit to deal with, and this stupid joke isn’t helping.

granolapaladin:

theladyoftherocks:

This makes me sick like few things do. If I ever meet someone pulling this shit in real life, I honestly don’t know how I’d react. My mother died of breast cancer several years ago, and she’d have happily lopped off her other breast, too, if it had saved her life and helped her to watch her grandkids grow up. Also, I was sent to a screening center because of a cancer scare only two fucking days ago (false alarm, phew), and I couldn’t sleep properly for days because I was so, so afraid. But it’s nice to hear that that some dudes might be worried about losing the hypothetical possibility to touch my boobs. Not, like, about me dying. I’d rather cut off any bloke’s hand before I let a guy like that fondle me (hint: hyperbole for emphasis - cannot stand sight of blood, alas).

pynapel:

aboutmaleprivilege:

Male privilege is the sexualization of Breast Cancer awareness.

THIS

it reminds me of what Randall Munroe said:

“The frustrating thing about the “Save the Boobies” campaign and similar things (like the “Booberday” meme going around G+) is that they get it exactly backward. Often, the point of breast cancer treatment is to destroy some or all of the boobies in order to save the woman.

Saying that we should work to cure this disease because it threatens breasts is really upsetting. For starters, it suggests that women are worth saving because they’re attached to breasts, rather than the other way around. But worse, it tells any woman who’s had a mastectomy to try to save her life that she’s lost the thing that made people care about her survival. What a punch in the stomach.”

And that’s why that whole “save the boobies” joke / meme is stupid, unfunny, and, most importantly, really frakkin’ insensitive.

Signal boost. People with recovering from cancer already have way too much shit to deal with, and this stupid joke isn’t helping.

(Source: all-about-male-privilege)

thejewstein:

godh8sfags:

omgkwhgbwfq

HOLY FUCDJSLKFSDJSKDJ

Protip: You can treat puppies like babies, but you can’t treat babies like puppies.

(Source: burtreynoldsmustache, via quinkit)

7minutesinevan:

vanillavalerian:

orchidhorror:


dirk.

;_;

dirk.. sweetheart..

T_T

7minutesinevan:

vanillavalerian:

orchidhorror:

dirk.

;_;

dirk.. sweetheart..

T_T

(Source: somekindofhero, via lakobie)

notasenator:

agehachou:

did you know that at anime boston a Dolorosa cosplayer had her costume destroyed by people who hate homestuck?

40 hours of work, destroyed on her. 

she was cornered too. 

now idk about you, but that’s taking your hatred for the homestuck fandom too far. 

If you don’t like it, then so fucking be it. 

Some people don’t like hetalia, some people don’t like Soul Eater or FMA. 

Who 

fucking

cares.

Just please, don’t take your hatred too far. 

This actually makes me afraid to go to an American con oh

I keep seeing this pop up, and luckily there’s some people on my dash treating it with skepticism (thank you Jae).

So let’s take a look at the story here - 

What we have here is a text post that suggests that somebody put 40 hours of work into a costume, then at a convention was cornered and had the costume torn from them and destroyed.

Which is pretty awful and kind of a huge deal.

So, rightfully people start asking questions, and the person who originally posted responds with things like

oh I don’t know any exact details? 

I just know stuff from a friend who was working there. u n u

I’d like to point out that the original post is full of exact details, like how long it took the cosplayer to make the costume and even the motive of the attackers.

So the original poster’s source is a friend, right? Clearly this friend saw it happen and spoke to the Dolorosa cosplayer to get this information

Like, idk my friend told me that she was cornered by people that thought homestuck was, “shit” and then they just destroyed her costume? And like, I don’t have any exact details about it because my friend had heard about it as she was leaving the con. But it was at Anime Boston. And idk, but I believe my friend because she was helping out people at the con who had had their costumes ripped or damaged. 

Choose what you want to believe and whatnot, but I truly believe that this is something that happened. 

People do this guys, whether you like it or not. 

So finally, some one replied with a source link to the Anime Boston forum, and we get this, from the cosplayer themselves:

First, as Dolorosa, I was met with severe animosity by other congoers who seemed to forget the “Pop Culture” piece of the convention. They had no problem when I was Mag, but I was verbally and physically harassed occasionally while donning my Homestuck cosplay. As it is, I need to make repairs to my armorpiece, belt, a layer of my dress, and both my horns before I can even think about cosplaying the costume I put 65 hours into making again.

Ignoring the minor things, like discrepancies on how long construction of the costume took, the major shift here is how we went from “cornered” to “harassed occasionally” and “destroyed on her” to “I need to make repairs”.

Here’s my favorite part of the post, at the very end:

I would have loved some better panels and a little bit of tech aid at the cosplay family feud, but those are minor complaints. I loved the con this year.

So to recap - what we had here was a text post alleging an attack on a cosplayer by a group of people which resulted in their costume being destroyed, all out of hatred for a webcomic. The source for this was at least third-hand, something a friend of the poster heard after the convention but did not witness themselves.

Then when a source is provided, linking to someone claiming this mistreatment, it gets pulled down to the level of occasional harassment and minor repairs, which altogether was not enough to ruin their enjoyment of the convention. 

Yeah, the Dolorosa cosplayer shouldn’t have been harassed at all, and they continued to face resentment in the forum thread over things they choose to enjoy, but man.  A little skepticism goes a long way.

I’m not sure how many times I’ll end up repeating this on my blog, but “extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence”.

The more outlandish a claim is, the greater the burden of proof should be before you accept the claim. If you see a claim that basically suggests that Homestuck cosplayers are in physical danger if they go to an American convention, your first response should be to demand a source, verify the claim externally, anything that provides some validity. The person who originally posted the claim believes that the claim should be taken on faith and that the people questioning the claim or the motives for posting it are bashing them, but the critics are right and proper to do so. It was an unsourced, unverified story of a person getting assaulted at a convention because of Homestuck. That’s a pretty big deal if true and because of that, it inherits the rigors of critical thinking and skepticism before it is accepted.

In the end, it’s not as bad as it was presented by the OP. There still might be something there, but it hardly seems like enough to judge all American conventions on.

When I heard the rumour, I googled it to track it back to the source so I could figure out what really happened and respond appropriately.

So to recap, a Dolorosa cosplayer at Anime Boston was occasionally verbally harassed, which was bad, occasionally physically harassed, which was worse, and her costume sustained some damage, necessitating repairs. Bet no one was cornered, no one’s costume was ruined, no one was beaten up. There were a few jerks at Anime Boston, but it wasn’t swarming with roving gangs of Homestuck hating weebs beating people up with impunity. Overall, the cosplayer thought the con was great, and didn’t think a few incidents with a few jerks were bad enough to ruin her con experience.

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stfuconservatives:

reagan-was-a-horrible-president:

jonathan-cunningham:

Judges Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan of the Court of Common Pleas in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, plead guilty in open court that they sentenced children to juvenile detention because they were paid off to do it by the PA Childcare and a sister company, Western PA Childcare corporation that ran the private facilities.

[…]

The companies in question paid the two judges more than $2.6 million dollars to send children to detention.  The companies receive a stipend from the government for each inmate they house.  So as more children were sentenced to the detention center, PA Childcare and Western PA Childcare received more money from the government, prosecutors said.

According to the Juvenile Law Center, a Philadelphia nonprofit group, teenagers were sentenced to detention for simple misdemeanors.

The two judges face up to seven years in prison under a plea agreement made with the state.”

They made millions of dollars by selling children (and driving them to suicide), and all they get is a handful of years? The US legal system is a joke and people who pretend we have the rule of law are the punchline. 

Uncompromising Photos Expose Juvenile Detention in America

Sometimes I have no response to this sort of thing other than WOW WHAT THE FUCK AMERICA

So when are they going to charge the people at PA Childcare and Western PA Childcare who bribed the corrupt judges?

(Source: sarahlee310, via stfuconservatives)

Andy Warhol by Richard Avedon, August 20, 1969.
his scars resulted from extensive life-saving surgery following misandrist Valerie Jean Solanas’ gunshot wound to his chest. Upon recovery, Warhol had this to say about his near-death experience, -  “Before I was shot, I always thought that I was more half-there than all-there – I always suspected that I was watching TV instead of living life. People sometimes say that the way things happen in movies is unreal, but actually it’s the way things happen in life that’s unreal. The movies make emotions look so strong and real, whereas when things really do happen to you, it’s like watching television – you don’t feel anything. Right when I was being shot and ever since, I knew that I was watching television. The channels switch, but it’s all television.”

Ouch! I knew he got shot, and I knew he was injured pretty badly and needed surgery, but I didn’t know it was that severe.

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tehblackbirdisincognito:

rouxfully:

some-disgraced-cosmonaut:

A thoughtful, sensitive male Wisconsin legislator has proclaimed that he is against divorce under all circumstances — even spousal abuse. And he’s got a message to all those ladies out there getting the shit beaten out of them by their husbands: remember the good times, back before things took an abusive turn, and maybe you’ll fall in love again. There, isn’t that better? Now, chin up, and go back out into that awful marriage of yours like a champ.

The obtuse anti divorce champion is Republican Don Pridemore. And this isn’t the first time the Heartless Cheesehead has acted in a manner most unbecoming.

Remember earlier this month when another Wisconsin lawmaker thoughtfully suggested that maybe single parenthood should be considered a factor that may be indicative of child abuse? Pridemore was a co-sponsor of the bill that would’ve made it a crime for a person to dare try to raise a child on their own outside of the pillowy soft Magic Zone of marriage. But what about women who are being abused by their husbands? Shouldn’t they have the option to extract themselves from an unhealthy situation? Nope, says Pridemore. And he’s got some expert abused spouse marital advice as well: “If they can refind those reasons and get back to why they got married in the first place it might help.”

So, the solution to divorce and spousal abuse is just remembering why you love your abuser? Did he learn about love, relationships, and psychology from tragic early country songs?

I. I can’t.

NO. SHUT UP AND GO AWAY. NO.

GET THE FUCK OUT.

How did this wingnut get elected?

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