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Here’s the thing: Stephen Colbert is crazy talented and makes genuine points in abstract ways and I appreciate the shit out of what he does. But how the hell is the Late Show going to work? There isn’t really a continuous example of Colbert doing non-satire.

Also, Suey Park is - in my opinion - a turd. But what THE FUCK are people doing [still] attacking this person? I flat out 100% disagree with her stance on satire, but how could anyone attack her in the ways they are? It’s just a person, one I vehemently disagree with but she’s a person. I don’t spew racial hate at people I don’t agree with. I don’t get that.

Satire is easily the best way to explain things to people who have patience and the ability to think critically, which would be everyone if there was patience in the world. It provides hyperbolic examples of something the satirist considers wrong and develops a skill in recognizing the type of thing it is.

Taking that seriously most likely indicates a lack of patience rather than intelligence, I think. Everyone can think critically, but it can take a minute. The first time I heard “Blurred Lines” I didn’t catch all the lyrics and I heard it on the radio. So there was no context, but it still felt like the lead up to the Red Wedding. Something was very clearly wrong. I had to revisit it and absorb it critically to fully get it, which took patience. But I have a case against that song more difficult to argue against than “that song sucks!”

Everyone is capable of that. Attention is what we aren’t capable of. Patience. So Blurred Lines is a hit and satire is more often than not taken at face value. Not because of our intelligence, but because of our attitudes.

If we took more time to absorb and process media then we would absorb and process media.

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  • Internet: you should strongly consider two factor authentication
  • Me: no
  • Internet: look there's some heart thing where your password is vulnerable or something. Two factor?
  • Me: no
  • Internet: okay so what's it going to take?
  • Me: you literally can't. just can't.
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Anonymous asked:

I have read your posts as it's happened in both instances, but does it bother you that even though the scale is different that both the Alex Day, Alex Carpenter, Luke Conard, etc group of people and on the larger scale James Franco are all pretty much getting away with using fame and pressure to get sex?

In a word, YES. James Franco obviously didn’t get it done, per se, but we don’t know what else he’s done. We do know what the other folks have done and not a single one of them has the kind of clout James Franco does. Who knows what has gone on in Franco’s 35 years.

What pisses me the fuck off is the Green brothers never called anyone out, despite being affiliated with them via their record company. Sorry, if you aren’t saying “these people did this. Do not support them, do not give them opportunities, do not give them attention” you are not helping.

Setting the precedent that doing something shitty in the YouTube community (which, let’s be honest, is shitty) gets the big white guys in charge to talk about a general issue for two days then everyone forgets about it. Guess it’s alright to pressure people into sexual situations and acts.

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copperundertones asked:

So celebrities can't have one night stands because of their perceived power? I really am trying to understand.

Okay, I’ll try to break it down as best I can - it’s not the easiest thing in the world to explain and it’s not really something people talk about a lot. When your boss says “suck my dick for a raise” it’s a much more distilled version of this kind of pressure & power dynamic. Very obvious, very direct.

Now, Franco was being obvious and direct, but not in the same way. In any case, the celebrity functions similarly to a boss that you never worked for but suddenly appear in your life with similar, if not more, power than an actual boss. The celebrity can say something and change lives, can buy things no one like you or I could, and has a lot of followers - and I don’t mean in social media. A celebrity matters to people in an exaggerated, honestly cult-like way.

This girl, to him, was some young, naive idiot that would give anything to slob on his knob so she could tell her friends. He assumed that was the dynamic. He very much treated it that way, too. He pushed for a hotel meet and then started saying “bye” when she showed any skepticism. This indicated to him she wasn’t under his control and he needed to act as though she wasn’t a priority. He had to do something to get her back under control. So he starts making it look like a missed opportunity to her - which she flipped the script on.

When she asked for proof, he assumed it meant “give proof get sex!” But the person asking questions is always the one in control, because they are the only one who knows the motive if they play it right. She, fortunately, was savvy enough to get that this was kind of shit behavior, played his little game and leaked this shit.

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On James Franco

A lot of people are bringing up age of consent with this girl he hit up for sex. In New York, it’s 17. In Scotland (where she’s from), it’s 16. So by this logic, he did nothing at all wrong in attempting to hook up with this girl.

The thing: I don’t really care about the age of consent in New York, this is an example of someone people perceive as having power due to a high-profile career using it on someone he perceives to be naive/manipulable due to their age and assumed fandom.

Pretty sure if it had been a different person, someone not savvy enough to get proof and expose him, this would count as a celebrity pressuring their way into sex (therefore without legitimate consent). So… we consider that rape, right?

Assuming it’s real, which I do because the “promoting a film” narrative is pretty flimsy. People don’t try to look like real-life rapists to promote things.

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