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For sure, and you’re totally right. Don’t know anything about it. Just, your response, it was really uncomfortable to read. We’ve all been in that kinda position in which someone does stuff because they still want us- but you need to handle it with class.
Look what I just found on SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/semipreciousweapons/aviationhigh
© Nobuyoshi Araki
You only see what they want you to see, remember that.
I feel that I really need to go over some safety tips for cosplayers, not just for online, but for at cons, as well. It’s important we all try to remain as safe as possible, and it’s sad that we constantly have to watch our backs like this, but this is reality.
- Secure any…
If cosplay events are full of such misogyny, sexism, physical abuse of women, a good chance of rape occurring, and so many predatory men gathering at these things that a woman can’t even walk alone, needs to take a man with her so she can pretend he is her boyfriend, and can’t even put her name on a name badge because she’ll end up being stalked then I have better advice for women…
Don’t finance these ‘hatred of women’ events.
Kesha’s tweets about an hour ago. When I first heard Die Young was being pulled, I was supportive of the idea. It may not be necessary, but as a mark of respect it was admirable. However, when the situation escalated and there were calls that Die Young glamourises or causes these types of horrific massacres, I felt the need to post.
People who commit these terrible, terrible acts aren’t happy individuals, living healthy lives, who switched on the radio one day, heard Die Young and were suddenly demented. These people are very sad, lonely, and mentally disturbed - who are permitted access to deadly weapons that allow that split second break in a person’s mind to be manifested as dead children.
And we’re supposed to believe Kesha’s pop song caused that to happen? Come on. Of course, Die Young is merely the latest in a line of media to be blamed. First was ‘We Need To Talk About Kevin’, a brilliant film which in fact attempts to explore the psyche of these individuals; next was Call of Duty, which has been proven to sublimate violence rather than escalate it; and now Die Young.
That’s it. The Right would like you to believe that guns don’t kill people. Video Games kill people. And films. And Music. But not guns, never guns. Please, guys. Don’t be fooled by this lazy attempt to distract you from the real issue: guns need to be legislated for at a federal level.
As an aside: I’m disappointed Kesha felt the need to apologise, and also attempt to pass the buck. No one forced her to sing anything ($$$). I’d have liked it if she had taken a stand on this, and made it clear that guns and a broken mental health care system killed those children, not a song.
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Excuse me? In what way is urban outfitters racist? I can honestly say that the company is in the least bit racist. In fact, we embrace different cultures. Some of our products are a bit controversial, and they’ve taken the heat for it and they’ve taken most of those products off the shelves. But to label the entire company as “racist” is erroneous. I’m sorry but you are wrong.
Urban Outfitters sales culturally appropriative clothing, including items with racist imagery and slogans. Not to mention their CEO uses profits to donate to anti-LGBTQIQA causes. Being a queer person of color, UO defiantly is racist and discriminatory. Honey.
People like you make me want to gauge my eyes out with a dull spoon. LGBTQLMNOPwhatever. Honey.
No one is stopping you, honey.
In the UK just now, Starbucks are in a LOT of fucked up shit. Turns out they’ve been aggressively avoiding tax - which has lead to a boycott of their stores. The problem? The franchised stores. The stores that are kind of rented off of the brand. These people pay their fair share and they are getting slammed. They’ve done nothing wrong, but they’re stuck with the label ‘tax avoider’. Aren’t you kind of labelling everyone who works for Urban Outfitters racist because the CEO is a Republican and they’ve released what you believe is culturally insensitive attire? Aren’t you basically slamming anyone involved with UO because of the decisions of a tiny few? I mean you’re even slamming anyone who shops at UO. Would you rather everyone stopped shopping there, and all of the employees lost their jobs? Would that quell the liberal rage?
Second point. I googled the controversy when you answered my question about it. Mainly because I wanted to determine in my opinion whether the offending shirts were actually offensive. I found some of them to be risqué, and on the whole a good thing. Mainly because I found some of them to be smart and ironic. Which may be a little cliché now, and a bit too hipster, but that’s the cycle of fashion, and whilst they’re still ‘in’ I think it’s good. These types of designs raise awareness and start debate - there’s nothing bad about that. If I’m wearing a shirt that says ‘I hate gay people LOL’, or whatever, it doesn’t mean I actually hate gay people. And sure, it may offend some gay people, but that doesn’t make me homophobic. Someone’s lack of understanding, or complete lack of interest in my motivation, isn’t my problem. Most of the most ‘offensive’ designs of theirs seem blatantly sarcastic, and the perpetually offended people may want to consider the post-modern approach before kicking into hysteria mode. Basically, it’s a certain type of dictatorial piousness that leads to this decision to brand logos racist or whatever. It’s a very serious label, and should only be used when there is no reasonable doubt as to the intent of the offending thing.
Finally, the CEO is a complete dick. But so are most companies’ CEOs and boards of directors. There’s not much you can do about that, unless you don’t shop anywhere other than independent stores, and even then, maybe the owner’s a closet paedophile or something. So if you’re going to start discriminating where you shop based on the CEO, then you’re going to have to take responsibility for ‘supporting’ the CEO of any place you do shop.
Okay. First off, no, I wouldn’t label everyone and anyone who works at UO as racist and culturally insensitive. They don’t make the clothes. They’re just trying to make a buck. Just like with the Chick-Fil-A fiasco, I was against where the money was going and the CEO’s opinions, but not against the workers. And yes, I do shame those who shop there. Why? Because their money has the potential to be used for hate and to fuel the production of culturally insensitive and racist clothing.
Secondly, if you actually searched and looked at the list of items that they sell that have caught flack, you wouldn’t be able to avoid their racism, i.e. this shirt:
*Not to mention they sold “tribal headdresses”. As a indigenous person, that’s automatically racist and culturally insensitive.
Furthermore on your second point, if you wore a shirt that said “I hate gay people lol” I would think you are dumb. That’s not commenting on anything. It’s not solving anything or adding anything positive to the conversation. It’s a lame ass excuse of being socially and politically commentating. This type of humor has been coined as “hipster racism”, because that’s what it is. “Hipsters”, and I use this term lightly, try to be politically and socially involved by way of sarcasm and dull humor. In this process, their inner racism is exposed. What are they saying about racism and how it functions in society? Nothing. Yes, “racist” is a ‘very serious label’ and being a queer person of color who is constantly surrounded by corporations’ attempts to comment on social issues and such, I see more exposed racism from UO than actual progressive messages.
On your last point, that whole “if you don’t support this CEO, you can’t trust another CEO because they might be bad” mantra is tired and played out. I don’t shop at Target, UO, American Apparel, Walmart, Starbucks, Chick-Fil-A, Best Buy, anything Apple, McDonalds, etc. because I disagree with their policies. Just like I don’t buy makeup that has been manufactured by companies that test their products on animals and companies that support Israel. If I disagree with their policies, I don’t give them my money or other forms of support. Unfortunately, money is power and money gives you a voice. This is my way making my voice heard. Do I question the actions of independent stores I go to? Yes. The broader issue is capitalism and the way that these entities function without full disclosure of their practices. However, as of yet, none of the independent stores’ I shop at CEOs have been busted on pedophilia or any other crimes. Time will tell. CEOs are people and people can’t be trusted.
I dunno how well-read you are in Marxism, but Marx states that to change the way a nation functions, you must exist in it, using it’s resources if you have as a way to survive. If someone can’t find other work than working at UO or Chick-Fil-A, I don’t hate them. However, if a person has choice between a indie store with no racist past and UO and they choose UO, I will judge them.
So, I think there’s somewhat of a problem with your stance. On one hand you say you support the workers, and understand the fact that they need a job to support their families; you have no problem with them, and they have your sympathies. But on the other hand, you shame people who shop at Urban Outfitters presumably with the desire to have them shop elsewhere. So, of course, the logical conclusion of your approach is to have Urban Outfitters lose all of it’s revenue and for everyone who works for it to lose their employment. There is no two ways about it. If you want the store to lose it’s customers, you want it to be closed down. So it’s all well and good declaring you support the workers and understand that they need to work, but when you’re actively working to destroy their livelihood it just seems somewhat gauche, if you will, to say you’re on their side.
Specifically on the point of Hipster racism, and the like, and also more broadly on your approach in general, I’d say I take issue with your dictatorial stance. It’s a problem the Left has. You seem to think you have the right way of protesting, and that your approach is the one true approach. There’s a religiosity in that. I really don’t think it’s for you to be telling other people that they shouldn’t be expressing themselves in a particular manner because it’s stupid. You completely discount the denaturing effect irony has. Black rappers who adopted the word ‘nigger’ destroyed the power of the word. The more black people used it, the less racists did. Gay people took ‘fag’ and made it theirs. Women took ‘slut’ and turned it into a positive. This way isn’t stupid or ineffective, it’s just not how you want things done. So I truly despise the term ‘hipster racism’: it’s the precocious on the left making enemies of allies, and it’s harmful. It’s saying ‘Even if you support progressive values, if you don’t do it my way, then not only are you not progressive, but you’re racist/homophobic/misogynistic’. This actively alienates people and devalues real racism/homophobia/misogyny by making everything seem prejudicial. If I was a victim of any of those three things, I’d be highly offended by those who believe in ‘hipster racism’.
To highlight my point: you see the ironic approach as dumb, because you don’t think it works. But I’d suggest you making your life difficult by not shopping at literally any major business is equally, if not more, ineffective. The corporations might not get your money, but they really don’t need it. You’re not going to change anything, not that you said you would, by not shopping at any of these places. You’ve got your principles, but it would be conceited to think your way of doing things is going to make any difference. And it’s important to know that, I think.
Just as an aside, I’m not at all keen on Marx, so I’m not too taken by his method. I also don’t like the way a lot of ‘communists’ treat his philosophy like the religious treat the bible. They take the good bits and pretend the bad bits don’t exist.
I seriously disagree with this false equivalence. Yes, all religions are madness, and yes, the Right hate Muslims because it sees them as heretics. But this comparison is misleading. There is no law which forces women to wear habits, very rarely is anyone’s family forcing them to become a nun, and no one’s going to be looking at a woman as if she were dirty for not choosing to become a nun.
Women who become nuns actively decide to scorn society around them. They aren’t born nuns. Muslim women, all too often, are right out of the womb and right into a hijab.
Choice. Women choose to become nuns out of devotion (delusion). Too many Muslim women are born into a culture which will scorn them, and actively remove any choice they should have as to whether they wish to wear a hijab or not. That’s oppression.
They’re not the same.