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oathskeeperr:

There’s a girl who is gonna be giving out condoms at LeakyCon and she’s calling it Freaky at Leaky goodness I love these people.

This is the best LeakyCon related thing I’ve heard in years.

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According to twitter, this is apparently what #Leakycon is going to be like. Seriously, search that hashtag and this comes up. I don’t know whether or not to be terrified or excited.

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WE NEED DIVERSE BOOKS CAMPAIGN

wrocksnob:

melissaanelli:

weneeddiversebooks:

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Recently, there’s been a groundswell of discontent over the lack of diversity in children’s literature. The issue is being picked up by news outlets like these two pieces in the NYT, CNN, EW, and many more. But while we individually care…

This is an excellent campaign and I’m THRILLED it’s happening.

Know where we have an amazing lineup of diverse authors and have for some time, not because it was a thing to do to be PC but because the fabulous people who run this track just LIKE having a wide range of voices and backgrounds represented? LeakyCon Lit.

YEAH I SAID IT OKAY!? 

(I say it like that because it has felt very un-PC to be very proud of our amazing and amazingly diverse LC Lit lineup since people started poking hard at lit lineups recently. Maureen and Robin are SO GREAT at this and not just because they know it’s PC - but because they really do value a wide range of voices. It has nothing to do with the WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign, which is fantastic. I’m just pointing out how pro Maureen and Robin are, who never need to be told that hey, diversity is important for a reason. It just is! I am grateful for them every day.)

the diversity is truly overwhelming

so it turns out that i fail at scrolling, and there actually is more diversity in the authors section that i completely didn’t see

and by more diversity i mean the exact same number of poc’s, but there are less authors in total so i guess it’s better because of numbers??? kind of?

still, i’m glad at the number of women present - not that leaky has ever really had a problem with that, but given recent events it’s comforting nonetheless

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WE NEED DIVERSE BOOKS CAMPAIGN

melissaanelli:

weneeddiversebooks:

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Recently, there’s been a groundswell of discontent over the lack of diversity in children’s literature. The issue is being picked up by news outlets like these two pieces in the NYT, CNN, EW, and many more. But while we individually care…

This is an excellent campaign and I’m THRILLED it’s happening.

Know where we have an amazing lineup of diverse authors and have for some time, not because it was a thing to do to be PC but because the fabulous people who run this track just LIKE having a wide range of voices and backgrounds represented? LeakyCon Lit.

YEAH I SAID IT OKAY!? 

(I say it like that because it has felt very un-PC to be very proud of our amazing and amazingly diverse LC Lit lineup since people started poking hard at lit lineups recently. Maureen and Robin are SO GREAT at this and not just because they know it’s PC - but because they really do value a wide range of voices. It has nothing to do with the WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign, which is fantastic. I’m just pointing out how pro Maureen and Robin are, who never need to be told that hey, diversity is important for a reason. It just is! I am grateful for them every day.)

the diversity is truly overwhelming

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  • Question: Your witch hunt against Jason Munday is also justified. It isn't my story to tell, but I witnessed an incident one night at Chicago Leaky while everyone was drunk and running around the hotel that was really uncomfortable and inappropriate. Just because no one has come forward against him yet doesn't mean nothing happened. I would bet money that wasn't the only time. - Anonymous
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    Hey, thanks. And if you happen to know the victim/victims involved, you should let them know that if they do choose to come forward, many, MANY more people WILL have their back than those who won’t. However, this is in no way to say they should feel pressured to come forward - it is a very scary thing, and requires a lot of thought beforehand.

    I do thank you though for recognizing when a story is not yours to tell. Assuming you are not a highly-evolved spambot, then I officially declare you an Acceptable Human Being.

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jasonmunday:

To all it concerns in the wizard rock community, here is, perhaps, a better way to say this:

Firstly, I’m sorry for the miscommunication and rude manner of my last comment on this matter via Twitter and Facebook. Although, I wholeheartedly meant exactly what the core part of that statement was, it did not portray what I really meant to say.

Most of the worst people I’ve ever encountered in my entire life came from the wizard rock community. In a community supposedly based around love, I find that pretty disturbing and sad. However, the wizard rock community has done some amazing things, it’s allowed me to do some amazing things, it’s allowed me to have some amazing times, it’s allowed me to meet some amazing people, and it allowed me to spend time with my best friends in the world more often than I would have been able to otherwise.

Both Ministry of Magic and myself have always been and will always be very thankful for the opportunities we had because of that community, for all our fans, and for anyone who has supported our music or other endeavors. Utilizing the wizard rock community as a creative outlet, it was really important to us that we released the best quality content we could, with what we had, and that was always a fun challenge. We invested a lot into our music, and we had a lot of fun making it for many of you as well as performing it for many of you. And the fact that we were shown so much love from so many of you meant and still means the world to us. 

But after years of witnessing first hand, second hand, and even third hand, an abundance of trash talking behind people’s backs, public shaming, hateful remarks directed at individuals’ worth, smugness, condescension, jealousy, pride, or whatever other useless crap, I’m plenty happy to never have anything to do with that community again. And whether or not you want to have anything to do with me, is entirely up to you. The wizard rock community is not the be all and end all of life. It was merely a chapter in mine, which for me has realistically been over for quite some time.

I’m very aware of the good fortune I’ve had with regards to the wizard rock community, of the ways I personally have benefitted and grown from time I spent in it, and of the people who were hurt by my last statement. I’m sorry if that, or if anything else I’ve ever done, hurt you. I’ve tried to be an outlet for positivitiy and love for the seven years I spent in that community, but where there is love, there are always forces trying to tear it down. The weapon you have is real actual love. The more deeply you understand love, the stronger your weapon.

That is about all I have to say about my experience with wizard rock and its community.

Jason.
RIP Ministry of Magic

YOU.

PUBLICLY.

DERIDED.

A YOUNG WOMAN.

FOR FEARING.

THE RAPE CULTURE.

DENIED THE RAPE CULTURE.

AND SPAT IN THE FACE OF EVERY ONE OF YOUR FANS WHO HAS TO LIVE DAILY IN A CULTURE WHERE THEY MUST SIMULTANEOUSLY LIVE IN FEAR AND KNOW THAT IF HORRENDOUS THINGS ARE DONE TO THEM, CHANCES ARE THAT THEY ARE THE ONES WHO WILL BE BLAMED.

PISSING ALL OVER THE WROCK COMMUNITY BECAUSE YOU’RE BUTTHURT THAT PEOPLE DIDN’T TAKE KINDLY TO DISMISSING THE RAPE CULTURE IS LAME AND PETTY BUT HONESTLY I DON’T REALLY CARE ABOUT THAT, AND I DON’T THINK ANYONE REALLY SHOULD.

WHAT THEY SHOULD CARE ABOUT IS THAT YOU, JASON MUNDAY, ARE A QUALIFIED WORLD-CLASS ASSHOLE.

YOU DON’T.

GET TO LIVE.

WITH A MANIPULATIVE DICKMONGER.

AND A PEDOPHILIC RAPIST.

AND THEN DENY THE RAPE CULTURE.

AND BELITTLE THE FEARS OF THE WOMEN WHO HAVE TO LIVE IN IT.

YOU ARE A TERRIBLE PERSON.

OH AND ARE YOU REALLY TALKING ABOUT HOW THERE’S DRAMA AND BACKSTABBING AND SHIT-TALKING IN THE SCENE LIKE IT’S SOME SURPRISING REVELATION AND YOU ARE SOME HARBINGER OF THE SECRET TRUTH?

HAVE YOU FUCKING MET ME?

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  • Question: You are awesome! I've followed your blog & twitter for years, enjoy your reviews, and appreciate your commentary on the recent developments within the fandom. Keep on snobbing. (Or something :) - tehfanglyfish
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    Thank you so much! It really does mean a lot, and I am very glad that I’ve been able to keep you entertained over the years!

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creeveycrisis:

wrocksnob:

So, I for one am completely and totally against a witch-hunt, speculating “who’s next”, etc. And I’m not about to accuse Jason Munday of any illegal behavior or misconduct in relationships, because I have no evidence or inklings of such.

However, I AM going to fucking accuse him of responding to a young woman’s legitimate qualms and concerns over the rape culture with belittlement and anger.

Yeah, go back up and read that again. Jason Munday just said that if you don’t want to live in the rape culture then too fucking bad. His awful, sarcastic solution to escape abuse and rape? Just remove yourself from all men and thus, culture at large, until placed in an arranged marriage.

I’m not saying Jason’s statements here are on par with the level of awfulness that Luke and Alex’s actions lie on. But what he said is entirely reprehensible, and should not be forgotten.

I went off on Twitter today, specifically at Jason Munday, after seeing this.

Why?

Because I’m the father of a 13 yr old girl. I’m the husband of a woman who’s been sexually harassed in her lifetime, like pretty much 99.9% of women out there, sadly. Because I’m the father of an 8 yr old son, and very soon I’m going to need to make sure he’s very educated about how to respect women.

I was actually surprised that he responded to me, given that I’m a 38 yr old male, not a teenaged girl. I figured he only responded in a condescending manner to those he thought he was better than. I won’t get into what was said, because it’s all public, and frankly, I don’t know if he could’ve possibly come out looking worse. 

Just a few days ago, I defended him on Twitter for his silence over the accusations against Alex and Luke. Seeing his tweets like those above, which weren’t the only ones in his timeline that were utterly disgusting and uncalled for, were what set me off. If I publicly defended him, I was sure as hell going to publicly call him out for his bullshit.

I don’t know if he thinks this is a laugh, or a game. Newsflash - IT’S NOT. This is REAL. This is life. This is about rape culture in society, and the sickening trend of men feeling like they have more power over women (as seen from his tweets above) and the demeaning of women who DARE question and show valid concern over things like this.

I had to see bruises on girls in high school, who could somehow never remember how they got there. I dated a girl who showed up to school one day with a giant scratch on her cheek because a guy smacked her. I watched a girl in tears try to get away from her known abusive boyfriend while teachers simply stood by and watched him chase her down. 

I’m terrified that my daughter might one day be in one of those situations. 

I’m disgusted that women who felt safe in the wizard rock community had to put up with such horrible, sickening behavior, and are now dealing with the mental and emotional scars as a result. I’m sad that women are now justifiably wary of men who they thought were good guys.

I’m furious that some men still think this is some sort of a joke.

Most of all, I’m sad that what I thought was a caring community is filled with people who either don’t care or don’t want to care. 

EDIT: the personal examples I used were mostly of physical abuse; I am not saying that there was any physical abuse in recent events nor am I saying that anyone condones physical abuse. What I AM saying is that abuse is abuse, be it physical, emotional, mental, etc. And all of it is disgusting, uncalled for, and reprehensible. 

ALSO - I still do not feel it is right or OK to “call out” people for remaining silent these past few weeks. Many of them are not only conflicted over what they very most likely feel are friendships, many may also be looking at the BS like above and not wanting to get stuck in it as well. It’s one thing to remain silent, it’s another thing to do…. whatever it is that Jason is doing above. 

EDIT #2: looks like all of Jason’s tweets have been deleted. Too bad they’re screencapped here on Tumblr (and I see that another user screencapped some of my exchanges with him as well). He apologized to the young lady you see in the above pic, but I highly doubt he’ll apologize for calling me a bad parent. That’s OK. My son gave me a huge hug when I put him to bed tonight, and to be quite blunt, he and his sister’s opinions are all that matters to me.

Firstly, Russ dropping some truth bombs, but ending with a touch o’ the sweetness. Awww yeah.

Secondly, yeah, as I predicted, he totally deleted all of them. Fortunately, I have access to circa-1998 technology and screencapped pretty much everything.

And then he replaced the deleted texts with “The wizard rock “community” always was and somehow is still one of the worst things I’ve ever encountered. Glad it’s dead. =)”

Huh. Funny, I don’t remember him saying that when it made his band’s album the best-selling wizard rock album of all time, and then helped him launch his YouTube career.

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So, I for one am completely and totally against a witch-hunt, speculating “who’s next”, etc. And I’m not about to accuse Jason Munday of any illegal behavior or misconduct in relationships, because I have no evidence or inklings of such.

However, I AM going to fucking accuse him of responding to a young woman’s legitimate qualms and concerns over the rape culture with belittlement and anger.

Yeah, go back up and read that again. Jason Munday just said that if you don’t want to live in the rape culture then too fucking bad. His awful, sarcastic solution to escape abuse and rape? Just remove yourself from all men and thus, culture at large, until placed in an arranged marriage.

I’m not saying Jason’s statements here are on par with the level of awfulness that Luke and Alex’s actions lie on. But what he said is entirely reprehensible, and should not be forgotten.

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smitethepatriarchy:

therothwoman:

blairellis:

this never gets old

I met the creator of this a month ago and he said he got a lot of hate mail from dudebros who thought that he was a woman complaining about these problems.

Gold.

Bolding mine.

always good to reblog a classic

(via yourcanadianoverlord)

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youtubeandships:

This part just once again killed me and once again shattered my heart.

Yeah, me too

It just completely killed me to see someone have the actual gall to try and slip in unnoticed a plea for everyone to just forget about it and move on wink wink nudge nudge also maybe buy some merch but no guys it’s totally cool i will think very solemnly about this while living off your money you can trust me

totally brain-breaking

i mean heart

yeah

that one

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An Open Letter To My Community

buckbarrow:

youtubeandships:

lukeconard:

Hey everyone,

I rarely check Tumblr, but I’ve been on this site more this week than I ever have in my entire life. By now a lot of you guys have probably read Kristina and Whitney’s posts about me, and I wanted to let everyone know where I stand on this.

People make mistakes and I’m no…

Please read this if you are mad at Luke for the whole drama thing. Please. Please.

You DO realize all this post says is “yeah I did all that terrible stuff to Whitney and Kristina but I LOVE MY MOM! DON’T WORRY I’M STILL A GOOD PERSON OK KEEP BUYING MY MUSIC AND SUPPORTING MY CURRENT LIFESTYLE”

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REVIEW: Voldemort Can't Stop The Rock!

Please check out my HUNDREDTH article - it’s quite probably the most important thing I have ever written.

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mattmaggiacomo:

I’m reticent to get back into this, but two people whose opinions I value highly have responded to my post regarding Alex Day, and their responses are critical of my post in different but equally thought-provoking ways. I’m tempted to just leave this one alone; I’ve reread my post a dozen times now and I’ve considered it from the lens of my friends’ critiques, and I still stand by the entire post. But I respect opposing opinions and I think it’s worth clarifying a few things that came up in their responses, in hopes that they’ll better understand where I was coming from.

For the sake of anyone who’s understandably over this whole thing, I’ve hidden this novella-length post behind a Read More guy. 

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In the case of Alex’s video, his primary target was misogynistic men. At face value, it might seem like Alex’s target was women — and given that women make up the vast majority of Alex’s audience, the potential for Alex’s audience to feel directly threatened by his video was much higher.


Thanks for clearing stuff up, Matt! The above is an excellent way of describing it, and makes a lot more sense. I still feel that sometimes you’ve gotta roll the hard six, but when you take a gamble, you have to be aware of the risk, and it doesn’t feel like Alex really was. He really does seem surprised at how negatively it was taken, so there was a definite failure in planning there.

I still feel like sometimes (maybe even oftentimes) sarcasm and satire can be more effective than heartfelt sincerity, but I completely agree with what you were saying about audience. I feel that while a heartfelt message would have been nice, it wouldn’t have necessarily changed any minds, or contributed to the conversation much beyond just throwing a tally mark on one side (which is still a good thing, don’t get me wrong). If he had a way to have had the video been widely viewed by misogynistic men, then maybe the video could have been able to enact some sort of change, even on a minor scale (changing a couple minds at a time is how you do it).

Honestly, looking back at what he said, I think the biggest problem was that he didn’t quite go over the top enough. Now, there is definitely something to be said for dry and subtle satire, which is something I like to pretend I have some knack for, but with stuff like the Togepi thing - Alex said that that is a wildly offensive statement and of course no one would ever say that and mean it, but the problem is - I’ve heard similar statements. Saying “Hurr durr fat chick should stop being Misty and should be Togepi” is something I have heard variations of a few times before.

The problem is that often satire involves using a bit of a straw man. You make and burn this straw man, and show how close the straw man is to the real argument, thus enacting humour and hopefully some mind changing. But you have to be real careful to tread the line between making it too realistic of a straw man, and making it too over the top and thus lessening some of the “gotcha” humour.

Allow me to take what was originally supposed to be a short response on another tangent. You know the XBox One? And how it’s been just one piece of bad or discomforting news after another? Well recently a parody news site that isn’t The Onion made an article about “Microsoft confirming that at launch the XBox One will only work in 21 states”, and everyone just took this as fact and other sites started reposting the information. Now, I personally see this as a big win, because when/if you figure out that it’s a cunning ruse, you laugh your ass off because it illustrates just how terrible the news about the XBone is when you accept something as outlandish as the console only working in less than half the country as completely factual. But I can also see the argument that the satire here failed, because people took it as fact.

The difference between this and Alex Day, though, is that one has the potential to insult and injure Microsoft, the definition of monolithic organizations (with millions, nay billions of spending power behind them), and the other has the potential to insult and injure female cosplayers that are whatever the current SJW-approved PC term for non-skinny people is.

So yes, I completely agree with the above that it comes down to audience, and Alex definitely messed up in that respect, and also fuck do I love discussing the nitty gritty of the mechanics of humour. But why tl;dr when you can word vomit?

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Matt Maggiacomo: What Is Satire, Anyway?

mattmaggiacomo:

I should preface this post by saying that 1) I recognize that Alex has made sincere attempts to rectify the situation, and 2) As a result of this, and also the internet’s ever-revolving news cycle, this post is barely necessary at this point. Still, I think it’s worth looking at this from a more…

Actually reblogging as link intentionally, just because Matt used a lot of words and I’m probably gonna use a fair amount of words and sometimes I choose to be slightly cognizant of others’ dashes. Anyway, I’m gonna throw my ha’penny in because why the fuck not, even though the amount of fucks I give about “youtube celebrities” is reversely exponential - the line continually gets closer to zero without actually reaching. I don’t just not give two shits about this realm of fandom - I fucking work at it. I put effort into ignoring this piffle, and yet I am still chiming in. Why?

Because Whompy mentioned it on twitter and it happened to be about a favorite subject of mine, sarcasm.

Now, all the above needlessly wordy introduction aside, I actually don’t have that much to say. Basically, I want to somewhat rebut the notion that “If people don’t get your satire, it’s bad satire.” Firstly, I just want to point out that satire is one of the most difficult forms of comedy, because for it to work correctly, you need to make the audience eventually get that you are being disingenuous, without being obvious, or more precisely, without stretching the logical confines of your character’s self-awareness.

So, I feel we should always acknowledge the difficulty in that art form when people fuck up. And there have been times when I have used satire or sarcasm and it has completely missed some people. This did tend to happen less often, though, as people got used to my writing style and learned that very rarely am I ever taking anything completely seriously (honestly, the thing I life I probably take most seriously, is comedy), and learned to just assume that if something seems wildly offensive or inaccurate or just strange, then it was probably a joke.

Now, Alex has said that he often uses satire or sarcasm (I can’t corroborate that cuz fuck if I’m gonna watch years of videos just to research one tumblr reblog), yet legions of loyal fans weren’t able to tell, so that to me says that in some way, he definitely failed. If that large a section of a fanbase that was so used to his usual style was thrown so much they took him at face value, then either he hasn’t been as sarcastic as he thought he was, or he was using a different style or type, or something.

However, I still have an issue with the idea that when people don’t get your satire, you failed. Communication is a two-way street, and sometimes the receiver is just as much at fault for a garbled message, if not more so. My main piece of evidence I want to bring up is that of Johnathan Swift’s near-perfect work, A Modest Proposal. In this piece you probably read sometime in High School, Swift proposes that the best solution to the horrible economic woes of Ireland at the time, were that the poor should simply sell their children as food.

An outlandish claim and one of the finest (and also first for the English Language, his style was actually based on the very old tradition of Latin satires, which usually had an even drier sense of humour) examples of satire out there. But people didn’t get it. People got pissed. People got enraged.

And if this happened to Johnathan Jellofucking Swiftthen maybe we can cut some youtube guy who once made a decent EP about videogames some slack.

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