If you tell me that Bucky Barnes is a villain, but then go on and justify Loki’s actions, I will beat you so hard with my shoe you’ll think the Second Coming occurred.
So, this is the thing for me: I’m really happy with this. I do love TT5, I absolutely love them being back together the five of them again, and (even though my favorite TT albums are BW and The Circus) I was over the fucking moon about progress and progressed and the tour and fucking life. BUT before that happened, Rob was in some kind of a funk, personally and artistically, he’d said so and if you were paying attention you could tell. So this? This is extremely positive for me. Because Take That helped him, being friends with the boys again helped him, being artistically involved with the guys helped him; and this is a perfect evidence of how much. He’s enjoying being Robbie again, his solo career, he’s shining, he’s comfortable being Robbie fucking Williams again and that is fucking beautiful.
So, I’ll take TT4, I’ll love the new album and I’ll wait for the moment when they decide that is time for being TT5 again.
And yes, I will miss Robbie + the boys all over the fucking place, and interviews and videos and aosdijasodija but I’ll get over it. This makes me happy (:
THIS IS A POSITIVE THING AND IF I HAVE TO READ TO ONE MORE TT FAN CALL ROBBIE A SELFISH ASSHOLE I WILL GO APESHIT.
Sorry. Rant over.
- One of the first women to start her own independent production company.
- Earned her way to stardom without sleeping with executives for roles.
- Refused to date people for publicity just because 20th Century Fox wanted her to.
- Left 20th Century Fox because she refused to let them get away with treating her badly and paying her a tiny wage, just because of her “dumb blonde” image.
- Was only paid a fraction of her co-star’s wage even though she was the star of the movies and the biggest box office pull, but still went ahead with the movies because she was so passionate about acting.
- Studied method acting at the Actors Studio with Lee Strasberg, who said that she was one of his best students along with Marlon Brando.
- Had a personal library of over 500 books and rarely read fiction - she was desperate to learn and educate herself.
- Was sexually abused as a child but then went on to encourage the sexual liberation of women in the 1950s.
- One of the first people to speak openly about sexual abuse.
- One of the first people to openly support gay rights.
- Supported many charities such as the Milk Fund, March of Dimes, Arthritis and Rheumatism foundation.
- Donated her time and money to these charities.
- Visited orphanages and hospitals on her own time to surprise the people there.
- Married one of the greatest literary minds of the 20th century
- Suffered two miscarriages and one ectopic pregnancy and still put on a brave face for her fans.
Sorry, did you say she wasn’t a role model?
marilyn is my biggest role model so don’t even go there
She is a role-model for me (see my avatar) simply because of her bravery during a rough life and at a time when women were not respected or considered equals (I should say, even less so than today). She had a lot of devoted women friends which makes me think that she genuinely liked other women and was not competitive with or threatened by them.
I do think there were times when she actually was exploited sexually by men in Hollywood and in politics, however.
She was not dumb, she was an intellectual. Even in the movies where she plays “the dumb blond” it’s pretty clear that her character isn’t dumb at all. She always had a naive and innocent air about her that made her stand out from other beautiful actresses.
Her mother was mentally-ill and Marilyn spent time in foster homes (where, it’s presumed, she was sexually molested). It’s fairly common for women who were sexually assaulted as a child to have a childlike but overly-sexualized affect (such as a little-girl voice) that roughly corresponds to the age at which they were molested and I think that was evident in Marilyn.
One other important note about her:
Marilyn was a big supporter of the Civil Rights Movement. Ella Fitzgerald was one of Marilyn’s idols and a major inspiration. However, the Mocambo nightclub in West Hollywood, the most popular dance spot at the time, refused to let Ella perform there because she was black. Outraged, Marilyn told the owners that if they would let Ella perform, she would be there in the front row every time Ella was onstage. She did, and the two became friends.
According to the great Ella Fitzgerald:
“I owe Marilyn Monroe a real debt…it was because of her that I played the Mocambo, a very popular nightclub in the ’50s. She personally called the owner of the Mocambo, and told him she wanted me booked immediately, and if he would do it, she would take a front table every night. She told him - and it was true, due to Marilyn’s superstar status - that the press would go wild. The owner said yes, and Marilyn was there, front table, every night. The press went overboard. After that, I never had to play a small jazz club again. She was an unusual woman - a little ahead of her times. And she didn’t know it.”
A good example of how not to judge women celebrities by their public sexual personas.
And while we celebrate her voluptuous figure now and the days when a woman could be curvy, she was called fat all the time and rejected by plenty of studios. Even though women weren’t as thin as they are today, they still had to be thinner than Marilyn. She was an exception that we now take for granted.
I’m not about to defend the post maker but I think that people who say that Marilyn wasn’t a role model of anything is because most of the amazing things she did (or the interesting person she was) is not something that everyone immediately knows, and are things that one finds out once one’s done research on her -granted you don’t need to do much research, but still, some research is required. What most people know about Marilyn is her public image and the fact that she was a bombshell, I guess. And, let’s face it, there’s always been this trend of calling Marilyn your “role model” when the fact is that most of the people that call her that don’t know half of the things listed here.
She was an amazing, inspirational woman. She truly was. That is not in question for me though.
Songwriting credits on Progress and Progressed
Reblogging just to clarify something. This is taken from wikipedia and the songwriting credits are wrong.
Those are actually the people who sang on every song. According to the first line in the credits on the Progress/Progressed albums (which I’m holding right now in my hands), it says: “All tracks written by Barlow/Donald/Orange/Owen/Williams”
All of them participated in the songwriting. It’s been like that since 2006. Gary himself has remarked this thousands of times.
There is no way of knowing for sure whether this list is 100% accurate, but we can’t assume that the person in charge of Stuart Price’s wikipedia page is as unprofessional as to mistake songwriting credits for lead vocals - beside, this theory doesn’t hold for Rocketship or Kidz. It’s pretty obvious that the persons who contributed the most to a song take the lead on it. But I do agree that there are some omissions on this list. There’s no doubt, for instance, that Gary co-wrote What Do You Want From Me or that Robbie co-wrote Eight Letters.
We all know that the boys decided to share credits this time to avoid further issues, but it would be naive to assume that all the boys wrote all the songs on all the albums. Gary himself confessed not having written at all some songs, which shows how unreliable the credits on the albums are.
I posted this link because I found it interesting. Now it’s up to each person whether they believe it or not.. For me, it matches what I thought all along.
I think the importance on being the five of them credited is because (and they’ve said this many times) no song is considered fully done until the five of them have a chance to take a look at it. For example, as far as I know, the music for Eight Letters was written by Gary, but the lyrics were pretty much scripted by Rob but were not considered done until Jason, Howard and Mark got a say in what they like or didn’t like about it and how they would change it. And this has happened with many TT2 songs throughout the years. We will never know for sure because the process of being in a studio is clearly something quite private for them as musicians, but it would make sense to assume that this is the way they usually write. Not only for progress/ed but for every album since BW (at least I think it makes sense given even in My Take Gary describes as that being the process) I think this is ALL part of the process of writing songs and records and that’s exactly why they are all credited in the writing of every song, I don’t think is only to prevent future issues nor I think is naive to assume that they all had an important enough role to be considered co-writers even if they played a minimal role in the original creation of the song itself.
Agh, I think I made a mess of the point I was trying to make hahah I hope I explained myself ^^U It’s just my POV, I understand why people see it differently tho ^^U
Why are we so ashamed of periods? … Women’s bodies are incredibly sexualized in our media and in our every day experiences. So much so that even mentioning menstruation sends a lot of people into kindergarten levels of EW. And why? Because for a moment, you have broken the spell. And suddenly, you are no longer a magical mannequin unicorn fairy existing purely for the sexual fantasy of other people. Suddenly, you’re a human being! (X)
would you mind explaining why you find klaine so unappealing? thanks (:
Ugh, there are many things. I think it’s, from a writer’s point of view, the worst written pairing in Glee. And dude, that’s a high standard to reach. But, even if it wasn’t for the oh so poorly scripted relationship, I think Blaine as a character is a very hypocritical and toxic person, and Kurt definitely deserves more. If at least Blaine was obviously mean and selfish, I probably wouldn’t hate the pairing so much (
have you even seen the things I ship?)
Sometime ago I reblogged a post about Blaine’s hypocrisy. It went something like this:
- Blaine tells Kurt to go to NYC, because Ohio is too little for him.
- Blaine blames Kurt for his infidelity, telling him it was his fault for not having stayed in Ohio.
- Blaine tells Kurt that, please, he don’t cheat on him (
when Kurt is only texting with another dude, which I do not approve of, but…)
- Blaine sleeps with another guy.
- Blaine is a completely douchebag about Kurt texting Chandler, and publicly humiliates him in song form.
- Blaine spends an undisclosed span of time texting and talking with Sebastian, who obviously wants to sleep with him, behind Kurt’s back.
- Blaine tells Kurt that he will wait because he wants Kurt to be comfortable with whatever they do.
- Blaine gets drunk and tries to force himself on Kurt after Scandals.
- Blaine tells Kurt he’s transferring schools as a challenge for himself and whatnot, not for Kurt.
- Blaine tells Kurt he transferred schools for him, that he “changed his whole life” for Kurt.
Also, from the writing point again, Blaine is constantly getting things that Kurt wants. Kurt is ambitious. Even if he’s a good person, you can only see your loved one get everything you've ever wanted again and again so many times before it starts hurting you. Blaine gets the attention, the respect. Blaine is treated as an equal both by boys and girls. Blaine gets the roles. The songs. The guys, even. By the time I stopped watching (at the end of s03), every single thing that Kurt had wanted had been given to Blaine. And not even in a healthy competition among two ambitious people. It was, over and over, Kurt working hard for something and Blaine getting it effortlessly.
I don’t know. I could keep going, I’m sure. The patriarchal presentation of the pairing is another thing that bothers me: I look for queer couples in media to avoid the classic, sexist power relationships portrayed in straight couples; but they repeat themselves in Klaine over and over again. I really couldn’t care any less for a pairing where the feminine guy is constantly put in a (patriarchal) woman's position, while the more “straight passing” one is in the man's.
I don’t know, man. The fanart is still cute, sometimes.
so both tom daley and maria bello have announced, in the past 24 hours, that they are in queer relationships and have been in straight relationships in the past, without actually labeling themselves as gay, but every headline is TOM DALEY COMES OUT AS GAY and MARIA BELLO IS A LESBIAN
the homo/hetero binary is alive and well kids
okay, i’m seeing several grown men (madonna fans) attacking 12 year olds (lady gaga fans) on youtube because they believe gaga “stole” some lyrics from one of sun ra’s record to use in her upcoming single, venus.
it bothers me that these grown ass men are allowed on the internet and spread their stupid ass logic. if someone references someone else’s work in their own work, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s plagiarism. i feel the need to explain that like i would explain to a fucking kindergartener because that’s how fucking idiotic these grown adults are…
[gaga lists sun ra as writers on ‘venus]
if they were at least 10% percent familiar with the meaning of plagiarism, they would know this is definitely not the fucking case, as gaga is literally giving sun ra writing credits. SAMPLING! THAT’S WHAT WE HUMAN BEINGS CALL IT, YOU FUCKING OBESE CHIMPS!!!
do you know who takes ENTIRE instrumentals and claims it as her own and does not bother to give credit? i’m gonna let you guess on this one.
[writing and producing credits]
sound familiar? it’s the EXACT instrumental used in one of madonna’s best songs, justify my love . now, this is a perfect example of plagiarism because no credit is given! plus there was a lawsuit filed against madonna and kravits, which they lost…
[writing and producing credits]
now stop trying to pick high school fights with teenagers and act your fucking age! don’t y’all have hobbies (other than a very unhealthy obsession with lady gaga…) or a job??
madonna only has 12 copyright lawsuits! she doesn’t steal……
First, raging fanatics [of any artist, not only Madonna] who opt for bashing instead of talking on the internet are morons. So I won’t talk about that.
But I just wanna say to the PM that if he/she’s gonna tell stories about how unfair Madonna grown-men-fans are (why grown men and not just madonna fans, i mean as far as I know, she has fans from all fucking ages and genders) to poor little gaga fans (again, why assuming they are all children) I’m gonna ask him/her to be fair when he/she tell the tales of plagiarism.
I’m a massive Madonna fan, yes, but I’m also a huge Public Enemy fan so I’ve listened to this particular Justify my Love ordeal years ago (plus, I’m fucking old so I heard this on the news as well) First off, Kravtiz nor Madonna never denied that they sampled Public Enemies’ Security of the First World. (Also, not relevant here but Security of the First World uses the drum break of a James Brown’s Funky Drummer that is really evident and never gave credit either) The only reason why they never payed royalties and went to court with this is because Public Enemy never cleared patent on a couple of songs from the “It takes a million…” album and, yes, Security of the First World was one of them. As there was no patent, there was no legal reason to pay them royalties or credit them on the album.
Now, I think is unfair not to give credit, in spite of what’s demanded by law, but don’t come here and say that bitchy Madonna and a-hole Kravitz appropriated a song that wasn’t theirs when it’s not the case.
I feel like if you asked Moffat to describe Clara he’d be all: oh she’s funny and witty and sexy and actiony and flirty and did I mention pretty??? oh and she loves the Doctor oh and she’s impossible, and she’s bossy and did I mention the dads will love her? did I mention she’s pretty? did I mention that she’s feisty? fiesty and pretty, yeah! basically 10/10 would bang, soooo sexy, her skirt’s so tight! tee hee! naughty clara!
Whereas if you asked RTD to describe Rose he’d end up going off on some three hour love declaration about her flaws and her weaknesses and her beauty and her humanity and her background and her family and where she lived and her past loves and food she enjoys and music she likes and jokes she finds funny and her delicious selfishness but also her immense compassion and her wicked eye make up and her political opinions and her mixed emotions for her father and her strength but also her vulnerability and her uncertainty and her conflicting natures of wanting freedom and love, but also wanting to be there for her mother, and being torn between those two lives and being oh-so-young but so very brave.
And I think that kind of sums up their approaches when it comes to lady characters.
Someone on Twitter just tried to claim the Gary Barlow’s version of Fairytale of New York is better than the original. I’m sorry, what? No. No version of that song ever is better than the original!
look, i’m a huge Gary Barlow fan, but no version of Fairytale of New York is better than the Pogues’ version. Plane and simple.
Aaaah, the joys of NoShaveNovember. Twitter filled with misogynist garbage, guys in fedoras who think are hot because they have grown three little hairs on their chins. Right, where do I start?
I am a girl. I had always been a girl, always identified at female. 18 years-old, petite. And guess what? No, I have not killed anybody, I have not hurt anyone. I must confess, however, this terrible and unforgivable fact: I have body hairs.
Yup, right on. Since my teenager years, I have hairs. On my legs, around my genitals, under my armpits, on my arms. And since a woman’s value can be only estimated by the way she looks, I am probably a horrible, disgusting creature. I ought to hide in a cavern, to never appear to society again. Because yes, ladies and gentlemen: sometimes, especially in the Winter… I do not shave. At all.
It seems, at least on the Internet, that ladies who don’t shave can only be one thing: fat feminists, who hate men, are virgins and have low self-esteem. Well, hold on well, because it’s not exactly that way. Here’s a little lesson about ladies and hairs.
1) ALL LADIES HAVE HAIRS. ALL OF THEM. The lady in the bad porn you’ve wanked to the other day? She has hairs. Emma Watson? Hairs. Your mum? Yes, you’ve guessed it, hairs again. It is not unnatural, it is not disgusting, it is not repulsive. It’s simply the way nature has made us! If you think women always have smooth and hairless legs… Well, you probably never had a girlfriend for more than a week.
2) Some girls want to shave. Some don’t. Some, like me, are sometimes completely shaved and sometimes fully hairy. And guess what? It doesn’t matter! A woman’s worth isn’t determined by the number of hairs she has on her body. A woman is much more worth than her body, for fuck’s sake. Try and learn that.
3) Shaving is expensive and takes time. I don’t always want to spend all my money on razors blades or wax. I sometimes don’t even have the time or motivation to do it, especially during the winter when I barely get to show my legs in public. Men, try to think about that: would you want your legs to be described as ‘disgusting’ and ‘shameful’ just because you didn’t shave them?
4) A woman’s self respect isn’t told by whether she shaves or not. I REPEAT: YOU, AS A WOMAN, ARE NOT DISGUSTING BECAUSE YOU DECIDED TO KEEP YOUR HAIRS ON. IF A MAN IS DISGUSTED BY YOUR BODY, THEN YOU PROBABLY AREN’T SEEING THE RIGHT PERSON.
5) HAIRS ON A WOMAN ARE NOT MORE DISGUSTING THAN HAIRS ON A MAN. THESE HAIRS ARE THE SAME. HAIRS. ARE. NOT. DISGUSTING. THEY LITERALLY ARE SMALL LITTLE HAIRS: DO NOT LET THEM MAKE YOU FEEL UNCOMFORTABLE OR DISGUSTING.
So yes. Hairs are fine. Hairs never stopped me from getting laid. Hairs are a personally matter, and if you think women who don’t shave are disgusting… Well, you probably aren’t mature enough to even touch a clitoris.
With that, my hairy legs and I salute you.
You have no idea how much I feel ya.
Also, agree with the MV itself. He looks more gorgeous than ever, but the music video itself it’s sort of… well, nothing new really. And it also bugs me that he’s playing his piano like there’s no freaking tomorrow and you can barely listen to it in the music itself (either that or my sounding system is fucking it up)
Anyways, that wolverine art, accurate. That backstage footage is fucking unhealthy and beautiful ♥
Not that Robbie’s filled stadiums all over Europe, Australia, Latin America (where he’s the best selling non Latin American artist) and South Africa or anything…
Oh, and he also hasn’t sold about three times as many albums as Justin… just saying…
Only successfull in the UK… bitch please
In fact, Robbie isn’t the prince of pop, he’s The KING!
^ this. And also:
1. I’m a huge fucking JT fan, alright? And even thought they are both incredibly good artists I do not see the point of comparison. Like… seriously, at all. They have different styles, absolutely different styles. They are entertainers but their shows are so incredibly different you can`’t even put them under the same category.
2. Robbie is no fucking prince, he’s a fucking king. BUT if you want to call him prince, OP, I can tell you that there can be more than one prince, alright? Why the rivalry?
What i really find funny is that people don’t se the problem where: there is an entire genre for the Queer rap community known as Homo Hop consisting of strictly queer artists
but one straight white man comes along and makes one song about queer issues and is suddenly praised as the voice of the LGBTQ Hip hop community.
All hail the charitable privileged mascot that will lead to liberation because apparently said community cannot handle said issue on its own. do not blame him he is only trying to help. at leas he is supporting the community.he is using his platform. never mind that he is not queer and that there are actual queer people in the genre capable of speaking in his place and spreading the same message but first, hand we should keep it this way because this system of a straight white male mouthpiece has is working so well for us.
How about we let the people being discriminated against develop their own voice instead of having to rely on borrowing the only voice that seems to work.
So what? Does this mean that only because someone is heterosexual, or white, or male, or whatever is not allowed to talk about what they think is important? Only homosexual rappers can rap about equality? Why don’t we say anything to Madonna or Gaga who are white heterosexual females who talk about equality all the time? Why don’t we trash them and all the others as well about being so fucking white they can’t talk about racism or so fucking straight they can’t talk about the reality of homophobia in this world?
Should we be paying more attention to Queer rap? Sure. Do they need better publicists? Probably. But… that Macklemore is talking about equality doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t pay attention to queer rap or hip hop. Are they like exclusive? I mean, because he raps about equality, does that mean that queer rappers can’t rap about equality anymore? I don’t fucking get it.
I cannot for the life of me understand how people in this fucking world can see something as honest as someone supporting equality, ANYONE supporting equal rights for every fucking person, and turn it into something negative, something we should all be ashamed of.
Okay first of all, please try in future to not brush over Lady Gaga’s bisexual status.
Secondly I have nothing against Macklamore and I am glad he decided to use his platform in an attempt to help the LGBTQ community.
Third when people say “so what” at the beginning of their statement it is an obvious indication that the message has completely gone over their heads. My problem is not Macklamore’s support, it is people saying he is the voice of queer hip hop and making it seem like he is the only one taking that side. And then he accepts this proceeds to profit off said “movement”. While accepting his award for a song that was performed with the queer person right next to him for “Best Video With a Social Message” did he allow said queer who wrote the original song person to speak? Its bad enough that her song didn’t even get nominated.
"How about we let the people being discriminated against develop their own voice instead of having to rely on borrowing the only voice that seems to work."
That was my main point and you acknowledged this when you said we should be paying more attention to queer rap. And then you still went on to not see the problem! It’s not about him rapping for equality it’s about the fact that the people being oppressed rap about equality and the person with privilege manages to somehow become their face.
It’s difficult to see a problem when it doesn’t affect you. I’m not trying to start anything it’s just that there is a very obvious problem.
Alright, first off, I had no idea Gaga was bisexual, my bad, I really didn’t know. Second, sorry If I seemed rude in my first response, it’s just the way I talk, I not really avid because English is not my first language, specially when I get emotional. Third, me starting with “so what” is not an indication of anything, it was only a pet phrase to start what I was trying to talk about. Again, as I said, emotional ranting.
Now, having said that, I don’t really see Macklemore the face of any kind of movement or a hero because he made a song about equal rights, maybe that’s why I originally didn’t understand what you were saying. The dude supports LGBT’s rights, he made a song about it, people listen, bought their album and he got some awards in a ridiculous popularity contest they choose to call an award show. That’s all I see, to be honest. If people make him to be the face of any kind of movement it’s just because people are stupid, cause it’s sort of ridiculous. It kinda saddens me that something that should be beautiful like a rap song about equality and not booties and money and bitches gets shattered because it’s sung by a white heterosexual male. Now, I understand that’s not what you are saying, but I’m just pointing something out. It’s just refreshing, it’s something that should be happening more, and it’s something I hope it becomes mainstream. I’m just sick of assholes like Robin Thicke selling insane numbers and people that do honest, good and meaningful hip hop and rap being ignored. And that includes, of course, Queer rap. And of course everybody should be paying more attention. Sadly that’s not the world we live in. Obviously some changes should be made. A lot of them.
On a side note, I have doubts about you saying that Lambert wrote the song, sure she wrote the platform and the original song, but the credits for Same Love goes to the three of them (Macklemore, Ryan Lewis & Mary Lambert), they made a new and complete different song. That’s like saying that Dido wrote Eminem’s Stan song. It’s relative. But I do see your point.
Also, please, don’t assume that these problems don’t affect me, because you don’t know what my reality is.
And finally, I’m not trying to start anything either, I’m actually enjoying the conversation haha