Why the hate, mate?

Since I probably won’t be writing anymore posts for a while, at least until my exams are over, I will be writing one more post because…I’m a writing geek without a social life or hobbies.

On the trending page of YouTube, a music video has been going viral with it accumulating about 6.3 Million views in 2 days.

The MV has obtained mixed reviews due to the artist’s decision to base the song around a suicidal story of a bullied gay teen.

I admit it, its not the first music video to choose to dabble in the sob-story LGBT love scenario i.e. Troye Sivan – Blue Neighbourhood Trilogy but the comments are shocking to say the least:

I’ve been scrolling down the YouTube comment section for about five minutes and there are so many homophobic, rude and horrible comments which I pray and hope that majority are from trolls.

This just proves how disgusting humans can actually be when shown something that they may not find ‘normal’.

I’m pretty straight but that doesn’t mean that I can act like an ignorant bitch to others just because I believe that my opinion is a right that my country allows me to have.

I live in a religious household yet I choose to hold pretty free-spirited thinking and while my parents and most of my friends may disagree with my choice to support LGBT people, I still firmly put my faith in equality for everyone.

Now, back to the MV.

The story itself is about an african-american boy who is gay and is in the closet about it until his father finds out about his magazines. He gets lectured and is under despair, that leads to him seeking refuge in his friend’s house. (Not sure if he was fucking his friend but) In the morning, his friend’s father finds him sleeping beside his friend in bed, practically naked except for their boxers.

He gets judged by the friend’s father and leaves in shame while the friendship between his friend and himself is broken. At school, he gets bullied in the boy’s locker room with a ‘dick’ vandalised onto his locker.

The boy then contemplates suicide and had almost pulled a gun to end his life when his teacher gave him an act of kindness that gave him the courage to continue and the story ends with him being married to another man, his husband and adopting a kid.

You may wonder, what did this video do to trigger so many people?

The question is not what it did but rather what it chose to show.

The story aside, the song is sung between 2 perspectives. The boy that’s struggling with suicide and the telephone operator which is working on suicide hotline with the boy, trying to convince him not to kill himself with reasoning.

That itself is already a delicate topic that delves into people’s misconceptions with suicide and depression and in fact, the artist had created the song with the purpose of being something that can save a life.

The song title is even the National suicide prevention hotline for crisps’ sake!

Yet why do people choose to criticise and mock such a beautiful message?

2 things.

1) The subjects.

2)The portrayal of the topic.

One, we have been brought up to believe that females should be prim and proper while males are to be buff and masculine. These two stereotypes are engrained into our mind since day 1 where girls are told to have special treatment and guys should support the girls.

In the video, we see no girls and instead a guy that’s showing his weaker side. His emotional side. His vulnerable side.

We are taught to believe that men in movies are heroic and brave and never seem to shed any tears but we forget that men are not robots and rather, humans. The main character of the video has been pushed around by others and cries which is unlike the macho men we see in hollywood.

This makes others look at the men in disgust as if they are from another species or aliens. The MC also likes guys which also goes against another societal rule we have been brought up to believe in.

Male + Female = good

Male + Male = bad

This cannot be changed easily even with the acceptance of many, some may still remain skeptics. While others may argue that religion is to blame, I do agree that religion plays a part but it mainly relies on the mindset of the person and how they were brought up.

Like I said before, my family and friends don’t really agree with my thinking but its mostly due to my country where same-sex marriages are banned and looked down upon and even called slurs.

I try to dispell such thinking but once its drilled into your mind, its really hard to change it.

Two, the story is shown in a really raw setting without any sugar-coating or gag moments like in Selena Gomez’s Bad liar.

It is also different from Troye Sivan’s Blue Neighbourhood Trilogy in the romanticization aspect. I like Troye but there is a certain fantasy part of his videos in how they would get the viewers to know the two lovers better and root for them to fall in love.

Logic never really shows the backstory behind the lovers but rather focuses on how badly gay people are being treated. The awkward moments between the MC and the father, the judgement of the MC’s father and his classmates.

Its very blunt I suppose. Personally, I wasn’t very impacted by it but I did feel the emotions of the MC through the lyrics and how the lyrics are used to describe the emotions like:

With my previous post, this had made me lose faith in humanity yet again. When we were in 2010 we had predicted that teleportation pads would be invented but it seems like instead of evolving forwards, we did it backwards.

Where’s the TARDIS to turn back time?

I was actually not planning on continuing to write on this blog UNTIL I read through my news feed.

Squashed between an article on ‘top 10 hairstyles of Sam Winchester that would make Cover Girl jealous’ and ‘WHAAAT? The 13th doctor may be a female?!?!’ was this:

I’m an avid fan of comics, games and Anime so I do admire cosplayers and the work they do to achieve the likeness of their characters but this is not something I’ll expect mighty Superman’s partner to do.

If you’re out of the loop, a white nationalist march was held at Charlottesville which catered to supporting the belief of White superiority.

In short, it was like a reverse pride parade. Instead of Love Wins All, it was more like Whites Win All.

As a strong supporter for equality and myself being a History/Literature student, I was not the biggest fan of this ’cause’.

It just brings up the question of remembering what has happened in the past. In History, I’ve learnt about Hitler’s Germany and his idealist concept of the ‘Aryan Superiority’ which basically translated to ‘White Superiority’ and look at where that brought us.

The white nationalist march was led by the group of Neo-Nazis coined as ‘Unite The Right’ and has left a mess of mayhem in its trail. There were reports of 19 people injured and 1 killed that were apparently counter-protestors.

What good do these people think they’re bringing other than defiling the European race.

Firstly, as someone who’s not of the white race, I find it to be strange that they would want their race to be put upon a pedestal as compared to the other races.

What is so special about having a lighter skin tone that can get you to hurt innocent people and dance away on your tip toes with the excuse of ‘its just an accident’. Is there actually some magical secret about white people that I don’t know about?

Do you guys actually shit rainbows and have pet Leprechauns that can help you find gold? If so, then hell, you deserve to be special.

But if not, then what makes you have the right to whine for special privileges for yourselves over others. that is not equality mate, that’s selfishness.

I thought that we were past living in the 80s with the wars and racial segregation but apparently not. I guess we should have seen it coming with the comeback of trends from the olden days reappearing in the modern times.

I’m looking at you mister choker and corset.

The fact that Trump is president is also not helping anything, in fact, he has even remarked that the ones causing the chaos are scott-free due to their permit and instead of addressing the issue like a good president should, he instead chose to direct the blame to the counter-protestors who ‘lacked a permit’.

And if Trump had bothered to check his facts, he would actually have found out that the counter-protestors did indeed have a permit! Wowza! Not like it mattered because people were still getting gassed by the riot police.

So my lovely readers, what do you think of humanity today? And just how close do you think we are to the apocalypse and extinction?

Judging by my news feed, I hope that you have stocked up on can beans and a lifetime supply of toilet paper because earth doesn’t seem like such a jolly place to live anymore!

Beware of the ‘offended’ and ‘triggered’

As the title says, I am in no way trying to cause a swarm of social justice warriors to drown me in pitchforks and 50ft tall paragraphs but rather am writing purely to express my views on societal issues of the world so…call off the attack dogs and don’t get your knickers in a twist.

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So, what exactly can constitute for being ‘offensive’ or ‘triggering’ as the meme hipsters say. For those Patrick Stars of the world, to be triggered is to say that something had an offensive effect on the reader or watcher. The word is usually used in situations where the person is really sensitive and easily ‘triggered’.

Maybe the first thing that comes to mind from the word ‘offensive’ or ‘triggered’ would be race, religion or sexuality. If so, then you are both right and wrong. nothing is set in stone in terms of how offensive it is to someone. Let’s use an example:

Person: Yo, did you send me that fake number of that supposed ‘model’?

Friend: Lol. Yup.

Person: You’re a fucking asshole. I hope you die in a ditch and have your cat stolen by a raging orangutan. You assbutt.

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Now, is that conversation offensive to you? If you answer yes, you are not quite wrong, same thing if you answered yes because it depends on the situation as I said before. If it was a complete stranger or someone that holds a position of respect, the comeback of the person is completely unnecessary and rude.

Now, think of it again but imagine the friend being close to you. If your friendship is stronger than a strand of hair, you will probably brush their comment off and take it with a pinch of salt.

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Let’s have a counter for the total number of Supernatural Gifs that I can fit into this post. Hell, I may even break the goddamn Guinness world record for it.

Back to the conversation, everyone has a different degree sense of offensiveness and what’s triggering to one may not apply for the other. Now, with that in mind, let’s talk about the recent news of ‘fatness’ and what others view on the topic.

I believe that when you think of fat, such imagery may pop up in your brain.

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Or this.

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No, not Jensen Ackles’s angelic face but the constant eating which is a misconception about fatness. Here’s the thing, people are becoming more conformed to comfort as years go by, the invention of air conditioning and the internet definitely helped that factor.

So, add into the equation the easy access of food from both online and convenient stores and you have a route to obesity.

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A few years ago, the word fat may be associated as just the word opposite to skinny or thin with no other thought paid into it however, with the constant stream of chiseled, orange tanned, models with flowing hair and flat stomachs, the word has morphed into an insult.

The stereotype among girls is that the word ‘fat’ would be used to tell someone that they need to diet or lose weight which can often be a bad thing depending on their size. Also, fat is now a foreign word and instead ‘curvy’ or ‘plus-sized’ dominate the market for slightly heavier girls.

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This is…still sort of Supernatural-esque? A Castiel cosplay which I like and is of a plus-sized chick, win win.

While many consider plus-sized and curvy to be sugar coating the word fat, others may argue on that factor with plus-sized and curvy people being more of the average sized women rather than overweight people.

Examples of Plus-sized models are: (I’m sorry that Supernatural is not a favorite among models)

Ashley Graham

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Tess Holliday

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Be honest, what’s the first word that comes to your mind when you see the girls.

Is it fat? And if so, don’t feel bad because its not a bad word. Its just how you’re conditioned to believe that its a bad word. In fact, a bad word doesn’t technically exist, bad words are just words that you are taught to be unacceptable and again, it varies from person to person. One parent might say that ‘damn’ is a bad word while another might be okay with it.

Its just a matter of thinking. Now, what I am concerned about is not the backlash the girls get for being heavier than the average woman but rather how heavy they weigh. Statistics say that the average weight of a female is 70.2kg.

An example would be this:

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Oh wait…t-this…PFFTTTT I totally did not think Osric Chau was a chick or like put this in just to up the Supernatural reference counter…COUGH mo-moving on…

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Catherine Tate

A perfect example of an incredible actress for Doctor Who and a woman of average size. Now say all you want for the fact that she may not be incredibly thin but you cannot deny the fact that she’s not fat.

Now, let’s consult Oxford Dictionary on what the definition of ‘fat’ is…

FAT: (of a person or animal) having a large amount of excess flesh.

Huh…so…being fat…is not even an insult but rather a comment.

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So, what is fat then? Simply, being fat is nothing more than being the apple to the pie, the crust to the pizza. Being fat is just a label and nothing more because with skinny, you need to contradict it with fat. Do I consider the women above fat? Maybe Tess, only because her body proportions are not consistent with her face and the high chance of her being obese at 5ft tall.

But do I consider that a bad thing? Yes and no. Its good that she’s confident in showing off their bodies but she should also keep an eye on what she eats only because the consumption of certain fatty foods can lead to illnesses.

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But in the end, its a free world. If you disagree with my view, feel free to speak out. I just want to spread the message that fat is not a bad word, just a misunderstood word. So long as you’re healthy and happy, I have nothing to complain.

Just remember that we’re not Dean Winchester.

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Humanity’s lovely hatred for everyone

Before I start my rant, I would like to address the title which is a hypocritical one which I believe is the perfect way to label the entirety of the human race. That includes me, you and my lemon tea so please keep in mind that this is my opinion and you’re free to share your own opinion that can contradict mine or compliment, in the comments!

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Recently the tragedy that occurred in Manchester, England impacted many lives and many attitudes. If you’re not up to date, a few weeks or days ago, a suicide bomber had exploded himself near Ariana Grande’s concert in Manchester, sending many people to the hospital and a few others to the grave.

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It was certainly unexpected and chaos did ensue after the bombing with the concert being in a disarray and confusion along with grief. Honestly, if I was in the situation Ariana Grande was in, I would shut myself away from the world in mourning and trauma from having people die on their way to the concert I’m responsible for but  Ariana did something that proves that humanity is not going to shit after 50 years.

Organizing a benefit concert for the grieving families and raising money to compensate them for their loses.

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I am a fan of Ariana with myself going through my Arianator phase and now, still enjoys her music so when I heard of this, I felt my heart squeeze a little. I can’t even begin to imagine how it must be like for the concert attendees, having to witness such a scene when they’re looking forward to see their favorite artist perform.

True to her word, Ariana managed to pull some strings to organize the benefit concert straight after the tragedy and get some of the most popular artists such as Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Little Mix, Justin Bieber, Coldplay to perform for the concert.

They performed melancholic songs in respect for the dearly departed with slowed down or acoustic versions of songs as well as having duets such as ‘Don’t Dream Its Over’ which did prove to be an emotional roller coaster for both the artists and the listener.

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Although I’m an advocate for free will and all that crap but seriously? When the freaking universe gives you fire, you don’t make an explosive bomb with it! I mean both in literal and metaphorical sense.

Especially considering that quite a few of those who passed away were children that looked no older than 15-16. The decision to let such youth die says a lot about society in the current times. Children that are innocent, have to bear the burden of one mistake and that also leaves their families, grieving their kids, their siblings, their family.

I know I’m still very young and probably have no right to say that I understand the world, lacking knowledge in many things such as 4Chan and why people hate cheese but I know enough to understand that we, human kind are pretty much on the road to extinction if we keep this act up.

To quote an anime that has provided many humans with a lot of wisdom and inspiration.

“We’re going to explore the outside world someday, right? Far beyond these walls, there’s flaming water, land made of ice, and fields of sand spread wide. It’s the world my parents wanted to go to.”
-Armin Arelet (Shingeki no Kyojin)-

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Yeah, no Armin. Beyond those tall tall walls are suicide bombers and suicidal wars, you’ll probably have a better chance of survival within the walls where the internet doesn’t exist.

 I simply don’t understand what is there to gain from disruption of peace and causing chaos, what’s wrong with a little slice of life? Is life really that boring that you HAVE to make it a game where lives are simply pawns for you to sacrifice?

I don’t care if you’re a terrorist, an atheist, a religion-ist, female, male, straight, gay or whatever. All that’s matters is what you’ve done and how that impacts others. The whole situation is just the icing on cake and again, a retelling of our past mistakes.

Did propaganda not teach us that words are simply lies wrapped in pretty pink packaging and that wars do not benefit anyone, let alone serve a purpose other than to pass time with. Killing others will not prove a message nor will it support a cause, killing is just killing and killing someone makes you a murderer.

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I may not have a proper soul but I am not a murderer, that much I know. Murderers carry the guilt of their victims on their shoulders. Wars bring only murderers as the end result, just because you believe that what you’re doing is going to help your ’cause’ or have a positive end result doesn’t mean that there won’t be consequences.

God, I must sound like some sort of hippie or preacher now but I only speak what I believe in and even though I think everyone has the right to freedom and the ability to choose the path to your life but god damn, idiocy makes freedom scrambled into some kind of paper that gives them the right to doing whatever the fuck they want.

Point is, life moves on. We cannot dwell on the past and we should instead think for the betterment of our future. Bombers, serial killers, death, how does that contribute to increasing the intelligence of the human race?

Instead of building homemade bombs, think of ways to create flying cars, hover boards, teleportation pads and create a ‘Back To The Future’ today.

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But its times like this where we, humans of the same species can bond over a grim social issue and rather than portray ignorance, we try our best to comfort and grieve over the fallen. Perhaps if every issue was treated in the same way, the world would be not as fucked up as it will be in the distant future.

Maybe.