1D’s team need to stop getting so darn comfortable with their success so far. I’ve said it a million times and I’ll say it a million more until it stops being true.
STOP. GETTING. SO. COMFORTABLE. WITH. THEIR. SUCCESS.
Just because “whatever they put their names on sells” NOW doesn’t mean it always will.
You know whose team also got way too comfortable with the success they had? Britney Spears’s.
You know what happened as a result? Her latest album did terribly and a lot of people didn’t/don’t even realize it came out. Sure, Vegas may be doing well, but that doesn’t excuse the terrible execution for promo of the album itself.
If they want 1D to keep doing well, they need to stop getting so comfortable with their current success and pull it the heck together.
Because if they don’t, 1D is gonna fail. And it’s gonna be all their fault.
Alright, well, I’ve gotta rant about this for a moment because, well, I can.
So, around season 4-ish, Barney and Robin were together. They broke up after deciding they didn’t work out. Okay.
So then, throughout the next seasons, the writers start developing Barney’s character, making him seem to be a better person, and, eventually going back to Robin because he’s realized she means a lot to him. So much so that they end up getting married. And throughout this development, they ALSO develop TED’S character so he finally gets the heck over Robin and realizes it’s not gonna work.
Fastforward to the finale. What happens here? Oh, they get a divorce. But they still love each other. As Barney says in the episode several times, it’s great it’s great it’s great.
But THEN what happens? Oh, well, the episode continues with Barney going back to the person he was before - huge sex addict/womanizer
(that changes again later on for a different reason, but that’s irrelevant to the point I’m trying to make here). And what happens in the end of the episode? TED GOES BACK TO ROBIN.
THE PROBLEM HERE ISN’T THE FACT THAT HE GOES BACK TO ROBIN, BUT THE FACT THAT THROUGHOUT ALL THOSE SEASONS, THE WHOLE THING THE WRITERS WERE SEEMINGLY TRYING TO DO WAS GET TED THE HECK OVER HER AND MAKE HIM MOVE THE HECK ON, AND MAKE BARNEY INTO A BETTER PERSON SO THAT HE COULD BE WITH HER.
HOW ARE YOU GONNA WASTE SO MUCH TIME ON TRYING TO MAKE BARNEY A BETTER PERSON FOR ROBIN ONLY TO MAKE HIM GO BACK TO THE WOMANIZER/SEX ADDICT HE WAS BEFORE LITERALLY *RIGHT* AFTER THEY GOT A DIVORCE?
HOW ARE YOU GONNA WASTE SO MUCH TIME ON GETTING TED THE HECK OVER ROBIN, ONLY TO MAKE HIM CRAWL BACK TO HER AGAIN AFTER HE SEEMINGLY HAD FINALLY GOTTEN OVER HER?
IT’S NOT THE SHIP, IT’S THE EXECUTION. THE EXECUTION WAS TERRIBLE.
THAT IS ALL.
So, everytime a person who did bad things throughout their whole life dies, there are 2 types of reactions: the person who celebrates because this person ruined so many lives and they’re glad they’re gone, and the person who sees these people and is like “I don’t feel comfortable celebrating anyone’s death.”
Since Fred Phelps has recently died, we’re seeing a lot of both of these reactions.
Now, I personally think I’m more of reaction #2 BUT that doesn’t mean I should put down people who have reaction #1. Because yeah, he did awful things to many people and I think people who feel comfortable celebrating it SHOULD.
I don’t know how many posts I’ve seen about various queer-centric blogs expressing their happiness over his death only to be reblogged with somebody adding something to the extent of the comment “umm… we really shouldn’t be celebrating anybody’s death.”
Stop that. If you don’t feel comfortable celebrating his death, cool, fine. Like I said, I don’t either.
BUT PLEASE STOP putting down people who DO feel comfortable celebrating it. Because guess what? He was a terrible person, and people are completely in their right to be happy he’s gone. Just because you don’t doesn’t mean you need to tell everybody else that they shouldn’t.
No one is saying “we shouldn’t let them know.” What he did was wrong, yes. He didn’t know what he did was wrong but this doesn’t excuse his behaviour. Regardless of what people thinks of this, he should apologize because he offended people.
But, there’s no reason to drag him through the dirt and shit on his existence. He fucked up, he didn’t realize he fucked up, and he needs to apologize. More importantly, he needs to be INFORMED.
I mean, when you were a child and you messed up, did your parents kindly explain to you what you did wrong? Sometimes, yes. But sometimes they yelled until the point got across, and that helped you learn!
And maybe YOU aren’t doing it, but I’m seeing a lot of people who are like “let’s not hate Harry for this, he didn’t know”. He didn’t know? Cool. That’s why we need to get angry! That’s why we need to bring this to his attention!
I don’t hate Harry’s existence, even if it may seem that way right now. I’m very angry and disappointed, but I don’t hate his whole being. I think he’s very nice and has the best intentions at heart (exactly how I feel about Liam as well, but did that stop me from calling him out that night? No. How I feel about Camila too, but did that stop me from calling her out for saying the N word? Heck no).
When I get angry, I get angry. Even if it’s about people I love. Actually, ESPECIALLY when it’s about people I love. Because then I have an even bigger surge of disappointment and want them to learn that it’s not okay.
I’m not good at expressing my emotions about things like this calmly. Some people are, okay, and I applaud those people very much so. Good on them for being able to keep their cool in angering situations and speak calmly to address these things.
But I’m not one of those people. When my favorite people mess up, I’m gonna get angry about it. And I don’t see how that is any better OR worse than the people who are able to keep a level head.
YES, I want him to learn. I want him to learn so bad. But I’m not as strong with being calm as other people are. I get very angry. And I want him to learn that there’s a reason for this anger.
So people saying that we should “stop hating him” what I’m really hearing is “you shouldn’t be angry”. Well, you know what? I SHOULD be angry. And anger is a tool to educate people just as much as calm/levelheaded-ness is. And I don’t hate his existence, I’m just really angry/disappointed and I have a right to be.
I’m sorry Mina, I really love you, and this rant isn’t directly because of you, it’s a rant I’ve had on my mind for a while now.
"I’m tired of feeling like my opinion doesn’t matter just because I’m an able-bodied cishet white person"
Would you ask a lawyer on whether or not they think this patient needs brain surgery? Would you let the lawyer conduct said brain surgery on the patient? No, because they don’t have a medical license and that would be wrong.
Would you ask someone with no teaching certification to teach these students about science, which they failed throughout all their years in school, and barely know anything about? No, because then the students wouldn’t learn anything and would fail their science exams.
Would you ask some random person on the street with no clue how to do CPR, to do CPR on someone?
No, no, no, no. Because these people have no experience with what you’re trying to make them do. Maybe the person without a teaching certification would know 1 or 2 things about the subject, but probably not enough to teach an entire class about it and make sure those students pass their exams with flying colors.
Why? Because the teachers have more EXPERIENCE with it, the CPR certified people have more EXPERIENCE, and the doctors have way more EXPERIENCE than any non-certified person would ever have.
So why is it that people can’t seem to understand that “allies” can’t invade safe spaces with their opinions because they don’t have experience? They haven’t experienced the same prejudice these people have experienced (maybe they have experienced prejudice in some ways but not others. They should still stay out of the safe spaces those others have).
If you don’t have experience with it, you can’t act on it.
Listen to me. This isn’t about DINAH, this is about the fandom’s reaction. This is about the Camren extremists (emphasis on extremists so don’t you casual shippers come to me and say “we’re not all like that”) who are trying to use Dinah’s tweet as “evidence” to support Camren being in a relationship that Lauren has stated many times she’s not here for.
It wouldn’t be a big deal if said people would stop MAKING IT one and stop forcing their ships on the girls instead of just minding their own darn business and keeping their fics, art, etc. TO THEMSELVES.
HOWEVER, these Camren extremists DO make it a big deal by taking it way too far and using every little thing as “evidence” when it’s just… not. I’ll stop talking about this as soon as they stop doing it.
So with the recent influx of celebrities doing messed up things lately, there seems to also be an influx of people sending death threats, hate mail, etc. to fans of said celebrities.
Now, I understand that there are some fans out there that are saying “I’d still love x celebrity even if they murdered someone” or “drunk driving for Beeeeebz” and stuff like that, but those aren’t the fans I’m talking about (and even those fans deserve the respect of not getting told to kill themselves, okay?).
I’m talking about the fans who ACKNOWLEDGE WHAT THEIR FAVE DID WAS WRONG (which, actually makes up the majority of the people I’ve seen on here and Twitter) BUT still love them for other things as well AND THAT’S OKAY.
However, many people seem to not understand this. So many people I see sending messages like “eew, how can you still support this jerk after they did x jerkish thing?” or “I see we’ve already forgotten what they did” or (worst of all) “you should kill yourself if you still support x celebrity after what they did.”
NO, NO, NO, NO. STOP.
You see, a lot of these fans are ALREADY upset enough over the fact that their fave did this jerkish thing, and you’re just MAKING IT WORSE.
A lot of people’s celebrity idols are really close to their hearts, and they don’t wanna let go of them, even though they’ve done/said something borderline awful.
THAT’S OKAY. They acknowledge that it’s wrong and are extremely disappointed in them. WHAT ELSE DO YOU WANT?
Please, stop sending death threats. Stop sending any sort of hate mail in general to fans of the recent influx of celebrities showing their true colors.
Because odds are, they’re probably already hurting enough without you making them feel worse.
HOW THE HECK ARE YOU GONNA BE SO ANGRY ABOUT A PARTNERSHIP WITH BARBIE? WHY IS THAT SUCH A BIG DEAL TO YOU? ARE YOU REALLY THAT ANGRY THAT THEY’RE DOING SOMETHING WHERE THE “MAIN FANBASE” OR WHATEVER IS CHILDREN?
GIVE ME A BREAK.
1D’s management or whatever really need to stop getting so comfortable with their clients’s success. They think that just because 1D has a large fanbase, they don’t have to do any promo or, I don’t know, have Liam apologize for not realizing what his words sounded like.
They’re gonna act like this never happened and use the “ignore it and it’ll go away” method they used for the Zayn cheating story.
It may have worked then, but I don’t think they realize how publicized Liam’s tweets have been. SO MANY news outlets reporting on this mess. Their team or whatever needs to do SOMETHING.
And another thing. There’s been a serious lack of promo around this album. Sure, there’s been a few here and there, but not that much. Now, I understand they’re on break right now, but that doesn’t excuse the pre-break lack of promo.
See, posts like THIS are posts that take it way too far. Your fanfiction is fine (as long as you don’t share it with the celebs in question), your fanart is fine (again, as long as you don’t share it with the celebs in question), but acting like you know someone’s sexuality better than they do is WRONG. If Lauren tells you she’s not lesbian, she’s not. If Lauren tells you she’s not bisexual, she’s not. For a fanbase that claims to respect the girls, you don’t seem to really respect her wishes to stop making statements like this.
You don’t know her sexuality better than she does, so stop acting like you do. Making up fanart and fanfiction and what have you is fun and all, but you all need to stop acting like any of it’s for real. Because until the person in question confirms it (which she hasn’t, she’s denied it), it’s NOT real.