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repositoryy:

foralltheweeks:

lierdumoa:

benwinstagram:

tru

So I watched this music video, and this is in fact completely untrue. There are many scenes in which black/brown girls are casted.
One could conceivably argue that  any white star who features twerking in a music video is automatically being exploitative.
However, that was not my perception of this video in particular. It actually appeared to me the director took pains to portray a variety of dance styles (ballet, interpretive dance, rhythmic gymnastics, break dancing, twerking, cheerleading, etc.) all as equally valid art forms. Every performing group in the video includes a variety of ethnicities. I think I did actually see a black/brown dancer in the ballet troupe, though it’s difficult to tell. Look in the rear left of this gif:

We don’t know if they cast individual dancers or hired a dance troupe, so if black women are underrepresented that might say more about the dance troupe’s selection practices than the video director’s casting practices.
All the styles of dance, ballet or otherwise are presented in the same fashion — talented professionals being brilliant + Taylor Swift being endearingly incompetent. The black women in the video aren’t portrayed as Taylor’s dancing accessories, but rather as experts in their style:







Moreover, at the end of the video there’s a sequence showing all the different professionals being silly and dancing in a non-choreographed manner, thereby humanizing them, showing they exist outside of their role as dancers in Taylor’s video:


I think if we interpret the twerking scenes in this video as demeaning, that says more about our cultural perception of black women than it does about this particular video’s specific portrayal of black women. 

It killed me that no one saw that this was clearly about different dance styles.


The only thing I have to add is that casted is not a word. Cast is used in past tense.

repositoryy:

foralltheweeks:

lierdumoa:

benwinstagram:

tru

So I watched this music video, and this is in fact completely untrue. There are many scenes in which black/brown girls are casted.

One could conceivably argue that  any white star who features twerking in a music video is automatically being exploitative.

However, that was not my perception of this video in particular. It actually appeared to me the director took pains to portray a variety of dance styles (ballet, interpretive dance, rhythmic gymnastics, break dancing, twerking, cheerleading, etc.) all as equally valid art forms. Every performing group in the video includes a variety of ethnicities. I think I did actually see a black/brown dancer in the ballet troupe, though it’s difficult to tell. Look in the rear left of this gif:

We don’t know if they cast individual dancers or hired a dance troupe, so if black women are underrepresented that might say more about the dance troupe’s selection practices than the video director’s casting practices.

All the styles of dance, ballet or otherwise are presented in the same fashion — talented professionals being brilliant + Taylor Swift being endearingly incompetent. The black women in the video aren’t portrayed as Taylor’s dancing accessories, but rather as experts in their style:

Moreover, at the end of the video there’s a sequence showing all the different professionals being silly and dancing in a non-choreographed manner, thereby humanizing them, showing they exist outside of their role as dancers in Taylor’s video:

I think if we interpret the twerking scenes in this video as demeaning, that says more about our cultural perception of black women than it does about this particular video’s specific portrayal of black women. 

It killed me that no one saw that this was clearly about different dance styles.

The only thing I have to add is that casted is not a word. Cast is used in past tense.

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relyonloveonceinawhile:

whatmariadidnext:

two4fit:

TABLOID HEADLINES WITHOUT THE SEXISM

"WOMAN IN TRACKSUIT PROBABLY NOT DISOWNED BY ENTIRE FAMILY"

"It’s mildly breezy outside."

You want name changes? Okay. Fine.

richardcreech:

Okay guys LISTEN UP
So Facebook has decided to enforce its policy requiring legal names to be used on profiles - which would be fine, except for a few small situations.

DRAG QUEENS are being targeted first and foremost. For most performers it is an inconvenience, but consider those of us who live in dangerous, closed-minded communities. I’m talking about the queens who have to hide every aspect of who they are to survive. They are going to be outed, or robbed of their facebook page - the only medium through which they can freely connect with people as their character day to day.

TRANS PEOPLE who cannot yet legally change their name are also going to be outed to those around them and potentially put in harm’s way. Again, not all of us have the luxury of a safe environment!

THOSE IN HIDING from dangerous people or situations from their past. I’ve known more than one person to use a pseudonym on Facebook to avoid being found by people who might cause them harm. Facebook is actively putting these people right back into harm’s way!

I’m sure there are even more examples I can’t even think of right now - how could this affect you, or someone you care about?

But we are the many and they are the few.

Facebook Staff have released an ultimatum - we have two weeks before they start shutting down any and all profiles they find with a false name… but we are their source of income. We are their customer base. Without us their website would have no value, they would collapse.

And if we stand together we will win.

They can’t possibly delete us all. If they did they would have no income, it would be committing suicide - even if only half of Facebook’s users went through with this, or a third, it would be a significant hit to Facebook’s net worth. Imagine if two thirds of Facebook’s total user base was made of ridiculous names?

Now don’t join this battle light heartedly. Once you change your name you cannot change it back for sixty days and if they do follow through with deleting us all that means you can’t back out, you’ll be deleted. But if enough of us stand strong WE CAN WIN, and they will back down.

Please. Join me. Join us.

Stand proud and make them understand; they need us FAR more than we need them.

FIGHT THE NAME CHANGE
They can’t afford to fight us all

You want name changes? Okay. Fine.

Okay guys LISTEN UP
So Facebook has decided to enforce its policy requiring legal names to be used on profiles - which would be fine, except for a few small situations.

DRAG QUEENS are being targeted first and foremost. For most performers it is an inconvenience, but consider those of us who live in dangerous, closed-minded communities. I’m talking about the queens who have to hide every aspect of who they are to survive. They are going to be outed, or robbed of their facebook page - the only medium through which they can freely connect with people as their character day to day.

TRANS PEOPLE who cannot yet legally change their name are also going to be outed to those around them and potentially put in harm’s way. Again, not all of us have the luxury of a safe environment!

THOSE IN HIDING from dangerous people or situations from their past. I’ve known more than one person to use a pseudonym on Facebook to avoid being found by people who might cause them harm. Facebook is actively putting these people right back into harm’s way!

I’m sure there are even more examples I can’t even think of right now - how could this affect you, or someone you care about?

But we are the many and they are the few.

Facebook Staff have released an ultimatum - we have two weeks before they start shutting down any and all profiles they find with a false name… but we are their source of income. We are their customer base. Without us their website would have no value, they would collapse.

And if we stand together we will win.

They can’t possibly delete us all. If they did they would have no income, it would be committing suicide - even if only half of Facebook’s users went through with this, or a third, it would be a significant hit to Facebook’s net worth. Imagine if two thirds of Facebook’s total user base was made of ridiculous names?

Now don’t join this battle light heartedly. Once you change your name you cannot change it back for sixty days and if they do follow through with deleting us all that means you can’t back out, you’ll be deleted. But if enough of us stand strong WE CAN WIN, and they will back down.

Please. Join me. Join us.

Stand proud and make them understand; they need us FAR more than we need them.

taylorswift:

youareinloves:

taylor swift is like that aunt that tries to be “hip” with the young’ns and “with the times” and then asks you what does bae stand for and after you tell her she starts calling everything bae even the lamp next to the couch

HEY YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THE LAMP NEXT TO MY COUCH AND I WILL HAVE YOU KNOW THAT IT IS, IN FACT, VERY MUCH BAE.

@Taylorswift when I read stuff like this I honestly feel like I could be your long lost brother.

sherlockspeare:

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inkskinned:

"My family is suffocating me with pressure to be a perfect student and daughter." (r.i.d)

people always ask me why i’m going into teaching instead of being a writer.

the number of notes on this in less than 24 hours and the number of people who said “same” or “exactly” or “about me” - that’s why. there is so much fundamentally wrong with our system. The only way to change it is from within.

sandvviches:

teacher: its pajama day
that one kid: WHAT IF I SLEEP NAKED HAAAHAAHA

Spoiler alert kid: I’m 24 and it happens at work too

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akaitsume:

Me flirting with someone I’m not emotionally invested in:

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Me flirting with someone I actually like:

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sparkafterdark:

daisura:

thepascall:

daisura asked me to attempt a redesign of an old character of his for a commission, and I decided to try it out! It was fun tooling around with different designs, but the dragon is the one that eventually won out~

the process was a fun one! 

yeeeeeeeeee

yooooooo

You really think all those people followed you for your looks? If you do then ooooookay....

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sparkafterdark:

No I think they followed me for my terrible personality and mediocre taste in anime.

I followed you for the looks AND the mediocre humour and anime

suarezalex:

okay seriously if you’re in a relationship or even a friendship and you find yourself spending more time crying out of sadness or arguing with them, leave them. i don’t care if they’re a modern day aphrodite/adonis or a gift bestowed upon you by the gods. toxic people are dangerous and i highly advise cutting them out of your life and finding someone who makes you laugh until you snort your drink out your nose instead.

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