The discussion around Urbance reminds me of a discussion that was had around the time Save the Pearls came out

For those of you who don’t remember, Save the Pearls was a racist trainwreck of a YA novel written by a white woman. The plot revolved around a post-apocalyptic society where non-white people (particularly Black people) had systematic power over the small population of white people that had survived the apocalypse. These white people were called pearls, and apparently had to put on Blackface in order to exist in the world, blah blah blah. Abhorrent. 

But surrounding the release/search for funding of this book (I honestly don’t remember which; I’m hoping the book had since been shamed back into the abyss of unpublished work) was a discussion about books that had set up the reversal of systematic racial power in a nuanced manner. Those books, which were written mostly by PoC, and particularly by Black women, explored that structure as a way to satirize white supremecy, and that point was carried across very concisely. Basically, they did everything Save the Pearls (retroactively) claimed and failed to do.

Now, putting aside the fact that Urbance a) Is recieving way more criticism from non-straight white people than Save the Pearls ever did, and b) only releasing a short synopsis that does not fully explain the power dynamics in the upcoming show…

The creators of Urbance seem dedicated to taking criticism and making this a thought-out piece. They have already explained that they want the show to explore racism, misogyny, transmisogyny, and other forms of transphobia. The main characters, as well as many of the side characters, are non-white. They have also suggested bringing in characters of varying gender identities. The way they are representing people of color and LGBTQIA+ identities tells me that this is not going to be another Save the Pearls, it’s going to fall in line with the more nuanced works written by (and with input from) the people marginalized in our present day reality. 

And if the current plot is “problematic” (though let’s be honest, it’s probably not as “problematic” as your current favorite shows)? The creators have responded to the criticism thus far, and seem earnest in their offer to change and correct things.

tl;dr: I’m going to need white LGBTQIA+ to stop spreading misinformation/mass boycott information, to stop only popping up to criticize works written by/for/with PoC (and remaining silent while racist BS passes by), and to learn the difference between a gross trope and a nuanced analysis of power structures

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So apparently here is the article of Pendleton Ward quitting.


Not a big surprise U-U

wow, talk about the underlying voice of opinion in writing. Mr. Strauss, could you get any shittier, because from all the heaping piles of turd you left in your wake while handing in these papers, I’d be surprised.

This whole article makes Pen sound like some kind of lazy, passive caveman who HAPPENED upon the conception of this show, needs “psychedelic enhancers” for creativity, and doesn’t know how vastly important his show is to his audience?? The ending of the article picks up and talks about Pen’s achievements, but from the title and gross opinions on introversion and depression; most of this was very unappealing and almost hard to read.

Pen Ward hasn’t quit on Adventure Time. He may have stepped down as the showrunner, but he’s still very much involved as a head writer and storyboard artist. Not an executive position… but he’s still on the show! He expressed he cares about his work and “wants to write an Adventure Time movie and create an original video game. But he’s in no rush”! Could this journalist have used a better heading? Probably.

^^ thank you

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we can be secret best friends

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Bearded seals get their name from their thick set of elegantly curled whiskers. They mainly feed on small prey along the ocean floor, and they use their whiskers as feelers when searching for food.

Image credit: Audun Rikardsen

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What Can Humans Do to Save the Pacific Northwest’s Iconic Salmon?

The fish is facing an upstream struggle to survive. Can human ingenuity find a solution?

by Priscilla Long

Wild Pacific salmon are delicious to eat. But they mean more than a “tasty morsel.” Wild salmon and steelhead are iconic of wildlife, of indigenous Northwest lifestyles, of the streams they spawn in, of the ocean they spend half their lives in. Wild Pacific salmon stand for the Pacific Northwest.
They also stand for our present ecological emergency, what scientists term the Sixth Great Extinction, caused by global warming, invasive species and habitat degradation.
In the Pacific Northwest, 19 populations of wild salmon and steelhead are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. On the Skagit River these include chinook and steelhead. These are, of course, extant runs. Salmon have already gone extinct in 40 percent of their historical range…

(read more: Smithsonian Magazine)

photo: Chinook Salmon, by Elaine Thompson/AP Images

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perfect place to store your bird

EMERGENCY BIRD —Directions: Push from bottom of tube.

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Gentoo Penguins (Pygoscelis papua)

Like most penguins, Gentoo Penguins are native to Antarctica where they nest on ice-free surfaces.  They are considered to be Near Threatened by the IUCN. Learn more.

(Photo by Liam Quinn on Flickr)

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It’s never too early to start planning what to offer your neighborhood trick-or-treaters. These remarkably/horrifyingly lifelike gummy grubs and caterpillars would make awesome Halloween treats. Although they may look like they just wriggled out of your nightmares, they’re actually handmade, fruit-filled sweets. They’re made in Japan at Akai Tento no Koohii Ten (The Red Tent Coffee Shop), a small coffee stand located on the east coast of Aomori Prefecture.

We can’t stop staring at these photos, because we’re convinced one of the grubs is about to twitch. Akai Tento is a small business, but these amazingly unsettling creepy-crawly gummy candies have earned the shop nationwide (and now international) attention.

Each of Akai Tento’s gruesome gummies is available to buy individually or in packs (or perhaps that should be clutches?) via Yahoo! Japan Shopping, and cost between 300 and 350 yen (US$2.80-3.20) each.

Photos via Akai Tento and Yahoo! Shopping

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Fic idea where a lonely person sells their soul to Satan to be their friend. And Satan just rolls with it until he realizes at the time of their death he genuinely likes them.

Since he can’t renege on the contract he takes them to Hell and puts them in a high position of power. Demons hardened by millenia of torture now have to answer to a shy, self-conscious, quiet, depressed, lonely person who has unintentionally become Satan’s #1

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Schooldays will be updated soon!

But only when I get my good comp, so in the mean time here’s a dumb animated thing sorry!

And in case you’re new to my blog and aren’t familiar with Schooldays, it’s a modern day Shingeki au comic thing you can read here! :)

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