17/06/17 @ 09:32pm
■ dear god
■ the upside of purity wank i guess
■ anne rice
im really looking forward to the new vampire chronicles making anne rice popular again, because then i will get to watch her try to pull the same fucked up authoritarian bullshit she’s always pulled with her fandom, only this time she is going to get torn to pieces by a generation of teenage fans used to holding their content creators accountable fo r every single sin ever invented, and i will be there with popcorn and a big grin
(Grizzled sea captain voice)
Arrr, so the wanker becomes the wanked. Tis the way of the sea
16/06/17 @ 09:14pm
Real human lives matter more than fictional characters. Even characters and stories that mean a lot to you. People matter more than fandoms. If you bully and harass people because of their ships or headcanons, you need to stop and reevaluate things
Just some Viktor Analysis for you kids, because you know I love it:
Figure skating, in general, is a Much Bigger Deal in the YOIverse than it is in real life. To the point where Viktor gets name recognition from people who don’t know anything at all about figure skating. I say this because I’ve been interested in figure skating my whole life, unlike I think a lot of the fandom (I could absolutely be wrong here, but that’s my estimate of the situation) and I learned very early on that Nobody Knew Jack About Figure Skating. Like I can name a total of TWO figure skaters off the top of my head who generally get name recognition–Kristi Yamaguchi and Michelle Kwan–when I talk about them to people who aren’t in the know. And even Kwan is a bit iffy. I can’t think of a single male figure skater whose name I could say in casual conversation and have someone say, “I totally know who that is.” I think this might be because the general population thinks figure skating is mostly just women, and also because figure skating really just isn’t on most people’s radar. This could be different in other countries, but even then I don’t think Viktor would have his International Celebrity status irl.
On the other hand, Viktor could just be one of those category-defying athletes who gain international attention because they are literally Just So Fucking Good at what they do. Think Michael Phelps or David Beckham. Nobody, in general, cares about swimming, but they sure do care about Michael Phelps. Everybody knows who David Beckham is, even in America, a country that doesn’t even have a real fanbase for the sport he plays. It’s entirely possible that at some point, someone realized that Viktor Nikiforov was Winning Ever ything and everyone got super curious over whether he would continue to do that–much like Phelps.
Also, Viktor is a very handsome European man, which probably helped a lot.
Either way, Viktor is an unusual celebrity who probably came up in the world very, very fast. As in, all attention was just on him suddenly one day. This probably happened somewhere around the 2010 Olympics, if you assume that Viktor probably hadn’t reached his full potential by his first Olympics, which was probably Turin 2006. I’m pretty sure Viktor Nikiforov stepped off the podium in Vancouver, suddenly a Russian household name and an international figure at an age where most people haven’t yet moved out of their parents’ house.
By the events of the anime, Viktor has been central in the public eye for over half a decade. He’s been TMZ’d and had a paparazzo follow him home, he’s done ads for sports drinks and athletic wear and shoes and cologne, he ’s been put on diets–not Athlete Diets; Celebrity Diets; ‘eat four saltine crackers and a glass of coconut juice for two meals a day’ diets (Yakov put a stop to this quickly)–he’s had a publicist scream bloody murder at him over the phone because he did something stupid outside a club in Ibiza. One of my favorite ‘why Viktor cut his hair’ headcanons is that he had to cut it off because people kept pulling it in crowds, or trying to cut off pieces when he walked by.
These are not the typical experiences of a career athlete.
Viktor is a Celebrity Athlete, probably figure skating’s only celebrity athlete. There are probably a lot of people in the sport who don’t really even consider him an athlete, but at the same time he isn’t a movie star or a pop star, not One Of Us among the red carpet elite. Also, figure skating is unusual because it is an intersection of sport and perfo rmance. People get confused about where someone like Viktor lies on the athlete versus celebrity scale because he’s beautiful, he dresses up in costumes and performs to music. This isn’t football, or hockey or even track or swimming. Nobody is sure what Viktor Nikiforov is. He’s a creature unto himself. His experiences are so drastically different from the experiences of everyone he knows that he literally has no one to relate to.
It creates distance. It makes him untouchable.
And Viktor? Viktor is so fucking starved for genuine human contact and connection by the time he meets Yuuri that he’s willing to take himself halfway across the planet to get it.
With all of this known, can you imagine how powerful it was for Viktor to hear Yuuri say, “I just want you to be yourself, that’s all I need”?
It’s probably reason number one (of roughly ten thousand) for why Viktor fell in love with Yuuri.
Its been NINE YEARS and i still dont think anyone knows exactly why teen titans was cancelled
Same reason Young Justice and Green Lantern The Animated Series were canceled: Girls liked it. Bruce Timm finally up an’ said it out loud in an interview a while back when he was asked why in the hell GL:TAS had been canceled when it was doing so well on every front; DC’s animation department has institutionally decided that feee-males don’t/can’t/shouldn’t like superheroes, so even if a show is drawing in great viewership numbers and has great toy sales, once they find out that it’s popular with women and girls, they pull the plug on it. Cartoon Network loved Teen Titans— two million viewers for new episodes will do that— and wanted a Season Six, and the production staff was already in the planning stages for it; they were going to have a big arc about Terra and why she was Living Normal, and do a lot more with the extended Titans team members.
This is so fucked up.
To elaborate on this point a bit, the reason this happens is that modern television merchandising aims for total market segregation.
In a nutshell, it’s much more effi cient to sell things to people if you can divide them up into tightly defined subcategories that have no interests in common; that way, you never risk accidentally competing with yourself.
This is why children’s toys (and toy sales channels) are actually much more strongly gendered these days than they were forty, thirty, even twenty years ago: one of the basic market segregation splits they’ve decided to use is “boys versus girls”.
Ever wonder why you see Avengers t-shirts that leave Black Widow out of the group shot, or Guardians of the Galaxy action figure lines with no Gamora? That’s market segregation in action.
The upshot is that shows with crossover appeal can actually be cancelled for being too popular with girls; they’re viewed as “stealing” the female market from the specifically girl-targeted media that rightfully “owns” it.
This is the sort of thing folks are talking about whe n they say gender roles are socially constructed, by the way. The gender split in media merchandising? It’s not just artificial, it’s deliberately imposed as a top-down marketing strategy. When folks try to justify it by saying “this is the ways it’s always been” or “this is just what the market wants”, they’re lying through their teeth - this is, in fact, the merchandisers dictating to the market what it wants in order to sell stuff more efficiently.
(Interestingly, the reverse isn’t always true: if a specifically girl-targeted show unexpectedly becomes popular with boys, sometimes rather than being cancelled, its merchandising will shift to court the male collector’s market. TV execs are so sexist, even their sexism is sexist.)
I’M REBLOGGING THIS TWICE BECAUSE I’M SO ANGRY
Reblogging because “TV execs are so sexist, even their sexism is sexist” is probably the best thing I’ve ever heard @prokopetz say.
13/06/17 @ 09:20pm
■ YES THIS
■ yuri on ice
12/06/17 @ 11:07pm
■ yuri on ice
victor: do you have a lover? what about ex-lovers? any crushes???? how about flings???? what’s your ring size??? have you ever caught a bouquet at a wedding?? what makes you smile? what are the things you love the most??? anyone you have an eye on???? what qualities do you find attractive in a boyfriend? is there anyone that you’ve ever danced with while drunk off 2 bottles of champa
comprehensive list of things I’m allergic to:
- tumblr’s “your fav is problematic so I must VOW TO HATE THEM FROM NOW UNTIL ETERNITY” culture
- tumblr’s "I am not even 1% problematic” culture
- tumblr’s “wow look the media is so biased and puts so much spin on everything and we are angels who don’t spin at all! we are beacons of unbiased knowledge!” culture
- tumblr’s “wow this person is so wrong so I MUST SEND THEM TWELVE THOUSAND ANONYMOUS MESSAGES TELLING THEM TO DELETE AND DIE” culture
- tumblr’s “THIS PERSON IS THE BEST PERSON EVER THEY ARE OUR QUEEN OUR KING OUR SAVIOR AND CAN DO NO WRONG” culture
- tumblr’s inability to see things in not black and white
- tumblr’s inability to recognize that people can change and grow–moreover, their inability to acknowledge change and growth as legitimate
- tumblr’s inability to perceive complexity
- sometimes I have seasonal allergies when the weather changes dramatically