Again? Seriously, Again?

Well, another female celebrity has been chased off of social media by harassing troglodytes. This time, the star of Star Wars: The Force Awakens Daisy Ridley was forced to shut down her Instagram account. Her horrible crime? She had that audacity, the absolute nerve, to make a post decrying gun violence.

According to the above link, the post (which can still be found on her Facebook page) reads thusly:

Thinking about how lucky I am like……… Serious bit: as I sat in the audience yesterday tears were streaming down my face at the tribute to those that have been lost to gun violence. I didn’t get a great picture of the incredible group that came on stage but they were so brave. It was a true moment of togetherness. We must ‪#‎stoptheviolence‬

So, apparently because she had an emotional reaction to a tribute at an event she was attending (the Teen Choice Awards) and decided to post a call for peace, that’s apparently too fucking political.

The comments on her Instagram are no longer there, naturally because her Instagram is no longer there. However, her Facebook is still there, and still getting comments. I think this one is probably my favorite:

BULLSHIT

This guy, this fucking guy, is apparently so divorced from reality that he somehow thinks that Ridley using a fake laser gun in a goddamn movie suddenly invalidates what she’s saying above.

Oh, but it gets even better. Apparently, some people have taken to harassing her co-star and friend John Boyega, trying to get her to come back. Boyega, naturally, gave a very classy response supporting her decision:

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It’s just, I really would like to be able to stop talking about this. I really would. But it just keeps fucking happening. It happens every day to people who aren’t celebrities (who, by the way, are people too). And people just brush it off, saying it’s just the Internet and we should stop talking about this. Except, that’s bullshit, because unless we talk about harassment and shame the fuck out of the people who do the harassing, this is just going to keep happening. And will most likely get worse.

I close with a thought I had when something similar happened to Leslie Jones on Twitter (except without the delightful added element of racism, this time): The Internet is part of real life. The people that are behind the screen are real people, with real feelings, and who experience real hurt when people pull this shit.

Gamer Asshole May Go To Prison Over Threats

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You know, with all the recent news that’s been coming out about bullshit like harassment and threats, I’m starting to think that maybe the Internet was a mistake.

What I’m talking about this time is the fact that some douche in Sacramento named Stephen Cebula apparently thought that it was a good idea to send a very threatening message to Blizzard saying he was going to shoot up the place with an AK-47.

What prompted his sending the popular game publisher these threats? The fact that they silenced him (basically rescinded his ability to use chat functions) in Heroes of the Storm.

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They’re Making A Final Fantasy VII Themed Monopoly Game

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I saw this and thought it was a joke, but nope. Apparently this is a real thing that people will be able to buy with real money.

That’s…weird. Also, doesn’t it kind of miss the point of Final Fantasy VII? You know, considering that a pretty big number of the bad guys work for a giant power company that owns basically everything, is fucking up the planet, and is one of the root causes behind everything bad that happens in the game.

It’s going to be released sometime next year, it looks like. You can pre-order it at Merchoid, if you want to drop $50 for a board game.

Why “Swatting” Isn’t Fucking Funny

 

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This is a topic that I’ve been meaning to talk about for a while, but never really got around to it. Well, recently some chucklefuck decided that it would be a fun time to swat US Representative Katherine Clark for daring to support legislation intended to address this issue, so I decided that the time is right.

Why am I discussing this issue on what is largely a pop culture blog, you may ask? Well, you see, there are some members of the gaming community in particular that seem to find this “prank” absolutely fucking hilarious.

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People Are Losing Their Shit Over Starbucks Cups, And It’s Fucking Hilarious

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Starbucks recently unveiled their holiday cups for this year. The design is quite simple; it’s basically just a plain red cup, as you can see in the picture above (the cup contained a salted caramel mocha, by the way, and it was delicious). This post isn’t really about the cup, however. It’s about a certain segment of the population’s reaction to the cup.

You see, apparently a plain red cup is a symptom of the “War on Christmas” that a certain subset of Christians likes to complain about. I find this to be pretty god damn funny, because (a) the war on Christmas isn’t, you know, real, and (b) because it’s a red disposal cup, and really not worth the amount of hatred people are putting into this. It’s not like Starbucks decided to make a red cup with no other decorations FOR THE GLORY OF SATAN.

What makes it even better is that people apparently aren’t even boycotting this, which is a rational response when a company does something you don’t like. Nope, a bunch of people have actually stated that they’re going to Starbucks MORE now, and giving their names as “Merry Christmas” to the baristas. You know, to trick the liberal heathens into wishing them a merry Christmas.

Now, for all of you whose knee-jerk reaction to this is to say “not all Christians!”, please know that I am fully aware of that fact. I know plenty of Christians who are wonderful (and most of all not ridiculous) people. I’m only mocking the ones who are complaining over the existence of this cup.

Of course, Poe’s Law is certainly a thing, so it’s entirely possible that the person who started this whole thing is trolling us all. Then again, people this ludicrous do actually exist, so it could still be true.

Still, thank you Internet, for giving me a good chuckle.

Why I hate the phrase “guilty pleasures.”

I don’t believe in guilty pleasures. If you fucking like something, like it. That’s what’s wrong with our generation: that residual punk rock guilt, like, “You’re not supposed to like that. That’s not fucking cool.” Don’t fucking think it’s not cool to like Britney Spears’ “Toxic.” It is cool to like Britney Spears’ “Toxic”! Why the fuck not? Fuck you! That’s who I am, goddamn it! That whole guilty pleasure thing is full of fucking shit.

-David Grohl

So, guilty pleasures. It’s a phrase that a lot of people tend to throw around. It’s something that’s based around the idea that there are just certain things we aren’t supposed to like, or at least like seriously.

In case you couldn’t tell, I agree wholeheartedly with Mr. Grohl: Guilty pleasures are bullshit.

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