"Mildred Reed is his first-great-grandmother on George Washington, and on Obama, Mildred Reed is his tenth-great-grandmother." - BridgeAnne d’Avignon, 12-year-old genealogist
I know, six months late to the party, my mind is still blown. All US presidents except Martin van Buren are descended from John Lackland Plantagenet. Yes, thatJohn Lackland Plantaganet. Yes, all US presidents as of 2013.
12-Year-Old Discovers All U.S. Presidents Are Direct Descendants of King John Of England (by CONTAGIONNEWSdotcom)
I’m not a 1D fan either but this is important for everyone (important to me personally given all the shit in the Sherlock fandom recently). We talk a lot on here about how artists, actors, producers, and writers (TPTB) should be respectful to fans and fandom, but I don’t think we acknowledge quite enough how this is a two-way street. Being a fan does mean contributing to others’ fame, and that should be recognized. Butcontribution to a person’s fame and success does NOT make fans or fandom entitled to control aspects of actors’ or artists’/ producers’ personal lives. And the fact that some fans think it does… I don’t understand how people get to that point. It’s really disturbing.
I agree, a whole lot, with mymomoness here.
I don’t like the article, because I think it conflates all of fandom with what I think, statistically speaking, are a relatively few number of fans,** and I’d hazard to guess that this is the case across fandoms. Including fan art in a discussion of what’s clearly made out to be deviant psychology is journalistically unjustifiable, to my mind; the existence of pairings (even RPF, which is emphatically not my thing) =/= deviance. Invasion of privacy is the problem, and it’s one that anyone could potentially face, one that’s exacerbated by fame, and where the attention should be directed. Social media, in particular, enables an illusion of closeness with famous people that could conceivably have this kind of effect on fan/star interactions, and it’s here where mymomoness’s reminder of this all being a two-way street is so critical.
But, then (and I’m speaking to the writer of the article), let’s talk about that - the dissolution of walls between audience and performer. The sense of entitlement that seems to come with access for some fans. Let’s not say “they ship X,” ergo they have retreated into a dangerous fantasy world from whence never to return. This kind of article is why I think it’s so, so hard for those of us who research and teach fandom studies to talk about its negative aspects - and god knows there are negative aspects to it. But when you have to try so hard to just convince people that we’re not all deranged nut jobs, you can’t have the more nuanced discussions that might ultimately contribute something back to fandom itself.
**although I’d hasten to add that I bet it only takes one scary person or encounter to make a lasting impression on a celebrity
I’m reblogging this for now because I might use it in writing my honors thesis this year. It’s going to look at internet fandom and the role in plays in mental health and providing a sense of belonging to those who may feel socially isolated or unable to relate to people in their day-to-day surroundings.
Ethiopian girl guarded from gang rape & assault by three lions.
“The girl had been taken by seven men who wanted to force her to marry one of them. She was beaten repeatedly. Then the lions chased off her captors. The three lions guarded her for about half a day. They stood guard until we found her and then they just left her like a gift and went back into the forest.”
Then, Stuart Williams (the local wildlife ‘expert’) suggests that perhaps the lions mistook the 12 year old girl’s cries for a lion cub. Which seems awfully silly, considering that lions are perfectly capable of telling apart the gazelles they eat from their own cubs, aren’t they?
if fuckin lions know that rape is bad then so should you
that’s some David in the lions den stuff right there