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Dear Caitlyn, The truth is: I really didn’t want to write an article about you. I didn’t want to spend hours thinking about you, sifting the internet for the rare piece of insightful (or even coherent) commentary on your Vanity Fair cover, or wading through YouTube clips of your television appearances. Actually, I had no idea who you even were (I was born fifteen years after the Montreal Olympics and grew up without TV) until a few weeks ago, when the media circus around your gender identity began. You see, I was tired of writing and thinking about trans women as media “items”– tired of the endless analysis, debate, scrutiny, sensation, that has opened up around us, our bodies, seemingly without having slowed the tide of discrimination, violence, and murder that claims so many of...
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There was a time when I once looked on entertainment news websites just to kill a bit of time and see what was new in the world of showbizz. But now these sites have really fallen out of favour with me and I just can't stand the content they are putting out. I recently read that TMZ, the American showbizz site, is now one of the most powerful sites in the world. It's the sort of site where they'll analyse someone from head-to-toe and show footage of a celebrity leaving their home as news. The fact that this will get more attention that a natural disaster or a death is what's concerning. I can understand the idea that people don't want to read scary and negative stories about our society and environment, we're more willing to ignore these things in favour of some lighter 'news'. Ok...
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Dear Taylor, Your open attitude and honest friendliness That’s what I like and appreciate about you But most of all, that through it all You don’t think more of yourself than you have to Your performance has developed and grown Your concerts became more powerful, mature and smart But I think the most valuable asset you own The thing that keeps you on every hit chart Is that honest friendliness you've shown I trust your mother will be fine But please keep us posted about things Let us fans support and share in the good and bad times We also get to hear about you and that nice mr Harris When needed, I’m sure, you’ll treat your mom with a kiss Or sing her a song about how special she is With attention like that, I can know, I’m also a dad Sometimes even the...
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Before I start I'd just like to acknowledge that I love Game of Thrones. It's definitely my kind of thing ... the swords and sorcery etc. My problem is the general reaction online to the most recent episode 8. People have been heaping praise on it as the "best episode of all the series to date" and I feel this is the perfect example of where people jump on one anothers bandwagons in order to just have relevant online content. Whilst many hyped this episode, I was left with slightly different feelings. Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy it, just not as much as it is being hyped. I think people are bigging it up because – to be honest – it came off the back of seven episodes that have truly left fans wanting. I don't expect epic swordfights in every episode or anything like that but...
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Dearest Caitlyn: First and foremost, let me start off by expressing my appreciation of you being at the head of such a beautiful moment in time. If you were to tell me as a child that I would be celebrating the introduction of a transgender woman to the world, I’d probably ask, “what does that mean?” I suppose that makes sense to a degree. As a kid, I hardly knew what it what “gay” meant; much less “transgender” — but now, because of people like you, there aren’t many children who will be able to be as confused as I was. What you’ve done on this day goes much further than just revealing your name and your body in a truly fierce photo spread with Vanity Fair (seriously, girl; Annie Leibowitz hooked you up!). In fact, what you have done is fully opened a door that has been only...
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Dear Roger Waters, Musicians and BDS I am writing you an open letter in regards to you latest attempt to influence Robbie Williams’ performance in Israel via the media. First of all, I am writin this email as a believer in the greatness of the human race. And as an advocate for true peace on our planet. One part of your letter states: “tacit support to the deaths of over 500 Palestinian children last summer in Gaza, including the four soccer players on the beach in Gaza and condoning the arrest and abuse of hundreds of Palestinian children each year living under Israeli occupation.” Of course the cost of any child’s life is a grave loss. And sadly, lives of children are being lost around the world in conflict. Yet I have not heard you being outspoken about the children of...
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I always thought I knew the concept of love. Fame and Money can get in the way of that. Most of my issues always deal with love and me being in my feelings. Not to mention me being a dog sometimes. I can’t speak for everyone but I can say that my actions contributed a lot to my karma. Being jealous and angry and controlling. There has been times where I looked in the mirror and hated the person I see. I talk to God a lot now. He’s given me so much and I feel like I waste his gifts becuz of my impulsive personality. The world is full of negativity and I feel I play a part in it becuz of the choices I’ve made or mistakes. I tend to accept the negative or the riff raff becuz I know what it’s like to be a young black ‘nigga’ in America. I always see the good in people even when...
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Dear current and former 1D members (Niall, Louis, Liam, Harry, and Zayn), I write to you today because I feel you should know that you are loved by pretty much everyone. You saved my life many-a-time because when I felt nobody in the world loved me and cared for me, you guys were there. I never met you, saw you live in concert, and you have no clue who I am. You probably aren't even reading this right now. But, you are there for me. I talk to my posters as if you guys were in them. I admit, what comes out of my mouth next will sound like I'm insane but read the reasoning. You ever had an imaginary friend? (Niall, I know you have :D ) Well, my "imaginary friend" is you guys. I pretend you guys live in my house with me, my to brothers, my mom and step-dad. Now, it's not because I'm...
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I recently watched your 'what would you do with a lost wallet?' video and I found it a shameless and tasteless attempt of gaining attention on the internet. It saddens me that people don't have anything better to do with their time than attempt to see whether a stranger would pick up a wallet they have found on the floor and potentially take 100 dollars. The situation is usually an odd one for the person finding the wallet in the first place. My girlfriend recently dropped her wallet (it only had cards in and identification), we had hoped that it might be returned somehow - whether left at a shop or tube station or maybe be contacted online - but you end up cancelling all your cards etc anyway as a precaution. She didn't get her wallet back and it does make you question what happened...
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You’re not supposed to go on the Internet when you’re cast as a superhero. But after taking on Johnny Storm in Fantastic Four—a character originally written with blond hair and blue eyes—I wanted to check the pulse out there. I didn’t want to be ignorant about what people were saying. Turns out this is what they were saying: “A black guy? I don’t like it. They must be doing it because Obama’s president” and “It’s not true to the comic.” Or even, “They’ve destroyed it!” It used to bother me, but it doesn’t anymore. I can see everybody’s perspective, and I know I can’t ask the audience to forget 50 years of comic books. But the world is a little more diverse in 2015 than when the Fantastic Four comic first came out in 1961. Plus, if Stan Lee writes an email to my director saying, “You’re...
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