Aisha Tyler Speaks Out About Fan Wank After Supernatural Nerd HQ Panel

brotherslovershunters:

"Some people on the internet have been saying some pretty ridiculous things about the Supernatural panel I moderated at Nerd HQ at SDCC this past weekend (which by and large was a massive hit and a highlight of my con, personally). As is widely known, I am a huge Supernatural fan and am lucky enough to be friends with a large part of the cast, who are all kind, giving, great guys dedicated to their families, their fans, and their show.

I like guys. My podcast is called Girl on Guy. I was raised by a single father. I am a standup comedian and spend a large portion of my social and work time around men. Many of my closest friends are men. I am curious about them. I enjoy their company. I do not apologize for that. I am also a feminist and a dedicated supporter of the LGBTQQIAAP community. I will not apologize for the things I said during the panel, and I do not take them back.

Occasionally sociocultural dedication and vigilance can decay into wild-eyed hysteria. This is one of those times.

a) The joke about Misha was not transphobic. I am a HUGE supporter of the LGBTQQIAAP community and put my body and my money where my mouth is constantly for gay and trans rights and marriage equality. That is public record and indisputable. The comment was a joke. You can take it however you would like but that is not how it was intentioned. And for the record, that is not how it was taken by Misha, who was and remains a very good friend of mine.

b) Jared and Jensen are not misogynists. This is bullshit on its face. The show focuses on the relationship between these two brothers with a very unique provenance and a very unique set of circumstances. I disagree vigorously that there aren’t strong women on Supernatural: Felicia Day, Genevieve Padalecki, Kim Rhodes, Amanda Tapping and Alaina Huffman, among others, would agree they are not wimps.

But Supernatural is not about male-female relationships. The show is about two brothers trying to prevent the apocalypse, and how that rends and repairs their relationship with themselves and each other. If you want a show about relationships, or about women, complex, self-actualized female characters ABOUND elsewhere — Scandal, Penny Dreadful, Girls, Homeland, The Americans, Gray’s Anatomy, Vikings (Lagertha Lothbrok is OUT OF CONTROL — I want to have her babies) — this is but a meager and partial list.

TV is finally becoming a great place for women. Not perfect, I , but better.

c) the show is a show about men. If you don’t like that, watch another show. If you are a fan, you are a fan, and you enjoy the elements of the show you find satisfying. If the show is not creatively satisfying to you, watch another show. If you think it’s misogynistic, WATCH ANOTHER SHOW. If you are pissed at Supernatural or its writers or it’s actors, WATCH ANOTHER FREAKING SHOW. The idea that women don’t watch the show because they are drawn in by these male characters and their interplay is bullish*t. That is why you’re watching, or at least part of it. If it wasn’t, YOU WOULD BE WATCHING ANOTHER FREAKING SHOW.

c) Not every show can be everything to everyone. Period. Art must exist for art’s own sake, not to satisfy someone else’s cultural agenda. You can criticize the show, and you can criticize me, as is your right, of course. I can take it. Go nuts.

In art, as in America, everyone is entitled to be wrong.”

- Aisha Tyler’s Facebook Page [X]


america-wakiewakie:

Princeton Concludes What Kind of Government America Really Has, and It’s Not a Democracy | PolicyMic 
The news: A new scientific study from Princeton researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page has finally put some science behind the recently popular argument that the United States isn’t a democracy any more. And they’ve found that in fact, America is basically an oligarchy.
An oligarchy is a system where power is effectively wielded by a small number of individuals defined by their status called oligarchs. Members of the oligarchy are the rich, the well connected and the politically powerful, as well as particularly well placed individuals in institutions like banking and finance or the military.
For their study, Gilens and Page compiled data from roughly 1,800 different policy initiatives in the years between 1981 and 2002. They then compared those policy changes with the expressed opinion of the United State public. Comparing the preferences of the average American at the 50th percentile of income to what those Americans at the 90th percentile preferred, as well as the opinions of major lobbying or business groups, the researchers found out that the government followed the directives set forth by the latter two much more often.
It’s beyond alarming. As Gilens and Page write, “the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.” In other words, their statistics say your opinion literally does not matter.
That might explain why mandatory background checks on gun sales supported by 83% to 91% of Americans aren’t in place, or why Congress has taken no action on greenhouse gas emissions even when such legislation is supported by the vast majority of citizens.
This problem has been steadily escalating for four decades. While there are some limitations to their data set, economists Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez constructed income statistics based on IRS data that go back to 1913. They found that the gap between the ultra-wealthy and the rest of us is much bigger than you would think…
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america-wakiewakie:

Princeton Concludes What Kind of Government America Really Has, and It’s Not a Democracy | PolicyMic 

The news: A new scientific study from Princeton researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page has finally put some science behind the recently popular argument that the United States isn’t a democracy any more. And they’ve found that in fact, America is basically an oligarchy.

An oligarchy is a system where power is effectively wielded by a small number of individuals defined by their status called oligarchs. Members of the oligarchy are the rich, the well connected and the politically powerful, as well as particularly well placed individuals in institutions like banking and finance or the military.

For their study, Gilens and Page compiled data from roughly 1,800 different policy initiatives in the years between 1981 and 2002. They then compared those policy changes with the expressed opinion of the United State public. Comparing the preferences of the average American at the 50th percentile of income to what those Americans at the 90th percentile preferred, as well as the opinions of major lobbying or business groups, the researchers found out that the government followed the directives set forth by the latter two much more often.

It’s beyond alarming. As Gilens and Page write, “the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.” In other words, their statistics say your opinion literally does not matter.

That might explain why mandatory background checks on gun sales supported by 83% to 91% of Americans aren’t in place, or why Congress has taken no action on greenhouse gas emissions even when such legislation is supported by the vast majority of citizens.

This problem has been steadily escalating for four decades. While there are some limitations to their data set, economists Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez constructed income statistics based on IRS data that go back to 1913. They found that the gap between the ultra-wealthy and the rest of us is much bigger than you would think…

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halofarm:

avenger-doctor-castiel-holmes:

traceexcalibur:

I smell trouble brewing

The pope is just so fucking chill I love it

"Gays? Sure, that Catholic Church is open to everyone"

"Aliens? Sure, the Catholic Church is open to everyone"

Modern pope for the modern world.


batcii:

smoo told me to draw zutara week stuff so instead i drew some modern au gaang. sorry for my shitty handwriting.



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fuckyeahthescarletwitch:

Female-lead action movies just don’t sell.


homorecker:

My fav thing about tumblr is the complete lack of country music it makes me feel like this is where I should be


Track Title: No Angels

Artist: Bastille

fawnete:

You will recognize it.

Trust me.


meadowkitten:

*points to ur lap* is this seat taken


gamingartandlove:

So uh, I haven’t seen this on my dash, but check out this kickstarter!

They’re waterballoons that SELF TIE, make a HUNDRED at a time, AND AND they’re biodegradablee!! Seriously why isn’t this all over my dash yet??

They’ve already reached WAY over their goal, but you can still get some early bird deliveries for an early start of the water balloon madness!


literallyleslieknope:

I’m so glad this infographic exists.

literallyleslieknope:

I’m so glad this infographic exists.


"Make sure you don’t start seeing yourself through the eyes of those who don’t value you. Know your worth even if they don’t."
Thema Davis (via minuty)

Track Title: Everybody

spacetea:

pheromonerain:

Just wait for it.

fuck