WAIT, SO, YOUTUBE JUST DELETED ALL OF MY ACCOUNT INFORMATION AND MADE MY EMAIL MY USERNAME?!
HAS THIS HAPPENED TO ANYONE ELSE? IS IT A GLITCH OR HAS YOUTUBE ROYALLY FUCKED UP.
I AM ANGER.
ETA: YOUTUBE YOU LITTLE SHIT. DONT YOU DARE FORCE ME TO USE THE ACCOUNT I HAVE SAID I WONT USE EVERY TIME YOU POP UP A FUCKING ALERT FOR IT. WHY ON EARTH DO YOU THINK IT IS COOL TO FORCE PEOPLE TO USE AN ACCOUNT THEY DONT WANT.
In the rush of memories connected to the song, one hit me which I’d almost completely forgotten. I’m a little reference-nod-and-a-wink in my work. You may have missed it, because I’m very subtle in it, and do things like starting comic series with discussions about the Ronettes. That’s easy to overlook.
Anyway: I realised that We Built this City was almost certainly the first pop-cultural riff I ever put in my fiction.
This is primary school. I’d guess 9, but it may have been a year earlier or later.
There’s a writing competition across the school. Write whatever short story you like.
In terms of my time at school, “Write whatever you like” normally ended very well or very badly.
In this case, I took it as encouragement to write a fantasy epic, clearly building on top of the Fighting Fantasy book CITY OF THIEVES. Not just its low-fantasy metropolis of fantasy stabbing, but in a very literal “I’m using the map of the game as the literal setting” way. You could call it fanfiction, but I’d prefer to think of it as plagiarism.
(The characters were all OCs anyway. Well, not very O OCs, obv.)
My story was by a factor of ten larger than anyone else’s in the competition, including excitedly scrawled illustrations of orcs and trolls. The lead character basically gets his ass saved by the highly competent woman thief, which probably shows I was pandering to tumblr before it even existed.
Anyway: relevantly, there was a minstrel character who wandered into the plot.
When we meet him, he’s singing “We Built This City On Orcs And Trolls.”
I’d pretend to be shame-faced, but I wouldn’t put it past me to use that one even now.
I didn’t win the competition. No-one did.
In a cheery inversion of “everyone’s a winner!” she decided everyone was crap and berated the whole school for their lack of literary talent.
It’s a position that’s hard to argue with. I suspect if she were a Starship fan I’d have fared better.
Butterbeer has an affect on humans that is the equivalent of being a bit tipsy, and house elves get outright drunk from it. It is clearly stated to have an effect similar to alcohol. Alcoholic? Perhaps not. But there is an equivalency between them.
But as you say yourself, it may be similar, but it is not alcoholic. Recipes keep referring to it as “in Harry Potter the butterbeer is alcoholic - here is a non-alcoholic recipe”, which is incorrect. Thirteen year olds were not drinking age restricted substances.
Fire whiskey is alcoholic.
Butterbeer is not.
The presence of alcoholic drinks in the wizarding world that are clearly age restricted, such as whiskey and sherry, at the very least heavily imply that butterbeer is not alcoholic, and probably produces an effect no stronger than that of a fizzing whizbee.
On a completely different note, it’s also really lazy fic writing to say “they got drunk on butterbeer” when fire whiskey is RIGHT THERE. An alcoholic alternative already exists. It doesn’t make sense that the only beverages available to students other than pumpkin juice would be alcoholic.
“One young woman, who got in a heated argument with a men’s rights activist at a protest in Canada, was subsequently dubbed as “little red frothing fornication mouth” by AVFM and had all of her private contact information published by MRAs. She received hundreds of elaborate threats of violence. One anonymous commenter invited her to “enjoy being anally defiled.” Another gloated: “I would actually cum cutting that bitch’s throat.” Another outspoken feminist told me personally that she had to get the FBI and the state police involved when AVFM targeted her. Authorities found the threats she received so credible that they advised her to leave home for two weeks, taking her husband and young child with her. Increasingly, men’s rights activists target women offline as well. Last month, members of the organization Men’s Rights Edmonton hung large “wanted”-style posters of a professor all over the University of Alberta campus, calling her a bigot. Her crime? She was involved in the university’s anti-rape campaign.”—
Some examples of how “men’s rights activists” are threatening and intimidating feminists. There is absolutely no justification for this kind of behavior, and I urge all anti-feminist men (and anti-feminist others) to at the very least not stoop to the level of threatening atrocities or publishing someone’s personal information. I may not agree with your points of contention when it comes to the feminist movement, but that will never cause me to harm you or your family. AVFM and similar MRA groups need to be stopped, for the safety of society as a whole.
“Men’s rights activists don’t organize marches; they don’t build shelters or raise funds for abused men; they don’t organize prostate cancer-awareness events or campaign against prison rape. What they actually do, when they’re not simply carping in comments online, is target and harass women—from feminist writers and professors to activists—in an attempt to silence them.”—