dragoness_e: Living Dead Girl (Living Dead Girl)
I don't plan on watching the Superbowl this year. I can always catch the cute ads on whatever site likes to showcase them afterwards, but the NFL will not get my advertising eyeballs for this fake championship.

On the one hand, we have the New England Patriots, known serial cheaters. Am I supposed to take seriously that they're really the AFC champions when they feel they have to cheat to win?

On the other hand, we have the Lame-A** Rams, who are illegitimate, Non-Champions of the NFC. You're not a champion when the championship game gets handed to you by crooked refereeing. I don't recognize the Rams as NFC champions, because they didn't win the NFC championship legitimately, therefore this SubparBowl is fraudulent, a game of two second-class teams pretending to be the battle of champions. I don't care about either team, and the game is a second-class fake of the real thing, so why would I watch it?

As the NFL is hoping to make their usual huge profit via you watching a fraudulent game that's not what it is represented to be, I encourage you to show them what you think by not watching the Subpar Bowl either. Also, if the NFL can't be bothered to make sure that the referees are honest and competent, then the game itself has no integrity and isn't worth watching. Who cares what the results of a game are if it's rigged in advance?

I hope the Patriots flatten the Rams in a massive blow-out, like 45-0, because Tom Brady is actually a great quarterback, and coach Bill Belicheck has advocated for some time that all plays be challengeable and reviewable, like the Canadian Football League does it. If that rule had been in place, that crooked "No-Call" in the Saints-Rams NFC championship would have been challenged and overturned, and we wouldn't be left with bitterness and a pointless fraud of a Superbowl. Also because the Rams players are jerks, and were gloating over benefiting from the obvious crooked refereeing. They deserve to have their Superbowl hopes and dreams crushed like a squashed cockroach.
dragoness_e: Living Dead Girl (Living Dead Girl)
[Inspired by recent incidents in the Canadian writing community]

Cultural appropriation is a good thing. It means the majority culture is learning to appreciate and is curious about something besides themselves. It means the culture isn't stagnating. It means The Other is good, not bad, and a friend, not an enemy to be suppressed or exterminated. It means The Other is stopping being "Them" and is becoming "Us". We humans love Us; we humans regrettably tend to hate Them. Better for all if they are Us.

The notion that cultural appropriation is bad is one of the more snowflake, dumb-ass and downright poisonous ideas to come out of the left. The logical end-point of "cultural appropriation is bad and you mustn't do it" crowd is cultural segregation and apartheid--everyone is only allowed to write or make art about their own racial and cultural niche, and no one will be exposed to any culture but their own. That would be bad; we learn to tolerate and accept People Not Like Us by getting to know them in person; ditto for cultures.

At worst, badly-done appropriation comes across as crass, rude and insensitive to people of the originating culture. So don't be crass, rude, or insensitive. However, there is not a single damn thing wrong with braiding your hair differently, eating different food, or wearing different clothes than those you grew up with. Don't let anyone force you into a creative or life-style strait-jacket because of what they think is appropriate for you.

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