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So, I just found out about the whole big(?) controversy surrounding the MLP annual 2014. Short version? The normally sensible seeming writer decided to toss in a couple of cameo shout-outs to fans with outspoken, blatant negative opinions of bronies (and/or males in general). When asked if he was *aware* of these statements, he actually went and defended them.
Long story short, bronies got mad, he got canned, and is now joining the individuals he granted cameos to in proclaiming that all is the fault of The Patriarchy.
Meanwhile, there is some level of semi-academic debate going on as to whether or not this was justified, much of it roiling around social justice theories, free speech, and artistic integrity.
I'd just like to take a moment to express a theory that involves none of that wishy-washy "my opinion, man!" stuff out there. That relies not a whit on whether or not something is "right," which is often a nebulous criteria determined less by objective measurements and more by subjective senses of justice and injustice.
I'm gonna boil this down to simple facts. Two simple facts, actually.
1: If you are a freelancer, you have a VERY precarious employment position. Your employer is free to terminate their interaction with you at any point, for any reason, or no reason at all. If this is not the case, you are not a freelancer - you are a staff writer. You know this if you are a freelancer, or have ever been for any reason at any time.
2: If you are in business, ESPECIALLY the business of entertainment, you are a dumbass if you express, or are perceived as expressing, any form of support for your demographic. You only get away with this if you have a near monopoly on a staple, such as Monsanto or BP, and EVEN THEY recognize that there is a certain base level of respect they have to pretend to give their customers. Everybody in business knows this.
Based on these facts, Ted Anderson deserved to be fired. In fact, he was BEGGING to be fired, or at the very least taken off of any line that primarily sold to a male demographic (like... uhm... does IDW *have* any lines that don't?)
No issue of free speech. No issues of social justice. No issues of whether or not the people he cameoed were right or wrong in their opinions.
Simple. Statement. Of fact.
What he did was the equivalent of giving Dr. Fred Wertham a walk-on in Avengers. Or letting Jack Thompson do VA work for GTA 6. Or naming Edward Snowden Employee of the Year for whatever contractor he worked for.
Only a dumbass would do that without expecting there to Be Consequences.
The Patriarchy isn't oppressing you, Ted Anderson. The fact that you apparently don't have the common sense to realize that you shouldn't take a dump on your boss' plate is.
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The best My Little Pony film ever came out this year.
It's called Guardians of the Galaxy. Saw it Tuesday night, and realized this: It's basically the first two episodes of My Little Pony, if they'd had an hour and a half and two hundred million dollars to play with.
Think about it.
After a thousand years of conflict, a blue-and-black villain with incredible dark power returns to bring about the ultimate destruction of those he blames for his downfall.
He is opposed by a plucky group composed of:
1. A sheltered, friendless leader who was taken away from his family at a young age by a powerful leader who doesn't show up for most of the movie.
2. A quiet, soft-spoken figure who's socially awkward and wants to be a tree.
3. A cocky braggart who likes to show off his guns every chance he gets, and has been friends with the soft-spoken tree wannabe for ages.
4. A simple, literal-minded slab of muscle who alternately gets along with and is at loggerheads with the cocky braggart.
5. An elegant martial artist who wants to become fabulously wealthy and makes just about anything look good.
6. And our sheltered, friendless leader is also a party animal with a sense of humor, filling two roles in our "main six."
The leader spends the whole movie trying to get and unlock the secrets of the Magical McGuffin that no one has ever been able to properly control in the past.
Along the way, they face several challenges, which allow them to come together and bond as allies.
And in the end, while they come up with a plan that should work, they end up harnessing the power of the McGuffin through the strength of their friendship, and destroy the villain by unleashing their new Orbital Friendship Laser.
The ruler who doesn't show up for most of the movie says it's time to go and bring the McGuffin back, but the leader decides to stay with his friends, leaving behind his previous life and becoming the new hero.
Oh, and within the space of a few months, there will probably be material shipping the cocky braggart with everything including the kitchen sink.
Guardians of the Galaxy is best My Little Pony movie. *nods sagely*
26w, 5dIt could've been worse!0 comments · 48 views
When I heard the spell, I'll admit.
I was kinda hoping we'd end up with a Forbidden Planet reference.
39w, 4dIT BEGINS!0 comments · 79 views
Based on a True Story - the saga of three ponies trying to get a danged meal on Hearts and Hooves Day - is up.
Or at least the first chapter is.
The second and third chapters will be posted as they're ready... I'm hoping to get this finalized by 2/14/14.
Comments, feedback, and general ego stroking are helpful for making this happen.
Why, yes, I am a shameless whore enterprising author, why do you ask?
42w, 2dEeee!2 comments · 92 views