my teeth hurt.
hijikata likes to say he decided he wouldn’t fight the amanto after smoking his first Lucky Strike (this is a lie, of course)
I’ve started putting a lot of mayonnaise on all my food lately so » having a lot of thoughts about backwater shinsengumi first coming out to the big city.
random recent instagram dump. mostly ocs and stuff i drew for myself
ayyy happy (late, late) (sorry ;;) birthday Inbal
Keep flying brofriend~
ran outta show
probably just… dont examine this too closely
the story is oc Ian habitually has weird/fucked up dreams, ofc this is very fun to draw :V
The author, an American of Russian descent, writes:
I’m more than thrilled that attention is finally being called to how fucked up Russia is; it’s only something I’ve been talking about for years. And it’s fine to make fun of something, but when that something is not your own, not something you understand, babies, goddamnit, you’ve got to be kind as Kurt Vonnegut would say. And kindness from journalists means adding context and not being sensationalist. Not playing the Ugly American Broadcaster.
And it’s very easy to be unkind in the face of unmitigated public attention.
Which is why the best people covering the Olympics are not any of the reporters that have been retweeted millions of times. Some of the best coverage so far has been by my perennial favorite, ViceTV, who first went to the sprawling Olympic complex, and then to the people displaced by its creation, who now live seven in a room and use an outhouse very much like the one nearly every family member I know did until at least the early 1960s. They also did a six-part piece on being gay in today’s Russia which I could only watch the first part of because of how cruel it is.
Unfortunately, in a mass public media event, being stupid and sensationalist is the only thing that will get you noticed, which is why the symbol of Sochi is now the toilet, instead of the people actually still going to the bathroom outside, instead of the hundreds of state officials paid to take bribes, instead of the underpaid laborers of the Olympic village, instead of the fact that the president of Russia owns a $200,000 watch while parts of Siberia have intermittent heating in the winter.
It’s hard to encapsulate context in a tweet, though, which is why this is the news we get.
The whole thing is very well written, and will probably make you think about things you haven’t thought of, yet. I highly recommend taking a few minutes and reading it.
I was talking about this with @moutheyes and @seasquared recently, and while the sochi media tweets bring some much needed mainstream attention to certain aspects of the russian gov’t and maybe can’t help but make one react (with incredulous laughter or otherwise, I don’t know)—I certainly reacted—I also can’t help but faintly bristle. it’s partly my overdefensive poor-hometown complex coming out, but a good portion of the reactions tread into ridicule and mockery of the wrong sort, the shallow and misdirected kind, like are you outraged at the power that put the city and the civilians in this state, or are you laughing (however unintentionally) at sochi? it’s funny in a terrible way, sure, it’s definitely a problem, but something feels ugly when the people pointing fingers are also looking down—American smugness, the author describes in his article, along with another familiar homeland feeling, that of standing in the unbelievable ruin of something great—and I get. well, the only way you can get after years of mortification and guilty embarrassment turn into overprotective, overdefensive anger towards the people who judge and do it comfortably and carelessly.