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    • redz0ne

      I don’t know where else to say this… And here’s as good a place as any. See, I grew up in a home that wasn’t really the most serene. Parents fighting over what now seems like silly things, a school-yard that seemed all too eager to relegate me to the status of “the kid that it’s okay to beat on” and having few friends to turn to to find some comfort…  But I do remember that every time his face was on the screen or the television, it lifted my heart out of the sadness and reminded me that even when things are their darkest, there’s always something there that you can find to bring light to even the darkest corners. I found joy, awe and an almost child-like wonder in his performances. And though I never knew him personally it was almost as if he was there on the screen for me. Like he was that “wacky uncle” who you could rely on to always know how to bring a smile to a face that was shrouded in tears. He was a brilliant soul and a creative genius… And he was also beset with such a terrible illness as well… But for most of his life he showed me that there is strength in finding the courage to smile even when there are few things to smile about. He showed me that even when things are their darkest you can always find a reason to laugh. If there is a heaven I suspect he’s there now… People that are so capable of bringing such joy to others tend to be of an almost saintly type. And as much as he will be missed here, I only hope that those that survive him will take comfort in knowing that the man that they’ve lost has brought so much joy to so many people so that that understanding, that realisation helps soften the emptiness that is there now in their life. And I suspect he’d be the kind of person that would prefer us to remember when he made us smile. A kind and tender soul has left this earth… And I hope that his spirit is lifted much like he lifted our spirits those many, many times. Rest in peace, Mr. Williams… You truly deserve that much at the very least.

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      I don’t get why guys do it either (unless they’re professional swimmers.) It oozes masculinity, it embraces maturity (seriously, if you’re over 25 then stop trying to look like a teen. Those years aren’t coming back and fighting it only really makes you look scared of your own mortality.) And it’s just way too fucking hot… Shave your chest? Find yourself single… It really is that simple.

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      The main gripe is that it harkens back to when LGBT people were the invisible minorities in society and the only mention of the words were in news bytes about how an LGBT person was killed by bashing. The issue, however, is that there are too many people that are letting themselves build up this air of being the perpetual victim because they’ve confused the attention from that as being “empowering” when in reality it’s the furthest thing from it because it presents them as thin-skinned cry-babies. Add to that how somehow it’s gotten to the point where being a minority in some manner has value like currency and add an influx of impressionable tweens with a drive for self-actualization that pushes them to lay claim to being a minority in some way (ever hear of “truscum” and “transtrenders? go to some of the more popular social networks and look them up… Or maybe google but it’s best to see it directly. And when you’re done with that, look up terms like “demisexual” and “otherkin” and even “headmates.”) They see it as an easy way to claim power and dominance by the very nature of being the special, precious snowflakes that they’ve been told they are for too long (there’s a reason they’re referred to as the “cupcake generation.”) … Because actually working towards earning status is apparently anathema to them. They want to be valued but aren’t willing to put in the time and energy to become valuable.

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      redz0ne

      “I have mixed water into my body wash to make it last longer” Well, look at you and your frugal living… Congratulations to you for being able to even afford body wash in the first place. Try “I’ve asked friends to steal toiletries from hotels so that I can beg for them so that I can even wash my own self.” Body-wash? Motherfu*ing BODY-WASH?!  Here’s something cheaper… Try regular old soap. Or is your skin too delicate for that stuff that you have to buy that overpriced, over-diluted (already) crap? Get the fuck out of here…

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      MetalHolly: As a white, cis male who got a lower score than you I am sure there are some that will appreciate the irony when I am the one to tell you to check YOUR privilege. This whole “privilege” bullshit is a big fucking problem because people are using the concept to justify pulling one giant pity party so as to avoid actually trying to make the world you live in a better place. Too many people are using it to justify the lazy and shiftless way out by demanding the world change on your behalf while you don’t do much to improve it yourself. Frankly, if you want to mope… Then mope… But don’t think for one second that your self-pity is warrant enough to force people to change. If you want ot be valued you must first become valuable. There’s no way around that. Yeah, and think about it… a White, cis male is scoring lower than a female PoC on the privilege-o-meter? And I didn’t even lie once. Honest truth there!

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      I scored 13 on this quiz and even I think that despite my “underprivileged” status that this quiz is utter bullshit. I didn’t know that race-baiting was considered among the traits commonly ascribed to “journalistic integrity.” Thanks, buzzfeed… Thank you for letting me know that journalism and activism means finding reasons to justify being a bigot.

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