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Crazy, Fucking, and Funny: Donatello/Michelangelo kittyknowsthings: friendlylycanthrope: ao3tagoftheday: ethermaster: ao3tagoftheday: [Image Description: Tag reading “donatello/michelangelo”] The AO3 Tag of the Day is: Renaissance fanart I’m gonna let you in on a secret. That aint renaissance fanart You know what, assholes? I run this blog for y'all every day. I see things you cannot begin to imagine. I have to read people’s Robespierre smut and their questions about how various monsters would fuck them. I am so jaded that, when someone submits a tag mentioning some random vaguely liquid substance without context, I just assume it’s being used as lube. Nutella? Lube. Crazy glue? Lube. Divine fucking ichor? Fucking lube! I do this for you, y'all. I shield you from this shit. I stand athwart the tides of horror, hold my hands up, and yell “STOP” in the hopes that it will keep the waters from reaching you. So you know what, fuckheads!? If I want to maintain the one tiny scrap of innocence I have left, I will. The official policy of AO3TagoftheDay is now that turtles, teenage, mutant, ninja, or otherwise, do not fuck. It never happens. They don’t fuck. They don’t fuck each other. They don’t fuck humans. They don’t fuck in real life and they don’t fuck in fiction. This tag is about two gay Renaissance painters holding each other close and kissing chastely under the Sistine chapel ceiling. There. Glad we got that sorted out. Please return to your regularly scheduled programming. Ao3tagoftheday finally snapped I don’t know why this is so funny but I’m laughing to the point of tears
Crazy, Fucking, and Funny: Donatello/Michelangelo
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friendlylycanthrope:

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ethermaster:

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[Image Description: Tag reading “donatello/michelangelo”]

The AO3 Tag of the Day is: Renaissance fanart 


I’m gonna let you in on a secret.
That aint renaissance fanart
You know what, assholes? I run this blog for y'all every day. I see things you cannot begin to imagine. I have to read people’s Robespierre smut and their questions about how various monsters would fuck them. I am so jaded that, when someone submits a tag mentioning some random vaguely liquid substance without context, I just assume it’s being used as lube. Nutella? Lube. Crazy glue? Lube. Divine fucking ichor? Fucking lube! I do this for you, y'all. I shield you from this shit. I stand athwart the tides of horror, hold my hands up, and yell “STOP” in the hopes that it will keep the waters from reaching you.
So you know what, fuckheads!? If I want to maintain the one tiny scrap of innocence I have left, I will. The official policy of AO3TagoftheDay is now that turtles, teenage, mutant, ninja, or otherwise, do not fuck. It never happens. They don’t fuck. They don’t fuck each other. They don’t fuck humans. They don’t fuck in real life and they don’t fuck in fiction. This tag is about two gay Renaissance painters holding each other close and kissing chastely under the Sistine chapel ceiling.
There. Glad we got that sorted out. Please return to your regularly scheduled programming.


Ao3tagoftheday finally snapped

I don’t know why this is so funny but I’m laughing to the point of tears

kittyknowsthings: friendlylycanthrope: ao3tagoftheday: ethermaster: ao3tagoftheday: [Image Description: Tag reading “donatello/michelan...

Love, Tumblr, and Wow: We gonna talk about how being raised in a dysfunctional household causes you to choose horrible romantic partnerS? BC I have time 5/25/17, 1:49 PM 3,821 Retweets 6,816 Like:s YT: Nu Mindframe O @nu.... 5/25/17 Replying to @nu_mindframe And l'm not just speaking on physical child abuse here. Emotional child abuse is just as harmful 460 YT: Nu Mindframe @nu.... 5/25/17 v Raised in a household where you were constantly emotionally neglected? Most likely you turned into a people pleaser and attention seeker 9 ,934 y2,291 YT: Nu Mindframe @nu... 5/25/17 You'd think that you'd choose a mate who can meet your emotional needs right? One who'll love you the way you need to be loved right? Wrong 523 1,155 YT: Nu Mindframe @nu.... 5/25/17 Instead you're attracted to emotionally unavailable ppl. Ppl who you have to cater to. Bc that's the only type of love you've ever known 7 01,022 2,211 YT: Nu Mindframe O @nu.... 5/25/17 Ppl who are too nice to you and want to love you are actually a turn off to you They feel foreign to you and you immediately reject them 6 0935 2,265 YT: Nu Mindframe @nu... 5/25/17 If you're not fighting for that love and then the relationship feels off. Even if you settle down with a nice person guess what happens 509 1,379 YT: Nu Mindframe @nu.... 5/25/17 You start to pick unnecessary fights Push their buttons. Getting a negative response from them is the only way they can show you they care 5 0615 1,613 YT: Nu Mindframe @nu.. 5/25/17 When things are going too smoothly you have to sabotage the relationship. You feel threatened by peace bc you've never experienced it 763 1,874 E jaded-misfits: whateveriblogis: wow. she unloaded the whole clip Why y'all so loud for
Love, Tumblr, and Wow: We gonna talk about how being raised
 in a dysfunctional household causes
 you to choose horrible romantic
 partnerS? BC I have time
 5/25/17, 1:49 PM
 3,821 Retweets 6,816 Like:s
 YT: Nu Mindframe O @nu.... 5/25/17
 Replying to @nu_mindframe
 And l'm not just speaking on physical
 child abuse here. Emotional child abuse
 is just as harmful
 460
 YT: Nu Mindframe @nu.... 5/25/17 v
 Raised in a household where you were
 constantly emotionally neglected? Most
 likely you turned into a people pleaser
 and attention seeker
 9
 ,934
 y2,291

 YT: Nu Mindframe @nu... 5/25/17
 You'd think that you'd choose a mate
 who can meet your emotional needs
 right? One who'll love you the way you
 need to be loved right? Wrong
 523
 1,155
 YT: Nu Mindframe @nu.... 5/25/17
 Instead you're attracted to emotionally
 unavailable ppl. Ppl who you have to
 cater to. Bc that's the only type of love
 you've ever known
 7
 01,022
 2,211
 YT: Nu Mindframe O @nu.... 5/25/17
 Ppl who are too nice to you and want to
 love you are actually a turn off to you
 They feel foreign to you and you
 immediately reject them
 6
 0935
 2,265
 YT: Nu Mindframe @nu... 5/25/17
 If you're not fighting for that love and
 then the relationship feels off. Even if
 you settle down with a nice person guess
 what happens
 509
 1,379

 YT: Nu Mindframe @nu.... 5/25/17
 You start to pick unnecessary fights
 Push their buttons. Getting a negative
 response from them is the only way they
 can show you they care
 5
 0615 1,613
 YT: Nu Mindframe @nu.. 5/25/17
 When things are going too smoothly you
 have to sabotage the relationship. You
 feel threatened by peace bc you've never
 experienced it
 763 1,874 E
jaded-misfits:
whateveriblogis:
wow. she unloaded the whole clip

Why y'all so loud for

jaded-misfits: whateveriblogis: wow. she unloaded the whole clip Why y'all so loud for

Being Alone, Beautiful, and Cats: The 10O Most Beautiful Words in Ailurophile: A cat-lover emblage: A gathering. Becoming: Attr Beleaguer: To exhaust with attacks Brood: To think alone ng Bungalow: A small, cozy cottage Chatoyant: Like a cat's eye ely: Attractive Conflate: To blend together Cynosure: A focal point of admiration. Dalliance: A brief love affair Demesne: Dominion, territory Demure: Shy and reserved Denouement: The resolution of a mystery Desuetude: Disuse. Desultory: Slow, sluggish. Diaphanous: Filmy Dissemble ive Dulcet: Sweet, sugary. Ebullience: Bubbling enthusiasm. Effervescent: Bubbly Efflorescence: Flowering, blooming. Elision: Dropping a sound or syllable in a word r: Eloquence: Beauty and persuasion in speech. Embrocation: Rubbing on a lotion. Emollient: A softener Ephemeral: Short-lived Epiphany: A sudden revelation. Erstwhile: At one time, for a time Ethereal: Gaseous, invisible but detectable Evanescent: Vanishing quickly, lasting a very short time Evocative: Suggestive Fetching:Pretty Felicity: Pleasantness Forbearance: Withholding response to provocation. Fugacious: Fleeting hifty, sneaky Gambol: To skip or leap about joyfully Glamour: Beauty. Gossamer: The finest piece of thread, a spider's silk n: Harbinger: Messenger with news of the future Imbrication: Overlapping and forming a regular pattern. Imbroglio: An altercation or complicated situation. Imbue: To infuse, instill. Incipient: Beginning, in an early stage Ineffable: Unutterable, inexpressible Ingénue: A naive young woman. Inglenook: A cozy nook by the hearth. Insouciance: Blithe nonchalance Inure: To become jaded Labyrinthine: Twisting and turning Lagniappe: A special kind of gift. Lagoon: A small gulf or inlet. Languor: Listlessness, inactivity Lassitude: Weariness, listlessness. Lilt: To move musically or lively Lissome: Slender and graceful. Lithe: Slender and flexible. ve Mellifluous: Sweet sounding. Moiety: One of two equal parts. Mondegreen: A slip of the ear Murmurous: Murmuring Nemesis:An unconquerable archenemy Offing: The sea between the horizon and the offshore Onomatopoeia: A word that sounds like its meaning Opulent: Lush, luxuriant. Palimpsest: A manuscript written over earlier ones Panacea: A solution for all problems Panoply: A complete set. Pastiche: An art work combining materials from various sources. Penumbra: A half-shadow Petrichor: The smell of earth after rain. Plethora:A large quantity. Propinquity: An inclination. Pyrrhic: Successful with heavy losses. Quintessential: Most essential Ratatouille: A spicy French stew. Ravel: To knit or unknit. Redolent: Fragrant. Riparian: By the bank of a stream. Ripple: A very small wave Scintilla: A spark or very small thing Sempiternal: Eternal Seraglio: Rich, luxurious oriental palace or harem. Serendipity: Finding something nice while looking for something else Summery: Light, delicate or warm and sunny Sumptuous: Lush, luxurious. Surreptitious: Secretive, sneaky Susquehanna: A river in Pennsylvania Susurrous: Whispering, hissing Talisman: A good luck charm. Tintinnabulation: Tinkling. Umbrella: Protection from sun or rain. Untoward: Unseemly, inappropriate. Vestigial: In trace amounts Wafture: Waving Wherewithal: The means. Woebegone: Sorrowful, downcast THE META PICTURE laughoutloud-club: Beautiful English Words
Being Alone, Beautiful, and Cats: The 10O Most Beautiful
 Words in
 Ailurophile: A cat-lover
 emblage: A gathering.
 Becoming: Attr
 Beleaguer: To exhaust with attacks
 Brood: To think alone
 ng
 Bungalow: A small, cozy cottage
 Chatoyant: Like a cat's eye
 ely: Attractive
 Conflate: To blend together
 Cynosure: A focal point of admiration.
 Dalliance: A brief love affair
 Demesne: Dominion, territory
 Demure: Shy and reserved
 Denouement: The resolution of a mystery
 Desuetude: Disuse.
 Desultory: Slow, sluggish.
 Diaphanous: Filmy
 Dissemble
 ive
 Dulcet: Sweet, sugary.
 Ebullience: Bubbling enthusiasm.
 Effervescent: Bubbly
 Efflorescence: Flowering, blooming.
 Elision: Dropping a sound or syllable in a word
 r:
 Eloquence: Beauty and persuasion in speech.
 Embrocation: Rubbing on a lotion.
 Emollient: A softener
 Ephemeral: Short-lived
 Epiphany: A sudden revelation.
 Erstwhile: At one time, for a time
 Ethereal: Gaseous, invisible but detectable
 Evanescent: Vanishing quickly, lasting a very short time
 Evocative: Suggestive
 Fetching:Pretty
 Felicity: Pleasantness
 Forbearance: Withholding response to provocation.
 Fugacious: Fleeting
 hifty, sneaky
 Gambol: To skip or leap about joyfully
 Glamour: Beauty.
 Gossamer: The finest piece of thread, a spider's silk
 n:
 Harbinger: Messenger with news of the future
 Imbrication: Overlapping and forming a regular pattern.
 Imbroglio: An altercation or complicated situation.
 Imbue: To infuse, instill.
 Incipient: Beginning, in an early stage
 Ineffable: Unutterable, inexpressible
 Ingénue: A naive young woman.
 Inglenook: A cozy nook by the hearth.
 Insouciance: Blithe nonchalance
 Inure: To become jaded
 Labyrinthine: Twisting and turning
 Lagniappe: A special kind of gift.
 Lagoon: A small gulf or inlet.
 Languor: Listlessness, inactivity
 Lassitude: Weariness, listlessness.
 Lilt: To move musically or lively
 Lissome: Slender and graceful.
 Lithe: Slender and flexible.
 ve
 Mellifluous: Sweet sounding.
 Moiety: One of two equal parts.
 Mondegreen: A slip of the ear
 Murmurous: Murmuring
 Nemesis:An unconquerable archenemy
 Offing: The sea between the horizon and the offshore
 Onomatopoeia: A word that sounds like its meaning
 Opulent: Lush, luxuriant.
 Palimpsest: A manuscript written over earlier ones
 Panacea: A solution for all problems
 Panoply: A complete set.
 Pastiche: An art work combining materials from various sources.
 Penumbra: A half-shadow
 Petrichor: The smell of earth after rain.
 Plethora:A large quantity.
 Propinquity: An inclination.
 Pyrrhic: Successful with heavy losses.
 Quintessential: Most essential
 Ratatouille: A spicy French stew.
 Ravel: To knit or unknit.
 Redolent: Fragrant.
 Riparian: By the bank of a stream.
 Ripple: A very small wave
 Scintilla: A spark or very small thing
 Sempiternal: Eternal
 Seraglio: Rich, luxurious oriental palace or harem.
 Serendipity: Finding something nice while looking for something else
 Summery: Light, delicate or warm and sunny
 Sumptuous: Lush, luxurious.
 Surreptitious: Secretive, sneaky
 Susquehanna: A river in Pennsylvania
 Susurrous: Whispering, hissing
 Talisman: A good luck charm.
 Tintinnabulation: Tinkling.
 Umbrella: Protection from sun or rain.
 Untoward: Unseemly, inappropriate.
 Vestigial: In trace amounts
 Wafture: Waving
 Wherewithal: The means.
 Woebegone: Sorrowful, downcast
 THE META PICTURE
laughoutloud-club:

Beautiful English Words

laughoutloud-club: Beautiful English Words

Life, Love, and Memes: G:@SilentlySpokenProject SHE'S TIRED OF FIGHTING. FOR ONCE SHE JUST WANTS ONE MAN TO LOVE HER ENOUGH TO SHOW HER WHAT IG:@SilentlySpokenProject IT'S LIKE TO BE FOUGHT FOR 0o AWOMANSWORTH❤ ____________________________________________ She's been well habituated with those who said they Loved her & yet they were quick to LEAVE! It's not that She Lacks feelings, was-is ego driven, arrogant or anything else many have falsely PERCEIVED... But what does She look like "not choosing" to play NAIVE, when in the end of the day, She's well aware that once lust seeded dudes realize "OMG She's actually Not Perfect?!"; Ultimately departing from her life will be the premeditated plan to ACHIEVE! ____________________________________________ Guess what?! She's not going to prolong keeping any Man that already BELIEVES She's jaded, all because She doesn't wear her emotions on her SLEEVE... But what eludes most is the fact She has finally chosen to honor self-worth instead of exhausting PLEADS of "Stay-PLEASE"... Want to know why?! Well She realized it shouldn't take her expressing hurt in order for the weak-willed individual who attested to being her Man, to see just like him She too had NEEDS! RAISEYOURSTANDARDS CHANGETHETHINGSYOUCANCHANGE YouGottaSpeakThingsIntoExistence ____________________________________________ ▪️PLEASE TAG QUEENS & KINGS WHO NEED THIS REMINDER ____________________________________________ STOPWHATYOUREDOINGRIGHTNOW For QUOTES-MESSAGES about LIFE & LOVE Follow One of the REALEST IG PAGE ever: FollowTheONLYSilentlySpokenProject ➕FOLLOWIG:@SilentlySpokenProject AMANWHOACTUALLYGETSIT💯 ____________________________________________ ITSAMANSJOBTOFINDHISQUEEN💯 REMAINSINGLEUNTILUKNOITSREAL ILLREMAINSINGLEUNTILIKNOITSREAL PATIENTLYAWAITTHELOVEYOUDESERVE HAPPILYAFTERONEDAY FORHER LASTOFADYINGBREED YOUDESERVEBETTER EXCUSESNOTSOLDHERESORRY EXCUSESNOTSOLDORACCEPTED ITTAKESCOURAGETOLOVE ITTAKESCOURAGETOLOVEAGAIN SWYD AMANWHOACTUALLYGETSIT SILENTLYSPOKENFROMTHEHEART SILENTLYSPOKENPROJECT SSP THEONLYSSP LOVEQUOTES MRISAYWHATOTHERSWONT ITELLTHETRUTHNOTYOURTRUTH
Life, Love, and Memes: G:@SilentlySpokenProject
 SHE'S TIRED OF FIGHTING. FOR ONCE
 SHE JUST WANTS ONE MAN TO LOVE
 HER ENOUGH TO SHOW HER WHAT
 IG:@SilentlySpokenProject
 IT'S LIKE TO BE FOUGHT FOR
 0o
AWOMANSWORTH❤ ____________________________________________ She's been well habituated with those who said they Loved her & yet they were quick to LEAVE! It's not that She Lacks feelings, was-is ego driven, arrogant or anything else many have falsely PERCEIVED... But what does She look like "not choosing" to play NAIVE, when in the end of the day, She's well aware that once lust seeded dudes realize "OMG She's actually Not Perfect?!"; Ultimately departing from her life will be the premeditated plan to ACHIEVE! ____________________________________________ Guess what?! She's not going to prolong keeping any Man that already BELIEVES She's jaded, all because She doesn't wear her emotions on her SLEEVE... But what eludes most is the fact She has finally chosen to honor self-worth instead of exhausting PLEADS of "Stay-PLEASE"... Want to know why?! Well She realized it shouldn't take her expressing hurt in order for the weak-willed individual who attested to being her Man, to see just like him She too had NEEDS! RAISEYOURSTANDARDS CHANGETHETHINGSYOUCANCHANGE YouGottaSpeakThingsIntoExistence ____________________________________________ ▪️PLEASE TAG QUEENS & KINGS WHO NEED THIS REMINDER ____________________________________________ STOPWHATYOUREDOINGRIGHTNOW For QUOTES-MESSAGES about LIFE & LOVE Follow One of the REALEST IG PAGE ever: FollowTheONLYSilentlySpokenProject ➕FOLLOWIG:@SilentlySpokenProject AMANWHOACTUALLYGETSIT💯 ____________________________________________ ITSAMANSJOBTOFINDHISQUEEN💯 REMAINSINGLEUNTILUKNOITSREAL ILLREMAINSINGLEUNTILIKNOITSREAL PATIENTLYAWAITTHELOVEYOUDESERVE HAPPILYAFTERONEDAY FORHER LASTOFADYINGBREED YOUDESERVEBETTER EXCUSESNOTSOLDHERESORRY EXCUSESNOTSOLDORACCEPTED ITTAKESCOURAGETOLOVE ITTAKESCOURAGETOLOVEAGAIN SWYD AMANWHOACTUALLYGETSIT SILENTLYSPOKENFROMTHEHEART SILENTLYSPOKENPROJECT SSP THEONLYSSP LOVEQUOTES MRISAYWHATOTHERSWONT ITELLTHETRUTHNOTYOURTRUTH

AWOMANSWORTH❤ ____________________________________________ She's been well habituated with those who said they Loved her & yet they were quick to LEAVE! It's not that She Lacks feelings, was-is ego driven, arrogant or anything else many have falsely PERCEIVED... But what does She look like "not choosing" to play NAIVE, when in the end of the day, She's well aware that once lust seeded dudes realize "OMG She's actually Not Perfect?!"; Ultimately depart...

Advice, Google, and Instagram: MILEY CYRUS GAUE HER SISTER NOAH SOME UERY GOOD SOCIAL MEDIA ADUICE NEWS In a candid new interview with Elvis Duran, Miley Cyrus discussed the advice she gives her younger sister Noah for surviving fame as a budding pop star. _ Naturally, as a big sis, Miley is pretty protective of her younger idol. “When you’re in this industry, adults treat kids like adults,” she said. “I think it makes you jaded, it makes you guarded, and I don’t ever want her to get like that ... I really hope that she never feels those pressures and I hope other people respect her and don’t actually make her something she’s not.” _ So what's the best way to keep yourself grounded in the public eye? “I always tell Noah, 'Keep your Instagram comments turned off,'" Miley said. "'Never read anything that anyone says about you. Don’t Google yourself.'" _ Even though fame is stressful, there are upsides to both sisters being in the same career. Miley says that Noah's fame has actually strengthened their lifelong bond: “She loves me more now that she knows I do something. She always thought I did nothing and that I went to put two wigs on.” _ Miley also noted that Noah's been cooler than her since the two of them were kids — there are photos out there of a six-year-old Noah rocking bright pink hair. "Noah's always been punk rock," she said. "Noah is my punk rock icon." _ by Sasha Geffen
Advice, Google, and Instagram: MILEY CYRUS GAUE HER SISTER NOAH SOME
 UERY GOOD SOCIAL MEDIA ADUICE
 NEWS
In a candid new interview with Elvis Duran, Miley Cyrus discussed the advice she gives her younger sister Noah for surviving fame as a budding pop star. _ Naturally, as a big sis, Miley is pretty protective of her younger idol. “When you’re in this industry, adults treat kids like adults,” she said. “I think it makes you jaded, it makes you guarded, and I don’t ever want her to get like that ... I really hope that she never feels those pressures and I hope other people respect her and don’t actually make her something she’s not.” _ So what's the best way to keep yourself grounded in the public eye? “I always tell Noah, 'Keep your Instagram comments turned off,'" Miley said. "'Never read anything that anyone says about you. Don’t Google yourself.'" _ Even though fame is stressful, there are upsides to both sisters being in the same career. Miley says that Noah's fame has actually strengthened their lifelong bond: “She loves me more now that she knows I do something. She always thought I did nothing and that I went to put two wigs on.” _ Miley also noted that Noah's been cooler than her since the two of them were kids — there are photos out there of a six-year-old Noah rocking bright pink hair. "Noah's always been punk rock," she said. "Noah is my punk rock icon." _ by Sasha Geffen

In a candid new interview with Elvis Duran, Miley Cyrus discussed the advice she gives her younger sister Noah for surviving fame as a buddi...

Alive, Being Alone, and Dancing: wordsnwolves: Look at this photo for a minute. Set aside your political leaning or any complaint you have about the choices that various governments in Canada have made lately, and just look at this photo. It’s nearly impossible to imagine it being taken in any other country. Really look at it, because it was iconic the moment it was shot. It shouldn’t be a surprise that Canada’s current prime minister would make an appearance in Toronto at one of the largest gay pride parades in the world - maybe he could have dressed in a natty suit and his signature tan lace-ups, and waved to the crowd while waving the flag. That alone would have been enough to make history, to feed the news cycle and to build the Justin™ brand. Maybe even snag another GQ cover. But, no. Appreciate what is happening in this photo. This G7 leader decided to bare his hairless chest in a salmon-pink shirt, and slip into curvy white jeans (there isn’t a straight guy alive that can pull off white jeans without irony - don’t even bother disagreeing with me), and shake his baby-maker under a high, July sun while being hosed down by a hundred water pistols wielded by all manner of race and colour along the straight, L, G, B, T, and Q spectrum. And in this picture, you can just make out the guy in the hat to the right of Trudeau’s jubilant armpit. He’s a recent émigré to Canada. A 5-foot-1, gay, HIV-positive Syrian refugee, which, if you look it up, is the definition of completely fucked back in his devastated homeland. And yet, there he is, marching and dancing next to the leader of his newly-adopted country, agog in the middle of Yonge Street. Some might say that this is simply a picture of liberalism gone wild, or of biblical deviance, or of political opportunism. Go ahead – knock yourself out. Or, you would be partially correct to see this as a photo of a minority group celebrating a wider acceptance of its claim to humanity. It is that, and a great deal more. To look at this photo and not grasp its significance is to not only succumb to shallow, jaded and isolated thinking, but also to take for granted a level of freedom that is absurdly great in comparison to the utter bleakness in other corners of the world right now. This is a photo that says, “You have the freedom to not only feel love here, but to demonstrate it, celebrate it, sing it and shine it. Don’t squander it.” Theo Ward, July 5, 2016
Alive, Being Alone, and Dancing: wordsnwolves:

Look at this photo for a minute.

Set aside your political leaning or any complaint you have about the choices that various governments in Canada have made lately, and just look at this photo. It’s nearly impossible to imagine it being taken in any other country. Really look at it, because it was iconic the moment it was shot.

It shouldn’t be a surprise that Canada’s current prime minister would make an appearance in Toronto at one of the largest gay pride parades in the world - maybe he could have dressed in a natty suit and his signature tan lace-ups, and waved to the crowd while waving the flag. That alone would have been enough to make history, to feed the news cycle and to build the Justin™ brand. Maybe even snag another GQ cover.

But, no. Appreciate what is happening in this photo. This G7 leader decided to bare his hairless chest in a salmon-pink shirt, and slip into curvy white jeans (there isn’t a straight guy alive that can pull off white jeans without irony - don’t even bother disagreeing with me), and shake his baby-maker under a high, July sun while being hosed down by a hundred water pistols wielded by all manner of race and colour along the straight, L, G, B, T, and Q spectrum. And in this picture, you can just make out the guy in the hat to the right of Trudeau’s jubilant armpit. He’s a recent émigré to Canada. A 5-foot-1, gay, HIV-positive Syrian refugee, which, if you look it up, is the definition of completely fucked back in his devastated homeland. And yet, there he is, marching and dancing next to the leader of his newly-adopted country, agog in the middle of Yonge Street.

Some might say that this is simply a picture of liberalism gone wild, or of biblical deviance, or of political opportunism. Go ahead – knock yourself out. Or, you would be partially correct to see this as a photo of a minority group celebrating a wider acceptance of its claim to humanity. It is that, and a great deal more. To look at this photo and not grasp its significance is to not only succumb to shallow, jaded and isolated thinking, but also to take for granted a level of freedom that is absurdly great in comparison to the utter bleakness in other corners of the world right now. This is a photo that says, “You have the freedom to not only feel love here, but to demonstrate it, celebrate it, sing it and shine it. Don’t squander it.”

Theo Ward, July 5, 2016

wordsnwolves: Look at this photo for a minute. Set aside your political leaning or any complaint you have about the choices that various g...