loungejulius

soradiesinkh3:

fearofaverage:

horaceknightt:

Important things for non-black tumblr users:

not every trendy phrase you see on here is for you to use. in fact, lots of the words i see floating around on here are actually aave (african american vernacular english) and when you use it and you’re not black, that’s cultural appropriation

that includes “not about that life,” “bae,” “____ game too strong” and more. it also includes “swag,” but unfortunately i just know enough people will get angry about that and say they as non-black people don’t have to give it up and that’s disrespectful as hell but i’m just one person

honestly, when you use it, this comes with a looooong groan from me because you don’t have the background that lets a phrase like that have any meaning from you. it also acts to lessen the legitimacy of aave because it becomes a joke when non-black people use it, and black people honestly get all kinds of shit from, wow, everyone else, about how the way we speak is not “real English” and a lot of ableist stuff about our intelligence from it

so like, really, think long and hard about what’s better - you making a ‘joke’ using aave that gets some laughs from your non-black friends and pushes black achievements further into the ground, or being, i dunno, respectful? honestly, you’ll live. omitting a few words that don’t belong to you in the first place will not ruin your life.

yellowxperil had really important points about this: 

Keep a notepad with you for a few weeks and write down every time a non-black person slips into aave/ebonics (in speech, in a text message, on facebook, whatever.) then next to that, write down why. […] we slip into aave/ebonics when we’re putting on sexual predation, aggression, and loudness. What does that tell us about stereotypes of black americans?

People also slip into AAVE when they’re being sexual in general or talking about sexual things. Given the specificity of the terms that get stolen (versus the ones that don’t), they are primarily things that are associated with sex, anger, as well as all of the things that yellowxperil mentioned.

This is also why, when trying to imitate AAVE in most situations, non-black people (including the PoC) Get It Flat Out Wrong. I’ve seen bae used wrong at least 50 times in various fandoms. Most of the phrases are “added to” with extra “be’s” or strangely roundabout phrasing. Black people don’t actually say anything in a roundabout way; we’re very direct, and extra words as a rule MUST be strictly for emphasis. Because of this unspoken rule that people don’t understand, we also can very, very easily tell when you are imitating. Don’t do it.

And I just need to add “do __ got the booty? ___ doooooooooo” is AAVE and none of the people you guys claim to have booty actually do.

womanistgamergirl

the year according to tumblr

  • january: post halloween candy hangover
  • feburuary: couples halloween
  • march: almost halloween
  • april: almost halloween
  • may: almost halloween
  • june: almost halloween
  • july: almost halloween
  • august: almost halloween
  • september: basically halloween
  • october: HALLOWEEEN!!!! HALLOWEEEEEEENNNNNN ARRHFJFJFNDHNDJ SKELETON SPOOK !!!!? AAAA
  • november: still halloween
  • december: halloween for jesus
samrgarrett
gryffindorgeek7777:

mad-piper-with-a-box:

thetomska:

giddytf2:

the-last-teabender:

Robin Thicke is unapologetic about how rapey ‘Blurred Lines’ is, meanwhile the dude who parodied it issues a public apology for one word.

And that is just one reason why I love Weird Al.

It’s great that he’s addressed this but are we really supposed to believe that NO ONE during the extremely lengthy processes of writing a song, recording it, mastering it and animating the music video wouldn’t have brought it up?

Excuse me but how the hell is spastic even remotely insulting?

So I just recently learned that in the UK calling someone spastic means the same thing as calling someone retarded, only much worse.
If it makes people in the UK feel any better, people in the US literally do not know this (like literally no one I have ever met and/or know). Here being spastic is usually meant to mean something along the lines of acting like a hyper-active child (like running around in circles yelling just because they feel like it please be quiet for just 2 minutes type of child). NOBODY here uses it as a slur.
Since Weird Al is a US musician and the US music industry is pretty non-international, yeah actually I think its entirely possible that none of the people who worked on this song actually knew that spastic was considered an awful slur in some parts of the world.
And I’m like 99.9999% sure that Weird Al is genuinely very sorry that he was accidentally offensive.

gryffindorgeek7777:

mad-piper-with-a-box:

thetomska:

giddytf2:

the-last-teabender:

Robin Thicke is unapologetic about how rapey ‘Blurred Lines’ is, meanwhile the dude who parodied it issues a public apology for one word.

And that is just one reason why I love Weird Al.

It’s great that he’s addressed this but are we really supposed to believe that NO ONE during the extremely lengthy processes of writing a song, recording it, mastering it and animating the music video wouldn’t have brought it up?

Excuse me but how the hell is spastic even remotely insulting?

So I just recently learned that in the UK calling someone spastic means the same thing as calling someone retarded, only much worse.

If it makes people in the UK feel any better, people in the US literally do not know this (like literally no one I have ever met and/or know). Here being spastic is usually meant to mean something along the lines of acting like a hyper-active child (like running around in circles yelling just because they feel like it please be quiet for just 2 minutes type of child). NOBODY here uses it as a slur.

Since Weird Al is a US musician and the US music industry is pretty non-international, yeah actually I think its entirely possible that none of the people who worked on this song actually knew that spastic was considered an awful slur in some parts of the world.

And I’m like 99.9999% sure that Weird Al is genuinely very sorry that he was accidentally offensive.