I just wanna remind everyone that Amazon's commercials are 100% propaganda. Sure, they have benefits and maternity leave. Sure, they get a minimum of 15$ an hour now. But.
But do you know how much of Amazon's warehouse workers are actually Amazon employees? Only about 60%. And that's not during the holiday season, when the number of contractors is exponentially higher.
I've worked in a distribution center. For every 30 pickers or packers, there is at least one manger. Those managers are all Amazon employees, meaning the remainder there is gonna be mostly contractors. Again, this is especially true around the holidays. When I worked there in 2017, the contractors had a three strikes rule. Call out for a shift more than three days (not consecutive, just three days any time at all) and you're fired. You have the flu? Fired. You lost your childcare? Fired. You have no transportation to work? Fired.
A truly horrifying number of warehouse employees were living out of their cars, sleeping at the truck stop across the road. A fellow EMT on duty was so incompetent that he gave a hyperglycemic man a candy bar and made him so sick he could have died. They will require their managers to 40 hours a week (over a 3-4 day period), but the second you cross into overtime territory you're made to leave the building or else. A manager once left in the middle of an active medical emergency because she was going to hit double overtime if she didn't, and she didn't want to lose her job.
Amazon is not an ethical company. They do not treat the vast majority of their employees well, not even their managers. I was an EMT on call in a distribution center and every morning a manager came in with steroid cream he needed put on his head because he was losing his hair from the stress. He wasn't even 30 yet. They do not give reasonable accommodation for disabled persons. They do not allow adequate rest times. They make every single employee clock out before they go through security upon leaving, which can take up to 20 minutes because everyone leaves at once. A Supreme Court justice literally decided that was legal--to hold employees in the building on time they aren't being paid.
Amazon is fucking bullshit. The price gouging alone should be enough to not shop with them whenever possible, but their treatment of warehouse employees is despicable. They treat the backbone of the company like worthless, replaceable drones. Fuck Amazon, fuck Bezos, eat the fucking rich.
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unpopular opinion: sometimes... fandom isn't that important. sometimes fandom isn't "that deep" to someone. sometimes people don't interact within the fandom and like to watch from afar. sometimes people just want to look at cool art or read cool fanfics, and that's it.
let's normalize fandom being a hobby or an interest and not a lifestyle. normalize taking a step back, taking time off and disconnecting from fandom without feeling bad. it's okay and healthy to prioritize yourself over media instead of consuming it 24/7. it's okay to set boundaries and enjoy something the way you need.
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Arcane will forever remain one of my favorite if not my favorite series of all time for its positive portrayal of black femininity and black people in general.
Mel is a manipulative, ambitious, and intimidating black woman in political power. She is a part of the elite, privilege class and comes from a colonizing family. There’s no question about that part. Her mother decapitated the last remaining figure of power in a civilization she decimated.
Arcane had more than enough material to write Mel in a very unflattering light, but they chose the opposite. Like all the characters in this show, she has her strengths, weaknesses and backstory. As the story progresses, we discover she does want to do good (while profiting from it) and is a compassionate woman who was cast out of her family for wanting diplomacy over warfare.
She has mommy issues. At the end of the season, when her mother reveals her beloved brother was killed and the family needs additional resources to fight an upcoming war, she doesn’t choose her family. She chooses peace. She chooses to be a part of the solution.
Look at this gorgeous, beautiful black woman. No straight hair. Beautiful, gorgeous deep brown skin. Fashion on point while complimenting her skin and aesthetic. Can I point out again she has no straight hair? So many fantasy, science-fiction shows/stories/comics really don’t want to touch on black hair but Arcane said, “Hold my beer.”
This is Ekko’s look in League of Legends. This is his official art, but in Arcane, his design modified. Not by much. It stays faithful to the original, but I definitely appreciate what was done.
Look at him. Look at that beautiful, handsome young man who is lifting his people and doing the best he can while working with the people to be something.
For the first time in a fictional (fantasy) setting that is not based in “our reality” and is not written by a fully black director/cast, I feel seen. I feel comfortable. I feel that yeah, we totally belong here. I haven’t read or seen enough about this, but I am expressing my gratitude.
I cannot wait to see where their stories develop.
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