This comment cracks me the fuck up (and something I’ve gotten more than once). I’m guessing whoever left it is very, very young, probably too young to be reading smut.
Note to everyone who worships Megan Kane; the actress who played her was 30 when she was cast in the role.
I sometimes wonder if I even belong in the fandom, since I’m at LEAST a decade older than most of you, but I do love writing, so I stay. But the ageism here is something that doesn’t escape me.
Also: spoiler alert, you don’t shrivel up and die when you hit 30. 🤷🏻♀️ (that’s good news if you live past 30!)
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Does anyone else find it kind of ass-backward how popular Squid Game has become?
Like, don't get me wrong-its a fantastic show and I'm glad more people are opening up to foreign media and all, but something about the sheer scope of how popular it's gotten rubs me the wrong way.
I've seen Tik Tok trends on it, mobile games that emulate the games in the show. Hell, there's even been some children's animation channels on YouTube making parodies of it.
It all just feels really counterintuitive when you take the themes of the show into consideration. It's about the objectification and dehumanization of poor, desperate people driven to do life-threatening things for a chance at undoing decades of debt. Meanwhile, the upper-class elite watches them and treats them as a form of entertainment. Hell, late into the show a group of rich people come in and start treating the players like contestants on a tv show instead of real human beings putting their lives on the line.
I distinctly remember seeing a player with the number 69 on his jacket and thinking "lol that's player 69 I hope he wins lol sex number" and then a few episodes later, one of the rich people says that he bet a lot of money on player 69 to win because "lol that's the sex number lol".
And it was then I realized that we, the Netflix viewers, were being shown these upper-class elites at this point in the show because we have become just like them. We've become conditioned to view the deaths of these individuals as just another form of entertainment, trying to guess who's going to win, becoming impatient at what the next game is going to be, etc.
And just the sheer number of people who seem blissfully unaware of this fact and treat the show as just a form of entertainment- just another trend that will come and go within the month-just feels wrong to me.
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It’s a little after 1am on September 11, 2021. Twenty years ago right now, a lot of us were spending the last moments with loved ones and we had no idea. There were kids and their parents kissing each other goodnight for the last time. Some of us were on the phone with and hearing the voices of loved ones for the last time. Personally, I was in Manhattan looking at my beloved skyline for the last time because when I woke up in the morning... I was going to watch it crumble to the ground with my own two eyes. I still have nightmares about it twenty years later. I still see the towers get hit. I still see them fall. I still taste the smoke I choked on as I slammed my windows shut. I still hear the bodies hitting the floor behind the news reporter on television as people were jumping from the towers. The friends l lost on those flights, the police officers and firefighters who either died from cancer or died in the collapses, the hole in the ground that I stood by, the two pools that now stand in its place engraved with names of people I’ll never see again... People love to spout, “Never forget!” and act like it’s some form of patriotism. It’s not. It’s painful. It shouldn’t be a catchphrase. Some people have no idea just how badly a lot of us with we could forget, even just for a moment so we could breathe. Twenty years ago tonight was the last night so many of us had any peace. God bless any of you who are still here dealing with the same heaviness in your hearts. You’re not alone.
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