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My activity spikes every Wednesday because of this post 

always reblog on a wednesday, that’s the rule.

Dammit its Wednesday and I would have been rethinking scrolling past this all day if I didn’t reblog

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stilettoroyalty:

“Diggle and Felicity – “Delicity” as it were – is the most natural ship on Arrow. They’re the two characters who spend the most time together. In fact they’re frequently alone together in the secret Arrow lair, whilst Oliver is out doing the hero thing. The fanfiction practically writes itself! Plus they have a natural on-screen chemistry. Their relationship is comfortable, trusting and flirtatious. And it makes sense to ship the two sidekicks with each other and leave Broody McManpain to pine over his inability to let anyone in emotionally. But fandom doesn’t ship Delicity. It ships Olicity with the burning urgency of a thousand fiery suns, but Delicity? Nothing. Zip. Tumbleweeds. This is bizarre to me. It’s so bizarre that I’m starting to wonder if the rest of fandom is watching a different show. Remember when Diggle started teaching Felicity self-defence? Remember when Oliver got shot and they bonded over personal stories? Am I the only person who watched Diggle rescue Felicity from a security guard and heard her call him her “knight in shining armour”? Anyone? What makes it all the more mystifying is that Felicity and Oliver don’t really have much of a connection beyond Felicity having a really obvious crush on him. If anything, Oliver is intensely patronising towards Felicity. Literally patronising, in fact – he treats her like a father treats a daughter – over-protective, controlling, stern yet somewhat detached. The difference between Olicity and Delicty is exemplified by the episodes where Felicity finds out that Oliver is the hood and is brought into Team Arrow. Diggle asks Oliver if he knows what he’s doing, to which Oliver replies that he’ll protect Felicity. It’s paternalistic and domineering. Diggle, meanwhile, teaches Felicity self-defence because he’ll “sleep a lot easier” knowing she can “handle herself”. See the difference? It’s protective but respectful. Oliver’s solution is to treat Felicity like an asset that needs to be protected – by him, of course. Diggle’s solution is to empower Felicity to protect herself. But fandom loves Olicity. Apparently being possessive and overbearing is more romantic than being respectful and helpful. Never mind the fact that Oliver is often rude to Felicity and pushes her away. I’d ask why this is, but I already know the answer. It’s because of race. Fandom will ship the blonde, quirky Felicity with Oliver, they’ll ship her with Tommy Merlyn, they’ll ship her with characters she’s never met. But they won’t ship her with a black guy. Fandom sees a black man and doesn’t see a romantic prospect for the white, blonde female lead. They see a non-sexual, non-romantic character who can never be anything to her other than a brother. Think I’m overreaching? Let’s look at another show with a relateable female character caught between two potential love interests. The Vampire Diaries airs on the CW (like Arrow) and, like Arrow, features a young female character (Elena Gilbert) who shares a romantic tension with two attractive male leads (Damon and Stefan Salvatore). Like Arrow, the show is targeted at the teen/young adult demographic and (like Arrow) there’s potential to ship either one of the male leads with Elena Gilbert. The Vampire Diaries fandom is engaged in a Delena vs. Stelena shipwar so intense it’s impossible to join the fandom without also pledging allegiance to one of the two main ships. The bitter rivalry frequently turns nasty, and if you search online for Stelena and Delena you will find plenty of fan works extolling the virtues of both and deriding the other as flawed, pathetic or delusional. Why such a huge difference in fan reaction? Well, the only significant difference is that both the male leads in The Vampire Diaries are conventionally attractive white dudes. It’s not a stretch to say that if Diggle was white, Arrow fandom would be embroiled in a Delicity vs. Olicity shipwar right now. But Diggle is black, so fandom is all Olicity all the time with the occasional musing on why Delicity isn’t a bigger ship. This is racism. Sure, it’s not violent racism, and maybe it’s mild racism compared to dropping racial slurs and hating on a character just because they’re black. But it’s still racism. Fandom as a whole sees a black character and a white character with obvious onscreen chemistry and serious ship potential… and completely ignores it. It’s like Diggle doesn’t even exist on the romantic landscape. I know fandom will dispute this. Fandom is full of people who will swear up and down they’re not racist, who maybe even like Diggle, who enjoy watching him work with Felicity and like their interactions. Everyone has a really good reason for not shipping Delicity, ranging from “He’s more like a brother to her!” through “I like him with Carly” and ending up at “Well, there’s a pretty big age gap!” This is bogus, because (a) fandom has no problem at all shipping characters who are actual siblings, so the mere fact that the Delicity relationship feels brother/sistery should not be enough to deter people from shipping it; (b) fandom is willing to completely ignore established, canonical relationships (and even established, canonical sexual orientations) to ship their favourite pairing, so the fact that Diggle has a girlfriend is irrelevant to why people don’t ship Delicity; and (c) fandom will happily ship teenage girls with centuries-old vampires so you can’t pull the ‘age gap’ card. If you look at Diggle and Felicity and you don’t see any romantic potential there, ask yourself why that is. Fandom as a whole could do with taking a good, long look at Delicity and thinking hard about why so many fans simply gloss right over it. If you don’t see a black character as a potential romantic partner, then you’re not seeing them as a whole, complete human. Fandom demotes Diggle to platonic, non-sexual relationship status because it doesn’t want to deal with a black guy as a romantic and sexual being. Well, he is. He could date Felicity. It would be cute, actually – and fun, and romantic, and make the show more interesting. As it stands, Olicity is the ship that launched a thousand fangirls – which I would still find problematic even if the whole Delicity business wasn’t an issue. Olicity is not a healthy ship. The way Oliver treats Felicity is not romantic or sweet – it’s condescending. Their whole relationship is a manifestation of outdated, patriarchal attitudes. He is the Mighty Protector. She is the Helpless Damsel. They do not meet as equals because Oliver puts himself above her, assuming the role of guardian rather than friend or companion. I’m not surprised that fandom romanticises their relationship, but I am disappointed and annoyed.”

Arrow: take a good long look at yourself, fandom (via rambles-of-a-fangirl)

First of all. This entire post is little more than a racially fuel, transparent attempt at hate-mongering.

It sickens me to see people like yourself use a real issue like racism in your argument in such a fucked up and condescending manner. Maybe there would be a shred of validity to your claims if John Diggle weren’t in fact married to and having a child on the way currently with a Caucasian woman on the show that fans have FULLY supported and ship.

Yet, I don’t see you throwing your racially charged bullshit rant around wondering why there’s such a lack of diversity on CW that it was unfathomable for them to pair him with an African-American love interest.

No, that would require you to take a look at the big picture and actually truly give a damn or be truly cognizant of the very real issues of racism and diversity in our television programs.

Instead, you took this very real, very sensitive issue with minority viewers and made it about the fact that you’re pissed Felicity Smoak is not occupied with John Diggle and is instead paired with Oliver Queen, who happens to also be Caucasian.

This is complete and utter bullshit to me as a John Diggle and David Ramsey fan. Because at the end of the day, his fans know one another. We’re on twitter supporting him and advocating for his story-line. We’re making gifs and videos and banners in his honor as a symbol of our love for him. We’re voting in polls and spreading the message to the EP’s and Writers about what we want to see for him on the show. THAT IS WHAT REAL JOHN DIGGLE FANS DO!

And what the hell have YOU decided to do to show your “love” or “commitment” to John Diggle as a “fan” (and I use that term mockingly), you bring your ass on Tumblr and spew racially charged hatred that I seriously doubt you have the mental capacity to fully comprehend in the first place.

Look at my fucking face:

You don’t get to throw the word “racism” around until you’ve experienced it…until you have faced it every goddamn day and have fought to dismantle it piece by piece.

So if you want to use something as a way to vent or distract people away from Oliver Queen, you can have a fucking seat if you think I’ll let you use the color of John Diggle’s skin as the face of your racially charged ignorant bullshit.

This pompous, pretentious ass diatribe of your’s, has no place in a silly ass shipping debate. It’s fucking insulting.

People get to look at Diggle & Felicity as brother and sister just as some feel Oliver & Felicity are brother and sister. Case closed.

And just so you know, I sure as hell don’t see you spewing your righteous indignation over the fact that NO ONE is considering Oliver & Diggle romantically. Yes, my dear. There are fans of Digoli. Where’s that outrage of yours? Huh? Where the fuck are your pleas of equality in their regard? Because by your definition of what constitutes a love match, Digoli makes Delicity look like child’s play. But no, it’s completely absent from your post because it doesn’t serve your bullshit agenda.

You haven’t mentioned a goddamn word about anything with them. Because you don’t really give a shit about John Diggle. So why don’t you pull up a chair and sit your transparent ignorant little ass down and get a clue. 

Ignorance is fucking dangerous!

Peace

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Amazing response! The OP should be ashamed. Thank you for speaking up and responding to this garbage. Don’t really feel the need to add, you said it all perfectly.

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shoutout to my mutuals that I don’t really talk to y’all still cool

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Why Everyone Should Go Watch Continuum

no1else-but-me:

Not only is the continuity of continuum so over the top amazing. Which blows me away because there is time traveling involved.

It’s the writing. The characters. 

The idea the bad guys aren’t really bad guys. It’s not fully black and white. 

And do the ends justify the means. 

Puts into questions of morality and ideology 

Just go watch this show on netflix there are three seasons and you won’t regret it. 

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MUSICAL NOTATION, AS DESCRIBED BY CATS

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(I would have liked to crop some of these gifs (like the accent ones) to make them more accurate but alas, I lack the skills.)

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novacorps:

Date someone who looks at you the way Mark Ruffalo looks at Paul Rudd.

novacorps:

Date someone who looks at you the way Mark Ruffalo looks at Paul Rudd.

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