Anonymous: If you had to narrow it down, what are your top 3 reasons/signposts/clues johnlock will begone canon?

loudest-subtext-in-television:

Oh, wow. This is hard. I’ll give it a shot. People need less convincing of Sherlock’s feelings, and the entirety of The Sign of Three is a solid sell on that regard, so let’s focus on John.

1. John is continually left confused about Sherlock’s sexuality for the entire series, even when the audience is no longer confused in HLV. There’s no reason for John to think Sherlock is heterosexual and has had sex, when we are told he did NOT have sex with Janine, unless it’s a romantic obstacle.

Furthermore, there’s no reason for John to be confused about Sherlock’s sexuality for FOUR OR FIVE YEARS when he’s that close to Sherlock. Early on, maybe it was plausible, but it isn’t anymore. The writers could make all sorts of “jokes,” all the same ”jokes” about them being a couple, even if John totally knew Sherlock was straight or something.

They didn’t do that. Because they’re gonna fuck when John figures it out.

2. Honestly the climactic sequence of The Network game. John is feeling depressed remembering when he thought Sherlock was dead. He goes off to his possible death and remembers the first time he met Sherlock sandwiched between the beginning and end of Irene’s “you’re a couple” speech that Sherlock overheard. I don’t know ANY other way to read this than, “I’ve been hopelessly in love with Sherlock since I first met him, and he knew it, and he rejected me. I’m married and these feelings have still not gone away. I am not concerned for my safety.”

Some people have tried to suggest that the writer of the game just ships Johnlock, but Gatiss himself was involved because he had to be filmed as Mycroft, and they had to sign off on the old footage that was used. It’s kind of silly to think they’d approve it if they didn’t, you know, approve of it. It’s also VERY telling that it’s the one sequence that was NOT new footage: they intentionally called attention to it by using these specific clips, and to call attention to John’s mental state. 

Gatiss knows subtext and has said over and over that he used The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes as a template for Sherlock because he likes the subtext in it. I don’t know how many times he can talk about it in interviews before people will believe that how knows how to read it and writes it intentionally. So does Moffat: he has his “Captain Subtext” character on Coupling and his punched-in-the-face-with-subtext thing in A Scandal in Belgravia. And Thompson, christ, is a fucking subtext sorcerer with a +10 Pen of Subtext that glows pink and crits your subconscious whenever he writes a line of mind-in-the-gutter dialogue. Never meet Thompson in person without a mirrored magic-reflect helmet or he’ll wandlessly, wordlessly conjure a series of abstract images and change your sexual orientation. He’s dangerous.

3. At the beginning of The Empty Hearse, when John still thinks Sherlock is dead, he enters 221B and pauses at the bottom of the stairs. We hear him remember the “you invaded Afghanistan” conversation, then the music he thinks Sherlock composed for Irene, and HE ALMOST CRIES. He says he’s come there because he can’t get married without putting Sherlock behind him. If someone can read this platonically they deserve an Olympic medal for mental gymnastics.

Past that, I don’t think we ever get a set of foils for John and Sherlock that aren’t romantically involved. I can’t recall any platonic foils whatsoever.

But then, the truth was never really the point. Thin women don’t tell their fat friends ‘You’re not fat’ because they’re confused about the dictionary definition of the word, or their eyes are broken, or they were raised on planets where size 24 is the average for women. They don’t say it because it’s the truth. They say it because fat does not mean just fat in this culture. It can also mean any or all of the following:

Ugly
Unhealthy
Smelly
Lazy
Ignorant
Undisciplined
Unlovable
Burdensome
Embarrassing
Unfashionable
Mean
Angry
Socially inept
Just plain icky

So when they say ‘You’re not fat,’ what they really mean is ‘You’re not a dozen nasty things I associate with the word fat.’ The size of your body is not what’s in question; a tape measure or a mirror could solve that dispute. What’s in question is your goodness, your lovability, your intelligence, your kindness, your attractiveness. And your friends, not surprisingly, are inclined to believe you get high marks in all those categories. Ergo, you couldn’t possibly be fat.

socialjusticekoolaid:

HAPPENING NOW (9.24.14): The situation in Ferguson is escalating quickly. Protests continue, following this morning’s burning of a Mike Brown memorial, and another frustrating Ferguson City Council meeting.Looks like the same “antagonize over de-escalate” tactics are back online. Prayers to all those out in the street of Ferguson right now fighting for their right to exist. #staywoke #farfromover (PT IPT IIPT III)  

Bringing back the dogs, choppers, charging the crowd, attempting to bottleneck protesters into an area, AND live shots possible fired into the crowd… what the ever-living fuck is Ferguson PD trying to do?! We’re a month and a half into this saga, and they still don’t know how to de-escalate a situation. Pray y’all. That might be all we got right now.

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thecrimsonalchemist:

So, as I said earlier, my boyfriend, Christopher Mordan has gone missing. He’s white, cis, 21 years old, around 220 pounds and 6’6”.

He was last heard from on Thursday, September 18th at 7:37pm Mountain Time (10:37 PM Eastern Time) around the border of New Mexico and Arizona.

I talk to him constantly and he hasn’t replied in two days to any type of communication. This is incredibly unlike him and i’m scared that something has happened.

The car he was driving is pictured above, along with what he looks like.

The car is from Allen, Texas so it would have a texas license plate.

There is a missing person’s report on him but if you see the car, or him, please contact the authorities. 

Just bring him home.

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eamo2747-deactivated20140924: I'm confused about what Beethoven was doing in the black composers post. He was German.

heckascootie:

tj:

runonsentencesaboutemotions:

cubbyzissou:

thepianogirl1:

unimaginableunimaginable:

deadcatwithaflamethrower:

whitepeoplestealingculture:

By golly gee! I keep forgetting that Black people didn’t exist until the Fresh Prince of Bel Air came on television! Or that Black people existed in anywhere else than Africa even with slavery going on :) My apologies.

Anyway, here’s proof that Beethoven was Black:

"… Said directly, Beethoven was a black man. Specifically, his mother was a Moor, that group of Muslim Northern Africans who conquered parts of Europe—making Spain their capital—for some 800 years.

In order to make such a substantial statement, presentation of verifiable evidence is compulsory. Let’s start with what some of Beethoven’s contemporaries and biographers say about his brown complexion:

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(Louis Letronne, Beethoven, 1814, pencil drawing.)

"Frederick Hertz, German anthropologist, used these terms to describe him: ‘Negroid traits, dark skin, flat, thick nose.’

Emil Ludwig, in his book ‘Beethoven,’ says: ‘His face reveals no trace of the German. He was so dark that people dubbed him Spagnol [dark-skinned].’

Fanny Giannatasio del Rio, in her book ‘An Unrequited Love: An Episode in the Life of Beethoven,’ wrote ‘His somewhat flat broad nose and rather wide mouth, his small piercing eyes and swarthy [dark] complexion, pockmarked into the bargain, gave him a strong resemblance to a mulatto.’

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Beethoven’s death mask: profile and full face

C. Czerny stated, ‘His beard—he had not shaved for several days—made the lower part of his already brown face still darker.’

Following are one word descriptions of Beethoven from various writers: Grillparzer, ‘dark’; Bettina von Armin, ‘brown’; Schindler, ‘red and brown’; Rellstab, ‘brownish’; Gelinek, ‘short, dark.’

In Alexander Thayer’s Life of Beethoven, vol.1, p. 134,  the author states, “there is none of that obscurity which exalts one to write history as he would have it and not as it really was. The facts are too patent.” On this same page, he states that the German composer Franz Josef Haydn was referred to as a “Moor” by Prince Esterhazy, and Beethoven had “even more of the Moor in his looks.’ On p. 72, a Beethoven contemporary, Gottfried Fischer, describes him as round-nosed and of dark complexion. Also, he was called ‘der Spagnol’ (the Spaniard).

Other “patent” sources, of which there are many, include, but are not limited to, Beethoven by Maynard Solomon, p.78. He is described as having “thick, bristly coal-black hair” (in today’s parlance, we proudly call it ‘kinky’) and a ‘ruddy-complexioned face.’ In   Beethoven:  His Life and Times by Artes Orga, p.72, Beethoven’s pupil, Carl Czerny of the ‘School of Velocity’ fame, recalls that Beethoven’s ‘coal-black hair, cut a la Titus, stood up around his head [sounds almost like an Afro].  His black beard…darkened the lower part of his dark-complexioned face.’

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Engraving by Blasius Hofel, Beethoven, 1814, color facsimile of engraving after a pencil drawing by Louis Letronne. This engraving was regarded in Beethoven’s circle as particularly lifelike. Beethoven himself thought highly of it, and gave several copies to his friends.

Beethoven, the Black Spaniard

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They whitewashed BEETHOVEN?  O_O

Thank you, history/fact-checking Tumblr.

I now feel the need to go burn every white-skinned image of Beethoven I can find.

beethoven was totally black! how do people not know this?

jk because erasure

I have been playing Beethoven’s music for 10+ years now and had absolutely no idea he was black.
My life has been a lie.

OH MY GOD HOLY SHIT.

I HAVE A BACHELOR DEGREE IN MUSIC, MY MAJOR WAS “MUSIC HISTORY, THEORY, AND LITERATURE”

I TOOK MULTIPLE CLASSES SPECIFICALLY IN BEETHOVEN’S STRING QUARTETS AND MY SCHOOL HAD AN INTERNATIONAL BEETHOVEN SYMPOSIUM WHERE THERE WERE PAPERS ON THINGS LIKE THE KIND OF FUCKING PAAAAAAPER HE DID HIS MANUSCRIPTS ON, IN DIFFERENT CITIES, TO SEE WHERE AND WHEN HE WROTE SPECIFIC SNIPPETS OF MUSIC.

NEVER IN MY EDUCATION OR READINGS DID I EITHER

A) NOTICE THIS

B) WAS SPECIFICALLY TOLD THIS.

I think there’s a combination of systemic racism in this, and my own internalized racism. I have, in fact, read Maynard Solomon’s biography and didn’t pick up on this. I have read the Czerny sources as well. My Beethoven teacher (Bill Kinderman) is one of the top Beethoven scholars in the world, and I don’t remember hearing any of this from him.

I even did a semester of graduate work in musicology, specifically focusing on the Beethoven string quartets (I really fucking love those things) and we never spoke about this.

I cannot say I am in any way surprised at this. I am embarrassed, angry, and upset that this was erased from my DECADES of music education.

Which doesn’t surprise me at all, because classical music is very specifically in our culture for white people, especially men, especially upper class white men.

Oof, this one is going to take a while to fully fucking digest, I am in angry tears.

Holy shit. One of the greatest musical minds of all time and he got whitewashed.

The truth needs to be spread.

Johnny Carson voice: “I did not know that.”

This isn’t the first time that I’ve read on tumblr that Beethoven was black, but I feel compelled to reblog it now because casually scrolling past evidence of erasure and noting it is not enough. I’d love to see a documentary about this.