It's 2017, Why Are We Still Body Shaming?

It's 2017, Why Are We Still Body Shaming?

Leave Gaga alone, people!

Last Sunday, Lady Gaga took to the stage at the Superbowl Halftime Show. And while her performance was excellent, and did not feature any guest appearances, Lady Gaga is getting attention for a much different reason. Many viewers have recently been poking fun of the "Born This Way" singer's halftime performance.

And while most jokes are innocent in nature, many people have made comments about Lady Gaga's appearance, calling her fat after one of her pieces of wardrobe exposed her mid drift. Unfortunately, these comments are all too common for any celebrity, especially women. And while Gaga celebrated an increase in sales following her fantastic performance, the internet was more focused on the shape of her stomach. But Lady Gaga did not stay quiet, the artist recently posted to her Instagram responding to the haters of her Superbowl performance.

Lady Gaga posted the picture above and responded to her critics saying " I heard my body is a topic of conversation so I wanted to say, I'm proud of my body and you should be proud of yours too. No matter who you are or what you do. I could give you a million reasons why you don't need to cater to anyone or anything to succeed. Be you, and be relentlessly you. That's the stuff of champions, thank you so much, everyone, for supporting me. I love you guys. Xoxo, gaga."

Lady Gaga isn't the only celebrity who has received criticism for her looks. And despite recent advocacy to end body shaming, millions of people still feel pressured and are harassed into complying with body standards. It's 2017 people! It's time we start excepting everyone regardless of shape, size, color, or beliefs. Embrace whatever reflection the mirror shows you because baby you were born this way.

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50 Quotes from the Best Vines

If you're picturing the vines in your head, you're doing it right

In 2017 we had to say goodbye to one of the best websites to ever roam the internet: Vine. In case you have been living under a rock since 2013, Vine was -(sad face)- a website and app that took the internet and the app store by storm in Winter 2013. It contained 6-second videos that were mostly comedy- but there were other genres including music, sports, cool tricks and different trends. Vine stars would get together and plan out a vine and film it till they got it right.

It was owned by Twitter and it was shut down because of so many reasons; the viners were leaving and making money from Youtube, there was simply no money in it and Twitter wanted us to suffer.

There's been a ton of threads on Twitter of everyone's favorite vines so I thought I'd jump in and share some of my favorites. So without further ado, here are some quotes of vines that most vine fanatics would know.

1. "AHH...Stahhp. I coulda dropped mah croissant"

2. "Nate how are those chicken strips?" "F%#K YA CHICKEN STRIPS.....F%#K ya chicken strips!"

3. "Road work ahead? Uh Yea, I sure hope it does"

4. "Happy Crimus...." "It's crismun..." "Merry crisis" "Merry chrysler"

5. "...Hi Welcome to Chili's"

6. "HoW dO yOu kNoW wHaT's gOoD fOr mE?" "THAT'S MY OPINIONNN!!!.."

7."Welcome to Bible Study. We're all children of Jesus... Kumbaya my looordd"

8. Hi my name's Trey, I have a basketball game tomorrow. Well I'm a point guard, I got shoe game..."

9. "It's a avocadooo...thanks"

10. "Yo how much money do you have?" "69 cents" "AYE you know what that means?" "I don't have enough money for chicken nuggets"

11. "Hurricane Katrina? More like Hurricane Tortilla."

12. "Hey Tara you want some?" "This b*%th empty. YEET!"

13. "Get to Del Taco. They got a new thing called Freesha-- Free-- Freeshavaca do"

14. "Mothertrucker dude that hurt like a buttcheek on a stick"

15. "Two brooss chillin in a hot tub 5 feet apart cuz they're not gay"

16. "Jared can you read number 23 for the class?" "No I cannot.... What up I'm Jared, I'm 19 and I never f#@%in learned how to read."

17. "Not to be racist or anything but Asian people SSUUGHHH"

18. 18. "I wanna be a cowboy baby... I wanna be a cowboy baby"

19. "Hey, I'm lesbian" "I thought you were American"

20. "I spilled lipstick in your Valentino bag" "you spilled- whaghwhha- lipstick in my Valentino White bag?"

21. "What's better than this? Guys bein dudes"

22. "How'd you get these bumps? ya got eggzma?" "I got what?" "You got eggzma?"

23. "WHAT ARE THOSEEEEE?" "THEY are my crocs!"

24. "Can I get a waffle? Can I please get a waffle?"

25. "HAPPY BIRTHDAY RAVEN!" "I can't sweem"

26. "Say Coloradoo" "I'M A GIRAFFE!!"

27. "How much did you pay for that taco?" Aight yo you know this boys got his free tacoo"

28. *Birds chirping* "Tweekle Tweekle"

29. "Girl, you're thicker than a bowl of oatmeal"

30. "I brought you Frankincense" "Thank you" "I brought you Myrrh" "Thank you" "Mur-dur" ""

31. "Sleep? I don't know about's summertime" "You ain't go to bed?" "Oh she caught me"

32. "All I wanna tell you is school's not important... Be whatever you wanna be. If you wanna be a dog...RUFF. You know?"33. "Oh I like ya accent where you from?" "I'm Liberian" "Oh, my bad *whispering* I like your accent..."

34. "Next Please" "Hello" "Sir, this is a mug shot" "A mug shot? I don't even drink coffee"

35. "Hey did you happen to go to class last week?" "I have never missed a class"

36. "Go ahead and introduce yourselves" "My name is Michael with a B and I've been afraid of insects my entire-" "Stop, stop, stop. Where?" "Hmm?" "Where's the B?" "There's a bee?"

37. "There's only one thing worse than a rapist...Boom" "A child" "No"

38. "Later mom. What's up me and my boys are going to see Uncle Kracker...GIVE ME MY HAT BACK JORDAN! DO YOU WANNA SEE UNCLE KRACKER OR NO?

39. "Dad look, it's the good kush." This is the dollar store, how good can it be?"

40. "Zach stop...Zach stop...You're gonna get in trouble. Zach"

41. "CHRIS! Is that a weed? "No this is a crayon-" I'm calling the police" *puts 911 into microwave* "911 what's your emergency"

42. "WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? "

43. *Blowing vape on table* * cameraman blows it away* "ADAM"

44. "Would you like the spider in your hand?" "Yea" "Say please" "Please" *puts spider in hand* *screams*

45. "Oh hi, thanks for checking in I'm still a piece of garrbaagge"

46. *girl blows vape* "...WoW"

47. *running* "...Daddy?" "Do I look like-?"

48. *Pours water onto girl's face" "Hello?"

49. "Wait oh yes wait a minute Mr. Postman" "HaaaAHH"

50. "...And they were roommates" "Mah God they were roommates"

I could literally go on forever because I just reference vines on a daily basis. Rest in peace Vine

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Violet Evergarden

When War Was Your Whole Life, How Do You Live in Peace?

Violet Evergarden, an original anime on Netflix with 13 episodes all of which are 24 mins long. This show has some scenes of intense violence including dismemberment shown on screen. There’s also an episode that has a relationship consisting of a full grown man and a teenage girl. Though it doesn’t show anything physical, the relationship is romantic in nature which personally creeped me out (it’s episode 5 in case you want to skip it all together) thankfully it is the only one. If these things bother you to a severe level then I recommend not watching the show.

The show is set in a fictional world that has technology similar to that of post WWI (1910’s), with the singular exception of the prosthetic arms that the main character (of whom the show is named after) possess. Violet Evergarden’s whole life has been about fighting. She’s considered more of a weapon than a person, she knows nothing but war. After being severly injured and the war being over, she finds her world changed in every possible way. Now she has to live as a civilian, a daunting task to this child soldier.

She’s been placed in the care of Claudia Hodgins, a friend of the Major she served under during the war. He got her a job at his postal and lettering company. With a great of deal of people unable to write, the company provides the service of writing letters (or any document) for customers. The women who provide this service are referred to as Dolls. Violet decides to take up the profession to better understand emotions, the way people express them and why they express them the way they do. With her social skills having been formed in a military setting, it’s safe to say that expressions of emotions aren’t her forté. So when the last words she heard from her Major were “I love you.” she’s left more than a little confused.

The show is beautifully animated, having Violet travel to fantastic places and soak in the breathtaking visuals of the landscapes serves both an aesthetic choice and a somewhat metaphorical one. The show has an anthology feel to it for a while, with several of the episodes revolving around not Violet but the people she comes into contact with through her job. How she changes their lives by being their Doll and she in a way learns a little more what it means to be human. With every person she meets comes another lesson in feelings and how people choose to deal (or not deal) with them.

Though action is an element of the show, it is more of a reminder than a vehicle to drive the story. With how young Violet is and how delicate she looks, it can be easy to to forget what was her life was like before she was a Doll. When most people see her prosthetic limbs, they assume she lost her arms in a tragic accident, but we the viewers know through her flashbacks how she lost them, though the exact cause is kept unknown until later. She wasn’t called a weapon for nothing.

I’ll admit that I started watching because I thought I’d receive some high octane action, but I enjoyed this series all the same. I’m big enough to admit that one episode in particular actually made me cry, which isn’t easy for a show to do, I’m made of sturdy stuff. But if you can watch the tenth episode without feeling at least a pang in your heart then you must be made of stone. At any rate, it’s an interesting concept that is executed quite well. If you have the time, I recommend watching it. I hope you enjoy!

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