Does Watching House Of Cards Make Me A Bad Person?

Does Watching House Of Cards Make Me A Bad Person?

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Every house of cards is bound to collapse at some point, and for Netflix, that time has come sooner than later.

In the past two weeks, sexual assault allegations about Netflix’s House of Cards star Kevin Spacey have risen to the surface. Numerous young men have brought forth their stories of being groped and nearly forced into rape, including Harry Dreyfuss, the son of famous actor and director Richard Dreyfuss.

One of the first victims to come forward was Star Trek’s Anthony Rapp, who claims that Spacey, who had been 26 at the time, made advances toward him at the age of 14. Rapp stated that the occurrence happened during the production of the Broadway play Precious sons, when Rapp was attending a party at Spacey’s home. In response to this, Spacey tweeted out an apology, which was followed shortly by a coming out story. This mix of events received great backlash and concerned Spacey with matching homosexuality to pedophilia.

Immediately after these accusations and failed apology, Netflix cut ties with the actor.

Though, and with the lead actor being the man he is, the question of separating the art from the artist comes about. Being that these accusations are out in the open, is it morally correct to support the art of the artist?

By supporting the art the artist is in, we are supporting the artist themselves, and therefore are stating that the accusations hold no value in how a person is viewed. After all, some of the worst people have done the most amazing things.

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What Your Hogwarts House Says About You

Get yourself sorted and find out where you belong in the world of witchcraft and wizardry.
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Sorting at Hogwarts is a big deal. Being sorted into a house is essentially being placed into a family while you are away from home learning about witchcraft and wizardry. Your house is made up of the people you will live with, go to classes with, play Quidditch with and everything in between. You basically spend 24/7 with them. Your Hogwarts house is your home away from home.

When you get sorted into a house, it is based on your personality traits. The people in your house are typically like-minded people who display the same characteristics as you.

When you’re a first year at Hogwarts, the minute you set foot in the castle you are swept into the Great Hall to have the ancient Sorting Hat placed on your head. This Sorting Hat decides which “family” you’ll be spending your seven years with.

For some, it is very obvious which house they will be in, due to certain personality traits they possess. For others, they may exemplify traits that fit a multitude of houses and are uncertain where they may end up.

To find out where you belong, you can take the official "Harry Potter" Sorting Hat quiz at Pottermore.com. For all you muggles out there, these are the characteristics that the houses possess and what your house says about you:

Gryffindor: The house of the brave, loyal, courageous, adventurous, daring and chivalrous. Those who stand up for others are typically Gryffindors. Brave-hearted is the most well-known Gryffindor characteristic, and Gryffindors are also known for having a lot of nerve.

Gryffindors are people who hold a multitude of qualities alongside the ones listed, making them a very well-rounded house. People who are Gryffindors are often people who could fit nicely into another house but choose to tell the sorting hat they want Gryffindor (there's that bravery). "Do what is right" is the motto Gryffindors go by.

Being a Gryffindor means that you're probably the adventurous and courageous friend, and you are usually known for doing what is right.

Ravenclaw: The house is known for their wisdom, intelligence, creativity, cleverness and knowledge. Those who value brains over brawn can be found here. Ravenclaws often tend to be quite quirky as well. "Do what is wise" is the motto they strive to follow.

Though Ravenclaws can be know-it-alls sometimes, they most likely do know what the wisest decision is.

If you are known for being the quirky friend, the smartest in the group or just great at making wise decisions, you're definitely a Ravenclaw.

Hufflepuff: This house values hard work, dedication, fair play, patience, and loyalty. Hufflepuff’s are known for being just and true. "Do what is nice" is their motto.

Hufflepuff is known as the “nice house” and believes strongly in sparing peoples feelings and being kind. This is not to say that Hufflepuffs aren't smart or courageous. Hufflepuffs just enjoy making others happy and tend to be more patient towards people.

If you ever find that you are too nice for your own good and cannot bear to hurt someone’s feelings, congratulations, you are a Hufflepuff.

Slytherin: This is the house of the cunning, prideful, resourceful, ambitious, intelligent, and determined. Slytherin's love to be in charge and crave leadership. "Do what is necessary" is the motto of this house.

Slytherin is a fairly well-rounded house, similar to the other houses. They are loyal to those that are loyal to them just as Gryffindors are and are intelligent as Ravenclaws.

Slytherin house as a whole is not evil, despite how many dark wizards come out of this house. That is merely based on the choices of those wizards (so if your friend is a Slytherin, don’t judge, it doesn’t mean they are mean people). Slytherins do, however, have a tendency to be arrogant or prideful. This is most likely due to the fact that everyone in Slytherin is exceedingly proud to be there.

What Hogwarts house you’re in says a lot about the person you are, the traits you possess and how you may act in some situations. But in the end, your house is really just your home that is always there for you. Always.


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Poetry On Odyssey: 'Like Gnats Drawn To A Lantern'

A word to those who hate for a living.

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Like gnats drawn to a lantern,

They are drawn to me-

Amidst the cold heart of the night they flock,

Phantoms of fleeting nocturnal thought,

Seeking any source of warmth,

Or life,

They can drink the golden nectar from.

I am the sun in their night sky,

The whipping flames of my ambition enthrall them,

Sultry glances allure their shivering, sulking souls,

And feed them the fervor they seek so desperately in their senselessness.

To me they come for a sense of belonging-

A mutual bond between them found

In out-casting me.

They want nothing to do with me,

Yet cannot survive without me.

I say, let them keep buzzing, bustling and bumbling

Like the bees they envy in the morning hours;

Let them mock my blinding, intense individuality

To provide them identity in their lack thereof;

Let my flames entertain them,

Provide them false purpose and direction

As in the end,

They are not moving anywhere

But in circles around me,

While I conquer the world around them;

Let me teach them a lesson:

If you play with fire for too long,

You are bound to get burned,

And any meaning that could have been made with your life

Will be abolished,

Forever branding you small and insignificant,

Like gnats drawn to a lantern.

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