Since When Is Love Less Acceptable Than Violence?

Since When Is Love Less Acceptable Than Violence?

A year has passed since "The Legend of Korra" finale, yet it is still controversial when it really shouldn't be.

In December 2014, the long-awaited finale of "The Legend of Korra" finally aired, to which both critics and fans groan. While most fans were happy that one of the fan favorite ships finally became canon, many other fans-turned-critics complained that the beloved children's show was unfit for children due to the ending.

The question I'm asking here is: is it really warranted? While "Korra" is a very dark show, especially for children, was this one scene really what warranted the "my children should never watch this" mark?

I mean, even I would admit, if I had children I would not let them watch "Korra" until they were in about their mid-to-late teens, but not for the reason that a majority of those decrying "Korra" would.

I mean the scene in question is pretty bland and harmless, just look at the scene in question:

And that's it. No kiss, no makeout session, just two in love ADULT female women walking hand in hand towards their futures and fade out to the credits. Heck, it was so vague and ambiguous when it originally aired, the creators had to release an official statement stating that Avatar Korra and Asami Sato were in love and dating.

Honestly, to be fair, there is so much more that you could argue makes this show unsuitable for children, but, the ending with Korra and Asami does not qualify as one of them.

To understand what I mean, I will take you back to the previous season finale that aired a few months before the official ending.

When you are in a fictional universe where people can bend the elements to their whim and whimsy, you get pretty cool visuals and fight scenes. That being said, you also get some pretty gruesome deaths. For instance, how do you defeat a woman who can, for lack of better terms, blow things up with her mind?


You find a way to blow up her head.

Or when you have a human being born with no arms who can bend water into her own arms and basically become a giant octopus?


And then there's the stubborn earthbender who refuses to go back to prison, thus deciding it is easier to die:

Mind you, this is just what happened to the season three villians, not only were the previous three villians in violent ways, such as:

Literally ripping out your soul in a boss battle

and a literal fratricide/homicide/suicide scene,

Korra is actually tortured to near death during the season three finale.

So, are there many reasons not to let your children watch this show? Yes. Are they because two women in a romantic relationship are holding hands? No.

So please, before you judge a show on it supporting "the gay agenda," please look further. You might have a creepier show on your hands than you imagined.

Cover Image Credit: Kotaku

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If Taylor Swift Songs Were Types Of Alcohol

Because what's better than a drink and some T-Swift?

With Taylor Swift's quick return to the music scene... and in a big way, might I add, I decided to associate some of the best Taylor Swift songs with alcohol.

I mean, who wouldn't want to drink to Taylor Swift's catchy melodies and perfect choruses to get over an ex or tell someone exactly how you feel about them?

Taylor Swift has been around for a decade at this point, and let's face it, pretty much all of her songs could go along with at least one type of alcohol.

1. "Welcome To New York" - Moscow Mule

It only makes sense. Visit the Big Apple and you have to indulge in the state's signature cocktail. Moscow mules are a New York classic, and if it's your first night in the city and you haven't bought yourself one, are you even in New York?

2. "Blank Space" - Everclear

Think about it... A night of drinking Everclear will leave you with a giant blank space the next day. You might also look like Taylor did in the music video.

3. "Tim McGraw" - Beer

Tim McGraw is a throwback to Taylor's high school love. What better way to reminisce than with a couple friends and a keg of your favorite cheap beer?

4. "Style" - Cristal Champagne

What's more stylish than with a glass of the most expensive bubbly you can find? Just like Taylor Swift, Cristal will never go out of style.

5. "Shake It Off" - Martini

Get it? Cause you shake a martini? I might be the only one who thinks that's funny but you might end up dancing a little bit with a martini in hand when "Shake It Off" come on the radio.

6. "Red" - Merlot

Red has to go along with a red wine. What else could go along with yet *another* T-Swift breakup song?

7. "22" - Margaritas

Let's face it, when you're 22, you really only drink margaritas. They're fun- and all the hipsters are probably drinking them too.

8. "Teardrops On My Guitar" - Southern Comfort

When your heart is broken, who are you going to turn to besides the only alcohol that gives you comfort...Southern Comfort that is.

9. "I Knew You Were Trouble" - Fireball

I can't say I've ever met anyone who spent a night with Fireball and didn't regret it the next morning.

10. "Look What You Mad Me Do" - Tequila

T-Swift's latest single is an angry one. What better to make you angry than tequila? Taylor basically just called out everyone who had ever talked about her behind her back and she did it in true Taylor fashion-by writing a song. She was probably drunk on tequila when she wrote it too.

11. ...Ready For It? - Bottomless Mimosas

Because it's just that good.

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Board Games Are More Important Than You Think They Are

They've become a defining part of my family.


Remember when you were a kid and you'd have a family game night? Or your friends would come over and you'd open the game cabinet and play at least three different games together?

Maybe it's just me, but those are some of my best memories from my childhood. My family loves games, board games, and electronic games.

Of course, as I got older, gaming consoles like PlayStation and Wii became more and more popular. That meant that the game cabinet was opened less and less, collecting dust.

Thankfully, I live in New Jersey near the shore and Hurricane Sandy left my family with no power for five days. Sure, it was scary not having power and walking around my neighborhood seeing fallen trees or roof shingles, but we were inland enough to not have had any flood water damage.

No power also meant no PlayStation or Wii games. The gaming cabinet was opened again, this time with vigor. Now, four years later, and I still think about sitting in the dark with a flashlight playing Scrabble with my family.

That was also the week I learned how to play Yahtzee and dominated my dad in every game. My sister constantly was looking for someone to play her to Battleship. We exhausted Rummikub.

The game was already a family favorite, and that's including extended family. Family barbeques had been ending with late night games of Rummikub for at least a year by the time Sandy hit.

We were ready to strategize and crunch numbers, but after day three, we never wanted to a number ever again.

This semester, there's been a surge of board game love again in my family. My sister bought Jenga, which we are currently trying to exhaust ourselves with. My favorite board game also had a comeback: Life.

I loved this game so much that I had the SpongeBob version as a kid. I would play it with my best friend, just the two of us, playing game after game of Bikini Bottom themed Life. Now, I have a car full of "kids" that I've started to make pets in my head. I can handle having five pretend dogs, but not five pretend kids.

I don't know what it is about board games, but my family has always had an affinity for them. We've gone through our cycles of playing video games and card games, but we always come back to the classics. Maybe it's more a defining part of my family than I originally thought.

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