Does Marina Joyce really need saving?

Over the past week, fans have been going crazy over the 19 year old YouTube star Marina Joyce. Lately, Joyce’s videos have raised a lot of concern among her fans. Overnight several rumors were floating around Twitter and the hashtag “SaveMarinaJoyce” began trending. Fans have made accusations saying everything from she’s being abused due to bruises on her arms and legs, all the way to saying she has been kidnapped by ISIS. So, what actually happened? Nothing really.

So What Caused All The Concern?

In recent videos, Joyce has posted bruises on the backs of her arms and on her legs, which made fans feel like she was being abused. In several cases, Joyce would repeat herself and seem nervous on camera instead of being comfortable and happy like her fans are used to seeing her. During one video, Joyce is speaking and briefly looks away from the camera and appears to be frightened by something. Another video you can vaguely hear Joyce whispering the words “Help me”. Some fans have even gone so far as to zoom in on one of Joyce’s eyes in a video posted about a month ago and claim to see the reflection of a “hooded man”, suggesting that she was being threatened by this man. All of these accusations mixed with social media is what got #SaveMarinaJoyce trending on Twitter.

How Is Marina Handling Things?

Joyce has been vocal about the situation and responded to the concern of her fans. Before #SaveMarinaJoyce started trending, fans were commenting on her videos asking if she was OK. In one comment, Joyce replied saying she was OK and quickly posted “No” under her previous comment stating that she was OK. The commenting saying she was not OK was quickly deleted. However, after #SaveMarinaJoyce started trending, she sent out a tweet saying that she appreciates all the concern, but that she is fine. Many anonymous calls were sent to Joyce’s local police department asking them to make sure that she was OK. Police did visit Joyce’s house where she was fine. After the visit, Joyce tweeted that the police came to check on her and she appreciates the concern. In regards to the bruising, Joyce said that it was something sad that she couldn’t discuss, but she bruises really easy and it is nothing to be worried about.

Hopefully there is nothing seriously going on with Joyce that she is afraid to discuss, but it is confusing with all the things she has been doing in her videos. In the end, Joyce said during her livestream that it was a “publicity stunt made by her viewers." Joyce did not intend to make this all a publicity stunt, but it’s as if she feels her fans blew it all out of proportion. Either way, Joyce has gained thousands of new followers on Twitter and YouTube, as well as earned several “likes” on both of the social media sites. Does Marina Joyce really need saving from someone else or does she need saving from herself and her mind?

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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Why The Idea Of 'No Politics At The Dinner Table' Takes Place And Why We Should Avoid It

When did having a dialogue become so rare?


Why has the art of civilized debate and conversation become unheard of in daily life? Why is it considered impolite to talk politics with coworkers and friends? Expressing ideas and discussing different opinions should not be looked down upon.

I have a few ideas as to why this is our current societal norm.

1. Politics is personal.

Your politics can reveal a lot about who you are. Expressing these (sometimes controversial) opinions may put you in a vulnerable position. It is possible for people to draw unfair conclusions from one viewpoint you hold. This fosters a fear of judgment when it comes to our political beliefs.

Regardless of where you lie on the spectrum of political belief, there is a world of assumption that goes along with any opinion. People have a growing concern that others won't hear them out based on one belief.

As if a single opinion could tell you all that you should know about someone. Do your political opinions reflect who you are as a person? Does it reflect your hobbies? Your past?

The question becomes "are your politics indicative enough of who you are as a person to warrant a complete judgment?"

Personally, I do not think you would even scratch the surface of who I am just from knowing my political identification.

2. People are impolite.

The politics themselves are not impolite. But many people who wield passionate, political opinion act impolite and rude when it comes to those who disagree.

The avoidance of this topic among friends, family, acquaintances and just in general, is out of a desire to 'keep the peace'. Many people have friends who disagree with them and even family who disagree with them. We justify our silence out of a desire to avoid unpleasant situations.

I will offer this: It might even be better to argue with the ones you love and care about, because they already know who you are aside from your politics, and they love you unconditionally (or at least I would hope).

We should be having these unpleasant conversations. And you know what? They don't even need to be unpleasant! Shouldn't we be capable of debating in a civilized manner? Can't we find common ground?

I attribute the loss of political conversation in daily life to these factors. 'Keeping the peace' isn't an excuse. We should be discussing our opinions constantly and we should be discussing them with those who think differently.

Instead of discouraging political conversation, we should be encouraging kindness and understanding. That's how we will avoid the unpleasantness that these conversations sometimes bring.

By avoiding them altogether, we are doing our youth a disservice because they are not being exposed to government, law, and politics, and they are not learning to deal with people and ideas that they don't agree with.

Next Thanksgiving, talk politics at the table.

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