Smollet's Empire Falls

Smollet's Empire Falls

Was it worth it?

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This has been a horrible week for Empire star Jussie Smollett, who faces a felony charge of filing a false police report, involving a racist, homophobic attack on himself. But today, I'm not going to talk about what the event was. I am here to talk about Smollett himself.

Smollet is a sad disappointment.

Lying to countless of his fans and those who supported him, the ones that he deceived over the time of two weeks the Chicago police could have used to solve actual crimes that happen, such as the ones who actually do suffer from violence homophobic and/or racist attacks. It's a shame to see one so cherished in the eyes of his communities, only to be exposed as the fraud that actually denies the principles of that community. People looked up to him, as a beacon to changing times, only to be disappointed and shocked about what really occurs in the dark. The fact that the beloved sense of trust was broken is the definitions of humiliation, deceit, manipulation, and confusion. This is the ultimate betrayal for those who had your backs before the shit hit the fan, the ones who wanted to stand by your side and take this opportunity to raise crucial awareness for those who feel the physical and psychological pain of hateful discrimination.

Like the death of Matthew Shepard, a gay male student who was beaten, robbed, set afire, tied and left to rot on a fence, only to be found too late, as he slumbered in a six-day coma due to brain damage caused by a pistol-whip to his head before his undeserved and horrific death.

Or the assault of Breaion King, a Black female teacher who was pulled over on the road over a discussion on speed limits, only to be suddenly dragged and slammed onto the hard pavement, all caught on camera, an event escalated by police, with one stating that her people scare others due to "violent tendencies."

That is discrimination incarnate. What Smollet has done is truly horrendous, and should not be taken lightly. Betraying others who supported you, all for the sole purpose of self-gratification, is insulting. And shame on the two men who helped him. What matters now is seeking for true change that invokes respect and love for fellow others who share the air as we do. This is not the way to do it.

So Smollett, was this worth it? Was it worth destroying your reputation, annihilating every feeling of trust others felt for you during your 15-minutes-of-fame? Was it worth lying to the police, who would eventually find out the truth everyone wanted to know? Was it worth it to invoke the name of "justice" on those who you bribed? Was it?

I don't think so. And neither do the rest of those who want to call you out on your narcissistic bullshit, especially those from the communities that you lied to.

Farewell, Jamal Lyon.

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14 Stages Of Buying Jonas Brothers Concert Tickets As A 20-Something In 2019

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In case you missed it, the Jonas Brothers are back together and, let me tell you, they're giving us some major jams. For those of us who were there when it all began back in 2007 with their first album, It's About Time, this has been one of the most important events of the year. But nothing, and I mean nothing can rival the excitement every twenty-something felt as the Jonas Brothers announced their Happiness Begins tour. I, for one, put my name in for ticket presale, have been following every single social media site related to the tour/group, and, of course, listening to the Jonas Brothers on repeat. And if you did manage to snag tickets, then you know that this is how your brain has been ever since they announced the tour.

1. Finding out that they're going on tour

2. Hopefully entering your name into the lottery to get presale tickets

3. Finding out that you actually get to buy presale tickets

4. Impatiently waiting for your presale tickets by listening to their songs on repeat

5. And remembering how obsessed you used to be (definitely still are) with them

6. Trying to coordinate the squad to go to the concert with you

7. Waiting in the Ticketmaster waiting room...

8. ...And feeling super frantic/frustrated because there are about 2000 people in line in front of you

9. Actually getting into the site to buy the tickets

10. Frantically trying to find seats you can actually pay for because, let's be real, you're twenty-something and poor

11. Managing to actually get the seats you want

12. Joyfully letting your squad know that you've done it

13. Crying a little because all of the dreams you've had since 2007 are coming true

14. Listening to every single Jonas Brothers song on repeat (again)

If you, like me, have finally fulfilled one of your dreams since childhood, then congrats, my friend! We've made it! Honestly, of all the things I've done in my adult life, this might be the one that child me is the most proud of.

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Severus Snape Is The Worst, And Here's Why

Albus Severus, sweetie, I'm so sorry...

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I grew up being absolutely obsessed with the Harry Potter franchise. I read the books for the first time in second and third grade, then again in middle school, and for the third time in my last year of high school. Recently, I had a somewhat heated argument with a fellow fan of the books about Severus Snape. As I've reread the Harry Potter books, I've noticed that, although J.K. Rowling tried to give him a redemption arc, he only got worse because of it. Here's why I still think Severus Snape is the absolute worst.

His love for Lily Potter was actually really creepy. When I was younger and reading the books, I always found the fact that he held fast in his love for Lily to be very endearing, even noble. However, rereading it after going through a couple of relationships myself, I've come to realize that the way he pined over her was super creepy. It was understandable during his time at Hogwarts; he was bullied, and she was the only one who "understood" him. However, she showed zero interest, and if that didn't clue him into realizing that he should back off, her involvement with James Potter should have. She was married. He was pining after a married, happy woman. If he truly loved her, he would have realized how happy she was and backed off. Instead, he took it out on her orphan son and wallowed in bitterness and self-pity, which is creepy and extremely uncool. When a girl is kind to a boy during high school (or in this case, wizard school), it's not an open invitation for him to pine for her for the literal rest of his life and romanticizes the absolute @#$% out of her. It's just her being a decent person. Move on, Severus.

He verbally abused teenagers. One of the most shocking examples of this is in The Prisoner of Azkaban when Snape literally told Neville Longbottom that he would kill his beloved toad, Trevor if he got his Shrinking Potion wrong, and then punished him when he managed to make the potion correctly. Furthermore, poor Neville's boggart was literally Snape. The amount of emotional torture Neville must have been enduring from Snape to create this type of debilitating fear must have been almost unbearable, and even if Snape was simply trying to be a "tough" professor, there is no excuse for creating an atmosphere of hostility and fear like he did in his potions class for vulnerable students like Neville. In addition, he ruthlessly tormented Harry (the last living piece of Lily Potter, his supposed "true love," btw), and made fun of Hermione Granger's appearance. Sure, he might have had a terrible life. However, it's simply a mark of poor character to take it out on others, especially when the people you take it out on are your vulnerable students who have no power to stand up to you. Grow up.

He willingly joined a terrorist group and helped them perform genocide and reign over the wizarding world with terror tactics for a couple of decades. No explanation needed as to why this is terrible.

Despite the constant romanticization of his character, I will always see the core of Severus Snape, and that core is a bitter, slimy, genocidal, manipulative trash being. J.K. Rowling's attempt to redeem him only threw obsessive and controlling traits into the mix. Snape is the absolute worst, and romanticizing him only removes criticism of an insane man who just so happened to be capable of love (just like the vast majority of the rest of us). Thank you, next.

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