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joliepittfamily:

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This kiss is sweet and hot as fuck!!! And the kids giggling are the cutest !

eliaes:

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glimpseofgoldglitter:

marsofbrooklyn:

wetravelfast00:

belindapendragon:

vtruxy:

Just posting.

Amen…

And yet he supports Israel. 

Bloop. I felt like his answer was pandering tbh.

Thank you marsofbrooklyn. ok… so racism makes you angry but civilians being collateral damage does not? I mean I understand that some people are uneasy about describing what happens in Israel as genocide, especially if  it might not be good for business- but a simple acknowledgment that what occurs is at  the very least heartbreaking would suffice… As opposed to uniformly accepting that whatever Isreal does is justified and in the name of self defense. UGH. Not cool.But then again this is typical white liberal shit so not surprised…. See Hillary et al. And this has nothing to do with pedestals or him being human etc. Your humanity and fallibility are  never up for debate- but your political views certainly are. Nothing personal.

THE BOLDED !

glimpseofgoldglitter:

marsofbrooklyn:

wetravelfast00:

belindapendragon:

vtruxy:

Just posting.

Amen…

And yet he supports Israel. 

Bloop. I felt like his answer was pandering tbh.

Thank you marsofbrooklyn. ok… so racism makes you angry but civilians being collateral damage does not? I mean I understand that some people are uneasy about describing what happens in Israel as genocide, especially if  it might not be good for business- but a simple acknowledgment that what occurs is at  the very least heartbreaking would suffice… As opposed to uniformly accepting that whatever Isreal does is justified and in the name of self defense. UGH. Not cool.But then again this is typical white liberal shit so not surprised…. See Hillary et al. And this has nothing to do with pedestals or him being human etc. Your humanity and fallibility are  never up for debate- but your political views certainly are. Nothing personal.

THE BOLDED !

mintysmiscellany:

iknowwhythesongbirdsings:

thepoliticalfreakshow:

Actress Kerry Washington referenced the Michael Brown funeral during a pre-show for Monday’s Emmy Awards as an interviewer asked how she felt about becoming the first African American to win the award for outstanding lead actress in a drama category. Washington is nominated for her role in the hit ABC show Scandal.

“This has been a really complicated day for me,” Washington began. “I started the day watching the funeral services for Michael Brown. And so it’s a lot to wrap your head around being an African American in this country right now.”

Washington’s comments come just one day after Common led the audience in a moment of silence for the killing of Brown and the protests that have overtaken the town of Ferguson, Missouri at MTV’s Video Music Awards. “For the past two weeks the eyes of the nation have been on Ferguson, MO the people in fee and St. Louis,” he said. “Every one of out lives matters. Hip hop has always been about truth… hip-hop has always presented a voice for the revolution. I want us all to take a moment of silence for Mike, for peace in our country and the world.”

Earlier on Monday, thousands of mourners filled the Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church to pay their respects to the Brown family. Brown was shot and killed on August 9th by officer Darren Wilson.

Source: Igor Volsky for ThinkProgress

lynnandstuff

I appreciate Kerry Washington using her increased visibility and celebrity to speak out against this grave injustice. There aren’t many celebrities doing that nowadays, at least where Michael Brown and Ferguson are concerned.

Don’t care much about OP now, and side-eye the hell out of her after her comments about the OP/Joke relationship, but THIS is the KW I like.

aliasvaughn:

wetravelfast00:

gladi8rs:

thecoolintellectual:

Yes, this!

…and anyone that does not understand this, or selects not to understand this for gain, IS AN ASSHOLE.

Noam Chomsky is always, ALWAYS correct on everything, and fearless in his opinions. One of my favourite critical theorists, political writers, and philosophers I read during one of my degrees. Those who have been fortunate enough to study under him at MIT are blessed indeed. And, he is an Ashkenazi Jew who doesn’t buy what Israel is selling.

There’s a good amount of Jews who don’t buy what Israel is selling. Including people who live in Israel. They were reduced to silence and isolated, starting with Rabin’s assassination. (who was, let’s not forget, killed by an Israeli person). And that is no coincidence.

THIS !
And, yes, there are many Israelis/Jews fighting against Israel’s war on the Palestinians, demonstrating and voicing their opinions, despite tremendous pressure not to, like the people at the Alternative Information Center in Jerusalem.

aliasvaughn:

wetravelfast00:

gladi8rs:

thecoolintellectual:

Yes, this!

…and anyone that does not understand this, or selects not to understand this for gain, IS AN ASSHOLE.

Noam Chomsky is always, ALWAYS correct on everything, and fearless in his opinions. One of my favourite critical theorists, political writers, and philosophers I read during one of my degrees. Those who have been fortunate enough to study under him at MIT are blessed indeed. And, he is an Ashkenazi Jew who doesn’t buy what Israel is selling.

There’s a good amount of Jews who don’t buy what Israel is selling. Including people who live in Israel. They were reduced to silence and isolated, starting with Rabin’s assassination. (who was, let’s not forget, killed by an Israeli person). And that is no coincidence.

THIS !

And, yes, there are many Israelis/Jews fighting against Israel’s war on the Palestinians, demonstrating and voicing their opinions, despite tremendous pressure not to, like the people at the Alternative Information Center in Jerusalem.

miltonsong:

daniellescandal:

scandalous911:

daniellescandal:

scandalous911:

scandalousbazinga:

baronessvondengler:

fedeccino:

corinnestark:

Sorry, I think this is complete bullshit and doesn’t recognize the slaughter that is going on in Gaza. This isn’t a “both sides” issue. Over 2,000 Palestinians have died including many children as hospitals and schools have been targeted. Over 100,000 Palestinians are now homeless. 

I’m actually really disappointed that Tony signed this.

Me too. I respect his political insight but, even if in Italy/France we have kind of a one-way pro-Palestinian media approach (which I find often suspicious), what is stated in this document is,mat least, controversial. 😳

#Disappointed

WTF super super disapointed… I literally have no words

Goes to show guys even the faves don’t think straight sometimes. I take celebs with a pinch of salt these days.

You are all ignorant and narrow minded as hell. it’s painful to watch and see. Go to my blog and read the speech I posted earlier. (None of you will cos none of you care enough to inform yourselves). But please do the world a favour and educate yourselves on who you’re supporting before you carry on. If these people had singed a petition for Syria or Iraq condemning their actions, you’d be praising god and themselves. What’s the difference? All terrorist organisations with the aim to kill. That’s it. It staggering how many people do not see this. It’s just embarrassing and sad. But carry on supporting terrorism and condemning a legitimate countries right to exist and defend itself from the constant rocket attacks that happen 365 24/7. Not just this 5 weeks but all year, every day. Just because one country spends it’s money on Defense and protection for its civilians doesn’t make it a justification for the hate and attack it relieves. It’s a war. Death will happen. This death toll is surprisingly low compared to other wars and other places right now. If Hamas had spent their money on bomb shelters instead of terror tunnels what would be the difference? If Hamas had spent money on enhancing the life of its Palestinian people instead of using it to buy weapons and guns and bombs and hide them and launch them from schools hospitals mosques and peoples homes, what would be the difference? How people CANNOT see this is beyond me. And it insults peoples intelligence that they can’t see some of this. Staggering

I’m sorry who are you calling ignorant or narrow minded here?

The people who chose to condemn a group of people fighting for Israel’s right to defend themselves. Don’t get me wrong the civilian deaths are tragic and I hate it. But if you look at why the death tolls are so different it explains the fundamental difference between protecting your own and using them as protection for yourselves. The latter being Hamas. The terrorists. Who you all seem to support given you condemn Israel to every extent possible.

I don’t think that anyone here supports Hamas at all (at least I don’t think so) but I do think that bombing a place that is only close to being around the area  of a couple of blocks to get members of a terrorist group is a bit much.  Bombing hospitals where babies, sick and elderly people are is a bit much.  Shooting through a UN school is a bit much.

The big reason why Palestinians can’t get protection from rockets and bomb shelters is because they are a poor country that isn’t backed by one of the richest nations on earth like Israel is.  There are many Palestinians who are innocent that are dying that have no horse in the matter but just want to watch television, go to work, and feed their families that have had  their entire lives wiped out.  

I, personally, don’t agree with Hamas and don’t disagree with Israels right to defend themselves from terrorist action.  It is when that defense disproportionately kills a lot of innocent people that have no real role in the conflict is where there is a huge problem.  Because they can’t go anywhere. There borders of escape have been closed off in every direction.  They are literally trapped between an organization that put them in this current war and Israeli big guns.  I can’t just wave that off with a “sucks to be them”.    Sorry.

Sorry - not sorry : I just can’t with the “right of Israel to defend itself”. Against whom? Rockets ? How can one even compute with the idea that an oppressor HAS the RIGHT to defend itself against the people it oppresses?!!! Like seriously, people? This is some real bull.

And miss me with the “bad, bad, bad terrorist” Hamas mantra. Whether you like it/them or not, Hamas, as a political organisation, is part of the Palestinian resistance. And it has won the 2006 elections. It is a political force one has to talk to, negociate with and make peace with, if one want to settle this conflict. But rather than acknowledging it, Israel & the US just keep pointing fingers and bombing Gaza, trying to punish the Palestinian people even harder for making the “wrong” political choice.

So, no, at some point, it’s not about being “ignorant”, or not knowing facts & figures, and History and shit. It’s about making a political choice, choosing who you support, who you’d rather stand with (while keeping your eyes & mouth opened to get critical when needed), which side of History you’d rather be : the oppressed or the oppressors.

momo33me:

Powerful analyses by Rashid Khalidi. 
It’s worth listening carefully when Netanyahu speaks to the Israeli people. What is going on in Palestine today is not really about Hamas. It is not about rockets. It is not about “human shields” or terrorism or tunnels. It is about Israel’s permanent control over Palestinian land and Palestinian lives. 
This is precisely why the United States’ support of current Israeli policy is folly.

THIS ! Great piece !

"We might not like Hamas or some of its methods, but that is not the same as accepting the proposition that Palestinians should supinely accept the denial of their right to exist as a free people in their ancestral homeland."

corinnestark:

baronessvondengler:

corinnestark:

scandalousbazinga:

corinnestark:

scandalousbazinga:

baronessvondengler:

fedeccino:

corinnestark:

Sorry, I think this is complete bullshit and doesn’t recognize the slaughter that is going on in Gaza. This isn’t a “both sides” issue. Over 2,000 Palestinians have died including many children as hospitals and schools have been targeted. Over 100,000 Palestinians are now homeless. 

I’m actually really disappointed that Tony signed this.

Me too. I respect his political insight but, even if in Italy/France we have kind of a one-way pro-Palestinian media approach (which I find often suspicious), what is stated in this document is,mat least, controversial. 😳

#Disappointed

WTF super super disapointed… I literally have no words

Honestly, it isn’t that surprising. This is what most Americans think, that Hamas is the instigator of everything and that somehow they are to blame for the deaths on both sides. 

I just thought that Tony would look at this issue a little deeper. 

You are right, I thought he would use his intelligence to approach this and I wouldn’t have minded if it was anti hamas only what brothers me is the pro israel thing… I get disapointed when intelligent people do ignorant things, same for Josh Charles

Again, most Americans are pro-Israel, that’s why we have supported them from the very beginning. There are a lot of complicated, messy reasons for this, and I honestly don’t know how to get a peaceful resolution out of the Israeli/Palestine problem. 

But it sure isn’t launching fucking missiles at hospitals, schools and where civilians live. 

Yeah, but it’s one thing to be okay with the government protecting Israel as our ” democratic ally in the region, ” a whole other thing to be actively signing pro-Israel statements. This is above and beyond the average American pro-Israel sentiment. This is full blown Zionism right here. Check out the other signatories: Schwarzenegger, Stallone — raging Republicans.

And Aaron Sorkin and Diane English, huge supporters of the Democratic Party, icons for their liberal politics on their shows. This issue is usually something that unites both parties. 

It isn’t right, but is completely consistent. 

I think this letter is gross because it completely fails to acknowledge the huge suffering that is going on with the Palestinian people. That essentially they are in a jail yard and can’t escape while bombs rain down on them. 

So yeah, pretty disappointed here. 

This is plain zionist “blame the Hamas for everything under the sun” propaganda bullshit. Ugh ! Some names are “disappointing”, notably Tony and Josh Charles (at least he’s not in TGW anymore). And I surely won’t be supporting TG the same way.They’re just dead wrong on that!!

For the rest, at least, the more you know about where people stand, the better…And it makes me love the ones who stood up in solidarity with Gaza, like Javier, Penelope, or even those who questioned the pro-Israel position, all the more.

scandal-maniac:

geejayeff:

scandal-maniac:

divaspoet:

geejayeff:

I appreciate all the powerful, passionate and on point responses to the Mike Brown murder many black celebs were able to make in the media, on social media and in person at Ferguson. It’s inspiring to realize how many famous people truly get it and are willing to use their visibility to speak out. But how many are really just …well good at acting or singing…but not so great or comfortable at discussing racism with insight, expressing anger or distress constructively or feel secure or strong or supported enough in their own lives to risk backlash. Some spoke out. Some spoke out poorly. And some were silent. Which honestly seems like a pretty normal distribution for any community. But when you’re black normal is not enough. We expect our stars to shine brighter. I’m definitely disappointed when “new blacks” start that kumbayah BS at the exact wrong time. And I’d love to see more full-throated support for Obama and other people I admire with visibility. But I wonder if setting such high bars for people who have already succeeded against all odds is another dimension of respectability politics. Another way we make sure that even our successes never can feel truly successful.

No celebrity has to do or say anything, and those incapable of doing so in a beneficial manner certainly shouldn’t. There are also those celebrities who support any number of projects and causes privately. That said, every community with a cause, be it racial injustice, gender bias, discrimination of those with disabilities, economic disparity, etc., could benefit from a powerful, influential, notable person with a platform speaking out on their behalf. It’s why celebrities are used to endorse products. Often, the public will think, if those famous people buy a product, maybe we should too. Or if they support and donate to a cause, we should too. And why celebrities sometimes visit Washington on behalf of programs and initiatives that need funding. And regardless of the quality or worthiness of the product or cause, it now has attention brought to it; it’s “out there” so to speak, and being seen. Of course not all of us buy into that, but enough do. It absolutely works, otherwise companies and organizations in the business of earning and raising money wouldn’t continuously shell out big bucks to celebs. I don’t think it’s setting the bar too high to WANT those in the spotlight to speak out publicly, though it may be too high to EXPECT them to do so. I also don’t think it minimizes a celebrity’s success when noting that they don’t speak out about things. One of the criticisms of Michael Jordan was that he didn’t really speak out about politics or social/racial issues. It didn’t detract from his success or his money or his popularity (and may have even increased the latter two). If a celebrity chooses not to be a flag-waving, protesting, Twitter maniac beating the drum for every issue that comes along, so be it. They’re not obligated to do it and that is perfectly fine. It’s also fine to make note of that fact.

Celebrities get their fame and fortune, not from TV/movie makers; record producers or book publishers, but from people who pay to watch, listen and read. Who has most of the money? Which part of society? Knowing that answer is what keeps most celebrities silent. Well, People of all Colours (with an understanding of social justice), next time you want to spend what little money you have - ask yourself “is/are the recipient/s deserving of my hard-earned cash/credit/debt?” The power shift in the current paradigm will only happen if we realise that money is the principle tool that we need to use wisely. Your vote may count, but it’s the people with money who pull the strings. We individually don’t have millions, but together spend zillions.

msredo, divaspoet scandal-maniac

To whom much is given, much is expected. I get it.

But what about self-care. If it can be too much for someone on tumblr and we can understand that they may need to take a break for their mental and emotional health. Are celebs not allowed that same option?

This idea that women celebrities in particular should act for the good of the community without respite, without time or space to react, mourn and reflect privately seems similar to expecting black women to put family first and never take time for themselves. Because we have to be strong we can never say we are hurt.

Right now Jesse Williams is tearing it up on twitter. And he’s getting backlash, push back and abuse for it too. I have so much respect for the work he’s doing and the risk he’s taking. But do we truly expect every black celeb, especially women, especially on a platform where rape threats are common, to be equally strong and fearless all the time?

I will side eye the celebs that jump in the conversation only to offer aid and comfort to the bigots and abusers. But I’m going to decline to critique the ones who are silent right now because we’ve all taken a lot of hits in a short span and some times the most revolutionary thing a black woman can do is to put herself first.

geejayeff.

I agree with you to some extent. People with (lots of) money have access to resources the poor do not - security, media handlers, psychotherapists and gated mansions. Using the platform of their popularity to reach a public audience is the least they can do. Beside they are on Twitter dealing with trolls, not on the street dealing with Police.

But I wasn’t specifically thinking of any black celebrity whether a woman or a man. I was thinking more that WE, as consumers in capitalist economies worldwide, need to make informed choices about the people/products that we spend our money on. People who are rich stay that way with our money that’s in ever diminishing supply. There are a multitude of ways to protest - not paying for shit is what will hurt shit-makers the most.

You’re right, geejayeff, self-care is important, whether you’re celeb or not. Just ‘cause you’re a celeb doesn’t mean you don’t have a right to it, or to your protection or your privacy. And just ‘cause you’re in the spotlight doesn’t mean you have to talk about everything or voicing an opinion about everything. But, as scandal-maniac pointed out, being a (black) celeb/artist/entertainer also means they can afford to care about themselves, to withdraw, to protect themselves. Way more, a thousand times more than “regular” (black) folks. Also, if someone like Jesse Williams is taking a stand, and getting a lot of backlash, and risking way more than some (cause really, he is NOT that popular and know outside of Shondaland-related fandom), how come those who hare bigger can’t even send a tweet or wear a t-shirt or take a picture with their hand up? And it’s even riskier, as you pointed, for someone like Amber Riley ! So if someone more prominent & powerful doesn’t take a public stand at important time, I may think it’s less about self-care and more about their image/brand/business and self-interest. Now, I understand the difficulties for making it for black/POC, that is one of the reason I am always here for black/POC sisters & brothers making it, and I support them. I understand that no matter how successful, the white supremacist PTB can take it all back from you, in a matter of seconds. Heck, even people like Jay-Z, with all his b/millions, is literally owned by white power. But when “regular” people are losing their lives, and some celeb take a risk and take a stand against racism & injustice, but others, more powerful, just stay silent, I can’t just shrug and go. I am not going to talk ultra shit about them or stop appreciating their talents, but I am going to side eye them some, won’t look at them the same and at some point have less respect for them. Because as a black/POC/marginalized/oppressed, you get to know who will have your back and who won’t.