Well, since I’ve been flooded with messages in the vain of “Why you do that?” or “You’re not hot no more” or me personal favorite: “What happened to you guys? Jesus doesn’t like Mohawks” I thought I would clear the air for you guys. Going into Cole mode for a sec.
Hair is hair. It grows back. Mine grows back particularly fast. Cole and I have always had odd hairstyles to say the least. This is historically accurate lol. Not only that, but hair is very much an expression of yourself. Keyword expression. I implore everyone to experiment with their hair, as not only is it fun, but it is liberating in many ways to stray away from the social norm.
Someone asked me the other day on the street, “Dylan, why do you wear your hair like that if it is objectively regarded as better looking to women the other way you had it?” I answered such: “To like someone for their physicality is a shallow notion. That’s not to say that it is unnatural, as everyone does it, including myself, though there is a socially defined norm for what is generally deemed attractive on males, and sadly, it is usually directly correlated with a sort of “tameness” or a style most closely associated with popular media. Cole and I know this all too well, as around the time we started the show and a bit after that, every 11-15 year old boy had the Toe head dogtown long hair look we did, even yes, Justin Bieber as well. Much of our perception of “cool” or “hot” is determined by these current trends, as we are social primates are we not?” Suffice to say it did not convince her, but no matter! Your hair should always be for you, rather than them.
Not explicitly an act of rebellion, but instead an act of acknowledgement. Acknowledgment that people will always vilify the pariah. Both Cole and I know this all to well as well. We both have gotten accustomed to the fact that there will always be naysayers, so we do these types of things anyways.
If you encounter people who act on the outside of the bellcurve, chances are they are wayyyyyyy fuckin’ cooler than people who strive to obtain normality. Support, aid, befriend, or talk to these people, as they are also generally the ones who may want it most.
On another note, I decided to get a mohawk, not as a punk phase, but rather because I thought Dwalin’s from the Hobbit movie was so awesome. Definitely modeled after these d00ds : http://www.games-workshop.com/gws/catalog/productDetail.jsp?catId=cat440056a&prodId=prod780895
tl;dr? cut my hair because I like dwarves. If you like dwarves, you should too.
I want to blog pictures of beautiful women but I don’t want to be THAT tumblr guy…. here instead is another true beauty
unf, you’re welcome
In regards to friends, it is much easier to see true motives, and thankfully Cole and I have had our friend group long enough to know that there is really no mal-intent.
On behalf of dating, this is a whole different story however. Truth be told, it makes dating pretty hard. In the case of…
I tried to ignore Miley’s antics for as long as I could. After all, her catchphrase said it all – she’s just bein Miley! But when she dropped her video for We Can’t Stop, a catchy, summer-fueled jam made popular by famous hip hop producer Mike WiLL (who’s worked with the likes of Kanye West and Lil Wayne), it became impossible to look the other way.
That’s because We Can’t Stop – not to mention Miley’s Twitter, persona, and overall attitude – is riddled with cultural appropriation. (If you haven’t seen it already, go get ready to vom on your keyboard by watching it here.)
The video features Miley writhing around in an (aptly enough) all-white getup, surrounding herself with black people, who are supposedly her friends and party guests. She’s wearing a gold grill. Black women twerk around her in the background as she grabs their asses and sticks her tongue out cheekily at the camera. Basically, as VICE says, it shows her accessorizing with black people, using them as props to boost her authenticity as she tries a different sound in her music. AKA she literally said to her songwriters, “I want urban, I just want something that just feels Black.”
The message of the song is pretty simple, and matches the tone of most of Miley’s public image recently. She’s all grown now. She’s independent. Whatever, Disney Channel! She’ll do whatever she likes, because she DGAF.
Here’s why you should give a fuck, Miley. Because you grew up steeped in white privilege; with your father’s name, you’ve been wealthy your entire life. Because your simultaneous appropriation and stereotypying of black culture is harmful and oppressive. You can twerk and pretend to be “ratchet” but it only lasts for the three minutes and 34 seconds that you’re on screen, and then you can take it all off and live life as the privileged white girl that you are. Other people of color can’t do that. They have to deal with the awful stereotypes, the racism, the discrimination that comes attached to their non-whiteness.
A comment on the youtube page for “We Can’t Stop” really sums up why everything about this sucks: “I love how miley twerks. its not the casual black girl, big ass, twerk, but a white girl showing off her moves. loved it!” Great – so not only are we into the appropriation and exploitation of black culture for profit, but now we’re mocking and degrading that very culture when it’s authentically performed by black people, only to praise it when it’s performed by white people? Ugh."
I like how “twerking” is considered black culture now….Articles like this always get my blood boiling and my booty popping.(via bausprouse)