Today my sister made ME a Zacharie pancake. #off #zacharie #pancakes #art
rockin out to Hoover Dam Caesar from the official New Vegas soundtrack
Off topic for this blog, but is anyone in maryland willing to take in a cat? He’s 8 months old and still.needs to be fixed + his first round of shots, his name is tali’zorah he responds to Tali, he’s one of the sweetest, cuddly cats I have ever known. He’s litter box trained and he gets along with small dogs and children. I’m not sure about other cats. If interested you can.contact me here or at loudblackramhey, so master adept and I are moving and we can’t take tali with us, I’m still searching for a no kill shelter or a cat rescue to take him, but at this point I’m getting desperate. Please help.
Disregard that note, tali’zorah still needs a home.
Someone please take the baby :(
Please, please help my baby.
when u Mom com home and make hte spagheti
what is this even supposed to mean
thats what i do when me Mom com home and make hte spagheti
(yeah, I know that our activity has dropped now that it’s been over a month since Homestuck last upd8ed and we’re in the middle of a mega-hiatus, but this is something that has just been brewing in my mind for a while.)
mCAT: The character of Kankri Vantas was introduced not very long before Calloutstuck was created, with such events not being coincidental since Kankri’s introduction crystallized a lot of brewing feelings in the Homestuck fandom that some fans (read: those impacted by systematic oppression) were being a bunch of party poopers who couldn’t take a joke and were dragging the fandom down. Kankri—a character I continue to have ambivalent feelings about to this day, neither loving nor loathing completely—had his heart in the right place but often came off as a grotesque caricature of so-called “basic human decency warriors/SJWs” (a label I have yet to see anyone apply to themselves seriously, and is mostly slung around as a catch-all insult by “anti-basic human decency warriors/anti-SJs,” who are all too proud to sport that title), making up oppressions whenever he saw fit and willfully ignoring when others, particularly Porrim, had legitimate grievances as opposed to childish petulance in reaction to what he had to say.
Kankri may not have much significance to the plot of Homestuck itself, being a one-joke pony of a character, but he became a firmly entrenched as a trope in the fandom, with anyone daring to speak out against something they found upsetting within the comic getting a “Shut up, Kankri” in return. Trigger warnings, something that a lot of people need to use the Internet without having panic attacks and suicidal urges, became a vast joke as Kankri’s trademark. This noxious atmosphere was part of the reason Calloutstuck was created, and while perhaps not as strong as at the time of his introduction, using Kankri as a convenient strawman for anything the fandom at large finds overly critical is still a very common practice.
But what I’m wondering about right now is the extent to which the Kankri trope has effected those of us who are usually willing to speak up when there’s something upsetting or problematic in Homestuck. I don’t know how much of this is due to having been called this myself by trolls or having OCD (which is like having a troll embedded in your brain, at least in my case), but there have been times, not only within the Homestuck fandom but outside of it, where I wanted to bring attention to something that was making me feel uneasy that nobody else had brought up before but I hesitated because I didn’t want to “sound like Kankri.” Now, there are plenty of things to legitimately criticize about Kankri—having a savior complex, making mountains out of molehills indiscriminately, believing he is always right—but it’s all too easy to want to avoid such things by keeping quiet and letting problematic things go unchallenged. And that HURTS. Because I kept quiet in certain circumstances, I almost certainly had others lose trust in me and feel betrayed by my inaction, and I’m positive I can’t be the only person who’s been impacted in this way.
I cannot help but think that this was expressly Andrew Hussie’s intention with Kankri. He didn’t just want to mock a group of people he thought were killjoys—he wanted to never have to hear criticism of himself or his actions. Hussie obstinately refuses to acknowledge he is capable of hurting, much less oppressing people, as his no-pology after the infamous “CAUCASIAN!!” panel and subsequent retcon demonstrated. And as a cishet, presumably non-disabled white dude, he can freely remain indifferent to the concept of microaggressions, thus giving the fandom carte blanche to commit them without repercussion. At the same time, the creation of Kankri-as-a-bogeyman, with the knowledge that he is an undesirable character that one should not ever be like, serves as a convenient silencing tool for those who would otherwise protest.
This is the main reason why not only Kankri as a character, but also the phenomenon of Kankri as a caricature in the fandom, is highly disturbing. Not because his character is a parody of “SJWs,” but the way that parody plays out in the real world.