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  1. The reason why blackfishing is so problematic is that it is white people profiting from black bodies and culture and white people feeling they can pick and choose parts of being black without having to face the racism black people do. Now you could say "well what's wrong with us all sharing our cultures", which would be lovely and totally fine if we lived in an EQUAL society, which we may do in years to come, but we don't NOW, hence why it's such an issue. Jesy benefits from white priviledge and she really should know better, yes her intentions are lovely about respecting black culture but it doesn't make any of what she's doing fine. Ultimately black people are forced to accept european or western "ideals of beauty" in society, and so many think that blackfishing is just an acceptance of blackness rather than black people themselves. It's having your cake and eating it too for white people. If you can't see how either of those is an issue, then we are done here.
  2. I think some of the comments here are so naive and reductive. Yes LM are all about female empowerment, but that can't just simply be the excuse of letting equally important things slide like the rediciulous blackfishing Jesy is doing. They can raise women up while also holding them accountable for shizzy behaivour. Good on them for taking a stance if that's the reason, plus a load of stuff could be happening in the background anyways...
  3. The Lyrics. Her posting and singing it. A simpler time before all the complications started. Let's not only get this to #1 but let's make it the official #FreeBritney Anthem! Thoughts?
  4. Just to clarify, is everyone just getting the audio stream right? No visuals? I'm in but just hearing silence for now..... THIS IS EVERYTHING.
  5. #BP108870 is the case ID but what is the Case Type in the above field?!
  6. Documentary is making real waves worldwide, and a huge deal it's made the BBC News homepage. Go Army! https://www.bbc.co.uk/news
  7. Written by Alim Kheraj for the Guardian...you out there Alim? Incredible article buddy 👏👏 I have been a Britney Spears fan for more than two-thirds of my life. Raised on Top of the Pops and fixated on the Spice Girls, eight-year-old me was primed for the 1999 release of Spears’s debut single, the game-changing … Baby One More Time. I still remember going to Woolworths in Crystal Palace with my dad to buy the single on cassette, and my excitement as we played the song in the car on the way home. I don’t know exactly when I saw the video, Spears powerfully strutting down that high-school corridor – midriff exposed, hair in bunches – but I do remember that I was desperate to recreate that schoolgirl look. It was no surprise to my parents when, aged 13, I came out as gay. While Spears’s music was a constant presence throughout my childhood and adolescence, my affinity didn’t mutate into devotion until I was in my late teens and she released her 2007 album, Blackout. Despite the media circus around her at the time, trailing her during a reported breakdown as if it were sport, here was this fascinating, dank, grungy pop record that eschewed soul-searching in favour of hedonism and raw ***uality. I was gripped, and soon I was frequenting fan forums, revisiting her back catalogue and exploring the treasure trove of online leaks. By 2008, I would talk about Spears to anyone who would listen, constantly analysing her complicated personal situation or her praising her artistry, which is still so often overshadowed by her celebrity. I dragged my mother to see her 2009 comeback tour at the O2 Arena, bemusing her with my tears as Spears performed Piece of Me in a metal cage. If the opportunity arose at parties, I would put on playlists predominantly made up of her music, desperate to hear her utter “It’s Britney, *****” one more time. When her seventh album Femme Fatale was released, I bribed my university housemates with Greggs sausage rolls so that I could play the record over and over again. My friends and family indulged me, but I know that they often found my Britney tunnel vision exhausting at best and irritating at worst. For me, being a fan of Britney Spears was a solitary endeavour. ADVERTISING Skip × ADVEISING × AD × That would change, but only after a period of intense unhappiness. Having always struggled with my mental health, I experienced a particularly bad depressive episode the year after I finished university. I was living with old school friends in a house share that had turned toxic. Completely lost and desperate, I tried to take my own life. I was lonely and adrift; I had no proper job and knew no other queer people. I didn’t see a way out of my isolation. I ended up moving out and cut myself off from almost everyone I knew. But while I felt friendless IRL, online I started to connect with pop music fans, many of who were also LGBTQ. Being a Britney obsessive also led me to music blogs, and through them the Twitter accounts of music writers. One night I wound up accompanying one of these writers to a gig. Going for a drink afterwards, we bonded for hours over our shared love of Spears. It was probably the first time that I had ever met anyone who cared about her in the same way that I did. We were soon inseparable and drew other fans into our orbit. I made more friends – many of whom I knew from discussions about Spears online – at queer club nights we went to together. I recall one night where I cried as the DJ played Lucky, overcome by the sense of connection I felt. As a group we would gather to watch Spears’s movie Crossroads, pore over her most iconic performances and debate what she should do next. I even travelled with one friend to see Spears’s Piece of Me Las Vegas residency, and when, a year later, she performed at the Apple Music festival and I wept during Work *****, no one I was with judged me. Dealing with my mental health in the years since hasn’t been easy, but I credit those friendships and our shared devotion to the Princess of Pop for helping me rebuild my life. That fandom embraced me when I needed kindness the most and helped set me on course for my career, Spears becoming an integral aspect of my work as a writer. The natural course of life means that some of those relationships have lost their intensity, although I’m still in daily contact with one, amazing person who will eagerly discuss the minutiae of Spears’s career. Should the time ever come that I recreate that schoolgirl look, I know my friends will be there dressed up with me. Full article on Guardian here: https://www.theguardian.com/music/2021/jan/27/britney-spears-music-fandom-mental-health
  8. They seem to be trying to sell this "economy or the health of people" thing, and y'all seem to be buying it. I'm from the UK, whose government has been a total ****show too when it vomes to handling this, but at least we and loads other European countries are showing that you can ease lockdown and re-open the economy without putting people's lives at risk and causing a major 2nd spike. The US shouldn't have eased lockdown so early, and if they had done now, things wouldn't have been so bad.
  9. Have you actually listened to the lyrics? The whoel thing is obviously a pisstake - "money don't talk, rip that song, gossip gossip, battle for your life, babble on" Nothing to see here...
  10. OR I KNOW. Maybe we stop pitting women against one another and comparing how much better Shakira, JLO and Britney are to each other and we all appreciate the massive global impact they have each had in their own way, which in a male dominated industry is a FEAT. Good job ladies.
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