Saving Brooklyn Nine Nine and not saving abusive musicians

If Hogwarts…

Nothing in the history of anything will ever lessen my love for the Harry Potter films… though I’ll always stand by the fact that the Patil sisters were seriously wronged with regard to their Yule Ball ensembles, in the name of diversity.

A result of the #BlackHogwarts on Twitter, choice screenshots from user ‘@hedon_thoughts’ were shared on the Facebook page ‘Animated Times’, whereby the wizardry school has all-black staff; I found myself nodding and couldn’t think of anyone better than these choices.

Morgan Freeman will go unopposed as Dumbledore with his iconic baritone voice and everlasting wisdom, Joe Morton from Scandal would be fantastic as Voldemort, Phylicia Rashād as McGonagall and Mahershala Ali as Professor Snape. The Weasley twins’ frontrunners were the Wayans brothers and — oh yes — Rihanna as Tonks. Personally, I would have loved to see Tracee Ellis Ross in there as Trelawney.

My favourite choice, however, has to be Omarosa Manigault as Dolores Umbridge. Manigault is a reality start-turned-former White House advisor for Trump… One can’t help but think how Twitter just likened the Death Eaters and Voldemort’s other followers to the Trump administration.


Saving Brooklyn Nine Nine and not saving abusive musicians

Brooklyn Nine-Nine pulled off what a lot of cop shows aren’t able to: be a sitcom while fairly treating issues such as racial profiling, sexuality and gang culture. However, when the show got cancelled last week, fans everywhere instantly retaliated on Twitter. Every hour rounded up around 600 tweets across #RenewB99 and #SaveB99, and that’s not even including the memes and posts dedicated to the loving fandom.

But it all came to a glorious head when the show was picked up by NBC for season 6 on Saturday morning. Robert Greenblatt, NBC Entertainment chairman, shared in a statement, “Ever since we sold this show to Fox, I’ve regretted letting it get away, and it’s high time it came back to its rightful home… we’re all thrilled that one of the smartest, funniest, and best cast comedies in a long time will take its place in our comedy line-up… here’s to the Nine-Nine!”

I’m crying as I write this; the power of social media is beautiful and terrifying.

Take it down!

Given the discourses the #MeToo movement has brought up, more institutions have had enough too.

In light of the allegations of paedophilia and abuse against R Kelly and the mounting troubles of one of rap’s most controversial figures XXXTentacion, Spotify removed their music from their curated playlists.

The move reflects their May 10 announcement on their blog of a new Hate Content and Hateful Conduct Public Policy.

Does this set a precedent for other artistes who’ve been accused of abuse? Why are the works of Chris Brown and the likes still on special playlists; after all, we’re seeing #MuteRKelly but what of the other atrocities? What does this say about other platforms’ imperfect policies which break down along ideological lines? Not much, sadly.

Rants and ramblings across cyberspace


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