NowThis Politics got #BelieveWomen completely Wrong

Wow, what a year 2018 has been. I do not know which year was the worst, 2016 or 2018? My money has to be on 2018 because so much happened in 2018 that if I counted everything that went wrong, I would probably be whole night and I still won’t finish.

One of the biggest news that emerged this year was the Brett Kavanaugh and Dr. Ford case. Brett Kavanaugh was accused of raping Dr. Ford when they were in high school. Because Brett Kavanaugh was nominated by President Donald Trump for the position of Supreme Judge or something, the entire thing took a political twist very quickly and lo and behold, everyone on the American news was talking about it.

Among the propaganda that was being spewed out by the American media and the amount hate that was thrown at Brett Kavanaugh was astonishing, especially when considering that the verdict had not even been passed. He was immediately billed as a rapist and Dr. Ford was hailed as some hero who dared to speak against a man of power and challenge the “patriarchy”.

One of the propaganda videos that were spewed out was a video by NowThis Politics titled, ‘Men must make sure that other men believe women’.

The video was politically driven and I did not appreciate the approach the video was taking. For the uninformed, the video on the surface said that if a woman makes a claim, she should be believed because the repercussions are great when a woman speaks about her rape because she was very little gain.

But underneath all that, the video was trying to say that we should believe Dr. Ford because she is getting constantly harassed by Kavanaugh Supporters and she had very little to gain from it. Another thing about the video that rubbed me the wrong way was how the video was trying to target men but the real target were women, especially the ones who have been sexually assaulted.

Women saw the video and instantly connected with it and when such connection is formed, they stepped forward and defended any criticism lobbed towards the video. The video or the narrator did not have to defend anything about the video when there were rape victims out there defending the video and any criticism would be labelled as misogyny or hate speech.

I know because it happened to me. I made a rebuttal video to it and even though I kept a neutral stance throughout the video, it still did not sit right with some people. The video is embedded below if you want to see it.

I do put my hands up that the video could have been better because I forgot to include some bits of information. This is the beauty of the internet today. What I could not include in the video, I will include here on my website.

Dr. Ford’s GoFundMe account:

“Very little to gain”, said Allan in the NowThis video. Well, according to the Go Fund Me site,
Team Christine Blasey Ford managed to raise $647,610
. Yes, you read that correct. Now, truth be told, there was a fundraiser for Brett Kavanaugh as well but it was not as much was Dr. Ford. More information about both their fundraisers can be found here, which also clearly states that BOTH parties received death threats.

Two women admitted they lied about the rape:

Now, this does NOT, in any way means that Dr. Ford is lying, but two women who had previously accused Brett Kavanaugh admitted that they lied about the accusation.

Many women who support #MeToo don’t support Dr. Ford:

Yes, you read that correct too. To my surprise, when I tweeted out the link for my video, it was retweeted by a lot of women who support #MeToo.

Michael Avenatti got trolled by 4Chan:

Now, I do not know how much truth there is to this story but apparently, someone 4Chan user managed to troll Michael Avenatti, the legal representative of women who filed cases against Brett Kavanaugh into believing that he was speaking to a woman who was raped by Kavanaugh in high school. I am not going to elaborate on this but the video embedded below pretty much sums it up. Once again, I am not sure how true the story is but if it is, Michael Avenatti needs to reconsider his career options.

Appropriation or Appreciation | Internet backs 18 year old Keziah Daum

I do not know if you are aware of this story but there was a trending news article that was making headline about an 18 year old girl named Keziah Daum in America who wore a Chinese dress called Qipao or Cheongsam. Naturally, it triggered a lot of culturally sensitive millennials who were shouting ‘Cultural Appropriation’ from top of their lungs. It started with a Twitter user named Jeremy Lam replying, ‘My culture is not your…prom dress.’

Keziah Daum was accused of Cultural Appropriation by Twitter user 'Jeremy Lam'
Jeremy Lam’s response to Keziah Daum’s photoshoot sparked a debate online

I beg to differ, though.

What’s ‘Cultural Appropriation’ to you may be ‘Cultural Appreciation’ to the person wearing the dress. It depends on the person wearing the piece of clothing. My friend asked me to make a video on the news article and I felt that I need to deliver. The video can be found below.

What was even funnier was how the internet really responded to all this controversy. I am disappointed that I did not come across these memes earlier.

Here are my top five picks:

1) Anakin Skywalker is offended with this picture as it is culturally appropriating Star Wars

Anakin Skywalker is offended with this picture as it is culturally appropriating Star Wars
Cultural Appropriation is strong in this one

2) I did not know that such outfits even existed

Even Italian People are offended with these outfits

3) I honestly have no idea why the internet is obsessed with the Bee Movie

The internet’s obsession with the Bee Movie

4) There are a lot of rumours online that Mark may not be human. So based on those rumours…

They are among us and our dear Mark could be one of them

5) The chemistry is explosive in this meme

Even Kim Jong-un is offended

Will I go to Wales Comic Con again?

I was going through my Facebook timeline and found a post by Wales Comic Con that Cara Theobold (VA of Tracer from Overwatch) will be attending the convention in April 2018. As an Overwatch fan, I was like ‘oh, hell yes’ but unfortunately, I will not be attending the convention.

I have been to Wales Comic Con in December 2017 and have to say, it was an underwhelming experience. Considering Wales Comic Con was treated like a national affair that attracts the con-goers with its impressive line-up of guests and celebrities (I know I went there to meet Caroline Ravassa – VA of Sombra from Overwatch), I just did not enjoy my time there.

The convention I went to before the Wales one was MCM Comic Con London so I was really looking forward to finishing the year on a high note because MCM London was exceptional but Wales Comic Con had a lot of issues, particularly with its venue.

The venue was overcrowded and if anyone disagrees with this is living in denial and probably believes that the earth is flat. I could not move around without bumping into someone and because of that, I couldn’t even film my vlog much either.

Another issue with the venue was the lack of cash machines. There were none on the site. If you needed the cash, you had to leave the venue, go across the road (God help you if you are trying to cross the road wearing an outfit that restricts your line of visibility), line up outside a petrol station to withdraw some cash and then make your way back to the venue. It was a horrendous feeling and for the first time in my life, I was glad I was not cosplaying.

The third issue with the venue was that it was organised at an university so the entire event was not under one roof but was in multiple buildings. Every time you left one building to go to another one, your bags were checked and your wrist bands were checked too. Imagine spending your whole day there and every time from one building to the other, you were being checked.

Another issue were the stalls. There was a TENT set up (again, overcrowded) where you could go and buy some nerdy stuff. Where most conventions focus on merchandise and stalls, Wales Comic Con just put them in a tent which was not even that spacious. There were some other merchandise on sale too in one of the buildings where most celebs were sat but not much.

If there was anything good in all of this was that I meet Carolina Ravassa.

Oh, I also met Chloe Hollings again…

…but if you take that out, the entire Wales Comic Con was a bit of a let-down and I don’t think I will be attending it again.