The bravest thing I ever did was continuing my life when I wanted to die.
Juliette Lewis (via psych-facts)
For those who think Amanda Bynes’ situation is funny, Sam Lutfi is one of the most toxic and dangerous people in Hollywood and has several lawsuits pending against him. He is infamous for taking advantage of mentally unwell individuals.
In 2007, he became Britney Spears’ “manager”. As detailed in police reports filed by Adnan Ghalib, Britney’s paparazzo boyfriend at the time, and in Lynne Spears’ court testament, Lutfi would mentally abuse and drug Britney without her knowledge, He would mix in prescription drugs into Britney’s food without her knowledge, force her to take pills that he lied and said the courts told her to take if she wanted to win custody of her children back, threatened to kill her dog if she ever left her Calabasas-residence without him and was working with a “private-practice doctor” on trying to find a way to put Britney into a sleep-induced coma to “fix the voices inside her brain”.
When I saw Amanda’s most recent tweet, I gasped and felt a cloud of darkness overcome me. Sam Lutfi is why Britney Spears almost ended up dead. Even those who saw her as a meal ticket or used her financially, like Adnan Ghalib, cared for her enough and saw Lutfi was putting Britney’s life in physical danger. I’m shocked he’s not behind bars yet. If Amanda’s with him, her issues are not a joke and they’re not funny.
If you’re mad at her, you don’t understand it. White people are trying to remove themselves from all people of color. Let me show you why this is true. You’ve heard of Asian-americans or African Americans or Mexican Americans. But how about a European American? Have you ever heard someone say they’re Canadian American? or European American? Probably not. White people can just call themselves American, even if their ancestry has not been in America for long. If your great-grandparents moved because of the potato famine, you don’t call yourselves Irish American, you have lived your entire life in the United States, you call yourself an American. But now, take someone whose ancestry is linked to some of the first slaves in the colonies, and they still call themselves African-American. Doesn’t matter if they’ve never stepped foot on the continent and share no cultural link, other than pigment, with any society in Africa, they still have to identify with African.
What’s most infuriating is that even people who are the ultimate Americans: Native Americans. They were in the Americas while ass backwards Europe was accusing (and burning) women of being witches. THEY, of all people, shouldn’t have to specify their identity as an American, but NO they have to be labeled with something else.
Raven Symone is an absolute star. She has my total respect for standing up like this, and I hope her so much happiness with her girlfriend. I wish she was still on television, she taught me so much , even if it was all from a disney show
Licia Ronzulli, member of the European Parliament, has been taking her daughter Vittoria to the Parliament sessions for two years now.
Every time this is on my dash, it’s an automatic reblog.
Life. There’s always a way to make it work.
This woman runs PARLIAMENT with a baby in her lap and she’s CLEARLY doing an outstanding job because she’s still there being a total boss two years later, baby still in her lap.
"A baby will destroy your career-"
Are you sure?
Because I’m pretty sure that Licia Ronzulli would laugh at that declaration.
Awwww and look how adorable her kid is!!
I’ve been struggling to juggle everything lately. This is exactly what needed to turn up on my dashboard. 👍
Most folks in my predominately white neighborhood see themselves as open-minded; they believe in justice and support the right causes. More often than not, they are social liberals and fiscal conservatives. They may believe in recognizing multiculturalism and celebrating diversity (our neighborhood is full of white gay men and straight white people who have at least one black, Asian, or Hispanic friend), but when it comes to money and class they want to protect what they have, to perpetuate and reproduce it—they want more. The fact that they have so much while others have so little does not cause moral anguish, for they see their good fortune as a sign they are chosen, special, deserving. It enhances their feeling of prosperity and well-being to know everyone cannot live as they do.
Tolerance: The quality of accepting other people’s rights to their own opinions, beliefs, or actions. Meaning putting up with views not specially like, without sharing them.
Disagreement is a necessary condition of tolerance.
But comes the new twist: if you are in disagreement, you’re called intolerant. By the new definition, real tolerance becomes a logical impossibility. This new breed of tolerance dismisses all opponents as intolerant and bigoted and becomes de-facto totalitarian
The new tolerance is a movement of hypocrisy. It begs for tolerance on one hand, but advocates punishing dissent on the other it equates not agreement with phobia, non-conformity with hate. It assimilates conviction with fanaticism and selective segregation with justice.
Those who preach tolerance have none for those who hold opposing views. The dissidents become heretics who need to be witch-hunted.
Redefining tolerance aims to deceive. It becomes a tool for silencing criticism. It empowers stupidity, name-calling, and intellectual dishonesty.
No one has an absolute right to somebody else’s approval. Freedom of Speech is indivisible. We either have it, or we do not. It cannot mean only the freedom to say what others agree with. There is no serious form of public speech that’s hurts absolutely no one.
And freedom to speak only inoffensively is no freedom at all.
If freedom of speech is not an absolute right then it becomes a negotiable commodity in today’s face of democracy.