no because like. imagine, for a second, that everything about endgame and tfatws stays the same fundamentally, but rather, BUCKY gets the shield and BUCKY is the protagonist of the show. in what world does he not get miles of text posts and metas and fanfic about how hard this is for him and how much he’s struggling with this burden?? in what world does the #endgameisn’tcanon train NOT include “steve would never drop that weight on buckys shoulders at such a rough time in his life”?? and when BUCKY gives up the shield, in what world would we hear complaints about walker like “if bucky hadnt given up the shield this wouldnt have happened” and “he let steve down” etc. you can’t look me in my eyes and say the fandom wouldn’t use this as another excuse to baby him, add it to the list of things to write angst about, all of that. because it WOULD.
but where’s that energy for sam, y’know??
like, you see, when sam-- a black man-- exercises his god given fucking right to say no to the insane expectation being put on him, sam antis flood out of the woodwork to call him a failure. but i bet if everybody’s favorite white man did it.....
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a lot of people write about joe's anger being bright and intense but short lived, and there are lots of reasons for that. joe's very expressive, and you get to see his emotions and the change in his emotions fairly frequently throughout the movie. it's easy to imagine him getting angry and then moving on to something else once that anger has run its course. this kind of anger is easier to write too, because anger is a complicated emotion and it often feels like characters cant move forward until theyre done being angry. it might also be a way to avoid portraying joe as being angrier than everyone else so one doesnt feed into negative stereotypes and that's legit!! all of these are valid reasons! i think this interpretation of joe is fine, i just don't love it and i especially don't love it when it has to do with booker's betrayal. even if joe's anger is typically gone quickly, i don't think it would be in this particular case because the fear that sparked that anger in the first place isn't going to go away.
i really like this post which talks about how joe's anger is always in response to fear, and a lot of my thoughts about this have to do with the way that those two emotions are clearly linked. fear is another difficult emotion, because fear lingers. just because the immediate danger is gone, that doesn't necessarily get rid of the fear. it can be really hard to stop being afraid, even when you know it's an illogical response. it's especially hard to stop being afraid when the situation warrants that fear. so when all of his hopes for escape are dashed, and andy's mortal and also andy just got shot and is maybe dying, of course joe's terrified. that fear isn't suddenly going to go away. joe's not suddenly going to stop being afraid of andy dying now that she's mortal just because they're not in immediate danger. he's not going to stop being afraid of being captured and imprisoned for an eternity. he's not going to stop being afraid about being separated from nicky or worrying about nicky dying. of course joe's pissed off and he has the right to be. and i think he'll be angry at booker for a really long time. he loves booker, and i think he'll miss him, but i don't think he'll stop being angry or stop being afraid to be around him. obviously i think that at some point joe will forgive booker, because joe is kind and forgiving, and he loves booker, and they will be able to move past this, but i also think that will be a long process for him and i think it will be really hard for both of them. because how do you stop being afraid to be around someone who has shown to you that they do not care about the safety and comfort of the people you love most? how do you stop being afraid when you know someone's capacity for harm because you have directly suffered as a result of it? booker can apologize, he can feel remorse, he can even feel horrified by his own actions (as shown with andy), and he can try to repent, but how does that stop joe from being afraid when booker knows where he is, where andy is, and where nicky is because he's set them up before, he can do it again, right? even if he knows, knows for certain that booker won't do that again, it'll be hard to shake the fear completely. building back trust is hard, and it's a process. you can see the two of them taking those first few steps when booker accepts his punishment at the end. they're going to be okay, eventually. joe knows this and believes this. that doesn't mean he has to stop being angry. that's okay too
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𝚆𝙷𝙰𝚃 𝙳𝙾𝙴𝚂 𝙻𝙾𝚅𝙴 𝙼𝙴𝙰𝙽 𝚃𝙾 𝚈𝙾𝚄 ?
something you hold onto .
you hold onto love like it's anchoring you to earth, and maybe it is. but why is that ? do you fear that one day all this love you've found will somehow disappear, or that one day someone will just decide you don't deserve it ? what if i told you that all this love isn't finite, that no matter who you are and who you become, love will always exist for you in so many forms. it will find you regardless of how worthy you think you are of it, you don't need to hold onto it so tightly out of fear of it leaving. you don't deserve to be abandoned, i'm sorry if love ever taught you that you deserving of that. but real, sincere love won't abandon you. the people who love you? they really do really love you, they aren't lying. and you can continue to hold onto this love, just trust that you don't have to grip it so tightly.
Tagged : @alorir except u linked the wrong quiz u dumbass <3
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