I love many fandoms. Most of what you see currently will be The Avengers, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones/ASOIAF, and the NBC Thursday comedies.
those cashiers that let you buy things when you’re missing a few cents deserve to live forever
I’m watching cap 2 again because it is a day that ends in y and god, they keep the winter soldier in a bank vault, and Pierce sits down and tries to reason with him at first - like, for all their arrogance they’re still fucking scared of him. He’s gone AWOL before. He can be unstable, erratic. There’s something in him they can’t control completely.
Pierce slaps his face - a slap, not a punch, an intentionally disrespectful gesture, demeaning, a demand for control and attention. He likes to take these little pot-shots, petty demonstrations of his power. There’s such contempt in Pierce’s face when he says to wipe him, and on Rumlow’s when the winter soldier accepts the mouth guard.
But remember Pierce’s face that split second after he sees the winter soldier in his kitchen. Remember how many guns are pointed at him as he sits their prisoner, supposedly housebroken. They’re afraid of him, and they should be, and they hate that. They need the pettiness to make themselves feel better, to forget he’s never been entirely their dog. They show him contempt for the weakness they forced on him, and they fear his strength; despise him for the control they can exert and the control they can’t. They hate the winter soldier for everything they made him, and Bucky Barnes for everything that refused to be unmade.
"Sadly, SHIELD can’t control everything." No you can’t, you piece of shit, no you fucking can’t. /spits blood
I love this so much because it speaks to one of the things I always wonder when I watch the movie. Did Pierce and HYDRA know who the Winter Soldier was? Did Pierce understand why the Soldier’s programming was shattering, why that breakdown was fixated on “the man on the bridge?” Presumably, the Soldier has changed hands several times — it’s entirely possible his identity was lost in one of those exchanges, but Zola knew his name, at least, and Pierce was working with Zola; that’s a hell of a thing to leave out of the how-to manual. He couldn’t possibly have had that much confidence in their programming, given how unstable the Winter Soldier was, period: so was it arrogance that had Pierce sending Bucky Barnes after Steve Rogers, a belief in the impossibility of defeating Project Insight? Or was it petty rage — the need to prove their control over the Soldier by having him be the one to kill the last of his humanity?
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You may have noticed that your latest video “Fake Hand Ass Pinch Prank” has garnered considerable negative attention. In this video, you sexually violate a number of unsuspecting women on the street, many of whom are visibly confused and upset at being touched by you without permission. One woman even says “I don’t like that!” while you proceed to laugh and touch her more. In “How to Make Out with Strangers”, made a year ago, you pressure women on camera to make out with you - again, many of whom are visibly uncool with it. Confused and caught off guard, they painfully follow through with your requests, clearly uncomfortable. In “How to Pick Up Girls with a Lasso”, you physically restrain women on the street with lassos - many of whom look alarmed to be restrained by a stranger on the street.
You’d probably be alarmed too, wouldn’t you? Imagine someone on the street comes up and rubs their hand on your bottom, or a girl walks up to you with a camera and forces her mouth onto yours while you’re trying to figure out what’s going on. Imagine walking down the alley alone, when a guy much larger than you physically restrains you with rope and pulls you toward him. You probably wouldn’t like it, right?
People don’t like to be violated and they don’t like to see their friends and girlfriends be violated either (hence the group of men that tried to beat you up in the lasso video). And yet, history suggests that perhaps you find this humorous. It is very disturbing that we live in a world where the violation of women and girls’ bodies is not only funny, but profitable, and can garner considerable notoriety and views on YouTube.
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Thanks so much.
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