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Okay but I mean imagine
• Sirius wearing leather jackets and ripped skinny jeans and combat boots.
• Remus wearing sweaters and baggy jeans and sneakers.
• Sirius being seen with a cigarette between his lips more often than not and always having a faint stubble on his chin.
• Remus always smelling of soap and scrunching up his nose when either James or Sirius lit up a smoke.
• Sirius practically never studying or handing in homework but somehow always getting top marks on all of his classes. (The asshole)
• Remus probably being the smartest wizard of their year but still working till ungodly hours and always having ink stains somewhere in his persona.
• Sirius listening to The Clash and Pink Floyd and the Sex Pistols and Queen.
• Remus listening to the Beatles and Elton John and Abba.
• Sirius always having his tie undone and at least three buttons of his shirt propped open.
• Remus always having a perfectly made tie and his shirt buttoned all the way up.
• And yet Sirius was the one who always brought Remus flowers and wrote him poems and hummed romantic lyrics in his ear.
• And Remus was the one who slammed him against the corridor’s wall leaving him as a panting, whimpering mess as Remus winked and casually left to Charms.
(Because Sirius thought he was punk rock but he really really wasn’t)
peter wouldn’t have been a marauder if it weren’t for remus. james and sirius were brilliant and clever and too talented for their own good and i don’t think they would have ever given peter a second glance if remus hadn’t. they were drawn to remus because he was funny and clever in his quiet remus way but they were also drawn to him because he was something they weren’t: uncommonly kind.
remus spent his life knowing just what it felt like being the odd man out, being on the sidelines with no way into the game that everyone else was born knowing the rules to. once he found james and sirius, found himself loved by them, i think he’d develop a severe soft spot for an underdog. that never goes away really — look at how he treats neville.
i think it must have been remus who involved peter in the marauders’ pranks and conversations and failures and triumphs. i have no doubt that james and sirius grew to love peter too, that they saw him as a member of their family, but they never would have if it weren’t for remus.
lately i spend a lot of time wondering how remus must have felt after sirius got out of prison and he knew the truth: that the man who ultimately betrayed lily and james, caused sirius to suffer in azkaban, and caused harry to grow up an orphan never would have had the opportunity to do that if remus hadn’t drawn him into their circle at eleven years old.
it’s an irrational thing to feel guilty about, it’s absolutely ridiculous to think that showing another boy kindness when you’re a child makes you in some way responsible for what he would someday do to the people who loved him.
but remus is prone to guilt. he’s self-depricating and guilty and i think it’s within the realm of possibility that remus would think it were all his fault just as much as sirius thought it was his own.
i feel differently about sirius and remus’s deaths like. they both make me sad — sad’s not a good enough word but it’s the only one i’ve got — but for different reasons.
sirius black was never going to live through that war, sirius’s death wasn’t a question of if but of when. because the risk makes it fun for sirius, because he loves nothing like a fight, because he’ll stare death in the eye just to break up the monotony. sirius wasn’t gonna live, and i’m not sure how bad he even wanted to. sirius is so caught up in being a renegade he was damned to get himself killed sooner or later. that’s the tragedy of sirius’s death — that it was inevitable because this stupid shattered beautiful bastard can’t care enough to keep himself alive.
but remus didn’t have to die; remus came so close to living, remus had one more night to survive before it was all over and he had his love and his child and for the first time since he was eleven years old, a whole beautiful future sprawling out before him. remus didn’t need to die but he did and it’s immature to say it this way but. it isn’t fair. it isn’t fucking fair. it’s not fair that he fought so hard and clung to living despite all the hell he went through only to die anyway.
it’s not fucking fair
About a year ago, YouTube introduced a system that they thought would increase the level of discourse on the site and make it a better place for everyone. Instead of just showing you the most recent comments on a video, you would (by default) see algorithmically selected comments that would take into account who your friends were, how highly ranked commenters social media profiles were, how many people “like” the comment, and whether the comment inspiring discussion.
I never liked that system because, basically, it ensured that the average comment would never be seen because it would be buried by previous comments or comments from famous people. But I didn’t think it would be this bad.
Whether by design or by chance, Top Comments seems to weight whether comments inspire discussion extremely heavily. It also does not seem to take into account the number of downvotes a comment gets. As a result, the most controversial (and often disgusting) comments sit on the top of a video for everyone to see. Top Comments is a system that literally (and seemingly intentionally) promotes the worst sort of trolls.
Thus, every SciShow video has a promoted comment from the same guy arguing about creationism or global warming. Racist comments sit on top of the comments in Vlogbrothers videos. VLOGBROTHERS! The comments of Vlogbrothers used to be (and still largely are) the nicest place on the internet.
But because people acting terribly get promoted, the comments appear to be a terrifying and disturbing place.
I thought Top Comments was meant to prevent that…and it would be a very easy fix (simply weight downvotes heavily). And yet it hasn’t happened…which makes me wonder if YouTube actually likes the trolls. Maybe trolls in the comments increase time-on-site…a statistic that YouTube is praising very highly at the moment. That /really/ can’t be the case. I’m not allowing myself to walk down that line of reasoning because it indicates a lack of interest in the community that I cannot believe possible by my friends at YouTube.
So, for now, I believe that the YouTube comments team is bound up by some internal bureaucracy or logistical problem and wants very badly to fix this problem (that they MUST know about). That’s bad, but it’s not as bad as the alternative.
But whatever the cause, fix it, because it’s making the platform hostile and unpleasant to my viewers and me, and there are other platforms out there…
In the meantime, I would like to call on Nerdfighters for a bit of a hack. Trolls will be trolls…when you reply to their trolling you are literally promoting them. So, instead, click on “newest first” every time you go to a video and leave reply comments to good comments. Funny comments. Insightful comments…or leave one yourself. This shit sucks, maybe we can make it a little better.
Great post, Hank! Top Comments blows chunks, and we can’t wait for it to get fixed. When you’re on YouTube, bury trolls by not replying to them, and instead reply to nerdfightastic comments. Thanks, and DFTBA.
Thanks for taking the time to read this letter. As fellow YouTubers, we have much respect for others who put so much hard work into building their channel. It’s not easy, and you should be proud! That said, we’ve noticed that in your success, there has been a lack of respect in return…namely, for women and girls.
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.
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.
We are deeply disturbed by this trend and would like to ask you, from one creator to another, to please stop. Please stop violating women and making them uncomfortable on the street for views. Please stop physically restraining them and pressuring them to be sexual when they are uncomfortable. Please show some respect for women’s right to their own bodies. While it may seem like harmless fun, a simple prank, or a “social experiment”, these videos encourage millions of young men and women to see this violation as a normal way to interact with women. 1 in 6 young women (real life ones, just like the ones in your video) are sexually assaulted, and sadly, videos like these will only further increase those numbers.
We realize that people make mistakes, and that sometimes it’s hard to see the ripple effect of one’s actions. We really hope that you will take a step back and consider the power you have to be someone who makes the world a better place. It’s not too late to make a change! We invite you to join us in ending widespread bodily violation that takes place in so many forms all around in the world.
Thanks so much.
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