Not tagging this because I’m not a jerk (or I try not to be anyways) BUT
Lemme tell you what bothers me about the Grant Ward stans I see in my activity feed.
"lolol look at how mad these haters are!" Naw, kids. You do you. If you super wanna invest in redeeming the white boy who threatened to rape his love interest, who shot numerous people in cold blood, who looked right into the eyes of his "friends" before flipping the switch to condemn them to death, who was grossly menacing and controlling with the woman he’s supposed to genuinely care for, who did mental backflips to justify being part of a Nazi organization, you go right ahead.
You know what’s particularly sad though? People so convinced that his redemption and return to the team are forthcoming are completely missing one of the best features of Grant’s whole arc, his whole character: the way it completely subverted this idea of a brooding anti-hero. Through most of season one we are led to believe he’s just going to be the stereotypical manpain-having badass who needs to be saved by the love of a good woman so he can go be the big hero. But then, no! He’s HYDRA! He is an ACTUAL VILLAIN! He doesn’t have manpain - he has a actual legitimate trauma, which it is pointed out EXPLICITLY does NOT EXCUSE his monstrous actions! He does objectively HORRIBLE things and he does them with eyes wide open, making a conscious choice. He looked right into Fitz’s and Simmons’ eyes and decided, no, I’m not going to save them, I’m going to murder them. These two people who have cared about me, who have befriended me, who are offering me a second chance. I’m going to drop them into the ocean where either the brutal impact will shatter their bodies or they’ll just drown.
Let me repeat that: In the same episode that Agents of SHIELD gives us what is supposed to be the big “aww poor Grant look at how he’s suffered how can you blame him” excuse to wipe away all his horrible choices and actions, Grant Ward looks his opportunity for redemption in the eyes and pulls the kill switch.
It’s not just that I don’t want a redemption arc - Grant Ward doesn’t think he needs a redemption arc. He genuinely believes he did the best he could given his circumstances. Not for a moment do we see any hint of him believing otherwise. Not in the acting, not in the writing, nowhere.
But, yeah, we’re all just “haters” for seeing the possibility of him returning to the team as being a gross mishandling of the story.
sometimes tumblr’s US-centric social justice makes me so fucking frustrated. Right now sweden’s third biggest party are literally neo-nazis and our elections couldn’t even get onto trending tags today, goddamit.
Okay, so the post is gaining notes and people are confused, so to explain what the hell is going on:
Swedish elections held were on last Sunday, 14th September. We’ve had a right-leaning government the past eight years and after this there will be a change of power. The new party, Socialdemocrats (S) gained a total of 31% percent. The old party, Moderaterna (M) gained 21%.
Sverigedemokraterna (SD) gained a total of 12.9%. Their policy is racist, Islamophobic, anti-immigration, anti-refugee, anti-diversity, anti-LGBT+, and anti-feminist. Basically, they tick every box on the douchebag lottery.
If you’re here to argue that they’re ~not actually~ Nazis: 1) Fuck you. 2) Fuck the horse the you rode in on. 3) I hope you get stepped on by a moose, you ignorant asswipe.
- they literally started as neo nazis. They have used a Neo-Nazi movement as campaign slogans,
- party members have assaulted immigrants with iron pipes (tw for racialised violence),
- worn Nazi symbols
- supported and helped build Neo-Nazi group SvP.
There’s probably more, but I don’t have links on hand.
They’ve been having rallies and demonstrations all over Sweden, and people have shown up just to turn their back on them and protest (this post explains it better).
In the 2010 elections, SD were pretty much considered no better than neo-Nazis and only got 5.7% votes - it put them in 6th place and was just enough to get them into parliament. In the elections before that, they got about 2.9%. In the past four years, they’ve grown exponentially in Sweden.
They’ve also run extremely extensive PR campaigns, appealing to the youth, kicking out members “exposed” of being racist, (note: these members often end up in SvP) and picking up buzzwords from the Socialdemocrats’ ideology.
29% of votes they gained this year were from swing voters who previously voted M, and the biggest gain have been in the south, in small towns and the countryside:
This is not something that’s just going on in Sweden. Europe has seen an influx of extreme-right parties over the last decade or so, often thinly disguised as a party that puts ‘traditional values’ and ‘national interest’ first.
In Greece and Hungary they’ve already been in power. In Germany, Netherlands, Italy, Greece, Finland France and UK, extreme-right-wing parties have been voted into the EU.
Because here’s the thing: we’ve forgotten what it looks like. We’ve gotten to the point where we’ve turned Nazism into a cartoonish lampoon of goose-stepping, uniforms and moral lessons that “we’ll never be like them~”, ignoring the fact nationalism is not as cut-and-dry two ends of an extreme but exists on a scale.
People have been apologising for SD’s actions for a while now because they’re not considered “extremist enough” to be neo-Nazis, because they don’t share the same beliefs, because they’ve “publicly denounced” SvP.
But the same people still get hurt. Still SD has the institutional and systematic power and privilege to oppress, degrade and humiliate people of colour, which they already have done. Stop making excuses for them. Stop making leeways for right-wing-extremists because that is how they gain tract.
Please spread this.
Important to note that they are part of the rising antisemitic right-wing that’s gaining traction in Europe as well, since that was somehow left out of this post.