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The best background art in celebrity sex tapes, ranked

If you’re looking to get more of a cultural experience from watching celebrity sex tapes, the Internet has got your back.

Images via Art from Sex Tapes

Let us help you stop writing shitty articles about fanfic.

More than a decade after the Harry Potter craze kicked fanfic culture straight into the mainstream, we’re still seeing regular appearances from that most embarrassing of journalistic genres: the poorly researched thinkpiece expressing shock, horror, bemusement, and condescension for fandom and the (mostly female) fans who write fanfiction.

So for anyone out there who has just been hired to explain the intricacies of fanfic culture to a confused and ill-informed audience, here are a few misconceptions we can get out of the way before you even start:

Myth: Reporters should ask celebrities what they think about the awkward fanfic fans write about them

No. First of all, asking a celebrity to simply “react” to fanfiction being written about the fictional character they portray (and occasionally the actor themselves) is actually shorthand for “I’m a lazy reporter who would rather exploit fans than do the work of rounding up real questions for this interview.”

Secondly, this celebrity who is having lots of slash written about them has already been asked about their thoughts on slash by the other 145 million unoriginal reporters who came along before you and went, “What can I do to be edgy? Oh, I know, I’ll show them the fanfiction about them on the Internet!” They are sick of being asked this question.

Thirdly, depending on any number of personal/social/contextual factors that have nothing to do with the show, the fandom, or the content of the fanfic, being asked about fanfic could make them feel uncomfortable, which means you were just rude and invasive for stupid reasons.

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(In which Gav and Aja attempt to debunk every terrible article ever written on fanfic, which we hopefully will never have to read again.)

10 alien reptoid celebrities who are taking over the Internet

Scooby Doo

Who: Beloved Great Dane, leader of the Gang, preventer of dastardly criminals who otherwise would’ve gotten away with it

Why: According to his own series, Scooby Doo is actually descended from an ancient race of other-worldly Sumerian gods called the Annunaki, who communicated to their followers by taking the form of animals. But the Annunaki are also the same Mesopotamian deities who were actually early alien visitors, according to a popular theory started by new age philosopher Zecharia Sitchin. Sitchin mistranslated Sumerian in order to argue that the Annunaki visited earthlings from the planet Nibiru to interact with Sumerians at least 8,000 years ago. The truth, according to Sitchin, was out there. (Way, way out there.)

Nikola Tesla

Who: Beloved inventor, sometime rival of Edison, and recent Internet icon

Why: Tesla was keenly interested in interstellar communication. Several times over his long and celebrated career, he expressed hope that he was on the trail of establishing communication with Mars. Like many scientists, he was certain that we could not be alone in the universe, and that the discovery of extraterrestrial life would create “the foundation for a universal brotherhood.” (So basically Tesla also invented Star Trek.)

But the connection with the reptoids really got started when Tesla’s long-time apprentice and assistant, Arthur Matthews, wrote a book 30 years after his death called The Wall of Light: Nikola Tesla and the Venusian space ship, the X-12.  In the book, which reads like a glorified fanfic about his former mentor, Matthews claimed that Tesla had always thought he was from Venus. Matthews claimed to have received visits from “Venusians” who took him to visit their home planet as well as Mars. The Venusians also told him that Tesla had been born on their space ship. Over the years, Matthews’ story has been used to argue that the Venusians were obviously the Sumerian reptile aliens, making Tesla one of them.

What do you think? Brilliant scientist ahead of his time, or futuristic space traveling reptile?

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Feast your eyes on the Internet’s gift to Oscar night: this gorgeous collection of Lupita Nyong’o fanart
… We think Lupita wore it better than all of the other comers, of course. (Sorry, Tiana!) There’s no doubt that last night was a fairy tale come true. But Lupita Nyong’o’s win was more than just a dream: It was an important win for representative media. Tumblr artist 0ddjobs depicted Nyong’o as a personal inspiration to her after the win last night, painting herself as a small girl looking up to Nyong’o as an example….
Pay attention, Hollywood: This is what a real film princess looks like.
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Art above by Gyimah Gariba / Facebook, featured with permission; also at garibage on Tumblr!

Lupita fanart on the Internet was our #1 best reason to wake up today.

bookshop:

Feast your eyes on the Internet’s gift to Oscar night: this gorgeous collection of Lupita Nyong’o fanart

… We think Lupita wore it better than all of the other comers, of course. (Sorry, Tiana!) There’s no doubt that last night was a fairy tale come true. But Lupita Nyong’o’s win was more than just a dream: It was an important win for representative media. Tumblr artist 0ddjobs depicted Nyong’o as a personal inspiration to her after the win last night, painting herself as a small girl looking up to Nyong’o as an example….

Pay attention, Hollywood: This is what a real film princess looks like.

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Art above by Gyimah Gariba / Facebook, featured with permission; also at garibage on Tumblr!

Lupita fanart on the Internet was our #1 best reason to wake up today.

connietough:

do u sometimes think about 

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friendship

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and do a wee cry

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because i do

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quite a lot

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omg i’m instantly invested in this celebrity friendship. — Gavia.

liartownusa:

The Big Book of Online CELEBRITY WORSHIP by Rainbow Brown

Sounds legit. — gavia

liartownusa:

The Big Book of Online CELEBRITY WORSHIP by Rainbow Brown

Sounds legit. — gavia

Why I stopped following celebrities on Twitter

You know what they say about meeting your idols: don’t.

Why I stopped following celebrities on Twitter

You know what they say about meeting your idols: don’t.

fuckyeahsirpatrickstewart:

WHY (x)

I would pay to see a reality TV show/documentary that just followed Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen around while they’re preparing for X-Men movies. — Gavia.