ok so i was watching this gif carefully
and when i first saw it i was like “aww Nat jumping into steve’s lap that’s so cute she’s like AHH STEVE SAVE ME” and then i was thinking ‘well she probably realized he’s way stronger than she is and…
So, once upon a time I said, “If you can’t tell Captain America what you’re doing, you probably shouldn’t be doing it” and it inspired a poem by Catt Kingsgrave (aka theactualcluegirl) which eventually led to this pre-release rough-draft single, The Ballad Of Captain America’s Disapproving Face (also available for listening here on SoundCloud).
I guarantee you will never laugh this hard at any other song that opens with a riff on the Star Spangled Banner. Also there is, if I’m not mistaken, a kazoo cover of Star Spangled Man involved.
Anyhow, Murder Ballads is working on an album, and if you like the song, consider throwing a few bucks their way to help get their album made.
(The accompanying image up there is by the astonishing Frogbillgo, but is not associated officially with the album.)
I wish this person who stop trying to defend Grant Ward by saying “And the abuse survivors who watch the show don’t want to see him go down a darker path because that sends the wrong message (they’re already not happy about this arc). They’ve mentioned they’ve been repeatedly triggered by the…
Guys, guys! We have a new one for our collection! Three months after being accused to rape Skye, Ward has finally been upgraded to “threatening to rape her until she turned”. I think this should win some kind of award for imaginative spinning!
Dear OP. Please go away and only come back here once you have your facts straight. And you know what? When an abuse victim says they would hate being represented as villains with no hope for redemption, you freaking respect that. Because they are people with feelings, a past and a future. As opposed to Grant Ward who is a fictional character on TV.
Here’s the thing though: abuse victims become abusers ALL THE TIME. Like Ward did. That doesn’t mean we ignore the victims of the new abuser because of their past.
What is up with people who think they speak for ALL abuse victims? There are plenty of people I know with abuse in their past that highly dislike Ward and the way he has manipulated, abused and terrorized characters. Particularly women of colour.
(Also there is a lot of hilarity in that I’m being told to ‘go away’…from my own blog and a tag that only I use)
No one is saying we speak for all abuse victims but guess what? There are many abuse victims who love Ward and identify with him and want him to be redeemed. You just devalued their right to say that ‘hey, I don’t want to be represented as a villain’
So, do NOT act like you are the innocent party here.
Ok so as an abuse survivor I figure I can put in my two cents.
I don’t like Grant Ward. I have no sympathy for Grant Ward. Grant Ward was abused which was tragic. Grant Ward became an abuser in turn. Grant Ward was given chances. Grant Ward had a support system ready and willing to help him. Grant Ward used them, threatened them, tried to kill them, and refused any and all help they offered him.
Do you know what I would have done for a solid support system when I was at the height of my depression caused from years of abuse I went through?
I won’t speak for all abuse victims, but I have a hard time believing the one character on the show that other abuse victims identify with is the white male nazi. Know who I identify with? Mike, who was kidnapped and forced by a system that made him do horrible things. They experimented on him, tortured him physically and mentally, and forced him to kill and maim people for their own individual gain. All while holding his son, the only person in his life he cared about, hostage. All because they could, because there was no one else that cared about a unemployed black man with a kid in the city. Mike was just another statistic and HYDRA and Garrett and Ward took advantage of that. They took advantage of his situation, and how weakness, and they abused and tortured him for the entire season.
Mike had no support system, Mike had no one except Skye after they figured out he could be saved. And what did he do? He accepted their help and he took responsibility for his actions. If anyone should get a redemption arc (or something like it) it should be Mike. Because fuck Grant Ward. I’m an abuse survivor and he doesn’t represent me I don’t want him to represent me. Grant Ward stopped being a victim when he started creating his own victims.
People in this fandom could stan for the redemption or expansion of other characters who have suffered abuse like Mike, or Akela but no, instead some want to stan the white boy nazi who’s killed and made a rape threat and worked for an organization that sought to slaughter millions.
But I’m just one person, and I won’t speak for other abuse survivors in the fandom.
The science has become increasingly solid on the idea that pretty much all abusers were abused and/or neglected, with the rare exception that can usually be attributed to a medical condition.
Shorter version: ALL ABUSERS WERE ABUSED. Caveat, footnote, etc.
I understand the worry abuse victims struggle with, about turning into abusers. I face it myself. But I also know the dangers of wanting to excuse someone who is currently abusing you. It’s how real people end up really dead.
If the things Ward has done haven’t crossed the point of no return yet, what would it take? When we excuse it, what message are we sending?
Tilt the head and charm everyone: birb secret