Azealia Banks and Lana Del Rey selfies from the 2000s
I love Azealia coming online to yell about Twitter at 7 am.
Welcome to the bizarre and often dangerous world of cults. We all know the saying, “too much of a good thing can be bad” and cults single-handedly prove this is true. Often based upon religious beliefs or philosophy (generally concerning aliens, as you’ll come to see), cults unsurprisingly find themselves excluded from society. This isolation tends to lead to obsession, and while some cults are pretty harmless albeit extremely wacky, others have kidnapped, tortured and murdered in the name of their beliefs or for their charismatic leaders. You should never mix politics, religion, and sex but here are ten bizarre religious cults that have mixed all three and then some.
1. Heaven’s Gate
The leader of the Heaven’s Gate cult Marshall Applewhite, who led 39 people in a mass suicide in 1997.
Founded in the 1970s by charismatic Marshall “Bo” Applewhite and Bonnie Nettles, members of Heaven’s Gate believed that their leaders came to earth on a UFO to spread the message that our planet was being recycled, or wiped clean, and the only way to escape this cleansing was via a UFO.
In 1997 the police discovered the bodies of 39 members in the compound they had lived in; they had committed mass suicide in the hope of reaching an alien spacecraft they believed was trailing the Comet Hale–Bopp by taking phenobarbital mixed with apple sauce, washed down with vodka. They had also secured plastic bags around their heads after ingesting the mix, to induce asphyxiation. Beside each body, the police found a form of identification and a few dollars which they believed would cover their intergalactic travel fare. Applewhite was one of the last four cult members to die.
Here’s the thing about shows like South Park and Family Guy that make their money off of being edgy and offensive. They fundamentally reduce their viewers’ capacity for empathy. If I found a joke funny, and you found it offensive, you’re just too sensitive. This is directly related to the ride of the alt right and the election of trump. In this essay I will
OP WHERE’S THE FUCKING ESSAY
So instead of writing the essay this is exactly what I’m talking about. This shit reduces your capacity for empathy. If you can’t understand why people are hurt by a simple joke, nay, think that’s the whole point… How the hell are you supposed to feel for someone when they come to you complaining of ACTUAL oppression? It’s the foot in the door phenomenon. A little oppression isn’t too bad, cuz it’s funny, right? It hardens your heart against others
Somebody actually wrote this essay already. It’s a Twitter thread about how the alt right recruits teenage boys by getting them to post slightly offensive memes… And then when they get called out and don’t understand why the alt right channels their anger at feminists and women and people of color and liberals. According to this thread, boys are being “set up”
Read the whole thread at the link above this is just a snip
“offensive” shows like Family Guy are a precursor to the alt right and you can’t change my mind
Y'all this shit so basic even Spongebob one it. It’s not about being too sensitive. It’s normalizing abuse through comedy that’s a foot in the door to greater oppression.
Im immune to guilt trippy “hey reblog this, I see you ignoring this” posts. it could be the best take I’ve ever read in my life and then as soon as it finishes its statement with “everyone must reblog this” I black out and vaporize the post from my memory. what were you talking about? who knows who cares I’m looking at something else now
I know this is going to make me sound pretensions but I have to get it off my chest. I feel an unimaginable rage when someone posts a photo and is like “this picture looks like a renaissance painting lol” when the photo clearly has the lighting, colors and composition of a baroque or romantic painting. There are differences in these styles and those differences are important and labeling every “classical” looking painting as renaissance is annoying and upsetting to me. And anytime I come across one of those posts I have to put down my phone and go take a walk because they make me so mad
In case you’re curious here’s what I mean.
Renaissance(distinct lines, stability and the individual man):
Baroque (bold, chaotic, dramatic):
Romantic(romanticize the simple hard working life):
Do you see the difference?
op is a vampire who painted works in all of these times