“Rita won’t pick up her coms but I can’t get the goddamned a/c to work. We live in a desert, damn it! A lady has a right to sit in his own house without feeling like his skin is gonna melt off.”
Hi yes pls pay attention to me. This was my test for my Juno cosplay for tomorrow. I don’t own a turtleneck or a trench coat so we’ll see what I end up doing. (They/Them)
Juno’s night out
shh shhhhhh just close your eyes and think about an animatic ft juno and peter set to this
A vision in gold and light
rita: so, the two of us sat down to enjoy some delicious tea! it was wonderful!! we talked and it appeared to me at first that we were having so much fun! but, all of a sudden, mrs. strong started asking me all of these absurd questions! why does it smell like blood? does something feel off in here to you? is there something your not telling me? i don’t know why it started but all of a sudden i began to feel a warmness growing in my cheeks! like when someone sees their crush in public! ooo! or, when you go somewhere and it’s really hot! i’m sure it’s nothing to be worried about!! although, my friend in front of me seemed very interested in it! <3
alessandra: Hey Rita, are you feeling alright? You’re cheeks are glowing purple.
rita: i told her that this was totally normal!! nothing out of the ordinary here! this just usually happens when people who i haven’t seen in a while come over! it’s totally fine!! she’s looks worried about me! i already told her it’s normal! gosh, it sure is hot in here! i wonder if franny feels the same!! man, what did i eat? i don’t feel so well either! well, whatever i ate, i’m sure it’ll pass! franny said so! i don’t want alessandra to be worried about me more than she has to! <3
ladies are like ‘i know a spot’ and then handcuff you and arrest you for the theft of an ancient martian artifact
Just two thieves, 2 feet part definitely not getting distracted from the job at hand because they are very gay.
I’m not sure if people on Tumblr were aware that this was a problem, since the majority of what I’ve seen is on what I guess you could call TPP Stan Twitter. For those who don’t know, the shit there is DESPICABLE. The way that people talk about the men in the Penumbra cast is sexual harrassment, plain and simple. I don’t care if you have a crush on him. Having a crush on an actor is okay as long as you understand that they are an unattainable person who you don’t know personally. There’s nothing wrong with finding someone attractive.
But it is NOT okay to make sexual comments about someone, to TAG THEM asking that they interact with you, to create sexual headcanons for their characters and then ATTEMPT TO SHOW THEM SAID HEADCANONS, to publicly discuss your attraction to them, and so on. I cannot fathom how people would think it is okay to say the kinds of things Sophie’s referring to. It is sexual harassment, it is fetishizing dehumanization, and it is so, so damaging.
If you respect and care about the Penumbra cast, why the fuck would you want to make them feel unsafe? I’ll tell you why: because you’re forgetting that the cast is a group of human people. Because as I’ve discussed before, this fandom has started to think that it can say whatever it likes about characters, however problematic. And y’all got away with it, so you took it a step further started saying whatever the fuck you liked about the actors.
I’m writing this with the disclaimer that I’m a cisgender lesbian woman, and not a mlm. But as a lesbian I’m the sworn protector of mlms everywhere and as a decent human being I’m sick of this shit.
TL;DR LEAVE THE PENUMBRA CAST THE FUCK ALONE AND STOP HARASSING THEM
If anyone wants to talk my DMs and messages are open.
[ID: A twitter thread from Sophie Takagi Kaner, who posts with the Twitter handle @ Sophiekaner. Their profile pic shows them striking a pose, and their Twitter name is “Sophie Takagi Kaner, Public Universal Boyfriend.” The thread says as follows:
1 “Dear fandom culture, let us please stop being creepy towards men.”
2 “I know we’re all here because we like to see male characters kiss each other and put on dresses and makeup, and that rules, and real-life men who like kissing each other and putting on dresses and makeup are awesome, but holy SHIT is it yucky to come at ACTUAL MEN…”
3 “…queer or not, interested in dresses/makeup or not, and imply that you’d like to see them kiss each other or wear certain things. Imagine telling a woman you’d like to see her kiss another woman, or that she would look good in a pretty dress and lipstick!”
4 “(Yes I know this happens to women in mainstream culture all the time, but my point is that fandom culture has different norms—often in intentional direct opposition to the mainstream, and sometimes in good ways!)
5 “From my own experience, the difference in the way people treat/talk about the women who work on the Penumbra and the men who work on the Penumbra is STARK, and I see exactly the same thing when I poke my head into other fandoms.”
6 “You hate to see it!!! Men are not toys, they are human beings!”
7 “And if anyone tells me I am erasing non-binary people in this conversation I will hop straight out of my skin”
8 “And if you’re part of a fandom that doesn’t do this PLEASE don’t tell me about it because I’m not talking about that fandom”
originally my remarks were posted under a reblog of another blog’s thoughts; I didn’t want to detract from that user so I made this its own post.
serious talk time: it is disrespectful and disgusting to treat voice actors like sexy content vending machines. these people– men, women, nbs, but this happens most often to men– do NOT deserve to be sexually harassed. full stop.
if you have ever engaged in doing so, particularly if you have done so directly to voice actors of ANY show, you’re disrespectful and disgusting, too.
yeah, i’m making generalized character judgments Online– if it doesn’t apply to you, then get over it. if it does apply to you, then fucking block me you nasty little worm.
So random thought, but I can’t help but wonder, how good is the comm’s signal in space? Nureyev got a call from God-knows-where on a deserted planet. Not to mention in the Christmas special, Mick states that Juno told him not to use his name, meaning they must have called each other over comms. Does this universe Kabert created have infinite signal as long as there’s no comms jammer? Is there really no one Buddy trusts enough to call and help them out?
The whiplash that comes from writing a Junoverse Penumbra fic while listening to Spotify and hearing the “Some guy called Peter…” ad is indescribable.
Like yes I may have just been thinking “do it for Peter” towards Juno in the fic, but actually hearing “do it for Peter” just a moment later is wild.
What the FUCK peter?!?!
[ID picture of a piece of traditional art of Juno Steel with a neutral expression. He has dark skin highlighted with yellows and reds, and purples in his hair. He has one brown and one blue eye that are looking up. He is wearing a light blue collared jacket, and a purple shirt before the rest is cut off. Blue and red Washi Tape criss cross randomly in the background. end ID]
rita: before i let the lucky lady in i fixed a few things up!! i changed into a fresh new pair of clothes and moved juno’s body out of the way so she wouldn’t see it so easily! the blood was a little hard to clean up, but i got it all figured out!! the fourth time she rang the ship’s doorbell was when i decided to let her in!! <3
rita: it was alessandra!! she looked so pretty!! she didn’t seem annoyed that i didn’t answer the door sooner! it appeared as though she didn’t find anything off! good! i want to unleash it before she can begin coming to conclusions! not like she needs to know what it is beforehand anyway! it’s gonna be sweet!! anyway, i acted natural! like always! and invited her in to the event before her own two eyes!!
rita: i told here there was tea in the kitchen! and asked her to follow me! we talked on our way! her asking questions of how my life was going, and me doing the same! so unassuming! like she never bothered to question herself what was ahead of her! sad, really. she won’t survive i bet! not like she matters anyway! anyhow, gotta get her some tea! can’t keep a lady waiting like that!! <3
I forgot to post this, so here’s our favorite lady in his iconic yellow dress! :D
It’s late morning when Juno walks into his office, head heavy and throbbing behind his vacant eye socket, heart heavy and throbbing behind his unhurt chest where Peter Nureyev’s name is tucked away.
“No more extraction cases, Rita,” he says, cutting off her your eye, Mistah Steel! Where were you? What happene—.
“We’re done with dreamsharing,” Juno says, and that’s supposed to be the end of it.
It starts with Miasma, her stone-faced assistants strapping Peter and Juno down into chairs a foot apart from one another, the neosomnacin winding its way down the tubing and into their veins. Or it starts with Croesus Kanagawa’s death and the glitterbright deathtraps of Cecil Kanagawa’s dreams. Or it starts with Peter Nureyev, age seventeen, stabbing Mag Ransom in the stomach three levels down while they wait for the kick. Or it starts with Juno and Benzaiten, four years old, holding their wrists out to their mother as Sarah Steel says okay, little monsters, just one adventure before bedtime.
Or it starts where Juno remembers, fading into awareness on a rocky seashore, his hand clasped in Peter’s as he lifts his head from the surf.
Juno’s dreams are all neon and old synthbrick, worn-out plastic and blurred galaxies through the geodesic dome overhead. His dreams are all in relief: nighttime shot through with the glare of streetlamps, his dreams are all coated in the red martian dust that gets everywhere. His projections are all upturned collars and downcast eyes.
They say you shouldn’t dream about real places. They say that dreamsharing is dangerous enough as it is, that there’s no point blurring reality and dreams more than they need to be blurred. What’s the point of dreaming reality?
Juno tries, but he can’t dream anything except Hyperion City.
“I’m putting a team together, Juno,” Buddy Aurinko says. “You’ve got a standing job offer, if you’re looking for something different.”
“I don’t run extractions anymore,” Juno says.
“Oh, I don’t need an extractor,” Buddy says, laughing, the half of her face Juno can see curved into a smile. “Especially not one trained by the HCPD, no, absolutely not.”
“Well, unless you need a half-blind sharpshooter,” Juno says, moving to stand.
“Juno, sit down,” Buddy says. “I don’t mean to impugn you, you’re just so decidedly direct, darling, and a blunt weapon is all well and good in its proper place—tell me, Juno, have you ever run point?”
They both don’t bring up the fact that their skin tingles when they touch, or the deep vibration that comes when they meet someone like them, or the way Nureyev melted one of his bracelets in that bathroom when Juno had disregarded his name.
OK so ive been thinking about it for a whole minute and like deadass juno steel being black and having a white VA makes me literally so uncomfortable.
fantasy / scifi media usually separates their worlds from ours in terms of race.
colorblindness from the authors BUT there are still stereotypes behind black and brown folks. and their predominantly white audiences hear/see this and continually perpetuate the stereotypes by that character that you’re writing?? when you’re a white or not of that race. (ESPECIALLY being non black and writing a black character??)
im not saying juno steel is written like that but this mentality is carried by so many fiction creatives and is not really addressed????? im just a bit confused.
like if youre white and playing a black character isnt that like lowkey like digital blackface??
there are plenty of black VAs out there so theres really no excuse to not have a black person playing him, and if @sophie kaner and kevin viberts reasoning is that they were mainly casting their friends to play these charcters, then they have really no right to claim juno being black. the intention just doesnt really show throughout the show and seems more like an afterthought????????
im a nonwhite latino of indigenous descent, and id really like to highlight black voices about this issue and if any yall have a problem or feel uncomfortable about this??
im happy that yeah hes being portrayed as black but having a white va is just..??