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An Open Letter to Sam Pepper

lacigreen:

Hi Sam!

Thanks for taking the time to read this letter.  As fellow YouTubers, we have much respect for others who put so much hard work into building their channel.  It’s not easy, and you should be proud!  That said, we’ve noticed that in your success, there has been a lack of respect in return…namely, for women and girls.

You may have noticed that your latest video “Fake Hand Ass Pinch Prank” has garnered considerable negative attention.  In this video, you sexually violate a number of unsuspecting women on the street, many of whom are visibly confused and upset at being touched by you without permission.  One woman even says “I don’t like that!” while you proceed to laugh and touch her more.  In “How to Make Out with Strangers”, made a year ago, you pressure women on camera to make out with you - again, many of whom are visibly uncool with it.  Confused and caught off guard, they painfully follow through with your requests, clearly uncomfortable.  In “How to Pick Up Girls with a Lasso”, you physically restrain women on the street with lassos - many of whom look alarmed to be restrained by a stranger.

You’d probably be alarmed too, wouldn’t you?  Imagine someone on the street comes up and rubs their hand on your bottom, or a girl walks up to you with a camera and forces her mouth onto yours while you’re trying to figure out what’s going on.  Imagine walking down the alley alone, when a guy much larger than you physically restrains you with rope and pulls you toward him.  You probably wouldn’t like it, right?

People don’t like to be violated and they don’t like to see their friends and girlfriends be violated either (hence the group of men that tried to beat you up in the lasso video).  And yet, history suggests that perhaps you find this humorous.  It is very disturbing that we live in a world where the violation of women and girls’ bodies is not only funny, but profitable, and can garner considerable notoriety and views on YouTube.

We are deeply disturbed by this trend and would like to ask you, from one creator to another, to please stop.  Please stop violating women and making them uncomfortable on the street for views.  Please stop physically restraining them and pressuring them to be sexual when they are uncomfortable.  Please show some respect for women’s right to their own bodies.  While it may seem like harmless fun, a simple prank, or a “social experiment”, these videos encourage millions of young men and women to see this violation as a normal way to interact with women.  1 in 6 young women (real life ones, just like the ones in your video) are sexually assaulted, and sadly, videos like these will only further increase those numbers.

We realize that people make mistakes, and that sometimes it’s hard to see the ripple effect of one’s actions.  We really hope that you will take a step back and consider the power you have to be someone who makes the world a better place.  It’s not too late to make a change!  We invite you to join us in ending widespread bodily violation that takes place in so many forms all around in the world.

Thanks so much.

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09.26.14 104197
Circle K Has Changed.

brianmlopez:

People have said Facebook changed the club for the worse, but that is not even close to the root of the changes.

As my days in this organization come to an end very soon, I look back through to when I first joined. What I see is an organization whose members have not just changed through addition…

well said Brian. Although I came into Circle K four years ago,I definitely still feel that there has been a lot of change in that time.

08.29.14 13

standinginahole:

Jam Sessions with Tony and Bianca

Latch (acoustic cover) 

08.27.14 3
Sac Town Lady.

SWOOON times infinity.

08.17.14 1
Zoom immawittywalrus:

My second home. I remember walking past this sign ever so often. I fucking love Isla Vista.
Seriously. such a beautiful sign <3

immawittywalrus:

My second home. 

I remember walking past this sign ever so often. I fucking love Isla Vista.

Seriously. such a beautiful sign <3

05.27.14 313
Anonymity.

when it comes to constructive criticism, I seriously hate when comments are anonymous. Although it promotes people to speak their mind freely, i dont feel that it is effective in opening and addressing issues.

I would much rather prefer for people to approach me and tell me what they observe, and at lease offer me some means of explaining things.

I just get so frustrated when some people accuse me of not doing ANYTHING at all. I honestly dont believe that they know how much time, and energy i spend on these things.

It’s all I think about. Its all I do. I’ve sacrificed so much. I could be spending my time focusing on other things, but i dont. I spend all of my time, making sure our meetings do not extend over 2 hours, sitting in excomm meetings 4 hours a week, and I hold office hours. 

And you mean to tell me i havent been doing anything? And to that, I say fuck you. You dont know what I have been through, and how I try my best to stay positive when i know its apparent that nobody listens to me, how in some odd way, as I am suppose to be the figure head that represents this organization, that I feel the most out of place, the most alienated.

you obviously do no know how much i care. How much, i really want our chapter to continue to increase our visibility on campus and off. You obviously dont see the time, and the amount of brain power i devote to trying to make this a pleasant experience for everyone. So much so that my family and close friends worry about me. I can never give them a straight answer when they ask me how im doing because i dont want to them to know how much i honestly hate myself for not being good enough president for our chapter. All i ever can say is that, “I’m just really tired” and playing it off to make it seem like nothing is wrong, but in reality, I am burn out from all this effort with reciprocation. How are we suppose to move forward and change/implement new things when in fact, everyone here is resistant to change.  THERE is no way you would understand the fine details on how much it really takes to run this chapter and to that. i say, give me a call and let me discuss with you what I have done.

04.25.14 1
ATE. Kaytee Ison

so. you know happens on my tumblr sometimes, well its back. i need you.

kthanks.

03.11.14 0

I have not been on tumblr all quarter.. where does the time goo…

12.12.13 1
I don’t think everyone should be able to use the internet.

Some of the people on the internet today are just idiots. I feel like this can be seen by the people on twitter who make these racist comments about people who do not fit their idea of “american” winning american competitions .events… etc.

This crap bothers me so much, how could there be so many people out there that think this way? More recently in pop culture with the recent tweets on Miss America, and even more recently the winner of America’s Got Talent. 

But this is not the first time I’ve seen this happen before, during the NBA finals there were a giant influx of racist comments about how there was a mexican kid singing the national anthem in San Antonio.

Seriously though, certain remarks like the ones I’ve read make me sick to my stomach. How is it that we, Americans, can say such things about people out there who just chasing their dream. Who cares if they’re not your typical expectation of “American?”

Newsflash bigots, America is a diverse place, and some of your backward ass thinking needs to stop. America is suppose to symbolize a place where people can pursue their dreams, regardless of skin tone. 

My parents and countless people, did not give up their livelihood in another country to come to a country full of judging racist bigots, they came here to work hard and provide a better life for their families. If anything, my family is probably way more American than your entitled self.

For those who may be offended by my comments, before you go saying that I’m not American because I have Asian Heritage, you should probably realize, I was born here,I was educated by the American school system, and english is probably the only language that I am fluent.

Too many tangents in this post. but seriously though, some people on internet are idiots..and shouldnt be allowed on the internet.

09.19.13 2
two years later.

the other day I ran into an old floor-mate of mine from my freshmen year while i was moving stuff into my apartment at like 11:00pm. We spent probably an hour in the middle of the street, just talking about how we were doing, and what we had been up since we were first years. We also talked about what the other people on our floor were doing, or what we had heard about them.

I cannot believe that it has pretty much been two years since were lived on the ninth floor. Time has gone by way too quickly. I havent kept in touch with a lot of people on my floor, most likely due to my busy schedule, but looking back, it really puts somethings into perspective for me. There are even some people i havent seen from my floor since i moved out.

It’s interesting how almost two years ago, I lived with these people and now, many of them are like strangers, with familiar faces. How quickly relationships can fade in college.

Going into my third year, I would say the person that i was my freshmen year, and now, although I still possess many of my quirky attributes, i feel the thing that has changed most about me is my outlook on the world, and life.

i think that’s probably the main experience i’ll take away once my colleges days are over, The people i meet in college, the people i spend time with will be the thing i remember most about college, not the partying I did, or the hours of studying I put in.

08.31.13 0