This morning on Tumblr, I posted a picture of a music review someone had written on Chris Brown’s album Fortune. Not only did the reviewer call this album “repugnant”, they implored the reader to not support Brown’s music because of his history of violence against women. Having read excerpts from a report given by the Los Angeles Police Department, I couldn’t agree more. Chris Brown does not deserve to be public figure adored and idolised by people.
Yet people keep leaping to his defense.
I received this message in my inbox shortly after posting the article:
bitch your mother should not be celebrated. who tf are you? a cracker. please sit. no1cur about your thoughts. HE STILL GOT MORE MONEY THAN YOU!
That is a direct copy and paste, in its entirety, from Anonymous’ message. Yup, Anonymous. Unless the famed 4chan hacker has me locked in his crosshairs, then the person who wrote this message didn’t even have the guts to put their name on it. Cowardly support of a man who punches women in the face. I’m using my real name as I post this. I’m not hiding behind an alias. Is it too much to expect that people won’t respond in kind?
What is Anonymous’ argument? Why should I withdraw my condemnation of Brown? He has more money than me. Wow! Apparently money can’t buy you love but it can buy you the right to do what you want without anybody criticising you.
This is not right. This should not be. Turning a blind eye to a person’s unrepentant sin, just because you enjoy there music, is not on.
For a while I’ve been playing around with Formspring, a site where people can ask you questions and you post the answers to your public page. It’s a site I like… in theory. In practice, I’ve found it clogged up with spam and frivolous information. Originally I joined up to Formspring to interact with authors I enjoy. Now many of them have stopped using Formspring. And now they’re using Tumblr. And from now on, that’s what I’m going to do as well. I already use Tumblr for posting random thoughts and links. I check it regularly and interact with it. And they have a function that works the same as Formspring. So if you have a question that you would like to see me ask, you can either go to my Tumblr page or go direct to my question page. Just like Formspring, there is still the ability to ask questions anonymously.
Is there a question you’d like to see answered on Pop Culture Christ? Is there a movie or song that you would like to see me comment on? Head over to Tumblr and ask away!
For a long time I couldn’t work out why I would want to use Tumblr. For those unfamiliar with the site, Tumblr is a place where you can easily share… well anything. Links, photos, thoughts, etc. For me, I couldn’t see the use. I already had a blog where I could do all of that.
But then my life changed. I graduated from college and stopped being a full time student. I began working full time for my church, as well as additional writing and speaking gigs for other organisations. The amount of time and energy I had for writing reviews and commenting on pop culture suddenly decreased. And the content for Pop Culture Christ started slowing down. I wanted to write more, but it just wasn’t happening for me.
And that’s when Tumblr sparked my interest. I’m always coming across things that I want to share, but either they don’t fit the criteria of a Pop Culture Christ post or I don’t have the time to write an article on it but want to get it out there anyway. Tumblr works for me because I can keep getting content out there without having to sit down to write an 800 word article.
Does this mean the end of Pop Culture Christ? Most certainly not! Pop Culture Christ will continue to exist as a place where I upload sermons and write reviews and Christian themed articles. I’m hoping that as I get more into the rhythms of full time parish life that I’ll be able to commit to writing even more. But if you want the full experience, follow me on Tumblr. I’m having a lot of fun. And if you like the kinds of things I like, I’m sure you’ll have fun as well.
Check out my Tumblr page. Do you use Tumblr? Let me know in the comments. I’d be keen to check out your Tumblr as well.