About Camp Camp S2Ep. 1 “Cult Camp”…

I love RWBY on RoosterTeeth. So when they came out with a new webseries called Camp Camp last year, I thought that everything would be great. The show was about a summer camp that was not doing so well and so the only counselors were one overly enthusiastic boy named David, a girl named Gwen who hates her job, and a man named the Quartermaster who has a hook for one hand and is supposed to be the “creepy” character. The camp lied about being different types of camp, so they have kids who thought it was theatre camp, a kid who thinks its space camp, a kid named Max who is basically the enemy of David as he hates camp and just wants to go home, and a few other characters. The show was basically made to make fun of summer camp and summer camp shows with their perfect lives and the perfect kids where all you have to worry about is someone putting bugs in your cabin. These kids basically hate camp, curse, act crazy half the time, and can’t understand why David just loves the crappy camp so much. I didn’t particularly like the show, but it was a fun thing to watch in between episodes of RWBY Chibi last summer, so I kept up with it until the last episode.

This year, I was debating whether I really wanted to watch it again, but in the end I decided, “Why not give it a shot?” The first episode had just come out recently, so I went on Youtube to watch it. In the episode, Gwen has found a secret stash of money and wanted to hire another counselor. David was excited when the first job applicant came, and he was basically the same as him. (Literally, it was his exact personality, and his exact character, wearing white clothes and with blonde hair). Gwen leaves because she cannot take the idea of having a second David around, and so now David and “Daniel” are left on their own. You see a newspaper flip over saying that a cult leader who basically killed all the members of his previous camp is on the loose, and shows a picture of this “Daniel”. When David introduces Daniel to the kids, Max sees that when David leaves Daniel starts talking to them about spiritual things and tries to get them to allow themselves to be cleansed from the negative energy from space. Max thinks that Daniel is some sort of cult leader, but David doesn’t believe him. When they go back, Daniel has prepared a gas chamber for the kids to go into to cleanse themselves, but when they come out they are in all white clothes and they are complete husks of themselves, basically brainwashed. Some are making a sort of Kool-Aid drink for them all to drink so that they can finish the cleansing process, and finally be free. Max knows that something is up with the drink and that they will die if they drink it, and so he convinces David that Daniel is a better counselor than him and goes into the chamber. David tries to fire Daniel, but since Daniel fulfills the job requirement he legally can’t fire him for some reason, David says that Daniel can’t sing camp songs, they go into a sing-off, Daniel sings the villain song and says he is going to sacrifice the children once they drink the Kool-Aid, drinks the kool-aid as part of the song, and basically accidentally kills himself. He goes off in an ambulance, Gwen comes back with a second “evil” counselor, and the episode ends. Funny episode right? WRONG.

The community of Jonestown in northern Guyana was formed by the Peoples Temple, a religious organization lead by a man named Jim Jones. He moved all of his people there when they moved from several American locations to create their own paradise. Their own socialist/communist paradise. It wasn’t people from communist nations that made up the community, it was actually 70% African American. Everything seemed perfect, until Jim Jones showed signs of mental illness. He was constantly in fear of capitalists coming to take his paradise away from him and kill all the people. He decided that the best way for them to die would be to take their own lives, so he would have drills called “White Nights” where he would have the intercom system that went throughout the community tell all the people to come to the main building, and in the main building there was a drink mix that he said had poison that would kill them within 45 minutes. Everyone would think it was the real deal, but then the time would be up and he would tell them it was simply a test of loyalty.

Throughout the years of 1977-1978, the Peoples Temple planned to move to another country, and relatives of those who lived in the community were becoming concerned for their safety. More and more members tried to leave the camp, and some were actually allowed to go. However, as they waited for the plane to leave, one of the members began to shoot them, killing several of them. That same day, November 18 1978, Jones told all of the members of the camp to drink the Kool-Aid mixture that he had made, that it was better than the troubles that would lay ahead of them, and killed himself soon after they had followed his directions. 918 people total died that day, 909 of them by drinking the mixture at the camp. This was the largest loss of American civilian life ever recorded until 9/11.

So almost 1000 people died in this massacre, not because of some silly gas chamber, but because they honestly believed, regular people honestly believed that the man Jim Jones was telling them the truth, and now people joke about it? How many times have you heard someone say “Don’t drink the kool-aid” to mean “Don’t follow the crowd”. And now, even Roosterteeth, one of my favorite companies, has the audacity to publish an entire webseries episode making a joke out of this horrible event. No one even disliked the episode because of it. Out of the 343,000 views, only 121 people so far have disliked it. It doesn’t even make a dent in the like bar, for all people know it could have been a fluke. And its not like cults aren’t around anymore. People still put their trust in others who either claim to be holy beings or claim to be the leaders of a religious organization who will protect them. Now while I don’t shame those people, they could honestly believe what the people are saying, and it could happen to literally anyone. However, it also means that if another cult leader came up who decided to create a massacre like that one, it could affect many. Not even 9/11 was orchestrated by one person, but Jim Jones was the ultimate leader of this group and all the orders came directly from him. Google the images of the Jonestown Massacre, I won’t even link them here because they are so disturbing. It really puts into perspective the number of people who were killed from this event.

While I don’t like posting about specifically negative things on my blog, when I realized that no one else was going to call out Roosterteeth and the creators of Camp Camp for publishing this episode making fun of the deaths of nearly 1000 people, I realized that I absolutely had to do something. I couldn’t sit here and allow this to happen! Most people don’t even know that the massacre occurred, they probably just thought that it was either a small scale thing or a completely unique plot line. Some people in the comments even applauded Rooster Teeth for having current events in their cartoon. This isn’t having a current event in the cartoon, it is mocking the deaths of 918 people. It isn’t approaching the topic with respect and raising awareness, it is simply making light of it. Someone made an advertisement last year about a 9/11 sale, stacked up 2 stacks of mattresses and fell on them as a part of the skit, and people completely lost it. That’s an ad, no longer than 2 minutes on the full Youtube version. This is a 13 minute long episode that focuses SOLELY on this topic.

Please share this and let more people know about how wrong it was for Roosterteeth to allow something like this to be posted. For the families of those 918 people that were killed, and for those who managed to escape the community, running away from their friends and family on a hunch that something was wrong, and who have to see and hear a tarnishing of their names as a joke. I hope that more people will know about it, and maybe even Roosterteeth will take down the episode eventually.

Link to the episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XcL-fGTc27g

Shadowhunters Episode 1 Review (W/Spoilers)

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Clary Fray is auditioning for an art school in Brooklyn on her 18th birthday. She presenting landscape drawings, but they accepted her for the monsters and strange symbols she had accidentally doodled on her portfolio. Her mom gives her a stele (family heirloom) and wants to have a big “18 y/o talk” but she begs to celebrate her birthday at Simon’s first concert. After the concert, she has a strange encounter with a man who keeps saying that she has some sort of special “Sight” because she can see him. When she follows him into the club and sees him with another boy and girl stabbing demon-like creatures, she accidentally stabs one herself and runs home to her mother. Her mom is able to show her her markings, but then the men from the club show up at her house.

Dot, a family friend, sends Clary through a portal to Luke before the fight starts and she is killed while Clary’s mom is taken. The men come for some sort of “Cup” but they say that they don’t have it. When Clary appears at the station looking for Luke, she overhears him saying that he doesn’t care about Clary or her mom, and so she decides to run back home. When Dot appears, she morphs into some sort of demon mouth monster thing, and almost kills Clary before the strange bar man shows up again. It is revealed that Clary’s mom is in Chernobyl with some strange evil,man, and then Clary wakes up in the Institute. The people from the bar introduce themselves as Jace, Alec, and Isabelle. Simon shows up outside, but he can’t see anyone until Jace reveals them, but he doesn’t trust him and begs Clary to return home with him. End Episode.

I almost died when I saw that they had increased the age of the characters. Clary was fine, I don’t know what other actor around that age would have been able to play the part. But some characters do not fit well old.  For example, GOOD LORD I do not like Jace being old. I don’t know how to explain what I wanted him to look like (maybe kinda like a younger, less creepy, Jasper from Twilight), but now he just looks like…blond Emmett. Alec isn’t bad, I imagined him looking more like a young Brendon Urie though. Isabelle isn’t bad, but I could easily imagine her being played by Camila Mendes. Simon is simon-y. If we were going with younger actors, I would have liked to see Cameron Boyce in the part.

Enough with me being picky about the actors. The age thing is going to change some of the main parts of the story. She’s able to use the “I’m an adult” thing, which basically ended all of the arguments. It will probably reduce her dependence on the adults when she gets to the later parts of the series. The main story was adapted pretty well from book to screen, but the age difference simply seemed unnecessary to me. The acting itself was good, the storyline engaging, and I can easily see myself enjoying the rest of it. Episode 1 Rating: 3.5/5

(Not all of my reviews of the show will be this long, nor will it have this many spoilers, but I just felt the need to go over some simple stuff like that and get it out of the way before I get too deep into the series)

Call the Midwife Review Seasons 1-2

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I think that this show is one of my favorite shows that I have ever seen. It is based off of former Nurse Jenny Lee’s book about working in the poverty-stricken East End of London during the 1950s and 1960s. The main characters are Jenny Lee, Trixie Franklin, Camilla or Chummy, and Cynthia Miller.

The show tackles the issue of mothers giving birth at home in the poverty stricken neighborhood. Most mothers wanted to give birth around the house where they could be near their support system such as their mothers. This became a problem for the nurses as they tried to make sure that everyone had a clean place with space to give birth but most of them did not.

Jenny Lee moved there to join the league of midwives that had a weekly clinic to check up on the mothers, run the home visits, and also help with the birthing of the children. In Poplar, there was almost always pregnant women, and not only that but the society was nearly run by women because they were all taking care of the children while the husbands often were out at sea fishing.

The midwives were comprised of the main characters, along with nuns that lived at the Parish House, and so they all slept in the same quarters and ran their business out of there. They rode bikes around Poplar to get to all their deliveries, and answered the phone inside in order to send out the midwives.

Many problems could occur in the birth, and without the full time hospital care these women were the best medical care that the mothers could receive. Some of the issues with birthing that the show covered were disorders such as spina bifida, cystic fibrosis, babies being born in the wrong position, mother hemorrhaging, and  even twins/triplets which could take a toll on a mother that didn’t have any type of pain relief medication available.

The show tackles the growing problem of racism in Poplar, when they had to service an African woman who’s husband was off at sea although the neighbors were against it, or when a mother slept with a black man so she and her white husband had a black baby to take care of. They have teenage motherhood, told through the eyes of a teenage prostitute who is afraid that she will be forced to have an abortion. Abortion is a big issue on the show, as it was not safe for women to have them as the tools that they used to get rid of the baby were primitive, unclean, and unsafe.

The midwives bond together through their work, through the joys and sorrows of child birthing, as they face the sadness of one of the extremely bright nuns deteriorating mentally as she became older. They have to do some of the toughest work with some of the most basic tools, and they do their best to serve the women of Poplar.

I love this show, as it is based on true stories and shows yet another example of strong women saving the lives of possibly thousands through their tireless and dedicated work. Although they were not recognized for quite some time, this show definitely shows them justice as their lives are portrayed through the actors and actresses and we in the present day get to see one of the most accurate depictions of early medical care. I would recommend this show to absolutely anyone, because everyone can take something from it and learn from the lives of these influential women.

Overall Rating: 6/5