Petition to Warner Brothers
Make Wonder Woman Bisexual
Earlier this summer, Warner Brothers released their latest DC Comics franchise film Wonder Woman, and women young and old finally saw an image of themselves reflected in a superhero on the big screen. WB also raked in a pretty penny with a gross of over $817 million worldwide (and counting), ranking the film as the third highest grossing film in the studio’s history. Needless to say, it was a success for everyone...except the bisexual community. The likelihood of Wonder Woman being bisexual has been alluded to over the years, primarily in comics. Writer of Wonder Woman: Rebirth Greg Rucka even confirmed that “Diana has been in love and had relationships with other women”, so why is it so hard to translate this for the silver screen? Wonder Woman’s Diana Prince hails from Themyscira, land of the Amazons and inhabited exclusively by women. This alone should serve as reason enough to confirm her sexuality, since any close relationship she could have had prior to her romantic storyline with Steve Trevor would have had to have been with another woman. Some of you may be thinking that this specificity doesn't make a difference but for people like me who rarely see themselves reflected in media, believe me. It does. For as long as I can remember, I've had an attachment to TV and film. I would get lost in the storylines and characters for hours, so much so that I earned my degree in Cinema Studies. One of the first things I learned is that representation is power, especially in today's society ruled by technology and social media. What we are exposed to on our televisions, in our movie theaters and Netflix queues, can have a direct correlation to how we view ourselves and the world around us. As I was coming to terms with my bisexuality, I saw few--if any--characters that I could relate to, and those that I did see were almost always portrayed in a negative light. The majority of the LGBTQ+ community identifies as bisexual or as having attraction to more than one gender, and yet it is the least understood of any identity. We are oversexualized and underrepresented. We are called greedy, dishonest, and confused. We are the least likely to come out and the most likely to suffer from depression and anxiety, on top of experiencing higher rates of sexual/intimate partner violence. We are made to feel invisible and in doing so we begin to see ourselves as invisible. Making Wonder Woman canonically bisexual on the big screen would make her the first openly LGBTQ superhero of any gender from either DC or Marvel's cinematic universes, and would solidify her place as a true role model for women of all ages and identities. The Wonder Woman franchise is the embodiment of strength and resilience in a genre that places women as the sidekick more often than the hero. The bar is already so low when it comes to celebrating women and LGBTQ characters in a positive way, and I am tired of grasping at straws in an effort to see myself represented. All I ask is that Warner Bros. directly acknowledge Diana Prince for who she is, who she has always been (regardless of her current love interest), and what her character could potentially represent for millions of people.
Petition to Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Stop Natural History Museum IMAX Demolition
The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History plans to demolish the Samuel C. Johnson IMAX Theater – the only immersive film experience in DC dedicated to bringing the wonders of the natural world to the giant screen. What will they put in its place? An expanded cafeteria. You read that correctly: An expanded cafeteria is more important than educational documentary films about nature. The demise of such a theater would be an enormous loss to the hundreds of thousands of annual visitors who delight in, are inspired by, and learn from such a unique film experience. We are a group of concerned filmmakers and other supporters of educational film who wish to bring public awareness to this issue. We are asking the museum to delay or stop this demolition. Sign our petition to bring this issue to the attention of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and help save an invaluable educational opportunity.
Petition to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Stop Cruel 'Cowboy Monkey Rodeos'
So-called 'cowboy monkey rodeos' are not just degrading and humiliating to the animals forced to perform, but are also cruel and dangerous. In this abusive form of "entertainment," a Capuchin monkey is dressed in cowboy clothing and strapped to the back of a border collie while the dog herds sheep around an arena. The dogs run at high speeds, making sharp turns and stopping quickly. At these appalling events, which often take place at sports matches, the monkeys are at risk of whiplash, head injuries and spine damage -- not to mention the trauma of being forced to perform in front of thousands of screaming spectators. “[T]his is a thoroughly disreputable practice, animal abuse for cash, cheap thrills for a few bucks and all at the monkeys’ expense” said Gary Kuehn, DVM, retired zoo veterinarian. As you can imagine, animal welfare violations are rampant. These traveling shows have been cited by the USDA for keeping animals in unsanitary conditions, failure to provide adequate veterinary care, improper crowd control, and failure to make animal welfare inspections. Several years back, all of the monkeys, dogs and sheep in Team Ghost Riders were killed in their trailer from carbon monoxide poisoning. Please sign the petition urging the USDA to shut down these cruel operations and finally end the cowboy monkey rodeo travesty.
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Warner Brothers: Make Asheron's Call public domain
Warner Brothers sold many people lifetime subscriptions to their property "Asheron's Call" and shortly thereafter shut their servers down and kept the monies. Warner Brothers has made it glaringly obvious that they do not intend to use the aforementioned property. We demand that Warner Brothers make "Asheron's Call" public domain so those who wish to put this 18 year old software to use may do so. If Warner Brothers allows Asheron's Call to become public domain then fans of the game can set up and run their own servers to provide service to those who are interested. Letter From Warner Brothers #SaveAsheron'sCall Let Warner Brothers know how this makes you feel. Let WB know on Twitter. #FreeAsheron #FreeAsheronsCall #WarnerBrothers #SetAsheronFree #SaveAsheronsCall #GiftACToThePlayers
Petition to Potential investors and banks.
We want a venue in Appleton, to book national metal, hardcore, punk and hard rock bands.
In order to secure financing and to obtain licenses and permits, I need to prove that my business has a market that it can thrive in and fit a need. One way to prove this market exists is to conduct a survey. Since a petition is essentially a survey, I have created this petition to identify and prove there is a market in the Fox Valley for such a venue. The target market is fans of metal, hardcore, punk, hard rock and any other more extreme styles of music and art. Metalheads are a tight international brotherhood and sisterhood of passionate, like-minded individuals. It is a lifestyle and a culture and the Fox Valley has a growing population of metalheads and rockers. I have heard them speak over the years about having their own venue. A venue that respects and nourishes their culture. I have been a metalhead since age thirteen and have my finger on the pulse of the current state of the scene. Older metalheads take their kids to shows and many generations enjoy the experience. Many of these older metalheads now have disposable income and are willing to pay for VIP reserved seats and treatment. Many metalheads are hard working, roll up your sleeves and get the job done blue collar types that are ready to live it up on the weekends watching live bands playing their favorite style of music. Metal spans all segments of the population. Another big segment of our target market is the kids, mainly ages thirteen and up . There are very few all ages venues in the Fox Valley. Many kids go to see dingy basement shows where they pay a small cover charge and crowd in like sardines to enjoy bands touring through the area. We want to give them somewhere to go on the weekends and keep them from roaming the streets bored. We will provide a safe haven for them to enjoy music. We also want to target various charities and host at least one benefit show per month. Metalheads tend to take care of their own. I'm a veteran with a service-connected disability. Back in 2009, I needed open heart surgery to replace a bad valve and repair an aortic aneurysm. The Veterans Administration took care of me. Now I am ready to give back. The metal scene is a caring and giving brotherhood. Just as the veterans who have served our country have given us the freedom to have the opportunity to give back. Our scene is always giving benefit shows for local charities and families in need. We will have benefit shows for charities such as the Wounded Warrior Project of Wisconsin and will develop a list of veterans that can attend concerts for free. Our building will be up to ADA standards with handicap accessible ramps, restrooms, VIP balcony areas, special general admission access booth, parking and more. We will take care of our vets, disabled or otherwise. A benefit show called Metalheads for Mammograms will be held annually to raise money for breast cancer for such charities as Susan G. Komen for the Cure and others. There will also be a benefit show for autism. We know many metalheads with autistic kids that could use our help. We will also donate to local food pantries and other charities such as Toys for Tots and host a benefit called Metalheads for Mutts for the local Humane Society. There are also plans to include a Metal, Hardcore, Punk, Hard Rock and Rock Museum and Hall of Fame. Although there is a Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, this will focus on the aforementioned genres and we will seek donations from bands, record labels and industry insiders that will give or loan instruments, clothing and other music related items with historical value. This will attract international attention and bring more people to the Fox Valley to help support the local economy. We also support local, national and international artists that create art based on these music genres. Deviant and Dark Art is a growing segment that needs to be seen and appreciated. These artists can display and sell their works in our art gallery. Lastly, we would like to put together a green initiative by recycling our refuse and installing solar panels on the roof to help reduce our carbon footprint and reduce our utility bill, especially the heating bill during the cold Wisconsin winters. There are many government grants available to us for taking these initiatives and we will utilize them. Thank you in advance for supporting local music and contributing to our thriving scene.
Petition to Warner Brothers
Base the fate of the King Arthur: Legend of the Sword movie franchise on viewer ratings!
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is a stunning, entertaining, action-packed, artistic, unique twist on an age old story. Guy Ritchie and an amazing cast managed to turn the famous tale into something refreshing and new. However, due to poor marketing, problems with the release date and negative critic reviews, the film failed to perform in the box office. My husband and I are both movie lovers. We go to movies regularly and anticipate the upcoming releases of films we are interested in. One day we were walking through Walmart and we passed a King Arthur cardboard cutout. I turned to my husband and asked him if he knew what it was for; maybe a new video game? At that point the movie had already been released in theaters and neither my husband or I had heard anything about it. We'd never seen anything promoting the movie, not even a single preview. Shortly after, we came across a few negative critic reviews. Later in the week my parents asked if we'd seen the King Arthur movie. They raved about it. A few days later some friends recommended it, then a neighbor, then a co-worker....... The only reason we saw this movie was because of the phenomenal, awe-inspiring word of mouth recommendations we received. The fate of a film should not be determined by poor marketing and a few critics that don't represent the overall population, but by viewer demand and popularity. The ratings for this movie are incredibly positive and the fan base for a movie franchise is large enough to support the production of subsequent films. We petition Warner Bros. to continue the King Arthur movie franchise; with Guy Ritchie as director and the same incredible cast. We ask that you improve your marketing strategies and promote any upcoming films in a manner that better represents them as the magnificent films they are and could be. Continue the Legend!