By Nova M. Bajamonti
Getting raised by a “badass feminist mom,” and proudly being a supporter for the LGBTQ community, it’s no surprise that Young Adult author John Green would use his huge platform to speak out against discrimination. His social media platform, that is!
He’s a regular Tumblr-head like the rest of us, but instead of reblogging photos of sunsets or cool art on his Tumblr, fishingboatproceeds, he focuses on answering fan’s questions and reblogs empowering human rights GIFs.
Whether it’s a fun question about how to become a nerdfighter or someone skeptically questioning if it’s actually Green authoring the Tumblr, fans gain a major thrill from communicating with their favorite writer. Not only does Green take the time to respond to quirky questions, but he also gives his young demographic very wise and meaningful advice, and takes a stand for equal rights for marginalized groups.
He tells the LGBTQ community that “you are not broken or wrong; the social order is.”
People do not choose to be a part of the LGBTQ community, but rather they’re born that way. There’s no excuse for dehumanizing someone for the way they live their life. John wants his fans to know that he supports them and is an ally. He wrote back to a bisexual person who was struggling with a close minded family seeking advice and said, “I just want to say that you are a human being, and you are important and cared for. Neither your disabilities nor your sexual orientation make you less human than any other person-you are complex and important and worthy of love.”
John believes that women and LGBTQ rights aren’t “radical” but rather “super obvious.”
There’s nothing radical about humans deserving human rights. Feminism and LGBTQ rights are practically synonyms for common sense. John Green strongly educates people that women and the LGBTQ should be the “protected classes” in America, because he believes, “it should be illegal to refuse to rent an apartment to a trans person as it is to refuse to sell a car to a woman.” It’s 2015 and we can’t believe we’re still having this conversation.
He puts racist and hateful online trolls in check.
Some mean-spirited people truly take the “hater” term to another level by being racist, sexist or homophobic. But how does that help progress us forward? It doesn’t-it only makes the situation worse. John states that “being mean to people does nothing positive for me or my work or the nerdfighter community or anyone in the world. It makes us, as a species, a little bit smaller and a little bit worse.” His solution? Kindness, empathy, generosity and a listening ear, over anger.
John confronts the Manic Pixie Dream Girl tropes and believes that “other people are actually people and not like precious objects to be sought or won or saved”
As a YA author, John is very conscious and careful about what he’s passing on to young people as a storyteller. He’s sick of all the tropes of women who cannot save themselves, and he’s using his books and movies to aspire to representing empowered women protagonists. Doing so, makes him “very happy.” And so are we.
He doesn’t care about your body-shaming
Just like all public figures, John himself gets tons of mean comments critiquing his weight. Instead of letting the rude commentators get to him, he answers back with a quirky and fun picture letting them know that he could care about their opinions about eating his fifth bag of chips and sixth pint of ice cream. Brb *stuffing our faces*
John thinks “this whole whole teen-girls-are-stupid-and-vapid shit is just so played out.”
Teen girls are brilliant and rad AF and John sure seems to know that as a fact! Not only does he proudly attribute their huge successes in reshaping art, media and online video projects, but for changing the old paradigm. He wrote, “teen girls are human beings. They are not inferior to other human beings. Their lives and contributions are as interesting and as complicated and as meaningful as anyone else’s.”
He strongly believes celebrity photo leaks should be treated as crimes not scandals or gossip
We’re all sick of the rape culture and victim blaming that’s perpetuated in the media. When the celebrity photo leaks happened, some people wrongfully took it as entertainment. John knows that having your privacy invaded is a big deal and we shouldn’t take part in participating in public scrutiny against the celebrities. He advises people to not look at the photos and argues, “this seems pretty straightforward to me. Yes, the photographer(s) who photographed Kate Middleton’s grainy distant breast were violating her privacy. But so do people who choose to look at those pictures."
And because THIS happened. Golden.
Girl power? Check. Glass ceilings broken? Check. #TBHlifegoals? Check. Hey John! Where can I sign up for unicorn riding classes?