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The Xenomorph Was Trying to Save Jonesy

Maybe the xenomorph was really just trying to save the cat:

“He is born and immediately a dude tries to stab him so he runs off. Growing up alone in the abandoned dreary back rooms of a mining ship he lives a life of terror and loneliness wondering when someone is going to return with a knife to finish him off until one day he finally meets another lifeform that isn’t trying to kill him. Jones the cat finds and befriends the juvenile xenomorph sharing his cat food and teaching him how to evade the humans. For the next several hours life is good the Xenomorph grows into a dashing young adolescent all the time never forgetting his good friend Jones. Later he is hanging out in the drippy room grabbing a quick shower and spots his friend Jones being chased around by a maniac. The sadistic human is mocking the cat yelling “here kitty kitty” and false meows. The Xenomorph isn’t looking for trouble so he just stays out of it until it becomes clear that Jones is cornered and he has to act or watch his only friend be murdered. He grabs the human and rescues his friend.

“Shaken by what he was driven to do the xenomorph seeks a life of quiet contemplation moving to the air ducts where no one will bother him. His peace is short lived however and he soon hears the telltale sound of a human approaching. He sneaks closer to investigate the disturbance only to find out that this insane human is crawling around the air ducts firing off a friggen flame thrower. Knowing the risk such a weapon poses inside a pressurized space ship he once again is driven to act disabling the threat and again protecting his life, his home, and his friend Jones.

“At this point the xenomorph knows this madness has to end so he seeks out the humans so they can discuss peaceful cohabitation. He crawls through the vents toward the sound of human voices and peers down just in time to see three of them, the two women and a man beating another human to death. The one man hits the other one in the face with a fire hydrant decapitating him while one woman holds him down and another shouts encouragement from nearby. Faced with the harsh reality that these humans are murderers he knows he has to rescue Jones, jump on the shuttle and escape to a place where they can make a life together free from the madness that is mankind.

“He rushes through the vents to begin his preparations for departure only to find that the humans have beaten him to the supply room and are stealing all of the air canisters for god only knows that nefarious purpose. He calmly approaches one hoping one last time that despite everything maybe the humans will just let him take his friend and leave but as he is approaching the woman to try to plead his case the man sneaks up behind him with a flame thrower. Once more our hero is forced to kill.

“The xenomorph weeps solemnly in the supply room over what the humans have driven him to but in time he pulls himself together and gathers the necessary supplies for his journey. He begins scouring the ship searching for his friend Jones so they can finally leave in peace. He catches his friends scent and as he comes around the corner he sees the last remaining human has Jones hostage in a small container and is menacing him with a flame thrower. Luckily this human is a coward and agrees to hand over the cat in exchange for her freedom. As the human retreats the xenomorph realizes that he has been deceived for without small dexterous human hands he is powerless to free his friend. Our hero is not deterred. He realizes his only hope is to fake his own death and wait for the human to free Jones before swooping in. He hides himself aboard the shuttle and waits patiently.

“The plan goes perfectly with the human entering the ship bringing the trapped cat along and encases it in a cryo pod (presumably to preserve its freshness for when she decides to eat it). But our hero has underestimated this human she is as clever as she is cruel. She unleashes a torrent of steam driving him from his hiding place and as he approaches her once more to simply ask “Why?” she opens the shuttle door venting him toward the cold blackness of space. The xenomorph in desperation clings to the doors trying to scream Jones’ name as the roaring winds drown out his words until the human fires a spear directly through it’s stomach. In a last act the xenomorph desperately clings to the shuttle engines trying to find some way to work his way back inside to save his small friend and as the plasma blasts him into space his last thoughts are of the small orange cat who took a chance on a kid in the wrong part of town.”

from ‘What is the Xenomorph from the movie Alien is actually a tragic hero?

Marginalizing Women and Minorities as Attention Whores

“Sadly, it’s bigger than just streaming, and it’s bigger than just gender. You also see similar accusations about people who are told their bisexuality/pansexuality/transness is ‘just for the attention’, for example. People of color often experience it when talking about racism, with earnest conversations about experiences and perceptions being seen as ‘race baiting’. You see it applied to body modifications as well. It often gets posed as a question: ‘why does a person who does/identifies as [x] have to be so vocal about it?’ It’s a coded way of saying someone is just looking for attention, and it’s a form of marginalization, because it assumes by default an illegitimacy for that person’s identity and experiences. Under this thinking, the identity characteristics of people who fall outside the accepted norms aren’t that way in earnest — they’re that way as a sort of contrarian act. For those who do largely fit the norms, I can understand why it’s easy to think that, as much of their identity development has been in rejecting pieces of the norm that they interface with. Maybe they reject mainstream music, or AAA games. Maybe they embrace fringe technology. Perhaps it’s rejecting what they see as the dominant religion or political beliefs. These rejections happen organically for them, relative to whatever their ‘normal’ is, and they view them as fundamental parts of their beliefs. As such, when faced with someone who’s counter to dominant culture in a particularly striking or individual way (particularly those who violate norms that the observers have made a conscious choice to accept rather than reject), it’s often easier to explain their existence within a framework of norm-rejection, which gives them the internally-consistent belief that people are, say, ‘bisexual just for the attention’. Instead of assuming that most people who identify as bisexual are doing it in a way that’s consistent with their own personal experiences, they assume that the identity came about as a rejection of a cultural norm, and that the rejection is so strong that, of course, it’ll definitely get attention. What’s interesting about that, is the idea that attention is fueled largely by the very value imbalance that these kind of accusations imply. The outcries that people make when someone defines themselves as say, ‘bisexual’ or a ‘girl gamer’ create the very attention that people are, paradoxically, decrying. I can’t speak about Kaceytron specifically, as I’m not familiar with her, but the post someone else made about her has been seen by and commented on by thousands of people. In decrying her attention-seeking behaviors, the person who posted it not only signal-boosted that, but also revealed their own desire to call attention to their perspective — an attention-seeking behavior that is probably invisible to the poster and many of the people agreeing with the image’s message. /u/imuya brought it up relative to streaming, but the fact of the matter is that much of what we do are attention-seeking behaviors. Why do you keep in touch with your friends? Why do you comment on reddit? Why do you tweet? Whenever there’s a social component to something there’s an element of attention embedded in it, because the task becomes relatively meaningless if there isn’t an audience. Reddit itself is like a veritable pressure-cooker for attention, with everything you do on the site being a vector for it. I’m writing this comment in the hopes that other people will see it; I’m writing it with the understanding that anyone on the site can respond to it; and, even more, I’m able to have a direct proxy for the audience’s opinion of it in the form of reddit’s voting system! I can’t imagine a system more designed to reward attention-seeking behavior, especially because an upvote is structurally analogous to saying this needs more attention by nature of reddit’s sorting methods (displaying highly upvoted articles and comments first).
The point of all of this is that a behavior being attention-seeking isn’t wrong in and of itself — in fact, that’s a reality we are all complicit in if we’re on this very site. Instead, it’s often the intent of the behavior and the manner and space in which it’s executed that are far more important in terms of gauging authenticity.”

From Reddit

Image is a collage of screencaps of ‘girlgamer’ streamer Kaceytron posted with the original Reddit thread.