Inspirational Pride Quotes from Jojo Siwa

Since this Pride month is a little different than usual, I thought it was fitting if we look at some inspirational quotes from the person that most people would look at unless you are under the age of 12. I’m talking about Jojo Siwa, the girl with the massive bow. Originally on the show, “Dance Moms,” Jojo has become the Nickelodeon star that gives children Kids Bops style of music that doesn’t suck.

Jojo’s brand is all about self-acceptance and being yourself. Something that is Pride is all about. In an interview with Time, JoJo said that she models this from the late lead singer of the rock band Queen, Freddie Mercury.

“He was unapologetically himself … He looked different than everyone,” Jojo told Time. “I’ve always been like that, and I’ve never really known someone who pretty much does what I do.” She’s only 17 but she going to one a young LGBTQ+ source of inspiration because of the fact that she’s an ally and she truly loves her fans the way they are. Here are some inspirational quotes from Jojo that come from her lyrics:

For those haters that judge you

For when people don’t like you for you

To those who want you to be “normal”

When you just want to be your authentic self

For when you are your full authentic self

When you feel alone and like no one understands who you are

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‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ explained

It’s been about a couple of months since we left normalcy. During that time, a video game character has been allowing us to enjoy life and stealing money from us. The worst part about it? It’s not even real money. Today, we are going to talk about the Nintendo Switch video game “Animal Crossing: New Horizons.” Welcome to “Pop Project Explains.”

“Animal Crossing: New Horizons” is the fifth title in the life simulation series. It’s like the popular game “The Sims” but with animals. I’m not going to dive into the details and explain the franchise more than that. For this edition of “Pop Project Explains,” I’ll be explaining what the hell is going on in the new game.

So “Animal Crossing: New Horizons” follows world-renowned business owner Tom Nook, a raccoon who gets you to come to his private island to start a new life for free. With his help of “helpers,” Timmy and Tommy, you travel and set up camp in the middle of nowhere. Wondering if you are going to die at the hands of three anthropomorphic raccoons, you get forced to make friends with your fellow islanders before you are appointed head of the island without any say. You become Tom Nook’s bitch.

My letter to my residents

Tom has recruit people to your island by having you spent money that you don’t have on it. What do the other islanders contribute? Jack shit because they are animals. Tom pretty much put you to work right away and pays you less than the minimum for too much work. Again, you are his bitch. He pays for fishing, bugs you catch, weeding you pull from the island, etc. What does Mr. Nook do? Jack shit because he’s an animal. Sitting around doing nothing is a lot of hard work. She will tell you things and then tell you the complete opposite. I don’t know if she took too many shots in the head from “Super Smash Brothers Ultimate,” but she needs to get it together. She isn’t helpful.

You need to watch your back when it comes to Tom Nook. I’m pretty sure that he’s in some sort of gang or something like that. There’s just something sketchy about that raccoon, especially with those two little raccoons. They talk in unison and run the island store. Tom Nook is running a monopoly. He has all in hand in the cookie jar of “Animal Crossing.” He is the Donald Trump in Raccoon.

The game is fun, but there’s a lot of things that we need to be explained to understand what the hell is going on entirely. Pretty much, we need free press in “Animal Crossing” so we can expose Tom Nook and his criminal activities. Honestly, I would love to know the backstory of Mr. Nook and his gang empire. We need to know the truth! I hope this explains what “Animal Crossing: New Horizons” is.

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Backstreet vs. *NSYNC vs. Britney: Who’s 2nd album will reign supreme?

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With the 20th anniversary of Britney Spears’ second album, “Oops!… I Did It Again,” I thought it would be fitting to rank the late 90s-early 00s big three’s second albums to see which album was the better album. In case you are lost, the big three are the Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC, and Britney Spears. You can fight me on this because we all know that I am right. Let’s dive into this. It’s time to go war in the Pop Project Arena!

Click here to find out who’s better: *NSYNC or Backstreet Boys

The rules

So here’s how we are going to decide whose album will reign on top: I’ll be looking at how many records sold worldwide. I got my facts from Wikipedia because frankly, it’s all there and sited. While I don’t fully trust it on certain things, records sales are something that I believe. The reasoning behind worldwide records is that it’s the easiest to find. Keep in mind; these albums came in in a time where the internet was just getting started. Information isn’t easy to find from that time. Feel to state in the comments below your thoughts and which album is your favorite. Without further ado, let’s get started.

3rd Place: *NSYNC’S ‘No Strings Attached’

No Strings Attached” was released on March 20, 2000, it was the second album from *NSYNC. It was their first album on their new label Jive Records, the same label as Britney and Backstreet Boys. It was their first album to incorporate more of an R&B feel to the songs as well as them having more control over the record and production.

The album spawned four singles with “Bye Bye Bye” and “It’s Gonna Be Me” being the top singles of both the album and their career. Worldwide, “No Strings Attached” sold 15,970,000 records. It also held the number one spot on the US Billboard Hot 200 charts for eight weeks. It was one of the longest-running number-one albums of 2000. Fun Fact: This album held the record for most albums sold in one week. This record was previously held by Backstreet Boys’ “Millennium.” “No Strings Attached” is the album that *NSYNC is known for, and it’s easy to see why.

2nd Place: Britney Spears’ ‘Oops!… I Did It Again”

Click here for the review of “Oops!… I Did It Again”

Oops!… I Did It Again” was released on May 16, 2000. The album signaled the start of Britney’s exploration period. While it followed elements of teen pop from “Baby One More Time,” the album also saw her dive into the R&B genre. She would explore and perfect this more with the follow-up albums. The album debuted on the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 200. It would only be there for one week, but it held the number two spot for 15 weeks after Eminem’s third album “The Marshall Mathers LP” dethroned it.

The album was the highest debut-week album sales by a female artist for 15 years. It also spawned four singles with the title track and “Lucky” being the top singles off of the record. “Oops!… I Did It Again” sold 20,000,000 albums worldwide. As stated in the review for the album, this is the album that made Britney a household name.

1st Place: Backstreet Boys’ ‘Millennium’

Click here for the review of “Millennium”

Millennium” was released on May 18, 1999. While this album was the second album in the States, it was the third album overall (BSB started internationally). It’s also their first number one album in the US. It held that spot for ten weeks. After being called a “one-hit wonder” based on their previous works, “Millennium” was the album. The album had a mix of the usual boy band tropes as well as more mature lyrics based around events that occurred while they wrote the album

The album spawned four singles with “Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely” and “I Want That Way.” The latter being the most popular and iconic song. “Millennium” is still the hold the record of the most shipment sold in one year with 11 million in 1999. The album is one of the best-selling albums of all time with “Millennium” selling 24,000,000 albums worldwide. This album is pretty much iconic.

Thought?

I’m not shocked by how the albums did. Backstreet Boys was more well rounded than the other two in the beginning when it came to promotion. It’s kind of like *NSYNC as they didn’t perform as well internationally as they. Did in the States. Backstreet Boys performed better abroad than they did in the states before “Millennium.” Britney performed well both internationally and the States after “Oops!… I Did It Again.” I am shocked that Britney did better than her then boo Justin Timberlake. Overall, all three albums are fantastic. I recommend checking them out as they are a treat. Especially as throwback albums that define what pop sounded like in the late 90s and early 2000s.

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Movie Review | ‘Out’

Disney and LGBTQ+ theme content has not always been positive. The “Love, Simon” spin-off was shipped off to Hulu instead of Disney+ due to feeling that it wouldn’t appropriate for families to watch with their children. While I rolled my eyes hard at this, their subsidiary Pixar produced an LGBTQ+ for their short film series on Disney+ streaming platform just in time for Pride month.

“Out” is a nine-minutes short written and directed by Steven Hunter, who is best known for animating “Finding Nemo” and “Wall-E.” It’s the first Disney and Pixar movie to feature a gay main character and on-screen same-sex kiss. The short is apart of Pixar’s “SparkShorts” series on Disney+. The series is a program present by Pixar employees where they have six months and a limited budget to produce short films. These short films are personal and based on personal experiences. “SparkShorts” and the program was created to produced new filmmakers.

“It’s somewhat based on my coming-out story, and yet it’s nothing like my coming-out story,” Steven told Entertainment. Weekly, “I was trying to make a film for my 17-year-old queer self, the guy who needed to see something of himself in a film,” 

The film follows Greg as he and his boyfriend Manuel are boxing up Greg’s home for a move. Greg’s parents surprise him by showing up at his doorstep. Greg hides his life with Manuel as Manuel leaves through the backdoor due to him not being out with his parents. As he tries to keep his parents from finding out that he’s gay, he and his dog end up switching places due to a magical cat and dog.

This film is adorable. When I first watched it, I wasn’t too sure about it because of Disney’s past with LGBTQ+. The story is something that hit homes for everyone LGBTQ+ has to deal with – Coming out. It deals with it sweetly. Because it’s an animated film, the director was able to take a different approach to the coming out theme. We have never seen a “Freaky Friday” take to it. I mean, there are not that many films to deal with coming out, but that is beside the point.

My biggest complaint with it isn’t with the content of the film but rather how it sugar-coated for Disney. The film has a PG rating. The rating is because of the fact two men kiss in the movie. I don’t see how why parent guidance would be needed just because of the kiss. There are many worse animated things that Disney has on Disney+ than two men kissing. Frankly, the film is more of a G rating.

The PG rating just perpetuates the notion that being LGBTQ+ isn’t right. You don’t need to have a conversation with your kids about being gay unless they are. It’s not something you need to talk about like it’s a lesson. Now if they are being homophobic, then that is something that needs to be addressed. But treating two people of the same gender as something parents need to discuss with their children is wrong. While Disney made a step in the right direction with “Out,” the rating isn’t.

There is also a pacing issue with the film. It is trying to get much information and tell the store in under 10 minutes. The film starts well, and then it kind of rushes in the middle and once Greg switches bodies with his dog. It is not a big pacing issue, but it seemed like they wanted to spend more time with Greg in his dog’s body but ran out of time and had to wrap it up. I also want to know more about the magical dog and cat. That was just random. There is probably no meaning behind them besides just being a plot device to how Greg and his dog traded bodies.

Verdict

“Out” is an excellent short film that I think everyone needs to watch, whether they are LGBTQ+ or not. It is just a sweet film that we need more of it in the media. I hope that Disney and Pixar do more LGBTQ+ movies/series, only without the slightly problematic rating. I do wish that the film was longer because it has a slight pacing issue. “Out” is currently available only on Disney+

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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