Politics is a funny subject. I once went to college with a guy who was a political science major. I wonder what that major entails. (Googles quickly.)
Anyway, I suppose there are those who love this type of pursuit. It isn’t my preference. I can do without politics.
Unfortunately, politics play a role in our lives whether we want it to or not. We are dragged along our society by decision-makers, whether in our government or work environment.
It’s like when you get pulled along to a boring church service by your parents and the preacher is talking for hours and you are sitting there wanting to leave but you can’t. You are trapped in that pew until they tell you its alright to leave.
Society is like that. Corporations are like that. You are stuck living in these life parameters until you leave or get fired. Basically, until you leave the country or company.
Let’s Talk Society…
It is assumed we live in a democracy. Do you feel you have a voice in this country? I mean… do you? Do you really? We actually live in a plutocracy:
Plutocracy: government by the wealthy.
a country or society governed by the wealthy.
an elite or ruling class of people whose power derives from their wealth.
And we have lived in a plutocracy for a long while. Possibly, all of societies have basically been plutocracies. They just seemed to hide it better when the gap wasn’t so wide between the fortunate and the less fortunate. When the gap widened you had the birth of communism in some countries. Until those unfortunates realized share and share alike wasn’t so great for the poor people either way. That brought the realization of oligarchy:
Oligarchy: A small group of people having control of a country, organization, or institution.
Oh wait, we kind of live in this too.
And then you have dictatorships when people want a savior for their sorry state:
Dictatorship: governed by someone with absolute authority.
This is the standard for corporations. (I will get back to this in a moment.)
Basically, the average Joe or Jo don’t have much say in how the country they live runs, or the company they work runs. It’s a very rare thing.
So, politics goes like this: Be rich and powerful. Be powerful and get rich. Be someone with a loud voice to drown out the quiet thinkers. We simply watch and think and consider, “Man… this kind ‘a sucks.”
I have been doing some part time work remotely while living here in the middle of nowhere called the White Mountains. I call a designated list of voters and take surveys. It doesn’t matter if I agree or disagree, I’m just asking political questions. I’m pretty stoic but pleasant and polite. People have called me some pretty nasty names because of their political views. I don’t share mine but they sure as heck LOVE to share their opinion in all it’s colorful glory to this random voice on the other end of the phone.
People, please chill. Don’t get so angry over trivial and petty things. Stop getting mad at rando’s on the phone. I really don’t care about your opinion – really, I personally do not.
The answers paint a picture for me of this small society we live. Our thoughts only go as far as our small group we gather around ourselves. We are our own private hate group.
Life is bigger. It’s like Bible thumpers who believe ONLY in the Bible. Well, that’s one book. Do you know how many books there are with wise sayings? Perhaps, go out of your comfort zone and check it out. You might find your view of the world and life expanded.
Meditate more and look inside of yourself. Know who you are first before you start wanting to judge everyone else for who they are.
It just gets exhausting when people hear something, jump to a conclusion, and then decide without stepping back and looking at the bigger picture.
Propaganda works well in this way of saying something to stir up the masses.
So, this reminds me of my mum. She watches a lot of murder mysteries. I asked, “What do you look for with a murder? Step back and look at the bigger picture, right? What is gained by this murder? Who gains something? Someone, whether its pay back or money or power, gets something with a murder. Rarely, is it a random occurrence. Usually, you follow the money.”
When Repubs want to win elections they call the other guy a communist. When Dems want to win an election they call the other guy a fascist. This has been going on for decades: quick soundbites to rile the masses.
“We the people” needs to start meaning something or it will never change. The elected officials are supposed to represent the people of the country and fight to help the people of the country, not the other way around. Stop thinking anyone in power is your god and will somehow save you.
That’s our country in a nutshell. We won’t be a communist country any time soon. We will be a hyper-capitalistic country for a long while until we fall into, and get eaten by our own greed. We have actually become a society of fiefdoms with corporations our noblemen who own the land.
Anyway, I can be pretty judgy.
My HOT Take on Rushia…
Yes, this actually falls under “politics as usual.” And this will all be my opinion. Take with a grain of salt.
I’ve watched a lot of commentaries out there (the top ones, anyway) who take Cover Corporation’s side. In fact, everyone takes their side. They say this is the correct side to take. Rushia deserved to be fired because of the breach of her NDA. End of story.
But I don’t. I just don’t agree with Cover and their PR spin, and here’s why:
Lots of dumb things got out of hand and Uruha Rushia, of Hololive fame, the third highest earner, top superchat earner, had her life turned upside down by gossip and no help from her company. Instead, she was unceremoniously and cruelly fired. No graduation. No farewell to the fans. No money for this last month. No channel – it was just made to disappear. Just thrown out and made to disappear. All meant to shame her as much as possible.
Why? It seemed a “bit” overboard and extreme when I look at how other issues have been handled by other companies.
[EDIT: Her channel was placed back up after March. Could this have been a financial play by the company? I’m not sure.]
The back story:
Rushia was being harassed because of the possibility she was in a relationship with a big name guy in music. Lots of V-tubers have boyfriends or girlfriends but they keep it on the downlow because they have this image of purity? I’m not really sure. Maybe its a cultural thing. Its pretty silly.
It’s a crazy world out there of silliness.
Reality check? V-tubers are content creators and human beings. Popular idols are content creators and human beings. They have lives outside the persona they have created. They have real life lives. Most realize this but the few that are super simps don’t get it. But that isn’t really the problem here.
Rushia talked to a supposed journalist (sensationalist that I won’t name here since most know who he is) and supposed friend in confidence. They promised they were listening to her side of the story. She sent a pic of her room (that he may or may not have requested/coerced her) to show she lived alone and wasn’t in a relationship, and asked him not to show it and instead of not showing he did. Her room had her V-tubing set-up that was seen (an NDA no-no). She also left her DMs open and stuff was leaked and seen with photos. Again, she was possibly coerced to show these photos and asked the so-called journalist for confidentiality. I question the journalistic integrity.
All this is taking place as this poor girl, Rushia, is trying to stop all the hate because she was supposedly in a relationship with this other pop idol. And again, this is a side issue and not really the point.
His fans hated her. Her fans hated that she might be in a relationship. She was getting hate for this relationship from both sides.
Cover management (the corporation that is behind Hololive) wasn’t helping as far as I could tell (again stipulation from what I’ve gathered). She was trying to handle everything on her own and talking to shady journalists. Her mental health was not being taken care of and that is truly a sad part of this equation. She was stressed and not handling any of this well.
Okay, now, this is where I go off in another direction than those who trust Cover. I think this was handled incorrectly and she didn’t go against the NDA purposefully. In my opinion, that should be taken into consideration. She leaked stuff accidentally. There wasn’t anything intentional in the act. There should have been further investigation on Cover’s part.
Which makes me wonder why, as in other situations, she was not sent on hiatus or suspension. She had no previous strikes of misconduct. She was, for all intentional purposes, doing her job as a V-tuber.
Now, the guy that leaked info told privately and said he was a “friend” stole the stuff she showed him and posted it and leaked it. That was done purposefully. That’s just bad journalism, in my opinion – extremely bad journalism.
Rushia’s mistake was in trusting someone who she thought was trustworthy.
The Reality is, Cover Corp is a company.
Hololive is the production company. They are corporations all about money. Their talent belongs to them. Those who say so-and-so loves their talent? He has their best interest in mind? Well, then why didn’t they help Rushia early on when she was being hassled for supposedly being in a relationship? Where was the mental health counseling? Where was her manager? Out getting a coffee? Where was all this help from these so-called caring people who love their talent? Why weren’t all her sweet co-workers helping? Aren’t they like family?
I ended up with way more questions than any answer from their quick PR spiel.
(I might be being a little harsh here.)
Again, this is my opinion.
Could it be Cover doesn’t like it when they are questioned and they pretty much threw Rushia out to make a statement – that they have ALL control? It made me feel like a mafia tactic was being played. Did they make Rushia an example? None of our talent is too popular to get canned? We own you all?
I don’t know. That is for you to come to your own conclusion.
Rather than giving a suspension. Talking it out. At least, having a graduation and farewell video – nothing. No further discussion or communication. They just made Rushia disappear. She has NO possibility of making any more money as Uruha Rushia.
Seriously, the persona of Rushia just disappeared. No one left is allowed to talk about her, either.
I find that just really WEIRD.
As a corporation they made two statements: 1. We can take any of you out at any time no matter how popular you think you are. 2. We run a business and you are an employee – that’s it.
People really give Cover and those who run it way too much benefit of the doubt. Its a company that deals in idols. It’s a company. A corporation. Were they playing politics, as usual?
So, Rushia was unceremoniously and callously thrown out of Hololive. There will be no graduation and no goodbye to her fans.
*waves hands in front of your face* It will be as if she never existed.
Basically, keep your opinions to yourself.
Well, I have an opinion and have this blog and I’m not going to keep it to myself.
Companies are Companies
After almost three years of being a very popular and beloved content creator Rushia didn’t deserve to be treated this way. I don’t care how much Cover wants to cover their a*# with a final PR letter. Its not right from either an ethical or moral standpoint. Sure, they could legally say this is our right as a company. She breached the NDA, right? Rules are rules.
But I’m talking about what is the right thing to do as a human being. That will sometimes not correspond with the company line. Plus, the company makes their own rules and can work within ethical parameters if they so choose.
They have a ton of leeway as a company with human beings that are the talent. Their hands are tied? They own their own company, people! Don’t just believe stuff because someone said so.
You know, it kind of sounds like you’re following a cult. What they say is final. No questions asked? Do not question the authority?
But if you never question anything and just go along with the powers-that-be you are no different than any other person out there who follows blindly their government and officials, and their leader.
Maybe, just maybe, you have to stop and think things over, step back and look at the bigger picture, and follow the money and power.
I know Rushia has found life outside Hololive. She’s a talented young lady. She has a new channel that I won’t post here but most can find it. She’s already placed a cute vlog of her cat. She has left a message saying she is sorry. I hope her the best in the future.
But the one previously known as Rushia, the person behind the persona, is an actual breathing human being. I hope we all remember that and I hope in her future endeavors succeeds much further than she ever did as the Uruha Rushia persona.
And that’s my hot take. Please, step back and take a deep breath.
I hope you all find what you seek and search for in life. Find that love that gives you a reason to wake up, and a smile when you fall asleep.
Hi Gracie! 🙂