every black guy in an action movie written by white guys: now that’s what i’m talking about
*will smith voice* Wooooo!!! HEEEYYYLLL YEAH!!
Why Guys Like Asian Girls - Anna Akana
Everyone needs to watch this video. Now.
100% on point especially about men thinking that having “yellow fever” is a compliment and we’re supposed to be flattered by it. It’s the #1 way to parade around your blatant racism.
I LOVE ANNA AKANA GOD BLESS
THIS IS AMAZING
Well, here’s the thing. The basic premise of this whole deal is that what is or isn’t assumed to be “historically accurate” is used to exclude people of color from participating or being represented in historical and fantasy media of all kinds. Which is why the question from yesterday about white people being in Asia or Africa in “ancient times” is loaded. Because you cannot pretend that this works both ways equally.
What I am doing is trying to show that the same idea, being “historically accurate”, can be used to include people of color. Sadly, there is so much pressure to exclude, that people really feel the need to justify the presence of say, characters of color in a film, or a book, with some kind of historical facts and figures. Even when it’s ridiculously, almost comically, irrelevant-for example, people who seem to think that the history of Denmark has something to do with representation of characters of color in the Disney film Frozen.
What I hope is that by taking care of this end of things, creative types will have free rein to imagine whatever they want, to create what they envision without having to be bludgeoned with “not historically accurate!!!!” every time they turn around, whether or not it’s relevant to their creation.
The bottom line is, what we NEED is more films like Hercules, and fewer films like Exodus. What we see will trump what we KNOW every time-almost everyone knows and understand what The Silk Road was, yet the obvious facts that people traveled on it doesn’t come into play when someone starts insisting that “there were NO people of color in Medieval Europe!!!” Or Ancient Egypt. Or Classical Greece.
Because what we have here:
is a direct result of depictions like THIS:
more than anything historically accurate.
once upon a time, in Japan…. *white characters*
this takes place in Africa… *white characters*
our story starts in the Middle East… *white characters*
Long ago in Europe… *white characters* “for historical accuracy”
Long ago in obvious alternate version of Europe or European influence…*white characters*…for ‘historical accuracy’.
Long ago in a place influenced by Asia or Africa but still *white characters*
In a Apocalyptic/Dystopian future about systematic oppression, and suffering still *white characters*
Do you get this frequently enough to warrant such a reply?
Are you really questioning whether or not I’m justified in blowing someone off? And your parameters are apparently how frequently I’m asked that exact question and every single possible configuration thereof?
I suppose it’s possible
Take this as policing your tone or whatever, but couldn’t you just have gone “yes it is” and be done with it?
I get that you feel attacked, or like you’re not being taken seriously despite what appears to be copious amounts of evidence supporting your point, but isn’t this just engaging your antagonists?
I think you’re projecting. I don’t feel attacked. “Engaging my antagonists” is a very important part of academic (or really, any) significant dialogue, but in the end I have the amazing freedom to decide what is and isn’t a waste of my time, and I spend it how I see fit.
Demonstrating the difference between a trolling dillweed hiding behind a puppet blog and someone who is legitimately curious and is willing to stand by what they say is a learning experience that I think a lot of readers find valuable. :D If you don’t want to be held accountable for your words, then keep them behind your teeth.
I don’t expect people to always be polite to me, and I sure as heck am not always polite to other people. This isn’t your grandma’s tea party, we’re actually trying to talk about stuff that affects people here.
Funnily enough, I answered the question. Perhaps if you had lurked more you would have prospered.
">15-Year-Old African Kid Tells Madonna To Go ‘Have Sex’ with Herself
Dakarai Molokomme, a 15-year-old starving child from a small village in Zimbabwe, has just told Madonna, one of the most famous pop stars in the world, to go and f*** herself, the local media are reporting exclusively.
“Yes, it’s true, I told Madonna to go f*** herself. Do you want to know why?” Dakarai asked. “It’s the same thing every time with these snobby rich Americans. Every once in a while they come to show us their support for the so-called eradication of poverty by adopting a child from a starving family, but they actually do more harm than good. Transracial international adoptions are part of the white savior industrial complex,” Dakarai explained.
In further discussions with journalists from the media, the kid stated that “none of the children here actually want to be taken away from their family and friends so they can be displayed as some kind of trophy in the homes of self-righteous singers or actors who want to score some points with the media and Oprah.”
“If they really want to help us, they should get Big Pharma to ship us some anti-retroviral drugs for the AIDS epidemic, or build schools and hospitals. If they don’t want to do that, then they can all go f** themselves!” the child told reporters.
The 15-year-old also stated that he would say the same thing to any one of those American or European “faux humanitarian posers”, except for Bono, whom he said he would also kick in the groin.
“Bono’s efforts to save the African savage from itself prove that the colonial imperative is alive and well,” Dakarai said as he walked with other village children collecting sticks to build a tree fort.
THIS IS THE RAWEST 15 YEAR OLD ALIVE
Walter Johnson, Soul by soul: life inside the antebellum slave market
This is the type of violence—from microaggressions to epistemic violence to emotional/physical violence to enslavement/genocide—that gets justified by asserting that the oppressor is “objective” and “logical” and thereby “credible.” As if there is objectivity in choosing to oppress. As if the emotions of entitlement, indifference, greed or hatred aren’t involved.
but they kept the servents black alright this is one of the ugliest things i’ve ever seen in my life
I am not sure I have ever seen a better use of that reaction gif.
Hmmm. I would never wear this fuckers shit. Shout out to the punks w “LV” tatted on your face and body.
Lol saw it coming
Water is wet, high end fashion designers don’t want black people in their clothes.
It disgusts me when people use Gods name to justify hate
"You can’t just change the race of cultural icons like Captain America! It’s an important part of their identity and message!"
Jesus: Ah yes.
Jesus: Can’t imagine who would do that.
Jesus: What a shame.
erasure of Asian people and characters is very deep rooted in American media and goes all the way back to conception—don’t let it persist!
Important even when you’re excited about this movie!
The biggest problem that the OP didn’t list is that, by replacing the Asian characters with other POCs, it sends the message that all POCs are interchangeable. (Technically this only applies to Wasabi, because the jury’s still out on whether Honey Lemon is Hispanic or not).
i’ve been getting some feedback on that bh6 post, so here are some responses to what i’ve been reading:
Goku is an alien, he’s not Asian.
yes! however aliens can have human races attached to them (the doctor from doctor who is white, even though he’s an alien), so i just assumed goku is asian considering he’s from a japanese anime, and that’s based on a chinese book. apologies for the assumption. however, goku being portrayed by a white actor still reeks of whitewashing.
Ricardo Montalban is Mexican.
i apologize for not making the actor/character difference clear. ricardo montalban is mexican, yes, while khan is asian (specifically sikh). in retrospect it was inappropriate to put him there, since poc are not interchangeable with each other. i wanted to show how the original star trek had a poc playing a poc in the 60’s, while the 2013 hollywood blockbuster had a white actor playing a poc, which is much less progressive.
Marvel’s BH6 comics were racist, too.
yes, they were. i’m not too familiar with it, but they apparently used a bunch of stereotypes and disney specifically choosing to adapt those racist comics is pretty iffy. i didn’t choose to focus on the original comics’ racism, because i wanted the post to focus on the erasure of asians by inserting whiteness.
The Impossible is based on a true story.
and isn’t it suspicious how, out of the countless survivor stories, the one focusing on white tourists is the one that gets made into a movie? just because it’s a true story doesn’t excuse the movie industry’s love for using asian settings as mere props.