I keep seeing a lot of things on my dashboard about Big Hero 6, and I saw the movie last night and honestly there’s one thing that stuck in my mind that I don’t think a lot of people understand was really important and potentially life changing in the movie. The first 20 minutes.
A lot of people don’t realize something about STEM majors, and that is that in the US while there is a lot of resistance from inside to keep those who don’t ‘fit’ out, there’s even more pressure from the peers of those who don’t fit not to join. The first 20 minutes show a diverse cast that DESTROYS the mold of the generic nerdy archetypes of scientists and shows the study and practice of science as something to be both fun and rewarding.
This is huge. So many kids throw away their interests in STEM because they think they won’t fit in, or because they get shoved out by assholes who think that it’s only meant for a certain kind of people. But this movie shows that even if you’re a bubbly girl who enjoys fashion or a big muscly dude who looks like a linebacker or ANYBODY who looks like they won’t fit in, you can study the world around you and you’re gonna have a great fucking time.
The world needs scientists. We need engineers and thinkers and brilliant minds who aren’t afraid to challenge the unknown and we’ve been throwing away those minds by the bushel because they’re black or because they’re latino or because they’re women and this movie dared to put its foot down and say “No” to that. I’m tired of seeing kids who think that they aren’t right for those kinds of career paths because popular media portrays them as being for white males. I’m tired of hearing female friends of mine say they’re not good enough because STEM is male dominated. I’m tired of seeing so much potential be crushed because media shows us that the smart kid is never black or latino or if they’re asian they’re a shitty ass stereotype.
Big Hero 6 is showing kids across the world that it’s okay to love science, and anybody is allowed to do it, and right now that’s a message that needs to be spread as far as we can spread it.
(On a side note, the way that they portrayed that first lab scene was perfect. There’s nothing like seeing someone show off their latest creation or invention or workaround for a common problem and the huge smile they get when it works and holy shit everything about that lab culture was 100% accurate minus a bit of screaming and frustration.)