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Stereotyped vs Nuanced Characters and Audience Perception

Writing with color receives many questions regarding the stereotypes Characters of Color and their story lines may possess.

There’s a difference between having a three-dimensional character with trait variance and flaws, versus one who walks the footsteps of a role people of their race/ethnicity are constantly put into. Let’s discuss this, as well as how sometimes, while there’s not much issue with the character, a biased audience will not allow the character to be dimensional.

But first: it’s crucial to consider the thinking behind your literary decisions.

Trace your Logic 

When it comes to the roles and traits you assign your characters, it’s important to ask yourself why you made them the way they are. This is especially true for your marginalized characters.

So you need an intimidating, scary character. What does intimidating look like on first brainstorm? Is it a Black man, large in size or presence? (aka a Scary Black Man) A Latino with trouble with the law? If so, why?

Really dig, even as it gets uncomfortable. You’ll likely find you’re conditioned to think of certain people in certain roles on the spot.

It’s a vicious cycle; we see a group of people represented a certain way in media, and in our own works depict them in the way we know. Whether you consciously believe it’s the truest depiction of them all or not, we’re conditioned to select them for these roles again and again. Actors of Color report on being told in auditions they’re not performing stereotypical enough and have been encouraged to act more “ethnic.” 

This ugly merry-go-round scarcely applies to (cis, straight) white people as they are allowed a multitude of roles in media. Well, then again, I do notice a funny trend of using white characters when stories need a leader, a hero, royalty, a love interest…

Today’s the day to break free from this preconditioned role-assigning.

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hollywoodreporter.com
Ali Wong, Randall Park to Star in Netflix Feature Comedy
The 'Fresh Off the Boat' colleagues wrote the rom-com script with Michael Golamco.

“Ali Wong and Randall Park are set to star in a Netflix feature comedy, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

The two actors (and former Fresh Off the Boat colleagues) wrote the script with Michael Golamco. Currently untitled, the film follows two childhood friends who fall in love as adults - though they’ve ended up in vastly different socioeconomic situations.

Wong - who was previously a writer and story editor on ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat sitcom, starring Park — was most recently seen on ABC’s American Housewife and in The Orchard’s indie film The Hero, starring Sam Elliott. She previously teamed with Netflix for her 2016 comedy special Ali Wong: Baby Cobra.”

Read the full piece here

anonymous asked:

Yo did you see the Lakeith Stanfield Death Note interview? Trying to make the already debunked claim that it's not "whitewashed" because he's a black man and Masi Oka plays one background character. We wouldn't be complaining nearly as much if the lone Asian character was Light and thus the lead. It ticks me off when I see anti black Asians and it'll tick me off when a POC tries to defend Asian erasure with the claim that there's a (insert non Asian PoC) character so it can't POSSIBLY be racist.

This is what he said:

“…because this film takes place in Seattle, in America. So it would make sense that the cast reflects American demographics. There is an Asian-American [character] in the film. If people would go out and see it, they would realize that. But the idea that we should turn the whole cast into a Japanese cast just doesn’t fit the demographics of America.”

I love how he says “in America.” Asian Americans know exactly what that means. It means it doesn’t take place in Asia and that Asian Americans aren’t American. So we should all totally go back to Asia right?

BUT this is how Seattle looked like in 2016:

As you can see, Asian people were the second largest population, double that of every other category. IF the movie represented Seattle’s “American” demographics, Asian people would still be the second largest population in the movie. That means the second largest amount of characters in the movie should be Asian. That also means there shouldn’t just be “an Asian American character” but rather, Asian American characters. Many. A lot. More than one. Am I right or am I right?

Also, it doesn’t matter how many People of Color are in a movie, if the lead is not Asian American in a story that is based ON Asian people IN Asia (in this case Japanese people in Japan), then it’s still shit. People of Color who are not Asian CANNOT substitute FOR Asian Americans. It doesn’t work like that.

Lastly, no one said anything about turning the entire cast into a Japanese cast. We want a Japanese American lead. With that said, I am disappointed with Lakeith Stanfield and disprove of him being L. And yes, I saw the anime (great anime btw) so I know exactly who L is. This whitewashed movie is shit and I hope it flops badly. Whether it be the no-name whitey, Masi Oka, or Lakeith Stanfield, they’re all a disappointment and have ruined Death Note for many fans. If you haven’t seen it, please watch the anime and skip this bullshit.

Angry Asian Guy

anonymous asked:

What are some Myers Briggs personality types that you'd like to see more POC written as (or not written as)?

Characters of Color: Personality Types we’d like to See

Hi,

What your question really seems to get at is what personality traits we as People of Color would like to see ourselves in. We think using the Briggs personality type as a base to create develop characters is a good idea, .though note that most people don’t fit 100% in one type and there will likely be overlap.

Resources

A great way to learn what sort of roles People of Color are wanting to see themselves in is to consume media by said PoC. Another resource would be our POC Profiles in which submitters share everything from their home lives, culture as well as the roles they’d like to see more for themselves. WWC Mods also created a Mod Wishlist of the type of characters we’d like to read about.

Read the grievances within fandoms of what writers are doing wrong (and right) in media with characters of color as well. For Black characters, for example, and across several shows you’ll find people take issue with Black women being Strong Black Women + Mammy types, not expected to be helped or show a range of emotion yet always expected to save herself and exert energy towards others.

And while it it doesn’t directly deal with a specific personality type, it’s what I (Colette) have noticed all too much in the shows I’ve watched with Black women. All the focus is on our strengths and sacrifice, not so much on our weaknesses and the range of emotion we experience. Sometimes we want the romance, softness, and the saving too and it’s not a bad thing. 

Overall, I just want to see a wide variety of Characters of Color with all sorts of personality types in various roles, and definitely some that directly contrast with the stereotypes we’re smashed into the most.

Personalities We’d Like to See

Though a lot of our perspectives on this, again, can be found in the mod wishlist, some of us had further opinions to share.

Jewish Characters

Shira: Fictional Jewish men could stand to be “stronger” every once in a while, and when our women are depicted as strong it’s nice to see that as a positive instead of some kind of hellish negative. 

Native Characters

Lesya: I’d like to see more E types for Natives, and more rational types. Natives often get stuck in the “so emotionally sensitive” and “I love being alone with nature” boats that it gets really flat. Not all of us are feelings-people, and not all of us are loners. It just really shows how the Noble Savage still has alive roots in modern representation.

Black Characters

Najela: I would like to see more introverted Black women. There’s this stereotype that Black women are only loud and outspoken, but there’s this whole other side that gets neglected when Black women are quiet and softspoken. I would just like to see a wider range of Black women with different personality types.

Colette: I wholeheartedly agree with you, Najela. I’d like to see more Black women who are tender, gentle, and shy (and not just to be utilized in a maternal way either). I want to see the same with Black men. So often Black people are typecast as brazen and bold, natural performers and entertainers. While some of us are and it’s great, this neglects a whole other side of Black people that aren’t like that and yet we’re somehow all expected to fit the same role. People are often surprised and express how “Sweet and quiet” I am before I get to know them, and I just can’t tell what is making them so surprised by that! 

Additionally, being shy or quiet doesn’t make one a pushover or unable to speak for themselves so that part is definitely optional.

East Asian Characters

Jess: Yeah, I mean–I’d like to see less ~submissive~ East Asians, or just a more well-rounded spectrum. For women it seems to be either delicate flower or Dragon Lady, without anything in between. 

South Asian Characters

Nikhil: As far as character types, I’d like to see more Indian characters in leadership roles.  These are usually E–J types, though INTJ is often called the “Mastermind” or the “Architect.”  My biggest peeve about the portrayal of Indian/South Asian characters in media is that we’re usually “small” characters, nerds and followers, ready to kowtow to the biggest baddest thing in the room.  As someone who has a leadership role at his job, I’d love to see someone who looks like me calling the occasional shot in fiction (and not just as the group leader in a novel set in South Asia, where everyone is South Asian—that’s cheating).

I could actually get behind a well-written Indian supervillain-type character. The joke is that ENTJ is the Myers-Briggs type for a supervillain, and given that the only thing we’ve got so far in Western media is Aasif Mandvi in that atrocious The Last Airbender movie, I could totally get behind an Indian- or South Asian-coded villainous character whose background is more than a cartoon.

Related to this is my more general complaint about a dearth of Badassery in South Asian representation.  As I said above, we’re usually shown as nerds, but even then moments of even smarts-driver badassery are few and far between.  South Asian mythology and history and full of Crazy Awesome (beheading people with chariot wheels, one mostly naked guy fighting off the Pakistani Army with only grenades and a bayonet, just to give a few examples), but we never see stuff like that in fiction.  That new series Quantico looks kind of interesting.  I don’t know if it’s supposed to be any good or not, but Priyanka Chopra as a half-Indian female BAMF at least got my attention.

–WWC

Followers, please share the personality types you’d to see irt Characters of Color!

Ok guys some of y'all need to learn bc this is really pissing me off.

Iron Fist was never Asian.

Legit the origin of Iron Fist is this kid named Danny Rand who visits this place in the Himalayas and gets adopted and like taught to fight or some shit by a guy who hung out there. Like some of you guys keep telling me that marvel’s being a dick bc iron fist is Asian and they made him white in the netflix show and idk if some of y'all just assume that because this guy barely shows his face and knows an Asian fighting style that he’s Asian or if you guys are making shit up to try to shame marvel into incorporating more Asian Americans in their shows but I’m telling you this guy is basically the embodiment of “whitey mcfighty.”

I completely agree that Marvel could’ve expanded their horizons and cast an Asian American as Rand for the Netflix tv show, but you can’t just go around saying shit that’s not true to promote a cause. You gotta put out legit arguments like “oh this is a lit opportunity for marvel to show how diverse their universe is” or “it’d be rlly cool if they cast Danny as an Asian man which would go really well with the fighting style iron fist uses.” You CANNOT say “this guy’s an Asian marvel’s racist for not casting an Asian” if it’s not mcfucking true.

As an Asian American myself I am determined to see more diversity in marvel but if you pressure marvel into producing an Asian American with falsities it a) looks hella bad for everyone who supports Asian American characters, b) will make people trying to incorporate more diversity into dctv and marvel n stuff look untrustworthy, and c) pushes chances of more diverse characters away further. Also this stuff is rlly easy to fact check so I’m surprised more people aren’t getting called out on this.

I am legit begging you guys to be reasonable when asking for a more diverse cast; don’t provide those #alternativefacts please we don’t need any more of that

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Before you say, Write your own! – let me tell you that we do. But this page is a resource for writers, so we thought writers might want to know what kinds of representation would make us more likely to get excited about your book. We don’t speak for everyone in our demographic, just ourselves, but we hope this post gives you some cool writing ideas.

Note: This is additional info writers can keep in mind when writing characters of those backgrounds. We believe it’s a good thing to ask the people you’re including what they’d like to see.

Actually hearing from misrepresented and underrepresented people and asking us what we’d like to see of ourselves is much better than unthinkingly tossing characters into tired tropes or reinforcing stereotypes that do us harm.

Colette (Black): More Black people doing shit! Going on adventures, riding dragons, being magical! More Black characters in prominent roles in fantasy + sci-fi and historical settings and not always and only as slavess. These stories are important, but they’re NOT our only stories. We were kings and queens too. Let us wear the fancy dresses for a change instead of the chains, damn it!

More Black girls being portrayed as lovely and treasured and worth protecting. More Black girls finding love. More Black girls in general who aren’t relegated to arc-less, cliche “Sassy best friends” and “strong black women.”

More positive, dynamic roles of Black men (fathers, brothers, boys…) More positive, dynamic family roles of Black families as a whole, families that are loving and supportive and there. More Black people from all socioeconomic classes. More Black characters that don’t rely on the stereotypes that the media is currently going full force to reinforce.

Yasmin (Arab, Turkish): More Arabs who aren’t token characters. I want to see Arabs normalised in literature. Arab teenagers in high school, Arab young adults behind on their taxes, Arab dads who cook amazing food, Arab moms who refuse to soften their tongue for others. Arabs who aren’t mystical fantasy creatures from another planet. Arabs in YAs and in dramas and nonfiction and comedies and children’s books. We are human just like everyone else, and I’d like to see that reflected in literature. Often we are boxed into very specific genres of literature and made to feel ostracised from the rest. Let’s see some change!

Alice (Black, biracial): I’m hoping for more Black and biracial (mixed with Black) leading characters in all genres, but mainly in SF/F who fall outside of the stereotypes. Characters I can relate to who love, cry and fight for their ideals and dreams. It would be great if their race would play an active role in their identities (I don’t mean plot-related). Some intersectionality with sexuality and disability is also sorely missed, without it becoming a tragedy or it being seen as a character flaw. More mixed race characters who aren’t mixed with some kind of monster, fictional race or different species. Dystopias about problems usually faced by poc having actual poc protags, without all the racial ambiguity which always gets whitewashed. 

Shira (Jewish): More Jewish characters who feel positively about their Judaism and don’t carry it around as a burden or embarrassment. While the latter is definitely a real part of our experience due to anti-Semitism and all we’ve been through as a people, the fact that it overrepresents us in fiction is also due to anti-Semitism, even internalized. (Basically, Jews who don’t hate Judaism!)

More brave, heroic characters who are openly Jewish instead of being inspired by the Jewish experience and created by Jews (like Superman) or played by Jews (Captain Kirk) but still not actually Jewish. I’m tired of always being Tolkien’s Dwarves; I’d like a chance to play Bard, Bilbo, or even Gandalf’s role in that kind of story.

Elaney (Mexican): While we’re discussing what sort of representation we’d like to see, I am using the word “latinista” and I want to quickly address that since you may have not seen it before: “-ista” is a genderless suffix denoting someone is from an area (“Nortista”, a northerner), or who practices a belief (“Calvinista”, a calvinist), or a professsion (you’ve heard ‘barista’).  I find it more intuitively pronounceable than “latinx” and also more friendly to Spanish, French, and Portugueze pronunciation (and thus more appropriate), personally, so I invite you to consider it as an alternative.  If you don’t like it, well, at least I showed you.

1. I want legal Latinista immigrants. The darker your skin is down here, the more likely you are to be assumed to be illegal by your peers, and I want media to dilute this assumption so many have of us.

2. I want Latinistas who are well educated, not just smart, and I mean formally educated, with college degrees, professional skillsets, and trained expertise.  Being in fields which do not require a formal degree is no less legitimate of a lifestyle than being in a field which requires a PhD, but I want you to consider when casting your Latinista character that We, as a people, are assumed to be little more than the drop-out and the janitor by our peers, and People Of Color in scientific fields are mistaken as assistant staff rather than the scientists that they are.  I want media to dilute this assumption.  

3. I want Latnistas who are not marketed as “Latin American” but as their actual country of origin, because “Latin America” is a conglomerate of individual entities with their own, distinct cultures and if you are, for example, Cuban, then Mexican characters may appeal to you but they don’t have the same relatability as fellow Cuban characters. Wouldn’t you be a little more interested, too, to pick up a book that’s about a character who lives where you do rather than about a character who lives somewhere in general?

4. I want rich or well-to-do Latinistas.  Looking back, I notice that several of the character concepts that have been bounced off of us with regards to Latinista characters incorporate poverty despite an astronomical and diligent work ethic. I don’t think this is on purpose but I do think that it is internalized because so often the stereotype of us is poor and uneducated in a vicious cycle (uneducated because we’re poor, poor because we’re uneducated) and I think that there should be more media to dilute this.  

Lastly, I personally do not want these tropes to be explored and subverted by people, I want them to be avoided entirely because I feel that normalizing positive representation rather than commenting on negative representation is far more beneficial and validating to the people these works are supposed to help and represent. We don’t need sympathy, we need empathy! 

Jess (Chinese, Taiwanese): Stories that don’t center around the identity of being Chinese-American. That doesn’t mean “erase any references to protag’s Chinese identity” but I’d definitely like stories that have us go on awesome adventures every now and then and don’t have the Chinese character being all “I AM CHINESE” from beginning to end.

Please round out the Chinese migrant parents instead of keeping them as strict and/or traditional. PLEASE. I could go into how my parents and the Chinese aunties and uncles here are so awesome, seriously, and we need more older Chinese migrant characters who are awesome and supportive and just people. Also! EAST ASIAN GIRLS WHO AREN’T SKINNY AND/OR PETITE. Please. PLEEEEEASE. And more stories about Taiwanese and Chinese folks who aren’t in bicoastal regions (the Midwest, the Plains, etc.) WE EXIST.

More Chinese-Americans who aren’t necessarily Christian. Maybe it’s because of the books I’ve wound up reading, but there seems to be this narrative of Chinese migrants joining churches and converting when they’re in the US. This doesn’t mean I want less Chinese-American Christians in fiction, mind: I’d also just like to see more Chinese families in the US who are Buddhist or who still keep up with the traditions they learned from their homelands, like me, without having it considered in the narrative as ~old fashioned~ or ~ancient~ or ~mystical~. Tangentially, when writing non-Christian Chinese families, I’d rather people keep the assumption of Communism being the underlying reason why far, far away. I have been asked in the past if Communism was why my family didn’t go to church, and needless to say, it’s really, really offensive. 

Stella (Korean): I’d love to see more Korean (and Asian-American) characters that don’t perpetuate the super-overachieving, stressed-out, only-cares-about-succeeding Asian stereotype. These Koreans exist (I would know; I went to school with quite a few of them) but they don’t represent all of us. I want to see more Korean characters solving mysteries, saving the world and having fun. More Koreans that aren’t pale, petite, and a size 2. Not all of us have perfect skin or straight black hair or monolids. And some of us love our short legs, round faces and small eyes!

And fewer stoic&strict Korean parents, please. So many of us grew up with loud, wacky, so-embarrassing-but-endearing parents!  

Recently, there’s been quite a few novels with Korean American female protags (particularly in the YA section) that deal with being in high school, dealing with strict parents, getting into college, and boys. Lots of boys! I think it’s awesome that there are more books with KA protags, and I’m so so so glad they’re out there. But I also recognize that those are definitely not the kind of books I would have read as a teenager, and it’s not the kind of book I want to read now. I want to see more Korean characters that are queer, trans, ace, bisexual. More Korean characters that are disabled or autistic or have mental illnesses. More Korean characters in fantasy, SFF, mystery! Heck, space operas and steampunk Westerns. I want it all! :DDDD

A lot of Korean-Americans struggle with their identity. It’s hard to balance things sometimes! But I’d love to see more stories that *aren’t* overtly about Korean-Americans dealing with their racial identity or sexual orientation, but stories about Koreans saving princesses and slaying trolls and commandeering spaceships. I want a plot that doesn’t center on Korean-American identity, but on a Korean-American character discovering themselves. White characters get to do it all the time; I want Korean characters to have a turn. 

And honestly, I just want to see more Asians in media, period. South Asians, Southeast Asians, Central Asians! Thai, Hmong, Tibetan, Filipino, Vietnamese characters. Indian characters! There’s so much diversity in Asia and among Asian diaspora. I want us to be more than just ~~mystical~~ characters with ancient wisdom and a generic Asian accent. We’ve got boundless oceans of stories within ourselves and our communities, and I can’t wait for them to be told.

I would also love to see more multiethnic Asian characters that are *not* half white. It seems to be the default mixed-race Asian character: East Asian and white. But so many of my friends have multiethnic backgrounds like Chinese/Persian, Thai/Chinese or Korean/Mexican. I have Korean friends who grew up in places like Brazil, Singapore and Russia. Did you know that the country with the largest population of Koreans (outside of Korea) is actually China? 

And while I’m at it, I’d love to see more well-translated works from Asia in the US. Like, how awesome would it be to have more science fiction, fantasy, and historical novels from Asia that are easily accessible in English? SUPER awesome!!

Kaye (Muslim): I am so hungry for Muslim representation, because there is so little of it. You can see one or two (YA) titles I currently think or have heard are good representation on the shelves - notably, Aisha Saeed’s Written in the Stars - on an AMA I did the other day for /r/YAwriters.

However, I’d just love to see stories where Muslim characters go on adventures like everyone else!

I’ve been saying recently that I’d LOVE to see a cozy mystery. Or a series of Muslim historical romances a la Georgette Heyer (there are a LOT of Muslim girls who love romances, and I’m just starting to get into the genre myself!). I’d love to see Muslim middle grade readers get girls who find secret passages, solve mysteries, tumble through the neighborhood with their dozen or so cousins.

I have a lot of cousins and thus I always have a soft spot for cousins. And siblings.

I’m looking forward to Scarlett Undercover by Jennifer Latham because Jen is writing Scarlett as a detective a la Veronica Mars. And she’s Somali-American. How cool is that?!

Let’s see some classic road trip YA with Muslims. Let’s see comedies with quirky characters - for instance, I know one or two tween Muslim girls who are driving their moms MAD by suddenly turning vegetarian and refusing to touch the celebratory biryani at family Eid parties, who join relevant societies at their schools and start preaching to their extended families about the benefits of going vegetarian and all the funny little interactions that are involved with that. Let’s have a story with some wise-cracking African American Muslim girls.

My cousin is a niqaabi who loves YA and hates that she doesn’t see herself in it. Let’s see some stories with teen niqaabis! Let’s explore the full, joyful spectrum of diversity in Islam. Let’s have stories where we talk about how one word in Bengali is totally different in another language, and one friend is hilariously horrified and the other friend doesn’t know what he/she said.

(True story.)

I want to see joy. I want to see happiness. Being a woman of color and a hijaabi often means facing so many daily, disheartening scenarios and prejudice and hatefulness. So many of the suggested tropes recently in the inbox focus on trying to force Muslim characters into beastly or haraam or just sad and stereotypical scenarios. I know that writers are better and have bigger imaginations than that.

You want angst? Push aside the cold, unkind, abusive Muslim parents trope. Let’s talk about the Muslim girls I know who have struggled with eating disorders. Let’s talk about Islamophobia and how that is a REAL, horrible experience that Muslim kids have to fear and combat every day. Let’s approach contemporary angst without the glasses of the Western gaze and assumptions about people of the Islamic faith on.

We can have Muslim novels that focus on growing pains like Sarah Dessen and Judy Blume (and speaking of that, my “auntie” who used to teach in a madrasah used to press Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret on the Muslim girls she knew because of how Margaret approached growing up and had concerns about her faith and her relationships, etc.)

Having Shia friends, I would like to see more stories that aren’t just assumed to be Sunni. How about stories about Su-Shi kids, too? (Sunni and Shia - the name always surprises me!) Let’s see some Muslim-Jewish friendships. Because they exist.

And of course, I always, always hunger for Muslim voices first. Because it’s so important to have these voices there, from the source, and some of the issues with answering here at WWC is how people seem to be approaching certain tropes that a Muslim writer could explore with the nuance and lived experience of their faith behind it.

I loved Zootopia guys. Go and watch it. My take on gijinkas of Judy and Nick <3

THINGS I ENJOY ABOUT POWER RANGERS 2017 #543

Zack being the most non-stereotypical Asian character (in American cinema) in a long time like???
Outgoing, confident as hell, flirts with everyone available, something of a thrillseeking hothead? Is not academic-oriented, doesn’t seem to excel in any particular subjects and clearly skips some of it? 
Has a very loving, emotional relationship with a mother who isn’t overbearing or a standard Tiger Mom? 

Yea boi sign me up.

I went to AO3 to confirm a post here about the story with the most kudos on the Finn tag, which is not even a Finn story, it’s a K/lux story. So I thought, kudos alone is not fair, let’s filter by the most comments. The entire first page under the Finn tag when you filter by the most comments is made up of R/ylo, K/lux, Kylo/Reader and even Hux/Reader stories. 

Not one stormpilot story.  Not one Finn/Reader story. Not one Finn/Rey story. Not even a gen story about Finn. You actually have to go to the almost bottom of the second page to find the first Stormpilot story with 700 comments, where they are actually the main ship. And in that page, there is only another one. Again the rest is mostly R/ylo. Some K/lux. Some Kylo or Hux/Reader. 

This is Finn’s tag

Where he is the actual black lead of the Force Awakens is treated as nothing more than a background character to two white-only ships. 

I am literally crying right now. Not figurative tears. I am honest to god crying right now and I feel physically ill at this fandom. You can tell me all you want, make your own content. But it doesn’t matter. Because we can make all the content we want…and you guys are still never gonna care about us. You are never gonna care about black characters. You are never gonna care about Latinx characters. You are never gonna care about Asian characters. Native American characters? Any other ethnicity.

We are not interesting enough unless we are playing background characters to the love stories of white people. The cheerleaders sticking to the benches. Or the faceless or stereotypical villains (since important complex villains are of course, played mainly by white men).   

We don’t matter. Not to fandom.

Not as readers. Not as creators. Not as characters worthy of attention. 

Dwayne McDuffie really went out of his way to create diverse characters and to work to other people of color and LGBT individuals. He gets credit for creating the black cis male heros we love like static and icon but if you ever picked up one of his older series, you would notice he makes sure to add diversity within diversity. There is almost always an LGBT character in his franchise and they are most likely a poc. He had one of the very first transgender characters in comics. He worked with latinx comic creators to write tons afro-latinx characters, dual identies which are often ignored by mainstream comic creators. There is usually always more than one main woman in his comics and their are always capable and in my opinion highly interesting/complex. As a black creator he created asian american main characters for no other reason than he wanted to. He tackled real life issues and usually added a cool fictional touch to them, in a way xmen often fails to do with its very white & straight main line up even though it is an allegory for racism and homophobia. He did all this in the 90s! his comics are more diverse than anything mainstream comics are giving you today. 

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How To Get Away With Murder Meme: [3/5] Favorite Supporting Male Character
↳ Oliver Hampton

“I’m just saying, why don’t we do something normal for once, that is not sex? Like have breakfast or do the crosswords or whatever it is that actual couples do.”

anonymous asked:

can you guys pls promote the new disney show andi mack?? the pilot is on yt, it focuses on an asian american family, the main character's best friend is a black girl, and it's exploring issues such as teen pregnancy and one website said it's gonna pursue a side character's gay storyline?? i really want this show to succeed!!

This sounds amazing!  Everyone check out Andi Mack!

mod m

rant ahead

but i’m getting real tired of the quake me chloe spam that l/gan paul and his stans have started. like i get it, they’re a bunch of kids trying to have fun and such but you can obviously tell from the recent vlogs how annoyed chloe has become (and the fact that ashleigh murray has voiced her annoyance over it solidified this too). if you look at chloe’s ig comments now they’re all filled with QUAKE ME CHLOE!!! like?? daisy johnson is such an important character that shouldn’t be taken as an overused cheap joke like this, most of his fans are considering quake as a mere laughing stock now while in reality she’s the first asian-american mcu superhero character who means a lot to us and has inspired us in so many ways. it’s honestly ridiculous and upsetting and as glad as i am to see chloe having a musical project like this i hope the unecessary hype with l/gan paul ends soon like fuck.

connard-cynique  asked:

In your opinion, what's the best way for americans to adapt an asian story? Replace characters with americans, hire asian americans to play all characters or hiring native asians to do the movie in asia with american funds?

The “Asian” story should have a lead that accurately represents it. For example, in the Netflix remake of Legend of Monkey, the main lead should be Chinese American since it’s originally a Chinese story. The other characters or supporting characters don’t have to be Chinese American or even Asian American at all. Likewise, in the Netflix version of Death Note, Light is Japanese and therefore should be played by a Japanese American. His family would obviously also have to be played by Japanese Americans but the other characters don’t need to be.

The is the one and only way. No white person should be the lead for any Asian based story or media-created content unless the lead character is white. Fullmetal Alchemist and The Seven Deadly Sins are very good contenders for a white lead and Netflix’s Castlevania was a good example. If you want a Black person as a lead, then you can go for Afro Samurai or Turn A Gundam. If you want a Latinx lead, then Black Lagoon: Roberta’s Blood Trail is a good contender. Also, making a movie based on Hajime no Ippo’s Ricardo Martinez would be nice and I’d personally support it.

Angry Asian Guy

GQ Magazine: When you look back on your long tenure on The Walking Dead, what makes you proudest?

Steven Yeun: Honestly, the privilege that I had to play an Asian-American character that didn’t have to apologize at all for being Asian, or even acknowledge that he was Asian. Obviously, you’re going to address it. It’s real. It’s a thing. I am Asian, and Glenn is Asian. But I was very honored to be able to play somebody that showed multiple sides, and showed depth, and showed a way to relate to everyone. It was quite an honor, in that regard. This didn’t exist when I was a kid. I didn’t get to see Glenn. I didn’t get to see a fully formed Asian-American person on my television, where you could say, “That dude just belongs here.” Kids, growing up now, can see this show and see a face that they recognize. And go, “Oh my god. That’s my face too.”