crisis casts

I did say I was gonna talk about these two, but as entertaining as they are, they’re not exactly two characters. They’re two halves of Danny. Despite that, they have such extreme, distinct personalities, and I do think it’s worth discussing why. Especially since this is something that happens again in a much different context.

To start with, let’s pull a couple of older posts out of the depths: my theory about Danny’s powers and my post about Danny’s view of himself as shown in Maternal Instinct. I do recommend reading both of these first if you haven’t already, because they’ll help back up some things I’ll be claiming in this post.

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Can we talk about Jared Padalecki?

Because sometimes he’s so soft and fluffly and I just want to protect him

and then there’s other times where I look at him and all I can think about is the dirty, filthy things I’d let him do to me

and he can just go seamlessly from one to the other

like

how

fucking

dare you

sir?

Jensen version

anonymous asked:

How come Super Danny's muscles keep disappearing and reappearing? Is it something to do with taking the confident bits of Danny's consciousness? Did Danny always equate muscles with power (perhaps from experience of Dash)?

I don’t think it’s anything as complicated as that. I’d say it’s more just that Super!Danny is a full ghost at that point, and that allows him more flexibility with his form. Similar to how the Box Ghost’s head flies off in Boxed Up Fury or Desiree can turn her form into smoke, Super!Danny can make himself look really muscular.

That’s just not his default form, so it’d take an unnecessary amount of energy to keep it up. To compare it to another show, it’s like when Amethyst from Steven Universe transforms herself to look bigger than she usually is. It’s something she can do with ease, but holding it is a strain.

As for why he does it, I think it’s more for the dramatics than anything. He wants to look cool and do awesome poses, and sometimes the muscles are good for that.

Though, I wouldn’t doubt that Danny does have that view of muscles. Prior to getting his powers, he didn’t have any way to fight back against Dash. He was just the scrawny kid who got beat up because he was smaller and weaker than the football star. There probably have been several times when he wished he was bigger. Heck, look at Dan.

crazypaperpoodle  asked:

re: non-POC writing POC characters -- as a white writer, I find myself reluctant to include any deep POC characters because in my head I hear protest saying I Did It Wrong, that I'm assuming, that I Just Don't Know, and that has been said by POC to non-POC creatives. The implication is that only POC can write POC characters, and this seems to be a contradiction while at the same time a reality. How to go about it? I'm looking for suggestions.

This is a great question and one I get frequently after talks. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to answer it here. Let’s do this.

Essentially, I see two ways to write people of color:

1. Intentionally. These are the type of characters I think you’re talking about, the ones you’re afraid of writing disrespectfully. Characters whose very essence is tied to their racial identity. Where race plays a big role in the story. Is your character a Vietnamese woman who has decided to move to Ohio where she grapples with questions of selfhood and culture? Yup, intentional. 

2. Unintentionally. This is when you just write a character whose race isn’t specified. Did you write about a rich celebrity dentist who is having a mid-life crisis? Well that could be a person of any race. In this case, “writing POC” has more to do with casting POC in roles where race isn’t specified.

So when you’re intentionally writing POC characters the best thing to do is listen. Yup, the key to being an ally is the key to being an artist, too. Always do your research. A ton of research. And research in this sense often means collaboration. Make sure that as you write this character you are constantly talking to people who have more insight about this character than you do. Incorporate their ideas, their experiences. Invite them to shape this character with you so much that they are either credited as a co-writer or consultant. A great example of a white dude intentionally writing a POC character is Sean Baker who wrote and directed Tangerine, a film that follows two black trans women sex workers in Los Angeles. Here is a great interview with him and the film’s star Mya Taylor talking about how he incorporated Mya’s experiences throughout the filmmaking process. The result: incredibly nuanced, three dimensional characters that are neither disrespectful nor rooted in stereotype.

When you’re unintentionally writing POC characters, this is much easier: don’t cast white people by default in stories that aren’t about race. One more time for emphasis: don’t cast white people by default in stories that aren’t about race. This is one of the biggest points I make through Every Single Word. We’re so used to seeing POC play POC only when the story is about race (and also white people playing POC; looking at you Gods of Egypt etc.) and so rarely see POC playing main characters whose race isn’t specified. Also, trust that the actor you cast will infuse nuance into the role. Let’s go back to that example from before: the rich celebrity dentist with a mid-life crisis. Let’s say you cast a Guatemalan woman as the dentist. Trust that she will bring her humanity to the part. And, like an outfit, tailor it to her. Listen to her experiences and figure out if her lines and actions sound right to both her and you. In 2014 when Shonda Rhimes was criticized for writing too many gay scenes, like a boss, she tweeted back “There are no GAY scenes. There are scenes with people in them.” 

So, crazypapernoodle, I challenge you to write scenes with people in them. Go forward and write people of color into your work. If you choose to write characters who are specifically people of color then do your work to listen to real people who are like your character. The end result will be nuanced and honest. And if you’re just writing characters who are human, I challenge you to write complex, wonderful, vibrant humans. And, when it comes time, don’t cast white people by default. 

tiiifa  asked:

I'm curious to know what your in-depth opinion is regarding the racism surrounding Barret's character in the fandom (and even in canon)?

I think I’ve ranted at length about this before, so I’ll try to avoid repeating myself too much. I’ve got a bad cold right now so be aware this is being written through a haze of cough syrup and might not be too coherent.

Short answer: if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, you can’t tell me it’s a fucking emu.

Long answer: It’s sort of a two-pronged issue, and one of the prongs is actually another set of two smaller prongs.

Here are the facts – Square knows who their market is. Square’s market is primarily women in their teens and early twenties. Square is good at giving the audience what they think they want. Square kiiiiinda has an issue with putting “the darkies” in their games, let’s be perfectly honest here. Over twenty years and all we’ve gotten is Barret and Sazh (and Kiros I guess but he’s barely playable). 

On the whole “marketing” issue: Over the years, there’s been a steady pull via the Compilation to move the storry away from characters that do not fit a certain profile – said profile being “white male bishonen teenybopper face”. Whole chunks of the lore are retconned to remove any relevance they had to anything (also from Cloud to an extent which is fucking bizarre but that’s another issue not really related to this one), and what’s irritating is that the fandom seems to be absolutely on board with these changes. Nanaki I can kind of understand since fur is a bitch to animate, but the rest are clearly part of some bullshit agenda. Aeris has all her life decisions made for her by Zack, previously a minor character that had two minutes of screentime, who is suddenly responsible for everything like an animu Forrest Gump. The whole “Vincent is actually Sephiroth’s dad secretly” theory has gained a lot of traction because it means the story is further confined to all these same-faced anime boys. Genesis did Nibelheim. Tifa barely had lines in Crisis Core despite being a main character. And even Barret, who also wasn’t even in CC, had Avalanche taken from him by Elf or whatever is name is. 

The focus of the story is increasingly centred on the cast of Crisis Core and Dirge of Cerberus, and Barret unquestionably gets shafted the most by this. 

(As an aside, judging from the content produced by the fandom, you’d think Barret was a minor background character at best. I certainly assumed as much. I didn’t even know Barret existed by the time I got around to playing VII myself, so imagine my surprise when some black guy that was never in any fanfics or art or anything showed up and he was the actual goddamn secondary male protagonist. This is a problem.)

Which brings me to the second part of this: Marlene, who is white, and kind of a main character that was somewhat popular, but the problem was she was attached to a black character. Not even in an ambiguous way, either – Barret is straight up, outright stated, part-of-the-story-and-his-character-motivation her father. They realise they have an out with this, since Tifa is her adoptive mother, in a way. So they give her to Cloud, and Barret is too busy prospecting oil (another issue not related to this but I hate it so fucking much) and “atoning for his sins” to have a daughter anymore, so she just lives with Cloud, and Barret’s still totally there you guys, we’ll just never have them talk to each other even once.

And again, what’s baffling is that the fans seem to love this because it makes Cloud’s family extra nuclear, and neither side of the ship debate seems to actually care about Barret outside of how he can supplement the preferred ship. This shit is the reason I don’t reblog 99% of Cloud fanart – Cloud and Tifa and Denzel AND Marlene, and no Barret, even though he’s her father. Every time, in every single piece of fanart and every headcanon. They’re okay with Barret being written out of the story in the cheapest way possible because it props up the characters they do care about. Cloud and Tifa and Denzel and Marlene and no Barret sells. 

I mean shit, what if I wrote a series that had this white couple and a black friend that was hugely involved in book one, and then in book 2 I just throw in one sentence about “oh his car broke down he can’t come to anything ever anymore” and the other characters just take his stuff and nobody mentions how weird this is for the rest of the series?

I suppose part of it is that nobody (Square or the fans) seem comfortable actually representing Barret, since even with all that character depth Barret was still based off Mr. T because that was the only sort of black character Japan knew how to write at the time. Even in the original game Cloud just kinda becomes the leader of Avalanche after they decide he knows what to do about Sephiroth the best. (BUT AT LEAST HE WAS STILL FUCKING PRESENT). So rather than trying to ease him into the 21st century or anything, they just punt him entirely, and now all that’s left is Sazh (whom the fans also seem to hate, but again that’s another rant and also I don’t actually care about XIII so whatever).

It’s also doubly ironic that all this is happening given the current environment surrounding shipping these days: it’s not about what is the most canon, it’s about what is the most morally superior, so far and away the most popular ship at the moment is the Statutory Rape Fraternisation Gangbang with the male cast of Crisis Core, because it’s poly and therefore progressive, and if you don’t like it you’re homophobic. Which is bullshit because you know who would be unquestionably in there with Cloud if that were true? Barret. Barret had more dialogue with Cloud than all of those Gackt clones combined (did Genesis ever even speak to Cloud once? at all?). If you’re just in it for the yaoi, say you’re in it for the yaoi. Don’t give me this “Quiet needs to breathe through her skin” shit, just say “I wanted tits in my game”.

TLDR: Square removes black people, fans are okay with this because the focus is then further put on androgynous money printers that they actually like, Square removes Barret further to pander to the fans, the cycle repeats itself.

Square is being racist and intentionally removing Barret from the picture, yes, but the fans are just as bad for trying to defend it saying that’s not what it is.

Whitespeak for: Wake up people! There is a crisis in Hollywood, the casting of roles with too many, I say too many white, thin, beautiful, innocent brunette women! This homogenization is a disgrace and taking away representation from a severely ignored and marginalized group that desperately needs a visibility boost in our media:

BLONDES.

This is often the LORD’s direction to the believer in a time of crisis. Despair will cast you down, keeping you from standing. Fear will tell you to retreat. Impatience will tell you to do something now. Presumption will tell you to jump into the Red Sea before it is parted. Yet as God told Israel He often tells us to simply stand still and hold your peace as He reveals His plan.
—  David Guzik