A man talks about his sick baby. Cries constantly. It’s an uncomfortable video to watch at times. It really is. A little too raw and emotional for live TV.
At the end, he is relieved his sick baby is OK and hopes other sick babies can be OK. There’s a (subtle) acknowledgement of his status and wealth and we, the viewer, understand his kid got the best treatment possible. (He’s a rich talk show host, after all.)
But his point is: He doesn’t think it should matter if a sick baby is poor: they should get healthcare. He knows the system is unfair and wants to fix it. He saw all those other families at the children’s hospital and understood they weren’t like him and didn’t have his money.
And he gets called a snobbish elitist for this. (Um, isn’t what he is saying the opposite of elitism?)
When you realize how deranged, cold-hearted and hypocritical the GOP has gotten. You’d rather call him “a Hollywood liberal” than cope with the truth of what he is saying.
I made a post about the whole live action Aladdin movie and my girl Naomi as Jasmine but I’m gonna make another one now that it’s official because Twitter is a mess rn and I’m really conflicted about it all.
Here we go:
1) I really love Naomi and if you follow me you know this, and I’ve been waiting of her to get some recognition like this for so long because she’s a really talented actress and she deserves success. I’m proud that she landed the role, she can definitely pull it off and I understand that she took the role because she’s not a big actress and this will definitely change her life but-
2) The cast for Aladdin should’ve been Middle Eastern. The animated film was based off of a Middle Eastern story and the movie itself starts with a song called ‘Arabian Nights.’ But apparently this wasn’t clear enough for Disney when they were casting for this movie. Disney sent out casting descriptions looking for actors and actresses of Middle Eastern and Indian descent. Apparently Disney doesn’t understand that poc aren’t interchangeable.
3) Honestly I blame Disney for all this. They should’ve known better.
4) Don’t come at my girl Naomi with bullshit like saying she isn’t pretty enough to be Jasmine or saying she isn’t a good actress because she is. I’ve been seeing a lot of backlash on all this and while I agree that Disney should’ve cast a Middle Eastern actress for Jasmine, I will not tolerate any slander for Naomi on any irrelevant shit like her looks or her acting. Naomi deserves better than that.
5) While there is definitely a colourism problem when it comes to casting in Hollywood, don’t erase the fact that Naomi is a woc and don’t call her white just because she’s biracial.
6) This isn’t like the whole ScarJo thing with GITS and it isn’t whitewashing. It’s a whole different thing. Disney was the one looking for actors of Indian descent instead of just actors of Middle Eastern descent like they should have, and it’s really their fault that a Middle Eastern actress wasn’t cast. Naomi auditioned for a role that was asking for people of Indian descent like her, but Disney should’ve just held auditions for Middle Eastern actresses to be faithful to the source material instead of making it seem that poc are interchangeable.
7) Disney and the director (who is white) are mainly at fault here. Disney has done a lot of stuff like this I’m not surprised. Also, the director should’ve been Middle Eastern too.
8) I’m disappointed that my girl Naomi is gonna get a lot of hate for this role because I love her and she doesn’t deserve this mess. Again, Disney should’ve looked for a Middle Eastern actress. (WB and DC can y'all cast Naomi and save her from all this pls?)
9) On the other hand (no I’m not defending Disney, just adding some more facts on why Disney made this casting decision) the animated film took place in a fictional place called Agrabah and there were some Indian culture influences in the film (Jasmine’s palace being based off of the Taj Mahal) and although it took place in a Middle Eastern area, the film kinda blended stuff from other cultures and that lead to Disney being unclear about it all and looking Indian actors for these roles instead of just Middle Eastern actors.
10) We’ll have to see if they change the location of where the story takes place to explain why Jasmine is Indian while Aladdin is Middle Eastern. They could do that to justify the whole thing, but for the millionth time, Disney should’ve had the entire cast be Middle Eastern (I don’t know if Genie counts because that’ll just be voice work and he’s not human).
So yeah, I’m happy Naomi is finally getting big roles but I don’t want it to happen like this and it makes me sad. She deserves better, and there’s a Middle Eastern actress out there who could’ve had the opportunity for this role who also deserves better.
Please don’t send Naomi any hate tho. This is mainly Disney’s mistake.
“Just remember, no mountain too high. No valley too low. No river too wide. No place too far to go (Oh, believe). Oh, when you believe you can overcome the battle is already won (Oh, just keep on). Just keep on keepin’ on.”
‘Disney’s American Legends: John Henry’ requested by lunaneko14
“I hate it when someone says they want another black princess or a Japanese one, someone says that kids don’t care. I’m a teacher. I teach 1st graders. I have a student who is from India and one day she was crying because another student told her that since there are no Indian princesses, she couldn’t play princess with them. It was heartbreaking. Needless to say, I punished the other student but it still bothers me that people think kids don’t care about being represented.”
I want to imagine that in this very moment, she sees Aladdin/Prince Ali drowning. She then swims to him, tries to lift him up to the surface, but he is chained to the iron ball and therefore too heavy. But while doing this she accidentally rubs the lamp, Genie appears, and then… (goes on for eternity!) X,D
“I love Moana, she rocks her curly hair and looks so pretty doing it, I used to get called Hagrid as a kid for mine so it means a lot to me. It makes me not hate my hair. However I’m not a person of colour, so I’m too scared to tell anyone in case I get ranted at, as my hair’s not exactly the same as hers.“