This is what happens when POC have close to zero control over how they are chosen and represented in Hollywood media. The black experience isn’t a monolithic entity. We need more of us in the field, ESPECIALLY in animation.
when I say, “don’t you dare kill or otherwise take this character out of the narrative of the show” and they’re someone of a marginalized identity, i do not mean “i don’t want to see this character treated like a fully-fledged character equally at risk of the highs and lows of the story like any other and i want them to live eternally on a golden pedestal that makes them impervious to the effects of the actions of the plot and therefore a drag on the story.”
i mean, “until this character no longer bears the entire weight of the acknowledgement and representation of marginalized existence in this show, i do not want to see this singular thread terminate in tragedy like it always does.”
it is not a demand that you treat them as untouchable. it is a critique that you are still lacking. it is calling you out on having concentrated so much meaning and significance in one single character that you have made them too important to function properly like any other character in the narrative, and it is asking you to acknowledge this deficiency and not make it worse by also having them end like so many of their tragic predecessors have.
Create more of them to displace that weight youve assigned these individual characters, unhobble them from this iceberg-below-the-water existence, make them (plural them!!) part of the foreground and background, on the protagonist and antagonist sides, small parts and recurring characters - make diversity not some stale, recycled one-note effort you lazily check off the box for, but a conscious effort in including pervasive variety in your story, so that these characters can each become a fuller part of the narrative and have the equal opportunity to be impacted, positively or negatively, by the drama of the story.
When i say, “don’t you dare kill this character,” the real thing im saying is, “dear god, do better.”
as a queer person who’s already 28, let me just tell you how huge the difference feels to me with series’ like steven universe, the foxhole court, sense8, cucumber or eyewitness that have canoncally queer characters that dont die, arent stereotypes, arent white, go through coming to terms with their identity in realistic ways and not interpreted through the hetersexual lense, who have mental health issues and face other problems besides being queer in a heterosexist world and WHO ACTUALLY KISS and/or FUCK in canon.
like 12-15 years ago when i was figuring stuff out, there was NOTHING like that. what i had was bad lesbian porn on the internet (when internet wasnt also that available), yaoi or yuri trash that was often bad porn, queerbating bullshit, or some random sidecharaters that died or villains who were gay. and probably also died.
I can feel there’s a rift going on. And i dont think it’s gonna stop. I’m excited for whats coming the next 5 years.
AND I’M SO HAPPY ABOUT IT cuz even now i just want representation so shows dont bore the fuck out of me, but imagine how different things must be for teens watching these shows. I hope you feel all loved and supported cuz you are!!!
So every single online review I’ve seen today has mentioned how important it was for fans to see the kiss! It pretty much took all the headlines, which is good going for a whole 2 minutes of screen time!
Aside from the usual sensationalist headlines, what was written about Patsy and Delia’s relationship was positive and uplifting - as was praise for the fans who had a huge outpouring of emotion for it (can you blame us?)
This makes me happy. It’s gratifying to see a storyline get genuine attention rather than be a focus for simple titilation or be considered wrong.
It got genuine attention because we supported it vocally.
This has not always been the case - believe me.
I know we aren’t even close to a utopian world where differences are celebrated and where there is genuine inclusion.
But every time we all yell out support, love and willingness to embrace diversity and inclusivity, we extinguish just a little bit more darkness.
Thank you Heidi Thomas for including a storyline that is so important to us.
Thank you Kate and Emerald for bringing Delia and Patsy to life so well and so convincingly that we are all completely invested in you.
Thank you for shouting out last night!
Diversity matters. Being heard matters. We all matter.
Moana did not make $100 million this past weekend.
Moana did not make $100 million in the U.S. or with worldwide profits as the articles expected. Make this movie a grand success. Let it beat frozen or at least come close.People probably don’t know this but after the surprise success of Frozen, they hurried the production of Moana to this year instead of it original expected release of 2017/2018. The budget on this movie $150 million. That means for it to make a profit, it needs to make 500 million. The movie has rave reviews and $99.3 million worldwide is no joke(it’s amazing!) but, let’s make this one of the best things that happened in this abysmal year of 2016. Get your family and friends who are on the fence about seeing it in the theaters this coming weekend. Hell, go see it twice. If it hasn’t been released in your country yet and you watch it ahead of the release, still go see it when it’s released in theaters. IF you can afford to see don't doddle about seeing. The POC Disney movies don’t fare well most of the time(Princess and the Frog, Pocahontas, Mulan, Atlantis, Brother Bear, etc.) in comparison to their white counter parts.
I’m not trying to scare people, I just really want this movie to make billion. Do you realize how big it would be for a POC Disney princess to make a billion? Hell, even $600 million? None of the POC princess movies have even made that much yet.
PT. I ON MY TBR || The end of 2016 is nigh, so I thought I’d compile a list of diverse novels whose release I’m looking forward to for next year so that you (and your wallets, yikes!) can wait in eager anticipation with me (and, alas, my wallet).
You know what would be great? If more famous authors included LGBTQ characters in their books. Maybe we should ask some of them why they don't and encourage them to do more for diversity.
S. E. Hinton, famous author of critically acclaimed book whose underlying message is that maybe, just maybe, the world would be less shitty and violent if everyone took the time to try to understand others, particularly those they consider to be beneath them:
How DARE!? I am a Straight™ Why would I want to write that? I don't have to sympathize with or write about the gays. I'm just feeling so attacked right now honestly.