well i’ve been dead for 3 days without posting any art but since some assignments are done, i’m glad i can hold my brushes again~ Have this speedpaint of flowerfell frisk with different colORS OTHER THAN BLUE AHA
(Not including X-Men films: I’m not up to discussing the tragedy of the X-Men movies and the complete erasure of all Jewish characters besides Magneto, the villain, today.)
Honestly, as a Jewish person in America this ongoing erasure
of Jewish identity and culture Marvel is committing doesn’t even surprise me.
This sort of subtle anti-Semitism that Marvel is participating in is par for
the course. The erasure of Jewish identity and culture is so common most people
don’t even pause to consider it, and if they do they don’t consider it anti-Semitic. After all, they don’t hate Jews, they don’t
insult Jews, they don’t attack Jews, they don’t think Jews are bad or evil, so
OF COURSE it isn’t anti-Semitism if you just pretend that Jews don’t exist and
destroy Jewish character’s identities. It’s just a change of backstory, after
The erasure of Jewish characters and the destruction of characters created by Jews is not a change of backstory,
Marvel, it is anti-Semitism. Anti-Semitism is defined as hostility, prejudice
or discrimination against Jews. By erasing Jewish characters you are
discriminating, or participating in unjust treatment, against them on account
of their religion. By ignoring the huge contributions of Jewish writers and
artists who gave life to so many comics characters you are being prejudiced.
Your hostility, or unfriendliness and opposition, to the inclusion of Jewish
characters and the defamation of characters created as allegories by Jews are
Ignoring, or ret-conning, the fact that Wanda and Pietro Maximoff
are ethnically half Jewish and Roma, and always have been, is anti-Semitic and racist.
Their heritage may not have played a significant plot point, but it certainly
influenced their decisions and motivations. Turning Jewish-Roma Wanda and
Pietro Maximoff into volunteers for the fascist-Hydra organization headed by
von Strucker, a Nazi, to conduct illegal medical experiments on, is wrong.
Turning Steve Rogers, who has always stood as an allegorical
shield for the Jewish people against the Nazi’s and fascism in general, into a
fascist Hydra member, is disgusting. Turning Steve Rogers’ who served as
Erskine’s (a Jewish scientist’s) golem, his creation and stand-in, to defeat
the Nazi’s into a member of Hydra, is revolting.
Fun fact: Captain America’s iconic shield is an allegory in
and of itself. What in English is called the Jewish Star or Star of David, one
of the most recognizable Jewish symbols in the world, is in Hebrew called the
Magen David (Yiddish the Mogein Dovid) which translates to the Shield of David.
Steve’s shield with the star on it, used to protect him as he fought Hitler and
the Nazi’s in the early comics, was an allegory to a powerful and well known
Jewish symbol that the Nazi’s were corrupting. It was a ‘spit in your eye, fuck
you’ to the Nazi’s and Jack Kirby and Joe Simon knew that their Jewish readers,
desperate for news that the Nazi’s would be stopped and their families were
safe, would recognize it.
I’ve seen comments on the Jewish actors in the MCU not being
allowed to play Jewish characters. I feel that if in canon the characters are
actively shown not to be Jewish, or it’s heavily implied at least, then it’s
appropriate for the Jewish actors to portray that character as Christian or
Muslim or Hindu or Atheist, or whatever that character religiously identifies
as. However, for a character like Darcy Lewis, who is not a canon character in
the comics at all, how hard would it be to have her say a throwaway line about
her Bat Mitzvah? Or to have Jane Foster (whose religion is never mentioned in
the comics) mention her Bubbe (grandmother) in a ‘my Bubbe always said’ way?
I have to wonder what would happen if Marvel suddenly
decided that Sam Wilson wasn’t black? What if they thought Wakanda would be better
served as a European nation? What if Kamala Khan was found to support a fascist
regime? Why is it okay to erase and ignore Jews as both characters and creators?
Why are Marvel’s actions not being called out as the anti-Semitism it is?
It doesn’t matter what reason Marvel gives for their choice
to make Steve Rogers’ a fascist, a Nazi. It doesn’t matter if it’s a plot twist,
a time-change, a clone, a triple agent or a cry for attention. Marvel has taken a character that has stood for freedom
and doing the right thing, a hero and a symbol of hope not only to Jews but to
people around the world that there are people who have the courage to fight
back against oppression, and they have destroyed him. They can never take this
back, there is no ‘oops’ here. Even if they retcon this arc in the future, like
they did with William Burnside, they have destroyed the legacy of Captain
Wasn’t it enough to erase Wanda and Pietro Maximoff’s past?
Why do you have to ruin Captain America too?
Jack Kirby and Joe Simon received death threats for creating
Steve Rogers, Captain America, in a time when many Americans were either Nazi
sympathizers or content to keep their head in the sand. It was a time when
Jewish families checked their mailboxes every day praying for a letter from
their parents, siblings, aunts, uncles and cousins still in Europe. It was a
time when the US turned away boatloads of Jewish refugees fleeing Europe. It was a time when the Third Reich steadily
gained more and more land and more and more power, and while many European
nations fought back against the rise of fascism the US refused to involve itself
in Europe’s war despite knowing the threat Hitler posed. Kirby and Simon were
surrounded by this environment of fear, because no one knew what was truly
happening in Europe, but knew they had to do something about it. It is an insult
to the memories of Jack Kirby and Joe Simon. It is morally repugnant to make Captain
America into a Nazi.
Marvel has erased Jewish identities of characters in both the comics and the films. That was bad enough. But now? Marvel has taken a hero I love, and have loved since I was a
child, and perverted it. They have taken Captain America and twisted him around
into a parody of all that he has ever stood for. They have taken a character that
was literally created by two Jews to stand against the Nazi’s and say ‘screw
you’ to Hitler for all the Jews who couldn’t, and made him into a Nazi. As a
Jew and a fan of comics for most of my life I feel like I have been spat on and
kicked while I’m down.
The Goatman is one of those legends that has been passed around so many times no one knows its true origins anymore. Some say he was a goat farmer that after teenagers killed all his goats he went berserk, seeking revenge on the youth around his farm. A crazier story, that he was a sociopathic scientist that conducted torturous experiments on goats at the nearby Beltsville Agricultural Research Center. Karma came quick when a experiment went wrong turning him into a half goat, half man monster that fled into the forest with nothing but an axe.
Whatever you believe, there has been some weird things that have gone down in good old Maryland. A constant stream of decapitated dogs in the woods, teenagers coming home with injuries and tales so tall that it might be hard for a young mind to come up with, and even more intriguing, a number of hitchhikers being murdered in 1962.
awkward poc experience #189365783: when someone tries to be ‘respectful’ and ask you for the ‘proper’ pronunciation of your name but you:
a. are so used to the ‘wrong’ pronunciation of your name that if a stranger did pronounce it right it will deeply unsettle as you have constructed different personalities suited to the different cultures each pronunciation belongs to
b. don’t appreciate the extra reminder that your identity and experience is still considered ‘other’ by the whites
c. don’t want to waste yet another 5 minutes of your life making some white feel like they’re a ‘good person’ because honestly the first 50 times you’ve had to pronounce it slowly to soothe the conscience of their people was already enough
d. are generally just not interested in performing this kind of emotional labor ever
general advice to white people:
if someone tells you that their name is pronounced x the first time you ask maybe don’t be that condescending ‘i’m not like other whites’ and just take their word for it
no seriously the more you insist on knowing how it’s ‘really pronounced’
the more i want to punch you
i am not giving you the ‘wrong’ one because i give a shit about your fragile feelings
if the person in front of you actually cares that you pronounce it ‘right’ they will give you that ‘right’ pronunciation the first time you ask
Hey,Mun! Hate to bother you,but you weren't 100% right. Chara IS different in the pacifist run, but you forgot one point. Even in the pacifist run they hate humanity. If you don't trust me, ask Asriel in the very beginning.
(and you think I didn’t know that? XD;; dude, of course, even Asriel admits Chara wasn’t perfect and made mistakes, I never said they were a poor angel because they DID horrible stuff when they were alive.
But you know what? SO did the rest of characters. Undyne doesn’t seem to have a good impression of humans until she meets Frisk and is willing to kill them in cold blood, Alphys makes experiments which goes wrong turning monsters into the amalgates and lies about it, Asgore kills 6 human children, Toriel intimidates the monsters living in the Ruins and ran away from the Kingdom when she was needed, because as Gerson says SHE was the head behind everything. AND lastly ASRIEL kills everyone as Flowey m a n y times, every friend he made, his family, everyone, his LVL is 999999 and it is shown in the battle against Omega Flowey, he knows he has done wrong.
The point? Everyone in undertale has flaws and did stuff wrong, but we understand them because we understand the reasons behind them. We don’t know why Chara hated humanity, but by guiding ourselves by Asriel’s words, it seems that Chara had it pretty bad on the surface. Plus if you read the books and lore about monsters history it kinda makes you think"wow..Humans are dicks on this game".
Now imagine that in a human child, who clearly had it bad to the point of going to the mountain of no return for"unhappy reasons"(which seems to be suicide), with the pressure of being"the future of humans and monsters" and reading this lore which is completely a one sided story by the monsters. Of course this child will go"screw humanity" “I’m going to free everyone but humans don’t deserve to cohexist with monsters. Hey Azzy remember when we accidentaly made dad sick? ok hear me out…”. )