ghetto-blaster

anonymous asked:

Will you ever post more relive the magic ? It's fine if no, but the last time you mentioned it was almost a year ago and I'm curious ^^' hope you're doing okay !!

Soooo I know this is probably gonna cost me some followers, but I’ve been holding off on answering this and variations of this question for a while because I wasn’t sure of the answer.

I am now. It’s a definitive no. And here’s why:

Recently Action Labs released its latest Miraculous comic set in New York. There’s a lot - and I mean a lot - wrong with it. Honestly, I would have just been grossed out by the fact that for some reason, the very underage main character reverts to her civilian mode… completely nude. In an alleyway. In a city. The writers either had to break canon, or invent a reason for their underage female protag to be buck naked for a large chunk of the issue. That’s not a good conflict, that’s just fucking creepy, full stop.

And if that wasn’t bad enough? She covers herself in a cardboard box, then runs into a group of racist caricatures of Black people, immediately assumes they’re looting a store, and then begs them not to kill her. 

So far I’ve seen criticism of this deflected as “oh but the Black people are actually collecting goods to donate and she learns an important lesson!” Sorry, that’s really not how that works. The writers chose for the underage female hero to be naked. They chose for the female hero to look at Black people and see criminals. There’s no fig leaf that covers how heinously inappropriate both of those choices are. 

I wish I could say that well, maybe the showrunners will take these issues to heart and take steps to fix them. I can’t.

Consider this me “going all SJW.” (Side note: the Venn Diagram of “Assholes” and “People Who Use ‘SJW’ as a Pejorative” is a goddamn circle.) What other valuable lessons are going to come out of our heroes’ vile racist beliefs? What lessons are your nonwhite viewers supposed to learn, that even superheroes can’t get over their own racism for ten goddamn seconds? And for fuck’s sake, what lesson are your female readers supposed to take away from this? That not even grand cosmic superpowers can save a female hero from being stripped naked and dumped on the streets because that’s what the all-male writers team wanted?

Sorry, but fuck that. If I wanted racism or sexism from someone who’s supposed to be a role model, I’d follow President Trump on Twitter. I really do hope that ZAG and Astruc figure their shit out, but in the meantime, I’m not holding my breath.


P.S. “Ghetto Blaster” ???!!!

About that Miraculous Ladybug Comic

I have been following the controversy over Issue 3 of the Miraculous Ladybug Comic. 

First, a bit about me that you may not know.  As should be obvious from my userpic, I am a White man.  What you may not know is that I live in what we commonly call the “Inner City.”  When I moved here eleven years ago, I was the only White man living within several blocks of my house.     Ironically enough, my neighbor and good friend was the first Black man in this neighborhood: he moved here in 1968. He has now retired after a long career in law enforcement.  My neighbor on the other side, and also good friend, is one of the adult leaders in @chaos-and-cake‘s LARP group.  

My reason for explaining this is that while I most definitely do not have the last word on how things were portrayed in that comic, I get daily feedback from people who should.  

When I saw the excerpts, I immediately saw how it could be perceived as intentionally offensive.    The characters are stereotypes.  “Ghetto Blaster?”  I cringe, I really really cringe.  That is a phrase I have not heard once in eleven years in this neighborhood. That’s 80s crap, man.  I absolutely cannot imagine a Black man ever choosing or accepting such a nickname.  Not in 2017.  “Public Enemy”?  The big dollar sign bling necklace?  Wow.  No. No no.   Just…no!

I then saw Thomas Astruc’s reply.  I cringed, again.  

So I found a copy of the comic and I read it.  

sigh

I see what they tried to do, here.  I must grant them good intentions.

I firmly believe that they failed miserably.  

I buy my comics at the only Comics Shop on the East Coast owned and operated by a Black Woman.  Now I am very embarrassed to order more issues of this comic from her.  I am seriously considering if I wish to keep ordering this comic at all.  

When I am calmer and have had a chance to choose my words carefully, I intend to email Zag and try to explain to them where, and how badly, they erred.  To use such a stereotypical view of Black Americans, at this point in America’s history, was so very offensive.  I believe that they did not mean to offend, but I believe equally strongly that they have done harm.  

They need to acknowledge that, and make amends.