Mkay. So I’m just going to rant a little here.
Cultural appropriation. It’s a thing. And it SUCKS. I’m white right? Granted I’m half Cherokee, but I’m white. I’m American. Just clarifying all of this.
Just because I’m a white American girl does NOT mean that I can’t write creative writing pieces, scripts, poetry, and fanfics that are through the eyes of someone from a different gender, background, and culture.
What it DOES mean is that if I choose to write a story from, say, a Jamaican pov, that I better DAMN WELL truly care about the culture and I better DAMN WELL do the research and not fall into cliches and shit like that.
For my screenplay workshop final piece I’ve chosen to write from a Japanese characters pov in, guess what, JAPAN. But I have a deep knowledge, passion, and respect for the culture. So I did my research. My film genre I was given was horror. I worked hard to keep away from Japanese folklore or ghosts because I didn’t want to fall into cliches or traps. There are tons of things I need to improve in the editing process- but I think I did a pretty damn good job.
Wanna know some of the things my first critique said to me?
- “Do you watch anime? I suggest watching some of that to see more of what their culture is like.”
- “Japan doesn’t really have serial killers. Why not watch the Ring or the Grudge for inspiration?”
- “More inspiration: watch some more anime (as mentioned above), like Naruto or whatever”
- (my title is Shinjuu) “I looked up the title. It means two lovers who can’t be together so they kill themselves. I don’t see that in here at all.”
Anime does NOT represent all of Japanese culture. Some FEATURES and some ASPECTS of Japanese culture is present in anime.
Japan DOES have serial killers. They aren’t as widely prevalent because of weapons laws, but they ARE there. Watch the news.
Watch. The. Ring. Watch. The. Grudge. I’m not writing a fucking ghost story. It is a horror movie that simply takes place in Japan.
“Naruto or whatever” You clearly don’t know anything about anime if you’re suggesting I watch NARUTO for inspiration here. It has NOTHING to do with horror or serial killers. Oh, and “whatever?” Could you fucking care less?
Sweetie, Shinjuu has multiple fucking meanings. How about you do more than look at the first result on Google, mkay?
I cannot STAND when people disrespect a culture. I get it, there are a lot of things that I DON’T know about the Japanese culture. But this is a short film script. We aren’t actually filming. We aren’t putting details into the setting or the culture. I’m not writing about what I don’t know. I’m writing about what I DO know and what I have RESEARCHED because I want to get the facts RIGHT. This person clearly just reviewed my script based off of stereotypes and that’s not cool. AT. ALL.
If it was “Oh, hey, I noticed that the school uniforms were this color, when I think Omori has these uniforms” then I would have been FINE. I would have WELCOMED it. But it wasn’t. 99% of the “advice” she gave me was nothing but stereotyping shit. Not. Fucking. Okay.
You aren’t helping my writing. You aren’t furthering my knowledge of writing scripts. You aren’t interested in the script at all. Get. Out.