oh wow! that's really neat! i'm really glad to see representation, both good and bad characters, in media!
yea except that character isn't ace they're gay coded bc they've acted flamboyantly and turned down people of the other binary gender before so please don't steal our characters. and if they're not gay they're straight bc they've never shown interest in dating anyone!! don't make things up it's just sad :))
Everyone, PLEASE go support the new Power Rangers movie.
I know basically nothing about the franchise, I was never a fan as a kid, I get it if you’re like ‘idk what even’ about the movie.
I haven’t even seen the movie yet.
But out of the 5 main characters, 4 are non-white, and of those, 1 is an openly queer Latina, and 1 is black and autistic.
Words can’t express how huge this is.
Not only is this the first openly queer superhero in a blockbuster movie, she is also Latina.
It’s also, the first autistic superhero in a blockbuster movie.
It’s one of the first times I have ever seen a canonically autistic protagonist in a major piece of media, ever, in a narrative that isn’t just about them Suffering About Being Autistic™.
It’s the second black autistic character I’ve ever seen in any form of media, ever, either, and that is incredibly significant. It’s looking like it will be fairly positive representation, which is so important, given the issues that black autistic people face. (More likely to be underdiagnosed or misdiagnosed, more likely to be the victims of police violence and persecution, etc.)
If it doesn’t do well, the diversity of the film will get blamed by Hollywood, rather than any of the individual creative merits of the film itself.
But if this movie succeeds, it could be genuinely groundbreaking, in terms of what is considered viable in terms of casting and representation in major blockbuster movies.
If you want more POC heroes, more queer heroes, more disabled heroes, in your media?
Make liking black characters an active choice, because you’ve been conditioned not to
This goes not only for white fans but for Asian fans of any media
I’m Filipino, and as an Asian who’s been submerged in enough Hollywood to know, we have been conditioned to be attracted to and like white characters in a way that we have not been with black characters.
The reason I can identify it is that I grew up watching the amazing works of Dwayne McDuffie, the creator of Static Shock (my childhood crush) who made sure that an entire generation grew up with a black Green Lantern with Justice League and JLU. I grew up with black protagonists and black faves and it baffled me when other people couldn’t seem to appreciate black characters the way I did.
It’s about the same as fangirls teaching themselves to like female characters and identify and snuff out their heteronormative internalized misogyny. And yes, even shipping gay characters can be heteronormative if you as a straight woman are disgusted by female characters or female relationships but will happily fetishize two men. It’s not even about being attracted to women or female relationships–simply to actively identify what you like about female characters and female relationships and enjoy them as you would male faves. To make the conscious decision to cut away your own misogyny against female characters.
We have not been conditioned to see black men as leading men, as heartthrobs, as celebrity crushes, as faves. Only recently have we seen a rise in black Hollywood heartthrobs like T’challa from Civil War and the upcoming Black Panther, or in main characters like Finn from Star Wars TFA.
And you as a fan who has been raised in racism and colorism need to make the active effort to look at these characters, who are identical to your usual faves in every way except they’re not white, and make the active decision to say “this character is beautiful and I want to see more content for them” and then follow through with it
And when you’ve done that enough, it’ll become second nature. It’s not something you can force, or need to. All you have to do is understand and remove your own hypocrisy and racism, and appreciate black leads and black faves as a fandom.
Don’t speak over gay men when they’re talking about what constitutes as good representation of themselves in media.
Don’t speak over gay men of color when they’re talking about what constitutes as good representation of themselves in media.
If you’re not a man who loves men, you don’t get to decide what is good representation of a mlm.
I don’t care about how amazing amazing you think a show is, I don’t care about how much you think it’s good representation, if you’re not a man who likes men, you don’t get to speak over or reject the qualms and objections other mlm have about representation.
my mom really wanted to see Wonder Woman so we went to the theatre today to watch it.
i wish i could express in words how happy she was, how over the moon and emotional she was, over seeing a movie dominated by women. with tears in her eyes, she gleefully told me how amazing it was that the movie was directed by a woman, had a woman as the hero, and showcased countless women as warriors, as powerful beings.
this is why representation matters, and not just for younger generations. we talk all the time about how girls these days are still starved for decent representation and media; don’t forget that our mothers and grandmothers were even more starved. representation matters for everyone.
okay so I was going through some old stuff and I found this book from a series called “Amy Hodgepodge” that I bought around 2009 or 2010
and I vaguely remembered something special about it so I opened it up and
(it’s a bit hard to read, so here’s the part that I mainly want to focus on: “I laughed, knowing she was only kidding. Lola has a great sense of humor. She’s the one who came up with my nickname: Amy Hodgepodge. My real name is Amy Hodges. But when Lola found out that I’m African American, White, Japanese, and Korean, she said my name should be Amy Hodgepodge. Lola and her twin brother, Cole, are mixed-race, too. So are some of my other friends. But Lola says nobody is as mixed as me!”)
This girl is African American, white, Japanese, AND Korean.
I remembered how weird being both Vietnamese and white was for me when I was little. I didn’t know any other part Asian, part white kids (and I specify Asian because I did know one or two kids that were part black, but I didn’t talk with them that much), and I had never read about anyone like me in any of the books I had ever read… until these.
Curious to learn more about the series, I decided to Google it. This is the home page of amyhodgepodge.com:
“Some kids were mean and teased me about looking different, which really made me sad.”
These kids books just briefly tackled racism without actually saying the word “racism” or “racist”.
Interested, I began to go through the website and went to the characters page:
The text is pretty small, so if for some reason if you can’t zoom in or anything like that, here’s what I want to emphasize:
Lola and Cole (twins) are part African American, part Irish-American.
Maya is pretty much white, but she’s Italian-American and Irish-American.
Pia’s mother is white and her father is Chinese-American.
Jesse is half Puerto Rican and half African American.
Rusty is Hispanic, Native American, and white.
The authors of these books didn’t put a single white child in the group (with the exception of Maya).
But apparently, racial diversity is too hard for people who are 100% white.
Can we like, fucking give Moffat a sliver of credit for changing his priorities and he and his team recognizing the show’s diversity problem and presumably having to fight the traditionally pretty conservative BBC for this? I get the anxiety she might die, I do, especially after the bloodbath of last year. It’s in no way unjustified, though I might point out that Moffat is basically infamous for not permanently killing characters to the point where it is a common criticism.
But what it looks like, from here, is an excuse for damning Moffat for failures yet revealed and therefore denying how bloody amazing and important an ~intellectual working class black lesbian companion~ is. Like, this site has been dreaming of that for ages, I can easily prove that. But they never expected ~Steven Moffat~ to do it, and it breaks their narrative that he’s the worst and so they can’t give him credit for doing something ~amazing~.
So I get the anxiety. But what I don’t get is acting like the fact that its even a possibility it could end badly some how erases or negates how gigantic a step this is for the BBC’s flagship genre show. In line, frankly, with the first two openly lesbian characters on the show (Vastra and Jenny), a companion more or less explicitly interested in women (Clara), the first instance of a gender-changing regeneration (Missy) as well as race-changing (Mels to River).
Like, consider where Moffat is leaving the show, and tell me that he’s contributed nothing positive in comparison to St Russell.
“From debut author and longtime zine-maker Celia C. Pérez, The First Rule of Punk is a wry and heartfelt exploration of friendship, finding your place, and learning to rock out like no one’s watching.
There are no shortcuts to surviving your first day at a new school—you can’t fix it with duct tape like you would your Chuck Taylors. On Day One, twelve-year-old Malú (María Luisa, if you want to annoy her) inadvertently upsets Posada Middle School’s queen bee, violates the school’s dress code with her punk rock look, and disappoints her college-professor mom in the process. Her dad, who now lives a thousand miles away, says things will get better as long as she remembers the first rule of punk: be yourself.
The real Malú loves rock music, skateboarding, zines, and Soyrizo (hold the cilantro, please). And when she assembles a group of like-minded misfits at school and starts a band, Malú finally begins to feel at home. She’ll do anything to preserve this, which includes standing up to an anti-punk school administration to fight for her right to express herself!
Black and white illustrations and collage art throughout make The First Rule of Punk a perfect pick for fans of books like Roller Girl and online magazines like Rookie.”
It comes out this August, and I’m definitely checking it out. A little punk latina girl fighting the establishment to be herself? Sign me up.
Asian Representation in Media: The Art of Yellowface and Cultural Appropriation in the name of “Feminism”
There has been a specific issue that has particularly angered and annoyed me. That issue is asian representation in media particularly with the use of yellowface and cultural appropriation in Hollywood/Celebrity Culture. Also the role of Hollywood not casting/hiring asian directors, actors, and actresses. I could talk about Ironfist and Matt Damon in The Great Wall which uses the white saviour narrative and asian people as background characters but I am going to focus on white woman and there “white feminism”.
1. Lets start off recently with the photoshoot Vogue did with Karlie Kloss. In this photoshoot, Karlie Kloss, a white woman, is portraying a geisha with the background being Japan. This is not only a case of yellowface but also an instance for the Western audience of Vogue to consume an orientalist fantasy. Karlie Kloss, has apologized but it means nothing from a person who also wore a Native-American headdress at Victoria Secret fashion show and most likely will not face any consequences for her actions. 2. Scarlett Johansson portraying Motoko Kusanagi in Ghost in the Shell is another instance of yellowface and a white actor taking a role from an Asian person. There has been a lot of controversy with this movie among asian fans. I haven’t watched the trailer because not going to support this trash movie but from what I read online the whole entire background of the movie is set in Japan. The story/setting is Japanese with scenes of japanese characters death. One argument is but “Motoko is a cyborg, cyborgs don’t have a race”. To shut down that argument in the trailer Motoko’s mom is a Japanese woman and in the manga there are clear visual distinctions between caucasian and asian women. Also there was the whole controversy of CGI people with asian features. 3. Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One. There has been controversy this movie with the casting and with the whole Tilda Swinton vs. Margaret Cho emails. First off, two asian characters Wong and the Ancient One in comics were incredibly racist depictions of asian people. The writers and directors changed Wong to not be just a sidekick and manservant to Doctor Strange but to be a strong character by himself, arguably. With that information, they did not even try to do the same with the Ancient One but instead cast a white woman. With the whole Tilda Swinton and Margaret Cho emails it was a classic case of a white woman wanting a person of colour to ease their white guilt and get approval from person of colour to forgive them of their mistakes. Tilda Swinton also tried to play the victim with the whole “it’s hard for a 55-year old, Scottish woman to get roles”. Well, it is hard for asian people to get roles period. Not only that the whole Doctor Strange movie reeked of orientalism. 4. Lastly, the Mulan movie from Disney. Another movie that had a lot of controversy when the initial script had the whole white saviour narrative written on it but then Disney reassured us that it would star asian characters. Mulan, recently got a director, Niki Caro, a white woman. There are so many asian directors that could’ve been given a chance but no they chose a white woman. There are asian directors that are also women. I solved your problem Disney.
In regards, to Ghost in the Shell, Tilda Swinton, and Mulan this has been framed as a step towards “feminism” or framed as in the name of “feminism”. This isn’t an “asian vs. woman issue” you can have woman who are also from asian descent. WOW. This is literally a prime example of white feminism. Then there is Karlie Kloss who issued the apology with all I want to do is empower women and girls like that is such BS. You only want to empower white women. I am sick and tired of seeing white people take our roles and projects that are aimed for us. All of these examples, the use asian culture and asian people as the background just shows how disposable and unimportant we are and our stories are. It also shows the blatant white supremacy and capitalism interwoven in society/Hollywood. It shows how the “white gaze” works to favour white, Western audiences. There are 48 countries in Asia. We are not monolithic people. All I want and a lot of asians want is proper, media representation of Asian people.
petition for canada to remake classic hollywood movies so they could say things in intervews like: “we saw the original u.s. version and thought that it was such a universal story that transcends cultures. we knew we had to tell the story for the canadian audience.” and “of course we had to change up the straight male lead to something more familiar to canadian viewers, which, of course, would be a bisexual woman.” also “we teamed up with a few americans to help us understand the culture and language of the film they had made. As much as we obviously had to change things, we still wanted to pay our respects to the original. that’s why we cast a white guy from toronto, who has a mum that was born in michigan, to play the character that gives the lead and her girlfriend some important information to aid them on their quest.” and finally, “we also put fun little things in the movie as a shoutout to the the usa culture, like in the opening scene you see our hero eating a hotdog with a giant plastic cup full of pop that’s bigger than her head, watching a ryan seacrest toothpaste commercial.”
i really love how the media is getting better at positively representing characters with mental disorders i just wish they more often would acknowledge that there are also other disorders than depression and anxiety ha ha