movie: dwp

i keep seeing “go watch dear white people” posts but if its message is anything like it was in the movie then um no. the movie ended up talking more shit about black people than the white folk it claimed to be targeting. like they literally marketed dwp as this super progressive pro black film and then they spent the whole damn movie talking about how weave is bad and that black activism is fake and unneccessary, and how the little mixed girl is soooo much more oppressed than her darkskin counterparts….like uh….is THIS the show yall want me to watch? unless its written by completely different people with an entirely new message, ur gonna have to miss me with that coon shit.

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Hear me out: The Devil Wears Prada Voltron AU
  • Allura is the editor in chief and fashion industry tycoon of the Voltron Fashion magazine. Her father, Alfor, had been a designer and fashion editor of the original magazine, Altea Style.

  • During the time of Alfor’s leadership, when the magazine was still called Altea Style, a disagreement between Alfor and Zarkon led to Zarkon leaving and starting his own magazine, Couture Galra. Unfortunately, loyalties within Altea Style were divided, and many in the company left with him (such as the famed designer Haggar). The split hit a huge blow to the magazine’s popularity and influence, and to recover they went through a major rebranding, renaming the magazine to Voltron Fashion.
  • Allura has always been a part of the industry. Even as a child, her father would ask for her thoughts on certain styles and looks. As time went by, she became more and more involved: attending run-throughs and charity events with her father, pitching her own ideas in editorial meetings, even designing her own line of clothes for a couple of years. By the time Alfor had decided the best way to save the magazine was to rebrand it, and to retire and let someone new take over, Allura had made a name for herself separate from her father’s. She was the obvious choice to be the new editor of Voltron Fashion, although there were many furious with the decision to choose her, due to her age (note: in this au, they’re aged up to mid-twenties, early thirties). She has high standards for the magazine and for her employees, because she’s working to rebuild the company to it’s former glory, and one wrong move can risk everything. However, despite the high standards, she’s kind to her employees and wants the entire magazine to function as a team.

  • Coran is the oldest and most loyal employee at VFM. He had worked with Alfor since the beginning of Altea Style. He’d been a model (they called him Coran Coran the Gorgeous Man for a reason), then a designer, then an editor for the magazine. Now, he’s one of Allura’s most trusted confidents. He doesn’t really have an official editorial position in the magazine as far as a specific department to lead, but instead dabbles in all of the areas of the magazine as a sort of second-in-command for Allura.

  • Lance is her Personal Assistant  #1, and has always been interested in fashion. He wants to go to Paris so badly, to have a part in all of the glitz and glamour of the fashion world. The job may be stressful af, but the paid trip to Paris and all of the free clothing/shoes/accessories make it worth it all. His goal is to someday be an editor for the magazine, or design his own line of clothing (which he’ll call “Mrs Blue Lion”).

  • Keith ended up as Allura’s PA #2. He’s completely clueless about fashion i mean, he has a mullet, for goodness’ sake  and only applied to the job because it was with a magazine and the salary advertised was crazy high. Shouldn’t be too difficult, and unlike in his previous job at an auto shop, he’d actually be working towards his career. He really wants to someday write for one of the top newspapers.

  • Shiro is the lead fashion stylist for the magazine, choosing what clothes and styles will be shown in the magazine, and how they’re paired. He, like many working at Voltron Fashion, hopes to be a designer someday. In particular, he wants to design for disabled people and people with prosthetics. He lost his arm during the beginning of his career, in a bad car accident. Many thought that was the end of his career, but he came back surprise bitch. He treats his prosthetic as another accessory to add to his look.

  • Hunk works in the photography department. He’s great with the technical process of taking the photos and developing them, etc., but his true talent lies in the more artistic side of the job, in the positioning of the model and background and props to make a statement and really sell the product. He’s rather like a protege, and rose quickly in the ranks of the magazine to become one of the top photographers.

  • Pidge is one of the lead art directors for the magazine, and her job is essentially to put the magazine together. She designs the page spreads, fitting together the photographs and articles and mods to create an integrated whole. She loves working with the different programs like InDesign and Photoshop to create something beautiful.  

  • Lance and Keith naturally clash, and Lance feels like its not fair that Keith just… waltzes in and gets the job, while Lance had worked so hard to even get there. it doesn’t help that Keith looks hella attractive in those chanel boots and godd since when has a mullet looked good. It’s only after Lance gets sick and they need to work together at the charity gala that he starts warming up to Keith. 

  • “To get this job, you have to actually be interested in fashion, you know.” “What makes you think I’m not interested in fashion?” “You have a mullet, to start with.”
  • “They call me the Tailor because of how I thread the needle.” “Lance, literally no one calls you that. The last time you tried to help with the sewing department, Shiro almost killed you.”

I’m planning on writing more of this if there’s enough interest. Also just as a heads up I know nothing about fashion so don’t expect too much accuracy as far as that goes lmao

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I’m kind of really all about this, actually

you know why dwp is important it made me, a black man, uncomfortable. If you’ve read anything about the movie, you know that it’s a comedy, that…isn’t very funny and you will plainly see why. DWP examines racial issues among black (and to an extent white) people and its impact in institutions of higher learning. It also talks and bout relationships and even one very important sterotype that you don’t really pay attention to until the end.

So why did it make me uncomfortable, because of all the racial slurs that were contained in this movie, nothing hit me harder than seeing the blackface….it fucking killed me, but what hurt me more was watching Lionel Higgins, feel powerless (at first) to do anything.

And really all of Lionel ’ s scenes kinda made me feel that way because I think in the black community his character is the most underminded. While Lionel did have racial - hate to those of his own kind, it’s because those of his race never made him feel like he belonged and others of different cultures (especially whites) didn’t either. I completely understood everything he was going through and watching it happen was scary and it made me uncomfortable

as a wise man once said, art should disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed.

Dear White People is the best new show on Netflix and here’s why:

Okay, disclaimer: I’m white. I do my best to stay woke, but I can’t speak for the POC community. I just had to do a love post for this show, because it’s the freaking best thing I’ve seen on Netflix in a long time. 

- It displays the diversity of experience and opinion in the POC community in a way that makes it clear not all POC feel the same about race, race relations, and community engagement, but deal with all types of racism every day, in many ways.

- It holds a mirror up to white privilege and the dumb, naively racist things white people do every day, forcing us to acknowledge that, yeah, we need to understand what is offensive about some of the things we say and do.  

- All characters, even “side characters” (though really, there are no side characters, only characters who aren’t prominently featured yet), have great definition and provide their own point of view on the issues displayed in each plotline.

- The plotlines are so good! It really is so engaging and intriguing. 

- As a white person, I’m so glad a show like this exists to keep me woke. I’ll be honest, if this show makes you too uncomfortable with your whiteness to enjoy instead of being an entertaining and poignantly genuine reminder of the fact that racism is a HUGE FUCKING ISSUE in our world, you need to do a privilege check right now. 

- Lionel gives me hope that there might be a Dear Straight People. One day. Someday. But Nieka still makes me mad.