nerd rage

Also I’m maybe even more unsettled by the way Davies talks about Les Mis being about “redemption” but not at all about the social commentary? 

Because yes, absolutely, Les Mis is about redemption!  But like…what does he think people  (…Valjean. He only cares about Valjean. and probably Javert. I’m resigned to this.)  are being redeemed from?  Bad luck?  Their own Evil Impulses?   The Lost Luggage department? 

Because if he doesn’t get that the whole point is that they’re being redeemed from the darkness society creates,  then this thing is gonna be missing the point by 1.60934km. 

Honestly, the next time some nerddouche or metalhead or whatever points at your t-shirt and snootily asks if you’re, “a real fan,” just tell them “no.”

“No, I hate Star Wars. I hate everything about Star Wars. I hate the movies, the action figures, the video games, the extended universe-related comic books- in fact, I hate every single facet of nerd culture. The only reason I wore this was to piss you and every other nerd off, and thus ruin everything you hold near and dear to your heart.”

“Everything.”

  • Mom: why are you crying?
  • Me: because even though Joss Whedon whitewashed him and made him probably pro nazi (despite being originally Jewish in all other characterizations) for at least part of the movie, pietro maximoff was a good character who deserved to become a long-standing member of the avengers, and the impact of his death on Wanda was explored for approximately 1.2 minutes and they will likely never mention it again in civil war or infinity war despite his death being a great opportunity to develop one of the three relevant female characters in this entire fucking movie. In the comics, he was always important to Wanda's character development, and she is the most powerful magic user in the entire marvel universe, even more than dr. Strange, because she can alter all of reality and use chaos magic, and the twins relationship greatly affected how Wanda used her powers. I know that nobody stays dead in a marvel movie, but I have reason to believe nobody will actually give enough of a shit to bring him back. While we're on the subject, the way he died was stupid as shit. The only other time pietro couldn't dodge a bullet was when he couldn't see it coming from behind, and pietro knew where the bullets were coming from and could dodge them. There is no reason he couldn't carry Clint and the kid to behind the car and survived, or at the very least not gotten hit with three dozen bullets, because in the space of the second Clint had his eyes shut he couldn't have stayed in one place to be shot that many times. In house of m we also see that Wanda can revive people right after their death with no side effects, even if the brain is destroyed, which it wasn't in this case, so if complete revival was too improbable or deus machina for a movie, she could have removed the bullets, closed the wounds, and restarted the heart without breaking a sweat.
  • Quiksilver's death was stupid, uncalled for, and not used to its full potential to develop Wanda as a complete person or avenger.
Is it just me?

Am I the only nerd who is bothered by the onslaught of people who want a relationship like the Joker and Harley Quinn’s.

Like it pains me to see when ladies say, “He’s the Joker to my Harley,” or “I want to find a Joker to my Harley.” Really? You want a manipulating, emotionally and physically abusive sociopath who only cares about you when it serves a purpose? Ladies, if anything find yourself a Poison Ivy. Find someone who is fiercely loyal and protective. Someone who would do anything to see you happy. Someone who might just be as crazy as you, but it doesn’t end in mutually assured destruction.

And guys. Why are you aspiring to be the Joker? Like…he’s not a good character at all, and honestly he’s completely overrated. “But he’s crazy, and gives no fucks.” Yeah, and those are two things that don’t a good relationship make.

Like…HarleyxJoker is just not a healthy relationship, and I think people should stop romanticizing it.

This image is from a manga called Peepo Choo and has been making the rounds quite a bit.  What I find perturbing are the rather strange knee-jerk reactions to it that’ve been flooding my dash.  Some things to consider:

1. The author of this is Felipe Smith, a man from the West (listed as Argentinian, Jamaican, and American).  He was a part of Tokyopop’s OEL manga maketing drive back during the anime boom and was published in the States in a compilation called “The Rising Stars of Manga”, nevermind that the term manga is a publishing distinction and by definition cannot apply to comics originally published outside of Japan.  

2. The entire point of this marketing campaign was to ride off the Cool Japan sentiment that had come with the anime boom wherein Japanese cultural products were immensely popular in the West in general and the United States in particular.  A common and nearly overwhelming sentiment among anime and manga fans at the time was exactly what’s reflected in the comic above, namely that Japan is some sort of wonderland for Otaku, anyone anywhere could draw “manga” (which I must reiterate is NOT an artistic style), that everyone in the Far East is exceedingly courteous and into nerdy things, and so forth.

3. Felipe Smith eventually went to Japan and trained to be a published manga author, ultimately resulting in the publication of Peepo Choo.  Peepo Choo is semiautobiographical, meaning that many of the sentiments and traits of the characters in this manga are derived from Felipe Smith’s personal experiences, though there are obviously many fictitious elements.  You want to know why the main character Milton is Black?  That’s because Felipe Smith is too and Milton is a self-portrait of sorts.  That’s it.  That is literally the only reason so those Tumblr-ers reading racism into the choice of race can find something else to nitpick.

4. The theme of disillusionment with the reality of Japan is a response to both the unquestioning and superficial Western Otaku infatuation with Japan during the anime boom and his own experiences living what many of his peers would have considered “the dream” of becoming a legitimate manga-ka, only to realize the grueling, merciless schedule and competition among those in the profession.

5. Consequently, the manga in question deals with a lot more than just “hurr durr American Otaku are fucking dumb”.  At minimum, it also accounts for the exoticization of things like American gangster culture in the form of an American-obsessed Yakuza member who runs around speaking in broken Ebonics, mashing random gang signs together because they look cool, and whatnot.  In essence, the reckless generalization of foreign cultures is portrayed as a two-way street.  I bring this up in particular because at least one person has complained that the above panels are equally as bad as a walking caricature of American stereotypes, which is clearly and definitively dealt with within this manga.

May I humbly request a signal boost on this so we can derail the indignant train of people who see this one image and interpret it as an unmerited attack on Otakudom?  If you see something on your dash, guys, don’t just accept the statements as fact without regard for context and don’t use other people’s mindless reblogging of “rageworthy” subjects as an excuse to get angry and fly off the handle.

The nerd outrage over the very idea of a non-white Link is even more absurd than usual. I mean:

1. The Legend of Zelda franchise is Japanese, so Link is probably meant to read as Japanese to the games’ actual target audience. He only reads as white to Western audiences because we’re used to Japanese characters being heavily marked for race; being aimed at a Japanese audience, the Zelda franchise doesn’t need to employ heavy racial marking to get a character to read as Japanese. Dude was never white in the first place.

2. Hyrule is one of the relatively few mainstream fantasy settings that explicitly has multiple human ethnicities. What, did you think the Sheikah were just really into sunbathing? I mean, seriously:

Do these characters read as the same race to you? Honestly?

Buncha arrant nonsense, is what it is.