not a race problem

anonymous asked:

i wanna watch iasip but when i first tried there was that terrible transphobic episode so i stopped, but now im seeing that mac came out as gay and i rly wanna try again so.. do they stop being bigoted and terrible? lol idk ur the only person ive seen reblog iasip stuff sooo is it worth another go? would any of ur followers know when to start so i can avoid shitty stuff? lmao anyway ily

yeah um the first season is……….bad and i highly recommend ppl skip “charlie gets cancer” (the extremely transphobic one)  i wish had a resource of some content warnings for the show cuz they do cover a lot of stuff, a big one being csa, so. like yeah it kind of gets better with lgbt stuff but there are still some problems with it, especially with race so i guess i just say to start at season 2 and if its still not your cup of tea, then that’s fine

anonymous asked:

Hi! Did you really like American Honey where non black characters listened to rap and said the n word? One character wore a confederate flag bikini? Shia was an abusive asshole? Not being rude, I'm just wondering because I wanted to like the movie but it didn't sit right with me. Especially considering the lack of diversity in the cast and the director being white. I was hoping it would all add up to something bigger but it fell flat to me. I just wanted to hear your thoughts on it more I guess.

Hi! I’ll admit a large part of why the movie blew me away was personal because I felt like it really nailed what life is like in middle America more than almost any other movie I’ve seen.

To me the things you listed illustrate how marginalized and antagonized Star is as a mixed-race girl in a community of racist whites. The problem is, it’s hard to tell how much of the racial commentary was intentional (as you said, the director is white, so that makes it suspect).

And I get what you’re saying about hoping the racial commentary would add up to something bigger. Namely, I wish the movie had come down a little harder on how awful the white characters are. It seemed obvious to me, but then I saw some of the takes on the movie that just talk about Freedom! and The Open Road! without seeming to acknowledge how awful the white characters are or that their “freedom” plays into Star’s marginalization.

But, as a portrait of life in middle America, with all of its ugliness included, I think it’s excellent, though I won’t deny there could have been more nuance in some of its commentary.

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This is so sad! Michael was never white. He had the skin disorder Vitiligo but, he was most certainly still a black man and, he was proud of it.. Why are they disrespecting Michael Jackson with a white man playing him (and they make up job is horrific) when Michael Jackson himself said it will be the most horrific thing to do. He was black so use a black actor. Geez!!! They wont use a black actor for Elvis. So don’t disrespect the king!!

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This is worth watching, especially the part where he tells Alex Jones and WikiLeaks to “grow the fuck up.“

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University of Wisconsin-Madison is now offering a course on “The Problem of Whiteness” and Republican legislators are LOSING IT

Say it with us: White fragility. To many, the course might seem like an interesting — and constructive — exercise, especially given the rise of the alt-right movement and the post-election racial tensions. It’s being offered at a university where the overwhelming majority of the student population identifies as white and only 2% of the students are Black.

bootsandbosons  asked:

Trying to explain Clint Barton to my friends who don't know marvel (apart from the MCU) proving difficult. Especially because the MCU gave him a wife, kids, and an honest to god farm. Any recommendations on how to describe my favorite character? (So far all of my attempts either lead to rambling about ceiling vents and the circus or hysterical laughing because "successful long term relationship" and "Clint Barton" are in the same sentence. Unsurprisingly this just leads to more confusion.)

Well, the problem begins (as problems often do) with comics.

See, comics are a sort of ‘soap opera with capes and tights.’  Comics are ‘fanfic but written by mostly straight white guys who are chosen by other straight white guys.’  Comics are a never ending arms race of suffering, and that’s the problem.

So it’s hard to pin down a character.  Because it’s not one character.

Every writer wants to make their mark.  They want THEIR version of the character to be the one that people point to and say, “THIS.  THIS is the quintessential Hawkeye.  THIS is the reason I love Hawkeye.”

Because they’re not going to write the character forever.  That’s comics.  There’s always someone right behind them, nipping at their heels, someone who wants nothing more, in most cases, then to sweep their careful work aside and make THEIR mark on the character.

There’s not much you can do to stop that from happening.  You can write a really good book, you can be clever and creative and still not hit the readership the right way.  You can write A GOOD BOOK and you’ll still end up in the trash heap of the 25 cent bin, because the promotion team or the movie schedule or the competitor’s event cycle screwed you over.

It’s much easier to make a lot of noise.  To be remembered, rather than beloved.  To get people tweeting and talking and protesting and fighting, because that means when you tossed off this book, there’ll be another one waiting for you.

Don’t believe me?  I mean, someone keeps giving Nick Spencer new books.  (shrug)

So there is no one Hawkeye.  The Hawkeye of the early West Coast Avengers has little in common with the Hawkeye of Fraction and Aja’s solo book run.  The Hawkeye of the most recent Secret Avengers by Ales Kot would be unrecognizable to the Hawkeye of the Ultimates verse.  Movieverse Hawkeye is almost a mirror image of Hawkeye of Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.

When you love a character, the question is, which one?  Because even if you take fandom interpretation and fanon out of the equation, there’s a lot of them to choose from.  And while canon feeds fanon, fanon bleeds back into canon.

Describing the character you love takes some effort, some cherrypicking.

For me, it’s this:

On the surface, he’s ordinary.  And his awareness of his ordinariness is part of what makes him so extraordinary.  He’s raised himself to his current position by sheer force of will and a refusal to stop.  He’s bullheaded and snarky and has a chip on his shoulder the size of the island of Manhattan.  He’s not as stupid as he thinks he is, and he’s not as good as he believes he is, and both of those facts are a little heartbreaking.

He’s a man who destroyed his own hearing, because he knew if he didn’t, he was going to hurt someone he loved.  He’s also a man who entered canon trying to rob Tony Stark, which was universally regarded as a very bad idea, since that’s how a lot of people end up dead.

He’s not a god or a genius or a super soldier.   He is a man who looked at the end of the world, and said, fuck you, I’ve got a COUPLE OF STICKS AND A PIECE OF STRING and I’m still going to KICK YOUR ASS.  There is something comforting about that, for most people.  

We want to believe, after all, that if push came to shove, if things got bad, then we would stand up.  With all the risk, and all the fear, and a very good chance that we would not win, we want to believe, that we would still stand.

So all the other stuff, the ragged ends and the bad choices, the stupid plots and the OOC moments, the embarrassing contradictions in canon and the writers who can’t figure him out or don’t want to bother trying, it melts down to one truth at the core of his character, every time.

He is a man that doesn’t feel too different from you or me.  And he stands.  He makes bad choices, he screws people over, he ruins relationships and cheats on partners and girlfriends, he does stupid, stupid things, because this is a soap opera, and half the writers don’t remember what the last one did and the other half don’t care.

For all the parts of him I don’t like, he’s still my favorite.  Because he shouldn’t be there.  He has no place there.  He’s outgunned and outflanked.  Everyone around him is smarter than him, better trained than him, better equipped than him.

And still he stands.  With a bow.  He stands.

And says, come at me, bro.

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Academy head insists the Grammys don’t have a race problem like the Oscars. He’s wrong.

To the ears of so many fans, artists and writers, hearing Faith Hill call Adele back onstage to receive the Grammy for album of the year over Beyoncé’s Lemonade, was a death rattle: the sound of the Grammyscredibility choking on its last sip of split pea soup before the life support machines kicked in.

“If we have any respect for albums, Lemonade is the album of the year,” wrote Win Butler of Arcade Fire, a former album of the year winner. Even Adele found it unsettling, asking “What the fuck does [Beyoncé] have to do to win album of the year?” at her post-Grammys Q&A.

In trying to explain the decision, racism was one of the first places many artists and writers turned to. “There have only been two black winners in the last 20 years for album of the year there have been over 200 black artist who have performed,” Solange wrote, pointing out a very telling balance of power in the way the Grammys appreciate treat black artists in since-deleted tweet

However, Neil Portnow, president of the Recording Academy, sees no issue here. He rejected the notion that the Grammys have a race problem in an interview with Pitchfork, published Tuesday. “No, I don’t think there’s a race problem at all,” he said, citing Chance the Rapper’s best new artist win as evidence.

Portnow too is incorrect: The Grammys do have an issue recognizing talent of color. They have for years, and unless steps are taken, there’s no reason to believe their voting will get any more representative. Read more (Opinion)

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