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Get Out's Ending Was Originally a Lot Darker

***SPOILERS FOR GET OUT***

Speaking with ScreenCrush, the director recalled the finale’s original, dire tone, which saw Chris either slain or incarcerated by police, rather than saved by his friend. The ending was originally meant to speak to the false notion of a post-racist world:

In the beginning when I was first making this movie the idea was, ‘OK, we’re in this post-racial world, apparently.’ That was the whole idea. People were saying, ‘We’ve got Obama so racism is over, let’s not talk about it.’ That’s what the movie was meant to address. Like look, you recognize this interaction. These are all clues, if you don’t already know, that racism isn’t over. […] So the ending in that era was meant to say, look, ‘You think race isn’t an issue? Well at the end, we all know this is how this movie would end right here.’

Peele ended up walking back from the ending when, during production, the national discourse about race changed dramatically in the wake of the shootings of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown:

It was very clear that the ending needed to transform into something that gives us a hero, that gives us an escape, gives us a positive feeling when we leave this movie. […] There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing the audience go crazy when Rod shows up.

anonymous asked:

can you explain the difference between leftism and liberalism

Yes, but it’s a secret.

(jk)

Liberalism is based on the Enlightenment idea of individualism, that it the individual is the ‘subject’ of liberal thought.  While this seems innocuous and correct to us, a quotation from Anatole France can show how this can rapidly fall into absurdist conclusions: “The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.”  Treating unequal groups as if they were equal, and then only looking at individuals within those groups, can lead to a focus on individual behaviors rather than environmental factors as the 'reason’ behind oppression.  

To refer to a question a bit earlier, the liberal conception of oppression as being just a thing that people do rather than something which is done leads to analysis which equates oppression and privilege with “being an asshole”.  It also leads to that group of people who think that if we just stopped thinking about race/sex/etc that racism/sexism would disappear, because if racism/sexism is something that people do then all we need to do is stop doing it.

Leftism is a broad term and includes anarchism, Marxism, democratic socialists and a hoard of subcategories, but at its core leftism’s analytic subject is the systems which form the basis of oppression.  Oppression isn’t just acts, it’s a concrete system of acts, behaviors, and institutions which limit people’s freedom.  A 'post-racial’ world where people don’t use racial slurs and aren’t mean to other races won’t solve mass incarceration of people of color; a world where people are nice to women can coincide with male-only suffrage; a world with less homophobia still has space for workplace discrimination against non-heterosexual sexualities.  

Furthermore treating oppression on an individual basis often leads to questions about the oppressed reproducing oppression through their own behaviors.  The idea that black people think too much about racism, that poor people are only poor because they made bad decisions (and are thus wholly illegitimate as people), that women want sexism to have something to complain about, all arise from the idealist (that is as opposed to materialist) and individual focused nature of liberalism.  Individualist theory, in the end, erases the existence of systemic oppression.

Note that talk of 'freedom’ and 'liberty’ came in nowhere in this discussion.  This is because the liberal talking point that liberalism cares more about liberty over equality falls apart when you consider that true 'freedom’, of thought, of speech, of religion, falls apart under material circumstances.  Nominally I have the same freedom of speech as a billionare, which is roughly as good as our equally applied right to sleep under bridges.  Nominally I have freedom of thought but I have no ability to fully exercise that when I’m stressed 24/7 about affording food, rent, and utilities.  Nominally Muslims and Jews have freedom of religion in France, they’ve still been attacked and those attacks still haven’t been dealt with by the police.  It’s no coincidence that a large number of existentialists were leftists, because true freedom is impossible in an unfree system.

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The 100 Positivity: My Statement of Purpose

I’m sick of the antis. On both sides of the fandom. In society in general. I hate the way people tear things down, point out all the awfulness, just to make themselves look and feel superior. 

So I come here, to tumblr and The 100 fandom, to enjoy a show that I think is great. It’s dark and it’s gritty, with great characters and engaging stories and it talks about some of the issues that are most important in my life. 

I AM A FAN OF THE 100.

When I analyze it, I’m not coming at it to pick it apart, look for the flaws, point my finger at how it is “problematic” and therefore unworthy. What I am doing is trying to understand what is on the screen. I want to know how it fits together. I want to figure out why the characters made their choices, and what the writers are trying to say. 

This doesn’t mean I ignore its flaws. But when I see something that is a flaw, I don’t wave it away as “bad writing,” I still try to figure out how it fits in to the story, or if it doesn’t at all. When it fits, then I have to say that it was intentional, even if I didn’t like it. When it doesn’t, I either let it go with suspension of disbelief, since nothing is perfect, or I let it sit and wait and see how they handle the rest of the show. As of yet, the sitting flaws have not damaged the long term story. It was close with 3A, but the writers, because they are actually good writers, pulled it out.

I’m not going brush off my confusion at the plot by saying it’s the writer’s fault, bad writing, racist, OOC, or discount everything that doesn’t fit my reading. I’m going to look at different possibilities, different interpretations, and different ideas to see if any of them make sense. Whenever something DOESN’T make sense, I pay it more attention. I have to work to figure out HOW it makes sense. While doing this, there are a few things that I have discovered about the long term narrative structure and large themes of The 100.

The 100 uses multiple literary, cinematic, mythological, psychological and social references. These can help us understand the story better. Dante’s Divine Comedyl. The Illiad and The Odyssey. Shakespeare. The Matrix. Lord of The Flies. Greek Myths. PTSD. If they mention a book or story, whether visually, in dialogue, or in the titles, I pay attention. If they mention it MORE than once (like Dante) then I am damn well going to start interpreting the story through that lens. And guess what? All of a sudden a lot of those plot holes and OOC characters are no longer plot holes or ooc and MAKE EVEN DEEPER SENSE.

The 100 has as one of it’s main themes that hate, xenophobia, and tribalism is what doomed humanity, and working together is what will save it. (This is why we see so many xenophobes, bigots, colonialists, white saviors, wars, genocides etc) I do NOT think The 100 is racist. I think it is talking about racism in its “post racial” fantasy world. 

The 100 is creating characters based on psychological realism. This world is traumatized. Everyone is suffering from this trauma and their actions are based on real world mental struggles. This means that the characters do ugly things. Things that “a hero” wouldn’t do. But The 100 is also about fighting THROUGH the trauma to become stronger, and this is what a hero WOULD do. In fact, it’s what makes them heroes. So a lot of characters are going through these dark struggles in order to get to the other side and become the heroes we need them to be. 

The 100 absolutely writes about dark stories. Dark love. Obsession. Power. Abuse. Megalomania. Free will. Failure. Destruction. To consider the stories in The 100 to be dark in nature is not at all inconsistent with the show. To consider good characters to be struggling with darkness is not unfair. To consider that a character might fall to their darkness or rise from it is consistent. There are no cupcakes. This is explicit. “Maybe there are no good guys.” All the characters MUST struggle against their  monster and be responsible for it when they let it out. When your favorite character does something wrong, look at how they handle it. This is the true test of character. Not that they did the bad thing, but how they change from it. Much change and growth? Heroic character. Pretend they did nothing wrong at all? Uh oh. Keep an eye on it. They do however allow the dark characters to be redeemed. That is why I don’t write any characters off until I see what they do with their bad choices. 

The science is crap. Do not poke the science. It won’t make sense. Let it go. It’s not actually a show about science. TV science fiction rarely is. 

A lot of the criticism I see about The 100 is actually a misunderstanding of genre. And I get that it’s a crossover, and people who are not familiar with science fiction or post apocalyptic fiction are watching it, and they don’t get the rules that the genre follows, but much of what people are complaining about, (what was the recent accusation I heard? That it was torture porn?) is a failure to understand the type of story. Or the complaints about characters dying or suffering. It is built into the genre that this is going to happen. You don’t get to keep your representation safe from suffering or death, no one does. Also, the way the grounders are developed. There’s a bit of handwaving there, just like there is with the science. But again, it’s based on some accepted tropes of the genre. The loss of civilization, the return to tribalism and war, the mixture of cultures, the scavenging, even the wardrobe. It’s a pretty standard post apocalyptic setting. It’s like complaining because the heroine in a mass market romance is immediately drawn to hero. This is the genre. 

THIS IS MY BIAS. I love this show. I do not think it’s badly written. I don’t think the heroes are villains. I don’t think anyone is out of character (except for Finn, I just can’t see around that.) I don’t think it’s racist. I would not watch it if I did. And I know what racist shows look like. I am simply not going to write anyone or anything off as “BAD” because they’re not perfect. I’m going to look at their flaws and see how it affects the story. I’m going to look at the darkness and see how it affects the meaning. If I come to the conclusion that one character is “good” and one character is “bad,” that is an interpretation. I did not start out that way and refuse to look at any complexity. 

There is no such thing as unproblematic. There is no such thing as perfect. There is no way to please everyone. 

I just want to enjoy this good show. And it is a good show.  I am critical to understand, not to hate. I like the gray morality. I like the complexity. I like the characters. I even like the antagonists, and I’m gonna talk about them. If you’d like to do the same thing, then come along for the ride.

Look I’ll Stop Writing Poems About My Race
When It No Longer Becomes Relevant

They’ll cease the day my skin is not the most interesting facet
about me, when strangers ask me my name, before they ask me

anything else, I’ll stop writing all these sad, angry poems that
make you feel uncomfortable when I start feeling comfortable,

when I hold my mother’s hand & am not covered in ashes &
when I kiss my father’s cheek & do not taste gun smoke, that’s

the day I abandon this narrow path I walk, where I can finally see
around me out the slit of my eyes (now opened!), speak without slip

of an immigrant’s accent (you know) properly, these poems become
cinder & dust when I no longer look too burnt to be on a silver screen,

when my tongue is smooth enough to be understood in anyone’s ears,
especially the ones that forever note how eloquent I talk, the ones

that perk up with shock when they don’t hear rusted chainmail,
when they can’t hear the chink in my armor, this won’t exist in

the better post-racial world, that world that doesn’t qualify my work
as Asian, as Pretty Good For A, as You Know He Only Wins Because,

deliver me from this life where my anxiety is a double-edged hatchet
ready to bury (like me)- one edge wanting to apologize constantly, the

other wanting to sharpen off backs of flagpoles holding Confederacy-
but I am always covered in my own blood, & so are they,

& so are these pages & I am never not tiptoeing on the blade’s jawline,
I took my first steps here, so I’ll stop writing this poem when I can

afford to be clumsy & not worry about cutting off my head if I trip,
it’s my fault though, never yours, always mine, I shouldn’t be nervous,

I’m being paranoid, I’m advantaged, I have affirmative action,
model minority, a higher median wage than a white man, I have

so much going for me, socially acceptable fetish, dress me in silk
& I will fit in your teeth, or sheets, or platter, on fine China,

make me wash the plate you eat me on, after you crack me open
& I spill exotic fortunes, I am so polite to leave my aggressions

on slips of paper with lucky numbers on the back, I am your lucky
golden coin/dragon/garden, & look, this was supposed to be an

unapology yet here I am, so fluent in sorry that you don’t even
question that this is my native language, how you always laugh

about me being so Asian here’s the most punch line thing about me,
this silence (after the joke), my willingness to put myself in the pot,

and maybe you’re right, maybe we all do look alike,
like, like, like how a knife only sees meat to be cut

to fit in
your mouth.
—  Look I’ll Stop Writing Poems About My Race When It No Longer Becomes Relevant by Alex Dang!

mockeryd  asked:

So have you see the racist nightmare that is Rooney Mara's Tiger Lily.

*tentatively googles* *watches trailer*

Oh god. I mean, I knew it was going to be bad. I knew it was, but it still doesn’t make the reality any better. It still sickens me that people do this. 

Especially when Native Americans have approximately 0% of movie representation and in recent years a few high profile roles for Native Americans have been race-gated to white people only. 

This kind of ugliness is not new, Native Americans have often been portrayed by white people, or portrayed as savages, the kind who abduct white girls like Natalie Wood and raise them as their own. 

It’s the kind of ugliness we should have moved past but we haven’t. People act like we live in some post-racial world, where race no longer matters and discussions of racial representation are simply the mindless blathering of the “politically correct”. Then when something like this happens those people are eerily quiet. 

This is not acceptable and as with The Lone Ranger, Exodus and other films I will not be seeing this one. 

Even as I fight back tears day after day since Mike Brown’s murder, I watch white people go about their days without a care, white privilege unassailable and protected by state sanctioned violence against black bodies. I see their indifference, or, alternatively, their intense racialized fear that the “animals” might lash out. I see the reports of white St. Louisans rushing to buy guns after Mike Brown’s slaying, when it should be us black people rushing to protect ourselves from the onslaught of violence against us which kills a black person every 28 hours extrajudicially. I see the media reports which without missing a beat focus exclusively on the white journalists not having their “right” to report events versus discussing the dozens of black people (including an 8-year-old black child) who have been brutalized in Ferguson this past week and a half. I have watched people post and speak more about the “ice bucket challenge” than they do about the black lives being brutalized on national TV as we speak. I have had friends bear witness to white people at a rally for Mike Brown in LA this past Sunday co-opt and erase antiblackness and lead chants of “We are all Mike Brown” when they will never be Mike Brown. I have watched widely shared article after article come out by white people talking about their children being killed by police violence erasing the fact that police violence is institutionalized, systemic and specifically aimed at black communities. I have watched the same white liberals who voted for Obama demonize the protesters in Ferguson. I have seen the same white people who brag about their love for old school hip hop be completely mum on Mike Brown. The disconnect between blackness as the commodity that they consume and relish as their personal form of “transgression,” completely dissociated from any actual empathy for black people. We are not seen as human beings with agency, we are threats to be exterminated or exotic animals for their wonder, entertainment and degradation of others. There is no humanity for us under white supremacist power structures. These last few days I have also seen non-black POC shamelessly try to co-opt this moment for themselves. I remember the white Latina woman who at the DC vigil for Mike Brown last week screamed out “Well this doesn’t just happen to black people you know?” I have seen the same Palestinian activists that called me “brother” a week ago throw around the n word and say nothing about Mike Brown or Ferguson. I’ve had a Latino “friend” invalidate my pain and grief completely with obtuse statements about “not all white people” when he’s not even black and would never know how any of this feels. I have seen so many non-black POC who demanded that I stand in solidarity with them when their communities are in jeopardy, not show up for us black people when we are most in need. What kind of solidarity is this when all of your activism is based in black liberation struggle and yet when black people are in need, like we are today, nobody is picking up the phone to even make a statement about Mike Brown at many of your community orgs? And to add insult to injury I have even heard other black people invoke the myth of “black-on-black crime,” as if all crime isn’t predominantly intra-racial. I have seen the respectability politics at the heart of hashtags like #IfTheyGunnedMeDown, when black life should matter regardless of whether we are on drugs, going to college or not. And of course I have borne witness to our first black president dodge addressing the basic fact that race and specifically antiblackness is central to this case. As if him avoiding the question will wish into existence the “post racial” world that his white liberal supporters so regularly invoke to justify even more violence against black people. All of this in addition to all of the blatant distortions and lies of the Ferguson police department and more. What a week and a half. And after all of this I’m just left wondering when is enough enough. When will there ever be peace for us as a people? When will this centuries old genocidal violence against black people in this country (and across the world) finally come to an end? This didn’t start with a rock thrown by a protester at police, this didn’t even start on August 9 with the brutal murder of Mike Brown. This has literally been going on for centuries, and yet we are the ones who should be shamed if we are angry if not furious right now? We should be shamed if we throw a rock at a tank? The utter lack of empathy for black life in this country will never cease to amaze me, and all of this is just so incredibly exhausting. 

So im not going to put this person on blast but i wanted to touch on this:

When POC bring up their struggles, this is how it is received by white society. This is the perfect reason why colorblind ideology is so dangerous. Trans women of color account for 80 percent of ALL crimes committed against the lgbt community at large, but to some colorblind white people bringing that up is “selfish” and “divisive”. My frustration with colorblind ideology is that it ignores existing structures of oppression. Plenty of trans women of color are going to have a long list of hardships bruce jenner will never face. Why? Because of their race. Colorblind ideology says that we’re all the same, a “rainbow”. That ignores the fact that we simply are NOT the same. We all deserve to be treated rightly but historically as people of color we aren’t treated rightly. Thats still true today.

Colorblind ideology seeks to comfort white supremacy and thats clear even in the very notion. Why would a white person feel justified in telling a person of color that their lives are void from racism, how would they know? The need to describe our lives and dictate our lived experiences is a reflection of white entitlement and supremacy and in the conversation about being colorblind it reeks irony.

Some white people want to live in a post racial world without doing work for it. Im sorry to say but deprogramming white supremacy takes work and if all you have are fancy metaphors, you’re being lazy.

Don’t ever f***ing tell me we live in a “Post-racial Society”!
  • Not when my friend gets harassed 3 times in one day after the election
  • Not when my friend has to defend a Latina waitress from the verbal abuse of a white patron.
  • Not when Swastika graffiti is popping up everywhere
  • Not when I’m hearing about friend’s children being told to go back to Mexico for speaking Spanish
  • Not when hijab’s are being ripped off of women’s heads
  • Not when  I’m being told that it’s because “people like me” is why we have problems in America and that I “should go back to where you came from” when I’m 3rd Generation Californian! 

Trump’s awful rhetoric has given breath and life to every hateful thought that has been living in so many people. And if you’re tired about talking about racism, well we’re fucking tired of dealing with it!

So can we put that stupid theory and blind to rest that racism doesn’t exist in the United States of America? Because people need to wake up and see what’s taking place right outside your door to your friends, neighbors…to your fellow Americans. 

Otherwise we’ll never make progress. Your minority sisters and brothers need YOUR help and for you to wake up! Because even although we’ll keep fighting and striving we can’t do it alone. 

What got me most of all was that it wasn’t just a scattered bunch of boos. It wasn’t coming from just one section. It was like the whole crowd got together and decided to boo all at once. The ugliness was just raining down on me, hard. I didn’t know what to do. Nothing like this had ever happened to me. What was most surprising about this uproar was the fact that tennis fans are typically a well-mannered bunch. They’re respectful. They sit still. And in Palm Springs, especially, they tended to be pretty well-heeled, too. But I looked up and all I could see was a sea of rich people—mostly older, mostly white—standing and booing lustily, like some kind of genteel lynch mob. I don’t mean to use such inflammatory language to describe the scene, but that’s really how it seemed from where I was down on the court. Like these people were gonna come looking for me after the match. … There was no mistaking that all of this was meant for me. I heard the word nigger a couple times, and I knew. I couldn’t believe it. That’s just not something you hear in polite society on that stadium court. … Just before the start of play, my dad and Venus started walking down the aisle to the players’ box by the side of the court, and everybody turned and started to point and boo at them. … It was mostly just a chorus of boos, but I could still hear shouts of ‘Nigger!’ here and there. I even heard one angry voice telling us to go back to Compton. It was unbelievable. … We refused to return to Indian Wells. Even now, all these years later, we continue to boycott the event. It’s become a mandatory tournament on the tour, meaning that the WTA can fine a player if she doesn’t attend. But I don’t care if they fine me a million dollars, I will not play there again.
—  Serena Williams, on the 2001 Indian Wells Masters
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Kerry Washington Talks About Living In A ‘Post-Racial’ World

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Kerry articulates what I feel so well.

A List of Reasons why 2014 was a Horrible Year (Some things obviously far worse than others)
  • Michael Brown’s murderer has received no punishment
  • Tamir Rice’s murderer has received no punishment
  • Eric Garner’s murderer has received no punishment
  • Michigan is passing a bill allowing EMTs and hospitals to refuse service to gay people
  • Transformers may end up being the highest grossing film this year, made by a homophobic, sexist, transphobic, racist director
  • One of the most iconic bisexual comic characters, John Constantine, was straight-washed in his new TV show
  • Hollywood still thinks the Ancient Egyptians were white
  • Ferguson protests were viewed by the public as barbaric in the same week everyone started praising a film about overthrowing the government, the difference was in the film it was white people
  • Robin Williams died
  • There was no Pixar film released this year
  • Video game publishers are okay with putting out completely unfinished games
  • The Sims 4 wasn’t that good
  • Microtransactions, which are there so indie developers can get a good profit, are being abused by publishers to get people to pay far too much money for things that should be free in the game you just payed $60 for
  • Big Hero 6 only barely made its money back
  • This was the last time we’ll get a Disney animated feature for two years
  • How I Met Your Mother had a really crappy finale
  • Legend of Korra ended when it only just started living up to the standard made by Avatar: The Last Airbender
  • Several female celebrities had their nudes leaked without their permission
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman died
  • Jessica Lange confirmed Freak Show will be her last season on American Horror Story
  • Sony refused to let Marvel use Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War, even though they won’t use Spider-Man in film for another four years
  • Stephen Colbert left the Colbert Report, bringing the series to a close
  • Parks and Recreation filmed its last ever episode
  • Wolverine died in the comics (though to be fair he’ll probably come back in like two months)
  • The final Hobbit film released, also meaning the final Middle-Earth film released
  • The Winds of Winter still hasn’t released
  • The director of the next Star Trek film left the project (this was the second director as well), meaning we probably won’t get anything Star Trek related for its 50th anniversary in 2016
  • Marvel confirmed its Ultimate comics will end, meaning no more Miles Morales
  • Sam Pepper
  • Laci Green receiving death and rape threats for speaking against Sam Pepper
  • #GamerGate
  • Assassin’s Creed became sexist
  • The majority of white people still believe we’re living in a post-racial world
  • People (and a lot of celebrities) still believe that feminism means women>men
  • Naruto ended after 15 years of manga and weeaboos
  • World of Warcraft became one of the few major game franchises that hasn’t been corrupted by corporate greed
  • Moffat won’t leave Doctor Who until Peter Capaldi leaves, weighing an amazing actor down with a bi-erasing ace-phobic writer
  • Pan cast a white actress in the role of a Native American
  • Out of 26 superhero films coming out in the next 5 years, only 2 will be female led, and only 2 will have a black person as the lead
It’s frustrating to watch white musicians be so ready to have legions of Black dancers/singers behind them, work with Black producers, sing about how “we” do and then be nowhere to be found when a Black tragedy takes the national stage. It in many ways cements the same things their art and music attempt to embody. A type of post racial illusion where minstrel images or just part of exploring your creativity and having fun. But we don’t exist in any sort of post-racial world. Racism is still very real. An unfair double standard faced by Black men and women face a very real double standard when it comes to dealing with law. And there is a complete lack of value in the Black body…except of course as a sexual tool or as a means of entertainment.

It’s really interesting how all the shows I’m watching lately (Elementary, Sleepy Hollow, and Almost Human) have a white man and a Black costar (well not EXACTLY w/ Elementary but Bell and Alfredo are important). And like… we see the white guys acting out, often dealing w/ manpain at the expense of their compatriots. And like race is never brought up? But we do NOT live in a post-racial world and so I wonder how much of it is part of their interactions. Maybe the writers arent thinking about it but I think about it. Am I reading too much into it?

Confession

Quick thought:
Don’t get me wrong, I live being black, but I sometimes hate how much emphasis I have to put on being black. I understand that black people have to stand together in a white dominated world, but I would love for a world where people have evolved to not focus so much on race and let people live and treat everyone as equals without prejudging. I don’t believe that the world will ever get to that point in my life time or ever. A sort of post racial world where cultures are respected and appreciated but at the same time, services for specific races will be nonexistent. Again I never see this happening because hatred and racism have existed since the beginning of time, but its nice to think about it.