this movie is such a good representation of my life

THE POWER RANGERS MOVIE WAS WEIRD AND CHEESY BUT IT HAD SOME OF THE BEST AUTISTIC REPRESENTATION I HAVE EVER SEEN IN ANY MEDIA ANYWHERE IN MY LIFE AND I AM REALLY HAPPY RIGHT NOW ABOUT THIS

BILLY CRANSTON IS SO IMPORTANT AND HE MEANS SO MUCH TO ME AND I AM SO HAPPY HE EXISTS

HE IS AUTISTIC AND HE IS A HERO AND HE IS THE HEART AND SOUL OF THE ENTIRE FILM

AND HE STIMS LIKE ME AND HE TALKED THE WAY I TALK SOMETIMES AND HE FELT SO REAL AND SO IMPORTANT

I HONESTLY BARELY EVEN DREAMED OF GETTING THIS

*GOOD*

AUTISTIC
REPRESENTATION
IN
A
MAJOR
GENRE
BLOCKBUSTER
MOVIE

beauty and the beast had a two second clip of two men dancing together and suddenly everyone is cheering for how disney is so “inclusive” and “supportive of the lgbt community”. clap fucking clap well done disney. but you do know about the fact that the casting call for the live action mulan doesn’t include li shang, right? the li shang who showed clear signs of falling in love with mulan as fa ping, who was supposed to be a male? and still loved her as mulan yeah it’s that li shang. i’m a bisexual girl. i have grown up with mulan for most of my life. there was even a point when i was five years old that i watched the damn movie every day. i loved it and still do, and i grew up idolising the two main characters. mulan kicked butt and saved china, and i adored her. and shang, for me, growing up in a house with a mother who believes in negative stereotypes attributed to bi people, was my lifeline. i clung to his character because he was the closest thing i had to good representation. but now disney want to take that away and replace it with heteronormative bullshit. huge companies like disney don’t care about representation, they’ll make up some crap once every five years or so so we’ll buy their shit and we lap it up because we are starved of good representation. shang is expendable to them and i’m sick of it. i am sick of being treated as if bisexuals aren’t important. that’s why if li shang isn’t in the live action movie singing “i’ll make a man out of you”, i personally will march to disney headquarters and shove my vhs copy of mulan up bob iger’s arse. fuck you disney 

anonymous asked:

THE FACT THAT MY COUNTRYMEN WANT TO FUCK PIE IS VERY VERY DISTURBING TO ME I THINK I NEED TO GO LIE DOWN HAVE A GOOD DAY

I MEAN LOOK AT THE EVIDENCE

CHERRY PIE BY WARRANT

MISS AMERICAN PIE BY DON MCLEAN

THE ‘MISS AMERICAN PIE’ HE SINGS OF IS THE WHOLE SONG’S SYMBOLIC REPRESENTATION OF LIFE BEING GOOD AND SOCIETY AS A WHOLE BEING CONTENT

AND LET’S NOT FORGET THIS FUCKING RIDICULOUS PIECE OF CINEMA THAT SOMEHOW BECAME A CULTURAL MILESTONE, WON 9 AWARDS AND GOT THREE MORE MOVIES

THREE

THREE MORE MOVIES ABOUT FUCKING PIE

AMERICA, AS A NATION, WANTS TO FUCK PIE

anonymous asked:

Have you watched doukyuusei? That is one really good movie, and the manga is also lovely. It is probably the only proper LGBT story in anime except viktuuri (though it's a movie).

There are multiple proper lesbian stories in anime though, imo. So saying LGBT is, I think very incorrect.  There are great shows like Utena, Yuri Kuma Arashi, Sailor Moon, Bodacious Space Pirates, Psycho Pass, Madoka Magica, and though I haven’t watched it I’ve heard Sweet Blue Flowers is really good. A couple of those are only side pairings, but a lot the f/f pairing is the main plot.

If you want a story about adult lesbians though, the only one of those that feature them is Psycho Pass, and it’s side cast.   

I admit that with m/m pairings it’s a lot bleaker though. There’s series like Neon Genesis Evangelion and Cardcaptor Sakura that have legit M/M couples even though they’re not the focus. There’s Samurai Flamenco, which I am aware of the director interview of cringe but well… the show is good, and yeah, gay. 

And I think that if you want a good story with transgender characters, there’s Tokyo Godfathers, and I’ve also heard Wandering Son is good. I haven’t watched it though. 

Gatchaman Crowds has gay and gender non-conforming characters and frankly not a lick of heterosexuality despite the ‘obvious’ looking set up for it at the beginning (it never happens). 

There’s also some decent manga. Right now a lot of people are talking about My Brother’s Husband, which I haven’t had a chance to read, but it’s by a gay Japanese man and it’s supposedly excellent. The first volume has just been released in the US. 

It doesn’t feature a couple per se, but the autobiographical manga My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness was just released here, and I’ve been meaning to read it, as it is supposedly fantastic and hilarious and great.

You’ve probably seen the PV for Asagao to Kase-san, the really cute yuri anime that’s been going around that they want to make a full series for. They’ve started releasing the manga in the US as of a few months ago, if you want to read it. Hopefully they’ll make the anime!

I’ve heard Doukyuuusei is good though. I’ve been meaning to check it out. Slice of life isn’t super my thing, but since it’s just a movie and not a full length tv show, it might hold my attention. 

(Anyway when I searched ‘good lgbt anime’ the google scroll at the top had Gravitation, Winter Cicada, and The Tyrant Falls in Love– all of which are basically bad shounen-ai titles? Uhh. It also had Ouran which like as popular as it is, shouldn’t be there. There was Maria-sama ga Miteru, which is class S bait, not really representation? Anyway, not good google. ) 

anonymous asked:

what are some good shows/movies of the actors/actresses i can watch??

please keep in mind that i have only watched a few of these! a (*) means i super recommend it! :-)) I’ve linked the trailers to each of the movies/shows below, if I was able to find a trailer! All of these are pretty easy to find online to stream. *I only included movies where they have a more prominent role, and are more recent and easily accessible. 

  • CHASKE SPENCER/SAM ULEY:
    - Winter in the Blood (BONUS: Julia Jones is his co-star in this!)
       I haven’t watched this personally, but according to a friend of mine, it’s pretty good! (2013)
  • BRONSON PELLETIER/JARED CAMERON: 
    - Fishing Naked* (BONUS: Tinsel Korey is his co-star in this!)  
       This is a comedic movie! All about this guy named David and his friends pulling pranks to scare off fishing tourists and media. (2015)
  • ALEX MERAZ/PAUL LAHOTE: 
    - Never Back Down 2 
      This is also a pretty good movie. Alex plays this guy called Zach Gold and he joins this underground fighting ring to prove something to himself. If you want to see him dancing, shirtless, and fighting in a ring, this is the movie for you! ;;))) (2011)
    - Mine Games 
      I haven’t watched this personally, but another friend who likes the wolf pack said she really likes this movie! It’s a horror movie, and that’s all I really know about it! (2012)
    - SUICIDE SQUAD: COMING OUT AUGUST 2016
      HOLY FUCK.. I’M SO PROUD OF ALEX FOR LANDING A ROLE IN THIS EVEN IF IT’S SORTA SMOL!! As much as we can see in the trailer, he plays a soldier that accompanies Harley Quinn when she ventures off to do her thing! (You can see Alex in the background of the scene where Harley Quinn is talking about the voices to the soldiers, and the last scene where Harley Quinn breaks the glass of a shop display to grab a purse! He’s also in one frame of the trailer fist-bumping Scott Eastwood! ((listen 2 me that scene slayed my fucking life i was dead i was like yas alex slay me bitch)) He’s sporting a pretty gnarly beard and moustache, so he might be a little hard to spot. Nothing a quick rewind and pause can’t find, though!) I’m so fucking hyped for this movie y’all don’t even know omg… He was also rumored to play a Jason Todd/Robin or smth,, and his role is pretty ambiguous/no-one gives a shit ab his role so who knows?? Maybe his character sneaks up on ya in the film! 
  • KIOWA GORDON/EMBRY CALL: 
    - the Red Road* (BONUS: Jason Momoa is the main character!)
      This is such a good TV show. It fucks with your mind and Kiowa is pretty bad-ass in this. Here’s a link to an interview about the show where he mentions the Twilight cast and the wolf-pack! :-)) It’s available to watch on Netflix!
      Kiowa plays this kid named Junior who lives on a reservation. This show is AWESOME. It really just reveals what reservation life is, touches on police brutality and power manipulation, racism, etc.. I really recommend you to watch it if you enjoy crime/mystery shows! (2014-2015) 
    - the Lesser Blessed 
      I haven’t personally seen this, but again, a friend watched it and she really enjoyed it! It’s based off a book, I believe. Kiowa really seems to like playing more angsty roles. (2012)
    - Wind Walkers
      This looks like an interesting movie that I haven’t gotten around to watching! I’ve been meaning to. It’s apparently a horror film about Native American monsters. (sorry if I worded that wrong!) (2015)
  • TYSON HOUSEMAN/QUIL ATEARA V:
    - Feed the Devil 
      I wasn’t able to find a stream for this movie, unfortunately. I don’t know much about it, either, so watch the trailer!! (2014)
  • JULIA JONES/LEAH CLEARWATER: 
    - The Ridiculous Six: (BONUS: Taylor Lautner is a main star in this!) 
      This is a comedic movie that stars Adam Sandler and other pretty big names. This was fun to watch! However, the movie has stirred up some controversy over the representation of Native Americans. It’s up to you to watch. It’s available to stream on Netflix. When watching the movie, I think you’ll be able to see why many people argue that it’s controversial– again, up to you to watch. (2015)
    - Longmire: 

      She is a recurring, guest star on this TV show. 
    - She has quite a few upcoming projects to watch out for as well!
  • BOOBOO STEWART/SETH CLEARWATER:
    - Descendants:
      This is a popular original Disney Channel movie that came out last year! Booboo is a main star, and plays the character “Jay”, son of Jafar. Keep in mind that this is a Disney movie, and it probably won’t appeal to older audiences. I personally didn’t like it just because it was very cliche, but that isn’t to say that the film isn’t good! It’s just not my taste. (2015)
    - White Frog:*
      Can I just say: Booboo’s performance in this is INCREDIBLE. He plays a boy with Asperger’s Syndrome, who struggles with his social and personal life after his older brother passes away. There are some awesome stars in this like Gregg Sulkin, and Tyler Posey. This is a wonderful movie to watch with a lovely moral and awesome POC and LGBTQ representation! (2012)
    - X-Men: Days of Future Past: 
      Booboo has a small role in this film as a superhero called “Warpath”.
    - Honestly, this kid has so many movies and projects to his name, so trust me, you’ll be able to keep up with him. (2014)
  • TINSEL KOREY/EMILY YOUNG:
    -  Fishing Naked: 
      see above in Bronson Pelletier’s section! (2015)
  • TANAYA BEATTY/RACHEL BLACK: 
     - Arctic Air:
     
    This is an old Canadian TV series that I believe got cancelled? Anyways, it’s not a bad TV show, and all the full episodes are available on the CBC website, which will be linked HERE. It’s about an airplane hangar facility, and it’s got some interesting drama surrounding it. I think Tanaya is pretty good in this, and is a central character, especially in later seasons! If you ever need screencaps of her, this is the place you want to go. (2012-2014)
    - Words and Pictures: 
      This is an old rom-com movie. Tanaya, based on the trailer, seems to be a central student in the movie– which I haven’t seen! 
    - the Night Shift: (premiering June 1st, 2016) 
      This is a Canadian medical drama TV series! Tanaya will be playing a central doctor in pretty much every episode. I’m super excited because I love medical dramas and it’s coming out really soon!! :’’) 
    - Tanaya has guest-starred on the hit TV show, “the 100″ as Mel, in the episodes “Many Happy Returns” and “Human Trials”. She’s also appeared frequently in the TV shows “Continuum” and “True Justice”. 
    - Tanaya has quite a few projects that will be coming out in the next few years! She will be a main character in a short film called “The Hunt”, which is currently in pre-production starring Matt Daddario (mega heart eye emoji omg), and is also portraying Sacagawea, a national icon and hero Lemhi Shoshone woman who was a vital guide to the Lewis and Clark expedition, in an upcoming TV mini-series currently in post-production. 

**Please keep in mind that most of these movies are low-budget, or indie movies. Don’t expect brilliant, Oscar-worthy pieces of art– and take the projects for what they are. If you don’t like them, don’t leave nasty reviews and discredit all these incredibly hard-working individuals’ efforts and talents. If you’re thinking: “Why do many of these actors mainly have small, indie roles in lower-end productions?”, remember that it’s all a part of a bigger problem surrounding Native American talent and content.  Be reasonable y’all, and respect all the hard work put into the performances, production, and years of effort it took to get these actors and actresses to where they are today. 

**Also keep in mind that these are all based off what I could find on the Internet! Some of this info may be outdated, or wrong, but it’s unlikely it is. HAPPY WATCHING!

***EDIT: for Alex Meraz, if u can handle a sad story, pls watch his episode of “New Worlds”!!! It’s super easy to find on YouTube (literally just search “New Worlds Alex Meraz”) and it should be there in pretty good quality!!! I just reblogged an old ask where I link the episode!!!

I just saw Wonder Woman guys,,,,, I didn’t know how MUCH I NEEDED THIS MOVIE IN MY LIFE OMFFFG IT WAS SO GOOD

  • Book Katniss: This is my dad's old hunting jacket.
  • Movie Katniss: This the figure-flattering jacket I just bought from D12's local H&M.
  • Book Katniss: I bundle my braid up under a cap when I go hunting.
  • Movie Katniss: I keep my braid out so people can tell I'm a girl.
  • Book Katniss: My dad had black hair and olive skin. I too have those features. As do Gale, Haymitch, and everyone else in the Seam besides my mom and Prim.
  • Movie Katniss: Gale and I both have fair skin and medium-brown hair. Haymitch is blonde.
  • Book Katniss: I'm so dehydrated right now that I can hardly pee and what I do produce is brown.
  • Movie Katniss: We're not going to address the health effects of arena conditions or the fact that I'm a human who urinates.
  • Book Katniss: Sometimes I notice Peeta staring at me and then looking away really fast. What's up with that? Kid's weird.
  • Movie Katniss: Peeta followed me home from school every day... How romantic.
  • Book Katniss: I'm very skinny, so I'm afraid that all the other tributes who've always had enough to eat will be far stronger than me. And not skinny in a hot way; like I have literally been on the brink of starvation my entire life. Capitol designers want to surgically augment my breasts so I look better on tv.
  • Movie Katniss: I'm skinny in a hot way. I'm curvy, so yeah my waist is small but I've got boobs and a butt. No one would say I require a boob job to look good.
Boycott the look-alike Miraculous Ladybug idea

 Usually things like this don’t bother me, but please listen to how wrong this is. 

So recently I’ve been seeing this advertisement:

If you do see this, please take note that what they are doing is wrong because it is not just a look alike contest, it also talks about getting a live action movie/series and casting it completely wrong.

They complete ignore the ethnic diversity that is in the show and whoever wrote this article does not understand their own ignorance and disregard for other cultures.

If you don’t believe me just read what they have to say about Alya and Nino:

They don’t look similar to the characters and not only that, they chose the look alikes because they are popular and only need to alter one aspect of themselves like red tip-dye and and red hat. According to Hawkdaddy Alya’s last name is Césaire, which implies she is of Haitian or Martinique descent, and considering they are an ethnic group that doesn’t get much representation in media, it is important. Haitians and people from Martinique have a vast and rich culture that isn’t really explored in media and its important to show diversity to allow kids to be less ignorant and more understanding of different cultures.

But personally, the most offensive thing of all was Marinette’s lookalike:

Did you see that? They ignored Marinette’s mixed background of Chinese and French in favor of a girl who just has blue eyes and can put a little hair dye or a wig ands fix that right up. 

Saying that just making her hair black will make her fit the category of a Chinese-French girl infuriates me so much. Why? Because you can’t fit an actress or actor into a role because they can sing/look good. If you have a character that represents a mixed culture, you should cast someone that properly represents them to display a sense of understanding of different cultures coming together and working along side one another. Not just settle for famous actors popular in today’s time. Its a good thing that we have Marinette, Alya, and Nino in the show so that way kids who have similar backgrounds can look up to them. Growing up, I wondered why I barely got to see any Asians, specifically people of my culture not be shown in media. Many Asians feel like they are stereotyped in today’s social media and have no representation in movies/television shows, and its not right to ignore them in favor of someone famous. We have to let diversified cultures into our life because we should treat them as a culture, not a costume. Especially with something as important as casting.

Would it be okay to cast a non-Chinese actor to play as the live action character of Jake Long from American Dragon: Jake Long? Would it be okay to cast people with no Latino background to play as Maya or Miguel? Or is it okay to give a blonde woman dreads or curly hair and a tan to say she can act as an African American woman? No. 

Now take into consideration that cosplaying someone of a different culture is fine and you are allowed to have fun with whoever you want to be, but please don’t think it is ok to ignore ethnicities in favor of what is popular.

Please, if we ever get the chance to have a live action movie or series of Miraculous Ladybug, don’t ignore the ethnic backgrounds of characters. I’m not saying Alya, Nino, or Marinette represent their cultures as a whole, but I am saying that we need to allow diversity in casting and on social media so we don’t end up as ignorant as the person who wrote this article.

anonymous asked:

I'm trying to find more nonbinary representation to bring into my life. Which is hard for how under represented we are. Do you know of any movies, comics, books, documentaries, tv series, youtube channels, blogs, etc. that would be good to look into?

This is a list compiled by a mod bread who no longer is a mod here. Bread was in the process of finding various links for a master post of nonbinary representation. We’ll probably continue adding to this list so feel free to send any links or info you have for us to make this more comprehensive. -Bion 

The Nonbinary Books Project

“Dedicated to taking free books (ones whose patents are up) and using all non-binary pronouns for the characters.” Xe is currently working on The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes but there are also 4 others underway

http://genderqueeries.tumblr.com/characters

http://www.yalsa.ala.org/yals/trans-titles-for-young-adults-summer-2013/

http://queermediarepresentation.tumblr.com/post/94090773632/hello-i-was-wondering-if-you-had-any-recs-for

http://weneeddiversebooks.tumblr.com/post/84803999317/next-time-i-go-to-a-bookshop-im-bringing-a-list

http://nonbinary.org/wiki/Fictional_depictions_of_nonbinary_gender#Books_and_other_literature

neil gaiman’s the sandman

http://eths-skin.tumblr.com/

http://gqutie-blog.tumblr.com/post/104271534009/qmjourney-people-have-been-cool-enough-to

http://queerbookclub.tumblr.com

http://readvitality.com

http://archiveofourown.org/collections/trans_characters

http://bitchmagazine.org/post/the-five-best-genderqueer-characters-in-comics

Carmilla (webseries)

“LaF is canonically non-binary in the series, however the character has not had the chance to have the important conversation about preferred pronouns with the rest of the gang yet.” (x)

Pantomime by Micah Grey (book)

Adam by Ariel Schrag (book)

Everyday by David Levithan (book)

Brooklyn, Burning by Steve Brezenoff (book)

Freakboy by Kristin Elizabeth Clark (book)

Cycler by Lauren McLaughlin (book)

A + e 4ever by Ilike Merey (graphic novel)

Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin (book)

I'm sorry (s2e12)

Who else is so broken from this weeks episode?
Like it was so heartbreaking. Do you ever realize how this show has such great actors! Like matthew! I could literally see the pain! The confusion! All the emotions in only his eyes it was amazing! LITERALLY HARRY SHUM JR IS SOME KIND OF GOD???? He’s so good like?!? Where has he been all my life?!! Please we need more Asian actor representation because if there are other Asian actors half as good as Harry then we certainly need them in every movie/series! Also Alan! He was also so good I was so amazed! Like damn, I was so convinced that Magnus was in him the whole time I swear. This bloody cast is just good good.
The scene right after when Alec asks what he can do to help make everything right again????? That broke me. It’s breaking me that that’s it’s breaking them????? Why? I hope they can work this through it’s horrible what Magnus had to go through. And I wanted to see more flash backs and I’m sure we are going to in the next episode. I’m so sad because baby Magnus with his momma and I’m so sad like no. I feel bad for Alec just for the soul purpose of him not being able to do anything to fix what happened and the fact that he was going to let the lady kill his boyfriend and he let Magnus get tortured for days?!?!?! Alec must be beating himself up like Alec always does Also Sebastian’s(will Tudor) accent is so beautiful and he’s so attractive. Izzy gives the worse advice ever, note to everyone on this show: never take advice from izzy ever.
It was great meeting Rosa tho, she’s so cute :)
It’s also great to see my bb Simon is still being his bb self like even tho everyone tries to corrupt him into being this big bad daylighter he’s literally still plain old goofy Simon still chilling and trying to be normal. I love him so much. ( stop harassing Raphael tho wtf leave him alone he’s trying to heal from you leaving him for carrot top -.-)

Also was anyone surprised that Jace was a Herondale? Because I certainly wasn’t and I haven’t read the books I just knew some shit was going to go down for sure cause they were particularly focusing on Jace and the mean lady that I forgot her name now haha.

ALSO IS THE ONLY WAY TO GET TO CLARYS HEART TO BE HER BROTHER WTF!!!!???
Why are all her brothers trying to hit on her? You all have issues. Sebastian is gross af for that.

I was thinking about my aromantic representation post, and I’d like to expand on it a little.

Some narratives already have protagonists who never fall in love or have romantic relationships of any kind and it’s not treated as a big deal, which is awesome. I’m 100% on board with this. 

But I want more. I don’t just want characters who could technically be read as aromantic. I want a character who outright states ‘I’m aromantic. (Possibly followed by 'look it up’.) I don’t get attracted to people romantically. I don’t fall in love “that way.” And this is not a problem.’ And I want that character’s narrative arc to stay true to their identity.

That would leave no room for ambiguity. The audience wouldn’t be able to think 'Well, maybe they just haven’t met the right person yet.’ (well, I know some still would, but… *shrugs helplessly*) It wouldn’t be like one of those narratives where a character has yet another break-up and reflects in an angsty way that maybe they’re just not cut out for this romance thing; but then they overcome some personal hurdle or meet a specific person and…. LOOK AT THEM WITH THEIR NEW LOVE INTEREST THEY’RE SO IN LOVE THEY JUST NEEDED TO MEET THE RIGHT ONE ALL ALONG.

Their aromanticism wouldn’t have to be the main focus of their narrative arc (it’s always good to have queer characters who aren’t reduced to their sexualities, and it would be good to have a narrative arc focused on the individual character rather than their orientation.) It would be great to have a storyline which focused on the character coming to terms with their aromanticism, or the people around them coming to understand it, but in addition just having a character say 'Gosh, I’m flattered by your interest, but I’m aromantic. Now, let’s go fight that zombie dragon’ would be worth something. (On a side note it’s one of my life goals to persuade as many people as possible to see the movie ParaNorman.)

Of course it doesn’t stop at aromanticism. We need diverse representation of all kinds of gender and sexual/romantic identities. But I’m choosing to focus on aromanticism specifically in these posts because most media is still so geared towards the idea that romance is the best, most important kind of relationship anyone can possibly aspire to, that you’re not 'complete’ without a romantic partner, that everyone really wants to fall in love and if they say they don’t then sshhh they do really, that it’s an important concept to bring out into the open.

Heteronormativity

As a hopeless romantic, I just love love. Besides beautiful, love is my favorite word. The longer and steeper the climb to reach the happy ending, the more fulfilling the story.

For the majority of my life, this need has been met through various couples; from Soap Operas in the 80s, like Bo and Hope on Santa Barbara, to television dramas, like Madelyn and David in Moonlighting, as well as Mulder and Scully in the X-Files. Getting caught up in the simmering emotions between these couples, and many others, were great experiences that I will always remember fondly. My favorite romantic movie? The Notebook. So what’s the deal, you might ask? Well, I’m gay.

You see, if I wanted to experience a good love story, there was no other option in mainstream entertainment than heterosexual pairings. For the majority of my life it has been this way. And at 42 years old, that’s quite a while.

Recently, this paradigm has begun to change. Since Will and Grace, Brokeback Mountain (and a few others), a hope emerged that there would someday soon be equal representation for me, and those like me, across the spectrum of mainstream entertainment. That was ten years ago. It is past time for the world to change, to move past the supremacy and primacy of heteronormativity.

Enter Teen Wolf, 2011.

In the realm of entertainment, the only thing that matches my fascination with romance, is my fascination with werewolves. The classic werewolf, not contemporary derivatives - soft and fluffy, a la Twilight. The werewolf as an allegory for the duality of humanity, a symbol for the struggle between our base instincts, savage and cruel, and our better angels, born of empathy and compassion. Reconciling these two halves, learning how to temper the dark with the light, keeping the beast at bay, is a basic element of what it means to be human. (Think Jedi vs. Sith if that will help.)

To be perfectly honest, when my husband and I first learned of this revamp of the 80s comedy film of the same name, we both looked at each other and kind of rolled our eyes. But then we saw the promos and thought, “Hey, werewolves and hot guys!” So, we gave it a shot. I was pleasantly surprised!

Midway through season one, is was easy to conclude that the show had staying power. It was gritty, funny, and genuinely scary. I also recognized Derek Hale as the only real werewolf on the show, in the classic sense. Yet unlike the classic werewolf, Derek’s torments result from accepting and embracing the beast within. He is hunted and feared for nothing more than existing, for embracing his nature - something with which I can identify, by the way.

In short, Davis reimagined the classic werewolf allegory. He wrote a werewolf for the 21st century, and Tyler Hoechlin brought him to life brilliantly. A figure tormented by the guilt of his past, withdrawn from society, consumed by rage, and lost in regret. And despite it all, Derek tries to do the right thing. To be the sentinel he was meant to become. But his anger makes him reckless, impulsive, and impatient. He walls himself off from others to protect himself from being hurt again as much as to protect others from himself, since he perceives himself as too damaged to be of any use to anyone. With good intentions, Derek makes one bad decision after another.

Even though Davis has re-envisioned the classic werewolf, he has done so by combining an ancient trope with an ancient archetype. This means the arc of Derek’s story is predictable. He will eventually find peace and learn to love again. Even so, Derek became my favorite before season one was over because I wanted to see how Davis would work through to the predictable end.

Setting the werewolf aspect aside for a moment, we also noticed that the world Davis created existed outside the realm of heteronormativity. Being gay was okay. There was a gay lacrosse player, accepted by his peers and treated as an equal. So for the romance, my hopes rested with Danny. There were hints that Stiles would be bi-sexual, but we weren’t sure if that would find expression, so we stuck with Danny.

It didn’t work out that way. Instead, Danny is treated as the token gay and the rest of the story has stayed firmly within the realm of heteronormativity.

During the pool scene between Derek and Stiles in season two, it became apparent to me that these two were also going to follow a predictable model. I turned to my husband and said, “You know those two are going to become the best of friends, right?” To which he replied, “Of course!”

It was during season 3a that I began to suspect, and hope for, something more than friendship. That moment came during the reveal of Julia as the Darach. We all know the scene well. Julia bursts into Derek’s loft, desperate to convince him that Stiles and Scott were insane with wild accusations. Once Scott and Stiles walk into the space, Derek looks back and forth between the two of them and Julia. Stiles looks at Julia and asks, “Where’s my dad?” Derek turns to her, then to Stiles, whose tears are spilling down his face, then he asks Julia, “Do you know where Stiles’ father is?” That was it. The moment I knew that Derek’s trust in Stiles ran very very deep.

Think about that moment. Even if the relationship between Derek and Julia had been genuine (Both Davis and Hoechlin have said things which confirm/suggest it was not), Derek had to be willing to throw any hope of a relationship with her out the window in asking her if she was a mass murdering, kidnapping, evil druid. How could she stay with him knowing he had such an opinion of her? Moreover, how could she stay with him knowing that he trusted Stiles more. Derek, you see, chose Stiles.

Ever since, I have payed close attention to their interactions and how they speak about one another to others. Stiles unwilling to accept Peter’s story about Paige. Stiles comforting Derek in the wake of Boyd’s death and Derek accepting that comfort. Derek not killing Julia when he picked her up off the floor because Stiles needed her alive. Derek allowing Stiles to rant at him and even throw Kate in his face because he understood Stiles was terrified and needed a target for his rage. Derek leaving his sister in the care of Stiles who didn’t let him down. The abject panic is Stiles’ voice when trying to revive and rescue Derek from the elevator floor. Derek showing worry and concern for Stiles throughout season 3b: getting choked up when asking Chris if he would feel any remorse in killing Stiles, the fear in Derek’s eyes as Chris pointed a gun at Stiles’ head, and his strong desire to be out there looking for him, “right now!” And the fact that Stiles has never betrayed him. Even Scott has betrayed Derek.

Now I hope for them to find each other romantically. Not because I want to see two guys kissing, but because it makes sense from the perspective of the narrative.

Derek’s archetype typically needs a strong person for a romantic interest. Needs someone with who he can commiserate, someone who understands. And Stiles is really the only one who can properly understand what Derek has endured. Stiles knows the pain of loss, guilt, and grief. His family, too, was reduced to two when he was much younger than when it happened to Derek. To deal with an alcoholic father, to take care of his father and probably the home. And now Stiles knows what it is like to be used a tool to destroy the people he loves. Both robbed of their innocence, both forced to grow up way too young, both losing the men they should have become. Stiles is as strong as they come - loyal, brave, and smart. And so, too, is Derek.

Derek is the man Stiles could have become had he gone the other way when his life got turned upside down, and Stiles is the man that Derek wants to be. Derek has to heal himself to have a healthy relationship, but with Stiles at his side, he can walk out of the ashes because Stiles is the only one qualified to lead the way.

Maybe it is wishful thinking on my part. Maybe they will only ever be the best of friends. But I don’t think it is too much to ask for equal representation of same-sex romance in the media. It isn’t too much to ask for a substantive, meaningful representation of the love I share with my husband. Davis’s non-heteronormative world gave me the best hope for that to become reality in a long time. And in Derek and Stiles I see Madelyn and David, Ross and Rachel, Mulder and Scully - the same dynamisms at play through the same archetypes.  What I see isn’t unreasonable. It isn’t pedophilia (do look up the word before you use it). It isn’t even illegal in most states. It is a classic romance in the making. One that will capture the hearts of millions if Davis is brave enough to make it happen.

Beyond the narrative perspective, it makes sense from both business and career perspectives. Sterek being a reality would put eyes on the show - important eyes. And if it can be done authentically, doors will open to both O'Brien and Hoechlin that might otherwise have been closed. It would be a watershed moment in television history, and all involved would reap the benefits - Davis heralded as a visionary, perhaps even elevating him in status to that of Ryan Murphy. MTV would be lauded as a continued force promoting positive social change. And increased ratings despite the losses of viewers opposed, increasing the adbuy value of the show. Hoechlin and O'Brien would become cultural heroes, almost overnight, and legends in the years ahead as pioneers. And finally, as the show gets noticed, so will everyone involved and that equals multiplied opportunities for the future for Posey, Roden, Ashby, Bourne, Bohen, Ponzio, and anyone else appearing on and writing for the show. Davis is sitting on a powder-keg of wonderful, if only he will light the fuse. 

Make it slow, make it hurt, but make it real. It is time for the world to change and I don’t think it is too much to ask. If Derek showed interest in Lydia, almost nothing would be said about underage. If either Derek or Stiles was a female, the arc bringing them together would have already been written.

Ok most of the things I’ve talked about Rocky Horror were short here, but I want to kinda get to a bit more in depth thing about my relationship with the movie and how I think that functions today.

Rocky Horror Picture Show was a really important part of my queer coming of age or whatever, and to a certain extent I can still watch it and engage with it like that. It also had some influences that kinda fucked me up (esp. in terms of priming me for sexual assault), but for the most part I feel like it probably did more good than harm in my inner life (as a standalone movie: the community is awful).

Why did it appeal to me, despite the character being a genuinely awful person? I think because it presented some things that weren’t present anywhere else that I was craving. Frank-N-Furter wasn’t trying to hide who they were (the sex scenes aside), was counterbalancing the HBS-ery/TSRoadmap style stealth normativity I was hearing, was desirable because (not in spite of) their queerness, and didn’t give a shit about what other people thought. This sort of representation didn’t exist at the time. And most of all: they were not pathetic (in my 10 year old eyes, at least).

And that’s the important part: at the time. In Kansas in the 90′s, there was just less actual representation of trans women and trans feminine people. The things available to me were either deceptive or pathetic (to use Julia Serano’s analysis of trans women’s representation), and most of the representations included all the same things that make RHPS a super fucked piece of trans representation.

So if all the trans women that you see are coded as rapists, murderers, deceivers, etc., but on top of that they are isolated and powerless, it makes sense to me that I would retrospectively grab onto something where at least the murderous tranny was charismatic and in some control.

But! The thing is, that now we have some representations that are luckily better than that. It’s not a complete famine in the same way, even if you just look at what actual trans women artists and authors are doing.

It’s like if you are in the desert and you are dying of thirst. In that instance, even muddy water filled with leeches is good, because at least this muddy water is 1)there and 2) filled with even more leeches. But that doesn’t mean that when you have access to better water, that you go back to that terrible water that was necessary at the worse time, just because people drank it before.

So at this point, Rocky Horror is a relic of an era where for some people, it was maybe the best that they could get. But we can get better now, and we can demand even more, not rest on something shitty because at one point in time, it was the least shitty thing that we maybe have been able to find.

It was important to me at one point in time, and I guess I will always have some of that in me, but that points more to the sickness of our society than it does to any actual value that Rocky Horror has/had. It was good for me at the time, but I would never suggest someone coming out to watch it now, or accommodate non trans women who want to be into it because they view us in shit ways.

anonymous asked:

I noticed that you said you don't like Shredder being white in the new movie but think about it. Do you really want to see an actual Asian actor waste his talents on what white men perceive Asians to be like? TMNT was created by two white men so the whole thing is racist to begin with because it's nothing but cultural appropriation, fetishizing Japanese culture because it's "exotic". I'm sure Asian people are more offended by that than anything this new movie is doing with its casting. Fact.

I think you’re well-meaning, anon, I really do… and honestly, this type of stuff I usually avoid talking about on Tumblr since I don’t normally like the way most people around here treat such sensitive subjects, but I feel I need to respond. I thought about it for a bit, and hesitated, but eh… whatevs, I’ll bite. So, here goes.

First of all, why do you think I feel so strongly about Asian characters being changed to White characters in so many Hollywood movies? It’s because I AM Asian, myself. I don’t telegraph it online, because I usually feel uncomfortable if people on the internet know too much info about me, but in rare instances like this, I feel the need to state the fact that I’m Asian so that people know where I’m coming from.

Now, I won’t pretend to understand the notion of cultural appropriation, and I’ve never heard of it outside of Tumblr, but I will say that I typically don’t really care if people from other cultures become interested in my own. I really don’t. And that’s just my own take on that. Having said that, I can tell you right now that people in my own family, as well as other Asian people I’ve known in my life, have no problem with TMNT or the fact that it was created by two White men (Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird). Sure, some stuff they originally wrote was a bit off the mark (Tang Shen isn’t really any Japanese name I’ve ever heard of, for example), but I really don’t care, because it’s obvious that there wasn’t any ill-intent. I’ve faced actual racism and discrimination in my life, and it’s hurtful. If somebody wants to make a comic about ninjas and Japan, despite not being from there, though? Honestly, I don’t think that’s a big deal. I’m interested in other cultures, too. I think it’s better for people to gain interest in other cultures rather than be told “no, this isn’t for you, stay in your little isolated spot of the Earth”. From what I can tell just by browsing around Tumblr, I know not everyone feels the way that I do, but I’ve never met anyone irl that has ever been offended by TMNT having Japanese influence and not being made by Japanese people.

Now, expanding on that a bit, TMNT is a worldwide phenomenon, and I can assure you that people in Japan are NOT offended by TMNT. TMNT is actually quite popular over there, and even received its own two episode anime OVA.

And even here in the U.S., one of Peter Laird’s closest friends is Japanese-American Stan Sakai, who is a fellow indie comic book writer/artist and creator of the Usagi Yojimbo series, which has crossed over with TMNT multiple times not just in print, but in animation as well.

Now with all THAT said and done in defense of TMNT as a property (and one of the fandoms I’ve cared about for the longest amount of my life, so I definitely felt a need to defend it), I’ll touch upon why, no, it’s NOT a good thing that Shredder is White.

I’ll admit, I’m not the type of person that jumps on a movie for not having enough representation of any minorities like I know a lot of people tend to do (and I’ve found that I can empathize and relate with any character regardless of their ethnicity, culture, sex, age, orientation, or even species), but I DO, however, feel that it’s incredibly insulting when a character that already represents a minority group (especially one that I’m a part of) is changed to something else, particularly if changed to a White character (as is most often the case), since that’s what pretty much the majority of people in American movies are to begin with.

Now, there’s a number of reasons why I feel so passionate when it comes to Asian characters being White-washed in Hollywood movies. Firstly, because it’s a gross misrepresentation of the character. Secondly, because the potential for an Asian actor or actress to get work off of that role has been tossed away (and lemme tell ya, there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of demand for Asian actors/actresses out there, especially for starring roles). It happened with The Last Airbender, it happened with Dragon Ball Evolution, and it’s now happening with Michael Bay’s version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. And slightly off-topic, but I seriously want to punch anyone that justifies this by saying that whatever Asian cartoon character is being White-washed “looked White” to begin with, because that’s a load of shit. They don’t have to have exaggerated stereotypical features to “look Asian”. But that’s a topic for another time.

So, in conclusion, TMNT is an awesome franchise full of awesome and creative characters, and Michael Bay is a dick for changing Oroku Saki into a White character named Eric Sachs. For what it’s worth, though, I am at least happy that Karai is being played by Asian actress Minae Noji, and wasn’t changed to, I dunno, a White chick named Katherine or something.

I’ve given my opinion on the matter. Now I just hope I don’t get eaten alive for doing so, because I know Tumblr can be a harsh place when people disagree with you. ^^;

The main reasons not to cast a cis person as a trans character:

(CIS MEN ARE MEN AND TRANS WOMEN ARE WOMEN. IF YOU HAVE TO CAST CIS PEOPLE THEN ATLEAST CAST MEN TO PLAY MEN AND WOMEN TO PLAY WOMEN.)

  1. It’s not actually representation. It’s just based of empathy and sometimes not even that. However neither can accurately present trans people. Without that representation these roles in most cases give of the misconception that trans people only must be trans people because of gender roles. Like if trans women always are so obsessed with dresses, make up and are in most cases portraited as really fragile. Like if trans men always are total studs who doesn’t real care about anything and are hinting misogyny and homophobia. Inaccurate “representation” can be seriously harmful and very humiliating. These movies can then also very often end up really depressing and sinking for us. Without representation it can also end up only being movies that show off trans people as depressed, miserable and suicidal. While in my opinion these movies should partly be there to show trans people that you actually can live a normal, happy, healthy life as a trans person and these do the opposite.
  2. The purpose of these movies goes from actually putting in money, effort, time and education into making movies that accurately represents trans people to making hit movies that makes massive amounts of money and exploits the trans community for a good storyline.
  3. If you would want to tell a story about a black person and black history you’d have a black person playing them. You wouldn’t take a white person and put on a blackface. You wouldn’t take somebody who hasn’t experienced racism. The same goes with trans people. Nobody who hasn’t experienced transphobia can even imagine what it’s like. In other cases you can might as well romantize it and well, make a story out of it.
  4. If cis people takes all the trans roles and trans people have SUCH a small chance of getting hired for cis roles then that completely illiminates trans people’s chances of acting.
  5. BECAUSE TRANS PEOPLE ARE TRANS PEOPLE. IT’S OUR ROLES. IT’S OUR COMMUNITY. STOP EXPLOITING US. JUST STOP.