Prayer Request

 Hello Catholic bloggers. I am tagging because I don’t think I’m in y’alls sphere. I’m not Catholic. I guess I’m discerning. I watch you all from afar and greatly enjoy your posts. My family is having a crisis at the moment. It may seem silly, but it is a crisis for us. We had 5 cats this morning. One of them passed away due to a contagious, incurable, and fatal disease (FIP). All the rest of the cats are now at risk and the closest thing to treatment is to get a vaccine (which only somewhat works at the best of times, but this will be after they’re already exposed). They are what shape our day and give our lives so much joy. The remaining four are all young adults and still have so many years to live and enjoy and explore. Please pray that they do not get this virus (especially Tilda who is the only one looking less an optimum at the moment). It’s a bit like chicken pox – exposure can make them 100% immune against it forever, or it could make them a carrier, or it could be fatal. We could lose all of our pets. Their names are Tilda, Victoria, Arthur, and Indy. The kitten who passed away was Noctis and he was 5 months old and we found him on the street a month ago. @brideofchrist95 @madameliberty @patron-saint-of-smart-asses @alwaysabeautifullife @caffeinatedcatholic @romancatholicgirl @catholic-grey-warden @iloveyoumorethancoffee

idk I just love how we Young People Today use ~improper~ punctuation/grammar in actually really defined ways to express tone without having to explicitly state tone like that’s just really fucking cool, like

no    =    “No,” she said. 

no.    =    "No,” she said sharply.

No    =    “No,” she stated firmly.

No.    =    “No,” she snapped.

NO    =    “No!” she shouted.

noooooo    =    “No,” she moaned.

no~    =    “No,” she said with a drawn-out sing-song.

~no~    =    “No,” she drawled sarcastically.

NOOOOO    =    “No!” she screamed dramatically.

no?!    =    “No,” she said incredulously.


The Legend of Korra “Cast”

Korra - Jennifer Lawrence

Mako - Sam Clafin

Bolin - Jim Sturgess

Lin Bei Fong - Tilda Swinton

Asami - Anne Hathaway

Tenzin - Bryan Cranston

Amon - Benedict Cumberbatch

Unalaq - Javier Bardem

Zaheer - Dave Bautista

Kuvira - Daisy Ridley

What do you think ?

If Marvel Studios can take the time to painstakingly find an unknown actor like Tom Holland to portray their very specific version of Peter Parker than they could afford to find a Jewish/Roma actress for Scarlet Witch and Asian actors for Dr. Strange and Iron Fist.

George Takei Calmly Dismantles All of Marvel’s Excuses for Its Doctor Strange Casting
"Marvel must think we're all idiots."

National treasure George Takei is going in hard on Marvel.  The social media icon took to his Facebook account to post about Marvel’s casting of Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One in the upcoming Doctor Strange film.  He initially focused on the backpedaling done by Marvel in which they cast blame on the Chinese market as their reasoning to avoid association with Tibet.  “So let me get this straight.  You cast a white actress so you wouldn’t hurt sales … in Asia?  This backpedaling is nearly as cringeworthy as the casting.  Marvel must think we’re all idiots,” writes Takei.  “Marvel already addressed the Tibetan question by setting the action and the Ancient One in Kathmandu, Nepal, in the film.  It wouldn’t have mattered to the Chinese government by that point whether the character was white or Asian, as it was already in another country.  So this is a red herring, and it’s insulting that they expect us to buy their explanation.  They cast Tilda because they believe white audiences want to see white faces.  Audiences, too, should be aware of how dumb and out of touch the studios think we are.”

In the comments, Takei argues that the casting is representative of a deeper systemic problem of casting white actors in Asian roles:

To those who say, “She an actress, this is fiction,” remember that Hollywood has been casting white actors in Asian roles for decades now, and we can’t keep pretending there isn’t something deeper at work here.  If it were true that actors of Asian descent were being offered choice roles in films, these arguments might prevail.  But there has been a long standing practice of taking roles that were originally Asian and rewriting them for white actors to play, leaving Asians invisible on the screen and underemployed as actors.  This is a very real problem, not an abstract one.  It is not about political correctness, it is about correcting systemic exclusion.  Do you see the difference?

He also addressed various reader rebuttals.  For one, he wants to point out that the idea of “color-blind casting” (that casting should occur without regard to a person’s race or ethnicity) only works if there were equity in Hollywood.  The end result here is simply that there are fewer actors of Asian descent getting major studio roles.

I fear you miss my point.  I’m not against colorblind casting.  That is to say, when there is a role that can be played by a black actor or an Asian one (such as Hermione in the play in London), then I welcome it.  But here we are talking about the systematic erasure of Asian faces from film and media.  It is so prevalent that even when there IS an Asian role that could be played by an Asian actor, it is given instead to a white actor.  Do you not see the issue here?  We are talking about systemic exclusion, lack of opportunity, and invisibility of a whole segment of our society, because Hollywood is afraid to take chances with ethnic actors.  Instead, we are the butt of jokes (as the Oscars telecast showed) or are cast only in certain roles that continue to marginalize us and send signals to society that we are not leading men and women.  I have a real problem with that, and I’m the happy exception to all of this.  But I feel for my fellow Asian American actors who cannot find work because what little work there is gets “whitewashed” for others to play.

Thank you, Mr. Takei.

Hollywood has no idea what to do with Asian people. And, given the fact that Hollywood often serves as a reflection of contemporary culture, this is a major problem. Aside from casting us as goofy comic relief (Long Duk Dong, really) or evil mystical ninjas (come on, Daredevil season 2), they just don’t know what to do with us. The confusion and ignorance around what we bring to the table sometimes gets so bad that rather than try and find out who we actually are, they’ll overwrite us with white characters, erasing us completely from narratives that inherently belong to one culture or another (looking at you, Ghost in the Shell).