token chick

Deanna Troi’s Letter to the Producers of Star Trek TNG

Originally posted by bearinsears


Dear Producers of Star Trek,

I understand this is a bit strange, but I’m writing this to you from an alternate universe where we do, in fact, exist. By monitoring certain subspace channels, I have managed to get a little glimpse of your (alternate) reality-TV show, and needless to say, I am not impressed. Enclosed in this letter are some things that you should add in order to make your story true to life.

One: Please, for the love of Betazed, do not make me a badass only when I am possessed by an alien. I have more than my fair share of “tough girl” moments- just ask Commander Riker. I did appreciate your episode, “Face of the Enemy”, but it was too little, too late. Besides, I am not fond of seeing myself in a Romulan uniform. To summarize, I am certainly more than an alien token chick that sits beside the captain and looks pretty.

Two: Could you please give me a haircut? I do understand that my hairstyle boosts viewer ratings by 3.7%, but it’s difficult to be an active duty officer in Starfleet when hair is falling over my eyes.

Three: What writer thought it was a good idea to set me up with Worf in season 7? He’s a nice guy, but I’m getting tired of tripping over his bat’leths when he leaves them in my quarters, and the Klingon Opera needs to stop. Honestly, I’d advise finding him a nice partner, maybe another Klingon… or wait. A Trill. I know exactly the person. 

Four: Why couldn’t you have given me a uniform sooner? I know my dresses boosted viewer ratings by 5.1%, but I’d have liked to look more professional. And if the uniform couldn’t have been arranged, at least you could’ve given me something with a decent collar. Again, more than a token chick.

Producers, remember that time in “QPid” when you sent us to Sherwood Forest, and I skewered Data with an arrow? I’m a much better shot with a phaser, so please, try to arrange these changes as fast as you can.

Love,

Deanna Troi

KADO: The Wrong Solution

Who else is majorly upset by KADO’s finale this week, show of hands.

I’m actually so upset I had to write about it. There’s not a lot of series that prompts me to do this. I felt so compelled to write about it because never before have I been handed so much BS all in one 25-something minute sitting; albeit Kado had been handing it to me bit by bit since Saraka’s existence.

I’m not even angry I’m just so solemnly sad that something with such great potential was so thoroughly wasted and watered down by harem anime cliches and humanitarian preaches. I’m not even sure this blog entry will be able to express all my sheer and utter disappointment things ended up this way… The queerbaiting was also just extra salt.

First of all, I’m watching KADO because I love sci-fi theory, and this is the first anime ever to take this kind of visually informative approach to alien-culture immersion and technology proliferation. It had potential as a premise to go somewhere great (which is ironic considering the ending’s grand message).

Honestly, with every passing week I was hoping ZaShunina or something else would maybe just conveniently erase Saraka’s existence because I genuinely believe if they had written in someone more competent and not a living-walking generic tsundere, we’d be led in a totally different direction. If not the continuation of some grand scientific advancement towards space, then at least a better counter argument than “hey, look at how pretty my hometown is, don’t agree with ZaShunina. Also, I have boobs.” Because who can argue with boobs? I’m sorry (not sorry), but she’s about as intellectually competent as a 10-year old, and I feel that’s almost insulting to the 10-year old. Saraka’s manner of speech and narrow-minded train of thoughts seriously made me question how she ever received such an important high-government job in the first place. Even during scenes where she is present for the discourses, she’s literally a wallflower on the sidelines for decoration. I never heard a single logical expression out of her mouth for the entire 12 episodes. — Also, I could have maybe even supported the “romance” (not that you can really call it that) if they had eased us into it with more substance. I get it, sometimes a suspension bridge effect happens but this was just all levels of forced attraction and bad writing. And for viewers, even just through visual presentation, there had been far more romance going on with ZaShunina and Hanamori through simple exchanges alone. The level of meaningful interaction and mutual understanding of each other’s personalities between Shindou and literally everyone else had far more substance than his…somehow almost magically manifested, instantaneous affections for Saraka….which was…okaaaay. Well there. — But anyway, back to the matter at hand. While on some levels I’d be okay with the emotional approach KADO ended up going with, I was not convinced that any of this was the best solution. Yes, transient life and human progress is beautiful and should be honoured. It’s a very Japanese approach, but it was done with such clumsiness, and was so thoroughly mixed in with all the other trite themes, that the overall effect was well…ineffectual. The fact that Shindou didn’t give us any resistance or discourse on the matter was rather questionable. He simply just nodded with the token chick in agreement and left it at that, even though his relationship with ZaShunina was building quite well and he seemed invested and interested in what ZaShunina had to give. Through time, it also seemed like ZaShunina would have become more human. All Shindou would have to do was ease him into the concepts….by, amazingly—discussion; because wasn’t that the damn core of the show? (and not this fist fight that they totally undermined the series with—)

Now despite all this, I did enjoy many parts of it, I would probably go back and rewatch it (while skimming) for the parts I did enjoy; because it’s strange, it’s different. It’s not as profound as I’d have liked but it had its moments of beauty; even for partial 3D. It also shocked me on many occasions, which, maybe is the only other major thing I could give it credit for. That ending really came out of left field for me. Anyway, when even the native fans are angry over a show you know you messed up. I’d like an alternate ending…a 2.0…an actual intellectual discussion instead of Deus Ex left-field Machina. (Which made noooooooooooooo sense).  Don’t even get me started on the plot holes. I don’t know where to begin with the plot holes. There were more holes in KADO than a block of Swiss cheese.

At the very end of Kado though, my last thoughts are, “man, I feel so bad for Hanamori…”.

a-pup-named-spoopy-doo  asked:

When I first started watching game theory and gtlive, I didn't know how much stephanie contributed. So when I heard that gtlive was mat and his wife, I wrongly assumed she was the token chick in the show. but five minutes into my first gtlive I saw their sheer chemistry and how much funnier they are together and was all "I was wrong, I like her." and since then, if steph is gone from the stream, for even a short amount of time, I miss her.

I don’t know what I’d do if there was a gtlive without Steph ;-; I probably wouldn’t even be able to watch it… And like I totally relate that Mat and Steph’s chemistry as best friends and as a couple totally make GTLive what it is. Like you can’t have GTLive without their relationship :)

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i uh…. drew everyone… (except dosh king and the random peeps from honnouji bc that would be too much but maybe later???) NOW WITH MORE DOSH

anonymous asked:

Is it okay to have a story WITHOUT diverse characters?

The answer to this is yes and no. 

Honestly, I don’t want every writer out there to start shoehorning in diverse characters for the sake of diversity alone. That’s how you end up with token black characters, token gay characters, token chicks, etc. What I do want is for more writers to realize that the world is an incredibly diverse place, and diversity is only natural.

The honest truth is that a vast majority of stories out there feature white characters - more to the point, white male characters. The thing is, there is absolutely nothing wrong with stories that feature white male characters. I’m writing one myself. The problem is the lack of other types of people being represented in fiction. If we as a society can push more diverse characters to the forefront of public knowledge then the existence of books that aren’t all that diverse will be a non-issue. 

Real Talk for a Minute Here

I am a bisexual white woman. I’ve been in an interracial relationship, and I have several mixed race family members. My friends are white, Mexican, Vietnamese, and black. The world of literature as it is today does not represent my experience any more than it represents the experience of the many black, Asian, Hispanic, etc., readers out there.

The main characters in my novel may be white men, but there are also black women, a young Muslim girl, LGBT individuals….

And it’s not because I wanted to create a rainbow-colored dream cast of diversity. It’s because I wanted to write a story that represented the world that I live in, and when I look around me I don’t just see straight, white people.

The answer I would *like* to give is that your story should feature just as much diversity as is right for your story. If you’re writing a story set in a suburb in the 1950s, it makes sense that you’d have a primarily cishet white cast. If you’re writing a story set in modern day Ireland, you’ll probably have mostly white characters, but you need to strongly consider whether some of them might be gay, trans, etc. (You would also need to consider other forms of diversity that are more representative of the culture.)

But if you write a story set in New York City in the 1990s and 2000s I am going to look at you really, really funny if you walk up and tell me this group of friends is all white, dates (mostly) only other white people, works (mostly) only with other white people, and all happen to be straight. Even the effeminate coffee shop manager. 

And I’m going to look at you reeeeaallly funny if you tell me that your fantasy world has dragons, demons, and sorcerers but everybody just happens to be white and straight.

However. That’s not the answer I’m going to give because I think that, as writers and - hopefully - as people who want to be socially responsible with our writing, we have a lot of room to make real change by means of representation. 

I think that there are VERY limited instances in which you might get away with saying, “Well, this story that I have chosen to tell doesn’t really need diversity, right?”. But why is that the story you want to tell? 

Right now is a really exciting time to be a writer, guys. A mainstream cartoon for children just made a same-sex pairing canon. There are LGBT characters on mainstream television sitcoms. The amount of media featuring POC is steadily on the rise.

Do you realize how many of the writers who lived before us would have loved the opportunities that we have to explore these issues? To write these kinds of characters? To be overt about these issues rather than coding them in subtext?

In a few decades time, it will be perfectly reasonable to say “your story should feature just as much diversity as is right for your story” because there will be plenty of other media out there to fill in the gaps.

But right now the onus is on us as writers to be choosing to write diverse stories and diverse characters whenever possible. And you know… these stories are usually way more interesting, anyway, so why would you choose to do otherwise?

Listen

“I’m an Acting major at the University of Minnesota. Already it’s such a competitive field, but then on top of that you’re told that there’s only so many ‘types’ that you can fill. For Caucasian people, it’s like, ‘Oh, well, there’s the blonde, and the brunette, and this, and that,’ and then it’s just like: the token black chick. And that’s it, and there’s one role, and you have to fill it. So I’ve been spending a lot of my life and my acting career basically telling myself what I can’t do. Like, ‘I can’t play that role, because it’s Romeo and Juliet, and that’s historically a white role.’ Not only having society tell me that, but then myself starting to believe that has made it so difficult for me. And then finally one day waking up and being like, ‘Fuck it.’ There’s no point in telling myself what I can and can’t play, because that’s just holding me back. If I’m convinced that I can’t play this role, then of course no one else is gonna be convinced. Not just in theater, but generally in life. Stop telling myself that I can’t do something because I’m black.”

“How did you figure that out?”

“When I was 16, 17 I was in this production of A Wrinkle in Time, and the people playing my mom and dad were both white, and my little sister was white. And I was the black person. Every time I told people about the show, their first question would be ‘OK, but how are you guys related? Are you gonna play it like you were adopted or something like that?’ After the 50th time of having that question, I was like, ‘Wow, that’s a bullshit question.’ People are willing to go see Beauty and the Beast and see dancing and singing teacups, and are willing to believe that 100%, but the second that a white couple has to have a black kid, they can’t believe it.”

Imani

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30 Day Bionicle Challenge.

2. Do you have a favourite character? Is so, who?

Gali. Gali freakin Mata then Nuva (I don’t care about the later toa revamps)

Ok, fun fact time. I first discovered Bionicle back when it started because Lego Magazine started sending the comics in their club magazines. My reading level was still pretty bad then and i skimmed most of the text. I didn’t bother reading character descriptions and such. 

Second fun fact, I thought all the Toa were guys. Like in my mind there was no reason for them not to be. I was still quite small, and this was clearly a boys range, why would they make any of the characters a girl?

Third fun fact, I really loved seeing girl characters. Like the token chick was always my favourite, because she was a girl like me.

So I went through the first few issues thinking Gali was male. After all, she didn’t have any obvious signs marking her as female that younger me would understand.

And then in one issue, when I actually started reading as opposed to just admiring the pictures, Pohatu refers to her as she. And it suddenly dawns on me that there’s a girl toa. I was actually really surprised, but I took it as validation. Suddenly I felt like it was something that was also made for me, and Gali was my favourite. And like she wasn’t reduced to her gender, she had characterisation. She was wise and level headed, she plays a major role in the team.

And little girl me got so excited by a lady toa that she started going onto the Bionicle website and got into the fandom.

Gali was my representation. She’s awesome. Sure, there’s plenty of cool characters in the series, but Gali meant a lot to me and that’s why she’s my fav.

Seriously guys, I got a really good feeling for Bamon

First of all, hey there! 

Originally posted by eastsideshit

I know it’s been AAAAAGES since I was last in the Bamon tag (is that still a thing BTW? This new Tumblr thing SUUUUCKS).

Anyway, I have no clue what BonBon’s flashforward is gonna be, like NO CLUE!!! I just hope they move her once and for all away from the status of token black chick/magical negro. But I do think that Bonnie’s flashforward mystery man will be Enzo, and you know what? I’m down with that since I do like me a little Bonenzo AND so far, Enzo is the only guy who’s never been with anyone so it’ll be refreshing to see our BonBon not get any other girl’s sloppy seconds so yeah for that! 

Originally posted by felliciitysmoaks

Plus who wouldn’t love a good Bonenzo/Bamon love triangle? I’m here for it!

Originally posted by thranduilings

Why the sudden optimism over Bamon happening romantically you ask? Well, to me, the biggest clue is just how SILENT everyone from the writers to the actors are when it comes to any questions about romantic Bamon. Notice how they never shut down Bamon, all they ever do is change the subject by stating the obvious aka “they’re friends for now”, “Damon is still in Eggbert land”, “as of now we don’t know”. Like OBVIOUSLY they’re not going to be like “Well Bamonators, Merry Xmas, Bamon is finally gonna happen! Look out for episode 15!” I mean Bamon happening is in itself a HUGE reveal if not the biggest ever, so no self-respecting writer would ever reveal such a big thing!

Originally posted by bank5y

To me the question is not WILL Bamon happen, but WHEN will Bamon happen? And that I have no clue although if I had to put in a guess, I’d bet on episode 15 (you know how the writers seem to enjoy surprising us with glorious Bamon milestones every ep 15… Remember THE HUG?) I just hope that whatever happens will happen once the storyline catches up with the 3 year flash forwards. So let’s just wait and see…

Originally posted by c-urs-e

OMGSH guys I’m so excited!!! What a time to be a Bamonator!!!