things that make you bi: sexual attraction to males & females things that don’t make you bi: the pastries you eat, the color of your ipod, the color of your shirt, the music you listen to, having a close friendship with someone of the same gender, making eye contact with someone of the same gender, smiling at someone of the same gender, talking with someone of the same gender, caring about your friend who is of the same gender, being flustered and caught off guard when someone of the same gender flirts with you, taking a long piss in a public restroom, enjoying tv shows that aren’t marketed toward people of your gender, being a fan of a wrestler who is of the same gender, watching hentai, beer labels, street signs, wallpaper, going back in time and doing a doubletake at a WWII-era uniform, drinking vegetable water, standing near a bingo sign for 2 seconds, etc etc etc
Wow, I got quite a bit. But, anyway, you aren’t alone. He was definitely skewed…the entirety of the characterizations were as the show was quite slow to realize who their target audience actually was, and RTTE has half felt like they’re trying to back pedal a bit and finally make an effort to both connect the movies and capture the spirit of it. A little “too little, too late” for my tastes, so I keep the entire series on a nice shelf where it can’t sully the magic of that first movie.
why bronies think people hate them:
they watch a TV show marketed at little girls
why people actually hate bronies:
they sexualize technicolor horses, they're misogynistic despite the show's feminist messages, they harass people, they think "coming out of the stable" is a big deal, rape jokes, they make everything about them, do i even need to go on
I’ve seen a lot of people complaining about the American version/remake of Skam and, as a non-American viewer, I can’t help but agree with them; listen, it’s not because “America always ruins everything!” (even if sometimes it kind of does), but because it’s unfair to us (non-English native speakers).
(little premise: I’m Italian and I study Languages and Translation at Uni, so a lot of the specific terminology I’m going to use might be literally translated, ‘cause the course regarding this was in Italian and I have no time to look for the correct translation. I’m going to try to be as clear as possible, though)
The US already “own” most of the “Tv show/cinema market” and the grand majority of what we see on TV doesn’t represent the “arrival culture” ( = the culture of the country in which the show/film “arrives”). For example: the school system in America and in Italy work in a really different way; growing up, I experience first hand the Italian system and learn about the American one through TV, which is great, because I get to learn how life works in another country; unfortunately, this doesn’t happen with, for example, other cultures. and why is that? because the US monopolize the market and doesn’t let other countries express their culture. So, we get to see our culture and the American one but I don’t know anything about Germany or Norway or whatever. (this obviously changes from country to country: in Italy, Spanish TV shows are really popular and sometimes French and German ones air as well, but you get what I mean). so, UNFAIR. I mean, I don’t think Italian TV shows are the best thing ever, and I wouldn’t force anyone to watch one of those awful “cinepanettoni” (”comic” movies that are generally very sexist and very not-funny) that come out in our cinemas every Christmas, but if something actually worthy of attention were to be produced, it wouldn’t have the success it deserved because it’s Italian and nobody watches Italian things apart from Italian people.
That’s why Skam is so important: it’s a non-American TV show that gained popularity despite this. And GODFUCKINGDAMMIT I don’t want to see the American version. I ALREADY KNOW AMERICAN CULTURE. But Skam is Norwegian and it’s a great opportunity to learn more about this country. US producers, no matter how good their intentions are, would take it and change it to make it look more “pleasing” or more “American-like”, because that’s what you do when you aren’t part of the “starting culture” ( = the culture represented, so the culture that is the basis of the show/film/whatever). In Translation Studies we call this “appropiation”: you take something that comes from another country and you erease all the “cultural-specific” elements or you replace them with elements that are part of your culture to make it more understandable to your viewers. It used to be very popular between French authors and sometimes they created completely different works. Nowadays though, this is called “stealing” (or “this work is based on” when you ask for permission), because our views on copyright are very different. Basically, you don’t like the “starting culture” and decide yours is better, or you think your viewers/readers/whatever are stupid and can’t understand another culture (which is offensive towards everyone: non-American have to learn everything about the US because they can’t represent themselves on international scale, and THAT’s because American are too stupid to understand something non-American).
All of this to say: Skam should stay the way it is and no remake could make it better or more interesting. Globalization should be about learning something about each country in the world, not about knowing everything about America just because they have a bigger industry. I understand that language is a big barrier, and that English is the easiest way of promoting things, but I’m kind of tired of seeing everything from their POV. Appreciate Skam for what it is, and give it the success it deserves even if it’s not in English/American! Its way of being not-American is exactly the reason people like it so much!
(besides, I kind of think they want a remake because they felt offended that somebody is way better at talking about delicate topics than them.)
AAAAAAAAND it’s once again time for…DC THEME-VARIANT PICTURES!!!!! In this case, following January’s theme of The Flash in celebration of the character’s anniversary (*cough CW TV Show marketing cough*), we follow it up in February with the star of DC’s most successful female-solo title, HARLEY QUINN!
Action Comics #39 by Nicola Scott, Danny Miki, & Jeremy Cox
Aquaman #39 by Amanda Conner and Paul Mounts
Batgirl #39 by Cliff Chiang
Batman #39 by Jill Thompson & CV Painting
Batman and Robin #39 by Emanuela Lupacchino & Tomeu Morey
Batman/Superman #19 by J. G. Jones & Alex Sinclair
Catwoman #39 by Jim Balent
Detective Comics #39 by Dave Johnson
The Flash #39 by Amanda Conner and Paul Mounts
Grayson #7 by Dan Panosian
And there’s the first batch! Yes, Amanda Conner and Paul Mounts cooked up THREE (Aquaman, and The Flash are shown here, but they DID in fact do three covers for this theme) variants this month, which I guess I understand, they have created a lot of fun Harley-art. Nicola Scott’s Action Comics variant is great, I always enjoy her work, and it’s complimented by Danny Miki’s inks, and Jeremy Cox’s colors very nicely! Then you have the variant for Batman #39, by Jill Thompson & CV Painting, and it’s STRIKING-ly pretty, fun and detailed! And Emanuela Lupacchino & Tomeu Morey’s work on Batman and Robin #39? BRILLIANT!
Then there’s Jim Balent’s cover…with HORRENDOUS posing, and facial features, Harley looks like an alien who’s learning how to smile for Pete’s sake!! And what the hell is Selina doing with her leg? Given my past experience with Balent’s art, I’m sadly not surprised…save by DC’s decision to offer him the cover IN THE FIRST PLACE!! Thirty minutes on Skype/Twitter/email, and you could have found at least FIVE other more qualified artists who would be interested!! Argh…
Marketing television shows, movies, etc: “I’m a vampire.” / “A w-what?! A VAMPIRE?! HOW could this BE? I feel as if I’ve stumbled into A MASSIVE PLOT POINT. Can I still talk to you? Must we perform mystical alignments of MOONS and STARS?!”
Life in the Netherworld: “I’m a vampire.” / “Don’t eat that, it has garlic in it.”
Let’s play a game! I give you a description of a TV show and you try to guess during which decade it aired.
A television show intended to poke fun at black culture, black stereotypes, and other television shows marketed to black families. The (black) main character is played by a white actor doing his best impression of what he thinks a black person sounds like.
Do you think guys in Teen Wolf dress a bit like guys from Supernatural, or am I seeing things? Idk if you watch SPN, but I really like Sam and Dean's consistent wardrobe choices throughout the years. If there's one thing that has stayed with them through all the shit they've been through, it's denim and plaid shirts.
although the male characters in both shows do mostly have quite boring/generic dress sense, i think it’s for different reasons.
in SPN, sam and dean wear jeans, t-shirts and plaid shirts all the time, whereas in teen wolf, most of the guys wear jeans, t-shirts, henleys, tight sweaters, or plaid shirts. the difference is that in SPN, there seems to be more in-universe reasoning for sam and dean’s boring dress sense.
reasons why sam & dean wear the same outfit every day:
practicality. they are living out of a car, and jeans & plaid don’t require much laundry or storage maintenance plus, jeans & plaid are tough, which is useful when you’re digging graves or whatever.
forgettability. sam and dean could not do most of the things they do if they weren’t generic-looking white men. if they wore anything that set them apart from other generic-looking white men nearby, it would make them easier to arrest. jeans & plaid are the pinnacle of bland american male fashion.
gender performance. dean is a big mess of macho issues and probably thinks that anything fancier than a plaid shirt is dangerously gay and/or hipster and/or trying-too-hard. sam probably doesn’t care either way, but just finds it easier to go for the old jeans-and-plaid anyway.
sam and dean live outside normal society. growing up, they did not have a typical teen existence where they were exposed to fashion trends or subcultures. they’ve been wearing jeans and plaid since childhood. as adults, they live on the road and seldom go to big cities, where they’d be exposed to a wider variety of street fashion & clothing stores. they haven’t had much inspiration to wear anything OTHER than jeans and plaid.
with teen wolf, i find it harder to think of legitimate reasons for why most of the central male characters dress so similarly. stiles wears plaid and dorky t-shirts because he’s a slightly nerdy, more fun-loving character. isaac has his trademark snoods and knitwear. but scott, derek, deaton, boyd, peter hale and chris argent all wear near-identical versions of the same outfit: jeans and a long-sleeved henley in black, dark grey or maroon. obviously there are exceptions (particularly with scott, who used to wear more teenagery t-shirts etc), but basically they all dress kinda like they’re in a photoshoot, or as if there is only one store in town and it sells nothing but tight, long-sleeved t-shirts.
essentially, this means that the reasons for the winchester brothers’ uniform costumes is internal to the characters and setting of the show, while the uniformity of the teen wolf costumes is for external reasons, tied in to the way the actors/characters are marketed to the audience. it’s fairly typical for tv shows to put female characters in unrealistic (ie, “too fashionable” or “too sexy”) costumes in order to make them look more attractive, but teen wolf is a rare example of a tv show that is purposefully marketing the attractiveness of its male stars instead. i’m sure the audience is pretty diverse overall, but they are courting teen girls and gay guys, to a certain extent anyway. so they have to make the main guys look hot, but not look like they are “trying too hard,” which supposedly puts people off.
in most tv shows of this type, the main male characters would be good-looking but casually dressed, but in teen wolf they have to be good-looking, casual, and sexy. this leaves a very narrow range of menswear clothes, because they can’t just be wearing a normal t-shirt (not sexy enough) but also they can’t be wearing anything too flashy or trendy or formal, because that wouldn’t be “teen” or casual.
supernatural and teen wolf both feature relatively “boring” costumes for the male characters, but i prefer supernatural’s because there’s a logical in-universe explanation for the way sam and dean dress. however, that doesn’t mean that i think the costume design in teen wolf is bad. it just has different goals in mind. the female characters generally have very individual styles, and i enjoy the way that lydia is clearly shown to be a person who intentionally performs glamour on a daily basis, while allison is often seen just wearing a plaid shirt or sweatpants or whatever (even though crystal reed is, of course, stunning). the reason for teen wolf’s vast array of identical menswear outfits is because it makes the guys look hot but “normal”, but from the perspective of someone who thinks a lot about costume design, i find that slightlly distracting because i can’t think of a logical reason for why the characters themselves would be dressing that way.
even tho im mad at myself for loving a nerdy cartoon, i really love steven universe…. seeing like women who love other women & like, positively represented female romantic relationships on a TV show marketed towards children makes me literally cry so much (in a happy way) and feel so hopeful about the future! but it also makes me sad because…. if i had had access to media that represented queer women positively at a young age i would have had such an easier/less stressful life!