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When I first got this role I just cried like a baby because I was like, “Wow, next Halloween, I’m gonna open the door and there’s gonna be a little kid dressed as the Falcon.” That’s the thing that always gets me. I feel like everybody deserves that. I feel like there should be a Latino superhero. Scarlett does great representation for all the other girls, but there should be a Wonder Woman movie. I don’t care if they make 20 bucks, if there’s a movie you’re gonna lose money on, make it Wonder Woman. You know what I mean, ’cause little girls deserve that.

By Anthony Mackie (via rexilla)
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why do white feminists think ‘BUT WE NEED MORE LEADING WOMEN IN THE ACTION GENRE’ is a good excuse to watch lucy do they honestly believe hollywhite just completely missed GRAVITY and the ENTIRE MOTHERFUCKING HUNGER GAMES FRANCHISE what do they think the funding for ‘lucy’ is coming in the wake of?

they boycott pacific rim (which, yknow, had a japanese woman shoving some of hollywhite’s most racist & sexist tropes so far back up its own ass it was still tasting them the week after) for not passing the bechdel test but blatant violence and racism, well that can slide, that’s great representation, that’s empowering for women.


"you speak english?"

boy i sure do feel empowered seein people who look like my dad & my friends get murdered for not speaking english IN TAIWAN

What’s weird is this line has shown up in Hollywood movies twice already in the past year (2013).   It was used both in The Wolverine andOlympus has Fallen—both films feature the white hero vs. Asian baddies screaming “SPEAK ENGLISH” to some hapless Asian minion and then enacting violence on them.   So that joke isn’t even original.    

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One of the most disturbing scenes in Disney’s “Aladdin” is when Jasmine must pretend to seduce Jaffar in order to distract him. The clothing that the animators chose to put her in, complete with the shackles, are all a white, colonial wet dream. And she’s the only Disney princess who’s had to use her body in this way to distract someone. Then there’s this scene in “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” where Esmeralda is shimmying her hips and breasts and basically ends with a pole-dance sequence: a far cry from the delicate waltzes and pirouettes that Belle and Aurora dance. The simultaneous fascination and revulsion that Whiteness has for WOC bodies are unmistakably evident in Disney’s posturing of Jasmine and Esmeralda.


The Jasmine Diaries Part II: ‘Exotic’ is not a Compliment

(via marfmellow)

A perfect example of “desert flower” fetishization/exotification. Women of color are always shown as “others”, they’re seen as women who have to use their sexuality to save themselves (or worse, as people who are just inherently sexual by their mere existence).

We’re putting these sexualized images of women of color into cartoons meant for children, essentially brainwashing them to grow into adults who fetishize non-white women. Gross.

(via callingoutbigotry)

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Cleveland baseball fans stand against racism by #DeChiefing their gear

In the past few months, debate surrounding the use of racial caricatures as pro sports mascots has reached a fever pitch. Just ask the Washington Redskins, who’ve endured significant backlash for both their refusal to change their name and their half-assed attempts to placate their critics.

But a few miles west, fans of the MLB’s Cleveland Indians are taking a stand. In a motion of solidarity, a small but growing number have been “de-Chiefing” their paraphernalia by removing the offensive “Chief Wahoo” mascot from caps and jerseys that bear its likeness.

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    anightvaleintern asked
    I'm white but my brother married into a Latin@ family to a woman who already had a child who was five when she came into my life and I consider her my niece. As a teen I'd never really thought about there being no WoC princesses till I watched her argue with and then cry when she found out Jasmine was not Mexican. :( She's thirteen now and I'm really desperate for a Latina princess before it means little or nothing to her.


    In a weird way, Princess Jasmine was a stand in for all young girls of color in the 1990s…

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An Open Letter to a Friend: I don’t want to be that annoying buzzkill friend, but I need to be.


Dear Friend,

We’re in a writing group together and there’s some things I want to say. If you look back to last week’s meeting, you’ll remember this situation coming up when we talked about creating characters.

Our friend, who is a black woman, shares in a deep moment that even though she’s black, she pictures characters in stories as white unless their skin color is specifically stated otherwise. You, a white man, states that you find the statement very interesting and promptly change the subject to something else. I try to continue the conversation to discuss whitewashing in the media only to get cut off and ignored. 

In that moment I’m deeply hurt, but I also can’t exactly point out why. Looking back, the subject change isn’t obviously abrupt and cutting me off is an excited reaction to what I’m saying that goes off on a different tangent. The conversation merely flowed in a different direction and a statement that resonated with me, maybe just didn’t for you. 

But the thing is, this changing-the-subject thing happens every single time something dealing with racism or feminism comes up.

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Modern Hollywood and the Ancient East

The 1001 Arabian Nights. The Biblical flood and the family that repopulated the world. The Jewish exodus out of Ancient Egypt. The story of Jesus of Nazareth. The Ancient Egyptian gods Horus, Ra, and Set…

These movie concepts, in development for 2014 and 2015 releases, are based on stories and histories from the Eurocentric concept of the “East” that have captured the Eurocentric imagination. They’re also rare acting opportunities for actors of color that continue to be cast with white actors.

Liam Hemmsworth and Anthony Hopkinswill star as leads in the Arabian Nights.  Russell Crowe stars as the patriarch of the Earth-repopulating family of Noahin what the film claims is a “close adaptation of the Biblical story of Noah’s Ark.” Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado portrays the role of Jesus inSon of God. White Brit Christian Bale plays Moses and white Australian Joel Edgerton plays Ramses II in Exodus. White Scottish, Danish, and Australian actors top the cast of Gods of Egypt portraying Set, Horus, and Ra.

North African, Near Eastern, Middle Eastern, South Asian–they’re already arbitrary cultural classifications. Depending on Hollywood’s purposes, these characters, cultures, and stories are either made white or racialized as a swath of brown…

Read the full article at Racebending.com

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Do you think georgetakei hosting Saturday Night Live is a good prank or bad timing?


UPDATE: Uh oh, Uncle George got you! He is NOT scheduled to host “SNL” any time soon, though all of us at HuffPost Comedy would love it if he did. Maybe one day… until then, April Fools!

So disappointed that this was an April Fools prank!  For the record, after 39 seasons, only one Asian American has ever hosted SNL (that would be Lucy Liu, 14 years ago) so George Takei would have been the second.    As for Asian American cast members?  Zip…