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jesus are there still people who are excited about big hero 6  ? lets talk about how disney saw fit to make honey lemon white because she had blond hair in the comics, a character who was named “Aiko Miyazaki” for fucks sake 
oh and fredzilla, a character of ainu origin, looked like this image and got redesigned to this
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because an entire cast of poc would just alienate the audience, right ? fucking unbelievable 

There’s peoples out there who hate Big Hero 6 ? gotta remember tomorrow to start a marathon of gif sets, fan art and straight up reblog the trailer. Listen, if it doesn’t come as a surprise to you yet that Disney “disn-fiys” everything then you have your head so far shoved up your ass you can see your stomach. I think its pretty cool, deal with it.

lmao sorry i wasn’t aware that whitewashing was an example of “disney-fying” but oddly enough it works very well

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edit: Ricardo Montalban, the actor who originally portrayed Khan, is Mexican, yes. The character, however, is Asian (specifically Sikh). I apologize for not making the actor/character difference clear, and I do agree it was my bad for putting Khan in this post, since POC are not interchangeable. I wanted to show how a TV show in the 60’s cast a POC for a POC, while a Hollywood blockbuster made in 2013 cast a white actor for a POC. Apologies for not explaining the Khan issue further.

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autisticbigby:

jesus are there still people who are excited about big hero 6  ? lets talk about how disney saw fit to make honey lemon white because she had blond hair in the comics, a character who was named “Aiko Miyazaki” for fucks sake 
oh and fredzilla, a character of ainu origin, looked like this image and got redesigned to this
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because an entire cast of poc would just alienate the audience, right ? fucking unbelievable 

Stop saying an entire cast of POC- it SHOULD be entirely Japanese (ONLY JAPANESE). Which would also make Wasabi Japanese (and once again excluding the black community). They’re clearly trying to make it more “American” (as they moved the entire setting from Japan to the USA) . Historically speaking, putting more white people in anything is never a good idea, but marketing- when 63% of the USA is white- it’s a decently smart move.  I’m not condoning changing the ethnicity of all of the characters, but it does make sense.  Besides, if Dream Works did it I bet not a single one of you would say anything.

#IS THIS THE NEW THING BECAUSE THEY COULDN’T COMPLAIN ABOUT HONEY LEMON ANYMORE#YOU’RE FUCKIGN UNBELIABLE HOW ABOUT YOU MARKET THE GODDAMNED MOVIE #LITERALLY DISNEY HAS NEVER MADE A MOVIE OF AN ENTIRELY NON WHITE CAST THAT MADE IF BIG #ALSO I’M SICK AND TIRED OF PEOPEL WHO DON’T EVEN READ COMICS OR EVENE THIS COMIC TALKIGN SHIT #ON TOP OF PEOPLE WHO KNOW NOTHIGN ABOUT SELLING FILMS OR FILM IN GENERAL #HINT: IT’S FUCKING HARD#SO MAD I CAN’T TYPE STRAIGHT #ALSO ARE YOU GOING TO FREA OUT BECAUSE HER BOOBS ARE HUGE AND HANGING OUT #BECAUSE LETS IGNORE HOW THE ORIGINAL COMIC AND COMICS IN GENERAL OVERLY OBJECTIFY WOMEN

Well actually I’m pretty sure people are still complaining about Honey Lemon. Also, Disney has made films with all-poc casts that have been wildly successful. The Jungle Book, Aladdin, Mulan, The Emperor’s New Groove, Brother Bear, and Lilo & Stitch. It’s not a large amount, in the big scheme of things, and it’s certainly not a justifier for how largely white Disney films are, but they do exist. So, Disney “literally” has made a movie of an entirely non-white cast.

I’m pretty sure there’s a lot of criticism for everything you mentioned, it’s just not all in this post (especially the objectification of women). I know there’s another one going around about this character in particular that states he is Ainu and debunks the concept of him being white in the first place. Yes, in fact, the entire cast should be 100% Japanese. Racebending is an unacceptable concept when you begin to hijack other minority representation. I know lots of people who aren’t going based on that principal alone (like myself). Aside from that, saying that most of America is white so that justifies whitewashing (even that it “makes sense”) or denying diversity is terrible, and is a fairly racist statement in and of itself.

DreamWorks has nothing to do with this, DreamWorks is not immune to criticism either - but that’s not the point right now.

Disney is powerful, established, and needs to stop doing what it’s doing. It has huge potential and is largely beloved - even by people who loathe it for the sake of core values. Disney needs to start doing right by not just the source materials, but by the people they claim to want to represent in entertainment. It’s also important to make people aware of what they may be endorsing when they see a film, and cause them to think critically. Entertainment is never just “entertainment”, its influence seems negligible but in reality is quite subversive and at times completely overt.

Genuine representation doesn’t start at whitewashing or racebending. It starts when you begin acknowledging the stories of minorities that already exist. It starts when you stop rewarding companies for providing sub-par representation and acknowledgement.

While it’s correct of you to bring up the largely offensive racebending of the rest of the cast, it’s incorrect of you to attempt to justify it because “it makes sense” to appeal to the white majority. Or even to justify it by saying they’re “making it more American”. What is and isn’t “American” is highly debatable, and I’m sure many people will agree that there are most certainly Japanese-Americans.

Furthermore, what’s extremely problematic in my opinion is the fact that Fredzilla is no longer Ainu.

Ainu being another group of ingenious peoples (in Japan) who have had their histories and ways of life devastated by a newer visitor to their land. As an Aboriginal Canadian that upsets me.

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    NEW ‘BIG HERO 6′ TRAILER REVEALS TONS OF CHARM, BUT ONLY GLIMPSES OF THE CHARACTERS

    By Andrew Wheeler

    I have some complicated feelings about Big Hero 6, the forthcoming computer-animated Disney movie based on an obscure Marvel superhero concept. It seems like a weird choice for a Disney movie to begin with; a lot of the Japanese characters are no longer Japanese; and wasn’t the whole deal with white comic creators appropriating Japanese culture to make Japanese superheroes sort of weirdly fetishistic to begin with?

    But I’ve set all that aside for a couple of minutes to judge the new Big Hero 6 trailer on its own merits, and here’s the good news; it’s enormously charming. Surprise surprise, the people who brought you Frozen and the people who brought you The Avengers have a potential smash hit on their hands.

    The trailer follows the example of previous teasers in focusing on our reassuringly smart hero, Hiro, and his toyetic balloon-bot buddy Baymax — clearly a great source of physical comedy. The trailer also introduces us to the villain Yokai (aka “Mr Kabuki”), and he seems like a genuinely nightmare-inducing creation for little kids.

    Getting less attention in this trailer; the other two-thirds of the Big Hero 6. Presumably we’ll get to know them in future promotional spots. Now that Disney has formally uncorked the marketing genie for this movie, we’ll probably get a constant drip-drip-drip from here to November, when the movie is released. That should give us plenty of time to unpack all of our concerns about Big Hero 6.

    In the meantime, please enjoy drunken low-battery Baymax stroking a “hairy baby.”

SAG OR NON UNION CASTING NOTICE FOR FEMALES-ALL ETHNICITIES- from the late 80’s. Shoots on “Straight Outta Compton”. Shoot date TBD. We are pulling photos for the director of featured extras. VERY IMPORTANT – You MUST live in the Los Angeles area (Orange County is fine too) to work on this show. DO NOT SUBMIT if you live out of the area. Nobody is going to be flying into LA to do extra work on this show - and don’t tell me you are willing to fly in.

SAG OR NON UNION FEMALES - PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR SPECIFIC BREAKDOWN. DO NOT EMAIL IN FOR MORE THAN ONE CATEGORY:

A GIRLS: These are the hottest of the hottest. Models. MUST have real hair - no extensions, very classy looking, great bodies. You can be black, white, asian, hispanic, mid eastern, or mixed race too. Age 18-30. Please email a current color photo, your name, Union status, height/weight, age, city in which you live and phone number to: SandeAlessiCasting@gmail.com subject line should read: A GIRLS

B GIRLS: These are fine girls, long natural hair, really nice bodies. Small waists, nice hips. You should be light-skinned. Beyonce is a prototype here. Age 18-30. Please email a current color photo, your name, Union status, height/weight, age, city in which you live and phone number to: SandeAlessiCasting@gmail.com subject line should read: B GIRLS

C GIRLS: These are African American girls, medium to light skinned with a weave. Age 18-30. Please email a current color photo, your name, Union status, height/weight, age, city in which you live and phone number to: SandeAlessiCasting@gmail.com subject line should read: C GIRLS

D GIRLS: These are African American girls. Poor, not in good shape. Medium to dark skin tone. Character types. Age 18-30. Please email a current color photo, your name, Union status, height/weight, age, city in which you live and phone number to: SandeAlessiCasting@gmail.com subject line should read: D GIRLS

By Actual casting call language used by a Hollywood production for “Straight Outta Compton” distributed by Sande Allesi casting.
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You are 12. You’re at the library looking for some generic young adult fiction novel about a girl who falls for her best friend. Your dad makes a disgusted face. “This is about lesbians,” he says. The word falls out of his mouth as though it pains him. You check out a different book and cry when you get home, but you aren’t sure why. You learn that this is not a story about you, and if it is, you are disgusting.

You are 15. Your relatives are fawning over your cousin’s new boyfriend. “When will you have a boyfriend?” they ask. You shrug. “Maybe she’s one of those lesbians,” your grandpa says. You don’t say anything. You learn that to find love and acceptance from your family, you need a boyfriend who thinks you are worthy of love and acceptance.

You are 18. Your first boyfriend demands to know why you never want to have sex with him. He tells you that sex is normal and healthy. You learn that something is wrong with you.

You are 13. You’re at a pool party with a relative’s friend’s daughter. “There’s this lesbian in my gym class. It’s so gross,” she says. “Ugh, that’s disgusting,” another girl adds. They ask you, “do you have any lesbians at your school?” You tell them no and they say you are lucky. You learn to stay away from other girls.

You are 20. You have coffee with a girl and you can’t stop thinking about her for days afterwards. You learn the difference between a new friendship and new feelings for a person.

You are 13. Your mom is watching a movie. You see two girls kiss on screen. You feel butterflies and this sense that you identify with the girls on the screen. Your mom gets up and covers the screen. You learn that if you are like those girls, no one wants to see it.

You are 20. You and your friends are drunk and your ex-boyfriend dares you to make out with your friend. You both agree. You touch her face. It feels soft and warm. Her lips are small and her hands feel soft on your back. You learn the difference between being attracted to someone and recognizing that someone you care about is attractive.

You are 16. You find lesbian porn online. Their eyes look dead and their bodies are positioned in a way that you had never imagined. You learn that liking girls is acceptable if straight men can decide the terms.

You are 20. You are lying next to a beautiful girl and talking about everything. You tell her things that you don’t usually tell anyone. You learn how it feels not to want to go to sleep because you don’t want to miss out on any time with someone.

You are 18. You are in intro to women’s and gender studies. “Not all feminists are lesbians- I love my husband! Most of the feminists on our leadership team are straight! It’s just a stereotype,” the professor exclaims. You learn that lesbianism is something to separate yourself from.

You are 15. Your parents are talking about a celebrity. Your dad has a grin on his face and says, “her girlfriend says that she’s having the best sex of her life with her!” You learn that being a lesbian is about the kind of sex you have and not how you love.

You are 21 and you are kissing a beautiful girl and she’s your girlfriend and you understand why people write songs and make movies and stupid facebook statuses about this and time around you just seems to stop and you could spend forever like this and you learn that there is nothing wrong with you and you are falling in love.

You are 21. And you are okay.

By a thing I wrote after arguing with an insensitive dude on facebook all day or Things Other People Taught me about Liking Girls (via radandangry)