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withantlers:

gondoleia:

hey robert downey junior
not cool
also you’re dead jsyk
and not in an “i’m going to murder you for perpetuating and participating in something that has demonised, stigmatised, and otherised my people for the last century or two” sort of way
but in an “you’re wearing that shirt right over left which is something we only we only do for dead bodies when we prepare them for burial” sort of way

it was for a movie he was playing a character that lived in an age of stereotypes i’m sure he doesn’t dress like that in public for fun calm down

It seems like every time we attempt to critique the decision to put RDJ in yellowface in Sherlock Holmes 2, a bunch of people pop out of the woodwork to explain that it isn’t problematic because of the “time period” the film is set in—That understanding that the film  is set in a period where yellowface was considered less problematic (by whom?  By white British people?) makes it less problematic in a film produced in the 2010s by an Asian American producer.  With this also comes the argument that a very intelligent character just HAD to use this costume to further the plot.  And that this costume choice is “realistic” and “authentic”—even though Sherlock Holmes did not dress like this in the Doyle stories and this version of Holmes is set in a Steampunkish Guy Ritchie fantasy Victoriana.

And then with the “calm down” or “stop looking for things to be offended by” statements…it’s really perplexing that people cannot tolerate others’ emotional reaction to a scene in a modern film with deeply rooted discriminatory contexts.  The people who are affected by yellowface are the ones told they are overreacting; instead of the people who are clamoring for them to shut up or calm down.

withantlers:

gondoleia:

hey robert downey junior

not cool

also you’re dead jsyk

and not in an “i’m going to murder you for perpetuating and participating in something that has demonised, stigmatised, and otherised my people for the last century or two” sort of way

but in an “you’re wearing that shirt right over left which is something we only we only do for dead bodies when we prepare them for burial” sort of way

it was for a movie he was playing a character that lived in an age of stereotypes i’m sure he doesn’t dress like that in public for fun calm down

It seems like every time we attempt to critique the decision to put RDJ in yellowface in Sherlock Holmes 2, a bunch of people pop out of the woodwork to explain that it isn’t problematic because of the “time period” the film is set in—That understanding that the film  is set in a period where yellowface was considered less problematic (by whom? By white British people?) makes it less problematic in a film produced in the 2010s by an Asian American producer.  With this also comes the argument that a very intelligent character just HAD to use this costume to further the plot.  And that this costume choice is “realistic” and “authentic”—even though Sherlock Holmes did not dress like this in the Doyle stories and this version of Holmes is set in a Steampunkish Guy Ritchie fantasy Victoriana.

And then with the “calm down” or “stop looking for things to be offended by” statements…it’s really perplexing that people cannot tolerate others’ emotional reaction to a scene in a modern film with deeply rooted discriminatory contexts. The people who are affected by yellowface are the ones told they are overreacting; instead of the people who are clamoring for them to shut up or calm down.

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    Yup because god forbid you make a valid point and/or argument *eye roll*
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    (understand that I still haven’t seen Tropic Thunder but) In Tropic Thunder RDJ played a white actor who had cosmetic...
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    He was indeed. Granted in Tropic Thunder I kinda got the feeling they were making fun of white folk who thought it was...
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    Wasn’t he in blackface in tropic thunder too?
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    the worst part being he was in that costume for like, what, three minutes? five? it’s like why did they even bother, but...
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    I immediately lose all ability to take someone seriously, forever and always, if they say:"Calm down.""Stop...
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