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Reblogged from thernarkofdean  331 notes

thernarkofdean:

I wish you would all shut the fuck up about Lucy I mean damn I saw the movie last night and I saw no traces or any racism in it.

According to most it focuses on a white woman in a foreign country which is racist to some of you but little do any of you actually know most of the movie takes place in France.  Tokyo is just the starting point.

Apparently Lucy kills a Japanese man for not speaking English in his own country.   She does not kill him.  She simply shoots him in the leg because he cannot be of service to her.  Many don’t account for her mental status as well.  After the drugs were injected into her she lost feeling.  She could not think straight as all logic was blocked.

Lucy was very logical in everything she did and I saw no racism or anything to piss any of you off.  She never killed anyone she didn’t have to.  She only ended people deemed as a direct threat to her.

It’s a damn movie and you’re all overreacting per usual.  Just shut up and enjoy it.

In their zeal for defending the racism in this movie, this person seems to have confused Taiwan for Japan.

Reblogged from xiaobaobabe  169 notes

xiaobaobabe:

On Lucy, copied from what I wrote upon being asked for an explanation on TaiwaneseAmerican.org’s Facebook:

Asians, Asian men are not dispensable props. I’m all for having women be (anti)heroes, but the way they used our home and bodies is appalling. Asian, male villains vs white, female protagonist in an action movie? Come on. Notice that in the trailer, she is the only character being humanized. They show her backstory, but illustrate Asian men as evil, violent, or, at best, clueless. Who is that meant to entertain?

In the trailer she kills an innocent Taiwanese man after asking him if he can speak English. I don’t intend on watching the movie unless to be able to construct conversations around it, but we can assume she will be killing more Asians throughout the story. The locations of their sets are also bizarre, using regular markets for intimidation scenes, because Chinese writings on walls is terrifying, right? The writing just says 保持清潔 “Keep clean” and a list of fruits and vegetables. (See link for photo.)

And it’s not about Scarlett Johannson either, other than our shared disappointment towards her agreeing to star in the movie. It’s more about the whole production, weaponized feminism, white supremacy, all the decisions that went into creating this project and their consequences. If not her, they would have found someone else just like her.


It’s set in Taiwan to cater to the idea of “exotic” and orientalist adventures, at the expense of the lives of people of color, revealing to us who the movie is marketed towards and the racism it perpetuates. Not to mention the whole premise of her capabilities! Lucy (read: a white, English-speaking, American woman) is displayed as extraordinary— more physically and intellectually capable, and who is that set against?

A simple google search yields this more elaborate explanation: http://reverseracism.tumblr.com/post/82811215828/how-is-lucy-racist-i-wanted-to-watch-it-and-now-im-sad

like i said, if you watch it in theaters and/or support the movie, go away. TaiwaneseAmerican.org responded that Taiwan’s government campaigned for it to be shot in Taiwan, which to me is even more heartbreaking.

The organization wrote, “We neither condemn nor endorse this movie, as it is not released yet and none of us have seen it. Our emphasis is on the director’s affection for Taipei and the Taipei scenery not often showcased in a mainstream movie."

to which I responded,

What’s mainstream is extremely subjective. Taipei’s scenery, along with other places such as Kenting, are celebrated produced and executed in Taiwan, by Taiwanese filmmakers. They actually do justice for these places and their history, examples: Cape No. 7, Au Revoir Taipei, Monga, etc. Is skin-deep “appreciation” from a foreign director that results in creating this kind of image for Taiwanese people and men really necessary for the growth of our film industry? (I put appreciation around quotation marks because appreciation involves actual respect.) Are you willing to remain neutral about this? Plenty of people have affection for our capital without harming its image and the integrity of our people.

An article that Taipei Times also addressed is: http://lifestyle9.com/top-10-safest-countries-to-live-in-the-world/
It ranks Taiwan as the second safest place on Earth. Let’s put that in contrast with how this acclaimed French director showed Taiwan. Not all publicity is healthy publicity. 

Reblogged from thisislostinlace  34,602 notes
thisislostinlace:

nablayah:

idilardayacad:

maleehaisconfused:

spikefuckingjonze:

anyone else noticing a trend here?

lol
didn’t know ancient egyptians looked like mayo…

RHAMSES IM CHOKING LIKE THEY DIDNT SEE THE STATUES OR NOTHING

Ok but of course the servants and thieves are black ok i see yall

Brown Jesus from Palestine, what the fuck is this!
Tuya and Zipporah are Sub Saharan unarguable black. Like you Zipporah’s familial descendants are still living a pastoral life in the same place she was from, and they still look like her.
Queen Tuya is black, in fact her tomb was found after the front load of white supremacist archeologist raided Egypt, so surprisingly enough her features were kept in tact on all of her antiquities as was her full name which also described where she was from…modern day Ethopian/Chad/Sudan area.
No matter how much fake tanner, pretty pretty hair pieces, faux box braids Sigourney will look ridiculous.
So it’s real nice to know that every reoccurring woman of visible East African descent is non existent and every male of visible African decent is a poor criminal. Awesome, and super accurate.

thisislostinlace:

nablayah:

idilardayacad:

maleehaisconfused:

spikefuckingjonze:

anyone else noticing a trend here?

lol

didn’t know ancient egyptians looked like mayo…

RHAMSES IM CHOKING LIKE THEY DIDNT SEE THE STATUES OR NOTHING

Ok but of course the servants and thieves are black ok i see yall

Brown Jesus from Palestine, what the fuck is this!

Tuya and Zipporah are Sub Saharan unarguable black. Like you Zipporah’s familial descendants are still living a pastoral life in the same place she was from, and they still look like her.

Queen Tuya is black, in fact her tomb was found after the front load of white supremacist archeologist raided Egypt, so surprisingly enough her features were kept in tact on all of her antiquities as was her full name which also described where she was from…modern day Ethopian/Chad/Sudan area.

No matter how much fake tanner, pretty pretty hair pieces, faux box braids Sigourney will look ridiculous.

So it’s real nice to know that every reoccurring woman of visible East African descent is non existent and every male of visible African decent is a poor criminal. Awesome, and super accurate.

Reblogged from bluepeets  1,294 notes

People ask, ‘So, how are the roles now? You must be getting so many.’ And it’s like, I don’t know if you know, but I’m Asian still,” Yeun told TheWrap earlier in July, laughing. “It’s not a complaint, that’s just how it is now, and I have to forge my own path through it and see that through. I think that if I had not been Asian, I probably would have a whole plethora of roles, at least to audition for, but it’s just not what has been written.

By ‘Walking Dead’ Star Steven Yeun Is Writing and Producing His Own Projects to Create Better Roles For Asian Actors (via bluepeets)
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cindymayweather:

"One fun fact I learned while on the air with Keith Olbermann was that humans on the Internet are scumbags. People say children are cruel, but I was never made fun of as a child or an adult. Suddenly, my disability on the world wide web is fair game. I would look at clips online and see comments like, "Yo, why’s she tweakin?" "Yo, is she retarded?" And my favorite, "Poor Gumby-mouth terrorist. What does she suffer from? We should really pray for her." One commenter even suggested that I add my disability to my credits: screenwriter, comedian, palsy."

Maysoon Zayid on TEDWomen (x)

Reblogged from kamustakanamare  518 notes

kamustakanamare:



White Feminist Science Fiction as Cinéma Verité, or what else is fuckin’ new: vulnerable white girl aesthetically brutalized at the hands of stock character Asian crime mobsters (apparently in Taipei, but the boss seems to be played by Choi Min-sik, super-recognizable Korean actor from Park Chan-wook’s Vengeance trilogy, but ssshhh, all Asians and their crime syndicates are interchangeable, see also: who-the-fuck-cares-about-the-baddie). Suddenly-superhuman white heroine indiscriminately kills taxi drivers according to whether or not they speak English (it’s feminist revenge narrative, everybody, everyone benefits from more badass white women!).

Also, some general things white people say/do/expect when they’re traveling outside the West, i.e. these bits of the trailer were practically documentary realism:

1— “YOU SPEAK ENGLISH? TAKE ME TO THE HOSPITAL NOW.”

2— Interrupting surgery (who cares who’s on the table when it’s not me) and ordering doctors to attend to her first.

3— Condescending to Morgan Freeman’s character because white woman who just got magical powers yesterday definitely outranks black specialist’s lifetime of scientific research, expertise, devotion.

4— “I can feel every living thing”—along with every other Eat, Pray, Love turista rhapsodizing about connectedness to the universe while the POC around get stomped on.

5— “Since when did you start writing Chinese?” Familiar hard, imperious stare of a white person who’s taken one class in an Ethnic Studies department: “Since an hour ago.”

Ends with Johansson’s character telepathically bodying everybody in a hallway and approaching Amr Waked’s character. Cut to black, but you know what’s going to happen. And even if there’s a twist in the film and he survives, you know what’s already happened, in this trailer, this moment, which is that viewers had to bear witness to the implication of absolute fatal doom for Waked’s character, as Lucy approaches with a businesslike determination that would make Sheryl Sandberg’s ilk proud.

"I’m not even sure mankind is ready for her," intones the voiceover from Morgan Freeman’s character. If by mankind Freeman’s character means POC humanity, and by her, he means the terror of asymmetrical Western warfare in the twenty-first century guise of white feminism, then, well, it’s not a question of being ready or not being ready. The very nature of this well-worn dynamic, this righteous weaponized indifference to certain survivals and humanities when it comes to aggrandizing their own, is about storming in and obliging people to be “ready.” White supremacy behaves as though its beneficiaries have supernatural powers that allow them unlimited access to and power over the lives of others? That particular science fiction story has another name: modernity. See also: coloniality, imperialism.

P.S. No, the ultimate superheroine Lucy will of course forever be the one from Jamaica Kincaid’s Lucy. I think especially of the scene in which Lucy marvels at the way her white employer, Mariah—another classic white feminist character of 20th century literature—tries to talk about her own “Indian” blood, as if it’s a superpower (the ‘I’m 1/16th Cherokee’ thing white people do):


Mariah says, “I have Indian blood in me,” and underneath everything I could swear she says it as if she were announcing her possession of a trophy. How do you get to be the sort of victor who can claim to be the vanquished also?



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.
Reblogged from taipeitofu  689 notes
    Anonymous asked
    you should look at the trailer for the movie "lucy" it seems like something u would like

    Answer:

    raptorific:

    I’ve seen the trailer, but I lost interest just around the time I saw a white lady straight-up murder an Asian man for not speaking English, and she’s supposed to be the protagonist

Reblogged from milesabovepeter  8,766 notes

Right now we have an X-Men franchise that has sidelined Kitty Pryde, completely mishandled Storm, Emma Frost and Rogue, robbed Jean Grey of any agency, and has yet to properly introduce Psylocke, Jubilee and Polaris.

The latest film does feature a number of non-white characters, but every single one of them (Storm, Blink, Sunspot, Warpath, Bishop) is relegated to outside guard duty while all of the white characters (Xavier, Magneto, Kitty, Wolverine) handle the important, emotion-heavy, world-saving work.

There’s even been a surprisingly anti-international slant towards one of the most international teams in comics as Colossus, Banshee, Quicksilver and Storm all lost their cultural identities in the transition from page to screen.

By

Brett White from CBR: in order for the X-Men to survive, they need to diversify.

p.s.

First, Bryan Singer has to go. This may come as a surprise considering that I just heaped a ton of praise on the director’s latest film, but I’ve done so while also purposely avoiding mentioning his name. Based on the sexual abuse allegations currently piling up around him, I just feel icky — an understatement — giving the guy any praise.”

(via milesabovepeter)
    riseofthemoose asked
    Ok but with the impossible, first of all the area where the tsunami hit was in a HUGE tourist location, as in thousands of tourists were in the city when it hit, a lot of them white. Also, they chose to follow the story of that particular family bc of the seemingly impossible miracles that brought a family together after surviving one of the most devastating events in history, they didn't do it bc they're white. I know white washing is a huge problem, but this movie isn't a good example of it

I got this script…that said, “In anticipation of our conversation, please find the script…written by ‘blah blah’ and starring ‘blah blah’.”

I shit you not, it said, “Please take a look at the role of ‘The Chink’.” You can’t make it up. That’s the name of the character. It’s framed in my office, because I want to always be reminded of what’s out there.

By Maggie Q, actress, in response to a question about encountering racial typecasting.
Reblogged from odinsblog  7,567 notes

Race matters. Race matters in part because of the long history of racial minorities’ being denied access to the political process.

Race matters to a young man’s view of society when he spends his teenage years watching others tense up as he passes, no matter what neighborhood he grew up. Race matters to a young woman’s sense of self when she states her hometown, and then is pressed, ‘No, where are you really from?’

The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to speak openly and candidly on the subject of race, and to apply the Constitution with eyes open to the unfortunate effects of centuries of racial discrimination.

By Sonia Sotomayor, on why pretending that America is a colorblind, post-racial society does not make it so (via odinsblog)