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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.

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"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.

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

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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.

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policymic:

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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The network was also looking to reach more of an “urban” audience and expand the show’s reach among black and Latino audiences
"Our multicultural audiences are a very important part of our subscribers, and we don’t want to take them for granted,"



What did I say? Did I not say this was dark-sided?

Oh HBO.

how about putting some POC on your show?

Can I get a black/brown person thats not a damn barbarian/slave or lying snake? How bout that for drawing my attention?

Does ANYBODY of color work at HBO? Like, this is the classic example of Missing the Point(TM). Wow, that they think to draw in more Black/Latino people is to use Hip-Hop and not cast them in diverse and significant roles in their programming, or hire them to write shows, or direct shows, or run shows, is really all kinds of problematic and why nearly 75% of their viewership is white. Don’t act like that concerns you when you pull nonsense like this, HBO. I mean seriously.

FUCK YOU HBO. FUCK YOU.

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how about they cast the martells correctly
how about they not erase powerful woc from the books (i.e. chataya & alayaya)
how about they not whitewash characters, kill off the people they made poc who have their white counterparts STILL alive in the books (Daxos)
how about they stop turning dany into a messianic character when her actions are liberal imperialism (where the imperialism is justified because it’s “for the best”) and dany is NOT some pure and noble character, she just isn’t
why don’t they just
i just
grrrr

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The network was also looking to reach more of an “urban” audience and expand the show’s reach among black and Latino audiences

"Our multicultural audiences are a very important part of our subscribers, and we don’t want to take them for granted,"

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What did I say? Did I not say this was dark-sided?

Oh HBO.

how about putting some POC on your show?

Can I get a black/brown person thats not a damn barbarian/slave or lying snake? How bout that for drawing my attention?

Does ANYBODY of color work at HBO? Like, this is the classic example of Missing the Point(TM). Wow, that they think to draw in more Black/Latino people is to use Hip-Hop and not cast them in diverse and significant roles in their programming, or hire them to write shows, or direct shows, or run shows, is really all kinds of problematic and why nearly 75% of their viewership is white. Don’t act like that concerns you when you pull nonsense like this, HBO. I mean seriously.

FUCK YOU HBO. FUCK YOU.

amazing

how about they cast the martells correctly

how about they not erase powerful woc from the books (i.e. chataya & alayaya)

how about they not whitewash characters, kill off the people they made poc who have their white counterparts STILL alive in the books (Daxos)

how about they stop turning dany into a messianic character when her actions are liberal imperialism (where the imperialism is justified because it’s “for the best”) and dany is NOT some pure and noble character, she just isn’t

why don’t they just

i just

grrrr

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Dear Sirs:

I have just seen the film Lifeboat, directed by Alfred Hitchcock and billed as written by me. While in many ways the film is excellent there are one or two complaints I would like to make. While it is certainly true that I wrote a script for Lifeboat, it is not true that in that script as in the film there were any slurs against organized labor nor was there a stock comedy Negro. On the contrary there was an intelligent and thoughtful seaman who knew realistically what he was about. And instead of the usual colored travesty of the half comic and half pathetic Negro there was a Negro of dignity, purpose and personality. Since this film occurs over my name, it is painful to me that these strange, sly obliquities should be ascribed to me.

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John Steinbeck wrote this letter to 20th Century Fox in 1944! (via roscoemcnally)

Hollywood has been doing this for a long time.

There were the innocuous comments like Does his race really matter?” and “Who cares about his skin color? It’s his character that’s important!” Wonderful sentiments each, but ultimately if benignly ignorant of the social scaffolding that still places non-white characters at a disadvantage in mainstream media, as well as the need for representation among an audience filled with often overlooked people of color.

Worse, however, were the accusatory and the insulting: “You’re just projecting, stop it,” one person said, “Star Wars doesn’t need your PC trash” said others in one fashion or another, and “He doesn’t need to be black…“—as though that were the only alternative to being white—”…to be a baddass, people. Go watch Roots and stop trying to take Star Wars from white people.” was the response of one all too memorable commentator on Facebook which I had the personal displeasure to witness.

So, you see, when fans turn to people like [Lucasfilm VIP Pablo] Hidalgo, many aren’t just hoping for answers, they were hoping for a shield. They wanted to hear that it wasn’t just all in their heads, that they weren’t projecting. They wanted to hear that there was actually someone who represented them in this new series, and that they wouldn’t need to squint and tilt their heads to see themselves in a new Star Wars hero. They wanted to stand up proudly in the fandom and assert their feelings without fearing venom and fire for daring to think that a man of color could lead a Star Wars show.

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Mia Moretti on the new lead characters of color announced for Star Wars: Rebels.   “Rebels, Kanan Jarrus, and the race factor” from Eleven-Thirty Eight.com.

"Wneed protagonists like Sabine. We need a powerful young Asian woman to stand for the oft-neglected Asian women in the vast and diverse Star Wars audience. To light a new fire in the hearts of young Asian children, and little girls of all sorts so that we might share Star Wars with them. We need a character who takes us back to the Mandalorians’ roots as an omni-inclusive culture of soldiers after the singularly white, nordic group The Clone Wars brought to television viewers. And we need a protagonist like Kanan, a strong man of color in whose heroics a wide range of fans can see a reflection of themselves. We need a character that can inspire fresh awe in young boys of color, someone who can show them that they too can be the heroes of a galaxy far, far away.”

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    Lupita Nyong’o’s Speech at the ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon

    I wrote down this speech that I had no time to practice so this will be the practicing session. Thank you Alfre, for such an amazing, amazing introduction and celebration of my work. And thank you very much for inviting me to be a part of such an extraordinary community. I am surrounded by people who have inspired me, women in particular whose presence on screen made me feel a little more seen and heard and understood. That it is ESSENCE that holds this event celebrating our professional gains of the year is significant, a beauty magazine that recognizes the beauty that we not just possess but also produce.

    I want to take this opportunity to talk about beauty, black beauty, dark beauty. I received a letter from a girl and I’d like to share just a small part of it with you: “Dear Lupita,” it reads, “I think you’re really lucky to be this black but yet this successful in Hollywood overnight. I was just about to buy Dencia’s Whitenicious cream to lighten my skin when you appeared on the world map and saved me.”

    My heart bled a little when I read those words, I could never have guessed that my first job out of school would be so powerful in and of itself and that it would propel me to be such an image of hope in the same way that the women of The Color Purple were to me. 

    I remember a time when I too felt unbeautiful. I put on the TV and only saw pale skin, I got teased and taunted about my night-shaded skin. And my one prayer to God, the miracle worker, was that I would wake up lighter-skinned. The morning would come and I would be so excited about seeing my new skin that I would refuse to look down at myself until I was in front of a mirror because I wanted to see my fair face first. And every day I experienced the same disappointment of being just as dark as I was the day before. I tried to negotiate with God, I told him I would stop stealing sugar cubes at night if he gave me what I wanted, I would listen to my mother’s every word and never lose my school sweater again if he just made me a little lighter. But I guess God was unimpressed with my bargaining chips because He never listened. 

    And when I was a teenager my self-hate grew worse, as you can imagine happens with adolescence. My mother reminded me often that she thought that I was beautiful but that was no conservation, she’s my mother, of course she’s supposed to think I am beautiful. And then … Alek Wek. A celebrated model, she was dark as night, she was on all of the runways and in every magazine and everyone was talking about how beautiful she was. Even Oprah called her beautiful and that made it a fact. I couldn’t believe that people were embracing a woman who looked so much like me, as beautiful. My complexion had always been an obstacle to overcome and all of a sudden Oprah was telling me it wasn’t. It was perplexing and I wanted to reject it because I had begun to enjoy the seduction of inadequacy. But a flower couldn’t help but bloom inside of me, when I saw Alek I inadvertently saw a reflection of myself that I could not deny. Now, I had a spring in my step because I felt more seen, more appreciated by the far away gatekeepers of beauty. But around me, the preference for my skin prevailed, to the courters that I thought mattered I was still unbeautiful. And my mother again would say to me you can’t eat beauty, it doesn’t feed you and these words plagued and bothered me; I didn’t really understand them until finally I realized that beauty was not a thing that I could acquire or consume, it was something that I just had to be. 

    And what my mother meant when she said you can’t eat beauty was that you can’t rely on how you look to sustain you. What is fundamentally beautiful is compassion for yourself and for those around you. That kind of beauty enflames the heart and enchants the soul. It is what got Patsey in so much trouble with her master, but it is also what has kept her story alive to this day. We remember the beauty of her spirit even after the beauty of her body has faded away. 

    And so I hope that my presence on your screens and in the magazines may lead you, young girl, on a similar journey. That you will feel the validation of your external beauty but also get to the deeper business of being beautiful inside. 

    There is no shade to that beauty.

Lee & Low Books continues to create infographics focusing on diversity in media representation.  This one focuses on the Academy Awards from 1927 to 2012.   The researchers reviewed the 85 year old history of the institution and call the results “staggeringly disappointing.”

Since the Academy Awards was founded 85-years ago:
Only one woman of color (1%) has ever won the Academy Award for Best Actress
Only six men of color (7%) have ever won the Academy Award for Best Actor
Only one woman (1%) has ever won the Academy Award for Best Director

Check out more commentary from the researchers and an interview with filmmakers of color at their website!

Lee & Low Books continues to create infographics focusing on diversity in media representation.  This one focuses on the Academy Awards from 1927 to 2012.   The researchers reviewed the 85 year old history of the institution and call the results “staggeringly disappointing.”

Since the Academy Awards was founded 85-years ago:

  • Only one woman of color (1%) has ever won the Academy Award for Best Actress
  • Only six men of color (7%) have ever won the Academy Award for Best Actor
  • Only one woman (1%) has ever won the Academy Award for Best Director

Check out more commentary from the researchers and an interview with filmmakers of color at their website!

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Lurking Under the Surface of Sleepy Hollow: Diversity Casting versus Use of Stereotypes

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Having recently failed out of Scandal because of the rapidly degenerating storyline and my actual inability to deal with the anger Fitz inspires in me, I thought to fill the void in my regular schedule by picking up Sleepy Hollow. Based on my twitter feed over the last couple of months, I knew that there was apparently a lot of chemistry between the two leads (good), that Orlando Jones has a twitter account (apparently excellent? I don’t know, he’s sure retweeted a lot), and that it was going to be horror-drama-comedy. Everyone seemed to be talking about it, and I figured, given the fandom explosion, that it might be worth watching.

Now, given the fact that my experience of watching Supernatural was a train wreck of misogyny, racism and American superiority, I spent a couple of hours checking in with people to see whether Sleepy Hollow was going to repeat history. Supernatural being largely responsible for a majority of my rage headaches, I was eager to void anything that might smack of the same mix of shitty writing and terrible politics. 

But no, people largely assured me that while Sleepy Hollow played INCREDIBLY fast and loose with facts and history, and was steeped in so much Christian doctrine as to eschew pretty much all else - oddly despite showcasing an inability to check basics (it’s the Book of Revelation, not Revelations) - it wasn’t the worst thing on TV. (I do wish they’d introduce at least ONE long term character that isn’t Christian; it would be such a glorious change to actually have the presumptive doctrine of America = only Christianity challenged on screen. But I digress.) As a giant plus, I was told that the show was amazing for race given its diversity casting. Not just token side-characters here or there, but an actual diverse cast in which the majority were non-white! And they weren’t just written to be throw-away characters either! 

And somehow, in all the praise for its diversity casting, I failed to ask the primary question that I should have, which is whether or not the show’s portrayal of ethnicity and culture is actually worthwhile. 

Spoiler: it really isn’t.

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I read OP’s Sleepy Hollow meta w/ great interest/curiousity and wanted to share with you to expand the dialogue beyond my usual trolling/shipping foolishness into some real talk about the show. Although I’ve heard many of the objections raised here in other forums I had never considered the German/Hessian issues the writer mentions and was interested by their perspective (even if I don’t completely agree with all the points raised).

Beyond the spoilerific cliffhanger, I’ve also read a fair bit of meta from the fandom who felt that Abbie’s arc/choices in the finale were a big F.U. and a violation to the audience who see her as a transformative character in terms of how she was established as a WOC/POC.

The Katrina issue aside (or maybe not if that’s at the heart of the matter) I admit that this confused me. I saw Abbie’s decision to stay behind and battle Moloch as one made with her own agency which would enable her to find answers about what happened to her and Jenny when they blacked out in the woods 13 years prior more so than it had to do with sacrificing herself to save Ichabod’s wife. I’m also not sure it actually matters if Ichabod and Katrina do come back for her (although I am convinced they have every intention of doing so) since I believe she is gonna bust out of purgatory like a bat out of hell all by her damn self. Finally, I think the choice might make more sense once we understand how her story unfolds throughout the course of season 2.

But maybe there’s something I’m missing.

Would love to hear from any/all who have concerns about the show.

Some caveats before we begin:

-I have no agenda here. I’m not engaging at the behest of the network, the producers or the writers. Just curious at to what the fandom thinks.

-All shows are invariably problematic in some respect and SH is clearly no exception. I genuinely believe that our writers are raising the bar on this kind of genre storytelling but I understand that others might feel differently. 

-I humbly request that anyone who chooses to chime in on this post respect the opinion of others just as you would expect your opinion to be respected.

So with all that jibber jabber said…

Let’s do this!

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See, I thought the OP was gonna discuss the issues with the characterization of the freed slaves in Sanctuary as being “happy” and content with their lot, or with the characterization of Native Americans in For the Triumph of Evil, or heck, even a more in-depth exploration of Serilda as Romani… Heck, even the unfortunate implications of having Abbie stay behind (whatever her reasons) in Purgatory in exchange for Katrina.
Hell, even the fandom’s troubling attitudes concerning a possible romance between Ichabod and Abbie and how it’s rooted in coded language (she obviously doesn’t need a man, she’s strong and independent! or my favorite: they just don’t “go” together).

Imagine my bafflement when it turns out the biggest issue OP had was with the characterizations of the Hessians.

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LOL, right? Yes to all this post. If the OP had even touched on the fact that even the good whites in Sleepy Hollow would have been a lot racist, but the show in -order for Ichabod and Katrina to be seen as ‘good’ whites tends to whitewash (ahem) the attitudes of their time (it doesn’t have to be them throwing around that word, or being outwardly vile; but there was a paternalistic attitude towards blacks which were held by the Quakers who were very liberal for their time) I’d engage, because there’s a lot to be said about that. But oh no, her beef is with how white Germans back in the 18thC are characterised. LOL. 

Won’t someone think of the Germans!

Like, seriously. Of all the things I can think of to point out where the show went wrong, treating the Hessians (who are quite clearly denounced as a small, cultish subsection of people and not German people as a whole) the way it does is like, nine billionth on my list

OP literally spent most of the post complaining about the portrayal of white German men. Goodness knows the portrayal of white German men is of the utmost importance and most pressing concern on this show and in real life! Let’s just ignore the fact that Hessians were a specific group of German soldiers hired out by the British to fight in the Revolutionary War…and since the British in this particular story are on the wrong side of the apocalypse, then everyone who fights for them is on the wrong side of the apocalypse.

Of all the things to waste words on, the OP chooses…to be most upset about the portrayal of a faction of white German soldiers. Of all the meta posts to read, unfortunately Orlando stumbled on this one.

OP also cosigned some strong black women rhetoric in regards to both Jenny and Abbie.

I noped out of this post real fast.

I hope that I can bring strong characters. In the original source material, I don’t think the main characters are the protagonists. What I’m hoping is to bring characters… Nobody’s interesting. Tetsuo’s interesting because weird sh*t happens to him, and Kaneda is so two-dimensional. That’s part of the Japanese culture, they never have strong characters. They’re used as a way to move the other philosophy forward.

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Jaume Collett-Serra, or as The Mary Sue describes it, the “director of the cancelled white-washed live action Akira” who is “still trying to make [whitewashed] live action Akira.

Just a reminder that a bunch of Asian American organizations have politely asked WB to not whitewash and to cast Asian Americans in movies like this Akira project.