"Everybody wants to be black
Until they bring out the dogs,
you know what would be cool? a show about, like, vigilante Victorian prostitutes hunting down Jack the Ripper.
closet-racists like to claim that they’d be totally fine and dandy with traditionally white characters being portrayed by actors of color whilst they’re casually dismissing the prevalence of white-washing in hollywood. hate to break it to you, but that is NOT the typical response that actors of color receive, and if you can’t acknowledge that, then you’re only adding to the problem.
remember that time hunger games fans flipped their shit because rue, who IS actually black in the books, was rightfully cast as black in the film? apparently their rose-colored white-is-default glasses made their eyes gloss over that tidbit of info. (let’s not even get wholeheartedly into the fact that katniss was described as having olive skin and jet black hair but her casting call specifically asked for only white actresses…because non-whites could never be expected to have dark hair and tan skin amirite?!)
remember that time people actually boycotted thor because idris elba was in it? http://www.comicsalliance.com/2010/12/16/racists-thor-idris-ebla-racism/
remember that time donald glover got hoards of letters calling him the n-word because there were rumors about him possibly being the new spiderman? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lgko-xReFSs
or that time the film adaptation of avatar: the last airbender (a show with OBVIOUS asian inspiration) was almost an entirely caucasian cast except for the “bad guy”, who, in the cartoon is actually light-skinned? http://io9.com/5111680/avatar-casting-makes-fans-see-white
or remember that time all those fans said it was wrong to have angel coulby play the role of gwen in merlin because it wasn’t era-appropriate. because, ya know, being era-appropriate in a made-up story about magic is srs bsns.
so that’s why i don’t give a shit if you think i’m “overreacting” about jj abrams having a white actor play khan noonien singh. i’m not that surprised by it, since actors of color are routinely dismissed, but i still reserve the right to be pissed.
Remember that time when executives said that they wouldn’t fund a movie because it didn’t have enough white people in it?
Remember the time when executives said that they wouldn’t allow a show with a majority POC cast because “Black people don’t see themselves in the future?” despite Geordi, Uhura, Sisko, Tuvok, Tyr, Zoe and so many other BLACK sci fi characters existing as past precedent?
Remember when it took 20 years to get a movie about Black people out because distributors BLATANTLY REFUSED TO PUT IN THE WORK TO PROPERLY ADVERTISE A BLACK MOVIE?
Remember when writers had Batman choose a French/African representative in a comic book and people FLIPPED THEIR SHIT because how dare he choose a Black Muslim to represent FRANCE!!!!
But we’re overreacting when we say we’re tired of the bullshit that is systemically entrenched in damn near every form of media…..
I remember someone saying they couldn’t cry for Rue’s death BECAUSE she was black.
Remember when people flipped their shit because they’re thinking of casting Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm in the new Fantastic Four?
You see, people? THIS is why we won’t let it go. THIS is why we CAN’T let it go. Because you’d wash us all out of entertainment as if we don’t exist and that’s just fine with y’all.
This? This will NEVER be ok. And this is why we FIGHT!
"Women are afraid of meeting a serial killer. Men are afraid of meeting someone fat."-
When Strangers Click, a 2011 documentary about online dating.
It reminds me of that famous Margaret Atwood quote: “Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them.” It also reminds me of something written by one of the mods of Sex Worker Problems: “Misandry irritates. Misogyny kills.”
I mean, it’s just true.
“Misandry irritates. Misogyny kills.”
That’s it. That’s it right there.
"Through a career that has included crotch-grabbing, nudity, BDSM, Marilyn Monroe fetishizing, and a 1992 book devoted to sex, Madonna has been viewed as a feminist provocateur, pushing the boundaries of acceptable femininity. But Beyoncé’s use of her body is criticized as thoughtless and without value beyond male titillation, providing a modern example of the age-old racist juxtaposition of animalistic black sexuality vs. controlled, intentional, and civilized white sexuality."-
Oh cyanide and happiness. Lol.
as ultrabuttqueen stated in the reblogs, white women make 70 cents.
Much needed addendum
White women on average make 70 cents
Black women make 62 and Latinas make 54.
Shit has got to change.
"Look, if posing naked were empowering, then the rich men who run the world would be lining up for it. We would be awash in naked dick shots of Warren Buffet and Bill Gates and Barack Obama; magazines would be filled with male politicians and financiers and moguls with their bits hanging out. Softly lit, perhaps; head coyly tilted, bunny tail on the ass. Power."-http://www.reclusiveleftist.com (via endporn)
Feminism was built on the blood of women and children. It was necessary because a large number of men abuse and dehumanise women by assuming superiority over us, curtailing our choices in life, and by committing the most appalling acts of sadistic violence upon our bodies and souls.
Note to apologetic feminists: not enough has changed yet to let them come to the party.
Note to men: if you are decent you will stop colluding in the actions of those feminists you consider the palatable ones, and will heed the words of those of us who still have your number. If and/or when you become the type of men who would point blank refuse to be given pride of place in our movement against your abusive behaviour; if you stop taking every statement about rape and violence as a personal vendetta against you, and when you know you would feel it was totally inappropriate if a woman thanked you for being a ‘good man’ just because you behave like a decent human being, I would be perfectly happy to count you as my ally.
Until then, to answer ‘what about the men?’ – don’t you have work to do?" -http://radicalhubarchives.wordpress.com/2011/05/28/guest-post-julie-bindel/ (via evilfeminist)
lets do a thing. reblog and add your city and country. if it's already there, don't add it again. lets take a look at tumblr's diversityCoventry, England
University Place, USA
Los Angeles, USA
New Orleans, USA
Dungannon, Northern Ireland
Goirle, the Netherlands
someone bought an entire page of ad space in my school’s yearbook and just put the word ahloo on it