A Soliloquy of Sorts
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Anonymous asks: While PotC could have done with non-whites in the main characters, there are plenty of non-whites amongst the pirates, who are overall portrayed as heroes in contrast to the all-white greedy, corrupt villains the British East India Company.

The problem is that those POCs weren’t the main characters we were supposed to invest time in getting to know as full characters. Having nice POC supporting or background characters does nothing to actually shift the paradigms of having the focus be a POC criminal whose crimes are glorified as white pirates were. You don’t actually get to see a POC character who is a lead until the FOURTH movie. In the second movie the POC character with the most screen time was a voodoo witch; not exactly very nuanced.

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Breaking The Male Code: After Steubenville, A Call To Action

 (Left to Right): Peter Buffett, Jimmie Briggs, Joe Ehrmann, Tony Porter,
 Dave Zirin and Moderator Eve Ensler.

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Can we get a Dominican ‘Storm’?? 

Ya’ll can delete it over and over, the answer is still no.

why?

She could STILL be black if she was Dominican! Why is it so bad if at least in an AU, she represented a wildly underrepresented group?

right. like i’m trying to understand what the problem is…

Well, a lot of people don’t realise that pretty much every single latin@ culture has black people in it just because most of us look like we’re ‘in between’
(To be fair a lot of us try to pass for white, but considering the harassment that comes if you don’t, I can see why they make the attempt)

but a majority of dominicans have black features. and while they try to pretend the other half of the island is black and they aren’t, nobody’s fooled.

but i never would have thought someone would reject a latina storm to preserve her blackness?? like who still thinks like that? latin@ and black are not mutually exclusive?

more slaves were brought to the caribbean than the US? knowledge is power? tha fuck?

It’s refreshing to hear you say that, cos I can’t even remember how many people have tried to argue to mine and my father’s face that (some) Puerto Ricans and Dominicans don’t count as black or don’t know what slavery was like
When we didn’t just get African slaves, but our natives were enslaved as well
Certain parts of afrolatino history are engrained in our culture (even if a lot of them will try to deny it for ‘whiteness’ sake, something I didn’t know until I met people who lived there instead of in the US) but even then, I am mostly sure that the DR has a higher black population.
But there are so many people out there who will erase an afrolatin@s latin-ness, too. I mean, there are also probably people who do the opposite, but.

Okay, I see your point but STORM IS AFRICAN AND DARK SKINNED AT THAT.

It’s bad enough they got lightbright Halle Berry to play her, now y’all wanna recast her entire identity as well?

Like…there a Latin@ superheroes in the Marvel universe already, can we have one thing?

^ To be fair, there are far more black superheroes in the Marvel canon than there are Latino superheroes.

But yes, that doesn’t mean it’s a fun idea to try to replace WOC with WOC.

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Can we get a Dominican ‘Storm’?? 

Ya’ll can delete it over and over, the answer is still no.

why?

She could STILL be black if she was Dominican! Why is it so bad if at least in an AU, she represented a wildly underrepresented group?

right. like i’m trying to understand what the problem is…

Well, a lot of people don’t realise that pretty much every single latin@ culture has black people in it just because most of us look like we’re ‘in between’
(To be fair a lot of us try to pass for white, but considering the harassment that comes if you don’t, I can see why they make the attempt)

but a majority of dominicans have black features. and while they try to pretend the other half of the island is black and they aren’t, nobody’s fooled.

but i never would have thought someone would reject a latina storm to preserve her blackness?? like who still thinks like that? latin@ and black are not mutually exclusive?

more slaves were brought to the caribbean than the US? knowledge is power? tha fuck?

It’s refreshing to hear you say that, cos I can’t even remember how many people have tried to argue to mine and my father’s face that (some) Puerto Ricans and Dominicans don’t count as black or don’t know what slavery was like
When we didn’t just get African slaves, but our natives were enslaved as well
Certain parts of afrolatino history are engrained in our culture (even if a lot of them will try to deny it for ‘whiteness’ sake, something I didn’t know until I met people who lived there instead of in the US) but even then, I am mostly sure that the DR has a higher black population.
But there are so many people out there who will erase an afrolatin@s latin-ness, too. I mean, there are also probably people who do the opposite, but.

Okay, I see your point but STORM IS AFRICAN AND DARK SKINNED AT THAT.

It’s bad enough they got lightbright Halle Berry to play her, now y’all wanna recast her entire identity as well?

Like…there a Latin@ superheroes in the Marvel universe already, can we have one thing?

there’s dark skin latinas, a lot of them. More slave ships came to the Caribbean and south america than north america. Just as black as you are, just a different culture.


e.x. see Amara la negra

this is going to be an ugly argument if afro latinos blackness isn’t recognized

Storm’s entire history revolves around her African identity. She’s Kenyan. Like what’s the point of racebending characters that are already POC? You’d be erasing her entire ethnic background as a result of that.

I get that there is a lot of intersections between Latino and black people, but to argue that out of the many heroes that exist, to argue that replacing one of the few high-profile, African super-heroines out there with a Dominican woman is silly. Storm is from Kenya, her heritage and her story are completely reliant on her Kenyan cultural heritage. She marries Black Panther, who is African. She is a literal modern African queen, a type of black women that is rarely explored in sci-fi so respectfully like it is in Storm.

So, more Latino superheroines? Hell yeah. Replacing an African superheroine for that purpose? Nope.

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The Ferguson City Council convened for the first time since Mike Brown’s death, and proved that they literally give no fucks about what the community has to say. Added to their vague, paltry proposed reforms, seems real change will have to come in Ferguson via the ballot box. I don’t care where you live folks— let this be a lesson in voting/participating in your local elections and government! #staywoke #farfromover 

My people getting it!

these people are the real heroes. not the military, not politicians, not the Hollywood actors. they risked their lives and livelihoods to challenge white supremacy and institutionalized racism.

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I literally just deleted someone for sharing that picture! Was a coincidence

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I feel like I’m the only person on the internet who could not care less about Destiny.

*raises hand* Nope, there are definitely more of us out there.

SORRY FRIENDS IM GONNA PLAY DESTINY ALL DAY ALL NIGHT AND TEAM UP WITH FRIENDLY PEOPLE TO WHOOP SOME ALIEN TUSHY.

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wake up america

this is to educate my non-American followers. This really is how the US sees itself. (and yes, 95% of the time, Florida = WHAT?!)

In Florida the more North you go, the more “South” you get 

In Florida the central part pretends to be the south, the western part pretends to be the northeast and the south pretends to be the west I’m not even fucking kidding you 

… Please tell me you guys are kidding.  

Florida is like it’s own country I swear

I only wish we were (kidding). Even people who are from Florida originally (and some who are still there!) are like WHAT?! Texas is quickly going in that direction too…

PLEASE REREAD YOUR HISTORY NOTES. The reason why the US is divided in this way is obviously because the land in the United States was “discovered” and divided AT DIFFERENT POINTS IN TIME. The Northeast comprises of the first series of states to be founded and allocated, then the South, which subsequently became culturally different than the Northeast so the demarcations are also cultural and not just geographical. The Midwest and then West were allocated next, and though they were traversed before they became states, they were not a part of the US territories until much much later and so were not geographically divided until then. Florida, which is geographically and topographically much different than the rest of the nation, has pretty much always stood alone.

So basically, the states ARE actually divided geographically, but it’s based upon when the land was actually allocated, not the literal geography like it would be if it was all divided at the same time. Stop picking miniscule things to uphold the “stupidity” of the US and remember how the land in the nation was divided.

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The Wolf of Wall Street's Margot Robbie is in talks to lead DreamWorks' live-action adaptation of the 1995 hit anime movie Ghost in the Shell, to be directed by Snow White and the Huntsman's Rupert Sanders.

….NO! NO! Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! Seriously? Not even bothering to ATTEMPT to get an actress of Japanese descent to play the lead?

Oh, I see. It’s because the logic that “anime is racially ambiguous” or something? ‘Cause, after all, there’s no reason why a character called MOKOTO KUSANAGI be Japanese, right?

ARGH!

WHAT

You know, this reminds me of that time they tried to make a live-action Evangelion and they were apparently going to change Asuka’s name and probably origin.

Like, really, can it be that hard to get a Japanese lead actress? Like, Rinko Kikuchi or someone, y’know, more appropriate?

Change “Evangelion” to “any anime or Asian media,” and “Asuka” to “every non-white character.” Because this is what happens literally every fucking time.

Also, yes, it really is that hard to get a lead who is Japanese when you are racist.

I feel that unless the story is solely based arround the fact that the character is japanese, race doesn’t matter. Like we were able to get a black spiderman! HOWEVER- If they turned away actresses aiming for the part SOLELY because they were japanese- then i can see that as being racist. As for the japanese names- I think they should stay true and actors/actresses should practice saying them perfectly.

Yeah, the thing is, “race shouldn’t matter” is a nice sentiment in theory but always seems to work out in practice as, “only cast white people.”

1) And while movie studios are perfectly happy to cast white actors for characters who are non-white, the reverse practically NEVER happens. This has been shown to be the case time and time again. Most of the time, studios don’t reject people of color for these parts, because those actors are never even considered. Plus, the majority of roles in Hollywood already go to white actors. Would it really be so awful to let Motoko be… I dunno, anything but white?

2) If you wanna know how “critical” her ethnicity is, you’d probably have to ask Masamune. But considering he named her Kusanagi, I would say that it’s probably sort of important. And why should being Japanese have to be “critical” to Mokoto’s character to warrant her being played by an actress who is Japanese (or even any east Asian descent)? Why should that have to be justified?

3) As for there being a black Spider-man… That is not an equivalent situation and it’s disingenuous to act as though it is. They didn’t change Peter Parker’s race. They created a whole new character who is black, (Miles Morales), and takes up the mantle of Spider-man after Parker.

So, let’s call this what it is: more racism in casting.

As someone who’s watched the ‘95 film and Stand Alone Complex, it is kinda ambiguous on whether or not it takes place in Japan. I guess you can say it pretty much does, though.

They literally mention several dozen times that they are Japanese I have no idea how you’re missing that.

Every single iteration of Ghost in the Shell has at the very least taken place in Asia and that was an incredibly important part of the setting (Hong Kong was chosen for the movie due to its architecture and cityscapes, Japan was chosen for the anime to put a specific origin point of Section 9 and also to give a full background story to the refugee plot in 2nd Gig, etc.)

Why is it that in order for a person of color to be casted for a character that is a person of color, we need a reason? “Oh, her race has to be important to the story!” “Oh, she looks ambiguous, why does it matter?” And yet we never hear these reasons thrown at white actors. It reinforces the idea that characters are white until proven minority which is, yes indeed, racist, whether they “meant it” or not.

The Major is Japanese. That’s it, end of story. There is no excuse for this. And you can bet your ass that this won’t be the only case of white washing in this movie.

As someone who’s watched the ‘95 film and Stand Alone Complex, it is kinda ambiguous on whether or not it takes place in Japan. I guess you can say it pretty much does, though.

ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME. WHAT THE FUCK DID YOU WATCH TO EVEN FIX YOUR DUMB ASS FINGERS TO TYPE THAT COCKED UP BULLSHIT.

EVERY EPISODE LITERALLY TALKS ABOUT HOW IT TAKES PLACE IN JAPAN. MAPS ARE DRAWN OUT DURING THE 2ND GIG WHEN THEY HAVE THAT ISSUE WITH THE REFUGEES.

THEY CHASED A TERRORIST TO KOGOSHIMA. WHAT THE FUCK KIND OF NAME IS KOGOSHIMA ON ANY OTHER PART OF THE EARTH BUT JAPAN????!!! THEY EVEN DRAW UP A MAP BEFORE THE MISSION AND IT CLEARLY TAKES PLACE IN JAPAN.

THE NAMES AND PLACES ARE ALL IN JAPAN. THEY ONLY MENTION THE AMERICANS IN PASSING AND THEY DON’T WANT SHIT TO DO WITH THEM.

HOW MANY SHADES OF STUPID AND WILLFULLY IGNORANT DO YOU HAVE TO BE TO MISS THAT.

FOR FUCK’S SAKE THE MAJOR SERVED IN THE JAPANESE SELF-DEFENSE FORCE BEFORE SHE GOT PULLED TO SECTION 9. AS SOMEONE WHO CLAIMS TO HAVE WATCHED ANYTHING RELATED TO GHOST IN THE SHELL YOU SHOULD KNOW THIS.

THEIR NAMES ARE ALL FUCKING JAPANESE.

THEY LITERALLY MAKE IT EXPLICITLY CLEAR THAT THE SERIES IS JAPANESE-CENTRIC AND VERY SPECIFIC TO THEIR CULTURE.

STOP BEING STUPID ABOUT THIS I SWEAR TO CHRIST.

Wow a series that is all about Asian people? Being produced by a Western studio and directed by a white man? And they’re probably going to make all of the characters white?

Wow. Never seen that before.

Nope. Never happens. Definitely NOT tired of seeing that.

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