My review of The DUFF will be up soon, guys. I’m excited to write it!
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OH MY GODwait wait a minute, you’re shooting down a person because they want representation of a serious problem in a popular video game meant to educate people? How is this different from us wanting representation of the LBTQ+ community in the games? I might be missing the point and humor here, but as a person who struggles with anorexia daily, I found this post somewhat offensive…
His body isn’t even cold yet and the New York times has already put out a shameful article declaring Nelson Mandela to be an “icon of peaceful resistance”. News outlets around the Western world are hurrying to publish obituaries that celebrate his electoral victory while…
To be honest, I think love is complete bullshit. I don’t think anyone ever loves somebody. I think the best people ever get are horny: horny and scared, so when they find someone who makes them horny, and they get too scared of the world outside, they stay together and call it love.
*braces self for all the body-shaming, anti-WOC, anti-Isreali comments on Gal Gadot’s casting*
While I do wish that they had chosen a heavier woman for the role (for the only reason that I would like to see bigger women in movies anyway) it’s sad that everyone is taking the opportunity to bash the current actress’ body. I mean, Christian Bale was 121 pounds when he decided to go for the role of Batman, because he had just completed the Machinist. Like, he was literally starving. And no one mentions that, they all just say that Bale did awesome.
I will admit that I am a bit disappointed that Wonder Woman isn’t on the heavier side, as she was in the comics, but I am sure that the woman they casted will do fine. Plus, the fact that she is a WOC is spectacular, and should be supported by all.
“I love studying fairy-tales, and would love nothing more than to write the screenplays for future Disney animated films using stories from other countries. However, I worry that, as a white female, even though I will research like crazy, any attempt I do will be seen as racist or wrong, and picked apart. I’m scared that I won’t do the stories justice.”
OP has a point. Perhaps we are being so harsh on any Disney movie WITH a PoC main that they are scared to have another one. Having a PoC main character is still considered a gutsy move in hollywood (sad but true). It’s possible they would rather go white because they can’t offend them on their culture.
Let’s use Frozen as an example.
So say they’re choosing skin colors. Personally, I would always have Elsa be white, for no other reason that a “Snow Queen” makes me think of someone with exceptionally pale skin. So if Elsa is white, unless you have some thingy about the magic making her white, Anna would be white too.
So who else among the main cast could they change?
Duke of Weaselton/Hans? Tumblr would immediately call it the stereotype of PoC’s only as bad guys.
Kristoff? Than one could work. (Though someone would probably attack it for have a poor, orphan PoC again).
Servants who take care of Anna/Elsa? Brings up slavery metaphors…
Just thinking out loud here.
You do realize that there are indigenous cultures of non-whites that live in cold climates, right? Snowy climates and white people are not exclusive.
And you seeing a Snow Queen being automatically white just shows how you how narrow your view is. There is no reason that an adaptation of The Snow Queen or even Frozen could have been done with other cultures in mind. Heck, it’s already been done.
And the reason Hollywood defaults to white is that it sees white as the default race/default experience. Hollywood could care less if they offend people of color. Examples: Johnny Depp as Tonto in The Lone Ranger, Benedict Cumberbatch as Khan Noonien Singh in Star Trek: Into Darkness, and Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games. These are all examples of white-washing and erasure, another way that Hollywood removes the narratives of people of color in order to sell it to a mass audience rather than staying true to the source material.
Plus, excluding people because you don’t want to offend them is just as bad as excluding them based on any prejudice. You’re still discriminating based on the fact that they are different and you’re not even trying to meet other people on their level. You would rather cower on top of your pedestal and keep things just the way they are for your own convenience.
the animators for this movie had a snowflake generator so that every single snowflake in the movie was different and if you don’t think that’s really punk rock idk what to tell u
shame they couldn’t do that with women’s faces
Like The Help? Fine. The Help is a readable, sometimes charming, sentimental work of fiction, and this is not a critique of its merits as a novel. Want to use The Help to teach about the civil rights movement or the history of American race relations? No. As a work of history, or even historical fiction, The Help is at best a gross oversimplification and at worst a horrible lie of a book. When The Help is used as an educational resource, the terror-filled realities of the time are glossed over or omitted in favor of a heartwarming—and entirely fictional—idea that racial equality came about because white people realized their unfairness and did something about it. The book perversely downplays hard-won victories within the black community by transferring ownership of momentous societal shifts to good-hearted white Mississippians. What kind of historical understanding can we expect of students fed these kinds of fictions?
Yes, High-School Teachers Are Assigning The Help to Teach the Civil Rights Era. No, It’s Not a Good Idea.
The Help was a wonderful piece of fiction and a subsequently wonderful piece of cinematography.
That being said, it is no more educational about the real world than Harry Potter. Civil Rights should center around characters of color, not white protagonists.