Illustration by Alberto Vargas, 1943
I had this photo on my MySpace ‘About Me’ for sooo loonnnggg.
White people get mad when you wear a band t shirt of a band you don’t listen to, but they’re fine with wearing headdresses from cultures they know and care nothing about.
and there it is
Bubs has compared me to this character too many times.
Photo Taken by Alexa Gibbens
He’s so easy to photograph. We’re going down to Cornwall at the end of this month for more shoots and general time off, but with colour films this time - kicking myself for only having black and white film with me for this, especially at such high ISO. You live and you learn.
Gonna quickly throw in an epic quote I found on this article.
KJKJ: Gene Roddenberry, with balls of brass, got up on national tv and said, “hey people, if a geneticist took all the best DNA from planet Earth and put it together to make the best human the world has ever seen - he wouldn’t be a white guy.”
This is why I find the casting of a white actor in this role to be so repugnant. They are not whitewashing an Asian role, they are saying that the best genetic material that the entirety of this world and it’s diversity has to offer….still comes from a white guy.
I really enjoyed the film, and cried at it, but it failed the Bechdel test even harder than the first! To my memory, no female character even spoke to another female character. And I really wish Spock and Kirk would just kiss already.
Like I mentioned in the post, unfortunately, seeing people maimed is a popular thing to put in TV shows now, so I myself am desensitised to it. That is not to say I don’t find it hard to watch or hide behind my fingers; without revealing too much for others, the last kill of that episode made me really uncomfortable and sad.
But there is a huge difference between murder and rape. For a starters, there is no ‘murder culture’. No one is asking what the victim was wearing/drinking/number of sexual partners.. nobody (apart from mayber the murderer) thinks the victim was asking for it. Nobody blames the victim. This is not untrue however, of rape, and this attitude is especially prevalent towards women. It is naive (not of you, personally) to think that seeing rape as a regular thing to happen on TV does not influence the people watching. Yes, 99% of people watching Game of Thrones, or the countless other programmes that include rape, will not think this an acceptable thing to do, nor dream of doing it themselves. But sexuality does not exist in a vacuum - you are not born a rapist, nor are you born with a specific kink. These things are circumstantial and heavily influenced by the things around you, such as the media, the internet etc etc. It is some what frightening how easily I would be able to find a person being raped or engaging in a violent sex act* right this very second just by changing tabs. What’s more frightening is how popular and accessible these videos are and how many people are turned on by that*. Plus, normalising rape and sexual abuse just makes it easier to explain it away. I wonder how many people who have watched that episode would be reluctant to call what happened rape.
On a different note, 1 in 5 people have been raped and/or sexually abused. I imagine the odds of people who have experienced or been affected by a killing, in western cultures at least, are dramatically smaller. Another reason why rape may be harder for some to watch than a beheading.
I’m sorry if this reply seems somewhat intense, it’s just a subject matter very important to me. I agree with you that historical accuracy probably isn’t the reason, but it’s a reason used a lot to explain away racism in the media so I was going along the same thread. I’m glad it’s got amazing female characters though! That reiteration makes me more inclined to carry on watching it, so thank you :)
*For those concerned, I’m not talking about BDSM, nor do I wish to fetish shame. I’m not here to yuck your yum.
We watched the first episode yesterday and I’m dubious.
Angelina Jolie had a double mastectomy, in case you hadn’t heard. How dare she remove those ticking time bombs from her chest, amiright? Like, hasn’t she learned by now that her body is public domain and we all get to vote on what she does with it? Sheesh, how selfish can ya get.
Gave up on the idea of £110 trainers (Got all this for cheaper than the un-customised Nike 3.0’s too). Happy gym bunny.