What the fuck? Whitewashing? It’s a danish fairy tale! You can’t just throw in diversity for the sake of it. It has to make sense, thats like if people were like “Why are there only Chinese people in Mulan?” Because it takes place in fucking China before anyone immigrated there!
"WHY ARE THERE NO BLACK PEOPLE IN BRAVE?"
BECAUSE IT TAKES PLACE IN TENTH CENTURY SCOTLAND ARE YOU KIDDING ME.
Oh, so, wait, turning your mom into a bear is perfectly okay, but if you show black people in medieval Europe it’s suddenly so unrealistic
okay no double standard there at all no sir
Yes, you CAN, in fact, throw diversity in ‘for the sake of it’. In films where dragons and princesses and magic spells and dead apples and healing hair and curses with roses and people being turned into furniture, you are worried about things making sense?
No, what you are uncomfortable with is black people getting their faces all up in your white fairytales. This has jack to do with sense, or realism, or ‘historical accuracy’. Pretty sure sixteenth century Europe did not have people turning into bears, okay?
This is like people arguing there shouldn’t be any black Hobbits. Because a floating evil eye on a tower, that’s cool, but black Hobbits!? THAT’S SO UNREALISTIC OMG
Filed under: racism in media your privileged butt is so used to you don’t even question it and even get upset when the people who would like some goddamn representation in popular media actually try to make that happen.
For the record, I’m white and I live in a small European country that has gotten very rich from its imperialism in the East Indies and Caribbean and also invented the word and concept of apartheid, but that all the more means I gotta speak up about this crap.
If you are okay with dragons but not with black people in your European fantasy films because you think the latter is historically inaccurate or unrealistic, you are not ‘staying true to fairy tales’, you are a racist. Thank you and good night.
Yes, I’m okay with dragons and bears in my medieval fantasy because those are a fairly common part of medieval storytelling. I’m also okay with the occasional black person turning up in my medieval fantasy because that happened all of twice and then all the people in the stories were freaking the fuck out because they’re an isolated population suddenly seeing an ENTIRELY NEW FUCKING THING and then they got to see that Moriaen was a fucking cool person and they accepted him abnd then he was THE ONE FUCKING (READ 1) BLACK KNIGHT ON ARTHUR’S TABLE. But this whole “NO THERE MUST ALWAYS BE A BLACK PERSON IN WINTERFALL” thing is getting fucking ridiculous.
Yes there were connections between ancients-medieval Europe and Northern Africa and the Middle East. There may have been the occasional merchant showing up in, say, a wildly active port and trade centre. I would like to see one or two black traders show up there.
I would also like to see the piles of white slaves being exported towards the Middle East show up in every fucking movie taking place there. Because that’s where trade lay right up until Christianity fucked everything up and suddenly we had to find black heathens to import/export but it seems that all of these “white movies” are taking place in pre-christian times so mostly it would be white people being exported the fuck out of scandinavia-England-whatever the fuck because then you can buy a shitton of silk for every slave you sell and bring it back to Up North and be the richest fucking viking around because you’re already drowning in slaves (i.e. all those other white people who aren’t freemen) and you don’t need them as much as you need Fancy Expensive Cloth and other exotic goods. And maybe while you and your merry band of men and women are prancing around the Big Fucking Huge Byzantine Empire some locals will see you an misinterpret your customs while your cousin gets to visit a mosk as a bodyguard to one of these funky dark people. Where he will then get bored an carve runes into a random balustrade because graffiti is apparently an inherent part of human nature.
Or let’s talk about that time when the muslims waltzed all over Spain and- Oh, wait, no, nevermind, this whole thing is still based upon a fairytale taking place in a bunch of isolated communities in the far fucking north and all vague “non-whites” they would have met in any significant number would be the Sami.
Oh, wait, those are technically sort of pale so they don’t count.
So how about this; we get some of that “goddamn representation” by working on stories from the countries and eras that actually contain any significant number of POCs. I hear that there’s this whole shitton of stories from these nations. Supposedly they have their own oral and written traditions that need some exposure. Or perhaps just fucking Moriaen, since that would have all the fucking elements of medieval and fantasy and a black dude and a heartfelt lesson about how strangers aren’t the devil and to top it off it’s technically still a European work so it can be the mystical missing link or whatever the fuck it is we need to get something off the ground.
But this whole “the bullied must now become the bullies and do their own blackfacing to make a point” thing? Bullshit. You’re not creating awareness, you’re not “making it better”, you’re just doing a white-guilt wank over a movie we can by now safely say Disney is hardly putting effort into in the first place. Want to make a difference? Get into that movie/comic/literature industry. Get involved. Start doing research into non-European folklore, and find the stories that could work. Then make a screenplay, write an article, start your own comic, begin a blog, whatever. get those stories out into the world. Write about the importance of post-collonial literature not just from a “Woe the poor black people YOU SHOULD FEEL BAD FOR BEING WHITE” point of view, but from the “here’s a ton of new, interesting stories we could all share an enjoy.”. Promote non-white authors.There’s a lot of them out there, but they don’t enjoy nearly enough exposure.
Figure out why the hell there appear to be no black fantasy authors on any of the fantasy author lists. We’ve already concluded that white people can never write proper black people without first doing a 4-year anthropological study, so get those black authors in here. Are you black and interested in writing fantasy? Fucking write it. Give us your vision, because we can’t make it for you. If you’re white working outside of your own native framework has, frankly, become fucking terrifying. At best you’ll be a White Savior, but most likely the thousand shrieking voles will start promoting you as the latest Cultural Usurper.
So if we want “black” fantasy, it’s going to have to come from actual black people. Find those authors and make sure the rest of the world knows about them too.
TLRD: Fucking stop this self-deprecating white-guilt wanking and actually get off your arse and do something useful in creating and promoting these things you want to see so badly.
Oh deadlines, which art eternal
Curs-ed be thy name
Thy time is come
And my panicking is done
In silence, as there are people working next to me.
Give me this day a decent idea
And forgive my procrastination
As I forgive those bastards who don’t give me the brief on time
And lead me not into useless meetings
But deliver me from last minute changes
For thine is the oh FUCK, YOU WANT IT TODAY?!
The Lord’s Prayer The Graphic Designer’s Prayer
Fandom: Pokemon & Twilight.
“Jacob picked Pikachu back up and tried to aim his penis for the proper mark. He knew he had hit with the satisfying “PIKA!” that was breathed from the Pikachu as his penis entered its anus.”
This is what an abortion looks like at 10 weeks. They removed the baby with a rusty spatula and just left it on a plate to be eaten. Pro-“choice” people don’t care that this baby could have saved the world. Who knows what it might have become? A doctor? A lawyer? A delicious breakfast pastry? We’ll never know, because ABORTION.
This is fucking HEARTBREAKING. Anyone who allows things like this to happen is fucking terrible and you should be ashamed of yourself for abetting the MURDER of PEOPLE.
I can’t look at this it makes me sick.
reblog this or you don’t have a heart
DON’T WANT A BABY? DON’T PREHEAT YOUR GRIDDLE.
OH MY GOD
THAT LAST ONE
The release of endorphins during an abortion are tragically beautiful.
… and fuckin delicious with butter and syrup.