Just random stuff that ended up on my Tumblr dashboard.
There have been a lot of reviews and thinkpieces in the past week about Luke Cage, and as I promised ,most of the reviews I’ve reblogged or linked to are from the POV of Black writers. Here’s one from The Tall Black Nerd:
*Why can’t nerds get dates? Well, some of them can’t get dates. I’m sure none of you reading this have this problem,though.
i fucking hate dating nerds one single time i wore a star wars shirt to see a dude and he was like, “wow are u wearing that to impress me” and i said, “star wars episode 4 was seen by approximately 110 million people during its initial theatrical run in 1977”
Congratulations. You’re dating people who for the longest time have been putting up with bullying, mocking, and scorn for most of their lives. That kind of shit stays with people. So imagine their surprise when they see a member of the opposite sex, who I’m assuming is really attractive in comparison to most people, wear attire that reps nerd culture. Which even though is accepted by the masses (if you’re reasonably attractive) is still rare. Now I’m not saying that you’re not allowed to be scornful I’m just saying expect it and don’t be surprised when you hear it. Ok? OK.
why i dont date fucking nerds: exhibit B
Bolded emphasis mine. Gross.
Stands on nearest chair: ATTENTION MALE NERDS. YOU ARE NOT SUFFERING FROM A SHORTAGE OF FEMALE NERDS. THERE ARE VAST NUMBERS OF US, AND WE RARELY HAVE A HARD TIME FINDING EACH OTHER. YOU ARE WITHOUT FEMALE COMPANY BECAUSE YOU ARE WHINEY ASSBABIES WHO THINK YOU OWN THINGS BECAUSE YOU LIKE THEM, AND BECAUSE YOU SOMEHOW THINK YOU SUFFER BULLYING WHEREAS GIRL NERDS SOMEHOW NEVER DO. STOP PRETENDING YOU GET TO BE ASSHOLES BECAUSE YOU HAVE A “TRAGIC PAST” OR YOU WILL DIE ALONE. IF YOU THINK GIRL NERDS DON’T GET BULLIED IT’S LIKELY BECAUSE THOSE GIRLS DON’T WANT TO TALK TO YOU, BECAUSE OF THIS SORT OF ATTITUDE.
also: fucking no one mocks nerds anymore. Game of thrones is the most watched show on tv, everyone and their mom is playing video games, dungeons and dragons is more popular than it’s ever been.
i’m obligated to reblog the Critical Whale
Fucking thank you
People gonna find problems with Luke Cage, but this show is my precious cinnamon roll and I’m determinedly not listening.
Okay so I’ve seen a bunch of fuck nigga activity recently about Luke Cage and I’ve felt the need to address it.
First and foremost Luke Cage and colorism. Now yes. I love Both of our leading ladies: Rosario Dawnson and Simone Missick. I am complete and utter garbage for them both.
However being trash for them doesn’t stop me from being able to point out that much like many other shows LC might have some colorism issues. Now me pointing out that Rosario Dawson is light-skinned and her casting outside of her being an amazing actress could have to do with colorism isn’t me invalidating her Blackness. She is Black first and foremost and knowing how vocal RD is about this stuff she’d have no problem with people talking about this as one of the possible reasons she was cast.
Stepping away from RD yes there are a plethora of Black women in Luke Cage like it needs to be it’s great honestly. I’m loving it but the majority of the darker skinned Black women (darker than SM) are back ground characters and the villain of the piece is one of the darkest if not the darkest women in the show and we all know how often that happens.
I couldn’t resist adding this here. Read the whole thing, it is hilarious and had me actually crying. I mean…there were tears! My mind keeps telling me that no human being can be this dumb, and still be alive, but here’s the proof. its not just Brendan’s stupidity but Robert Graves comebacks that had me crackin’ up, though.
These exchanges between a bigot named Brendan Sullivan, and a heroic troll named Robert Graves, will be the best thing you read all day, I promise.
Lord, grant me the confidence of a mediocre white man! Thousands of PoC out there, imaginative and extremely talented, that can’t even get book deals and this moron not only manages to get this published, but its an instruction book on writing. Still, I guess Stephen King ain’t got nothing to worry about from this guy, or the people he’s instructing.
That cat gif. in the middle is absolutely priceless, and I’m definitely going to borrow it, at some point.
These horrific, sexist, racist paragraphs – screenshotted and shared for posterity by James Smythe, to whom we are all indebted – are the work of one Liam O’Flynn, a writer and English teacher. Evidently, they come from his book Writing With Stardust: the Ultimate Descriptive Guide for students, parents, teachers, and lovers of English, and are intended as examples of good writing.
Dear white male writers: DO NOT DO THIS SHIT. IT IS SUPER GROSS AND FETISHISTIC AND ALSO TERRIBLE WRITING. THIS IS WHY WE CAN’T HAVE NICE THINGS.
Like I just. “Her virility-brown eyes -” WHAT DOES THIS EVEN MEAN? How can you have an “Amazonian figure” ON a “wafer-thin body” when “figure” is a word that describe’s a body’s shape, and Amazonian means pretty much the DIRECT FUCKING OPPOSITE of “wafer-thin” in the first place? What the shitting fuck does ANY of this mean, apart from “I am only nebulously familiar with the concept of women and completely at a loss if I can’t compare their various bodyparts to jewels, animals and footstuffs”?
GO TO WRITING JAIL
GO DIRECTLY TO WRITING JAIL, DO NOT PASS GO, DO NOT COLLECT $200
Did no one else notice the second paragraph is about a dog
It’s not, though? That’s what makes it so terrible. Like, he’s literally describing a “native” with “crescent shaped eyebrows,” “oxbow lips” and a “complexion” with a “saffron tint”, someone who doesn’t have “a saccharine voice or retro clothes” – all of which are qualities that dogs can’t possibly have. If the final reference to Labradors is meant to indicate a joke – that he’s been secretly describing a dog the whole time – then not only is he edging into serious bestiality territory (“candy-sweet lips”) while also evoking some very ugly racism (”native”), but he’s using descriptors that literally can’t and don’t apply to dogs in the first place, not even ambiguously, which makes it a terribly constructed joke.
The final line, which has no contextual attachment to anything before it, reads instead like a metaphor comparing himself and the woman to pups in a pound. Even if that line is meant literally, it implies that the narrator himself is also a dog, which – again – makesno fucking sense, given the earlier descriptors. Plus, he explicitly says that he thinks the “nuzzling” is “a custom of her people”, which… at absolute best, he’s describing a fucking werewolf and just hasn’t bothered to make the supernatural element clear, and at worst, regardless of whether he’s describing a dog or a woman, he’s deliberately evoking bestial comparisons between animals and women of colour in order to make it work.
Either way, it’s a burning trashfire paragraph and I want to go BLEACH MY EYES.
This is bad teenage romance fan fiction level and it can fuck eight off.
Listen, I don’t have time to get into all the ways in which the casual assumption that teenage writing, romance writing and fanfic are inherently bad is Not Cool And Actually Pretty Sexist, so I’m just going to link to the last time I discussed that particular issue in relation to men’s writingand leave it at that, k?
* My favorite part of this post: Go hard or go home!
I’m reminded of several (White) girl friends, who I had to constantly tell, its okay to not be nice to people, who were working your last nerve. (I have never had to tell my Black girl friends this.) Your level of mean-ness is going to be based on your conscience, but its okay to, “not be nice”. Just like the phrase “Angry Black Woman”, the word “Nice” is used to bludgeon White women into docility, into accepting shitty behavior, or being a doormat.
Its official ladies! You have permission to not be “nice”. Being especially nice to people who are doing something wrong is just coddling them, and teaches them nothing.
I really appreciate it when you step up and come collect your trash. It’s nice on occasion not to have to expend ever more emotional labor on the overwhelming racism of fandom.
But there’s something you definitely need to think about, and that’s your tone. That’s right I’m going to do some Grade A, USDA Certified Tone Policing.
If PoC are pissed as fuck about a post or certain behavior, please do not come in to involve yourself and speak politely and softly to some racist asshole. If someone is telling a black woman to go fuck herself for asking not to be described as chocolate, you really don’t want to come in and try and be the voice of “reason” because you’re just going to look like an asshole. I’ve unfollowed people for making tepid ass responses where it sounds more like you’re supporting and hand-holding some racist than amplifying the voices of the marginalized.
Racist behavior and false ally-ship do not deserve ass pats or hand holding. All the professions of innocence and ignorance in the world don’t excuse racist behavior, especially when a simple fucking Google search will educate them.
What you end up doing when you’re “nice” to them and try to gently explain what the did wrong, is create a false dichotomy and making yourself the “friendly white person” as opposed to the “angry brown people.” When you give racist people a voice to listen to other than the ones calling them on their bullshit, you give them an out. You invalidate the anger and words of PoC. Your “politeness” speaks louder than our righteous indignation (and well crafted smack downs) because racists will always be more attuned to the voice of white people.
So please, if you’re reblogging a post, and stepping into a heated argument to come collect your fellow white person, make fucking sure you’re taking them out behind the shed to beat some damn sense into them, not taking them for cookies and a nap to recover from having to talk to all those brown folks.
There’s a reason we’re pissed – please don’t insert yourself and end up convincing racists that PoC are “overreacting” to their aggression.
Go hard or go home.
I thought this was an enlightening post about how real world behavior and film character behavior often echo each other. (Its about a deleted scene from Captain America: Civil War.)Which came first? The chicken or the egg?
Its also an interesting character analysis of Black Panther, and Natasha.
They really should’ve kept that scene between Natasha and T’Challa in. It’s very clear that she totally misread him during their first meeting and that’s important.
we know her to be this cunning spy, able to read situations even when she’s presumably vulnerable (i.e. her opening scene in the first avengers movie where she was in fact doing the interrogating and not the men who had her tied up. We’ve seen the fandom hold her up in such high regard that having that scene where T’Challa flawlessly surprises her twice with ease would’ve been an extra cherry on top of how he is completely different from the people we’ve met in this universe and how none of the Avengers were ready for him.
It also shows us the audience to not underestimate him–I mean, much of movie is a constant reminder not to do this and reminds us of his physical power/ability a lot but we need to see all that subtle, quiet power too like what we saw at the end between him and zemo.
Reblogging again to add this comment: AGREED. And: I think his statements in the beginning about not liking the politics was so deeply misread by everyone, and it speaks to the true nuanced natured of actual politics (of which T’Challa is very familiar) that Natasha the spy could not not pick up on T’Challa’s double meaning.
Basically what I’m saying is that the power dynamics in that scene where he schooled her twice not only display his badassery but also his political prowess and physical capabilities. Also, he is so damn not here for Natasha acting like a clueless Becky I almost got tears in my eyes.
Right. She took his statement about not liking politics as him not understanding how politics work. I also think him saying that to her in the moment was a way to ease tension between a representative of a country who essentially spearheaded the Accords’ inception and someone who the Accords were created to restrict.
Exactly. He was just trying to make YOU feel comfortable Natasha.
How naive of her to assume that she could possibly understand all that there was to know about this literal monarch and scientist from only 6 minutes of interaction. She’s a shitty spy if she that’s how she reads people. Sometimes, white people need to recognize their limitations and give credit where it is due. Too often white people in films (and real life) have very unrealistically low expectations of Black people they meet – or they want them all to be Morgan Freeman as God™. They overestimate their own skills and abilities in comparison to the Black people around them, who usually have to be twice as good as white people to even get there in the first place.
This automatic assumption of black people’s (and characters’) abilities is so backwards. Until you actually know the person, you better assume the best of them. Otherwise you are being self-limiting and insulting (or just plain racist).
I know I went HAM on a Natasha and T’Challa scene post, but the way that this directly parallels with real life is so infuriatingly apparent to me. It becomes hard to see it in fiction too. The fiction I’m usually turning to to escape the nonsense in real life. That said, keep writing metas please. It was pleasant to read yours. Like a said: perfection.
Every Single Black Character in a White Movie
And yet more reminders that fandom does not exist in a vacuum.
Fandom does not exist outside of the rest of society and you are in fact responsible if your stories reproduce bigoted tropes uncritically. It is your duty to do research, especially if you are writing about experiences or marginalizations that are not part of your own life, and if you harm someone you must hold yourself accountable for that and do what needs to be done to make it right.