R.I.P. Ric Ocasek ~ 1949 – 2019 — By Hook Or By Book

Just a couple of days after Eddie Money passed away, Ric Ocasek, singer, songwriter, and co-founder of The Cars has died. Ocasek and Ben Orr (who died in 2000) formed the group in 1976, along with Elliott Easton, Greg Hawkes and David Robinson. Their self-titled debut was near perfection and helped kick off the […]

via R.I.P. Ric Ocasek ~ 1949 – 2019 — By Hook Or By Book

This was a great post about a great 80s band!

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It’s A Black Thang II (On Tumblr)

This was an old post that somehow got switched to another blog! But theres no such thing as an out of date laugh, (although I could be wrong about that.) Well, I hope it brings smiles to your day, your week, your month, or even your year.

 

 

Man, we just don’t get good Star Trek meta, like this, anymore…

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vulcandroid

i will never be over the fact that during first contact a human offered their hand to a vulcan and the vulcan was just like “wow humans are fucking wild” and took it

 

roachpatrol

Humanity’s first contact with Vulcans was some guy going “I’m down to fuck.”

Vulcans’ first contact with Humans was an emphatic “Sure.”

 

lilian-cho

@sineala

star-lord

#iiiiiiiiiiiiii mean vulcans had been watching humans for a long time#they knew the significance of a handshake but still#they had to find some fast and loose ambassador#willing to fuckin make out with a human for the sake of not offending them on first contact#lmao#star trek

give me the story of this fast and loose vulcan

 

moonsofavalon

“sir…these…these humans…they greet each other by…” *glances around before furtively whispering* “byclasping hands…”

*prolonged silence* “oh my…”

“sir…sir how will we make first contact with them? surely we…we cannot refuse this handclasping ritual, they will take it as an insult, but what vulcan would agree to such a distasteful and uncomfortable ritual??”

*several pensive moments later* “contact the vulcan high command and tell them to send us kuvak. i once saw that crazy son of a bitch arm wrestle a klingon, he’ll put his hands on anything”

 

evilminji

Elsewhere, w/ kuvak: “….my day has come.”

 

lierdumoa

The vulcan who made first contact with humans is named Solkar guys. Y’all just be makin’ up names for characters that already have names.

Bonus: here’s a screencap of Solkar doing the “my body is ready” pose right before he shakes Zefram Cochrane’s hand:

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I swear Vulcans only come in two types and they are “distant xenophobes” or “horny on main for humanity”. Also apparently this guy is Spock’s great-grandfather and frankly that explains everything.

Source: lycanthropiste st

 

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Black Hogwarts was tending several months ago. Yes, this is still funny as hell! (Number five is my favorite, and check out The Sortin’ Durag.)

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Tumblr would not be Tumblr without calling out racism in fandom, and we have to keep explaining this multiple times cuz, as my Mom used to say, ya’ll hard-headed, and you don’t listen!

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Carrying the fandom load

It does get tiring at times staying conscious of bigoted tropes in fandom, deciding not to support racist art, wondering if a quote is appropriative of Jewish experiences, discarding a homophobic fanwork idea, and more.

So as a Fandom Old I can see why some fans long for the “good old days.” Back then anything went! Total creative freedom! We were wild and unfettered! None of these long-winded discussions, we just went and did it and did not give a single fuck!

Except freedom wasn’t for everyone, was it? You only had that total freedom if you were unaffected by fandom’s racism, homophobia, transphobia, antisemitism, ableism, and a host of other bigotries that are a reflection of the world we live in.

Fandom was never the carefree, escapist enterprise some of us like to think it was. It’s just that minority fans were bearing the load of others’ freedom in silence. Too often, fans who were marginalized in real life could not escape to fandom because fandom would uncritically celebrate their oppression and trauma. And if they dared to speak about it they were bullied and shouted down into silence, into leaving.

I speak in the past tense but this is still ongoing, obviously. Fans of marginalized identities are a little more vocal now, but are facing a sustained and vicious backlash that accuses them of being “bullies” and starting “discourse” and “drama” and of “virtue signalling.”

It’s not about discourse or virtue, though. It’s about fans being told that they are not welcome unless they bite their tongues, grin, and go along with a thousand stings and slaps in the very spaces they go to have fun. It’s about fans having to watch characters who look like them be constantly erased and demonized. It’s about fans having to spend endless amounts of time and energy educating other fans about their oppression when all they’d like to do is unwind after a long day made longer by those very issues.

It’s not about virtue. It’s about people.

The thing is, fans who criticize minority fans and their allies for “discourse” aren’t angry about the fact that fandom puts these psychological burdens on minority fans. They’re mad about having to share a tiny little part of the burden minority fans, most visibly Black women, have been carrying for too long. In the minds of these “discourse”-critical fans the burden of considering the impact of fandom and fanworks is not theirs to bear. It is the lot of fans who are not them, “others,” to pay the cost for the majority’s creative freedom. The very suggestion that the load exists, and worse, that all of fandom should share in it so marginalized fans don’t carry it so disproportionately, is enough to make a lot of fans uncomfortable. I know, because I feel that discomfort at times, too.

The thing is, the load of thinking about marginalization in fandom spaces was always mine to bear. It’s every fan’s responsibility to be conscious of how they create and consume fanwork so that they don’t hurt other fans, so fandom can be inclusive and fun for everyone.

No, it’s not pleasant. It’s not fun to always watch yourself and second guess your choices, to fall short anyway and be called out and confront the fact that you have so many unconscious biases and have hurt others. I get it. I do. I want to think of myself as a good person. I don’t like admitting to wrongdoing. I hate challenging myself. I don’t want to think about this hard stuff. I just want to have fun!

But think about how much LESS fun it is when it’s your own humanity on the line. Many marginalized fans don’t have the luxury of just letting go and having fun, not when they always have to brace themselves for the next psychological assault.

These fans have been carrying this fandom burden and are punished for saying it’s too heavy. If you’re feeling a little less feather light in fannish activities than you used to, that’s a good sign! It means you’re starting to carry, in a very small measure, the fandom load of consciousness. It’s something you should be carrying as part of a community, and chances are it’s still not nearly as heavy a load as many marginalized fans are still made to bear.

A community joins together, watches out for its members, shares in the good and the bad. If some members are asked to bear the costs of others’ fun and either stay silent about it or leave, then the promise of community rings pretty hollow, doesn’t it? Sometimes discomfort is a good thing, and if my small discomfort means I am sharing in a tiny measure of my rightful load in fandom spaces, then it is a very good thing indeed.

 

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I think I may have posted this here before, and its definitely not funny, but at the same time, its the funniest shit I have ever encountered. People who are so incredibly pressed about having all those “icky” Brown and Black men in their favorite media, so incredibly adamant that the only valid type of “ship, is between two White men, that they are willing to Photoshop them out, for their White faves.

Wow!

 stitchmediamix

So I’m writing something about how characters and actors of color are literally cut out of images in order to center white characters/actors (usually for shipping purposes) and I’d like to be able to actually link to examples of instances where that’s happened.

I’ve got an image of John and Daisy where John has been replaced by Driver (courtesy of @xprincessrey ’s recent post in the fandom racism tag) and SEVERAL images where Iris West has been erased and replaced by Caitlin that I referenced in my presentation on the misogynoir directed towards her.

I need more examples though and I honestly don’t know how to find what I’m looking for. And… I’m really bad at finding images on the internet.

So if you have collected any receipts on this particular fandom phenomenon where fans cut out characters/actors of color from images in order to focus on a white character or ship, please let me know. I’ll link to your post on the subject if you’ve made one and give you credit for finding the images that I use if you want it.

I need examples of:

  • Anthony Mackie being cut out of press images for either Winter Soldier or Civil War
  • Scott/Tyler Posey being cut out of Teen Wolf press images or scenes in the show
  • Photo manips where Finn/John Boyega has been replaced by Kylo/Adam
  • Any other fandom that cut characters of color out in this way!

I’m writing a thing and I’m working on the header image already but I’d like more examples because man… People need to know that this is a thing that happens and pictures help drive the whole thing in.

(Also, unfortunately I have no idea how y’all  can submit straight up images to me because I don’t use tumblr submit for several reasons, BUT you can always DM me images on twitter or use Tumblr IM if you don’t have links  to images, but want to send them to me anyway.)

If you can share this with your followers, that’d be awesome.

elandrialore

R3ylo manips

Original photoshoot with John and Daisy

St3r3k manip

Original promo image

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Original image of Tyler Posey, Crystal Reed, and Tyler Hoechlin

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Original image of Tyler Posey and Dylan O’Brien

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Original image with Tyler Posey and Dylan O’Brien

kyberfox

@stitchmediamix

Here’s a video of Finn getting cut out not just of his own confession scene – a character defining moment for him – and Kylo being inserted, he’s also replaced in the hug he and Rey shares. xx

The OP of that then made a gif set of some of the scene they’d cut where they replace Finn with Kylo because they were so proud of their work. x

And here Kylo is edited in instead of Finn in the scene where Rey gives Finn a “wow he looks good” look at Jakku. x

uprisingofcolor

@stitchmediamix

Here’s an entire gif set of Jake Pentecost getting cut out of his own trailer to center his white co star.

Oh, and here’s OP’s Response to @kyberfox calling them out (X), they take it about as well as you’d expect. This happened a day or so(?) after the trailer dropped, just for a frame of reference.

diversehighfantasy

The Doctor Who series 3 “Fix It”:

Here, they didn’t erase Martha Jones entirely, they made her a third wheel in a series the fandom felt Rose was rightfully entitled to. IMO this is as much of an in-your-face “fuck you” to Martha as pretending she didn’t exist.

Britchell. This is a more obscure ship, but it relentlessly erased, sidelined and minimized one of my favorite characters, Annie Sawyer of Being Human (UK) for being romantically involved with Mitchell, played by Aidan Turner, who also played Kili in The Hobbit. Britchell was a crossover between Mitchell and another character played by the actor who played Kili’s brother Fili in The Hobbit. Anyway. Britchell is the biggest ship in the Being Human fandom to this day.

Annie x Mitchell: http://reyesbidal.tumblr.com/post/53885860951

Britchell (in a nutchell):

nerdsagainstfandomracism

In Shadowhunters Jalec and Clalec shippers always use Malec scenes for their manips in order to erase Magnus. Here’s an example of a Clalec manip (x). I stay away from their tags and blacklist Jalecs and Clalecs on sight, but pretty sure Google has plenty of more examples. Luke is constantly excluded from the group fanarts, fan videos, etc.

Also, Rickylers in TWD always try to erase Michonne from her own narrative.

Source: stitchmediamix fandom racismracism in fandom Erasure ShippingLong Post white prioritization ReblogMod P.

 

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Tag me! I’m Blacktose Intolerant!

anonymous asked:

so you’re jamaican and not regular black?

yourbigsisnissi answered:

What the hell is regular black?

 

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Tweets from Satan!

The big picture — Pharyngula

You want a pithy summary of why so much noise is being made about Jeffrey Epstein? Here’s a good one. The sprawling connections between Epstein and the nation’s intellectual and scientific elite — the full extent of which may still be ripe for exposure, Buzzfeed suggested — raised questions not just about individual judgment (Harvard…

via The big picture — Pharyngula

Tumblr Discussions: Bad Heroes

I keep telling y’all this is why y’all need to visit my Tumblr site, because we have some of the most interesting discussions of pop culture there. Now the people on Tumblr can see my articles from here, and sometimes they respond. Sometimes I just respond to things they write, but unlike Twitter, you can actually hold more nuanced discussions, while responding directly to people, without having to worry about a word count.

This topic arose out of a discussion of  how fandom vilifies “good “characters, in favor of lionizing villains. But fandom doesn’t just lionize villains, it often attributes the very characteristics they claim to hate in the hero, to the villain. They make up tragic backstories (with no proof) to excuse their behavior, or describe behavior that is clearly wrong as somehow being heroic. And if that’s not enough they often seek to villainize the  heroes, especially if that hero is a person of color. For example, I’ve seen delusional writings of how Sam Wilson is a Hydra agent, in the movie Captain America,  how Scott McCall, from the TV series Teen Wolf, harms his friends, and how Finn from Star Wars is a misogynist, for grabbing Rey’s hand, in the first movie.

 

bigskydreaming

Super interesting how the more a character is cited criticized as being perfect (Scott McCall, Dick Grayson, etc), the more the default reaction to that character seems to be proving that they’re not that great, look, they’re just as bad as everyone else, no wait, they’re worse – instead of like….seeing that character as someone to aspire to being like. An inspiration to be more like them instead of trying to tear them down to make them more like everyone else.

Especially interesting as usually the characters IN story tend to be more often inspired by those ‘annoyingly perfect characters’ and driven to be more like them, instead of….trying to tear them down or ‘deconstruct the myth of their greatness’ the way so many of those other characters’ very fans are often intent on doing.

 

Often coupled with this is a sort of worship of characters who embody their polar opposites (Peter Hale, the Joker) as some sort of liberating antithesis to inspiration.  They give value to villainy, they defend the indefensible, they romanticize the darkness.

Maybe they think it’s cooler or sexier.  Maybe they think that inspiration is a form of control (think about how many times you’ve seen arguments where the inspiring characters are called fascists and tyrants).   Whatever they’re so convinced that cruelty and selfishness are the true experiences of humanity, that they’re unwilling to listen to any story that argues against that.

(It doesn’t help that I just watched the new trailer for Joker.)

it’s interesting, all right.  And a little depressing.

 

*Shrugs* I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I’m more than a little convinced that a huge part of the glorification of assholes in fiction and focus on them getting happy endings, is it makes people who aren’t the people they WANT to be feel like see, we can still get our happy endings without doing any work on ourselves and our flaws at all.

And I mean…..you can? LMAO, because that’s literally how reality works, what happens to us in life rarely has anything to do with what we do or don’t deserve, because there are so very many fucking variables that affect our lives beyond just our own personal morality, so…..you aspire to be a better person because you WANT to be, regardless of anything else, and if you just flat out don’t want to put in any work on yourself then yeah, I guess it does make sense to just want to focus on stories that are like, see, its not like you even have to, you can still be an Imperialist Space Fascist and get your uwu happy ending with My Life Ben So Hard Guess I Gotta Go Kill My Dad Now Solo.

 

 

 LKEKE35

Don’t forget that we’ve had umpteen years of stories that glorify being a villain, or sympathizing with the villains, giving them backstories, and making excuses for why they are bad people. Contrast that with the 1979 Star Wars movie, where Darth Vader is very obviously evil, and no one gives a fuck about how he got that way.

We’ve also had about twenty/ thirty years of television shows that glorify and humanize the lives of awful white men. Dexter, House, and Breaking Bad, are just three examples of white men behaving badly, and being given lots of excuses for why. Viewers are also being given the message that you need not do any work to improve yourself because the people in your orbit, no matter how awful you are to them, will be willing to overlook it, because you’re such a brilliant/or frightening human being.

Now couple this constant showcase of pop culture images with the entitlement that comes with being mediocre, white, and sometimes male, and you get a toxic stew of delusional people, who spew racist drivel constantly, but believe they’re not racist, men who prey on women, but don’t believe they are rapists, and men who are complete assholes that believe they’re being heroic by “telling it like it is”.

America, in particular, has always had a problem with lazy people who want to be thought of as good and/or excellent people, but don’t actually want to put in any of the work that would be required to bethought of as good or excellent at anything, and to me, that is something directly tied to the idea of White supremacy.

Because privilege of that kind confers on people the belief that they are good and/or excellent as they are, and need not know more, do more, or be more than that. They can and should receive accolades for doing the absolute bare minimum. Now, contrast that attitude with Black people, whose history of active exclusion from fully participating in society has resulted in the ongoing mantra, that we have to work three times as hard, and be twice as good, to succeed in the world.

 

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A Soliloquy of Sorts: The Glorification of White Crime

daughterofmulan:

Take a facet of crime, and then look at television shows/movies that feature those criminals as protagonists.

White mobs.

White pirates.

White serial killers.

White political corruption

White drug dealers

I mostly want to talk about this as a TV phenomenon, but pick a crime, any crime, and Western media has probably made a movie/TV series/play/etc. with a white person that romanticizes the criminal activity. No matter what, a white person can do whatever terrible crimes and still have a TV/movie fanbase that loves them.

When you see black or brown people committing crimes on screen, you are to see them thugs and criminal masterminds and people to be beat down.

When you see white people committing crimes on screen, you see a three-dimensional portrait of why someone might commit that crime, how criminals are people too, and how you should even love them for the crimes that they commit because they’re just providing for their families or they’ve wronged or they’re just people and not perfect. This is particularly a luxury given to white male characters, since there few white female criminals as protagonists.

If and of the above shows were about black or brown folks, there would be a backlash of (white) people claiming that TV and movies are romanticizing criminals and are treating them too much like heroes and that it will affect viewers and encourage violence and “thuggish” behavior. And yet fictional white criminals get to have a deep fanbase who loves these white criminals, receive accolades and awards, get called amazing television that portray the complexities of human nature. Viewers of these characters see past the atrocious crimes and into their humanity, a luxury that white characters always have while characters of color rarely do. The closest that mainstream TV has come to showing black criminals as main characters is probably The Wire, and even then, the criminals share equal screen time and equal status as main characters as the police trying to stop them.

The idea that crime can be so heavily romanticized and glorified to such a degree is undoubtedly a privilege given to white characters. The next time you hear someone talk about Dexter Morgan or Walter White in a positive way, it may be an opportunity to rethink how white people can always able to be seen as people no matter what they do, while everyone else can be boiled down to nothing but a criminal.

‘Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur’ Series Headed to Disney Channel — GEEKS OF COLOR

Disney Channel has ordered Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, an original animated series based on Marvel’s hit comic books, from Disney Television Animation. Executive produced by Laurence Fishburne and Helen Sugland’s Cinema Gypsy Productions (ABC’s Black-ish), Marvel Animation & Family Entertainment, and Emmy® Award-winner Steve Loter (Disney’s Kim Possible), the series follows the adventures of […]

via ‘Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur’ Series Headed to Disney Channel — GEEKS OF COLOR

D23 Expo: Things we learned from the Disney+ Panel — The Nerds of Color

Here’s the lowdown on the new Disney + app coming in November!

Disney+ made its D23 Expo debut this afternoon with a presentation filled with several classic movies and TV series and new original content for their new streaming service at the Anaheim Convention Center. The showcase was met with cheers as actress Yvette Nicole Brown, who stars in Disney+ live action film Lady and the Tramp, […]

via D23 Expo: Things we learned from the Disney+ Panel — The Nerds of Color

Hi!

Yes, I’m still here. Just taking a short break.

I started a new job in a new department, and I’m busy making adjustments….to the department. The place requires some much needed straightening out, and I’m having fun doing it, although I suspect my co-workers think I’m not happy, since I have one of those bitchy resting faces, that never looks happy, even when I’m actually smiling.

Anyway, it’s approaching that time of year, the holidays in the US, when I seem to be at my most tired, and also when the most interesting shows and movies appear. But I’m a soldier. I can do this, as long as I get some frequent naps, which I have been working very hard on.

I’ll be back next week with some enthusiastic reviews of forthcoming silliness on tv and in movies. I’ll be posting about the new shows come September, we’ll take another ride in the Wayback Machine, we’ll talk about some movies, and chill with some Netflix. Currently I’m watching the new season of The Terror, and Netflix’s Wu Assassins.

Hopefully, I can distract y’all from your problems, and/or help you get your geek on.

TTFN!

In Memoriam: Rutger Hauer (1944-2019) — Funk’s House of Geekery

Sad news my geeky friends. This one actually hurts almost as bad as when Robin Williams died.

https://variety.com/2019/film/news/rutger-hauer-dead-dies-blade-runner-co-star-1203278050/

Well friends and neighbors I’m not gonna lie this one stings. In fact it hurts worse than a replicant breaking my fingers. It is my very sad duty to report that Dutch actor Rutger Hauer has died at the age of seventy-five after a brief illness. The actor, credited with an amazing 174 acting credits […]

via In Memoriam: Rutger Hauer (1944-2019) — Funk’s House of Geekery

 

 

Summer Playlist 2019.

I’ve had a very depressing week. Many of us have had to get away from the media, for a while, because the brain can only handle so much bad news that it can do nothing at all about.

This Summer, I’m experiencing a little music nostalgia, but then that’s something that’s never far from me. As I get older, it feels inevitable to think back to my youth, even though I am generally not a nostalgic person. I often remember moments like snapshots in time, the way the light fell on a particular Summer day, or looking out the window of a bus at a particular landscape.

I try to counter nostalgia by keeping my perspective, and  remembering that things WERE NOT perfect when I was younger. The problems were simply different, though just as terrifying as right now. One of the ways I maintain hope for the future is by reveling in the GOOD things humanity has produced. We are not all bad. I realize that’s poor consolation when the bad guys seem to be winning, but that what I got. As awful as we can be to each other, we are a species worth saving, and beautiful music is one those reasons.

I hope some of these songs make you feel good, even if, unlike me,  you don’t have any specific memories to go along with them. I hope that you listen to them and are soothed for a little while.

 

Lets Do It Again – Staple Singers

This is for those Summer Sunday love scenes:

 

 

Sunflower – Post Malone

I love this song, and its been on my Playlist since December. This is dedicated to all the mild mannered, carefree Black boys, just hangin’ out with their friends, trying to hit up the neighborhood hottie, and keepin’  it musical:

 

 

Easy – Commodores

This is another Sunday morning song, for when you ain’t got nothing in particular to do, and you’re laying in bed, feeling good about the day ahead:

 

 

It Feels Like Summer – Childish Gambino

This song perfectly captures those days in the middle of Summer, when its too hot to do anything but sit on the porch, with a cold glass of iced tea, and watch the world ride by:

 

 

Love and Happiness – Al Green

This is another one of those Sunday songs. I got a lot of these, since Sunday is really one of the only days of the week I have off from work, or medical appointments:

 

 

Y’all Know – Will Smith

Here’s something a little more upbeat. I’ve been playing songs for chilling around the house, but this is for those Saturday afternoons, when you’ve just had some sugar, got a little more energy, and you’re hangin’ out with, and entertaining the kids:

 

 

Apeshit – Beyonce

I love this song because it reminds me of all those years of art school, and its Beyonce, in the Louvre, exactly where such a beautiful artist belongs. She continues to impress me:

 

 

Kika – 6ix9ine

This song has a lot of cussin’ in it, but in my head, its a classic Summer jam. There’s no deep messages in it beyond drinkin’, partyin’, dancin’, and having fun!

 

Street Life – Randy Crawford

This song reminds me of Saturday afternoons, watching Soul Train with my Mom, or any relatives that happened to wander into the house:

 https://youtu.be/cnNyxy7XPfs

 

Higher Love – Steve Winwood

I was not a Winwood fan before he made this song, but I’ve been one ever since. Every time I hear it, I wanna dance, and sing along. It’s addictive, and I like the message. A higher love indeed💕

 

 

I’ll post later this week about the kinds of things you can do, and what is being done for immigrant children, who are being held in Concentration Camps here in the US. I don’t want to be like the news and just present bad news to you with no way to help alleviate people’s pain, or provide any real information. You feel helpless, but you can help, and we’ll will talk about how.

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