What did I say? Did I not say this was dark-sided?
how about putting some POC on your show?
Can I get a black/brown person thats not a damn barbarian/slave or lying snake? How bout that for drawing my attention?
Does ANYBODY of color work at HBO? Like, this is the classic example of Missing the Point(TM). Wow, that they think to draw in more Black/Latino people is to use Hip-Hop and not cast them in diverse and significant roles in their programming, or hire them to write shows, or direct shows, or run shows, is really all kinds of problematic and why nearly 75% of their viewership is white. Don’t act like that concerns you when you pull nonsense like this, HBO. I mean seriously.
When I go to contemporary Asian restaurants, like Wolfgang Puck’s now-shuttered 20.21 in Minneapolis and Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Spice Market in New York City, it seems the entrées are always in the $16–$35 range and the only identifiable person of color in the kitchen is the dishwasher. The menus usually include little blurbs about how the chefs used to backpack in the steaming jungles of the Far East (undoubtedly stuffing all the herbs and spices they could fit into said backpacks along the way, for research purposes), and were so inspired by the smiling faces of the very generous natives—of which there are plenty of tasteful black-and-white photos on the walls, by the way—and the hospitality, oh, the hospitality, that they decided the best way to really crystallize that life-changing experience was to go back home and sterilize the cuisine they experienced by putting some microcilantro on that $20 curry to really make it worthy of the everyday American sophisticate. American chefs like to talk fancy talk about “elevating” or “refining” third-world cuisines, a rhetoric that brings to mind the mission civilisatrice that Europe took on to justify violent takeovers of those same cuisines’ countries of origin. In their publicity materials, Spice Market uses explicitly objectifying language to describe the culture they’re appropriating: “A timeless paean to Southeast Asian sensuality, Spice Market titillates Manhattan’s Meatpacking District with Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s piquant elevations of the region’s street cuisine.” The positioning of Western aesthetics as superior, or higher, than all the rest is, at its bottom line, an expression of the idea that no culture has value unless it has been “improved” by the Western Midas touch. If a dish hasn’t been eaten or reimagined by a white person, does it really exist?
Andrew Zimmern, host of Bizarre Foods, often claims that to know a culture, you must eat their food. I’ve eaten Vietnamese food my whole life, but there’s still so much that I don’t understand about my family and the place we came from. I don’t know why we can be so reticent, yet so emotional; why Catholicism, the invaders’ religion, still has such a hold on them; why we laugh so hard even at times when there’s not much to laugh about. After endless plates of com bi, banh xeo, and cha gio, I still don’t know what my grandmother thinks about when she prays.
The romance industry conflates finding love with looking a certain way, and it’s hard even for the strongest of us not to internalize messages about the way we look. And worse, these messages are normalized. Just think of things people say when they are getting ready to date someone: ‘He’s cute,’ ‘He’s short,’ ‘He’s kind of chubby,’ ‘He’s tall and fine.’ Or men: ‘I prefer slender girls,’ ‘I’m not really into fat girls,’ ‘I prefer Asian chicks,’ and on and on. It is completely acceptable to say the most appalling things about the way people look when it comes to dating, and if someone is called out for it, their opinion becomes a matter of ‘preference.’What gets ignored in calling this level of categorization ‘just preference’ is a history and culture of mainstream advertising that impacts our psychology, causing us to actually want to respond to certain things over others. It’s hardly a coincidence that people are attracted to images of femininity that have been beaten into their psyches….We are taught to prefer certain things over others, and when we repeatedly see the same exaggerated images of femininity and masculinity, we internalize a specific standard of beauty and begin to strive for it unconsciously. Considering the exaggerated nature of these kinds of images, preference is not really a ‘preference’; it is more like a culturally sanctioned fetish.
The ‘who cares?’ reaction to people side-eyeing Jared Leto for not only playing a trans woman, but winning the Oscar for his role and failing to mention trans women in his speech is ridiculous. An actual trans actress in that role would have been revolutionary.You should care. Trans women matter, their stories matter, and they deserve to be represented on screen.
Actually, I’m sorry that you seem to be a little misinformed, but he did notably mention his support. He addressed more than just trans women and a lot of people are missing that.
“When he took home the Golden Globe for Rayon back in January, I called his remarks ‘self-centered and juvenile’ and joined many critics in finding his jokes about the difficulties of Brazilian waxing in very poor taste, considering the true physical struggles transgender people like his character can endure. I ended that assessment hoping that next time, Leto would have ‘basic notes prepared that won’t mock the very people of whom you’re supposedly a champion.’”
For this speech, he said something about “36 million people who have lost the battle to AIDS” and dedicated his award “to those of you out there who have ever felt injustice because of who you are or who you love”… that sounds nice but effectively avoids having to acknowledge trans women specifically. I have done this whole “avoiding speaking about anything concerning trans women or trans men because i don’t feel like dealing with the fallout if i slip and say something that offends people” thing before… so i know exactly what it looks like.
Him shying away from saying the term trans women here in conjunction with making those inappropriate comments before makes me think he may not recognize the humanity of trans women, just took the role as a challenging, potentially award-winning role, that could change his career again…. not a chance to bring a character to life whose existence he values.
My guess is a lot of people are thinking like over at Slate from the privileged or low-expectations (or privilege of having low expectations that aren’t life threatening) point-of-view
"The relevant lines could have been less vague (the word transgender did not appear). But then, waxing jokes were avoided and the relevant lines seemed heart-felt, so I say we call it a net improvement.”
but he can’t say trans women or refer to trans women without mocking them or including a bunch of others so that he doesn’t have to look them squarely in the eyes and show them respect, specifically. That’s not even knife in 9 inches and out 6. That’s like in 9 and out 1/2 inch while turned 30 degrees.
Ellen Page said she’d been scared to reveal her truth, and in response way too many people responded with, ”In other news, the sky is blue.” The fact that so many felt comfortable being that rude to someone who’d just publicly shared a private struggle speaks volumes about how important they consider the issues of gay women to be. We should be wary of these people. People like them are why so many believe this country is post-racial or post-feminist when this country is racist as fuck and hates women.
Take 5 minutes to watch this interview of Jesse Williams take on the Michael Dunn trial
If only I could be as polite and civil as he was in the interview.
When people of colour are expected to educate white people as to their humanity, when women are expected to educate men, lesbians and gay men are expected to educate the heterosexual world, the oppressors maintain their position and evade their responsibility for their own actions.
I am so tired of niceness politics, of supposed emotional correctness.
I do not have to be kind to someone who holds dangerous opinions about how people should be treated. I do not owe tolerance or acceptance or the dirt under my pinky nails to anyone who thinks I am subhuman, and asking that anyone respect regressive ideologies just allows those ideologies to remain in power and allows people to keep getting hurt.
I do not owe respect to someone who does not respect me.
First time getting a response from one of the main cast members on twitter and I got my head chewed off…
No she just called out your racist BS of “all black people look alike” doctrine. Then again you are a glee fan and likely find that racist ass Mercedes/Unique shit funny. So miss me with your white girl problems. Thanks…
"got my head chewed off"? no, you didn’t. all she said is it isn’t her and there was no reason to assume it was. do you realize how many times this has happened? the "no one even saw her face before assuming" gives you a hint as to how many times she’d been asked about this alone. But people also assumed she was the girl on Good Luck Charlie (who looks nothing like her) and just about any other thick Black woman…
all you have to do is be Black and so many white people will think someone else who is also Black is you. do you get how ridiculous that is? and to assume someone with the talent of Amber Riley would sing backup for fucking Miley Cyrus?!?! this is just insulting.
this “got my head chewed off” business is nothing more than this fandom continuing to try to make her into an “angry Black woman”.