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i see lucy as a racist film that plays on negative stereotypes while hiding behind the cover of (white) feminism.
all this film has done is switch out the white man for a white woman. it’s still a film about a white person getting violated by the evil poc, then gaining power and wiping them out.
here’s 2 of my favourite scenes from the trailer:
from top to left to right:
KEEP CLEAN 保持清潔，APPLE 蘋果，ONION 洋蔥，GRAPE 葡萄，
CHAIR 椅子EDIT: sorry it says ORANGE 橘子，TOMATO 番茄
traditional chinese is an actual written language used by millions of people, not symbols to be thrown around at the whim of set designers because they look cool and idk, serves to create a menacing asian atmosphere. this is so disrespectful, and made even worse by the fact that this film in set it taipei, taiwan where the official written language is traditional chinese.
it doesn’t matter that this film caters to a primarily “white” audience who won’t be able to read it, the language and culture of taiwan isn’t something for you to twist and use as you deem fit because it’s “exotic.”
lucy shoots a guy for not being able to speak english.
she l i t e r a l l y shoots this taiwanese taxi driver, in taiwan for not being able to speak english. she’s in taipei and she’s shooting people as they are of no use to her because they don’t speak english.
just think about the sort of message that’s sending out. she’s not being “bad-ass strong female character who takes no shit,” she’s saying that english is useful and better. this is the type of harmful ideology that stretches all the way back from when western countries were colonising and forcing their language and customs on other countries.
let me explain with a real life example. i was born in new zealand to two taiwanese parents. i am fluent in english, but mandarin is conversational at best. my friends in taiwan say that i am “so lucky” to speak fluent english, when they are fluent in mandarin and their english level is no worse than my mandarin. they tell me that they want to perfect their english but in the same breath tell me that mandarin isn’t worth perfecting because i have english and that’s “enough”. they also tell me how pretty my white friends are when they see pictures.
this is the type of neo imperialism ideology that they’ve grown up buying into. it honestly hurts and frustrates me that they belittle their own culture like this, honestly believing that the western world is superior. this is the type of neo imperialism ideology that this film (hopefully unintentionally) promotes: white people are better and will save the day.
if they wanted to film a movie about a white women getting back at those who had violated her, why not film it in a western country? if they wanted to film it in taiwan, why not find an asian lead actress?
i do agree that we need more women protagonists in action/superhero movies, but not like this. its not okay that the female lead needs to be kidnapped and have her body cut open without her consent in order to gain her powers, and those said those powers do not make any of this racist bullshit okay.
i am just so tired and angry of poc always being brushed off to the side as either props or villains in mainstream media.
as a poc, it’s so frustrating to see that the of the standard of beauty still white women when we live in multi-cultural societies and a diverse world.
feminism is about equality. a film in which poc are presented as evil and inferior before being killed off by a superior white woman does not promote equality.
imagine steve rogers finding out people were saying that girls and women shouldn’t wear captain america merchandise and uploading a youtube video of him that consists of like seven minutes of him reading the stupid comments out loud in silly voices and laughing
"There is a fundamental concern that the content of such magazines normalises the treatment of women as sexual objects. We are not killjoys or prudes who think that there should be no sexual information and media for young people. But are teenage boys and young men best prepared for fulfilling love and sex when they normalise views about women that are disturbingly close to those mirrored in the language of sexual offenders?" -Dr. Peter Hegarty
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ok so i just came out the other side of snowpiercer and it was great, traumatic but great and i really liked it. and i know the film addresses so many issues, the least important of which was curtis’ split-second aversion to entomophagy but whatever that’s what i want to talk about so here we go (warnings for veganism and my own shoddy grasp of social constructs)
there’s that scene where he’s in the food processing compartment and he looks down into mincing machine and sees hundreds of insects (possibly crustacea?) being ground up and clarified into the protein blocks that they’d all been forced to eat for years and years—the whole thing is done in a way that encourages shock and disgust, curtis himself is totally revulsed—and i just. idk i don’t get it. i mean obviously the conditions those people endured were horrific and they would have been grossly malnourished………but would curtis have been SO VERY SHOCKED!!!!!!!! if he’d looked down to see beef or chicken being churned up and out of that machine? earlier in the film another character was reminiscing about the smell of steak and, stepping away from snowpiercer for a second, i just do not understand the stigma that surrounds some animal products but not others; the selective personhood that we afford cats but not cattle, our aversion to eating insects when gelatin and isinglass derived products sit readily on our shelves. i realise that it’s the result of some pretty insidious and pervasive socialisation but it’s still just so strange. even when i ate meat i never understood the distinction. ‘it is ok to exploit and enslave [points to pig] this animal for my taste and convenience, but not [points to dog] that one’. ‘it is acceptable to use bones to discolour my sugar but bugs are gross don’t eat bugs’. idk i don’t mean to get all evangelical up in here i just wanted to express my….??? bewilderment i guess. our spotty self-imposed taboos are weird. westerners are weird.
(also until quite recently starbucks used coechineal (crushed up bugs) in a lot of their products. yoplait and snapple still do.)
black widow : important comics
itsy bitsy spider / devin grayson & jg jones
breakdown / devin grayson, greg rucka & scott hampton
name of the rose / marjorie liu & daniel acuna
black widow / nathan edmondson & phil noto
amazing spider-man #86 / stan lee & john romita, jim mooney
kiss or kill (#06-08) / duane swierczynski & garcia charalampidis, manuel garcia
fear itself: black widow / cullen bunn & peter nguyen
punisher: war zone #02 / greg rucka & carmine di giandomenico
avengers assemble #12-13 / kelly sue deconnick & peter woods, mark bagley
avengers assemble #14AU / al ewing & butch guice
a+x #10 / b. clay moore & kris anka
- volume 1, #81-124, #187-189, #368-371 / gerry conway & gene colan, frank miller & klaus janson, joe kelly & gene colan
- volume 2, #1-8, #61-64 (download) / kevin smith & joe quesada, brian michael bendis & alex maleev
- volume 1, #1-21 / warren ellis & various
- captain america and the secret avengers / kelly sue deconnick & greg tocchini
- volume 2 / nick spencer & luke ross, butch guice
captain america volume 5 (#25-619) / ed brubaker & various
widowmaker / jim mccann & david lopez
captain america & black widow (#636-640) / cullen bunn & francesco francavilla
winter soldier (#01-14) / ed brubaker & butch guice
avengers assemble #18 / ksd & barry kitson
marvel’s the avengers: the black widow strikes / fred van lente & various
this mini suffers from some questionable art in places, but it’s generally well written and offers a bit more of an insight into mcu natasha’s past and what drives her. it’s sort of a take on the itsy bitsy spider storyline from 616, updated for the mcu. it’s worth a read imo
I’m actually concerned for boys who complain about how different girls look without makeup. Like did you think eyeshadow permanently alters a girls eyelid? Are you frightened when people change clothes