90s Animal Planet:Animals are cool, kids! They can be your friends! But watch out, some are dangerous! Ooh, watch Jeff Corwin handle the most venomous snake in Africa! Aw, look at the tiger babies! Oh, let's learn about conserving the environment! Remember kids, we must respect this planet, because it's the animals' home as well!
2013 Animal Planet:ANIMALS WILL FUCKING KILL YOU. And guess what? PARASITES WILL TOO! Yes I know those aren't really animals, I guess. OH YEAH HERE'S SOME PSEUDO-SCIENCE ABOUT BIGFOOT. He's an animal too, right? WATCH THIS WOMAN GET EATEN BY HER PET CHIMPANZEE. ANIMALS ARE SCARY, KIDS. BE CAUTIOUS AROUND YOUR PET LIZARD OK. oh look kittens!
90s History Channel:Here kids, we're gonna talk about this society today. History from all time periods and all countries. Isn't this stuff fascinating? Watch us dig up a tomb!
Early 2000's History Channel:So there's this guy named Hitler. And he's pretty bad. Let us tell you how bad Hitler is. Hitler. Hitler. Hitler. Hitler. More Hiltler. Hey have you heard about this guy named Hitler?
2013 History Channel:Aliens moonshiners aliens rednecks aliens pawnshops aliens aliens aliens hey have we mentioned aliens because aliens
If you are literate enough to read my profile and quote a tiny bit of it back to me in the hope that you will appear kind and caring and super attentive, than you can read the other bits of my profile which state that I am only looking for friends and new people to meet in my area and thus do not appreciate being referred to as “quite a catch.”
If you could answer this privately that would be awesome (unless you don't wanna answer or if you want to answer publicly, that's awesome too), I was wondering if I should include blatant racism even in a series set in a different world. I can understand prejudices, but would having no racism make the world seem, I don't know, too fake? I'm including as many different ethnicities as I possibly can because that's just how the characters feel to me, but I wanted to ask a couple people I respect.
I mean, if there is some sort of narrative in your other world that includes people who look different and are treated differently because of that, then I think racism makes sense. I mean it’s hard for me to believe that everybody in a world would be automatically equal. It all depends on the way it works into your story.
Which have been the best fandoms for you as a woman of color? Worst?
I would say the best is definitely Tamora Pierce; which isn’t surprising considering the type of stuff she writes. I mean, Tammy was a social worker for years and it definitely shows in most of her books. Her earlier stuff was sometimes problematic—but as a fandom, we acknowledge that and that’s great.
The worst is definitely LOTR. I’m not even in the fandom and they’ve come at me, racial slurs flying.
hollywood sure has an easy time finding brown and black people to play terrorists, thugs, drug dealers, gangsters, servants, “barbarians”, hypersexualized or desexualized caricatures but all of a sudden you need a lead role and
gosh where did they go i swear we put them here right after zero dark thirty??
i hate the very idea of that magritte shirt. then again, when i was 15 i wrote a paper on foucault’s short book about that same damn painting, so as a teenager i probably would’ve worn the shirt too.
Reading TFIOS is like looking back on the most embarrassing, “deep,” “trying so hard to be artsy” moments of my childhood, sticking them on white upper middle class kids, adding the plotline of a walk to remember, and then being hit on the head with the resulting explosion.