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- japan ≠ korea ≠ china
- pakistan is not in the middle east
- most muslims aren’t arabs
- geishas are not prostitutes
- mexico is a very small part of latin america
- there are 54 countries in africa
- china has 56 different ethnic groups and none of them eat chop suey
- singapore is not part of china
- most singaporeans speak english as their first language, please don’t ask, “why is your English so good”
Please don’t tell girls “The boy who’s picking on you actually just likes you”
Even if it’s true, you shouldn’t teach girls to respect that sort of affection.
And you should definitely not teach boys that expressing their attraction to women through violence and disrespect is ok.
i hate whenever you suggest a poc actor for a mcu role and all these comic book assholes crawl out of the woodwork and raise a finger going “eeehhh excuse me but doctor strange / janet van dyne / etc etc etc was white in the comics, soooooo” like thank u im so glad u have pointed out that comics written 50 years ago by racist white people didnt have any diversity in them i mean gosh thats really relevant to a movie casting decision in 2014
Forgive me if this comes off rude, but why are not looking forward to Age of Ultron?
not at all! it’s not necessarily that i’m not looking forward to aou in particular (although i do have my reservations about the movie from what little we know of it). i’m wary of the road the mcu is heading down in a much broader sense. thus far, every single solo film released by the studio has starred a white, straight, cis man–and if the movies announced for phase three are any indication, that’s not a pattern marvel intends to break anytime soon. fans have been clamoring for a black widow film since her role in the avengers made natasha a household name, but instead, we get confirmation of ant-man and doctor strange (both of whom non-comics fans are markedly less familiar with), and feige hailing captain america: the winter soldier as ”basically a black widow movie”.
“Are you’re doing a Black Widow movie?” And part of me wanted to say, “Well, we did, and it’s called Captain America: The Winter Soldier.Wait until you see it! (x)
…okay, feige. on top of that, he doesn’t seem to have a very good grasp on why ignoring the company’s women, poc, and queer characters (many of whom are very accessible to budding fans, and whose stories could all too easily be adapted for the big screen) is unacceptable. rather than acknowledge the fact that the mcu has not been very diverse, and that it can stand to do better, he kind of…gave himself a pat on the back for incorporating minorities at all, even though the few existent ones occupy minor roles with limited amounts of screentime.
With Widow what’s great is the interaction with all the team members, and the question is whether we want to pluck her out of that. I’m very proud of the way the Marvel movies handle the female characters who are in all the movies we are making, as opposed to feeling the pressure of ‘When are you doing a female movie?’ We’re exploring a lot of Widow, and that’s going to continue with Age of Ultron in a big way. (x)
characters like thor, iron man, and captain america are allowed the opportunity to interact with their teammates in ensemble movies like the avengers, while also benefiting from their own, separate franchises–but natasha’s a different story…i wonder why that might be. they’ve also been fairly evasive about the speculation surrounding captain marvel or black panther being adapted for the silver screen; some fans have high hopes for an announcement at sdcc next week, but i’m hesitant to get my hopes up on that count.
so, ultimately, all of this ties closely into aou, which is precisely what its predecessor was–a film that focuses primarily on a bunch of white, male superheroes, and congratulates itself on the few women it spotlights. to add insult to injury, whedon cast wanda and pietro maximoff (who will make their debut in this film) with white actors, despite the fact that they are canonically romani jews. in fact, there are a lot of issues with whedon’s handling of the maximoffs, from the weird, ableist descriptions of wanda’s mental illness (this is a habit of whedon’s. see: river tam and drusilla) to the fact that the post-credits scene at the end of the winter soldier shows us that they’re currently in the hands of von strucker, a nazi. all in all, the erasure of the maximoff twins’ heritage has some super gross implications, since the discrimination their parents faced was so important to their legacy–especially when you take into account that mutants (or “miracles” as they’ll be known in the mcu) are essentially one big metaphor for minority groups.
and, of course, people are wary of the extent to which tony stark’s presence will dominate aou. the mcu capitalizes…very heavily on rdj’s popularity as an actor and (by proxy) his recognizability as a character within the franchise. in the avengers, he received the most screentime, despite the fact that thor was the brother of the film’s main villain (which meant that his perspective was arguably much more relevant to the narrative), and he was ultimately the one who had a hero’s epiphany and saved the day. he now has three solo movies under his belt, and yet whedon is reorienting the plot of aou around him…which has fans concerned about a repeat scenario.
this was longer than i meant it to be, but these are some of the qualms i have going into aou. there are bright spots, obviously–like the confirmation that sam and rhodey will make appearances (though i doubt their roles will be very large), and that natasha will play a more significant part. but, generally…i’m pretty leery about it.
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