“I can’t accept that. I can’t accept that there was only one black woman in the entire film, who delivered one line and who we never saw again. I can’t accept that the bad guys were Asian and that although in China, Lucy’s roommate says, “I mean, who speaks Chinese? I don’t speak Chinese!” I can’t accept that in Hercules, which I also saw this weekend, there were no people of color except for Dwayne Johnson himself and his mixed-race wife, whose skin was almost alabaster. I can’t accept that she got maybe two lines and was then murdered. I can’t accept that the “primitive tribe” in Hercules consisted of dark-haired men painted heavily, blackish green, to give their skin (head-to-toe) a darker appearance, so the audience could easily differentiate between good and bad guys by the white vs. dark skin. I can’t accept that during the previews, Exodus: Gods and Kings, a story about Moses leading the Israelite slaves out of Egypt, where not a single person of color is represented, casts Sigourney Weaver and Joel Edgerton to play Egyptians. I can’t accept that in the preview for Kingsman: The Secret Service, which takes place in London, features a cast of white boys and not a single person of Indian descent, which make up the largest non-white ethnic group in London. I can’t accept that in stories about the end of the world and the apocalypse, that somehow only white people survive. I can’t accept that while my daily life is filled with black and brown women, they are completely absent, erased, when I look at a TV or movie screen.s”—Olivia Cole - Lucy: Why I’m Tired of Seeing White People on the Big Screen (via noely-g)
If you pay any attention to pop culture coverage, you’ve probably read about the lack of diversity in comics (as well as just about everywhere else). I’ve raised this issue myself on multiple occasions, but I have also been very critical of those critics that bemoan the lack of diversity in comics—both within the pages of comics, and within the ranks of creators—but who do little to mention who and what is out there. The truth is there is a problem with a lack diversity and representation in comics (and all facets of pop culture), but the other truth is that there are some truly amazing people doing some truly amazing work out there. And I ran into quite a few of them at SDCC 2014.
David Walker provides a rundown of some of the immensely talented (and underappreciated!) gentlemen of Comic-con.
“When I do charity events dressed as Batgirl, all the children of color are absolutely overjoyed. They literally embrace me and I can see them realize that their own race and skin color is not a hindrance to their creativity, as everything they see and experience has been telling them ever since they were old enough to process media.
The white children are hesitant and some attempt to quiz me or insist that I’m not ‘right’ or ‘real’. They are repeating what they have been told and what they have seen all their lives. I explain that Batman believes that anyone can be a hero if they are a good person and work hard, no matter what they look like. So of course Batgirl and Robin can be Black or Chinese or Spanish or anything, because that doesn’t change who they are.
The kids accept this and by the end of the event we’re all holding hands and talking about video games. I think representation is more important than ‘accuracy’ and I won’t be involved with an organization that doesn’t agree with that.”—
Jay Justice, on whether costumers who dress for charity events should only portray characters ‘accurately’ or not, with implications that ‘accuracy’ means that a non white person should limit themselves to canonical characters of color. (via msjayjustice)
Do you ever think you'll stop drawing fanart? No offense it just seems like the kind of thing you're supposed to grow out of. I'm just curious what your plans/goals are since it isn't exactly an art form that people take seriously.
Ah, fanart. Also known as the art that girls make.
Sad, immature girls no one takes seriously. Girls who are taught that it’s shameful to be excited or passionate about anything, that it’s pathetic to gush about what attracts them, that it’s wrong to be a geek, that they should feel embarrassed about having a crush, that they’re not allowed to gaze or stare or wish or desire. Girls who need to grow out of it.
That’s the art you mean, right?
Because in my experience, when grown men make it, nobody calls it fanart. They just call it art. And everyone takes it very seriously.
Okay, DON’T just look at the gif, see the music lable and think you get the joke. ACTUALLY LISTEN. It gets funnier the more I listen; this cat really thinks he is in a jaeger marching out to battle, and is even marching to the beat.
This is the audio track I built for our SDCC 2014 Masquerade entry entitled “Be a Fan.” A few members of our group sang their character parts, my wife and I recorded the rest of the solo parts, along with the chorus, and I layered multiple versions of all our singers for the different chorus bits to fill out the sound depth. All of it is layered over a karaoke track of “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” from the film Mulan.
Here are the opening dialogue lines and subsequent lyrics:
FANBOY: Man, I can’t believe I got dragged to this nerdfest! If I ever find those guys, I’ll make them pay for ditching—-
(bumps into MAL COSPLAYER)
MALCOLM REYNOLDS: Oh, pardon.
FANBOY: What are you supposed to be, some kind of…space cowboy?
MAL: Malcolm Reynolds. (beat) Firefly? (waits for reaction) You HAVE seen the show, right?
FANBOY: I haven’t seen ANY of this stuff. Why would I?
MAL: Let’s get down to business I tell you no lie No show past or present Can beat Fi-refly
Take a cowboy trip into the black And you can bet before we’re through Mister, I’ll make a fan Out of you.
GALADRIEL: Toss the Ring in Mordor To the fires within. Elves and dwarves will aid you So we’re sure to win.
DOCTOR: If you need help—any time or place— You can call the Doctor.
DOCTOR: Come now, I’ll make a fan Out of you.
TOPH: Watch Aang become the Avatar Water and Earth and Fire Bending air that Twinkle Toes can really fly
HERMIONE: Come live at a Wizard school Learning spells with Harry Potter
DANERYS: When you play the Game of Thrones you win or die…
ALL: BE A FAN You must be swift as the League of Justice BE A FAN Keep Battlestar on its Earth-bound course BE A FAN Obey the heart of the Prime Directive Mysterious as the Dark Side of the Force
BE A FAN You must be swift as the League of Justice BE A FAN Keep Battlestar on its Earth-bound course BE A FAN Obey the heart of the Prime Directive Mysterious as the Dark Side of the Force Hoo-ah!
“People want to believe gender is something that’s essential, and people repeat these essentialist ideas all the time. ‘Oh, women do that’ and ‘Oh, men do that’ and the reality is that all women don’t anything. We as individuals do what we do, you know, and sometimes that’s informed by gender and sometimes it’s just who we are. And I think all that just makes people really, really uncomfortable because they don’t want to think about who they are.”—
I don't have any grudge against you for what you ship or anything but it is a little creepy that you're a 30 something year old who has been married and is probably double the age of most people you're interacting with here. That'd be like a 20 year old going onto Club Penguin or some shit and giving out to the kids on there and telling them what to do. Um.
Ohhhh I see, you’re one of the people who think Tumblr is a special teenagers’ club, as opposed to a blogging platform frequented by people of all ages.
Most of the people I’m friendliest with here are in their twenties or thirties. Some in their forties and beyond. Fandom isn’t just for teens, though it is absolutely for them too. I do have some friends that are teenagers. One of the things that’s great about coming here is despite things like age and the fact we live in different countries, we still enjoy things together.
“That and we’re occasionally yelling about how the cast should be more diverse. And I support that yelling, because that yelling made a difference and I have no personal investment in making JJ Abrams feel good. I’ve seen a lot of pieces start with “outrage about a lack of female characters in the new Star Wars might have been premature,” and that’s just false. The outrage is what got us more women in Star Wars. I don’t know what joy anyone is getting out of saying “I told you so” to people who had a valid concern. I understand being annoyed by the outrage internet, but we’re talking about Disney and Star Wars, there needs to be a significant and noticeable reaction to get them to do anything. We need a lot of voices to yell loud enough so they can hear us in the money tower.”—Latino-Review (via tkeiralea)