Heroes One and All

Bloggin 'bout representation in Superhero media, social justice, and geeking out.
  • male character being a little shit: can't you see the complexity of his psyche? can't you just UNDERSTAND how much of a flawlessly flawed human being he is? or even, can't you see all the trauma and pressure he's been exposed to? every rose has their thorns, and those thorns can be incredibly beautiful
  • female character being a little shit: OMG THAT USELESS FUCKING BITCH DARED HURTING MY CUTIE PIE???? she must die lol such a flat character with no serious motives other than being a fucking bitch and breathing the oxygen of my lovelies
  • nonbinary character being a little shit: what is a nonbinary character

Remember, being offended provides no objective indication of ‘right’ and ‘wrong’. It’s nothing more than a barometer of your own emotional control.

Ricky Gervais (via thatlitsite)

I’m sorry but

fucking barf

An offensive work is not bad because it hurt people’s feelings

A bad work is offensive because it is a fucking morally bereft travesty

Offensiveness is a symptom, an indication of the wrongness. It is not why the work is wrong. The content of the work itself (and its implications) is the problem.

And having an emotional response to a moral outrage is a sign of humanity and empathy. That should never be shamed. 

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(via acceber74)

On Keke Palmer and the bullshit term “new black”

chescaleigh:

enchanted-dystopia:

Can one of you enlightened “stay woke” humans explain what “New Black” means, because it seems to me there’s no common thread aside from famous Black people who don’t “pass” for a media stereotype. 

Donald Glover is “new black” even with lyrics like:
we all look the same to the cops, ain’t that good enough?
the black experience is black and serious
cause being black, my experience, is no one hearin’ us
white kids get to wear whatever hat they want
when it comes to black kids one size fits all

But then so is Keke Palmer? for saying what MLK said, just less eloquently. I mean, I’m not really here for the “I don’t see color” bullshit, but I don’t think she ever even implied that. Her biggest problem is that she felt the need to say something, even when it didn’t match the severity of what’s happening in Ferguson. She’s not a journalist or a refutable source, she’s a girl who starred in a spelling bee movie and didn’t have to go to college because she’s still rich from that. 

Pharrel is new black because he coined the term. But, there you go, using it as an insult to other people, when the name itself is insulting and demeaning. As if Black people could possibly be responsible for their “old problems” of systemic racism and slavery and income and education inequality. I think the only thing he was right about is that there is a mentality that accompanies being disenfranchised where you can either succumb and feed into the system, or you can play the game, beat it, and rise above it. Maybe he tried to say that, but what he said instead was stupid. Much like his hat and the song “Happy.”

But what I really hear when people call people “new black” is more divisive in-fighting in the “Black Community.” It’s calling people an oreo because they didn’t conform to a stereotype that discredits us. If you want to say that Keke Palmer is aloof, uneducated, and too-far removed from the world we actually live in, by all means. But to go as far as to call her a “house nigger” and “new black” seems like exactly what the other team wants. 

I wouldn’t call Donald Glover “new black”, but he’s said some fetishy things about Asian girls that make me uncomfortable in addition to rape jokes and some other stuff. I think he’s smart and understands racism, but I don’t think he gets a pass on that other stuff. For me, he’s an example of being able to like problematic things/people without compromising my morals. I like him for the things I like, and then I dislike the other things.

Pharrell  used “new black” to describe himself as someone that’s “above race” as if to suggest that ignoring race and racism is the way to fight oppression.  Which…it’s not. Just using the word new suggests that his thinking is somehow better than other black people. As if to say addressing racism is an “old” way of thinking. It’s just another form of respectability politics, this idea that if black people behave or think one way, we will not be subject to racism or that we can successfully fight racism.*

As a result “new black” is now synonymous with black people who incorrectly believe they are somehow removed from racism because of their social status, education, wealth etc. Sure, in Pharell’s mind he can be “above” racism and doesn’t need to get angry because his money and celebrity can shield him from experiencing certain things. And that’s not even touching on his privilege as a multi-ethnic person who’s embarrassingly on some "we are the world, lemme wear a headdress" shit. But what this thinking ignores is that…he’s still black and his money, celebrity and positive thinking aren’t going to stop racist people from being racist.

People like him and Keke Palmer are essentially saying, “Let’s all love each other and treat each other as equals to fight racism, we need to be the bigger person and not let it hurt us” . And…that is not what MLK said at all! No, violence isn’t the answer, but they’re killing us even when we aren’t doing ANYTHING! This kumbaya approach is problematic because it’s used to silence people who are justifiably ANGRY about their oppression and mistreatment. It incorrectly puts the onus on the oppressed to fix the situation by “being positive and loving everyone” when black people are being KILLED. That’s similar to the “what was she wearing?” logic rape apologists default to. That’s some grade A victim blaming and it’s not cute. 

Yes, Keke is young and “just a celebrity” but she’s someone with influence and she needs to learn why what she’s saying is wrong and harmful. There are consequences to this type of thinking. Racist white people LOVE to latch on to something ONE black person has said and use it as a way to silence others. “Well MLK said love everybody.”, “Well Morgan Freeman said we should stop talking about race.” “Keke said we need to stop separating ourselves through race.” 

As someone that’s been called an oreo (and STILL get’s called one) I know how hurtful that word is. But “new black” is not the same thing as calling someone an “oreo”. One is accusing a black person of “black on the outside, white on the inside” the other is “black on the outside delusional on the inside”. I don’t think it’s fair to tell anyone they aren’t black enough but we need to call anyone who refuses to acknowledge the realities of racism and white supremacy. There are serious problems with black people who believe that it is OUR RESPONSIBILITY to end racism by conforming to whiteness (ie. talk this way, don’t listen to this music, pull your pants up etc) rather than actually addressing the system that oppresses black people and ends lives REGARDLESS of what “kind of black” we are.

If you think about it, “new black” is exactly what white supremacy wants. “Shut up and smile while we oppress and kill you. Make less noise and change who you are then we’ll see your humanity.”

*PS. Here’s an even more in depth and wonderful essay GradientLair did on Keke and Pharell that everyone should read

daeneryus:

"i understand women have it bad but men have it bad too"

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"i mean, women are almost equal to men as it is"

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"i’m not a feminist, i believe in equality"

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blackfolksmakingcomics:

Show of hands if you ever thought you’d see two different Black Supermen in two high-profile comics from DC Comics (Grant Morrison’s upcoming Multiversity and the regular Earth-2 series).

But still, let’s keep it real.

These aren’t characters in the main DC Universe, whatever that is nowadays. And as Molly Danger creator Jamal Igle reminds folks in this article, Superman’s a brand.  

Still … how awesome is this?

(via acceber74)

evolutia:

indecisive-bamma:

Let’s leave this here.

As these “facts” come out, it doesn’t even matter any more. People don’t care about the truth. They see Black people as thugs deserving of death, nothing will change their mind.
If this even goes to trial, the jury will look just like Trayvon Martin’s (jury of peers my ass).
How can you even have discussions with people who don’t care about facts. These same people profess have morals and their bankrupt.
Darren Wilson could literally say he’s guilty and people would still not believe him and think he had every right to kill Mike Brown.

evolutia:

indecisive-bamma:

Let’s leave this here.

As these “facts” come out, it doesn’t even matter any more. People don’t care about the truth. They see Black people as thugs deserving of death, nothing will change their mind.

If this even goes to trial, the jury will look just like Trayvon Martin’s (jury of peers my ass).

How can you even have discussions with people who don’t care about facts. These same people profess have morals and their bankrupt.

Darren Wilson could literally say he’s guilty and people would still not believe him and think he had every right to kill Mike Brown.

(via nothing-but-white-noise)

clientsfromhell:

"Weird Al" Yankovic - Mission Statement 

Because every freelancer has had to translate buzz words at some point in their career.