The other day I posted this tweet:
"Wait they cast a white chick for Tiger Lily in the new Peter Pan? Did they not remember Lone Ranger last year? Or, you know, racism?"
(If you didn’t hear, Rooney Mara is supposedly playing Tiger Lily, who is a princess of the “Native” tribe, in the…
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VENOM fan film featuring Ryan Kwanten (True Blood).
Star Wars Cantina Karaoke w/ BILLY DEE WILLIAMS & PATTON OSWALT: Course of the Force (by Nerdist)
On the topic of changing a comic book character’s race and the people who oppose it:
You firmly believe that a person of color portraying a traditionally Caucasian comic book character is “disrespectful.” Even if the actor is very talented and can embody the personality traits of said character (because psh, we judge only on looks, not merit, get with the times!). Even if all the original incarnations of this character remain unaffected, because we’re not going back and changing his skin color in the other many movies where he was Caucasian, or erasing his every appearance in every comic issue to re-draw him.
Even though the character’s race, in this case, does not in any way affect his origin story or how he behaves. Oh, no, wait, if they made him Black, yes it would! A Black person would act differently just because they’re, well, Black. Basically, they can’t help that. Surely a Black actor couldn’t portray a hero. Because you believe that a person with darker skin color is inherently unable to act as a fictional character, even if they do that… for a living. As an actor.
But you’re not racist! Because you said you’re not racist. And also maybe because you’re a person of color yourself so that’s, like, doubly not racist.
You weren’t nearly as upset when Bane wasn’t Hispanic in Nolanverse, or when Nick Fury was made Black, or when they announced Electro was to be portrayed by a Black actor. Those are different. Those characters aren’t as important or iconic. You can’t just up and change the race of a prominent hero! That’s crazy! That ruins all your childhood memories because somehow a movie is going to override everything you’ve ever known and also, oh my GOD, you can’t bear the thought of a person of color invading your sacred headspace and blaspheming all over comic book creators’ original work! Diversity in the media is just the ultimate slap in the face to these writers and artists! They must be sobbing uncontrollably into their pillows or rolling in their graves.
I mean, what would Stan Lee, co-creator of Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four, think about the drastic change to his beloved Johnny Storm? He’d be devasta— wait what?
He didn’t give a flying frag about the new Ultimate Spider-Man being multiracial because he evaluated the change based on the quality of the story and how Miles Morales carried Spider-Man’s legacy as a person rather than the fact that he was Black and Latino? But the fans, who had far less a right to react negatively, were throwing racial slurs left and right because they opposed the change?
But, back to comic book movies, we’ve got plenty of iconic minority characters already, we don’t have to try to include more minority actors into the mix just because they can act and are representative of the actual population. For example, for Black heroes: we’ve got Blade, uh… Nick Fury counts. Oh, no, wait, we changed him from the original, so he doesn’t count. We’ve got Blade… Storm! There’s two. And there’s… these guys? I’ve definitely seen some of those on kids’ backpacks. Definitely.
Speaking of kids, changing a notable character’s race opens a whole ‘nother can of worms, because… Face it, folks identify with characters that are like them, sometimes since childhood. Holy cow, imagine if Superman was the most well known comic book hero and the easiest to identify with? Imagine if we all wanted to fly or do good? Imagine anyone who isn’t Caucasian trying to identify with Clark Kent, who also appears White? Woah! Imagine a kid of a different skin color or eye shape or nose shape or body shape trying to identify with a character that is essentially an alien who is constantly struggling to fit in because he’s actually completely different from what human society perceives as standard? He doesn’t know what that’s like.
Like, like me, I’m Latina, right? I look nothing like Superman, I’m not even the right gender. Obviously that means that, when I was bullied in grade school, I couldn’t imagine myself as someone who fought against injustice while maintaining a kind and noble heart, regardless of physical appearance. And as an adult, I am in no way able to deal with a minor change to one version of my potential idol, because dealing with change and growing from it are absolutely not things that adults do on a daily basis.
It’s cool, though, you’re right. You just want to see everything as it is in the comics because you’re a purist. When everything about the portrayal is perfect except that the actor or art is of a different skin color, you’re not being bigoted for complaining, you’re just being a purist.
Seriously though, you’re not racist. C’mon. Guys. Haha. That’s ridiculous.
I consider myself a writer or at least I pretend to be one who don’t really take the time to write or type and thing down. But the few times I do find the time and inspiration to write, I am usually doing it with a television is playing in the background or some music playing from my iTunes because I have trouble getting into that writing groove.
So, I decided to create a playlist of fun, relaxing, inspirational songs that I play in the background to get my creative juices flowing. I wanted to share this with fellow writers and how a few of these songs translated into a creative writing idea. Hopefully you find this somewhat useful.
Song: My Favorite Mistake- Sheryl Crow. Great song about how you accept your past mistakes cause they helped shape the person you are now.
Writing Idea: This song screams High School Reunion, and would be a great jumping off point for a story about 4 friends who return for their old high school for one reason or another and realize how their past hardships (ie: bullying, being the nerd) has shaped their adult life.
Song: Welcome to the Real World by Rob Thomas
Writing Idea: This upbeat song reminded me very much of starting my first job, just out of college and how unprepared you really are when starting in the working world. It would be fun to imagine a tale about a guy or girl still trying to hold on to their college glory days even though they are now a responsible adult working at a six figure job.
Here are some other great songs I like to write to, but have not yet inspired a great idea, in no particular order.
We Are Young by Fun.
Knee Deep by The Zack Brown Band
I Saw Her Standing There by The Beatles
Blackbird by The Beatles
Up in the Air by Thirty Seconds to Mars
Blow Me One Last Kiss by Pink
Consequences by Incubus
Arms by Christina Perri
Amsterdam by Coldplay
Fix You by Coldplay
Plainsong by The Cure
Pretty Much Anything By Green Day
Imagine by John Lennon
Ho Hey by The Lumineers
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road by Elton John
Fearless by Taylor Swift
And Many Many Others….
Thanks for Reading.
BREAKING NEWS: GAME OF THRONES EPISODE FORCES PLANE TO MAKE EMERGENCY LANDING
A plane on route to the San Francisco International Airport tonight had to make an emergency landing when passengers watching pirated versions of the HBO series Game of Thrones began hyperventilating, screaming hysterically, and violently damaging their tray tables. The situation turned more volatile when an airline stewardess unintentionally spoiled the ending of the episode for the captain, after which he stormed out of the cockpit shouting obscenities, forcing his co-pilot to land the plane on his own.
“I’ve never seen something like this before,” said one passenger on the flight. She was sitting next to one of the victims. “One minute, the guy next to me is just watching a show on his laptop, then all of the sudden, he starts shouting ‘No way! No F**king way!’” According to the witness, the man then slammed his laptop shut and violently kicked the chair in front of him. “He just wouldn’t stop screaming. He wouldn’t stop shouting cuss words.”
Another witness reported a similar incident at the front of the plane. “This chick next to me just started freaking out” says Martin Lodge, 39. “She was sobbing and kept saying ‘why, why, why’. At first, I thought maybe her boyfriend had just broken up with her by email or something, but then I heard this guy at the back of the plane yell ‘no way! no f**king way!’ and I knew something was going on. But what really tripped me out was the lady behind me. She started laughing!”
That lady was Angelica George, 32, who says she would have given anything to have had a video camera. “This was one of the most hysterical things I’ve ever seen. I’m a huge Game of Thrones fan and I’ve read the books, so I know exactly what happened in tonight’s episode. I just couldn’t help but laugh at their reactions, especially when the captain ran into the cabin shouting “f**k you George RR Martin!”
After landing, the plane was unloaded quickly and the affected passengers and captain were rushed to a nearby emergency room where they were treated with oxygen, heat blankets, and a pint of Ben and Jerry’s Rocky Road Ice Cream.
There is no word yet on their condition.
Before I start getting into the meat and potatoes of this post, let me state one thing at the outset: Blair and I will be hosting (along w/ some of your other fave peeps) Microsoft’s E3 coverage. Keep in mind however, that I truthfully have only as much info on what’s going down as you do. This…