i see lucy as a racist film that plays on negative stereotypes while hiding behind the cover of (white) feminism.
all this film has done is switch out the white man for a white woman. it’s still a film about a white person getting violated by the evil poc, then gaining power and wiping them out.
here’s 2 of my favourite scenes from the trailer:
from top to left to right:
KEEP CLEAN 保持清潔，APPLE 蘋果，ONION 洋蔥，GRAPE 葡萄，CHAIR 椅子，TOMATO 番茄
traditional chinese is an actual written language used by millions of people, not symbols to be thrown around at the whim of set designers because they look cool and idk, serves to create a menacing asian atmosphere. this is so disrespectful, and made even worse by the fact that this film in set it taipei, taiwan where the official written language is traditional chinese.
it doesn’t matter that this film caters to a primarily “white” audience who won’t be able to read it, the language and culture of taiwan isn’t something for you to twist and use as you deem fit because it’s “exotic.”
lucy shoots a guy for not being able to speak english.
she l i t e r a l l y shoots this taiwanese taxi driver, in taiwan for not being able to speak english. she’s in taipei and she’s shooting people as they are of no use to her because they don’t speak english.
just think about the sort of message that’s sending out. she’s not being “bad-ass strong female character who takes no shit,” she’s saying that english is useful and better. this is the type of harmful ideology that stretches all the way back from when western countries were colonising and forcing their language and customs on other countries.
let me explain with a real life example. i was born in new zealand to two taiwanese parents. i am fluent in english, but mandarin is conversational at best. my friends in taiwan say that i am “so lucky” to speak fluent english, when they are fluent in mandarin and their english level is no worse than my mandarin. they tell me that they want to perfect their english but in the same breath tell me that mandarin isn’t worth perfecting because i have english and that’s “enough”. they also tell me how pretty my white friends are when they see pictures.
this is the type of neo imperialism ideology that they’ve grown up buying into. it honestly hurts and frustrates me that they belittle their own culture like this, honestly believing that the western world is superior. this is the type of neo imperialism ideology that this film (hopefully unintentionally) promotes: white people are better and will save the day.
if they wanted to film a movie about a white women getting back at those who had violated her, why not film it in a western country? if they wanted to film it in taiwan, why not find an asian lead actress?
i do agree that we need more women protagonists in action/superhero movies, but not like this. its not okay that the female lead needs to be kidnapped and have her body cut open without her consent in order to gain her powers, and those said those powers do not make any of this racist bullshit okay.
i am just so tired and angry of poc always being brushed off to the side as either props or villains in mainstream media.
as a poc, it’s so frustrating to see that the of the standard of beauty still white women when we live in multi-cultural societies and a diverse world.
feminism is about equality. a film in which poc are presented as evil and inferior before being killed off by a superior white woman does not promote equality.
Rules: In a text post, list ten books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you. Tag [ten] friends, including me, so I’ll see your list. Make sure you let your friends know you’ve tagged them.
1. One Fat Summer, by Robert Lipsyte. It follows the summer an overweight teenager is forced to get a job doing backbreaking yard work while dealing with the fact that his parents are always fighting, his best friend ‘abandons’ him for the summer for reasons unknown, and a local bully won’t stop torturing him. It was one of the first books I ever read that I found myself identifying with in regard to weight and how people view anyone deemed ‘fat’ while a child.
2. Remastering Jerna, by Ann Somerville. A teacher struggling to hide the aspect of himself that is a pain-junky masochist takes the fall for his ex-master for ‘child perversion’. In this society, every crime is assigned a monetary value, and the prisoners are expected to work it off doing jobs at rates twenty years old. As a convicted pedophile, Jerna’s prospects are slim, the work dangerous and the pay so low he’d likely die before completing the amount (at which point the remaining balance must be carried out by the service of his family). This, coupled with the constant violence of beatings and rape, brings him low until he lands a job at a high-class brothel. Here, he is treated humanely and is reintroduced to the world of S&M, which allows him to feel the most whole he’s felt in a long time. To be honest, I have only read the first part of the book once because it’s emotionally draining for me (I typically skip to the part about the brothel in rereadings). This story also studies how a righteous man lives with the fact that he’s a prostitute by remaining ‘true in his heart’ to his wife and two daughters, though he fights a mutual attraction that develops between him and a ill-taught Master he is tasked in training so he doesn’t hurt any more of the brothel workers. …This story just hurts the lining of my heart every time I read it.
3. She’s Come Undone, by Wally Lamb. This one covers the life of a woman dealing with a multitude of experiences. From the stillborn death of her brother to her mother’s mental illness, to her molestation at a young age by a family friend and her own mental illness once older. I read this the first time back in high school, I believe, and I revisit it every so often. It’s just one of those books I’ll think about from time to time.
4. IT by Stephen King. I discussed this the other day. The novel seriously scared the shit out of me the first time I attempted reading it, but I also got a lot out of it when I was the same age as the characters when they were children. There is a sexual scene at the end that affected me in particular, and I’m not going to go into detail about it for those who have never read the book before. But if you read it and find the scene I’m talking about, come find me and we’ll have ourselves a talk.
5. Ozma of Oz, by L. Frank Baum. This is indeed one of the books in the Wizard of Oz series (the first of which is my least favorite of all of them, and I naturally can’t stand the movie). There is a talking hen, and the Nome King, a princess with 30 different heads she can exchange out like wigs, and Tik-Tok the copper man. I can read this book in twenty minutes if I take my time, and it is a delight every single time.
6. A Spell for Chameleon, by Piers Anthony. This is the first in the Xanth series (the series from which I based my handle, by the way). I choose it because it is the first, and has always been my favorite, but I am particularly partial to Castle Roogna and Centaur Aisle as well. The first book follows Bink, a young man who is apparently without a magic talent in a land where /everyone/ has a talent. Indeed, those who do not are banished into Mundania (the land in which we live). He visits the Good Magician Humphrey, who cannot determine what his talent is, only that it is magician caliber. The ancient king banishes Bink regardless, where he is confronted with a villain from Xanth’s past wishing to return with a barbarian army to take over the kingdom. With the help of one of the three women Bink encounters during his journey and subsequent exile, he seeks to save Xanth and himself from a most dreary existence. …If you love a bad pun, these books are for you.
7. Pippi Longstocking, by Astrid Lindgren. If you don’t know this delightful Swedish children’s book…there is no hope for you. I suggest you read it today, tomorrow, and every day next week, and come back to see me.
8. Homecoming, by Cynthia Voigt. This story had everything I wished I had the strength to do when I was young. A preteen girl is tasked with getting her younger brothers and sister across the country to the fairyland hope of an elderly aunt after their mother abandons them in a parking lot at the mall. Dicey must be strong, and fierce, and she was my hero as a child. I guess she still kind of is.
9. The Little Friend, by Donna Tartt. Harriet’s older brother was found hanged at age six, and a decade later, she decides she’s going to find his murderer while dealing with her parents dysfunctional marriage, her older sister’s detached handle on life, and the seedy underbelly of small towns and their secrets.
10. The Ear, The Eye, And The Arm, by Nancy Farmer. Before I talk about the plot, I have to mention that my parents bought me this from a book fair at school. At that time, I solely read ghost stories, and this was their attempt to get me reading ‘literature’. So I was forced to read this one if I wanted to read the two ghost books they’d gotten me as well, and while I do remember those books, this one will stay with me for the rest of my life. It involves three children of a high official in Zimbabwe in 2194 who manage to leave their compound and end up promptly swept up in the dirty world of slave labor and kidnappings and sacrificial murder. Tasked to find them are three unusual detectives with abilities beyond the norm of most. I don’t remember ever reading anything where the protagonists weren’t white before this. That was too profound for me to put into words. I certainly had never read anything where non-white characters were /not/ horrendously poor.
this is the best gif EVER
a little love story about mermaids and tattoos
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If you don’t watch this at least twice…take a nap and try again.
A convoy of hearses today carried a second batch of MH17 victims to a military barracks in Holland following the coffins’ arrival in the Netherlands. The hearses, carrying the bodies and remains of 74 victims of the doomed Malaysia Airlines flight, travelled slowly from Eindhoven air base to Hilversum
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A whole bunch of of my recent Marvel covers
Fantastic Four #544-546 cover art by Michael Turner.
Black Panther, Fantastic Four, Silver Surfer …by Michael Turner?? Yeaaah baby!!
The Dwayne McDuffie run! Great stories from the Maestro.
Gave me this scene:
Ororo Is not here for your fuck shit.
All of my covers for The Dynamite Comics Mini series Dr Spektor - written by Mark Waid, with interiors by Neil Edwards