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PEOPLE WHO TAKE THINGS TOO SERIOUSLY MAKE THINGS FUN FOR THE REST OF US

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Anonymous asked: honestly curious, why does it offend you?

perfectlyerik:

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: 

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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.” 

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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. 

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If I did suddenly find passages that couldn’t be there in my house, however, I would proceed the way I always did in Shadowrun when our GM dumped portals to something or other on us. I would get a live mouse on a string, and stick it through the portal. Then I would bring it back. Mouse still alive? Excellent! Okay, I’m sticking my hand in there. My left hand. Hand doesn’t get chopped off? Great, let’s go for the face. Actually, let’s go for Bob’s face. Bob! Stick your face in here…etc, etc. Other players were often impatient with my insistence on this sort of precaution, but if the portal had ever led to a volcano, who’d be sorry then?
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odditycollector:

Another headcanon fact, which iirc is also a regular canon fact on occasion:

If you know how to look for it, Kryptonians show up in a lot of ancient alien mythology, filed under Things To Be Afraid Of.

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the-real-seebs:

pigeonbits:


A couple panels I like from the minicomic about nonbinary gender I’m working on.  Still on track to hopefully have copies by SDCC!  (And in the meanwhile, all the pages are being posted to my patreon as I finish ‘em — up to 12 now!)


I am like 90% sure I have never been particularly traumatized. But I have no conscious memories of a time when I had any idea why people cared about gender. (It is entirely possible that I was sort of a jerk to trans people like 20 years ago, although I was always of the “but that’s silly” variety, not the violent or opposed to letting people make their own choices varieties.)

the-real-seebs:

pigeonbits:

A couple panels I like from the minicomic about nonbinary gender I’m working on.  Still on track to hopefully have copies by SDCC!  (And in the meanwhile, all the pages are being posted to my patreon as I finish ‘em — up to 12 now!)

I am like 90% sure I have never been particularly traumatized. But I have no conscious memories of a time when I had any idea why people cared about gender. (It is entirely possible that I was sort of a jerk to trans people like 20 years ago, although I was always of the “but that’s silly” variety, not the violent or opposed to letting people make their own choices varieties.)