gamergirl: (arche: curiousity killed the cat)
[gamergirl] ([personal profile] gamergirl) wrote on July 16th, 2010 at 12:26 am
I BELIEVE IN LONELY DAYS
[random subject is random]

ROUND UP!!



Beautiful and artistic PICSPAMS by [livejournal.com profile] wednesdaydreams

BEAUTY & THE BEAST

DISNEY CASTING: ROYALTIES

DISNEY CASTING: VILLAINS

8 REASONS TO WATCH 'A SINGLE MAN'

&&& another one by [livejournal.com profile] fullof_grace

50 THINGS I LOVE ABOUT SKINS
This is utterly amazing and captures so many things I loved about the four seasons of the series too. I can identify with them so much. How broken we all are and yet how beautiful.

I know I have already spammed you with enough links about racebending and the plea not to see the Avatar: The Last Airbender film - which I have definitely decided not to watch now (under any circumstances, that I would not pay for the film was clear from the start), not even for Dev Patel, who is great - but [livejournal.com profile] ssj10's recent post about the topic really made me cry. She conveyed her feelings so beautifully and outlined the horrible situation equally well. Please take a few minutes to read THESE ARE MY COLOURS, think and then judge for yourself.
[Please read this, even if you are not interested in the cartoon Avatar at all, read this essay, which is about so much more than racebending. It is about how minorities are presented in the American cultural sphere or rather how they are not represented.]

[personal profile] bookshop wrote a post about THE PUBLISHING INDUSTRY ERASING RACE FROM THEIR COVERS. I never consciously thought about these things, but I want to grow as a person and be someone who notices these things and almost more important who speaks out against those things.
There is a talk ABOUT THE DANGERS OF THE SINGLE STORY by the Nigerian author Chimamanda Adichie.

And since the film The Last Airbender's release date was on the 1st of July, there have been many essays and blog posts about the racebending issue again. Here a few of those I read, liked and really want to share:

FACEPAINT by Q. Le on tumblr which made me realise that I was a bit hypocritical by not seeing that Prince of Persia is pretty racefail too, when it comes to not having any Persian actors portraying Persian characters. (But sometimes I just don't think.)

N.K. Jemisin commented on the movie saying IT'S NOT THE SAME STORY.

Film!TLA is not the same story as cartoon!ATLA because the latter was groundbreaking in its treatment of race and culture, and the former reinforces all the old bad paradigms — brown people relegated to background irrelevance, victimhood, or villainy; white people to the rescue at the forefront. This is not just a problem because of Hollywood’s (well, America’s) long history of marginalizing and objectifying people of color, “yellowface”, etc. It’s also problematic because in this case, changing the race of the characters actually changes the story.
 
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