Skin lightening advertising from across the world. No matter where you go, lightness is a hot commodity.
Oh my god this makes me gag.
Like just look at the advert of the women “unzipping” her darker skin tone. Like some shedding process. Like it’s some disgusting outer shell to be disposed of.
Tell me there ain’t an attack on dark women, tho. Tell me black women grow up hating their skin because we *want* to. Tell me there ain’t outside influences.
my grandma tried pulling this shit on me when i was 7 years old /:
How many more incidents of hate until people stop denying the harm of using native americans as mascots?
These team names are not a “tribute”. Stop pretending.
So lately I’ve seen a lot of posts about Frozen, the upcoming Disney film, on my dash.
I’ve seen a lot of complaints about how it’s yet another Disney film with white main characters. And, unbelievably, I’ve seen a lot of people coming up with shit like, “It takes place in the north, that means the characters have to be white and blond,” or, even more embarrassingly, “It’s a Scandinavian story, it would be rude to replace the white characters with POC.”
Which, just, what the fuck.
Hello, I’m white and blonde and Nordic. (Not Scandinavian, because I’m from Finland, not that most of you will know the difference so w/e.)
I will say this as many times as it needs to be said: I am not underrepresented in Western media. You do not need to defend the right of white Northern Europeans to be represented in a Disney film.
A lot of people have brought up the Saami people in this debate, reminding people that there are indigenous POC in Europe. I don’t claim to speak for the Saami people, because I’m very much not entitled to do that, but I will say this, because I’ve gone through the Finnish school system so I might know a bit more than most non-Finns:
The Saami are one of the few remaining indigenous peoples of Europe. Traditionally, they live in the northern parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia, but many have of course migrated south to the larger cities. They used to live in more southern parts of what is now Finland, but were forced to migrate north with the arrival of a people who were to become Finns.
The Saami people have been oppressed for centuries. Their children were forced to learn Swedish or Finnish, they were forcefully converted to Christianity, their lands were taken from them. (Especially land-ownership was and continues to be an issue in Finland, what with some of the Saami people still making a living from reindeer-herding.) The Saami have suffered a very similar fate as most indigenous peoples in the world, and it’s something that is still not discussed enough.
During the past decades, there has been a revival of the Saami culture, but a lot of people still don’t respect their culture or their traditions, and their representation in Parliament is severely lacking. Their languages are not being supported enough either, with just a couple of TV programmes and radio channels available in the Saami languages, and a scant few actually studying all the way through high school in their mother tongue (most switch to Finnish-speaking schools along the way). I can’t speak for the other Nordic countries, but I’m pretty sure that things can only be marginally better elsewhere. I think Norway and Sweden are dealing with this a bit better than Finland, but Russia is not exactly known for its great treatment of the rights of minorities.
To sum it all up: in Finland (and in other Nordic countries), the Saami people have been harshly ridiculed and brutally oppressed and treated as an “exotic” and inferior people, and there is no way you could ever think that white Scandinavians need more representation than any of the oppressed minorities of indigenous peoples in Europe.
Someone already pointed out that most folk tales are stories found in many cultures, and we can be pretty sure that Hans Christian Andersen did not come up with the Snow Queen all on his own. Stories get taken over and modified all the time, and Disney has already displayed serious proficiency in this.
Another key fact: the artwork I’ve seen for Frozen so far displays seriously arctic landscapes. Like, you would not find that in Denmark. Or here in Helsinki. Or even up in Lapland. You’d have to go all the way to the North Sea to find anything remotely resembling that. And I can guarantee that most of the people you’ll find living there will not be white and blond.
It’s Disney, for crying out loud. They take liberties with everything. Saying that they have to stick to showing people who look like your typical Scandinavian stereotypes is ridiculous, and also kind of sad. As a white European, I don’t need you to stand up for me when it comes to this. You are not doing me a favour with your thoughts for us poor “oppressed” Nordic people.
In fact, I’m pretty sure that most Finns (and Nordic people in general) don’t think about the Saami people and don’t understand their history and the things they have gone through. We’re pretty educated up here, so you’ll find a lot of people with a lot of sympathy for Native Americans or Aboriginal Australians, yet they might not know much about the Saami and might not be aware of the slow suffocation of their culture that has been going on for centuries. History books and society in general likes to turn a blind eye, because we Finns are used to thinking of ourselves as the oppressed underdog, not as the oppressor.
I’m not saying Disney is the answer to everything, but the people calling Disney out for yet another set of white, blond main characters have a point. A Disney film with Saami characters would make it big in the Nordic countries, and would force us to face the truth about our own mistakes. It could rekindle the discussion that we desperately need to have.
Please don’t tell me you’re buying into all this idiotic pre-hate…
The Snow Queen is a Scandinavian tale. Scandinavians (such as Danish and Swedes) are supposed to look white with blonde hair, which is what Disney’s designs are. I’m not trying to be racist here, but I don’t want the designs changed just for the sake of having non-white characters in a story that originates from a country of white-skinned people.
Seriously, political correctness and white people shaming have gotten out of hand…
meet the Sami, the indigenous people of Scandinavia, genetically connected to Inuit people:
and btw, it’s a fairy tail all on it’s own that majority of people who live there are blonde blue eyed, etc. most people have brown hair, surprise. Oh and also? at this point in reality, dark people live in those countries too. You do realize that those countries are not somehow exempt from dark people, right? I can only imagine how alienating it must be for a not-blonde, blue-eyed ~aryan dream~ that’s Swedish/Danish/Norwegian/Finnish to hear all this shit thrown around about how people from their country are SUPPOSED to look. Just like how gross it is when people assume I can’t be American because I’m not white.
Again: Disney has a history of transplanting stories from one culture into another and into animals (Oliver and Company for example). I have a feeling that if these were animals, you wouldn’t be so quick to defend how the animals weren’t staying true to its “Scandinavian” roots.
look inside yourself simba. figure out why you’re upset about dark people in your “white” fairy tale. and not the lions in your hamlet.
you just got schooled
As a scandinavian person I wholehearteadly agree. If this is a story that takes place in the kind of icy and snowy scenery that we’ve seen in the promotional stills it should be about the Sami people. Because believe it or not, not all of Sweden is a snowy fucking fairytale landscape. The cold is only that thick up north. Where I live on the westcoast we only have snow for about a month, then a lot of rain that turns the snow into ice and then everyone falls on the ice and old people break their legs. Yes. The winter in most parts of scandinavia is not as glamorous as people who haven’t been here think.
And even if this story were to take place in for example the midlands of Sweden, where it’s decently cold but the majority of people are still white, the way the characters are designed are still stereotypical and boring. “Scandinavians (such as Danish and Swedes) are supposed to look white with blonde hair”. Don’t tell me what people of my country are suppoused to look like. I don’t look like that. Most people aren’t blonde. We may have a higher percentage of blonde people compared to other places in the world but it doesn’t make up the majority of Sweden. And the main reason this is boring is because we’ve seen this before. I would love to see a story about the Sami because it’s a part of my country that I know sadly little about and seeing them represented in media would be interesting. And even if you want to make this story about a white scandinavian girl then at least make her interesting. Make her something we haven’t seen a thousand times.
What gif best represents the rebuttals to tlrledbetter…
This is fantastic!
Frozen fans please sit yah asses down.
I’m also going to reblog without all the bullshit.
thebreakfastbaron said:wait what failure I thought it made shittons of money
a commercial success (like you’re right it really did make a shitton of money) and a failure in nearly every other realm imo.
This is a failure.
there are a trillion million faces in this world
and you choose the one you’ve already made……
-all of my sad-
You know those were just the prerenders….. right? Like they made new faces for the movie and just used the placeholder for…. well a placeholder?
I can appreciate that, but the final renders aren’t exactly paragons of character diversity either:
One of Anna’s final promo shots at left, Rapunzel screencap on the right.
Elsa’s final render is on the right, and the shot of Rapunzel at left is a screengrab from the film.
As long as they are all cis, straight, and white right?
White women will always scream for female representation as long as it that representation looks only like them.
But when brown people tried to audition for the Hobbit, they were told no brown people.
Wasnt no fuckin diversity in LOTR
but why would they be in a theater for 9 hours
When people try to equate “cracker” with “nigger” to prove the existence of reverse racism.
One of the most troubling things about the AIDS epidemic is that it could have been stopped so easily by rolling out life-saving antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) early on. Not only do ARVs prevent HIV from developing into AIDS, they also reduce transmission rates and increase people’s willingness to get tested.
But Western pharmaceutical corporations have colluded in pricing these essential drugs way out of reach of the poor. When they were first introduced, patented ARVs cost up to $15,000 per yearly regimen. Generic producers were able to manufacture the same drugs for a mere fraction of the price, but the WTO outlawed this through the 1995 TRIPS agreement to protect Big Pharma’s monopoly.
It was not until 2003 that the WTO bowed to activist pressure and allowed southern Africa to import generics, but by then it was too late – HIV prevalence had already reached devastating proportions. In other words, much of the region’s AIDS burden can be directly attributed to the WTO’s rules and the corporations that defended them. And they are set to strike again: the WTO will cut patent exemptions for poor countries after 2016.
This dearth of basic drugs has gone hand in hand with the general collapse of public health institutions. Structural adjustment and WTO trade policies have forced states to cut spending on hospitals and staff in order to repay odious debts to the West. Swaziland, ground-zero in the world of AIDS, has been hit hard by these cuts. When I last visited I found that many once-bustling clinics are now empty and dilapidated. Neoliberalism has systematically destroyed the first line of defence against AIDS.
The point I want to drive home is that the policies that deny poor people access to life-saving drugs and destroy public healthcare come from the same institutions and interests that helped create the conditions for HIV transmission in the first place.
“Look, without our stories, without the true nature and reality of who we are as People of Color, nothing about fanboy or fangirl culture would make sense. What I mean by that is: if it wasn’t for race, X-Men doesn’t sense. If it wasn’t for the history of breeding human beings in the New World through chattel slavery, Dune doesn’t make sense. If it wasn’t for the history of colonialism and imperialism, Star Wars doesn’t make sense. If it wasn’t for the extermination of so many Indigenous First Nations, most of what we call science fiction’s contact stories doesn’t make sense. Without us as the secret sauce, none of this works, and it is about time that we understood that we are the Force that holds the Star Wars universe together. We’re the Prime Directive that makes Star Trek possible, yeah. In the Green Lantern Corps, we are the oath. We are all of these things—erased, and yet without us—we are essential.” — Junot DíazEver since I saw this quote I’ve been thinking about my favorite fantasy franchises like Star Wars, and how they function in entirely white worlds while depending on racial tropes and stereotypes in order to build that world. For example, the Jedi Knights very clearly draw from Buddhist philosophies, and yet they are almost all played by white men.Another striking example though is the costuming of Padme, played by Natalie Portman, in the newer SW movies.For example:
This exquisite and elaborate regalia is based directly off off Mongolian royal attire, pictured below:
I mean they weren’t really trying to be subtle about it. They just assumed, as most white people do, that nobody watching Star Wars would care or know enough about Asian cultures to notice.
This exquisite hairstyle is also borrowed from a POC culture, specifically an NDN one.
The above image is titled simply “Hopi Girl” and was taken by a white male photographer named Edward S. Curtis who obviously didn’t care to differentiate his subjects with names. The Hopi nation is based in the Southwestern United States.
Jlaw is another cis het yt woman whose done nothing remarkable or groundbreaking apart from be cast in a whitewashed version of the Hunger Games, make jokes about pizza and occasionally swear?
Meanwhile we have WOC out here who are breaking boundaries and staking claims for other WOC every damn day and no one notices or cares because omg lets find another cute white grl who can get away with pizza jokes.
Also JLAW has said some problematic things but her fans never seem to acknowledge that nor do they acknowledge how fuckjng problematic and racist it is that she’s playing Katniss. She is the living breathing example that white ppl only need to half as much to get 1000 times as far.
Are you fucking kidding me right now? It’s been less than an hour since the news of his death broke and Ray & Andrew think it’s cool to pull this shit?
This is peak liberalism, comparing Mandela to White supremacists.
I wonder how many Nelson Mandela biopics that will skirt, if not entirely avoid, his more in depth opposition of imperialism, his anti Iraq War stance, his placement on the United States’s terrorism watch list, and his support for the Palestinian state just got the green light. The inevitable encroachment of capitalistic opportunism has, without a doubt, already began.
White feminism is “Miley can dress however she wants, don’t slut shame her”
Actual feminism is “Miley can dress however she wants but she crossed a line when she started using another culture as a means to rebel and utilized black women and little people as shocking accessories in her music videos and live performances”
you’ve had nicki and rihanna for years you don’t need a miley
His body isn’t even cold yet and the New York times has already put out a shameful article declaring Nelson Mandela to be an “icon of peaceful resistance”. News outlets around the Western world are hurrying to publish obituaries that celebrate his electoral victory while erasing the protracted and fierce guerrilla struggle that he and his party were forced to fight in order to make that victory possible. Don’t let racist, imperialist liberalism co-opt the legacy of another radical. Nelson Mandela used peaceful means when he could, and violent means when he couldn’t. For this, during his life they called him a terrorist, and after his death they’ll call him a pacifist — all to neutralize the revolutionary potential of his legacy, and the lessons to be drawn from it.
Don’t fucking let them.