Remember the scaremongerer who made “2016: Obama’s America”? In case you were wondering, he’s still a terrible person.
Obama likes Skittles? Now I regret voting for him.Source: thebicker
Reblogging because a few of my followers have been pointing this out recently.
And DC fans are off in a corner crying :(
I’ve been playing Lego Marvel Super Heroes and watching Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes lately and I’ve noticed how much more diverse the characters on my television are as opposed to the live-action material being produced right now.
(they are still mostly white but they’re not all dudes, at least)
Dr. Seuss was not even in the general area of fucking around.
Yeah, but let’s not forget that he also drew straight-up racist anti-Japanese cartoons:
…which seem extra weird when viewed alongside his cartoons decrying racism.
(via mudron)Source: sktagg23
Ian asked: I think this might be racist.
Weird how fans of the Cleveland Racists always claim their mascot is respectful. Racists: you’re all completely full of shit assholes and you are too dumb to fool us.
PS. Fuck you.
Cleveland…just go back to being the Spiders. It’s not like the “Indians” name or that awful caricature have brought you any luck.Source: yoisthisracist
I saw a segment on Japanese morning TV that is sadly typical for Japanese TV: give them an excuse to shame Chinese people and they will embrace it.
The segment started off friendly: apparently there is a holiday in China right now, so they sent a reporter to ask businesses how they are better serving the increase in Chinese tourists. The reporter also did his best to engage tourists walking around Osaka’s Dotonbori neighborhood, which meant he was approaching strangers and asking “Where are you from?” in English. Standard foreigners-in-Japan fluff.
But then cut back to the studio where there’s a graphic outlining all the “manner trouble” (マナートラブル) that Chinese tourists have wrought upon the world. They took off their shoes and sat in a fountain! They wrote graffiti on a historical site! A child peed on an airplane floor! Quelle horreur!!
My wife reacted particularly strongly to that last one, but why? We have two kids. They pee on everything. They pee on me, sometimes (against my will!). If a lone child should happen to pee on an airplane, how is that evidence that Chinese people (of which there are, I don’t know, over 1 BILLION) have “bad manners”? Why mention that in a story that should be entirely positive: more tourists in Osaka?
(And if a tourist writing graffiti reflects badly on an entire nation, then Japan you are fucked)
The answer, sadly, is that despite every public statement made by the Japanese government (and local governments, like Osaka!) stating the need for more foreign tourists, Japanese society still views foreigners as a risk that needs management. If you sit for hours on an airplane to come here and spend your money, that’s nice, but you’re also really imposing on the poor Japanese person who has to hear you speak not-Japanese and endure your occasional missteps. Won’t you think of the Japanese for once and stay home?
And as bad as general Japanese racism is, it’s one hundred times worse when it’s directed towards China. As I said, this "point and laugh" journalism is par for the course on Japanese TV. Any story on China, good or bad, comic or tragic, can segue into a list of grievances. “China is building a version of Paris? Hilarious! Remember that time they copied Disneyland and a bunch of Japanese characters while they were at it?” - how is this line of thinking relevant?
The day Chinese tourists form violent kung-fu gangs and start rioting in Namba, that’s the day you can start publicly questioning whether having more tourists in Japan is bad. Until then, they are here ON VACATION and handing your economy MILLIONS of yen in return for some good food and a couple souvenirs. Stop acting like there is any downside to that transaction.
And this from a country that fought so hard to get the Olympics!
I made the mistake of reading some of the comments below a video on YouTube about sexism in video games last night. Admittedly never a good idea. The video is Do Gamers Need Anita Sarkeesian’s Feminism? from the PBS Game/Show channel which answers that question with a “YES” and also touches on Carolyn Petit’s recent GameSpot review of GTA 5. Predictably many of the 2500+ comments below the video look to have descended into a festering cesspool of misogynist bile. The general sentiment of the detractors in the comment section is exemplified perfectly by the above user.
Sadly this user is not just one bad apple but is symptomatic of a larger pervasive problem online. I have messages exhibiting similar attitudes sent to me daily.
Few things are as ridiculous as the assumption that gamers flooded stores and handed over a billion dollars because the new Grand Theft Auto game contains “titties” (sidenote: does it REALLY? most games of this ilk are PG-13 when it comes to sex).
Lest anyone forget, racists seethed when Rockstar revealed the star of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas was black. Yet it outsold its predecessors because - and it’s amazing that this needs to be said - people love playing Grand Theft Auto games.
Which is why it’s sad that Rockstar dismissed the idea of using a female character in GTA V, citing “masculinity” bullshit. The Saints Row series is definitely written with the male gaze in mind, but you can play as a woman if you want and it still works. Hell, you can be ANYTHING in that game (gay, straight, trans, The Hulk), and you can switch from male to female at any time. There’s even a trophy for spending at least two hours in game as both a man and a woman.
Rockstar could release a GTA game starring an amputee lesbian and as long as she stole cars, shot guns, and had a giant city to roam, it would make a billion dollars too. And maybe, just maybe, a few thousand closed-minded GTA fans would actually consider how other people view the world.
Call me naive, but I believe the simple act of including diverse characters in otherwise homogenous media goes a long way towards fostering awareness of others’ experiences (not to mention the obvious benefit of more role models for people who aren’t white males).Source: radicalbytes