…Though honestly, a line from “Counting Bodies Like Sheep to the Rhythm of War Drums” was not what I was expecting.
IDK how casting Bagels Cucumbers as Khan isn’t disrespectful to Gene Roddenberry tbh.
That man fought networks tooth and nail to have people of different races on his show. He fought long and hard to have an interracial kiss on TV.
My grandmother does not like Sci-Fi, but you better believe her ass was watching Star Trek, you know why? Because it was one of the few places you could see a black woman on TV. And she had an important job! She was important! She wasn’t just in the background.
Shit, as fake and hokey as Chekov’s accent was, he made sure there was a russian on the show, why? BECAUSE HIS VERSION OF THE FUTURE WAS ONE OF DIVERSITY AND PEOPLE GETTING ALONG KINDA SORTA.
NOT LIKE THE OTHER TREKS TRIED TO PRESERVE THAT MESSAGE
(No I don’t know about the dude doing the Blue Steel back there, I barely remember Enterprise it’s boring)
“It’s about the actors performance.”
MAAAN, fuck that noise.
No, it’s not, there are HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of actors out there of Indian descent. You’re telling me that Binglebangle Coochiebutt was better than all of them? Show me the tapes, I gotta see that. Show me them auditions that I’m pretty sure they didn’t even do because casting a white dude is easier than being not a bastard.
People of color already struggle when it comes to seeing ourselves in the media, and before you go “But he’s a baaaad guy.” No one is saying that PoC can’t be cast as bad guys. It’s that we’re cast as the same kind of bad guys each and every fucking time. Mindless, one note, stereotypical.
Khan was different, he was smart, he was strong, he was cunning, he was layered. He garnered the respect of his enemies he was that fucking great. AND HE WAS BROWN. AWESOME SAUCE YEEEEEAAAAAH.
But nope, let’s cast a white dude because who gives a shit about diversity. HAHAHAA WE HONOR U GENE RODDENBERRY BY WHITEWASHING.
P.S I’m just gonna link this cause shut up I do what i want.
Because what we really need is a Brown Man in a movie playing a terrorist who crashes an aircraft into buildings.
Khan in this version is a terrorist and casting a POC would have hit a lot of stereotypes.
Why make Khan a terrorist? Because they wanted to make a movie about terrorism. Because that’s a contemporary fear. Why make the villain Khan?
I honestly have no idea.
Still, I was glad that the terrorist crashing aircrafts into buildings wasn’t a POC.
Sky in response to your questions. (Warning, old Trek abound)
And while, not so hot on the whole terrorist aspect…he’s a damned more complex a character than ANY non-white passing actor has been allowed to play in the US. …He’s also sympathetic.
Let me say that.
Khan is a character that people can sympathize with. Yes, he’s fucking evil, yes, he’s a megalomaniac….
But his drive makes him a largely sympathetic character in the original Trek.
All he wants to do is live and survive, just like the little people. But the little people won’t let him, so he responds in the manner in which he has learnt and been taught by the people who raised him and interacted with him.
(And wouldn’t it be nice, for once, to see something addressing the moral conundrum raised by Starfleet? I mean, it’s only a giant imperial-in-everything-but-name organization that has responded to a lot of groups that don’t want to assimilate by…declaring them as enemies. But I suppose, that’s too political for viewers now a days.)
Veggie nuggets and chips for breakfast after sleeping in to a ridiculous time.
…Okay, so I actually live really close to one of the former sites (Gila River), and yet this was never discussed in any history lessons I ever took?
Despite it, you know, being MAJOR part of US history and prolly something very notable (and somewhat tangible) for Arizona’s ‘modern’ history.
Actually, we never actually covered how shitty the US was to immigrants beyond the usual East Coast commentary that “The Jungle” provides and the Sacco and Vinzetti Trial. Nothing was ever discussed about the fact there was West Coast immigrant stories (other than Angel Island, and even then that’s a single page/paragraph).
(And the only reason I ever learnt about the Interment Camps was because of one of the books in the “My Name Is America” series (The Journal of Ben Uchida: Citizen 13559, Mirror Lake Internment Camp, California, 1942) which I read as part of a summer reading program in 5th grade…and then the wonderful book “Lies My Teacher Told Me”
It just makes me feel kinda…weird, knowing that I was about an 1hr or so drive from something very noteworthy and I’ve only just found out about it)
Listen, I know tumblr only cares about American news, but this is really fucking tragic, and if this doesn’t get an coverage I will be incredibly angry.
The conservative’s bedroom tax has actually led to a woman taking her own life. Let me repeat that for you; a piece of government legislation had had such a detrimental impact on someone’s life that they wrote letters, packed up their things, and walked into the M4 in front of a lorry. The bedroom tax has only be in place for the last 5 weeks.
For those of you that don’t know, the bedroom tax isn’t technically a tax; if you’re living in a rented property, and have an extra bedroom, you’ll have to pay a certain amount of money back to the government. Children under the age of 12 are expected to share with all their siblings, children under 16 are expected to share with their siblings of the same gender. The government placed no limits on how many children could be expected to share a room. It would have saved the government £490 million a year; the UK loses £5.2 Billion a year in tax evasion alone. [citation]
Stephanie Botrill, from Solihull, had lived in her house for 18 years, and her two children had, relatively recently moved into their own properties, one of them within the last year. She previously paid a rent of £320 a month, and bedroom tax would have meant she paid £400; she was having to starve herself to afford this. Let me reiterate that for you; a woman was having to go without food because of a cruel Tory policy. The house the council offered her was nowhere near where she currently lived, and 30 minutes walk from the nearest bus station; she would have been nowhere near her family and friends. To make matters worse, the council said she’d have to pay for any damage to the house, which would have exceeded the £2000 she was given to move house.
Stephanie had been saying since the policy came in how she couldn’t cope. She even went to the GP, but only got sleeping pills. In the end, it all got too much, and she wrote letters to her children, grandson, friends, and neighbors and walked into the M4, dying instantly.
The Sunday People has photos of the letters, but I won’t post them because they broke my heart, but if you want to see them, they’re here
As well as this, her family was struggling to pay for her funeral, so the Sunday People contributed. We live in a country where we can pay £10 million pounds for the funeral of a woman who called Nelson Mandela a terrorist, but someone’s grandmother kills herself because she can’t afford to live in the house she’d lived in for 18 years. I hope everyone feels thoroughly disgusted.
The worst thing is, Stephanie’s story has a more extreme ending, but it’s fairly typical of a bedroom tax victim case. Although the Tory’s policies targeted towards those on benefits claim to help to push people into work, and end a ‘something for nothing’ benefits system (and the whole thing reeks of deserving and undeserving poor) this is not the case at all.
Take a guess at what percentage of the people receiving benefit in the UK are unemployed. Guess. I was way, way out. The actual breakdown is this 42.3% elderly, 20.8% low income, 18.4% families, 15.5% sick/disabled, 2.6% unemployed. Only 2.6% of those on benefits in this country are unemployed.
In addition to this, the people most likely to have spare bedrooms are older people, who’s children have left home. They are not people living off the tax payer, whatever that means, they are people who have lived their lives in cheap rental property who’s children have left home, and so rely on their friends, like my Nana does, for company. And David Cameron and his tory cronies want to move these people away from their communities, their friends, the brick and mortar they’ve made their home, because they have the cheek to have a couple of spare bedrooms.
I hope you’re angry, because I’m really fucking angry.
You know who has got spare bedrooms? David Cameron, who got lucky enough to be born to a millionaire and the daughter of a Baronet, and his wife Samantha who’s father is also a Baronet. His personal wealth has been estimated at £30 million, inherited from off-shore tax havens. Like I said earlier, the UK loses £5.2 Billion a year from men like Cameron. To misquote Obama, Cameron’s not the solution, he’s the problem.
Meanwhile, more people like Stephanie Botrill, hounded from the home she’d raised her children in, and the community where all her friends live, will probably walk in front of lorries.
To cut a long story short, if you even think about voting Tory in 2015, I hope you think about Stephanie Botrill, and I hope you never sleep again.
[Anglophiles, I hope you’re paying attention.
I really hope you are.
Because this is the nation you fetishize over. This is the “OHMAHGAWD” place that you so wish to become a part of.
I really hope you pay attention and read this: Because the majority of those of us who live in the UK are not royalty and wealthy.
And in fact the issues that wealth brings with it in the UK are much more entrenched than anything you can possibly imagine from your US frame of reference]
(My thought process as I was watching it. Note, Cyprus was skipped as it had to be the least inspiring of any of the performances during the semi-finals.)
Oh. Jesus. Mother. ‘a. God.
Definitely going and watching it at the student bar tomorrow.
And the Eurovision finale. Because why not listen to shitty Europop.
Or is that spoilers, nobody cares, ohgodstheCybermenarenowtheBorg?
(Also, WOAH this episode had a lot of background female characters. Seriously. Lots and lots and LOTS of female extras in military roles.)
…That’s what? The 10th or so thinspo/self harm glorifying/fashion blog you think I’d LOVE to follow in the past week.
Stop that shit, right now. Mostly because ick. Just Ick, ick, ick, ICK! Just because I have talked about self harm in the past does NOT mean I want to deal with people who glorify it. Thank you very much.
if you believe that tumblr has taught you more than school, maybe you should really start paying more attention in school and a little less to tumblr
Right…when was the last time your school (as I’m assuming this is aimed at the folks on Tumblr not in Uni) taught you about non-binary identities?
How about trans* rights?
How about non-mainstream cultures?
How about coping tips for mental health issues which are ‘big issues’ to the schools but never discussed? (Anxiety I’m lookin’ at you)
How about cosplay tricks and tips?
How about the effects of racism upon language?
How about non-white male history?
How about rape culture and why it was formed and what can be done to prevent it?
etc, etc, etc….
And while, yeah, I agree some of the things ‘learnt on Tumblr’ can be learnt in school, there’s a LOT that’s discussed here that is NEVER touched upon in an academic setting, especially at the primary and secondary level.
But seriously, I know the UK’s cracked down on international students, ignoring my current status as a home/EU student, but do you REALLY need to know my past employment history, where I’ve lived for the past 6 years, where I’d abide if I hadn’t been moved to the US, and other such questions?
I mean, you could take the nice, simple approach of asking me where I last lived, my permanent address in the UK (if I have one), and if I intend on staying?
At this point, with everything the way it is, I could probably move back to the US with less issue.
(And while I can understand why…you’d think that, because the UK loves centralization, they’d have kept my information on the UCAS database so I wouldn’t have had to have done this bullshit questionnaire, yet again.)