Posts tagged: white mythology
So, I went to Ferguson for a few days and agreed to share my observations with this outlet. They ran this piece:Nowhere in the conversation did I “blast” police….
Evening Dress (Costume)
An evocative and glamorous example of the work of Paramount Studios costume designer Travis Banton, who, during the 1930s, also dressed Marlene Dietrich, Carole Lombard, and Mae West, this dress was worn by Chinese-American actress Anna May Wong. While the dress may evoke the “cheongsam”, a from-fitting traditional Chinese dress style, its construction is along the lines of high-necked form-fitting Western gowns from the Belle-Epoque period, but the dragon motif adds a distinct Asian influence, dazzling in its execution in gold and silver sequins on luxurious satin. It was designed by Banton for Wong’s role of Tu Tuan in the 1934 film “Limehouse Blues.” Wong was a pioneer for Asian-American actors and one of the few actors in general to transition from silent to talking films. (MET)
Damn, that’s how a movie star should dress.
this is a dress designed by a white man for a chinese woman that echoes her culture’s fashion, but //isn’t// - and it has a dragon on it bc tribute i guess
anna may wong spoke out //in the thirties// about her perpetual typecasting and how she only got stereotypical and racist parts, but it was that or no work and those parts played by white women
uncritically saying she was ‘a pioneer’ for asian-american actors and praising the ‘chinese influence’ in this dress is whitewashing the fuck out of her actual life and times
twd’s steven yuen is developing his own material because that’s easier than getting offered a decent part, john cho spent the whole star trek into darkness promo cycle calling team abrams out on whitewashing khan (and the rest of their shitty future), and hollywood is making a ghost in the shell movie and courting //scarlett johansson// for motoko kusanagi
anna may wong was a badass and endured all this open racism with grace and eloquent protest, but her complaints about her time in hollywood are still valid eighty years later. how dare you shrug all that off so you can non-critically praise the orientalism inherent in this dress
Ok guys can we have a chat about coding?
Coding is when characteristics of certain people/groups are applied to entities in media, oftentimes nonhuman characters. This is often a sort of subtle allegory to make a point or present a counterpart in a fantasy setting. Sometimes it takes the form of “monster culture,” where these stereotypical characteristics are applied to villains to demonize certain groups (you see this a lot with villains who take on stereotypical traits of marginalized groups such as LGBT people, or Jewish people for example). Sometimes it’s simply allegory.
Let’s look at these images as examples. Garnet is an alien with brown skin, an afro, and voiced by black english singer Estelle. So, it’s clear to see she’s coded as a black woman in spite of being an alien. The picture next to that is from the PBS kids show Arthur, portraying two characters in Senegal. They’re clearly animals, but they’re also Senegalese, so it can be inferred they’re coded as black Africans. They are relatives of another character on the show, The Brain, who is a bear. But in the show, he has family in Africa, and celebrates kwanzaa. It can be inferred he’s black as well.
Then Sagwa. This is about a family of siamese cats who lives in China sometime around the era of the Qing dynasty (I believe). They work for a magistrate and make calligraphy with their tails. They’re cats, but are coded by their environment and characterization as being Chinese.
And the list goes on (The Between the Lions lions being African, Rosita and Quetzal being Mexican, etc)
So there’s a problem when you see a character like Garnet and go “she’s not black, she’s a gem!” Sure, in a literal sense. But she’s clearly CODED as a black woman.
This ALSO plays into why you can’t arbitrarily assign certain coding to certain things and not take context and connotations into account.
I hope this made sense.
an understadable issue but!! i say mexican specifically for a reason
quetzal is named after the Aztec deity quetzalcoatl and has been referred to as having mexican coding on other sites such as the show’s wikipedia page. and if memory serves the show’s two main human characters are also canonically mexican.
rosita is much more clear cut, specifically stated in sesame street canon to be a monster who comes from mexico.
thank u for this
This all of this
how in the hell could anyone even try to claim garnet is not black
caligula had anime eyes
wait romans painted their marble sculptures
it looks like a cheap theme park ride mascot
here’s a statue of Augustus
and here’s a reproduction of the statue with the colors restored
i honestly think that what we consider the height of sculpture in all of Western civilization being essentially the leftover templates of gaudy pieces of theme park shit to be evidence of the potential merit of found art
"I tried coloring it and then I ruined it"
And you know what the funniest part is? The paint didn’t just wear off over time. A bunch of asshole British historians back in the Victorian era actually went around scrubbing the remaining paint off of Greek and Roman statues - often destroying the fine details of the carving in the process - because the bright colours didn’t fit the dignified image they wished to present of the the cultures they claimed to be heirs to. This process also removed visible evidence of the fact that at least some of the statues thus stripped of paint had originally depicted non-white individuals.
Whenever you look at a Roman statue with a bare marble face, you’re looking at the face of imperialist historical revisionism.
(The missing noses on a lot of Egyptian statues are a similar deal. It’s not that the ancient Egyptians made statues with strangely fragile noses. Many Victorian archaeologists had a habit of chipping the noses off of the statues they brought back, then claiming that they’d found them that way - because with the noses intact, it was too obvious that the statues were meant to depict individuals of black African descent.)
First of all, “middle aged Europe”
Second of all, your understanding of epidemiology would be laughable if it wasn’t just an excuse to say a racist thing. Well, congratulations. You’ve said a racist thing. Ha ha, people of color spread diseases. Super hilarious.Hmm, maybe if you want to learn more about how “small pox” is spread, take a look in here
do they think it’s called the black plague bc … oh jesus christ they do don’t they
Oh, I’d guess it probably is whiteface, which is what the white base that clowns wear is called. If I wanted to dress up like Moxxi, I’d wear whiteface, too. The character canonically wears similar make-up, as some sort of mash-up of harlequin and the “arsenic chic” of past ages, to go with Moxxi’s general retro-futurism vibe.
Of course, the term “whiteface” in reference to this type of makeup, like the term “blackface”, originated as a purely descriptive term for a type of theatrical cosmetic application. The difference is that while the latter is linked to a tradition of murderous dehumanization and cultural exploitation, the former was primarily associated with the clown who was the boss of the other clowns, those other clowns often being painted (I mean, literally painted) as demeaning racist caricatures with exaggerated features that verged on literal blackface, if they didn’t include it.
Or to put it another way: both blackface and whiteface were used by white entertainers in ways that enforced white supremacy.
But I feel like that’s going beyond the scope of your question. Was there something in particular you were driving at?
tldr clowns are racist and if you’re afraid of clowns you’re afraid of racist caricatures of black people
maybe you can spin that as being afraid of racism, but probably not
Why is it that people are willing to spend $20 on a bowl of pasta with sauce that they might actually be able to replicate pretty faithfully at home, yet they balk at the notion of a white-table cloth Thai restaurant, or a tacos that cost more than $3 each? Even in a city as “cosmopolitan” as New York, restaurant openings like Tamarind Tribeca (Indian) and Lotus of Siam (Thai) always seem to elicit this knee-jerk reaction from some diners who have decided that certain countries produce food that belongs in the “cheap eats” category—and it’s not allowed out. (Side note: How often do magazine lists of “cheap eats” double as rundowns of outer-borough ethnic foods?)
Yelp, Chowhound, and other restaurant sites are littered with comments like, “$5 for dumplings?? I’ll go to Flushing, thanks!” or “When I was backpacking in India this dish cost like five cents, only an idiot would pay that much!” Yet you never see complaints about the prices at Western restaurants framed in these terms, because it’s ingrained in people’s heads that these foods are somehow “worth” more. If we’re talking foie gras or chateaubriand, fair enough. But be real: You know damn well that rigatoni sorrentino is no more expensive to produce than a plate of duck laab, so to decry a pricey version as a ripoff is disingenuous. This question of perceived value is becoming increasingly troublesome as more non-native (read: white) chefs take on “ethnic” cuisines, and suddenly it’s okay to charge $14 for shu mai because hey, the chef is ELEVATING the cuisine.
One of the entries from the list ‘20 Things Everyone Thinks About the Food World (But Nobody Will Say)’. (via crankyskirt)
Glad this is floating its way back around ^_^
I had to delete the original post after a bunch of notes from people who reblogged with faulty logic (“I went to a [insert non-white ethnicity here] restaurant and they totally ripped me off because I wasn’t [that ethnicity], so there”) or comments like the ones in the quote itself.
I still think about this, especially given the real-estate crunch in NYC thanks to gentrification, that entails not only the way buildings’ space is allocated, but also who gets to put out their food truck in a given area.
Some foodie writer wrote this list of things he’d learned as a critic, and one of them was about how great the little out-of-the-way mini-mall spots were for discovering delicious, homemade-style ethnic cuisine. I wish I’d written to him and asked, “It’s all well and good that you’re able to travel to the boondocks for the perfect Thai meal in the US, but why is it that you’re not talking about a middle ground, where those small business owners get enough press that they can move to a venue that both serves their original clientele and feed foodies like you from metro areas?”
I mean maybe, but accountability is a process & not a destination, so.
speaking as a white person there is no cure, you just have to accept the bitter reality of inherited privilege, and realize that your personal best will never be good enough to undo centuries of colonialism and white supremacy
Sometimes I hate Tumblr.
Other times, I love Tumblr.
Times like this, I hate the fact that when I go away from Tumblr, I’ve forgotten that, no, people are still pieces of shit, there are people I will come into contact with, who will defend Blackface.
Yellow is myself (appropriately enough)
Blue is my amazing wife (who is, along with every other person taking part in this conversation, white. This is important to the story.)
Every other colour is a racist-ass piece of shit. Aside from Dark Green there who’s alright.
These cracker-ass honky-ass birdshit-ass motherfuckers want to sit there and say, y’know, it’s not racist. My wife wants to point out the fact - not the opinion, the fact - that Blackface is, indeed, racist. She is apparently disqualified from passing on this knowledge as she is white - but it’s okay to be white and say it’s not racist?
And because I do have even a smidgen of savvy w/ regard to race, I get called an SJW, and challenged to defend my argument - without, y’know, mentioning the fact that Blackface is objectively racist or, in fact, using the word “racist" at all.
So yeah, this is some FUCKING EGREGIOUS SHIT and I am pissed as hell.
First of all, I just want to say a ton of thank yous to cypheroftyr, who added me as a mod this morning to help run this blog, and I am extremely grateful to have the honour. I’m an artist (here’s my deivantART gallery) who paints portraits and book covers, and between art projects I play a…
"Creating a hashtag"? Seriously? Maybe if you spent half as much time creating games as you spent creating hashtags, maybe we would have diverse games already. Talking about representation is just lazy. You’re basically saying, "SOMEONE should do something about this… oh, but not me." Stop ranting and start doing.
^^^ Prime example of one of the most ignorant arguments around the discussion of (the lack of) inclusive games. It shows a clear lack of understanding of how games of all kinds are made.
(like, where the heck does concept art and illustrations come from, thin air?)
(who writes the stories?)
(what about QA testers?)
(marketing? human resource management?)
Yes, I will get right on making ALL THE GAMES with the lack of coding skill I have, the lack of art skill I have, the lack of money that surprise I don’t have.
That is the weakest of weak fucking arguments that is being tossed around regarding this topic. How about GG’rs make their own fucking game mags so they can have that journalistic integrity they claim GG is allll about?
Look, I want diverse games too, but you’re going about it the wrong way. Either BUY diverse games that already exist (I can name some if you want) or make one. Haven’t you ever heard the phrase “If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself”? If you can’t do it alone, recruit some artists and programmers, the same thing Notch did.
Why should publishers listen to you? Here’s the answer: because MONEY. If you show them you want diverse games by buying them, maybe they’ll listen. And if your diverse game is popular, maybe they’ll listen to that too.
i don’t like living in a world where ‘diversity’ is treated as a niche audience
why do you
honestly what kind of argument is that anyways, ubisoft //could// put women in assassins creed, but eh, why bother, those fans can just make their own a-list parkour knife fight simulator?
that ubisoft CHOSE NOT TO is the problem here
try harder you hack