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Question de Anonyme
I find the whole thing problematic, actually.
Tom is pretty much the most privileged of the privileged: white, male, cis, hetero, abled, well-off, well-educated, dream job, house, car, all of that.
So, while it’s nice he’s using his power and privilege to draw attention to UNICEF and the other charities he’s involved in, LBTL is still a bit grating.
Bear with me as I draw this comparison, but RDJ had a problem with addiction that he went to prison for. And now he donates some time and money to fundraise for an LA-based charity for writers and performers struggling with addiction. So there’s a connection there and an empathy that LBTL lacks.
Auctioning drawing, shoes, and the like is one thing because it actually brings money into the charity. But the eating like a person in poverty feels so disingenuous.
He even said in the video he knew it was going to be five days, he knew it was going to be over soon. Yes, it’s humbling and sobering to think about people that never see an end to that kind of suffering, but you just can’t know what it’s like to feel the fear and the stress. To wonder if you should eat something or save it. Or do groceries and divide the food into what you have to purchase and what you can put back when the bill gets too close to the limited amount of money you have.
And that’s just my experience with a financially abusive, enforced poverty situation. I can’t even begin to understand what it would be like to live on something like food stamps, much less depending on UNICEF.
I don’t like the campaign because it’s centered on how the participant feels living in a temporary situation rather than understanding and listening to the real people in real, unending situations. I’m also not a big fan of “the West” sending NGOs or foreign aid from governments when they refuse to help their own citizens. There has to be another way.
Sorry for the political screed. There is one more re-blog about this coming up.
This. I was against it last year and i am against it this year. Your reasons are the same as I. UNICEF stays fucking up on this point but i am not surprised this is NOT the first time. Starving for 5 days doesn’t make you understand poverty. You have not the stress of money, house, children (if you have), peer’s presssure (because you feel ashame of being poor and kids can’t be nasty if you don’t have the right thing…)…they should let the poors talk, explain, show what it is like.
The African origin of heroes, super and otherwise
July 7, 2011
by J.D. Jackson
Historically, heroes – super-powered or not – come in all shapes and sizes. But what about colors? If we allow your standard history book and Hollywood small and silver screen productions to answer that question, the overall answer would be that the color is only one – white. Black heroes, it seems, do not exist.
But nothing could be further from the truth, especially for the sharp-witted student of world history or even popular culture. For such a person – though not without long-lived hard work and patience, intense study and research, and steel-spined dedication – would discover that throughout time immemorial, the Black hero – real and imagined – repeatedly appears and impacts culture as well as individuals who either welcome or disregard his or her heroic appearance, words and/or deeds.
Speaking of words, some scholars now agree that the very word “hero” comes from an African (Black) word and an African god. The 19th century scholar, Gerald Massey, states that the word “hero” comes from the Egyptian, “ma haru,” meaning “the typical warrior” or the “true hero.” Whereas another scholar states that the word “hero” is derived from the Latin name of a Greek word for the African god, Heru or Hor, who most Egyptologists call “Horus the hawk, the avenger.”
Interestingly enough, the hawk is an ancient and sacred bird of Africa, particularly Ethiopia, and what the late but legendary African world history scholar, Dr. Chancellor Williams, calls “Ethiopia’s oldest daughter, Egypt.”
Furthermore, based on the testimony of the Greek historian, Herodotus – often dubbed the “father of history” – and other scholars past and present, the very names – if not the very same gods, Greek then Roman, under different names – of the gods from Greek and Roman mythology came from, or were heavily influenced by, the ancient Egyptian and African mythology which predated them.
Those African-derived Greco-Roman gods would consequently serve as the backbone of today’s multi-billion dollar superhero comic book and movie industry.
It is an interesting read on the word hero and its link with African hero.
Question de Anonyme
You do understand there are black trash hillbillys right? There are black people who are poor with no privilege. Black people who’s moms were on crack and have men coming & and out every day. Being white is a privilege being poor isn’t. You can be black and poor, then you have to deal with both racism and classism.
See, this is exactly what I mean when I say “people sit in their ignorance.” This type of question shouldn’t even be asked. White privilege is privilege for being white. That’s what it is.
Many white people will see the word “privilege” completely tune out the word “white” before it (as it applies context) and then complain to someone using faulty logic. It’s ridiculous. I can’t stand people like that I really can’t stand it.
In 0.35 seconds, this asker could have answer from googling but they take pride in being ignorant, somehow they think that they’re superior and that they’ve stumped people with no thought logic.
Whenever I come across something like this, a great post I saw comes to mind: “White privilege does not mean your life isn’t hard. It means that your life is not hard BECAUSE you are white, the way an individual’s of another race might be.”
Question de alicemurmurs
Looks like you call yourself white.
HAHAHAHAHA! Well yeah I’m going to call myself white when I don’t know what else I’d call myself! should I just call myself a mutt then?
Hi. White-passing WOC here. It’s just my two cents but PLEASE don’t call yourself a mutt. The term is kind of degrading.
I just refer to myself as mixed, plain and simple. If a situation calls for me to announce being white-passing then I will, but for the most part I just call myself mixed.
Well according to POC I’m just white… my dad is almost full Italian and he is dark! he does have ARABIAN in him too though…but eh, if they don’t like me because of my skin who needs them.
I’m seriously doubting your claims now you have started referring to yourself and your Father as “Arabian”. I’m guessing your father is Southern Italian? (Only a guess though) yes Southern Italians can be quite dark skinned, but they are still white. I don’t know how many times I’m going to have to say this, but RACE IS A SOCIAL CONSTRUCT. It is not a biological classification. Southern Italians are racialised as white, (at least in Europe where I live and honestly no offence but anyone who attempts to argue with me has no understanding of race at all). So if your father is a dark skinned Southern Italian he is white and so are you. Stop making an ass out of yourself.
ok yeah southern italy was colonised by arabs between the 800s and 1200s *but* italy has been separated from the arab world politically and culturally for centuries and any genetic arab lineage in italy doesn’t mean people can say they are racially arab seeing as southern europeans have actively gone to great lengths to remove and cover up just how influential the arabs were on their culture and history. for example, Malta’s language is literally an arabic fucking dialect yet people still label them as ‘european’ and look down on the suggestion that they are part of the arab world…
so, just cos your dad is dark skinned and could possibly have distant arab lineage from centuries ago, doesn’t mean you can say you are part “arabian” … (p.s. don’t say ‘arabian’ either, it’s just ‘arab’…)
like you can’t say you have lived the experiences of arabs in the west, for example. it reminds me of when white people say they are part cherokee princess or whatever shit in defence of wearing head-dresses on hallowe’en…
Question de Anonyme
True. I admit i won’t root for Olivia until she ended what she had with Fitz. I am firmly against cheating no matter what especially when they are kids involved. I think that is also why many are more on Mellie’s side than Olivia. With her story being more complicated than the cold wife hungry for the power, they have even less sympathy with Olivia, thinking she puts herself in that shit and is destroying a family. I want Olivia to be free. We can have a multidimensionnal black woman without having her being in this kind of relationship. With Shonda next show having also the black lead (Viola Davis) to deal with cheating as was Grey’s, i am annoyed.
I don’t hate Bellamy Young, but I’m resentful of the fact that this show about an African American D.C fixer revolved round her character and her pain this season. Not here for it. I watch The Good Wife, Homeland, Veep, Orphan Black, and many other shows where a white female is the lead characters, and in none of those shows do the showrunners ever forget that fact. It’s pretty galling that up until now, Bellamy has been a jobbing TV actress who has had bit parts, but was never considered anything especial until she appeared in a show supposedly led by a black woman. If Olivia Pope hadn’t been so diminished as a character, you wouldn’t see too many people complaining, but every review I read now is about how Mellie is everybody’s fave character, and Olivia Pope is has gotten “hard to root for”, and honestly, I hate it. I blame the writers entirely.
What she said, not a matter of hatting Mellie Grant, it’s just that her story is pretty much told and championed everywhere else. Why the heck would I come to a show about a black fixer to watch the trials of a white female lead?
How was this season about Mellie? And I’m sorry but this is irritating, people are allowed to have favorite characters other than Olivia.
I see tons of rants about this yet when it comes to Fitz fans, absolute silence. A white male character can have fans but a white female one can’t?
I’m not here for Fitz either, tbh. I’ve always said that he represented white male privilege, and was pretty much done with him when he put Olivia’s livelihood at risk. My thing is, the media pretty much dummed on Fitz, so I don’t think I need to add to that. But when they’re going on about being Mellie’s gladiators (first of all, no) and their concern for Mellie overrides the concern for the lead (Olivia is dismissed, but to be fair, Olivia’s been acting like a fool all season). Scandal season three was about white people (I… see… white people). Eli and Maya really saved the day for me, because I’m wondering, “Hey, wasn’t this the show where the first three people on the call sheet weren’t white? What ever happened to that show?).
It’s not that I’m racist or against white people, but 99.99 percent of TV narratives are all about them. I’m fluent in white culture because that’s all I’m shown. Is it too much to ask for a show about a black female lead to be centred about a black female lead (without trifling white men trying to drag her down?). Is that too much? According to Rhimes and season 3 Scandal, yes, yes it is.
I hear what you want, I do. I just don’t think Shonda is the one to deliver “that” show. She writes ensembles. She always identifies a lead (Meredith Grey, Addison Montgomery), but they serve as a place to pin the stories of multiple characters. I mean, the actress who plays meredith grey could practically leave the show at this point, you know? More people are more upset that Yang is leaving (myself included).
Ha, I just realized I can’t even think of the Meredith Grey actress’ name! And she is/was ostensibly the “lead” of the show.
I genuinely don’t believe it is personal or racist, it’s just not how Shonda writes for her leads. She really writes in more of a “Friends” style, but in dramas, not comedies.
I can’t say I fault her - she’s had tremendous success. I can see why, too. If you don’t like the lead (lots of people loathed Meredith b/c she was so whiny), you can find someone else on her shows to like, and they aren’t bit players, they have fully realized story lines. I think it garners her a wider audience for her shows.
Liv said something in the finale that resonated with me. She said she was leaving because “none of this would have happened if it weren’t for me, I’m at the center of it all.” I said something like that several months ago as well. In Shondaland, that is a lead. These other stories do not exist without Olivia.
I don’t watch many other adult shows, but I can tell you that the shows on Teen Nickelodeon and such are more and more diverse. And it isn’t just people of color playing sidekicks, they are front and center. That’s what my kids are growing up with, anyway. My 4 year old watches this lame show about two kids who are kings of some island. She was telling me last night that there is a white king and a brown king. The supporting cast ranges from white to multi-ethnic characters. I think there is progress being made, at least for the younger generation.
But, yea, Shonda doesn’t write leads in a traditional way.
You’re right, Shonda Rhimes isn’t the one to write the show I wanted to watch, too true. I get the feeling that in order to have a black lead on the show, she had to ‘Trojan horse’ it with white supports/characters to get eyes on the screen, because to quote Dwaye McDuffie, you have three non white people on screen, and people think it’s an ‘ethnic’ feature, instead of say the ‘universality’ of three white characters. . But yeah, I’m glad for Rhimes’ success, and that it’s had the effect of more woc getting to be leads in shows, but I’ll try and find something else to watch where poc are front and centre- even if it has to be a kid’s show.
But if you want black actors/characters to be seen as universal, why must they fit into a box of whats ‘ok’ in your eyes? Universal means universal, right? I get what you’re saying about the media and representation, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t, but how was Olivia Pope ever suppose to be that for ‘us’ when from episode one she was a mistress? I dont get how people are just now realizing this isn’t what they ‘expected’