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Lupe Fiasco draws excellent parallels between blackface comedy and  entertainers like Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne.

this is some of the realest shit i’ve ever seen

This video makes me wary. Everyone loves to tell [Black] women how to act. Some of the lyrics that annoyed me:

Now imagine there’s shorty/maybe five maybe four
riding’ round with his mama listening to the radio
and a song comes on and not far off from being born
doesn’t know the difference between right and wrong 
Now, I ain’t trying to make it too complex
but let’s say shorty has an undeveloped context
about the perception of women these days 
his mama sings along and this what she says
"Niggas, I’m a bad bitch, and I’m bad bitch
Something that’s far above average” 

First of all, what’s wrong with his mother saying she’s “far above average”? She’s claiming authority and a sense of worth—why is that so terrifying?

…”first he’s relating the word “bitch” with his mama
and because she’s relating to herself, his most important source of help
and mental health, he may skew respect for dishonor. 

If he “doesn’t have much context” in which to place the word ‘bitch’ and he hears it from his mother as she’s singing an arguably empowering lyric, where does he get the idea that respect=dishonor? Wouldn’t he associate “bad bitch” with authoritative/powerful women?

I rolled my eyes at

Yeah, now imagine a group of little girls nine through twelve
On the internet watchin’ videos listenin’ to songs by themselves
It doesn’t really matter if they have parental clearance
They understand the internet better than their parents
Now being the interent, the content’s probably uncensored
They’re young, so they’re maleable and probably unmentored
A complicated combination, maybe with no relevance
Until that intelligence meets their favorite singer’s preference
“Bad bitches, bad bitches, bad bitches
That’s all I want and all I like in life is bad bitches, bad bitches”
Now let’s say that they less concerned with him
And more with the video girl acquiescent to his whims.

if the girl in that part of the video is supposed to be Nicki Minaj, Lupe Fiasco has, clearly, missed the entire point of Nicki’s image. I don’t understand how he felt Nicki would be a good representation of the “bad Video Vixen”. She is always in control, so there’s nothing wrong with her being super femme and highly dramatic. Her flamboyant sexuality isn’t the problem—the problem is the invisibility of sexualized girls in other videos. I love how people are okay with the faceless, nameless, background ‘video vixen’ but once a girl steps up and says, “I own me. I own my sexuality”, suddenly, she’s a bad influence. Suddenly, she has an obligation to the world.

…in this little world
The little boy meets one of those little girls
And he thinks she a bad bitch and she thinks she a bad bitch
He thinks disrespectfully, she thinks of that sexually
She got the wrong idea, he don’t wanna fuck her
He thinks she’s bad at being a bitch like his mother
Momma never dress like that, come out the house, hot mess like that
Ass, titties, dress like that
All out to impress like that
Just like that, you see the fruit of the confusion
He caught in a reality, she caught in an illusion

First of all, who told you she was dressing to impress you? Also, she’s bad at being your mother? Did you think we existed solely for your education/entertainment/pseudo-intellectual social statements?

But bitch still bad to her if you say it the wrong way
But she think she a bitch, what a double entendre

Wow, words have different connotations depending on the context? what a mind-blowing observation!

There’s a consistent minstrel allegory, which I feel is inaccurate if this video is to be commentary on modern hip hop artists like Nicki Minaj/L’il Wayne/whoever. Minstrels were about manipulating and mocking people who didn’t have the power to represent themselves. This video, however, is about silencing a woman who doesn’t request the power to represent herself—she just takes it, and it’s ~scary~.

Bitch bad, woman good
Lady better, greatest motherhood

^I’m too tired to break down every single thing wrong with this video, but the last line basically sums up everything wrong with it—stop critiquing our lives. Stop trying to define who we are, or tell us who we’re supposed to be. You don’t get to do that. We have the right to exist on our own terms. We don’t live to please you. We don’t dress for you. We are not all going to be your mothers. We don’t owe you anything.

Tl;dr: If you’re a bad bitch, be a bad bitch. Your identity; your call.

Lupe Fiasco, have a seat.

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it’s that time of the day when I make white people uncomfortable. oh haaaay.

Yesterday, I managed to catch this episode of Phineas and Ferb. “On the Savannah”, where the boys go to Africa. Where in Africa? I don’t know, because they never tell you.

This is a thing I’ve noticed in media: everyone wants to avoid acknowledging that Africa is not monolithic, so whenever they *include* African characters, their country of origin is rarely ever specified, or when they have their white American characters travel to Africa, exactly WHERE they go is never specified. Because that would mean picking a country (of the 50 on the continent) and actually getting the cultural setting right—which is just too much for the poor little Hollywood producers who have unfathomable budgets and resources at their fingertips. (have you ever noticed that you don’t know where Cady from Mean Girls is from? She’s just “from Africa”. All 50 countries of Africa. All at once.)

This particular episode of Phineas and Ferb really bugged me because you could tell they were trying so hard to be ~progressive~. There’s a scene where they meet the ~African~ who’s going to be their tour guide, and this conversation happens:

Candace: Please tell me you have cell phone reception

Mr. Flynn: Well, of course, they do. Africa isn’t as primitive as you’d think.

Dialog like this is problematic because it’s trying so hard when the setting is just a massive fail. It makes it seem like they’re so ahead of the game when, really, they’re just perpetuating the same stereotypes you’ve been taught about Africa.

I mean, they go on A SAFARI. BECAUSE THAT’S ALL THERE IS TO DO IN ~AFRICA~. GO ON A SAFARI. How groundbreaking and progressive and informative. That’s actually just some bullshit.

Then, there’s a musical number where Candace (who has been stressing about her boyfriend, Jeremy, not being able to reach her) sings about leaving behind things like “a house, a car, cell phone, stress” so that she can ~live at peace in Africa~. Let me repeat that: this was a very recent episode of a kids’ television show where a white girl talked about how leaving America for ~Africa~ literally meant leaving civilization.

Tell me that’s not supposed to piss me off.

OH, AND THEN to add insult to injury, Phineas comments, “wow, looks like Candace is really embracing Africa” when he sees her wearing a cheetah-print Flinstones-esque dress. Then, he asks how they’re going to get back to their campsite, and Candace yodel-calls an elephant. Because now that she’s bonded with Africa, she can now speak to animals. The episode ends with Baljeet (the token Indian kid) telling us the moral of the story: “I guess living in the wild isn’t as hard as we thought”. Because that’s what Africa is. “The wild”. *my rage*

I love Phineas and Ferb—which is why this episode left me furious. Like, blood-boiling, seeing-red furious. Because a lot of kids watch this show. And there was just so much fail in this episode.

I’m tired of this. I’m tired of being misrepresented in American media. Protip: if you’re too lazy to do your research on ~Africa~ (hint: you can start by not treating it like it’s all one country), then don’t write t.v.shows/movies on it.

Also, I don’t appreciate the female representation on this show. Candace has only one friend, who she only talks to about Jeremy. Her entire life revolves around the guy she wants to be her boyfriend, and busting her brothers. And it seems like the only way they could justify Isabella’s presence is by giving her a crush on Phineas, even though she’s a pretty kick-ass, determined character on her own. Thanks, Disney.

I’m so tired of all of this.

-foodieamazon

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Anonymous asked: ... You are actually just the most annoying person. Selina Kyle is a WHITE character just like pretty much everyone else. There are many black characters and no one has a problem with that and if they do than they're pathetic but seriously? Because they don't cast a black person for a white characters role makes them sexist? That's just idiotic. Selina Kyle is quite clearly... White.

[continued from same anon]: Also seriously. I’m white; in the sun for an hour and I will look Spanish from how dark I get. People don’t mistake me for being Latino or anything like that. Your arguments are just stupid

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Hey Anon, 

your response is actually pretty typical. There are so many things wrong with your argument that I’m not actually sure where to begin. If Bane can go from Latino wrestler to white guy in the movie, then Selina Kyle doesn’t have to be a white character. Like I said before, Selina, and variations thereof, are popular enough Spanish names that it’s not ridiculous to suggest that a Latina woman could have played Catwoman. Oh, and just in case you missed it, I (and Sardonicsasquatch) also invalidated your whole “everyone else is white” argument (it seems you haven’t been paying attention to what we’ve posted)

Where are these “many black characters” of whom you speak? Oh, right—those few were paid to stay out of the Batman movies.

in response to “Because they don’t cast a black person for a white character’s role makes them sexist”: first of all, just…no. to that entire statement. I’m not annoyed because Selina Kyle wasn’t Black—I’m annoyed that she was white when she could have been Latina…or, really, anything else but white. I’m tired of white being the default. sorry I’m not sorry.

Spanish people come in all different shades—but I didn’t expect you to have realized that Latina doesn’t always equal Spanish. I bet I just blew your mind a little bit there—am I mocking you? only a little ;)

Also, I promise you that you are the only person who thinks you “look Spanish” just because you’ve gotten a tan—though, that is the sort of basic, simplistic, idiotic “logic” I would expect from someone who sends me a message like this.

—The most annoying person (because, apparently, criticizing the lack of racial representation in media makes you “just the most annoying person…I guessed you were white before you even told me.)

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Catwoman is not necessarily white

This is Catwoman in animated moviein 2011 Batman: Year One

She was white in the original comics from the 1940’s. However we shouldn’t really use that as a basis. Here in 2011 we see a racially ambiguous Catwoman and indeed, there isn’t really anything to see she couldn’t be black. Unfortunately when you have a character that is racially ambiguous, Hollywood is going to make them white 95% of the time, unless it is a really minor role at which point they might toss it too a minority actor so people don’t think they are being racist. 

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foodieamazon addendum: (who WASN’T white in the original comics from the 40’s ;D )

Also, the name Selina (and variations thereof) has been a popular enough Latina girl name that it’s not unreasonable to assume that a character named “Selina Kyle” wouldn’t just be white.

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Anonymous asked: I know the title of this blog is feminist media but you guys just do such a good job i was wondering if you'd willing to talk some POC problems? Namely how Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy (of which i am a fan) of critical acclaim and commercial success has received apparently no controversy over the fact that it white washed Ra's al Ghul, Talia al Ghul and Bane. As a POC person myself it was very disappointing to see all three of these roles be filled by white actors (who i really like).

YES. I AGREE. I was just ranting to a friend about this the other day (WoC seeking media representation as something other than maid or generic “other”). Also, I feel like Catwoman was whitewashed (I mean—really, the character’s name is SELINA and he casts a white girl?! *sigh* of course, he does…) Sometimes I don’t like to talk about this stuff because a little part of me dies every time I realize that Hollywood insists on leaving out people who may vaguely resemble me or my friends.

Comic book Bane is a latino wrestler. “But, this is a movie—Nolan didn’t have to stick to the comic book interpretations of the characters” You might say, but let’s pretend for a moment that the Joker and Scarecrow didn’t stay pretty true to the physical appearances of their comic book characters. You’re still going to have to explain to me how in the hell a man who spent a significant part of his life in the Middle East comes out of a pit (where like none of the guys speak English) with a Western dialect and English accent. Same for Talia, even though I know some people are going to argue that she was raised somewhere else and blahblahblah. In that case, I would very much like to hear more of her back story. How, exactly, did a Middle Eastern woman grow up to be an English sophisticate with no apparent cultural ties to ~anything~? um, okay, Nolan. It’s sad because I love all of the actors in DKR (though, on a vaguely unrelated note, I think Anne Hathaway and Marion Cotillard should have switched roles).

A certain part of me doesn’t always want to talk about these things because it breaks me. It breaks me because I’m not the only one to bring it up, and you and I weren’t the only ones to notice the whitewashing in DKR—other people have presented lengthier and more eloquent dissertations of the problematic ways Hollywood treats race. People with more leverage have brought this to the public eye. Hollywood just doesn’t give a damn.

Right now, as a PoC, I just see Hollywood movies as white boys and girls playing dress up.

http://www.movieinsider.com/movies/-/2013/ <—some upcoming movies, aka White People Doing Shit, with the token Tyler Perry release :/

foodieamazon (always here to discuss when race and gender intersect)

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This will annoy you

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_2LpLhOsc4

Warning: It contains a huge dose of misogyny and ridicule of women, it’s not going to be an easy video to watch

Hey all, I was linked this video a while back and all of my male friends thought it was accurate and hilarious, but I thought it was extremely misogynistic and actively so. I made a comment on their page about it, and as subsequently blocked on the ground that “[they] don’t allow uneducated morons (aka women) to comment on our videos.” I sent a report to youtube about it, and if you guys didn’t hear about this video earlier, I’d really like any help in trying to take it down. It was a very painful 20 minutes to watch, but apparently people found it very funny? I’m not sure if it was because they blocked and deleted everyone who spoke up, or because people don’t understand what feminism really is about. 

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I couldn’t even watch this foolishness all the way through.

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peecharrific:
ELLE Cover Lightens The Most Beautiful Woman in the World
Leave it to ELLE Magazine to photochop the world’s most beautiful woman.  Aishwarya Rai, the reigning queen of Indian cinema, model and  classically trained dancer is currently on the cover of ELLE  India—several shades lighter. Rai’s skin has been lightened and her dark  brown hair appears to have a red tint to it.
The Times of India reported the former Miss World is “furious with the bleaching botch-up” and is considering taking legal action against ELLE.
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This isn&#8217;t the first time Elle has done this. Seriously, what the hell. Do they not think anyone will notice? This makes my blood boil because it just reinforces the idea that anything that isn&#8217;t white isn&#8217;t beautiful. I&#8217;m actually too angry and sad to write anything other than expletives at this moment, but I really hope that I don&#8217;t have to explain why this is wrong on so many levels.
-foodieamazon

peecharrific:

ELLE Cover Lightens The Most Beautiful Woman in the World

Leave it to ELLE Magazine to photochop the world’s most beautiful woman. Aishwarya Rai, the reigning queen of Indian cinema, model and classically trained dancer is currently on the cover of ELLE India—several shades lighter. Rai’s skin has been lightened and her dark brown hair appears to have a red tint to it.

The Times of India reported the former Miss World is “furious with the bleaching botch-up” and is considering taking legal action against ELLE.

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This isn’t the first time Elle has done this. Seriously, what the hell. Do they not think anyone will notice? This makes my blood boil because it just reinforces the idea that anything that isn’t white isn’t beautiful. I’m actually too angry and sad to write anything other than expletives at this moment, but I really hope that I don’t have to explain why this is wrong on so many levels.

-foodieamazon

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shoomlah:

Hey, ABC-
Remember how Pan Am employed numerous Japanese Nisei stewardesses during the 50’s and 60’s? Remember how they played an integral part in the history of the Jet Age, despite and possibly because of the racism and exoticization they had to face on a day-to-day basis?

OH RIGHT HAHAHA OF COURSE NOT WHY WOULD YOU
Heavens, why ever would it be interesting to discuss the experience of Japanese-Americans during the post-war period.

Something to think about. I am so sick of white-washed, revisionist history television shows and movies that completely forget  ignore the marginalized people who were extremely relevant to the topic and time period.
-foodieamazon

shoomlah:

Hey, ABC-

Remember how Pan Am employed numerous Japanese Nisei stewardesses during the 50’s and 60’s? Remember how they played an integral part in the history of the Jet Age, despite and possibly because of the racism and exoticization they had to face on a day-to-day basis?

OH RIGHT HAHAHA OF COURSE NOT WHY WOULD YOU

Heavens, why ever would it be interesting to discuss the experience of Japanese-Americans during the post-war period.

Something to think about. I am so sick of white-washed, revisionist history television shows and movies that completely forget  ignore the marginalized people who were extremely relevant to the topic and time period.

-foodieamazon

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What do you think of this commercial?
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The sexism here is so blatant, common, and unoriginal that I don’t even think it’s worth in-depth critique. I imagine this is what happens in advertising producers’ boardrooms:

"Alright guys, we need to sell Product X. Any ideas?"
"Well, maybe we could use a modicum of intelligence and wit to show consumers the pros and cons of integrating Product X into their daily lives, possibly with a splash of creative and non-misogynistic humor?"
"Boobs! Great, now let’s move on."

-Maacah