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Whitewashin' and Racebending. - Chicanery and Flimflam
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empressfunk
empressfunk
empressfunk
Sun, Mar. 6th, 2011 02:51 am
Whitewashin' and Racebending.


I was asked one of the admins over at Racebending.com if they could use my comic for their site. And of course I said yes, but I had to edit it a little bit, since I didn't quite finish last time.



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pancakeghost
pancakeghost
pancakeghost
Sun, Mar. 6th, 2011 12:03 pm (UTC)

I was just about to look for this comic on your tumblr (though it might have been for the shallow reason to look at Donald Glover as Spiderman in your style...ehm...), and I am excited to see what you added. Saving this into my computer forever and ever.

You know, I don't want to sound pretentious now or something, but I feel I learned so much about these issues from reading your tumblr (apart from learning also about superheroes which resulted in me watching the 2009 Wonder Woman movie last night, and loving it), and I'm always interested in your opinion because you explain everything so well and don't take any crap from anyone, stick to your opinions and don't cut anyone any slack (which is just as important as explaining stuff patiently, well, maybe even more). So thanks :3
And uh, if you don't mind me asking, ever since I started watching Community I was wondering how you see the show in the terms of how they handle racism and feminism? They deal with it a lot, and I'd be interested in your opinion. Only if you have time, though, and feel like answering some strange girl's questions =)


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empressfunk
empressfunk
empressfunk
Tue, Mar. 8th, 2011 08:20 pm (UTC)

Aw, thanks! (I just wanted Donald Glover as Spider-Man! Was that really so much to ask? Gosh.)

Omg, that Wonder Woman movie...I need to watch it again. And thanks again--sometimes I worry that my massive amounts of ~FEELINGS~ might alienate people, but I figure, dammit, it's my blog and these are my feelings, however occasionally incoherent they may be.

Full disclosure: I love Community. Like, a lot. It consistently makes me laugh and I actually enjoy the meta humor on the show. That being said, I do find it a little annoying that the lead character in such a diverse cast is White Everydude Jeff, who's pretty much a jerkass (occasionally with a heart of gold), and the only real relationship storyline is between three white characters: Annie/Jeff/Britta. (Plus, as a show that's strength is its ensemble cast, I don't like the idea of them focusing on love triangles anyway.)

It's also a little annoying that Britta's feminism is a "quirk" of hers, sometimes shallow, and lends to her "buzzkill" status. Rather than a strength (which I see it as), it's played up as an annoyance. Plus, there was that one episode where the girls (and Abed) took a feminism class and then the episode just turned into a watered down version of Mean Girls. :/

There are certain aspects that the show touches upon with regards to race in a tongue-in-cheek way that I like (Senor Chang as Peggy Fleming and as a Spanish Teacher in season 1, Abed wanting Troy to make it as the first black man to make it to the end of a horror-story scenario, etc.), but then other times it's kinda iffy. Idk.

On the whole, though, I really like the show and think that it's at least better at these issues/brings some visibility to them unlike many of its contemporaries.


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pancakeghost
pancakeghost
pancakeghost
Wed, Mar. 9th, 2011 06:56 pm (UTC)

Thank you for the answer =)

Yes, I would too love to see Donald Glover as Spiderman. The fans plastering his pictures in Spiderman costume all over internet actually made me look him up and start watching Community. Now all I wish is a Donald Glover Spiderman movie and Danny Pudi Batman movie. Everyone would be happy.

And thanks for the answer about Community. You know, I did not even realize they do portray Britta's feminism as a quirk, but now that you said it it's obvious. I need to be more critical when watching tv.
And I agree with you about the Jeff/Britta/Annie triangle. Jeff and Britta initially made me want to stop watching, as they made the show seem like a everyday cheap sitcom, but I was too interested in Abed. And then they gave me "Troy and Abed in the morning" and I was lost =) Aaaand that was a whole lot of info you did not ask for, you are welcome.


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pointedulac
pointedulac
Irrepressibly Awesome
Sun, Mar. 6th, 2011 06:21 pm (UTC)

Dude, never mind "the" acting. I didn't see acting in TLA AT ALL.

*applauds*

Also I would kill to see Donald Glover as Spider-Man.


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empressfunk
empressfunk
empressfunk
Tue, Mar. 8th, 2011 08:03 pm (UTC)

I saved myself the grief and headache after watching a few clips from seeing TLA. Just...no.

I am still sad Donglover wasn't Spider-Man. :(


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changeling0203
changeling0203
Janie-Bug
Sun, Mar. 6th, 2011 06:44 pm (UTC)

Hey now. That's not fair. There are PLENTY of minorities (racial AND sexual orientation-wise) cast in lead roles as villains!


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empressfunk
empressfunk
empressfunk
Tue, Mar. 8th, 2011 08:04 pm (UTC)

Lol. :(

It seems like evil society has more diversity training than legions of good.

There's a comic idea in this somewhere.


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changeling0203
changeling0203
Janie-Bug
Sun, Mar. 6th, 2011 08:57 pm (UTC)

Oh, and people with disabilities. I never thought of them as minorities before, but after taking these classes at CSU East Bay, I realize just how screwed over they get by everything. In the EU, seven of the 27 countries (Austria, Finland, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the UK) grant full voting rights to people with disabilities (learning disabilities and mental health problems). During the early part of the 20th century, developmentally disabled Americans were forcibly sterilized and prohibited from marriage (thanks, eugenics!), and those laws are still on the books (and thank YOU, Michigan!). Actually, more than 30 states prohibit marriage. Which is like saying that if you have a learning disability, no matter how mild or severe (and who draws the line, anyway?), you are deemed incapable of love, lust, or affection and cannot make the decision to be in a long-term relationship.

Now let's sit back and think of all the people with Down's who are acting. I can think of three off the top of my head - Becky from "Glee," Corky from "Life Goes On," and that one woman that voiced the girlfriend with Down's from "Family Guy."

People with mental health problems are often cast as villains, when in reality you are infinitely more likely to be assaulted by someone drunk or on drugs than by anyone with schizophrenia.

Physical disabilities - almost no little person has been cast in roles without that role being one that specifically class for a little person or one that makes fun of little people.

Megan Fox's club thumb was photoshopped away during a Super Bowl commercial.

People in wheelchair's are treated as people to be pitied. Even Artie on "Glee" is constantly told how "brave" he is and hey, let's all try using wheelchairs so we understand how hard and terrible it is to be confined like this! In reality, people in wheelchairs really fucking resent that.

The list goes on.


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empressfunk
empressfunk
empressfunk
Tue, Mar. 8th, 2011 08:26 pm (UTC)

All so very, very true. Especially the villians part--I'm noticing more now that if something terrible happens at the hands of one person (The guy who shot the congresswoman, Gaddafi), the first assumption is that they're "crazy." Like only people with mental or emotional disabilities can kill someone, or alternatively, if you do commit awful crimes, it must be because you're mentally unbalanced, not just because you're an awful human being.

Oh man, Artie in Glee. I just...ugh. They can't just let the guy be in a wheelchair without bringing up how they're trying to figure out a way to make him walk which would negate the point of visibility of disabled characters.

I swear.


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olukemi
olukemi
stark raving sane
Tue, Mar. 8th, 2011 05:17 pm (UTC)

Yet another reminder of how you're so awesome. And all the examples you used were perfect.


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empressfunk
empressfunk
empressfunk
Tue, Mar. 8th, 2011 08:27 pm (UTC)

Thank you very much! There were like a whole bunch more I was thinking of, but then I realized the comic would probably never end.


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olukemi
olukemi
stark raving sane
Tue, Mar. 8th, 2011 08:29 pm (UTC)

Yeah, a few more did come to mind. *cough*Dragonball*cough*


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