What a day

tyleroakley:

coolator:

i have never seen anyone fuck up this masterfully

it just got worse and worse


goodforharpies:

annabuttchase:

If you get pissed over people changing piper’s, leo’s, hazel’s, or frank’s race but think it’s okay when people change annabeth’s, percy’s, or jason’s race than you need to reevaluate your opinions son

likewise if you think making a gay character straight would be wrong but making a straight character gay would be okay, again you need to reevaluate your opinions man, just saying

This is so truly offensive I hesitate to even dignify it with a response.

Rick Riordan started the Percy Jackson series as a way to represent people with learning disabilities like his son. He continues to add diversity of color and sexual orientation so he can tell the stories of the many students he has taught over the years. He doesn’t always get it right, but he’s doing a far better job than a lot of other authors out there.

It shows a profound level of disrespect for the creator of this beloved universe for you to to perform white-washing and queer-erasure on his characters.

People are entitled to their opinions, of course. But not when your opinions seek to undermine people of color or queer people.

Minority characters are so rare. So rare that people who are in that minority seek representation anywhere that they can. It’s not about “oppressing” white or straight people.

It’s about telling the stories that are not told in our culture. 

This post is not only disrespecting the books, but is disrespectful to all the members of the fandom who identify as members of a minority.

If you disagree, please unfollow. I will not tolerate this sort of behavior on my dash.


Anonymous said:
what's extreme is people like you not realizing that sometimes diversity can go too far. When characters are made black or disabled or gay for no reason it hurts the story and it hurts the cause of the people who are supposedly being represented.

blue-author:

I like how you sent me an ask claiming that no one says a thing except people rhetorically making fun of the position that no one actually holds, and then you send me an ask clarifying that you hold exactly the same position.

I’m kind tempted to just not address anything else you said and just marvel in the perfection of that.

What’s the reason for making a character white? What’s the reason for making a character straight? What’s the reason for making a character abled or neurotypical or cis?

When you assume that making a character Other relative to yourself weakens the narrative, you’re revealing a terrible thing about yourself: that you can’t imagine that those people have backstories and inner lives the way that you do.

Every single person in a fictional narrative is ultimately there because a writer decided they needed to be there, but when the person looks like you and matches your expectations, you accept that this person who was made up for the plot had a life full of events that led them to the point where they’re appearing on the screen or page.

But when your expectations aren’t met, you start saying it’s forced. You can’t accept that events led them here because you don’t grant them the kind of life that you know you have. Your empathy does not extend to them. 

Look at how many white people think they can relate to a little girl in an industrial orphanage who falls in with a capitalist robber baron during the Great Depression more than they can relate to a little girl in the foster system in modern New York who falls in with a career politician, all because of a difference of race. The original Annie’s situation and world were only slightly less alien to us than the Victorian period, but making her white somehow makes her relatable in a way that a little girl who clearly exists in our world isn’t.

The fact is, empathy is linked to imagination and we can (and do!) relate to people who are literally alien beings in literally alien worlds. The choice not to relate to Quvenzhané Wallis as Annie—or a Black or gay or female or trans video game character—is a choice to shut off both imagination and empathy. 

The failing is not with the narrative, it’s with you.


fullmetaloptimist said:
whitewashed fancasts just... confuse me. the first time I saw one was for jem from the infernal devices by Cassandra clare (cc has her own problems and issues but that's not the point), and despite the fact that jem is explicitly 100% totally Chinese, the fancast was white. which made (and will always make) no logical sense at all. I mean, I get headcanons and shit like that, but it has to make logical sense!! (i.e. harry potter being non-white makes real sense) It just bugs the shit outta me

thingsfandomshavetaughtme:

I thought Jem was biracial? (half Chinese, half white)

but yeah, how could you think he was fully white??? he’s from China, speaks fluent Mandarin, CC said his mother called him Ke Jian Ming…


lightspeedsound:

stfufauxminists:

bfals:

joss whedon, noted feminist who fired charisma carpenter for daring to be pregnant

joss whedon, white cishet male who decides that he gets to define feminism and rebrand it to make it more appealing to himself, while also erasing the entire history of feminism and ignoring the existence of the term womanist

joss whedon, making a speech about feminism whose only mention of a female is to dismiss her entirely

joss whedon, deciding that the biggest problem with feminism is in its name and not its history of being racist, transphobic, and homophobic

joss whedon, lacking all self-awareness when twisting a brilliant junot diaz quote about poc representation to mean representation for white cis females

joss whedon, trying to equate sexism and racism while completely ignoring that woc exist and can experience both at the same time

joss whedon saying equality is important!!!!! but not casting a single asian person in his show grounded in the fusion of asian - western culture and also equating reavers (literally referring to them as the monsters of the story) with the apache

wait hold up, ignore all that, i should just be super grateful to joss “what is privilege and intersectionality?” whedon for having the courage to speak over women on a continuous basis

Welp.

You can love Joss Whedon while simultaneously hating him and this list is why 


heatmor:

why does anyone even care about other people doing things that have no negative outcome? like let girls take selfies with starbucks!! let straight dudes wear weird clothes!! let gay people be as feminine or as masculine as they want!! the next time you find yourself getting annoyed at someone, ask yourself “is this disrespectful? is this harmful to me or anyone else?” if the answer is no, then let it go - you probably have bigger things to worry about anyways


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oliviawhen:

A little late, but happy earth day! Have some rainy birds.