i want to create a tv show about a group of friends where they’re all queer except the one token cishet friend who’s only there to say stereotypical “straight” things for laughs like “macklemore got me into rap” and “my mom and i got into a fight because she wouldn’t buy me a fourth obey snapback”
Or we could just stop stereotyping people.
I don’t even want to begin on Avril Lavigne but for me one of the creepy parts of that entire video—bc let’s be real the entire thing sucked—was the deadpan look on the her backup dancers’ faces like there’s literally no emotion in…
So all in all. There is no bother reasoning with you. Trying to help you understand, because you’re going to throw it all back in my face because you’re upset about something that isn’t even close to an issue. Seriously, not everything is racist, stop looking at things and trying to find a reason to hate and ridicule it, if Avril Lavigne likes that aspect of Japanese culture then god fucking damn she can make as many songs about it as she mother fucking wants. Seriously, does it make you feel better to find something to pick apart so you can feel like you have something to fight for? Fight for something real. Find some real racism. Don’t settle for this. You’re better than this. Don’t get so butthurt when you see something about Asian culture you don’t agree with.
lolol please, tell me what constitutes as ”real” racism, I mean what is the lowest bound that would make something racist? Is it the blatant racism in police brutality? Is it the KKK and their lynchings for fun? Slavery? I get the feeling you don’t think Coachella and other forms of cultural appropriation would count. I get the feeling you’d say the sexualization of PoC is just preferences and has no racist grounds. I get the feeling you wouldn’t even consider racial microaggressions or racism in the job market (qualifications and stuff! Affirmative action is helping underqualified folks!) Stop trying to educate me and get the fuck off my blog if you don’t like me and other PoC taking agency for myself and people who look like me or rather, people who aren’t white. Stop trying to tell me that I’m supposed to sit around and watch them turn Asian people into a generic subset of human who are there to ogle at and copy, or to watch them bastardize Asian cultures and make a profit off of it. I’m literally not going to take you or apologists like you seriously, so you’re wasting your time on here.
I’m just going to say a few short things here. I’m sorry for offending you and it was my bad to react the way I did. And lastly I’d like to ask you to understand Avril Lavigne’s side before accusing her of such actions. She made the song because she loves the Japanese culture, not because she wants all people of Asian decent to be that way, she couldn’t possibly fit every aspect if Asian culture in her song so she chose the most upbeat, fun and popular parts, the parts her demographic in Japan also love.
Again I apologise for hurting your feelings.
You’re asking me this stuff but I honestly, as stated before, don’t give a fuck about her intentions because the impact lies in what she did, not what she meant. If she loves Japanese culture so fucking much then she should give Japan her profits, but instead she’s banking off of them by making videos like that. You don’t know that she doesn’t want all Asians to be the way she portrays us, and if she’s anything like Katy Perry then that statement would just be wrong, since KP actually seems to view us as one and the same cutesy kawaii doll things instead of actual people.
People always want the “upbeat, fun, and popular” parts of every culture and race out there without having to deal with the racial ramifications. We see this a lot in those people who wish they were a different race because they like those appealing parts and have never had to face racism. PoC do not have that luxury, sometimes even in their own cultures. People like Madonna can wear the bindi and look cute and hipster to the rest of society, while Indian people wear it and get bullied in school for being “dot-heads” or whatever dehumanizing slurs white kids invent. People like Avril Lavigne can bank on Japanese fashion and bat her lashes and prance around with her cupcakes or whatever, but Japanese and other East Americans get reduced to dolls and people call them kawaii to their faces and turn them into a caricature of what Japan and East Asia’s “supposed” to be.
White people are always going about on how they “didn’t mean to be racist,” but unless they take the time to figure out why they’re being racist their “innocent” intentions do not matter. Apologize all you want, but don’t try to tell me to reason with Avril Lavigne because you like her, because in doing so you’re ignoring literally every point made earlier.
shout out to all the black english majors who already knew this
This explains why people wanna attack my grammar errors when I hit them with logical reasoning… “You might have a point, but no one will take you seriously because of your grammar! FIX IT!”
Today our boat didn’t have practice, so I went and did an old lift instead. Usually I go to the varsity weight room, but it’s harder to get into if your team isn’t there, and it’s basically impossible without a trainer. So that’s cool, I lift in the other gym over the summer anyway, but it’s slightly more difficult if you don’t start lifting right away because platforms get taken supes quickly.
So I do the standard warmup/abs/stretch/control drills gig, and I go to an empty platform (this is at like 7A, so not a lot of people are there… yet), and I do my squats. I was technically supposed to superset them with box jumps, but there weren’t any boxes, and I didn’t want to superset them if it means possibly losing my platform. Anyway, so I finish those after some time and I’m about to do snatch combo 1 (shrug x4, [jump+shrug] x4, [jump+shrug+catch] x4 for those who are wondering).
I’m trying to do it sideways because I’m alone, and I don’t have a partner to watch my form for me like I usually do, and since it’d not particularly crowded I have the space to do it. Doing it sideways I can at least see myself in the mirror, so it works out.
This dude comes up to me, right? I’m literally the only girl at the platforms, and I’m in position to do a snatch. There are guys at other platforms, and some are lifting while others are on their break. He comes up and asks me if if I’m “using the platform or just doing snatches.” I’m still there with chest over bar and everything, and I tell him I’m doing snatches and then push press, like I’m clearly not doing the snatch inside the platform because there’s no room to, but I’m also clearly still using it. (Have fun doing your workout at the platform without the fucking bar, motherfucker.)
I don’t know why he approached me, but the facts remain that I was the only girl at the platforms and I’m 5’3”. I get the feeling he thought’d I’d be a pushover compared to the larger guys at the other platforms doing 225 lb power cleans, but I mean I was watching them and they were done with their set.
So he mopes off and I continue. The platform next to me clears up in like half a minute, so he goes there and I start my push press. He starts squatting and HE’S FUCKING DOING THEM WRONG LIKE YOU HAVE THE AUDACITY TO TRY TO KICK ME OFF MY PLATFORM BECAUSE I’M THE ONLY GIRL AND A SMALL ONE AT THAT WHEN YOU DON’T EVEN KNOW HOW TO DO A PROPER SQUAT
YOU’RE GONNA HAVE KNEE AND BACK PROBLEMS IN THE FUTURE BECAUSE YOUR KNEES ARE WAY OVER YOUR TOES AND YOU’RE LIFTING WITH YOUR BACK AND NOT YOUR LEGS AND I’M NOT GOING TO HAVE ANY SYMPATHY BECAUSE YOU’RE A COCKY ASSHOLE
This would not be a big deal if it didn’t happen often in that gym, but it does. People come to me first when they want a platform to free up, and they give me the side eye when I ask if anyone’ll be done soon. Half the time they’re lifting improperly and it’s just infuriating.
avril lavignes hello kitty video was deleted from youtube and then billboard posted this
White Americans always think racism is a feeling, and they reject it or they embrace it. To most [white] Americans, it seems more honorable and nicer to reject it, so they do, but they almost invariably fail to understand that how they feel means very little to black Americans, who understand racism as a way of structuring American culture, American politics, and the American economy.
Jane Smiley, Say it Ain’t So, Huck: Second thoughts on Mark Twain’s “Masterpiece” (Harper’s Magazine, 1996)
This is perfect.
White women (and a lot of non-Black WOC) would be better off recognizing that the only reason they get so offended when hearing “Black is beautiful” is because their entire self-image is built around being to epitome of beauty (and thus womanhood).
You are literally built up as the epitome of beauty/womanhood while Black women are positioned as the antithesis of it. To hear the group you believe (and most often this belief is subconscious) to be the antithesis of beauty, actually claim ourselves as beautiful (and thus worthy of love, respect, humanity) is shattering to your very fragile egos.
That’s why y’all stay in folks inboxes (on anon no less) talking about “we’re all beautiful.” But I don’t see you protesting Calvin Klien or anyone else in the fashion/modeling/makeup industry for more inclusivity of Black and Brown women. But we all beautiful, right?
toonzle replied to your post:So what you’re saying is white people cannot express love for another culture. Honestly where I live ( Straya cunt) if bloody Lady GaGa made a video about kangaroos and wore a hat with little corkscrews hangin off the end of it, a singlet and board shorts with thongs, and sang about how much she loves pies NO ONE WOULD THINK TWICE.
The fuck is the relevance to Japanese appropriation anyways. What was anon’s argument even? Who said white people can’t like a different culture? Where did this strawman even come from??
I feel like white people really like to confuse cultural appropriation with appreciation, and they want to fetishize because to some degree they benefit from it by looking #socultured and worldly while grossly taking into their own hands what they think a given culture is. I feel like they’re just mad we don’t take it as a compliment and they’re saying we can’t take a compliment well when they’re refusing to realize that it’s not a compliment.
toonzle replied to your post:Avril can’t seem to win with anyone. If they had used white American girls as her backup dancers- people would be calling her racist for not using Asian girls. It has nothing to do with the race- it’s the look. The look of being a doll- delicate and pretty- dolls can’t move their faces fencing the deadpan. This is what people are calling “harijuku” or “kawaii”. If the director had gotten the girls to smile and have facial expressions poor Avril would then get “OMG ur not even doing it properly”
When the fuck has someone said it’s racist to use white girls as backup dancers?! Also, it literally is race-based because harajuku is LITERALLY A PART OF JAPANESE CULTURE. These anons make no damn sense today what the fuck.
Yea for real. It has everything to do with race because that’s the culture they decided to fetishize. Like if there were white backup dancers in the same exact video I’d still probs call it cultural appropriation bc let’s be real the entire existence of that video reeks of it, but it’d lose the objectification of minority women aspect I suppose.
Surprise surprise, it’s racist garbage. It’s like Frankenstine made an abomination out of katy perry, gwen stephani, and ke$ha. I really shouldn’t have to explain what’s wrong with it, but in the first 5 seconds we have:
Butchered the Japanese language
reduced Japanese people into props
bastardized Japanese street fashion
and made ourselves look like we’re trying WAY to hard to revitalize our careers. My guess at the thought process for this was “what do the kids like these days??? What’s that Japanese stuff called.. um.. kuhwaee? Yeah that’ll get us money! We can still keep pretending like Avril Lavigne is relevant to the younger generation!”
Anyways it was a terrible failure and a really, really sad joke I hope I will never have to see again.
Anonymous asked: So what you're saying is white people cannot express love for another culture. Honestly where I live ( Straya cunt) if bloody Lady GaGa made a video about kangaroos and wore a hat with little corkscrews hangin off the end of it, a singlet and board shorts with thongs, and sang about how much she loves pies NO ONE WOULD THINK TWICE.
basically. honestly idgaf how you’d view Lady Gaga making fun of white Australian culture.
Anonymous asked: Avril can't seem to win with anyone. If they had used white American girls as her backup dancers- people would be calling her racist for not using Asian girls. It has nothing to do with the race- it's the look. The look of being a doll- delicate and pretty- dolls can't move their faces fencing the deadpan. This is what people are calling "harijuku" or "kawaii". If the director had gotten the girls to smile and have facial expressions poor Avril would then get "OMG ur not even doing it properly"
omg it’s not if she did it right or wrong it’s that she fucking did it in the first place smh
I don’t even want to begin on Avril Lavigne but for me one of the creepy parts of that entire video—bc let’s be real the entire thing sucked—was the deadpan look on the her backup dancers’ faces like there’s literally no emotion in them and it’s like do you want…
Hello there. Let me clarify a few things.
Just because Avril Lavigne didn’t write the song, doesn’t mean she gets away with being involved in something that exploits Asian people. Just because Gwen Stefani did it before her, doesn’t mean that Avril Lavigne isn’t racist because she’s imitating someone else. Gwen Stefani was being racist then (and criticized for it then and still criticized for it) and Avril Lavigne is going to be criticized now.
That was your first point. That’s not as important as the thing I’m going to say right now.
-Person A, a person who is a part of a minority race said, “Celebrity X is being racist against. Against my race.”
-You said, “It’s not her idea. It’s popular.”
-A said, “It’s still racist the things she’s doing.”
-And then you said: “That’s not real racism. Go find real racism and *attack that”
When a person says “X is harming my race”, when you deny that it is really happening, you are saying that her experience as that race isn’t as right as your opinion about her race. Which she is a part of. That is racist.
Let me be clear. That is racist. That is being racist. That sentiment is a racist sentiment. You are having a racist thought. You are being racist.
You are being racist.
I’m not trying to hurt you, I am pointing something out. The thing that Lauren is trying to do is actively fight this, is motivating people to fight the desire to dismiss racism that hurts them. And you are dismissing the racism that is happening in this situation. I am saying that you are dismissing it because it hurts you because I can’t conceive of another reason you would dismiss something like this.
The thing you said? About real racism? It’s been done before: “Oh you can’t vote, black people? That ain’t racism. Real racism is being lynched, go fight that. Oh, you’re considered a criminal? That ain’t racism, real racism isn’t being able to vote, go fight that. Oh, your music is being stolen by big white dudes who are profiting off of it? That isn’t racism, real racism is criminalization of black people, go fight that.” Notice that the person saying this isn’t joining the fight. Notice they want the people who are marginalized to fight, even though they aren’t able to. That’s how racism works, it takes away the ability to “fight” anything.
Real racism is in every day. It’s when white women think that Asian women are doll like and consider them lucky to be the way they are.
Going back to why you are dismissing this. Why are you so offended? Are you offended on behalf of Lavigne? Are you a fan of hers and therefore feel obliged to defend her? If you had a friend who was being racist, would you pretend he wasn’t, and not try to point it out to him and keep being his friend without doing anything about it, even though it was harming those around him?
Being a fan of something doesn’t mean that if it’s problematic you can’t say anything about it. Being a fan doesn’t mean you should feel attacked because someone you like is. You have to help others become better people. That’s why people have blogs like this in the first place. Unless it’s a safe place away from racist people, because that’s alright too.
When you defend someone who is being racist, you are also being racist. You don’t have to defend them. You can educate yourself and still like someone.
Maybe it’s not because you’re a fan, and maybe this hits close to home in some other ways. That’s alright too. Everyone is prejudiced in some way. The point is to actively, constantly be conscious of it and fight against it. I do this as an able-bodied person, I do this as a cis person. It is difficult, at times I realize that I made mistakes, but I keep going because otherwise I am not worthy of being called an ally.
If you got to here, that means you may be listening to me. You may not be, and that’s okay with me too, because I don’t need your help in this “fight”. To call it a fight implies we have equal amounts of advantages.
Right now, it doesn’t matter what race you are, but you are not being a good ally to the asian community. I am making the assumption that you want to be, because we are human beings who are a certain race, and not being our ally in this society means being our oppressor. Try not to do that.
SUMMERTIME FINE / tracks intended to make you feel summertime fine*~ requested by kails [listen here]
1. Starships- Nicki Minaj
2. Wild Young Hearts- The Noisettes
3. Raspberry Beret- Prince & the Revolution
4. Is Your Love Big Enough?- Lianne La Havas
5. Night Sky- CHVRCHES
6. Sandcastle Disco- Solange
7. Everlasting Arms (Falling Rocks ‘Summer’ Remix)- Vampire Weekend
8. P.Y.T.- Michael Jackson
9. Go Outside- Cults
10. If It’s Lovin’ that You Want- Rihanna
11. Wake Up- Aaradhna
12. Xo- Beyonce