i see lucy as a racist film that plays on negative stereotypes while hiding behind the cover of (white) feminism.
all this film has done is switch out the white man for a white woman. it’s still a film about a white person getting violated by the evil poc, then gaining power and wiping them out.
here’s 2 of my favourite scenes from the trailer:
from top to left to right:
KEEP CLEAN 保持清潔，APPLE 蘋果，ONION 洋蔥，GRAPE 葡萄，CHAIR 椅子，TOMATO 番茄
traditional chinese is an actual written language used by millions of people, not symbols to be thrown around at the whim of set designers because they look cool and idk, serves to create a menacing asian atmosphere. this is so disrespectful, and made even worse by the fact that this film in set it taipei, taiwan where the official written language is traditional chinese.
it doesn’t matter that this film caters to a primarily “white” audience who won’t be able to read it, the language and culture of taiwan isn’t something for you to twist and use as you deem fit because it’s “exotic.”
lucy shoots a guy for not being able to speak english.
she l i t e r a l l y shoots this taiwanese taxi driver, in taiwan for not being able to speak english. she’s in taipei and she’s shooting people as they are of no use to her because they don’t speak english.
just think about the sort of message that’s sending out. she’s not being “bad-ass strong female character who takes no shit,” she’s saying that english is useful and better. this is the type of harmful ideology that stretches all the way back from when western countries were colonising and forcing their language and customs on other countries.
let me explain with a real life example. i was born in new zealand to two taiwanese parents. i am fluent in english, but mandarin is conversational at best. my friends in taiwan say that i am “so lucky” to speak fluent english, when they are fluent in mandarin and their english level is no worse than my mandarin. they tell me that they want to perfect their english but in the same breath tell me that mandarin isn’t worth perfecting because i have english and that’s “enough”. they also tell me how pretty my white friends are when they see pictures.
this is the type of neo imperialism ideology that they’ve grown up buying into. it honestly hurts and frustrates me that they belittle their own culture like this, honestly believing that the western world is superior. this is the type of neo imperialism ideology that this film (hopefully unintentionally) promotes: white people are better and will save the day.
if they wanted to film a movie about a white women getting back at those who had violated her, why not film it in a western country? if they wanted to film it in taiwan, why not find an asian lead actress?
i do agree that we need more women protagonists in action/superhero movies, but not like this. its not okay that the female lead needs to be kidnapped and have her body cut open without her consent in order to gain her powers, and those said those powers do not make any of this racist bullshit okay.
i am just so tired and angry of poc always being brushed off to the side as either props or villains in mainstream media.
as a poc, it’s so frustrating to see that the of the standard of beauty still white women when we live in multi-cultural societies and a diverse world.
feminism is about equality. a film in which poc are presented as evil and inferior before being killed off by a superior white woman does not promote equality.
Plan on attending a con or traveling any time soon? (should have posted this before anthrocon but OH WELL) In the short time I’ve worked as a hotel housekeeper, I’ve learned a lot about how miserable and trying it is as a career. Here are some fast tips on how to make your friendly hotel workers not resent you forever:
- HUGE: Strip the bed. This means to remove the pillow cases and all sheets. It is the nicest thing you could possibly do for a housekeeper save leaving them a fat tip. Some hotels don’t wash their comforters regularly, so put that aside along with any bed runners (the stupid decorative things at the end of the bed that you immediately take off). So pillow cases, fitted sheet, regular sheet, and top sheet if any, all go in a pile together. Put it somewhere easy to scoop up, like in a chair or in front of the dresser.
- Strip the bathroom. This means to take all your used towels and put them in a pile. Don’t throw it all under the sink or in the tub, leave it in the middle of the floor where it’s easy to pick up.
- If you’re not going to use something (i.e. coffee maker), leave it where you found it. Don’t hide it in a drawer or in the closet.
- If you’re going to make/eat popcorn, don’t be a dick and throw it everywhere you would not believe how many people do this.
- If you spill something, be an adult and clean it up the best you can.
- Check drawers and under the bed skirts before you leave, you may have forgotten something.
- If you can: TIP. Even a few dollars. You could make someone’s day.
- And lastly, most hotels allow their employees to eat sealed food. So if you’re gonna leave anything behind, accidentally forget that brand new bottle of soda and those granola bars. ;D
Staying in a hotel usually means you’re on vacation, so it’s natural to want to relax and ignore your usual duties. But please, respect your hotel and its employees. They work hard to make that room a home away from home, just for you, so don’t treat it like your personal toilet.
Guess who finally got off their lazy butt and did a proper commissions sheet?! It’s summer and I don’t have anything better to do other than draw, so might as well get my commission info updated!
Prices are in USD. These are for personal commissions only. If you have something business related in mind (such as art for shops, logos, cards, flyers, etc), those will probably cost a bit more. It never hurts to ask for a quote though!
ALSO because I completely spaced out of this while making these sheets: If you want an Avatar/Icon commission, they’ll be between $5-10 per icon depending on the subject and/or style!
If you’d like to commission me, or if you have any questions whatsoever, send me a FANMAIL or a SUBMISSION (Please don’t send me Asks, as Tumblr likes to eat those every so often), or email me at the address shown! Thanks! <3
I really hate reposting my own commission sheets, but I still have some vet bills from Oscar’s appointments I need to finish paying off. I’d love if anyone would be interested in helping me out by commissioning me. Even if all you can do is signal boost it’s extremely appreciated <3
ALSO I updated some of the example images to include more human people instead of just critter and animal characters!
link to recent (july 2014) lps ep ‘tongue tied’ if you wanna watch it!: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x20ws1g_littlest-pet-shop-306-tongue-tied_animals
I like when I help by encouraging/listening to others’ imaginations.
I like my enthusiasm about things, when I can!
Shepard the ferret just grabbed an unopened pack of LCD screen wipes and pranced across the room with them like a dog with a ball. (To stash it under his cage.)
What behind the couch looks like.