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honestly curious, why does it offend you?

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alexsummres:

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: 

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from top to left to right:

KEEP CLEAN 保持清潔,APPLE 蘋果,ONION 洋蔥,GRAPE 葡萄,CHAIR 椅子 EDIT: sorry it says ORANGE 橘子,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.” 

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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. 

Cannot believe how salty the White Women populace is right now for trying to get the trending topic #whitegirlsrock going.

contentkiller:

Really? Just because Black women have an outlet to celebrate how awesome we are, and ya’ll get irked and say that this is unfair to White women and you want on on it.  First off..hell no. White women get validation everywhere in media and are told constantly how wonderful you all are. Black women? Not so much. When Black women are openly enjoying our achievements, here you guys come complaining that this is racist and you want to be included. No. No, no, no. It’s just like Paul Mooney said, “everyone wants to be a nigga, but no one wants to be a nigga.”

So everyone that thinks the #whitegirlsrock tag is valid? You all can go rot as far as I’m concerned. Black Girls Rock. Deal with that shit and keep your butthurt feelings to your fucking selves as us Black women continue being the people you blatantly emulate ht can never truly duplicate.

Yo, I don’t want part of any feminism that doesn’t allow for women to choose what the hell they wanna call themselves. You can go ahead and do that without me.

Men are not the enemy, friends. Patriarchy is. It’s important to understand the difference.

Pro tip: if you don’t shut up on occasion, you wind up talking over everyone around you, and then you don’t learn a goddamn thing.

Repeat after me: My feminism will be intersectional or it will be bullshit.
This means shutting the fuck up and listening when your Black peers start talking about their experiences. Work on that, please.
Rebloggable by request, with some additions:
ave-atque-vale said: we should also note that Jay-Z changed his name upon marriage too: their last name is Knowles-Carter. So their choice in married names is progressive even by Anon’s obnoxiously narrow definition of progressive.
Anonymous asked: I find the previous anon’s “act of subservience” B.S. highly offensive. Feminism is about women having freedom of choice, and trashing a woman’s choice to use her husband’s name is venomous tripe. In a world after the wave of feminism that taught us that all ‘traditional’ trappings of femininity were oppressive tools of the patriarchy to be rejected, yes, it IS radical to embrace those trappings AND still stand up for equality.

Repeat after me: My feminism will be intersectional or it will be bullshit.

This means shutting the fuck up and listening when your Black peers start talking about their experiences. Work on that, please.

Rebloggable by request, with some additions:

ave-atque-vale said: we should also note that Jay-Z changed his name upon marriage too: their last name is Knowles-Carter. So their choice in married names is progressive even by Anon’s obnoxiously narrow definition of progressive.

Anonymous asked: I find the previous anon’s “act of subservience” B.S. highly offensive. Feminism is about women having freedom of choice, and trashing a woman’s choice to use her husband’s name is venomous tripe. In a world after the wave of feminism that taught us that all ‘traditional’ trappings of femininity were oppressive tools of the patriarchy to be rejected, yes, it IS radical to embrace those trappings AND still stand up for equality.