inigo can’t hide behind his mom because her outfit is too see through
Kuroko Tetsuya in middle school
summary of the 8th episode
Repeat after me kids:
A relationship does not have to be romantic and/or sexual to be important.
An honest friendship is one in which even after weeks of not speaking, things are still the same whenever you choose to speak. I don’t see the obsession with talking to people every single day online or over text just to call yourselves friends. If you don’t talk to me for a while, I’m not going to assume you don’t want to be friends.
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.
Holy shit this is so true, the first time saw the ‘Lucy’ trailer I actually gasped at the part where she shoots the driver because I was disgusted at what I saw. This answer more accurately describes it than I ever could, but bottom line is I’m not planning on seeing this movie and I do not support it in any way.
I live in an extremely racist family and it’s movies like this that continue to condone this kind of behavior towards POCs in general.
As a Taiwanese, I want to say perfectlyerik said it true. We see english ability as first priority and look down upon our own languages (be it mandarin or other local dialects). Even our education system focus on english and not chinese. And many people, especially women, think interacting with white people, especially white men, is a sort of “honor”, even when sometimes those white men are down right harassing them.
A friend of mine happily told me that she was flirted by a white guy while she’s on a vacation in some mountain area of eastern Taiwan. She later went to a riverside with the white guy alone to play in the water together and the white guy tried to grab her and kiss her in a sudden. Even though she refused and left without any real harm, she told me this experience with a smile and the look of “what a privilege for me to be hit on by a white man”. It made me sick because if the man was a local taiwanese guy, she would most likely called the police and not think this is a “romantic” experience. But because she loves white men so much, she think it is fine to be sexually harassed by a white man. And I know she is not a rare case of romanticizing white people (especially white men) because that’s how the media makes them think so. (Many asain guys want to “get a piece” of white women but they unconsciously think they are inferior as an asain thus dare not make a move. But this is another story).
You see, this is an ugly fact of neo imperialism: instead of colonizing countries, it makes poc think they are inferior, thus ruling them in an even tighter way.
BREAKING: DISNEYLAND NO LONGER HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH
the future looks bright
Stage one of friendship:
Stage two of friendship:
no one is more tired of white people than steve harvey on family fued
one of my favorite things about robin williams is that when he was filming “one hour photo” there’s a scene where he offers a boy an action figure from the store he works in, and robin williams asked the director if he could pick the toy and he fucking brought in his own evangelion figure and somehow the director said yes, even though there’s no way a store like that at that time would have a toy like that