It never fails to piss me off when people—especially white people. Especially white people—laud celebrities—especially white celebrities—who openly bash Chris Brown for his actions.
Because yes, Chris is definitely the worst case we’ve ever seen when it comes to celebrities being abusers. I see nobody cracking jokes and shitting on Roman Polanski, or Charlie Sheen, or Mel Gibson, or any other white man who has done worse than Chris Brown. But yeah, let’s continue saying that Chris is the absolute worst person ever while letting white celebrities who do worse get off the hook and continue getting lauded while everyone conveniently forgets what they did.
I don’t even want to hear your faulty ass excuses, you just SUCK.
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white people, leave me alone.
Fucking hell. I’m keeping you in my thoughts. You did the right thing, and all those ignorant white people who think perpetuating racism in “harmless” ways is acceptable (there is no such thing as harmless racism) can go fuck themselves.
It’s only been a few hours and I’m already being called out and threatened.
And yet I’ve gotten messages from people saying to take down the petition because Rob’s the one in danger. Rob’s the one who has people rallying behind him saying #ibelieve at the end of their statuses.
Not sure if I feel safe going to class tomorrow.
BOOST THE HELL OUT OF THIS.
I need you to do something for me.
This is a petition started by my friend Ianthe. Basically, a guy in ISU’s theatre department recently qualified to represent the school at a prestigious theatre festival for his sound work on Anon(ymous), a play that grapples directly with issues of racism and culture. This guy has also hosted a blatantly racist MLK Day party for the past four years.
The party went on as planned because so many students in our department continue to insist that it isn’t racist and that the several folks of color who wrote to Rob (the guy) about how hurt, angry, and offended they are just need to ‘chill out’ and ‘start acting like adults’.
Seriously, signing the petition won’t take much of your time at all, and it’ll help us here at ISU get out the message that this shit is not okay.
You can acknowledge that LGBT/Queer/Trans* identifying people can get shitty treatment because of their sexuality (Edit: And gender identity. (I thought I’d written that, but I guess I didn’t. I’m sorry!). You can acknowledge that LGBT/Trans*/Queer people can’t oppress cis straight people on the basis of their straightness or cisness.
You can acknowledge that women can get shitty treatment because of their gender. You can acknowledge that women can’t oppress men on the basis of their being a man.
You can acknowledge that people with mental illness can get shitty treatment because of their mental illness, and that people with mental illness can’t oppress those without them on the basis of them not having one.
You can acknowledge that lower class people can get shitty treatment because of their class level, and that upper class people can’t be oppressed by them on the basis of their class status.
So why is it so hard to acknowledge that people of color can get shitty treatment because of our race, and that we can’t oppress you people on the basis of your being white?
It pisses me off more than anything that white women can dye their hair to look like a fucking rainbow and they will be lauded as cute, adorable, unique, innovative, and so very creative.
But a Black woman puts one color in her hair and they will be labelled a ghetto ass baby mama, and there will be fried chicken comments galore, and people will throw racial stereotypes at her with all their might.
Black women will twerk, pop, move our bodies in ways nobody else can, and it’s ghetto and dirty, and unclean.
But white women can walk in public totally naked, and it’s ~FEMINISM~ And they’ll laud things like the Hula, which is the SAME DAMN MOTION. But it’s not on a Black body, so it’s acceptable.
Lena Dunham can be nude and it’s an act of revolutionary praxis.
Beyonce does a photoshoot or whatever in underwear and SHE’S BRINGING DOWN THE ENTIRE STRUCTURE OF FEMINISM AND OMG SHE IS MAKING WOMEN LOOK BAD AND DESTROYING THE CAUSE.
White women can’t even respect us as human beings. Hell, they don’t even see Black women as women.
And Black women get punished for it when we don’t sit back and take it.
Elissa Schappel, in the articulately-titled Salon.com article, Stop dumping on Lena Dunham!
So there you have it. Let’s be real, guys! People of color do not work in the multi-faceted fields of publishing or “the arts.” Nope. No Asians, no Blacks, no Latin@s. That would be unrealistic. But you’ll see some diversity — lots of people with old British ancestry, Swedish ancestry, Nordic ancestry, even French! Right?
BTW. Many people have “kvetched” over the absence of diversity in Seinfeld. But clearly, some white ears don’t hear voices of color.
Depicting people of color working in publishing and the arts in New York would be, sadly, to lie.
its postracial america why even bother- white ppl
This is funny because this is actually the type of attitude that inhibits WOC from pursuing their dreams in the arts. Thanks for being counterproductive and alienating WOC even further!
BITCH, YOU KNOW WHY YOU MAY PERCEIVE THOSE OCCUPATIONS TO NOT BE RICH IN RACIAL DIVERSITY? IT’S CAUSE OF FUCKERS LIKE YOU!
“Besides, did anyone ever kwetch about Jerry Seinfield’s lack of Asian friends?”. Ha-ha! I have a feeling many people did “kwetch” about that but white fuckers like you become deaf when we people of color speak out. Also, if you look at yourself in the mirror and repeat your words about the lack of racial diversity, if you are lucky… you might understand that WHITE FOLKS LIKE YOU ALIENATE PEOPLE OF COLOR!
NEW YORK CITY HAS SO MANY PEOPLE OF COLOR WORKING IN THE ARTS AND PUBLISHING
MANY OF WHOM I KNOW PERSONALLY
SO I KNOW THEY EXIST
FUCK THIS ARTICLE FUCK THE BASIC BITCH WHO WROTE THIS
FUCK ALL OF YOU PEOPLE FOR DEFENDING THIS SHIT EXCUSE FOR A SHOW
Can I just say that the thing that drives me COMPLETELY UP THE MOTHERFUCKING WALL about this is that I actually love “Girls,” and this kind of shit criticism ACTUALLY HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH “GIRLS” AT ALL. Is “Girls” a paragon of racial diversity? Absolutely not. I am not about to award Lena Dunham any awards for diversity, here! The show is about rich white people. That is a fact.
What is ALSO a fact is that it NEVER ATTEMPTS TO BE ANYTHING OTHER THAN A HALF-HOUR COMEDY. Lena Dunham is not trying to be political. She’s not trying to Make a Point, except about her characters, and their personalities, and their relationships. And this supposed defense of the show actually has NOTHING TO DO WITH WHAT LENA DUNHAM IS DOING, because she is not trying to depict “the arts” in New York. Do you know what “arts” are depicted on the show? A gallery where one character works (which has three employees, at least two of whom are white - not actually sure if the third has ever been on-screen), a small publishing company where Dunham’s character works for one episode before getting fired (something like four employees, mostly white, one Asian). Obviously, depicting the entire New York arts scene as white would be ridiculous, because it is diverse, but THAT IS NOT WHAT LENA DUNHAM IS TRYING TO FUCKING DO, JESUS FUCKING CHRIST.
I would encourage you all to read Ta-Nehisi Coates’ piece on watching the first season of “Girls” last week, because he actually fucking gets it. He says:
The show ain’t perfect. I found the occasional elements of black culture more jarring and unfortunate (“Hey, we’re white. Look how lame we are. And look how lame we are when we act black.”) than any lack thereof. But in general I came away genuinely impressed with the artistry.
It’s worth comparing the first season of Girls with the first seasons of other HBO comedies like Entourage and Sex and the City. I would go so far as to say Girls was better than both of those first seasons, better than anything I ever saw on Entourage in any season, and perhaps better than anything I saw on SATC at any point too. Girls has no real need to sugar-coat Hannah’s self-esteem issues or make us think that she actually, deep down, loves Adam. Hannah is a predator—as we all are predators—and she isn’t asking us to admire her. I always felt SATC (and certainly Entourage, which was a much worse show) was trying to convince me of their awesomeness or the awesomeness of New York or L.A. Girls just wanted to tell me a story. I love the modesty of the task.
And then goes on to have excellent things to say about the use of nudity on the show, which are very insightful and on-point.
Basically, if people want to hate “Girls,” obviously they can do that, but I would really appreciate it if those people actually watched the show, and hated it for its own merits, not because of what they’ve mistakenly perceived about it, or what the misguided press has written about it.
Obviously you don’t have to watch it if you don’t want to! If a show about a bunch of rich white girls doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, that is okay! But in that case, simply say that! I’ve encountered so many people who hate “Girls” and Dunham with a deep and fiery passion and are very happy to tell me all about it, despite having no knowledge of the material. Which is, frankly, not cool. The show has never been allowed to simply be itself, warts and all, which is a damn shame, because Lena Dunham - about whom I feel kind of ambivalent, as a person - is ridiculously talented, and the show is hilarious, and I like it. I am allowed to like it! I am also allowed to like “Louie,” which has more sexism issues than “Girls” has racism issues! BECAUSE IT IS FUNNY AND COMPELLING, even if it disappoints me sometimes. This is pretty much how television works. Even “The Wire” doesn’t really do a great job depicting a variety of complex female characters, and “The Wire” is literally the greatest television show of all time. Again: you don’t have to like these things! You don’t have to watch them! (Except “The Wire.” You pretty much have to watch “The Wire.”) But please don’t try to stop me from watching and enjoying them, because it’s really my own prerogative as a viewer.
can you please not fucking derail from a discussion of racism on Girls to discuss the actual merits of Girls or how YOU’RE ENTITLED TO LIKE IT because that’s not the point of the quote, not the point of this piece of shit drivel article that was written defending it?
who fucking cares what she was “trying to do” what actually happened is that she EXCLUDED PEOPLE OF COLOR FROM THE SHOW AND THAT IS NO LESS A VALID CRITICISM THAN ANY DEFENSE YOU CAN COME UP FOR HER
NOBODY FUCKING SAID YOU WEREN’T ALLOWED TO LIKE GIRLS AND NOBODY FUCKING CARES IF YOU DO. GO AHEAD, LIKE IT
BUT I’M ALLOWED TO HATE IT BECAUSE IN HER FANTASY NEW YORK CITY PEOPLE LIKE ME DON’T EXIST AND THAT IS EVERY BIT A FUCKING VALID REASON TO HATE IT.
AND NO, I DO NOT HAVE TO WATCH THE SHOW TO HATE IT. I DO NOT. do you know WHY I don’t have to? BECAUSE IT WOULD PISS ME OFF TOO MUCH TO DO SO.
for me as a woman of color all I have to see for a show premise is that it’s set in NYC and has NO PEOPLE OF COLOR for me to hate it. that’s IT. there is no other “deep” or “philosophical” reason for me to hate it other than the fact that IT IS EXCLUSIONARY.
AND AGAIN, THAT IS A VALID REASON TO HATE IT.
I’m not sorry that I can’t “see past it” because I can’t. this is my life, this is shit I deal with EVERY SINGLE DAY OF MY LIFE, and god forbid I can’t just PUT IT TO THE SIDE IN ORDER TO COME UP WITH A “MORE OBJECTIVE” ANALYSIS OF THIS BULLSHIT SHOW
drops mic and walks away(via littleredridingcat)