Arguing politics So Many Nightmares style by @TonyDiGerolamo & sideshowcomics http://www.thewebcomicfactory.com/comic/so-many-nightmares-the-worst-thing-ever/
Aasif Mandvi interviews Fox Business commentator, Todd Wilemon.
I’m starting to realise, some of these people might not be COMPLETELY assholes, but good god they are fucking ignorant of the entire world below their skyscrapers.
There’s ignorance, and then there’s legit arrogance. I’m not sure where this guy is to be honest, but someone REALLY needs to show him a good example of how exactly being poor works.
Wow, just… wow. This level of obliviousness is just… its frankly offensive. If I ever run into this guy, Im kicking him square in the balls
Okay, so I just found out that Archer has an unaired “original pilot” where they replaced Archer…with A FUCKING RAPTOR. The episode has the exact same plot as the first episode, but he’s a raptor. He doesn’t talk, he just makes raptor noises throughout the episode. It just might be singlehandedly best thing I’ve ever seen.
Edit: Since some of you reblogging this have mentioned finding it, you can see it here
As far as pilot gags go, this was pretty damn great to see a raptor pimping the fuck out of a bed with two hoes.
I didnt even know they made turtlenecks for raptors
That said, stereotypes aren’t so much about people totally projecting things that completely aren’t there but about people having a framework with which they interpret things that actually are there. It’s not that racism causes people to see (for example) belligerent teenage boys where there are none, but that a white belligerent teenage boy is just seen as himself while a black belligerent teenage boy is part of a pattern, a script, and when people blindly follow the scripts in their head that leads to discrimination and prejudice.
So yeah, it is a fact, I think, that I was a bit off-putting in my Jeopardy! appearance—hyper-focused on the game, had an intense stare, clicked madly on the buzzer, spat out answers super-fast, wasn’t too charming in the interviews, etc.
But this may have taken root in people’s heads because I’m an Asian and the “Asian mastermind” is a meme in people’s heads that it wouldn’t have otherwise.
Look, we all know that there’s a trope in the movies where someone of a minority race is flattened out into just being “good at X” and that the white protagonist is the one we root for because unlike the guy who’s just “good at X” the protagonist has human depth, human relationships, a human point of view—and this somehow makes him more worthy of success than the antagonist who seems to exist just to be good at X.
So we root for Rocky against black guys who, by all appearances, really are better boxers than he is, because unlike them Rocky isn’t JUST a boxer, he has a girlfriend, he has hopes, he has dreams, etc. This comes up over and over again in movies where the athletic black competitor is set up as the “heel”—look at the black chick in Million Dollar Baby and how much we’re pushed to hate her. Look at all this “Great White Hope” stuff, historically, with Joe Louis.
So is it any surprise that this trope comes into play with Asians? That the Asian character in the movie is the robotic, heartless, genius mastermind who is only pure intellect and whom we’re crying out to be defeated by some white guy who may not be as brainy but has more pluck, more heart, more humanity? It’s not just Flash Gordon vs. Ming the Merciless, it’s stuff like how in the pilot episode of Girls Hannah gets fired in favor of an overachieving Asian girl who’s genuinely better at her job than she is (the Asian girl knows Photoshop and she doesn’t) and we’re supposed to sympathize with Hannah.
Okay, here’s one more comment from the Internet that kind of encapsulates it. The kind of un-self-awareness of what someone is saying when they say they’d prefer I not win because I try too hard at the game, work too hard at it, care too much about it, and that they’d prefer that a “likable average Joe” win.
This is disturbing because it amounts to basically an attack on competence, a desire to bust people who work very hard and have very strong natural gifts down in favor of “likable average Joes”—and it’s disturbing because the subtext is frequently that to be “likable” and “average” you have to have other traits that are comforting and appealing to an “average Joe” audience, like white skin and an American accent.
This actually makes a lot of sense. I think this might be an extension of the whole “destined to succeed” ideal nearly every generation since the Baby Boomers have had. We want to see the underdog and average joe win, because thats the only thing that gives most people hope that they’ll ever stand out at all in their mediocre or even sub-mediocre lives, because the only alternative is the realization that yes, you really ARE just that lazy and shitty at life, and no, you probably arent going to accomplish anything great. And yes, most of the time, your best really just isnt good enough. We’ve been bred to have such an egotistical level of entitlement and expectation that the sight of people who are genuinely better than us is so frustraating that we have to demonize them just to save our own egos. Karate Kid lied to us, there isnt some untapped talent down there waiting to be unleashed by a quirky mentor or beliving in yourself, that douche at the Kobra dojo who worked his ass off really is better and stronger than we can ever hope to be.
"If a woman has [the right to abortion], why shouldn’t a man be free to use his superior strength to force himself on a woman? At least the rapist’s pursuit of sexual freedom doesn’t result in anyone’s death."
-Something Maine lawmaker Lawrence Lockman actually said
i think my brain melted from all this stupidity
some people are just so stupid they’re dangerous
STOP VOTING FOR THESE PEOPLE!!!
Seriously, you know what happens when Swedish politicians say shit like this? They get expelled from their party because this kind of shit is NOT OKAY.
Its pretty much an unspoken agreement online that you have to love Dr Who and/or Torchwood, but… its just never drawn me in. It always seemed like it was quirky for the sake of quirky. Like television for hipsters.