ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME SCOTLAND WAS RULED BY MOORS IN THE 10TH CENTURY
WHAT THE FUCK DO PEOPLE MEAN BY THERE WERE NO BLACK PEOPLE IN 10TH CENTURY SCOTLAND FUCKING DAMNIT
It’s not that there were never any non-white people ever in Europe. It’s that the vast majority were white in Scotland most of the time in its history and while it was perhaps a poor choice for Disney to include no non-white characters, that in itself does not make them inherently racist. It means that perhaps they were less historically accurate than they should have been.
The issue shouldn’t be ‘shoehorn poc into the same old pseudo-European setting’ but ‘stop using the same old pseudo-European setting’. There’s a whole vast human history of cultures and stories to use. Not every princess was blonde and lived in a tower.
If you want to call Disney on their bullshit, don’t start with historical inaccuracy in Brave, a story about a woman turned into a bear by magic, which is hardly going to be a work of serious history. Okay? In fact, throw out anything they’ve already made, even Frozen, which to be honest should be attacked on its marginalising of the female characters originally in the Andersen story before anything else in my opinion. Focus on the fact that they can’t seem to draw from enough predominantly non-white or non-European culture.
Yes there were poc in medieval Europe. Yes the stories come from medieval Europe. But there weren’t many poc in medieval Europe, on balance, and those kingdoms certainly weren’t havens of integrated racial harmony. There’s a reason why slavery and colonisation seemed natural to the white men of the time: peaceful integration of white Europeans with other ethnic groups has hardly been a historical norm. In fact it usually involved a lot of raping and pillaging and Disney doesn’t really like showing much of that, Mulan notwithstanding.
The real issue isn’t that they aren’t putting poc in European folklore-based movies. The issue is that they aren’t drawing from any predominantly poc culture often enough. Aladdin does not cover the whole of Arab folklore; Mulan isn’t the only Chinese legend. Somehow we get the entire works of the Brothers Grimm but only one story from any other culture?
Also, if you’re going to attack them on historically accurate diversity, where are my Jewish characters?
(this is all leaving aside theories on human migration and the realities of racial integration in historical Europe because I’m not an expert but I’m fairly damn sure that America wasn’t the first country to be massively racist ever in history)
Hello can I just asked what you didn't like about the shop at the harry potter studio tour?
I personally thought that, it being the official Warner Bros’ store, and the rest of the experience being SO AWESOME, the shop at the end would have had a lot of really cool, high quality, unique merchendise. Instead, everything was MASSIVELY overpriced (I don’t care, I won’t pay £7 for a tiny chocolate frog made of inferior chocolate) and pretty shit quality tbh. My high school blazer was made of nicer fabric than the nasty acrylic robes they had (which’d set you back over £50 anyway), and they were asking £25 for a Ravenclaw scarf that, to be honest, felt cheap and scratchy, and had a really tacky logo sewn onto it that made it look - to me at least - like a child’s costume. That might have made sense ten years ago, when the HP generation were, at oldest, in their early teens. Now most of us are in our twenties, and I wanted stuff I could actually wear in public without looking like I’d raided a six year old’s dressing up box.
Also, a little more personally, I’m a Ravenclaw andlike 80% of the nice gear they had was Gryffindor, Slytherin, or just Hogwarts. If you want Hufflepuff or Ravenclaw, you’re stuffed, which since Pottermore made such a big deal about house allegiances… yeah.
They were also selling the books on one little shelf in the corner, and most of them had the spines badly broken and were dog-eared. Yeah.
Basically, this is the one place in the whole country - the country OF Harry Potter, where literally EVERYONE I KNOW grew up on it - where they could be selling genuine robes, costumes, prop replicas ect. We went in wanting to buy the things we’d wanted when we read the books, and were let down, and only one of four us bought anything at all. Everything seemed to be made on the cheap, and had a definite feeling of Toys ‘R’ Us about it, even the super expensive jewellery and other ‘grown up’ gear they had.
If they can’t beat Etsy for quality, then they’re doing something massively wrong.
im setting myself on fire goodbye
no forget that I’m going to set whoever shared/liked this on fire
me and my lesbian man-hating feminism will ride off on a dinosaur into the sunset goodbye
W e l p.
I know one guy who’s never getting lucky again. Or spoken to. Or looked at. Or in any way acknowledged by anyone identifying as female.
I don’t hate men in the slightest but this kind of absolutely sickening bullshit makes me wish I did.
I have never, and will never, reblog something that implies I’m a bad person if I don’t.
I don’t even get why these ‘reblog to prove you’re a decent human being’ things are so popular.
Far as I’m concerned they’re so popular because some people need the affirmation that they’re a ‘decent human being’, and to make sure everyone else understands that too, because otherwise they feel - probably rightfully so - like an asshole. Reblogging these things means there’re other people who are lesser to them for not reblogging them/CARING ENOUGH ABOUT THIS SUPER IMPORTANT ISSUEEE!!!11!!!1!
It’s not enough for them personally to know that they’re not a pedophile/would never rape anyone/they believe in human/animal rights/whatever. They have to prove that that makes them a speshul breed of Good Person, that is Better Than You. Which makes it an insecurity thing, because they can’t find anything else to make them feel special or valued or good about themselves.
Aaaaaand my expectations of men are forever raised to unrealistic levels.
And this man is why girls from the 80s don’t think it’s skeevy for a man to stalk you, steal your siblings, blackmail you and drug you. In fact, this man is why it seems like the height of romance to be given a glass paperweight.
You know, suddenly Edward Cullen doesn’t seem quite so bad…
Jareth wasn’t an abusive asshole boyfriend, though. She asked for him to come and take the kid (worst babysitter ever), and is a cocky little shit the whole time, and this is kind of every adventure she’s ever wanted. And despite this whole ‘temptation’ scene, he never actually puts the moves on her.
And she DOESN’T TAKE ANY OF HIS CRAP.
She’s swept along because she’s drugged, but then she smashes the whole damn thing with a chair and starts tearing down walls and shit, and then goes and defeats a whole damn army, and THEN she kicks the ass of an entire new dimension to defeat him.
Bella? Even if she made it past all of that by sheer dumb luck, the last bit she would have been all ‘Squee! That’s so romantic! Of course I’ll be your slave, what else is a woman for?!’
This is brought to you by the Rufeepeach Society for Reasons Why Jareth Wears His Sparkles Better Than Edward Asshole Cullen.