Over the past two years, I’ve shared a lot of space with cisgender feminists who are seeking to add a trans voice to their panel, event, or conference. I can often sense that these feminists’ hearts are in the right place with regards to trans issues. They’re trying and their…
i don’t 100% agree with every aspect of this list (i’m not a trans woman but i’ve heard other trans ladies say different stuff about these topics) but on every point it brings up some really interesting stuff that’s useful to consider!!
overheard at the dominos I work at:
"pizza seller. I am going on a delivery and I need your strongest pizzas."
"you cannot handle my strongest pizzas, driver"
"don’t complain about X or compare X to Y because Y ISN’T PERFECT EITHER" sounds a lot like "take what you’re given and stop complaining" tbh
Anti-Disney powerpoints are like
"HERE is a good example of character diversity in animation! It’s called Paranorman. Here’s what makes it special:
- a fat white boy in a cast with four other white kids
- this girl named Salma who has three whole lines! wow!
- THE JOCK WAS GAY!! DID YOU KNOW THE JOCK WAS GAY??? FIRST OPENLY GAY CHARACTER IN AN ANIMATED MOVIE!!! HE WAS GAY AND HE WAS GAY FOR THE WHOLE MOVIE. DID YOU KNOW HE’S GAY”
Ripping apart animation companies and their films is all fine and dandy in the name of criticism, and of course no company (at least, not in the near future) is going to be a shining beacon of untouchable pureness, capable of producing a great story beautifully complimented by lovely visuals where we also get a cast of diverse characters and representation for various genders/races/sexualities, etc.. It’s great to hope for things like that, it’s great to want to fix the downfalls of movies that could have been better! And hey, it’s also good to be excited about an openly gay character, a big step for animation!
But look, blatant, babyish whining like this isn’t going to get us anywhere. We’ve gone around the bend of necessary here, you’re not even criticizing movies anymore, you’re ragging on criticisms of criticisms. We’re going in circles, this is pointless. Let’s criticize like adults, learn how we can do better, and move on with that knowledge. Accept punches to your favorite film companies with grace, know that Disney isn’t perfect, Laika isn’t perfect, Dreamworks isn’t perfect… Accept that people are unhappy about their imperfections and grow up. Instead of mocking people who are excited about the progressive efforts of a film they enjoyed from a company that needs more recognition, acknowledge the good and the bad of what you consume, talk about it, and use that knowledge to help create better things in the future and educate others. What you’re doing isn’t education, it isn’t necessary, it’s not bringing anything new to the table. Move on.
yeah i get the original post is half-joking because Haha Comedy but like, it’s honestly just proving the point even further. obviously laika isn’t perfect and neither is paranorman, but the fact that people turn to /that/ as an example of doing Way Better Than Disney should STILL be an indicator of how hard disney is flubbing it. has disney ever made a character that was unquestionably queer? they’ve had one film that featured a lot of poc (princess and the frog), but they spent most of the film as animals. salma’s a bad stereotype of the Rude Nerd Girl, but there are other women in that film that have fleshed-out characters and are also integral to the plot. Disney has also also made a lot more films than laika and have had a lot more time to listen to criticism.
"stop critiquing this thing you’re critiquing because other things AREN’T THAT MUCH BETTER" isn’t actually funny or a very useful point to make
Movies directed by Mamoru Hosoda
my life is a complete shitshow of bad circumstances and exhaustion right now and i’m feeling like hot garbage so please be gentle with me this week. i’m going to take my own advice about recognizing my limitations and taking time to take care of myself while letting go of a few obligations (to myself and other people). it all sucks but i’ll deal with it.