I think I'm funny, but I'm not. I like comics, good books, television and insomnia, and I really like it when people aren't assholes. Here be DC/Marvel/Image, TMNT, Star Trek, AOIAF, pointless text posts and an angry, chubby little nerd bitching about society, sexism and privilege.
What a shame that Benedict Cumberbatch’s brilliant performance as Khan is being undermined by a large portion of people’s opinion that it was a ‘racist’ move to cast a white man in the role… How racist that opinion is in the first place! Oh wait I forgot, there’s no such thing as racist against white people…
thaT’S NOT HOW RACISM WORKS THOUGH
they are like little puppies with no faces!!!
Why does there have to be arguing about racism in Star Trek
Seriously can’t we just realize that hey maybe they should pick an actor based on their TALENT and not their SKIN COLOR and just enjoy the movie
Because if Hollywood picked actors based on talent rather than skin color, a POC leading man or lady wouldn’t be the rarest fucking thing on the planet. Like, do you get how asinine of a statement that is? For example, Uhura is black. It was a tremendously important role for POC in the sixties, and more than that, it informs the character. It’s part of her background, and in this continuity especially - which is literally, biologically identical to the prime continuity, and only branches because of the events of the 2009 film - it’s important to remain true to the original vision. Uhura is black, and so they cast a black actress. It’s not that fucking hard.
Khan’s background informs him even moreso than Uhura’s, and given the film’s own continuity, the only excuse for casting the whitest man that has ever graced the screen is pure, undiluted whitewashing. It’s not about talent, okay? You don’t think there aren’t a thousand Indian or even POC actors out there that could have performed circles around Benedict’s cold, dispassionate interpretation - which, by the way, lacked all the subtlety and charisma that is so defining of Khan as a character? You don’t think it’s a PROBLEM when skin color is only overlooked IN FAVOR OF white people?
That attitude is what privilege looks like.
No, it’s not okay.
This is not the future Gene Roddenberry slaved to create.
so here’s a question
do I spend today watching Trek and Warehouse 13 or playing Rift? because god knows I’m not gonna do anything productive
|Anonymous: I can't help but be really glad that you reacted to the Trek movie with something other than wild enthusiasm. I got bitched out by the people I went to see it with for not adoring it.|
I wanted to love it, truthfully. Despite Khan, I really did. I can be a nitpicker, but I also know fandom is supposed to be fun, and I was willing to overlook the problems for a good movie? And it *is* a pretty good movie for a random movie-goer - it just wasn’t Trek. Don’t feel bad for not loving it, even if your reasons were different than mine. When I was hanging out in the Trek tag last night, there were a million posts I wanted to respond to like a total bitch, but I didn’t because other fans deserve to enjoy it for whatever reasons they want without me - or anyone else - raining on their parade, and that’s a street that runs two ways. You deserve your opinion, no matter what it ends up being.
|littlebeautifulbaby: Hi I don't know if anyone's ever mentioned but in your description area you've got AOIAF without an S :(|
yeeeup. I’ll fix it one day. one of these. days.
still think that Star Trek would’ve been better if Benedict was cast as a Gorn
Set phasers to “sexy”
A new piece for The Washingon Post about Star Trek and the world of fanfiction. You can read the article here.
I get the best tags, man
WHAT ORDER AM I SUPPOSED TO WATCH STAR TREK IN?
I’M SO CONFUSED
DO I WATCH THE AOS FIRST, OR THE TOS FIRST? OR DO I WATCH THE AOS AND TOS IN BETWEEN EACH OTHER?!?!?!
WHY AM I ON CAPS LOCK
It depends on what sparks your fancy, honestly. Have you seen the AOS films? For a lot of folks, the 2009 reboot is what got them on board with Trek in the first place. It’s a good jumping on point if you’re totally new.
Chronologically, you’d start with TOS, then TNG, DS9, Voyager and then Enterprise, but.. I haven’t seen all of that and I’ve been a Trekkie since I was old enough to crush all over Lieutenant-Commander Data. I’d either start with TOS *or* go looking for some best of episode lists and pick out some fan favorites. The great thing about Trek, especially early Trek, is you don’t have to have every scrap of history to jump in and enjoy it - each ep is a good sci-fi story in and of itself, relatively self-contained and engaging on its own merits.
The films tend to be super hit and miss, so outside of AOS, I’d recommend waiting on them until you have a feel for what you like and what you don’t. Though, obviously, Wrath of Khan is an american classic. It’s a lot better if you’ve seen the TOS ep Space Seed, though.
Hope that helps!