its 20 fucking 13 can we stop pretending that online activism and general awareness campaigns “dont do anything” before i got on tumblr i was a racist sexist anti-feminist piece of garbage whos greatest understanding of any social issue was discrimination against white gay men and that trans people were “men trapped in womens bodies”
obviously something fucking right is going on so why dont you stop being pessimistic little shits.
"what music do you like?" is such a stressful question like what do you want to know??? genres?? artists?? albums??? time periods?? 25 most played?? what i’m currently listening to??? what i listen to at different times of the day?? be more specific??????
“I want [female characters] to be allowed to be weak and strong and happy and sad – human, basically. The fallacy in Hollywood is that if you’re making a ‘feminist’ story, the woman kicks ass and wins. That’s not feminist, that’s macho. A movie about a weak, vulnerable woman can be feminist if it shows a real person that we can empathize with.”—Natalie Portman, laying down a truth bomb about female characters (via chasseurseul)
fandoms completely magnify the flaws/mistakes of any character who is not an attractive white, cis man. it’s like they can’t win, if they do something right, they’re too boring and not as interesting as the angsty morally ambiguous antihero, but the second they do something wrong they are an evil horrible person because of it, even if it could be justified given the context.
People like who they like and, like your favourite colour, it’s rarely planned, it’s more visceral than that. I’m drawn to certain characters for reasons that aren’t always even clear to me at first but I do not have a checklist.
TBO you’re the one making it about race, from a fandom point of view anyway. Do you have a reason to assume that as a motivation? Are people saying that’s what they are choosing on?
From a writer/producer pov you have a good point. There are fewer well-developed characters of colour (and well-developed women of any colour for that matter). That doesn’t mean fans, en masse, are using race as a basic to decide who they will like. What it does mean is fans have fewer options as far as diversity goes and that is the real problem. (Thank goodness for Sleepy Hollow for starting what I hope is a trend but there is clearly a long way to go).
That said I don’t think that applies to Scott. He gets heaps of development. He’s just also that kind of earnest, straightforward character (You know, like Captain America) who is admirable but also a bit dull. Such characters are easy to upstage even if they are white and good looking males (Cappy, I’m looking at you). People like something a little meaty, they like funny and they like flaws. Scott is a little tame on those fronts, at least so far. Personally I like Scott but I don’t find him utterly compelling. I don’t find any characters of that personality type utterly compelling.
And as for Boyd, almost nothing was done with his character but you can hardly blame the fans for that. We were hardly given much to latch onto aside from the fact he was clearly a decent guy. I need to know more to get excited about a character, most people do I imagine. It’s messed up we didn’t get more but that wasn’t a fan decision.
As fans we need to demand more real diversity, not beat each other up for liking the “wrong” characters.
You will never convince me that there isn’t an underground Vulcan publishing ring that secretly distributes brutally emotional poetry and art. Officially the Vulcans are like “that’s baseless slander we would never make this stuff” but in reality ~10% of Vulcans have anonymously published something. Amanda pretends that she never found the poem Sarek published when he was a teenager