The real world.
This is from That’s So Raven, where Chelsea and Raven apply to work at the same clothing shop. Chelsea is white; Raven is black. Chelsea gets the job, despite being utterly horrible at it, while Raven, who has a deep interest in fashion and knows how to handle clothes, does not. The girls find this deeply suspicious, so Chelsea wears a hat with a camera on it and questions the employer. The employer admits what she does in the gif above and Chelsea and Raven submit the footage to a news station.
tommarvolohiddles said: I JUST SAW THE COMMERCIAL IT WAS GORGEOUS AND ALL THE PEOPLE TWEETING THAT THEY PREFER PEPSI NOW AND TAGGING #AMERICA MIGHT AS WELL BE SAYING #ENGLISHSPEAKINGWHITEPEOPLEONLY
for real. at first i was like wow how could anyone possibly be mad like i’m about to cry because of a coke commercial this is magical and then i was like oh right. racists.
Saint Nicholas was Turkish. And why does Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly care so much if Santa Claus is a white guy, anyway?
I’m reading up on the Memoirs of a Geisha controversy, since I’d neither seen the movie nor read the book, and the more I read about it, the more pissed off I get. Basically it went down like this:
Japanese woman tells white American man about her past life as a geisha. White American man then writes a novel that sells itself as an accurate memoir of Japanese woman’s life, but instead falsifies a number of her life events, misrepresents her trade, and exoticises her culture. He also names her as a source even though she specifically asked him to keep her anonymous. Japanese woman gets death threats. White American man becomes bestselling author.
Then Japanese woman gets fed up and writes her own memoir to set the record straight. Meanwhile, white American man’s book gets adapted into a film that grosses $162 million and wins three Oscars.
This is why I can’t stand Memoirs of a Geisha and will side-eye anyone who claims that book as a favourite.
never read the book watched the movie wasn’t anything special the actors were nice to look at
reblogging to spread the word and I will probably read Geisha, a Life at some point
Fetishization rears its ugly head.
This week, several neo-Nazis in Ontario, Canada, were allowed to walk free from court on a technicality.
Although arrested for protesting in front of a motel housing recently arrived Romani refugees (mostly women and children) carrying banners adorned with swastikas and shouting racist slogans (things like ”Honk if you hate Gypsies,” “Out Gypsies out,” “You’re a cancer” and “Canada is not a trash can”), court judge Russell Otter accepted the defence position that the Crown had not proven that the terms “Roma” and “Gypsy” mean the same thing. The Crown sought to amend the charge to read “Roma a.k.a. gypsies.” This was refused.
This terrible report pretty much sums up the reason I argue against all of the shit I find in the #Gypsy tag. When you have scores of TV shows, musicians, and bubblegum hipsters arguing that no, it’s fine, it’s just a word and we use it in a different way….
it undermines the centuries of racist hatred that has been meted out to us and that we still face. It allows neo-Nazis to excuse their overtly racist behaviour because, oh we weren’t talking about the Roma…only the Gypsies.
Except, THEY ARE THE SAME THING.
The history of the word “Gypsy” is inexorably tied to the Roma. It was a word created on our backs as we made our way into Europe. It was a word branded on our foreheads before we were hung. It was a word tattooed onto our skin before we were gassed. It was a word that took away our children.
It was a word battered into our hearts for all eternity.It doesn’t matter how we try to assert our own identity, to separate ourselves from the word “Gypsy”, we aren’t allowed. People use the word AT us how and when they choose. Some argue that only the “bad” Roma are “Gypsies”. Some argue that the only “Gypsies” are Romanian. Some argue that we’re Romani Gypsies. Some groups under the term are proud to be Gypsy (mostly those who did not face the Holocaust) and continually misrepresent our relationship and our relationship to the word.Then, of course, you have the legions of young people who INSIST that the word “Gypsy” can be removed completely from its ties with a racial and ethnic category and pulled solely into the realm of hipster life and bubblegum fashion. Clothing lines flaunt their “Gypsy Style” and bands such as “Gogol Bordello” support this argument with frequent use of the word “Gypsy” and promotion of a stereotype (and nothing done to address it).TV shows utilizing the term “Gypsy” do not, for the most part, show Roma. They are made by white people and generally feature Americanized Irish Travellers (the My Big Fat Wedding series for example) or Romanichal. They are a misrepresentative (and often extremely stereotyped) portrayal of our lifestyle. The shows are often used as a defense for those who would slander our ethnicity.Roma is the correct term for our race and ethnicity. I am Romani. I am part of a larger group of ethnicities that include Romanichal, Sinte, Kale, Kaale, Calo, Kallon, Romany. We are all corralled under the term Gypsy together, though our histories are divergent and our language and culture different. We all have our roots in India centuries ago. We all battle discrimination and racism on a daily basis.We are not the only ones under the exonym, but we are certainly the largest group to whom the word is applied.Please, don’t use (or support the use of) the word “Gypsy”. It is an ethnic and racial slur that has murdered many hundreds of thousands of my people and now allows white supremacists to walk away unpunished….
"If the next Doctor is black, I’ll stop watching!"
and then I clicked the replies to see the scathing responses but the first five were in agreement