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
They’re talking about colorism! And prejudices within families and biracial identity and the issue of poc identities not being allowed to people of color and it was fast but I wasn’t expecting it or expecting it to be thar good!
A nice Cheerios advertisement whose only discernible difference from other Cheerios commercials is that it depicts an interracial family was forced to disable its YouTube comments section today after it became inundated with virulent racism.
Despite the hate, Camille Gibson, vice president of marketing for Cheerios, told us in a statement, “Consumers have responded positively to our new Cheerios ad. At Cheerios, we know there are many kinds of families and we celebrate them all.”
Read more at Gawker
but this commercial is harmless like…..uuuuugh
this shit was adorable
?????? This is just a commercial for Cheerios. What the hell.
This commercial was adorable! What’s wrong with people??
WASHINGTON — Hours after the Boston Marathon bombing, there was alreadyInternet chatter that a “Saudi national” was the suspect. Police raided the apartment of Abdulrahman Ali Alharbi, a 22-year-old student from Saudi Arabia, as he was recovering from the blasts in a Boston hospital.
Next, CNN’s John King raised the alarm about a more elusive “dark-skinned male” who the TV reporter said was in custody on Wednesday.
The following day, the New York Post got more specific. It slapped pictures of two young men on its front page, calling them “Bag Men” and identifying them as persons of interest to federal authorities. One was Salah Barhoum, 17, a Moroccan American middle-distance runner.
And then there was news that a man in Bronx, N.Y., who was born in Bangladesh was beaten up for supposedly being “a f*cking Arab” by a group of men who wanted retribution for the marathon bombing.
A Palestinian woman near Boston also reported being the victim of a hateful assault on Wednesday, when a man hit her and yelled, “F*ck you Muslims! You are terrorists! I hate you! You are involved in the Boston explosions.”
What all of these people have in common is that they’re innocent of the bombing. They also happen not to be white.
For the most part, the response to the marathon bombing has brought out humanity’s better angels. Deserved attention has been shed on the heroic efforts of bystanders like Carlos Arredondo and the many first responders who rushed to help the injured.
But it has also served as a depressing reminder that the racial profiling that increased against men of Middle Eastern, Arab and South Asian descent after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks continues to infect the public response to terrorism.
It may turn out that the Boston Marathon bombers are Arab. But they could also be white, black, Native American, Asian or Hispanic. While CBS News tweeted Wednesday that a “white male” was a possible suspect, most people subjected to the speculation grinder have been non-white — all before the FBI on Thursday released photos of two racially ambiguous suspects.
The consequences have been brutal for some of the innocent people caught in the frenzy.
Alharbi had “every inch” of his apartment searched by law enforcement, with authorities seen lugging away bags of items from his home. Residents in his building called it “a startling show of force.” His roommate was questioned for five hours.
“I was scared,” the roommate, Mohammed Hassan Bada, 20, of Saudi Arabia, told the Boston Herald.
Meanwhile, Alharbi was recovering from shrapnel wounds in a hospital. News outlets later reported that he was a witness, not a suspect, and “was apparently in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
CNN’s “dark-skinned male” never materialized, as it quickly became clear that its report of an arrest was wrong. PBS journalist Gwen Ifill said she found it “disturbing” that a television network was allowed to characterize a supposed bombing suspect in such a way.
Barhoum had his world turned upside-down when he saw himself on the cover of the New York Post.
“It’s the worst feeling that I can possibly feel. … I’m only 17,” he said. His mother, meanwhile, felt “sick and upset.”
Barhoum went to the police on Wednesday to clear his name, after he noticed photos of himself getting tagged on social media. He was unable to compete in the marathon, but decided to go and watch. Federal authorities told ABC News that they were passing around his picture to find more information — as they no doubt were doing with pictures of many of the people photographed on Monday.
Later Thursday, after a public outcry over its cover image, the New York Post ran a follow-up story clarifying that authorities said the two “bag men” had “neither had any information or role in Monday’s attacks at the Boston Marathon.”
The rush for indictment and revenge has also taken a toll on Abdullah Faruque, 30, the Bronx man who was beaten up for having brown skin and looking “Arab.” He was assaulted by three or four men outside an Applebee’s on Monday, just hours after the bombing.
“One of the guys asked if I was Arab. I just shook my head, said like, ‘Yeah, whatever.’ I didn’t even know that [the] Boston [bombing] happened because I had a busy day,” Faruque explained to the New York Post.
“Yeah, he’s a f*cking Arab,” responded one of the men, before the group jumped him. They dislocated his shoulder and left him semiconscious.
Heba Abolaban, who lives near Boston, was assaulted and harassed on Wednesday. Abolaban told Malden Patch that while she and her friend, who were both wearing hijabs, were walking with their children, a man came up and punched her shoulder and accused them of being involved in the Boston Marathon bombing.
“I did not say anything to him,” Abolaban said. “Not even that we aren’t terrorists. … He was so aggressive.”
… Talal Alyan, an Arab American student, launched an online campaign on Thursday demanding that the New York Post apologize for its coverage.
“We demand an apology from the New York Post for identifying a Saudi Arabian national as a suspect for the Boston Marathon bombing despite having no evidence,” read the petition, which had more than 6,600 signatures as of Thursday evening. “The New York Post based their conclusion that the wounded marathon runner was a suspect only on the fact that he was an Arab. The New York Post needs to apologize to the falsely accused and the broader Arab and Muslim community.”
Still, Barhoum was uneasy at being targeted, while others around him in the marathon crowd weren’t.
“The only thing they look at is my skin color and since I’m Moroccan, I’m kind of dark,” said Barhoum. “Last night I couldn’t sleep. Just thinking about the consequences. What are people going to say and what the result is going to be.”
illegal immigrants? you mean white people
except that white people didn’t immigrate into the united states… they funded the united states. you can’t illegally immigrate into a society you created.
did you actually just say white people created society in america
Not strictly academic, but close enough. I’m Asian American and was taking a plane back to my university to finish up my PhD in English Literature and teach a composition class. The man sitting next to me asked me why I was flying from the West Coast to the Midwest. I told him I was going to the University of ________.
He asked me why I was going to the university so I told him I teach English.
He says, “You mean you’re learning English.”
“No,” I say. “I’m teaching English.”
“You see,” he replies, “You are confusing the words ‘teach’ and ‘learn.’ You are learning English.”
oh. my god.
Because sexism, racism, etc. are only things that exist in gender studies classes and have absolutely no relevance to the real world!
And yes, “jew down” is fucking offensive.
Even IN my social science class, this is basically how my classmates responded to the teacher the day we learned about white privilege.
This whole poster is full of shit, but the thing that’s killing me is… how is “independent” a bad thing?
Any black man who believes this bullshit can go straight to hell in gasoline soaked pajamas.
Why you so nice? WHY YOU SO NICE?!!! Gas soaked pj’s? These assholes need to go to hell coated in napalm, with a stick of dynamite in each hand, and one up their arse. What the hell is this ‘Black men want/need/deserve a mammy with a half ounce of Jezebel BULLSHIT?!’
I’m loving how focusing on success is a “negative” trait, as well as the bullshit notion that the woman on the right doesn’t “know her worth.”
Clearly Black men who agree with this shit don’t know her worth either since they are judging her on white supremacist standards.
i am so tired of seeing these
so damn tired
i don’t even know. i also don’t know why being driven by money and success are supposed to be bad. i mean, shit, why can’t i have nice things and want to work for them? there is no shame in that. but then again, “no shame” made the list, too, so…
and “shallow” can’t be all bad, because whoever made this is pretty fucking shallow themselves.
See, the thing is, all the traits for the woman on the left are traits that men are allowed to get away with because of patriarchy.
Men are allowed to not know how to cook or clean because they are entitled to a Mammy to do that for them.
Men are allowed to be shallow because they are entitled to pussy.
Men are expected to be driven by success and money.
Men are allowed to be independent because their worth is not based on whether or not they have a partner.
Men are allowed to “have no shame” (ie fuck whoever they want) because men are “more sexual” than women are.
I see the bullshit in this.
There are just sssooooooo many things wrong with this, so I’m going to mention one that hasn’t been covered in the above discussion: the “loves God” part. That, along with I think all of these traits, shouldn’t have anything to do with how you judge a person.
Watch this, I got more hold on.
And this is why I just can’t. This shit is so pervasive, and it becomes so internalised… but even your most well-meaning white liberal friends probably won’t actually believe that this is possible, because they haven’t experienced it.
At some point, you just have to recognise you can’t make them understand it, and that maybe it’s better to focus your energies on deconstructing the fuck out of this kind of thing with the people it actually affects.
Show this video to your kids, and talk about it.
Just the look in that little girl’s eyes when she’s asked to pick the doll that looks like her.
The one she said was bad. The one that was black.
She was heartbroken.