Rah rah rah.

Saturday, October 9th, 2010 03:19 pm
faevii: (eff yoo)
I just had a bit of an argument with Daniel while his father was watching Timo in the next room. I hate that I felt like I had to speak quietly or else he might have come in and defended Daniel's position. I hate that whenever something bad happens while anyone is here, I have to avoid appearing upset because I know that if they asked me what was wrong, I wouldn't be able to tell them the truth.

Sure, I have done it before. When I told Daniel's mother that I was angry with her son for being slightly racist at times, she launched into a long, useless rant about how clearly not all immigrants are bad, which he already agrees with. Way to miss the point! And yet, that sort of thing is the most harmless reaction I can feasibly hope for. With another person, about another topic? I don't even want to imagine what might happen.

If you complain about racism in public, most people will probably pretend to agree with you even if they don't. "Everyone knows" that racism is bad, so disagreeing would get you labelled a bad person, and nobody wants that, right? But the same doesn't necessarily apply to all other -isms and -phobias yet, and one person visiting another in his private home is not even that public a situation! If that silly ex-girlfriend who just hasn't managed to move out yet is the only person who will end up with an unfavourable opinion of you, so what?

There is the subtle racism. There's homophobia and transphobia. Internalised or unconscious ableism. Outdated notions of how to raise children. I'd mention sexism and sizeism as well if the thought didn't make me want to LOL out of a sense of sheer futility. I call out all of these in private, if I can reasonably assume that the person I'm talking to likes me enough to listen and is worth the effort - but if someone's around who is more likely to make fun of me for it than to pay any actual attention to what I'm saying? I'm not that strong. I'm almost constantly either in pain, sleep-deprived or both. That would be bad enough in itself even if I did not have to deal with Daniel's fail all the time, but I do and thus the mere presence of yet another fail-y person makes me want to run.

Never mind that most of them already think I'm ridiculous because I can't stand the smell of cigarette smoke and insist that my allergies are real. The nerve!
faevii: (raised eyebrow)
I don't know why I keep writing movie reviews, but I just ended up on IMDB somehow and thus remembered that I recently saw Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. And then I felt a rant coming on.

One of the first things I noticed about this movie was that few of the actors looked like they could actually be from Persia. Now, I realise that it might not be so easy to assemble an entire cast made up of only Middle Eastern actors who all happen to speak fluent English (although I bet it's possible), so I decided to ignore anyone who wasn't a main character. The Prince himself stuck out the most, but I assumed it was intentional - I kept waiting for the moment when somebody would finally mention that he was from somewhere else. Well, nope. Turns out it was more of a bug than a feature. Come on, Hollywood, are you trying to confuse your viewers?!

I could point out that it's racist to work almost exclusively with white actors when the film is clearly about Persians, but I can't even get past the confusion. If something looks like a plot point, then I expect it to be a plot point. If there's a redhead in an all-brunette family, chances are we'll prepare ourselves for some sort of adoption storyline, no? Admittedly, in this case the rest of the "family" didn't have much in common, either. I lost hope soon enough.

The next thing I noticed was that Gemma Arterton was in it. I remembered her from Clash of the Titans, where she had first caught my attention by being unbelievably pretty, and then started to get on my nerves a bit. I can't say why, I'm really bad with these things. Something about her facial expressions just bugged me. However, guess what? In this movie she sort of played exactly the same role! Attractive female lead with hidden superpowers who turns out to be surprisingly good with a sword! Woo! I wonder if she noticed that she had to do the same thing twice in a row??

And then there was the Stereotypical Black Tribesman Who's Really Good At Throwing Knives. Again, I can only say: Come on, Hollywood. Don't you think we'll notice if you keep reusing tropes? I'm actually trying to figure out if there's a name for this on tv tropes. There should be. I can't be imagining that I've seen it before.

Blegh. And I'm not even sure if the ending made sense. It kind of looked as if what happened was exactly the thing that someone had earlier said wasn't possible, but I may have misunderstood something there.

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