monarobot said: Frozen is becoming so fucking irredeemable with each step :[ This thing is looking awful, truly an inupiat approach would have been far more interesting, what happened to the Disney renaissance? I mean, come on, Tarzan! MULAN! The lion king! LILO AND STICH! come on, these disney branded 3d films are looking so bland and awful, Frozen is shaping up to look like a tinkerbell movie or something, mixed up with barbie, I just…. ugh, it looks really lifeless. I would love to be wrong but it’s not looking any better, it just keeps getting worse.
First of all, thank you for letting me publish this mail, and secondly I am really appreciative of all the RIGHTEOUS RAGE I’m seeing on my dash over this movie.
Secondly, you’re right on every count! There are so many things wrong with this film that I can’t even muster the energy to go over them again (but jhenne-bean provides many excellent written examples). Aside from the major problems, i.e. 1.) the obvious rehash of Tangled but with snow, 2.) A sameface white princess again instead of millions of more interesting alternative cultures, 3.) the complete DESTRUCTION of the original awesome narrative about female agency and everything that made the story what it was in the first place (no seriously look it up) ——-
Aside from ALL of that ——-
It burns me the hell up that Disney has become so lazy and awful as of late. It’s bad enough when the biggest influence on your life’s aspirations turns on its animators and produces this tripe, but to see the final images and know that hundreds of people approved it? That actually hurts.
I mean, I’ve been in animation training for a few years now, and even before, it was clear to see all the hard work put into our favorite Disney movies. There was effort there, there was blood and sweat and tears in every frame, and you could just see it.
Now, I’m not trying to put any blame on Disney’s animators - they had to do their job regardless, and I’m sure they put no less effort into it. But whoever came up with the storyline and character designs? I’m sorry, but you can just keep that to yourself. This is some of the blandest shit I’ve ever seen animated. That Barbie ‘Magic of Pegasus’ movie (shut up I saw it for some reason don’t ask why) has more variation in its designs than this does, and there’s no doubt that’s a damn shame. I designed characters better than this when I was in high school.
Believe you me, that’s not me trying to brag (I was basically shit at art in high school). I am trying to illustrate just how bad and lazy and obviously hackneyed these designs are. We all know Disney has a rep for finding a formula and reusing it over and over, but it’s always been done with more respect than this. All these defenders of Frozen saying how very different Anna’s eyebrows and neck width are (are you kidding me with that shit) need to stop and take a look at just how painfully obvious it is that Disney wants to keep rolling in the dough so badly, they will slap only slightly different colors on their characters and produce them in the most insultingly bland and lifeless way possible to do it.
The only thing that could possible redeem it is the fact that it involves Kristen Bell. But even her snarky charm may not be able to save this waste of technology.
And I would say ‘keep putting more nails in your coffin, Disney,’ but it’s doubtful they’ll make any less money with this than they usually do. I can only hope that the rest of the general public - or at least film critics - will see this thinly-veiled recycle for what it is.
Everyone responsible for my trust issues. (via kamidoodles)
NO. FUCK EVERYONE. I LOVE CURSIVE AND I DO USE IT ALL THE TIME. ughhhhhh it’s not even taught in schools in this state any more and that
When I was substitute teaching an English class for seniors in High School, I wrote the instructions for the day in cursive. 90% of the students couldn’t read it so I had to break them into groups and teach remedial cursive. It broke my heart and frightened me a little. Especially since all my students in Japan (Middle School) had almost flawless cursive.
How unsurprising and sad. This both breaks my heart and frightens me a little, too.
Who caaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaares. IT’S USELESS. IT’S OBSOLETE. THERE IS NO FUCKING REASON TO LEARN IT ANYMORE. ANYTHING THAT MIGHT BE GAINED FROM LEARNING CURSIVE (if you could tell me what that might be without falling back on really tired, intellectual elitist tropes, I will be amazed) COULD EASILY BE LEARNED THROUGH SOME OTHER METHOD.
I mean for fuck’s sake you sound like hand-wringing 1950s parents worried over the state of Kids These Days. Is that the kind of person you want to be?
Also cursive is extremely difficult for people with certain kinds of learning disabilities — when kids are pressured to learn it, it becomes another way the ~good~ ~normal~ kids end up being placed above the ~losers~
I know this; I had to do cursive practice plenty in school and I still can’t read it most of the time or write in it. it just doesn’t click for some people.
srsly, writing instructions on the board in cursive is like deliberately fucking over some of your students who might never be able to read that as well as others. for no good reason, really.
ooooh let’s do it in code shall we! for no discernible reason except elitism. so only the ~superior~ children can read it
I have NVLD/nonverbal learning disorder, and as a result (with my difficulties with spatial learning) cursive was HELL for me. It actually made me hate writing because we had nightly assignments where we had to write stories in cursive, and I could. not. make the letters right.
but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t gonna buy a “Wherefore art thou, Rufio?” shirt
Girl I am waiting with bated breath negl~
1) Second season of LoK
3) Your life
fight meUNNNNGHHH LIKE FROZEN LOOKS SOOOOOO BORINGAND I DESPISE THAT SNOWMANAND THAT GIRL’S DESIGN BECAUSE BORINGAND THE POSSIBLE LOVE INTERESTEQUALLY BORINGAND THEN LoK HAS LET ME DOWN SO MUCH IM JUST NEVWR GONNA BE HYPE FOR IT LIKE I WAS IN THE PASTBECAUSE DISAPPOINTMENTAND DISILLUSIONMENTBORING BORING AND GAWD JUST ADMIT THESE THINGS COULD HAVE BEEN A LOT BETTER OK
Okay, so Jake’s last name is ENGLISH, referring to Lord English who is a skeleton guy.
And Jade’s last name, HARLEY is also the name of a motorcycle brand.
And Jake and Jade are related to each other in a parallel universe sort of way.
But you know who is a skeleton guy who rides a motorcycle? Ghost Rider, who was played by NIC MOTHERFUCKIN CAGE.
So what if Jake English and Jade Harley is just a fucking Nic Cage joke.
The official publication date of COLD STEEL is June 25 for both e-book and print editions in English, worldwide (as far as I know; there may be some regions where it comes out later and if so, please let me know).
I’m always anxious when a new book comes out. That anxiety is amplified when the book in question is the final book of a trilogy because naturally, being the writer, I want people to like it and to feel satisfied with the ending. As always, some will love it, some like it, some will be disappointed, and a few will be puzzled, but mostly most readers will have no idea the book is out because they haven’t heard of it. That’s the nature of the business (especially when you aren’t a bestseller, as I’m not).
So I want to take a moment this week to say:
THANK YOU to my readers
Some of you love all my books. Some like one series more than the others. Some have only read one series or even just one book. One or two have thrown a book I wrote across the room in disgust. Some are trying out my novels for the first time. Some of you write to me or show up at my book events. Some I will never know are out there reading. Some are my friends; most are strangers. And you guys live all over the world.
It’s not that my writing doesn’t exist without readers. It does, and writing exists and lives and breathes even if what is written is only ever seen by the person who wrote it.
To me what happens between a written work and a reader is a creative act all on its own, an interaction that usually takes place in privacy and in silence while being no less vivid and powerful for that. In these days of social media the discussion can range farther afield and reach more people than ever, which is both really cool and kind of daunting and scary. But it always comes back to what I put on the page and what you, the reader, take away from the page.
Thank you for meeting me halfway.
Also, you all are the best.
We’re only halfway through 2013 and here’s what’s happened so far in kpop in regards to race and black racism.
Kai’s cornrows - SM decided to give Kai cornrows. Almost every non-black kpop fan decided to make fun of the hairstyle and Kai for having it. He was referred to as “the nigga in EXO” for a moment. This common black hairstyle was constantly called ugly- I can accept if you might not find it attractive on some individuals but I can’t accept if you think this hairstyle is inherently ugly because that’s probably your racism showing. When he got the braids taken out, people sighed in relief “thank god, he’s back to normal hair.”
Kai’s skintone - Tao decided to point out how dark Kai is compared to him on stage in front of a lot of fans. Yes, let’s point out what’s been called his weakness (by Taemin) and secretly by almost everyone else because I’m sure Kai loves that. No, “look at how dark he is! haha” isn’t a funny joke. Especially when it’s being said for the 85th time. As if Tao could talk about who was darker since we’ve all seen your pre-debut pics, boo. But we hope you get over that colorism and love yourself more.
Yesung’s blackface - Yesung decided to color his face brown in order to portray an Avenger’s character. Of course, many said the history of this nearly 500 long racist practice didn’t matter because it was “cosplay” and cosplay and being racist are apparently mutual exclusive events. (I’ll remember to tell you that when someone dresses up as a racist caricature of a Korean person.) People even defended the blackface by referencing Shindong who had painted himself green to be the Hulk. Because a race that exists should be compared to a non-fiction monster? Overall, people were fucking stupid. (Also, Shindong has done blackface before so he’s not exactly great evidence of non-racism.)
Yongguk finds a brown girl attractive - Half non-black people complained about this because they were probably jealous as fuck and the other half said it wasn’t a big deal (maybe for you, but for us, brown/black women, a little acknowledgement is nice every once in a while. You’d understand if you weren’t represented in almost every magazine, commercial, movie, tv show, book, etc. that exists.) Those who said it wasn’t a big deal probably just wanted it under the rug already so they could pretend it didn’t happen. (This incident will most likely be consistently re-forgotten just like when Onew expressed interest in a Kenyan girl on a variety show.)
Rap Monster - A member of new rookie group, Bangtan Boys, says one of his skills is “ghetto English” and did a cover with a song using the n-word. “Ghetto English” is most likely coded language for AAVE which is also known as “speaking black” to some. Is there even enough time to talk about how saying your talent is “speaking black” is racist?
Baddest Female - CL comes out with a new MV that could literally be the video definition of cultural appropriation. Left and right there are plenty of black cultural styles/items and people are even wearing Chicano/Chicana styled makeup. Once again, we are nothing but cultures to be worn as a concept and thrown away later. Our stuff is cool enough to be taken but we’re not cool enough to be shown.
“Bad Boy/Girl” Image - Just the general use of this concept this year is a hot mess. Cornrows/afro wigs/weave, chains, the never-ending bandanas (seriously, y’all need to stop), just a few things that hint towards black Americans and are used to make Korean idols appear more “bad.” This image has been nothing but a giant stereotype snowballing from “oh, no they didn’t” until reaching “I’m not even fucking surprised” proportions.
Ravi picking on N - This is so fucking gross. That’s all I have to say.
Running Man using blackface - Now this isn’t necessarily kpop but I find it funny how the person in blackface is literally doing the same thing Yesung did, portraying the same character, but all the people that defended Yesung have suddenly disappeared. And yes, it’s 2013 and blackface is still being show in TV shows.
And that’s what you missed when you were too busy saying black kpop fans are the worst. Stay pressed.