"There’s nothing glorious about me."
Ah, but you’re wrong…
"There’s nothing glorious about me."
Ah, but you’re wrong…
CONFESSION: While I’m excited to see Varric and Cassandra again (and get to know the Seeker properly), I’m mostly looking forward to learning more about Vivienne’s character!
[based on my previous post (x)]
I need an Ichabod vs. Killian sword fight in my life.
yes yes yes yes yes
and then they’re tied perfectly and they’re so impressed with each others’ skills that they become bffs
and emma and abbie go get drinks and laugh about their silly boys
Super zoomed in CS Kiss.
I said it when Aurora wasn’t blonde and people were complaining about people complaining and I’ll say it again..
What is wrong with people being disappointed that the actor doesn’t look like the traditional look of the character? Seriously, what is wrong with someone not liking it? What is wrong with them being disappointed?
Now, if people are being asshats about their complaints, that’s a different story. But if someone says, “Damn she doesn’t look like Rapunzel” there’s nothing wrong with that!
Maybe “complain” is the wrong word here, or not strong enough, dunno… but I was thinking about disgusting things like this here, when making my post. Also as much I like OUAT, it is also a show which fails so very very much in regard of representation and diversity, that I automatically side-eye EVERYONE complaining about how the actress for this role is not looking “traditionally” as she “should”. (Which is also a shade of racism, because white standards of beauty and all that gross shit)
Look, I really haven’t read Rapunzel’s original story but I think that yes, it is “traditionally” a white character, but Captain Hook was not supposed to be a man who had had his love killed in front of him and the crocodile was supposed to be an actual crocodile on that original story. Snow White wasn’t supposed to be a bandit. They are so NOT telling the “traditional” fairy tales here, so for real I fail to see a problem with them casting a POC actress for Rapunzel. And honestly nonnie, based on those very nasty tweets I just reblogged, certainly not everyone is “applauding” them for their decision.
Well said. This is your grandmother’s fairy tale.
Furthermore, there is a difference between casting white people in a formerly POC role and casting a POC in a formerly white role because white people are not the group here that have been outrageously under-represented and misrepresented in the modern storytelling.
Reblogging because this was also something I wanted to say but I couldn’t find enough eloquence to say it, LOL.
SINCE YOU DON’T MIND PEOPLE JUMPING IN WITH THIS (I didn’t want to talk over you akleglakejg) HERE I GO BEING ANGRY BC THIS ASK IS SOME ACCIDENTAL RACISM GOING ON:
When people say “turning a white character into a POC casting is just as bad as whitewashing” it is the exact same as saying BUT WHAT ABOUT REVERSE RACISM and that’s some straight up ignorant bullshit.
Whitewashing means taking a traditionally POC character and casting them as white. This is a problem because POC are UNDERREPRESENTED ON THE WHOLE IN MEDIA. The reverse is not true; ergo, doing the reverse is not a shitty thing to do. That’s what it comes down to.
There are a MILLION FUCKING WHITE CHARACTERS in media. Literally everywhere you turn, there are white people all over the place. No white person is ever going to have a hard time looking at a show and seeing someone who looks like them - this is called white privilege, children.
POC are even MORE underrepresented as protagonists than in general speaking roles. It’s a huge problem. There is only ONE disney princess of each ethnicity that isn’t white yet I can think of 5 white ones off the top of my head - it’s grossly unbalanced. Right now there is not a SINGLE BLACK CHARACTER ON ONCE UPON A TIME. I don’t think I could count all of the white recurring characters, let alone one-offs. Giancarlo Esposito’s Sidney Glass is the only SURVIVING black character on the show and he hasn’t been on it in person in two seasons.
Being willing to realize how unbalanced literature and older works LIKE FAIRYTALES are due to a.) erasing the historical presence of POC in ~traditionally white~ regions, b.) underrepresentation in general, c.) BELLIGERENT RACISM in some cases, is INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT for modern adaptations. In the same way that it’s super fucking important that Tauriel got added to an all-male cast for the new Hobbit movie, it’s important for people to make choices like black Rapunzel and Chinese woman Watson (Elementary), because this SHIFTS THE SCALE BACK TO AN ACTUAL BALANCED REPRESENTATION.
The shit that flew back then doesn’t fly anymore. People want to see a world on the screen that looks like the actual world we live in. TV shows with racially diverse casts FACTUALLY AND STATISTICALLY DO BETTER than shows that do not - in other words, if you want OUAT to succeed and remain on air, I don’t give a fuck how racist you are, you should support this decision. It takes social consciousness to wake the fuck up and realize you can correct the racism of the past (or at least attempt to).
No one threw a shitfit about Latina actress Lana Parrilla playing the ~traditionally white~ Evil Queen and I bet you it’s because she’s fucking evil and we’re USED to seeing POC shunted into the roles of villains. But make one fucking blonde princess a WOC and the whole world goes crazy. Black women in particular have traditionally been shown by media to be too angry and abrasive to be anything relating to the princess trope, which makes casting her as a princess EXTRA IMPORTANT (this stereotype is known as the Matriarch and is still SUPER COMMON in media).
I am consistently fucking ashamed of other white people for acting like removing their privilege is somehow the same as systemic social oppression.
Of course I don’t mind you adding to this and actually thank you so much for saying this, I completely agree and once more, you said this way more eloquently than I could ever do. So thank you so so much for your added points!
Oh, and also, totally agree about the complete unfairness of POC shunted into roles of villains, I actually said in another ask that I was really disappointed and a bit angry that Tamara was a villain because there was so little POC representation and one of the few POC characters they had was a villain again and only present in like 3 or four episodes. I also hope Giancarlo Esposito returns and I would literally do anything to see Lancelot again (as Lancelot ofc, not as Cora!Lancelot =/)
I am in a constant state of prayer circle for Giancarlo Esposito’s return to the point that I am actively hoping Revolution fails ok that’s how much I love Sidney Glass.
I WAS SO DISAPPOINTED WITH LANCELOT BEING DEAD FROM DAY 1 WHICH IS WHY I’M HANGING ALL OF MY HOPES ON POOR RAPUNZEL. I shared your disappointment, too, about Tamara - particularly bc on top of being so excited about both an interracial relationship and a POC character being introduced, I REALLY SHIPPED NEAL/TAMARA OK THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN A HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP IF SHE HADN’T TURNED OUT TO BE EVIL.
Like, the fact of the matter is Lana Parrilla does not get to be OUAT’s token POC anymore. It doesn’t cut it. We need more of Mulan, we need Rapunzel - I, personally, had been really hoping they’d cast Tinkerbell as a WOC until they unveiled Rose McIven. Don’t get me wrong, Rose is great, but I was all aboard the black Tinkerbell headcanon express until that happened so I was disappointed they didn’t take that chance. Which makes me even happier they finally did with Rapunzel. (Esp since if I remember right the casting call had an option for recurring status?)