Wait, did she pull that gun from under her wedding dress?!
I stand by my conviction that vaginas are handy dandy
Victoria’s Secret Compartments.
semi-casual reminder that john lasseter has explicitly stated that one of his wishes as a storyteller/head honcho at pixar was to make movies starring boys because his young son doesn’t have any ~positive representation~ in children’s movies
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is there a source for this? my google-fu sucks
I just want my rage to be founded
kind of gave up on finding the original interview bcs i only got so much energy in me to devote to reading interviews with a dude who makes me mad, but @ferrific dug up these two pieces both of which are p gross and supportive of the whole pixar is a boys’ club/pixar makes movies for boys thingamajig: nytimes / esquire
thanks so much, bb
SO THAT’S GOOD TO KNOW 8|
Personally this is my first run-in with any outright evidence of sexism from him. I haven’t thought about his career critically yet
He didn’t want to talk much about certain aspects of Pixar, like the studio’s shortage of directors who are women and female protagonists in its films.
“I typically don’t read the reviews,” he said, not exactly answering the question. “I make movies for that little boy who loves the characters so much that he wants to pack his clothes in a Lightning McQueen suitcase.”
And the BOYSFATHERSBOYS angle annoyed me too much to read it, lol.
Traditional Aurora costume, no short skirts here!
and the extra 2 feet of fabric makes it 30 bucks more than the short skirt version! Yay Capitalism!
COSPLAYERS! EVERYWHERE! AWESOME COSPLAYERS!
I keep having discussions about Disney films and how racist many of the classics are, but the subject that I most fall upon is the 1953 version of Peter Pan, which holds an absurd breadth of racial stereotypes that there are musical numbers and plot sequences directly the product of such racial stereotypes of Native Americans. Certainly, the film’s portrayal undoubtedly permeated into the pretend games of children and their perception of how Native Americans behaved - I know this movie influenced me to wear feathers in my hair, pretend to do Indian tribal dances, and say “how” over and over.
The defense I hear most often from people is that films like Peter Pan “were not racist at the time they were made.”
What they really mean is that white people didn’t think it was racist at the time they were made. The film is just as racist then just as it is now. The fact that people can say movies like Peter Pan were “products of their time” negate that actual Native Americans have been vocal about their objections to the homogenization and stereotypical portrayal of their cultures and their race for literally centuries, but white people just didn’t listen to them. The constant apologism that something “wasn’t racist back then” implies that it is white society that deems what is racist, rather than the people of color directly affected and portrayed. Again, if it is racist now, it was racist then.
Also, children buy into these stereotypes, but children didn’t make this film; grown men did. It was a grown man who wrote the original Peter Pan story and its stereotypical portrayals of Natives. People talk about white creators back then as if they were little kids who didn’t know better. We shouldn’t give them an easy reprieve because a bunch of grown men “didn’t know better” to consider that Native Americans were people and not caricatures. If you like Peter Pan, you can like it, but we shouldn’t downplay its racism nor make excuses.
The Disney Princesses tell it like it is
Yes, Brave should have and could have included PoC characters.
First of all, we’re talking about a movie in which humans turn into bears and a witch has a talking raven. I can accept a universe with magic and talking bears, I can sure as hell accept a universe in which there were black people in Scotland by around the 10th century.
Not to mention there WERE NON-WHITE PEOPLE IN EUROPE BY THEN.
Seriously. Black people weren’t just sittin’ around with their thumbs up their asses waiting to be discovered and enslaved by white people.
Let’s have a run down of Non-white people who did have contact with Europe, and could have been in Brave:
- -The Egyptians (many of whom where, yes black. Some of them were more middle eastern in appearance, but many were undisputedly Black as well),
- -the Ghana empire
- -traders and goods from China that traveled along the silk road and Indian Ocean trading routes,
- -The Moors (of Northern Africa) who had sustained contact with Europe, especially after the arrival of Islam into the region, which increased international trade
- -fuck, God damn HANNIBAL with his fucking war elephants marching over the alps and making the Romans piss themselves
- The First Crusade happened in the late 10th Century, and Europeans had been making pilgrimages to the Middle East long before then.
- The entire Arabic world had plenty of contact with Europe through trade.
ALL had contact with Europe by the 10th century.
I know that in school we’re taught that History was made by white people, and the stories and experiences of the rest of the world tend to be systematically ignored until Atlantic Slavery comes along, but this is not reality.
Europeans had contact with non-white people for thousands of fucking years before imperialism began.
—> Another recent movie, called “The Secret of Kells” set in Ireland in the 7th Century had both black AND arabic characters in it.
I ADORED Brave as a movie. I thought that it’s focus on female relationships, instead of the standard heteronormative romance was really refreshing. It’s a movie that I can not wait to show my children growing up. BUT this does not change the fact that the complete and utter erasure of PoC in Europe’s history is still problematic.
oh my god who fucking cares seriously?
If you didn’t care why did your ignorant ass reblog it.
Because the first post was too goddamn hilarious not to reblog. It’s not like poc were just walking around the streets of Scotland back then.
Actually there were Black people in Scotland, that shows how much you know about the country.
I never said there wasn’t any I said I doubt they were just strolling around the streets in such large numbers like that. But seriously it’s a movie that had nothing to do with poc characters and everything to do with Merida.
Yeaah I’m pretty sure the majority of black people in Scotland, in the United Kingdom as a whole, were slaves. Shows how much you know about the country too.
So then if there actually were black people in Brave, everyone would be complaining about how it’s supporting slavery or something stupid like that.
There is seriously no pleasing you guys. :I
Actually they would have been leaders, warriors, scholars & traders. Google is your friend, it’ll introduce you to the Moors, King Kenneth & a wealth of history that movies like Brave have helped erase to create this delusion that black people didn’t exist on the global stage before slavery.
Not to mention that is was already stated that it doesn’t really matter at the end of the day whether or not there were POC in Scotland at the time because of the magic and talking birds and shit. If you can have that stuff you can have black and brown people. Children of color (and really adults of color too) deserve to be represented in movies and shows and books and they just fucking aren’t and it’s bullshit. Yay they finally made a black princess (who spent most of the movie as a goddamn frog, btw)!!! So it’s totally okay to make the next two princess movies contain not one single solitary person of color because HISTORY GUISE!!!!!
(or rather, WHAT I THINK I KNOW AS HISTORY BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT THIS WHITE SUPREMACIST CULTURE HAS TAUGHT ME GUISE!!!)
But children of color don’t have feelings so it is totally okay that their self esteem is damaged by media like Brave. Or something. Never mind that Nala could have been a human princess if Lion King had been set in an actual African country like Mali.
"Ok we’ve been to ‘Total Fantasy World Inspired by Medieval Germany’ ‘Set in Mystical Medieval Scottland’ and now ‘Anderson’s Scandinavia’. They’re just going to the whitest places on earth on purpose now. It’s like a scavenger hunt for places that they can have plausible deniability for not including POC even as background characters."
Not only that, but Disney movies that are specifically fairy tales with no necessary historical basis are defaulted as “white.” Sleeping Beauty. The Little Mermaid. Cinderella. Tangled.
One can make an approximation when these stories take place in the movies, but the historical basis is unneeded, and certainly wouldn’t add or detract from the general story of the fairy tale.
But let’s look at Princess and the Frog. And Pocahontas. Where the presence of a POC character is justified by historical relevancy. This is because, as noted again, Disney assumes that white is the default, even in semi fantasy fairy tales.
And now claims of historicity work to exclude representations of POC from such movies. So what can we say about all this? Disney’s claims of historicity, even when handling fairy tales allows them to justify the inclusion or exclusion of POC in their films, though white is assumed to be a default.