Opinion: Latina Stereotypes Still Rule TV and Films
Latina stereotypes - the hot mami, the sassy spitfire, the shy maid -have been around forever. It’s time to see some smart Latinas represented.
What Latina stereotypes do you see in the media?
Race and Ethnicity in Star Trek
So, am I the only person who thinks that if the Star Trek crew really existed, there wouldn’t be as many white or at least obvious white people on board? I’m no sociolgist, geographer, and anything else that studies this kind of thing, but it just seems odd to me there’s only two non white people on the Enterprise crew.
I can give you Chekov and possibly Scotty, but I think Kirk and McCoy might not be so obviously white. By 2050, Latinos are supposed to be the majority in the U.S. and I’m sure most will inhabit the southern United States. Leonard “Bones” McCoy is from Georgia so it could be reasoned that he might look less like Keith Urban and Forest Kelly and more like Lou Diamond Phillips or Freddy Rodriguez.
Kirk is from Iowa but there’s a chance he could look more like a Barack Obama or Jesse Williams.
Chekov, depending on immigration, could also be half-Chinese because of the close borders of Russia and China. Scotty could be south east Asian because he’s British. Spock is interesting in that while he is half-Vulcan, he seems a bit pale. Vulcan is supposed to be an arid planet, close to the Middle East, so wouldn’t Spock look more bronzed or olive skinned tone? Also, Amanda could be mixed as well so maybe even less likely that he’s pale?
I might be talking out of my butt, but I do like to imagine that the crew wouldn’t majority white people and if they are, probably less blonde hair and blue eyes going around.
Considered diverse then, not necessarily now.
Dear any POC on tumblr who blogs about television and/or fandoms
If anyone gives you the whole “If you want shit to change in media become a director or writer and change it” bullshit
Show them this
Heres a little quote,
“In this day and age, it’s quite disappointing that so many shows failed to hire even a single woman or minority director during the course of an entire season — even shows whose cast and crew is notably diverse, Barclay noted. “And, ‘We just don’t know anybody’ doesn’t cut it anymore — the pool of talented and experienced women and minority directors grows every year, and too many of these qualified, capable directors are still overlooked.”
This is from the Directors Guild of America basically saying that there a DROVES AND DROVES of women, women of color, men of color all different types of brown people, WHO ARE TALENTED AND EXPERIENCED who do NOT get hired.
Don’t want to believe the LA Times? It’s right there. From the horses mouth.
So please. When people give you that
- Go make some media if you don’t feel represented
- There probably aren’t that many POC making media
- They want to find the best people and they just so happened to be white
TELL THEM TO READ THIS AND GO FUCK THEMSELVES.
(Source: , via sourcedumal)
Beautiful series by HBO called East of Main Street: Asians Aloud
Being realistic? Why is race the one thing that people need to be realistic about when it comes to these kinds of movies? Is it realistic in the first place to have a story about magical hair? In the original story, Rapunzel’s hair wasn’t magic, nor was she a princess - and she gets pregnant by a Prince (who wasn’t a Prince in the movie, he was a bandit) and they changed that, didn’t they?
Also, how much is realistic about Maximus and Pascal? Please tell me. They could have thrown in some PoC, don’t give me that “but it’s being realistic” crap."
Fangirlingforeverz, in response to this ask: “I know you posted it yesterday BUT as for the movie Tangled, the story, as you know, is based on the story of Repunzul. Pretty much all of the characters in the old story were white. I know PoC must’ve been in Europe back then but you have to be realistic, the number back then was extremely low if anything, so I don’t see why that is an issue. If they’re redoing an old storytale, it wouldn’t make sense to randomly throw in new characters to fit your needs” (via racebending)
an answer to “Why can’t just we all be [this or that]?”
“We hear a great deal today, for example, about how terrible it is that blacks, women, gays and other social groups want both equality and the right to self-definition. Why, goes the plaintive cry, can’t we all just be plain Americans? And here flashes through my mind another wartime cliche: the platoon from countless old movies, with its Italian, its Southern farm boy, its German, its Jew. The answer to the question, of course, is that we are not all ‘just plain Americans’ but are completely embedded in overlapping hierarchies of gender, race, ethnicity, class. Why should it be impermissible to acknowledge this openly, and to make politics on the basis of this truth?”
Katha Pollitt, Subject to Debate
yes! I dislike the “why can’t we all just be Americans”/”Why can’t we just acknowledge that everyone can be racist and all racism is bad”/”Why can’t we just want equality for everyone and not point out the specific privileges”/ etc. for this reason!
Yeah, it’s like “Why can’t y’all just be plain ol’ Americans” like in the war movies? Fact: During WW2, the US Government set up prison camps for American citizens of Japanese descent. Fact: the US army did not consider Blacks intelligent enough to form fighting units.
"When we are taught that safety lies always with sameness, then difference, of any kind, will appear as a threat. When we choose to love we choose to move against fear - against alienation and separation. The choice to love is a choice to connect - to find ourselves in the other."
bell hooks, All About Love: New VIsions. (via costumepartypolitics)