By now, most of you are probably familiar with the recent scandal involving CNN anchor Don Lemon’s comments to Joan Tarshis, an alleged rape-victim of Bill Cosby. Lemon had blindsided his guest with the question of “Why didn’t you resist”, which beyond being a shockingly insensitive thing to say to any assault survivor, carries with it a host of the most vile, victim-blaming myths imaginable. Time already has an excellent point-by-point take-down of Lemon’s statements, none of which needs my repeating here.
See, I started off writing this post with the intention of revealing the man as nothing more than an inept clown, motivated by bumbling ineptitude rather than malice or spite. The more research I did, however, the less I found myself able to support that idea. There’s nothing innocuous or innocent about Don Lemon.
While many of us were probably unaware of Lemon until his “don’t get raped” comments (or his bull**** non-apology, which we’ll get to in a second), I actually recognized him the second I saw him. Back at the end of September, Lemon, along with co-anchor Alisyn Camerota, had an interview with Islamic scholar Reza Aslan.The “interview” (the whole thing seemed more reminiscent of a McCarthyist witch-hunt) swiftly degenerated into an agonizing fear-mongering session- the very memory of which still makes my blood boil. I’ll let the ever-entertaining Cenk Uygur (of “The Young Turks”) break the debacle down for you.
Posted in America, Islam, media, morality, race, television
Tagged Alisyn Camerota, Autmatic, Bill Cosby, Cenk Uygur, cnn, commentary, corporal punishment, Don Lemon, ethics, Fear, fear mongering, gaff, gun, interview, Joan Tarshis, journalism, Lemon, media, news, race, racism, rape, Reza Aslan, scandal, Semi-Automatic, stop and frisk, stupid, The Young Turks, Time
Roughly six years ago I sat in a guest house in London, England, and complained to a Korean friend about not being attractive. It’s funny seeing it typed out now, and it wasn’t so starkly apparent at the time, but that’s exactly what I was worried about. We were studying abroad with a group of mostly White classmates from a predominantly White liberal arts college, and as an eighteen-year-old I had dating on the mind. That, and the beginnings of the idea that things might not be so easy for me given the colour of my skin.
And unlike John Cho and his suit, my skin does not peel away to reveal more equally-good-looking skin underneath.
My primary source was media and pop culture, and how interracial relationships weren’t showcased much, if at all [not much has changed, 2009!]. I suggested that this might create a life-imitating-art situation, where young non-hyphenated-American women might not be as open to the idea of getting together with an Asian guy due to never seeing it on screens small or large. He brought up that he’d had no problems in the past [being musical, and with that bone structure?], as well as the more damning evidence that neither had I. With that I left the topic of conversation alone, not entirely convinced or at peace with the whole thing.
Posted in film, media, race, relationships, television
Tagged #selfie, 2 Broke Girls, ABC, asian, attractive, desirable, diversity, film, Glenn, Han, hot, John Cho, Korean, Maggie, Portrayal, race, representation, revolutionary, role, romantic, sitcom, Sung Kang, The Walking Dead, TV
So as some of you may know Friday is my one day off of work, the morning of which I spend writing my weekly blog posts. As this particular Friday marks my 24th year of existence I will instead be spending that time doing, well, almost anything else.
Seeing as it’s another weekend, and people watch movies on the weekend, please feel more than free to check out my post last week on Big Hero 6. Again, I won’t fault you for enjoying it if you did, or want to, or will, I just want you to think about why the original all-Japanese cast needed to be diversified when countless all-White casts have been allowed to remain as is.
Baymax thinks he knows why-
As far as something new that I’ve written this week, I left a pretty lengthy message on Kat’s post yesterday, which was on Kendra Knightley’s untouched topless photo. It’s not terribly often that I disagree with something one of my co-writers has written [about once ever six months or so, really], but when I do I try to voice my contrasting opinions and creating a discussion on the topic. Friend of mine and general all-around-great-person presented a rebuttal, but I’d be more than happy for any other voices that want to chime in-
In case you have no idea that the title of this post is referencing, well, I’ve got that covered as well. Hope your day is as good as mine. Or that mine is as good as yours. Whoever has the better day, I hope that that is the day that the other person’s reaches in goodness.
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Tagged 24, Big Hero 6, birthday, blog news, disagreements, discussion, good excuses, hooray, It's My Party, Keira Knightley, Lesley Gore
consider myself a somewhat fit person. I try to do yoga at least once a week. I bike to school. I force-feed myself smoothies (I’ve almost convinced myself that I like them). I also think I’m a fairly confident person. The mental image I hold of myself is, if anything, a little too gracious.
Damn girl, you’re looking fine today!
That being said, after unwillingly encountering photo after photo of perfectly photoshopped women day after day, sometimes I start feeling pretty freaking ugly.
This feeling of inadequacy, directly linked to viewing altered images, makes a lot of people wish there was a wider representation of body types in the media. We want to see people who look like us on TV and in magazines. And we want to see those people presented as attractive, not merely as comic relief or as a foil to the attractive characters. Continue reading
Posted in celebrity, feminism, media, sex
Tagged axe, beauty, body, books, breasts, complain, Culture, dove, good looking, Hollywood, Keira Knightley, King Arthur, Lorde, magazines, make-up, Men, norm, photos, photoshop, pin-up, problematic, Real Beauty, runway model, sexy, topless, true beauty, Tumblr, TV, unrealistic standards, Women's bodies are a battleground