Ravenclaws with huge communal bookshelfs that tower to the ceiling. It’s become tradition that when you leave Hogwarts, you leave behind a copy of your favorite book, so they have books dating back centuries.
look at these panels of naruto provoking tobirama
i see lucy as a racist film that plays on negative stereotypes while hiding behind the cover of (white) feminism.
all this film has done is switch out the white man for a white woman. it’s still a film about a white person getting violated by the evil poc, then gaining power and wiping them out.
here’s 2 of my favourite scenes from the trailer:
from top to left to right:
KEEP CLEAN 保持清潔，APPLE 蘋果，ONION 洋蔥，GRAPE 葡萄，CHAIR 椅子，TOMATO 番茄
traditional chinese is an actual written language used by millions of people, not symbols to be thrown around at the whim of set designers because they look cool and idk, serves to create a menacing asian atmosphere. this is so disrespectful, and made even worse by the fact that this film in set it taipei, taiwan where the official written language is traditional chinese.
it doesn’t matter that this film caters to a primarily “white” audience who won’t be able to read it, the language and culture of taiwan isn’t something for you to twist and use as you deem fit because it’s “exotic.”
lucy shoots a guy for not being able to speak english.
she l i t e r a l l y shoots this taiwanese taxi driver, in taiwan for not being able to speak english. she’s in taipei and she’s shooting people as they are of no use to her because they don’t speak english.
just think about the sort of message that’s sending out. she’s not being “bad-ass strong female character who takes no shit,” she’s saying that english is useful and better. this is the type of harmful ideology that stretches all the way back from when western countries were colonising and forcing their language and customs on other countries.
let me explain with a real life example. i was born in new zealand to two taiwanese parents. i am fluent in english, but mandarin is conversational at best. my friends in taiwan say that i am “so lucky” to speak fluent english, when they are fluent in mandarin and their english level is no worse than my mandarin. they tell me that they want to perfect their english but in the same breath tell me that mandarin isn’t worth perfecting because i have english and that’s “enough”. they also tell me how pretty my white friends are when they see pictures.
this is the type of neo imperialism ideology that they’ve grown up buying into. it honestly hurts and frustrates me that they belittle their own culture like this, honestly believing that the western world is superior. this is the type of neo imperialism ideology that this film (hopefully unintentionally) promotes: white people are better and will save the day.
if they wanted to film a movie about a white women getting back at those who had violated her, why not film it in a western country? if they wanted to film it in taiwan, why not find an asian lead actress?
i do agree that we need more women protagonists in action/superhero movies, but not like this. its not okay that the female lead needs to be kidnapped and have her body cut open without her consent in order to gain her powers, and those said those powers do not make any of this racist bullshit okay.
i am just so tired and angry of poc always being brushed off to the side as either props or villains in mainstream media.
as a poc, it’s so frustrating to see that the of the standard of beauty still white women when we live in multi-cultural societies and a diverse world.
feminism is about equality. a film in which poc are presented as evil and inferior before being killed off by a superior white woman does not promote equality.
About the Lucy movie, people are fucking like “why can’t we just enjoy having a strong female protagonist”
Was sacrificing the dignity of Asians worldwide having to watch their only representation in the movie be slaughtered like pigs completely unnecessarily for the sake of a “strong white female protagonist” really worth it?
The setting of the story is extraordinarily unrealistic anyways, it’s just there seemingly for the “exotic” backdrop factor without any of the producers/directors doing a hint of research…
If you’re thinking along the lines of “well gotta help the white females first”, go fuck yourself. There’s a way to help both white women and POC women see good representation in media, but honestly if you really think releasing this movie is a step in the right direction, you are so very, very wrong.
There will be no help for POC women when this movie is kind of released. It only encourages OOH EXOTIC SETTING WITH WHITE WOMEN KILLING ASIAN GUYS IS BOX OFFICE SUCCESS. LET’S MAKE MORE.
But you don’t care about the Asians, you don’t care about maybe Asian-Americans watching this movie, wondering when on earth we will ever get a chance, wondering if our only role will be getting killed, getting beat down as props, constantly trampled over, submissive.
So you will like Lucy, but at the very least I want you to have that heavy feeling in your stomach, that drop when you see hundreds of asian guys killed like nothing by a white woman, and you will feebly insist “strong… white…. woman protagonist…?”
i don’t even know what universe this is for but you should definitely gu zhuang him.
it’s apparently modern? but it says the clothing has to “incorporate aspects of Eastern Asian culture.”
if I actually did he’d probably end up in a generic scholar costume because he’s such a giant nerd. or the costume of that one imperial physician that always fails to have a solution to the illness.