There is every reason in the world to get legitimately angry about yet another movie that is going to contribute to a world in which PoC children, (You know, the children who are going to see this “fucking animation movie for families” ?) are going to grow up hardly ever seeing themselves positively reflected in the cultural narrative. They will hardly ever see themselves get to be the hero, they will time and time again see themeselves completely missing or cast as shallow stereotypes instead of fully realized human beings. They will read books with PoC heroes only to see them changed to white in the movie version nine times out of ten.
THAT WILL HARM THEM.
And their white peers will grow up soaking in the same media world where PoC hardly ever appear and when they do they will only appear as sidekicks or shallow stereotypes. And they will form ideas about PoC based on the hundreds of hours of media they consume, and—especially if they live in an otherwise non-diverse area, the notions they form are going to have real effects on how they behave towards PoC in the real world.
THAT WILL HARM PEOPLE. So no, Christ, we cannot just forget this. The only reason you think it’s acceptable to ignore this is because it’s not actively harming YOU, and you don’t apparently give a damn how much harm it causes to other people, who are after all, not you, and not white, and therefore apparently not important in your estimation to rate actually caring.
— Somewhere It Hides a Well… responds to the ol’ “THIS IS FUCKING ANIMATION MOVIE FOR FAMILIES AND SHIT? NO ONE SHOULD GET LEGITIMATELY PISSED ABOUT THIS JESUS CHRIST” argument quoted from another poster. (via racebending)
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