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“dutch baroque” i think u mean “a group of people looking at you as if you just personally insulted their mom”
do u ever daydream about decorating ur first apartment bc i do
My hands feel a bit better so I tried to get back into drawing again. TrIED
Anonymous said: honestly curious, why does it offend you?
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EDIT: sorry it says ORANGE 橘子，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.
YES. THANK YOU.
The cabbie scene is part of the reason that I don’t think I’d ever want to see the movie. it just feels wrong.
As a Taiwanese I am used to seeing Asian culture flung around in Western movies as exotic elements that add “spice” to the tone. Most of the time they’re far-off from reality or so mingled with multiple cultures from different countries and time periods, it is just plain ridiculous to an Asian audience like me. Of course I realise it’s impossible to ask a film to be entirely accurate about every single detail, let alone an action film, I can overlook the bizarre vision the filmmakers had for warehouse wall and painted red warnings (They probably saw something like that from some Hong Kong movie, although no one really does that here. In Taiwan there would have been a sign, a banner, anything but writing on interior walls, honestly,) but splattering APPLES and ORANGES about only means that they don’t care. They just want some pretty Chinese words on their wall, that’s all.
Problem is unlike a terrible tattoo of random Traditional Chinese characters that’s just going to be seem by some, and shows nothing but the owner’s cluelessness, this is an international film that’s bound to be seem by tens of thousands of people, and a lot of them do read Traditional Chinese. Even for China audiences that grew up learning Simplified Chinese, recognising the words apple and grape and tomato and whatnot would not be a problem, at all. The scene is basically telling those audiences that their culture and language serve nothing but the simple purpose of adding some oriental flair to the movie.
Back to the shooting cabbie stuff. No, it’s not okay to shoot someone like that on the street because he doesn’t speak English. Yes, it was to show the character Lucy is ruthless and would do anything to get her way, but there are different ways to show that. Ways that are far more inoffensive, and don’t somehow send the message that English is a superior language.
Also, I’ve lived in Taipei all my life, and it’s not a place that you can just fire a gun on the street and walk away. It’s horrendously safe compare to a lot of cities (I walk alone in the middle of the night all the time, and I understand it’s not possible to do that in lots of places,) and that scene makes me feel like they’re saying Taipei is the kind of place that these things just happen. No big deal. Let’s just shoot the driver and move on, no consequence here……
I have so much more on my mind, but not enough energy to organise thoughts into coherent passages, so I’d stop here.