sourcedumal:

I need more fat black women in fantasy settings being loved, cherished and adored.

I want fat black witches and their incubi lovers.

I want fat black queens ruling

I want fat black women warriors kicking ass

I want fat black women in romantic comedy shows and movies

I want fat black women in noir pieces

I want fat black women in space

I want all the fat black women in all the things

(via sourcedumal)

lilbijou:

dynastylnoire:

allerasphinx:

i just now learned that apparently a native american actress auditioned for tigerlily and was told that they weren’t looking for a native american actor for the role.

i

am

eta:

image

wow

I will shit….yes

Shit on everyone

Context: Native representation in film hovers steady at 0%

0%

0%

"I’m sure the best actor for the part got the role"

ZERO. FUCKING. PERCENT.

(via yungmeduseld)

fjordfish:

imzack:

Fandom: Hey, that character seems like they could be autistic.

TV writers: Well-spotted! We made them ambiguously autistic but we’ll never confirm it one way or the other!

Fandom: Um, why?

TV writers: Doy, because then we’d have to do research to portray it accurately and shit!

Fandom:… is that really that much of a hassle?

Dan Harmon is autistic? I haven’t kept up with community but I vaguely remember someone with production/writers saying that abed wasn’t autistic?
I definitely want to watch it again though.

No, everyone knows he’s autistic. It’s acknowledged. Dan Harmon ended up getting diagnosed doing research for Abed’s character.

Abed is an autistic character, who wasn’t diagnosed as a child. He’s an adult who didn’t have a paper diagnosis at the beginning of the show, who may or may not have gotten a paper diagnosis since then. It even documents Abed looking into the possibility that he has a developmental disorder (the exact words used) during the first and second seasons, and references to his disability both in plotlines, snarky references (“on the spectrum? none of your business!”) and meeting other autistics who use words like “neurotypicals”. In this deleted scene from the first season, You see a drunken Abed (who doesn’t usually drink because he’s Muslim) crawling and saying, "I’m a Newton in a world of figs. I’m…high-functioning."

Actually, if anyone has any doubt whatsoever, watch this video compilation of Abed clips from season 2.

imzack:

Fandom: Hey, that character seems like they could be autistic.

TV writers: Well-spotted! We made them ambiguously autistic but we’ll never confirm it one way or the other!

Fandom: Um, why?

TV writers: Doy, because then we’d have to do research to portray it accurately and shit!

Fandom:… is that really that much of a hassle?

TV writers: OMG YES! Why would writers do research?

Fandom: Maybe you should hire some autistic writers, then?

TV writers: image

Which is why I’m so happy about Abed Nadir from Community. Canonically autistic character written by an autistic (Dan Harmon).

(via goldenheartedrose)

danteogodofsoup:

theysayimpsychodiaries:

marrymepizza:

Chimamanda Adichie - The Danger of a Single Story (TED Talks 2009)

Tell me again, what did you say about representation not being important?

Both fascinating and scary…

(Source: firstenchanters, via blue-author)

goldenheartedrose:

justthebsides:

thebigbadwerewolf:

silversarcasm:

snark-sniper:

mrakato:

silversarcasm:

disabled princesses and disabled superheroes are so important where the fuck are they

image

This is Toph. She is not disabled. She is awesome. Try again.

That is Toph. She IS disabled. She is also awesome. The two are not mutually exclusive. 

roasted

Toph cannot see, yes. However, her “disability” allows her to see other ways most cannot. She seems pretty able to me. I only wish I had her ability.

"She seems pretty able to me". Wow. Surprise! Disabled people can do things, sometimes things that abled people cannot! I know, shocker! And even so, we are still disabled. How about we not erase a character’s disability because you think she’s so awesome? Because she can definitely be both awesome and disabled.

In case anyone needed a fucking textbook example on how disability=tragedy by definition narratives in popular media affect attitudes toward actual disabled people.

muhbones:

'then write one' is such a fucking shitty response to the desire for more representation in media

guess what? i write shit that i want to see in media all of the goddamn time

and eight thousand fucking notes on my post is proof i am not alone in this desire

people create these things all of the time

but they are kept quiet, their voices are taken and modified for the status quo

don’t ask us ‘to write one’

ask about what happened after we did and why you’ve never heard of it

(Source: asealuponyourarm, via hexgoddess)

"

The analysis reveals that young people view their identities as complex, contradictory and diverse, and demonstrate a reflexive awareness of their own sense of self as a phenomenon which is personally constructed, continually revised and displayed to others.

The study highlights the importance of role models, and how individuals understand their own identities, more strongly than previous studies of young people and the media.

It suggests that the media functions as a resource young people use to conceptualise and formulate their present identities, as well as articulate possible future selves.

"

Young People, Identity, and the Media; Fatima Awan. PhD research project, 2007. Abstract.

What this means is what we can see in this image:

image

[a photo of Merlin tv show actress Angel Coulby side-by-side with a photo of a very young girl wearing a similar Europe medieval-style gown, who resembles her in hair and features]

Everyone deserves to be able to envision themselves clearly, in fantasies and escapism, in the past, the present, and the future.

Medievalpoc articles tagged “representation”.

(via medievalpoc)

Why representation of POC is important, a three generation trillogy

whtbout2ndbrkfst:

A young black girl decided to not bleach her skin after seeing the success of Lupita Nyong’o.

Lupita Nyong’o was inspired to be an actress after seeing Oprah Winfrey and Whoopi Goldberg in The Color Purple.

Whoopi Goldberg realized she could BE an actress after seeing Nichelle Nichols in Star Trek

(via curiousgeorgiana)

peaceloveandafropuffs:

The movies I made, I wasn’t even trying to make them diverse. It’s just when you’re a filmmaker of any ethnicity, you’re going to write from your own experience. So all my scripts started with “Hispanic character…” then I’d be like, “Oh, gosh, now I have to find an actor to play this,” and then I’d find there were no actors in Hollywood. It was puzzling.

When I was doing “Spy Kids,” the Weinsteins asked me — not that they were being jerks at all, they were just wondering — "Why are you making the characters Hispanic? It doesn’t make any sense, isn’t this supposed to be for everybody?" “Well, it’s based on my family.”

They’d just never seen it. Hollywood is very much… no one wants to do it first, because what if they screw up? If someone else does it first and it’s successful, then that’s something we can imitate. It just makes business sense for people not to constantly be putting themselves out there.

[Weinstein] said that, and it really put me on the spot to come up with a reason. “Why not just give them American names? It’s America, it will confuse people.” I said “They are American — they’re based on my family, so they’re Hispanic, but they’re going to be speaking in English. It’s going to be for everybody.” But no one had done it before, so there was nothing to point to.

"But why?” They couldn’t understand why I was doing it that way, and I couldn’t come up with a good answer. And I realized, wow, if I wasn’t Hispanic, I would have folded, I would have changed the name. That’s why there weren’t more scripts like that. Somebody would have asked them at some point “Why are you doing it that way?”

Finally, I came up with the right answer. I said “You don’t have to be British to watch James Bond. Making him British actually makes him more universal because it makes him very specific.” And they were like, okay, that makes sense. And we did it, and “Spy Kids” was a big hit. And those who were Hispanic, it really meant a lot to them. People have come up to me for a lot of years since and said “You changed my kids’ whole life. They see little kids who are Hispanic that are spies and they saw your name as the writer and director and you changed their idea of what their future could be.” The ripple effects of that one movie were enormous.

(via poc-creators)