I like it a lot, unfortunately it’s a pretty typical white savior plot which is a shame and could’ve been avoided but didn’t. Movie-wise, I wish the Capitol flag was red white and blue and I wish the Capitol’s aesthetic was more neoclassical and less obviously a dig at “Communist Dictatorship” or whatever (I did notice that in Catching Fire the president’s house was basically the white house and the buildings were more flashy and glassy in the cities). I did like the left-populism of it, workers versus decadent exploiters, I just wish it was more explicit.
I generally don’t like dystopia narratives at all, I think they’re inappropriate and misguided because they tend to gloss over the fact that we live in a dystopia right now, like as we speak. 19,000,000 people starved to death last year and will probably starve to death again this year while Amazon.com sends drones to deliver things to rich people in half an hour. Stem cell research is illegal for some reason and abortion is still a debate and there are single human beings with billions of dollars while homelessness still exists. This is a dystopia. The world we live in right now is unbelievably horrifying and must at all costs be destroyed from the ground up. We’re hurtling towards climate disasters that are going to be apocalyptic in scale and are at this point unavoidable. The president of our country makes televised jokes about how he kills children with robots and the youth love him and wear t-shirts of him.
Dystopia narratives are like, “yeah, but what if Big Government goes Out of Control?” like wow, horrifying idea there.
hello!! i know this may be kind of a long shot but i remember once reading something about south asians being excluded from being considered asian + how this ties into orientalism and i can’t remember where i got it from and it would be really useful for the paper i’m writing right now so if anyone knows what i’m talking about, hmu please. i will repay you in a billion virtual kisses. or whatever
“Women aged 15-44 are more likely to be maimed or die from male violence than cancer, traffic accidents, and war combined.”—Feminist talk at Students For Liberty’s 2013 Austin Regional Conference and why feminism is not outdated (via cuntcastle)
that Lily Allen video is a hot mess and I can already hear the resounding clatter of the liberal white feminists as they fall over themselves to talk about how incisive and right-on it is (Caitlin Moran is already gushing about it on Twitter, as is my boring pseudo-feminist pal from uni)
-she thinks she can name a song after a Three 6 Mafia classic then go on to mock the aesthetics pimp rap was built on -the line ‘I won’t be bragging bout my cars, or talking bout my chains/don’t need to shake my arse for you cos I’ve got a brain’ means she can join Lorde and Macklemore in the bin for White People In 2013 Who’ve Written Songs That Condemn and/or Parody Materialism In Hip-Hop As Though They Have Any Right To (and as though there aren’t deep-rooted historical reasons as to why lots of rap music revels in opulent wealth). gimme goofy, endlessly loveable 2Chainz snarling BOUGHT A NEW CRIB JUST TO FUCK YOU IN over this puritanical shite anyday -if she wanted to specifically satire Blurred Lines, the BAGGY PUSSY balloons and the ‘have you thought about your butt, who’s gonna tear it in two’ line would have sufficed -metatextually using black women as props is STILL using black women as props -feels like a lot of the choreography explicitly mirrors that of the Pour it Up video. so we have Lily getting on her high horse about a video that is 1000000000x more empowering than hers could ever dream of being. the Pour It Up dancers getting to exhibit their athleticism free of any male gaze vs Hard Out Here’s cheap shots at twerking while Generic Old White Dude directs
anyway this feels like when Kate Nash decided feminism would be the best way to market her music while trotting about in a bindi and writing songs like ‘I’m A Feminist, You’re Still A Whore’