So, I’m currently a little stalled on my next blog post, “Are Cartoons Just For Kids?” (I’m sure you know what my answer is). Therefore, I thought I’d introduce some updates.
First, I mentioned in my “Struggles With Representation Part 1: Race” that many fans of established characters often have issues accepting a white character being made a minority. For some people this is still true, as tumblr. (I know, they’re probably all 10-year-olds who lied about their age) got into a little tizzy recently about some very popular fancasting for Wonder Woman:
Awwww, their outfits are matching colors!
NOTE: There will be some more graphic images/descriptions in this piece as it will be briefly covering violence towards women in comics.
So, if anyone’s been reading DC Comic’s New 52 Justice League, they may have noticed this cover. That’s right! Superman and Wonder Woman are together. Isn’t it just great? At least in this moment, earth’s most powerful man and woman finding love in the only other person on the planet who truly understands what it is to be them.
[Edit: I totally forgot to mention there is an upcoming Superman/Wonder Woman series coming out.]
I hate this pairing.
“You hate this pairing?” you say, dear Readers, “But you just wrote a post all about the good things that come from shipping! Why can’t I ship Kal and Diana if I want to?”
Well, you adorable little scamp, I don’t so much mind you shipping them or other people seeing the potential for romance between these two. My problem is mostly with how this relationship tends to be portrayed in comics for what it does to Lois Lane, Wonder Woman, and Superman. Continue reading
You know, I’m always baffled by people who believe there are no girls in fandom, because one aspect of fandom was made very visible to me from the moment I first stuck my 13-year-old toe in: shipping.
If you’ve ever spent a lot of time around fan fiction, fan art, or tumblr., you’re probably familiar with the concept of shipping, which I also briefly covered in an earlier post. In that post, I gave the Wikipedia definition of shipping, but there’s also this definition from Urban Dictionary:
The act of pairing any two characters together. Lonely people do this to try to suppress their own loneliness. It usually leads to making terrible fan art.
So, is this a fair criticism? Is shipping a pathetic symptom of loneliness that leads to a plague of bad fan art? Well…in some cases it could be, but I really don’t know enough about the personal lives of shippers to make a judgement on this. Continue reading
The pre-Merida lineup of “Disney Princesses”
Let me begin this post with a note. I know representation is tricky. For a really good perspective on the challenges of choosing to represent non-white/straight/male characters, check out this blog post by Lindsay Ellis AKA Nostalgia Chick.
That being said, I hate that Disney made Mulan a “Disney Princess,” and not just because the character is in no way a princess. You see, Mulan holds a very special place in my heart, and Disney decided to rip that special place out of my chest, examine it, and then shred it to pieces because it didn’t fit their marketing strategy.
Edit: For the sake of this post, I’m only discussing Mulan and company as female characters. Disney’s issues with race and non-American cultures is another issue. Continue reading
Depp as “Tonto” in The Lone Ranger
Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about representations of race in media. This is partly because I personally cringe every time I see a commercial for The Lone Ranger with Johnny Depp as Tonto, but I know there aren’t wide-spread protests about it, and many Native Americans seem fine with his representation (though others do find it offensive). So, I find myself asking, “Is it okay for me to be offended as a non-member of the minority being represented? Am I just showing my liberal white guilt when my first reaction to Johnny Depp Johnny-Depping it up as Tonto is to smack my forehead and ask how anyone thought this was a good idea?” I’m not sure I have the answer, hence why I ask the question.
Another reason racial representation has been on my mind lately, especially as it pertains to fandom, is due to representations, and the reactions to those representations, of my favorite character from one of my favorite shows, Young Justice (RIP). This character, Artemis Crock, was half-Vietnamese with naturally blonde hair. Largely due to this unusual genetic combination, representations of this character, both in the companion comic and fan art are constantly being criticized as “whitewashing” the character, even if the artist makes a clear attempt to show Vietnamese facial features. Seriously, it seems there are some users on tumblr whose only occupations are seeking out representations of this character and arguing whether or not they’re offensive.
Now, changing representations of established characters is something I covered in my last post about “adaption rage.” But, I’ll be expanding on it here. Continue reading