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what the fuck how is he putting his arm through the cat and it doesn’t even care

You clearly don’t own a cat

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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: 

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from top to left to right:

KEEP CLEAN 保持清潔,APPLE 蘋果,ONION 洋蔥,GRAPE 葡萄,CHAIR 椅子,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.” 

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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. 

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Regarding Ghibli’s supposed “queerbaiting”…

oh-totoro:

…in the trailer for When Marnie Was There. Please realise that this is a JAPANESE trailer aimed at Japanese people. The trailer is NOT in English, it is NOT intended for western audiences. A lot of westerners have watched a trailer that is not aimed at them, and have applied their western culture and perceptions to it and come up with what appears to be a romantic relationship between Marnie and Anna. Japanese culture is VERY different, and the things you see in the trailer between Marnie and Anna would be considered entirely normal and not the least bit romantic in Japanese culture. So to say that this trailer, that was not made for western viewing, is “queerbaiting” is entirely unfair. Step outside of your own culture for just one moment and realise that this world has many cultures, and many with vastly different perceptions to your own. 

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I am always very supportive of any LGBT media but I can vouch for the fact that this new Ghibli film doesn’t fall into that category, especially having read “When Marnie Was There” as a child. Plus, having spent my year researching how Western perspectives skew the way we interpret manga / anime, I can vouch for this ^ opinion, as we very commonly interpret any kind of “love” within Asian media as immediately erotic or sexual (it’s a long explanation… to do with the Male-Female nature of the West-East relationship).

However— interesting Japanese language theory time! I believe that the misunderstanding has really come from the fact that people have misunderstood the exact nuance of the Japanese “I love you” in the trailer. Those with little knowledge of the Japanese language often fail to interpret finer nuances and get very excited when they believe they “understand” a phrase, actually misinterpreting it completely.

In Japanese, Anna says mochiron yo! yurushite ageru… anata ga suki yo! (“Of course I forgive you! I love you!”) which could, if just reading the sentence like that, be seen as a declaration of love. However, the emphasis in the phrase is on the final emphatic particle yo (which is actually used twice). To my ears, the emphasis here means that what she’s doing is not declaring a romantic love, but asserting to Marnie that she forgives her because she loves her. It’s hard for me to explain, but for me it denotes that she loves Marnie in the same manner that you “love” friends or “love” your sibling rather than declaring romantic feelings. Emphasis on the end of the word suki (suKI) would be more indicative of romance, to me. Japanese is a context-heavy language, and if you’re reading subtitles and not the subtext, so to speak, these nuances will pass you by.

Another good example is the Japanese word for “you”— anata, omae, kimi or its various equivalents. In Japanese, it’s incredibly rude to ever refer to someone as “you” (a mistake that a lot of textbooks make—when you address someone, you use their name followed by the appropriate honorific) and it can appear as highly confrontational if used incorrectly. However, when said among friends, it’s seen as ‘banter’, so to speak, but when said amongst family members or very close friends it has a more colloquial, informal feel.

I hope this sheds some light on the misunderstanding. ^^

(Bolding is my emphasis.) Thank you so much for bringing up this point. I really think they should have found a different translation for that line.

I’ve seen more people upset at those who may be upset about queerbaiting than people who are actually upset about queerbaiting. I’ve seen more people go “wow I’m ashamed to be lgbt on tumblr” or some stuff like that. 

& honestly? Yeah, this film honestly got my hopes up so much. This story could have represented me, but then I was told, no, I was silly to think that it did. How is that response not going to make me feel upset? I think it’s reasonable to feel dejected, & really wish people would understand that.

No, it may not be queerbaiting in a different culture, but to people who don’t understand the Japanese language (considering the translation of “I love you!”), it was all too easy to see this as a romance as opposed to a close friendship. Also, please consider the way Anna leans into Marnie, blushing, the way she focuses on how beautiful Marnie is, how she draws her & blushes, embarrassed when Marnie sees, the way Marnie protectively covers Anna in a shawl, the way they take a nighttime ride on a small boat, which is something, at least in Western culture, used to represent a romantic couple. All these things combined sparked hope that these two could be a romantic couple. I think this is reasonable. 

The response to the dejected lgbt-goers shouldn’t be “how close-minded of you” imo. 

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