Mndsgn - Mt Hoodie
BINKBEATS covers Lapalux’s “Without You”.
Another incredibly dope video. If you haven’t already seen his other two videos, I recommend checking them out. Thanks to this video, I think I’m gonna look into Lapalux’s music.
Michael B. Jordan aka Wallace from “The Wire” aka Pharrell’s Lost Son is rumoured to play The Human Torch in “Fantastic Four Reborn”.
As you can imagine, once again, the ignorance comes flying left and right and people are complaining about a black actor playing a character previously portrayed as white.
The Human Torch is not The Human Torch because he is white, The Human Torch is The Human Torch because he is a human torch. I haven’t read much of the comics, but I doubt there’s a panel in which he says “God, I’m so glad to be white, I don’t think I could be a human torch otherwise!”. The only situation something like this should be an issue is if the character has traits that specifically and explicitly involve race.
It makes no sense for a group of black actors to play Klu Klux Klan members, or a jewish man to play Adolf Hitler. Similarly, it makes no sense for a white woman to play Cleopatra, or a white man to play an asian landlord, or Benedict Cumberbatch to play Khan, a character that is supposed to be the ultimate combination of races. Sadly, the latter half of that statement are all true examples of whitewashing. There’s uproar and death threats if Donald Glover has a chance at being Spiderman, or Idris Elba would like to be James Bond, or Samuel L Jackson plays Nick Fury, or Halle Berry plays Catwoman, but when people call out the whitewashing in Hollywood, nobody seems to pay attention and they’re dismissed as irrelevant grippings.
White people shouldn’t portray the characters in Avatar because the entire series, the monks, the temples, the samurai’s, the spirits, it’s all based off Asian culture. Zoe Saldana shouldn’t portray Nina Simone because Nina’s story is one of prejudice against her looks and skin tone, while Zoe is not only too conventionally attractive, but also lacks the skin tone to portray Nina Simone. It’s insulting to believe that lifelong racial prejudice is something as easily experienced or understood as putting on makeup to darken your skin tone. They could be more true and cast a conventionally unattractive black woman, but Zoe Saldana looks far more appealing in posters. Benedict Cumberbatch should not play Khan because if you did mix all the ethnicities in the world, which is the very premise of his entire character, there is no way in hell that you would come out with a white Anglo-Saxon. A white man and a black woman would not conceive a white child, so I don’t see how genetically engineering the ultimate human being from all the races in the world would produce a white man. It’s even more outrageous considering he was originally from India. It’s literally a regressive move. The least they could do is cast someone remotely racially ambiguous.
Whitewashing exists because the film industry doesn’t believe that anything other than white people will have great enough appeal, and it means that PoC have few opportunities for major leading roles, aside from the usual stereotypical role. PoC have been taking the initiative and taking power into their own hands by creating their own industry and writing their own films and creating more opportunities to cast their own people. However, I feel like a lot of the time these films don’t travel far outside of their own community or culture. They don’t get the same worldwide exposure or recognition or success that whitewashed Hollywood does. In any case, I don’t believe that should be the only way that PoC should find work in the film industry. There should be a balance of opportunities for all races and characters. This is yet another industry held back by bigotry and complacency in positions of power. I don’t know how to finish this point without sounding like a Disney movie (irony), so I’ll just end this here.
Ayo Daenerys is getting brave. She’s gonna get her metaphorical weave snatched, I just know it. I realised I recognise army leader guy from Adulthood. It feels really great seeing familiar british actors on such a large scale tv show. Brienne and Jaime’s relationship might be surpassing Arya and Tywin’s as my favourite of the series.
God, Barry is so cruel to Theon. I think maybe he is a Stark bannerman son or whatever, just based off of his reaction. Plus, his father was kind of a vengeful foolhardy man. Either that, or he’s just really good at lying. I know he said he was lying about Theon being right, but it could just be him covering his tracks/having an excuse for more torture.
P.S. I was soo sad and angry that they dressed Brienne up like that to mock and ridicule her. I respect and appreciate her so much. I feel like I’m more inspired by strong woman than I am men just because they have to prove themselves to be so much stronger in the face of adversity through stereotyping and patriarchy.
Still trying to figure out what to use this blog for. That’s a lie, I know what I want to use it for, I’ve just lost the time and patience lately to finish typing the kind of posts I want on this blog. Mostly because I’m spending more time typing whatever nonsense I feel like quickly and effortlessly on the other one that taking time out and actually structuring my more complex thoughts feels tedious.
Today being Sunday here. I’m still kinda processing it all. This game is probably my (and the entire gaming industry’s) most eagerly anticipated game of this year. I’ve kept away from most trailers and gameplay videos. Hopefully it’ll be something different to what was shown at E3 (Still hate God of War for doing that every year), but if it is, I heard it’s something that can be played through in many ways. It’ll apparently be different to the one included with God of War: Ascension, which is good. Maybe they’ll even be a chance to try the multiplayer mode. I was a little against the idea, but knowing Naughty Dog, I’m sure they’ll make it worthwhile.
I’m really interested in how interactive the controls will be. I remember that being one of my first thoughts when the game debuted at E3 2012. Usually it’s easy to tell when a player presses a button, but it felt less obvious here. The camera in the fight scenes made it look scripted, but at the same time, it all felt really dynamic. That was really refreshing. It makes combat feel.. I dunno. Your input and your movements give the game a real sense of direction, and you feel it. You’re creating your own path rather than fighting in a preconceived structured environment, and that’s a really good feature for an adventure/survival game to have.
Anyway, the game will be visually stunning of course, and hopefully I’ll get to take photos and record and yeah. I am excite.
Devonwho - Teller
Only a couple out right now, but they’ll be many more as the months progress. I’m about to play Brian Eno’s, then Rakim’s. They seemed to have skipped 2012 though. I honestly can’t tell you how happy I am these are up now. I’ve been waiting forever for new ones ever since watching Erykah Badu’s lecture, amongst others. God willing, I’ll attend the academy one summer while at university.
It’s mostly irrelevant text posts and crude humour.
16 MARCH, 2013
Flying Lotus - SDS (Instrumental)