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Casting announced for Jem and the Holograms. comments on the post are pretty damn stupid, as most are complaining that Shana and Aja are white-washed but express themselves terribly. 

Question: Is it white-washing to cast biracial actors in these roles? Most comments are arguing that the actors chosen are white, when they’re biracial (or multi-ethnic — whichever is most apt).

I do agree that Shana’s skintone was darker in the show than the actor cast and there’s a huge issue with dark skinned actors/models/etc being looked over for lighter counterparts in roles. 

That said, there’s also a massive issue for anyone who is biracial or of a multi-ethnic background where people in other groups say “oh, sorry, you’re not [insert culture/ethnicity/race] enough”. 

Does that mean Aurora Perrineau can only play biracial characters (this seems silly)? Or is the argument that if Shana has darker skin, then the actor cast should reflect that so little girls who have dark skin see themselves in her (this, unlike the comments on that blog post, is a good argument).

If the argument is that Hollywood often casts biracial actors further supporting the idea that anyone without some whiteness in them is an “other”, then I am interested as all hell in the argument. 

If the argument is that Hayley Kiyoko “isn’t Asian enough”, then I think whomever holds this idea has serious issues about identity when it comes to ethnicity. Would having two Japanese parents be enough (she’s mixed, but you gather my point, right?)? Or does she have to speak Japanese too? Would “Asian enough” mean she was born in Japan? Or is it cool if her grandparents moved here before her parents were born?
Aja is described only as “Asian-American”. I am unsure if the show explored her heritage in any way, as the Holograms were all foster kids.

As a pasty white girl with european ancestry, I have no horse in this race and get my understanding of how complex these issues are from women of color that are my friends (note that still doesn’t mean I have a horse in this race — this is not my issue personally, but I want to understand how those that it directly affects feel about it). As intersectionality is fucking important, however, I don’t want good arguments to be undone by dumbass commenters on a blog.

I am so damn happy to not see four white girls cast, as that’d be so untrue to the show, but just because this is progress doesn’t mean they did it perfectly. So #realtalk this one out. 

Do you like the casting choices?
Do you think casting a biracial/multi-ethnic actor is white-washing?
Why are these actors so young and I am now so old?

Speaking as a Mixed Black WOC, I hate these casting choices. Hollywood had an opportunity to really showcase some fresh, young, DIVERSE actresses, but opted out of it by casting almost racially ambiguous girls. This is usually done out of the ‘But not TOO Black (or other race)’ trope, and fully supports the idea of having to be mixed with White in order to be deemed actually attractive while still being ~*exotic*~.

Now, to address the point of bi-/multi-racial people being denied their backgrounds. This really is a thing that happens, and yes, it’s an issue. However, I’d like to point out that depending on how ‘white-passing’ a white-mixed person is, they have many more opportunities for roles and benefits because of how society IDs them. (note, that this can be completely different from how they ID themselves, and also doesn’t usually apply to people not mixed with white, which is a different issue altogether.) I am all for Mixed people (of all shade and mixtures) getting more exposure and screen time, but not like this. Not at the expense of other people, especially other WOC, being denied a chance to see themselves represented in Media.

Shana was originally a darkskinned Black woman that was not only part of a successful band, but also a competent and talented fashion designer. It’s so rare to see such positive things attributed to a black woman, let alone a darkskinned black woman, without her being punished or put in her place in some other manner. We NEED that, and yet, the (now grown) little Black girls that latched onto Shana for dear life because she was the only one that looked like them have essentially been replaced with someone so litebrite that I initially thought she was completely white. That’s damaging, and only further reinforces the message that’s used to beat them down every day. That they aren’t pretty. They aren’t successful. They aren’t happy. They aren’t important.

I’m not East Asian (or any Asian) so I can’t completely speak to situation with Aja, but I can imagine that it’s quite similar, because again, to me at least, the actress immediately ID’d as White.

All in all, a half-assed attempt at token diversity is unacceptable, not progress. We should NEVER have to be satisfied with the crumbs of White Hollywood’s ‘pandering’ to our very existences.

Reblogging this response too. Tumblr app best not screw it up. Thank you for taking the time to clarify.











Your honor, something is amiss here!

As you are probably aware, library materials are labeled with barcodes as well as a number to determine their location on the shelf, as per the Dewey Decimal System. The books just to the left of the manga are labeled, as are the DVDs just in view on the lower shelf. Look even further behind these shelves and you’ll see that even those books are labeled! 

Ladies and gentlemen of the courtroom, I invite you to take a closer look at the volumes that are, allegedly, part of this law library! Something is missing from the spines, isn’t there?


Where are the bar codes?!

This is a blatant contradiction! The OP is lying— these volumes cannot, therefore, be a part of this library at all! I propose that they simply brought these materials in for the sake of the joke!! 

Only focusing on one aspect and not the whole of the issue, are we, Mr. Wright? Typical.

Your honor, if you bring your attention to the books just left of the manga, you’ll notice there’s a book (the second to the left) that also does not have a bar code.

If you examine the picture even closer—particularly the DVDs below—you’ll see that they bear bar codes, but not on the spines. No, they have them on the back and/or front of the DVDs. Of course, this method of labeling and organizing isn’t limited to products of the film industry alone.

Therefore, I’d like to propose that it is entirely possible that the manga books do, in fact, belong to the library!


Wh-WHAAAAT?! You’re kidding!! 

(Shoot, he’s got me there… Better think of something fast! Something about the books that sets them apart from—

…! I’ve got it!)

While that may be true, you’ve also overlooked one critical error: the titles of the books! Whether or not your hypothesis regarding the labeling system is correct, these titles aren’t alphabetized correctly! What kind of self-respecting librarian would misplace such vital books? 

Well, Edgeworth?

While it pains me to have to point out something so obvious, I suppose I’ll make an exception for you, Wright.

Clearly, one look at the titles of the books next to the manga is a tell-all of this certain library’s less-than-stellar organization skills. None of the books are in alphabetical order, I’m afraid.

They could very well be alphabetized by author and not title, but it’s a little difficult to be able to decipher that from this single picture, wouldn’t you say?

Furthermore, the manga books themselves are in numerical order, suggesting some kind of system is in place, albeit not a very good one, if the alphabetizing is off.

At the end of the day, it seems like neither of us can draw a clear conclusion from this evidence alone. Your honor, I strongly suggest a recess in which we could investigate the library itself further.

I see the issue here very clearly.

Due to the uncertain nature of this case, we’ll have to postpone this decision until more decisive evidence can be obtained. The court will now take a 15-minute recess.


(W-wait, but I’m not—)



I’ve got some decisive evidence for you, pal!

We investigated further into the photo. Zooming in, you can see a label on the DVD case to the bottom left.

Photo Close-up added to the court record!

As you can see, pal, you can vaguely see the words “Of Toledo Law Library” on the label!

And, considering possibilities of the rest of that label, “University of Toledo" was the first to come to my mind!

A quick search on the University of Toledo’s Online Law Library Database revealed that there ARE the comics pictured in it!

Miles Edgeworth Ace Attorney Investigations volumes 1-4 and Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney volumes 1-5!

And there’s more! 

The section these comics are filed under is the “Law in Popular Culture" Section, which matches up with the stickers on the rest of the books on that shelf: "Lowering the Bar: Lawyer Jokes & Legal Culture”, “Prime Time Law”, “Lawyers in Your Living Room!" and "Reel Justice: The Courtroom Goes to the Movies”!

Not only is it in the right section, it’s also a documented part of the Law Library’s database!

How’s that for decisive evidence?


"My (far too comfy) Iron Throne Bean Bag"

Now you can sit on the Iron Throne yourself - without the risk of being incredibly uncomfortable, getting cut or dying. Well pixeldragon has made a fantastic tutorial so you too can sit on the iron throne.

Iron Throne Bean Bag

This looks so amazingly comfortable and how you get the back to stand up on it’s own is perfectly clever.


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Imagine stabbing someone with this knife. 

It would instantly cauterize the would, so the person wouldn’t bleed, so it’s not very useful.

if you want information it is

and above, in order, we see a gryffindor, a ravenclaw, and a slytherin

why would you stab a PERSON when you can have TOAST?

There’s the hufflepuff

As they say in the commentary “you will always be left with a cold side of toast.”

(Source: picapixels)

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