in the entire history of avatar the last airbender and the legend of korra, only two episodes have ever had non-standard title cards
But…clearly Spongebob Squarepants is the better show.
Clearly, it’s what the viewers would rather see.
*Sadly shakes head*
Alas. Maybe if Bryke had created more ingenious episodes like ‘One Coarse Meal’, ‘A Pal For Gary’, ‘Squid Baby’, and ‘The Splinter’, they could have gotten higher ratings.
Because clearly, Legend of Korra doesn’t have enough ratings.
It just can’t compete.
Absolutely love Shonda Rhimes—and the person she is responding to is homophobic—but as a bisexual person, I disagree with this. There ARE “gay scenes,” and they stick out because there are so few of them on TV. We (queer people) aren’t “just people too.” No. Queer people are not the same as straight people, and queer scenes on TV are not the same as straight scenes on TV. Visibility is important, and it’s necessary to recognize and highlight those directors/writers/executive producers (like Shonda Rhimes) who are helping make LGBTQ more visible. Erasing the difference between scenes with hetero sex & romance and scenes with queer sex & romance downplays the importance of depicting queer sex & romance. If we’re all just “people,” why even bother representing gay people at all?
This is a really good point and one I hadn’t thought of before posting. I think Shonda’s follow up responses do a good job of clarifying that there’s nothing wrong with gay scenes but “they’re just people, not gay people” is definitely a form of erasure, similar to, “I don’t see color”, no matter how well intentioned. Thanks to all who chimed in and brought this to my attention. The learnings never cease!
ps. the original Upworthy post has been edited to reflect this info ;)
THIS IS MY FAVORITE.
Come on guys, keep pushing this!!
This is so important!
With all the heat Anita Sarkeesian gets for her Tropes series, you’d think it was a new topic, but Gene Siskel & Roger Ebert had a discussion on a similar theme when they were talking about the influx of slasher movies on their show in 1980.
34 years later and this is STILL relevant
I used to watch Siskel and Ebert all the time. They had a lot to do with teaching me to appreciate movies - as well as shaping my stance on ethical issues like this.
It saddens me all this time has passed and not much has changed. But I am also thankful they got through to me at such a young age. To me, it’s proof that talking about important issues is worth it. Some of us will eventually get it.
Toto, we’re home. Home! And this is my room, and you’re all here. And I’m not gonna leave here ever, ever again, because I love you all
As I’m walking through Target with my little sister, the kid somehow manages to convince me to take a trip down the doll aisle. I know the type - brands that preach diversity through displays of nine different variations of white and maybe a black girl if you’re lucky enough. What I instead found as soon as I turned into the aisle were these two boxes.
The girl on the left is Shola, an Afghani girl from Kabul with war-torn eyes. Her biography on the inside flap tells us that “her country has been at war since before she was born”, and all she has left of her family is her older sister. They’re part of a circus, the one source of light in their lives, and they read the Qur’an. She wears a hijab.
The girl on the right is Nahji, a ten-year-old Indian girl from Assam, where “young girls are forced to work and get married at a very early age”. Nahji is smart, admirable, extremely studious. She teaches her fellow girls to believe in themselves. In the left side of her nose, as tradition mandates, she has a piercing. On her right hand is a henna tattoo.
As a Pakistani girl growing up in post-9/11 America, this is so important to me. The closest thing we had to these back in my day were “customizable” American Girl dolls, who were very strictly white or black. My eyes are green, my hair was black, and my skin is brown, and I couldn’t find my reflection in any of those girls. Yet I settled, just like I settled for the terrorist jokes boys would throw at me, like I settled for the butchered pronunciations of names of mine and my friends’ countries. I settled for a white doll, who at least had my eyes if nothing else, and I named her Rabeea and loved her. But I still couldn’t completely connect to her.
My little sister, who had been the one to push me down the aisle in the first place, stopped to stare with me at the girls. And then the words, “Maybe they can be my American Girls,” slipped out of her mouth. This young girl, barely represented in today’s society, finally found a doll that looks like her, that wears the weird headscarf that her grandma does and still manages to look beautiful.
I turned the dolls’ boxes around and snapped a picture of the back of Nahji’s. There are more that I didn’t see in the store; a Belarusian, an Ethiopian, a Brazilian, a Laotian, a Native American, a Mexican. And more.
These are Hearts 4 Hearts dolls, and while they haven’t yet reached all parts of the world (I think they have yet to come out with an East Asian girl), they need all the support they can get so we can have a beautiful doll for every beautiful young girl, so we can give them what our generation never had.
Please don’t let this die. If you know a young girl, get her one. I know I’m buying Shola and Nahji for my little sister’s next birthday, because she needs a doll with beautiful brown skin like hers, a doll who wears a hijab like our older sister, a doll who wears real henna, not the blue shit white girls get at the beach.
The Hearts 4 Hearts girls are so important. Don’t overlook them. Don’t underestimate them. These can be the future if we let them.
You can read more about the dolls here: http://www.playmatestoys.com/brands/hearts-for-hearts-girls
you were either a winx
or a w.i.t.c.h
this makes me feel old.
I was totally a spy
i was aLL THREE
was this the old superwholock?
THIS IS THE OLD SUPERWHOLOCK
All three heck yes!
the old superwholock? Nah these shows all have examples of POC and well written diverse woman who do not rely on men to build their character
Last Night in Ferguson (10.21.14): A state senator was arrested (and mama may have been legally packing), one of the lead organizers, nettaaaaaaaa, was roughed up by police, and one of the main sources of footage/live feeds, Rebel Z, was detained in what seems to have been an intimidation and straight up harassment tactic. The police are out of control, and it’s only getting worse. If you think this is over, you need to look again. #staywoke #farfromover
Ferguson is still happening. Are you still paying attention?
The Cosby Show, what has long been considered the greatest black sitcom of all time, celebrates its 30th anniversary in two weeks. That the show’s legendary run is marked by a return to a more diverse television landscape this fall seems fitting: NBC, ABC, and FOX, along with other networks, will debut a variety of shows that cast minority actors in lead roles (several are women of color). This push for more nuanced programming brings to mind the 1990s, a decade known for its rich portrayal of black life through shows like Living Single and Roc. Here, a completely indisputable ranking of black sitcoms that aired between 1990 and 1999.
See the rest of the list here.
Blessed to remember these