“When I was in school I took a class with Cornel West, who’s this amazing African-American Studies professor, and he would say that in America there’s this sort of racism against Asians where they say, “Oh, you know, they all look alike.” He believed the reason is that Americans don’t take enough time to look. Yet that’s actually proved beneficial because you can play someone who’s Japanese, as you do in Memoirs of a Geisha.”—
Natalie was interviewing Zhang Ziyi for a magazine and Zhang Ziyi was still in the process of learning English. Racism and its effects is a difficult topic to have discourse about, even if you’ve mastered a language. Natalie just wanted to know her opinion on how that works, and how that feels. Zhang Ziyi talks about how she had to work hard to get mannerisms and posture correct.
The question wasn’t racially charged, I don’t think. Natalie could have worded it better, but this was probably the fastest way for Zhang Ziyi to comment on something. In fact, Natalie ends it with a question that Zhang Ziyi uses to bring it full circle.
NP: One last question: What do you think is the biggest misconception people in the U.S. have about China?
ZZ: [both laugh] That we look the same. Or they think a particular Chinese restaurant has such good food, and then I go and try it and say, “That’s not Chinese food—we have much better food than this!” [both laugh]
reading on a kindle? please. that’s not really reading. reading is turning a page made entirely out of human skin. reading is letting the cover crease and letting the horrors of time and space escape and the creases deepen and crack. reading is smelling the ink on the page, made out of blood of the innocent, and letting the memories of the satanic ritual preformed to make such a book of wonders be formed. THAT’S real reading. fuck technology.
i am going 2 wallow in sadness because i have some serious allergies or maybe a cold but my eyes are falling out of my face and i’m sneezing all the time and i’ve gone through like 9000 boxes of tissues
i was hangin out at a baby’s birthday party with thousands of babies (like 15, stop reproducing, family) and my cousin’s baby was like HEY NOELLE YOU’RE MY NEW BEST FRIEND and kept doin weird baby shit at me
i unfortunately don’t know how to interact with babies though, ‘cause they’re confusing little creatures, but they fqn love me
Historically, the Afro American gay male and couple has largely been defined by everyone but themselves. Afro American gay men are ignored into nonexistence in parts of black culture and are basically second class citizens in gay culture. The black church which has historically played a fundamental role in protesting against civil injustices toward its parishioners has been want to deny its gay members their right to live a life free and open without prejudice. Despite public projections of a “rainbow” community living together in harmonious co-habitation, openly active and passive prejudices exist in the larger gay community against gay Afro Americans.
i have a lot of clothes, but not enough space to store them. i don’t wear some of them, but that doesn’t mean i don’t like them and would not miss them if they were gone. rich people never get called hoarders for having massive walk in closets!
i just need more space. i have so many jackets. i just need a whole room for my bulky jackets.
ugh my clothes are either in plastic drawers or piles on my floor because my dresser and closet overfloweth
i am unfortunately a natural born collector and it’s hard for me to part with stuff, although i am getting better at it. but why would i get rid of cute things i will eventually wear!
and this lady was being really talkative, and she was saying how she had bought this set of jeans and a denim jacket and she was like “I THINK SOMEONE STOLE MY JACKET THOUGH” and i was being friendly so i was like oh that sucks i hope you find it, but who would steal a denim jacket from a set out of her house? why would you buy a denim set if you aren’t under 10 years old?
she said she couldn’t just wear the jeans either because who wears just jeans? i always wear double denim personally so i know her pain
“Over the succeeding decade, more than three dozen criminals were put to death in New York by the new, presumably more humane, mode of execution. All were men. That particular gender barrier was broken in March 1899, when a hard-bitten housewife named Martha Place became the first female to be killed in the chair. In the weeks leading up to her electrocution, her case became a cause célèbre. Even while reveling in the lurid details of her crime (Mrs. Place had smothered her seventeen-year-old stepdaughter after flinging sulfuric acid in the girl’s face), the New York Journal—William Randolph Hearst’s wildly sensationalistic “yellow” paper—crusaded for clemency on the grounds of her sex. The effort proved unavailing. Governor Theodore Roosevelt refused to commute her sentence, declaring that, when it came to punishment, female criminals deserved equality with men. On the morning of March 20, 1899, clutching a psalm book and muttering “Lord, save me, Lord, save me,” Mrs. Place was led to the death chair, becoming a pioneer of sorts in the women’s rights movement.”—
The Devil’s Gentleman: Privilege, Poison, and the Trial That Ushered in the Twentieth Century, Harold Schechter
purrfoy said: lol i can’t stand that movie tbh. bowie doesn’t even look particularly attractive in it and there’s so many scenes without him and just jennifer connolley’s eyebrows and then there’s the bit with the dance of the orange puppets good fucking grief
that scene with the dancing singing orange puppets was WEIRD ‘cause i didn’t see it coming and then i was like hey wait when did this start why is this happening AND THEN SHE STARTED TEARING OFF THEIR HEADS, WHAT A JERK
Also, we came up with a lot of interesting theories. One is that all of the goblins in the kingdom are gay, and that Jareth is very supportive of the LGBT community, which is nice, but he also supports kidnapping children to procreate the kingdom which is kind of a dick move tbh. Kidnapping babies is not cool, in poopballz’ opinion.
Another thing is that Sarah is the actual fucking worst. First she yells at a baby for no reason because it allegedly took her teddy bear Lancelot. Then she lets it cry and cry and does an evil chant to the goblin king to take her baby, and then when he does, she acts like a total poop about it. Make up your mind if you want this baby tbh.
Also… we kinda think that the baby is actually her child and not her brother, and to save face her parents have been raising the baby as their own. and he represents her lost youth which is why she resents it so much. This is essentially a pro-life movie that is giving the message not to have a teenage abortion or give your baby to goblins.
things we liked abo0ut it included
david bowie is sparkly
the flamboyant gay pirate beaver with his dog steed
jennifer connely’s hair
especially in the scene where they all had masks and the had sparkly string shit in it. that was nice.
the puppet party at the end
the sexual subtext between sarah and the old man puppet goblin Hoggle
we also have another idea which might be more controversial. jareth is obviously a hoarder. that pile of garbage outside his castle? wtf? why would you have a pile of garbage outside your castle. obviously a hoarder. we think they should call TLC and have Hoarders come and give him help, but it would provide obvious challenges, mainly Jareth’s inability to recognize his problem, and also doing sneaky magic tricks to the 1-800-junk dudes and poisoning them
This has been a joint review by poopballs and borken. It is our best work and probably the best movie review in the history of ever.