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- 06/29/14--14:33: POLITICAL CORRECTNESS IN GEEKDOM IS STUPID. [UPDATE: I received...
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POLITICAL CORRECTNESS IN GEEKDOM IS STUPID.
[UPDATE: I received several passionate emails and messages from people on both sides of the fence on this issue. Made some edits to clarify some points that a few people misenterprited, but I think the overall takeaway is this: it really bums me out that people feel that every race and gender needs their own version of something just so that they can relate to it. Maybe I’m just a weirdo hippy for not seeing people as black, white, male, female, or whatever. I see people as people. No color, no gender, no sexual identity, just people. So whenever I hear someone diss on a company for only having white dudes on stage at their conference, or rag on a movie for having an all-male cast, it just seems very petty and offensive in its own right. I’m all for diversity and embrace it openly, but that doesn’t make it right for people to blast companies with hateful messages and put them down just because they don’t feel represented. Walls separate people, José.]
This is something that’s been bothering me a lot lately. Every time a cool new video game, movie, comic book, or whatever else is released, there’s an army of haters complaining that it doesn’t cater to them. It’s come to the point where companies are specifically creating new properties FOR THE SOLE PURPOSE of political correctness/diversity/whatever instead of creating new properties for the purpose of being awesome.
Even during this year’s E3 my Twitter feed was so full of people bitching about most of the presenters being white males. Who cares!? You want to talk about minorities? I’m a non-spanish-speaking Puerto Rican born in the south and raised in Amish country so I pretty much don’t fit in ANYWHERE! Do you think I whine every time a movie is released with a white cast or every time a video game company doesn’t put more non-spanish-speaking dudes with beer guts and piercings on stage during their conferences? If you’re busy keeping tally of all the races and genders instead of focusing on the games being shown, maybe you should take a deep breath and count to 10 or something.
Why can’t creators just make nice things for the sake of making nice things? Why does there have to a be a checklist? “Okay, this story is amazing, but it needs more girls and toss in a black guy or two.” Is it that hard for people to relate to characters that are different races and genders?
Want more strong females in your comics? Make your own!
Want a story with a minority as the lead character? Make your own!
And if you don’t have a creative bone in your body to make your own suff, the worst thing you can do is send angry Tweets and emails to studios demanding that they cater to your self-absorbed needs. If you feel like you ABSOLUTELY NEED to get your dire message across to them, at least be a polite human being about it. But really, turning non-issues into huge protests about feminism/minority/sexual identity representation in works of fiction isn’t the sort of thing you should really be getting worked up over, and if you do, maybe you should find some new hobbies? Maybe take a writing/drawing/video game programming class to make your own damn race/gender-specific stories.
Every time someone complains about a lack of (insert race/gender/sexual orientation here) representation in media, what they’re really saying is “Hey, can we build more walls to keep this separate group satisfied?” And if Vonage commercials have taught me anything, it’s that "Walls separate people, José." For real. I’m a brown dude and can relate to any character in fiction whether it’s boy, girl, black, white, human, alien, Hobbit, or whatever. All that matters for me is a good story with good characters.
Back in the day I got made fun of for watching Sailor Moon because “it was a girl show.” Walls separate people, José! Don’t look at it as girl shows and guy shows and white shows and black shows. There’s good shows and bad shows (and some okay shows). THAT’S IT. Every time I hear people complain about lack of representation, it feels like they’re asking for their own water fountains and bathrooms to be built so they don’t have to share with people different than them. It’s like there’s there’s this weird anti-white male stigma in the air. And it smells.
I grew up drawing my own comics and creating my own characters and stories and guess what? Most of my lead characters were white!!! Want to know why? Because my curly-ass hispanic hair was hard for me to draw at the time and because I just didn’t care about race because PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE. I also came up with a buttload of strong female characters. Not because I felt that they were under-represented in fiction or because that’s what the focus group wanted, but because I was 13 and that’s just what I felt like creating. No thinking, just creating. Creativity needs freedom to breathe, not boundaries. People are people, not demographics.
Why can’t people just be people? Why’s everyone need to get all worked up about dumb stuff? Can’t we go back to when being a geek just meant having fun and indulging in our passions without being so jaded and cynical about everything? Instead of ripping apart the stuff you hate, just look for new stuff. There’s plenty of creators doing some AMAZING work just because they want to, not because they feel like they need to appeal to a certain race or gender. (Check out the comics Lumberjanes, Rat Queens,and Saga for strong female roles and racially diverse casts. Seriously, they’re awesome.)
Next time you come down on any form of art or entertainment just because it doesn’t represent a broader diversity of people, remember this: YOU ARE ENTITLED TO NOTHING. Artists create for themselves. They don’t owe you shit.
And besides, at the end of the day, it’s all just make believe. Stop taking it so seriously and just go back to having fun.
(top pic via C-Section Comics)
Lord Zedd, the self-proclaimed "Emperor of Evil", is being brought back to life in Bandai of America's 5-inch Power Rangers Legacy line and will on sale at the Entertainment Earth booth (#2343) during SDCC. For those who can't make it to the con, Lord Zedd will also be available to order from the Toys "R" Us site starting July 24th.
While I'm sure that a lot of fans may prefer that a different Bandai would produce this character for a different line (despite being a U.S.-only character), it's still really awesome that we're getting him at all. Sure, he's not going to be as joint-y as a SHF, but the sculpting looks decent enough and he's about the right size to stand SHF Power Ranger figures.
Although the American Toys "R" Us site has yet to specify a price, the Canadian counterpart has him listed for CAD$17 so I'd guess that he'll probably go for around US$20 or US$25 (because, even though the Canadian Dollar is only worth 94 cents to the American dollar, Toys "R" Us enjoys gouging Americans). Another interesting side-note is that the Canadian TRU site currently has him listed for a July 1st release.
Given that the 1989 movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are also on that list of SDCC items, I suspect that it might be a matter of Lord Zedd being released first at SDCC before getting a wider release (unless the movie turtles have been switched to an exclusive).
Lulubell Toys - in conjunction with Ferg and Grody Shogun - have announced the newest Young Gohst release: Over the Bar Young Gosht. Each Gohst is cast using Grody Shogun's signature process, and incorporates GID flesh, red, teal and magenta vinyls all in one. The figure features hand painted eyes, assorted tongues, and brains This […]
Just in is another review by Shartimus Prime, this time for the Transformers 4 Age of Extinction Hound Voyager class figure. This wildcard character from the movie is looked at in robot and his alternate vehicle mode for signs of worthiness and lack of suckage. How does he fare? You will have read on to see the video and images to see for yourself.
In his first video review of an actual transforming Transformer, RAC tackles Leader Grimlock, a toy that would be a lot better than it is without acres of tacky, scary chrome. The Age of Extinction Generations figure has decent articulation and a better execution of the mace/tail concept, but also a variety of chrome-on-chrome and paint on chrome connections that must be navigated. Click through to see the video!
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Since my earlier feature, pre-orders and product pics have surfaced for CEs to debut at Bangkok Comic Con 2014 (4-6 July)! Check out the pics below, and enquire / register your interest for them at this Facebook posting by July 1st!
WHAT: In anticipation of their first group exhibition "Detention Class" at Detention Barracks on July 11th, TOYSREVIL will spotlight artists from Band of Doodlers in this #DailyDoodlers blog-feature, with a lil'Q&A and doodles! Enjoy the read and RSVP on the Events Facebook Page!
TOYSREVIL: Please share with everyone reading; what is your doodling-nick, and who are you? And why do you do the
Via the miracles of random.org, a winner has been picked for the FSHIZZ x TOYSREVIL Instagram Giveaway Contest! Congratulations @reiven for winning the "Lex Krupp" custom! And it was her image repost which was picked too!
Thanks everyone for taking part! And much thanks to Alexander at fshizz.blogspot.com for sponsoring both the prize & mailing to the winner! How awesome is that?
I have to say that I had no knowledge of Abomination prior to the second Hulk movie, from a couple of years ago. I am aware that there were action figures based on the movie designs at the time, but as a whole, the associated toy line was a big pass for me.
Thanks to facebook user Daim Choc who has found the Bumblebee Evolutions Two Pack Transformers 4 Age of Extinction Toys R Us exclusives in Hong Kong. Get a look at the set of figures featuring the TF4 bumblebee mold and the Generations Legends G1 Bumblebee figures out of the package and in their robot and alternate molds. Read on for the full looks now.
The unstoppable Transformers franchise flowed through the box offices this weekend with world wide ticket sales surpassing $300 million. Even the critics couldn't slow this movie down with Rolling Stone giving the movie zero stars, movie goers turned out in large numbers to see the movie in regular and full IMAX 3D. The movie did well across the borders with $100 million in sales for North America, followed by the highly targeted China which is reported to have contributed 40% of sales the this weekend's box office. Get ready for 2016, as this crew will almost surely be back for more.
Thanks to the Omegalock UK Transformers Toys page on facebook who have posted our first look and confirmation of the MP-08X Grimlock throne accessory that will be included with the Transformers Masterpiece action figure reissuse from Takara Tomy. The throne is quite charming with a fake stone decoration that just screams pre-history! The figure will be out in August in Japan and through various export shops. Read on to see these images of the MP-08X Grimlock throne accessory for more details.
National Cheng Kung University Department of Industrial Design undergraduate students, Ho-Tsun Lai（賴和諄）and Ya-Chuen Mei（梅雅荃）have developed a fun, interactive and educational
"4 LEGS GOOD, EVERYTHING ELSE BAD … Ad images for 4 x legged WWR EVOL 4SQUARES sees two colorway editions of the ABS-made figures ready to drop July 9th @ Bambalandstore.com, each priced at US$80. Featuring internal LED light-up "eyes", we first saw unpainted prototypes at first seen at Thailand Toy Expo and subsequently at Supanova Sydney (pics shown here via World of 7174 / additional pic by
Mighty Jaxx is giving away 4 pairs of tickets to "Heatwave: Endless Summer Edition" in Singapore - where you'll get a chance to watch a live art demonstration by Austrian street artist, NYCHOS on 6 July 2014, from 2pm - 8pm at W Singapore Sentosa Cove. Simply share this Facebook post and tag a friend you wish to attend the party with in the comments of the linked FB-post. Contest ends noon July
It's still nearly six months until Christmas, but that hasn't stopped toy makers from promoting their favourite festive offerings.