I recently attended a writer’s conference, and I’ve been stewing in my own little quandary ever since. The lack of diversity among attendees was shocking. Finding people under 50 was rare and people of color almost nonexistent. In fact, out of 500 odd attendees I could count on one hand the attendees that weren’t white. I realize people find it strange that I, a white person, notice this and am upset by this but… how do people live a world without a mix of races? or cultures? or ages even? Like that must take so much effort.
I know some white people get upset that I notice other races because as white people we’re told not to notice because somehow that’s racist. Don’t be dumb. Judging people for the color is racist. Noticing is called paying attention. You’re allowed to notice when your white co-worker changes their hair color. The idea that you can’t notice skin when hair takes up less space (normally) is ludicrous. Stop.
What also put me off the conference were books in my round tables which included a bit of mild racism that people liked. I’m not talking about the obvious, cross-burning racism. I mean someone, the writer, didn’t bother to understand another culture/ethnicity so their characters are based on stereotypes. You know, that insidious type of racism that holds us back and motivates us to start wars on the other side of the planet. I really “love” the story about the Palestinian suicide bomber with a Jewish name. By love I mean why was I the only one upset?
I don’t know that I’ll be going back to that conference. But I do know if this is considered a norm, things need to change. Any suggestions on how to help that change along are quite welcome.
(I hate posting things like this but it needs to be seen!!)
*EDIT: THIS IS A VIDEO OF HIM BE SHOT AND KILLED
WARNING TO ALL!!!
Kajieme had been standing there waiting for the police. They shoot a man who could have easily been taken down by other means. Then as he’s dying do they call an ambulance? No. I can’t even say this is the worst thing I’ve ever seen a cop do. We need to take guns out of the hands of our police because obviously they’re not responsible. That was an angry man not a threatening man. As a woman, I’ve had to learn the difference. They should, too.
somebody should write an essay comparing and contrasting tina from bob’s burgers and meg from family guy and explain why tina hit the mark for respectfully portraying the awkward teenage years and why meg is a huge fucking insensitive joke that isn’t even funny
Tina is a character, Meg is a punchline.
wow that’s a pretty concise essay
Seth McFarlene has publicly admitted that he screwed up the character of Meg owing to the fact that he doesn’t understand teenage girls. He used to be and still sort of is afraid of them. He’s also stated that he welcomes criticism and suggestions on how he can improve the character.
This is Tom Schulman. He wrote Dead Poets Society. When you quote Robin Williams’ character your quoting Tom Schulman who wrote the character, who put together those words in those phrases, in those statements not Robin. Can we remember Robin for things he actually devised? He was clever and witty and zany and thoughtful and thought-provoking in his own right. Here’s a few good ones:
"You’re only given one little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it."
"I used to think the worst thing in life was to end up all alone. It’s not. The worst thing in life is to end up with people that make you feel all alone."
"I was once walking in an airport and a woman came up to me and said, ‘Be zany!’. That’d be like walking up to Baryshikov and going, ‘Plie! Just do a plie! Do it! Do a releve right now! Lift my wife!’"
"Never pick a fight with an ugly person. They’ve got nothing to lose."
"No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world."
"What’s right is what’s left if you do everything else wrong."
"A woman would never make a nuclear bomb. They would never make a weapon that kills, no, no. They’d make a weapon that makes you feel bad for a while."
"Stand-up is the place where you can do things that you could never do in public. Once you step on stage you’re licensed to do that. It’s an understood relationship. You walk on stage - it’s your job."
"I started doing comedy because that was the only stage that I could find. It was the pure idea of being on stage. That was the only thing that interested me, along with learning the craft and working, and just being in productions with people."
"You have this idea that you’d better keep working otherwise people will forget. And that was dangerous."