This is one of the reasons The LEGO Movie hit wayyy closer to home than Frozen to me. Instead of a problem that only tackles some few, selected people, you can’t deny that at least at one point you have looked at yourself and felt worthless because everyone around you outshines you even in the things you’re good at.
That’s one of the reasons this movie made me legitimately cry in the theater, that, and due to the fact that the moral that accompanies this is much more empowering than just “letting it go”.
And let’s talk about that facial expression at the end like I didn’t know a lego could make me cry.
There is a tiny fucking tear in his eye oh my God…
At first I thought about apologizing for my unrelated rant on friday, but then realized I have an opinion I’m finally allowed to express. So,
Anyway, this week is the terrible final week of the quarter before finals start (meaning I’ll be lucky to be getting any sleep this week)
So hopefully I won’t die before the end of the week and manage to hold out until next week, when I’ll be able to get back to rants (unless something happens this week that manages to piss me off again).
But more or less ya’ll have to wait for at least another week before I become active again.
Time for more coding, so Jaa mata!
THE LAST ONE
Yeah, I know. A little out of character of me to do a non-otaku related rant. But this one is something that has been eating away at me ever since people have been reblogging it on Facebook, so here it is. A somewhat informative, but very angry rant on:
Basically, the daughter of Oklahoma Senator decided to take a picture with her wearing a “native” headdress and post it on instagram (and I use the quotes here for native because not all natives actually have headdresses and it’s the only thing that seems to come to mind when people say native)
While anyone could dismiss this as yet another ignorant white girl who just won’t know any better, that’s not where all the problems are coming from. What ticked me, as well as pretty much every native I know, was the fact that she decided to try and write an apology. Stating:
"Please forgive us if we innocently adorn ourselves in your beautiful things. We do so with the deepest respect. We hold a sincere reverence for a genuine spiritual connection to Native American values."
… Just because something is there. DOES NOT MEAN YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO IT!
"Oh, but how are we all going to unite as human beings? We need to end segregation and make everything universal!"
No. Trying to make everything available for everyone will not make everyone understand each other. It will just piss everyone off. Sometimes it is better for cultures to be separate. Sometimes people need to be different in order to understand each other better.
Some of the best people I’ve ever met are those who have lived and grown up differently then me. I don’t question their choices, nor force mine onto theirs.
Not to mention that, you know, native american reservations were made TO ISOLATE THEM! (or did you forget that whole trail of tears thing?)
"Just get over it!"
Get over it? What. The whole killing of millions of people and the whole written history of native american genocide as seen through the eyes of settlers. That history? (That pretty much speaks for itself).
"It shouldn’t just be available to one type of people! That itself is racist!"
…NO. NO! F#CK NO!
There is nothing respectful or justifiable about taking a person’s, no, a CULTURE’S identity and trying to make it your own. And I’ll give you a very relatable example.
Though that’s not entirely true. While otaku are just people who like Japanese products (and that is in fact helping Japan in more ways then one), that itself is a POSITIVE effect. It is helping japan financially. It helps spread knowledge about Japan in a social media manner. A MANNER THAT THEY PURPOSELY TRY TO ADVERTISE.
GAMES AND ANIME AND MANGA!
NATIVES ARE NOT TRYING TO ADVERTISE THEMSELVES.
NATIVES DO NOT WANT TO BE KNOWN FOR WEARING FEATHERS OR DRESSING SCANTILY OR BEING A FASHION ITEM!!! HALF OF THAT STUFF ISN’T EVEN REAL NATIVE AMERICAN ITEMS! OR EVEN MADE BY REAL NATIVE AMERICANS!
Again, stereotype of what a native actually looks like. I can tell you that in all my life of living on a rez, I have not seen a single person looking like that. Hell, not so long ago natives weren’t allowed to even take part in their culture. America made sure back in the boarding school era to try and do that already. Except back then it was through the brainwashing of “Your culture is wrong. Ours is right.”
And this girl has the nerve to try and say NOTHING IS WRONG WITH WHAT SHE IS DOING BECAUSE SHE IS DOING IT IN A RESPECTFUL MANNER.
I could go on about the logistics about how anyone wearing a headdress is pretty much doing it wrong, but in reality that’s not going to matter. Because that is the image that has been set up with “what native is”.
I can give you a whole list of what I think Native is, and headdress is not one of those things. If she truly wanted to be respectful, she would admire it, and say “you have a respectful culture.” and that’s it. You wouldn’t believe how happy I am when I get simple compliments like that and don’t have to go into a conversation of how spiritual I am or whether I am related to pocahontas.
Of course everyone talks about how they wish that they were native and this is their way of getting it. One, this ain’t f#cking disney where we make dreams come true. And I can tell you exactly how an average native lives.
Poverty. Domestic Violence. Substance Abuse. Alcohol Abuse. Suicide.
While average kids hoped for new cell phones. I hoped my dad would keep his job.
I got beat by my cousins and my older brother. And I don’t mean the playful kind. I mean the “I hope that you lie there and die” kind.
All my cousins can get drugs and alcohol from anyone down their street. They’re only fourteen.
The tribal leader of our community killed himself last year while I was at school. He was 35 with a wife and two kids.
So yeah, sit there and say that you are honoring native people with your satire and reminder of what we are to you. That it is okay for you to take our culture when we weren’t allowed to celebrate it. Adapt to “native” lifestyle as you see fit, not for the way it is.
Go to your parties with your headdresses and say your making a difference and honoring natives. Tell that to the native people who are starving and dying at this very moment. Be happy living your life trying to adapt to something you have no idea about. Telling us to “get over it”. It being the millions of people that were slaughtered, and the only survivors to be put onto reservations to die out.
I’m not even sure anyone is going to read this, but that doesn’t matter.
After all, I’m just another angry native that needs to get over it, right?
Life explained through Tangled
YOU ARE THE HERO GOTHAM DESERVES
I’M CRYING BECAUSE OF THAT CAPTION
You fight like a girl