That underused mythology post floating around kind of bugs me, because I have Very Strong Opinions about how non-Native writers should stay the fuck away from using Native traditions in their writing, especially if their only exposure to them are through sketchy non-Native-written accounts.
Fuuuuuck. Doesn’t that make her only the SECOND Black actress to win??? History.
7th. She would have been 2nd for Lead. But this was for supporting. But there are so many other reasons that this was important, too!
It wasn’t a story about white people. It was about black people and black history, including the really shit white people did to them.
She wasn’t playing a happily servile role. She wasn’t playing someone complacent with the system. She didn’t play a villain.
She was up against Julia Roberts. She was up against America’s (Current) Sweetheart. She was up against Titans.
She is a woman who has studied her craft. She is talented. She is poised. And she got to give a speech about what this film meant to her. She didn’t have to rely on anybody else to speak for her. This is a big deal.
She won for portraying a true experience that many teachers across this nation like to hide or pretend wasn’t as raw and deeply tragic as it was.
She played a woman who didn’t get saved. Not even by the male hero. There was no Prince Charming. She had no agency to save herself. She was denied that. Her story wasn’t counterbalanced by a character of “that one slave owner character that really isn’t as bad as that other one.” The stories that were told about black history in that film weren’t framed from the perspective of a “good white guy” who recognized a flawed system.
She got to play that on screen. She gave a performance that demanded recognition. That said to viewers: THIS HAPPENED TO A WOMAN LIKE ME. THIS HAPPENED TO COUNTLESS MORE WOMEN LIKE ME. This happened to real life human beings who are countless because they have been erased from history. Look at this. You can’t ignore it anymore. You can’t leave these women behind anymore.
And she played it so deeply and so powerfully and so realistically that it rendered people unable to fall back onto the “that was just one case,” because one is still too many.
And The Academy saw that and held it up and didn’t hide it.
That doesn’t happen. Ever.
This was a big fucking deal.
Black women have been nominated for that category only 16 times in the Oscar’s 85 years.
Black women have only won 6 of those times.
I do wish she had been nominated/won for leading actress.
But it’s…. How do I even say it.
She gave a voice to a woman who was robbed of her own. And that voice resonates even harder, because that woman is not alive to see it. None of the women who shared that experience are alive to see that happen — not even remotely close. To those women, there was no victory or happy ending. Their stories ended like Patsey’s — tragically, painfully, before they should have, and without clear resolution or any sort of closure or justice.
It is important that she won to honor them. It is imortant that she won, because it is a reminder that what was done can never be undone. It was important that she won, because there are still idiots and assfucks in this world who say shit like this. It is important because, while the story shows how much “the human spirit” (as Goldie Hawn just stated) can overcome — it is moreso a reminder that sometimes people are helpless because of what other humans do to them. That it is not within the power of every human, no matter how strong their spirit, to overcome things. It is only within the power of other people to help them escape their circumstances and that when other people do not do that, stories like Patsey’s happen. It is so fucking important that she won.
no seriously fuck lammily and her super ultra special averageness
I think we need more doll like Extra Special Dolls, instead of telling people to be “average”, they used one of many things that is frowned upon by society, and celebrate it. (also without leaving the essential doll elements.)
also feel free to add similar doll lines, because fuck average
Fuck Yes, Extra Special Dolls!
Would Hearts for Hearts Girls (http://www.playmatestoys.com/brands/hearts-for-hearts-girls) fit in that category? I mean, I love the concept, but I’ve heard from several sources that some of their research is… off from time to time.
I personally Love Hearts for Hearts Girls, they did a good job on representation and I heard some of the selling profit was donated to various children organization all over the world,
the Native American doll, Mosi (if im not mistaken) doesn’t fall to the stereotypical native american doll who wear braids and feathers (which other doll lines seems to failed at *stares intensely at lalaloopsy*), but her back story still kind of stereotypical to me.
so yeah I think they did a pretty good job but they need more research, but hey at least they do much much better at “portraying real gurlz” not just putting all of them in one small “average” box
Ah, okay. I also tried to find some more info about ‘Karito Kids’, which are in the same vein as Hearts for Hearts girls, but more high-end, but… well, they seem to be discontinued. Bummer. (Their Kenyan doll, Lulu has DREADLOCKS. Fucking DREADLOCKS! That is so AWESOME.)
1: Mosi’s "story" blows chunks and I hate the Vision Forum connection, but the H4H dolls are pretty good in a lot of ways. They even have a Afghani doll (but there is fail in her clothing), and most of the dolls aren’t white. They’re even coming out with a doll that is black/Latino biracial.
2: The Karito Kids were too good for this sinful doll-collecting earth. They are hard to grab on the secondary market, but they are worth it if you can get ‘em. Lulu doesn’t so much have dreadlocks so much as she has super tight curls—I have one, and she’s excellent.
As someone from Mexico with black roots, there’s a special fondness that I feel towards Lupita Nyong’o.
The attempts by the Mexican media to “embrace” her are entirely unwarranted though.
The attempts to try and make her success into a Mexican success are gross because Mexico, apparently, can’t be bothered to acknowledge black people can exist in Mexico unless they can be used to prop up Mexico’s reputation in some way.
how to respond to bronies giving you shit about your humanizations:
"ya know, your headcanons remind me of lightly salted rice cakes. dry, little nutritional value, bland with a little bit a flavor. the difference between your headcanons and rice cakes is i fucking enjoy rice cakes."
- Abraham Lincoln never fought vampires or zombies
- Adolph Hitler was not machine gunned to death in a movie theater in Paris
- Marty McFly did not invent Rock and Roll
- Richard Nixon never dispatched Dr. Manhattan to end the Vietnam War
You never complained about these changes to history, so shut the fuck up about a black man playing a fictional spy, you idiotic, racist pricks.