okay, story time: i’m a resident actor a children’s theatre company, and we just did peter pan. i was cast as peter because i’m the only one who looks young enough to play the part; but aside from looking young, i look nothing like peter pan. he’s this little white boy with reddish brown hair and i’m an arab/hispanic queer with black hair and freckles.
our company has a really devoted following, and these kids are reeeally young. after every show, we do autographs as the characters and have to keep up the act, because to a lot of these really young kids, we are who we pretend to be on stage. that terrified me. i’ve done autograph sessions in-character before, but never as such a well-loved character. who, again, is white. i was worried about what children might say.
over the course of the production, we must have performed for close to 500 kids, between the shows we did for families and the shows we did for school field trips.
and i distinctly remember one little white girl who came up to me with a DVD copy of disney’s peter pan, and she had this adorable tinkerbell dress on, and she just stared at me wide-eyed and after a while she said “i have all your movies!!”
first of all, if you don’t think that’s the cutest thing ever, please leave.
and when i asked her what she wanted me to sign, she handed me her DVD and said “by your face.” and she points right at this little white redheaded peter pan with pointy ears who is clearly not me, as if she can’t tell the difference… or she can, and she doesn’t care. similar things happened with different children, but it never lost its charm for me. on the contrary, it really warmed my heart.
by that same token there were many children of color who were affected by seeing a brown peter pan. a lot of them (usually older children) and/or their parents ask me how i got into acting, and if i had any advice for how to get into it. it meant a lot to me that there’s this whole generation of children of color who are going to pursue the arts, because even though i live in a very diverse area, our theatre landscape is still very whitewashed.
anyway, what i’m trying to say isn’t just that representation matters, which it does. what i’m also trying to say is that one less white face in the crowd isn’t going to hurt anyone. i feel like i’ve heard time and again that white people can only identify with white characters, and the whole point of my story is that that’s obviously not true. that kind of behavior, where people only empathize with characters who look like them, has to be taught. and that kind of behavior is racism.
bolding is mine, because that last bit really knocked it out of the park for me
legit divas title match kicking ass going on and king’s over here talking about how sheamus and paige should get married coz they’re pale
*thinkng bout amrca*
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I thought they put big stencils down and spray painted over them! This blows my mind!
I’m so impressed… holy shit…
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Bus seats in Finland - for the unsocial people, like me.
Rule number one in Finnish public transport culture: Don’t sit next to anyone. Unless the seats are like this.
In every other cases fill the spots from window seats. Then standing up seats. If the bus gets crowded sit next to someone but sit as far as possible from the other person and turn your head to look to the completely different direction. Don’t say a word.
And if you’re the one sitting next to window pray all the gods that the other person leaves before you, because otherwise you’d have to speak to him/her. Usually it’s something like “Umm..ileavenow”. Remember, no sorries or smiles. Just say it as low and fast as possible without making any eye contact.
legit advise for people visiting finland. that “ileavenow” is “mä jään täs” in finnish. it’s okay if you don’t pronounce it perfectly right because the only reason someone would talk to strangers in public transport is to ask them to move, so they will get the hint.
BUT! usually just things like putting your phone away and rustling your bag and looking like you are about to leave will do the trick. no need for words.
….and this is how you wait for a bus in finland:
Reblogging because of that picture. So true. And familiar.
This is the most bizarre thing I’ve ever seen…what the actual fuck. It almost seems like a joke but I feel like it’s actually serious????
I want to see a reality tv show where straight dudes have to read the shitty messages they send to women to their mothers.
to catch a redditor
cat riding dog (wearing sunglasses)
that dog has a frickin cELL PHONE WHAT KIND OF ANIMAL IS THIS
Finally a BIG update is coming! We’ve had a lot of new stuff in the works, and we are finally ready to start accepting pre-orders!
Pre-orders will open THIS FRIDAY September 19th @ 6pm EDT (UTC-4). Please use this website to convert the restock time to your local time (enter 6pm, EDT on the right side of the page ^^) Pre-Order items will be made to order and will ship 3 weeks from date of purchase.
We will have the following NEW items available for Pre-Order:
♥ Sailor Uranus Space Sword $25
♥ Sailor Neptune Deep Aqua Mirror $25
♥ Sailor Starlights Star Yell $32 These will be available in white and a limited quantity in blue.
♥ Sailor Saturn’s Silence Glaive $20
♥ Holy Moon Chalice (v2) $28 I decided to make a necklace that is just the top of the Holy Moon Chalice. It’s smaller, easier to wear and just as sparkly!
♥ Sailor Saturn Bow Necklace $25 This necklace is 3d printed from a deep bluish-purple plastic with a hint of sparkles.
Lip Rods, Manga Brooches and most other items will be available for pre-order as well! ♥ We are also bringing the Sterling Silver Garnet Orbs back for pre-order.
I hope to have the hair clips available for order again within 2-3 weeks when I receive more of the metal hair clip pieces. Sorry for the delay >_<
I want them all D:
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