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Hi I want a million of these pillows and I want to send them out to my family.
Mickey Malkovich in 1x06
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Wow. Apparently Daenerys Stormborn’s other title is Mother of Fandoms, since angry nerds across the world are telling me to STFU like I just insulted their mum. Here’s a Top 10 list of the things angry GoT fans have said to me about my first post (http://aamerrahman.tumblr.com/post/52770211665/game-of-tropes-racefail-spoilers), and my responses:
1. YOU HAVEN’T READ THE BOOKS!
You’re right. I have other stuff to do.
2. BUT IT’S DIFFERENT IN THE BOOKS!
Good. I watched the TV show and my comments are about the TV show.
3. BUT IT DOESN’T WORK OUT FOR DANY, YOU’LL SEE!! THEY’RE SUBVERTING THE TROPE!!
It doesn’t matter if it works out for Dany or not. This is not about whether she ultimately wins or loses (we know this show loves setting people up for a downfall) – it’s about the foreign cultures she encounters and her relationship to them.
If she learns a harsh lesson about how she can’t win by liberating people it doesn’t change the fact that the show clearly presents a central West and a foreign, exotic East with savage practices like slavery - clearly outlawed in Westeros. Once again, the Other serves as a convenient prop piece for the journey and development of a white character, and we read and approve/disprove of their culture and practices through her eyes.
Failing to liberate/ unite/ save/ the Other in the East might be a harsh lesson in realism for Dany, but will not undo the fundamental dichotomy presented in GOT – a West that is roughly grounded in a culture and history we recognise, versus the savage, exotic Prince of Persia/ Aladdin fantasy theme park of the East.
Plot developments like that might question whether it’s possible to tame ‘savage’ and ‘dangerous’ cultures – but not why people should be presented as ‘savage’ or ‘backwards’ in the first place - why there are such ‘civilised’ vs ‘uncivilised’ worlds in this universe to begin with. Just like the material failure to ‘liberate’ Iraq and Afghanistan in the face of a growing ‘insurgency’ have not proven to the West that its notions of cultural supremacy are fundamentally flawed and racist from the outset.
Below: (1) Ain’t no party like a Dothraki wedding, AMIRITE? (2) some good old-fashioned arm-swinging, fire-dancing (3) NOM NOM NOM! Finger lickin’ good - personally, I prefer my stallion hearts medium rare (4) “I WILL RAPE THEIR WOMEN!” What’s not to love about this dude? Such a romantic.
4. WHY DON’T YOU TALK ABOUT SEXISM? GAME OF THRONES IS SUPER MISOGYNIST!
Really? The show where women get sold and hired and raped all the time? And when people aren’t being raped, people are trying to rape them or threatening to rape them or talking about how they will probably be raped? This show has more rape references per episode than an average season of Law and Order: SVU. Pretty sure people have mentioned that already. Still, GoT’s approach to gender figures into its premises about race.
Despite the show basically celebrating rape through its casual, graphic fetishism, GoT attempts to construct a certain moral code around its characters’ attitudes towards sexual violence. Dany’s evil brother touches her. Joffrey, a villain, brutalises prostitutes, publicly has Sansa sexually humiliated, and threatens to rape her. Tyrion demonstrates his nobility when he rescues Sansa from Joffrey, outright refuses his father’s orders to rape Sansa for the sake of an heir, and falls in love with Shae despite her being a prostitute and off limits to someone of his standing. Brienne takes her revenge on three Stark soldiers who admit to raping a girl, and even Jaime Lannister gets a redemption story when he saves Brienne from getting raped by Locke and his men, at the cost of losing his hand.
Khal Drogo, on the other hand, casually rapes his wife on their wedding night and makes an epic speech pacing around a fire where he proudly claims that he will rape the women of Westeros while his troops cheer him on. Rape is simply presented as an inherent, celebrated element of Dothraki culture.
5. IF YOU GO LOOKING FOR RACISM, YOU WILL FIND IT.
I have never gone looking for racism, racism finds me and slaps me in the face. HOW DOES IT ALWAYS KNOW WHERE TO FIND ME?
6. ARE YOU CALLING ME RACIST FOR LIKING GAME OF THRONES?
I have no idea whether you are racist or not. But your violent reaction to me calling out some pretty obvious points about imaginary people on a FANTASY TV SHOW makes me wonder.
7. IN GAME OF THRONES, ALL CULTURES ARE SAVAGE AND EVERYONE’S A BARBARIAN.
It’s true, in GoT almost all cultures go to war, everyone fights and people from all cultures are shown doing unsavoury things. But not all barbarians are created equal. Only certain cultures demand that a woman eat a raw stallion heart in front of people wailing in a made up language. Only certain cultures allow and exist entirely on slave trading and slave-based economies. Only certain cultures have violent sex orgies at their weddings, and only certain cultures sell armies of castrated brown warrior-eunuchs (the Unsullied). And none of these things happen to be in Eurocentric Westeros.
8. WHAT ABOUT THE WILDLINGS? AREN’T THEY ALSO PORTRAYED AS BARBARIC?
The Wildlings are interesting. Throughout the show we hear about them being everything from savages to bestiality loving cannibals, but when we finally meet them they turn out to be, well…regular white people in matching furry parkas.
White culture exists as a spectrum in the GOT universe; the Lannisters are the rich, entitled, aristocratic upper-class toffs, the Starks are the honest, hard-working aspiratonal middle class, and the Wildlings (and Hilltribes) are the working class. The whole Jon Snow/ Ygritte storyline is as Disney as GoT gets with its nobleman-in-love-with-the-common-girl dynamic. At one point they agree that they even come from the same ancestors, and question why they are fighting at all.
White people in GoT have an array of competing desires, internal conflict, and interesting moral issues to grapple with. They come from different classes and backgrounds which inform their view of the world, creating believable relationships and interactions between characters. You know, like real people.
9. IT’S JUST FANTASY!!
Fantasy reflects your subconscious desires.
10. ARE YOU CALLING ME RACIST?
ian // mickey’s hookup
I’m going to talk about Ian and Mickey’s scenes in these two episodes, because they’re not just tiny scenes, and they do in fact impact how people view them both. Not only that, some of the “opinions” in this fandom held about these respective scenes are highly problematic. These scenes have been used over and over again to victim-blame and villainize Mickey for not acting appropriately or responding the way that Ian wanted him to respond. On the other side of that, these scenes have been used to romanticize Ian’s behavior, playing up that he’s desperate and in love.
This post is neither to romanticize or villainize either of them, but to tell you that perhaps that opinion you hold about them based on these two episodes might be problematic. This post is not to judge them as a whole, for how they responded to trauma nor is it meant to blame them for not having appropriate coping strategies. It is very important to realize that neither of them are prepared to handle this in a healthy manner, but I’m doing this post because we need to talk about how not to treat people who have just experienced a trauma and how romanticizing or villainizing either of them is a problem.
This post contains discussions of sexual and physical assault.
There is literally nothing better than a sexy, badass lady.
CHING MOTHERFUCKING SHIH
This lady was such a badass, I can’t count the ways, but let’s try.
She got married to an already successful pirate, Zheng Yi, and took over when he died. She was crazy strict to keep an iron fist over her fleet of pirates, and the punishments for stepping out of line were brutal. If you stole or looted from a town that provided assistance or tribute to the pirate fleet, Ching would chop your fucking head off with a battle axe and dump your lifeless body in the ocean. If you stole from the pirate treasury, or she thought you were stealing from the pirate treasury, Ching would chop your fucking head off dump your lifeless body in the ocean. Raping any captured female prisoners was punishable by immediate death. Fuck, if you had consensual sex while on duty you got your head chopped off and the woman was chucked off the boat no matter where they were at. Ching wasn’t fucking around, and she wanted to make damn sure you weren’t fucking around when you should have been working.
Two years after she took over, she got so notorious for ransacking towns and taking taxes on them that she pissed off the entire Chinese government, and sent out a massive fleet to bring her in line. Most pirates probably would’ve said this was out of their pay grade and taken off to hide out or ransack some other country.
Ching Shih said fuck that.
She not only faced them head on, she wiped the floor with them, killing hundreds and capturing sixty-something ships from the Imperial Fleet. Prisoners were given the choice of joining up or being executed on the spot. The Admiral of the Chinese navy, Kwo Lang, was so afraid of being captured by her or going back to admit he’d been beaten by her that he committed suicide.
For the next two years, Ching Shih not only kept on pirating, she fought off Chinese forces as well as Dutch and British warships that the navy called in to help. Finally the government gave up and offered her amnesty as well as amnesty for her then SEVENTEEN THOUSAND crewman. Ching Shih got to keep all her plunder, so she retired to the countryside where she opened up a brothel and lived until she was 69.
tldr: I’ve come to terms with the reality that I’ll never be as terrifyingly badass as this woman was.
i will be as badass as she
You know, I heard of her, but I’d either forgotten or never heard that she grew old and retired having never been brought down or defeated ever.
She won being a pirate.
She got history’s high score.
Always reblog the best pirate of all times.
i imagine both steve and bucky like to come up with different ways to poke fun at sam every time they pass him during jogging
because they are shitheads
(the first one is a print you can get here)
make me choose:
↳ anonymous asked:
lip gallagheror ian gallagher
I always need more
brooklyn nine nine
so if this you like/reblog and i definitely check you out!
(this is a sideblog, so i’ll be following with silk-ee)
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