MENTAL NOTE

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Saturday, September 14, 2019

When the Judge Nodded

I didn't know I had it in me to make a judge think, but I did. Hooray! Or not.


If you're here, you may know that I'm somewhat intolerant of social justice warriors, people who weigh everything they say in light of the current PC climate, and worse, weigh everything everybody else says in light of the current PC climate, notably online — eggshell walkers and entitled PC extremists all wrapped up into a single person. You may know the type. Toxic white males be damned (Gillette) and, yes, The Force is female (The Evil Mouse).

So when I made a point of saying that forced diversity is a problem posing as a solution, this judge, a charismatic man of Brazilian descent, asked me why. He was one of my students and had argued in class that today's forced diversity in popular culture, and movies in particular, is a commendable and necessary development. During the break he told me he was surprised to hear that someone of color didn't feel that way. Surely I would want more blue men in Shakespearian plays or Terminator 6.

The frown on his face spoke volumes, so I sat down and said, "Listen, I don't need to see myself represented in a movie in order to be able to identify with a character. The same goes for books. When I re-read Toni Morrison's Beloved, I'm all good. Don't worry about me. I don't need Morrison's protagonist to be a handsome blue man instead of an ugly black woman. I don't need the imposing baby ghost in this story to be a modest grownup man who is very much alive."

(Okay, I said something to that effect. Quoting people verbatim isn't my strong suit.)

"I also don't need other people to protect me, people I don't even know. I don't need a white SJW to tell me what's good for me, and I don't need a Chinese director to put more blue men in the movies I watch. I certainly don't need a blue Hulk or a blue Spider-man. That's the worst kind of representation. Race swapping, gender swapping... give me a break. Don't try to help us like we can't help ourselves. I appreciate the concern but it's patronizing and a problem. Gender and race don't define who I am."

The judge nodded and said, "I never saw it that way. You may have a point."

I shook his hand and said, "Let's call it a healthy diversity of opinion."

LUNCH! ONE HOUR!

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37 comments:

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    1. Thank you, Alex. Now, as for It part 2... Didn't you just hate the structure? I mean character 1, clown, character 2, clown, etc.

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  2. "I appreciate the concern but it's patronizing and a problem. Gender and race don't define who I am."

    Wise words and it takes a special person to know who he is...

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  3. I agree with you that we don't need to change the past with the swapping. That's just plain dumb. And I do find some things ridiculous, like make up ads featuring 'gender fluid folks' because the only reason a company would market to a miniscule percentage of their customers is due solely to SJW.

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  4. The Blue I want to see is you. My heart is true. That's my view.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. An actual smile on my face.

      Hello, Janie.

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    2. Hello, Blue. It's Monday. Every other day of the week is fine, yeah, but when . . . it's got me crying all of the time.

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    3. Blue Monday
      Not a fun day
      So it's my day off at least 30 times a year
      Making me cheer
      Oh dear.

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  5. I would like a rainbow colored hulk please.

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    1. One rainbow colored hulk coming up. Spared no expense either.

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  6. It's nice when two people of differing opinions can sit and have a civil conversation about something and it not lead to a huge argument although that hardly happens these days.

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    1. That hardly happens these days. Why do you think that is, Mary?

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    2. One is that people like to film everything that happens out in public nowadays and the people filming seem like they want to capture drama even if it makes them look like an ass.

      Another thing is so many people believe you are evil or just bad if you don't agree with everything they think or say. So it's hard for someone like that to have a civil conversation when they think they are in the right and you are wrong or bad for feeling the way you do.

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    3. Yes, many people believe you are evil or just bad if you don't agree with everything they think or say. But why is that? I'll tell you why: princess, princesses and narcissism. When you're a kid whose pictures are taken on a daily basis, whose every move is an accomplishment, what you end up with (and we have, as predicted by psychologists in the late 90s) is the most narcissistic generation ever. In other words, "if you disagree with me, I'll be so offended".

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  7. Gender and race don't define me either. I know exactly who I am and I know I am deeply loved and that's good enough for me for any day; hope you know that too Blue!

    betty

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    1. Not sure if I'm deeply loved but I'm sure there are a couple of people who like me quite a bit. :)

      Hello, betty.

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  8. I wouldn't call it forced diversity, Hollywood still has a strange up and down with that. We still see very few storylines with major LGBT characters, and interracial couples as well. If they are in there, it's usually side characters that don't matter.

    For example, the new Star Wars. They were kind of hinting at the whole Finn and Rey thing in the first movie. They totally dropped it in the Last Jedi where they're "just friends."

    Also some racial castings go the other way.

    You also have that Aloha movie where they cast Emma Stone as a character who was supposed to be half-Asian. WTF was that about?

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    1. You're saying that you wouldn't call it forced.

      Okay, so the appearance of Chinese characters in, for example, Independence Day 2 is the result of a natural, unforced process that has nothing to do with ticking boxes and money? Are you telling me that it is just a coincidence that the family portrayed in Shazam includes a black person, a Latino, a gay person and an obese person? Are you telling me that Kelly Marie Tran playing Rose has nothing to do with ticking boxes? Are you saying that a black (!) Johnny Storm in the Fantastic Four is the result of a natural process and that it isn't forced, that is, done on purpose and you wouldn't call it commercial virtue signalling?

      I agree that some racial castings go the other way, which brings me to the following point: when Johnny Storm was all of a sudden black, that was a good thing (or so the media) but when Scarlett Johansson played Major, everybody said wtf. Snow White should be white and Emma Stone shouldn't have played that role, is how I see it, but that's a different discussion.

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  9. I love this!! Sometimes I feel that forced diversity diminishes accomplishments. For example - My daughter has a Spanish sounding last name. Do you know how many people have told me "That's great that she has that last name because she'll get accepted to great schools as a double minority." I get SO angry. Forget the fact that she's smart, a hard worker, and a contributing member of society. It's her last name and lack of a certain body part that may get her acceptance to an ivy league school (sarcasm)!!! Or how about this one? "You're lucky that you're a woman because you filled a check box in your role." So my hard work, product knowledge, and above average ability to manage didn't have anything to do with my high ranking position at work??? It's simply because I'm a woman and filled a check box that I got my job???? END RANT!!

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  10. I watch all kinds of shows. I don’t think I’m represented in any of those, in terms of my gender and race. But we’re just all people with the same issues, needs, desires, worries and concerns, so that’s how I see myself represented in those.

    How are you doing? It’s been a while. A long while!

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    1. Just when I thought I was not gonna hear from you again, there you are. Hello, Jaya J. You've been sorely missed. And that's an understatement.

      How am I doing? Well, healthwise I'd say a D. Lifewise, I'd say a C+. Yes, I'm still a teacher. So, tell, me are you blogging again?

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    2. You’re still here, making people happy. So, that’s an A+! And, teachers are sexy even when they’re ill. I did well in school only cuz I was trying to impress them teachers — both men and women, young and old 😄.

      I don’t know, Blue. Blogging doesn’t seen doable now. I feel like there’s no space within me to write. I’m mentally and physically tired. But I’m around on other, less creative platforms. Come get me!

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    3. Happy or blue... I'm not sure which, but I do know that blogging has become a bit more difficult for me. People have been asking me why I don't draw anymore or how come you don't write as often as you used to? I'm tired, is why, so I can relate. But such is life. No problem. All we can do is try our best with the cards we're dealt.

      Less creative platforms... Is that a fact? Such as? (Don't say FB.)

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    4. FB, IG, Twitter. You Tube. Mostly for work though I do a personal presence on FB and IG. And sometimes Twitter but that’s still work for stalking breaking news or announcements.

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  11. I'm so glad you were able to sit down and talk. Really talk. So rare these days which is so sad. I'm with you. I'm a woman. I know I'm a woman. I don't need to have movies made or books written to remind me how smart, powerful, or accomplished I am because I'm the one responsible for how I got here. Not because I'm a woman but because I busted my ass to get here. I may not make six figures but I make a difference and to me, that's worth so much more. Hollywood had zero input with that.

    I hope you're doing okay, Mr. Blue. I see you're hanging in at C+, here's to a B+ soon!

    Elsie

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    1. A B+... Where do I sign up? Well, a C+ is not too bad in my blue book. I'm doing okay, Elsie. Thanks for asking. I appreciate it. Yes, you are a woman, and you don't need anyone to remind you how cool you are, and you sure make a difference, all right. It's a fact. Look at you, still going strong in spite of everything and you're a writer, too. How about that?

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  12. I'm so glad you were able to sit down and talk. Really talk. So rare these days which is so sad. I'm with you. I'm a woman. I know I'm a woman. I don't need to have movies made or books written to remind me how smart, powerful, or accomplished I am because I'm the one responsible for how I got here. Not because I'm a woman but because I busted my ass to get here. I may not make six figures but I make a difference and to me, that's worth so much more. Hollywood had zero input with that.

    I hope you're doing okay, Mr. Blue. I see you're hanging in at C+, here's to a B+ soon!

    Elsie

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  13. Great that you could have a conversation and not just argue. Yeah, who gives a crap if you are represented in a movie. Big friggin deal. You are written fake in a fake world. Whoopdi doo. Not real people. Unless a documentary, just sit back, enjoy it, or hate it, and move on. Now in the same token filmmakers should make what they want and not force things in, good or bad. Having a dozen movies putting down women would be the same as pushing the sjw agenda. None of it is needed. Tell a story, include what the story needs to entail, and shut up. Stick your agenda elsewhere.

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    1. Yep, no argument whatsoever. It's called mutual respect. It's a rare thing in 2019. Just check the internet... So true... written fake in a fake world. Who gives a flying you-know-what.

      And we know where they can stick that agenda too.

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  14. They are currently planning to put an extremely ugly and extremely talentless black woman to play new 007! I forgot her name, but I know I watched her in Still Star Crossed (another forced diversity piece of TV crap) and I was puking all the time... like all the time.... a horrid wench.

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    1. And they don't have the BALLS to say she is the new James Bond. No no no... we've got it all backwards... She's the new 007, not the new James Bond. Still puking and voting with my feet. Create a new character. I don't care: male, female, part monkey. Don't just rape an established character and call it revolutionary.

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  15. I can't love this enough. I'm not cool with swapping out old characters with a new race or gender just to please the masses, and frankly, if I were a minority, I'd probably be offended that the powers that be didn't think I was worthy enough to have a NEW character created that I could see myself in.

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    1. I were a minority, I'd probably be offended that the powers that be didn't think I was worthy enough to have a NEW character created that I could see myself in.... Exactly. Exactly. Exactly. And dare I add: Exactly. Frigging morons.

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