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Erica
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NEW YORK CITY [BRO0KLYN]
Fashion Institute of Technology '15
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My various complaints, thoughts, and observations about the world around me.

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I’ve received a number of messages telling me (in varying shades of politeness) why the above scene is understandable and/or not racist for these reasons:

  1. Lucy doesn’t speak Mandarin.
  2. Lucy panicked and needed to get to a hospital fast and didn’t have the time to come up with a peaceful solution.
  3. The men could have been bad men who wronged her. 
  4. She was already starting to change and lose her humanity. 
  5. A lot of taxi drivers in Taiwan refuse service to foreigners because it’s troublesome and Lucy just wanted to avoid that. 
  6. I have only seen the trailer so I shouldn’t judge. 

I believe that this scene is not okay, even in context for one simple reason. 

LUCY IS NOT A REAL PERSON. 

Whatever context you place this piece of dialogue in, it’s never okay that scriptwriters thought it would be fine that the killing of a POC (in his own country) came right after a white person, a foreigner, asking “You speak English?” and that POC answering “No.” 

There could have been many other ways for Lucy to show how ruthless she was, not speak a word of Mandarin, kill the spare taxi driver, and get to the hospital. For example, the scriptwriters could have made her go up to the first taxi driver and say, “Can you take me to the hospital?” and shoot him when he refuses. She still would have killed a man, but because he refused her and not because he didn’t speak English. 

Remember, this is fiction and this scene could have been easily re-written to not include that line.

The purpose of the trailer is to give viewers a positive impression of the film to make them want to go see it. The fact that the people behind this film are proud enough of this scene to put it in the trailer in hopes that it will attract positive attention really says a lot. 

The problem is that the scriptwriters did not catch onto how problematic and offensive that line is and even put it in the trailer. 

Already, the fact that scriptwriters thought that this line was okay is a sign that they’ve either bought into imperialist ideology, or did not respect (in this case) Taiwanese/Asians enough to take it out. 

When I say imperialist ideology, I am referring to the idea that English should be the superior, international language and that white people are superior. This ideology can be traced back to the days when many European countries were colonising, exploiting and trading with other countries. Something interesting to think about is how the typical world map is woefully inaccurate and which countries are shown smaller/larger and why has it not been corrected. 

Not only white people buy into this ideology. A problem that many POC deal with, especially those living in a country where they are a minority, is internalised racism where they hate or are ashamed of their own culture/skin colour. This is only furthered by films where people of their race are shown as props, jokes, or villains. 

A film that plays into the evil POC trope and has a white character shoot a POC in the trailer for not speaking English is extremely offensive, racist and harmful. 

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To every single person who says the situation in Palestine is two sided ›

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here are a few things for you to look at

  • After only a week of this the casualties have been 205 dead Palestinians (80% civilians, and at least 34 children) and more than 1500 wounded and around 900 homes destroyedover a 100,000 dislocated, while on the Israeli side there are 0 dead and 2 or 3 wounded and 0 buildings destroyed
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  • today morning all senior high school and college palestinian students got there grades, which is usually a celebrated event, and most of them got very high grades in fields of science and literature, but instead of celebrating they are morning and fleeing their homes, and 18 of them were dead 
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  • On another hand, Israel’s government is paying college students to spread pro-Israel propaganda on social media (x)
    if you don’t find that sickening than please get out

  • Israel gets a high tech notification on smart phones of any bombing that might target them (the App is called “Israel Red Alert) and the Israelis are taken to bombing shelters. the Palestinian resistance gives them an hours warning before it anyway. While the Israeli’s warn the palestinians around 56 seconds before bombing, and it notifies them by asmaller warning bomb on the roof of the house 
    SO BASICALLY WARN THEM OF BOMB USING BOMBS, MAKES SENSE. AND IF THE WARNING BOMB ON THE ROOF MAKES IT COLLAPSE ON A CHILDS HEAD THAT’S OKAY
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  • The Palestinians are asked to evacuate. EVACUATE TO WHERE EXACTLY?! have a look at the map
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    Israel controls all the movement of the citizens and its borders. No one is allowed to leave. on the borders with Egypt (rafa) it is also blocked and no one is allowed to leave that way either. So the civilians should just through themselves in the sea right!? oops no not allowed as well

  • The Palestinians have NO ARMY of their own. please get that inside your bloody heads. how can yo say they are fighting a war!? then what is Hamas you ask me? well for one thing, “Hamas” was a democratically elected political group by people in Gaza to govern them, and Israel denied them that right, and the group that is responsible of any military acts is a branch in Hamas named Qtab Al Qassam, who are not an army, and the weapons they use to resist the Israeli occupation they make themselves, because any means of importing weapons from any neighboring Arab countries is sealed, besides (and for shame!) not a single Arab country offers any, not even the least amount to defend themselves. 
    They are labeled almost by everyone as terrorists because they fight back, I mean in what universe would an oppressed people tolerate being kicked out of their homes, bombed and watching their children die before their eyes!? 
    It is crazy to me that people label them as terrorists but not Israel who is an apartheid terrorist state with a freaking army that is funded by the USA. 
    So what? you except those people to live under oppressive conditions for 60 years, and tolerate regular bombings and arrests from Israel and just accept it and not fight back in any desperate way they can.
    no, you know what, that makes total sense!! how dare i be such a blind ignorant fool!! 
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  • While we’re at it, because I don’t want any little piece of shit to come tell me, well Hamas didn’t accept the proposal of Egypt to stop the bombing. SIT THE HECK DOWN. Egypt which is supposed to act as an arab correspondent to the conflict for the Palestinians, like the USA to Israel, did not officially put up any proposal or movement but merely made a weak statement of disapproval. The Palestinian people said clearly: they want ceasefire  and for the siege to be removed from Gaza, and for the Israeli violence and oppression to be stopped on all Palestinians, and for the to live safety in their own homes
    apparently that was unreasonable and too much to ask

    Hamas did not reject the ceasefire. Israel did.

    imagean extract from the article explains my point 

    As Mya Guarnieri explains succinctly in +972 Mag, the Egyptian “ceasefire” would have meant a return to a comfortable status quo for Israel in which:

    Israel strikes Gaza from time to time and kills Palestinian civilians there and in the West Bank without garnering much scrutiny from the international media and, by extension, the international community. Returning to the status quo would also mean an end to the immediate damage to Israel’s image caused by the horrific photos and footage coming out of Gaza, and global protests against what Israel calls “Operation Protective Edge.”

    But it would mean no change to the reality for 1.8 million Palestinians in Gaza living under crushing siege.

    In the immediate period, the bogus “ceasefire” initiative gives Israel the opportunity to spin headlines in its direction – claiming that Hamas are being irrational and unreasonable “terrorists.”

  • The difference between a Hamas rocket and an Israeli airstrike 
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  • schools are being used as shelters and places to take the wounded because the hospitals and medical team can barely sustain the flow of the wounded
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  • Israel fired 5 missiles at al-Wafa hospital in Gaza City on Friday WHERE CHILDREN ARE STAYING, and has threatened to bomb it again (x)image
  • The Israelis are NOT DEFENDING THEMSELVES. YOU CAN’T DEFEND SOMETHING THAT IS NOT YOURS. THIS IS AN OCCUPATION OF PEOPEL’S LAND AGAINST THEIR WILL BY VIOLENCE AND FORCE
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  • Israel has broken over 65 UN resolutions. SIXTY FIVE.

  • In the lead up to Operation Cast Lead, senior Israeli army General Gadi Eisenkot disclosed Israel’s plans to expand the Dahiya doctrine, telling an Israeli newspaper, “We will wield disproportionate power against every village from which shots are fired on Israel, and cause immense damage and destruction. From our perspective, these are military bases.” He added, “This isn’t a suggestion. This is a plan that has already been authorized.” (x)
    so basically the Israeli army sees homes where families live as military bases because to them every palestinian is a terrorist

  • the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict, better known as The Goldstone Report The report continued (emphasis mine), “Statements by political and military leaders prior to and during the military operations in Gaza leave little doubt that disproportionate destruction and violence against civilians were part of a deliberate policy.” (emphasis and bold mine) (x)

  • this video is compilation of videos taken by Israelis and Palestinians posted on social networks, it shift between the bombing of Palestinian homes and screams of children and mothers to the pro-Israeli protest by Israeli citizens

SO STOP LISTENING TO YOUR MAINSTREAM MEDIA AND WAKE UP

NO THIS IS NOT A WAR. THIS IS GENOCIDE.

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I got so fat, I’m going to cry.

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guys be like “makeup is why you take a bitch swimming on the first date!!!” but sweetie I got that urban decay setting spray ayeeee

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