ok so I hadn’t played portal in a long time, and i decided to do a fresh playthrough tonight. i finished it up pretty fast and the boss fight went smoothly and everything was fine, except that after glados got sucked up into the ceiling…she kept talking. her voice was really deep and slowed-down, and she continued to talk as the party escort robot dragged me away, the journey through the facility to the cake, and even into the end credits…..I turned on the captions and grabbed a few screencaps of the bit during the credits, but trust me that hearing her just keep on talking in this terrible eldritch voice was really damn creepy -u-;;;
As white people, we are used to representations of ourselves crowding the covers of magazines, crowning the posters of newly released films. The good guys are white, we have learned, after eons of our faces being plastered under cowboy hats and in impeccable Bond suits. White men are Superman, we have learned. White men are Ethan Hunt and Neo and white men are hobbits. Bad men, we have learned, are black. They’re gang bangers and thugs and talk loud and sometimes deliver funny lines where we laugh at their Otherness. Black men aren’t heroes, we learn. Our imagination and subconscious are so saturated with white supremacist notions of goodness, beauty, and heroism, that when confronted head-on with an image of a black man who is brilliant and kind and normal and who saves the day, we transform into robotic versions of ourselves: Does… not… compute. Hero… must be… white. It’s this line of thinking that turned Disney’s Princess Tiana into an animal for 95 percent of the movie. The collective white imagination had difficulty imagining a black girl as a princess… and so she became a frog.
First they freaked out when Rue was black; this time it’s Beetee.
The next day on the bus, I overheard a young woman and her friends — who had just come from the film, apparently — exchanging their thoughts about what they had just seen, and the young woman said, “I thought it was awesome. Well, except for Beetee. Why the f*ck did they make him black? Beetee wasn’t black.”…. After hearing this young woman’s comment, I jumped on Twitter and searched mentions of Beetee’s name. I came across the usual racist vitriol, but there was the occasional tweet that looked like this:
Like, it’s not the fact that he’s black, IT’S THE FACT THAT HE ISN’T BEETEE.— kitchen sink (@walkinginnuendo) September 7, 2012
I saw more of the same in comment sections on various articles around the web. Never read the comment sections, guys. Really. And it has led me to believe that the problem isn’t that Hunger Games purists who believe that Beetee looked a certain way were disappointed that the film strayed from that representation, it’s that white audiences in America are afflicted with a certain limitation of the imagination when it comes to the representation of characters they are fond of.
so i stumbled across an article called how to be a gentlemen in 2014 and i found one on the same site called how to be a lady in 2014 and i was really ready to cringe at both of them because going into those sorts of things i tend to be like “yeah this is gonna be bad”
but im so fucking glad after reading them i found that they’re more like “how to make yourself and others happy and also be a cool person” kinds of guides and not super sexist awful ones. hell like you really dont even need to put genders on these articles. combined theyre more like guides for everyone i guess? idk.
like some of them are like little things like “learn to make a new recipe for yourself or for when you have friends over” or “keep fresh cut flowers” or stuff like that and others is like remember to call your mom and “Hold doors open for everyone, because that’s just a nice thing that you do.” and some are basically “dont be sexist/an asshole” ones and im like
wow im really pleasantly surprised by these i though they were gonna be SO much worse ahaha
of course im sure its not completel perfect but i was honestly pleasantly surprised some of these are really cute
its funny i went into the gentlemen one first and went through the first few of them like READY TO CRINGE but then i got to “Never attempt to explain, under any circumstances, why a cat call should be considered a compliment.” and i was like oh, oh shit, yeah, YEAH!!!YEAH!!!!!!!! HELL YEAH!!!