It’s MLK Day. I don’t have this day off. of course.
I also watched The Amazing Spiderman this past weekend with Sarah and thoroughly enjoyed it.
But then this morning, I happened upon a REFINERY 29 Article on Season 2 of Girls, and apparently (I don’t have HBO to go) Donald Glover is Lena Dunham’s love interest currently and a discussion of race and the idea of hipster racism cropped up.
This then led me down the rabbit hole to a Donald Glover interview about his craft, and the backlash he experienced when the possibility of him being the new Spiderman was on the table.
He mentions that he expected for people to be pissy, that even nerds are racist, and that being called all sorts of choice words was not a surprise. However, he got a very polite letter from a dissenter who said, “There are no black kids like Peter Parker, and therefore it is not believable.” This remark was the one that infuriated him.
And boy. That angers me too.
I’m sure everyone remembers the ugliness when The Hunger Games came out in theatres, and how all of these tacky teenagers were angry that Rue was black.
And then people say that we live in a post-racial world.
It can be exhausting to have labels thrust upon you by other people and your own people and feel like you are suffocating underneath them. It is obnoxious for people to assume that they know about you and your culture from their voyeuristic observations.
No, I do not talk “White.” I happen to like the English language as it ought to be spoken.
No, your ability to do a body roll or sing in a gospel choir does not give you a “pass.”
And never start a statement, with “no offense.”
People say, “it’s 2011. is this even relevant?”
well apparently if the powers that be STILL freak out about a Black Spiderman (how does an orphan living in Queens who likes science make that not possible?!) or a Black James Bond, or a cute little girl from a district in Panem, we haven’t gotten too far.
Life imitates art. or is it the other way around…the lines blur so much.
*And just because it pisses me off so. Hipster racism is so rampant. All their friends look alike, but they want to listen to all the underground hip hop. They claim to be so progressive, but that stops when it’s no longer condescending to the “minority poor” and actually calls for friendship amongst equals.
okay. i’m done.
Donald Glover, when your penchant for Asian Girls decreases, let me know.