"personally idc about the diversity. A good story is good no matter if it’s all white males or a multi gender rainbow".
— A comment made by a person on Twitter. There is evidence that this person is straight, white, and male, but I don’t want to presume.
"idc" means "I don’t care".
My response to this?
I’m so glad you’ve decided to take a position, and while I’m sorry you’re not pro-diversity, I support your right to abstain and cede your place in the conversation.
That’s what you did, right? You said you don’t care. As long as the story is good, you don’t care.
But I do care about diversity. I super care about diversity. So if the stories are good and the characters are diverse, we can both be happy.
So, from now on, let’s not have any straight white male leads in stories. None. Zip. Zilch. Not in movies, not in TV shows, not in popular fiction, not in comics. If all the leads in all the stories are women and/or people of colour and/or LGBT, we’ll still have the same ratio of good stories to bad stories, but we’ll also have more diversity.
So you get good stories, which is what you care about, and I get diversity and good stories, which is what I care about. It’s win-win.
No, I don’t want there to be no stories starring straight white men. Some of my best friends are straight white men. I wouldn’t want to live in a world where straight white men didn’t have any heroes that look like them.
I don’t think anyone should be without heroes.
So, here’s a solution. We’ll set aside some heroes for straight white men. Protagonists that they can call their own.
They can have James Bond.
And Harry Potter.
And Sherlock Holmes.
And Peter Parker.
They can have Bilbo Baggins. James T. Kirk. Philip Marlowe. Dirk Pitt. Bertie Wooster. Tarzan. John McClane. Arthur Dent. Mack Bolan. Marty McFly. Clark Kent. Roland Deschain. Jason Bourne. Don Draper. Odysseus. Jerry Seinfeld. Robert Langdon. Perry Mason. Indiana Jones. Flash Gordon. Jack Bauer. Don Quixote. Luke Skywalker. Raylan Givens. Jack Sparrow. Harry Dresden. Homer Simpson. Remo Williams. Sam Beckett. The Doctor, versions one-through-twelve. Rocky. Rambo. Robin Hood.
They can have Batman.
They can even have Walter White.
It seems like maybe there are enough straight white male heroes to last a while.
So this is where we’ll draw a line. Straight white men get to dominate fiction up until now.
And the rest of us? The women, the people of colour, the LGBT folk?
We’ll dominate everything made after now.
Does that seem fair?
Wait! Why am I asking you?
You don’t care about diversity! You only care that the stories are good!
So, we’re good.
Glad we could do business.
A Facebook interaction resulting from this post got me thinking about a fictional universe where deer are the only animals aside from humans that are able to become vampires. It’s so stupid it’s amazing: their fur protects their skin from solar exposure, so now we’ve got UNSTOPPABLE VAMPIRE DEER running all over the place that have fangs, enhanced strength and speed, resistance to damage, immortality, and a relentless thirst for the blood of other mammals — but they’re also just deer. Hanging out in fields, placidly munching on shoots and leaves out of sheer force of dumb animal habit. Deer that stand in the headlights of cars and get hit, doing thousands of dollars of damage and just walking away. Deer that suddenly spring into violent, terrible action when the thirst takes them, vanishing into the woods after a kill with lightning speed. Deer that can only be brought down with a spray of silver buckshot to the heart by the most determined woodsmen alive. All of this sprang into being in my mind in like half a second. Never stop being amazed at the power of the imagination, everybody.
oh my godddddd there is a new swedish reality tv show where they are tracking down internet trolls and confronting them about the death threats they’ve sent to people, since it’s actually illegal.
watching them try to explain how it’s not them is the best entertainment i’ve ever seen.
this episode ended with them fining him 5000 SEK to be paid to the victim!
guess what America should do
I’m so glad someone else had this idea (my name for the show in my head was “Who DOES That?!”); hurry up and get it done, people.
Unfortunately, the show is wrong, on both counts. Changing a scene from consensual sex to rape is not just a pedantic issue of accuracy—it’s a problem with story. The Daenerys Targaryen who falls in love with a man who granted her respect when no one else would is different from the Daenerys Targaryen who fell in love with her rapist. It changes that relationship. (Dany falling in love with Drogo, and calling him her “sun and stars,” makes a whole lot more sense now, doesn’t it?)
Similarly, Jaime is a figure of chivalric love in the books—despite his arrogance and ruthlessness, his devotion and sense of duty to Cersei, the only woman he has ever loved, is so fervent as to border on adoration. Admittedly, the show can’t rely on his point-of-view chapters, as the book does, to communicate that love. But given what we have seen Cersei Lannister capable of—her ex-husband is hardly the only man she’s had killed—is it even conceivable that she would stand for it? Jaime raping Cersei is a major anomaly for these two characters—even based purely on what we’ve seen in the show. It’s just not something that either character would do."
yeah what the FUCK WAS THAT
The director of the episode doesn’t think it was rape? Which leads me to believe he must’ve been watching something else. While he was making it. I don’t know either, people.