We apologise for the interruption in service

Day 46. 161 pages, 58,131 words.

Well, that guy was a whiny bore. Let’s not let him out again.

With any luck I will be back in business by Monday, if I can get my stupid computer back in shape and haven’t done too much damage to the monitor by lifting it up and bashing it against my office wall.

In the meantime I do have some posts to add for the weekend, thanks to scandalous misappropriation of office resources and the revival of Mopho Cake III. But let’s see.

Off to check out Doctor Strange tonight. Will be interesting to see how that is as well.

I had an amorphous “isn’t whitewashing a black or Asian character exactly the same problem as replacing a white character with a non-white one, so why do SJWs yell about the former but applaud the latter?” bit of trollosophising rattling around in my head, but I don’t think I have the time or energy to get into it (except, you know, for the rambling below). I think I’ll just conclude that it is basically the same, the main difference being in the dominant / oppressed-or-underrepresented dichotomy between the two cases.

The former is whitey piling more onto his own cultural plate at the expense of the others. The latter is a bit of plate-redistribution that we can all afford to calm down about.

But, because I do think the two cases are essentially similar, I’m not really bothered by either of them. It’s probably insensitive of me – look, I know there is a difference in the cases and it’s unfortunate when whitewashing happens, I think I acknowledged and showed my understanding of the distinction in the previous couple of paragraphs – but what can I say? I’m a white heterosexual male in my 30s. I can afford to have a consistent standard in my opinion of this issue. Goddamn privileged shitlord, that’s me.

Plus, I think if the Ancient One could have been Tilda Swinton, he would have jumped at the chance. And doesn’t the gender swap cancel out the whitewash?


About Hatboy

I’m not often driven to introspection or reflection, but the question does come up sometimes. The big question. So big, there’s just no containing it within the puny boundaries of a single set of punctuationary bookends. Who are these mysterious and unsung heroes of obscurity and shadow? What is their origin story? Do they have a prequel trilogy? What are their secret identities? What are their public identities, for that matter? What are their powers? Their abilities? Their haunted pasts and troubled futures? Their modus operandi? Where do they live anyway, and when? What do they do for a living? Do they really have these fantastical adventures, or is it a dazzlingly intellectual and overwrought metaphor? Or is it perhaps a smug and post-modern sort of metaphor? Is it a plain stupid metaphor, hedged around with thick wads of plausible deniability, a soap bubble of illusory plot dependent upon readers who don’t dare question it for fear of looking foolish? A flight of fancy, having dozed off in front of the television during an episode of something suitably spaceship-oriented? Do they have a quest, a handler, a mission statement, a department-level development objective in five stages? I am Hatboy. https://hatboy.blog/2013/12/17/metalude-who-are-creepy-and-hatboy/
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4 Responses to We apologise for the interruption in service

  1. stchucky says:

    I also like to think that by being more or less un-fussed about either case, I’m walking the fine line between “unbearable SJW crybaby who wails about whitewashing but is thrilled when Idris Elba gets cast as Doc Brown in the Back to the Future reboot”[1] and “grotesque racist who thinks whitewashing is fine but puts down his can of Pabst and grabs his shotgun at the thought of Idris Elba being cast as Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter reboot”[2].

    [1] This didn’t happen, and I sort of hope it won’t, in general. Back to the Future doesn’t need to be touched! But if it does … ehh, Elba can be the Doc.

    [2] This didn’t happen either, but it would be hilarious and I would be on board. Potter is due for a reboot.

  2. aaronthepatriot says:

    I’m not discussing ANYTHING else until I get that Dr. Strange review, slave.

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