I love this holiday. A blessed Eid to everyone, and to my friends honoring Yom Kippur, I hope your fast hasn’t been too hard.
Perhaps in response to criticism, games studio Ubisoft Montreal has been offering glimpses of Élise de la Serre, whom Assassin’s Creed: Unity (Nov. 2014) director Alex Amancio describes as “driven, fiercely independent and deeply in love with Arno.” Even if she’s only a love interest in the male protagonist’s story, rather than a full actor, I’m glad to see some strong female presence in Unity. I still hold out hope for more playable female protagonists. At least they’ve learned since two years ago that women did indeed make history. Also, may I say that their trailers are still the bomb?
The latest among many tributes to Tayyibah Taylor, founder of Azizah magazine, the first magazine exclusively for Muslim women, and leader for Muslim women. We were blessed to have her, and I hope that we continue her legacy in continuing to fight injustice, improve spaces and services for women, and amplify women’s voices.
From a recent episode of So You Think You Can Dance, the dance competition on Fox. Let’s just call this video sisterhood. One of the most female-empowering routines among my SYTYCD favorites, along with season 10’s Jasmine and Comfort and season eight’s finale with Melanie and Sasha. You must watch these full-screen to get the full impact.
The journalists I respect risk a lot in the hopes of raising awareness of or pressuring oppressive agents, so I’m disappointed at the coverage of Ferguson, which has focused on “looting and rioting” rather than the protesters linking arms to protect storefronts and police or that several incidents, like the broken windows at a nearby McDonalds, are the result of adults fleeing tear gas, sometimes with kids in tow. That is beside the journalists exploiting protests for face time and career advancement, abusing locals, and trampling memorials for Michael Brown. This comment from journalist Matty Giles says it all:
As another media member who was down there videoing and taking photographs – my photos of members of the community doing anything other than rioting were not accepted by the networks. When I took pictures of men standing shoulder to shoulder protecting stores that had been broken into, no one cared. When I got video of Antonio French pleading with a young man who wanted to fight the cops, and managed to talk him down and calm him down – no one is interested in that story. The networks want sexy photos of police with guns raised and people fighting each other.
I left on Monday. The story of how police treat that community, and how they have subsequently treated people thereafter is one that should be told, but no one is listening to that story.
After seeing ISIL exploit the genuine sacrifice of the Syrian people, I know the pain when opportunists rush in. Check out #OperationHelporHush or http://operationhelporhush.org/ to fund supplies for protesters. I’m really shocked the police haven’t announced any plans for change at this point -it wouldn’t be hard to pacify the public from a practical standpoint, wave some false promises, and that, too, Syrians know; take some tips from us, Ferguson- but at least Atty. General Holder’s supportive. Keep on, Ferguson.
At Feminism/geekery, Kate Reynolds says everything we’re thinking, or I, at least, about director James Gunn’s big-screen adaptation of Marvel comic Guardians of the Galaxy.
Interviewed by The Daily Beast’s Marlow Stern, Gunn says, “If it was up to me, and I was the first one who’d written the screenplay, I would’ve put two women in the Guardians,” but he later says in the same interview that little has survived of the original script written by Nicole Perlman. So which is true?
Somehow, I think the same Gunn who called Gambit a “Cajun fruit” had a heavy hand in a script wherein the only superheroine is undermined and called a “whore” by one of her alien allies in a “comic” moment -and I heard the audience laugh; particularly in light of the kids present, it was disturbing- and the skills of the deadliest assassin in the galaxy are repeatedly trumped by a raccoon and a thief. Why was Gamora so missish, and finally, why did Peter Quill need to find women expendable for man cred? How does this reconcile with his reverence for his mother? All of this ad-lib sexism seems like distinctly earth-man baggage (see James Gunn).
Not for lack of trying, Guardians is the first Marvel movie I couldn’t enjoy wholeheartedly, and as much as I love Chris Pratt, it will be my last from James Gunn, who can apparently only relate to misunderstood raccoons and (someone’s) masculine ideals like the reinterpreted Peter Quill.
I’ve been down due to the events in Gaza these past few weeks, I haven’t been able to think of much else, but my sister’s in town and it’s Eid. Sad to say the situation hasn’t changed overseas, but praying for a resolution soon.