10/01/14 @ 09:01pm
■ multiple gifs
■ lilo and stitch
■ ahahaha you're just mad becaus eyou're super duper sppoiled for drrr
Oh good, I thought it was actually going to be some asshole come to spoil me, but it was just you
|Maybe this is a crazy question, but how did Europeans know what Africans looked like? I know that some of the paintings here are of North Africans/Middle Easterners, but others clearly depict people born south of the Sahara. I've heard of Prester John but I never imagined that medieval Europeans were aware that Prester John would have had brown skin. Am I missing something?||◤||
Like. There are a lot of things I could say here. But I’m just going to do my best to answer your question, and the answer is either very simple or very complicated, depending on your current point of view.
1. “They” knew what people with brown skin looked like because people with brown skin had been there literally THE ENTIRE TIME. Some (and father back, ALL) of “them” had brown skin themselves.
2. “People with Brown Skin” and “Europeans” are not separate and mutually exclusive groups.
3. No matter how far back you go, the mythical time that you’re looking for, when all-white, racially and culturally isolated Europe was “real”, will continue to recede from your grasp until it winkles out the like imaginary place it is.
We can just keep going back. In every area, from all walks of life, rich and poor, kings and peasants, artists and iconoclasts, before there were countries and continents, before there were white people.
The time when “EVERYONE” in Europe was White does not exist. They knew what people with brown skin looked like because they were there. They knew what “Africans” looked like because they were there, and they weren’t “they”, they were us, or you. I think what you’re missing is something that never existed.
07/01/14 @ 07:42pm
WHAT DO YOU AMERICANS MEAN WHEN A SHOW IS ON AT LIKE FUCKIN “8/7c” WHAT IS THAT????
We never switched over to metric timekeeping. The c stands for “Caw”, referring to how many times a majestic eagle has flown overhead and cawed that day. Sometimes the eagles are feeling sluggish, so the show could be on after either the 7th or 8th caw.
■ Brandy!Cinderella is best Cinderella yessssss
Sometimes I’m overwhelmed by how important and amazing the the 1997 R&H Cinderella was. Like it’s 2013 and we were excited as hell for Twisted because it had a black woman in an interracial relationship but yo this movie did it twice, with Cinderella and with Whoopi’s character, the Queen.
Moreover, this is what I’m going to refer people to when they say “Rapunzel has to be blonde” or “it’s inaccurate to have POC in this vaguely Germanic fairy tale.” Like nah, this movie pretty clearly shows that if you can turn a pumpkin into a carriage you can literally do what you want. (by literally i mean Whoopi, Victor Garner, and Bernadette Peters’ characters all have children with different ethnicities than them and no one in universe bats an eye)
Also the original Julie Andrews version had lyrics about Cinderella having skin as white as a swan or something like that, which Brandy obviously doesn’t have, but instead of having 17 shitfits and insisting only a white woman can play her they changed the damn lyrics. I’ve heard both versions of the song in question dozens of times and wow who knew altering three words could change everything and also nothing at all??? WOW (they also took out the reference to slaves which was swell)
Being fairly young at the time, I can’t remember how successful this movie actually was when it came out (as opposed to gathering a following over time) but according to Wikipedia it was “the #1 show of the week, with over 60 million viewers. It became the highest-rated TV musical in years.” Which seems pretty good.
So like…lol you can say that there’s no room for POC in your made-up fairy tale stories, but the truth is things only have to be all white if you jokers keep *insisting* on it.