Marvel’s Hawkeye Doing Crazy Superheroine Poses in Comics!
Why An African American Human Torch is Important (a.k.a. Comic Fans are Racist and Kinda Unimportant)
Wake up world, Black actor Michael B. Jordan has been cast as Johnny Storm (a.k.a. the Human Torch) in the upcoming reboot of the Fantastic Four franchise. The hurricane of controversy, and all the requisite ridiculous and racist comments have begun, and will keep flowing, until, or course, the movie comes out, as which point people will go see it not matter how incensed or infuriated they are. And you know what, I don’t care if anyone is incensed, infuriated, or inconsolable about a Black actor being cast in a fictional role of a character that is known to be White. Really, honestly, and truly, I don’t care at all. That is not, however, going to stop me from addressing a few issues.
First, there are all the diehard comic book fans freaking out over the fact that one of Jack Kirby and Stan Lee’s creations is being changed from White to Black. Their protests and insipid whining are, to be sure, based primarily in racism. The complaints that are not racist are merely based in nostalgia, which is tied more closely to racism than even the most free-thinking, liberal, and, sad to say, people of color, can even begin to comprehend. The very real—and very ugly—truth of the matter is that if you’re upset that Human Torch is being played by a Black guy, you are in fact operating within a paradigm of racial ideology that is, in every way, shape, and form, tied to racism. This is not to say you are a racist, because you may not be. But that’s the soul-crushing and terrifying reality of racism—quite often we engage in racist ideology without realizing we’re doing it.
The most common statement we will be hearing in days, weeks, and months to come, is that casting Human Torch as a Black man is akin to casting a White actor as Luke Cage, or even worse, Martin Luther King, Jr. Well, for starters, Human Torch and Luke Cage are both fictional characters. Martin Luther King was a real person, and I have already addressed the ugly reality of White actors portraying real-life people of color in another post (so I won’t repeat myself). Instead, I want to explain why it is of the utmost importance that Michael B. Jordan portray Human Torch, and why it is nothing like a White actor playing Luke Cage or Black Panther…
What an astonishing thing a book is. It’s a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you’re inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic.
—Carl Sagan, Cosmos (via victoriousvocabulary)
Victorian-style greenhouse, England
A song I wrote today because I was stuck inside with snow.
fancy fairy music <3
Old artists studios in London.
wow, literally the best house I’ve ever seen, imagine living there.
Imagine having your bed up there amongst all your art stuff and all these plants you have everywhere, having rain falling on the glass above you when you wake up in the morning and huddling under a blanket drinking a hot drink while you draw or browse tumblr or whatever. In this rustic old brick building. oh maaaaaannn I need to find out where this is so I can find pictures of the inside
if this is the building i think it is, it’s on talgarth road in london, near LAMDA. it’s also on a motorway, unfortunately. there are more pictures of the buildings on google maps but i couldn’t get it to give me a URL to link here.