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  1. Murder On The Orient Express (2017)

    The original book mystery packed a bigger punch. This wasn't even a mystery, not really. It was some kind of horror-story melodramatic nonsense.
  2. Race & Ethnicity on TV

    And they capitalized on that, putting her face/image in Person of Interest promos especially on streaming services. TWISTED and SLEEPY HOLLOW are textbook examples of how showrunners would prefer to see a show fail with white leads than succeed with POC leads.
  3. And the point is that the Lannisters's War was not just by any representation. All this proves is that there's a subjective veering on misogynistic double standard when it comes to portraying and therefore appreciating characters on the show. It's why regardless of how much asspull D & D do this final season, Dany is going to look tyrannical for murdering poor-innocent-Tyrion because even when he's literally burning people with the equivalent of a chemical bomb, he will still get the in-story justification that Dany won't. It's why Tyrion's acts of treason are regarded as "personal" wrongs against Dany alone, and not the indirect murders of allies and their equally Ed-Sheeran-esque "good guys just doing their job" soldiers. It's why per the leaks, Tyrion's defense of a mass murderer like Cersei will be regarded as some how "nobler" than his loyalty to Dany.
  4. Murder On The Orient Express (2017)

    Ugh. I watched it. It was ridiculous. I really don't get these "adaptations" that basically just take the name of the characters, put them in a laundry and spit out a completely unrelated story. Why not just create an original series of "inspired by Christie" stories?
  5. And this is the obvious misogyny of the show that certain of the audience have bought into. Because the Lannisters's War - to basically hold onto the power that they had murdered Ned Stark and Robert Baratheon for - was not just. Tyrion had the option to surrender King's Landing before it was attacked, and chose instead to send innocent soldiers into battle to defend his criminal family. And of course the show does not portray it that way. We don't see an Ed Shireen-type Lannister soldier sitting at his camp fire, and thinking about how he'd rather not be fighting Lannister battles until the show needed that character to sully Dany's rep. And of course, that's not even going into how if you think death by fire is a brutal way to die, it doesn't matter the circumstances in which it's employed. You need to watch the show again. Last I checked, Tyrion went to Essos to join forces with the dragon queen, defied her by unchaining her chained dragons, and smirked at the Essos leaders prior to Dany's Ass-Kicking-By-Dragon-Fire move. Even in the scene you're probably referring to where he was suggesting caution, he wasn't asking her not to unleash her dragons and Dothraki on the people who were literally about to bomb his ass. He was asking her to leave some people alive. As for the rest, see above. Just goes to show that the show's misogyny/racism is so pervasive that most people can't even see the retroactive history when it's happening. Lannisters fought a just war indeed. Ergo, when Tyrion gets rightfully executed for treason it would seem like tyranny in Dany's place. Even though Jon killed a man for less and it was shown as bad-assery. Even though Stannis (and it's part of misogyny that in the Lannister-Baratheon conflict, the two sides of the war can be portrayed with nuance, but Dany is depicted as completely in the wrong and an invader while Lannisters are suddenly, weirdly white-washed) --- was a fan favorite.
  6. That's D & D's misogyny and a bit of racism, not anything intrinsic to Dany's character. They didn't mind Dany-the-Dragon-Queen when she was ruling over a land that they populated with brown/black people. If anything, they scrapped all Dany's efforts at political growth in Mereen for Badass-Dany-on-Dragon-Burns-Her-Way-Through-Mereen. But when she needed to turn all that Rage and Fire on a white patriarchy, suddenly they included hand-wringing and tut-tutting to the extent that Tyrion Wildfyre Lannister gets to school Dany on the Ethics and Morality of Burning Enemies.
  7. 不不不不不不不 The same Tyrion that commissioned wildfyre to unleash against Baratheon forces? That Tyrion? I know the show white-washed book!Tyrion but this is the first I'm realising that even show!Tyrion gets the whitewashing treatment.
  8. There are 2 main reasons, I think. Firstly: see above. They get the "points" for the attempt, and can still depend on the racism of the "audience" so they don't have to follow through. Secondly: marketing. They get a black female lead, they get black viewers (black female viewers are a significant portion of TV watchers) and if they are smart enough to cast a white female character, they also get white viewers who are watching the show to see "justice done" i.e. the black character demoted, demeaned, and hopefully even killed off the show, to prop up the white character. You can't quantify the sheer number of people who hate the Flash, hate it even more now that Iris is more and more prominent, but keep watching it anyway on the slim hope that some day they could see her humiliated and killed off, Barry declare he never loved her, and Caitlin or some other appropriate white woman take her place.
  9. Because they don't want to. Because they want to get diversity "points" for casting a black actress, but they're depending on - heck, they're really egging on - racist fandom to give them a "reason" to write her off. That way they can claim "we wanted the black actress, but the audience wasn't ready for her."
  10. Race & Ethnicity on TV

    This might be a stretch to people who aren't black women but a very good example is how Prince Harry/The British Royalty stepped up and tackled all the racism and classism against Meghan Markle heads on with that announcement in the press. It was pretty much unprecedented and it ruffled feathers - but it also put the press on blast. And that's what you do when you establish a relationship (be it personal or professional) with a Black actress. It's highly irresponsible for Krypton/The Flash/etc to hire Black actresses as lead characters, and not tackle the backlash that comes with that heads on. Especially since they can't claim naivete. They know there'll be backlash - that's why they "warn" them off social media. But they seem to think that the backlash is, for example, Candice's problem. No, it's not her problem. She's an employee, doing her job by acting and promoting the show. It's your job as the showrunners since you cast her in your show to defend your casting decisions. To hit the racists hard and head-on. To call out the media who sideline her, and remind everyone who your lead is. To make sure that every single promotional material remembers who is the most important female character on the show. It's definitely not their job to make things harder for her by sidelining her in promotional material, or downgrading her in the writing. Like this is just Common Sense 101 that the onus of "defending" casting a Black actress should be on the people who actually made the decision to cast her - not the person who took the job. It's enough to make one tear their hair out.
  11. Relationships: Speed Dating

    Girl. It's exhausting. I wish white people who get super-defensive when this is pointed out can understand that black women don't point out the racism and unfair treatment of black female characters because we like it. We watch these shows to escape racism, not to look for it.
  12. Spoilers and Spoiler Discussion

    I think S1 had a good villain that helped, but I also think ---- and no one's going to like it --- that a big hang up this show has is pushing racism, both from the audience and from their own internal biases. There is far too much effort made to sideline important characters (Iris, Wally, and even Joe to some extent) and prop up tertiary characters whose only relevance is being White. The whole "center the stories in Star Labs" is part of the racism agenda, because it's a good excuse to cut off stories from Iris and Joe. The whole "STEM intelligence is the only intelligence that counts" is part of this, and it's also why Wally - an engineering major - carries the idiot ball for most of the show. (Check out who carries the idiot ball, who asks the "say it in English please". I guarantee you that it's not the melanin-deficient.) The show plucks out its eye over and over again. You see it when Wally West is written off in season 4, and his role/significance is given to Ralph and Ralph ends up eating the show because that's a shiny new white character that can be written for without any "black" baggage. You see it in season 3B - where Iris's death is teased as a treat with every season starter (in fact, I believe that Iris's death is the first time we see a significant portion of Iris in the "My name is Barry Allen..." intro), and where Caitlin was given an "equally" important storyline (and we know this because Iris said so) that was handled badly because even when the show wants to prop Caitlin at Iris's expense by writing her a villain act ---- they still have to uphold White Female Purity by taking away her accountability. It's why Iris was the least significant character in a plotline revolving her death.
  13. Relationships: Speed Dating

    Yeah, the thing about initial!jealousy between female characters is that it's almost always the jealous character propping up the unaware character. Unless it's a case of "mistaken identity jealousy" where the jealous character mistakes someone as a (usually romantic) rival and the other girl turns out to be her boyfriend's sister, or gay platonic best friend or ex that he dumped and never cared about in the first place. Somewhere along the way, the writers became uncomfortable with writing a white woman propping a black woman this way. Someone needs to do a take on how the writing for black female characters tends to become more problematic as seasons go on. Writers seem to start with the "belief" for lack of a better word that they can write black people in a "neutral" way (read: like a white person with a permanent tan) but as time goes on, they fall victim to their own internalised racism. You know, I would believe this if the show didn't have Felicity randomly calling Barry blind when he points out that this is exactly what Caitlin is doing. There's no other reason for Felicity's comment than for the writers to clarify/insinuate that Caitlin's feelings for Barry are not a projection of her feelings for Ronnie.
  14. The Flash in the Media

    That's a sad excuse for misogynoir. "Super-powers" weren't a requirement for other non-powered female leads like Felicity or Lois Lane (Smallville). The fact that they made two villain dolls (reverse flash and killer frost) before Iris is so disrespectful, I have no words.
  15. Relationships: Speed Dating

    Well Savitar wanted to kill Iris... but they still managed to give a "Westallen"-esque vibe to their 2 face-to-face encounters, and basically changed/explained Savitar's motivations were about not getting Iris. So they could still have done an evil Nazi!Barry (and he didn't have to be evil any more than Winn was evil) without compromising the "in every universe, they're meant to be". And all that aside (whether Nazi!Barry was scrapped because he'd be Savitar 2.0 or because the writers didn't want to "sully" Westallen) ---- it's still the writers being OK with "sullying" Olicity and Karamel, the OTPs of their other shows, in a way they didn't want to risk with Westallen. Nazi!Oliver and Nazi!Kara didn't have to be in love. They could have been non-romantic partners-in-evil; they could have been husband and wife with an "I admire your dedication to the Aryan Supremacist Agenda ---- but show any weakness or flaw, and I will happily murder you" relationship, with Oliver wanting to cure Overgirl because they needed their best Nazi weapon, not because he was so lovey-dovey over his wife that her death broke his concentration mid-fight. (This is really weird. I'm usually not the one defending the writing for Westallen.)