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EtcetEraThread Moon Knight |OT| Embrace the CHAOS
Reason User Banned (1 Week): Dismissing Concerns of Representation over a Series of Posts
So I know this is a really, really common reply to criticism and I want to reply to this: Me criticizing a show for it's writing doesn't invalidate anyone feeling, well, validated by said writing. Nor is something that makes someone feel validated in their identity impossible to criticize. These responses consisting merely of quotes of people feeling validated by something, insinuating that being critical of the same content is somehow an attack on those people is incredibly reductive and hurtful to any kind of discussion that goes beyond "This is something that someone enjoyed. Therefore it is good". Your reply to me only makes sense if I would have criticized the concept of diversity and inclusion, the fact that there is someone who isn't a white middle aged man in the show at all. Which isn't the case, of course. I'm criticizing the writing and the structure. That Marvel doesn't actually have an Egyptian woman star as the main character in the show about Egyptian super heroes, but that it's a show about a US Hollywood star starring opposite himself, with the Egyptian character also being allowed to be the super hero for one scene, for which the show then pauses, only to tell the audience: "Hey. This is an Egyptian super hero. Did you notice? Please clap." And OF COURSE everyone who is Egyptian claps. Because it's dope that there is any kind of representation. That doesn't make the scene impervious to criticism. Or even good. I can like the little bit of representation happening and also dislike the way Disney capitalizes on it and fails to make it a natural part of their movies and shows. It's not immoral or inappropriate to voice that I disliked it and saying that it is puts an incredible moral obligation on liking (or at least not voicing displeasure for) very specific, often pretty badly written blockbuster entertainment tailor made to extract as much money as possible from as many people as possible by an unfathomably rich US company whose bosses are well known to actively support politicians trying to cut back on the human rights of and hurt non-white cis men as much as they can. I'm also really, really not a fan of using excited fans as this buffer zone to try to invalidate opinions differing from them, no matter how common that is. I have a partner and friends of different backgrounds and identities and sexual orientations - I know that some of them love this exact kind of scene, some of them strongly dislike it and some are utterly indifferent to it. I could now pick the ones that share my opinion and use their identities to bolster my own opinions and make them impervious to differing opinions...but I don't think that is a very good idea.


EtcetEraThread German DIY chain's 'racist' advert provokes anger in South Korea
Reason User Banned (1 Week): Dismissing Concerns on Racism
This isn't about portraying anyone as sexual deviants, nor does it portray Asian women as craving Caucasian males. So to find this add racist, you not only have to apply a stereotype on the people shown that doesn't exist where this ad was made but you also have to apply meaning to it that isn't evident from the add itself. My point is: A german ad for the german market doesn't have to and, in my opinion, shouldn't be asked to be marketed and made according to social norms and stereotypes that are only known on the other end of the world. This isn't about showing Blackface where some feign ignorance to try to act like it's any less racist in Europe, while it's obviously not. As a german, I have seriously not even once heard of the stereotype of Asians "craving" Caucasian Males or that Asian women tend to be "sexual deviants". I just don't think that this is a thing here. So you'd have to first ask a society with no such negative stereotypes to bring those stereotypes into their societal consciousness only to then try not to apply those stereotypes which originally weren't even a thing. What I can see is making note of the fact that different stereotypes and societal norms exist in the world and being amused at imagining how not OK such a piece of media would be in my country. I do that all the time consuming US media. What I can't see is asking those countries to conform to the societal norms I'm used to, even though those pieces of media have nothing to do with the stereotypes I know, aren't produced for my market and aren't intended for anyone who would adhere to or reinforce these stereotypes.What? No. Of course germany has racist stereotypes about Asian in its culture. But this stereotype, the one being talked about here just doesn't exist here. How can you, as someone who doesn't actually live here and has no real idea about what stereotypes do and don't exist, argue differently? You have no idea if you don't live in germany.


GamingThread Rockstar employees were working "100 hour weeks" for RDR 2
Red Text Mod Edit (article with Rockstar response):
We got a separate Thread for the whole article but I thought this part should be discussed separetely, as Rockstar Co-Founder Dan Houser still seems to think that inhuman work conditions are something you should proudly boast about in interviews: If anyone thinks that this seems familiar, in 2010 an open letter by wives of Rockstar San Diego employees about working conditions in relation to RDR 1 was published by Gamasutra. This is what was said back then: Related: