By Hel Des

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Marya Hornbacher, Wasted


i see lucy as a racist film that plays on negative stereotypes while hiding behind the cover of (white) feminism. 

all this film has done is switch out the white man for a white woman. it’s still a film about a white person getting violated by the evil poc, then gaining power and wiping them out. 

here’s 2 of my favourite scenes from the trailer: 


from top to left to right:


traditional chinese is an actual written language used by millions of people, not symbols to be thrown around at the whim of set designers because they look cool and idk, serves to create a menacing asian atmosphere. this is so disrespectful, and made even worse by the fact that this film in set it taipei, taiwan where the official written language is traditional chinese.

it doesn’t matter that this film caters to a primarily “white” audience who won’t be able to read it, the language and culture of taiwan isn’t something for you to twist and use as you deem fit because it’s “exotic.” 


lucy shoots a guy for not being able to speak english. 

she l i t e r a l l y shoots this taiwanese taxi driver, in taiwan for not being able to speak english. she’s in taipei and she’s shooting people as they are of no use to her because they don’t speak english. 

just think about the sort of message that’s sending out. she’s not being “bad-ass strong female character who takes no shit,” she’s saying that english is useful and better. this is the type of harmful ideology that stretches all the way back from when western countries were colonising and forcing their language and customs on other countries. 

let me explain with a real life example. i was born in new zealand to two taiwanese parents. i am fluent in english, but mandarin is conversational at best. my friends in taiwan say that i am “so lucky” to speak fluent english, when they are fluent in mandarin and their english level is no worse than my mandarin. they tell me that they want to perfect their english but in the same breath tell me that mandarin isn’t worth perfecting because i have english and that’s “enough”. they also tell me how pretty my white friends are when they see pictures.

this is the type of neo imperialism ideology that they’ve grown up buying into. it honestly hurts and frustrates me that they belittle their own culture like this, honestly believing that the western world is superior. this is the type of neo imperialism ideology that this film (hopefully unintentionally) promotes: white people are better and will save the day. 

if they wanted to film a movie about a white women getting back at those who had violated her, why not film it in a western country? if they wanted to film it in taiwan, why not find an asian lead actress?

i do agree that we need more women protagonists in action/superhero movies, but not like this. its not okay that the female lead needs to be kidnapped and have her body cut open without her consent in order to gain her powers, and those said those powers do not make any of this racist bullshit okay. 

i am just so tired and angry of poc always being brushed off to the side as either props or villains in mainstream media. 

as a poc, it’s so frustrating to see that the of the standard of beauty still white women when we live in multi-cultural societies and a diverse world. 

feminism is about equality. a film in which poc are presented as evil and inferior before being killed off by a superior white woman does not promote equality. 

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Gustav Klimt - Ver Sacrum (1901)

In response to the news of a black captain america

I found out that Captain America is being replaced by Sam Wilson, aka The Falcon which in all honesty isn’t that big a deal since there’s an established history between the two but Marvel are cashing in their coins by simply using the word Black Captain America as a selling point and it’s gotten some people riled up. This is what I had to say:

As an Asian American who has little to no “Racial superheroes” to speak of, I can only sit on the sidelines and laugh at the pettiness from people on either side. There’s a cuban/black skinned spider-man, a muslim Ms. Marvel, a female Thor, a handful of black superheroes like Luke Cage, Aqualad from Young Justice, The Falcon, Goliath, we have super-heroes from poor and rich backgrounds, robots, aliens, you name it. 

But where is the Asian representation? we have the Japanese Sunfire, and a Thai Psylocke, who was originally British but was changed probably because Asian women are exotic and hot. There’s also Elektra but she’s more of an anti-hero as far as I understand. And that’s really cool, don’t get me wrong. But Asians in general are wildly either ignored or otherwise misrepresented and underrated in nearly ANY media, comics, movies, music, you name it.

I get why having a black Captain America is important to some people but as the middle man who grew up never really having ANY superhero representation, and who’s race in general is often ridiculed, (often right in front of our face because somehow it’s okay to do that with Asians but not other races), such discussion mostly leaves me thinking, “well, what about us?”

I’m not complaining, I do however find it intriguing at the least whenever notions of “underrepresentation” splurted out. obviously such an issue, though salient, are not easily mended over night.