Month: May 2015

Racially Insensitive Casting: "Cleopatra" Through the Years

Cleopatra is, historically, an African queen. An Egyptian queen, to be exact, with mixed African and Greek heritage. However, her Greek heritage is one of the only times a large swath of the white Western world will use the one-drop rule in reverse. Usually, if a person has one drop of non-white heritage, they’re instantly not white. But instead with Cleopatra, her drop of Greek heritage makes her white to those who want to claim Egyptian culture as white culture. 

Queer Coded: Scar ("The Lion King")

I’m sure there’s going to be someone out there that’s going to say, “What, Monique? This is a lion! Scar doesn’t count!” Yeah, he’s a lion, invisible person who doubts my logic. But that doesn’t mean Disney, or any other studio, for that matter, won’t stoop to putting some Hollywood queer coding on a non-human character. They made Simba and Kovu hot, didn’t they? (Don’t even act like you didn’t think they were as a kid!) They’re lions, too, and putting human sexuality on animals is disturbing. 

Battle of Diverse Pilots: How Diverse are Fox's Pilots?

Before I get into the grading process for Fox, let me make a quick addendum to this series. I realize after the fact that several of these pilots I’ve included in my grading have now been passed over. So I’ll need to go back and revise my grades to see how the changes affect things. Also, since the first batch of series trailers have come out, I’ll be watching all of them and analyzing which ones I think will succeed and which ones just might fail. Okay; onward to the grading. 

Disney's Princess Problem: Why "Princess of North Sudan" Highlights Need for Disney's Princess Rehaul

Even though there are critiques about Lupita Nyong’o being a CG character in Star Wars Episode VI: The Force Awakens and people are annoyed with Avengers: Age of Ultron, Disney has, for the most part, been pleasing many fans with their Marvel and Lucasfilm acquisitions, along with their other Disney properties. But Disney has finally hit a wall with their upcoming film, The Princess of North Sudan. Why is this movie so offensive to many out there? Because the princess in question is a little white girl. 

MOC Monday: Jason Momoa

Game of Thrones is still making people highly uncomfortable and, to be frank, angry. It’s gotten so bad that now, what with the amount of “rape as character development” the show tends to engage in, with Sansa Stark being the latest victim, The Mary Sue has decided to withdraw their support of the show. 

I have never been a fan of Game of Thrones; I couldn’t get past the first episode for many reasons, chief of which being the horror at seeing two siblings have rough sex with each other. But despite all of the horrors of the show (so much so that I can’t even get into it as much as everyone else seems to), I do know there are some fan favorite characters, such as Tyrion Lannister, Brienne of Tarth, and Khal Drogo, played by Jason Momoa.*