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Queer Coded: Sam and Frodo ("The Lord of the Rings")

Yeah, The Lord of the Rings characters Frodo and Sam are queer-coded too, at least, to me, if not to everyone else. But if the large amount of fanfiction is anything to go by, along with some forums and the reactions my former classmates had to the scene at the end of Return of the King when it looks like Frodo’s about to kiss Sam before he goes to the Undying Lands, then it would seem that Peter Jackson et al. were successful in making Frodo and Sam the hottest couple of 2003, even though they probably never intended for the relationship to be interpreted that way. 

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"Aloha" and the History of The "Asian/Pacific Islands" Hollywood War Movie

I love Bradley Cooper. I love Emma Stone. I do not love Aloha. Neither does Hawaii. (You can read Sony’s “We have our own Hawaiian supporters so the film’s not offensive” defense here.) It’s one of those movies you know everything about it without having to watch it. Just viewing the trailer is enough. And, if you’ve viewed other films set in “exotic” Asian or Pacific Island locales with their own cultures, people, and ways of life, then you probably know everything Aloha will throw at you. 

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Fantasy Casting: Who Could Play Hadji in Robert Rodriguez's "Jonny Quest" Adaptation?

News of a Jonny Quest movie has been around for years. I think the first time I heard about a Jonny Quest movie was in the works was in the early ’00s and again in 2010, when Zac Efron was still a teenager and Dwayne Johnson was still “The Rock,” making his way in the movie industry. Now, years later, the Jonny Quest movie is shaping up with Robert Rodriguez at the helm. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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.*

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Exclusive Interview: Grace Lee (Director, "American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs")

About two weeks ago, I was able to watch a free screening of American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs, and I was introduced to a woman whom I’d heard about thanks to social media, but has never really understood the impact of her social work. During that same week, I was able to talk to the director of the film, also named Grace Lee.

In the interview below, Lee and I discuss the film’s newest accolade—a Peabody Award—and how Lee came to find what she didn’t she didn’t know she was looking for Boggs. We also discussed the hot issue at the time (and technically still is a hot issue despite it not being featured in the news), the unrest in Baltimore triggered over the police-involved death of Freddie Gray.

American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs is currently available for free viewing on PBS until May 24. Definitely check it out for yourself. 

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