At least they sell Black Widow merchandise in the MCU

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From Mockingbird: S.H.I.E.L.D. 50th Anniversary #1, by Chelsea Cain and Joëlle Jones.

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*sigh.* More Ghostbusters Misogyny.

Before I get to the meat of this article, can we all agree that actors visiting sick children in hospital is a pretty awesome thing to do, especially when they do it dressed up in costume? Because it is. If you disagree, then I think you should probably stop reading, right about…now.

So, the stars of the new Ghostbusters movie – Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones – visited some sick kids at Tufts Medical Center. In full Ghostbusters costume. Which is pretty fucking awesome.

The following photos were posted on Tufts Medical Center’s Facebook page:

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Apparently, not everyone thought that this visit was a good thing and some vile, misogynist shit was posted in response to these photos on the Tufts Medical Center’s Facebook page.

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Underpinning all of these comments are the same arguments:

  • These women aren’t the REAL Ghostbusters (because they’re not white males),
  • It’s a dick move to promise that the “Ghostbusters” will be coming to visit and then to have these WOMEN (who are clearly inferior to the white male Ghostbusters) come and dash their hopes, and
  • This visit is nothing more than a publicity stunt.

You know what, Internet Misogynists? Go fuck yourselves.

And those (men) out there who are decrying that it’s not sexist to automatically hate any movie that doesn’t have a majority white male cast because any cast with a prominent female or non-white cast is a “gimmick” or is “pandering” and, therefore, cannot possibly be any good need to just shut the fuck up. Because you know what you’re really saying? Allow me to enlighten you. What you are, in effect, saying is that white male is the default and representative of the whole world and that anyone who isn’t a white man doesn’t count. Therefore, it’s impossible to have a film about anyone who isn’t a white male that also has any artistic or critical merit. Just shut it, hysterical manbabies. I’m seriously done with your misogynist (and racist) bullshit.

Signal Boost: White Privilege, Comics, and Strange Fruit #1

As I was navigating through my Tumblr dashboard last night, I came across the following review of BOOM! Studios recent offering, Strange Fruit #1, which I’d highly recommend that you read (the article, not the comic).

The author, J.A. Micheline, describes for the reader exactly why this project is problematic. Here’s an excerpt:

No, seriously, stop a second and look at this constellation of events. This comic, announced on Dwayne McDuffie’s birthday, about racism in the South by two white men is being marketed as a “deeply personal passion project.” Do I need to go into why I have some questions about why a story about racism is deeply personal to white people? Do I need to explain why I think that marketing choice was tone-deaf and perhaps even toeing the line into disrespect? Do I need to air my concerns about what that indicates about who this book is being marketed to and why I suspect it is not people who look like me?

It’s an amazing fucking article. Go read it.

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