Honestly.. When PoC get to an age where they are able to deeply realize and internalize how intensely and directly racism affects them, as well as able to recognize the little racial microaggressions against them, it truly IS a traumatic experience. Its draining and depressing and painful and scarring. It can very easily make you lose the will to do anything or dream anything. And that is something that whites will never experience, thus never understand how deep this goes.
Truest post I’ve seen
So I went to see The Boxtrolls today having been very excited about all of the publicity, the general theme of the film, and all of the posters I saw of what appeared to be same gender families.
I left the cinema in tears because of it. It’s very transmisogynist. I do not advise anyone, especially trans women, to see this film. I’ll explain why below.
TW FOR THE CONTENT BELOW. It contains spoilers and descriptions of transmisogyny.
starburst98 said: on the flip side, you can't be so afraid that something could offend someone that you make it incredibly bland. an un-spiced dish may not offend, but no one will LOVE it.
Putting consideration into the weight of the words I use isn’t enforcing blandness. In fact, refusing to change because of “political correctness” is more bland than doing so. Bigoted jokes and content rely purely on the audience being “in on the joke” and nothing else, they’re little better than memes in terms of originality. Resorting to tired stereotypes and “shock” values isn’t exciting or explorative, it’s boring monkey-see-monkey-do.
I guess what you’re trying to get at is that if an artist tries to please everyone, their work will become bland and boring - and I agree, in a sense. I think that art that isn’t challenging or insightful is dull. But there’s nothing insightful or challenging about enforcing society’s pre-existing power structure. There’s nothing brilliant about creating content that comforts people who are already comforted by every other aspect of media. So I try to create art that is appealing to those who feel disrespected or ignored by other media, and I cannot do so by ignoring criticism from that very audience.
I guess what I’m saying is “offensiveness”, as it’s described by society, isn’t actually offensive to the audience most media is marketed to. It’s safe and familiar, and it has become so at the expense of marginalised people. And I don’t care for it.
Thank you for your message!