McFleurrry

My Least Favorite Trope (and this post will include spoilers for The Lego Movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Matrix, Western Civilization, and—cod help me—Bulletproof Monk*.) is the thing where there’s an awesome, smart, wonderful, powerful female character who by all rights ought to be the Chosen One and the hero of the movie, who is tasked with taking care of some generally ineffectual male character who is, for reasons of wish fulfillment, actually the person the film focuses on. She mentors him, she teaches him, and she inevitably becomes his girlfriend… and he gets the job she wanted: he gets to be the Chosen One even though she’s obviously far more qualified. And all he has to do to get it and deserve it is Man Up and Take Responsibility.

And that’s it. Every god-damned time. The mere fact of naming the films above and naming the trope gives away the entire plot and character arc of every single movie.

Elizabeth Bear - My Least Favorite Trope (via owldee)

I’d like to add that it is normally a white male who plays savior, so any deviation from that would be nice.  In about half of the movies mentioned the person who trained the white male was a person of color.  But, I guess we are leaving that out because people of color don’t matter, right?

Thank you, Elizabeth Bear, for the friendly reminder that people of color are completely invisible to white social justice activists unless we are murdered in cold blood.  #YesAllWhitePeople

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This is a good point.  Reflecting on where this trope is visible, it feels like often the sidelined character is either a woman of any race (mostly white but not always) or a man of color.  See Laurene Fishburne in The Matrix, Zoe Saldana in Guardians, or both Elizabeth Banks and Morgan Freeman in Lego Movie.  White male protagonists are always ‘the chosen one’, meant to be educated from complete ignorance by some minority character until he eventually surpasses them.

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socialjusticekoolaid:

Today in Solidarity: Family of Mike Brown join protesters outside of STL Courthouse, demanding the immediate arrest of their son’s killer, Officer Darren Wilson.

The grand jury has yet to charge Darren Wilson with anything. Mike Brown’s killer is still a free man, being paid by the taxpayers of the very community he’s terrorized. #staywoke #farfromover

I want to send you guys a message so horrible that you will instantly explode and this blog will die XD
Anonymous

shitrichcollegekidssay:

Ah, the XD emoticon, looks like we got a time traveler from the great year of 2007 over here. How’s your Myspace account, say hi to Tom for me.

jackslenderman:

flying-turnip:

rad lizard to the rescue

IS THAT AN EGYPTIAN GOD ON A SKATEBOARD?

jackslenderman:

flying-turnip:

rad lizard to the rescue

IS THAT AN EGYPTIAN GOD ON A SKATEBOARD?

in3ffable-lib3rty:

black—lamb:

cute-pubes:

As I was sitting in the back of the police car, I remembered the countless times my father came home frustrated or humiliated by the cops when he had done nothing wrong. I felt his shame, his anger, and my own feelings of frustration for existing in a world where I have allowed myself to believe that “authority figures” could control my BEING… my ability to BE!
Danièle’s husband, Brian Lucas, who is white, says he believes they were targeted because they are an interracial couple.
Read more here

black privilege….

they literally saw a black woman kissing a white man and ASSUMED SHE WAS A PROSTITUTE. and then they said they were married AND THE COPS FUCKING ASKED FOR ID???? what the fuck? what the fuck? and she said no AND WAS ARRESTED? they need to be fired but God knows that’s not going to happen. LISTEN: she’s an actress. this happened to a producer. even fucking Oprah. no matter what you accomplish as a black person, you are still black and people don’t think their rights apply to you despite the constitution it’s really scaryit’s really infuriatingit’s really exhausting

in3ffable-lib3rty:

black—lamb:

cute-pubes:

As I was sitting in the back of the police car, I remembered the countless times my father came home frustrated or humiliated by the cops when he had done nothing wrong. I felt his shame, his anger, and my own feelings of frustration for existing in a world where I have allowed myself to believe that “authority figures” could control my BEING… my ability to BE!

Danièle’s husband, Brian Lucas, who is white, says he believes they were targeted because they are an interracial couple.

Read more here

black privilege….

they literally saw a black woman kissing a white man and ASSUMED SHE WAS A PROSTITUTE. and then they said they were married AND THE COPS FUCKING ASKED FOR ID???? what the fuck? what the fuck? and she said no AND WAS ARRESTED? they need to be fired but God knows that’s not going to happen. LISTEN: she’s an actress. this happened to a producer. even fucking Oprah. no matter what you accomplish as a black person, you are still black and people don’t think their rights apply to you despite the constitution
it’s really scary
it’s really infuriating
it’s really exhausting

misha-let-me-touch-your-assbutt:

dinosaurs-daleks-and-detectives:

I love how tumblr is so hell bent on their being a Marauders movie they will probably end up making it themselves

wow this is scarily well done

from-james-to-lily:

acccionicole:

wholmesianmisfit:

#GOD DAD I GOT YOUR STUPID FUCKING CHOCOLATE FROG CARD AGAIN. WE GET IT YOU’RE THE BOY WHO LIVED. I JUST WANT A FUCKING LONGBOTTOM.
I can seriously imagine Albus and James swapping chocolate frog cards and all their friends are like ‘OMG THE BOY WHO LIVED GUYS’ and they don’t even bat an eyelid ‘Yeah got the real one at home bit of a tosser really’ 

bit of a tosser really

500% DONE WITH THIS FANDOM

from-james-to-lily:

acccionicole:

wholmesianmisfit:

#GOD DAD I GOT YOUR STUPID FUCKING CHOCOLATE FROG CARD AGAIN. WE GET IT YOU’RE THE BOY WHO LIVED. I JUST WANT A FUCKING LONGBOTTOM.

I can seriously imagine Albus and James swapping chocolate frog cards and all their friends are like ‘OMG THE BOY WHO LIVED GUYS’ and they don’t even bat an eyelid ‘Yeah got the real one at home bit of a tosser really’ 

bit of a tosser really

500% DONE WITH THIS FANDOM

raptorific:

You know I rag on J.K. Rowling for giving names like one that means “Strangelove” to the guy who’s interested in weird things, or one that means “Guy who was raised by wolves, the wolf” to the werewolf

But then I remember that there’s a politician named “Anthony Wiener” who seems either unable or unwilling to stop texting people pictures of his penis