Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph present the Oscar for Live Action Short Film.
KRISTEN:Six beautiful -- some say handsome, women invited by the Academy not only to present three awards, but also to shatter the common belief that size does not matter. I hate to tell you guys this, but it kinda does.
MAYA:Yes, but not length. (Beat.) As my grandma used to say: it can be short and still make your toes curl. And I believe, in my heart, my grandma wasn't referring to wieners, but to short films.
KRISTEN:See, I'd rather have a short film with some heft that's nice to me rather than a long film that just lies there and makes you do all the work.
I am so sick and effing tired of people telling fat girls that our “confidence” is sexy. You wanna know what’s fucking sexy? MY ASS! Wanna know what else is sexy? MY THIGHS! How about this, MY FUCKING BELLY! It’s sexy that I can take your fist in 30 seconds. It’s sexy that you can hold handfuls of me at a time. It’s sexy that my skin raises up in welts that suit my roundness when you smack me.
People’s heads whip when I walk down the street, and it’s not my confidence that they’re thinking about fucking. It’s my body.
Don’t tell me that I’m hot because I’m comfortable in my skin. Don’t tell me that I’m hot because I have a pretty face. Don’t tell me that I’m hot because I’ve done so much work to love myself. It’s a cop-out.
Confidence is sexy.
But so is a nice rack.
”—Ashley Aron, one of the baddest bitches around! (via queerfathungry)
“I love animation because in the world of animation, you can be anything you wanna be. If you’re a fat woman, you can play a skinny princess. If you’re a short, wimpy guy, you can play a tall gladiator. If you’re a white man, you can play an Arabian prince. And if you’re a black man, you can play a donkey or a zebra.”—CHRIS ROCK, introducing the Best Animated Film Oscar. (via inothernews)
Because the Picts weren’t enslaved, slaughtered, and pillaged by the Roman Empire. Because the 12th century English church didn’t force a loss of religion, language or cultural identity on the Picts and Gaels. Because the Welsh kingdoms weren’t broken up, the women tortured and raped, the men forced into the bottoms of slave ships along side Africans and shipped to the Caribbean where they worked as slaves. Because the Scots weren’t slaughtered by the Butcher of Bristol. Because the English didn’t force the Scotch, Irish and Welsh overseas with colonial enslavement and religious persecution. Because they didn’t have to give up their identities and generational family names at Ellis Island. Because The Scotch-Irish weren’t arrested, persecuted, forced out of jobs and homes in the industrial revolution of the United States. Because the Irish weren’tprevented from having a vote in Parliament, but still had to pay taxes. Because the Easter Rising wasn’t put down by British police breaking into homes and slaughtering and raping the women and children of protesting workers. Because hate against those with red hair is not a cultural standard. Because even in 2012, the nation of Ireland isn’t split into two parts, half of which lacks representation in government, but still pays taxes. Because none of that ever happened, Discrimination against White people is not Racism.
White people hating other White people for reasons not relating to the fact that they’re White =/= Racism
… but thanks for trying.
I giggled, #doe. Like, my dude…….you realize all this has happened to African descended people, too. Guess which groups are still considered to be at the bottom rungs of society? I’ll give you a hint: It’s not the Gaels, or the Picts, or the Irish, or the Welsh, or the SCOTS (not scotch, homie). Sit down, dude. Just stop. You’re embarrassing yourself. You tried, #doe. With ALL the wikipedia, you tried. It was a valiant effort…………………….
Today, I walked into your house and stole your big screen TV.
I can tell you right now? You will never get this TV back.
You can spend your money and buy a new one, if you want, but the fact is that I stole your TV.
You’re probably going to be mad. Really mad, in fact. You’re probably going to scream to the rooftops how some jackass stole your TV for the first few days, even weeks. You’re never really going to forget that time some guy busted into your house and stole your damn TV.
After a while, though, after you’ve got your new TV, after a lot of time has passed, you’ll probably mention it less and less. You’ll probably be less bothered by it. The TV is long gone, now, and you’re never getting it back.
But what if, one day, a year later, you saw the guy who stole your TV waltzing around with it, all nonchalant-like? You’d probably feel a surge of anger, wouldn’t you?
Look at that bastard who stole my TV just rolling around with it, no consequences, no nothing.
Because at the end of the day, just because time passed doesn’t mean your TV got LESS STOLEN. It was still yours and it was still taken.
What if it was your mom’s TV? Your mom’s TV got stolen, and nothing ever happened to the guy, and then your mom died.
And you saw that guy walking around with this TV you know was stolen from your mom and your fucking mom is dead and this asshole STILL has her TV.
You’d be real mad, wouldn’t you? You wouldn’t sit there, looking at him and thinking “oh, well, he stole that from my mom, my mom’s not even alive, it’s his TV now!”
What if that guy sells the TV to his friend? Does that make it less stolen now? The original thief profited off of something that didn’t belong to him and now a new guy owns it. That new guy didn’t steal it. That new guy didn’t know it was stolen. Is that TV less stolen, less rightfully your mother’s TV just because he sold it to someone who didn’t know better?
Of course not.
That’s what this is. Just because time has passed since first theft, just because there aren’t always obvious and active complaints, doesn’t mean it’s not still theft.
why they need this shit explained is beyond me.
same goes for cultural artifacts. you stole it? well its fucking still mine and still stolen. fucking return it, you piece of shit!
these people have no concept of fucking basic consideration for others.
How are ya’ll really just gonna turn your heads from people dying en masse to talk about the fuckin Illuminati? Haiti still hasn’t recovered from it’s earthquake. Honestly, The US and France been angry with them since they got their independence. Pakistan still hasn’t recovered from that flood- disease outbreak multiplied 100fold because of pathogens traveling through water. They are trying to erase Latino stories from Arizona Universities. They are trying to erase that the founding fathers were slave owners out of Southern textbooks. THERE IS NO CURE FOR AIDS. Americans complaining how their jobs are being outsourced and how there are no more “American” doctors and these idiots don’t even chalk it up to not teaching evolution because that’s of the devil *eye roll*. How the fuck is your dumb ass son gonna be a doctor when he doesn’t know what a vestigial structure is?? answer me that!
Girls are being kidnapped and sold into sex slavery/mail-order brides. People are trapped in poverty. THERE IS A LEGIT PUBLIC SHOOL-TO-PRISON CYCLE in inner city American school systems. AND SOOOOO MUCH MORE. And you want to talk about lady gaga’s meat dress? You want to talk about Jay-Z’s hand motion? You want to convince me how everything listed should take a back seat because you heard Rihanna praises Satan?
Miss me all of the way. Please exit the earff. You look so incredibly dumb when you talk to me about this nonsense conspiracy. Pretty sure that was invented purely to distract you from actual events. Cuz ya’ll stopped giving a shit about Haiti right after that We are the World Remix. Ugghhh… America wtf are doing?? MISS MEE!!
… Recent trends show that communities of color are giving at increasing rates and levels. For instance, 63 percent of Latino households now make charitable donations, and blacks give away 25 percent more of their income per year than whites.
Say the word ‘philanthropist,’ and most people envision wealthy white do-gooders writing large checks in the millions. In recent years, the definition of philanthropy has begun to broaden to include a larger swath of human generosity, with any-size contributions not just from the wealthy but from people of every income bracket, including nurses, plumbers, hairdressers and civil servants, and growing giving among the black, Latino, American Indian, Arab American and Asian American communities.
LOL this just in: the sky is blue.
Fact: The only time we hear about this mythological White Hospitality culture (because I think having a hospitality culture is central to having a philanthropic culture) is literally in romanticized mythologies. Or (and this is even worse) in cases of nobility/aristocracy taking pity on poor travelers.
Compare that to almost every single non-white community that has living traditions of hospitality.
That is a big deal, to me. The idea that every person deserves a helping hand is foundational to philanthropy that is not centered on pity. Philanthropy where one can envision the recipient as their equal is the first step to actually helping someone, not just putting them in your debt.
yup. ties into my post about how dominicans always have a plate of food for you even if theyre poor too, so alot less go hungry than would in the u.s.
we see NOT giving as just deplorable. its expected that you’ll share even if you dont have much because we’re supposed to care about each other on a basic level. thats also why we still know wtf COMMUNITY really is.
This is what I’m saying. I like how (white) folks are so surprised when I talk about the poor Latino churches my dad pastors and how everyone pitches in to run food bank programs, even when they’re struggling themselves. How like once a month someone will show up with their kids during service to ask for a little assistance, and all the old ladies scramble to get some groceries together and a plate of food for each person, sometimes opening their own homes to strangers. Let’s talk about how my boss was surprised when my poor ass talked about donating to literacy programs a few times a year, like it was a big deal that I (a writer and a woman of color) care about little brown children getting books.
Meanwhile, my in-laws church in the distant white suburbs of Cleveland have so many damn people they got TWO services with collection plates passed at each one, but no programs to help the community. No, it’s all about walkie-talkies for the baby rooms and building a huge new church I don’t think they need, and trying to convert bikers, and sending the men (never the women) to “third world” countries to get their White Savior on. And everyone gets to pat themselves on the back because their pastor has enough money to make some radio commercials on the soft rock station, but my dad has to juggle pennies to get bread and potatoes for the Youngstown food bank.
Here’s a match made in heaven, made here on earth instead. Soul sister Estelle and android Janelle Monáe team up on “Do My Thang” from Estelle’s third studio album All Of Me, which comes out tomorrow. I’m excited to check it out, since I fell hard for Estelle after her top notch collabo with Kanye, “American Boy”. I don’t expect the album to do well in the U.S., since she’s too soulful and grown (think Mary J. Blige) to make a big splash in the baby pool mainstream…..but hey what else is new. She does just fine in the UK I’m sure.
to listen to later.
LISTEN TO THIS. RIGHT NOW. THESE ARE TWO VERY BAD BITCHES WHO DESERVE YOUR WORSHIP FOREVER.
Yesterday I was out in Manhattan with my bestie and she told me about The White Factor.
It’s a term of expression used whenever you see or experience something intrinsically racist from a White person, or you see a White person doing something ridiculously ridiculous that falls in line with common stereotypes about Whites that White American pop culture has brought upon itself (not something POC have created, we don’t have that kind of power to create stereotypes about White folks and use it to disenfranchise y’all)…
Someone on Tumblr asks why there isn’t a White History Month? Don’t get mad. Just sit back and calmly say, “it’s the White factor”, and I swear your blood pressure will NOT skyrocket. It’s changed the way I navigate race relations instantly. In the train station there was this homeless Black man playing steel-pan drums, right? So these two White ladies in front of the crowd where I stood with my friend said in these chalkboard-grating, patronizing, high-pitched voices,“waaaaaaaw, welcome to Ja-may-ca!”
My bestie is Jamerican. So she was like, “hell nah, I know this bitch did not—”
“It’s the White Factor,” I said, touching her shoulder and trying to laugh off my aggravation. Then we both couldn’t stop laughing.
She once told me a story about a situation that happened last year when she was a cashier at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, where the White folks line up to pretend they’re surrounded by unspoiled nature. It’s a planned garden. Beautiful, but planned. And is more concerned with the “high art of horticulture” rather than the preservation of actual nature. I swear, when I worked there, I wanted to scream. These people were just so aggravating. Trust me, it’s not just the White people, it’s EVERYBODY, but usually the White people.
One White person came in wearing this costumey rasta tam with fake dreads. White men try to walk up in there shirtless, then get pissed when you tell them they need to have on clothes. White people sitting on the grass and trying to have fucking picnics, when there’s a strict no-eating and no grass-sitting policy; then they’re like, “WELL THERE’S NO SIGN SAYING I CAN’T EAT HERE!”
The White Factor.
White people refusing to give “certain” (Black) cashiers their business, on account of, “ABC and XYZ are very attitudinal” (if Black people breathe we have an attitude) and instead would rather transact business with “certain” (White/Asian) cashiers, even when the White person was the initial one to give attitude. The entire business of our supervisor grouping all the Black cashiers in one booth, all the Brown cashiers in another, and the White cashiers in another, though sometimes mingled with the white-identifying Asians.
The White Factor.
Every White person who ever called me a nigger. The White Factor.
All the racism we’ve had to combat here on Tumblr. The White Factor.
Racial profiling and the recent shooting death of that Bronx teen, one in the thousands of unnecessary violence thrust against communities of color? The White Factor.
Genocide of Indigenous Peoples? The White Factor.
The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade? The White Factor.
Gay is the New Black? The White Factor.
“Not all whitewashing is racist”? The White Factor.
Woman is the Nigger of the World? The White Factor.
Jim Crow? The White Factor.
Reservations? The White Factor.
Nooses on a Black college professor’s door? The White Factor.
Using Oprah as “proof” that Black people don’t suffer from extreme poverty? The White Factor.
Why Isn’t There A White History Month? The White Factor.
“I believe masters loved their female slaves.”? The White Factor.
The Scramble for Africa? The White Factor.
Ron Paul’s existence? The White Factor.
The oppression of Africans and Indigenous people? The White Factor.
Warbonnet-wearing-girls-in-bikinis-in-a-grassy-field? The White Factor.
I’m tellin’ you, I’ve had to reevaluate my relationship with White people through this single expression. The White Factor. Lord, I know I’ve been changed. The Angel’s in heaven done signed my name.
This can also apply to sexism, cissexism, heterosexism, etc.
The Male Factor. The Cis Factor. The Heterosexual Factor.