- His ENTIRE performance in Ali G Indahouse was super racist and classist. Here are a few clips to give you a taste, the entire movie is on Netflix instant.
- “When I moved up here this woman I know said, ‘Ooh! There are a lot of whiteys up there’, and I said, ‘I love white people; I’ve no problem with them at all. The idea was that I was going to complain because there weren’t enough blues dances out here; not enough ragga around. But I’m not bothered by it.”
- “Multiculturalism hasn’t and doesn’t help, because rightly or wrongly it polarises people so much. Racism is one thing and I don’t agree with that in any form but noticing that there are differences is normal and fine and to be encouraged.”
- “We’ve reached a state now where it’s, ‘You shouldn’t notice. Why are you noticing he’s got a bomb and has a beard and is Muslim and wants to kill your family?”
- “There is no country in the world like this. If all of a sudden all the traffic wardens in Ghana were Welsh, they’d really notice and might not love it. We give ourselves a hard time in this country in a sort of mea culpa way. But if we were that racist, people wouldn’t come. Very simple.”
- “I really liked hip-hop until the gangsta rap took over. I come from a time when not every rap record was ‘[n-word]’ this and ‘[n-worda]’ that; an earlier socially and morally conscious hip-hop sensibility, when it was, ‘Don’t call people [n-word]’. But now it’s [n-word], [n-word], [n-word] and it’s not funny or interesting politically, artistically or socially. I really don’t like it.” (Note that he didn’t say “n-word”, he said the actual word itself).
- “The funny thing about the acting business is that there are more p**fs in it than you can have hot dinners thrown at you. But no one is out. It’s not so bad here, but in Hollywood? Jesus Christ. Why don’t they just admit it? No one cares if they’re gay or not. I certainly don’t.”
- “I met Lucy Liu at the Emmy’s who was charming, but very ugly. She’s a dog, come on, she’s a very unattractive woman.”
When the Nazi concentration camps were liberated by the Allies, it was a time of great jubilation for the tens of thousands of people incarcerated in them. But an often forgotten fact of this time is that prisoners who happened to be wearing the pink triangle (the Nazis’ way of marking and identifying homosexuals) were forced to serve out the rest of their sentence. This was due to a part of German law simply known as “Paragraph 175” which criminalized homosexuality. The law wasn’t repealed until 1969.
This should be required learning, internationally.
It’s not as progressive as everyone says it is. It features two attractive white cis guys in comparison to an attractive white cis couple. The only privilege they seemed to be lacking was straight privilege. It was basically saying “gay people are okay because they can subscribe to the same norms as straight people”. As in, they’re not threatening because they won’t change our oh so perfect idea of what a family/couple/life should look like very much.
My issue is not that it exists, because there are definitely many worse ads out there, but that it’s being praised for being so progressive. Because it’s not. Representing the already represented isn’t that radical or progressive. And as we all know, representation does matter.
Fine, you can celebrate it because it adds to the support, but don’t you fucking dare pretend that it’s so cool and radical for them to do this. They might drive away the most bigoted of the bigots, but I’m pretty sure they realized the rush of support they would get would probably make up for it.
“THESE TWO ARE CANON SHIP IT YOU HOMOPHOBE”
I am a gay male. Likely I’m one of the oldest users on tumblr. I’m 74. Yes, young readers seventy four. I have been with my partner Carl for 47 years now.
Please know that while we both know technology very well, we are also trying very hard to remember, and use correctly, the new dialogue that has grown. So, if any words appear here that are not considered correct…it is not because I refuse to use them. It’s because I haven’t heard them. Or seen them. Or am emotional enough while writing this that I simply use “old fart” words.
We have both been through it all. The hiding because it was illegal, the fear and pain of the loss of fifteen different friends and acquaintances from A.I.D.S. The times when you literally (not virtually) could not walk the streets without meeting someone that had a sign, or a pamphlet that declared A.I.D.S was God’s way of “ridding the earth” of homosexuality. We lived through the burning of homes, and clubs, and bars. We lived through the beating deaths. I lived through a beating that nearly lost me my right eye and left me completely deaf in the right ear. Carl lost several jobs because “he must be…” or “we know.” We lived through hatred that was terrifying and sickening and unimaginable to some today.
The hatred is still there. The overt and the subtle. Things are, however better (it’s a terrible word, I know). Carl and I married. We debated making it very public, but decided on a personal ceremony. The photos are filled with our friends who are 90 and…well…have a few pages stuck together, to new friends who are young enough to be our grandchildren.
Carl and I are in a variety of fandoms. Yes, we are trekkies-we bought our first color television just for Star Trek. Now Carl loves Supernatural (and thinks it’s gone so far down the crapper that they’ve actually made Naomi an Alien). I like Teen Wolf and we both watch Sherlock.
The opening statement made by the anon is so, so true. And to us, it is a new form of hatred. I read fanfic and write it. Carl and I both enjoy all forms of fanworks.
Here’s the kicker… Neither of us is a Sherlock/John shipper. We both see Sherlock and John as two men who have a very unique and incredibly strong friendship. Here’s the irony: I have been called a homophobe for not shipping Sherlock and John. I received hate messages in my (now deleted) Sherlock blog when I answered ‘do you ship Johnlock?’ with the single word ‘no’. It was oddly amusing: “Homophobe”, “die cis scum!”, “go kill yourself”, “you must be a lonely, fat, hag”.
When straight people go out of their way to “prove” that John and Sherlock (and other fandom characters) are gay, and do so with the cry of “if you don’t ship it, you hate gays!” It is an ironic form of hatred and, in a way, homophobia: These straight people are so determined to show that they aren’t homophobic, that they fail to see how damaging their fetishization and “look at how accepting I am!” is. That, queers can actually see a friendship between John and Sherlock (and any other fandom characters). That seeing a friendship, and not shipping John and Sherlock is simply that… Seeing a friendship.
When you demand, dear straight people, that others ship Johnlock, and demand that if you don’t “ship” you are homophobic… You are the one that is showing intolerance and hate: Your quest to prove that you’re on “our side” only proves your ignorance, your desperation to been seen as an ally, and the fact that you don’t actually see queer issues, or respect those that are queer.
You only want to see two guys have hot (or painfully bad, and painful, considering the how…painfully it is written the majority of the time) sex.
Read it; learn things.
This casual reminder inspired by amorremanet’s post:
writers usually do not want to make queer relationships within the main cast canon.
It has the potential to alienate a lot of viewers, particularly when the show is popular and/or aims itself at the gender of the two relevant characters.
If you act like the couple is already canon, the writers think their job is done, because the base they aim to please is satisfied.
They get to kill two birds with one stone - they get to please straight girls who want their slash couple or straight guys who want their fem-slash (less often), and they can do it without taking the giant step of actually making it explicit, therefore retaining all their base, income and reception.
Don’t call things canon until they are actually canon. If you want a couple to be confirmed, to be explicit, to be true, then don’t act like it has already happened.
Be loudly unhappy about queerbaiting. Stop settling for hints and jokes. Don’t pander to writers that will only let you have queer characters and couples if it is beneficial to them.
If you make gay marriage becoming legal an excuse to ship your stupid fucking ship there is a 900% chance that I am going to hate you.