Hi all ^^ It's been forever and a day since I logged on here and actually participated... unfortunately, this is not a "sorry and things will change" post...It's more of a "I miss you all but I still have to stay away." I'm living on the largest single campus in the US and I'm having quite a time exploring it and trying my new classes. That and I need sleep >< On top of the work, I need sleep O.O
I've made some new freinds, and I think we have potential to be that group, you know? The one that might branch off at some point, but it will still be us originals at somebody's wedding party acting the same way we did when we met each other in our teens/early twenties. We break into random song, make some randy jokes and have each others' back. That's more than I could have asked for in high school. And, if it lasts, it's a good thing to recieve from life^^
I miss you all and hope to see you on the other end of my quarter (yes, great ole OSU is still on the quarter system -_-)
Paz from Triple Z
oh, P.S. Syphs is stil in limbo but Alaska's Screenplay is still slugging along >_> We won't discuss it <_< We just won't.
I don't know if you all know about it yet, but Disney is releasing its first animated movie with a Black princess- that's right! The eighth Disney Princess is BLACK!
This holiday season, Disney will release the animated tale of The Frog Prince, a tale akin to Beauty and the Beast in that a prince is cursed (I cannot remember why in this particular tale) and made into a creature not all that attractive to the masses and the only key to his redemption is a kiss. Yes, in all fairytale, your problems can be solved with a kiss (if only). Also like BATB, you never really know what happens afterward, it's all chocked up to "happily ever after."
In this new Disney version, however, there is more added to the plot. We get to see things after the kiss (with a nice, but predictable, twist) and we get to explore the worlds of the characters.
The last paragraph is where I start to lose my faith in people. Here's just a few of the reactions people have to that and "why" (they think it's all valid, I think it's quite hypocritical) they have them:
-the princess will be named "Tiana": the name's "too ethnic" (and if they had named her "Ashley," it would have been too "white"...or "Jessica," or "Kendra" for that fact ...)
-Tiana is colored (she's a cartoon after all) somewhere between a mocha with cream and a nice dark caramel: she's not "dark enough" (but if she'd have been blue black they would have cried "you're alluding to slaves" or something else just to complain)
-Tiana is a frog for part of the movie: it's racist (no, you're mad that the first black princess will be turned into a frog...I don't remember ever hearing a word about how Cinderella was treated, don't remember anything about the sexism in Mulan, the imprisonment or Aurora in Sleeping beauty- it's because Tiana is black, that's why they're mad about the frog thing)
-the prince is "racially ambiguous": Why couldn't he black? Why does he look white? Why is he voiced by a Brazilian actor? Why can't Disney depict a strong black couple? (Oh, do shut up! It's two thousand effing nine for crying out loud! Yes, Black love is something strong and powerful, but so is White love, Hispanic love, and INTERRACIAL LOVE. But let's be honest, how are you really sure that all of the above aren't actually INTERRACIAL LOVE. We are no longer a society of race-defined love -I know I used race to define it earlier, that was for clarity's sake-, so why shouldn't the movie reflect that?)
-it's set in New Orleans: It's too soon after Hurricane Katrina, that's callous and exploitative of an area that has taken too hard a blow (I'll give you that New Orleans still has some unhealed wounds, but do you know what this movie could do to heal them? Can you imagine all the little girls who want to see where Princess Tiana lives? It won't be like Snow White, Cinderella, or Sleeping Beauty, movies that were all set "once upon a time" and in some far off kingdom- New Orleans is tangible and it means something to people. All publicity is good publicity....)
-the prince is cursed by a witch doctor and there is a distinct voodoo element to the movie: it's demeaning and stereotypical (stereotypical, yes...I'm iffy on "demeaning" because it's really just a plot point. voodoo/black magic was used for relevance within the setting. That's definitely stereotypical, but wouldn't it be just the least bit suspicious if some bulbous little spirit popped in and cursed the prince?)
-it's about a princess: princesses are unrealistic (Shut the hell up. Enough said.)
All and all, I want to see the movie because the trailer (which you can watch here
although it is within an article) actually seems interesting. It's a children's movie, let's please allow children the ignorance and bliss of not having to rip every little cartoon and/or movie they watch down to how insulting it is to the world. What's next? We can't sing Ring Around the Rosies in kindergarten anymore?
When the flowers wilt,
and robust love wanes,
I will still remain unchanged.
When you move on,
and I'm long gone,
We will still be the same.
If our lives should meander,
and we are once again together,
then I shall smile and simply decline.
You want so much,
but I will only offer so little.
You care too much,
and I not at all.
I could say I'm sorry,
but I feel no remorse.
None at all.
I did it, I was miserable in high school, so I punched an early ticket out. I can count on one hand how many people actually seemed happy for me- not on the positive side of indifference, not faking it for my ego, actually happy for me. I can count on about thirty-two hands how many people were ready to snap my neck for having the gall.
Well, I stuck my foot in it. By doing what I did and having worked hard enough for the last twelve years (I went to school before formal kindergarten), I worked myself right into the number two spot of my "new" class. Hooooweee were they pissed. Imagine how they'd feel if they knew that I had the worst grade of my entire school career in this past academic year and still beat the one who had my spot previously. I give the person credit though, slacking off doesn't get you number two.
Oh, how I stuck my foot in it? I'm clausophobic. Why is this a problem? Apparently the salutatorian has to make a salutatory speech. YAY ME! She says with a sarcastic grin. I've written my speech and have it mostly memorized...but I did it
And I have to give said speech in less than forty-eight hours in front of one-hundred and sixty-one peers and their assembled guests.
Oh yeah! A week from tomorrow I get to lose my tonsils...life is going swimmingly, just effing swimmingly...
It started the day I took a personality test, "Which Twilight Character Are You?" Well I was Bella Swan...I bet everybody gets to be Bella if they identify as female. So I took a different one, "What do you smell like to Edward Cullen?" I smell like strawberries...whatever the hell that means. I was kinda getting sick of that, so I took a different one, "Are You Team Edward or Team Jacob?" I like the underdog, so I was predisposed to be on Jacob's Team and the test only confirmed such...so I TOOK ANOTHER ONE!!! Big surprise, right? I promise it's the last one.
"Which Twilight Guy's the Right One For You?" I wanted Emmet. EMMET, I TELLS YA! But I got, "Hello, Mrs. Jacob Black."
But then I got to thinking...what would Twilight have been like if their was a female character who had imprinted on Jacob? Do you think Bella would have made it to Eclipse? I would think not...Think about it, a shape-shifting, love sick teenaged girl watching the love of her life fawning over some weirdo vamp lover. But what's worse is when you know the truth
he's not even in love with BELLA, he's in love with one of her eggs and one of Edward's little swimmers
. I would have been waiting in the wings to eliminate the little hussy, her blood-sucking stalker be damned!
But alas, there was no such character... Oh well, at least these tests weren't like the other celeb personality tests I took, "Who Is Your Celebrity Prom Date?" and "Which Jonas Brother is Right for You?" I got the youngest Jonas Brother (Nick is it?) both fricken' times
Blarg a farg!
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