In Search of the Happiness Max


[TW: harassment, threats, stalking, violence, slurs, racism]

So, someone decided to post this submission with a link to medievalpoc to a subreddit called “Tumblr In Action” this morning.

I’ve posted about this before.

Let’s stop pretending we have no idea where this comes from:




And can we stop pretending as if these supposed “rules” actually mean anything, or are ever actually enforced:


Medievalpoc has received tens of thousands of hits from this particular subreddit from more than 60 separate threads, some of which have hundreds of derogatory comments, using slurs, threats, and racist ‘jokes’.


And it is somehow a “coincidence” that I have had to speak to police four times and make official reports due to threats, stalking, harassment, and other nastiness? That people have followed me around in person without my knowledge or consent because of this? People have circumvented the “ignore” function by creating accounts just to send racial slurs and threats.

The rest of this is going under a cut, because it is truly horrific. Please proceed with caution.

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This makes me so angry and sad that I can’t even express it. They feel so threatened by diversity - by recognising reality. They’re really launching a full-scale assault. And they think we’ll give up if they bully us enough. But they don’t get it. This isn’t some petty ideology. Fighting for social justice isn’t a hobby or a phase. When you’ve been erased you don’t have a choice but to deal with this shit and keep dealing with it. As a woman I experience this. I am not a woman of colour, I recognise my privilege in this. But because I have experiences oppression I know how important this stuff is.

You think you’re oppressed because people are demanding the space you have usurped? Honey, you have no idea. And that’s why you won’t win. Because this isn’t a game to us. This isn’t our tender, privileged feelings being hurt, these are our lives. And they don’t go away just because you express your inconvenience at it. You have no idea what strength it takes for an oppressed person to just get through the day.

And guess what? Your privilege has raised you tender - easily smarted - you don’t have it in you.

My heart really goes out to MedievalPoC. You shouldn’t have to deal with this. I admire your strength.

I hope some of these shitbags go to jail and have themselves a wake-up call that their actions are real and aren’t funny and do have consequences.



I think my selfie problem is getting out of hand..

This deserves at least a thousand notes !!

Perfect person is perfect.

honestly curious, why does it offend you?


i see lucy as a racist film that plays on negative stereotypes while hiding behind the cover of (white) feminism. 

all this film has done is switch out the white man for a white woman. it’s still a film about a white person getting violated by the evil poc, then gaining power and wiping them out. 

here’s 2 of my favourite scenes from the trailer: 


from top to left to right:


traditional chinese is an actual written language used by millions of people, not symbols to be thrown around at the whim of set designers because they look cool and idk, serves to create a menacing asian atmosphere. this is so disrespectful, and made even worse by the fact that this film in set it taipei, taiwan where the official written language is traditional chinese.

it doesn’t matter that this film caters to a primarily “white” audience who won’t be able to read it, the language and culture of taiwan isn’t something for you to twist and use as you deem fit because it’s “exotic.” 


lucy shoots a guy for not being able to speak english. 

she l i t e r a l l y shoots this taiwanese taxi driver, in taiwan for not being able to speak english. she’s in taipei and she’s shooting people as they are of no use to her because they don’t speak english. 

just think about the sort of message that’s sending out. she’s not being “bad-ass strong female character who takes no shit,” she’s saying that english is useful and better. this is the type of harmful ideology that stretches all the way back from when western countries were colonising and forcing their language and customs on other countries. 

let me explain with a real life example. i was born in new zealand to two taiwanese parents. i am fluent in english, but mandarin is conversational at best. my friends in taiwan say that i am “so lucky” to speak fluent english, when they are fluent in mandarin and their english level is no worse than my mandarin. they tell me that they want to perfect their english but in the same breath tell me that mandarin isn’t worth perfecting because i have english and that’s “enough”. they also tell me how pretty my white friends are when they see pictures.

this is the type of neo imperialism ideology that they’ve grown up buying into. it honestly hurts and frustrates me that they belittle their own culture like this, honestly believing that the western world is superior. this is the type of neo imperialism ideology that this film (hopefully unintentionally) promotes: white people are better and will save the day. 

if they wanted to film a movie about a white women getting back at those who had violated her, why not film it in a western country? if they wanted to film it in taiwan, why not find an asian lead actress?

i do agree that we need more women protagonists in action/superhero movies, but not like this. its not okay that the female lead needs to be kidnapped and have her body cut open without her consent in order to gain her powers, and those said those powers do not make any of this racist bullshit okay. 

i am just so tired and angry of poc always being brushed off to the side as either props or villains in mainstream media. 

as a poc, it’s so frustrating to see that the of the standard of beauty still white women when we live in multi-cultural societies and a diverse world. 

feminism is about equality. a film in which poc are presented as evil and inferior before being killed off by a superior white woman does not promote equality. 

When I saw the trailer for this movie I was bothered by the stupid premise (‘we only use 10% of our brain’ NO, WE DON’T), by the racist setting, and, yes, by the expectation that I should see this and be grateful because it had a woman lead.

The guy friend I was at the cinema with, when I commented that the premise was annoying, said that ‘Yes, but it’s the first proper superhero film with a female lead’ and I… it’s not? That’s a problematic idea in itself?*

OK, TV movie, but I don’t think we should forget her.

Don’t have to like the film to concede it exists.


Yeah, it’s also a vampire movie, but I don’t know that that rules it out.


So successful it had a franchise.

And again.

Don’t frigging tell me Buffy isn’t a superhero, and don’t frigging tell me this doesn’t count just because the TV series was better.

I feel like talk of what makes a ‘proper’ superhero film only gets applied because we’re looking to exclude something - namely: women’s contributions to the genre. And I refuse to regard Lucy as the ‘first’ ‘proper’ superhero film with a female lead, not just because it ignores the others, but because it then puts the weight back on this single movie to stand for us.

This has a two-fold effect. Firstly, it presses us to ignore, or put up with, the film’s problematic areas: the violation of the female lead; the fact that her powers are *given* to her by men, rather than innate; the racism; the stupid bloody premise. Secondly: even as women are persuaded to ignore these things, they can simultaneously be used to condemn all female led superhero films, because this film has been set up to stand for all.

So, look, I haven’t seen Lucy. It looked like a dumb premise and I was concerned by the racism. People will say that I ought to see it. But reports of it come back saying it is problematic for both women and race. And… no.


*I should say that this guy is a stand-up dude, it just illustrates how insideous this shit is, even for allies.




Would it hurt them to make a film about a woman for fuck’s sake.

You made an Ant Man film before Black Widow or Captain Marvel. Fucking ANT MAN.

Glad I’m not the only one who noticed that.

Getting fucking tired of your shit, Marvel.

What I recall from the Harold and Kumar movies is my struggle with the advertisers. There was all this racial humor in the movie, and the advertising department wanted to say “Starring the Asian guy in American Pie, and the Indian guy from Van Wilder…” and they did go with that, and they submitted that to me for approval, and I said, “I don’t like it.” They asked me why, and I explained it to them, and that was tricky because it’s difficult explaining to my own representatives why that didn’t jibe with me, because everyone kind of felt like it was keeping in tone with the movie. And I said, “I don’t like it. We’re poking fun at racism in the movie all the time, but it puts the audience on the wrong side of the racism joke.” So they were playing with the wording a little bit in the edits, and they kept coming up with versions to make me happy, but they were essentially the same thing. I finally said, “You are not going to make me happy. You’re dancing around it, and you’re clearly attached to this idea, and I want you to know that no version of this idea will make me happy. And if you’re afraid that I won’t show up to do promotion because of this bitterness, you can rest assured that that’s not true. I consider promoting a movie part of my duties, and I will show up nevertheless. But you can either use this campaign and know that I’m unhappy, or you can change it and know that I’m happy. That’s it. Stop trying.” And eventually they went with it, and it’s one of those things where I look back and I’m very proud of the movie, but that’s the thing I remember.

John Cho, in a great, long-read 2009 interview on the UCLA Asia Institute’s Asia Pacific Arts website. Thanks to radiophile for the link.

This quote strikes me as particularly relevant in the aftermath of the STID press tour and John’s comments. He’s always thinking about the portrayal of race in media and culture because it hits home. And he’s a total BAMF for consistently pointing out when people get it wrong.

(via withthepilot)


BREAKING: the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board has canceled the Washington Redsk*ns trademark on the basis that it is “disparaging to Native Americans.” Bit by bit, Dan Snyder’s obstinate racism is being dismantled. Ask him to change the name!

This is big. Not as big as them actually changing the name, but a serious incentive for them to do so. These teams are powered by merchandising. Now anyone can produce products that exactly duplicate their trademark. That’s a real threat. And whilst that shouldn’t be the reason for change, it may nevertheless help bring it about.


BREAKING: the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board has canceled the Washington Redsk*ns trademark on the basis that it is “disparaging to Native Americans.” 

Bit by bit, Dan Snyder’s obstinate racism is being dismantled. Ask him to change the name!

This is big. Not as big as them actually changing the name, but a serious incentive for them to do so. These teams are powered by merchandising. Now anyone can produce products that exactly duplicate their trademark. That’s a real threat. And whilst that shouldn’t be the reason for change, it may nevertheless help bring it about.



I’m drawing a personal boundary on certain conversations, because I have other things to consider currently.

The truth I’ve been keeping off of this particular blog has been that I have had to call the police and make reports for stalking, harassment, and threats four times in the last 6-8…


Wow. Read this. It’s important.

I don’t know why it didn’t occur to me that a  blog about history and art, like medievalpoc, wouldn’t receive the kind of violent threats we’re all so used to hearing women, and women of colour especially, getting.

It’s a powerful reminder that what’s happening - what’s been normalised, is people having their lives threatened, being threatened with rape and other violence, for telling the truth. A truth that others - others in power whose power would be threatened by that truth - don’t want people to hear.

That’s some dystopian shit right there. We live in a distopia where people can be silenced for telling the truth.

Let that sink in.

Then do something about it.

If you’re reading this, then I doubt you are the person who sends the death threats and the rape threats, but that doesn’t mean you can just sigh at the sadness of it all and move on to something less depressing. That is to be complicit. You should be looking for ways to disrupt the support implicitly given to these individuals - the harassers, the people who actually go on to enact violence - to make them unwelcome in your spaces.

And you may think that you don’t know any of these people. It’s likely that you have done, but even if you haven’t, you can still change the society they inhabit. You challenge someone when they talk shit about the people of colour who just moved in next door, when they use individual experiences to back up a general prejudice, when they say there are good reasons for excluding people of colour, or women*, from their fiction. If you are a writer, you make damn sure you’re not excluding women and PoC from the fiction you write yourself. Because guess what? If you do that, then you are a part of it.

Makes you feel dirty, doesn’t it? To think of that. Makes you angry. That you might be put in a group with people like that. Well, if you’re not taking the steps to disrupt these norms, you are in that group. If you don’t like being in that group, you have to take the necessary steps to take yourself out of it. To make sure that group is recognised for what it is, and that it includes many members who are not themselves violent, but who are complicit in that violence by not challenging the individuals and norms that make that violence possible.

Because being annoyed and sad that this shit goes on is not enough. Change requires disruption, and if you’re serious about giving up some of your privilege - and yes that includes not having to get in these fights because they don’t directly involve you - so that society as a whole can become a nicer place, can stop being a dystopia, then feeling bad that this shit happens is not enough.

Walk the walk. Talk the talk. Let your oppressed friends know that you will not be sitting at the sidelines. And challenge this shit even if the people it directly affects are not present in that moment. Your obligation doesn’t vanish when they’re not there to hear the slurs and the casual prejudice. Because the people who speak in casually derogatory ways when they think it is ‘safe’ to do so in front of you, these are the same people who go and say something much worse to vulnerable people when no one is around to challenge them. The people who use the anonymity of the Internet as a weapon. And, yes, sometimes the people who find an oppressed person alone somewhere out of your sight and perpetrate physical violence upon them.

People should never be threatened for telling the truth.

If you believe that - if you really believe that, and don’t just mouth it at times when you think it affects you - then you need to be part of the group of people who are making lives uncomfortable for those who think threats and violence are acceptable ways to silence the truth.

Stand up. Now is the time we change. Now is the time we make the change.

Not some gradual wearing down of prejudices. That just doesn’t happen. Complacency encourages backsliding. Not change. Take the fight to the arseholes.

Stop asking the victims to put up and shut up until things get better.

*Of course, this applies to other oppressed groups as well. I’m focusing on women and poc as this seemed to be the subject of the orginal post.








So my former High School has a drama teacher who is implementing and encouraging the use of brownface in her production of Aladdin. In the past she did this with Jesus Christ Superstar.
She has had this pointed out to her and responded “no it’s just stage makeup” and “blackface is fine if it’s done well” all the while saying “you need to look darker, like you’re from Agrabah” and telling students to “almond up” their eyes with makeup and do racial caricature makeup. She continually excuses this disgusting display of racism and ignorance.
Please spread this like wildfire so I can confront my filthy Eurocentric community and put an end to this bullshit. I am sick to my stomach that this is happening. We need to show them that this IS NOT acceptable. I want to contact my local newspaper but right now I’m just being told to calm down and that it isn’t racist.


spread this spread this spread this

you’re posting it on tumblr so go all the way and contact the newspaper too…

Contact the administration at your school to and send out letters.

How is it not…people always try to justify things and make up their own definitions.

I despair.

Holy shit.



okay *breathes* 

Reverse racism doesn’t exist. anywhere. ever. reverse racism is a contradiction in terms.

Now, when you say racism against white people isn’t a thing, I totally believe that this is the situation in your country. I’ll also take your word for it that the people who say that there is racism against white people are ignorant or downright racist. In your country.

However I would like to welcome you to Europe, land of such self-entitlement we decided to name a continent after us even though it doesn’t make sense. we’re really good at racism here. Like we’ve had thousands of years to cultivate hatred.

There is an inhuman amount of normalised racism against poc. Criminal even. Additionally, since we do have a masterclass in racism, most europeans have managed racism against white people too. Which is a thing! And it’s not just in terms of silly stereotypes we have about our neighbors.

'they are criminals', 'they're not to be trusted', 'I'm not talking about the ones with families, I'm talking about the other ones', 'want to hear this xyz joke', 'i'm not racist, I just don't like them', 'she doesn't look xyz' are familiar phrases right? I have heard all of them in reference to Albanian immigrants in Greece who are arguably whiter than the local population. 

I’m sure fellow Europeans can back me up with different anecdotes about different countries.

So I’d like to invite creators of catchy text posts to shout ‘racism against white people doesn’t exist’ to a lily white classmate who broke down crying when somebody thought it was perfectly okay to tell a racist joke about the her and similarly very white Albanians. 

tl;dr don’t assume the rest of the world is your country

We have similar things in the UK with regard to Polish people, and Romanians, and generally Eastern Europeans who have white skin.

I’ve noticed that some people have taken to talking about ‘white’ to mean ‘the most privileged white group in the community in question’ - the other kinds of people with similar coloured skin thus not being referred to as ‘white’.

I feel uncomfortable making any ruling on this - as though I speak for the oppressed. I am oppressed in a number of different ways, but none of them have to do with my race. I am a straight-forward British white mix. On one side I’m a Smith (and good luck tracing that to anywhere but here), on the other side… we came over from France with William the Conquerer? My ancestors have been here a long time and even before that they didn’t come from very far away. I’m not gonna tell a Polish person or a Romanian person that they are or aren’t white as a way of saying they do or don’t experience racism.

I think we also tend to say racism instead of ‘xenophobia’ a lot these days, but I’m also not sure it’s a point that really matters. Maybe prejudice against the French or the Germans should be called xenophobia, rather than racism, because there’s been such a lot of interbreeding (go find me some pure-blood Celts, I dare you), but does it really matter? If someone is experiencing oppression because of their race and/or where they are from, and the oppression is real, I don’t feel qualified to tell them they should call it something else.

I go back and forth a bit, because I see a LOT of Americans assuming that their racial structures and prejudices and oppressions are the same the world over, where as, actually, cultural history and racial mix MATTERS and does affect how people are treated. And I feel like it’s worth pointing that out and resisting it. But overall, I’m most inclined to say that I should close my mouth and let others talk.

Did I just spend a long time writing about how I should shut up? Ugh. Rhube fail. I’m out.



yes. I am here for this - downplay Europe like they downplay Asia and Africa. I refuse to recognize Europe as a true continental mass. #notsorry

Europe is Far West Asia and will now be referred to as such.



yes. I am here for this - downplay Europe like they downplay Asia and Africa. I refuse to recognize Europe as a true continental mass. #notsorry

Europe is Far West Asia and will now be referred to as such.