It has been a while since Ferrebeekeeper has written about politics. This is partly because everything everywhere this year has been about politics, and I wanted a break from the relentless annoying noise (at least in my own little patch of the internet). Also, in general it seems like the vastly increased media/internet attention has […]
I’m a little tired of death right now. It’s been kind of a lot.
About movies. And race.
Marvel and DC both did Civil War type films. Yes you know. Yes yes. I’m slow at pop culture, okay?
It was kind of funny to me what different paths they took to end up in roughly the same place.
Racist? What? No no no! I’m not racist! In fact, my best friend is black! And my frenemy’s best friend is black!
Why don’t my black best friend super heroes ever get their own origin stories or even just non-origin movies where they are the title character and main protagonist?
Uuuuh…. Hey look! I have THREE black best friends! And my third black best friend just learned a valuable lesson by watching my white super heroes grapple with their problems! Isn’t that cool?! Even when white heroes are acting like moronic pieces of shit, they are teaching black people how to exist and black people would be lost without them!
Black people don’t exist.
Abuse survivors who question GOD are EVIL. Evil!! Evil MONSTERS who want to destroy the world and unleash MONSTERS on the world and who are all secretly EVIL and stuff. Especially if they like BOOKS and LIBRARIES and clearly have some kind of mental illness that keeps them from SPEAKING clearly. Because people who love books and the mentally ill are EVIL.
And the mastermind behind mysterious conspiracies is probably JEWISH cause their parent was nearly killed in the HOLOCAUST.
We’re renaming ourselves Budweiser for the summer.
My vote goes to Marvel for at least pretending.
The fun doesn’t end there of course. This is Budweiser- I mean America! We couldn’t limit our racism to just one or two movies in a genre created to give children heroes to look up to and heroism to emulate.
I love X-men Apocalypse so much. And I loved Guardians of the Galaxy. Don’t get me wrong. But can we address the blueface please? EDIT: and greenface too!
In Guardians of the Galaxy, you had an entire universe filled with aliens species who looked like humans, which was speciest as fuck but we don’t know any aliens yet, so I’ll let that go. But what was with the fact that they all looked like WHITE humans? I mean with the exception of the one black dude who was evil, clearly some one else’s minion and not in charge of his own destiny, and who had like one line.
And it wasn’t even like they all were supposed to be a single species. To give the impression of diversity, they painted their actors a bunch of colors. Like green.
But the facial structures, speech patterns, and futuristic hairstyles were all obviously of European descent.
Let that sink in.
We had an entire, diverse, universe filled with colored people- and all of them were white people with their skin painted.
EDIT: It was pointed out to me that Dave Babtista and Zoe Saldana are “mixed race”. I was happy to learn this fact and the names of these actors as I didn’t know them and did this rant without researching. But being the emotional basket case that I am, I reserve the right to still feel disgusted. Sort of- oppositely.
This is so much better! (sarc) We put the POC in so much face paint (digital or otherwise) that to the sad ignorant eyes of a white person they LOOKED white.
But the white main character and the aliens played by white humans didn’t need any makeup to be presentable?
Separate Phenomena. Green Face.
Green is so much more acceptable in the Marvel-verse than… you know…
Which is sort of what made it morbidly funny in X-men Apocalypse when Marvel had a bunch of straight white superheroes on a personal journey to accept their true identities… as straight white people with blue paint on their still clearly European facial structures.
I’m mean, what the fuck?
The mutants who joined the Big Bad were- DRUM ROLL
the black one
the asian looking one
the gay looking one
And THE JEWISH ONE. Who survived the HOLOCAUST. And is CONSPIRING. To destroy the WORLD.
God! What the FUCK? WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK?
None of THOSE people ever had to struggle with their real identities vs their perception by the wider population! Oh no! It was JUST white people!
And in true Marvel-is-a-friendly-dog-who-knows-they-shouldn’t-pee-on-the-rug-but-does-anyway fashion, the Team Bad mutants were sort of emotionally manipulated into joining the Big Bad. And in the end mostly joined Team Good-
After learning valuable lessons from white people.
In face paint.
Some days I really hate people. And I’m not particularly thrilled with earth.
But there’s nowhere else that has shwarama.
John 15: 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
“[T]he 34-year-old was shot in the back as he desperately tried to shield his boyfriend from a shooter’s savage volley of gunfire,” News.com.au journalist Debra Killalea wrote in a news report published Monday. “Tragically, while he managed to get his boyfriend out to safety, he died in hospital from his injuries, according to friends.”
I John 4: 16 …God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. 17 This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. 18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
19 We love because he first loved us. 20 Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. 21 And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.
“The good news is that there’s 50 less pedophiles in this world, because, you know, these homosexuals are a bunch of disgusting perverts and pedophiles. That’s who was a victim here, are a bunch of, just, disgusting homosexuals at a gay bar, okay?…
But these people all should have been killed, anyway, but they should have been killed through the proper channels, as in they should have been executed by a righteous government that would have tried them, convicted them, and saw them executed.”- Pastor Steven Anderson
John8:43 Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say. 44 You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. 45 Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me! 46 Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don’t you believe me? 47 Whoever belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.”
She’s finally crying now.
The “Joy of the Lord” that kept a smile plastered on her face till now- after now- has given way. She goes into his room where he’s trapped, immobile, in his body. In his chair. His head balding and shorn. She sits with him and cries.
The cancer has rippled and warped his body too badly for him to live much longer. Despite everything they did. The special vitamin C treatments that they drove to Indiana for twice a week. The biological dentist who happily let them pay him to remove his root channel- to get out the ‘bacteria that caused his cancer’. And pay for a secondary excavation when the first had no effect. The trip to bask in a hyperbaric chamber that supposedly simulated the environment before The Great Flood, when people lived 800 years at a whack because the Pre-Flood Earth was so perfect.
Ken Ham said so, you know. Those evil, ungoodly, evolution-believing cancer doctors didn’t believe- because they were deceived by the devil. They were blinded from seeing that these things were the REAL medicine- far more effective than their worldly gobbledygook.
And now not even the worldly doctors can keep him from dying.
Sitting on the staircase with my flip phone. Others huddled, all around. Everyone crying.
I knew people died. A seemingly unending stream of great-grandparents and withered great uncles had died over the course of my high school years. Hospitals, family gatherings, potato salad.
This was college. This was some one I actually knew.
Some one who you talked to every day- who made jokes and laughed at them himself and juiced wheat-grass. Someone who was going to live.
I was trying to explain.
“… they were out walking at night, and climbed up on the roof of a building, and there was an uncovered ventilation shaft….”
His friend had been climbing up behind him. They had gotten to the night quiet roof, with the city spread out around them. A glowing life sized map of itself.
And he had disappeared. While his friend looked. No sound.
His body was lying in a pile of ash several stories down, bleeding at the seams.
He’d spent the weekend before with a couple of friends and their young son. He’d spent most of the trip tramping through the woods, teaching the kid how to whittle and cut walking sticks and be a mountain man. Now his fiance was weeping uncontrollably, rocking, brown banks of curls hiding her face. “He was going to be such a good father. He was going to be such a good father.”
I finished, and the silence on the other end makes me think I must not have explained well enough. The terrible feelings of loss and tragedy.
Finally a voice crackled at the other end of the line. It was a lot like my mother’s. It was my mother’s. It was cold.
“He sounds stupid“
The family had many children. Was it eight? was it twelve? The blur of so many huge families- the only people we associated with -the blur of so many children. So many faces. Meetings maybe one a month- maybe. Never enough time to get to know anyone.
I don’t remember.
They had many children. There had been a party at one of the family homes- we had not gone- but many of the families we knew had. All of them supersized groups- self gravitating, with self contained atmospheres- merged for the evening into a black hole of fake laughter and godliness.
The toddler had escaped. The sibling assigned to that toddler’s caretaking that evening- an girl in her early teens- had lost track of him in the crowded house.
The baby had escaped. Gotten out of the house. Toddled out onto the highway next to the house. Toddled across three lanes of traffic.
And been hit by a semi.
My mother sighed as she finished recounting the details of her phone conversation to the upturned faces and ears of her own many children.
“But you know, all his hair started falling out a few months ago, and she didn’t know why. Maybe there was something really wrong with him and this was just God’s way of sparing them.”
“Maybe it’s all for the best.”
When I was a pre or early teen, a traveling home school family, with a traveling home school family business of “rods” made a stop in the area. The homeschooler moms in our area had, like, a tupperware party of thing to beat your kids with. Many of them brought their kids along to the presentation- including my mom.
The mother of the family described how she would go quietly through the house and watching to see if the children were performing well enough. If they weren’t, she would surprise them with a sharp little snap on the legs or buttocks.
In retrospect- holy fucking christ! Are you kidding me? Forgive me if I’m wrong, but isn’t that a perfect recipe for Complex PTSD?
The beating-ware party was decorated in the horrible overly floral pseudo-Victorian style that I remember seeing a lot in the homeschooling version of the ’90’s. The man of the family was clean cut and slimy. He didn’t say as much but he handled the money. The woman gushed about her product. Her ten or twelve children didn’t talk much unless the script or social niceties required them too. They stood in the back ground with wide, matching smiles, brought out their instruments and played music when they were required to. Hung back and smiled again.
I remember hanging out in the entry room of the house with some of the local group children. One of the boys told the rest of us quietly that he would run away from home if his mom started doing this.
There were strawberries dipped in chocolate on silver trays. The moms were all talking and laughing. And giggling.
CC image courtesy of Flickr, Pimthida.
The above image is an advertisement that used to run in Christian homeschool magazines. “The ideal tool for child training,” reads the test below an image of a long, thin shaft with a handle, a rod intended for whipping children. “The means prescribed by God,” it reads. And there’s a poem: “Spoons are for cooking / Belts are for holding up pants / Hands are for loving / RODS are for chastening.” This “flexible nylon rod” with its “cushioned vinyl grip” was marketed by Steve Haymond, and was primarily purchased by Christian homeschooling families.
By 2006, the internet and the activism of several concerned homeschool parents had taken its toll on Haymond’s whip-selling business. Raymond had advertised his whips in Christian…
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My father died on Monday. He was buried on Friday. He had an aggressive cancer that he left untreated because “God told him” that he could heal it himself by taking extra Vitamin C and by giving himself enemas with coffee.
His dad had a similar cancer a few years ago. He had a doctor advise him on treatment, instead of God. Grandpa is alive and cancer free to this day.
One time, before he got so bad, I argued with dad about his decision. The books and articles “God was using” to direct his treatment sounded distinctly like conspiracy theories to me. The conversation ended when he told me I was making him think he was crazy and roared at me to GET OUT.
Which I did.
I was very angry.
I was in the process of moving out already. Not because I had enough money. I just couldn’t stand being home anymore. It was too crazy making.
Towards the end, when it was clear that he was going to die, he wept pretty frequently. About even little things. It’s possible the tumor was growing into his brain. It had started in his throat, after all. One day he wept and told me he was so sorry he had yelled at me- that day when we argued.
I was sad too. I didn’t give a flying fuck that he had yelled.
The evening after his death I went to see my family. The front room, where he had been all day every day for the past week, hallucinating and begging to be allowed to get up, had been cleaned.
The furniture had been brought back in. The hospital bed had disappeared.
The spring peeper frogs were singing in the ditches. A night wind was flowing through the fields around the house. Someone had set a jar of lilacs on the dresser. Words and phrases from a poem were eddying in the back of my head, but I couldn’t recall them all or fit them together.
The dresser is an antique. I believe it came from his mother. I never knew her. She died in a car wreck when my dad was- 19? Hit by a drunk driver.
He was angry at his dad about something then and moved out.
Dad was born in March- like me. His mother died in May.
The drunk died in the wreck.
-T. S. Eliot, The Wasteland, The Burial of the Dead
A couple of years ago, I put out a request for personal essays from bisexual, pansexual, sexually fluid and other middle-of-the-rainbow people. I had recently come out myself and I wanted to do som…
I first published this story and picture on my other site. The story is based on a story in Louis Borges’ Book of Imaginary Beings- which I highly recommend. I wrote it hearing it in a British accent, if that makes any sense, and my apologies to Great Britain.
There have been times in my life when I thought I should be trying to save the world. I came to find out that the underlying reality of both my self and the world were quite different than I had thought them to be.
I ended up having to save myself. From salvation. yaaaaaay.
A long time ago, when the world had just begun turning, mirrors were different then they are now. In those days, mirrors weren’t just looking glasses- you could walk right through them- into another world. And the people who lived on the other side could walk right out. They might sit down and take tea with you, if they felt like it.
But it happened that they didn’t feel like it. I don’t know how it began, but they say that the mirror people decided that they would like to live in two worlds, not just one. They gathered up all their armies, and came pouring through every mirror on earth. It wasn’t going well for our earth people, I’ll tell you that.
It was then that the Great Yellow Ancestor arose. The Ancestor was the Emperor, all the way over in China, across the sea. He made a wyrd, a mighty spell, and changed their fates. His magic took hold of the mirror people and swept them back into the mirrors.
It did more than that, too. He put a curse on them. From that day forward, instead of coming and going in their own world as they pleased, they were forced to mimic the ways and clothes of the land they had tried to invade, as punishment. It was so bad that they couldn’t even look like themselves. They had to look like us, in our world, and copy us exactly in whatever we said or did.
That’s why, when you go and look in a mirror, a mirror person comes and looks out at you- looking like you do. It’s the magic of the Yellow Ancestor at work.
Oh come on, Sophie! I asked you a serious question! This is too much, even for you! No one listens to ‘wives tales, or wherever it was you heard that. You’re acting dense.
Well it’s not a ‘wives tale, Freddie! A learned man wrote that in a book, after he read it in a book that the learned men in China wrote, who were probably told it by Confucius himself! You’re the one who’s dense.
Well at least I’m being serious.
You aren’t either. You’re teasing me to see if I can answer. You don’t really care.
You should care, you know.
Why on earth would I care about mirrors?
If you’re not going to answer, I’m not going to stand here and watch you pout.
Because of the Fish.
The fish? What are you talking about now?
The Ancestor’s magic isn’t going to last forever, Freddie. One day the Fish in the mirror will wriggle free of the spell. He’ll swim out into our world.
And then it will begin again.
There won’t be any Yellow Emperor to save the earth this time.
More nonsense! Can you imagine? People like us getting free!
He took a lump of clay, once
He rolled it in his hands
poked and twisted
He showed you.
this was called ‘a shape’
He pointed out on you
it has a leg, you have a leg
it has a leg, you have a leg
it has a joint, you have a joint
it has a head, you have a head
It’s like me!
Yes. Just exactly like you!
You made it!
Yes. Just like I made you.
You looked around, suspicious.
What else did you make?
(He surely knows everything. He’s answered every question. The Serpent asks you questions, but he never tells you. Not like He does.)
(He’s kneeling to talk to you- like grownups do when you’re a baby and it’s so important)
His eyes are shining.
That’s right. Only I know everything. That’s why you have to do what I tell you. Only I can keep you safe. Hidden from… monsters. And lions!
If you disobey me, little one, it will make me sad. Very sad. Because you’ll die.
The clay crumpled.
Spurted through His fingers as He closed His hand.
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