i was literally only a minute away from the Eva store when i bought my shirt though i am in agony
Actual Publicity Poster for The Birds.
somebody had a bad day at the beach in their childhood
These are the only positive Arab American characters on television I could come up with off the top of my head. Top left is Abed in Community. The actor isn’t Arab and his backstory is about an abusive father that blames him for his mother leaving. Top right is Sayid Jarrah in Lost. Like Abed, the actor is not Arab. And his character’s story revolves around war and terrorism and torture and so on. So for these two characters, positive is relative. Bottom left is Haaz Sleiman who portrayed Mohammed in 12 episodes of Nurse Jackie only to be dropped without an explanation. And bottom right is Ahmed Ahmed who plays Ahmed in Sullivan & Son.
I know representation isn’t everything, but when Jack Shaheen can write a brick of a book that reviews over 1,000 movies with racist depictions of Arabs, and I can’t think of one movie from Hollywood with a positive portrayal and only four TV shows, “a step in the right direction” is really more of an inch.
Truth bombs everywhere
I was also trying to come up with Arab characters in media the other day, and the only prominent ones I could think of were whitewashed, homogenized, or relegated to “generic nomad” roles for a white savior to help. And that’s when our stories aren’t entirely rewritten so a white cast can play our roles.
Growing up, I had to pick through problematic shit all the time and settle for the crap that was there just to get anything at all. And still, I gotta endure even more prominent portrayals of us as villains and background extras far more often than developed characters who aren’t evil by default. I’m long past even hoping Hollywood will ever give us more than tokens, and I’ve mostly stopped looking elsewhere too out of disillusionment and bitterness.
I legitimately think about this a lot. Especially when watching LOST and Community …they ended up playing endearing characters but that’s because they were like white apologists…who left their “traditional” arab ways..(which were problematic/racist/generalized depictions). Not to mention how fucking eerie it is that South-Asian actors are the ones who portray Arabs which further perpetuates the misconception that the two completely separate ethnic populations are from the ~same region.~ (as most bigoted and/or ignorant folk like to believe)…Not to mention that ~Arabs ~ are not homogenous in themselves.
I think about this all the time and it makes me mad all the time.
this wins Halloween
TSA Turtle Tuesday: Painted Terrapin
The beautiful and critically endangered Painted Terrapin (Batagur borneonesis) is found in several countries in South East Asia where it inhabits large river systems, estuaries and mangrove forests.
This species is sexually dimorphic, meaning there are obvious differences between the males and females. The most notable difference is their color. During the breeding season the male’s head changes from a greyish color with orange on the top to bright white with a black-edged red patch on top!
Females, with their plain brown coloration, may be seen nesting on the same ocean beaches used by marine turtles and both hatchlings and adults can tolerate pure saltwater for short periods of time! T
Photo credit: Andrew Brinker
(via: Turtle Survival Alliance)
How do protesters stay in contact with each other when the government has shut down or censored Internet and mobile networks? Simple: You don’t use either.
Meet Open Garden’s FireChat, the messenger app protesters in Hong Kong have been using to circumvent government attempts to prevent them from organizing by blocking social networks like Instagram. Instead of relying on a single website or government-controlled networks, FireChat uses a technology called mesh networking for its “Nearby” chat mode.