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Monthly Archives: June 2015

Someone Already Did the Definitive Pop Culture Parody Of Joss Whedon (It Was Joss Whedon) – Thought Catalog

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For Noah Berlatsky’s Joss Whedon blog roundup–advancing the thesis that Joss Whedon did a scathing critique of his own career with the oft-misunderstood Dollhouse.

So the Almighty Joss Whedon’s feminist cred has been the subject of some Internet controversy of late, thanks to the kerfuffle over Age of Ultron’s portrayal of Strong Female Character Black Widow and the subsequent meta-kerfuffle over why exactly he quit Twitter and whether his deactivation of his Twitter account somehow constituted yet more evidence of Feminism Gone Too Far.

(For what it’s worth, I read a lot of the tweets laying into him, and while some of them can be made to fit that narrative I don’t really see the Feminist Outrage in freaking out about the death of Quicksilver, a male character, or snarking about the movie being kind of overstuffed and disappointing. But what do I know.)

But yes, definitely, I acknowledge that Joss Whedon, despite being one of my faves, is problematic and that in general yes Your Fave is Problematic. I’d even say that the particular idiosyncratic tics and hypocrisies and contradictions in Joss Whedon’s brand of feminism bear examination, that if we can be mean enough to make a Hollywood in-joke out of parodying the characteristic style of Michael Bay and James Cameron someone by now should’ve done it to Joss Whedon.

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The Scars Of Being A Slave Master: AMC’s Humans’ New Take On I, Robot – Thought Catalog

Using the oppression of robots as a metaphor for the oppression of people is an old, old science fiction trope. What better way to demonstrate the evils of treating people as things than to make up a world where there’s literally a whole class of people whom everyone believes to be things? That metaphor is, in fact,… Continue Reading

How ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Found God – The Daily Beast

Powerlessness has been a central theme of Orange Is the New Black since the beginning, as is appropriate for a prison show. Unlike its companion Netflix hit House of Cards or other “prestige” TV dramas like Breaking Bad or Mad Men, it’s the opposite of a power fantasy; it’s a story about what happens when power is stripped away. And thus Season 3 zeroes… Continue Reading

June 28th, 2015 – Keynote Speaker for TANG (Taiwanese-American Next Generation) 2015

Arthur is super pumped to be the keynote speaker for TANG (Taiwanese-American Next Generation) 2015, the youth component of the venerable TAC/EC (Taiwanese-American Conference, East Coast), the oldest event specifically for Taiwanese-Americans in the United States. I’ll be spending the weekend from July 2-5 in beautiful East Stroudsberg, New Jersey, talking to Taiwanese-American youths about my experiences… Continue Reading

Gather around, screwed millennials: You must see this – Salon

Jennifer Phang’s indie science fiction film “Advantageous,” a darling of 2015’s Sundance, came to Netflix Instant Streaming earlier this week. If you’re a millennial, you have Netflix. If you’re an un- or underemployed millennial, you have time. Every un- or underemployed millennial needs to see this movie. We live in a renaissance of science fiction film… Continue Reading

It’s not about mental illness: The big lie that always follows mass shootings by white males – Salon

I get really really tired of hearing the phrase “mental illness” thrown around as a way to avoid saying other terms like “toxic masculinity,” “white supremacy,” “misogyny” or “racism.” We barely know anything about the suspect in the Charleston, South Carolina, atrocity. We certainly don’t have testimony from a mental health professional responsible for his care that… Continue Reading

Trolls were just waiting for Rachel Dolezal: Her fraudulent life story sets everyone back – Salon

The worst thing about the ridiculous strawman stereotypes that your political opponents make up and shove down your throat at every opportunity is that in a world as big, beautiful and diverse as ours is, they’ll eventually find someone out of the seven-billion-and-change human beings on Earth who fits that stereotype for real. I’ll be… Continue Reading

Thoughts On Johanna: Facing Forward, The Nature Of Art, And Ethics In Game Reviews – Thought Catalog

They say to never, ever read reviews of a show that you’re performing in until after the show closes, if at all, but as we theatre geeks say, that’s a rule more honored in the breach than the observance. And so yeah, I was kind of miffed by variousreviews of the show I’m performing in currently, Johanna: Facing… Continue Reading

How Seinfeld became a bad joke: The threat of a hyper-vigilant left-wing outrage machine has been greatly exaggerated – Salon

Jerry Seinfeld is the latest brave middle-aged white man to weigh in on the “creepy” ascendance of humorless p.c. SJW anti-free-speech scolds. We know the drill now–we’ve heard it from comedians like Seinfeld and Patton Oswalt and, to a lesser degree, Louis C.K. and Chris Rock. We’ve heard it packaged in a different format from Very Serious media commentators like Jonathan Chait, Laura… Continue Reading