it’s just. ferguson isn’t over. this shit won’t ever be over. but people have stopped reblogging, stopped posting, stopped raising awareness for this major event. people are still angry. i’m still angry. stay angry.
Hiya! So I see that you love pacific rim, I do too and Mako Mori is like one of my favourite characters, but I can't help but to notice that her character revolves around being Pentecost's step(?) daughter to Raleigh's partner. And I guess that doesn't really sit well with me cos she appears to have her own story but when I think of it this way it's not? What do you think?
There’s already a bunch of good meta on this which I can’t, for the life of me find BUT:
there’s a difference between having a relationship and being REDUCED to that relationship
her relationship with Stacker is really important, but HE dies so that SHE can prove herself and save the world, not the other way around. Father-son relationships/Mentor-mentee relationships (think Star Wars) have been at the heart of many major sci-fi films, and the fact that Mako has a very close, important relationship with a black adoptive father is SO SO IMPORTANT
she does have her own story. the entire important flashback with her and the red shoe is all 100% her story. what i would’ve liked would be more of Mako reminiscing about her parents/WHY she’s so hell-bent on revenge. but nonetheless. she’s the one with the revenge arc and the “talented passionate rookie proves herself” arc, which is classic hero’s journey.
yeahhhhh i’ve seen (MANY) movies where a woman is reduced to a man’s partner/love interest and Pacific Rim doesn’t really fit the bill at all. I agree that on first showing, Raleigh is really front-and-center. He’s the narrator, he talks a fucking lot, Mako’s quieter etc. But he also doesn’t really have anything he’s fighting for? He pretty much gets over his brother’s death and kind of follows Mako around like a puppy and helps her fulfill her revenge arc and when she faints he tells her that “she did all the hard stuff all he has to do is fall” ;_____;
it’s a VERY Western concept the idea that strength = independence. Think about this. Think about this long and hard. Strength =/= independence. Especially since as a movie, pacific rim promotes cooperation as NECESSARY for survival, and Jaegers are all piloted with two pilots that have romantic/platonic/familial bonds. Mako doesn’t have to be independent from Stacker to be strong. She has a close bond with her foster father, and still respects his decisions (“It’s not obedience, it’s respect”). She’s tied to him and their relationship is what gives her strength. She, in turn, inspires and is inspired by Raleigh. And their relationship gives her strength. As an Asian-American woman I can attest that Asian cultures (Mako is Japanese) really do emphasis cooperation/respect/sacrifice rather than personal glory. It’s actually fine for Mako to be as quiet and humble as she is, because unlike Chuck she doesn’t want/need to yell in front of cameras to make a statement, she’s fine with just dying quietly for the sake of a better world. You can be an action girl hero by being loud and swaggering and better than the men and that’s fine (it’s what I headcanon Sasha’s character to be anyways). You can be an action girl hero by being understated and driven and respectful and that’s also fine.
Pacific Rim is by no means perfect and there were many points where I, too, wished they would emphasize/focus on Mako more. But I think it’s really underselling the significance and importance of her character, for women and especially Asian-American women, by saying that her narrative revolved around Stacker/Raleigh.
BREAKING: September 9th will be officially an entire month since the murder of Ferguson African-American unarmed teenage Michael Brown, at the hands of racist Ferguson PD Officer Darren Wilson. In this entire month, Officer Darren Wilson hasn't been heard from, he has literally disappeared. He still has not been arrested, charged, or indicted in the murder of Michael Brown.
"It’s such an important story of racial struggle. The dominance of one race over the another and I think it’s such a great story. It would be a shame for people to not see it or turn away for another reason."
a restaurant in my hometown got a review that said the servers should “show some skin” so the owner added a potato skin special to the menu and all the proceeds from the special go to the west virginia foundation for rape information services (x)
“You just might not understand it yet. But it’s cool. Family is super cool. Going home to one girl every night is super cool. Just going home and getting on the floor and playing with your child is super cool. Not wearing a red leather jacket, and just looking like a dad and shit, is like super cool. Having someone that I can call Mom again. That shit is super cool.”—Kanye West (via coffeekaling)
I liked the shows I went to; I wish I could go to more. But the thing I remember is the girls. New Jersey Transit runs special trains to the Meadowlands for MetLife shows, and they brought out extra staff to direct girls through the gates to Secaucus. Knots of New Jersey…
if you’ve recently heard sam smith’s version of “fast car,” which is going around a lot of blogs today (including outofficial)—please, please, please, promise me you will go listen to the original version. it’s not a heartfelt jazz cover about reckless love penned by a white british gay guy. it’s one small but important part of a fucking masterpiece of an album about being a dead broke, young black lesbian struggling to survive in a fucked up, racist country, and yet still daring to believe in love, and revolution, and a better life.
I have absolutely no quibble with discovering great older work through new covers, or even finding room to love both (or many) versions passionately. (I actually really like sam smith’s album, for whatever that’s worth.)
but in this case the history of the album is really, really important. it was this startlingly specific piece of art that still resonated enough with enough people in 1988 that it sold millions of copies and was nominated for an album of the year grammy. (which she didn’t win, though she she did take home three, including best new artist and best female pop vocal performance for “fast car”—which also went to #3 on the billboard hot 100, which is sort of impossible to believe but true.)
this album was one of those “i didn’t know we could do that” moments in my young life, and if you’ve never heard it before, i hope you’ll take the time to listen now. it holds up well. too well.