I’ll respect your opinion as long as your opinion doesn’t disrespect my existence.
THIS PHRASE SHOULD BE WRITTEN EVERYWHERE AROUND THE WORLD.
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.
Anonymous said: 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.
soulmate au where you can’t lie to your soulmate
#’my favorite song is ‘total eclipse of the heart’ derek grits out#he physically cannot stop himself from speaking#it had been fine when he could deflect and avoid speaking directly to stiles#but now that stiles has asked him a direct question#now that they’re stuck in a cave together and there’s no way to backflip out of the situation#he has to answer#and why would stiles want to be his soulmate? he’s in love with lydia#he’s got so much going for him and yeah okay he’s fucking annoying and he has no tact#but he’s got a fuck-me mouth and long eyelashes and he’s basically perfect#derek goes back to staring at his manacles#avoids stiles’s eyes and the dismay he’ll see in them now that he’s stopped being so careful not to ask or answer direct questions#’I’m glad it’s you’#stiles says#’I’ll never stop being glad it’s you’ he repeats and Derek turns to look at him#knows he must look demented but Stiles can’t lie either#and maybe this isn’t going to be so bad after all#’all I want is for britney spears to be happy’ stiles says after a long pause full of eye contact#’yeah she got a rough deal’ derek says#and if they weren’t chained to the wall of a cave#he’s pretty sure stiles would try to fist bump tags by the ever lovely llassah
Robert Downey Jr. and Exton Downey in a shoot for Vanity Fair’s October issue
(Source: robertandlittled, via rdjnews)