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On On Lupita Nyong'o: "Blackness, in a context of white American oppression, is a role. It is not intrinsic to her identity"
I really liked this in the comments:
"This is real. African-descendants from Africa, Europe, South America etc come to the country with a notion of immigrant not “slave-descendant.” This orients them differently from the start. Thus, they receive and are received by our workforce differently that those who are born here."
Lupita's nationality and her upbringing may have a lot to do with her future in Hollywood. This is going to sound so gross but as an African, she's likely going to be considered "exotic" - I feel like it might be the same sort of thing as a lot of black models we see in high fashion spreads. She has that sort of image - not just tall and slim, but statuesque, long-necked, with high cheekbones and short hair. I feel like we see a lot more women who look like that in Vogue-type publications than we see, say, Tyra Banks clones. The fact that she's so eloquent and carries herself so well, that she's been to Yale, and that she comes from a well-to-do family from another country definitely seem like reasons why white Hollywood would treat her differently.
It sounds racist as hell, but I know and am related to some white people who seem to have more interest in Africans than they would in black North Americans. Then again, that might be the case for people of other races as well. For instance, we treat white English actors differently than we treat white American actors with English names, don't we? (/royal we)
With any luck, this performance and awards season will help Lupita establish a different sort of career in Hollywood - one where she'll be visible, but where her race won't be the most important thing about her.
What is everyone doing for the Oscars and will you paint your nails for the occasion?
@stonefruit Bonus points if she can find a tin of Turkish delight.
I really like the idea of wicked witch of the West, too! Not sure how easy that is to pull off, though.
Loving the colour of Joanne Woodward's dress. As we already knew, she has excellent taste.
(YES I'M TALKING ABOUT PAUL NEWMAN)
@meetapossum Some days the comments work fine! Others, not so much. But it's better than consistently not working, right?
Sooo since I do not want to talk about work, let's talk about friends!
A couple of my friends are going to meet the guy I've been seeing! It's a friend's birthday dinner and I'm bringing along to eat with in case the restaurant/company doesn't jive with me. We haven't really met each other's anyone except for the friend who introduced us (and his best friend was there when that happened) so this might be exciting! I don't know.
On the flip side of that:
Never let your friends move to LA. I recently got confirmation that my friend, who moved to LA five and a half years ago, has turned into an LA monster and there might be no return. (This may very well happen when friends move to other places, too.) She's gone from the awkward, funny best friend to someone that I don't think anyone in my circle wants to hang out with anymore, unless she's visiting and has basically dictated when we will hang out and what we'll do and how loudly she'll recount stories of things she and her roommate did because they're so crazy! with little to no regard for how things are going with us. (A little less crazy!) She doesn't tell us any of the important stuff unless she can profit from it (money-wise, I mean) and seems to have a completely warped idea of who exactly these friends are that she left behind. I don't think I can go through with a friend breakup, since there'd be too much collateral damage, but when someone literally stops caring about you and then tells you you're being mean to them, what else is there to do?
@adorable-eggplant My family has a recipe (that I do not know by heart) for PUMPKIN GNOCCHI. That is all.
(Sweet potato gnocchi sound amazing, to the point that I would use "Sweet potato gnocchi!" as an exclamation of surprise.)
@ clara morena Parents are kind of the worst. I'm not sure if this is any consolation.
@stonefruit OMG A PUPPY
@NormaDesmond @chickpeas akimbo Thank you!