A struggling artist trying to make it. Sometimes I'll indulge in fandom amidst artwork postings and sketches. Actually most of the time. Also, I apparently have a lot of feelings about racism and sexism.
Current shows I'm watching are Nikita, Hawaii Five-O, The Walking Dead, Elementary, probably more to come as long as people of color are represented.
Anti white washing, anti white privilege, anti racism, anti sexism, anti all other isms...people just need to be decent people.
"When we use ‘Paki’, we lose. We disrespect every migrant before us who suffered the indignity of prejudice. To appropriate a Western slur used against all of us to attack some of us is true degradation. Who said the Empire Struck Back? The imperialists and their progeny, the neo-Nazis, have won. To be called a Paki was, ironically, the great leveller, transcending all boundaries — your local racists kindly ignored class, creed, colour, country of origin and caste when it came to the hunt. The histories of nations were wiped clean by a steel-toed boot, a tabula rasa created by young men blinded by hate. They knew nothing of Partition, the wars between India and Pakistan, the civil war in Sri Lanka and the fight for Bangladeshi independence. It didn’t matter whether you were Parsi or Christian, working-class or filthy rich, Sinhala or Sikh, Bangladeshi or Guyanese."
Piali Roy dropping truth bombs on the malicious use of the racist slur ‘Paki’ in the UK and beyond.
Originating in England, “Paki” was the kind of word that would easily spurt out of an English racist in an early Hanif Kureishi film. The Oxford English Dictionary dates its first usage in print to as late as 1964. The term crossed the Atlantic to Canada in the early 1970s. By the 1980s, “dothead” and “curryhead” had been coined as American alternatives to “Paki”. And now, some Indians have chosen to appropriate this term of abuse and partition its meaning.
This racist term has been used to a degree that even other brown people - Arabs, Persians, Afghans - are attacked with variations of this word. If you’re going to use it, expect reactions and don’t complain. A slur is a slur is a slur. No two ways about it.
Waar is a Pakistani movie based on actual events. With ISPR funding and collaboration, it has a highly patriotic tone and makes the Pakistani military look cool. The trailer is captivating to say the least. Warner Bros have agreed to release this to the international audience. I’m still a little conflicted about its sponsors and one of the actors playing in it but the movie looks pretty amazing and I’m sure there are some notes I will definitely agree with - civilian deaths, bomb blasts ruining the lives of everyone, the growing apathy that’s beginning to embed itself into us all. The opening line got me:
“Pakistani woh qaum hai, jis ke marnay ka kisi ko koi afsos nahi hota. Ab, khud un ko bhi nahi.”
“Pakistan is a nation whose death is never mourned by anyone. Now, it doesn’t even mourn for itself.”
I couldn’t agree more. This hit deep.
When I said you should watch the trailer, I really meant you should watch the trailer. Still hit hard by that opening line because it’s the truest thing ever.