Late last night, as the clock crept towards the witching hour, this was posted to Tumblr: Since then the post has been spreading like a virus, you could even say it's gone viral. At this point in time, sixteen hours after the initial post, it has 2, 089 notes. This is controversial in that the
Since then the post has been spreading like a virus, you could even say it’s gone viral. At this point in time, sixteen hours after the initial post, it has 2, 089 notes.
This is controversial in that the author, a “27 year old nobody doing nothing in particular with their life,” is rampantly devaluing the recent advances of diversity in animation. The post argues that the industry is inundated with variations of ethnic, spunky-haired women with varied body types.
First of all, this is not the case. Such characters are not overwhelmingly common. Willowy, long-haired, white women with gravity defying breasts are still the norm in both animation and comics. We can only hope for this type of character to clutter our screens, as it would actually be a more precise depiction of women in the real world. I suppose this argument is entirely dependent on whether or not different people prefer their art to depict fantasy based in reality or reality based in fantasy.
Secondly, at the bottom of the post the Unnamed-Author sarcastically thanks “Scott Pilgrim, and Adventure Time, and 80-90’s anime,” as well as Tumblr for “continuing the cycle.” This is problematic in that this footnote actually offered a series of counter-examples to the original argument. Scott Pilgrim, Adventure Time, and retro anime look nothing alike. Including Tumblr in its entirety to prove this point is illogical. Tumblr exhibits such a wildly diverse range of artwork that you never see the same exact work twice; the artists of Tumblr do not work with a template. Even accepting these examples as valid and combining their numbers, that is an extremely small percentage of animated depictions of women.There is no issue with The-Unnamed-Author publishing this piece on Tumblr. The artist is absolutely within their rights to post opinions and/or click-bait on their account. Honestly, I’m fairly certain this falls into the latter category; the arguments were so weak that I highly suspect it was a joke from the get-go. However, the discussion that the post ignited is what is of interest. For some interesting food for thought, take a look through the notes section:
Miss VeryVery poked at the inherent insecurity of the sketch with “Wow, this is how fucking delusional racism and homophobia makes you, you literally feel so fucking threatened by the tiniest bit of representation that doesn’t even exist.”
Dickless turdpusher chimed in with a perceptive “How to draw a character tumblr will love *toils in the field for weeks assembling straw to construct a 60 ft tall strawman*”
And Mad Scientist Merle added
“Oh you did not
just call Adventure Time ‘boring’ or ‘safe’.
Wrongness of that sheer magnitude automatically invalidates anything else you might say to me.”
What do you think of the artist’s statement?3 comments