Saturday, June 20, 2009 controversially badass!


Created by Dina Goldstein. Originally posted at JPGmag

I lve the photo above. And maybe I shouldn't. And I actually know why I probably should be completely outraged by this photo, but I can't help but smile every time I look at it.

I despise stereotypes. I make it my goal to never be a stereotype and always be a surprise in life to the people who come into contact with me. So this photo which falls back on the tired race stereotype of the brown "terrorist" should really just piss me off...but it doesn't.

To be honest, I've never really gotten how some groups of people can see certain acts of people in the Middle East as acts of terrorism and yet in the same beat be so damn blind as to believe that the same acts perpetrated by their own governments are done in the name of freedom.

Don't we all want to be free? Don't we all just want to fight for what is right? I hate propaganda, probably because buying into it means I have to pick a side, which unless it personally involves me is not something I ever like to do.

So I guess you could say my interpretation of the photo is that Princess Jasmine (yea, that's right, this is supposed to be the image of the Disney Princess forced into modern reality) is instead of being the typically helpless damsel in distress as her country is torn apart by taking a stand and fighting against those who wish to rob her country of it's wealth and beauty.

Terribly flawed, I'm sure...but when I hear some of the ignorant things people say about people of the Islamic faith it makes me sick (the other day at work, I had a woman come through my line and say after a man of possibly Indian descent rudely pushed past her without saying excuse me, than tell her to go "excuse herself" after she corrected him, that "isn't it horrible that these people are taking over the world? I pray everyday for our fates." The most embarrassing part was that she was black, and I hate when someone who shares the same pigmentation as myself says something so ignorant when they should know better).

...I'm sorry. I just can't help but lve it (this pic) wrong as that may be.

Right now I'm listening to:


Anonymous said...

I love it too. I know I am not an Arab so I cannot tell anyone that they should not find the imagery or intent offensive. But looking at it through these eyes, man I think it is awesome.Like you said, "badass".

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