nebulasnovasandnightsky:

look if you unironically say ‘money can’t buy happiness’ then either you’ve never faced a real financial struggle or you’ve achieved enlightenment, because goddamn does financial security feel an awful lot like happiness when it’s something you’re not used to

thepeoplesrecord:

Apartheid in Detroit: Water for corporations, not people
June 18, 2014

Biill and Hillary Clinton were up to their ears in more than $10 million worth of legal debt at the end of Clinton’s tenure as president. Donald Trump was bailed out of four bankruptcies. But Detroit residents are having a basic human right – the access to water – cancelled for being late on bills of $150.

In the spring, Detroit’s Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr ordered water shutoffs for 150,000 Detroit residents late on their bills. Orr is an unelected bureaucrat accountable only to Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, who appointed Orr and several other “emergency managers” in largely poor, black communities like Detroit, Benton Harbor, Flint, and Highland Park, to make all financial decisions on behalf of local elected governments.

Orr’s plan will shut off water for 1,500 to 3,000 Detroit residents each week. Neither Orr nor Homrich, the contracting company Orr hired to shut off residents’ water, answered calls for interview requests.

Detroit citizens have been protesting the decision on the basis that water is a human right that cannot be denied to families who need it for cooking, bathing and flushing toilets. Many residents facing water shutoffs are currently on monthly payment plans with the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD), paying upwards of $160 per month as water rates continue to rise, and were given no prior notice that their water was about to be cut off. Last week, the Detroit City Council held a public hearing to discuss a proposed 4 percent hike in water rates.

“The families I’ve talked to in my neighborhood and others around the city are confused about why they’re being hit (in this way),” community activist Russ Bellant told the Michigan Citizen. “Some knew they were behind, but thought they’d have time to pay it. These are people who mow the lawn on the vacant lots next door (to them).”

As the Michigan Citizen reported, residents with delinquent water bills are losing their water while prominent Detroit corporations with much larger delinquent water bills are being left alone. The Palmer Park Golf Club owes $200,000. Joe Louis Arena, home of the Detroit Red Wings, owes DWSD $80,000. Ford Field owes $55,000. Kevyn Orr is arguing that the shutoffs are necessary to pay for the DWSD infrastructure – yet when Detroit raised $1 billion in bonds to pay for new infrastructure, $537 million of it went to banks like JPMorgan Chase, UBS and Morgan Stanley to pay off interest instead.

Community activists are placing blame on the structural, institutionalized poverty in Detroit that forces the people to foot the bill for corporate mismanagement. Detroit’s bankruptcy and urban blight is a direct result of the housing bubble that burst, putting over 60,000 homes in foreclosure and rendering thousands of families homeless.

Dan Gilbert, the billionaire owner of Quicken Loans who is financing much of the gentrified development of downtown Detroit, has been particularly blamed for his company’s role in exacerbating the foreclosure crisis through its intimidation of homeowners, pressuring them into risky subprime lending schemes.

“Instead of going after the corporate institutions who owe millions, they’d rather turn off the water for poor people,” said Demeeko Williams, an organizer with Detroiters Resisting Emergency Management.

To fight back, Williams and other community activist groups like Moratorium NOW! and the Detroit After Party are teaming up to create theDetroit Water Brigade, a mutual aid effort aimed at providing residents with water and stopping water shutoffs with nonviolent direct action. The Detroit Water Brigade has set up a bridal registry on Amazon.com inviting those interested to help purchase necessary supplies like water coolers, cases of bottled water, heavy-duty contractor bags, and orange safety vests.

Some of the more radical direct actions being promoted by the Detroit Water Brigade include distributing flyers instructing people on how to turn their own water back on after it’s been shut off, and how to pre-emptively stop contractors from shutting water for their home. The flyer reads:

“Step 1: If your water is off, have the neighborhood water person or a friend (not you) obtain a water key and turn it back on 1st. (If you expect your water to be turned off, go to step 2.)

“Step 2: Purchase ready mix cement from the hardware [store].

“Step 3: Fill lockbox pipe 3/4ths full with dry cement mix.

“Step 4: Add water to top off. Don’t use rocks because rocks can be sucked out.”

The Detroit Water Brigade is also meeting regularly to train interested residents in nonviolent civil disobedience. Residents are planning to form human chains putting themselves between water lockboxes and contractors hired to shut off water. The water brigade is counting on Detroit’s understaffed police department to not have the resources to arrest and jail everyone participating in the water shutoff demonstrations.

In response to sustained protests from Detroit residents, the DWSD has removed the “Water Shut Off” decals from its trucks.

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nebulasnovasandnightsky:

look if you unironically say ‘money can’t buy happiness’ then either you’ve never faced a real financial struggle or you’ve achieved enlightenment, because goddamn does financial security feel an awful lot like happiness when it’s something you’re not used to

feels-like-fire:

meganphntmgrl:

I’m starting to think that instead of vampires as a metaphor for oppressed people, we really need to start using vampirism as a metaphor for privilege.

Like, yes, you’re a vampire and you probably can’t help that, and sometimes people will freak the fuck out when you’re coming at them even if it’s just to ask if you can borrow a cup of sugar for your blood muffins or something, and you’re like, “Hey, don’t judge me just because I’m a vampire!”

And then a human’s like, “Um, well, historically, vampires tend to attack us humans and drink our blood.”

And sure, your first instinct is to go “Hey, I’m one of the good vampires! I have a subscription service at a blood bank and everything!”, but… that… doesn’t change the fact that historically, yeah, vampires have survived by eating humans. Any changing perception of vampires is going to have to start with vampires.

So instead of protesting your innocence, you have to start by going to find other vampires and being like “Hey guys, we have to stop eating humans.”

And unfortunately, a lot of vampires are gonna think they’re already doing everything they need to to be Good Vampires, and this needs to be combatted. Being a Good Vampire is a never-ending struggle, and it’s not very rewarding, but it’s what has to be done.

And some humans will never, ever stop being suspicious of you, and you’ll have to accept that. Humans don’t owe you their respect just because you’re doing them the basic service of not flapping into their bedrooms at night and biting their necks. That’s like, the bare minimum of not being an asshole vampire. And some humans will probably still make jokes about how vampires can’t go in the sun without burning up and how they have no reflections and how for some reason they think “Alucard” is actually a cute baby name, but you’ll just have to deal with that, because they’re coping with the fact that this is an entire population of things that historically have always eaten them.

But it’s not about you. It’s about making the world safer for humans, and combatting it every damn time you see another vampire planning out a good old-fashioned round of feasting on virgins in nightgowns, and saying “Okay, no, that’s really offensive” the next time one of your vampire buddies refers to a human as a bloodbag, and generally working overtime to present a pro-human standpoint.

Because really, what good does it do to make the monsters the oppressed ones?

Lit nerd here! I took a class on vampires in undergraduate, and went on to take lots of other classes on the macabre, the gothic, the theme of monsters in literature, etc. Over the course of my undergraduate career, I wound up reading “Dracula” as assigned reading 3 separate times, so I’m awfully familiar with the book. If you’ve never read it, it’s definitely worth a read, as it’s short, and also one of the most famous epistolary novels ever written; if you need an example of that art form, you won’t find a better one than “Dracula.” (An epistolary novel is a work written as a series of documents—say, letters from one character to another, or supposed journal entries, that kind of thing.) Although one of the genre’s best examples, Dracula was NOT the first modern, fictional vampire—that title goes to John William Polidori, who wrote "The Vampyre" in 1819. (The short story was often attributed erroneously to Lord Byron, on whom the titular character was loosely based.)

I love this essay. Hilariously, despite the recent turn some vampires have taken in culture (I haven’t read the Twilight series, and I’m not familiar with any iteration of True Blood)—-vampires were never meant to read as oppressed, at least as they appear in works of fiction, as opposed to Eastern European folklore. They were ALWAYS meant as a metaphor for the following things: the aristocracy (Dracula in the novel being the classic example, although the vampire Lestat as an actual rock star is a pretty stellar example as well), invading foreigners & how they’ll ruin ~our~ culture (xenophobia was alive and well in Bram Stoker’s writing), fear of germs/contagion (international travel had already brought a series of dangerous diseases to British soil, including repeated waves of cholera epidemic), and a few other things. But all the people who defeat Dracula are meant to represent the good things about the “common man”: faith in God, sensible thinking, a reliance on scientific thinking and new technology to drive out ancient folkloric wickedness—a metaphorical triumph of science (common man, things accessible to everyone) over corrupt power and dark magic (obtained via privilege, accessible only to the aristocracy).

Lots of other vampire stories, particularly from this time period (late 1890s, early 1900s) carry this out, as well as some other novels with similar themes—like “The Picture of Dorian Grey.” Always, the privileged person appears unnaturally beautiful and powerful, usually at the cost of countless hidden deaths of common people or other wickedness, and is often ageless too; almost always, the privileged person acts alone, as opposed to working in groups. (Vampire covens are a more modern addendum to the story.) Even if there is more than one vampire, it’s always a privileged minority into which one must be invited—you can never become a vampire by simple hard work; you have to be chosen. (A great fictional metaphor for the troubles of the common man/peasant class is actually the trope of the werewolf, but that’s a subject for another essay.)

Last thing: Interestingly, in Eastern European/Slavic folk lore, vampires weren’t nearly as evil as they wound up portrayed in fiction. They didn’t have fangs, and they didn’t necessarily drink blood; instead of being pasty or white-skinned, they were usually ruddy in color; they often had no neck; and they were blamed for everything from illness, to crops dying, to sick farm animals, to money troubles, to the weather. And if you wound up a vampire, it was usually an accident: you died in a liminal period of life (like an unwed pregnant woman, or a soldier in battle) … or sometimes it was just as simple as a black cat jumping over your body before you’d been buried properly. At any rate, being a vampire was an unlucky fate, but it didn’t mean your soul was cursed or you were doomed to never make it to heaven or the afterlife—more like you had just gotten stuck en route. 

codenamecesare:

clawfoottub:

prokopetz:

alithea:

canisfamiliaris:

Is Junk Food Really Cheaper?
The answer is NO.
The “fact” that junk food is cheaper than real food has become a reflexive part of how we explain why so many Americans are overweight, particularly those with lower incomes. I frequently read confident statements like, “when a bag of chips is cheaper than a head of broccoli …” or “it’s more affordable to feed a family of four at McDonald’s than to cook a healthy meal for them at home.”
(via sunfoundation)

this bullshit fills me with a very specific kind of rage. so, TIME TO DEBUNK!
that meal from mcdonalds takes virtually no time to acquire AND is available almost anywhere.
the second meal? that “salad” is lettuce … with nothing else, not even dressing unless its just olive oil or some milk i guess? gross.
also thats the price of each serving, not an entire loaf of bread, a bottle of olive oil, etc. that stuff adds up which means you have to have a lot of money at one time to buy it all.
that meal probably took an hour and a half to make, which is a long fucking time when you work multiple jobs or are caring for a lot of people or dont have help! seriously, if you are a single parent of three who works, is spending an hour and a half every night preparing a meal a likely option?
same with beans and rice! also, you know whats a fucking bummer? eating beans and rice every night because you are poor. ask any person who has done it and they will tell you (you can start with me).
there is a “nutrition” argument here that lacks a follow up: poor people are more likely to be doing physical labor and need more than 571 calories per meal.
you know who is less likely to know how to bake or prepare a chicken? people without access to the internet, or libraries, or who werent taught how to by their parents because their parents worked all the time. access to healthy foods is a classist issue and classism is cyclical, you fucking morons.
seriously, these sorts of infographics make me want to fucking flip tables. do you know why people don’t eat more fresh fruits and vegetables? because fresh fruits and vegetables are expensive, because they take a long time to prepare, because they dont live near a grocery store that has a decent produce section, because they dont have reliable transportation to get groceries to and from the grocery store, because they dont have the energy to plan all of the shit that is involved in making healthy, intentional, filling, balanced meals. basically: poor people get fucked, and then we get BLAMED for being lazy.
eating “healthy”, aka access to fresh fruits and vegetables, is a privilege, first, foremost, always. so fuck you new york times and your ignorant goddamn infographic.
there are SYSTEMATIC REASONS that we do not have equal access to fresh fruits and vegetables. they are very REAL problems. besides, you know, systematic poverty in america, the total mis-distribution of farm subsidies is a perfect place to start. read about that, then either get bent or start working on the actual problem.

11. On top of all this, even if there’s a grocery store with excellent produce selection right down the block and your income is reliable enough to enable you to make periodic large purchases and you have sufficient free time to cook it all, purchasing raw foods in bulk is only cost-effectiv if you’re able to properly store it. You might be surprised how many low-income families don’t own full-size refrigerators, and fewer still own a good high-capacity chest freezer, both of which are necessary to get full value out of bulk food purchases.

And I mean I wouldn’t know, but can you really buy a whole chicken for $5 in NYC? Does anybody think poor people literally eat McDonald’s every meal and don’t eat beans and rice?
With a quick google, it looks like groceries are cheaper in NYC than they are in most parts of the US,  but chicken breasts range in price from $5.51 to $13.23.

All of the above. My personal least favorite flippant answer to the fast food-obesity connection is “McDonald’s has salads.”
They do. So if you’re running to McDonald’s to eat lunch before going back to work, you can choose a salad, and be hungry again in a couple of hours, or you can choose a sandwich, and go til the end of your shift. How do I know? From working at McDonald’s. Several of us started out eating the salads for lunch, but we couldn’t make it through the rest of the work shift without getting hungry again. A sandwich would last through closing. Salad for lunch is fine for desk jobs, which don’t burn as many calories as working on your feet all day. And at a lot of desk jobs, you have the freedom to snack if you get peckish after lunch. But that’s more time and money spent on food.
That’s another hidden cost of eating healthy that’s rarely acknowledged. You usually have to eat more often, for the very same reason that vegetables are recommended for dieting: you can’t digest the cellulose, aka insoluble fiber, in vegetables. So you’re filling up on fiber that your body can’t get any nutrition or energy from. Once that food makes it through your stomach in 2-3 hours, you haven’t gotten many calories from it, so you’re hungry again. That’s fine if you can keep eating more vegetables to keep your stomach busy deriving nutrients and expelling the cellulose, but if you don’t have the time or money for more food, you’re working hungry. There are high-fiber and high-protein foods like beans that give you more food value as well as bulk, but the tradeoff is often flatulence, which is uncomfortable and unpleasant for most people, and a real problem if you have a service job.
Plus, research suggests that eating processed food with its starches and sugars perpetuates some strains of gut flora while killing off others. Rats with more of the starch-fed flora gain more weight compared to rats with balanced flora even when both eat the same diet & same amount of calories. It seems like once your gut flora composition gets screwed up, even changing your diet has a limited effect unless you include specific foods that repopulate your beneficial gut flora. And McDonald’s doesn’t serve kefir or sauerkraut.

codenamecesare:

clawfoottub:

prokopetz:

alithea:

canisfamiliaris:

Is Junk Food Really Cheaper?

The answer is NO.

The “fact” that junk food is cheaper than real food has become a reflexive part of how we explain why so many Americans are overweight, particularly those with lower incomes. I frequently read confident statements like, “when a bag of chips is cheaper than a head of broccoli …” or “it’s more affordable to feed a family of four at McDonald’s than to cook a healthy meal for them at home.”

(via sunfoundation)

this bullshit fills me with a very specific kind of rage. so, TIME TO DEBUNK!

  1. that meal from mcdonalds takes virtually no time to acquire AND is available almost anywhere.
  2. the second meal? that “salad” is lettuce … with nothing else, not even dressing unless its just olive oil or some milk i guess? gross.
  3. also thats the price of each serving, not an entire loaf of bread, a bottle of olive oil, etc. that stuff adds up which means you have to have a lot of money at one time to buy it all.
  4. that meal probably took an hour and a half to make, which is a long fucking time when you work multiple jobs or are caring for a lot of people or dont have help! seriously, if you are a single parent of three who works, is spending an hour and a half every night preparing a meal a likely option?
  5. same with beans and rice! also, you know whats a fucking bummer? eating beans and rice every night because you are poor. ask any person who has done it and they will tell you (you can start with me).
  6. there is a “nutrition” argument here that lacks a follow up: poor people are more likely to be doing physical labor and need more than 571 calories per meal.
  7. you know who is less likely to know how to bake or prepare a chicken? people without access to the internet, or libraries, or who werent taught how to by their parents because their parents worked all the time. access to healthy foods is a classist issue and classism is cyclical, you fucking morons.
  8. seriously, these sorts of infographics make me want to fucking flip tables. do you know why people don’t eat more fresh fruits and vegetables? because fresh fruits and vegetables are expensive, because they take a long time to prepare, because they dont live near a grocery store that has a decent produce section, because they dont have reliable transportation to get groceries to and from the grocery store, because they dont have the energy to plan all of the shit that is involved in making healthy, intentional, filling, balanced meals. basically: poor people get fucked, and then we get BLAMED for being lazy.
  9. eating “healthy”, aka access to fresh fruits and vegetables, is a privilege, first, foremost, always. so fuck you new york times and your ignorant goddamn infographic.
  10. there are SYSTEMATIC REASONS that we do not have equal access to fresh fruits and vegetables. they are very REAL problems. besides, you know, systematic poverty in america, the total mis-distribution of farm subsidies is a perfect place to start. read about that, then either get bent or start working on the actual problem.

11. On top of all this, even if there’s a grocery store with excellent produce selection right down the block and your income is reliable enough to enable you to make periodic large purchases and you have sufficient free time to cook it all, purchasing raw foods in bulk is only cost-effectiv if you’re able to properly store it. You might be surprised how many low-income families don’t own full-size refrigerators, and fewer still own a good high-capacity chest freezer, both of which are necessary to get full value out of bulk food purchases.

And I mean I wouldn’t know, but can you really buy a whole chicken for $5 in NYC? Does anybody think poor people literally eat McDonald’s every meal and don’t eat beans and rice?

With a quick google, it looks like groceries are cheaper in NYC than they are in most parts of the US,  but chicken breasts range in price from $5.51 to $13.23.

All of the above. My personal least favorite flippant answer to the fast food-obesity connection is “McDonald’s has salads.”

They do. So if you’re running to McDonald’s to eat lunch before going back to work, you can choose a salad, and be hungry again in a couple of hours, or you can choose a sandwich, and go til the end of your shift. How do I know? From working at McDonald’s. Several of us started out eating the salads for lunch, but we couldn’t make it through the rest of the work shift without getting hungry again. A sandwich would last through closing. Salad for lunch is fine for desk jobs, which don’t burn as many calories as working on your feet all day. And at a lot of desk jobs, you have the freedom to snack if you get peckish after lunch. But that’s more time and money spent on food.

That’s another hidden cost of eating healthy that’s rarely acknowledged. You usually have to eat more often, for the very same reason that vegetables are recommended for dieting: you can’t digest the cellulose, aka insoluble fiber, in vegetables. So you’re filling up on fiber that your body can’t get any nutrition or energy from. Once that food makes it through your stomach in 2-3 hours, you haven’t gotten many calories from it, so you’re hungry again. That’s fine if you can keep eating more vegetables to keep your stomach busy deriving nutrients and expelling the cellulose, but if you don’t have the time or money for more food, you’re working hungry. There are high-fiber and high-protein foods like beans that give you more food value as well as bulk, but the tradeoff is often flatulence, which is uncomfortable and unpleasant for most people, and a real problem if you have a service job.

Plus, research suggests that eating processed food with its starches and sugars perpetuates some strains of gut flora while killing off others. Rats with more of the starch-fed flora gain more weight compared to rats with balanced flora even when both eat the same diet & same amount of calories. It seems like once your gut flora composition gets screwed up, even changing your diet has a limited effect unless you include specific foods that repopulate your beneficial gut flora. And McDonald’s doesn’t serve kefir or sauerkraut.

"Capitalism means male baldness research gets more funding than malaria."
dkyubey:

heretherebdragons:

dancingloki:

prochoicegeneration:

Best post

Also, Lily Potter would have never wanted an abortion, because she was a financially well-off white woman starting a family in a happy marriage with a secure place at the top of wizarding society.
The question you should be asking is what if Merope Gaunt, an impoverished and uneducated single woman who escaped from a severely abusive family only to become pregnant with the unwanted child of a man who wanted nothing to do with her, had had access to an abortion and not had immense social pressure brainwashing her into carrying to term?

Perfect commentary is perfect.

Zach look

dkyubey:

heretherebdragons:

dancingloki:

prochoicegeneration:

Best post

Also, Lily Potter would have never wanted an abortion, because she was a financially well-off white woman starting a family in a happy marriage with a secure place at the top of wizarding society.

The question you should be asking is what if Merope Gaunt, an impoverished and uneducated single woman who escaped from a severely abusive family only to become pregnant with the unwanted child of a man who wanted nothing to do with her, had had access to an abortion and not had immense social pressure brainwashing her into carrying to term?

Perfect commentary is perfect.

Zach look

"But I am afraid we must face the likelihood that he [Shakespeare] wrote bawdy, not because the audience insisted on it, nor his fellow actors, nor even the aristocratic followers of his work, but just because it amused him."
"I remember working with a law school in which white men heavily dominated the faculty. They used lots of sports metaphors (doing an end run, Monday morning quarterbacking, and so on), with legal jargon thrown in for good measure. I suggested that this was not a particularly welcoming trait in their school, that in fact it was sexist, but they paid little attention. I made my point by speaking for about five minutes in dressmaking terms: putting a dart in here, a gusset there, cutting the budget on the bias so it would be more flexible, using a peplum to hide a course that might be controversial. The women in the room laughed; the men did not find it humorous….Language is power, make no mistake about it. It is used to include and exclude and to keep people and systems in their places."
Frances E. Kendall, Understanding White Privilege (via brute-reason)

soyonscruels:

witchpriest:

OK THE PACIFIC RIM CLASS POST

we have people of colour, badass ladies, badass disabled people, can there be more?

yes, yes there can because as far as i can tell our leads are working class. 

"Safe zones that only the rich and powerful can buy their way into" [Pentecost] said. “What about the rest?"

i’m going off both the movie and the novelisation here, but let’s start with stacker pentecost, and idris elba. idris elba is from one of the poorest areas of london, and he has an Accent, which he uses for stacker. that alone is an argument, but according to the novelisation, stacker is from tottenham. 

Born December 30 1985,  Tottenham, England. Parents Obadel, laborer, and Viviane, club performer. Family loosely involved with organized crime. Father died 1995 of wounds suffered in a knife fight with nightclub owner. Stacker, then 12, burned the club down and attacked father’s killer. Sent to ministry school, realized suitability for military service.

i don’t know how canon this is now, since it doesn’t mention his sister luna at all but jesus christ can you get more working class, particularly london working class and black. and even if that’s not canon his family are military which often attracts working class kids, if not outright targeting them.

and this is the guy who saves the world, because pacific rim might be about how you need to work together and have meaningful connections, but pentecost keeps the jaeger programme together, a black, working class man from a potentially criminal family depending on how canonical the novel is, who probably has a criminal record, this is the leader of the resistance, because he won’t let poor people be crushed by the kaiju, he will not stop defending the entire fucking planet, he’s literally a christ figure he had a HALO, his last name is PENTECOST. and he’s still educated and culturally sensitive and obviously a great dad and a good fucking person

and then for raleigh, charlie hunnam is from newcastle and while he’s playing an american he’s using the same accent he’s used to play white trash jax teller. i’m going to steal from postcard actually, because charlie hunnam’s current accent is ‘two mixed-together accents both of which are almost exclusively found in the way they sound in his mouth on shaggy-haired filthy men in biker gangs’. the novelisation says his family have been to a lot of different countries but he still doesn’t feel not working class? so maybe there’s military there; or a fic suggested an embassy worker parent. and then obviously there’s his predisposition towards construction, and just his general everything. also, again, working class person who is culturally sensitive and emotionally sensitive and a good fucking person. 

i don’t feel comfortable analysing mako’s class background in depth, because i’m white and english and know fuck all about japanese class systems, but her dad was a swordmaker, which is the definition of working with your hands, at least and she lived in a small village, and had never been to toyko before she was there when onibaba attacked. and then she was raised by stacker, of the aforementioned background. 

the point of this post is WORKING CLASS PEOPLE OF COLOUR SAVE THE WORLD, ACCOMPANIED BY THE ONE DECENT WHITE DUDE WHO IS ALSO WORKING CLASS, AND DISABLED SCIENTISTS WHO ARE HUGELY IMPORTANT IN THE WORLD SAVING, NO REALLY WHERE DID THIS FILM COME FROM

yeah like i’ve wanted to say for a while that i’m OBSESSED with stacker pentecost’s ‘today we are cancelling the apocalypse’ speech because his speech patterns are 100% working class london — cancellin’, not cancelling — and there are very, very few films that give a speech of such gravitas and importance to someone who is allowed to keep non-RP speech patterns like that if they’re british

and this really matters, guys. it matters if you’ve gone to see english-language films all of your life, often with british actors in them, and you’ve basically never heard anyone who sounds like you in them. and idris elba not only gets to be that person, he gets to be the leader. the messiah figure of the jaegar program drops his g’s, he sounds like he’s from a council estate in hackney, he gets to be not only a figure of authority but a figure of inspiration and of hope. that’s fucking HUGE. i’d be really, really hard-pushed to give you more than a few examples of hollywood films with british actors in any role that’s even remotely comparable.