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.
John Berryman (via howtotalktogirlsdialectically)
#…yeah this is new? #spoiler alert #shakespeare was dating a hot blond dude and the owner of a brothel #his bff got killed in a spy rendezvous/bar fight combination #he himself died by choking on fish after partying too hard #like #shakespeare liked dick jokes #(and probably also dick) #your attempts to attach modern standards of ‘classiness’ to him are wrong #(and also gross as hell bc he LITERALLY DIDN’T HAVE CLASS #HE WAS A GLOVEMAKER’S SON #IT WAS AWESOME) #shouts ‘stop trying to appropriate shakespeare for the rich academic elite’ into the void #i never writ; nor no man ever loved @swanjolras
I want to start this off by saying that I hate Wickham. I think he’s abusive and awful. I hate how he always fake-compliments Lydia by putting her down. I hate how he isolates her. I hate how he takes over her videos and makes them all about him, and how we see elements of vindictiveness in his videos.
I hate, especially, that he called Gigi “peach,” too—that he probably now knows that Gigi watches Lizzie’s videos, and wonders if she’s watching Lydia’s. It skeeves me out that maybe that message to Lizzie in Lydia’s video a while back was also a message to Gigi.
I want to punch Wickham in the face for what he’s doing and what he’s done, and I am not a violent person.
I also want to acknowledge that I heard enough to know that Wickham was emotionally manipulating Gigi. He played on her need to be needed, used the fact that he knows she’s kind of had a crush on him to get to her. He sought her out. He started a relationship with her under the guise of teaching her, and then made the moves—all when she was barely in college and he was substantially older. What he did to her was awful, and I do not want to imply otherwise.
But there’s one thing that really bugs me about that last episode: the fact that everyone in the narrative accepts that Darcy writing a check and Wickham taking it is proof that Wickham is in it for the money and that he never loved Gigi.
Don’t get me wrong; I think there’s enough additional evidence of Wickham’s character that under these circumstances, this is a fair conclusion. I absolutely do not want to defend Wickham here. But I want to defend some hypothetical innocent person who might be in Wickham’s position.
I really hate, hate, hate the implication that if you are in love with someone that you cannot have other priorities. That maybe, someone could have loved Gigi, but have still been willing to take the money.
Neither Gigi nor Darcy have ever been in a position where they needed money for anything, and they can’t imagine how money could ever be a barrier or a need. They’ve never contemplated doing something slightly stupid or slightly wrong for money. They’ve never had to.
Imagine Lizzie discovered she was in love with Darcy. Imagine someone said, “Lizzie, I will pay off all of Jane’s student loans and free her to work in her chosen career without having that hanging over her head, but you have to walk away from Darcy.” Imagine someone saying, “Jane, I will give your sisters lucrative jobs doing things they love, but you have to walk away from Bing.”
Those are hard choices—pitting one love against another. It doesn’t make you mercenary to love more than one person, to recognize that the lack of money causes problems.
You can do things for money that break your heart. Love pulls you in a lot of different directions, and I have a really, really hard time with people who have always had too much money judging someone for taking it. The Darcys don’t understand what the need for money feels like, how all consuming and scary it can be to feel constantly on the verge of falling. They don’t know what it’s like to be sick to your stomach for months on end because you and the people you love might have bad things happen to you simply because you don’t have money. They’ve never had to ask hard questions about whether to buy food or medicine, whether to break the law or see people you love suffer. Taking the money is not necessarily proof that there is no love.
This is all to say—I felt awful for Gigi throughout the story. I know Wickham’s a bad guy. I know he manipulated her. I am not going to give him a pass, not in the slightest.
But the punchline of this last episode—where everyone nodded and judged him for taking a check, and assumed that THAT was the proof of his being a dickbag (instead of relying on the better proof we had—his emotional manipulation of her)—that rubbed me the wrong way.
Co-signed hardcore. Wickham is scum, but coding taking money as evil is… yeah, problematic, especially because I can say with absolute certainty that I’d take financial security over romance in a hot second.
I think one important thing is that… it seems to me that Wickham is a financial leech. Yeah, he probably chose Gigi as a mark in part to get back at Darcy, but also because her life is paid for, so staying close to her means his life is paid for too.
With Lydia, I’m assuming that Wickham is gunning for another check, because he knows that the Bennet’s don’t have money. In a way, when Darcy gave George that original check, he fucked up hardcore because now he has an easy way to get rid of George and George knows that is a tactic for him.
That’s what makes Wickham morally reprehensible, that he walks into relationships looking to use them for support (Gigi said that he needed the money when he offered to coach her).
tl;dr: The Lizzie Bennet Diaries has some serious class issues, and I wish I knew how aware the creators were of that. Thankfully there seems to be some self-awareness going on.