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Did Ridley Scott’s “Exodus” movie give the Sphinx a white/European makeover?

The backlash against Ridley Scott’s Exodus is gathering momentum. After Noah’s mixed reception earlier this year, more and more people are sick of seeing movies with “whitewashed” casts: White actors representing historical figures who almost certainly were not white.

The latest accusation of Exodus whitewashing relates to someone who technically isn’t even a character: the Sphinx.

The likeliest explanation is that the sculpture in this picture is not the Sphinx, but is in fact a statue of Ramses. This means that it would have been based on actor Joel Edgerton’s face. 

Unfortunately, this just makes the whitewashed casting even more blatant, because real statues of Ramses II simply do not look like that. So while Exodus may not have made a “white version” of the Sphinx, Egyptian culture is still being erased and rewritten to fit in with the film’s predominantly white cast of actors.

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sentientcitizen:

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mikhailvladimirovich:

bogleech:

It’s funny how science fiction universes so often treat humans as a boring, default everyman species or even the weakest and dumbest.

I want to see a sci fi universe where we’re actually considered one of the more hideous and terrifying species.

How do we know our saliva and skin oils wouldn’t be ultra-corrosive to most other sapient races? What if we actually have the strongest vocal chords and can paralyze or kill the inhabitants of other worlds just by screaming at them? What if most sentient life in the universe turns out to be vegetable-like and lives in fear of us rare “animal” races who can move so quickly and chew shit up with our teeth?

Like that old story “they’re made of meat,” only we’re scarier.

HOLY SHIT THEY EAT CAPSAICIN FOR FUN

YOU GUYS I HEARD A HUMAN ONCE ATE AN AIRPLANE.

A HUMAN CAN KEEP FIGHTING FOR HOURS EVEN AFTER YOU SHOOT IT

humans are a proud warrior race with a pantheon of bloody gods: Ram-Bo, Schwarzenegger, etc.

REMOVING A LIMB WILL NOT FATALLY INCAPACITATE HUMANS: ALWAYS DESTROY THE HEAD.

WARNING: HUMANS CAN DETECT YOU EVEN AT NIGHT BY TRACKING VIBRATIONS THROUGH THE ATMOSPHERE

WARNING: HUMANS CAN REPRODUCE AT A RATE OF 1 PER SPACEYEAR. DESTROY INFESTATIONS IMMEDIATELY

THE HUMAN MOUTH HAS OVER THIRTY OUTCROPS OF BONE AND POWERFUL JAW MUSCLES.

HUMAN BITES CAN BE FATALLY INFECTIOUS EVEN TO OTHER HUMANS

WARNING: HUMANS CAN AND WILL USE IMPROVISED WEAPONS. SEE CLASSIFIED DATA LABELED J. CHAN.

HUMANS CAN PROJECT BIOWEAPONS FROM ALMOST EVERY ORIFICE ON THEIR BODY. DO NOT INHALE

OH GOD THE HUMANS FIGURED OUT DOOR HANDLES OH GOD OH GOD

More seriously, humans do have a number of advantages even among Terrestrial life. Our endurance, shock resistance, and ability to recover from injury is absurdly high compared to almost any other animal. We often use the phrase “healthy as a horse” to connote heartiness - but compared to a human, a horse is as fragile as spun glass. There’s mounting evidence that our primitive ancestors would hunt large prey simply by following it at a walking pace, without sleep or rest, until it died of exhaustion; it’s called pursuit predation. Basically, we’re the Terminator.

(The only other animal that can sort of keep up with us? Dogs. That’s why we use them for hunting. And even then, it’s only “sort of”.)

Now extrapolate that to a galaxy in which most sapient life did not evolve from hyper-specialised pursuit predators:

  • Our strength and speed is nothing to write home about, but we don’t need to overpower or outrun you. We just need to outlast you - and by any other species’ standards, we just plain don’t get tired.
  • Where a simple broken leg will cause most species to go into shock and die, we can recover from virtually any injury that’s not immediately fatal. Even traumatic dismemberment isn’t necessarily a career-ending injury for a human.
  • We heal from injuries with extreme rapidity, recovering in weeks from wounds that would take others months or years to heal. The results aren’t pretty - humans have hyperactive scar tissue, among our other survival-oriented traits - but they’re highly functional.
  • Speaking of scarring, look at our medical science. We developed surgery centuries before developing even the most rudimentary anesthetics or life support. In extermis, humans have been known to perform surgery on themselves - and survive. Thanks to our extreme heartiness, we regard as routine medical procedures what most other species would regard as inventive forms of murder. We even perform radical surgery on ourselves for purely cosmetic reasons.

In essence, we’d be Space Orcs.

Our jaws have too many TEETH in them, so we developed a way to WELD METAL TO OUR TEETH and FORCE THE BONES IN OUR JAW to restructure over the course of years to fit them back into shape, and then we continue to wear metal in out mouths to keep them in place. 

We formed cohabitative relationships with tiny mammals and insects we keep at bay from bothering us by death, often using little analouge traps. 

And by god, we will eat anything. 

Suddenly feeling pretty smug about my species.

This is all so delightfully terrifying. Where is my humans-as-the-terror-species sci-fi novel??

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So hard!

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genderoftheday:

Today’s Gender of the day is: The Education Connection Jingle

Okay, so I've created a fantasy based around a celtic fairy race called sprites. Which is all great and whatever, except because I based their appearance on the celtic people and a couple of other influences, they are all basically white. What should I do? Should I change the origins slightly? Or is it okay to leave it?

a-spoon-is-born:

fixyourwritinghabits:

First of all, if you want to make an all-white race of supernatural creatures, that’s your prerogative. We’ve made our feelings plenty clear in the past about how we feel about representation in literature via our diversity in writing tag.

So! I’m going to focus on the part about Celtic people. This is AJ by the by, and I was very lucky to study Celtic Civilisations as a minor during my second year at the University of Edinburgh, who have a wonderful department. This doesn’t make me an expert by any means - I only took a year worth of classes and that was five years ago - but there are a lot of common misconceptions about the Celts.

For instance, there’s no such thing as Celts or a Celtic race. That was honest to God the first thing I got introduced to in my first lecture. It’s a term used to cover the shared elements of culture and linguistic groups throughout many different genetic groups in Europe. If you look at the map on Wikipedia, you’ll see the distribution of Celtic people ranges as far east as modern Turkey and as south as Portugal and Spain (which are of course very geographically close to North Africa).

When people say Celts, they tend to think of the six “Celtic nations:” Britany, Cornwall, Isle of Man, Ireland, Scotland and Wales (although we know now that England shared a pre-Saxon Celtic heritage). But Etruscan artifacts have been found in Northern European digs and the wonderful thing about knowing they had access to the Mediterranean was that they had access to their trading routes. Urns with lions have been found, and lions tend to come from one continent in particular.

The obsession people have with the Celts being this singular group that obscures this bigger picture really began with the Celtic Revival in the 19th and 20th centuries. In the centuries prior, the Jacobite risings left Scotland and Ireland unpopular with England. Then around the time Romanticism came along, Scotland and Ireland became this convenient hot source for creating their very own European ‘noble savage’ myth for people to look at and reminisce about a past that never happened. I mean seriously, James Macpherson even got caught out about writing a cycle of epic poems that he acquired from word-of-mouth from ancient sources (which is it, dude).

(P.S. The above doesn’t apply to speakers of Irish and Scottish Gaelic and Welsh, who are trying to celebrate and keep their languages and culture alive, despite repeated attempts to erase it. That’s like…pineapples and potatoes in terms of difference. And in general most Gaelic speakers have become tired of the New Age, better-than-you attitude that a lot of people have towards their culture and when they want to learn the language.)

So the moral of the story is - do what you want. There’s enough wiggle room from history for the plausibility of POC in a story with a Celtic setting while avoiding tokenism because people got around more than we like to think. This blog is not some arbitrarily appointed authority on whether you’re racist or not, but we as individual people are tired of worlds where dragons can exist but POC can’t. That’s all.

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fuck-benedict:

can we just collectively agree as a generation that we aren’t going to care if each other’s houses are clean when we visit bc im gettin real sick of the “the house has to be spotless or our guests will judge us” deal my parents got goin on

none of us in this generation is going to be able to afford a house.

Welcome to the house i share with 30 people.  My 4x4 foot square of space has been vacuumed for your visit.

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juliedillon:

This is an illustration I did for the August 2014 issue of Popular Science Magazine. The assignment was to show a scifi take on human aging in the future. I wanted to do something relatively positive, so I drew a lady whose life has been been prolonged through cybernetic enhancements and augmentation, so she gets to spend time with her great-great-great-great grandchildren. 

Thanks to AD Michelle Mruk!

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Do you have a better book title for Dune?

Asked by ozzander

betterbooktitles:

Yep!

Title and Redesign by Rentz Leinbach.