Ahhh, the majesty of what-I-assume-to-be-Alaska-or-British-Columbia
Ahhh, the majesty of what-I-assume-to-be-Alaska-or-British-Columbia
You know what makes me the saddest about Lilo and Stitch?
When she gets kicked out of the dance class, she’s the only person we know for sure is native Hawaiian in her age bracket in the class.
There’s Myrtle, who is white, Elena who is white (f she’s the blonde one), Theresa who’s background is unclear, and Yuki who is implied, based on the name and the large Japanese population in Hawaii, to be Japanese.
She is taking a dance class of a dance traditional to her people.
And she is kicked out primarily because a white girl, Myrtle, is bullying her.
How fucking sad is that?
This always got me about the movie. I always
IN THE FACE AND EXISTENCE
Also, the hula dancing runs in the family, as we find out in the sequel that her mother was a dance champion. It’s clear in this scene that the deaths of her mother and father are still fresh in her mind and I think the dancing reminds her of her mother and happier times. Maybe they practiced together frequently? Idk, it’s just the vibe I get. That Lilo is there to do her mother proud, rather than to make friends and socialize like the others there.
Her face says it all. Look at how happy she is!
Everyone who liked this, everyone who validated this, you need to unlike it right NOW.
As a Native Hawaiian, I have a problem with this post.
A fucking big problem.
First off, Hawai’i is massively diverse. Massively. Almost no one is pure Hawaiian. The speculation that Lilo is at all pure or the only part Hawaiian is laughable. There’s a very very slim margin that she would be at all. Secondly, just because it’s “not confirmed” doesn’t mean those girls aren’t. There are thousands of Japanese-Hawaiian girls. Thousands, and thousands more of even more mixed races who are Hawaiian. My sister is a shade away from blonde, and as pale as snow white, and she is just as half-Hawaiian as I am - even though I look more “authentic”. I know many beautiful Hawaiian girls with clouds of red hair and creamy complexions from mixed bloodlines. If you want to get “authentic” and go off of Lilo’s appearance, to us locals, she looks half-Asian. She looks definitely hapa at best.
It angers me beyond all reason that this has reposts, reposts from people who don’t understand the Native Hawaiian culture, much less the culture that sprung from it which envelops our islands. You are reposting blind ignorance. Who are you to decide who looks more Hawaiian? Who are you people to assume our culture and that this girl takes it more seriously than the others? Because she gets a backstory?
The amazing thing about my culture, MY culture, is that hula opens its arms to all. All children here are welcome to it. It is passed on to them and their blood does not dictate their passion nor their eligibility. “Lilo is there to make her mother proud, rather than to make friends and socialize”. Do you have any idea what a halau is? You don’t, no, none of you do. You have no idea what a halau is. A halau is your family, a halau are your friends, your only social circle when you are fully dedicated. My mother IS one of the queens of hula who trained under Maiki Aiu and she still talks to her hula sisters daily. They were part of her life. It isn’t enough to just hula, or learn it, and put blinders on the sides of your head. If you don’t live it with your hula sisters and brothers, then your story is nothing. You go through motions and you tell no stories.
Don’t try for one moment, to make that scene out like it was Lilo being bullied by a white girl. Yes, Hawai’i is still being raped by the ideologies of white appropriation, but do not for one moment think that these girls may not be Hawaiian. Do not think for one moment that you have the right nor the knowledge to sweep onto the internet and start reposting like a fucking idiot about a culture and mixed bloodlines and races you don’t really understand aside from “the white man hurt them”. You damage people like my sister, like my cousins, all equally as proud and maka’ainana as I, simply because they don’t look like me.
You have no right to use this scene as commentary, because you have not even a shade of an idea of the damage you do with it.
Now here’s something you don’t see everyday: a minority putting SJWs in their place. You would expect it to happen more often since most of these activism-crazed teenagers have never once left the comfort of middle class suburbia, but them’s the breaks.
★ Shiny Kalos Starter Pokémon
My favorite gen starter and literally the best shinies ever.
★ Shiny Unova Starter Pokémon
My least favorite set of starters… nuff said.
★ Shiny Sinnoh Starter Pokémon
Sun Wukong-mon is seriously my favorite starter ever, Fire/Fighting be damned.
★ Shiny Hoenn Starter Pokémon
mudkipz, uberchicken, and the one starter whose Stage 2 form is actually gayer than its Stage 1. Hoenn was a magical place and time.
★ Shiny Johto Starter Pokémon
Johto da best… until Kalos showed up. Second best is fine too.
Oh wowwwww you can kill imaginary people in a video game???? This guy’s so badass, he doesn’t even need an indefinite article to precede his nouns!
Simultaneously the worst and best movie ever made
Actually one of my teachers watched every single version of Romeo and Juliet with the original text in front of him to prove that this was the worst version, but to his great dismay its the most accurate film adaptation of it, with the lines closest to the original text and most similar stage direction and relayed emotions.
He proceeded to show it to us in class.
The thing with shakespeare is, it works very well as modernised adaptions because it was both high and low culture at the same time. It was high falutin themes, timeless themes about humans and how they relate, with lots of mass-appeal humour and characters meant to be relatable to a broad range of people.
Shakespeare performed as it would have originally been performed is not necessarily the most ‘pure’ form, whatever that might mean. Because it won’t be understood as it was then, whereas an adaption like this is a lot truer to the general experience of being an ordinary person in the audience at an original production. You get a lot more of the references and social clues.
It’s beautiful and if you don’t think so you’re wrong.
We only watched the first half or so of the movie in my AP English class one day when we had a sub, but I was very impressed with it; so many performances get wrapped up in the poetics and forget that it’s acted and should flow natural.
Plus they placed this particular scene very well.
I grew up on Shakespeare. The first book I read cover to cover (that was not one of those flat little first readers like “See Dick Run”) was ‘A Midsummer Nights Dream’. I had read more of Shakespeare’s plays at 6 than most people read before they graduate college. That said, Romeo & Juliet has always been my least favorite of his play.
And I still went to see this film in the theatre when it came out, because BAZ LUHRMANN IS A FUCKING GENIUS, and also, my love for John Leguizamo can not be quelled (because HE IS ALSO A GENIUS).
I walked into the theatre with the HIGHEST expectations. I expected a brilliant and true take, I expected the costumes to not only be perfect for each character, but to have subtle details and to take colors into consideration. I expected all of the props to be amazing and to include the same level of attention. I expected the acting to blow it out of the water. I expected the cinematography and lighting and makeup to all be flawless. AND I WAS NOT DISAPPOINTED.
the only thing that disappointed me in my experience of Romeo + Juliet is that Baz didn’t do any more Shakespeare films.
I still have, and regularly listen to, the soundtrack for this film. If you have never lent it your ear, I highly recommend doing yourself the favor of doing so.
Rebloggin just for that fuckin gif.