Reflections

Throwin’ it back for my human rights!

Racism. Equality. Discrimination. Prejudice. These are just a few important matters people are fighting to correct. And if you aren’t protesting on the streets you may choose to write a poem, volunteer your time or even sign a petition to express your support.

But twerking in the fight against prejudice?

Now I’m down for throwing it back and having a good time in the appropriate setting. If the vibe is high I’m personally holding on! But why include this to celebrate MLK day? And how did the BLM insta page think that would fit?

In the artist’s statement, it’s claimed the ‘Twerk on Washington’ is to advocate for the decolonisation of oversexualising Black women’s bodies’. I see that point and even if it may not be to my taste, maybe I can understand the thought process. But I just don’t think it marry’s well with celebrating MLK day. Do you?

I laughed when I saw it, both out of awkward embarrassment and bewilderment. Express yourself how you want to but judging by the comments, it missed the mark.

Reflections

Witches and wizards and Sunday school

I wasn’t allowed to get into the Harry Potter brand when I was young, although I did read The Philosophers Stone (it was given to me to read over the summer). It’s heavy on the wizardry and the saints don’t play with that.

On the other hand, I never missed an episode of That’s So Raven and definetly watched the Twitches movies. If you lived under a rock in the noughties, the former is about a teen psychic and the latter about twin sisters who find out they’re witches destined to save the world. I reconciled it’s due to the shows having Black leads and when I asked that was pretty much the reason.

It occurred to me that technically fairytales (and I’m a Disney STAN) should probably be held to the same standard, right? They’re all about witches, wizards, casting spells and Hercules is based on Greek mythology! So what’s the difference? Many of the households where Harry Potter was forbidden weren’t blocked from Sleeping Beauty. Again, is there really a difference?

As for Halloween, I understand discouraging the devil (if you believe in him) as fancy dress. And I certainly do not see the joy in pretending to be a murderer or other sinister character. However, a child’s party where they carve pumpkins and listen to scary stories with the fright level of a Mona the Vampire episode… is it that deep? And if we circle back to the magical entertainment content, where does that line get drawn?