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  •  The really sad thing about the Walking Dead TV (4+ / 0-)

    show...is that the actual comic book did a much better job and handling both racial and gender steriotypes.

    Not a perfect job.  This is after all a zombiepockalypse set in the USA south in 2012.    Should this happen in the real world, races and genders won't be treated equally by real people.

    But the comic was willing to break traditional media tropes quite often, letting characters grow out of their boxes and also to get permanently damaged by their experiences (or outright killed, no matter how important the character seemed to be to the ongoing story)

    The people were just people.  They had race, and it colored how they interacted with each other, but you could not predict their strengths and weaknesses by any of the traditional markers (race, gender, age).  Their true character came out under stress, and that's kind of the fascination of the comics - the toll of the end of the world on survivors and the societies they try to form.

    I may still be blind to some stuff in the comics that a person of color wouldn't miss.  I know my wife has a pet peeve about strong female characters "needing" to be raped to prove they're strong and would be pissed about Michonne's treatment, regardless of the later payback.  The comics aren't perfect.

    But the TV show took the flavor and left out the meat, replacing it with tired tropes and caricatures.

    •  comic book is great and sophisticated much (3+ / 0-)
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      more so than the TV series.

    •  It was merely mined for profit, not to be (0+ / 0-)

      a statement of anything. That's showbiz.

      Send conservatives to FilthyLiberal.com for re-education.

      by filthyLiberalDOTcom on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 12:27:41 PM PST

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      •  asdf (1+ / 0-)
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        Congratulations - you nailed it! I quote from the author's diary above:

        8. Okay, the show may be racist or sexist in some ways. Just enjoy it. What do you want? It is just TV! Translation. White racism and white privilege are just inconveniences. If you just overlook it, as opposed to critically engaging it, things will be okay. Ultimately, talking about racism is the real social problem. If you just relaxed, things would be okay.

        If "elitist" just means "not the dumbest motherfucker in the room", I'll be an elitist! - David Rees from "Get Your War On".

        by Oaktown Girl on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 01:01:30 PM PST

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        •  they prove me right the more they try to deflect (0+ / 0-)

          sad really how deep they are in the white racial frame.

        •  The author seeks to mock any white person who (0+ / 0-)

          addresses him that does not agree with everything he says. In fact, the "tale" portion of his diary is dedicated to preemptive mocking. Look how long it is, and how much time he took crafting those words. He isn't helping anyone, except perhaps his own clan, and then only as entertainment.

          This author makes some good points, but the mockery - because it is so thorough - betrays the intent of his diary post, IMO. Note the "witty" response he made to your comment (mockery fully intended), which further proves my point.

          Send conservatives to FilthyLiberal.com for re-education.

          by filthyLiberalDOTcom on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 08:01:15 AM PST

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