“You have to question a cinematic culture which preaches artistic expression, and yet would support a decision that is clearly a product of a patriarchy-dominant society, which tries to control how women are depicted on screen. The MPAA is okay supporting scenes that portray women in scenarios of sexual torture and violence for entertainment purposes, but they are trying to force us to look away from a scene that shows a woman in a sexual scenario which is both complicit and complex. It’s misogynistic in nature to try and control a woman’s sexual presentation of self. I consider this an issue that is bigger than this film.”
-Ryan Gosling on the controversy around the rating of his film ‘Blue Valentine’
THIS IS A CALL TO ACTION!
The card features a photo of a Muslim doll with a Hijab (headscarf) that many Muslim women wear out of religious observance. The The talking bubbles placed on top of the doll’s photo read, “The Talking Doll, Pull string for message, if you dare,” and “She’ll Love You To Death! She’ll Blow Your Brains Out!” The inside of the card reads “Hope your birthday is a BLOW OUT!”
The card is produced by NobleWorks Inc. with credit for its design given to “Ron Kanfi” according to the company’s website, www.nobleworkcards.com. The motto of the company printed under their logo on the back of the card is “modern cards for modern people.”
Notice that nothing identifies this doll as a terrorist in the minds of the card designers other than that she wears a Hijab. Moreover, she – like many Muslim girl who choose to wear the Hijab – is a smiling, non-threatening normal-looking female wearing a pink Hijab and a flower-patterned dress. The unmistakable message behind the “humor” is that even the most peaceful looking Muslims are synonymous and exchangeable with terrorists.
To make matters more disturbing, the card is based on an actual doll designed by Desi Doll Company (www.desidollcompany.com) called “Aamina, the Muslim Doll.” The doll teaches kids religious greetings and sayings in Arabic with messages like “Assalamu Alaikum is the Muslim greeting, and it means peace be upon you” and “Let’s play together insha’Allah, insha’Allah means if God wills it.”
Contact the makers of the greetings card and let them know that you do NOT think that stereotyping Muslim women and girls is OK. Ask them if they would get a chuckle out of their daughters growing up exposed to messaging that criminalizes their basic identity for profit. (CAIR-Chicago has written an official letter to the company sharing its concerns.)
As always, be firm and polite.
NobleWorks Cards: 1-855-267-3163
He Who Eats Mud (local Chicago store that is selling the card): (773) 525-0616
Streamageddon is here: Tomorrow, Netflix will lose nearly 2,000 movies on its streaming service after deals with Warner, MGM and Universal lapse. Warner is moving its movies to its own streaming service that costs $10 a month. By the end of May, movies and TV shows under the CBS-Viacom umbrella may also go away. [More at Mashable]
One would think the movie industry would have learned from the example of the music industry nearly cutting their own throats over distribution rights (and putting the power over digital music in Steve Jobs’s hands).
And yet, one should never overlook the overwhelming avarice lurking behind every ridiculous move that mass media giants make in an effort to squeeze a few more bucks from their customers.
I agree with this dude. I am only paying for ONE service. And its Netflix. If you want me to subscribe to your new service you better be offering something unique, like letting me watch new episodes live while they’re being broadcasted on tv.
Yo, so these are screenshots from Portal 2: The Final Hours, which is like a sort of multimedia artbook/information providing thingy on Steam about the production of the game. It’s directly from Valve. :)
I put them on my blog earlier this year, which is why it links to it.
The first one:
Aaaaand, the second: