IN THIS INTERVIEW the young actresses in Blue is The Warmest Color, an acclaimed faux-documentary style movie made in France about two lesbians, talk about being coerced to engage in sexual activity they were not comfortable with, being coerced to literally smack each other over and over in dramatic scenes, to lick snot off of each other, work far longer than they agreed to, work grueling hours, and were “trapped” in the project by a violent and fetishizing piece of shit male director who they say they’ll never work with again.
I’m sure this is just the tip of the ice berg.
Please do not support this film.
trigger warning for coercion and the interviewer’s apologism and fuckery
I can’t believe I didn’t know any of this - it is so brave and strong of these two actresses to come out about their story. It is so sad to know so late that a movie I enjoyed so much was created by abuse. It sounds like this movie was strong for its incredible acting and strong original writing. I know I will never be giving my money or time to the director again.
More reasons not to trust men with women’s stories, especially lesbian stories, and certainly not with anything to do with women’s sexuality. Even artistic directors shoot it like its porn. This is abusive and exploitative.
This hurts me a lot but I am also hurt and insulted by this because this movie is based on one of my all-time favorite queer comics, which goes by the same name. (Link to Wiki in English) I read it in Spanish (El azul es un color cálido, but either way. It was, and it remains, an incredible book with breathtaking art, which inspires me to draw and write and dance and generally be creative for WEEKS every time I read it. And it also breaks my heart every time I read it because what good story doesn’t?
Aside from looking and reading brilliantly, it’s a great story about two teen girls, one very much out as gay and the other coming to terms with her own sexuality, and all the things and people she loses by developing her identity. Plus it’s set in Not America (France, specifically), created by Not Americans, and written in Not English, which is fantastic because although there are lots of great foreign stories, they are rarely picked up outside of the region they were created.
Don’t watch the movie go read the book you won’t regret it
Think of me when you’re sobbing your eyes out as you read it though omgs.
This is why I don’t want to watch this movie, but I’d love to put my hands on the comic.
The English version is on Amazon for 13 bucks! (Versus the French for 36 and the Spanish for 45. Yuck.) It’s also on Ebay for around the same price.
Absolutely worth 13 bucks, though. Promise. You’ll read and reread and rereread it.
EVERYONE PLEASE. PAY ATTENTION. Especially if you’re Asian.
On January 30th, 2014, California Senate just passed SCA-5, a legislation that would repeal portions of California Proposition 209.
In condensed words, this bill allows schools to DISCRIMINATE AGAINST ASIANS.
To understand SCA 5, we have to remember what Prop. 209 is. In November 1996, Proposition 209 (also known as the California Civil Rights Initiative) amended the state constitution to prohibit state government institutions from discriminating against, or granting preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment , public education, or public contracting. In the 18 years that Prop 209 has been in effect, California has become the most diversified state in the US.
State Senator Ed Hernandez, the one who introduced this bill, claims that due to Prop 209, Non-Asians have a harder time being admitted into state universities.
This bill will ALLOW THE STATE to use RACE, SEX, COLOR, ETHNICITY, OR NATIONAL ORIGIN as a consideration for accepting students or hiring employees. SCA-5 is out to punish Asian-Americans simply because we set the bar too high for getting into schools with high exam scores.
Asian-Americans often need test scores hundreds of points higher than applicants from other ethnic groups to have an equal chance of admission.
This bill goes against EQUAL PROTECTION, our 14th Amendment, as American citizens!
IF WE ALLOW THIS BILL TO PASS. WE HAVE STUNTED GENERATIONS FROM GROWING AND EXPANDING THEIR MINDS, THEIR HORIZONS OF UNDERSTANDING.
IF WE ALLOW THIS BULLSHIT BILL TO PASS, WHO’S NEXT UNTIL THE LAST RACE WHOM IS DEEMED “WORTHY” OF EDUCATION IS LEFT STANDING?!
Xudong Sun, president of American Anhui Association of Scholars and Students, told Xinhua that this legislation is racial and is a serious discrimination against Asian Americans.
He said right now at the University of California and state universities, Asian students account for 36 percent, but Bill SCA-5 would restrict Asians to 13 percent.
He said under-represented minority groups, like African Americans and Hispanics need protection, but such protection should not be made at the expense of Asian Americans.
Here is the Whitehouse.gov petition: WE NEED 100,000 SIGNATURES BY MARCH 18TH. THAT’S 10 DAYS FROM NOW.
Here is the Change.org petition.
PLEASE SIGN THESE TWO TO GET THIS BILL TORN TO SHREDS! and PLEASE. SPREAD THE WORD.
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