also the darkling is toxic if you cant understand that please pull it together. the darkling, maven, rhysand, the lion of the night, are all toxic and abhorrent men. if you like them, then fine. but yall need to stop defending them and just accept their atrocities. also dont ever draw parallels between Kaz and the Darkling. i like maven and the lion of the nightt, but i know that they are shittty men who deserve to die. so just accept their toxic and disgusting behaviour. dont defend tthem. thanks <3
Those were the words whispered on the streets of Ketterdam, in the taverns and coffeehouses, in the dark and bleeding alleys of the pleasure district known as the Barrel. The boy they called Dirtyhands didn’t need a reason any more than he needed permission – to break a leg, sever an alliance, or change a man’s fortunes with the turn of a card.
Of course they were wrong, Inej considered as she crossed the bridge over the black waters of the Beurscanal to the deserted main square that fronted the Exchange. Every act of violence was deliberate, and every favour came with enough strings attached to stage a puppet show. Kaz always had his reasons.
today it was revealed that a white woman in brownface was amita suman’s stunt double in shadow and bone.
at a time when hollywood is preaching to stop aapi hate the show has shown us, twice so far, that they don't care about our community. by having a south asian coded character make racist remarks towards an east asian coded character they added nothing to the plot or character development- all they did was try to create a divide between our communities. this hurt more especially because zoya was never racist in the books.
they condoned putting a stuntwoman in brownface because they couldn't be bothered to find a desi stuntwoman for amita. there are truly so many talented desi dancers and acrobats out there but shadow and bone refused to cast accurately solely because stuntwomen are supposed to show up in blurry or fast moving shots, making it "easier" to rely on brownface. this speaks volumes about how much they care about diversity.
for a show that has been praised for representation and diversity and was going to mean so much for asian viewers, shadow and bone failed to deliver time and time again, showing us that all we can count on when it comes to south asian representation in hollywood is constant disrespect and racism.
netflix and leigh bardugo along with the rest of the showrunners and writers marketed the show as being a diverse fantasy but were surrounded by a team that approved brownface should tell you all you need to know about how much they respected desi people in the first place. so many south asians were excited to finally see themselves onscreen in inej and zoya, especially as the show was praised by reviewers and writers as being diverse and accurate representation and this is what we got.
amita was so excited to play inej, a strong brown woman whose identity was not solely defined by her race and i can’t imagine how she felt watching a white woman paint herself brown so that she could perform stunts that amita had trained for as well. if anything, this proves that hollywood’s pushing of diversity on screen does nothing to help poc and representation unless that same diversity exists behind the camera.
AMITA SUMAN for NOTION
[On getting cast in Shadow and Bone] "It was a shock. I wasn’t expecting it at all, especially Shadow and Bone having two female Asian leads. It was almost a dream come true. That didn’t feel real for a really long time. I think it only sunk in when the show came out that this is what the show was doing, this is what it’s celebrating. As a brown actress, I came into this industry believing that my road was very narrow and there wasn’t really that much work. Don’t get me wrong, that’s still very true, but the world is changing. I’ve managed to have these opportunities and I really hope that this wasn’t a fluke! I really hope this wasn’t a once-in-a-lifetime thing – that I will have the same opportunity that everyone else is having and people will look past my skin colour and I’ll be seen just as an actress who’s willing to work."
i take back what i said about freddy being nothing like kaz. when the interviewers scared the cast, he just sat there completely unbothered and held amita’s hand, then laid back and said “so funny” as if the entire cast didn’t almost just pass tf out