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18 hours ago on April 23rd | J | 21 notes
Tagged as: #askfpc 
Would you consider the book scene a case of rape also? I mean, the show made it way worse, but in the original, Jaime stills kisses Cersei as she urges him to stop


fatpinkcast:

We posted the transcribed scene here

“Hurry,” she was whispering now, “quickly, quickly, now, do it now, do me now. Jaime Jaime Jaime.” Her hands helped guide him. “Yes,” Cersei said as he thrust, “my brother, sweet brother, yes, like that, yes, I have you, you’re home now, you’re home now, you’re home.” She kissed his ear and stroked his short bristly hair. Jaime lost himself in her flesh. He could feel Cersei’s heart beating in time with his own, and the wetness of blood and seed where they were joined.

Cersei initiates the kissing. She says “no, not here, the septons” when Jaime starts kissing her neck, then mentions the wrath of the gods and her father as he’s making space for them to have sex, which is important to note. She protests at first because of the location and because she doesn’t want them to be caught, not because she doesn’t want to have sex with him. If the scene was written as Cersei struggled to push him away, wanted to make him stop kissing her, but couldn’t etc. and hadn’t included her literally telling Jaime to have sex with her, it would have been rape, but that isn’t what happened.
Cersei forgets the septons and the location, tells him to hurry, tells him to have sex with her, and even grabs him and guides him to her. She also says "yes" three times and other terms of endearment while they’re having sex. She gives him explicit consent, and it is then and only then that the sex happens. If she’d said no, Jaime—who has clear moral issues with rape due to past trauma—would not have forced Cersei. His thoughts during that scene are also about how much he wants to protect her, not about how hateful she is.
In the show, she pulls completely away from the kiss/stops the kiss, which is when Jaime’s personality completely switches and he calls her hateful, then forces her to kiss him. The gods and the septons and our father be damned turns into “how could the gods make me love such a hateful woman.” She says “no” “stop it” continuously while struggling with him to stop. I think there’s a clear difference here.
-J

22 hours ago on April 23rd | J | 324 notes
Look, without our stories, without the true nature and reality of who we are as People of Color, nothing about fanboy or fangirl culture would make sense. What I mean by that is: if it wasn’t for race, X-Men doesn’t sense. If it wasn’t for the history of breeding human beings in the New World through chattel slavery, Dune doesn’t make sense. If it wasn’t for the history of colonialism and imperialism, Star Wars doesn’t make sense. If it wasn’t for the extermination of so many Indigenous First Nations, most of what we call science fiction’s contact stories doesn’t make sense. Without us as the secret sauce, none of this works, and it is about time that we understood that we are the Force that holds the Star Wars universe together. We’re the Prime Directive that makes Star Trek possible, yeah. In the Green Lantern Corps, we are the oath. We are all of these things—erased, and yet without us—we are essential.

Junot Díaz, “The Junot Díaz Episode" (18 November 2013) on Fan Bros, a podcast “for geek culture via people of colors” (via kynodontas)

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1 day ago on April 23rd | J | 14,456 notes

danainthedogpark:

I’m also going to come right out and say that I HATE how they’ve made Cersei so openly disgusted by Jaime’s lack of hand.

In their initial reunion, she says:

"You look so thin. and your hair, your golden hair…"

"The hair will grow back." Jaime lifted his stump. She needs to see. “This won’t.”

Her eyes went wide. “The Starks…”

[snip for irrelevant dialogue/exposition]

She kissed Jaime’s fingers. “You’ll kill him for me, won’t you? You’ll avenge our son.”

Jaime pulled away. “He is still my brother.” He shoved his stump at her face, in case she failed to see it. “And I am in no fit state to be killing anyone.”

"You have another hand, don’t you?"

Cersei is not disgusted by Jaime’s injury. As she later says, “I was afraid the Starks would send me your head.”

She does recoil from his stump later on, after their encounter on the altar. But it should be noted that she recoils after he’s said they should run away together and get married. Jaime infers that she’s recoiling from his stump, but it could be that she was recoiling from what she viewed as something dangerous. Jaime wanted to “stand up before the realm” and admit that they were lovers.

Don’t…don’t talk like this. You’re scaring me, Jaime. Don’t be stupid. One wrong word and you’ll cost us everything. What did they do to you?”

"They cut off my hand."

"No, it’s more, you’re changed."

Later, Cersei comes to Jaime because Tywin is going to send her to Casterly Rock, force her to marry again, and she says,

"I will not have another husband. You are the only man I want in my bed, ever again."

"Then tell him [Tywin] that!"

She pulled her hands away. “You are talking madness again….I want to be your wife, we belong to each other, but it can never be, Jaime. We are brother and sister.”

"The Targaryens…"

"We are not Targaryens!"

[…]

"Jaime," she sobbed, "don’t you think I want it as much as you do? It makes no matter who they wed me to, I want you at my side, I want you in my bed, I want you inside me. Nothing has changed between us. Let me prove it to you." She pushed up his tunic and began to fumble with the laces of his breeches.

And then he stops her, says no, not here, not in the White Tower. She says they did it in the sept, why not here? And he stops her again.

For an instant he could see confusion in her bright green eyes, and fear as well. Then rage replaced it.

And THEN she mocks his hand. THEN she lashes out at him for no longer having a sword hand. Only when he’s rejected her, when she feels she has to hurt him like she’s been hurt. When she feels utterly abandoned.

Is there manipulation in all of this? Of course. But to have Cersei so openly reject Jaime on the show, when all he wants is to be with her….does not sit right with me.

1 day ago on April 23rd | J | 219 notes
god did you see lindaaaa's response to the rape scene? she is the actual worst


also she called you guys “fatpinkass” and I had to laugh at her. I just imagine her smirking at a computer whenever she posts something really hateful and ridiculous and she just thinks she’s so badass and cool as she rages against marginalized people. like wow the most pathetic existence
I skimmed some comments posted on ONTD, but I don’t even remember much…I saw that she apparently blamed Lena for it? I don’t know, we don’t usually pay attention to her.
Having a fat ass isn’t a bad thing (thank you Trinia, thank you Sir Mix-a-lot, thank you Trick Daddy, thank you Beyonce, thank you Shakira), so I accept this as a compliment.
-J
1 day ago on April 23rd | J | 11 notes
Re: the Dany scene (and it is awful) in the s3 finale - I had read part of that was simply the effect of putting out a call for extras in Morocco. I don't know how accurate that was, but if that's the case, logistically how could they have fixed it?

Anonymous

I don’t think any fan who critiques that scene should need to be able to come up with a magical solution for D&D or Michelle Clapton. D&D are educated grown ups who live in this society. They are seasoned professionals (especially Clapton!) They have access to all the money and resources that an HBO show can offer. They can come up with creative solutions and the onus does not fall on fandom to suggest what-ifs.

That being said, they could have started by taking a page out of other productions by acknowledging their weaknesses. The creators of Avatar: The Last Airbender identified that cultural appropriation could be a problem for their production so they hired cultural consultants. The writing team for LOST acknowledged their lack of familiarity with Korean culture and decided to hire a writer familiar with those elements. The writing team of Mad Men is staffed with multiple women which helps the show approach the topic of sexism more strongly.

Despite all the well deserved criticism about the show’s depiction of race (from the pilot!) and gender (play with her ass and onwards) the show actually has never had people of color on the writing team and now doesn’t even have women on it’s 100% white dude staff. And it doesn’t take a “minority” to recognize that that Dany savior scene was problematic. There’s just a lack of self awareness. Perhaps a different director more familiar with gender issues would have recognized the Jaime and Cersei scene as rape…but the one they hired to handle this scene they rewrote can’t even tell what rape is or talk about filming the scene without gushing about how titillated he was.

We discussed some logistical solutions in our podcast discussing that Mhysa scene (frame the shot differently! Word your casting call differently! Etc.) but the problem wasn’t about logistics, it was about the production’s inability to recognize the scene as problematic in the first place. It wasn’t like the production was like “We knew this would have racist elements, but our hands were tied by logistics and we made a decision to do it anyway.” Their response was more along the lines of “this isn’t problematic at all, because logistics.”

They still aren’t seeing their weaknesses or making moves to address them.

-M

Edit: I mean for real like blame the racial demographics of the country you chose to film that scene in for your own race fail.

1 day ago on April 22nd | J | 19 notes
Bless your tumblr really, I've been so mad and raging all day and nightlong since and going through all your old podcasts and I guess drinking in the mutual despair has been cathartic for me?? (I don't know how to put this but I guess hearing other people voice similar concerns and problems I've been having with this show is refreshing in it's own way??). But really thank you and I hope you all continue following this shitheel show as we all tumble down together.

Anonymous

Thanks you! And thanks for sticking with us. 

-J

1 day ago on April 22nd | J | 7 notes
D&D wrote themselves into a corner bringing Jaime back at the end of the third season, which gave Cersei the chance to tell Jaime to basically go f&$# himself cause he wasn't the man he was. So, by the show's idea about how that scene was carried out I believed it in the logic of television. I still think it was a bad call. But the book's motivation and the TV shows' had certainly gotten so out of sync because of Jamie's early arrival. Such a pivotal moment ruined.


The assumption is that they even had to do it. They didn’t. There were other options. Cersei was having breakdown, so there was absolutely potential for her to take comfort in Jaime. They could have easily made that scene a re-conciliatory one. They’re not going to condemn it either because they seem to think it was consensual so all we’ve got is a scene that people are going to excuse as being “okay” because this relationship was already screwed up.

-J

1 day ago on April 22nd | J | 4 notes