Greg Burgas reviews the books, and then at the bottom of each review, and I swear to you I'm not making this up, he fucking counts speaking parts for minority characters. As though that were something any healthy human would be interested in. As though that were something anybody wanted, needed. As though that were beneficial in any way.
|Someday you'll atone, Greg|
I'm pretty used to that bullshit, by the way, so that's not really what has me upset. I just don't understand what the Burgas agenda is. Was it mandated that way from an editor? I guess he thinks somewhere out there Immanuel Kant is collecting karma tokens for him, and maybe this will help pay off some of the evil he was saddled with when he had the audacity to be born white. Who can say?
I don't know if he recognizes how pointless, counter-productive, and ridiculous it is to spotlight a couple of sects worthy of our current pity and attention, while the rest get prodded into the "other" cattle car. If you're Jewish? Fuck you, your pain don't rate. You're in the "other" box. American Indian? Nah, that's old news. The ol' Trail of Tears goes in the "other" crate, with the rest of the has-beens of Pity City.
The whole thing is so ludicrous, and tired, and weak, and banal, and is it getting us anywhere? I think I could live with being The Real Bad Guy every day of my life if I thought it might make a difference.
|Not Super - DCs rampant glassesism!|
Let me get this straight. The operating philosophy is that we'd like to create a world which recognizes only the sublime ineffable special snowflake inside of us, and leave that extraneous and superfluous skin stuff behind. How shall we create that world? I know - lets hyper-obsess over the extraneous and superfluous skins stuff, and count speaking parts for a handful of Premier Gold Club minorities! That should work, right? I mean, we didn't completely subvert our entire philosophy by jamming attention into the exact area we claim to disavow, did we? Oh...we did? Ah. Shit.
You can't do that chart right, folks. In order to do it right, you have to shed your crocodile tears for all the minorities, and what will become painfully obvious in the process is that everybody is a fucking minority for some reason or another. Life sucks. Things are tough all over. You don't like it? Good! That's called....wait for it....being human. I'm human, too. I know that's hard to recognize over my vitriol and the fact that you've been trained from the cradle to hate me, and I've been trained from the cradle to hate myself.
It's not helping. White Guilt sounds awfully good until you get to the fine print where it doesn't work. DC isn't keeping you down, folks. Can we let that ridiculous fantasy go, please? In 2011, DC will give you whatever you will buy, in whatever flavor. That's the truth. Buy the books you like and stop making check marks and putting people into stupid boxes, will you? You're killing me over here. Yeesh.