32, 613 people understand this. Please explain
nobody say a word
hey pal, fuck you.
joss whedon probably wasn’t out to offend me personally, no, but guess what butterplum, he did anyway.
because i grew up in a neighbourhood where the other parents told their children they weren’t allowed to play with me because i was dirty and untrustworthy and a thief.
because i had ethnic slurs hurled at me from my fellow students and other residents throughout the majority of my life. because the german word for gypsy was spraypainted onto our house wall 8 times throughout the years we lived there and, on one memorable occasion, keyed into my mum’s car.
because my mum’s mother died in a russian concentration camp and no one would help her father raise his five daughters alone because everyone viewed him as waste, expendable.
because my mother eventually had to fend for herself on the streets as an orphan when she was only 13 years old because she had literally no other choice. because she was mistreated in the orphanage she eventually went to, and because she was thrown out of three schools for “misconduct” that was really just profiling based on the fact that she had roma heritage.
because even though she managed to leave that part of her life mostly behind and found a family and get a job, her sisters weren’t so lucky. one of them permanently ended up in a mental institution after being denied healthcare by the country she lived in due to her heritage and her psychosis grew unchecked until it evolved into fullblown schizophrenia. one of them killed herself. she hasn’t heard from the other two in years and isn’t even sure if they’re alive anymore.
because 90% of roma people live in poverty. because 45% of those fall under extreme poverty with living conditions without water and electricity and basic things like food. (x)
so yes, i take it personally. because it is fucking personal.
the maximoffs were literally the only representation of romani people i’ve encountered so far that weren’t either a stereotype or a criminal. the fact that they were allowed to be heroes and stand for positive ideals despite their background was revolutional for me when i first learned about them, because my entire life i’ve been made to feel that being roma is bad and disgusting.
it’s bad enough that wanda maximoff was already turned into an ableist joke and fridged twice in the comics.
and joss whedon looked at their background history and how hugely important it is for minorities and deemed it not important enough to be included.
that’s especially horrible considering the fact that not only are roma people treated like scum everywhere, anti-semitism is still very much a constant threat to jewish people everywhere and anti-semitic hate crimes are on a rise.
the fact that joss whedon didn’t even waste one thought on the repercussions of his decision when he retconned the maximoff twins to be british is frankly disgusting and speaks volumes about the kind of person he is.
and if you look at his decision and find absolutely nothing wrong with it, then it speaks volumes about the kind of person you are, too.
Just want to add one comment: I’m tired of the “he just wanted to give young up and coming actors a chance” excuse.
whitewashing and ableism aside, I just hate the image whedon has for wanda. when rumors first came out that his model for wanda was someone like saoirse ronan, i just thought it was dumb rumors because that is so way off??? young thin willowy white girl is just not wanda, even if you dye her blonde hair, and the mcu is already full of thin white women.
wanda maximoff is mature and worldly and has suffered through a lot since she was young, but she’s strong and resilient. comics is notorious for unrealistic body figures, but I always like how wanda is drawn as curvy most of the time, because she’s had kids and she fights crime. I love how she was drawn in the older comics, where you could see every penciled ringlet curl of her hair. like george perez’ design for her costume was too sexualised and stereotypical, but i liked her big hair and her cheekbones that could cut glass. i liked that they wanted the audience to remember she was romani, even if they went about it pretty clumsily. I like that she was the woman half of the male marvel universe had fallen in love with at some point.
but uggghhhhh i guess you can’t have your gross fetishy delicate unbalanced supergirl unless she’s a thin conventionally pretty white girl. shes gonna be a quirky witty whedon teenager, like olsen’s gonna open her mouth and a whedonism is gonna come out and i’m just gonna start bleeding from my eyes and ears and mouth
Avengers - The Children’s Crusade #9 || Young Avengers Vol. 2 #9
"I’m with you ‘til the end of the line."
what if age of ultron is like introducing wanda and pietro and it’s like
"the maximoff twins are mu[cut to another scene]"
and then later there’s a fighting and someone goes
"oh god she’s a m[LOUD EXPLOSIONS]"
and then in the aftermath someone’s like
"so you guys are [CAR HORN]ts huh?"
and it just keeps going through the whole movie
little agent 13 listening to her cool aunt peggy’s war stories UuU