We solemnly swear that we are up to [calling out] no good. This week’s Geek Girl Riot breaks down The Crimes of Grindelwald, the amount of POCrafice in TV and movies, and why marginalized people are often boxed in with tales of woe.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Our resident witches and wizards Sherin, Julian, and Soma gather to tell Philip all about Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. As with every journey into the wizarding world, parts are decidedly enchanting…while others are more of a curse. They dig into the storytelling, the performances, and how it made them feel. They also break down what each magical reference means for the Potterverse. Be warned, there are spoilers aplenty.
Too Much POCrafice Watching Leta Lestrange and Nagini in the new Fantastic Beasts got our Rioters talking about something that is all too common: POCcrafice, aka the sacrificing of characters of color. When these characters are created simply to be killed off or put through tragedy in order to move the plot forward, it sends a dangerous message to everyone watching. Our Rioters discuss why this is still happening, call out the stories that get it wrong, and highlight some that get it right.
The Status Whoa Two movies we’ve been loving lately are Bohemian Rhapsodyand Green Book. Unfortunately some of our fellow critics and many fans don’t feel the same way, instead calling out these stories for not being dark enough. Our Rioters ask the question: Why do movies about marginalized people always have to be a misery parade? Reflecting the history of the times and places these stories are set in is important but are tales of despair the only stories we are allowed to tell?
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